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Two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar freed after more than 500 days


The chief of Insein prison, Zaw Zaw, confirmed that the two were among 6,520 prisoners given a blanket pardon by President Win Myint, according to AP. Reuters has maintained that the two men did not commit any crime and had called for their release. The two reporters were freed from Yangon's Insein Prison on Tuesday morning. Read More »

Chuck Schumer Urges Trump To ‘Hang Tough’ On China


Trump announced on Twitter Sunday that the US would more than double tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports , and may slap a new 25 percent duty on another $325 billion. The U.S. releases the April CPI report Friday.South Korea's markets are closed Monday for a holiday. That tranche of goods, to be hit with tariffs "shortly", would see levies at a rate of 25 percent. Read More »

Prosecutors Sign Statement Saying Trump Would Be Indicted if He Weren't President

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller noted in his report that is against DOJ policy to indict a sitting president , leading experts to opine that the obstruction volume of the report was " plainly an impeachment referral ". 2 official under Republican President George H.W. Bush, and Bill Weld, a former head of the Justice Department's criminal division under Republican President Ronald Reagan. Read More »

Trump must be frustrated. He wants to silence Mueller


Mueller's testimony will be the most hotly anticipated Capitol Hill must-see TV since last week's Senate hearing with Attorney General Bill Barr . President Donald Trump's turnabout on whether the special counsel should appear before Congress has sparked criticism from Democratic lawmakers. Read More »

Michael Cohen Set To Begin Prison Sentence


He is due to be held in the detention center's low-security "camp", which holds detainees who are not considered to be risky, including many other white collar criminals. "I have already spent years living a personal and mental incarceration". "There still remains much to be told", he added. Cohen pleaded guilty in August 2018 to violating campaign finance law, bank fraud and tax evasion in a case handled by federal prosecutors in NY. Read More »

Trump Threatens Half a Trillion Dollars in China Tariffs


Trump also threatened to slap tariffs on another $325 billion in imports from China , covering everything it ships annually to the United States. China signaled on Monday it still plans to attend upcoming trade talks in Washington. The threat of import tariffs on Chinese goods is being used as leverage in talks where Trump is seeking changes to Beijing's trade policy. Read More »

Tit-for-tat: Timeline of US-China trade dispute


Democratic Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had some rare praise for President Donald Trump on Sunday. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is scheduled to return to Washington for trade talks on Wednesday.The Reserve Bank of Australia meets to set interest rates Tuesday, while New Zealand central bank does the same the following day. Read More »

Texas Amber Alert: Maleah Davis abducted near Houston


Maleah, her stepfather and his two-year-old son are believed to have been abducted in north Houston on Friday night, according to police. Vence, 26, told investigators that the attack occurred around 9pm when he heard a "popping noise" that prompted him to pull over and check his tire. Read More »

USA targets Iran uranium but lets nuclear deal stay alive


The Saturday statement by the EU, France, Germany and the United Kingdom said they "take note with regret and concern" the USA decision not to fully renew the waivers. "This includes denying Iran any pathway to a nuclear weapon", State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said. "We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the United States following their withdrawal from the JCPOA", said the statement. Read More »

Boeing admits knowing of 737 Max problem

The US planemaker has been trying for weeks to dispel suggestions that it made airlines pay for safety features after it emerged that an alert created to show discrepancies in Angle of Attack readings from two sensors was optional on the 737 MAX. Read More »

Global stocks drop after Trump risks ‘full-on’ trade war with China

Donald Trump announced the move on Twitter , complaining that negotiations between the two countries were proceeding too slowly. The next round of talks with a major Chinese delegation is scheduled to start on Wednesday in Washington. Trump said the tariffs paid to the USA have had little impact on product cost, mostly borne by China. Domestic companies typically deal with the extra tax though some combination of cost-cutting, eating the loss through lower profits, passing the cost on ... Read More »

Caracas hopes to skirt United States sanctions via financial cooperation with Russia & China

At the end of a year ago, Mr Trump cancelled a summit with Mr Putin after Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews off the Crimean Peninsula. Trump's closest advisers have sharply objected to Russia's presence in the hemisphere and blamed Moscow for helping keep Maduro in place. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza spoke in Moscow on Monday, a day after meeting Russia's top diplomat Sergey Lavrov, who is to meet U.S. Read More »

Why is Ramadan important to Muslims?


Because its months depend on the sighting of the moon, the date changes in the Gregorian calendar from year to year. They are a reference point for many Muslims across the world in terms of starting the fast. Children, the elderly and the ill are exempt, as well as women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating. During the holy month, Muslims wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, and they break their fast with a meal referred to as iftar. Read More »

Korean leader mentioned abduction issue in 2nd summit with Trump


He noted that US sanctions have been "putting some of the pressure" he said is prompting Kim to want to negotiate. Mr Trump said on Saturday that he still believed a nuclear deal with North Korea would happen. Dr Vipin Narang, associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said: " Kim Jong Un may be starting his "push-the-line" strategy, gradually seeing how much Trump will turn a blind eye to". Read More »

Biden expects Trump attacks on him and family


Vice President, you've had a great career, you've been such an asset to this administration - and we love you", Plouffe reportedly told Biden. Former vice president Joe Biden , hitting the campaign trail Friday for the first time since joining a crowded Democratic field of presidential aspirants, has dubbed Trump a "clown". Read More »

Muslims in Southern California Prepare for Ramadan


This picture taken on May 3, 2019 shows Indonesians carrying baskets of food on their heads as part of the Nyadran festival to welcome the holy month of Ramadan in Temanggung, Central Java. The Ramadan fast begins with a pre-dawn meal called "suhoor" to prepare hungry stomachs for the long day ahead. Saudi Arabia announced that Ramadan will begin on May 6, but the UAE moon sighting committee will meet after sunset on May 5 to make an official announcement. Read More »

US sends naval strike group to Middle East in 'message' to Iran


The US is deploying an aircraft carrier and bombers to the Middle East as a signal to Iran , National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Sunday. He wasn't providing details, but said the USA wanted to send a message that "unrelenting force" would meet any attack on United States interests or those of its allies. Read More »

Trump says United States backs Israel '100%' over Gaza escalation


Palestinians check the damage in a building targeted by Israeli airstrikes on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 5 May, 2019. Egyptian mediators had been working with the United Nations to broker a cease-fire. Upon his release, Abu Naim was welcomed into the ranks of the Hamas leadership. The two terrorist groups said in a joint statement that they were considering firing rockets to cities over 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Gaza strip. Read More »

EU, UK condemn U.S. oil and nuclear sanctions on Iran


Iran will continue with low-level uranium enrichment in line with its nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani was quoted as saying on Saturday, despite a U.S. "America is trying to decrease our foreign reserves ..." However a 180-day exception was made for eight countries and territories, namely China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey, importing hydrocarbons from Iran to prevent oil price hikes and give some time to search for ... Read More »

Theresa May presses Labour to reach Brexit deal - but leaks jeopardise talks


Mrs May has urged Mr Corbyn to "put our differences aside for a moment" and "do a deal" after both parties suffered a hard set of results at the local elections amid voter anger over Brexit. But suggestions that May's government might make a deal that accepts Labour's demand for close economic ties with the European Union have infuriated pro-Brexit Conservatives, who are demanding May's resignation. Read More »

Mueller testimony to US Congress proposed for May 15: lawmaker


Mueller has said no one from the White House tried to get in his way, and the president did not assert executive privilege to stop the special counsel team from questining any of his aides. Trump just said on Friday that it's up to A.G. Barr whether or not Mueller should testify. Barr is headed for another showdown with Congress on Monday if he fails to meet a morning deadline to hand over the full, unredacted Mueller report requested by Democrats. Read More »

One killed when Russian Aeroflot plane lands with fire on board: agencies


At least one person was killed and four injured. Other details, including the cause of the fire, were not immediately known. Video on Russian news channel Rossiya-24 showed passengers leaping from the plane Sunday evening onto an inflatable slide from the front of the aircraft and staggering across tarmac and grass of Sheremetyevo Airport. Read More »

10 million North Koreans suffering severe food shortages


The bad harvest has added to the North's trouble. The assessment was conducted by the UN's World Food Program ( WFP ) and the Food and Agriculture Organization, who sent a team to North Korea from 29 March to 12 April 2019. Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans died during a devastating starvation in the 1990. "The DPRK regime continues to exploit, starve, and neglect its own people in order to advance its unlawful nuclear and weapons program", a Department spokeswoman said, adding ... Read More »

Moon not sighted in Saudi Arabia; first Ramazan on Monday


The celebration is observed by millions of Muslims across the globe as a period of fasting. As per precedent, the moon is sighted in Indian subcontinent region only a day after it has been spotted in the western hemisphere. They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds during the holy month. The month also focuses on charity work and people will perform acts of generosity to the Muslim community. Read More »

Afghanistan to release 175 Taliban prisoners


The talks between the Taliban and USA peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad this week focus on a potential deal that would see the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in return for the Taliban guaranteeing terrorist groups could no longer operate in the country. Read More »

Sirens wail as Israel stands still for Holocaust remembrance


The 24-hour remembrance period began at sundown with the main ceremony at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, held just hours after Israeli researchers reported that violent attacks against Jews rose significantly a year ago. In his remarks, Netanyahu also stressed the continued threat of anti-Semitic extremism. The names of those who perished in the genocide are read aloud in parliament. Read More »

Ashton Kutcher to Act as Witness in Alleged Serial Killer’s Trial


Both women were viciously stabbed multiple times in their Los Angeles area homes and posed after death. He has alluded to being responsible for as many as 10 killings . Gargiulo has been called a "serial sexual thrill killer", allegedly stabbing and butchering his victims. Kutcher, who had just started appearing in the television series That '70s Show and is now married to actress Mila Kunis, told police he went to pick up the fashion student-model for a post-Grammy Awards party, ... Read More »

Sudan's attorney general orders questioning of former president al-Bashir


The coalition called for a "million march" to demand civil administration after differences with the ruling military council over the composition of the joint council. He stressed that "the ruling military council is extending its powers daily", calling on the worldwide community to support the choices of the Sudanese people. Read More »

Sri Lankan President Vows Stability Before Vote


In an interview with Reuters, the President said that all active members of the group have been identified and now it's a case of arresting them. Earlier this week, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it had arrested Riyas Aboobacker, an Islamic State sympathiser and follower of Sri Lanka bombings mastermind Zahran Hashim, who disclosed to the investigative agency that he was planning to commit a suicide attack in Kerala . Read More »

Discussing three-way nuclear deal that includes Russia, China

Putin has echoed some of Trump's talking points in ridiculing the Mueller probe. Trump said that he has already spoken to China . Sanders did not go into detail about what Trump said to Putin about USA government concerns that Moscow continues efforts to tamper with the American election process, saying on meddling in general, "We're going to do everything we can to prevent it from happening". Read More »