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Moon to send lawmaker as special envoy to China

He has taken a more conciliatory line with North Korea than his conservative predecessors and advocates engagement. Selfies, coffee and a jacket were all that new South Korean President Moon Jae-in needed to powerfully project an image that he's a down-to-earth leader. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron takes power as French president


Outgoing French President Francois Hollande , left, greets President-elect Emmanuel Macron before the handover ceremony, at the Elysee Palace in Paris , France, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as French president on Sunday and gave a moving first speech to begin healing his fractured country. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Former French President Francois Hollande waves from his auto as President Emmanuel Macron (Rear) watches after the handover ceremony at the Elysee ... Read More »

Miss USA 2017: Meet the 51 women who'll compete in Sunday's pageant


Julianne Hough of " Dancing with the Stars" and actor Terrence J will host the two-hour TV special on Sunday; model Ashley Graham will serve as backstage host. "Every woman should have the confidence to stand up in any situation and declare, 'I am secure and that's what makes me beautiful!'" During the show, which is live from Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the top 15 competitors will be determined and announced. Read More »

Spicer declines to answer whether Pres. Trump records Oval Office conversations

This was an apparent reference to Wednesday's press briefing, where White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump fired Comey at the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein . That's according to two people familiar with the search process who weren't authorized to publicly discuss the deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity. Read More »

Ballad beats glitz as Portugal's Sobral wins Eurovision


Anja Nissen from Denmark performs during the Grand Final of the 62nd annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, 13 May 2017. Eurovision was founded in 1956 to bring the recently warring countries of Europe together. Russian Federation - one of Eurovision's heavy hitters - is tied with Sweden for the most top-five finishes this century. Read More »

Rafael Nadal handles Novak Djokovic in Madrid semifinals


Djokovic went into the game fresher than the Spaniard after Kei Nishikori's wrist injury game him a bye in the quarter-final, but perhaps a day without competition effected his rhythm as he struggled to come with Nadal, who claimed the first set with few problems. Read More »

Acting FBI chief contradicts White House claim

Now he must do something to restore his integrity and the credibility of the American justice system. David Erdman , Charlotte, N.C. But what we know right now is that the White House's initial claim that the president acted based on Rosenstein's recommendation has been contradicted by the president himself. Read More »

China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road, says open to everyone

President Xi Jinping laid the framework for Chinese-style globalization and his ambition to lead it in a speech inaugurating his cornerstone diplomatic initiative for a new Silk Road. India delivered an implicit criticism of China's plan on Saturday in a statement from its foreign ministry that said such an initiative should meet global norms and not create unsustainable debt. Read More »

Herzog: Jewish state bill not the Israel Herzl envisioned

Opponents said that the bill designates only Hebrew as the country's official language, although it requires government services and forms to be available in Arabic as well. The prime minister said the bill will be promoted during the Knesset's summer session, which began Monday and will continue until August. Israeli daily Haaretz reported that a ministerial committee backed a revised version of the law which asserts Israel is "the national home of the Jewish people". Read More »

China pledges additional 100 billion yuan for Silk Road

The Chinese-bankrolled project seeks to link the country with Africa, Asia and Europe through an enormous network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks . Part of the massive funding boost , which is aimed at strengthening China's links with its trading partners, includes 60bn yuan ($9bn; £7bn) in aid to developing countries and worldwide institutions that form part of the Belt and Road project . Read More »

North Korea Launches Missile, Trump Speculates On Russia Response

While Pyongyang regularly tests shorter-range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the USA mainland. Choi Sun-hee, the top North Korean authority who handles relations with the USA, spoke briefly to reporters in Beijing en route to Pyongyang. Abe said the repeated launches are "a grave threat to our country and in clear violation of U.N. Read More »

Islamic State Defeated at Tabqa Dam


It's the first meeting of the officials since the Pentagon announced the U.S. would arm Syrian Kurds in the fight to oust Islamic State militants from the group's stronghold in Raqqa. In a surprise announcement, the Pentagon had said Trump had authorized the arming of Kurdish fighters within the Syrian Democratic Forces "to ensure a clear victory over ISIS in Raqa". Read More »

Recounts for two ridings in BC Election


NDP incumbent Jodie Wickens who lost the Coquitlam-Burke Mountain riding to Liberal candidate Joan Isaacs by 268 votes was also denied a recount. Liberal candidate in the Courtenay-Comox riding on Vancouver Island did the same, requesting an official recount after losing to the NDP candidate by nine votes in Tuesday's provincial election. Read More »

North Korea open to dialogue with US, if conditions are right


North Korean officials would be willing to meet the Trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set", a top Pyongyang diplomat said. The new South Korean president has also adopted a conciliatory approach toward the North, saying he is willing to work for peace with its neighbor. Read More »

Manchester City vs. Leicester: Highlights and recap

Manchester City hosted the defending Premier League champions Leicester at Etihad Stadium on Saturday looking to cement their place in the Premier League's top four spots. "To the letter of the law it's a double touch", the Leicester boss said. A similar incident occurred in the Champions League semi-final second leg between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, although Antoine Griezmann's goal was allowed to stand in that instance. Read More »

Costa Concordia Captain Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison


Dubbed Captain Coward and regarded as a national embarrassment for fleeing the capsizing ship in 2012 while 32 passengers and crew drowned, Schettino handed himself over to police after Italy's supreme court upheld his 2015 conviction yesterday evening. Read More »

Turkish army, Syrian Kurdish militia in new clashes: army


America has seen the writing on the wall and deployed troops to Syria's northeast border with Turkey in an attempt to prevent an escalation of fighting between the Turkish forces and Kurdish militia units that followed Turkish airstrikes hitting two Kurdish-held areas in Syria and Iraq. Read More »

Syrian Arab-Turkmen leader decries U.S. arming of PKK/PYD


The US military command in the Middle East, Centcom, confirmed the liberation of Tabqa, situated on the Euphrates River about 55 kilometres upstream from Raqqa. "The US decision to arm the YPG... is important and will hasten the defeat of terrorism", an SDF spokesman told AFP. In the statement Thursday, the worldwide coalition said with the capture of Tabqa, the SDF has further isolated Raqqa and "will continue to pursue the military defeat" of IS throughout Syria. Read More »

New push to drive IS from 4 neighborhoods in Mosul


Yar Allah says the forces "have broken through the enemy fortifications" without giving more details. ISIL fighters have now been dislodged from all but a handful of districts in the western half of Mosul including the Old City, where the group is expected to make its last stand, taking advantage of narrow streets and its dense population. Read More »

Chibok girls remain in captivity - BBOG reminds Nigerian government


Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed the release of the girls in a statement he posted online on Saturday in Abuja . Chibok schoolgirls Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls are finally free after being kidnapped by Boko Haram three years ago. The extended trip prompted wild speculation in Nigeria about the state of Buhari's health-or even whether he had died-but the president's team has remained tight-lipped about the nature of ... Read More »

White House irked after Kremlin airs Lavrov-Trump photos; cybersecurity concerns raised

But on Friday, Trump contradicted his press office and Pence, telling NBC that he was going to fire Comey "regardless" of Rosenstein's recommendation. Including the caption "We finally agree on something Rosie ", Trump retweeted a December post by O'Donnell calling for Comey to be fired. USA intelligence agencies concluded in a January report that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to disrupt the election that included hacking into Democratic Party emails and leaking ... Read More »

Trump's team 'was warned Russians could blackmail' Michael Flynn


In another Twitter post, Mr Trump noted that Mr Flynn had been granted top security clearance while working in the Obama administration. "We felt like it was critical that we get this information to the White House, in part because the vice president was unknowingly making false statements to the public and because we believed that Gen. Read More »

Nadal beats Djokovic to reach Madrid Open final


It was the 50th meeting between the two players, with Djokovic still ahead 26-24. "It is a great result". He said: "It's going to be a tough match whoever I face tomorrow". However, that run was emphatically ended as Nadal, willed on by a fervent home support including Cristiano Ronaldo in the VIP boxes, made the flawless start by breaking the Djokovic serve to love. Read More »

Trump urges Liberty graduates to be outsiders


Overall, the speech lacked fireworks, a rarity for a Trump gathering. A highlight of the president's address was when he stated, "I know that each of you will be a warrior for the truth, the country and your family". "As long as I am your president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what is in your heart". In his first extended remarks since Trump sent Washington reeling by firing James Comey from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the ... Read More »

United Nations in talks over control of Syria safe zones


They discussed developments in Syria, including a Russian-proposed plan for "safe zones" that went into effect on Saturday. The State Department has expressed concern about the role of Iran in the agreement, something that was also echoed by the Syrian opposition, who walked out in protest when the deal was signed. Read More »

Horgan holds hope he will be BC premier

Weaver said the Greens are open to talking to both the Liberals and New Democrats about governing, but until the votes are counted it's too early to discuss political deals. "It's entirely possible, first of all, that it won't be a minority government", he said. The analysis does not take into account the riding boundary changes in Courteany-Comox, which shaved off an area traditionally friendly to the NDP, nor do they account for the Liberal Candidate Jim Benniger - the former base commander ... Read More »

Trump's tax returns saga has birthed the "with few exceptions" meme

Their review also takes into account only Trump's returns from the past 10 years. This was all relayed in an information dump by Politifact showing all the times that Trump did say he would release his tax returns . The Russian billionaire who bought Trump's Florida property is Dmitry Rybolovlev, the AP reports , who made his fortune in potash, a mined mineral that is primarily used as fertilizer. Read More »

History of nuclear waste site in Washington state


Advocacy group Hanford Challenge executive director Tom Carpenter, meanwhile, said that the tunnel collapse should serve as a "wake-up call", as the facility continues to age, but the radioactive waste it contains remains very risky. The site produced plutonium for the world's first atomic explosion and for one of the two atomic bombs that was dropped on Japan. Its last reactor closed down in 1987 but millions of gallons of leftover waste are contained in tanks at the site. Read More »