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China offers 100 billion yuan for new Silk Road initiative

Nearly 30 world leaders are attending a two-day summit promoting China's One Belt, One Road initiative that Beijing hopes will revive ancient trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa - and breathe new life into its own economy. "They see an opportunity to fill the vacuum and take advantage of perceptions globally", said Andrew Gilholm, director of analysis for North Asia at Control Risks Group, referring to changing perceptions of USA leadership in the Trump era. Read More »

North Korea May Be Linked To WannaCry Ransomware, Researchers Say

The 393-foot ship with twin domes housing 24-foot antennas is owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration and used in support of U.S. President Donald Trump also made similar statements. Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated new measures before involving remaining council members. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson reconsidering presidential promise: 'Anything is possible'


Even though it is early days, Trump's presidency has also been hit with a raft of controversies, including revelations he allegedly disclosed classified information to a Russian ambassador. Reports have stated that Trump's team is already targeting Warren as a potential adversary in 2020. Despite the White House repeatedly insisting that the public doesn't care if Trump releases his tax returns, polls continue to show otherwise. Read More »

McMaster defends Trump on Russia meeting


Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday he had an "absolute right" to share facts with Russian Federation so that it can be more active in fighting Islamic State militants. The White House vowed to track down those who disclosed the information. New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee said in a statement that the report was rejected by senior US officials. Read More »

Trump must turn over any tapes, lawmakers agree


Yet among those who say they have read , seen or heard "a lot" about the firing, 53 percent say they disapprove, versus 33 percent who approve. He argued later on NBC that it was important for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor in the case because such a person would have "the ability to actually prosecute people for violations of law". Read More »

Pro-Quist group files complaint against Gianforte


In a teleconference this month with financial backers, Gianforte lamented Quist's surge in fundraising. Democratic and Republican campaign committees, as well as outside groups, are continuing to pour money into the race. Both Quist and Gianforte swore off PAC money, though not from all types of PACs. Other groups spending money to elect Gianforte include the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America. Read More »

China's Belt and Road forum ends, next in 2019


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged major multilateral institutions to join his new Belt and Road Initiative, stressing the importance of rejecting protectionism in seeking global economic growth. It is the second time Mr Xi has sought to put himself forward as a proponent of free trade and investment, despite China still being a relatively closed economy, following his speech defending globalisation at Davos in January. Read More »

Firestorm over Comey's dismissal adds to Trump frustrations


Former national intelligence director James Clapper says ousted FBI Director Jim Comey was uneasy about having dinner with President Donald Trump on January 27. Trump wrote on Twitter 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!" "In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story; it's an ... Read More »

PSNI treating death of woman in Co Fermanagh as murder


The body of her former partner, 55-year-old Peadar Phair, was also found at the scene. Eamon Corrigan, PSNI detective chief inspector, said: 'We are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident at this time'. "It's very serious situation for any family to have to face, the loss of a daughter in such circumstances". "I would like to send my condolences to the family over this sad and tragic event". Read More »

Convicted transgender soldier will stay on active duty

If not for the hundreds of thousands of people from across the political spectrum who spoke up , rose up, and fought for Chelsea's freedom, I firmly believe that she would not be with us today.Well before I met Chelsea, a strong network of activists, lawyers, journalists, nerds, veterans, free speech advocates and LGBTQ folks were rallying around her, drawing public attention to her case and ensuring that the USA government's persecution of this fearless woman did not go unnoticed. Read More »

Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn probe


According to the Times , Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong. The newspaper said Comey was in the Oval Office that day with other national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing. Read More »

New whales, dolphins banned from Vancouver Aquarium


Park board vice-chair Erin Shum said she could not support this amendment which she said put "politics... before science". "And so, I think, yes we can keep cetaceans in captivity. But that battle will be decidedly uphill. The proposed bylaw will "prohibit the importation and display" of live cetaceans - porpoises, whales or dolphins - at the aquarium. Read More »

Trey Gowdy Pulls Out of Consideration for FBI Director


Gowdy has been mentioned as a possible successor to Comey, but he said in a statement Monday he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions he was not interested in the job. A number of Gowdy's fellow lawmakers in Congress and the Senate are also rumored to be under consideration for the job, including Texas Senator John Cornyn . Read More »

US Tells Israeli Officials Western Wall is 'Not Your Territory'

A final meeting is expected to be held Tuesday with the White House advance team, in which the timetable for the visit will be finalized. It maintained that while "the comment that the Western Wall is part of the West Bank was received with astonishment", the Israeli government "is certain that the comment contradicts President Trump's policy as expressed in his fierce opposition to the latest UN Security Council resolution", which criticized the Israeli presence in eastern Jerusalem and ... Read More »

Omar hits out CM for 'playing down' sloganeering at her event


Although the CM stayed for some time, she was taken away when the situation worsened, with angry women throwing chairs and empty plastic bottles towards the podium, sources said. Participants alleged they were brought to the venue deceitfully. No sooner than Mehbooba arrived at the podium and started narrating success stories of self-help groups, dozens of women stood up and started raising "profreedom" slogans. Read More »

Trump defends 'absolute right' to share 'facts' with Russian Federation


Trump later was informed that he had broken protocol and White House officials placed calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA looking to minimize any damage. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism". In fairness, it's worth pointing out that Trump did not specifically admit that he share "classified" information in particular. Read More »

Israel demands explanation from White House after spat over Trump trip

Netanyahu hurried to remove any doubt - and preempt protest within his right-wing government - in a statement issued by his office. Since his inauguration, Trump has faced a flood of warnings from top Arab diplomats and a personal appeal from Jordan's King Abdullah to not move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Read More »

Israel wants White House to explain US official's Western Wall comment

President Donald Trump shakes hands with with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Washington. "The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact the peace process", Tillerson said on NBC's Meet the Press . Read More »

Donald Trump's staff seems totally miserable. Which makes sense

A US official said Trump revealed highly classified information about an Islamic State plot to senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week. The Senate intelligence committee is seeking information from the White House on Tuesday about claims that President Donald Trump apparently disclosed classified information to Russian officials. Read More »

Let Me Help Palestinians Sign Final Agreement With Israel, Trump Tells Abbas

President Trump promised Wednesday to make peace in the Middle East a top priority, vowing to do " whatever is necessary " to reach a historic deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were all slated to join the talks alongside the USA special representative for worldwide negotiations, Jason Greenblatt. Read More »

Palestinians marching for 'Nakba' clash with Israeli forces

Palestinians on Monday are marking the 69th anniversary of what they call the " Nakba ", or "catastrophe", of the founding of Israel on May 14, 1948, the war that followed and the dispersion of an estimated 700,000 of their population. McMaster suggested on Friday that Trump could move closer to the two-state principle when he meets Abbas, saying the US president will express his desire for "self-determination" for the Palestinian people. Read More »

North Korea threatens South after firing missile


As North Korea launched a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic missile that it claimed to be capable of carrying a heavy nuclear warhead, U.S. Rep. ICBM's are considered to have a range of about 6000km, but analysts believe the missile tested on Sunday would have travelled about 4000km if it had been fired at a standard trajectory rather than upwards. Read More »

White House on lockdown after person jumps barrier - Secret Service


Reporters and government staffers were being allowed to remain outside and move between buildings. The White House is now in lockdown after someone tried to jump one of the building's fences, the US Secret Service says. As an additional security measure, spikes were added to the top of the White House fence in 2015. Mr Erdogan had left before the lockdown. The federal government is planning to install a new, taller fence around the White House. Read More »

Saudi Arabia Pledges $40B Investment in US Infrastructure

Trump will meet the Israeli and Palestinian leaders during his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority and there were reports there would be a three-way summit including Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Read More »

WannaCry finger of blame finally points at North Korea

Haley previously indicated that new sanctions could target oil, a critical import for North Korea mainly from China, and she said Tuesday the US also wants sanctions on organizations and businesses in third countries that are helping Pyongyang. Read More »

National security adviser: Information Trump shared with Russians 'wholly appropriate'


Even before he was inaugurated, intelligence professionals anxious about sharing classified information with Trump, who often shoots from the hip. "I think national security is put at risk by this leak and leaks like this", he said . Sergey Kislyak. "At no time , at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known". Read More »

Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

In Thrush and Haberman's recent report on the aftermath of the "disclosure that President Trump divulged classified intelligence to two high-ranking Russian officials", they describe a White House staff in a miserable state, mired in chaos and recriminations. Read More »

Ninth Circuit questions Trump's statements on Muslims

The Ninth Circuit originally blocked Trump's first travel ban on due process grounds, while the revised version of the ban is now before a different panel. "I'm now addressing it simply to security needs.' Has he ever said anything approaching that?" Wall's insistence that the travel ban should be upheld because it is "neutral", without reference to Islam, drew pointed questions from Judge Richard Paez. Read More »

Trump talk with Russians 'wholly appropriate,' adviser says


As President, Trump has the power to disclose classified information as he chooses. That appeared to put him at odds with members of his own senior staff. Today President Trump met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House. The disclosure put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk, according to The Washington Post , which first reported the disclosure on Monday. Read More »

Trump on Mideast peace: 'We will get it done'


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he "fervently shares" US President Donald Trump's commitment to advancing peace. This comes in marked contrast to the previous administration of President Barack Obama, who stated on several occasions that the main obstacles to an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement wee the Jews living in Judea and Samaria. Read More »

Gunshots reported in Ivory Coast's major cities


Bouake residents said shops remained closed yesterday as soldiers, many of them wearing balaclavas, fired their weapons in the air and patrolled the streets in stolen cars. Late on Friday, General Sekou Toure, chief of staff of Ivory Coast's armed forces, warned of "severe disciplinary sanctions" for the soldiers. "Perhaps the government is exhausted of this, but they must sit down and talk", said retired gendarme Valentin Sokoure, speaking near the military headquarters in Abidjan where ... Read More »