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Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump to increase diplomatic efforts to end 'Syria war'


But word of Russia's influence in the presidential election, as well as the investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials, tested the tenacity of that alliance. "This indicates the colossal bias of the mass media, the lack of independent thinking and control by certain political groups", she said. TRT World's Azadeh Ansari has more from Washington, DC. Read More »

China invests $124bn in Belt and Road global trade project

The action plan consists of the Science and Technology People-to-People Exchange Initiative, the Joint Laboratory Initiative, the Science Park Cooperation Initiative and the Technology Transfer Initiative. One Belt One Road has $US1.3 trillion ($A1.8 trillion) worth of projects already in the pipeline. "The littoral mission ships we agreed to buy from China, meanwhile, will provide jobs in both Malaysia and China - as the first two ships are being built in each country - as well as knowledge ... Read More »

Trump to deliver commencement address at Liberty University


In that speech , President Trump promised: "We're going to protect Christianity, and I can say that". Falwell, the son of late evangelist and conservative activist Jerry Falwell, was one of Trump's first endorsers, and evangelicals were one of the largest groups to endorse Trump's presidential race. Read More »

Donald Trump Says James Comey 'Should Have Never Exonerated' Hillary Clinton

He insisted that Comey was sacked because the "FBI has been in turmoil". The Trump White House said it did not know that Flynn was acting as a foreign agent when he was appointed national security adviser. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won". He also told Holt that "There's no collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians". Read More »

Lewis Hamilton back on pole in Spain


Bottas failed to match that with 1m 20.991s, but Hamilton beat it with 1m 20.551s to go to the top, while Raikkonen only managed fourth with 1m 21.120s on his first try, but improved to second subsequently with 1m 20.742s. Today's really for the mechanics, also from Kimi's (Raikkonen) auto who helped out. "Unbelievable, they did an engine change in under two hours". There's a lot of bits and bobs that need to be reconnected. Read More »

Reds will not repeat mistakes - Wijnaldum

A report in the Daily Mirror has suggested that West Ham have tried to deflect attention from their talisman Manuel Lanzini by setting an eye-watering asking price for the 24-year-old as Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool all look to bag his signature. Read More »

GOD SQUAD: Honor the moms from whom we learned so much


Bert Christensen compiled a list of humorous things that people had learned from their mothers . I learned this from my mother Rosalie Gellman, who lives at Chai Point, a wonderful Jewish home for the elderly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, and Jimmy Kimmel made a decision to honour this annual salute to moms by accosting mothers on the streets of Hollywood to ask: What was the worst Mother's Day present you ever received? Being a mother is not ... Read More »

Visa program touted by Kushners has fraught political history

Immigration Fund. Witnesses have said the presentation included pictures of Mr. Trump and referenced Jared Kushner specifically. Public relations representatives told the Washington Post that their presence threatened the "stability" of the event and that they didn't want reporters talking to anybody because: "This is not the story we want". Read More »

China's leader offers billions for new Silk Road initiative

North Korea relies heavily on trade with China for its economic survival, and US President Donald Trump has urged Xi to use that leverage to put pressure on Pyongyang. "It should change the very political and economic landscape of the continent bringing Eurasia stability, prosperity". Two sources with knowledge of the situation said the U.S. Read More »

We are closing the gap on the Tories - Corbyn on Labour's results

That seems implausible - especially since what most Labour MPs want to talk with me about is what may happen after the party loses (their assumption, not mine), and whether Corbyn would immediately resign. In Derbyshire, the Tories took 19 seats from Labour as the county passed directly from one party's hands to the other. The results sparked a furious reaction from the party's former donor Arron Banks, who said Ukip was "finished as an electoral force" under its current leadership. Read More »

'Mama's Bail Out Day' promotes system reform


According to Mary Hooks, co-director of SONG , an Atlanta-based LGBTQ organizing project , the concept for Mama's Bail Out Day is rooted in US history, from a time when black people took emancipation into their own hands by using the Underground Railroad or mailing themselves north. Read More »

Japan strongly protests North Korea firing of ballistic missile: Suga

In Washington, the White House said Trump "cannot imagine Russian Federation is pleased" with the test as the missile landed closer to Russian Federation than to Japan. North Korea's past satellite rocket launches have been called clandestine tests of ICBM technology, but it is not believed to have tested a true intercontinental ballistic missile yet. Read More »

Bill Maher Blames Bill Clinton for FBI Director Comey Firing


Maher pointed out that the snowball started to roll in June 2016, when the former president had a private meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch aboard her private plane in a Phoenix airport. "Let's put the blame where it belongs". Mrs. Clinton has said that Mr. Comey's October decision cost her the Presidency. President Trump also acknowledged that the FBI's investigation of the former Secretary of State helped him during last year's Presidential election. Read More »

Spicer: Sally Yates Was A "Strong Supporter" Of Hillary Clinton


But Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations, saying that sanctions were not discussed. After insinuating that Yates simply had not liked Trump's presidency, Spicer said that Yates presented materials showing potential misconduct. Read More »

"Lets make peace"| Trump tweets peace-making intentions to Russian Federation

The White House official insisted it is standard practice to keep more of a lid on presidential meetings with lower-level foreign officials, as opposed to visits from heads of state, which typically come with greater press coverage. The official also rejected security concerns about allowing Russian officials into the Oval Office, including Kislyak, who is widely considered to be a spy by USA intelligence officials. Read More »

Groups Celebrate Buhari, Nigerian Army Over Release of Chibok Girls

perth_map reports that the President's wife, Aisha Buhari met some of the released girls on Wednesday. During the commemoration of May Day barely a week ago, like in the previous years, we had noted that "the victory over Boko Haram can not be complete without the rescue unharmed of the girls". Read More »

Syrian Opposition Captures Most of Tabqa from Daesh


In the half-hour meeting, Mattis "reiterated USA commitment to protecting our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally" and "both leaders affirmed their support for peace and stability in both Iraq and Syria", Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement . Read More »

France to make Macron president under cockerel's eye and gun salute


Bayrou, a veteran centrist and presidential candidate, threw his and MoDem's support behind Macron at the end of February at a crucial time when the 39-year-old president-elect's campaign needed new momentum. Modi had earlier greeted Macron on his "emphatic victory". The average age of those selected was 46. Macron, a former economy minister in Hollande's government, has so far failed to attract centrist members of the rightwing Republicans party, but still believes some will cross over ... Read More »

SKorea: Rival N.Korea launches ballistic missile

The North responded by pledging to retaliate with a devastating nuclear counter-attack, a threat it has made in the past. It impacted "so close to Russian soil. The launch came only a day after Choe Sun-hui, director general for North American affairs at North Korea's foreign ministry, said her country would be willing to talk to the US government if conditions were right, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. Read More »

Russian probe hits a new stride as Trump hosts Kremlin leaders

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics. Relations between USA and Russian leaders had been noticeably deteriorating in recent years. "Our official photographer and their official photographer were present, that's it", said one aide shortly after the meeting. The Senate intelligence committee Wednesday issued a subpoena to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for documents regarding his ... Read More »

Tillerson: US reviewing climate change policy

The agreement Tillerson signed with foreign ministers from the other seven countries of the Arctic Council made only a fleeting reference to the Paris pact which was signed by almost 200 nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions. On the campaign trail, he said he would "cancel" U.S. participation in the accord. High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic natio. The accomplishments of the Council during the U.S. Read More »

NDP and Liberals running neck and neck in tight BC election

Liberal minority government, Premier Christy Clark said she meant to continue to lead the province, but also pledged to work with the BC NDP and Greens . Their supporters were voting for change, from proportional representation to better environmental protection to access to child care. The BC Liberals have 42 candidates leading or elected while the NDP also has 42 candidates leading or elected. Read More »

Israel Reprimands Swedish Ambassador Over UNESCO Vote Denying Ties to Jerusalem

It also called on Israel to cease "persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects" in east Jerusalem , particularly the walled Old City, which is home to sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. The vote took place on Israel's Independence Day. "The number of countries that supported this absurd proposal continues to decline", he said . "Sixty-nine years ago, in the moments just after David Ben Gurion declared the birth of the State of Israel, we all went out to dance in the ... Read More »

Valls Supports Macron's Movement


However, it is not clear if he will be able to do so. Hamon came in a distant fifth in the first round of France's presidential election, capturing just over 6 percent of the vote, the Socialist Party's worst result since 1969. The Socialists remain torn between the radical left of their defeated candidate Benoit Hamon and the more centrist branch that had been led by Valls. Read More »

India, Pakistan army trade fire in Kashmir; 2 civilians dead


An official with the Pakistani Kashmir Information Department said that eight people, including five women, were injured in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. These schools were closed on Wednesday following the shelling. A BSF jawan suffered minor injuries yesterday when Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire along the International Border and fired few bullets, warning the Indian troops working ahead of fence with a tractor in Arnia area in Jammu district. Read More »

Labour eyeing seven Scottish seats after analysing vote in council elections


The Conservatives are hoping they might be able to defeat the Scottish National Party's (SNP) Westminster leader Angus Robertson after winning the most votes in the local council elections in his constituency of Moray. The SNP's success in ending Labour's control of Glasgow City Council was matched by an eight-point increase in support across the city. But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hit back, branding claims the Tories were a threat to the SNP "ludicrous" and that Miss Davidson risked ... Read More »

WannaCry 2.0 ransomware just arrives with no kill switch

The statement said "due to the efficient cooperation between the institutions, the attack was prevented as were damages, as the targets were identified as well as the methodology of the attack". Shortly after that disclosure, Microsoft announced it had already issued software "patches" for those holes. Those who are running our free antivirus software and have Windows updates enabled, are protected. Read More »

OPEC asks United States to cut oil output and prosper global economy

The bullish inventories report, came a day after crude prices dropped 1%, after EIA raised its near-term outlook for USA oil production and revised down its projections for oil prices. For more on crude oil prices , read Part 1 in this series. Overnight, crude futures settled higher on Wednesday, as investors cheered the latest report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), showing USA crude inventories fell more than expected. Read More »

Deadly unrest grips as students rally in Venezuela


Worldwide pressure on Maduro to hold elections is continuing to escalate amid his call for a constitution rewrite. Led by opposition leaders, lawmakers and Lilian Tintori - the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez - the crowd carried flowers and placards denouncing "repression". Read More »

U.S. adds sanctions on North Korea


The tension between totalitarian state North Korea and the United States seem to escalate even further now that the North detained yet another US citizen. But the ambassador said his country had been living under sanctions for the last six decades, and more sanctions would make no difference to their nuclear ambitions. Read More »

Nephew of Fashion Designer Carolina Herrera Found Murdered in Venezuela


Just hours after the heartbreaking news came, Herrera gave a statement about her family's shocking loss: "The family and I appreciate your kindness". Following her nephew's murder, Carolina Herrera offered a tribute to her nephew on Instagram , hoping that the assassinations "will serve to mitigate the bad carnage and murders that are committed against our youth in Venezuela". Read More »

Melissa McCarthy motors through NY dressed as Sean Spicer

She also reprised Spicer in the Jimmy Fallon episode on April 15, giving a special "Easter message". She'll host the show this weekend. "Come on, come on!" yelled McCarthy's "Spicey" as she rolled aggressively forward on the motorized press podium. Read More »