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Trump’s presidential approval rating within first 100 days in office lowest since 1945

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As President Donald Trump is approaching the 100-day benchmark in the White House, his approval rating has hit a historical low of 42 percent. Twelve of his predecessors averaged 61-percent at this point, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed.

An average of 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president, while 53 percent disapprove. Past presidents’ ratings averaged 69 percent approval and 19 percent disapproval by their 100th day in office, the poll shows.

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Saudi king’s son who ‘bombed Yemen’ named as ambassador to US

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed his son, Prince Khaled bin Salman, as the country’s ambassador to the US, in a move said to point to strengthening ties to President Donald Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks with Mohammed bin Salman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and minister of defense, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Trump’s administration may resume selling weapon guidance systems to Saudi Arabia that was halted by former President Barack Obama in December, according to the Wall Street Journal. Photographer: Mark Wilson/Pool via Bloomberg

Prince Khaled is an Air Force pilot who has taken part in operations in Yemen, AP reports. The prince, who studied military aviation in the US and briefly attended both Harvard University and Georgetown, has been working as an adviser at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington since last year.

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haled’s position will allow Trump a direct line to the Saudi monarchy, further signalling warmer relations between the two powers after a cooling following the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with regional rival Iran.

Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, and another of King Salman’s sons, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met with Trump in the White House in March.
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Video: 13 injured as ferry slams into port in Canary Islands

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MADRID – Spanish authorities say 13 passengers aboard a ferry have been injured when the boat slammed into a breakwater in a port on the Canary Islands.

Manolo Vidal, spokesman for Naviera Armas, the company that owns the ferry, says that a “loss of electrical power” caused the accident as the boat was leaving the Puerta de la Luz on the island of Gran Canaria Friday night.

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In Pictures: Millions mark martyrdom anniversary of 7th Shia Imam in Baghdad

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Millions of Muslims have converged on the Iraqi capital Baghdad to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the 7th Shia Imam, Imam Musa ibn Jafar al-Kazim (PBUH).

The ritual was commemorated on Sunday, the climax of a week-long pilgrimage where the faithful marched towards the Imam’s shrine in the capital, and largest city Baghdad.

The pilgrims were seen carrying a symbolic coffin of the Imam during the event.

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Bomb blast occurs near army base in Afghanistan

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A car bomb explosion has hit an area near a military camp in Afghanistan’s Khost Province, officials say.

A spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of the Interior said the car bomb was detonated near the Campaign military camp in Khost on Monday, Khaama Press reported.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The blast came on the same day that two of Afghanistan’s highest-ranking officials in charge of security resigned over an earlier militant attack on an army base.

Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim stepped down on Monday over apparent security loops that led to massive casualties in a Taliban raid on the Afghan National Army’s 209th Corps military base in Maza-i-Sharif on Friday. Some 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in that attack.

In March, another brazen Taliban attack killed dozens at the country’s largest military hospital in the capital, Kabul.

The Monday explosion also came as US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit.

The US has thousands of military forces in Afghanistan. It led an invasion of the country that toppled a Taliban regime in 2001.

North Korea ‘can sink US aircraft carrier in one strike’

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North Korea says it has the military power to sink an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that is approaching waters off the Korean Peninsula in “one strike.”

The US has deployed a strike group, including the large USS Carl Vinson carrier, to the Korean Peninsula in what is intended to be a show of force amid North Korea’s advancing missile and military nuclear programs.

The US carrier will reach the peninsula by the end of April, according to US defense officials.
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In Pictures: Science marchers defy rain in Washington DC

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In Pictures: UN must list S Arabia, allies for violating child rights in Yemen: Aid groups

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A new report by two international aid groups says Saudi Arabia and its allies must be named in the UN’s annual list of perpetrators of child rights violations as Riyadh continues to carry out attacks on schools and medical facilities during its military aggression against Yemen.

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The report, by Save the Children and Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, called on UN Secretary General António Guterres to add Saudi Arabia to his list of those responsible for grave violations of children’s rights in conflict.

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