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South Korean leader Moon discuss North Korea with China's Xi: Blue House

Gov. An Hee-jung made a bold move to kiss South Korea's president-elect at Gwanghwamun Square on Tuesday, with photos of the smooch instantly going viral. The call to Moon took place just a day after he took office and comes amid increased regional tensions over North Korea as well as the deployment of a USA missile-defense shield in South Korea. Read More »

After SKorean leader eyes North trip, Trump offers US invite

In vivid detail, the North Korean Ministry of State Security described how USA and South Korean officials "ideologically corrupted and bribed" a North Korean citizen working in Russian Federation. He will send a delegation to Beijing to discuss both North Korea and Thaad. For its part, South Korea has admitted to having plans in place to kill Kim. Read More »

New S.Korean leader sets course in stormy diplomacy

The previous government initially planned to make the state-authored textbooks as the only option available to educators but later said that schools would be able to choose between them and approved texts from commercial publishers. Moon, a former human-rights lawyer, also stressed the importance of the decades-old alliance between the two countries amid concerns that they may face friction over how to deal with North Korea. Read More »

North Korea calls US-South Korea plot a `declaration of war'

The two leaders agreed to exchange special envoys "at an early date", with Moon proposing sending a separate delegation to Beijing and Xi inviting him to visit, Yoon said . They discussed a range of nuclear, security and bilateral issues, according to a person familiar with the talks. "Recent Americans detained are being interrogated by relevant legal authorities for criminal acts against the Republic", said KCNA, according to the NY Post. Read More »

Experts see instability in the legislature after B.C. election

Clark exited swiftly following her speech and did not shake hands with supporters after stepping down from the stage. "Well, some things only happen in British Columbia". "People across British Columbia have shown they are ready for politics to be done differently in this province". Pressed by reporters on whether he could support a Liberal government given their policy differences, Weaver said it was simply too premature to say. Read More »

Trump will put America first on climate: Tillerson

The representatives also state that they recognise that "activities taking place outside the Arctic region, including activities occurring in Arctic States, are the main contributors to climate change effects and pollution in the Arctic, and underlining the need for action at all levels". Read More »

PM could win Commons majority of 48 based on local election analysis

Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said her party had achieved "a clear and emphatic victory". Leader Jeremy Corbyn described the results as "mixed" and insisted they were "closing the gap" on the Conservatives. In Scotland, which since the late 1990s has largely shunned the governing party, early results showed the Conservatives gaining to the detriment of both Labour and, to a lesser extent, the Scottish National Party, which still looked likely to win the lion's share of votes overall. Read More »

Pope arrives in Portugal for Fatima trip

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In May 1917, three shepherd children - two girls and a boy - claimed they saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. As they turned, they were startled to see a lovely lady standing in one of the little oak trees nearby. Pope Francis is visiting the Fatima shrine on May 12 and 13 to canonize two Portuguese shepherd childre. Fatima increasingly became a pilgrimage destination; nowadays, it welcomes around 6 million pilgrims a year. Read More »

"Ransomware" cyberattack cripples hospitals across England

The outbreak was first reported in the United Kingdom, where hospital computers suddenly got locked by ransomware demanding $300 in bitcoin to give back acccess to files. The National Health Service said it was a "ransomware attack" - a type of extortion. The virus is then able to encrypt files and block user access to them, displaying a pop-up window on-screen telling users they have been blocked and demanding payment - often via a digital currency such as Bitcoin. Read More »

Does Turkey Think Trump's Resolve in Syria is Weakening?

Also, 18 academic foundations, 14 nongovernmental organizations and 13 health groups were closed because of activities against national security, Anadolu reported . USA -led coalition forces are patrolling the Turkish-Syria border after Turkish military jets struck Kurdish fighters early last week. This means USA forces have been forced to intervene between two of their own allies, with Turkey being a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Read More »

Blast in Balochistan, death toll rises to 25

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It was a sudden blast, broken pieces of the windscreen hit me - I am injured but safe. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility via its Amaq news agency. The blast took place as Haideri's convoy left the local seminary where he was invited for a function. "The driver and other people sitting next to me were badly injured", Haideri said while speaking to a Pakistani channel SAMAA. Read More »

Syrian Kurdish forces say they will push on to IS capital

Jeff Davis told reporters today at the Pentagon. The capture of Tabqa seven weeks after the launch of the SDF offensive, with help from the USA -led coalition, sets the stage for an advance on Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east. Read More »

Pentagon chief, Turkish PM meet after decision to arm Kurds

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Erdogan further emphasized that he would mention the issue in upcoming discussions with Trump when the two are scheduled to meet in Washington on May 16 in their first formal encounter as heads of state. "We want to believe that our allies would prefer be side by side with ourselves rather than with the terror groups", he added. The dispute poisoned ties between Turkey and the United States under the administration of former president Barack Obama but Ankara had hoped for smoother ties under ... Read More »

Sally Yates was the real blackmailer

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But why even hire Flynn in the first place? That's because the White House wanted to make sure "we were doing the right thing". Trump's detractors say it is beyond doubt that Muslims were the ban's intended target, but the administration says it is motivated strictly by national security concerns, an area where USA presidents have wide powers. Read More »

Now Even The Pentagon Is Investigating Retired Lt Gen Michael Flynn

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In a rare show of bipartisan unity, Cummings and Chaffetz, the senior members of the House Oversight Committee, both said that requests to have documents declassified regarding the retired Army general's allegedly unauthorized acceptance of payment from Russian Federation and Turkey went ignored by the Trump White House. Read More »

Forum on China's economic reach helps leader extend his own

Launched almost four years ago, the plan aims to pump hundreds of billions of dollars into railways, roads, ports and other projects across Asia, Africa and Europe. The "Maritime Road" will gain momentum in the coming years, as most of China's trade is carried by the shipping industry. As the U.S. seeks an "American First" agenda, many countries are rushing to be part of China's big plans. Read More »

Haniya: from refugee camp to charismatic Hamas leader

Last week, Hamas unveiled a series of additions to its charter that expressed support for establishing a provisional Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip - seen as a tacit acceptance of Israel. Hamas leaders have been able to travel overseas from time to time, but only with Egyptian coordination. In a series of interviews conducted via email with the Beirut-based al-Zaitouna Centre for Studies in 2013, Haniya explained that Hamas makes a distinction between political ... Read More »

Xi congratulates new South Korea president Moon Jae

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U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated South Korea's new president on his election victory, and the two agreed to work closely in dealing with North Korea. Tensions on the Korean Peninsula began to grow in early 2016 when North Korea conducted a nuclear test and after that launched a ballistic missile carrying a satellite. Read More »

China releases English-language propaganda videos about trade plan

Some of the projects could be in development for years. Judging by recent precedent in China's political system, Mr Xi is slated to step down from the presidency in early 2023 at the end of his second five-year term. On the face of it, China's big plan boasts some impressive numbers. Yet the forum is as much about promoting Xi's image at home as it is about pushing his vision overseas. Read More »

Syria deal's no-fly areas put US, Russia at odds

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The fourth round took place in Wednesday and Thursday (May 3 and 4), and resulted in a memorandum signed by the Syrian ceasefire guarantor states ( Russia , Iran, Turkey) aimed at creation of four zones of de-escalation in Syria, which include the province of Idlib and seven other regions. Read More »

Trump hails 'very productive' first 100 days, but slams media

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Under a relentless spotlight since stunning the world in November with an improbable victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the 45th president of the United States has struggled to convert his campaign promises into tangible achievements. "Governing, so far, has turned out to be more than Mr. Trump can manage", the paper wrote. The ad took a characteristic swing at the media, alluding to press reports that said the new president had been unable to pass and sign major legislation in his ... Read More »

Thousands Of Ransomware Cyberattacks Reported Worldwide

A report from a security firm indicates more than 45,000 malicious computer attacks in 74 countries in the past 10 hours. "Ambulances are being diverted to neighbouring hospitals". The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center says it is working with both the digital office of the NHS and law enforcement. Employees at Telefonica reportedly saw warnings on their screen largely identical to the ones that appeared on screens at British hospitals, demanding that a ransom be paid in bitcoin ... Read More »

Donald Trump Deletes Tweet Calling Mahmoud Abbas Visit an 'Honor'

Both leaders avoided mentioning any specifics on the way forward beyond a United States push to counter incitement and hate rhetoric from the Palestinian side. Some of the Israeli talking points were stated shortly after the press conference during the daily White House briefing. But Abbas maintained that the two-state solution, if achieved, would have dramatic effects on the region, including the normalization of ties between Israel and Arab and Islamic countries. Read More »

Ismail Haniyeh elected as new Hamas leader, replacing Meshaal

In a prosaic repetition of history, Hamas - the 30-year-old, Gaza-based Islamic resistance movement - chose to amend its charter, releasing a political document of principles that basically severs ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and accepts a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, without recognizing Israel . Read More »

South Korea's Moon floats summit; will North Korean leader agree?

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North Korea, as of Wednesday afternoon, had yet to comment officially on the election of Moon, a liberal who was deeply involved in Seoul's "sunshine policy" of increased engagement and cooperation with the North back in the 2000s. Those factors would cloud Moon's ability to unilaterally mend fences, if that is his intention. "A Korean-style, anti-terrorist offensive will be commenced to mop up the intelligence and plot-breeding organisations of the US and South Korea", mission said in a ... Read More »

Lavrov praises Trump at meeting

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CNN called the subpoenas “the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBIs broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.”. The day after firing the director of the FBI, Donald Trump surprised reporters with an unscheduled meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger . Read More »

South Korea's Moon to send envoys to Beijing to ease tensions

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Conservative critics have anxious Moon's rise to power might cause a friction with Trump, who wants to increase pressure on North Korea with the help of China, the North's largest trading partner and aid benefactor. Moon's victory reverses more than a decade of conservative rule that has seen strong ties with the USA, which maintains about 28,500 servicemembers in South Korea. Read More »

India anti-corruption party denies bribery allegation

I am proud of my son and his protest fast, "You worked with Kapil but never understood him, she added". Police said he was sitting on the hunger strike and suddenly stood up when doctors came for Mishra's medical check-up. A chartered accountant by profession, Bhardwaj had quit his job to work for the party, police said. Echoing similar sentiment, another BJP leader R.P. Read More »

Trump tweet-warns Comey 'before he starts leaking'

The White House's explanations continued to crumble throughout the day Thursday. A number of major news organizations, relying on scores of anonymous sources, reported that mere days before he was sacked Comey had gone to the Justice Department and asked for more prosecutors. Read More »

Trump's Meeting With Russian Officials Was Closed To Media - Except Gov't

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ET, and it was declared closed to the press. "Very simply. He was not doing a good job", Trump told reporters while sitting alongside Kissinger. The meeting hadn't been listed on the president's official schedule. When a reporter asked whether the dismissal has "cast a shadow" over their talks, Lavrov stopped and seemed to look genuinely quizzical when he responded, "Was he fired?" - but then adopted a deadpan tone as he told the reporter, "You are kidding, you are kidding". Read More »

Syrian Arab-Turkmen leader decries United States arming of PKK/PYD

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Washington says arming the Syrian Kurdish forces is necessary to capture Raqqa , which Islamic State has used a hub for planning attacks overseas. Talal Sillo, a commander with SDF, said no weapons have yet been delivered to the group but that the US-led coalition had said that fast delivery was expected from weapons already in Syria with the worldwide coalition. Read More »

Korea says it will seek extradition of plot culprits

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In a press statement attached to its letter, North Korea's UN mission accused the United States of trying to intimidate countries into fully implementing UN sanctions by "openly threatening that they would be faced with "strong measures of sanction" by the U.S.". Read More »

France And Germany To Map Out New EU Course At Berlin Meeting

The movement received more than 19,000 applications with 1,700 telephone interviews conducted with candidates. As many as 147 additional candidates are still being finalised. After his improbable rise to power, he is searching for a way to capture disenchanted voters from both sides of the political spectrum, a delicate dance that risks appealing to no one. Read More »