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Missionaries at North Korea's Universities

U.S. President Donald Trump said he doesn't oppose South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in engaging in dialogue with Pyongyang, but reiterated that talks must be pursued under right circumstances. opposition to reaching any sort of peace deal with North Korea. A dialogue was possible with the Trump administration, said a senior North Korean official after meeting with an ex-US government official in Oslo, Norway. Read More »

Tillerson says U.S. won't be rushed on climate change policies

High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic natio. MR REX TILLERSON, on whether the U.S. will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate pact. Arctic Council participants pose for a "family picture" in Fairbanks on Thursday. "You should know we are taking the time to understand your concerns". Tillerson said the Council has proven to be an indispensable forum in which the Arctic states can pursue cooperation, but added: "We are appreciative that each of you has an important point of ... Read More »

Russia Seeks UN Security Council Backing for Syrian Peace Deal

The evacuation began days after regime backers Russian Federation and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey signed a deal to implement " de-escalation zones " where the government and opposition will halt hostilities, reported AFP. The report said it is unknown whether the victims were Syrian government forces, allied militia, or rebel factions. Russian Federation has said the establishment of the zones would include a ban on US -led coalition aircraft flying over the area, but the ... Read More »

BJD discord: Jay Panda respects 'punishment' if it welfares party


Meanwhile, many of his legislators have expressed resentment for not getting any ministry. In a fast developing political equation in the ruling BJD, former minister Amar Prasad Satpathy was on Friday appointed as the government chief whip while Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda has been removed as the spokesperson of the BJD parliamentary party. Read More »

'Biggest ransomware attack in history' targets nearly 100 countries

Politico cybersecurity reporter Eric Gellar told CBSN that this is one of the first time cybercriminals have used the flaw in the code of Windows to spread this "ransomware" since it was exposed. The most worrying development concerned problems with the hospital's referral system, Sean said. "We have activated our major incident plan to make sure we can maintain the safety and welfare of patients", the spokesman said. Read More »

Delegation to defend government rights record in Geneva


Mr Rohatgi, who led the Indian delegation to the meet that reviewed the human rights record of member states, stressed India was a secular state with no state religion with a Constitution that enshrines provisions for the protection of the minorities. Read More »

Jakarta's Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy


In announcing its decision , the five-judge panel said Gov. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was "convincingly proven guilty of blasphemy" and ordered his arrest. The ruling significantly challenges the country's reputation as moderate in the Islamic world, particularly because prosecutors recommended a punishment of two years' probation, not imprisonment. Read More »

The Russian government embarrassed the White House

But it acknowledged that it had been misled about the role of the Russian photographer, who was actually employed by a state-run agency, according to a senior administration official who requested anonymity to discuss matters of security. Read More »

Someone remind Donald Trump he is not above the law

Democrats called for an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia's election interference, and were backed by a handful of prominent Republicans, but Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, with the support of the White House , said a new investigation would "impede the current work being done". Read More »

Corrine Brown found guilty on fraud and tax evasion charges


Reports indicated that Brown's aides deposited over $140,000 into the "Charity One Door for Education", which she used to cover her own expenses. Brown, a Democrat who represented the Florida district that included Jacksonville since 1993, had pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, including fraud. Read More »

Evacuated In Germany To Defuse World War II Bombs


Residents in a densely populated part of the city were ordered to leave their homes for the operation, planned since mid-April, to remove several recently discovered unexploded bombs. The city of Hanover prepared a series of events at museums, theaters and other public venues for evacuees to pass the time during the disposal operation. Read More »

Abortion foes cheer series of advances, as opponents protest


A part of the Republicans' proposed American Health Care Act would prevent Planned Parenthood from being reimbursed for any of its services, including cancer screening and pre-natal care, through the Medicaid program for the poor. Collins affirmed that she was against the original House bill, and maintained that she has "a lot of concerns" about the amended one that just passed - particularly without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the "impact of coverage and costs". Read More »

China pressures South Korea about missile system

For too long, South Korean politics have been inward-looking and preoccupied by the successful impeachment of the former president, Park Geun-hye, on corruption charges. Discord can happen, as conservative USA news media reported, if Moon pushes for cooperation and exchanges with North Korea, going against the worldwide community's efforts to tighten sanctions on it. Read More »

Britain's May wins parliament's backing for June 8 snap election


In a repeat of an election tactic successfully wielded against Ed Miliband in 2015, Theresa May has sought to cast the upcoming election as a choice between "strong leadership" from the Conservatives or a "coalition of chaos" with Labour propped up by the SNP and other smaller parties. Read More »

Mutinous soldiers cut off Ivory Coast's second city

Tensions erupted afterward and heavy gunfire rang out overnight in the second-largest city of Bouake, according to residents on Friday. The government was then forced to revise the budget for this year because it's faced with lower income from cocoa, its main export crop. Read More »

NHS faces weekend of chaos after global cyber attack cripples hospitals' computers

The attack, which is believed to have been based on technology stolen from the National Security Agency in the USA, encrypted files in up to 100 countries, halting work at major companies including Nissan, FedEx and Vodafone. Portugal Telecom, delivery company FedEx, a Swedish local authority and Megafon, the second largest mobile phone network in Russian Federation, also said they had been affected. Read More »

North Korea detains another USA citizen

Both PUST and the U.S. State Department said that they are aware Kim has been arrested. "The volunteer faculty of PUST, many of whom are evangelical Christians, has a curriculum that includes subjects once considered taboo in North Korea, such as capitalism", Reuters reports. Read More »

Why is triple talaq only India specific, Supreme Court asks

The Supreme Court must focus on triple talaq , since Muslim women are facing the brunt of this. Khurshid, however, argued that the court need not go into the validity of triple talaq if it accepted his suggestion to declare the practice as "single talaq ". Read More »

Korea will talk to United States "if conditions are there", says diplomat

Amid simmering tensions on the Korean Peninsula, a senior North Korean diplomat in charge of handling U.S. relations says Pyongyang would hold talks with Washington under the right conditions. It is particularly noteworthy that President Trump reacted to the suggestion of talks with the exact same language he reacted recently to questions about starting a nuclear war in Korea, that "we'll see what happens". Read More »

Macron's party to get largest share of vote in parliamentary election


On the tricky position of whether to accept former Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls, Ferrand said the party had not selected him, but would not field a rival against him in his south of Paris seat. "If I'm elected, I don't want to become a political professional". And the candidates include mathematicians, judges and ecologists . Several senior members of his Socialist Party have already announced plans to launch new movements, inspired by divisions in the party ranks and perhaps by ... Read More »

China President Discusses Nuclear Issue with New South Korean Counterpart

Moon told Xi during the 40-minute call that he plans to send a special delegation to Beijing for talks on both topics, Moon's office said in a statement . During the campaign, Moon had criticized the anti-missile system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which China sees as a threat to its security. Read More »

5 top judges of different faiths begin 'triple talaq' hearings


The bench of judges who will be hearing the final argument on triple talaq are from five different faiths. The Muslim personal law board, however, contends that Muslim practices such as polygamy and triple talaq were matters of "legislative policy" that could not be interfered with by the judiciary. Read More »

All that Mayawati said against me is completely wrong: Naseemuddin Siddiqui


At a crowded press conference here, an angry Siddiqui levelled a allegations against his former political boss Mayawati and some other BSP leaders claimed that he had so much material that it could cause an "earthquake". The BSP has been out of power in Uttar Pradesh since 2012. Siddiqui said he possessed 150 such audio clippings. He said that Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati had called him a blackmailer to hide her own ill intentions. Read More »

EPA Removes Climate Science Website, Announces 'Changes' to Reflect Trump Administration


These turned out to include scrubbing climate change science from its website that, according to the Washington Post , had been available for the public to view for the last twenty years. "The timing of this overhaul cuts off availability when access to trusted information about the science behind climate change will be necessary to enable a conversation about our changing climate", the group said. Read More »

Global Ransomware attack hits 99 countries, United Kingdom hospitals among targets

Tom Griffiths, who was at the hospital for chemotherapy, said several cancer patients had to be sent home because their records or bloodwork couldn't be accessed. Hospitals in London , Essex, Nottingham and Cumbria were among the regions affected. The Barts Health group, which manages major central London hospitals including The Royal London and St Bartholomew's, said it had activated a major incident plan and had canceled routine appointments. Read More »

After asserting 'right', Barkati removes red beacon from


He did not stop there and added,"West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given him the permission to use red beacon and that Shahi Imam has been given the nod by the erstwhile British government. Earlier today, a FIR was launched against the Barkati by one Suraj Kumar Singh in Tiposia for refusing to comply with the Centre's ban on the use of "lal batti". Read More »

Tharoor involved in wife Sunandas death, claims Republic TV


When a newly launched TV channel resorted to salacious reporting on the Sunanda Pushkar murder case, Congress leader Shahi Tharoor came out with dictionaries blazing, and dropped a supremely viral tweet on the country. "A so-called journalist comes w/an agenda2disrupt the rest of the media in order to create attention for his channel". "Tried to say a few words to them but kept being interrupted by a cretin seeking to make the news, not report it". Read More »

Hizbul distances itself from Zakir Moosa's statement, signals rift


The outfit's spokesman Saleem Hashmi said that Musa's statement was unacceptable and that the Hizb has nothing to do with it. "That is why we have to come forward", Musa said, quoting a verse from the Quran. "We are fighting for 'Azadi baraye Islam (Freedom for the sake of Islam)', I am fighting for freedom for the sake of Islam". "Burhan sounded convincing, his messages had local appeal, Zakir lacks that", said a senior police officer from South Kashmir. Read More »