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Xi, Moon agree denuclearising North Korea 'common goal': Seoul

Moon worked as a government adviser during the Sunshine Policy era. Images of Moon, without a jacket and holding a cup of coffee while cheerfully talking with his aides in the presidential garden, also generated a buzz. In a discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution Tuesday, Jonathan Pollack, a senior fellow there, stressed that the US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (... [Full Article...]

Venezuelan president, amid demands to resign, calls for a new constitution

Venezuelan president, amid demands to resign, calls for a new constitution Venezuela's opposition blocked streets in Caracas on Tuesday to denounce a decision by unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro to create a new super-body known as a "constituent assembly", a move critics say is a veiled attempt to cling to power by avoiding elections. [Full Article...]

Pound falls as Super Thursday announcement cuts United Kingdom growth forecast

Pound falls as Super Thursday announcement cuts United Kingdom growth forecast It said consumer spending would be "slower in the near-term than previously anticipated" but forecast it would recover over the next two years. Against the euro, the pound was trading 0.3 per cent down at €1.18. In February, BoE Governor Mark Carney warned of "twists and turns" on the road to Brexit. Raising interest rates would help limit inflation but hurt growth by making borrowing more expen... [Full Article...]

Death toll in Pakistan bomb attack at 25

Death toll in Pakistan bomb attack at 25 District health official Sher Ahmed Satakzai said the death toll had risen to 25, with 10 victims in critical condition. They have been shifted to Mastung Civil Hospital. Dozens of people have been injured. The explosion took place just as his convoy was leaving the mosque complex. It was later claimed by the Islamic State group, which has been making inroads in the country through alliances wit... [Full Article...]

Erdogan threatens more strikes against US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

The private Ihlas news agency IHA reported the convoy was heading to southeastern Sanliurfa province from Kilis in the west. " The border is among the areas where they operate ", Davis also said, adding that the USA wants Kurdish militia, including the Kurdish-dominated alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to focus on the liberation of the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, Islamic State... [Full Article...]

Syrian Kurdish forces to push on IS capital this summer

The YPG makes up the bulk of the Syrian Democratic Forces , which on Wednesday scored a major victory against IS in the Syrian city of Tabqa . "The SDF accepted ISIS's surrender of the city to protect innocent civilians and to protect the Tabqa Dam infrastructure, which hundreds of thousands of Syrians rely on for water, agriculture and electricity", he said. [Full Article...]

UK's health service hit by ransomware attack

The spread of the ransomware capped a week of cyber turmoil in Europe that kicked off a week earlier when hackers posted a huge trove of campaign documents tied to French candidate Emmanuel Macron just 1-1/2 days before a run-off vote in which he was elected as the new president of France. [Full Article...]

Turkey brands U.S. supplying arms to Syrian Kurds 'unacceptable'

The US military command in the Middle East, Centcom, confirmed the liberation of Tabqa, situated on the Euphrates River about 55 kilometres upstream from Raqqa . The YPG has been in the lead as the SDF presses on Raqqa, the so-called capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in northeastern Syria, but Erdogan said, "We want to know that our allies will side with us and not with terror orga... [Full Article...]

Russian minister jokes about Comey firing

Russian minister jokes about Comey firing Lavrov arrived in Washington on Tuesday; he met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the White House early Wednesday, ahead of a visit to the Oval Office to speak with Trump. Despite the national political fallout from Trump's decision, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Washington Wednesday to meet with Trump, seemed to sarcastically tell a reporter that he was unaware Comey had b... [Full Article...]

Iran's Rouhani faces renewed charges as election looms

Iran's Rouhani faces renewed charges as election looms Additonally, at the campaign office of President Hassan Rouhani, windows at a were broken by vandals. Videos were uploaded by NCRI users, which allegedly show Iranians in public places in Tehran and Arak holding signs against elections, or against Rouhani, or Raisi. [Full Article...]

Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn

Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn Cummings outlined so powerfully about the White House seeking, in effect, to cover up for Gen. Flynn, we can't count on the attorney general or his deputy, who report to the president of the United States and the White House, to do that job", Blumenthal said . [Full Article...]

Turkey plays key role in Belt and Road Initiative: Erdogan

Chinese state media outlets have linked Xi inextricably to the two-day gathering in Beijing, which will revolve around Xi's plan for a vast network of ports, railways and roads expanding China's trade with Asia, Africa and Europe. Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to portray his nation as the new champion of globalisation in his speech at Davos in January, and has labelled the Belt and Road i... [Full Article...]

Ovechkin played through hamstring, knee injuries in playoffs

Ovechkin played through hamstring, knee injuries in playoffs To put that number in perspective, the other two teams that allowed 14 goals in the playoffs-the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames-participated in 10 playoff games combined before bowing out of this year's proceedings. But we thought we were the best team in the playoffs . "It'll be a little bit different in terms of style of play but they're a good team". So to pin this defeat exclusivel... [Full Article...]

Trump Suggests Canceling Daily Briefing, Doing Press Conferences Himself Every Two Weeks

Trump Suggests Canceling Daily Briefing, Doing Press Conferences Himself Every Two Weeks Pirro pressed him on the issue, saying at one point, "You can't put an end to that". If Trump went down this road, his White House would be unable to respond to any crisis or situation. After admitting that his communications staff couldn't keep up, Trump came up with the solution of replacing the daily briefing with himself. Up until now Mr Spicer, whose relationship with the White House ... [Full Article...]

Merkel to host Macron for talks Monday: spokesman

The party confirmed , as Mr Macron promised, on Twitter that the candidates are split 50-50 between men and women. Outgoing French President Francois Hollande, left, and French President-elect Emmanuel Macron shake hands as they attend a ceremony commemorating the abolition of slavery, in Paris , Wednesday, May 10, 2017. [Full Article...]

Kremlin says Russia may retaliate against US over expulsion of Russian diplomats

Kremlin says Russia may retaliate against US over expulsion of Russian diplomats Perhaps protesting too much, Dmitry Peskov, one of Russian president Vladimir Putin's spokesmen, denied on Friday that the Kremlin has ever meddled in US internal affairs and said the country is "not going to do it in the future". Russian President Vladimir Putin "has a couple of times announced his readiness for such meetings [with U.S. President Trump], his readiness to develop our relations as ... [Full Article...]

Ismail Haniyeh elected new Hamas chief

On June 14, 2007, Haniyeh was dismissed from his post as prime minister by Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Haniyeh, a former Hamas prime minister in Gaza , could be hampered in his new leadership role by movement restrictions. [Full Article...]

Pakistan PM travels to China to attend Belt and Road Forum

The announcement that a USA delegation would be coming to what is China's biggest diplomatic event of the year coincides with the unveiling of an important trade deal between China and the United States. "The Belt and Road initiative was proposed by President Xi in 2013, but this initiative is not an individual proposal, or merely left at a proposal level". [Full Article...]

Can the 'de-escalation' plan in Syria work?

Can the 'de-escalation' plan in Syria work? Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to establish "de-escalation zones" in Syria, signing on to a Russian plan under which President Bashar Assad's air force would halt flights over designated areas across the war-torn country. The US state department said that it supports "any effort" that can genuinely move towards peace but voiced scepticism about the new agreement's ability to create safe zones. [Full Article...]

North Korea Demands Handover Of Suspects In Assassination Plot

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month urged the Security Council to act before North Korea does. Xi told Moon that China has always upheld the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and that the nuclear issue should be resolved through talks, which are in everyone's interests, according to the state television report. [Full Article...]


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