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Ted Cruz Mocked For His Fawning Time Magazine Tribute To Donald Trump

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There used to be no love lost between President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz

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Chinese military 'challenged Australian warships in the South China Sea'

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Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister, asserted his country's rights to conduct patrols in the South China Sea after reports of a confrontation with China amid rising tensions in the disputed waters. China's navy was said to have been involved in a "robust" but polite confrontation with three Australian warships in the strategically important sea, according to Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC). The broadcaster, which first reported the incident, said it was "believed to have occurred earlier this month as China was conducting its largest ever naval exercises". Mr Turnbull, who is in London on a visit, did not comment on the specific confrontation, which is said to have taken place off the coast of Vietnam. But when prompted by reporters, he said: "We maintain and practice the right of freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the world and, in this context, we're talking about naval vessels on the world's oceans, including the South China Sea, as is our perfect right in accordance with international law." Australian defence officials did not confirm the confrontation took place, but said three warships had arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. They are making a three-day goodwill visit to Vietnam. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during China's drills last week  Credit: Xinhua/Reuters On the same day, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over huge exercises in the South China Sea in an unmistakable show of force to Beijing's regional rivals. The drills involved 48 ships, among them China's sole operating aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, along with 76 helicopters, fighter jets and bombers, and more than 10,000 personnel. ABC said the HMAS Anzac, HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success were challenged by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. China claims almost all of the South China Sea, where more than $5 trillion (£3.8 trillion) of trade passes every year.  Much of the sea is also claimed by several south-east Asian nations, including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Success prepares to dock at Saigon port in Ho Chi Minh City last week. Credit: Van Khoa/Thanh Nien News Observers say China is developing its military capabilities by fortifying and building infrastructure on what were previously reefs and partially-submerged islets. The US Navy has been confronting China in the region with 'freedom of navigation' exercises. It sent the aircraft carriers Theodore Roosevelt and Carl Vinson through the South China Sea in recent months, angering Beijing. Washington has also called on Australia to carry out similar patrols.

Putin 'ready' for Trump summit, Lavrov says

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Russian president Vladimir Putin is "ready for a meeting" with his US counterpart Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. Moscow's chief diplomat added that such a summit was not currently being discussed but the Kremlin hopes that a meeting at the White House would materialise. "President Putin is ready for such a meeting," Lavrov said in an interview with state news agency RIA Novosti.

Macron calls Sisi to discuss Syrian crisis

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French President Emmanuel Macron called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday to discuss the Syrian crisis, Sisi's office said. Macron addressed the military strike that France, the United States and Britain launched in Syria a week ago, pointing out that it comes within the framework of international legitimacy, it said in a statement. The three countries launched 105 missiles in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria, targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities.

Five Asian Countries Dump More Plastic Into Oceans Than Anyone Else Combined: How You Can Help

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Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the half-year closure of Boracay to tourists starting April 26 to clean up the waste in the sea. What can be done on a personal level to combat this waste apocalypse facing global waters?

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Former President George H.W. Bush Greets Mourners of Wife Barbara

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The former president asked to be taken to church where Barbara Bush's body lies in repose.

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Russia: U.S. strikes remove moral hurdles for S-300 missiles for Assad - RIA

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U.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state news agency. Lavrov was also quoted as saying that, prior to the U.S. strikes on Syrian targets, Russia had told U.S. officials which areas of Syria represented "red lines" for Moscow, and the U.S. military action did not cross those lines.

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Underlining alliance, Venezuela's Maduro visits new Cuban leader

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HAVANA (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro became on Saturday the first foreign leader to meet with Cuba's Miguel Diaz-Canel since he became president of the communist-run island this week, underscoring the importance of the Venezuelan-Cuban alliance.

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Donald Trump suggests he may pardon Jack Johnson because — c'mon, you know why

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While past presidents were mourning former First Lady Barbara Bush at her funeral in Houston today, President Trump was on his phone in Mar-a-Lago, having his usual Twitter meltdown. In between excoriating James Comey and tossing around conspiracy theories about Mr. Peepers, President Trump decided to suddenly announce he was considering a pardon for Jack Johnson, the history-making boxer. Trump, as you might imagine, appears to have taken a particular interest in pardons as of late. SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama shared the perfect parenting metaphor for Trump's White House Some background on the controversy: Jack Johnson was the first black man to ever hold the title of world heavyweight champion. By 1912, he hadn't lost a match in four years. Other white boxers refused to fight him. When one, Canadian Tommy Burns, did, Johnson destroyed him soundly.  The match incited a series of riots across the country, some of which left people dead. Johnson, a hero for many, was nonetheless arrested and sent to prison twice for violating a law that made it illegal to transport a white woman across state lines. She was his girlfriend. Since then, activists, family members, and folks in the boxing community have been working diligently to secure Johnson a presidential pardon. He was the subject of the movie The Great White Hope  starring James Earl Jones. His life has also been explored in numerous documentaries and theater shows. When President Obama was in office and a pardon was under consideration, the Department of Justice said that they were reserved for living people only. Activists at the time accused the DOJ of performing a historic cop-out. So it's just possible that Trump might do the right thing in this case — if only for purely selfish motives. According to Trump, Sylvester Stallone vouched for Johnson.  Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018 The benign interpretation of events is that Trump really really cares about one boxer's historical legacy. A more corrosive reading is that Trump isn't even sure that Johnson has passed — remember Frederick Douglass, y'all? The most accurate version of events comes from Maggie Haberman at the New York Times, however, who suggested that Trump may have done this to communicate to allies that pardons are coming their way — if they don't collaborate with Mueller. It’s almost like there’s a value right now in reminding some folks he has this power https://t.co/IUv4SdBUcY — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 21, 2018 This is the least offensive of Trump's tweets today, so let's just enjoy it for what it is. Dumb. WATCH: How the Rambo's ’First Blood’ morphed from book to screen

Iran president criticises violence by morality police

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday appeared to criticise the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused of breaching the country's strict dress code. "Some say the way to promote virtue and prohibit vice is... by going to the street and grabbing people by the neck," said Rouhani in a wide-ranging speech to government officials carried on state television. On Thursday, mobile footage went viral on Iranian social media showing a female member of the morality police violently beating a woman whose headscarf was not sufficiently covering her hair.

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