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Kremlin says feels "cautious optimism" after Trump meeting with Lavrov

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FBI Director James Comey exit is the latest high-profile exit since Trump took over, Michael Flynn having been forced to resign after it emerged he misled the administrations about his pre-inauguration talks. After Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syria airbase last month in response to Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, the Russian government condemned the military action, calling Washington's move "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law". Read More »

Microsoft denounces government agencies in wake of WannaCry attack

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Thousands of organizations from around the world were caught off guard by the WannaCry ransomware attack launched Friday. The software giant's statement is the most authoritative confirmation so far of the connection between the Friday attack and the code that appeared to be for cyberattacks and was disclosed in April by an anonymous group called Shadow Brokers, which said it had obtained it from the NSA. Read More »

Xi calls for renewing Silk Road spirit

Xi said the project has "no political agenda". Speaking to world leaders on the last day of a forum in Beijing to promote its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) trade and infrastructure initiative, Xi said "economic globalization has encountered some setbacks". Read More »

North Korea Celebrates Test Of New, Long-Range Missile

The missile was launched early on Sunday and travelled more than 700 kilometres before landing in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Moon responded on Monday by sending special envoys to the United States, China, Germany, Japan and Russian Federation to explain his new government's plans and policy towards the defiant North. Read More »

Ousted AAP leader Kapil Mishra ends hunger strike after six days

In response to Kapil Mishra's tweet mocking her, Sunita Kejriwal, a serving Indian Revenue Service officer with the Indian government, asked Kapil Mishra not to "cross his limits". "Sir @ArvindKejriwal return Sunita ji's phone to her", Mishra tweeted. "She is just doing her duty", Mishra said in a tweet. Mishra was quick to respond to the barb. Read More »

Conservative drops out of Iran election to back hard-liner

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Raisi needs to reach out to a wider conservative base in the next few days, Bassiri Tabrizi said. Qalibaf called on his supporters to vote for Raisi on May 19. "In Tehran, his votes will go mainly to Rouhani but outside Tehran his supporters will vote for Raisi", said political analyst Hamid Farahvashian. Qalibaf, 56, was running for president for the third time after being defeated in the 2005 and 2013 votes. Read More »

Led coalition strike kills 23 in Syria: monitor

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The deaths came after another strike by the US-led coalition in Raqa province on Sunday that killed 12 women, the monitor said. Airwars published the names and ages of numerous victims, which ranged from a one-year-old toddler to a 78-year-old man. Read More »

PM Modi speaks to French President-Elect Macron

The task, though, may prove tricky for a president who had never run for a political office before and for his fledgling political movement La Republique En Marche (Republic On the Move). But many analysts believe the centrist movement is unlikely to win a majority and will be forced to govern in a coalition. During the phone call, Guterres told Macron "that he looks forward to the strong engagement of France in the multilateral system", United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Read More »

Syrian Army Takes Control of IS-held Airbase

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The possible worsening of relations between Turkey and the United States following the countries of the European Union can strengthen patriotism and nationalist sentiments not only among Erdogan's supporters, but also among the leftist political forces, the anti-American sentiment among whom sometimes is off the charts, and will bring it closer to Russian Federation. Read More »

Najib joins world leaders at Beijing Belt and Road Forum roundtable summit

Xi said the Belt and Road Initiative has "no political agenda" and was meant to be an "open and inclusive platform for development". The two-day meeting included Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and presidents or prime ministers from Italy, Hungary and Greece, as well as most of China's Asian neighbors, but no major Western leaders. Read More »

Former Penn State student blames school for hazing death

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The list of fraternity members charged includes President Brendan Young , Daniel Casey , Jonah Neuman , Nick Kubera, Michael Bonatucci , Gary Dibileo , Luke Visser , and Joe Sala. His pronouncement came after the arraignment last week of the 18 men at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Jim Piazza called their absence "shameful". Read More »

China to hold next Belt and Road forum in 2019

Group photo of leaders from 29 countries attending the two-day forum in Beijing . The forum is the most important meeting on the Belt and Road Initiative since Xi first made the proposal in 2013. In a new twist for China, which has generally been skeptical of social programs by the World Bank, Xi said the initiative would tackle poverty in recipient countries. Read More »

New York Yankees take game one on Jeter Day double header

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Alex Rodriguez was a notable no-show for Derek Jeter's jersey retirement ceremony Sunday evening. Springer led off with a drive run into Monument Park just after Jeter's No. For his former teammates, they also understand the impact No. 2 had on the organization. Senzatela was pitching on Mother's Day for the first time since his mom died of breast cancer last July. Read More »

Trump and Putin Agree Violence in Syria Must End

Trump agreed to send a representative to Syrian cease-fire talks in Kazakhstan that begin on Wednesday. " Putin , Trump speak out in favor of continuing telephone communications, as well as in favor of organizing personal meeting on margins of G-20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7-8", the Kremlin said. Read More »

Malware Stolen From The NSA Cripples Computers In 74 Countries (And Counting)

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The security holes it exploits were disclosed weeks ago by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious group that published what it said are hacking tools used by the NSA. Smith said Microsoft has the "first responsibility" to address the problem. Who perpetrated this wave of attacks remains unknown. Ransomware spreads easily when it encounters unpatched or outdated software. Read More »

South Korea says North's claim of missile progress needs analysis

Analysts were quick to calculate that if the missile were launched on a flatter trajectory, it could have a maximum range of about 2,800 miles, which would put USA military bases on the Pacific island of Guam within striking distance. Swedish U.N. Ambassador Olof Skoog said the council needs a firm, united response but "we also feel there needs to be openness for a conversation for dialogue". Read More »

State Dept.: Assad using crematorium to hide atrocities

The State Department says about 50 detainees a day are being hanged at Saydnaya (Said-nay-ah) military prison, about 45 minutes from Damascus. The crematorium does not dispose of all of those bodies but allows many of these killings to be committed with "little evidence", explained Stuart Jones, the acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, on Monday. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation hopefuls parade into DOJ for weekend interviews

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Conway says Rosenstein recommended Comey's firing, although the memo made public by the White House offers only a critique of Comey's performance and does not mention firing him. "Even that is possible", Mr Trump said. Thirty percent say Trump's decision to fire Comey has given them a less favorable impression of the president, versus only six percent who say they have a more favorable view; 61 percent maintain that the firing hasn't changed their opinion of Trump. Read More »

Ezequiel Lavezzi apologises for posing for 'racist' photograph

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Hulk and SIPG denied the accusations and the Brazilian said on Weibo that he was being slandered, adding: "I like and respect all of the Chinese people". Ezequiel Lavezzi has apologised after he was pictured making an inappropriate pose during a photoshoot for his Chinese club. Lavezzi, who joined Hebei CFFC from Paris St Germain in a multi-million dollar deal previous year, was pictured making the gesture while in team uniform, and both the player and the club released statements in an ... Read More »

China pledges to invest $124bn in projects under Belt and Road scheme

Seeking to portray the initiative as welcoming and inclusive, Xi promised to avoid forming a "small group" of allies, which he said might harm regional stability. Reuters reported that the memorandums of understanding add to $57 billion Dollars already pledged for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a network of rail, road and energy infrastructure that is part of the wider Chinese project also known as the Belt and Road initiative, or One Belt, One Road. Read More »

Palestinians mark uprooting anniversary with sirens, marches

Israeli naval soldiers opened fire and killed on Monday a Palestinian fisherman from Gaza, and arrested six other fishermen while they were fishing in the Gaza Strip sea, Gaza officials and medical sources said. For the Palestinians, the so called "right of return" to the homes they fled or were forced to leave is a prerequisite for any peace agreement with Israel, but it is a demand that Israel has rejected, saying it would effectively destroy the country's ability to exist as a Jewish and ... Read More »

United States defense chief voices commitment to Turkey's security

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The coalition said Thursday that Islamic State had moved its external attack planning operations to Tabqa after their defeat in Manbij in order to avoid coalition airstrikes in Raqqa. A first consignment of weapons is already in place for delivery and could be dispatched to the Kurds "very quickly", US Colonel John Dorrian said Wednesday. Read More »

Jared Kushner's family apologises for name drop in pitch

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The pitch events are the latest example of potential conflicts of interest involving China and the Trump administration. His wife is Ivanka Trump. A Kushner Companies spokeswoman declined to comment in a New York Times article about the Beijing event published on Saturday. Read More »

North Korea says missile can carry nuclear warhead

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Outside experts don't believe the North can do that yet, but each new test pushes them closer to the goal. Pyongyang's aggressive push to boost its weapons program also makes it one of the Trump administration's most urgent foreign policy worries, though Washington has struggled to settle on a policy. Read More »

Japan, US, S. Korea to cooperate following N. Korean missile launch

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Yet another missile launch by North Korea also appeared to have little impact, while upbeat talk on trade and infrastructure investment at a top-level conference in China brightened sentiment. Moon, South Korea's first liberal leader in almost a decade, said as he took his oath of office last week that he'd be willing to visit North Korea if the circumstances were right. Read More »

Syrian rebels leave Damascus district

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Hundreds of rebels and their families had been evacuated this week from the adjacent Barzeh district after rebels there chose to lay down their arms and leave to rebel-held Idlib province.They included some from Qaboun. Army advances were made possible after tunnels between Qaboun and Barza were cut and the army isolated the areas from the rest of the main rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta. Read More »

Malaysia seizes 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar

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The tortoises were found alive and are believed to have been sedated. The land-dwelling reptiles are reported to be valued at Malaysian ringgit 1.2m ($277,000, £214,000). The case is still under investigation and authorities have yet to make any arrests, Abdull Wahid added. Malaysian authorities say they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar. Read More »

South Korea to attend China's Silk Road summit amid rift

On his first day in office, newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in was quick to differentiate himself from the previous administration, as he looked to actively reach out to North Korea. State Department, said Washington had worked closely with Seoul on North Korea and would continue to do so. Moon responded that he's aware of China's concerns and he hopes the two countries can have a greater understanding of each other's positions on the system, it said. Read More »

Xi calls for dovetailing development strategies of China, Philippines

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Part of the agreement between the Philippines and China during President Rodrigo Duterte's state visit in October is a formal talk relative to the controversial West Philippine Sea maritime dispute. "The first session will be next week but this will be a session that will continue on a twice-yearly basis, a chance to exchange views on the South China Sea issue", he said. Read More »