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Merkel's opposition in "shock" after third German state election loss

German media is asking whether Merkel has already dealt a knock-out blow to her opposition party, the Social Democrat party (SPD), in the run-up to the country's national election. Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz speaks after first exit polls in the regional state elections of North Rhine-Westphalia, in Berlin , Germany May 14, 2017. [Full Article...]

Putin says Russian Federation sees no need to arm Syrian Kurds

Putin says Russian Federation sees no need to arm Syrian Kurds Both the Obama administration and the administration of Donald Trump regard the Syrian Kurds as the most effective and appropriate combat partner for the U.S. In an unsubtle attempt to give Trump a way out, Erdogan claimed that the decision to arm the YPG was made "under the influence of USA officials" who served under the Obama administration. [Full Article...]

How lawmakers get their health care

After last week's negotiations, which included two official GOP health care working group meetings - one on the future of Medicaid and another on Obamacare regulations - one Republican aide familiar with the talks said point blank they were "much less optimistic that something will get done" despite public statements about "productive meetings" coming from GOP senators. [Full Article...]

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

The missile test reportedly carried out by North Korea over the weekend has the Trump administration and congressional hawks making statements suggesting that the U.S.is closer to military conflict with the withdrawn country than ever before. [Full Article...]

Si Woo Kim exits AT&T Byron Nelson with back injury

I just focused on myself and I didn't try to think about others' scores. Kim's winning 278 tournament total is the highest since Sergio Garcia won in 2008 (283). Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen tied for second. He also became the youngest player to win the tournament, considered by many as the "unofficial fifth major". [Full Article...]

CBI Raids Won't Stop Me from Speaking, Writing: Chidambaram

The raids are happening at around 14 different locations in Chennai and also in the national capital in connection with the criminal misconduct in grant of FIPB approval. Neither P Chidambaram nor the INC will be suppressed by such conspiracies of the autocratic government", he added. "FIPB approval is granted in hundreds of cases". [Full Article...]

Boost for Rouhani's hardline opponent in Iranian election

Boost for Rouhani's hardline opponent in Iranian election In the absence of credible polling in Iran, it is hard to gauge Raisi's popularity across Iran, particularly given that he has not run for presidency before. Most Iranians have yet to see the benefits of the nuclear deal . Raisi has been campaigning on that, proposing cash payments for the poor that proved popular in the past under Ahmadinejad. [Full Article...]

Netanyahu Denies Asking Trump Not to Move Embassy

The Temple Mount and the Western Wall. An independent state is not only the aspiration of the vast majority of Palestinians but has been the objective of successive US administrations and the global community. United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday explained the Trump administration is evaluating the ramifications of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in an ef... [Full Article...]

North Korea Also Wants 'Right Circumstances' for Meeting With Trump

It reached an altitude of almost 1,250 miles, which is a showcase of how North Korea's missile program is maturing, but it was also quite well-behaved, splashing down less than 500 miles away from the launch site. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile. [Full Article...]

No Clear Path for Trump Amid Fallout Over Comey

Shortly after Comey's firing, The Washington Post quoted an extraordinary thirty anonymous sources "at the White House, the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and on Capitol Hill, as well as Trump confidants and other senior Republicans", for a story titled, "Inside Trump's anger and impatience - and his sudden decision to fire Comey". [Full Article...]

Trump chooses Riyadh for his first trip overseas

The date of the visit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six Day War, which will be commemorated in Israel beginning the evening of May 23. A senior adviser to the Saudi royal called Trump after the visit a " true friend of Muslims who will serve the Muslim World in an unimaginable manner". [Full Article...]

Geneva VI peace talks on Syria begin

Geneva VI peace talks on Syria begin De Mistura said the Geneva talks would be working all week on the "four baskets" he has previously set out: a credible non-sectarian transitional government; a future constitution largely drafted by Russian Federation; early and free parliamentary elections within 18 months; and a united war against terrorism within Syria. [Full Article...]

Portuguese children canonised by Pope

Portuguese children canonised by Pope Some of the devotees in the procession were holding rosaries and statues of the Our Lady of Fatima. The Church, however, has withheld official recognition of the shrine as "worthy of belief" and at least five commissions and investigations have ended inconclusively. [Full Article...]

First session of newly elected UP assembly witnesses unprecedented ruckus

First session of newly elected UP assembly witnesses unprecedented ruckus In the Legislative Council, where SP has 66 members, former minister Ahmed Hasan will be the Leader of the Opposition. Despite Speaker Hridaya Narain Dixit having urged members in an all-party meeting to maintain decorum, Opposition members trooped into the Well of the House. [Full Article...]

Trump asked to turn over any Comey tapes

Different explanations have been given for Comey's firing, and the stories coming out of the Trump White House have changed each day since it happened. After Trump chose to fire Comey , he was told by aides that Democrats would likely react positively to the news given the role many believe Comey played in Hillary Clinton's defeat previous year. [Full Article...]

North Korea missile test was 'new type of ballistic rocket'

North Korea's leader said in his New Year's message that the country has entered the final stage of preparing to launch an ICBM. North Korean propaganda must be considered with wariness - Pyongyang has threatened for decades to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire", for instance - but Monday's claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped ... [Full Article...]

Macron wins Merkel backing for bid to shake up Europe

Saturday's edition of weekly news magazine Der Spiegel featured a cover picture of Mr Macron with the headline "expensive friend". " We each represent the interests of our own countries, but the interests of Germany are naturally closely tied to the interests of France ", Mrs Merkel said. [Full Article...]

Sturgeon Claims Independent Scotland Will Rejoin EU in Stages, Without Euro

Speaking to the BBC, she said it was "possible, not necessarily desirable" that an independent Scotland would be able to hold only membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) or the European Free Trade Association (Efta ). The party is ideally placed to take advantage of frustration among Scottish voters that the country is being dragged out of the European Union despite voting decisively in ... [Full Article...]

Trump Administration Accuses Syrian Government of Killing Thousands of Prisoners

The photos allegedly show construction over the course of several years at Saydnaya that would be consistent with a crematorium, with features like HVACs, a discharge stack and a firewall. "At this point, we are talking about this evidence and bringing it forward to the global community, which we hope will put pressure on this regime to change its behavior". [Full Article...]

Netanyahu: Abbas lied to President Trump

Abbas' White House talks follow a mid-February visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who moved quickly to reset ties after a frequently combative relationship with the Republican president's predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama . [Full Article...]


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