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New Zealand says Pacific trade deal will boost GDP 1 percent

New Zealand says Pacific trade deal will boost GDP 1 percent With the United States, it would have represented 40 percent. Trump sparked a glimmer of hope of the US rejoining the trade pact when he said he would consider rejoining the deal if it was changed to be made beneficial to the United States. [Full Article...]

Gigaba raises Value-Added Tax to 15%

Gigaba raises Value-Added Tax to 15% Expert said the increase was President Cyril Ramaphosa's government aim to cut the budget deficit and stabilise debt after years of slow economic growth. "We have among the highest levels of per capita daily domestic water consumption levels in the world, but also some of the highest levels of inequality in reliable access to water", the Finance Minister told MPs. [Full Article...]

Karnataka Polls 2018: BJP and Congress in search of winning candidates

Karnataka Polls 2018: BJP and Congress in search of winning candidates The BJP - which is hoping to wrest power from the Congress in Karnataka - has pitched law and order as one of the key issues in the coming assembly elections in the state. People want to move towards good governance from Goonda governance. The BJP leader said the state had taken no action against Congress MLA NA Haris's son who has been accused of assaulting a man in a restaurant in Bengaluru on... [Full Article...]

How To Add Temperature On Snapchat

How To Add Temperature On Snapchat More than 187 million people use Snapchat globally but many of them have been left mightily annoyed by an update of the app. Sputnik spoke to one angry Snapchat user and also to Matt Navarra, director of social media at The Next Web , who said Snapchat had upset many of its core users at a time when it needed to hang on to them. [Full Article...]

Carnival Cruise Line Has 'Zero Tolerance' for Unruly Passengers

Carnival Cruise Line Has 'Zero Tolerance' for Unruly Passengers In a statement to CNN , Carnival said police removed "a large family group who had been involved in disruptive acts aboard Carnival Legend ". "[It was] very violent, they were full-on attacks", said passenger Lisa Bolitho, who described the unruly passengers as being from the same "big Italian family". [Full Article...]

PM dedicates Mysuru-Bengaluru electrified double line track to the nation

PM dedicates Mysuru-Bengaluru electrified double line track to the nation He charged that Central government funds under various schemes meant for the poor and middle class were not being properly utilised by the state. The three rooms that were available were not enough for them, he said . Addressing the participants drawn from more than 80 countries, Mr Modi said that the country was marching towards " Digital India " adding that the government's efforts alone in t... [Full Article...]

Narayanaswamy, who tried to set BBMP office on fire suspended from Congress

Narayanaswamy, who tried to set BBMP office on fire suspended from Congress With a bottle of petrol in his hand, he can be seen threatening the officers around that he will set the office on fire. He can also be spotted sprinkling petrol at Assistant Revenue Officer Chengal Rayappa, demanding that one of his associates bring him the papers that needed to be signed. [Full Article...]

Meghalaya: NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma, three others killed in a blast

Meghalaya: NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma, three others killed in a blast Sources said that two bodyguards of the NCP candidate were also killed in the militants attack. My heartfelt condolences to his near and dear ones. The Congress party has also called the National People's Party (NPP) led by Conrad Sangma as "B" team of BJP. [Full Article...]

"Iran Will Level Tel Aviv To the Ground", Says Top Iran Official

Netanyahu brandished at the podium what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down over Israeli territory, calling on the Iranian delegation present to acknowledge it. Angry exchanges between the two countries have intensified recently with the bitter Syrian war spilling over into a wider proxy fight and Iran's role in the ongoing Yemen conflict enraging Israel and the West. [Full Article...]

Eurogroup backs Spain's Luis de Guindos to be next European Central Bank vice president

Eurogroup backs Spain's Luis de Guindos to be next European Central Bank vice president De Guindos' only opponent, the Irish central bank governor Philip Lane , withdrew his candidacy to the position earlier on Monday afternoon. "[It] is crucial that the election of a new vice president for the European Central Bank is based on consensus, and should not be a source for any disagreement", Donohoe said in a statement. [Full Article...]

Trump tells Cornyn he's open to tweaking gun background check system

Trump tells Cornyn he's open to tweaking gun background check system President Trump said on Tuesday that he had signed a memo ordering the Department of Justice to propose regulations on bump stocks , instruments that enable the modification of semi-automatic rifles into full-on machine guns. "I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns", Trump said, looking at Ses... [Full Article...]

Emotional Odinga addresses thousands as Tsvangirai is laid to rest

Emotional Odinga addresses thousands as Tsvangirai is laid to rest Yesterday (Monday), Tsvangirai's mother caused drama at the memorial service when she declared that she will commit suicide if Chamisa and Tsvangirai's widow, Elizabeth Macheka attend the burial. Malema described as "nonsensical" the manner in which Tsvangirai was denied power by former President Robert Mugabe after winning elections in 2008, but was forced to get into a government of national uni... [Full Article...]

Iran locates wreckage of crashed passenger plane

Iran locates wreckage of crashed passenger plane Iran has located the wreckage of a passenger plane that went down in a mountainous part of the country earlier this week, killing all 65 people on board. Poor visibility meant some 60 helicopter sorties on Monday could find no trace of the plane. So far, 30 bodies had been found, the IRIB TV reported. [Full Article...]

Almost 200 Civilians Killed By Regime Airstrikes In Damascus Suburb

Almost 200 Civilians Killed By Regime Airstrikes In Damascus Suburb Speaking on the matter, Eastern Ghouta hospital director and the senior pediatrician said, "These are the worst days of our lives in Ghouta town". Another 1200 people were reported injured. The statement was supposed to report on mass casualties among children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus . With ISIS having lost its territorial footing in the past year, Russian-backed Syrian forces are ma... [Full Article...]

Poland logging unlawful — European Union court advisor

Poland logging unlawful — European Union court advisor Poland's rightwing government broke the law by logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests, the legal advisor to the EU's top court said today, setting up a new clash between Brussels and Warsaw. This led the Luxembourg-based high court to up the ante this past November, issuing an order to cease and desist all "active forest management operations" or face fines of at least $117,000 for eve... [Full Article...]

Pakistan given three-month reprieve over terrorist financing watchlist: Minister

Pakistan given three-month reprieve over terrorist financing watchlist: Minister He said that the motion has been deferred for three months, while the Asia Pacific Group has been asked to present another report in June. Asif repeated Pakistan's stance that it is blamed for foreign forces' failure to bring peace in Afghanistan and said it has rejected allegations aimed at "scapegoating" Pakistan for the West's "monumental failure in Afghanistan". [Full Article...]

Mandarin approved as official language of Pakistan

Mandarin approved as official language of Pakistan The revelations come nearly two months after China issued an advisory for its nationals in Pakistan, warning them against imminent terrorist attacks on projects that are part of the $57 billion CPEC . India strongly objects to the route of the corridor, which goes through Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Last year, 10 Pakistanis were killed by unidentified gunmen while the former were working nea... [Full Article...]

John Kasich Deletes Pro-Gun Content from Website, Pushes AR-15 Ban

John Kasich Deletes Pro-Gun Content from Website, Pushes AR-15 Ban The Kasich website says now that "as Governor, (Kasich) recently challenged a bipartisan working group of gun owners and gun control advocates to find common ground that will protect the 2nd Amendment and save lives..." The former presidential hopeful's decision came less than one week after 17 people were killed in one of the most deadly mass shootings in US history. [Full Article...]

In Iran, Sufi followers killed 2 paramilitaries, 3 policemen

In Iran, Sufi followers killed 2 paramilitaries, 3 policemen According to Fars News Agency , "an angry dervish bus driver ran over a group of policemen and created a carnage". Often described as Islamic mysticism, Sufism emphasises the inner search for God and the renunciation of worldly matters. [Full Article...]

Found: A Hidden Painting Underneath a Picasso

Found: A Hidden Painting Underneath a Picasso His painting from the blue period , La Miséreuse accroupie , also known as The Crouching Beggar or The Crouching Woman , was created in 1902. During Picasso's "Blue Period", he rarely used other colors other than blue, blue-green and blue-gray shades. [Full Article...]


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