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Exit polls show landslide win for Moon in South Korea election

He later joined the Democratic Party, and he ran against Park unsuccessfully in 2012. China accounts for US$131 billion in South Korean export trade , while the number of Chinese tourists quadrupled to 8 million over the last five years, bringing in some $8 billion in duty-free sales alone. Read More »

Jakarta Governor Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Blasphemy


Purnama, a Christian and member of the country's ethnic Chinese minority, is somewhat of an unusual case in the country in that he is the first non-Muslim leader of Indonesia's sprawling capital, Jakarta , in over 50 years. Human Rights Watch's Andreas Harsono described the verdict as "a huge setback" for Indonesia's record of tolerance and for minorities. His supporters delivered thousands of red and white balloons to City Hall ahead of Tuesday's court session. Read More »

Local polls bode well for May ahead of GE

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said that Labour's vote "held up" in areas of Wales where Jeremy Corbyn had campaigned, and said there were signs that voters were developing more confidence in the party leader as he had the chance to get his message across. Read More »

John Kasich Says GOP Health Care Bill Is 'Inadequate'

It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions and watering down the subsidies that help people afford health insurance. As Republicans crossed over the vote threshold to pass the Bill, Democrats in the House began singing " Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye ", a rowdy suggestion that Republicans will lose seats in the 2018 congressional elections due to their vote. Read More »

Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'


Eliza, what would you like to see happen with health care? Among the most contested aspects are its effects on those with pre-existing conditions and how cuts to Medicaid would impact those who rely on the program. Anyone remember Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's inane comment in 2010 that Congress needed to pass the Affordable Care Act so everyone - Congress included - could find out just what was in the 974-page bill? Then they pass a bill through the Senate. Read More »

China launches its 1st home-built aircraft carrier

The 50,000-ton carrier will be the second in China's naval fleet, following the Liaoning - a 67,000-ton, refitted Soviet vessel put into commission in 2012. The three planes shown soaring above the carrier are all Chinese made, but they are land-based aircraft...which would ordinarily never be close to an aircraft carrier. Read More »

Nigerian leader meets with 82 Chibok schoolgirls

Over the last eight years, an uprising by Boko Haram has left more than 200,000 people dead and 2.6 million forced from their homes. "The party particularly commends President Buhari for his tenacity and dedication in ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls who were abducted in 2014". Read More »

Crowds mass at jail where Jakarta governor held


The exact time of Ahok's transfer is still unknown since Journalists had not seen any prisoner transfer vehicle as of early morning. Hundreds of his supporters descended on the prison shouting "Free Ahok" - Purnama's nickname - and violently shook the gate of the facility. Read More »

UK Conservatives gain in local elections; Labour, UKIP sink

Nevertheless, in Bridgend, where Mr Jones has been Welsh Assembly Member since 1999, Labour lost control of the council after losing six seats, with the Conservatives gaining 10 seats. It is hard to see Ukip coming back from this humiliating showing but more importantly it is Labour that finds itself in a bleak position just weeks before a Westminster poll. Read More »

Sally Yates and Ted Cruz spar over legality of Trump's travel ban


It nevertheless took 18 days before the president, pressed by Pence and others, dismissed the retired army lieutenant general, who had advised him on security issues throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. Pence said in January that Flynn denied those calls involved sanctions placed on Russian Federation by the Obama administration in response to its election meddling. Read More »

Exit Polls Show Liberal Moon Jae-in Wins S. Korea Election

Moon has criticized the two former conservative governments for failing to stop North Korea's weapons development. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). South Korean presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party shakes hands with his supporters during an election campaign in Seoul , South Korea, Monday, May 8, 2017. Read More »

Detention of fourth United States citizen by N. Korea 'concerning': White House


Classmates from the United States told CNN that Kim Hak Song is an ethnic Korean who was born in China and emigrated to the United States in the 1990s. "When a USA citizen is reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang" to try to secure their freedom. The idea is among a set of proposals that the USA floated during recent discussions with Chinese officials on how best to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue. Read More »

OPEC Plans To Extend Limits


Countering those efforts, US drillers added oil rigs for a 16th week in a row last week, extending a drilling recovery into a 12th month, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday. The producer coalition is determined to do "whatever it takes to achieve our targets and bringing stock levels back to the five-year average". Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation, in response to the surge in USA shale production, have signalled they intend to continue to extend the deal reached to cut ... Read More »

EU's Juncker: English is losing importance in Europe

He warned both Juncker's circle, who are blamed for being behind the leak, and the United Kingdom government that the dispute puts Brexit negotiations at risk. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, told the Florence conference that no one was looking to undermine Mrs May, who says she called the snap election to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations. Read More »

Trump Responds to Testimony on Flynn, Russian Influence

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifying before a Senate committee on Monday. Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner said Monday after the hearing's conclusion that he is declining comment on Yates' testimony . Hence Russia now had the ability to potentially blackmail the U.S. national security adviser. In an unusual move for a former president - particularly one who just handed the White House to the opposing party - Mr Obama taped a video endorsing Emmanuel Macron, the eventual victor ... Read More »

Macron Told Trump He Would 'Protect' The Paris Climate Agreement


Despite constant calls from activists and scientists, some powerful US conservatives in Washington reaffirmed opposition to the Paris deal. The meeting was postponed because of scheduling conflicts, a White House official said. Her meetings with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and Sen. Both men have pressed Trump to stay on board. A White House official says the meeting is expected to convene Tuesday afternoon. Read More »

Kushner emerged as conduit for Canada on NAFTA talks


He's also seen as more favorable to global trade agreements like NAFTA than some White House advisers, and a phone call from him to the Canadian prime minister could be viewed as an attempt to push Trump in his direction. "I said, yes, we can renegotiate ", Trump told a rally in Pennsylvania several days later. Trump acknowledged a speedy USA withdrawal would be a "pretty big shock to the system", which was the basis of Trudeau's argument. Read More »

Life After Presidency: Obama Starts Defining His New Role

On Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer referred to Flynn as "a good man" who "honorably served" and whom the President does not want to "smear". Yates and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. raised some other questions not directly related to Flynn. "The default position of the bureaucracy is secrecy, and that tends to be the case no matter who's in office", Fitton replied. Read More »

Kushners apologize for name-dropping Jared to Chinese investors

The EB-5 programme has become more controversial as uptake began to surge in recent years, particularly among Chinese investors looking for a faster way to secure U.S. A spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration. Read More »

Russia Submits UNSC draft resolution in support of de-escalation in Syria

Syria has said it won't allow global peace keepers, under the supervision of the United Nations to monitor the zones, but rather wants Russian military police to be in charge. But it remains to be seen whether this latest global effort will be any different than numerous other attempts that have thus far failed to end the six-year conflict. Read More »

Prince Philip retires from royal duties, says "I can't stand up much'"

Public service and duty have been ingrained in every engagement, visit and tour overseas that they've carried out together during the past 70 years. The prince, also known as The Duke of Edinburgh, made the decision himself and "has the full support of the Queen", who will continue to fulfill her duties, supported by other members of the royal family. Read More »

United States at odds with Russian Federation over Syria's no-fly zones


In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement that Dunford and Gerasimov "talked about the recent Astana agreement and affirmed their commitment to de-conflicting operations in Syria". But one part of the Eastern Ghouta zone, Qaboun, is exempt from the deal, Defence Ministry official Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said on Friday. Read More »

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins South Korea presidential poll

Moon is a veteran of the fight for democracy against the dictatorships of the 70s and 80s, and his supporters believe he'll be well-placed to tackle economic injustice. Korean news agency Yonhap put the turnout at 75 percent of 42.5 million registered voters, citing the National Election Commission an hour before the polling stations closed. Read More »

Iran Test Fires High-Speed Torpedo


Iran's variant was first seen in a low-quality test video in 2006 and was seen again during a military exhibition held by the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in 2015. Iranian political and military leaders have publicly committed to expanding and modernizing the nation's military prowess in the face of threats by the USA and Western-backed Gulf Arab states. Read More »

ACLU issues Texas travel advisory after sanctuary cities ban there

On Sunday, Abbott signed a bill allowing police to question any suspect's immigration status, requires local officials to cooperate with ICE and fines municipalities up to $25,000 per day for noncompliance with the law. She has said she will conform to the state's ban if it becomes law. "I believe that this law encourages racial profiling", Hernandez told CBS News , accusing Abbott of spreading "misinformation based on fear". Read More »

Player ratings as Celtic crush Rangers in Old Firm Derby


At half-time a goal might have got Rangers back into the game but it wasn't to be with Callum McGregor netting a third for his side seven minutes after the restart before Dedryck Boyata headed past Wes Foderingham with 66 minutes showing on the Ibrox scoreboards. Read More »

How exit poll works in South Korean president election

Two months after booting their sitting presiden. South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party walks to cast his ballot for a presidential election at a junior high school in Seoul , South Korea, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Read More »

South Korea's new president vows to create 'a proud Korea'

He said he and his party "invested all our efforts with a sense of desperation, but we also felt a great desire by people to build a country we can be proud of again". Many of these legacies dated back to when South Korea was ruled by Park's dictator father, Park Chung-hee, a deeply divisive figure whose 18-year rule was marked by both rapid economic rise and severe civil rights abuse. Read More »