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Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

However, this year's presidential election in Iran has been politically and economically more significant and meaningful than the previous landslide victory of Rouhani in 2013. Rouhani decisively won a presidential election on Friday, securing another four-year term. Moscow and Tehran will continue to work to maintain stability and security in the Middle East and around the world. Read More »

Melania swats husband's hand, internet latches on

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Kissy points to the first journalist to ask about this at the next White House press conference. Some users also reminded the world of the infamous "grab 'em by the pussy" remark made by Trump in the Access Hollywood tape that emerged during his presidential campaigning days. Read More »

Trump's Visit To Western Wall Sparks Controversy

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But it was never alleged that Mr Trump told the Russians that Israel was the source of the intelligence, just that he shared the information with the Russians. His flight on Air Force One was believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel, nations that have limited diplomatic relations. Read More »

Monica Lewinsky Wrote a Scathing Goodbye to Roger Ailes

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Two days after his emotional memorial service, Monica Lewinsky wrote an opinion article, detailing how Roger Ailes lead the coverage of what was the worst period of her life. "Our world - of cyberbullying and chyrons, trolls and tweets - was forged in 1998", she wrote , referencing the cheating scandal and the media circus surrounding it. Read More »

Gov. Branstad leaves Iowa with new voter ID, anti-union laws

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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, addressed the need for cloture on the nomination, delaying Branstad's nomination for 30 hours. Now that Branstad is confirmed as ambassador to China, Iowa will have its first-ever female governor, when Lt. "It lays right at his feet that we have not moved backward". "Governor Branstad's confirmation today ends a career as Governor in which he attacked Iowa's workers and public schools, left the state budget in shambles, and on a few times occasion was rebuked ... Read More »

North Korea declares medium-range missile ready for deployment

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday it was too early to know if the global pressures being exerted on North Korea to discourage its weapons programs were having an impact. The missile tested on Sunday is believed to be capable of reaching Japan and several major USA military bases in the country. Last week, the Security Council "strongly condemned" Pyongyang's testing and urged members to fully implement stiff United Nations sanctions already in place. Read More »

Supreme Court ends venue-shopping for 'patent trolls'

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The Supreme Court reversed the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which is not to be confused with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Critics of the Eastern District have long said it's a haven for patent law, because the juries are plaintiff-friendly. Lawyers from across the country - and even around the world - have filed patent infringement lawsuits in federal courts in Marshall and Tyler because of the judges' expertise in patent trials, the district's ... Read More »

Newly freed Chelsea Manning: 'I'm figuring things out'

The Oklahoma native had previously tweeted that she planned to move to Maryland, where she has an aunt, but her attorneys have cited security concerns in refusing to make public specifics about her release or where she was headed. During Manning's trial in 2013, testimony showed that she had been deteriorating, mentally and emotionally. Manning said in 2014 that she disclosed the classified information to expose truths about the civil war in Iraq "out of a love for my country". Read More »

5 ideas from French President Macron for fixing Europe

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The pair said they are both prepared even to implement treaty changes if needed. In the "next few weeks" they hope to build a roadmap to reforming the Eurozone. "There is enough going on independently of the U.S.to have people think more benignly about the euro", said Donal O'Mahony, global strategist at Davy in Dublin. Read More »

Trump administration wavers on location of Western Wall

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The site in Jerusalem's Old City in east Jerusalem was at the center of a recent spat between the two allies following the U.S refusal to say it is part of Israel. "But we need two willing parties", he continued. Avoiding any symbolic controversy involving the issue of the city's sovereignty, the Trump administration insisted the visit to the sites be private, vexing Israel by Trump's refusal to be accompanied by Israeli political leaders to the Western Wall. Read More »

SNP win the Scottish council elections

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Although it marked the first time that the SNP had managed to outpoll Labour in local elections , the outcome of those elections was, in truth, widely regarded as something as a disappointment for the nationalists. Basing its calculations partly on "notional" results the BBC said the SNP were actually down by seven, but it didn't really matter: the SNP vote had held up, and held up well. Read More »

Labour gains eight points in new poll, narrowing Conservative lead

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He's got now just under four weeks to try to see if you can break through that image and it's going to be a very, very hard task. However the Conservative offensive - backed by a new poster campaign - underlines their belief that Jeremy Corbyn's credibility on the economy remains a key Labour weakness. Read More »

Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

But the police said they are also working with the US State Department and Secret Service "to identify and hold all suspects" - suggesting that they are seeking to interview Erdogan's security detail. The Turkish Embassy in the US blamed the violence on the protesters, who included Kurds, a minority group with tensions with the Turkish government. Read More »

North Korea calls latest solid-fuel missile test successful

The May 14 test reached an altitude of more than 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles), according to North Korea. The North followed up with a weekend test-launch and declared Monday that it is ready to start mass-producing the new medium-range ballistic missile which it said is capable of reaching Japan and major USA military bases there. Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan and Trump: Kindred spirits, divergent agendas

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Binali Yildirim, the Turkish prime minister, said Turkey was ready to step up its fight against the Syrian Kurds, despite Washington's decision to directly arm them for the fight to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. Now, instead of siding with your ally - which has 800,000 soldiers - you are opting to side with a terrorist organization". This plan was not the Trump administration's plan. Read More »

Former FBI Director James Comey agrees to testify before Senate Intel Committee

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It's believed he will be asked specifically about occasions where Trump reportedly asked for his loyalty and asked for him to shut down an investigation into former national security Michael Flynn. But it was still an open question whether Comey would appear publicly, and many lawmakers began to doubt he would testify after the Justice Department named Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the allegations between Russian officials and the Trump organization associates. Read More »

Ford replaces CEO in push to transform business

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Overall U.S. auto sales are slipping after a long boom. The resulting shrink in profits has triggered a decrease in share prices of close to 40% in just over two years. Ford posted a record $1.2 billion European profit previous year but warned the impact of Britain's vote to leave the European union would put a dent in 2017 earnings. Read More »

Imran Khan questions PM Sharif's visit to Saudi Arabia

On April 20, the five-member Supreme Court bench hearing the Panama Papers case, by a majority verdict of three to two, ordered the constitution of a JIT to probe the assets of the incumbent prime minister. Imran said that it was disappointing how the Pakistani premier said nothing about it. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. "The government must have told Saudi Arabia that we will not become part of one side, rather we will be mediators". Read More »

Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis

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South Korean President Moon Jae In yesterday said there was a "high possibility" of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and missile programmes. A ballistic missile tested by Iran last summer is believed to be based on the design of the North Korean Musudan missile. South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in who took office last week has campaigned on a more moderate approach towards the North but he has said North Korea must change its attitude of insisting on arms ... Read More »

Family of Trump son-in-law solicits Chinese investment

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That was not Ms. Meyer's intention. His attorney, Blake Roberts, said Saturday that Kushner is not involved in the operation of Kushner Companies and divested his interests in the Journal Square project by selling them to a family trust that he, his wife and his children are not beneficiaries of, which was suggested by the Office of Government Ethics. Read More »

Trump administration launches NAFTA renegotiation process

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On the campaign trail and in office, President Trump derided NAFTA as a "horrible deal for the United States ", "the worst trade deal maybe ever" and "a defective agreement". US trade policy has been a prominent issue in recent months, the letter acknowledges, and taking a fresh look at NAFTA will be an immediate priority. Read More »

N Korea test fires another missile

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KCNA said the test "aimed to finally verify all the technical indexes of the weapon system and thoroughly examine its adaptability under various battle conditions, before its deployment at military units for action". A picture released by North Korea last month which shows ballistic missiles on display during a military parade. The US, South Korea and Japan sharply denounced the launch and jointly requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the matter. Read More »

Researchers find links of cyberattack with North Korea

Google security researcher finds "evidence" suggesting Pyongyang was behind massive cyberattack. Proving they are acting under the explicit orders of a nation state is even trickier. But that's not - or at least hasn't been - the way North Korean hackers are believed to work. "The similarities we see between malware linked to that group and WannaCry are not unique enough to be strongly suggestive of a common operator", FireEye researcher John Miller said. Read More »

Megadeth Perform 'Outshined' as Tribute to Chris Cornell

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A Detroit police spokesman said officers were called to Cornell's hotel around midnight by a friend of the musician. Bumbery described the death as " sudden and unexpected " and said the rocker's wife and family were shocked by it. It included hit singles Spoonman, Fell on Black Days , Black Hole Sun, My Wave and The Day I Tried to Live. USA rock musician Mark Lanegan, a contemporary from the Seattle grunge era, wrote simply: "RIP Chris Cornell ". Read More »

Kremlin declines to comment on probe of Trump ties with Russia

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Reuters says the communications involved improving U.S. -Russia relations, cooperation in the fight against ISIS, and containing Chinese expansionism. The identities of other Russian or Trump advisers who were in contact are being kept under wraps in intelligence reports due to privacy laws. But the seemingly innocuous nature of the conversations only makes the Trump team's repeated denials of contact with Russians seem more suspicious. Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan Extends Emergency Rule

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A little more than a year ago in the same city, journalists accused members of Erdogan's security detail of manhandling them and cursing them at a speech the Turkish president gave at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Despite worldwide criticism of these measures, Mr. Erdogan said on Sunday that the state of emergency "will not be lifted" and shrugged off concerns remarking "How dare you ask us to lift the state of emergency". Read More »

Trump willing to try engagement with N.Korea, on condition

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New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said he wants to reopen the Kaesong complex as he aims to pursue dialogue and engagement as well as pressure in dealing with the North. North Korea is known to be developing both nuclear weapons - it has conducted five nuclear tests - and the missiles capable of delivering those weapons to their target. Read More »

Trump Told Russians That He Fired 'Nut Job' Comey

The president himself labeled the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe a "witch hunt" this week after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to oversee it in the wake of Comey's firing. At least two other former Trump associates, Paul Manafort and Carter Page, are under FBI investigation for their ties to Russian Federation. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said during the March 10 meeting, according to notes taken by White House officials. Read More »

Army officer who tied Budgam man to jeep awarded

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Ironically, this comes just a week after the Army Chief had denied that the person involved in the incident has been let off by the Court of Inquiry. Army officials did not say if the human shield incident had anything to do with the award. Read More »