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Iran election: Hassan Rouhani on course for second term


The election is seen as a verdict on Rouhani's policy of opening up Iran to the world and his efforts to revive the economy. Voters told NL Times that there were between 100 and 200 people standing in line to vote shortly after the Iranian Embassy in The Hague opened its doors at 8:00 a.m. Read More »

Iran election: Preliminary results show President Hassan Rouhani set for second term

Iran has 56 million eligible voters, and given voter turnout for the 2013 election was almost 73 percent, high turnout is again expected. Raisi has focused his campaign on the economy, visiting rural areas and villages and promising housing, jobs and more welfare benefits, a message which could have resonated with millions of poor voters angry at the Tehran elite. Read More »

Statistically Speaking: Crosby lifts Penguins to victory

Heaven knows - and despite what some of them would have you believe - you don't have to be an Einstein to coach in the National Hockey League. "It's just not going to happen every night". Penguins C Evgeni Malkin played his 140th playoff game, tying him with former Penguins star Jaromir Jagr for the franchise lead. The Senators' faithful weren't happy with their club's effort and they had right to be upset - this wasn't what anybody expected with so much on the line. Read More »

French president meeting EU chief, to reveal minister picks


But Les Republicains, which already viewed the appointment of Philippe as an attempt by Macron to gain ground at its expense, accused the president of trying to "blur the lines" ahead of June's parliamentary elections. "He is very thorough, knows his dossiers extremely well, and will be a big asset for European issues", a French diplomat who has worked with him in the past, told Reuters. Read More »

Massive Turnout in Iranian Presidential Election

If no candidate wins a majority of the votes, a runoff will be held May 26. More than 54 million people are eligible to vote. The Iranian expatriates, who joined their 55 million countrymen in picking the Islamic Republic's next leader, cast their votes at six polling stations across the country: four in Kuala Lumpur, one in Johor Baru and one in Penang. Read More »

Comey to Testify in Open Session on Russia Investigation


According to McClatchy , special counsel Robert Mueller's probe on Russian interference in the 2016 election will include looking into a possible White House cover up . Jeffrey Toobin, a CNN legal analyst, said Trump's reported comments were " close to a confession of obstruction of justice". The White House doubled down on that stance Friday, with Spicer saying Comey's investigation was harming U.S. Read More »

UN Security Council Rips North Korea Missile Test, Threatens New Sanctions


North Korea on Monday boasted it successfully launched a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program that the U.N. The North's KCNA news agency said Sunday's test launch verified the homing feature of the warhead that allowed it to survive "under the worst re-entry situation" and accurately detonate. Read More »

Comey to testify before Senate committee on Russian Federation probe

The senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee says the panel should request White House documents related to the May 10 Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian officials - and subpoena them if necessary. The idea, the official suggested, was to create a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions out of Lavrov - on Syria, Ukraine and other issues - by saying that Russian meddling in last year's election had created enormous political ... Read More »

Karti Chidambaram leaves for London after the raids


Meera Arun, while admitting that she was a dummy director in Vasan Health Care, said that her shares were transferred to her father V Dwarkanathan, "who in turn transferred the shares to a company belonging to Karti Chidambaram (ASCPL)". The fresh case comes just two days after the CBI raided 14 premises across Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai in connection with Karti Chidambaram and former INX Media bosses Peter and Indrani Mukerjea. Read More »

Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia to start 5-nation tour


President Donald Trump is stepping off Air Force One in Saudi Arabia to begin his first global trip since taking office. Several jets then flew overhead leaving a red, white and blue trail. But beneath the pageantry and symbolism remains the sting that billions of Muslims around the world felt after American voters elected Trump - a candidate who called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims" entering the United States, floated the idea of surveilling U.S. Read More »

'200000 users, 150 countries hit by ransomware'

Europol said more than 200,000 computers around the world had been affected over the weekend in what it said was "an unprecedented attack". Kent Community Health Trust, which runs community hospitals and minor injuries units across the county, was not a victim of the attack, but reportedly shut down its digital servers as a precautionary measure - causing disruption despite not being affected directly. Read More »

'Difference in quality' concerns Jose ahead of Palace


Mourinho confirmed Joel Pereira, Kieran O'Hara, Scott McTominay , Josh Harrop , Matthew Willock and Zachary Dearnley will be involved on Sunday, so too 16-year-old Angel Gomes . Mourinho has launched a strong defence of £89.3m signing Paul Pogba, insisting he remains the best midfielder in the world. "And we had four big injuries with surgeries that reduced immediately the number of players". Read More »

Erdogan seeks to sway Trump in crunch US talks

Tension was expected already for the Erdogan talks, after the USA announced last week that it would arm Kurdish Syrian militants to help them fight IS. Speaking to reporters before leaving for trips to China and the United States, Erdogan said he was confident that talks with U.S. President Donald Trump next week would lead to a "breaking point" in the U.S. Read More »

Senator says Flynn hasn't responded to subpoena

Last month, the top Democratic and Republican members of the House Oversight Committee announced that Trump's failure to disclose the payments he received from foreign governments likely constituted a violation of US law. The communications had been intercepted by the USA intelligence community because they involved Russian officials, who are routinely monitored for national security concerns. Read More »

China's Xi says willing to help end rift with South Korea


The statement by Foreign Minister Wang Yi came during the ongoing visit of the South Korean president's special envoy, Lee Hae-chan, to China. In recent weeks Beijing and Seoul have signaled a desire to fix relations following the election of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has taken a friendlier stance toward China than his conservative predecessor. Read More »

Israelis on edge before Trump Visit

It looks unlikely Trump will manage to get Netanyahu and Abbas to shake hands during his 28-hour visit to the Holy Land, and the prospects of him setting a timetable for a resumption of peace talks also look dim. An official in Netanyahu's office said the United States comment was "received with astonishment" and that Israel had asked the White House for an explanation. Read More »

Iran Counts Votes After Big Turnout In Presidential Election


Deputy Interior Minister Ali Asghar Ahmadi told journalists in a televised news conference that more than 40 million Iranians voted in Friday's election. Rouhani has urged the Guards not to meddle in the vote, a warning that reflects the political tension. Raisi, 56, and Rouhani, 68, traded charges of graft and brutality on live television with an open vehemence unseen since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Read More »

United Fresh releases statement on NAFTA renegotiation


Since NAFTA went into effect January 1, 1994, USA trade north and south of the borders has more than tripled, growing more rapidly than US trade with the rest of the world. "With this first step, I now encourage the administration to swiftly commence modernization negotiations with our NAFTA partners and prioritize their quick conclusion", said Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of USDEC. Read More »

Trump Administration Wants to Start Process of Renegotiating NAFTA

Trump has blamed NAFTA for a number of the U.S.'s economic problems, but it's debatable whether the trade deal is really at fault in all those cases. "If the Trump administration is honest, I am more than ready to roll up my sleeves and work with them, to forge a deal that boosts American jobs". Back in March, a draft of a letter sent to lawmakers said the Trump administration would seek tax equality and the ability to slap tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports if they pose a serious ... Read More »

Pentagon provides update on ISIS fight, announces new 'deconfliction' effort with Russia


Dunford said he has also made progress in working with Russian Federation to deconflict their military operations in Syria. The defense secretary said, "This threat is a long-term threat". Eight Syrian fighters were killed when USA warplanes opened fire on the convoy, the Syrian government said. Dunford noted other smaller changes in the strategy, including Trump's recent approval to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters in addition to the Arab contingent, as well as allowing advisers to ... Read More »

GST on services, not goods, will determine inflation

The government said the council's focus was to keep the tax rate low on affordable goods or services, progressively raising it for those that can be counted as a luxury. "In our view, GST rates in most cases are in line with the prior rates/expectations set by the government in previous briefings". We need to ensure that a robust administrative structure and IT based platform is put in place. Read More »

US Senator McCain calls for Turkish ambassador's dismissal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose name Donald Trump doesn't know how to pronounce, met with POTUS in Washington on Tuesday, presumably to swap stories about their mutual friend Michael Flynn. Turkey also accused the protestors of belonging to a terror group known as the PKK. The Secret Service announced on Wednesday that it is investigating the attack that sent nine people to the hospital, and according to the D.C. Read More »

Osinbajo Overrules Minister, Presidential Aide On Budget


Recall that there has been a controversy over who would be saddled with the responsibility of assenting to the budget since President Buhari has gone overseas for medical follow-up. Mohammed however, said the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, was in possession of an "advanced copy" which ministers would use to check if there are discrepancies between what they sent to the National Assembly and what was returned. Read More »

Korean officials meet USA experts in Oslo

Kim Mi Ok said her husband has been involved in agricultural development work at the university's experimental farm since 2014. In a possible sign of this thaw, media reports said Monday that the director-general of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's bureau that handles ties with the United States was headed to Europe for talks with unidentified former US government officials, part of unofficial "Track 2" meetings. Read More »

House oversight panel chairman Chaffetz to depart Congress June 30

On Thursday, Chaffetz announced he was stepping down from Congress, effective June 30. South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, who headed the House investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks, is now gauging members opinions about "the qualities" the next oversight chair should possess, a spokesperson said. Read More »

Greenpeace asks Alberta regulator to halt Kinder Morgan Canada IPO (KMI)


Perkins Coie Trust Co's holdings in QUALCOMM were worth $1,980,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC. (NASDAQ:QCOM) news were published by: which released: "Qualcomm ups ante in fight with Apple, sues four Taiwanese suppliers" on May 17, 2017, also with their article: "Qualcomm, Inc". Read More »

More than 140 killed in attack on LNA base in Libya


The Third Force of the Government of National Accord's Defence Ministry announced earlier today capturing control of the Brak Al-Shati airbase in southern Libya. The air base was reportedly being used by Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) and fighters of Third Force militia loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli launched a massive attack on it on Friday. Read More »

Pres. Trump assails naming of counsel as 'witch hunt'

The White House says an investigation will prove there was no collusion. The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the agency's Russian Federation investigation will aid President Do. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country. For reference, let us look to President Trump's Thursday morning tweet to the world. Read More »

Comey's predecessor to head Trump-Russia probe


He did not provide any further detail of the alleged "illegal acts" carried out by the Clinton campaign or the Obama White House. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel in the investigation, Justice Department officials announced on Wednesday. Read More »

Trump told Russians pressure off after firing 'nutjob' Comey

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was returning to the Capitol on Friday for another closed-door session, this time with all members of the House. The White House repeated its assertion that a "thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity". Read More »

US slaps sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court judges


Clashes have erupted across the country during protests in anger at Maduro's handling of an economic and political crisis . All of those targeted will have USA assets frozen and be denied travel to the United States, while American citizens will be barred from doing b us iness with them, officials said . Read More »