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Relative Calm Reported In Syria Safe Zones After Deal Comes Into Force

A previous cease-fire agreement that went into effect on December 30 helped reduce overall violence in Syria for several weeks but eventually collapsed. A potential complication to implementing the plan is the crowded airspace over Syria. Russian Federation scrapped the 2015 airspace safety agreement after the Pentagon conducted a cruise missile strike in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's deadly chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province last month. Read More »

All countries should respect each other's sovereignty: Xi

The CPEC, which connects China's Kashgar in Xinjiang with Gwadar port in Pakistan's Balochistan, is a key artery of the One Belt One Road project (OBOR), and is progressing at a fast pace. The leaders of the United States and most European economies were notably absent Sunday. Gonzalez declined to name specific countries that may look to hinder China's Silk Road programme. Read More »

Trump's Lawyer Says Tax Returns Show No Income From Russia

Trump's lawyers argue that the amount of money from Russian sources coming from this last exception is "immaterial", though they provide no evidence to back up this claim. I had the Miss Universe pageant - which I owned for quite a while - I had it in Moscow a long time ago. It's also unclear, from the letter, where they draw the line to define what constitutes a "Russian" source: Did they consider only Russian government entities? "Likewise, when American businesses invest in Russia, they ... Read More »

Macron talks up 2024 Paris Olympic bid to Bach

Organisers say spectators will be able to travel around the city using public transportation, including a beefed-up metro system, but LA is up against Paris's first-rate metro. LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has opened the door slightly to considering hosting the 2028 Olympics if the city isn't awarded its first choice of 2024. Read More »

Trump's New 'Voter Fraud Panel' Headed By Leading Nativist

Top civil rights leaders said the commission would encourage voter suppression by justifying new barriers like requiring identity cards for voting. ACLU's Voting Rights Project director said: "President Trump is attempting to spread his own fake news about election integrity". Read More »

Clark to continue governing B.C.

But while Clark's remarks had the tone of a victory speech, BC NDP Leader John Horgan told an equally boisterous crowd he had no plans to concede quite yet. But it didn't hold, and before long the parties found themselves locked in a dead heat with 42 seats, a result that held for much of the evening, keeping British Columbians around the province on the edge of their seats. Read More »

United States and China Take First Steps in Trade Deal

In the deal, China agreed to lift its ban on US beef imports and shipments of liquefied natural gas . Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., who said the trade was vital to the success of farmers and ranchers, also touted the opening of Chinese markets to US natural gas exports as part of the deal made by the Trump administration this week. Read More »

I Asked And Comey Said Three Times, No FBI Investigation Into Trump


White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that the president has been thinking about firing Comey since November. When news first broke that Donald Trump had abruptly fired the man leading the investigation into his campaign's suspected collusion with a hostile foreign power, the administration was (understandably) eager to downplay the president's role in that extraordinary personnel change. Read More »

GST best bet for states to improve finances, says RBI


He was holding a detailed review of income tax preparedness for GST system at the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) office here. It said, GST will have economy-wide ramifications in terms of growth, inflation, government finances and external competitiveness over the medium-term. Read More »

Venezuela hopes no country hinders China's 'fantastic' Silk Road initiative

White House adviser Matt Pottinger said the United States welcomed efforts by China to promote infrastructure connectivity as part of its Belt and Road initiative, and USA companies could offer top value services. "We should foster a new type of worldwide relations featuring win-win cooperation; and we should forge partnerships of dialogue with no confrontation and of friendship rather than alliance", he said, adding that Belt and Road initiative focuses on the Asian, European and African ... Read More »

India skips China's Belt and Road Forum, opposes CPEC

But he called for "economic integration" and cooperation on financial regulation, anti-terrorism and security - fields in which China's heft as the world's No. India delivered an implicit criticism Saturday in a statement that said such an initiative should meet global norms and not create unsustainable debt. Read More »

Donald Trump was ready to fire James Comey on entering White House


When he was asked, "Internally, from the president?" Critics have assailed Trump for abruptly dismissing Comey just as the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. Warner is among the most outspoken Senate Democrats on Trump, particularly regarding the Russian Federation issue. Last week, the White House repeatedly changed its tune about the firing - and the President's suggestion on Friday that he may have recorded conversations with Comey has led to comparisons ... Read More »

Nepal: First phase of historic local-level elections begins


The vote counting of the Kathmandu Valley is set to start on Sunday evening and rest of the other districts will start the counting from Monday onwards. One Madhesi-affiliated party - Rastriya Janata Party Nepal - has followed through and boycotted the first phase, while the Federal Socialist Party and Madhesi Peoples Forum Democratic are said to be participating. Read More »

The new faces of France? Macron's candidates gather in Paris


Macron then walked alone across the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees avenue to the Arc de Triomphe , where he lay a wreath and re-ignited the flame at the tomb of the unknown soldier. The new president's wife Brigitte, a 64-year-old who was his high school drama teacher, listened to his sombre 12-minute speech, wearing a light blue Louis Vuitton outfit. Read More »

US, China sign trade agreement


On the Chinese side, the deal would open the USA market to cooked poultry imports from China and give Chinese banks operating in the US the same regulatory and supervisory treatment as other banks. Foreign-owned firms will be allowed to offer credit-rating services in China by July 16. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission would also extend by six months a "no-action letter" negotiated past year to the Shanghai Clearing House for failing to register its operations related to ... Read More »

Pope says he'll seek common ground with Trump, won't preach

Still, Francis said he was willing to find common ground with Trump. "There are always doors that are not completely shut". But he said that more staff were being added and insisted the Vatican is "on the right path". There are many Christians we will never hear off, until we get to Heaven who are healing the sick, raising the dead casting our demons and proclaiming the Gospel as they go. Read More »

Mets may promote Tim Tebow to higher level


Tebow entered Friday's Fireflies game hitting.250 in 112 plate appearances. According to a report by the New York Post , the Mets are considering giving Tebow a promotion within the organization. But things have gotten quiet over the past few weeks, as the novelty has worn off. Tebow has looked promising in the eyes of GM Sandy Alderson, who signed Tebow to a minor league contract back in September, as well as invited him to spring training with the major league club. Read More »

Xi, new South Korean leader talk nuclear

The White House says Trump spoke with President Moon Jae-in to congratulate him on his election victory and his country's "peaceful, democratic transition of power". They agreed the bilateral relationship would continue to go from strength to strength. During his call with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, the two leaders agreed that their countries must not let their hard history hamper co-operation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program, Moon's office said. Read More »

Arctic Is Changing as U.S. Mulls Climate Policy, Tillerson Says


And Tillerson's spoken remarks at the meeting made clear that the administration is divided. Sources told CNN that Trump is increasingly unsure how withdrawing from the Paris climate accord would affect the United States, both legally and in its dealings with foreign leaders - several whom are actively lobbying the administration to stay in the deal. Read More »

After Firing FBI Director, Trump Meets With Russian Foreign Minister


The White House barred the news media from Trump's meeting with Lavrov. Tuesday evening, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, ostensibly for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. "We believe the really interested in that", Lavrov said, acknowledging details of the plan still needed to be worked out. But Mr Lavrov said he detected a United States willingness to participate, especially with a zone being formed in Syria's south, near the border with Israel and Jordan. Read More »

President open to war games with China in Sulu


An earlier draft of the chairman's statement seen by AFP cited a reference to "respect for legal and diplomatic processes". The draft chairman's statement that said that actions like land reclamation and militarization should be avoided in order not to further complicate the situation was removed from President Duterte's statement as chairman of the summit. Read More »

Missile test shows North Korea 'a flagrant menace'

Pyongyang's test launch of a long-range missile has deeply upset almost everyone with a stake in the current nuclear stand-off, including its ally Beijing, its arch-rival Seoul, an increasingly belligerent Washington, its long-time adversary Tokyo and its former friend Moscow. Read More »

North Korea missile test a 'threat to international peace'

Graham said details about Sunday's missile "point to a new threshold of capability potentially crossed", adding that engineers "may well be able to draw warhead re-entry data from that which is applicable to their ICBM ambitions". Kim Dong-yub of Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul said he estimated a standard trajectory would give it a range of 6,000 km (3,700 miles). Read More »

Leeds Bradford Airport evacuated after suspicious package reported


Amid the confusion people reported being stuck in other airports, such as Dublin, as they remained on the tarmac and unable to fly to Leeds Bradford Airport. Moreover, reports said that the flights were dismissed that evening. One passenger Sean Hornby tweeted: 'Sat for an hour now on the plane due to security issues at Leeds Bradford Airport'. Read More »

Sean Spicer defends White House following Sally Yates' testimony on Michael Flynn


According to CNN, hours before President Trump fired the FBI Director James Comey, federal prosecutors issued gland jury subpoenas in the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Yates had two in-person meetings and a phone call with White House counsel Don McGahn on January 26 and January 27, respectively. "We began our meeting telling him that there had been press accounts of statements from the vice president and others that related ... Read More »

Liberal losses in BC cast doubt on energy projects

Above all, a minority government turns all three B.C. parties into potential allies, enemies and frenemies. The Liberals would increase the carbon tax to $50 a tonne by 2020. "You have to be able to say how this is going to impact the future of B.C". Horgan accused her of being out of touch with average people on issues such as the cost of housing and inadequate education funding. Read More »

Islamic State Chief in Afghanistan Killed

Afghan and U.S. forces have confirmed Sheikh Abdul Hasib, the leader of (ISIS-K) in Afghanistan , was killed in a combined raid in eastern Nangarhar province on April 27. "For more than two years, ISIS-K has waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in eastern Nangarhar, noted General Nicholson". Read More »

'Our Institutions Are Under Assault'

The Senate must confirm a new FBI director once Trump names a candidate; that FBI director will take a lead role in the Russian Federation investigation. "No". Schumer said Republicans should be stepping up to the plate and asking for a special prosecutor into the Comey firing. At a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing earlier this month, Clapper clarified that statement, saying he was also unaware of the FBI's investigation into the matter until Comey made it public in March. Read More »

North Korean Defector Says War With US 'Unavoidable' Amid End Times Warning

In addition to touching on the comments that were viewed as "very disturbing" by USA lawmakers, Rice also discussed Trump's openness to hold talks with the North Korean leader. Sky News asked the ambassador whether his country would be prepared to stop anywhere short of a deliverable nuclear warhead - whether a formal peace treaty or the protection of China's nuclear deterrent would convince them to suspend their programme and return to negotiations. Read More »

France's Macron pledges to overcome division in society

A source has also revealed that he is expected to visit French troops deployed overseas at the end of his first week as President, probably in Mali. He said France was not in decline, but at the start of an "extraordinary renaissance", adding that he would boost employment, protect companies and engage with French people who feel ignored. Read More »

Syria will abide by Russia's de-escalation plan: Foreign minister


A senior Russian diplomat, Alexander Lavrentiev, said Friday that the agreement would effectively stop United States warplanes from flying in Syria's airspace. Russian Federation has led most of the recent diplomatic efforts to end the conflict. Russia, prime mover of the deal, and Iran are allied militarily and politically with the Syrian government, while Turkey sponsors several insurgent factions and the expatriate opposition. Read More »

5 things to know about French president-elect Emmanuel Macron


Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics. However, the prime minister of Estonia, a democratic country with a population of 1.3 million, is 38 years old. Macron will be hoping that most voters take a similarly pragmatic line as he tackles a to-do list of unemployment around 10 percent, simmering tensions in deprived suburbs, and the home-grown Islamist radicalisation that has contributed to a wave of attacks since 2015. Read More »

World leaders condemn North Korea missile test

The summit, in Sicily, is May 26-27. Meeting on the sidelines of an global forum in Beijing, Putin and Xi "discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula in detail" and "both parties expressed their concern over the escalation of tensions", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Read More »