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North Korean university draws US evangelicals despite risks

The accusation came after weeks of tension over North Korea's nuclear and missile development and fears it will conduct a sixth nuclear test or test-launch another ballistic missile in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. North Korea has in the past used detainees to extract concessions, including high-profile visits from the United States, which has no formal diplomatic relations with North Korea. Read More »

Modi speaks to new South Korean President

The statement says Xi relayed China's opposition to the missile-defense system being installed in South Korea that it says threatens its own security. But Moon also has to navigate a complex web of regional issues. Regional experts have believed for months that North Korea was preparing for its sixth nuclear test and was working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States, presenting Trump with one of his most pressing security issues. Read More »

I Would Have Fired Comey Without Rosenstein's Letter

Certainly it wasn't because of his handling of last year's political scandal, Hillary Clinton's mismanaged emails. Rosenstein criticized Comey for holding a press conference on July 5, 2016 , to publicly announce his recommendation not to charge Clinton, and for announcing on October 28, 2016, that the FBI had reopened its investigation of Clinton. Read More »

No collusion with Russians claims Donald Trump as Federal Bureau of Investigation row rumbles on

An she repeated her assertion, "the only person that can fire Comey was the president". "It was all him", he said , insisting that the deputy attorney general had audited the F.B.I. "After watching Director Comey's testimony last Wednesday, the president was strongly inclined to remove him", she said. He refused to comment on what Comey did or didn't say, but when asked whether it would be common for an FBI director to notify someone they were not the target of an investigation, said "I'm ... Read More »

Hezbollah says it has secured Lebanon's border with Syria

The paper described the incident as an "Israeli infiltration into the Lebanese communications network" after tens of thousands of the anti-Nasrallah texts and calls were identified as originating from Hezbollah's official public relations offices were received. Read More »

Trump on Russia-Ukraine conflict: 'Let's make peace'

Sergey Kislyak. In addition, the U.S. President posted a combined photo from the two meetings, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. "Yesterday, on the same day - I had meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the FM of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin". Read More »

S Korea's new president 'would visit Pyongyang'

His appointment requires parliamentary approval. Moon was sworn in Wednesday, just a day after a landslide election victory following the ouster of his predecessor Park Geun-Hye over a massive corruption scandal. Along with his promises to tackle serious global issues, Moon said he would cut ties with South Korea's conglomerates and leave the office uncorrupted. Read More »

Aisha Buhari meets 82 Chibok school girls in Abuja

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More than three years ago, 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram , a militant group that pledges allegiance to ISIS . To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. "Tomorrow, we are going to be better and to change everything that is happening in our community", she said. Read More »

Mormon church pulls older teens out of Boy Scouts

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About 280,000 Mormon boys ages 8 to 13 will remain in the Scouts while the church develops its program, the Mormons said. A Boy Scout patch commemorating the 100 year anniversary with the Mormon Church is displayed on a scout uniform at camp Maple Dell on July 31, 2015 outside Payson, Utah. Read More »

Iran's Rouhani faces renewed charges as election looms

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To win, the candidate must score more than 50 percent of the vote. Raisi has harshly criticized Rouhani's economic performance during live presidential debates in the past two weeks. Benefits have been slow to arrive, in part because of unilateral USA sanctions still in place over Iran's missile program, human rights record and allegations it supports terrorism. Read More »

Senate Intel Leaders Defend Comey From Trump's Attacks

This is yet another contradiction in the Trump administration's narrative on why Comey was let go. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, testifying in place of Comey, contradicted Trump's appraisal of turmoil at the FBI, saying that Comey had "broad support " from the rank and file "and still does to this day". Read More »

Trump had Russian Federation on his mind when he made a decision to fire Comey

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Previews of congressional testimony to superiors are generally considered courteous. Comey, who testified for four hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it made him feel "mildly nauseous" that his decision to make public his reopening of a probe into Clinton's handling of classified information might have affected the outcome of the November 8 presidential election. Read More »

Xi, Moon agree denuclearising North Korea 'common goal': Seoul

Tensions in Korean Peninsula escalated in recent months after Pyongyang conducted a number of nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches. Spokesman Yoon Young-chan said it was the first time a Chinese leader had called a newly installed South Korean president to congratulate them. Read More »

At least seven killed as tornadoes hit US

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The National Weather Service confirmed at least three tornadoes in Canton, about 60 miles east of Dallas, with about 50 people being treated for injuries at hospitals in the area. Reuters reported that at least five people were killed in tornadoes that struck the USA state of Texas . Two toddlers were in a vehicle swept off a bridge in Hindsville, Arkansas; rescuers have recovered the body of the 4-year-old boy but have not yet found his 18-month-old sister. Read More »

I'll visit Kim if it brings peace, says South Korea's new president

Beijing has been upset by the installation of USA missile-defense system in South Korea that was approved by Moon's conservative predecessor as a hedge against North Korea . However, US taking unilateral action would be unwise given that its allies South Korea and Japan are within range of North Korean missiles and artillery. Read More »

FBI, NSA directors in closed session with House intel panel

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Director James Comey said, it made him feel "mildly nauseous " to think he had an impact on the 2016 US Presidential election, but that he had no choice but to announce just days before the vote that the agency had reopened a probe into Democratic candidate Hillary R. Read More »

Malaysia deports 3 Turks believed to be in militant group

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Robertson added that Malaysia's decision to deport the men meant that they could face possible torture and prolonged detention, followed by an unfair trial. He also questioned Malaysia's decision to deport Ozcelik, who he said had documents from the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR recognising him as an asylum seeker. Read More »

International Court of Justice stays hanging of Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan had ignored 16 requests for consular access from India and refused to share court papers to enable India to appeal against the decision. "We have suggested that their foreign minister or Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz give a recommendation letter and it will be cleared immediately, without any delay", said Gopal Baglay . Read More »

Moon's rise to power in S Korea causes worries, hopes abroad

Moon named Suh Hoon, a career spy agency official and a veteran of inter-Korea ties, as the head of the National Intelligence Service. Moon was expected to fill the remaining cabinet and presidential staff appointments swiftly to bring an end to a power vacuum left by the removal of Park Geun-hye in March in a corruption scandal that rocked South Korea's business and political elite. Read More »

Pakistan says army killed 50 Afghan soldiers in firing exchange

Villages straddling the frontier have mosques and houses with one door in Pakistan and another in Afghanistan. To a query, General Aamir said that the Bab-e-Dosti on Pak-Afghan border would remain close till normalcy of the situation. In Islamabad , the foreign ministry said it had summoned Afghanistan's chargé d'affaires to complain about the firing. Both sides, however, deny such an allegation. Read More »

Trump calls sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief a 'showboat'

The White House pushed back against criticism that the move was created to derail the Russian Federation probes. Asked Thursday if he knew if Comey told Trump he was not under investigation, McCabe said he could not comment. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with the support of the White House, brushed aside those calls, saying a new investigation would only "impede the current work being done". Read More »

North Korea to seek extradition of 'Kim Jong Un assassination plot criminals'

China said on Tuesday it has noticed the talks between representatives of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States in Norway, calling on solving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue via peaceful means. North Korea's U.N. Mission said the organizers infiltrated "the terrorist" into the DPRK with several pieces of satellite communications equipment so he could be updated "with the operational code of terrorism against the supreme leadership, various terrorist methods ... Read More »

Fighting eases as safe zones plan begins: monitor

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The Western, Saudi-backed HNC said the deal lacks legitimacy and seeks to divide the country. According to the text of the document published by the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 6, Russia , Turkey, and Iran agreed to establish four separate de-escalation zones in Syria for at least six months. Read More »

Tillerson arrives in Alaska for Arctic meeting

The Arctic Council Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation, signed in Fairbanks on Thursday, is the third legally binding agreement negotiated under the auspices of the Arctic Council and is an example of what the forum is able to accomplish, foreign ministers said. Read More »

USA reviews safe zones

The ones Mattis appeared particularly concerned about were enforcement of the zones, and exactly who will be kept out of the safe zones. The borders of the safe zones are "still being worked out", among other things, Mattis said, though "the general locations are well understood ". Read More »

China's Xi discusses nuclear issue with new South Korean president

South Koreans are voting today in their presidential election. Moon's first words and actions as president show his determination to revive the South Korean "sunshine policy" of engaging North Korea rather than isolating it. Park's father is slain military strongman Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea in the 1960s and '70s, and whose legacy as a successful economic strategist is marred by a record of vicious civilian oppression. Read More »

North Korea claims USA tried to assassinate Kim Jong

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Pompeo's visit to South Korea included "detailed security discussions" with Seoul intelligence officials and a visit to an island near the border with the North, according to the USA military command in Korea. It comes after Mr Kim's estranged half-brother Kim Jong-nam was killed at a Malaysian airport after he was sprayed with a deadly nerve agent . North Korea claimed in 2012 that South Korean spies persuaded a defector from the North to infiltrate the country and try to destroy statues ... Read More »

CE to attend Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

To increase the appeal of the initiative, Beijing should explain its intentions, publish a list of belt and road projects and introduce some profitable pilot schemes to lure initial investors to get onboard, Zhao Xijun, a finance professor at Renmin University in Beijing, said. Read More »