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Parish council tax bills rise despite squeeze

Added: 23.02.2017 10:55 | 0 views | 0 comments

Parish council bills rise by a higher rate than larger authorities, analysis shows.

WATCH: Meet the youths at the heart of the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access pipeline

Added: 23.02.2017 3:34 | 0 views | 0 comments

For months, The International Indigenous Youth Council, known for their commitment to peaceful ceremony, has helped steer the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's efforts to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Michigan city to allow mosque, settle lawsuits alleging bias

Added: 22.02.2017 17:34 | 1 views | 0 comments

(Reuters) - The Sterling Heights City Council in eastern Michigan has approved a stalled proposal to build a mosque, a necessary step to settle discrimination lawsuits from Muslim residents and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Afghan villagers flee Pakistani cross-border firing: aid group

Added: 22.02.2017 9:55 | 0 views | 0 comments


Hundreds of Afghan families have been displaced by cross-border rocket and artillery fire by Pakistani troops, an aid group said on Monday, as tension rose after Pakistan said militants implicated in recent attacks had taken shelter in Afghanistan. As many as 200 families have been displaced from their homes, while some civilian casualties have also been reported after Pakistani border troops fired rockets and artillery, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Islamic State's regional branch claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on Thursday at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's Sindh province.

Rockets from Sinai hit Israel, no casualties: army

Added: 22.02.2017 5:55 | 0 views | 0 comments


At least two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Monday hit southern Israel, causing no damage, the army said, the second such incident this month. "Earlier today, projectiles launched from the Sinai Peninsula hit an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council," the army said in a statement. On February 9, a volley of rockets from Sinai targeted southern Israeli resort city Eilat, with three intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system and the fourth exploding outside of the city.

Philippine minister stands by call to shut mines as review begins

Added: 22.02.2017 4:55 | 0 views | 0 comments


By Manolo Serapio Jr MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' environment minister said on Monday she stands by her decision to shut more than half the country's operating mines and bar mining in watershed zones as an inter-agency panel began a review of her actions. Members of the government's Mining Industry Coordinating Council will scrutinize the affected mines to ensure due process was followed and consider the impact on jobs and the economy after an outcry by the mining industry in the world's top nickel ore supplier. The council cannot overturn her orders, but its findings could feed into a decision by President Rodrigo Duterte, who has said he will review the planned closures after initially throwing his support behind his environment minister.

Ecuador Presidential Election Too Close To Call, Goes To Runoff

Added: 22.02.2017 1:36 | 1 views | 0 comments

Ecuador's National Electoral Council said that with 95 percent of all votes counted on Tuesday, the election is just too close for a first-round victory and will head to a runoff election, according to The Associated Press. Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno is just shy of the votes needed for victory as supporters of opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso protested in the streets that the tally was an attempted fraud to favor Moreno who was selected by current President Rafael Correa to succeed him. The second round of voting will occur on April 2nd in the region that's slowly shifted to the right as conservatives won power in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru. Moreno received a little more than...

Azerbaijan strongman appoints wife vice president

Added: 22.02.2017 0:56 | 0 views | 0 comments


Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday appointed his glamorous wife as first vice president, the latest move seen as tightening the family's iron grip on the oil-rich Caspian nation. The elevation of Mehriban Aliyeva -- a prominent socialite and lawmaker -- sees her now become the country's second most senior official after her husband. "She is professional, educated, experienced, principled, and magnanimous," Aliyev told a National Security Council meeting.

Russian, Ukrainian tensions simmer after ambassador's death

Added: 21.02.2017 23:26 | 1 views | 0 comments

The UN Security Council paid public tribute to late Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin on Tuesday -- but tensions simmered behind the scenes, as Ukraine blocked a more formal statement of condolences.

UN accolades pour in after passing of Russia’s Vitaly Churkin. Who was he?

Added: 21.02.2017 23:14 | 1 views | 0 comments


Diplomats from around the world shared tributes to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations and the longest-serving member of the Security Council, after news of his sudden death in New York on Monday. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?

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