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UK's Hammond says reports of rift with PM May's staff "tittle tattle"


May also emphasized the length of their working relationship. However, it was telling that the Prime Minister dodged a question from the BBC asking whether Hammond would still have a place in No 11 if the Tories win the election. By now, with Corbyn and his manifesto a dimming memory, nearly every question was about whether May would endorse Hammond as chancellor. "Happy to do so, very happy to do so", she said. Read More »

Armed men block main road north from Abidjan in Ivory Coast

Army chief of staff General Sekou Toure sent troops to Bouake and Abidjan over the weekend, threatening renegade soldiers with severe sanctions if they did not end the revolt. The shooting followed similar bursts of gunfire in the commercial capital Abidjan amid a military operation aimed at ending a mutiny by soldiers demanding bonus payments. Read More »

Information Trump shared with Russians came from Israel, official says


Israeli officials and the White House have declined to confirm or deny whether Israel was the information's origin. "We continue to work with the United States and continue to share intelligence with the United States as we do with others around the world because we are all working together to deal with the threats that we face". Read More »

At least one Australian firm hit by global cyber attack


It's feared more victims of the WannaCry cyber attack could emerge, as businesses return to work after the weekend . 'We are running around 200 global operations against cyber crime each year but we've never seen anything like this, ' he told Britain's ITV television. Read More »

PM due in Hong Kong today


His visit was seen as part of some backchannel contact to improve relations between the two countries by some analysts and experts on Pak-India relations. Welcoming the prime minister, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong said that Pakistan and Hong Kong have strong relations based on history. She will be the first female leader of Hong Kong and the first candidate to elect without leading in the polls. Read More »

French president Macron set to meet EU leader Tusk


Merkel, however, appeared keen to support Macron ahead of next month's general election in which he will faces a tough battle to win an outright majority. This is the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic that a President has appointed someone from outside his own party without being explicitly required to do so by a parliamentary vote. Read More »

Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning


Asked by the judge if he accepted the verdict, one of the men said softly: " Please reduce my sentence ". The couple, who have not been named, were arrested in late March after neighbourhood vigilantes in the province's capital of Banda suspected them of being gay and broke into a room that they had rented to catch them having sex. Read More »

Israel fuming at US's concern over embassy move to Jerusalem

He is said to be frustrated that the president has not fulfilled his campaign pledge to move the embassy. Separately, Israeli officials reacted angrily to reports in local media that representatives of the U.S. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, center, visits the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, May 15, 2017 . Read More »

Prime Minister Netanyahu: Mahmoud Abbas lied to President Trump

He did not address - at least in the public portion of the meeting - a demand by Netanyahu that Abbas stop Palestinian Authority payments to families of terrorists killed or jailed by Israel . Mr Trump is widely viewed in Israel and the wider Middle East as far more sympathetic to Israeli interests - including the contentious issue of settlement building - than his predecessor Barack Obama. Read More »

For The First Time, More Americans Want Trump Impeached Than In Office


A new opinion poll shows U.S. president Donald Trump continues to suffer the lowest approval rating among any modern American president in their first four months in office. Trump has resisted a special prosecutor or independent commission. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said last week, after Trump fired Comey. Around a quarter, 26 percent, are undecided, down from 32 percent in the previous poll . Read More »

Friday's Iranian presidential election down to a two-man race

President Hassan Rouhani, a centrist reformer seeking a second term, received an endorsement from Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri, who withdrew from the race . This will be hard, but the making of the democratic dream in Iran depends on it more than ever. But it isn't clear that all Qalibaf's supporters will heed his call. Read More »

North Korea 'Step' Closer to Striking the Continental US

Kim personally oversaw Sunday's test, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said, and pictures by state media showed him gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch. The council demanded North Korea halt its tests and said it was ready to impose further sanctions. China really is the key in dealing with the North Korea issue. Read More »

Trump says Russian Federation 'must be laughing up their sleeves'

It's an apparent reaction to press reports that Trump hosted a private dinner with Comey at the White House back in January at which Trump asked for his loyalty-according to US media Comey promised only honesty. Trump had kept his decision to fire Comey from all but his closest advisers. "I thought that this would be a very popular thing, that I did, when I terminated Comey, because all of the Democrats couldn't stand him", Trump said. Read More »

Oxford student who stabbed boyfriend may be spared jail


Woodward, who now lives in Milan, Italy, previously admitted unlawful wounding at an earlier hearing. The court heard that Ms Woodward also hurled a laptop, glass and jam jar at her Cambridge-educated boyfriend during the row at Christ Church college , Oxford. Read More »

Chinese rappers warn S. Korea on United States missile defense system


South Korea's military said it could not yet verify the North's claims. There's also a political victory for North Korea. The North has been working on a missile, mounted with a nuclear warhead, capable of striking the U.S. "The U.S. military confirmed that the X-band radar deployed in Seongju detected [North Korea's missile]", the defense chief said, emphasizing the necessity of the antimissile system that has been placed in a golf course in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang, last month. Read More »

Jammu and Kashmir: Army cordons off villages, search operations underway


The army, police and Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF launched a joint operation after information that terrorists were hiding in the village believed to be a hotbed of militancy. A major search and combing operation was launched in the wee hours in Shopian district following inputs about a group of heavily armed terrorists hiding in the nearby villages. Read More »

Mormon Church Bows Out Of Two Boy Scout Programs

The Mormon Church is considering pulling out of its 102 year old relationship with the Boy Scouts after the Boy Scouts changed it's policy on allowing gay leaders in the organization. The faith said the decision wasn't triggered by Boy Scouts policy change in 2015 to allow gay troop leaders since Mormon troops were allowed to run their groups to adhere to church teachings. Read More »

Malindo gets the MAX


The Max "is the most important program at Boeing both now and in the future", says Bloomberg air transport analyst George Ferguson, estimating that current generation 737 planes and the Max will generate $25B in revenue this year, ~27% of the company total. Read More »

Rewari girl students end strike after government announces school upgrade


The girls, studying in Class IX and X in Gothda Tappa Dahina village, broke their fast only after a local MLA met and showed them the written order. For nearly a week now, the girls studying in class IX and X in Gothda Tappa Dahina village school in Haryana have been on a hunger-strike demanding that the school they study in be upgraded so they do not have to travel to another village every day to attend school to get higher education. Read More »

CDU wins over SPD's stronghold of North Rhine-Westphalia

Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), resorted to his comfort zone as former president of the European parliament when asked today about his plans to revive his faltering election campaign. A win for the CDU in North Rhine-Westphalia will give serious momentum to Merkel and her party in the lead-up to the German national election in September. Read More »

Tehran's mayor drops out of Iran election to back hard-liner

The election will be held on Friday, May 19, in which over 56,400,000 are eligible to vote. Mayor of Tehran Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, a figure in the principlist political faction who struggled to drum up support for his presidential campaign by hammering President Hassan Rouhani , chose to quit the race on Monday in favor of Raisi. Read More »

Barkati sacked as head of Tipu Sultan mosque in Kolkata


A number of police complaints were also lodged against the Imam in different police stations of Bengal. "Recently, he was served a show-cause notice for his speeches seeking to incite people", he said. Two days back state minister of state for Library services Siddiqulah Chaudhary termed the Imam an agent of RSS and called him anti-Islam. Only last week he had warned of a "jihad" if India was declared a Hindu Rashtra, and also refused to take off the red beacon from his vehicle saying ... Read More »

India asks World Court to bar Pakistan from executing alleged spy


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has reserved its judgement on India's appeal for a provisional stay on the execution of one of its citizens Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was convicted of espionage and sentenced to death by Pakistan. Not just had all requests for consular access fallen on "deaf ears", the trial was conducted without providing Jadhav his rights. He added India had not been given the copy of the charges filed against Jadhav. Read More »

Microsoft's President Reflects On Cyberattack, Helping Pirates And The NSA

He admits to have accidentally stopped the infection by registering a domain name ( that he found in WannaCry's code, without knowing what its effect would be. While neither Microsoft nor the NSA has confirmed it, computer experts believe that the NSA likely tipped off Microsoft about the flaw once they realized the tool had been stolen. Read More »

New French president names PM, sees Merkel

Macron, who won the presidential election on May 7, came to power promising to renew French politics and bring in fresh faces. Mr Philippe's age reinforces the generational shift in France's corridors of power and the image of youthful vigour that Mr Macron is cultivating. Read More »

Arsenal players keen on Sanchez stay, says Koscielny

You would hope that every player would do that". "Even if you have only one per cent chance, you would have to play totally at 100 per cent but I think we have a good chance". "I thought the team showed great character, we set up to try and make it difficult for Arsenal and for long periods we did do but not only that but we created opportunities and the players worked really hard". Read More »

Donald Trump asked James Comey to shut down Flynn probe

House Speaker Paul Ryan has endured a rocky relationship with Trump but has stood by the President during his trials so far in the administration. "We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo", said AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan. Read More »

BC Greens gain two more seats in 2017 provincial election

It was a cliffhanger for the ages as the lead in Tuesday's B.C. election flipped and flopped and flipped again as the votes were counted in one of the closest photo-finishes in provincial history. "Now is not the time for those discussions, now is the time for Greens across North America to celebrate", he told a cheering crowd. That means either B.C. Read More »

Republicans demand answers after latest Trump Russia explosion


Trump's move is not illegal, as the U.S. president has the authority to declassify information. That message was echoed by Yves Trotignon, a former counter-terrorism analyst for France's DGSE intelligence agency, now with risk consultant Riskeco, who said Trump violated a basic tenet of intelligence sharing. Read More »