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South Korean President Vows To Amend Constitution By June 2018

A senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of relations with South Korea on Friday as the two countries attempt to mend a rift in ties over the deployment of a USA missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats. Read More »

Trump to visit Israel in search of revived peace process

President Donald Trump is closing the first leg of his maiden overseas trip. On Sunday, however, standing before dozens of regional leaders, he said Islam was "one of the world's great faiths". Trump lowered his head, appearing to bow to King Salman - when receiving Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honor. She noted that Trump on Saturday signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a key objective of the visit. Read More »

Rouhani leads Iran presidential race, expected to win

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Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, said voters had shunned those who wanted to turn the country back to the past. Many analysts are sceptical whether a President can change much in Iran as long as the supreme leader has veto power over all policies and control over the security forces. Read More »

Battle lines drawn in Israel embassy move

Shaked said she believes Trump will fulfill his promises made during the campaign and move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem . Trump accepted an invitation from Abbas to "discuss ways to advance peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, as well as efforts to unlock the potential of the Palestinian economy", the White House said earlier this month. Read More »

South Korea and Japan condemn North Korea 'missile launch'

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The missile tested was the Pukguksong-2, a land-based version of Pyongyang's submarine-launched weapon, using solid-fuel that allows for immediate firing. -based 38 North website. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting has not been officially announced. That missile traveled about 500 kilometers before crashing into the sea, according to South Korean and US officials. Read More »

State jobless rate edges up to 3.9 percent in April

In a month-over comparison, there was more than 14 percent growth in "other services" which includes businesses like fix services, laundry, personal care and personal services. Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 3.3 percent, Elmore County at 3.6 percent, and Cullman County at 3.7 percent. Of the counties included in the local MSA, Pinellas had the lowest unemployment rate in April, and tied with Clay, Collier, Manatee, Leon and Gulf counties for the No. Read More »

Comey Believes Trump Tried to Sway Him on Russia Probe

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According to one of his close friends, Comey was "disgusted" by what he saw as Trump's attempts to compromise him, as the FBI Director has traditionally enjoyed a wide degree of autonomy from the White House. It has not denied the Times report that Trump was critical of Comey to the Russians the day after he fired him. Chaffetz said he expects to speak with Comey on Monday and that if there are any notes of White House meetings, "we're certainly pursuing them". Read More »

What to expect from Trump's visit to Israel, Palestinian territories

Trump has handed son-in-law Jared Kushner and longtime business lawyer Jason Greenblatt the assignment of charting the course toward a peace process. The White House-driven effort is a sharp shift from the practice of previous USA administrations that typically gave secretaries of state those responsibilities. Read More »

Iran state TV declares Rouhani wins vote for second term

The Instagram account of Rouhani ally, former president Mohammad Khatami, showed a picture of Rouhani making a victory sign and ran the slogan "Hope prevailed over isolation". Britain and France also congratulated Rouhani, praising the high turnout but also urging the president to continue his support for the nuclear deal . Read More »

Second day of Belt and Road Forum Continues

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The CPEC is not about "conflict" with any side but for regional peace and prosperity, she said. He said the United States has wide experience in global infrastructure development in projects that feature transparency in government procurement, support for institution-building in host countries, and inclusivity and broad participation from the private sector. Read More »

Pak can't hang Jadhav till final verdict: ICJ

The problem is ICJ's order cannot be enforced the way domestic court judgements can, and Pakistan may claim it had not agreed to the case at the judicial branch of the United Nations, they said. The final verdict is expected in August. His statement was in conflict with that of the foreign office which said Pakistan does not accept ICJ's jurisdiction in matters related to the national security. Read More »

Predators left surprised, determined by Johansen's injury

They ran out of energy and skidded into the grateful hands of the Nashville Predators, who aren't just acting like they belong here - they do belong here. "For us, obviously our season's on the line", said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano. If Gibson can't play, Jonathan Bernier will make the first playoff start of his career. Read More »

Amid anger at home, Pakistan moves ICJ over Jadhav

The announcement by Sartaj Aziz came amid criticism by experts and opposition leaders over the government's handling of the case at the International Court of Justice. "But they cannot nullify our sentence", he said, adding Jadhav's case would be handled according to Pakistani law. "We are determined to pursue this case to its logical end", said the statement. Read More »

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass produce new missile

Missile tests such as Sunday's present a hard challenge to Moon, a liberal who took over as South Korea's president on May 10 and has expressed a desire to reach out to the North. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will convene an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss it. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting had not been officially announced. Read More »

Sweden Drops Charges Against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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He did not take shouted questions from the reporters assembled outside and would not say if he plans to leave the embassy located in the posh Knightsbridge neighborhood. over alleged crimes relating to Wikileaks' publication of classified documents. Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the attorney for Assange's accuser, said, "My client is shocked, and no closure decision can get her to change that Assange has exposed her to a rape". Read More »

Nelson's Four Seasons finale: Horschel over Day in playoff

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And I don't want to leave". The fourth-ranked player in the world was tied for third with Kokrak, who shot a 72 after setting a Nelson 36-hole record with a five-stroke lead. Horschel joined Hahn in bogeying the next but bounced back by holing a 60-footer at the 14th to move into a three-way tie for the lead, where Hahn posted a third blemish in as many holes. Read More »

Packed field of Utah candidates vie for Chaffetz seat

The House Oversight Committee he heads is one of several congressional panels looking into aspects of Russia's alleged attempts to influence the US presidential election. Trump and Mr. Comey. "But there does come that point when you've got to make some choices", Chaffetz said, with his voice catching a bit. A retired registered dietitian from Springville, Utah, Carr just voted Chaffetz into a new term in last November and said his early departure was "a little inappropriate". Read More »

Trinamul MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay gets bail

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The TMC leader was given bail on Rs 25 lakh surety. The Orissa High Court gave bail to Bandyopadhyay on May 19. Among other conditions, the MP has been asked to submit his passport in the trial court and cooperate with the investigating officer (IO) as and when required. Read More »

USA sticking by Iran nuclear deal is good news for Rouhani

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The U.S. sanctioned two Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company and members of a China-based network for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program, the U.S. Since Mr Trump's inauguration, his administration has also continued to certify to Congress that Iran is upholding its part of the deal, which it must do every 90 days. Read More »

Turkey calls for ouster of top USA envoy leading anti-IS coalition

Video shows Erdogan supporters and bodyguards flooding through the police line and beating protesters on American soil. "Just past year, when Erdogan was back in the States for a summit on nuclear security, at Brookings, outside Brookings, [in Washington, D.C.], there were similar protests and similar unseemly scenes of clashes along Massachusetts Avenue". Read More »

Merkron? France's Macron seeks close ties with Germany to shore up EU

During his campaign, Macron had thrown up ideas on reforming the eurozone, noting that the currency bloc can not go on as it is if it wanted to avoid falling prey to protest and populism. Earlier Monday in Paris, Macron named centre-right lawmaker Edouard Philippe as prime minister in a further effort to splinter the country's traditional parties and redraw the political map. Read More »

Trump says firing 'nut job' Comey took off pressure

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington , Friday, May 19, 2017 , after members of the House of Representatives were briefed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the controversy over President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Read More »

GST will be consumer-friendly, healthcare, education to be exempted: Jaitley

GST on services was the main item discussed at the GST meet on Friday, he said. Foodgrain, milk, cereal, toiletries and a bulk of consumer items will become cheaper once the GST regime kicks in on July 1. Economy class air travel will attract 5 per cent GST while business class will be charged 12 per cent, he said. Services, entertainment and movie tickets services to levy 18 per cent. Read More »

Chaffetz to Resign, Creating Key Committee Vacancy and Replacement Fight

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Members of key congressional committees are pledging to proceed with aggressive investigations into Russia's meddling into the US presidential election, including why former FBI director James Comey was ousted from his job. He said he believed other members of his committee would keep the investigation going. Chaffetz is the second House Republican who is stepping away from a Trump investigation. Read More »

Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters

Renegotiation of NAFTA has always been part of President Trump's agenda. "For years, politicians have called for the renegotiation of this agreement, but President Trump is the first to follow through with that promise". U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers are also hoping for caution in the upcoming negotiations. Trump's newly confirmed trade representative, Robert Lighthizer , told reporters on a conference call that NAFTA has been successful for USA ... Read More »

Trump lavishes praise on Saudis, but silent on human rights

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Drive them out of your community. The president will urge leaders in the region to "drive out the terrorists from your places of worship". White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller , who is reportedly the speech writer for US President Donald Trump's address to the Arabic Islamic American Summit. Read More »

Trump signs $110 billion Saudi arms deal

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Trump, the businessman cum President held a meeting with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and today will participate in the Riyad Summit with leaders and representatives from around 50 Middle Eastern and Islamic countries. "First that means jobs" he said, adding "it also means frankly great security back here which we want". The two countries have had a long-term military alliance, though the USA was critical of Bahrain's response to uprisings during the Arab Spring. Read More »

United Nations chief condemns DPR Korea's ballistic missile launch

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The Rodong Sinmun said the issue of nuclear weapons is a matter of concern between the North and the US and warned against South Korean interference, accusing the South of being a "puppet" of Washington. It is meant to defend against North Korean missiles. An envoy from North Korea attended a recent Belt and Road forum - nearly literally rubbing shoulders with a USA trade representative. Read More »

Saudi king says Iran at forefront of global terrorism

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Mr. Trump, who during last year's presidential campaign said he thought that "Islam hates us" and proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, will sound different themes, according to prepared text of the speech. Pledges to isolate Iran are essentially returning to a "status quo" in relations between the US and the Arab world, Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told NPR's Morning Edition in March. Read More »

Chelsea Manning Released From Military Prison

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The decision angered national security experts who say Manning put U.S. lives at risk, but it won praise from transgender advocates who have embraced her transition to a female gender identity. Previously known as Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst in Iraq said she wanted to expose what she considered to be the USA military's disregard of the effects of war on civilians. Read More »

Iran's Election Signals Reset with the Rest of the World

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In a statement released after the results were announced, the ayatollah did not offer his congratulations to to Rouhani, though he praised the "massive" turnout in the election. He became an important figure behind the recent alliance of moderates and reformists that propelled Rouhani to power in 2013. The victory in Tehran knocks the conservatives from power in the city for the first time in 14 years. Read More »