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SKorea fires shots at NKorea after object crosses border

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The U.S., Japan and South Korea have called for an urgent, closed-door U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea , set to take place on Tuesday. "We can't let a madman with nuclear weapons on the loose like that". After North Korea conducted a nuclear test in September past year, the government widened the criteria for those who are targeted with re-entry bans and asset freezes in December. Read More »

Trump slip up in Saudi Arabia speech blamed on exhaustion

There was not a single effort at any incursion, there wasn't anything. On Saturday, thousands of Yemenis rallied in Sana'a to protest the USA arms deal with Saudi Arabia and Trump's visit there. But he deviated from prepared remarks in Riyadh , the birthplace of Islam, as he called on dozens of leaders from majority-Muslim nations to help stamp out terror. Read More »

Concerns over Trump team, Russian Federation contacts — Ex-CIA head

Brennan, who led the Central Intelligence Agency for four years, including throughout the 2016 US presidential campaign, also testified that Moscow "clearly had a more favorable view" toward the Trump campaign. He also said that he warned the head of Russia's FSB security service that such interference would hurt USA ties. "The experts provided regular updates and assessments through the summer and fall, which we used to inform senior USA officials, including President Obama", he said. Read More »

Amid Trump's Tough Talk, Iran Built A Third Missile Factory

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The announcement as US President Donald Trump makes a maiden foreign tour in which Saudi and Israeli concerns about Iran have loomed large is likely to stoke new tensions with Washington. But Iran remains subject to a United Nations arms embargo and other restrictions. Armed forces spokesman General Masoud Jazayeri said earlier this month that Iran had a number of such underground silos which were an "important deterrent factor against the sworn enemies of the Islamic Republic of ... Read More »

Wider sanctions eyed for North Korea

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the North's latest launch "throws cold water" on the expectations by Moon's government to "stabilize peace and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula". The United States has for weeks been negotiating a new Security Council sanctions resolution with China, but US Ambassador Nikki Haley said last week that no final draft text had been clinched. Read More »

North Korea on 'inevitable' path to nuclear ICBM

Some of the balloons seem to have successfully scattered their propaganda leaflets in South Korea . North Korea's recent missile tests are a legitimate act of self-defense by a "fully-fledged nuclear power" and are not against global law, North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the UN Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday. Read More »

Lawmaker: Hugo Chavez's childhood home burned by protesters

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CARACAS , Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing protesters of setting fire to a government supporter, saying what he calls "Nazi-fascist" elements are taking root inside the opposition's ranks and contributing to a unsafe spiral of violence in the two-month anti-government protest movement. Read More »

Maha minister, police officers' attend wedding of Dawood's 'relative'

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Other BJP leaders were also present at the wedding such as Devyani Farande, Balasaheb Sanap and Seeema Hiray, Nashik mayor Ranjana Bhanasi and deputy mayor Prathamesh Gite (both of the BJP) and a section of local municipal councilors. "The invitation for the marriage was sent to some police officials of Bhadrakali police station and also to some corporators, political personalities, MLAs etc.,"Singhal told PTI ". Read More »

Korea calls S. Korea's border firing reckless provocation

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2, which also verified the functioning of a solid-fuel engine, and ordered it for deployment in field action, the KCNA state news agency said. He said that if the Trump administration wants peace on the Korean Peninsula it should replace the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and halt its anti-North Korea policy, "the root cause of all problems". Read More »

Comey's tell-all testimony runs risk of White House roadblocks

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Several candidates - including former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, Associate Judge Michael Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals, career Federal Bureau of Investigation official Richard McFeely, Texas Republican Sen. Schiff said Wednesday that such dismissive statements could be "a pattern from the White House of interference or worse" in the federal probes. His notes on Trump asking him to drop the investigation of Flynn once the White House adviser was forced to resign ... Read More »

Trump and pope focus on peace

Accompanied by his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, Trump met Francis in the private library of the Apostolic Palace, the lavish papal residence that the current pope eschews in favor of more modest lodgings. "It's not Pope-like!" reprimanded the proprietor of Trump Towers. He posted in social media that meeting the pope was an "honor of a lifetime". When it came to guessing what first lady Melania Trump served the president, the pope proved infallible. Read More »

Three foreign climbers die on Everest

Roland Yearwood , a 50-year-old physician from Alabama, died while climbing Mount Everest , not far from the mountain's peak. Strba died at around 8,400 metres (27,500 feet) in the "death zone", on the Nepali side where the air is very thin, Tourism Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said on Monday. Read More »

Belt and Road in Southeast Asia: Beyond the fanfare

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Other delegates included officials, entrepreneurs, financiers and journalists from over 130 countries, and representatives of key worldwide organisations, such as the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, World Bank's President Jim Yong Kim, and Managing Director of the global Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde. Read More »

Ariana Grande reportedly offers to pay for funerals of Manchester bomb victims

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Ministers and Whitehall officials have been tearing their hair out over leaks to the United States media of information from the British investigation into the attack. In a statement , the National Police Chiefs' Council also criticised the actions of United States intelligence officials. Kurt Volker, a former USA permanent representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, said the "unfortunate" leak could be damaging to long-term security. Read More »

I never mentioned Israel to Russian officials

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday he was heartened by the absence of even a single protester during President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia over the weekend. "So you have another story wrong", he said. On Tuesday, he is set to meet with Palestinian lead Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and deliver a speech at the Israeli Museum. Read More »

Police make two more arrests after Manchester bombing

The deployment, created to free up police officers to pursue the terrorists behind the attack, is the largest on the British mainland in decades. Police had earlier named British-born Salman Abedi , 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by United States pop singer Ariana Grande on Monday, attended by thousands of children and teenagers. Read More »

Donald Trump meets EU leaders in Brussels

Also joining the talks will be the bloc's chief executive, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. On Russia, an issue where Trump's alleged Russian links raised concerns about his commitment to European Union and USA sanctions, Tusk said that he was "not 100 percent sure" that he shared "a common opinion" with the U.S. Read More »

USA leaks shed light on Manchester attack, but infuriate UK

Authorities in the United Kingdom believe Salman Abedi , the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester , likely had the help of a terror network and are hunting for clues to this. But Manchester United fans stood together in defiant mood as their team's triumph in European football's Europa League final brought some much-needed smiles to a city still in pain. Read More »

Was Trump the First U.S. President to Visit the Western Wall?

The speech - which offered no concrete proposals for Israel-Palestinian peace - brought to a close the second leg of his first foreign trip that has focused on bringing together the world's religions in an effort to combat terrorism. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said "several hundred" police officers were deployed to keep the peace. An explicit endorsement of a two-state solution, which has been USA policy for more than a quarter-century. Read More »

No Proof of Trump Team's Contact With Russians, Says White House

The attempts to compel Flynn to produce documents were just another sign of the intense focus on Trump's former national security adviser, who was sacked in February after the White House said he misled administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his contacts with Russian officials. Read More »

Gaza's Hamas rulers put to death 3 accused of killing member

The killings were condemned by the UN Office of the high commissioner for human rights, which said the special field military court that issued the sentences "was constituted exclusively for this trial, the first such instance since the Hamas takeover of Gaza". Read More »

NATO chief says allies to join anti-IS coalition

In talks before a summit of NATO leaders at the Atlantic military alliance's headquarters across town, an European Union source highlighted that Trump had voiced fears that Brexit could cost U.S.jobs - a possible sign of second thoughts on support for the British vote to leave which stunned the bloc. Read More »

Lieberman says Israel conducted fix after Trump leaked intelligence

Abbas underlined that the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis was not based on religion. Mr. Trump's whirlwind tour of one of the Middle East's most intractable problems ended with a departure ceremony. Screengrab from a YouTube video showing US President Donald Trump posing for a selfie with MK Oren Hazan at Ben Gurion Airport. Abbas stressed that the Palestinian people's attainment of freedom and independence was the key to peace and stability in the world, "so that the ... Read More »

Trump Meets EU Chiefs in Brussels

US President Donald Trump and his delegation meet Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels , Belgium, May 24, 2017 . U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One as it flew toward Brussels on May 24 that President Donald Trump , on his first foreign trip since taking office in January, wants North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members "to step up and fully meet their obligations" of spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense. Read More »

Trump to Retain Private Attorney for Russia Investigations

Coats also admitted that he "can't specifically describe " the process by which the intelligence community determines what intelligence can be shared with a foreign government. Wittes added, "I suddenly understood them in a different and frankly, a more menacing and upsetting light than I had at the time of the conversation". Read More »

Protests expected as Senior PGA tees off at Trump National

All of them have differing reasons for being in Texas rather than Surrey but it's interesting to note that the prizefund for the Colonial - one of their longer running regulars but still a pretty run of the mill mid-season tournament - is only a few hundred thousand dollars short of that being played for over here. Read More »

Iran accuses US of 'Iranophobia' after Trump's Saudi visit

Interestingly, while the Trump administration and its Middle Eastern allies put pressure on the Islamic regime in Iran to return to a policy of isolation, Rouhani and his future cabinet will have a hard time ensuring the survival of the Iran deal as well as engaging in more proactive action against the Islamic State, within a security framework for the Middle East. Read More »

Why Melania covers her head at some events and not others

Asked by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as they began talks in front of a battery of cameras if he was exhausted, Trump, 70, said he had "covered a lot of countries, lot of leaders, some great leaders". "It was an honor to be with the pope". A Vatican statement on the meeting highlighted "the joint commitment in favor of life, and freedom of worship and conscience". Read More »

French president names mix of faces to left-right government

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Tusk approved the goals proposed by Macron and said "words such as security, protection, dignity and pride must return to our political dictionary". Jean-Yves Le Drian, 69, former defence minister under former president Francois Hollande , stays on in Mr Macron's government as foreign minister and Europe minister. Read More »

European Union source: Trump raised Brexit job fears with European Union chiefs

Later in the day, he's slated to a. "These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this", Trump said in a written statement. Moreover, though the White House had sent recent signals that the United States would stay in NATO's mutual defense pact, known as Article 5, Trump made no mention of it as he stood next a monument dedicated to the only time the article had been previously invoked: during the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Read More »

Flynn hit with more subpoenas, may be held in contempt

Brennan's interlocutor denied any Russian interference but said he would pass on the warning to President Vladimir Putin, the ex-CIA chief said. Shortly after the Times story broke, CNN reported that Sessions also failed to mention those meetings when he applied for security clearance. Read More »

Philippines using helicopters to clear militants

Army tanks packed with soldiers rolled into t. The exodus of thousands of residents has continue. Thousands fled a key city in the war-torn southern island group of Mindanao as Islamist militants torched buildings, beheaded a police chief, took a Catholic priest and others as hostages, and held off security forces trying to dislodge them. Read More »