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Washington • President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive …

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  • Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses wait in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  Russia’s Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organisation be considered an extremist group, ordering closure of the group’s Russia headquarters and its 395 local chapters, as well as the seizure of its property.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) Russia a major violator of religious freedom, says U.S. commission
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    Updated Apr 26 2017 06:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • President Donald Trump\. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Republicans in Congress push Trump for religious liberty executive order
    Washington • Dozens of Republican lawmakers are asking President Trump to scale back Obama-era protections for gays and lesbians to make good on a cam...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 06:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • This photo distributed on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows what was said to be a ’Combined Fire Demonstration’ held to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the North Korean army, in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) Trump tells senators he will use economic, diplomatic pressure on North Korea
    Washington • The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear ...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 10:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • President Trump to unveil proposal for massive tax cut
    Washington • The White House plans Wednesday to unveil President Donald Trump’s proposal to revamp the federal tax system, a bid to jump-start one his...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 02:10 pm   |     |   Share



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