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Emmanuel Macron to be sworn in as French president

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His first week at the top post of France will be hectic as he will head to Berlin, Germany on Monday to meet Angela Merkel the Chancellor to mark his commitment he gave towards the European Union. He aims to seal his presidential win with an outright majority in the June 11-18 parliamentary election but his fledgling party faces a tough task to replicate his extraordinary rise. Read More »

Pentagon Deploys Troops to Turkey's Border With Syria

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Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said on Friday U.S. troops were deployed along the border. The U.S. views the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces as the most effective partner to counter the Islamic State in northern Syria, an assessment bolstered by the Syrian Democratic Forces' steady advances against the jihadis. Read More »

'OBOR initiative a vital tool to counter extremism, terrorism'

The Belt and Road International Cooperation Forum will be held on May 14 and 15 in Beijing , which will be attended by more than 1,500 delegates, including officials, academics, entrepreneurs and representatives from financial institutions and international organizations. Read More »

China presents its "Silk Road" project to the world

Meanwhile, Pakistan signed new deals with China on Saturday worth almost $500 million ahead of Beijing's global forum on its "Silk Road" trade and infrastructure initiative for Asia, Africa and Europe, the Pakistani government said. By linking countries and regions that account for about 60 percent of the world's population and 30 percent of global GDP, the initiative is a ideal example of China offering its own wisdom and solutions to global governance, said Wang Yiwei, a professor at the ... Read More »

Moon condemns N. Korean missile launch

Confirming the early morning launch, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said , "The North fired this morning an unidentified projectile from Kusong, North Pyongan province", but had few other details, including what type of ballistic missile was sacked. Read More »

Is the U.S. considering banning laptops on all flights from Europe?

Alain Bauer, president of the CNAPS, a French regulator of private-sector security agents, including those checking baggage and passengers in France's airports, predicted "chaotic" scenes initially if the ban was instituted. A congressional official said Homeland Security was likely to expand the ban soon, but did not say when or to what airports. Homeland Security said in a statement Wednesday that the restriction was under consideration. Read More »

Israel slashes UNESCO funds by 1 mln after resolution

The vote took place on Israel's Independence Day. Twenty countries voted in favor of the resolutions, while 10 opposed and 23 abstained. "Yesterday, UNESCO again passed a delusional resolution regarding Israel's status in Jerusalem , the capital of the Jewish People for 3,000 years", Netanyahu said , adding, "I very much appreciate the across-the-board unity of nearly all political parties in rejecting this absurd decision". Read More »

Euro, shares rally on relief as Macron wins French presidency

His party chief, Richard Ferrand, said on Monday Macron's 'En Marche!' (Forward!) movement would change its name to "En Marche la Republique" or "Republic on the Move", so as to structure itself more like a traditional party. The legislative elections will take place on June 11 and June 18. It was the first time the men had appeared in public together since Macron resigned in August 2016 as Hollande's economy minister to run for president - a decision that was received coldly by the French ... Read More »

Kushner Companies' Pitch To Chinese Investors Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions

In return, the investors would qualify for an EB-5 investor visa, a fast track to permanent legal residence in the United States. Guests at the Beijing events were advised to put their money in the Kushner project via the EB-5 program, which awards foreign investors a two-year visa in exchange for investing at least $500,000 in a development project promising to create at least 10 jobs . Read More »

Global 'WannaCry' ransomware cyberattack seeks cash for data

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He said that Russian Federation and India were hit particularly hard, in large part because the older Windows XP operating software is still widely used in the countries. The researcher tweeting as @MalwareTechBlog, said the discovery was accidental, but that registering a domain name used by the malware stops it from spreading. Read More »

Julie Bishop condemns North Korea's 'risky' missile test

Sunday's launch, at 5:27am Seoul time, came two weeks after North Korea fired a missile that disintegrated minutes into flight, marking its fourth consecutive failure since March. "Relevant Security Council resolutions have clear rules about North Korea using ballistic missile technology to carry out launches". The White House says North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long". Read More »

Trump calls for tougher sanctions after N Korea missile

The Pentagon confirmed that North Korea launched some type of ballistic missile at around 10:30 a.m. Hawaii time. The missile landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, according to a statement from the Japanese government. "South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us", he said. Trump has called for South Korea to pay the United States $1 billion for a system the U.S. Read More »

Trump Says 'Fast Decision' Likely on FBI Comey Replacement

But he wound up creating new headaches for the White House, including with an apparent threat to Comey. Trump said he would not talk about the existence of any tapes. Trump signed the orders privately and was not seen in public apart from his TV interview with NBC . The White House, however, declined repeatedly on Friday to discuss the matter - including whether there are recording devices in the Oval Office. Read More »

Tories claim they could win 15 seats in Scotland at general election

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The Scottish National party leader said that although the Conservatives did well "by their standards", they did so by taking votes from Labour , not by eating into SNP support. And this is where we'll be until June 8th and most likely for some time after that, two entrenched camps - unionist and nationalist - shouting at one another about the constitution. Read More »

How Russian media photographed a closed meeting with Trump

Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday lashed out at the US media for their coverage of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to Washington this week. "I never thought about it", he said. Lavrov said no-one had uncovered "a single shred of evidence" of the supposed interference. It's just the way he acts. Read More »

SKorea: Rival N.Korea launches possible ballistic missile

The projectile launch comes two weeks after a ballistic missile test that South Korean and USA officials said failed. A ballistic missile launched by North Korea flew 30 minutes and landed in the Sea of Japan, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday. Read More »

New push to drive IS from west Mosul

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Federal Police Forces Commander Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat also said his forces had retaken al-Nour hospital as well as a school used by Daesh extremists as a bomb-making factory south of the strategic and militant-held Old City of Mosul. Read More »

Trump to move quickly to replace Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Under fire over Mr Comey's abrupt dismissal last week, the USA president told Fox News host, Jeanine Pirro, that he held off doing so to avoid the controversy overshadowing his inauguration. Hudson, who was appointed by George W. Bush, struck down a major component of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plan to interview four candidates on Saturday for a nominee that Trump will send to the Senate. Read More »

Hillary Clinton Takes a Swipe at The Media in French Election Tweet

All 577 seats in France's National Assembly will be up for grabs. The National Front is also gearing up for a name change - if not a makeover of its ideas - after Le Pen's decisive loss. Meanwhile, Le Pen contended that the 10.6 million votes she received will make her party the leading opposition. In interviews Monday, National Front officials said the party founded by her father would get a new name to try and draw in a broader spectrum of supporters. Read More »

Macron's parliamentary candidates gather in Paris

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Valls, a friend-turned-foe of Macron's from their time in government from 2014-2016, had asked to be selected on Tuesday, but said he welcomed news that Macron's movement would not oppose him. Photographers stand in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace prior to an inauguration ceremony between president-elect Emmanuel Macron and outgoing President Francois Hollande in Paris , Sunday, May 14, 2017. Read More »

Immigrant Legislator Breaks Down While Speaking Out Against Texas Immigration Bill

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Texas doesn't now have any sanctuary cities, but that hasn't stopped Abbott and Republican legislative leaders from pushing aggressively to ban them. He has already blocked more than $1 million in state grant dollars to Travis County, home of liberal Austin , after the new Democratic sheriff announced in January her jails would no longer honor all detainer requesters made by U.S. Read More »

Japan says N. Korea may have tested new missile

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slammed the latest missile launch as "totally unacceptable" and a "grave threat" to Tokyo. North Korea "has been a flagrant menace for far too long", it added. "Australia regards this as a reckless and provocative action that leads to instability both regional and globally and has condemned clearly in the past North Korea for this sort of behaviour and we do so again", Defence Minister Marise Payne told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday. Read More »

Korea test-fires missile, challenging new leader in South

Japan will seek to work with the entire worldwide community in urging North Korea to cease its ballistic missile development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday following Pyongyang's latest missile launch. China's foreign ministry has expressed opposition to North Korea's test-launch of a ballistic missile and called on all sides to exercise restraint. Read More »

Moon Jae-in sworn in as South Korea's President

His differences with U.S. President Donald Trump may have helped win Moon Jae-in the presidency of South Korea. The Trump administration's policy is one of "maximum pressure and engagement", which aims to force North Korea to the table by crippling it economically and surrounding it with strategic military assets. Read More »

Flynn documents sought by Senate panel in Russia probe

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The subpoenas indicate a broadening of the FBI's investigation started last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation. "I'm told that as soon as Rosenstein arrived, there was a request for additional resources for the investigation and that a few days afterwards, he was sacked", Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told the NYT. Read More »

North Korea fires unidentified projectile, South Korea says

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The launch also comes as troops from the US, Japan and two European nations gather near Guam for drills that are partly a message to North Korea. Tensions with North Korea have recently been escalating, with the country continually making moves despite the threat of consequences with its ally, China, and global sanctions. Read More »

Spurs Return to Western Conference Finals

I'm not kidding. They have played 10 games and both teams have won five games. Spurs star Kawhi Leonard , who missed Game 6 of the Spurs' second-round series against the Houston Rockets, will play in Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday at Oracle Arena, according to Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News. Read More »

South Korean military: North Korea launches projectile

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North Korea needs tests to ideal its missile program, but it also is thought to stage its launches after the elections of new US and South Korean presidents in an attempt to gauge a new administration's reaction. Moon Jae-in says dialogue and pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North's weapons pursuit. Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to comment when he was asked whether the latest missile launch was a success, and whether it ... Read More »

Pope makes 2 Fatima children saints on centenary of visions

From his popemobile he saluted thousands of people lining the streets who cheered, waved flags and shouted "Viva o Papa!" On May 13, 1917, three children: Jacinta and Francisco Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos, claimed that the Virgin Mary had appeared before them while they were tending sheep. Read More »

After Comey firing, Trump's frustrations boiled over

The FBI probe and parallel congressional investigations have hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threaten to overwhelm his policy priorities. "Nearly all of them are very well known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University. Read More »

Protesters march in Venezuela and destroy Chavez statue

He and the opposition have blamed each other of using armed groups to sow violence. Police and soldiers prevented it from reaching the interior ministry, but no clashes or other violence took place during daytime. Two people died when a vehicle tried to avoid a protester barricade in the state of Carabobo, Venezuela's Civil Protection agency tweeted late on Tuesday. Read More »

Trump sees 'fast' decision over new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Those associates felt comfortable going public with the story following Trump's decision to fire Comey on Tuesday evening, amid an escalating FBI investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian Federation. But just days later, Trump criticized Comey for "protecting" Clinton, despite the FBI's conclusion that criminal charges were unwarranted.following the election, President Trump called Comey "more famous than me". Read More »

Hamas elects Haniyeh as new political chief: spokesman

Hamas's Gaza spokesman Fawzi Barhum said the leadership transition would be smooth. Haniya served several sentences in Israeli jails in the 1980s and '90s, and briefly served as prime minister of a Palestinian unity government after the 2006 elections. Read More »