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Interpol approves membership for State of Palestine over Israeli objections

Interpol approves membership for State of Palestine over Israeli objectionsBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Interpol voted on Wednesday to admit the State of Palestine as a member over Israeli objections at the international police organization’s general assembly in Beijing. The decision came despite Israeli efforts to delay a vote and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that the Palestinians’ joining the global police agency contravened signed agreements with Israel. Israel had argued that Palestine is not a state and that it is ineligible to join.



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Thailand approves $5.2bn for delayed China rail project

Thailand approves $  5.2bn for delayed China rail projectThailand’s military government on Tuesday approved $ 5.2 billion to build the first stretch of a high-speed railway that will ultimately link Bangkok to southern China, a massive joint infrastructure project with Beijing that has been dogged by delays. The project is part of China’s huge regional infrastructure plan to build a high-speed rail network connecting the southern city of Kunming with Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. “The Cabinet has approved phase one of the high speed railway… from Bangkok to Korat with 179 billion baht ($ 5.2 billion) budget for a four-year plan,” said Kobsak Pootrakool from the Prime Minister’s office.



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In Swift and Historic Shift, Germany Approves Same-Sex Marriage

In Swift and Historic Shift, Germany Approves Same-Sex MarriageGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel’s abrupt willingness to take up the issue leads to swift action in German parliament.



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Senate approves new Russia sanctions as punishment for meddling in election

Senate approves new Russia sanctions as punishment for meddling in electionThe Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, speaks at a press conference. The Senate has approved new sanctions against Russia. The Senate has approved new sanctions against Russia, as punishment after it was found to have meddled in the 2016 presidential election.



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Israel approves controversial Jerusalem cable car project

Israel approves controversial Jerusalem cable car projectIsrael’s government on Sunday approved plans to install a cable car to Jerusalem’s Old City, a project likely to anger Palestinians and much of the international community. The plan would see a former railway station in west Jerusalem linked by cable car to the Old City in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.



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Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication

Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdicationThe Japanese government on Friday approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries. The bill is likely to receive swift final approval in parliament, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet signed off on the legislation. Abdication must take place within three years of the bill becoming law.



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U.S. House approves tighter North Korea sanctions

U.S. House approves tighter North Korea sanctionsThe U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday to tighten sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive state. Supporters said the legislation was intended to send a strong message to North Korea, amid international concern over the escalation of its nuclear program. The measure would have to be approved by the Senate before it could be sent to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign into law.



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In big win for Trump, Senate approves his conservative court pick

In big win for Trump, Senate approves his conservative court pickBy Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led Senate on Friday gave Donald Trump the biggest triumph of his young presidency, confirming his Supreme Court nominee over stout Democratic opposition and restoring a conservative majority on the highest U.S. judicial body. The Senate, which last year refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama’s nominee to the court, voted 54-45 to approve Republican Trump’s pick, Colorado-based federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, to the lifetime job.



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FDA Approves At-Home DNA Tests for 10 Diseases

FDA Approves At-Home DNA Tests for 10 DiseasesCustomers can now order a $ 200 test from the company 23andMe, send in a saliva sample, and find out if they have a genetic risk for diseases, such as late-onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.



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Judge approves Trump University $25 mn lawsuit settlements

Judge approves Trump University $  25 mn lawsuit settlementsA California judge on Friday approved a $ 25 million deal between US President Donald Trump and former students who accused his now-defunct Trump University of fraud. The ruling from Judge Gonzalo Curiel, seen by AFP, ends three lawsuits relating to Trump University, affecting around 4,000 claimants. Two class-action suits were launched in California in 2010 by former students who claimed they had been deceived by false marketing, and a suit was brought by New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman in 2013.



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