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Mattis Calls Beijing’s South China Sea Military Moves a Coercion Attempt

The area has become the focus of increased tensions after China appeared to install anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on seven artificial platforms it has constructed on atolls in the Spratly Islands. "The placement of these weapon systems is tied directly to military use for the objective of intimidation and coercion ", Mattis said, adding, "China's militarization of the Spratlys is also in direct contradiction to President Xi Jinping's 2015 public assurances in the White House Rose ... Read More »

China calls US accusation of South China Sea militarization 'ridiculous'


The Chinese air force said the drills were in preparation for what it called the "battle for the South China Sea ". Last month, nuclear-capable H-6K strategic bombers landed on some of the islands for the first time as part of a training exercise, putting all of Southeast Asia within reach of Beijing's nuclear fleet. Read More »

'Last search' for missing MH370 flight comes to an end


Ocean Infinity has been extensively searching for the MH370 wreckage for five months through an arrangement with the Malaysian government on a "no-find, no-fee" basis where they would be paid $70 million (RM278 million) should they find anything. Read More »

Pushing The Envelope? Kim Jong Un’s Massive Letter To Trump


Trump from Mr. Kim. "I asked them, despite all the caveats and some doubts, whether on balance this meeting between the United States and DPRK ( North Korea ) was positive, and an overwhelming majority thought so", he said. In February, North Korea's travel expenses during the 2018 Winter Olympics were paid for by South Korea. North Korea, whose nuclear ambitions have been a source of tension for decades, has made advances in missile technology in recent years but Trump has sworn not to ... Read More »

Students graduate from Texas school where shooting killed 10


But Blundell reassured the seniors that surviving such an experience equips them with the strength and courage to cope with the challenges that will come later in life. His trip to Texas, which embraces its gun-friendly reputation, comes weeks after Trump visited the state to address the annual convention of the National Rifle Association. Read More »

Major drug companies to announce voluntary price cuts soon


He noted that "for many years, patients, advocates and lawmakers have fought for this fundamental freedom". As expected, Trump signed the "Right-to-Try" bill, which Congress approved last week , despite concerns raised by critics who argued bypassing the FDA could make it easier for fraudsters peddling unproven remedies to take advantage of vulnerable patients. Read More »

Millionaire built deadly secret tunnels over North Korea’s missile threats


Mr Beckwitt was charged with involuntary manslaughter last week. "Depraved heart" murder is a charge in U.S. law where an individual is accused of acting with depraved indifference to human life. Beckwitt, who had made profits "in the seven figures" over the years by trading stocks, had been trying to keep himself safe in the event of a nuclear attack and had been working with Khafra for months, Bonsib said. Read More »

Golden State Killer Suspect's DNA Gathered From Outside A Hobby Lobby


The East Area Rapist - another moniker that had been assigned to the suspect sought by police - is linked to a dozen Bay Area sexual assaults in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties, but the newly released records only focus on the Contra Costa crimes and how DNA from those rapes were used to tie the suspect to murders around the state. Read More »

Man dies after baseball game hit-and-run, woman charged with manslaughter


According to WGME-TV , the hit-and-run happened during a youth baseball game, and there were children on the field at the time of the incident. Another says Parkhurst had tried to close the gate before the auto got on the field. The league asked people in the community to come with jerseys on as a show of support. Corporal Matthew Gagne of the Sanford Police Department identified the victim as Douglas Parkhurst, 68. Read More »

Trudeau calls U.S. viewing Canada as national security threat 'simply ridiculous'

Mexico complained the tariffs will "distort worldwide trade" and said it would penalize US imports including pork, apples, grapes, cheeses and flat steel. The EU has confirmed it is also planning a tariff counter-strike, filing a request on Friday for consultations with the World Trade Organisation. The EU has previously warned of potential retaliation if Washington imposed permanent tariffs. Read More »

Catalan leader calls for talks with new Spain PM


This would have to be decided during legal proceedings in Spain, they said. His successor, the Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez was officially sworn in as prime minister on Saturday . His Socialists hold just 84 seats in the 350-member assembly, which could make any bold move on the economic or political front - including on Catalonia - hard. Read More »

US Says it Will Veto 'Morally Bankrupt' UN Resolution Against Israel


The exchange of fire on Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday began after what the Israel said a barrage of rocket and mortars fired from Gaza, prompting Israel to respond with strikes on 65 militant sites in the Gaza. Late Wednesday, however, Kuwait - which now sits on the UNSC as a non-permanent member - blocked the text of the draft in its current form. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has vowed to " unquestionably veto " a UN draft resolution calling for an ... Read More »

Ross arrives in Beijing for talks on trade surplus


Pointing to a pause in the trade dispute, the administration had pointed to China's plans to "significantly increase" its purchases of US goods and services and make "meaningful increases" in USA exports of agriculture and energy products. Trump also has threatened to raise tariffs on an additional $100 billion of Chinese goods, but gave no indication this week whether that would go ahead. Read More »

First lady stays behind on Trump's Camp David weekend


The First Lady's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, says that Mrs. Trump has been meeting with her staff on the "Be Best" initiative and is working on different projects like the annual White House congressional picnic and the Fourth of July. Read More »

Mowing down of Srinagar youth


Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir have fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at hundreds of mourners during a funeral march for a man killed when he was run over by a paramilitary vehicle during a protest. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was unsparing in his attack on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who has not spoken on the incident. The statement was in response to images of the youths being run over by security forces being circulated on social media. Read More »

Uganda Imposes Tax On WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter 'To Reduce Gossip'


Ugandans who use the internet messaging service WhatsApp will be charged a daily tax of 200 shillings after parliament approved a controversial new law on Wednesday. "It's meant to curtail the ever increasing central role of social media in political organizing", he said. What do you think of the new law? However, he had said that internet used for educational, research and reference objective would be exempted from the tax. Read More »

United States imposes hefty tariffs on steel, aluminium imports from key allies


At a meeting of the Group of Seven top world economic powers in Canada , France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire castigated the United States for its tariffs , saying Washington was isolated. Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, had about sixteen meetings with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce about the tariffs , but they were not willing to listen. Read More »

Korea summit back on, Trump says after meeting Kim envoy


That same day, however, Trump canceled the talks after North Korea issued a fiery statement criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for threatening Kim Jong Un's life. There is speculation that Kim Yong-chol could visit Washington and meet with Trump. Kim Yong Chol left his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs. Read More »

Mattis takes hard line on China in Singapore speech


US Defence Secretary James Mattis has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in the South China Sea , taking a tough stance on Beijing at a security summit in Singapore . And he says the US remains committed to ensuring free and open transit in the region. South Korea and Japan have expressed concern that Trump may put US security interests ahead of theirs in pursuing a deal with North Korea. Read More »

UNSC rejects USA draft resolution on Gaza


Ten countries including China, France and Russian Federation voted in favour of the draft put forward by Kuwait on behalf of Arab countries at the Security Council. Haley accused Hamas of inciting violent acts at the border between Gaza and Israel, purposefully infiltrating the "Great March of Return" mass protests with its " terrorist fighters " and deliberately using civilians as human shields. Read More »

Russia Agrees to Let Israel Attack Iranian Forces in Syria


Every attempt would be made to negotiate with the SDF, he told RT, but if negotiations fail, "the Syrian army will be forced to liberate areas occupied by the SDF, with the Americans or without the Americans". Meanwhile, SDF spokesman Gabriel Kino replied to Assad's remarks by saying the Syrian Kurdish-led militia would "fight back fiercely" against "any attack". Read More »

Trump takes aim at Canada after Trudeau's retaliation over new U.S. tariffs

The White House went on to say they were able to reach agreements with a number of other countries including Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea. "Where he's been consistent is trade protection", said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association of Canada and an adviser to the federal government on the NAFTA talks. Read More »

Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is now back on

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd L) holds talks with North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chol (2nd R) in NY, on May 31, 2018. After meeting with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in the Oval Office Friday afternoon, President Trump announced the summit with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un is back on for June 12 in Singapore. Read More »

India's economy will sustain growth of 7.5 to 8%: PM Modi


Shashank Joshi, Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said Mr Modi's speech continued the work of the informal summit in April in Wuhan, China, when he met China's President Xi Jinping. "We also agreed for a peaceful, open, and friendly maritime environment in the Indo-Pacific region". It is a world that summons us to rise above divisions and competition to work together. Read More »

Cyclist pulls huge 'zombie' knife on driver after near collision


A cyclist in South London with apparent road rage was seen brandishing a large knife as he tried to smash a driver's vehicle window during rush hour on Wednesday. As of Friday, police say no arrests have been made and are urging witnesses to come forward with information about the incident. A Met Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called on Wednesday, 30 May at around 17:00 hours to reports of males smashing a auto window in London Road, Croydon. Read More »

What You Need To Know About The 'Missing' Migrant Children


Give us your exhausted, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free - and we will torture them for wanting a better life. This weekend, CNN boosted a manufactured controversy as Twitter users complained about a moving picture of Ivanka Trump embracing her 2-year-old son Theodore James Kushner. Read More »