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Tehran mayor Qalibaf quits Iran presidential election race, backs conservative Reisi

Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf dropped out of Iran's presidential race on Monday and said he would back hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi's bid to unseat President Hassan Rouhani in Friday's vote. "The biggest fear of the conservatives was that Qalibaf may outperform Raisi on Friday, but not be able to pose a serious challenge, let alone beat Rouhani in the run-off", said Hossein Rassam, a former adviser to Britain's Foreign Office. Read More »

Netanyahu: Abbas lied to Trump

Netanyahu also said that he "look (s) forward to discussing with President Trump the best ways to advance peace". "I believe that we are capable under your leadership and under your courageous stewardship and your wisdom as well as your great negotiating ability.I believe we can be partners - true partners to you - to bring about a historic peace treaty", Abbas added, according to CNN. Read More »

United States spat erupts ahead of Trump visit to region

Separately, Israeli officials have reacted angrily to reports in local media that representatives of the American consulate had suggested the Western Wall did not belong to Israel. embassy in Tel Aviv, according to sources familiar with his plans. Trump's controversial new ambassador also presented his credentials to the Israeli president at a ceremony in Jerusalem . Read More »

Homes of India's ex-finance minister, son searched in probe

Reacting to these sudden raids Chidambaram said, "FIPB approval is granted in hundreds of cases". There is no allegation against any of them. There is no allegation against me. "The CBI raid is a political witch-hunt and conspiracy by the government and the opposition members will not be silent over the issue", Surjewala said. Read More »

North Korea celebrates longest-range ballistic missile test

The North says it needs atomic weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion and has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of a year ago. Kim said North Korea would stage more nuclear and missile tests in order to ideal nuclear bombs needed to deal with U.S. State media paraphrased North Korea's leader as saying that "the most ideal weapon systems in the world will never become the eternal exclusive property of the US", warning that "the ... Read More »

It's far from case closed on Trump, Russia

On Sunday, he claimed "our institutions are under assault internally" - by the president. "Internally from the president?" he asked. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a stern warning Sunday about the state of the U.S. Read More »

Hafiz Saeed detained on terror charges


Saeed, who appeared before the judicial review board on Saturday, said he had been kept confined for voicing the concerns of Kashmiris and for criticising the Pakistan government for its "weak line" on Kashmir . Responding to the notion of a house arrest over global pressure, the FRB while drawing upon the legislation said Hafiz should be given a chance to defend his stance, adding that he was being punished only for criticising the government over its policies regarding Indian-held Kashmir. Read More »

Syria peace talks restart in Geneva


Challenged on the objective of the talks given the attitude of Assad, De Mistura claimed the Syrian president would not be sending an 18-strong delegation to Geneva led by his highly experienced ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, unless it was interested in the political process. Read More »

UP Governor Ram Naik blames previous governments for state lagging behind others


SP legislators also sought to corner the government on law and order issue. Denouncing the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government over the law and order in the state and other issues, the slogan-shouting opposition members trooped into the Well despite Speaker Hridaya Narain Dixit's appeal for an all-party meeting to ensure smooth proceedings. Read More »

Trump's frustrations are boiling over after Comey dismissal

Trump's frustrations came to a head this week with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the probe into his campaign's possible ties to Russia's election meddling. Mike Rogers of MI and Sen. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said his caucus has not yet made a decision on whether to withhold their votes, but added that the issue is being looked at as a way to ensure there is a thorough investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election. Read More »

Fatima children canonized by Pope Francis


The Vatican did not disclose the third secret until 2000. More than a million pilgrims are expected. After contracting influenza, Francisco died April 4, 1919, at the age of 10, while Jacinta succumbed to her illness February 20, 1920, at the age of 9. Read More »

Scotland wants to be member of EU: Sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon has already set up an SNP "Growth Commission" to map out an economic blueprint report for an independent Scotland. However, Ms Sturgeon said she was not concerned about losing the seat. "That's why I've put such an emphasis and priority on improving standards in education". "Following Craig Mahoney's comments condemning the Tories at Westminster for damaging immigration targets which will hit Scotland's universities and the wider economy, it is clear that we need strong SNP ... Read More »

Syria is burning bodies to hide proof of mass killings

United States officials have long insisted that Syria's Assad government is carrying out mass executions of detainees throughout the civil war, but the lack of evidence for mass graves has forced the U.S. "Beginning in 2013, the Syria regime modified a building within the Sednaya complex to support, what we believe, is a crematorium, as shown in the photos we've distributed to you". Read More »

United States new ambassador to Israel visits Jerusalem


After long months of anticipation, David Friedman, the new American ambassador to Israel, officially handed his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, only hours after arriving in Israel. Jerusalem is convinced this statement is at odds with President Trump's policy, as it was expressed in the firm American objection to the latest UN Security Council resolution. Read More »

No second spike in cyber attacks is 'encouraging': British minister

It's possible that some PCs are already infected - and infections could spread from networks and machines that are already affected, a cyber security expert warned. However, there is no clarity yet on whether access is restored upon payment of the amount demanded. Patients were being turned away from the Royal London Hospital yesterday amid delays in treatment and medication because staff had been warned not to use the computers. Read More »

Most UK patients saw no change after cyber attack

The ransomware appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was purportedly identified by the U.S. National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes and was later leaked to the internet. French police said there were "more than 75,000 victims" around the globe, but cautioned that the number could increase "significantly". Nissan: The carmaker said in a statement that "some Nissan entities were recently targeted" but "there has been no major impact on ... Read More »

UN Security Council condemns North Korea's missiles tests

The missile would have flown a distance of some 4500 kilometers [2796 miles] if launched on a maximum trajectory . Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Beijing that Moscow was opposed to any new countries acquiring nuclear weapons, but that the world should talk to North Korea rather than threaten it. Read More »

1 killed, several wounded by army mutiny in Ivory Coast

About 15 others were treated for minor injuries. "We have nothing against the population", Sergeant Seydou Kone told Reuters. The residents were attempting to demonstrate to show their discontent against the mutineers. "They can send whoever they want". "We have nothing against the population", Kone, the mutiny spokesman, said. "We refused and demand our money". Read More »

Hamilton takes the victory at the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix

Hamilton not only scored his second victory of the season, he also recorded his second hat trick this year as he started from pole and also set the fastest lap in the race. "We're not best friends", he said of Hamilton . "I didn't want him to win, I wanted to win, so I'm not entirely happy but at the same time I have nothing to complain or moan about as he drove past us on the track and they did a better job as a team". Read More »

Trump and Abbas vow 'historic' peace deal

Trump said any agreement can not be imposed by the United States, "or by any other nation", but said he hopes to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians. But he repeatedly praised Trump, saying that he was "looking forward to working with" him "toward a historic peace deal" and lauded the commander-in-chief for his "courageous stewardship and wisdom" and his " great negotiating abilities ". Read More »

Conservative surge across England fuelled by collapse of Ukip

The Tories have gained massive ground from the UKIP and Labour but the party has chosen to strike a note of caution to prevent its prospective MPs becoming too complacent in the general election campaign. Former retail sector boss Andy Street won a tight contest with Labour for the West Midlands area around Britain's second city Birmingham, although former Labour cabinet member Andy Burnham won Greater Manchester. Read More »

Red Sox Club bans fan over new racial slur incident


The man, Hennick said in a Facebook post, used the n-word while disparaging the rendition of the anthem, saying the singer "n--ed it up". "For me, I've been to Boston , I've played in Boston a lot", James said, after the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 125-103 in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference semifinal Wednesday. Read More »

Moon's comments that colored South Korean presidential race

Yet North Korea did not dominate the campaign. He met the North's leader at the time, Kim Jong Il, during North-South summits in 2000 and 2007. Nonetheless, aside from wanting to restore normal relations and trade with North Korea, Moon wants to have the same with China. Read More »

North Korean missile launch tests Trump's strategy

The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Kim "warned the US not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific region operations are in [North Korea's] sighting range for a strike and that it has all powerful means for a retaliatory strike". Read More »

Trump Says He Wants to Pick New FBI Director Quickly

The FBI Agents Association says it believes his diverse background makes him the best choice. His name was floated as a possible replacement for Director Robert Mueller in 2013. In a press briefing that took place that day, Sanders diverged from her earlier statements and said that Trump's meeting with Sessions and Rosenstein on Monday had "reaffirmed" his decision to fire Comey . Read More »

WannaCry attacks are only the beginning

A global "ransomware" attack disrupting factories, hospitals, shops and schools spurred investors on Monday to buy stocks expected to benefit from a pickup in cyber security spending by companies and government agencies. Diving headfirst into a thorny policy debate, Microsoft says governments are partly to blame for the "WannaCrypt" - or " WannaCry " - wordwide cyberattacks. Read More »

Trump shared secret info about IS with Russians

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also indicated on Tuesday that Australia may follow the lead of the U.S. and ban passengers from bringing laptop computers into the cabin on certain global flights. Washington Post reported that the United States was not given permission to share the material with Russian Federation. Mr. Trump is reported to have boasted that he had access to classified information during his meeting with the Russians. Read More »

New FBI director imminent

More precisely, Clapper said that the "built-in system of checks and balances" set up by the founding fathers is "under assault and is eroding". "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally". Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48. "No, no I didn't, but I don't think it would be a bad question to ask", he said. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said of the candidates before Air Force One took off for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the ... Read More »

North Korea missile launch tests Trump's China outreach

In April it put dozens of missiles on show at a giant military parade through the capital, including one that appeared to be the type launched on Sunday. 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 »

Aust hangs back on China Silk Road plan

Xi said his government also would provide aid worth 60 billion yuan ($8.7 billion) to developing countries and worldwide organizations. "It is a very impressive move by China", Tegegnework Gettu, UN under-secretary-general and associate administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said during an interview with Xinhua, calling the initiative a "creative platform" that promotes openness and allows cultural and economic differences, while respecting national diversity. Read More »

Nigeria's First Lady visits rescued Chibok girls

In a statement, the PDP faction said the exchange had allowed terrorists to escape punishment and would embolden them to carry out further kidnappings, while the "piecemeal" release of the girls meant they still held bargaining chips. "I started comparing the list with the one that I have and I have seen a good number of the names that matched the list I have, so I believe that they are the Chibok girls", Tsambido stated. Read More »

Air Force One $4 Million in Damage by Boeing Mistake


Three Boeing Co. mechanics "failed to observe explicit warnings" and contaminated one VC-25A plane's oxygen system, increasing the risk of fire, according to the report. During the incident, which was detailed in a report released this week, a mechanic working on the plane used tools, parts, and components that he later discovered to be contaminated. Read More »

James Clapper destroys Trump's favorite talking point about the Russian Federation investigation

Spicer also addressed Trump's Twitter posts suggesting that "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy". Durbin, on " Morning Joe " on MSNBC, suggested that the president's move to fire Comey amid its Trump-Russia investigation was "dangerous because he may be obstructing justice". Read More »