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Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road' Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'
- May 27, 2017

President Donald Trump . This is not to say that the Iranian people are in favour of Rouhani , a man who executed almost 4,000 people in just four years, boasts about Iran's support for the dictator Bashar al-Assad, and now presides over an Iran where millions live in poverty; just that Khamenei felt that Raisi would cause the biggest protests. (more...)
Fired FBI chief Comey to testify publicly in Congress Fired FBI chief Comey to testify publicly in Congress
- May 27, 2017

Comey has been at the center of a series of damaging leaks from the White House since he was sacked on May 9 , including reports that Trump asked him to drop an investigation of Russia's ties with former White House aide Michael Flynn during Trump's first weeks in office. (more...)
British police say military to guard key London sites British police say military to guard key London sites
- May 26, 2017

The anti-terror force that took Hashim Abedi into custody said that the teenager had confessed that both he and his brother were members of the Islamic State group and that he "knew all the details" of the Manchester attack plot. Home Secretary Amber Rudd publicly rebuked the USA authorities for passing on the information unauthorised, only for more material to surface in the New York Times hours later. (more...)
Trump Voters Lean to Russia as Ally Over Others Trump Voters Lean to Russia as Ally Over Others
- May 26, 2017

President Donald Trump's approval rating fell sharply this week as some of the folks who voted for him in droves have begun to back away from the leader who has been plagued by controversy during his brief but rocky tenure in the White House, according to a new poll this week. (more...)
Manchester Police Arrest Suspect After Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert Manchester Police Arrest Suspect After Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert
- May 26, 2017

Sources suggest that the authorities were informed of the danger posed by Abedi, 22, on at least five separate occasions in the five years prior to the attack on Monday night. Manchester-born Abedi went to school locally and then studied business management at Salford University, before dropping out from the course. Rudd also said Abedi had been known to security services before the bombing. (more...)
Korea fires shots at N. Korea after object crosses border Korea fires shots at N. Korea after object crosses border
- May 25, 2017

About 90 machine gun rounds were fired at the object, which has not been identified. US and South Korean officials and experts believe the North is several years away from having such a capability. Later on Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Fox News that North Korea nuclear testing was "disappointing, disturbing". North Korea conducted two nuclear tests a year ago. (more...)
Trump arrives for talks with Palestinian leader in Bethlehem
- May 25, 2017

Trump delivered those remarks in a speech at the Israel Museum following his meetings on Monday and Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. He wants peace", Trump said. Such relentless state violence reflects the continuing Nakba , Israel's 69-year-old ethnic cleansing campaign against the Palestinian people. (more...)
Cooler with occasional rain and a t-storm on Thursday
- May 25, 2017

Most of the day is going to be dry but some late afternoon and evening storms are possible. Main threats include damaging winds and large hail. No severe weather is expected. Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. The high will be near 63, with a north northwest wind of 8 to 13 miles per hour, gusting as high as 20 miles per hour. (more...)
China to address implementation of Paris Agreement China to address implementation of Paris Agreement
- May 24, 2017

They also discussed various ways the Adaptation Fund could serve the Paris Agreement and the necessary steps to make this happen. "However, trade measures have tended to be a key component of successful global agreements, such as the 1987 Montreal Protocol, and institutions like the World Trade Organisation". (more...)
Saudi oil minister confident in extension of production cuts
- May 24, 2017

The talks are closely followed elsewhere as they can affect everything from the share price of Exxon Mobil Corp . to the Brazilian real and Nigerian sovereign bonds. Another delegate, however, said a one-year extension was unlikely to garner wide support. President Donald Trump's proposal to sell half of the usa strategic oil reserve highlights a decline in the biggest oil user's reliance on imports - and a weaning off OPEC crude - as its domestic production soars. (more...)
Davis warns Britain will quit talks if European Union demands ?100bn Davis warns Britain will quit talks if European Union demands ?100bn
- May 23, 2017

French Minister for European Affairs Marielle de Sarnez waits for the start of a round table meeting of general affairs ministers in Brussels on Monday, May 22, 2017. "It is their choice and responsibility". Outstanding Brexit issues include the U.K.'s future access to the single market, the free movement of British and European Union citizens plus the future of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. (more...)
France will continue working alongside Africans - Macron France will continue working alongside Africans - Macron
- May 21, 2017

New President of France, Emmanuel Macron on Friday said its country would continue in the fight against "Islamist terrorists" in Mali, during a short visit to the country. France intervened in 2013 to drive out al Qaeda-linked militants who seized northern Mali the year before. Even though the French operation has succeeded in liberating Timbuktu and Gao in Northern Mali, FIDH has said in a report that few signs of progress can be found two years after the peace accord. (more...)
Hack EVM, poll panel dares political parties Hack EVM, poll panel dares political parties
- May 21, 2017

Amid doubts raised about EVMs by political parties, the Commission held a demonstration of the EVMs equipped with VVPAT machines to prove its point that they can not tampered with or manipulated either at the manufacturing stage or during polling, storing and counting. (more...)
Trump visit seen as long shot to revive Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking
- May 21, 2017

The longstanding US stance is that the site is in Jerusalem, full stop. The new U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman presented his diplomatic credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a ceremony held on Tuesday at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. (more...)
US extends Iran nuke sanctions relief, adds other sanctions
- May 20, 2017

The US State Department also released a report on cited Iranian human rights violations required by Congress every six months. Reissuing the waivers gives the appearance of compliance, while the uncertainty created by the administration's attacks on the deal can be enough to cause its collapse and put the USA and Iran back on a path towards war. (more...)
Gay Couple Sentenced to 85 Lashes By Sharia Court Gay Couple Sentenced to 85 Lashes By Sharia Court
- May 20, 2017

Human Rights Watch (HRW) had called on Indonesia to release the men who were detained in March after vigilantes reported them to religious police for allegedly engaging in gay sex. The harsh verdict has been condemned by human rights groups and activists. The prosecution had only requested 80 strokes. International rights groups decried the sentence, which was also handed down on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. (more...)
Proposed Laptop Travel Ban Would Wreak Havoc on Business Travelers
- May 19, 2017

The proposed security measure vastly expands the ban imposed by the Department of Homeland Security in March on passengers from 10 predominantly Muslim countries from carrying devices larger than a cellphone on inbound flights to the U.S . (more...)
Trump reportedly asked Comey to consider imprisoning members of the press
- May 19, 2017

Trump has a joint news conference this afternoon with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia. Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the memo. The President also described Comey as " very unpopular with most people ", and said he was surprised that there wasn't bipartisan support for Comey's ouster. (more...)
Congressman calls for Trump's impeachment on House floor
- May 19, 2017

Trump is responding to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead a probe of allegations that Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election. In February 1868, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Johnson. "Mr Speaker, the American people are a part of this democracy". Green, who previewed his call with a tweet earlier, said it was the House of Representative's "duty" to take up impeachment. (more...)
Nigeria identifies 82 freed Chibok girls; parents await word Nigeria identifies 82 freed Chibok girls; parents await word
- May 19, 2017

A man carrying a Boko Haram flag walks past a group of 82 Chibok girls, who were held captive for three years by Islamist militants, as the girls wait to be released in exchange for several militant commanders, near Kumshe, Nigeria, May 6, 2017. (more...)
Syrian opposition seeks extension of current Geneva talks Syrian opposition seeks extension of current Geneva talks
- May 18, 2017

Russian military officials said the plan, which was agreed to in Syria talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana on May 4, envisions the establishment of four safe zones that could bring relief for hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians and encourage refugees to return. (more...)
Kildare South TD Martin Heydon pays tribute to retiring Taoiseach Enda Kenny Kildare South TD Martin Heydon pays tribute to retiring Taoiseach Enda Kenny
- May 18, 2017

Kenny, Ireland's leader since 2011, said he would then stay as head of government for a "brief but appropriate period" while his designated successor holds talks with parties and independents propping up the minority government. The Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar is the 2/5 favourite to succeed Mr Kenny as party leader, while one time favourite, Housing Minister Simon Coveney is the 7/4 second favourite. (more...)
Trump, Turkish leader hail ties despite US arming of Kurds
- May 17, 2017

Erdogan's visit on Tuesday is his first meeting with Trump since the latter assumed office. The YPG fights in a coalition of rebel groups that the U.S. But he is also concerned about the PKK's growing presence in Sinjar, and would have the support of local Kurdish authorities if he were to launch a cross-border operation to destroy the group's highland bases. (more...)
Women's cardboard cutout out of Sean Spicer in bushes goes viral
- May 17, 2017

It was later corrected to say Spicer was "among" the bushes, not "in" the bushes. Press Secretary Sean Spicer can now spice up a front lawn, in cutout form. She then uploaded these pictures on Dropbox .com, which eventually resulted in crashing of the site due to huge interest of people in those pictures. (more...)
IT dept raids Lalu Prasad Yadav's associates in Rs 1000cr benami deals IT dept raids Lalu Prasad Yadav's associates in Rs 1000cr benami deals
- May 17, 2017

According to IT officials, raids were conducted at the premises of some prominent businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and few others. "I want to know why Kumar is quiet on the matter", he added. "The CBI is being misused in a conspiracy to shut-up opposition leaders". "We will react only when we come across what the Income Tax deprtment has discovered during the raids. (more...)
U.S. refusal to lift sanctions erodes Rouhani's bid for second term
- May 16, 2017

Also in Iran, the country's former reformist president Mohammad Khatami has called on voters to re-elect President Hassan Rouhani in the May 19 presidential elections. The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or Iran nuclear deal), and the sanctions relief that came with it, was a fundamental part of his platform. (more...)
BC election exposed a polarized province
- May 16, 2017

For the first time in provincial history, the Greens expanded their seat count from one to three, which gives them the balance of power. The NDP claimed the Courtney-Comox riding by just nine votes, which will mean a recount. In three ridings she examined, it appeared the Greens may have split the left vote and allowed the Liberals to win but there were eight ridings where the increase in Green vote share came disproportionally from the Liberals. (more...)
Merkel and Macron agree to draw up roadmap to deeper European Union integration Merkel and Macron agree to draw up roadmap to deeper European Union integration
- May 16, 2017

Mrs Merkel's government faced major splits after German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble backed Mr Macron's eurozone plans, which included the introduction of a eurozone finance minister and common budget. Philippe began his political life as a Socialist activist affiliated to former prime minister Michel Rocard while he was a student, before turning to the right. (more...)
China's Xi says Silk Road plan boosts finance, security ties
- May 15, 2017

He called for stepped-up action against terrorism and what he called its root causes of poverty and social injustice. The Belt and Road initiative can change the scene of global economy in a good way and can challenge the US's superpower. Pakistan's government announced it had signed memoranda of understanding on Saturday with China on possible projects worth a total of $500 million. (more...)
North Korea test-fires ballistic missile
- May 15, 2017

Japanese officials say it traveled as far as 500 miles. Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korean studies professor at Dongguk University in Seoul, said that Trump appeared to be anxious Seoul and Washington might not be on the same page in dealing with Pyongyang. (more...)
North Korea Launches Missile, Trump Speculates On Russia Response
- May 15, 2017

And the White House says the latest "provocation" should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North. A North Korean missile would need to travel more than 8,000 kilometers (4,970 miles) to reach the U.S. (more...)
UN Security Council to meet Tuesday on North Korea missile launch
- May 15, 2017

The sanctions, however, have done little to deter the country from pursuing its nuclear and missile ambitions, which Pyongyang sees as a deterrent against a potential invasion by its adversaries. Sunday's launch is the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight. David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the missile could have a range of 4,500 km (about 2,800 miles) - ... (more...)
South Korean military: North Korea launches projectile
- May 15, 2017

Moon, a liberal who favors a softer approach to the North than his conservative predecessors, strongly condemned the launch during an emergency national security meeting, calling it a clear violation of U.N. A recent launch in March saw three North Korean missiles fall provocatively close to Japan, sparking alarm in Tokyo. Kishida says he and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se shared the view that dialogue is important for resolving the North Korean tensions. (more...)
Santner spins New Zealand to win over Ireland
- May 15, 2017

It was ultimately the consistency that would prove crucial for New Zealand , as Ireland's brittle line-up wilted to left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who returned ODI-best figures of 5-50. After their opening game in the series against Bangladesh was abandoned due to rain on Friday, Ireland were keen to register a win in the Malahide Cricket club. (more...)
Court upholds death penalty for men convicted in fatal gang rape Court upholds death penalty for men convicted in fatal gang rape
- May 14, 2017

India's Supreme Court has upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang raped a woman on board a bus in 2012, a crime that sparked widespread protests and drew global attention over violence against women. The criminals threw her out of their vehicle with her male friend.The UP (Uttar Pradesh) government survived her and looked after her till December 29th. (more...)