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Italian bonds rebound on coalition deal Italian bonds rebound on coalition deal
- June 03, 2018

He once authored a plan that explained how Italy could "secretly" leave the single currency. The eurosceptic coalition also promises a series of measures to reign in the European Union including renegotiation of European Union treaties and a review of the bloc's economic governance on issues such as the single currency. (more...)
'Frank' trade discussions in Beijing: US commerce secretary 'Frank' trade discussions in Beijing: US commerce secretary
- June 03, 2018

The talks were led by US Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He in Beijing . Last month, they held talks in Washington and put out a joint statement. USA treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday the United States wanted this weekend's talks to result in structural changes to China's economy, in addition to increased Chinese purchases of American goods. (more...)
UK's William Browder Says Detained in Spain on Russian Arrest Warrant UK's William Browder Says Detained in Spain on Russian Arrest Warrant
- June 01, 2018

Browder said was a request from Russian Federation. Browder has been a driving force behind the U.S.'s Magnitsky Act sanctions against Russian oligarchs, and his book, Red Notice , alleges corruption that goes up to the highest levels of the Russian government, including Vladimir Putin himself . (more...)
Trump welcomes American prisoner freed by Venezuela Trump welcomes American prisoner freed by Venezuela
- May 31, 2018

Venezuelan Minister of Communications Jorge Rodriguez announced Saturday that the country's judiciary had freed American citizen Joshua Holt and his wife, who had been arrested and charged with espionage and illegally carrying weapons. (more...)
Syrian government vows to fight rebels despite United States warning Syrian government vows to fight rebels despite United States warning
- May 30, 2018

Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and former special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, said on Twitter Assad appeared to be offering to "get the Iranians to pull back from Golan" Heights, if Israel accepts it as Syrian. (more...)
US Navy warships sail close to militarized South China Sea US Navy warships sail close to militarized South China Sea
- May 29, 2018

Several US officials who declined to be named said the two US warships came within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands, maneuvering near Tree, Lincoln, Triton and Woody islands in the operations. FONOPS are regularly conducted in disputed seas throughout the world. The move signals U.S. rejection of China's claims of political control in the South China Sea. (more...)
Trump not backing down on 'spy' allegations Trump not backing down on 'spy' allegations
- May 28, 2018

The White House said in a statement that neither Flood nor Kelly "actually attended the meetings but did make brief remarks before the meetings started to relay the President's desire for as much openness as possible under the law". Following protests from top Democrats and Republicans, the White House arranged a second briefing for members of the Gang of Eight, the bipartisan group of top lawmakers in both chambers who have access to the most sensitive intelligence. (more...)
With US talks in limbo, Korean leaders hold surprise summit With US talks in limbo, Korean leaders hold surprise summit
- May 28, 2018

South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, gave details about his surprise meeting Saturday with Kim in the Panmunjom truce village, saying Kim had committed to sitting down with Trump and to a "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". (more...)
Siouxland groups mark 2500 veteran graves with flags for Memorial Day Siouxland groups mark 2500 veteran graves with flags for Memorial Day
- May 26, 2018

Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery is looking for volunteers to help with a Memorial Day tradition: decorating the graves of our veterans with American flags. The gravesite flags will be displayed through Memorial Day. The cemetery is located next to the Fayette County Board of Education building on Ga. Those attending are encouraged to arrive early to facilitate parking. (more...)
USA gov't worker reports USA gov't worker reports "abnormal" sound, pressure in China
- May 23, 2018

The individual was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury last week. Though the State Department has not linked this case to any other incident, news of unusual symptoms hitting USA government employees overseas will no doubt draw comparison to a rash of incidents with US and Canadian diplomats working in Cuba . (more...)
M&S says annual profits tumble on restructuring M&S says annual profits tumble on restructuring
- May 23, 2018

Back in 2016, M&S embarked upon a five-year overhaul of its United Kingdom stores amid fierce competition from supermarkets and budget garment chain Primark - and particularly from online giants like Amazon. "The team is now tackling transforming our culture to make M&S a faster, lower cost, more commercial, more digital business". M&S highlighted the continued migration of shopping for clothing and home online, together with the development of global competition and discounters as threats to ... (more...)
Darius Rucker & Caleb Lee Hutchinson Perform Darius Rucker & Caleb Lee Hutchinson Perform "Wagon Wheel" on 'American Idol'
- May 23, 2018

Before she was named the champion in the rebooted singing competition, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson announced that he and Poppe were an item. Just a few days ahead of her win, Maddie dropped her debut single, "Going Going Gone" that you can listen to below and download it now on all digital retailers ! American Idol crowned Maddie Poppe the victor of the first season of its ABC revival after the season's runner-up, Caleb Lee Hutchinson , publicly revealed they are dating! She ... (more...)
First female Central Intelligence Agency director confirmed First female Central Intelligence Agency director confirmed
- May 18, 2018

Haspel, 61, is associated with the Central Intelligence Agency for three decades now and has built her career as an operative, functioning overseas as a head spy in secret torture cells. US-based Centre for Constitutional Rights also felt the same about Haspel, according to the website. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the nomination was not just about Haspel but also about the USA grappling with its past mistakes. (more...)
Brent oil surges above US$80 for first time since 2014 Brent oil surges above US$80 for first time since 2014
- May 18, 2018

An agreement between Saudi-led OPEC and Russian Federation on cutting oil production has helped push the price of oil from below $30 in 2016 to hit $80 on Thursday - the highest in almost four years. Additionally, the market retreated as the U.S. Dollar strengthened against other currencies to the highest since December. "The restoration of sanctions on Iran, which exports 2.5 million barrels of oil a day and is the world's fifth-largest exporter, may have implications for the market ... (more...)
Scottish Parliament rejects May's Brexit bill in symbolic, but significant act Scottish Parliament rejects May's Brexit bill in symbolic, but significant act
- May 17, 2018

The Scottish Parliament passed its own version of Brexit legislation, called the Continuity Bill, in March by a margin of 95 to 32 to ensure it retains control of areas that are now devolved after Britain formally leaves the EU. "But we would appeal to Scottish Labour and Scottish Liberal Democrat MSPs to think hard before siding with the nationalists". The prime minister now has to decide whether to press ahead despite the vote or make renewed efforts for some kind of compromise. (more...)
Trump admits debt to Cohen for Stormy Daniels payoff Trump admits debt to Cohen for Stormy Daniels payoff
- May 17, 2018

The disclosure did not specify what the reimbursement was for, and gave just a range: $101,000-$250,000. The White House confirmed that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence filed their financial disclosures Tuesday, along with the reports of some 25,000 senior executive branch officials, but declined to comment further. (more...)
Gaza toll rises to 59 with more protests against Israel planned Gaza toll rises to 59 with more protests against Israel planned
- May 16, 2018

More than 2,700 were hurt, 1,360 by gunfire, the ministry said . Israel said those who did used explosive devices and firebombs, while shots were fired at soldiers. A woman mourns the death of Mohammed Dwedar, a 27 year-old Palestinian killed during clashes along the Gaza border the previous day, in Nusseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on May 15, 2018. (more...)
Facebook has suspended 200 apps as it investigates misuse of data Facebook has suspended 200 apps as it investigates misuse of data
- May 16, 2018

Facebook has revealed that during its continuing app investigation, around 200 apps thus far have been suspended for possible data misuse. In 2014, a new platform policy offering greater protection of user data reduce the personal information that apps can access. (more...)
United States hits Iran central bank governor with sanctions United States hits Iran central bank governor with sanctions
- May 16, 2018

The U.S. also sanctioned a Hezbollah official, Muhammad Qasir, whom the Treasury Department accused of working with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force to transfer funds to the Lebanese militant group. market. Though the sanctions don't technically lengthen to the central financial institution itself, they might considerably improve Iran's isolation from the worldwide monetary system. (more...)
Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao steps down after 10 years in charge Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao steps down after 10 years in charge
- May 15, 2018

Read was appointed CFO and joined the Vodafone board in April 2014. Read, who was appointed to his current post four years ago, previously ran Vodafone's Africa, Middle East and Pacific region. Analysts said the timing of the departure should come as no surprise and that investors should be reassured by Read's appointment due to his experience running its British operations and the emerging market assets. (more...)
Afghan security forces, 8 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan clashes Afghan security forces, 8 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan clashes
- May 15, 2018

Bakhtawer said casualties were high among security forces, but could not provide a precise number. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed tweeted that Farah has been attacked from multiple directions early this morning, and so far all check points around the city, the NDS headquarters, a police station and multiple other check points inside the city have been overrun. (more...)
US Security Adviser Says US Not Pushing Iran 'Regime Change' US Security Adviser Says US Not Pushing Iran 'Regime Change'
- May 15, 2018

Russian media further cited Zarif as saying that Tehran and Moscow would do their utmost to keep the Iran deal in place less than a week after US President Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the JCPOA despite earlier global warnings and pleas for the White House not to attack yet another worldwide agreement. (more...)
Ivanka Trump in Jerusalem for embassy opening as Gaza braces for bloodshed Ivanka Trump in Jerusalem for embassy opening as Gaza braces for bloodshed
- May 14, 2018

An Israeli soccer team has changed its name to honor President Donald Trump, a day before the US embassy is slated to move to Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinians are expected to protest against the move from across the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday, including the Gaza Strip as part of the Great March of Return. (more...)
Fed Up Homeland Security Chief Nearly Resigned After Trump Publicly Berated Her Fed Up Homeland Security Chief Nearly Resigned After Trump Publicly Berated Her
- May 13, 2018

Nielsen issued a statement of her own, agreeing with Trump's frustration and blaming the border issue in part on "congressional inaction". According to those familiar with the admonishment, Trump was unhappy with Nielsen's handling of border security; one source told the Times that the president went on a long tirade about Nielsen's lack of ability to tighten the U.S. (more...)
Kilauea volcano could launch 10-ton ballistic boulders in dramatic explosion Kilauea volcano could launch 10-ton ballistic boulders in dramatic explosion
- May 12, 2018

Barbara Lozano, who lives inside a mile of the plant, mentioned she would have thought twice about shopping for her property if she had recognized the dangers. "It's like a leaky pipe or a burst pipe, where the magma is moving down the conduit system and it just reaches a point where the pressure builds enough that you start cracking the surface above", volcanologist Erik Klemetti from Denison University told NPR . (more...)
Ryan Reynolds Warns Deadpool Fans: 'Don't Say AF**king Word' Ryan Reynolds Warns Deadpool Fans: 'Don't Say AF**king Word'
- May 11, 2018

Deadpool , on Wednesday. The genius marketing campaign for Deadpool 2 continues . Ironically, the Merc with a Mouth is asking you to keep yours shut. I'm sure that's exactly how Anthony & Joe Russo wish they could have addressed fans when asking to avoid spoiling the movie online. The top of the letter also questions where Deadpool may end up due to Disney buying Fox Studios (lol). (more...)
Several Iranian soldiers killed in Israeli strike in Syria Several Iranian soldiers killed in Israeli strike in Syria
- May 11, 2018

The Quds Force, an external arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, carried out the rocket salvo, Israel said. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, often seen as the face of Iran's regional ambitions. Israel declined to comment. Israel opened bomb shelters in the Golan Heights, but did not instruct people to enter the shelters. IsraeliPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Moscow yesterday to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to discuss military coordination amid a brewing conflict ... (more...)
Pakistan Interior Minister shot at, injured at political rally Pakistan Interior Minister shot at, injured at political rally
- May 10, 2018

According to the medical superintendent, doctors had decided not to remove the bullet from Iqbal's body as the procedure could create some complications. Police said Hussain had made a confessional statement saying "he acted alone because his religious sentiments were hurt by the PML-N governments decision". (more...)
Americans freed by North Korea before Trump-Kim summit head home Americans freed by North Korea before Trump-Kim summit head home
- May 10, 2018

I could be wrong, but my guess is that we gave them nothing. "I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. (more...)
Australia's Dual-Citizenship Contagion Claims 5 More Politicians Australia's Dual-Citizenship Contagion Claims 5 More Politicians
- May 10, 2018

There will be two by-elections in Western Australia. The four lower house MPs facing byelections are Mr Wilson and Labor's Susan Lamb and Justine Keay, as well as Rebekha Sharkie of the Centre Alliance, formerly the Nick Xenophon Team. (more...)
ISIS claims responsibility for killing 5 police officers in Indonesian prison riot ISIS claims responsibility for killing 5 police officers in Indonesian prison riot
- May 10, 2018

Hours before the operation, the police freed an anti-terror squad member who had been taken hostage during the riot after agreeing to comply with the terrorists' demand of food, national police spokesman Brigadier Gen. "I can say that the negotiation process is still ongoing". Other inmates broke into the ammunition room and seized long-barreled weapons, leading to a shootout with counterterrorism officers, they said. (more...)
Liquid chocolate spillage closes Polish motorway Liquid chocolate spillage closes Polish motorway
- May 10, 2018

Marlena Kukawka, a media officer for the police in Slupca (near to where the spillage took place) also agreed that it wouldn't be an easy task. But how about a chocolate-covered highway? The driver, reportedly aged in his 60s, is being treated for minor injuries. (more...)
After Sour Note With Analysts, Musk Tweets a Sweet Message After Sour Note With Analysts, Musk Tweets a Sweet Message
- May 08, 2018

According to CNN , the idea for the candy company stems from a feud between Musk and his fellow billionaire Warren Buffet. In an email to employees, Elon Musk said Tesla employees will need to send HR a note affirming the character of the contractor, or else that person will be denied access to Tesla's facilities. (more...)
'Avengers' muscles rivals aside to continue box office rule 'Avengers' muscles rivals aside to continue box office rule
- May 07, 2018

Even with that drop in mind, it's worth noting that the film hasn't even opened in China , where it potentially stands to earn even more. Infinity War has gotten the second highest second weekend Box Office total in history. The success of Avengers: Infinity War has now pushed the MCU beyond the $16 billion mark combined - and with Infinity War still raking in the cash and Ant-Man and the Wasp still to come this summer, it's possible that the MCU will end the year with $17 billion ... (more...)
Unrest on the border of Israel injured more than a thousand people Unrest on the border of Israel injured more than a thousand people
- May 06, 2018

Human rights groups have similarly slammed Israel's excessive use of violence. Palestinians mourn the day since they were uprooted in masses to make way for the Israeli state in 1948. "I'm not afraid, only of Allah". "Today or tomorrow or after that we will return to our homes". Youths rolled burning tyres to within 300 metres of the fence, trying to use smoke as cover for throwing stones across it while eluding Israeli snipers. (more...)