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AAP takes EVM protest to Election Commission

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Representatives of seven national parties and 48 state parties were invited by the poll panel for the meeting at the Constitution Club, to reassure the parties that Electronic Voting Machines can not be tampered with and were secured. The protesters were demanding that voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)- equipped EVMs be used in future elections. A party source said the EC was unlikely to accede to the request for access to EVMs. Read More »

Trump creates panel to investigate voter fraud

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His work spearheading Trump's committee will be highly scrutinized from the outset, mostly because the initiative seems to have come about as a means of justifying the President's bogus charge that as many as 5 million "illegals" voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Read More »

S. Korea's leader willing to visit North, talk to US, China

Beijing - the North's biggest trade partner and diplomatic protector - is infuriated over the deployment of a U.S. missile defence system in the South, and Seoul is embroiled in a row with fellow USA ally Tokyo over wartime history. After voting, Hong Joon-pyo said the election was a "war of regime choices between people, whether they decide to accept a North Korea-sympathizing leftist government or a government that can protect the liberty of the Republic of Korea". Read More »

Syria safe zones: Fighting 'eases' as plan takes effect

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Syrian government backers Iran and Russian Federation, and rebel supporter Turkey, on Thursday signed a deal during talks in Kazakh capital Astana setting up four "de-escalation zones" in Syria. Iran, Assad's other major ally, also backed it. Putin on Wednesday said he and U.S. President Donald Trump had a "very good" telephone conversation, adding that Trump agreed on Russia's safe zone proposal - though the White House only confirmed the two leaders discussed the zones. Read More »

AAP dares EC to provide real EVMs for hacking

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We request the EC to arrange a hackathon. Conducting a mock poll on an EVM machine, AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj demonstrated how despite giving two votes each to various parties; the final count showed that votes of some parties had been transferred to one party. Read More »

Trump eyes mutually-beneficial ties with Russian Federation, says Lavrov

The Russian "had to go through the same screening as a member of the US press going through the main gate to the [White House] briefing room", a senior administration official said . Instead of being part of the conversation, USA reporters were sent to an unannounced meeting for Trump, this time with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger , who most notably served under President Richard Nixon. Read More »

China's Silk Road forum latest effort to boost Xi's stature

Nepal and China on Friday signed a framework agreement on China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, days ahead of a summit in Beijing where an ambitious plan to build a modern-day Silk Road trade routes and lead a new era of globalisation would be unveiled . Read More »

Trump meets with Russia's top diplomat

In brief remarks to journalists after the meeting, Trump said his decision to abruptly fire FBI Director James Comey the day before his meeting with Lavrov did not affect the meeting "at all". Trump fired Comey on Tuesday on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions . Russian Federation backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war. Read More »

Trump to hold crunch meeting on Paris climate deal

World leaders gathered to sign the Paris climate agreement in December 2015, but new U.S. President Donald Trump wants out. President Donald Trump is delaying a decision on whether to withdraw from the landmark worldwide climate deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration. Read More »

The US Navy SEAL killed in an ambush overseas has been identified

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What Are U.S. Troops Doing in Somalia? AFRICOM said the United States forces in the raid were on an "advise-and-assist mission alongside members of the Somali National Army". Less than a month ago, the US African Command (AFRICOM) announced a new deployment of US ground troops to Somalia, and despite presenting it as a "non-combat" operation, we already have our first casualties. Read More »

Russia wants quick UN vote for Syria 'de-escalation zones'

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It is also unclear whether ISIS and other terrorists would comply with so-called safe zones in Syria. U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said he was convening what he called "rather business-like, rather short" peace talks in Geneva from May 16-19 to take advantage of the momentum. Read More »

Israel rebukes Sweden for supporting UNESCO resolution

The text denounced actions taken by "Israel, the occupying power.to alter the character and status of the holy city of Jerusalem " and criticized the country's annexation of Jerusalem in 1967 - a move never internationally recognized. He added: "I would also like to say that this systematic harassment has a price" for "I instructed the Foreign Ministry to deduct $1 million from the funds that Israel transfers to the UN". Read More »

England drawn with France and Argentina

The victor of that will slot into Pool B with defending champion and world No. 1 New Zealand, No. 7 South Africa, No. 11 Italy and Africa 1. While there is a lot of rugby to be played between now and the tournament itself, which starts on 20 September 2019, Gregor Townsend's team can at least take a degree of comfort from the fact that they have won their most recent meetings against both the Irish and the Japanese. Read More »

All Blacks draw Springboks in 2019 Rugby World Cup pool

Joe Schmidt's men have been drawn in Pool A , alongside Scotland , hosts Japan , the Europe 1 qualifer and a play-off victor. Australia, twice champions and runners up two years ago, will become reacquainted with Wales in Pool D , which also includes 11th ranked Georgia. Read More »

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed

Hasib's regiment is also known as the Islamic State in the Khorasan (ISIS-K), which is a name for both Afghanistan and Pakistan that dates back to ancient times. Afghan commandos operate alongside USA special forces in Nangarhar, where two U.S. service members were killed on April 26, one day before the raid that killed the Islamic State leader. Read More »

Turkey, US can turn Raqa into 'graveyard' for Islamic State: Erdogan

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The U.S. military is working closely with Kurdish fighters in Syria, considering them as the only viable force capable of seizing the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State. Video from northern Syria showed the USA patrols parked alongside Kurdish units flying the YPG flag. On Tuesday, the Turkish military launched a series of airstrikes targeting the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), which has played an important role in the American-backed operations in Syria against ISIS. Read More »

Kushner Cos says to skip China marketing push this weekend

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Grassley said Meyer and others affiliated with Kushner Cos. appeared to have promised Chinese investors special treatment during a separate presentation last week when she mentioned her brother by name. The move was previously reported by The Washington Post . The proposed changes would address long-standing criticism of the program and potentially hamper the Kushner family's fundraising efforts for their New Jersey project. Read More »

Korea's Moon floats summit; will North bite?

Some Japanese officials also have concerns about the prospects of Moon questioning security cooperation amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile development. President Moon Jae-in was sworn in on Wednesday and vowed to immediately tackle the hard tasks of addressing North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions. Read More »

Australia has "better health care than we do"

But, she argues, the GOP health care bill is more of a step back than a step forward. Trump Thursday praised Australia's system, called Medicare, at a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York City. "Let us move to a medicare for all system that does what every other major country does". This is despite the fact that health care experts from across the political spectrum have said that Trump's health care bill is unworkable and suffers from fatal flaws and could lead to ... Read More »

Russian photographer's presence in Oval Office raises alarm

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Trump met today with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russian Federation, following on the visit of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow last month", it read . Russian Federation denies the allegations. Tillerson and Lavrov met in Moscow last month, amid tensions over the USA bombing of a Syrian airfield after alleged chemical attacks by Syrian forces on civilians, including many children. Read More »

Palestinian leader hails Trump's Mideast peace efforts

So it's the flawless place to ask the president of the Russian Federation about a significant situation in American politics, right? He later added, "You see I am going to play hockey, with the hockey fans, and I invite you to do the same". Read More »

Senate panel seeks Flynn documents in Russia probe

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Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, did not respond immediately to a request for comment. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, saying he had lost confidence in Comey over his handling of an election-year email scandal involving then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Read More »

New South Korean president commits to dialogue with North

Moon has said repeatedly over the past few months that he wants to nullify and renegotiate the agreement reached between Tokyo and Seoul in December 2015 to settle the issue of Korean women forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers before and during World War II. Read More »

Experts predict instability in the legislature after BC election

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In 2013, the party won 34 seats and just shy of 40% of votes cast. A riding can go to a more formal judicial recount if "the difference between the votes received by the candidate declared elected and the candidate with the next highest number of votes is less than 1/500 of the total ballots considered", according to the B.C. Read More »

GOP leader defends all-male senators' health bill group

The House GOP is surely following the White House's lead with regard to waiting for a CBO analysis. The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act moved one step closer to completion last week, but now GOP Senators are trying to craft a bill they hope can pass the Senate. Read More »

Asean summit ends in uncertainty

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The 30th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN ) was held in Manila , the Philippines on Saturday with the attendance of leaders of 10 ASEAN member nations. The Philippines, which used to be the most critical voice of all conflicting partners in the past six years, has softened its tone considerably and encouraged other claimants to take similar softer lines toward China. Read More »

Oval Office meeting with Russian officials raises eyebrows

TASS photographer Alexandr Scherbak, who covered the meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US President Donald Trump as a member of the minister's press pool, has wrote a Facebook post urging US journalists to preserve their dignity. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn says winning the General Election will be a historic challenge

The main opposition Labour Party took a beating, losing scores of local councilors nationwide and suffering losses in its long-time stronghold of Wales. "To do that you need a proper working majority and that's what Theresa May is asking for from people who previously wouldn't have voted for us and may well have voted either Ukip or Labour". Read More »

Trump, Putin to meet in July, Russians announce

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The White House and the state department put out terse statements on the day's discussions , and the state department gave no briefing, leaving it once more to the Russians to frame the presentation. Lavrov called it a US decision, echoing Putin, who said Russian Federation had nothing to do with Comey's dismissal. "Was he fired? You're kidding". Read More »

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn says 'I'm not a pacifist'

The cameraman was hurt as Mr Corbyn's auto drove in through a side entrance to the building in Savoy Place while much of the media was waiting on the street outside the front entrance. She will add: "If you put your trust in me, back me, I will strive to be a leader worthy of our great country". Despite Mr Corbyn's declaration that the Brexit question was "settled" by last year's referendum, the document states withdrawing from the European Union without a deal would be the "worst possible" ... Read More »

In Final Letter To Staff, Comey Lauds FBI As 'Rock Of Competence'

Tapper cited a Washington Post report published late Wednesday refuting the White House's claim that Rosenstein's memo about Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation was the driving force behind his ouster. Comey." Since Comey's firing, he added, "they PRETEND to be aggrieved. Back up a sec, why was Comey fired? The Senate minority leader, Democrat Chuck Schumer, said Rosenstein should appoint a special prosecutor. Read More »

Haniyeh: Prisoners issue will remain priority for Hamas

The official told Al-Hayat that Israel did not respond this month to an official request by the Palestinian Authority to stop deducting the cost of electricity provided to Gaza-$11 million a month-from the monthly PA customs and taxes revenues. Read More »