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Syrian Kurdish forces to push on IS capital this summer

Turkey's president says he expects his upcoming visit to Washington will constitute a new "milestone" for the troubled relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. The YPG said Washington's decision would bring swift results and help the militia "play a stronger, more influential and more decisive role in combating terrorism". Read More »

North Korea Missile Test Fails Amid International Condemnation


He did not do a particularly good job. On April 5, North Korea fired another ballistic missile off its east coast on the eve of Mr. Trump's summit meeting with China's leader, Xi Jinping, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. "Not happy meaning military action?" "I don't want people to know what my thinking is", he said. "People are saying, 'Is he sane?' I have no idea", the Mr Trump said. Read More »

Xi nudges Moon to think twice on THAAD

Yoon said that President Moon highly evaluated India's participation in worldwide sanctions against the North. He told Xi the ultimate goal of sanctions was to persuade North Korea to engage in dialogue about abolishing its nuclear program. Read More »

Navy says Russian jet came within 20 feet of US spy plane


Russia scrambled a Su-30 fighter to intercept a USA reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday. Previous close fly-bys, including some in which Russian planes didn't get anywhere near 20-feet from American aircraft or ships, have been deemed "unsafe and unprofessional" by the US military. Read More »

Scottish Conservatives launch Angus general election campaign

This leaves an interesting challenge ahead, whether the "old guard" coalition of a Labour/SNP administration will prevail, or whether the Conservatives can come to a working agreement with the two Indy councillors. Labour polled 20.2% of first preference votes and are the largest party in three authorities: Inverclyde, Midlothian and East Lothian. Ms Davidson, meanwhile, will paint the Conservatives as the underdogs against the "all-powerful" SNP as she launches her party's general election ... Read More »

Trump focuses on first 100 day successes, triumphs in weekly address

Trump has done more to stop the government from interfering in the lives of Americans in his first 100 days than any other president in history", the campaign's website proclaimed. "Our country is going up, and it's going up fast". Trump plans to sign an executive order directing the Commerce Department and the US trade representative to conduct a study of USA trade agreements. Read More »

Russia's Lavrov meets Tillerson ahead of Trump talks


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is welcoming Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the State Department Wednesday for talks expected to be dominated by the two countries' differences over Syria and Ukraine. Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. A statement from the White House said that Trump had informed Comey "that he has been terminated and removed from office". Read More »

Russia Rejects Rumors on Exchanges for Resignation of FBI Chief

Trump, Lavrov, and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, right, in the Oval Office Wednesday. However, a camera-wielding member of the Russian delegation " described... The meeting at the White House is set to take place at 10.30am local time. Kissinger, of course, is most famous for serving as national security adviser and secretary of state under President Richard Nixon. Read More »

Pope warns of broad destruction if tensions with North Korea escalate

In his homily, Francis urged attendees to be good to their fellow Egyptians and not be hypocritical in their faith, saying "the only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity ". Fawzaya Alban and other women from South Sudan living in Cairo wore white clothing printed with the images of popes and priests, hoping for a blessing during Mass and grateful Francis was fearless enough to visit. Read More »

Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Michael Flynn

Flynn's lies were repeated publicly by then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence during a Fox News interview on January 15 - an interview during which Pence categorically denied any recent communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Read More »

Scotland Yard auto runs over BBC cameraman's foot

Jeremy Corbyn said the draft has been amended after a sensible discussion and includes policies that will "work for the many, not the few". In a statement the broadcaster said: "An experienced BBC cameraman has been injured while filming at the Labour Party manifesto meeting". Read More »

Only rich should get Medicare hike: Labor


When the NDIS was first proposed during the Gillard government, with Shorten as minister, Labor increased the Medicare levy by 0.5% in 2014 to help fund the scheme. He also committed Labor to restoring $22 billion he says the government has stripped from schools and the $600 million torn from TAFE. He dismissed the government's measures to protect Medicare, saying that Malcolm Turnbull "only discovers his heart when he feels fear in it". Read More »

Putin and Trump to meet in Hamburg in July


The Lavrov meeting came just hours after Trump fired his Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, the man responsible for investigating the allegations of collusion between his team and Russian Federation. Lavrov's stop at the White House followed a lengthy meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday morning. Trump also raised the "possibility of broader cooperation on resolving conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere" and "to build a better relationship ... Read More »

Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts


The release indicates that the church didn't make its decision either on the basis of recent decisions to allow gay youths to be Scouts or to allow gay adults to be Scoutmasters . In the overall picture of modern LDS history, today's announcement about the Church's evolving relationship with the Scouting program may have more to do with its internal concerns about retention than with any issues it has with the BSA. Read More »

N/Korea accuses U.S. of plot to assassinate president

The ministry said the spy agencies in June 2014 "ideologically corrupted and bribed" a North Korean citizen who was working in Russian Federation to carry out the alleged assassination on Kim after returning home. The US also deployed a naval strike group to the Korean Peninsula, angering Pyongyang, and US officials have said all options are on the table. North Korea warned this week that USA hostility had brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. Read More »

Election day ahead: Jeremy Corbyn hoping to put manifesto woe behind him


The Labour leader pulled out of a planned campaign event as the party fought to contain the damage from the extraordinary leak . The Labour leader was driven to the meeting, the subject of intense media interest after a draft of the manifesto was leaked, by officers from the Metropolitan Police's royalty and specialist protection unit when his vehicle was mobbed by journalists. Read More »

Moon, Abe agree to co-operate on North Korea

Moon's swearing-in brought to an end a months-long power vacuum after previous president Park Geun-hye was ousted in a corruption scandal in March. A liberal former human-rights lawyer, Mr Moon was sworn in a day earlier and said in his first speech as president that he would immediately address security tensions that have raised fears of war on the Korean peninsula. Read More »

Conservatives gain in United Kingdom local elections ahead of June parliamentary poll

Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell acknowledged the party had suffered a tough night, but told ITV that the results were not "the wipeout that people expected" and insisted it is still "all to play for" in the national vote. He said: "These results tell a clear and stark message". The party even lost control of the city council in Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city and once the staunchest of Labour strongholds. Read More »

Belt and Road to tap local currencies, says PBOC's deputy governor

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation opens Sunday and will be attended by 27 countries. But the United States and India see it as China's strategy to rise as the global super power. Some Chinese bankers are anxious about the investment risks of including the feasibility of some projects and political instability. China will continue, he said, to pursue an active foreign policy. Read More »

Macron fields activists for French legislative elections


We're not shocked when a young woman pairs up with a much-older man - we're used to it. The list issued by Republic on the Move on Thursday included 24 outgoing Socialist lawmakers and no conservative ones. "There was no set agreement", he said on BFM TV, adding that there was still room for manoeuvre given there are more constituencies to be assigned. Read More »

Hamas elects Haniyeh as political head

Hamas has elected Ismail Haniyeh to lead the terrorist organization and as head of its political bureau. Haniyeh's election comes shortly after Hamas unveiled a new, allegedly more pragmatic political program aimed at ending the group's worldwide isolation. Read More »

Indian diplomat caught taking pictures in Islamabad High Court


He said that he has Uzma's WhatsApp messages where she suggested him not to disclose about his first marriage while talking to her brother. In these proceedings at the Islamabad High Court, an Indian woman had sought refuge at the Indian High Commission in the capital of Pakistan. Read More »

North Korea says it will seek extradition of plot culprits


Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea, from which two professors were recently arrested by authorities, has drawn dozens of USA citizens and Christian missionaries despite grave risks. North Korea is known for issuing exaggerated claims in a bid to bolster support for the family dynasty that has ruled the country since it was founded in 1948. Read More »

Israelis Fear Trump-Abbas Meeting that Appeared Warm-and-Fuzzy Really Was


During his address, Pence announced that President Donald Trump wholeheartedly backs the Jewish State of Israel, and was considering moving the US embassy in the country from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Such a move would be a stunning reversal of one of Trump's biggest campaign promises. Though Abbas and the worldwide community are committed to the two-state solution, President Trump has stepped aside arguing that he would support one-state solution if that was the best option. Read More »

Trump Set to Speak With Putin Tuesday

Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone Tuesday, discussing Syria , terrorism and North Korea - as well as the possibility of a personal meeting this summer. The Kremlin characterised the call as "business-like" and "constructive". Trump has called for safe zones in Syria before, but Putin has been more resistant. Read More »

Killed, Deputy Chairman Senate Injured in Blast in Pakistan


He is said to have been injured in the blast. "The driver and other people sitting next to me were badly injured", Haideri said on private TV channel SAMAA . The blast also damaged a number of vehicles parked on the road causing panic in the area. The whole area was immediately cordoned off by the paramilitary forces and a search operation was launched. Read More »

Labour manifesto leaker did us a favour, says Corbyn ally

Theresa May has attacked Jeremy Corbyn for abandoning "patriotic working class people" while the Labour leader has hit back with an accusation that she is "pandering" to Donald Trump. There has been heightened media interest around the leak and as Mr Corbyn's vehicle pulled into a driveway it was mobbed by journalists, leading to BBC cameraman, Giles Woolorton's foot being run over by the front wheel of the auto. Read More »