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Canada’s Financial Consumer Watchdog to Beef Up Bank Supervision

Review of sales practices at Big Six banks finds risks of 'mis-selling' to customers

Justin Trudeau is less popular than Stephen Harper was at this point in his tenure as PM

Cambridge Analytica whistle blower lost job with Michael Ignatieff over data-harvesting in 2009: Liberal source

Health Canada aims to demand financial information about pot investors to fight organized crime

Controls on sales practices at Canadian banks ‘insufficient’: watchdog

Ombudsman heard 28 per cent more bank customer complaints in 2017

Ottawa to force gun vendors to keep track of firearm sales March 20

Consumer trust in grocers tumbles after bread-price-fixing scheme: study

Maryland School Shooting Leaves Shooter Dead and 2 Other Students Injured

Texas Rattled by 5th Package Bomb Explosion

Kremlin comments on Trump’s failure to congratulate Putin on re-election victory

Diplomat calls on US to unconditionally abandon plans of attacking Damascus

US first lady to hold first public event on cyberbullying

Moscow Warns Washington Against Conducting Strike Against Syria

Thousands ordered to evacuate as powerful storm nears California

Catholic Church cuts ties with Texas’s largest pro-life group

US retailers urge Trump not to levy tariffs on Chinese imports

Texas Rattled by 5th Package Bomb Explosion

New Documents Reveal FBI Spied on BLM Activists

US Senators to force vote to redefine U.S. role in Yemen

Orbitz Discloses Possible Data Breach Affecting 880,000 Payment Cards

Mexico: Teachers threaten major protest action

Mexico: New health center abandoned by state

Binational concert for cross-border unity

Former Guatemalan Pres. Contender in Miami Jail Till May

El Salvador
El Salvador Ponders Ways to Counter MS-13 Gang

El Salvador Ponders Ways to Counter MS-13 Gang

State of Emergency Declared in a Second Parish in Jamaica

US bans use of Venezuela’s oil-backed cryptocurrency as a ‘scam supporting dictatorship’

Oil rises to three-week high on Middle East tensions, Venezuela concerns

FARC Gives Colombia Gov't Over 19 kilograms Gold for Peace Fund

Colombia: Another Social Activist Shot to Death

Colombian Air Force kills nine FARC rebels

Ecuador Gov't Scraps Intel Agency, US-linked Army Man Rejoices

Ecuador: 3 Detained after Homemade Bomb Detonated in Esmeraldas

Peru Would Grow 3.7% This Year Without Presidential Vacancy

President Kuczynski Will Inaugurate Water Project in Iquitos

3 Politicians Are Forbidden to Leave the Country Due to the Odebrecht Case

Bolivia Pleads for Sea Access at The Hague Court

Bolivia takes Chile to world court over maritime access

Fear and Drug Trafficking Endure in Rio de Janeiro Slum Used as Test by Federal Intervention

Brazil among the Four Global Leaders in Assassinated Activists

Brazil: Ex Soccer Star Romario to Run for Governor of Rio

Lula begins tour of south Brazil and meets Mujica, but it was a bad day for both leaders

Argentine Congress to Start Formal Debate to Legalize Abortion

Argentina's Missing San Juan Submarine 'Spied on British Ships'

Argentine Glacier Collapses in Cyclical Splendor

Christine Lagarde: “Trade wars are not games that can be won”

Akie Abe's name in Finance Ministry's Moritomo docs 'because she is PM's wife': official

Key ex-bureaucrat in document scandal to testify in Diet on March 27

Fisheries Agency to get tough on small bluefin tuna fishing quotas

Education minister admits 2 LDP lawmakers questioned whistleblower's school talk

Japan marks 23rd anniv. of sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo subway

Japanese pension data entry outsourced to Chinese firm

Japan products likely exempted from stiff US tariffs: minister

Moritomo scandal: Ruling bloc yields to opposition calls for Diet testimony by former tax agency head

Internal documents reveal that 90% of secret Japanese government funds were spent without receipts

Japan cult members could be hanged any day for subway attack

N. Korea
South Korean K-Pop singers to perform in North Korea

North Korean Beer Banned For Export, Sold as ‘Fake’ in China

S. Korea
South Koreans Optimistic Over Prospect of Nuclear Talks

Korean contingent to UNIFIL Support Group KLM 3rd Anniversary Event

Korean resident of Japan's legal battle for dignity ends in her favor but problems remain

Unofficial meeting among DPRK, S. Korea, US starts

ROK prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex-president

South Korea and the United States will Resume their Military Exercises on April 1

S. Korea's Moon and Canada's Trudeau highlight importance of rules-based global trading system

China’s Xi Has Stern Warning for Taiwan

Xi's stronger influence may change ASEAN policy toward Japan, diplomats say

China's trade with Russia will soon reach $100 billion

How China may hit back at the U.S. if Trump imposes his $60-billion tariff package

China to launch Long March-5B rocket next year

Henan to spend US$200M in water diversion project

China builds world's fastest wind tunnel

Xi warns Taiwan will face 'punishment of history' for separatism

Taiwan trying hard to avoid exclusion from 2018 WHA: source

High Speed Rail service suspended for 88 mins after earthquake

U.S. reaffirms one-China policy as China protests travel act

Duterte favors anti-dynasty provision, but sees people rejecting it

Duterte backs six-month Boracay shutdown

Cold wave from China to grip northern VN

Hundreds of forest violation cases reported in Gia Lai

Tribute paid to late Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải: two-way respect

​Hanoi selected headquarters for Southeast Asia forecast support center

Deadly consequences of illegal hunting with airguns in Vietnam

Activists Urge Pressure After Laos Human Rights Dialogue with European Union

Lao drug kingpin sentenced to life

Laos: Increasing forest cover to 70 percent is achievable, minister says

Laos: Loss of State-owned land affecting national development

Laos, EU agree to promote, protect human rights

HM the King marks bicentennial Thai-US ties

EC Somchai sacked

Chon Buri monk calls on govt to vaccinate strays at temple

Most of new Parliament compound to be delivered this year: Sino-Thai

PM urged to allow elections for Social Security Office board

Governor approached to seek clarification on Phimai historical park

First Thai named chair of WTO’s dispute settlement body

US Brushes Off Hun Sen’s ‘Absurd’ Claims of CIA Hit on Cambodian Analyst Kem Ley

Australian Engineer Claims Malaysian MH370 Boeing 777 Found

Malaysian government denies hiring Cambridge Analytica

Singapore-based NEM foundation ends tracking of stolen cryptocurrency

PM Lee 'deeply saddened' by Mecca bus accident

Brunei, Indonesia work on new hybrid paddy varieties

KPK searches home of Malang mayor

Canned sardines contaminated with thread worms, BPOM confirms

Indonesia: Marine personnel rebuild roads, houses ahead of naval exercises

Officers raid sidewalk vendors, confiscate ID cards in East Jakarta

Jakarta to see medium rain but remain hot during equinox

Business selling expired food in West Jakarta had Rp 6 billion turnover: Police

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Cancels Public Appearance During Visit to Australia

Presence of Myanmar Soldiers in Kayin State Forces Villagers Into Forest

Upcoming monsoons will increase needs for 671,000 refugees in Bangladesh

TIB hails National Defence Policy

Maj Gen Shafeenul made new BGB chief

Iraq has uncovered the bodies of 38 Indian construction workers abducted by ISIL in 2014

India confirms deaths of 39 workers abducted in Iraq

Rahul begins 3rd Karnataka visit; assails Modi, BJP

Karnataka govt okays separate religion status for Lingayats, seeks Centre's nod

35 districts account for 89% of Maoist violence, says govt

4 militants killed in ongoing Kupwara encounter: Army

Apprentices to get 20% quota in railway recruitment

High voltage shock: Maharashtra's power dues spike a whopping Rs 39,000 cr

State's 1st breast milk bank in a govt hospital yet to take shape

Govt releases funds to retrofit two Boeing 777 to be used as next VVIP long haul planes

Middle East
Iran, Pakistan to sign MoU for arts, literature cooperation

Amnesty Urges Pakistan To Resolve 'Hundreds' Of Enforced Disappearances

Market watch: As rupee falls, KSE-100 climbs 770 points

Musharraf ruined country, now seeks security to return home: Maryam

NAB summons Saad Rafique over 'corruption' in Paragon housing scheme

Rain may mar Peshawar, Quetta eliminator in Lahore

US won't resume security aid to Pak till it allays concerns on terror safe havens

Kyrgyz Women 'Rescued From Slavery' In Russian Sweatshop

Kyrgyzstan plans to tighten punishment for drug trafficking and smuggling

PM of Kyrgyzstan instructs to step up fight against corruption on border

Police Lieutenant Colonel arrested in Kyrgyzstan with 19 kg of drugs

Jeenbekov congratulates Putin on victory in presidential elections in Russia

Tajikistan and Nowruz: Renewal, Forgiveness and Solidarity

Norouz celebrated at Iran's embassy in Turkmenistan

Armenian President Drops Hint He Intends to Extend Rule

Armenian Opposition Politician Sentenced To 10 1/2 Years In Prison

Armenia’s goal is to make Azerbaijan closer to European values, rather than to remove it from CoE – Gevorg Kostanyan

Nominating President Sargsyan for Prime Minister is the best solution, says MP Farmanyan

Presenting Armenia and Artsakh to world in new way: Awarding ceremony of “Once in Armenia” competition of stories held in Yerevan

Ukraine Delays Investigation of Journalist Wanted by Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan mulls joining OPEC amid shale oil threat

First VP Mehriban Aliyeva meets with spouses of heads of diplomatic missions in Baku

US visit of illegal Karabakh regime "head" raises doubts about objectivity of US as OSCE MG co-chair

Iran, Yemen in focus as Trump and Saudi prince meet at White House

Leader names New Year as year of support for Iranian products

Iran FM wishes happiness for all celebrating Nowruz

Iran blasts Trump's anti-Iran insults

A glance at tourism attractions of Kohgiluyeh-Boyer-Ahmad province

4.9 magnitude quake hits SW Iran

Moscow not committed to possible anti-Iran sanctions: envoy

Stranded Iraqi Refugees in Syria Say Unable to Return Home Due to Sectarian Targeting

‘Bathtub reminds me of waterboarding’: Ex-detainees recount US torture 15yrs after Iraq invasion

Rouhani opens ‘strategic’ rail line near Iraqi border

The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began

ISIL kills three, injures two in northern Iraq

Lavrov warns of ‘grave consequences’ of US new strike against Syria

US planning missile and bombing raid against Damascus — top brass

At Least 24 Killed, 32 Wounded in Shelling of Damascus by Militants - Police

ICRC Chief Says Trusts Reports About Crimes of Militants in Syria's E Ghouta

Russian Copter-Based Electronic Jammer Spotted in Syria for the 1st Time

UN says 100,000 ‘trapped’ in Syria’s Afrin

Fifteen Children and Two Women were Killed in an Air Strike in Eastern Ghouta

Work permit success! Syrian tech star back in Sweden after deportation threat

EU Afraid of Losing Ankara Amid Rapid Russo-Turkish Rapprochement – Analysts

Ankara sees ‘unfounded allegations, propaganda efforts’ in UN rights report

UN slams mass rights abuses in Turkey

Erdogan says he is sending exploration ship into east Med

Turkey accuses UN human rights envoy of ‘collaborating with terrorists’

100 tons of baby sea breams airlifted

Turkey: Over 50,000 inmates employed in jails

Berri congratulates Putin on re election, meets popular delegations

Israel's ambassador Samash, Orthodox Church's head Daniel recall BOR-Romania's Jewish community good relations

Netanyahu says ‘flood’ of African migrants worse than Sinai terrorists

UK indicates displeasure with Israeli condemnation of poison attack

Prominent architect reportedly suspected of bribing Likud MK

White House calls on Abbas to choose between "hateful rhetoric," "concrete efforts"

Palestinian president calls US ambassador to Israel 'son of a dog'

Abbas says Hamas 'behind' bomb attack on Palestinian premier

Report: Palestinian child prisoners' rights still violated despite reforms

Jordan: Public debt, budget deficit increase as foreign reserves remain within safe limits

Report commends Jordan’s ‘rapid’ legal response to refugee crisis

Israel begins clearing thousands of landmines from Jordan River baptism site

Kuwait bourse ends trading Tuesday in red zone

Kuwait condemns violence in Syria, demands UNSC resolution 2401 enforcement

Kuwait: Parliament, Interior Ministry must tackle reckless driving together - Minister

Kuwaiti island development to spark employment boom, says minister

Bahraini army chief lauds brotherly ties with Kuwait

Energy diversification: Poroshenko says Qatar ready to supply LNG to Ukraine

Volume of Iran-Qatar trade exchanges exceed $250 m

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Crown Prince to Visit White House Tuesday

Riyadh to host Arab summit on April 15

OIC permanent representatives discuss scores of key issues in Jeddah

Saudi ‘prince of PR’ goes for a hard sell on US visit

Bin Salman in US to push for atomic deal, pressure on Iran

Saudi Arabia crown prince visit will strengthen KSA-US links: Saudi ambassador

Saudi Border Guard rescues Briton, Indian in Arabian Gulf

Saudi billionaire Al-Waleed 'forgives' Ritz ordeal

1 Singaporean killed, several injured in bus accident in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

U. A. E.
UAE leaders launch Dh30 billion lifestyle project

Iran trying to create another Hezbollah in Yemen - Saudi Amb. to US

Senate votes on ending support for Saudi campaign in Yemen as crown prince meets Trump

Saudi Arabia ‘providing relief to all in need in Yemen without discrimination’

Saudi Crown Prince 'can end Yemen conflict'

United Kingdom
Expelled Russian Diplomats Preparing to Leave Britain

UK Gov't Enacting Anti-Russia Measures Announced Last Week - PM May's Spokesman

British MPs seek to summon Facebook’s Zuckerberg for questioning over data scandal

Drawn to a cause, British woman dies fighting alongside Kurds in Syria

Scotland's Top Court Rules In Favor of Case Arguing For The Ability To Reverse Brexit

The top tenth of taxpayers paid 60pc of all income tax last year

Sarraf meets Irish counterpart over military cooperation

Ireland calls for enactment of joint Northern Irish consultative body

Merkel, Irish PM say solution needed for Northern Ireland border issue

'Shameful misuse of the public purse' - Dail to vote on abolition of Taoiseach's controversial 'spin unit'

Government defends €100K grant to private school in Minister's constituency as scheme accused of 'class bias'

Ireland can rely on Germany's 'unconditional' support during Brexit negotiations - Angela Merkel

Ryanair swoops to snap up Niki Lauda's Austrian airline

Taoiseach calls for Senator's resignation after controversial retweet as he accuses Sinn Fein of 'glorifying violence'

Algarve to receive ten new mobile health units

Spring is officially here

All of Portugal’s local health groups to have dentists next year

Dozen horses up for auction in Lagos

Portugal: Doctors to strike in May

Pro-Israel activist to be tried for threatening Spanish towns over BDS

Latinos in Spain: Finding the delicate balance between two identities

Government announces security hike to tackle drug crisis in Campo de Gibraltar

Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims

French won't give up the fight against English but face losing battle

France rolls out new measures to get tough on jobseekers

French countryside sees alarming 'collapse' of bird populations

Brussels hosts pledging conf. on Gaza desalination plant

Number of asylum seekers in EU down by almost half in 2017: Reports

EU supports Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, reform process

EU ministers set to discuss rule of law in Poland

Belgian real estate worth thrice the country’s GDP

Merkel congratulates Putin on winning Russian presidential election

German Lawmakers Insist Syria Can Take Refugees Back

Proposed new NATO logistics command to be based in Ulm – German military

German investor confidence plunges on trade war fears: survey

Mosque in Germany attacked with Molotov bombs

Danish PM hits out at Trump over steel and aluminium tariffs

Unicef: Denmark 'could do better' in treatment of child refugees

Denmark’s foreign minister 'sees no reason' to congratulate Putin on election win

Austrian man who sued over gender discrimination to get €300,000 payout

UFO Allegedly Caught on Camera Over Lucerne, Switzerland

Swiss cities hold their places among world’s best for quality of life

Italy doubles purchases of Russian gas

Italy's Lega Party Leader: Do You Really Fear Russia Will Conquer You?1

Italy received more asylum requests in 2017 than any other EU country except Germany

Italy opens 1,000 hidden cultural treasures to the public this weekend

Court places Lezha’s mayor under house arrest for land and office abuse

Albania: Authorities take down human-trafficking organizations, arrest 39 in the process

900 Italians equipped with fake diplomas from Albania’s ghost university

Rights groups slam EU-Turkey deal, say migrants stranded on Greek islands

Kammenos says Turkish handling of Greek soldiers reminiscent of the ‘Midnight Express’

Land registry offices in go-slow mode

Macedonia’s accession to NATO could have negative effects for regional security – Moscow

Athens, Skopje play down name row before ministers meet

Greek offers proposal for Macedonia conundrum

Head of State: Israel Would be Interested in Investing in High Technology

Bulgarian Diplomat Monitors the Situation of the Injured in the Bus Crash in Egypt

Bulgaria is First in Europe in Increase of the Number of Prisoners in 2016

Labor Costs Increase by 12% by the End of 2017

CSAT meeting:Seal of approval for MApN, MAI, SIE, SPP, STS activity, as per missions assumed

Ambassador Ramis: Apart from aeronautics, France intends to collaborate in many other industrial fields in Romania

Prosecutor General sends protocols concluded with SRI to CSM and Justice Minister

Tariceanu:Cut pretense declassification of SRI protocols with prosecution bodies would affect national security, just do it

Ambassador Paul Brummell, in dialogue with students and teachers at SNSPA

PM Dancila: Romania - a beacon of Francophony in Central and Eastern Europe

'Hungary Will Not Become an Immigrant Country' - PM Viktor Orban

Hungary defends anti-immigration stance at UN rights body

Hungary won't be able to block Ukraine-NATO bilateral relations – MFA

Election 2018 - Fidesz refuses to attend parliament committee meeting on Kósa-gate scandal

Hungary to resume support for Ukraine if education law postponed until 2023

Election 2018 - PM candidate Karácsony discusses anti-graft plans

Slovak PM-designate to rework cabinet list after president rejects proposals

Slovakia president refuses to approve new cabinet

President will not appoint Pellegrini cabinet as proposed

Statue of Maria Theresa deemed unsuitable for Bratislava city centre

Czech Republic
Czech Foreign Ministry to Summon Russian Ambassador Over Skripal Poisoning Case

Kuwait, Poland discuss joint military topics

Polish anti-defamation law aims to ‘protect truth about WWII’: PM

Poland will defend right to reform justice system: deputy FM

Poland has ‘very good’ contacts with Germany: president

More firms folding in Poland: report

Former hostage negotiator charged with coup conspiracy in Ukraine

Electronic real estate survey register should be created in Ukraine

Main military prosecutor's office completes investigation into Klymenko's 'tax platforms'

MP Savchenko says Presidential Administration ordered her 'liquidation' three times

Moldovan Shoplifter Kills Himself, Another When His Grenade Explodes

Iran, Belarus to promote scientific ties

Belarus officials congratulate 25th anniversary of ties with Iran

Belarusian army's readiness to protect air border tested

Belarus president reveals Year of Native Land beautification plans

Insider: Putin Doesn't See Possibility of Diplomatic Reset

Trump congratulates Putin on winning presidential election

Diamond exploration due at four fields in Russia's Arctic

Putin, Trump Stress Importance of Limiting Arms Race, Will Meet Soon

Crimean bridge will open to car traffic in May, well ahead of schedule

Russia Grounds All AN-148 Planes Over Safety Fears After Plane Crash

Russian Diplomats Leave London Over Spy Poisoning Scandal

90% of Russian Military Votes for Supreme Commander Vladimir Putin

Russian neo-Nazi jailed for forcing prostitutes to march naked down street

Putin Secures Over 90% of Votes in Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

Finnish FM: Koreas, US talks won't include denuclearization.

Sweden to tighten rape legislation, outlawing non-consensual sex

Why Sweden could be key for successful Trump-Kim talks

Sweden considering diplomatic snub of Russia World Cup

Spy poison claim against Sweden 'just a guess': Russia

Norway justice minister resigns, averting government crisis

Solberg survives, praises Listhaug

Christie's to auction rare watch once owned by Egyptian king

In Egypt election, El-Sisi imposes stability over democracy

Egypt’s Sisi meets with Greek FM in Cairo

Iran congratulates Tunisia independence anniv.

Trudeau's plan to send peacekeeping troops to Mali questionable, says Conservative defence critic

Mali: Canada to Deploy Troops, Helicopters to UN Mali Mission

Nigeria: Senate steps in to help local groups stand up to Total and BP

Nigeria: Army Failed to Act on Warnings of Mass Abduction - Report

Nigeria: Shell Says Amnesty Group Claims 89 Oil Spills False, Without Merit

Nigeria Was Warned Before Boko Haram Abduction - Amnesty

Number of Anglophone Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria passes 20,000

Egypt, Sudan presidents agree to patch up differences

Ethiopia: Ultimate Challenges of the Incoming Prime Minister

Ethiopia's ruling party to choose new leader

Ministry eyes GERD tourism potentials

World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies in Kenya

Kenya: Exposed - How British Data Company Influenced Poll

Kenya: Malaria Control Strategies Reduce the Caseload - but Bring New Challenges

Uganda: Notorious Police Chief Leaves Behind a Grim Legacy

High on painkillers, teenagers in Gabon are having seizures in class

Angola: Parliament passes draft law on Competition

President Joao Lourenco in Kigali for Heads of State Summit

Angola: Minister of Health wants continuous training of technicians

Zaire: Inauguration of water system boosts actions to fight against cholera

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa to Sign Free Trade Area Pact in Rwanda

Tanzanian Pigeon Pea Farmers Hit Hard by Indian Ban

Industrialists decry 15pc additional duty on sugar

Dar plans irrigation training centre for East Africa

20 dead as powerful storm hits Madagascar

Zim ruling Zanu-PF party to strip Mugabe of immunity, privileges?

ZLHR urges government to promptly address grievances raised by medical practitioners

Mnangagwa barred from AU summit in Kigali

South Africa
South Africa ordered to pay $15 million over death of 144 patients

Mabuza asked about Mpumalanga political killings

Mabuza faces first questions as deputy president in the National Assembly

SANDF revises presidential flight procedures after Ramaphosa's Moti flight

Bitcoin resembles dot-com bubble, but collapse is unfolding 15 times faster – Morgan Stanley

More homes could have been saved in Tathra if not for 'turf war', fire union says

Australia's Privacy Commissioner demands answers from Facebook over data scandal

Minister demands ABC apologise over Ballard skit

Why it's easier to sell a $20m house than a $5m house in Melbourne right now

Government winds back marine protections to support fishing industry

New Zealand
Roadmap To Harness $1.5bn Transport Tech Sector

NZ and Fiji to cooperate on maritime surveillance

Papua New Guinea
Saonu wants share of project revenues

Hela in turmoil

PNG: More Australia aid

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