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Source: BBC

EU approves new trade talks with US

17-Apr-2019

EU ministers have given the Commission - which conducts trade talks on the group's behalf - a mandate to negotiate on two tracks.

President Donald Trump and the head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, agreed last year that they wanted to reduce trade barriers. European Union countries have approved plans for trade talks with the United States.

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Source: CTV

Decision day in Alberta: Voters head to polls in provincial election

Wednesday 12:41 GMT

Voters are heading to the polls in the Alberta election today and advance turnouts suggest it could be busy at the ballot boxes.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh. United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney, left to right, Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan, Alberta New Democrat Party leader and incumbent premier Rachel Notley and Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel take their places during the 2019 Alberta Leaders Debate in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

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Source: Global News

U.S. asylum seekers’ indefinite detention has been expanded by the attorney general

Thursday 02:26 GMT

The U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday struck down a decision that had allowed some asylum seekers to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge, in a ruling that expands indefinite detention for some migrants who must wait months or years for their cases to be heard.

Incoming Mexico government shows support for Trump’s plan to change U.S. border policy. “The number of asylum seekers who will remain in potentially indefinite detention pending disposition of their cases will be almost entirely a question of DHS’s detention capacity, and not whether the individual circumstances of individual cases warrant release or detention,” Vladeck said.

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Source: Global News

Ottawa extends deadline for Trans Mountain decision to June 18

Friday 13:35 GMT

LISTEN: Minister Amarjeet Sohi joins The Morning News to discuss why the deadline for the Trans Mountain expansion decision was extended. That decision gave cabinet 90 days to make its call, setting May 22 as the expected deadline.

The federal government says it is delaying its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project until June 18 in order to wrap up consultations with Indigenous groups.

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Source: DW

Myanmar Supreme Court rejects final appeal for Reuters journalists

Today 04:13 GMT

Myanmar's top court has ruled against two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years for illegally possessing official documents.

Read more: Myanmar jails journalists — 'More trials and prosecution under civilian government'. "They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands, and the appeal is rejected," Supreme Court Justice Soe Naing told the court in the capital, Naypyitaw, without providing more details. "Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo did not commit any crime, nor was there any proof that they did," Gail Gove, Reuters chief counsel, said in a statement after the ruling.

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Source: DW

India looking to compensate loss of Iranian oil

Today 06:05 GMT

India's Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted on Tuesday, saying that the country will get additional supplies from other major oil producing countries to compensate for the loss of Iranian oil.

India's petroleum ministry issued a statement assuring of a "robust" oil import plan starting from May. "The Government of India has put in place a robust plan to ensure that there is adequate supply of crude oil to Indian oil refineries from May 2019 onwards. There will be additional supplies from other major oil producing countries from different parts of the world," the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Source: DW

Defiant China to soften blow of Trump's Iran oil decision

Today 06:05 GMT

The Trump administration's move to stifle Iran of much-needed oil revenue is expected to hurt Chinese oil companies, which are among Iran's biggest companies.

Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, has supported President Donald Trump's decision to end waivers not only because Iran is its main foe but also because a rise in oil prices means higher revenue for the kingdom. Officials in Riyadh were disappointed after Washington exempted major Iranian oil importers from sanctions in November, causing oil prices to plunge to around $50 a barrel from more than $85.

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Source: Global News

Sri Lanka bombings: Is banning social media after a terrorist attack for the best?

Today 08:05 GMT

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went dark on Easter Sunday shortly after terrorist attacks killed hundreds in Sri Lanka.

WATCH: Jacinda Ardern sees social media as ‘global issue’ in wake of New Zealand mosque attack. The Washington Post’s editorial board was less favourable: Sri Lanka’s decision “might be understandable” in the context of the brutal bombings, however it “sets an alarming precedent.” The block is “the latest rebuke of platforms once seen as a great hope of the democratic world,” the editorial reads.

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Source: The Guradian

Joe Biden to announce 2020 presidential bid this week

Today 08:05 GMT

“Come on in, the water is warm, Joe,” the California senator Kamala Harris, another 2020 contender, laughed on Tuesday as she campaigned in New Hampshire. “I adore Joe Biden and I think he has to make whatever decision is best for him.”

Early polling shows Biden in the top tier of the Democratic field but in close competition with the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders for frontrunner status. Biden, who spent the last five decades in Washington but never lost touch with his working-class background, is scheduled to face union workers in Pittsburgh on Monday as part of a rollout tour, a person familiar with the plans told the Associated Press, speaking on the condition of anonymity to disclose private conversations.


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