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Bombing in Indonesia's capital has links with IS


It was not clear who was behind the attack but Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, has been on high alert after a string of plots and attacks in recent times by militants inspired by the Islamic State (IS) group. Read More »

Philippine minister starts damage control after Duterte's China war remark

Duterte, who will begin his official visit to Russian Federation on Wednesday, said Manila will continue negotiations with Beijing on the territorial claims in the South China Sea when the time is conducive for the talks. The president made the proposal to rename Benham Rise in early April, following reports that Chinese ships were spotted in the area. Last year, Duterte announced the Philippines' "separation" from the United States on his state visit to China . Read More »

Russian Federation investigation identifies White House official as person of interest

The document was read to Times reporters by one USA official and was confirmed by a second official. Now, Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not deny the trashing of Mr. House members leaving a briefing by the deputy attorney general on the probe of connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign say they're frustrated at not getting answers. Read More »

Brother, Father of Alleged Manchester Bomber Arrested in Libya


But she will also say that more needs to be done in the fight against terrorism and that the 28 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are at the heart of such measures, bringing "valuable operational experience and tools" to deter attacks such as the one in Manchester , where a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert. Read More »

Senate panel OKs new sanctions on Iran; nuclear deal remains

The original version of the sanctions bill had broad bipartisan support. By an 18-3 vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee paved the way for full Senate consideration, despite objections from former Secretary of State John Kerry and others who served in Democratic President Barack Obama's administration that it might threaten the 2015 global nuclear deal with Iran. Read More »

Melania Trump finally pictured holding Donald Trump's hand


Trump will have visited significant centers of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the end of his trip, a point that his aides say bolsters his argument that the fight against Islamist militancy is a battle between "good and evil". Whatever the reason, Melania's multiple hand swats are taking the world by storm and I know this is a big call, but I'm making it. The Washington Post reported last week that Trump revealed what it said was highly classified information on Daesh (ISIS) during a ... Read More »

Oil slips as OPEC prepares to extend output cuts

The cuts are likely to be shared again by a dozen oil exporters outside OPEC led by top producer Russian Federation, which reduced output in tandem with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries from January. The two sides chose to remove about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) from the market in the first half of 2017 - equal to 2 percent of global production, taking October 2016 as the baseline month for reductions. Read More »

President Rouhani Urges Closer Iran-Russia-Turkey Ties

After Mr Rouhani's sweeping victory over his conservative rival Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian officials have been more sanguine about Mr Trump's coming speeches in Saudi Arabia and his next stop, Israel, pointing out the US President is bound to play to the gallery when hosted by two countries which portray Iran as the arch enemy. Read More »

Oil tumbles 5% as Opec cuts underwhelm

Many have returned to the market since crude prices have risen from last year's lows to over $50 a barrel, and more are set to resume operations if crude prices go even higher. Tamar Essner, director of energy and utilities at Nasdaq Corporate Solutions, said that the countries that had agreed to the cut had complied by easing production but continued to export at high levels from existing inventories. Read More »

Media watchers blame hostility toward reporters on Trump

Pence also recorded a subsequent robo-call in which he said that "President Trump and I need Greg working with us in Washington to cut your taxes, secure our borders and protect your Second Amendment rights". Republicans for the most part stood by Gianforte, with several telling reporters he would be welcome on Capitol Hill . After the incident, which has led to misdemeanor assault charges against Gianforte, radio host Laura Ingraham insinuated on Twitter that a "real Montana man" ... Read More »

Israeli Spies Upset By Trump Intel-Sharing With Russia


Obama's last waiver, signed several weeks after Trump was elected on a platform promising to move the embassy immediately, is due to expire June 1. The Orthodox Union, which had complained earlier in the week about McMaster's comments, was "disappointed" in the news that Trump would not be moving the embassy now, said Nathan Diament, its Washington director. Read More »

US intelligence committee to subpoena Flynn in Russia probe

As the New York Times also noted, it hasn't yet been confirmed whether the Russian officials were actually successful in influencing either Paul Manafort or Michael Flynn - two of their targets. The report Wednesday says the Russians zeroed in on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, a former head of USA military intelligence who was a key Trump campaign adviser. Read More »

Venezuela regional election date set amid opposition rebuke

At least 46 people have died during the two-month anti-government protest movement. "Social dynamics are becoming more tenuous, suggesting that we are nearing a breaking point". The opposition blames him for an economic crisis that has caused major shortages of food, medicine and other basic goods amid soaring inflation. At a news conference yesterday in Georgetown, Diaz urged Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to stand with the Nicolas Maduro administration which has been rocked ... Read More »

British authorities stop sharing bombing intel amid leaks

In Manchester , the Islamic Centre held a memorial service in memory of the victims and condemned the attack. This comes after the New York Times published photographs Wednesday from the scene of attack, which Islamic State group (ISIS) took responsibility for. Read More »

Philippines' Duterte warns terrorists: "I'll be harsh"

As details of the attack in Marawi city emerged, fears mounted that the largest Roman Catholic nation in Asia could be falling into a growing list of countries grappling with the spread of influence from the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq . Read More »

Taiwan becomes 1st in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage


Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters who had gathered outside parliament in central Taipei erupted at the news, with some breaking down in tears. South Africa, meanwhile, saw the passing of a law in November 2006 enabling same-sex couples to legally marry. Though Taiwan is relatively liberal and hosts one of the biggest gay pride parades in the region, the decision to consider marriage equality was met with a backlash and protests in November. Read More »

UK Police stop sharing intelligence about Manchester attack with US


He is now a manager for the Central Security force in Tripoli. The police arrested three men in Manchester on Wednesday as part of their investigation, bringing to four the number of people who have been taken into custody so far. "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating", police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters earlier in the day. Read More »

China says no one should bring chaos to Korean peninsula


The United States, Britain and France have been pushing for a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions against North Korea . The North Korean Foreign Ministry on Tuesday defended the ferry service and said that a US bid to boost sanctions on Pyongyang was "arousing a strong backlash and rejection from Russian Federation as it is an arbitrary practice seriously encroaching on the legal interests of not only the DPRK but also Russian Federation". Read More »

Former CIA Director Says Russia 'Brazenly Interfered' In Election

Brennan said he briefed congressional leaders in August of 2016, saying he became convinced that Russian Federation was trying to interfere in the election and they were "very aggressive". Brennan said he often shared classified information with Russian officials - as President Trump reportedly did recently in the Oval Office. Coats and Rogers turned down his requests saying they were inappropriate, according to the report. Read More »

China and ASEAN Near A Code of Conduct?


For China, the code of conduct is a means to achieving its goal of keeping the US and its allies from intervening in the matter in the name of freedom of navigation or maintaining regional stability, said Huang Jing, an expert on the region at National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Read More »

Iran will continue missile programme, says Rouhani


The nuclear agreement Mr Rouhani's government reached with global powers in 2015, under which most worldwide sanctions have been lifted in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme, is likely to remain safe. More recently, on May 17, the Trump administration continued the sanctions waiver (under Section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act 2012), needed every 120 days even while imposing sanctions on seven Iranian and Chinese individuals and entities on account of missile ... Read More »

Isis Militants Storm Philippines City During Deadly Rampage

Residents flee three days after Muslim militants lay siege in Marawi city in southern Philippines Thursday, May 25, 2017. "While we value the need for transparency and the people's right to information, release of certain pieces of information, whether accurate or inaccurate, can affect national security and regional peace and stability", the DFA said in a released statement. Read More »

Manchester attack: Police make more arrests as investigation widens

Another of Abedi's sons, Hashem, was detained on Tuesday evening in Tripoli on suspicion of links to Islamic State , said Ahmed Bin Salem, a spokesman for the Special Deterrence Force, also known as Rada. The victims ranged from an eight-year-old schoolgirl to parents who had come to pick up their children. Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya and Syria as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats. Read More »

Police Arrest 3 More Men In Connection With Manchester Bombing


Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe" meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. Theresa May was to chair another meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee at 9.30am, after the joint terrorism analysis centre (JTAC) decided the threat level should be raised on Tuesday night. Read More »

Trump Asked Intel Officials To Back Him On Russia Claims

As President Trump continues to wade into scandal territory even on his Israel excursion, the Washington Post's latest on the story is this, citing current and former officials: Trump urged ( read pressurised) two senior intelligence officials this March to publicly deny there was any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Read More »

Hannity says liberal fascists after sponsors; 1 is leaving


The story was quickly debunked , and Fox News retracted it, saying the report "was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require". On the day Shine was pushed out, Hannity tweeted a link to an Independent Journal Review story that reported he would remain at Fox News , despite the leadership change. Read More »

Trump Calls Germans 'Very Bad' At EU Trade Meeting


Trump's specific criticism was that Germany's auto industry exported cars. Juncker, Der Spiegel reports, supported the Germans. According to United States figures government figures, Germany had a $64 billion trade surplus with the U.S. Read More »

Trump son-in-law under FBI investigation

The development on Thursday does not mean Kushner is suspected of a crime, but it places the probe in the Trump family circle. Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, is one of the president's closest confidants. For weeks a drip-feed of leaks and developments in the ongoing investigations have frustrated the White House as it attempts to move on from legislative and legal defeats. Read More »

Republican candidate charged with assault, roiling Trump's Montana test

Mr. Quist had had some campaign hiccups on the trail, namely the misreporting of his income on tax forms and the fact that he failed to pay taxes for almost a decade are same of the major one. "You just body slammed me", Jacobs says. Nathaniel Trumper, who voted for Gianforte, said he did not trust the published accounts of the alleged assault. Read More »

Trump asked 2 United States intel chiefs to deny Russian Federation collusion

The Democrats should continue to work on rebuilding the middle class and issues such as the economy, infrastructure and health care, in his view. He should stay out of it. The Washington Post delivered yet another bombshell about the Russian Federation investigation on Monday night, with Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima reporting that at some point before the May 9 firing of James Comey, senior White House officials "sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening ... Read More »

What Does It Mean When ISIS Claims Responsibility For An Attack?


Monday at the arena, "deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately". She said security services were working to see if a wider group was involved in the attack , which fell less than three weeks before a national election. Read More »

DOJ: No ethics conflict for special counsel in Russia probe


Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that the FBI is investigating meetings that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had in December with Russian officials. Mueller's former firm represents an individual or individuals who are within the scope of the Special Counsel appointment", it said "the department's ethics experts have considered the relevant issues and determined that Mr. Read More »