• Russian blogger convicted for playing 'Pokemon Go' in church

    Russian blogger convicted for playing 'Pokemon Go' in church

    As you can see in the video , which already has been watched over 900,000 times, Sokolovsky first refers to reports of people being warned that playing Pokémon Go in the Church premises could land them in jail. "Aggregating all offences, the court sentences (Sokolovsky) to three years and six months of prison". "Who can ever be offended by you walking around a church with your smartphone?" he asks at the start of his video.

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  • Budget: Senate in closed session

    Budget: Senate in closed session

    A spokesperson for Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sani Onogu, told PREMIUM TIMES that "line by line details of the NASS budget were in the appropriations bill". The Senate has published a budget of N125bn as the National Assembly's projected spending for 2017 . The budget assumes an oil price of $44.5 a barrel and foreign borrowing of 175.9 billion naira and domestic borrowing of 1.488 trillion naira, lawmakers said.

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  • Moon Jae-in claims victory in South Korea presidential election

    The ballot was called to choose a new president after Park Geun-hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and took place against a backdrop of high tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea . Many analysts say Moon, if elected, likely won't pursue drastic rapprochement policies because North Korea's nuclear program has progressed significantly since he was in the Roh government a decade ago.

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  • Philippines, US begin smaller-scale joint military exercises

    Philippines, US begin smaller-scale joint military exercises

    Over the course of 12 days the two militaries will test their aptitude in terror and disaster scenarios, but officials say there will be no live fire drills, which are created to shore up maritime security and defense. The US and Philippines on Monday began their main annual military exercises with a smaller number of troops than previous years and also limited to anti-terrorist operations and disaster response.

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  • 82 freed schoolgirls to meet Nigerian president

    82 freed schoolgirls to meet Nigerian president

    In response to a question, the source said: "Both parties agreed to manage the release of the girls in a no victor, no vanquished manner". A global Bring Back Our Girls campaign, supported by former United States first lady Michelle Obama and other celebrities, has brought "tremendous pressure" on the Nigerian government to counter the extremist group, which controls large parts of the north of the country, says The Guardian .

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  • Draisaitl helps Oilers rout Ducks 7-1 to force Game 7

    Draisaitl has five goals and eight assists in the series. In all, there were 90 shots taken and 102 face-offs. "I just go out and try to play my best game and try to be the best player I can be", Draisaitl said. It was the first even-strength goal the Predators had allowed in the first period this postseason. It was McDavid's third consecutive game with a goal.

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  • Only PM Modi can resolve Kashmir problem: Mehbooba

    Only PM Modi can resolve Kashmir problem: Mehbooba

    Speaking at the inauguration of a much-awaited flyover in Jammu , the chief minister said, "If anyone can take us out of this quagmire then it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi". "Unfortunately Mufti Sahib left us and Vajpayee government is also not there and the situation is back to square one". He said that Mufti's declaration of Modi being Kashmir's "only hope" was ironic and ridiculous in the backdrop of the Advocate General of India's statement in the Supreme Court ruling out any ...

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  • Donald Trump: Israeli and Palestinian Peace 'the Toughest Deal to Make'

    During remarks alongside Trump at the White House, Abbas - through a translator - stressed that his people want a Palestinian state with the capital of East Jerusalem and borders along the pre-1967 lines. The long-shot effort to bring peace - which has eluded U.S. presidents since the 1970s - got off to a rocky start early in Trump's administration. Presidents Barack Obama and George W.

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  • Russia says others may help secure Syria safe zones

    Russia says others may help secure Syria safe zones

    The negotiations in Astana are viewed as complementary to broader United Nations-brokered talks in Geneva on a political settlement, but neither have yielded real progress as of yet. The war-torn country believes in the Russian President and hopes for his continuing support. Asked earlier this year to comment on the idea of safe zones after it was raised by President Donald Trump, U.N.

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  • Government 'Needs a Good Shutdown' to Fix Senate 'Mess'

    The deal to give the Pentagon an extra $15 billion would provide the military with funding stability through September, but next year's budget request is shaping up to be an even bigger fight. Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus , said Monday he was optimistic that the health bill can reach the House floor this week. "This bodes well for the 2018 budget", Schumer said.

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  • US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban

    US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban

    State Department spokesman Mark Toner said more than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and more than 60 others were wounded in Friday's attack on an army base outside the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Mattis also met Monday with the top U.S and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander, Army Gen. John Nicholson. "Our enemy sensed that and they have redoubled their efforts, and it's time for us, alongside our Afghan partners, to respond", he said.

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  • National Day of Prayer Event to be held May 4

    National Day of Prayer Event to be held May 4

    The observance is themed "For Your Great Name's Sake, Hear Us". The National Day of Prayer has been observed each year since 1952 and since 1988 the first Thursday in May has been designated as the official day. During the Greenfield event, ministers, community leaders and others will gather to offer prayer for the nation, its government leaders, institutions, churches and families, according to Cunningham.

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  • France refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-PM to face war crimes charges

    France refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-PM to face war crimes charges

    Serbia says it has evidence of Haradinaj's involvement in crimes not considered in his previous trials. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, which Belgrade has not recognized. "Once again it is proven that the slanders of the Serb secret services against the Kosovo Liberation Army [the wartime guerrilla force] are unfounded and not taken into consideration by the democratic world", Thaci said.

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  • 60th ASEAN Summit begins in Philippines

    60th ASEAN Summit begins in Philippines

    That means discussion of the disputed South China Sea - China claims cross over with some Southeast Asian states - will probably be on the back burner. Ten months into Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte's tenure, his strategic honeymoon with China has devolved into rocky relations. Around 2,000 Asean delegates will attend the summit in Manila this week, according to Paynor.

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