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Iran's former President Khatami urges reformists to back Rouhani

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Iran's conservative candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has stepped down and will support other like-minded candidate Ebrahim Raisi in the presidential race. The move reduces the risk of the anti-Rouhani vote being split. Raisi thanked Qalibaf for his support, calling it a "revolutionary act", according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Read More »

Kushner crisis greets Trump back

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The Post reported that Kislyak was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate - a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well for as the Trump team. Read More »

Why exactly was Donald Trump holding a glowing orb?

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But news accounts have not accused Trump of naming Israel as a source of the information. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. In her tweet here Monday, Ivanka said, "We had an fantastic and historic visit in Saudi Arabia". Democratic and Republican administrations have in the past said Jerusalem's status must be solved through US negotiation. Read More »

USA grants Israel extra defence aid: Netanyahu

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Meanwhile, an Israeli official told the Hebrew-language Maariv that the Palestinians were "distressed and put back 100 years" by Trump's visit to the region. Much discussion has focussed on reviving a 2002 Saudi-led peace initiative whereby Arab states would recognise Israel in exchange for its full withdrawal from the territories it occupied in 1967 and a just settlement of the Palestinian refugee problem. Read More »

North Korea reportedly launches yet another missile

The missile was launched from around the eastern North Korean coastal town of Wonsan, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. North Korea is still thought to be several years from its goal of being able to target USA mainland cities with a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile. Read More »

Sri Lankan death toll from mudslides rises to 151

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It has almost 200 personnel on board, including specialised rescue, diving and medical teams, as well as a large amount of relief material and Gemini inflatable boats. There were still difficulties in reaching some areas to deliver emergency aid and the air force has been lowering supplies from the air. Some 412 houses were fully damaged with over 4,200 houses suffering partial damage. Read More »

Boy Scout troops plant flags at military graves

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SE, Olympia, hosts a Memorial Day open house from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Maple Plain: 10:30 a.m., program at Lewis Cemetery sponsored by Paul Stinson American Legion Post 514. After the ceremony, there will be a procession to the Canfield East Cemetery, where a second brief ceremony will honor deceased Canfield veterans. This Memorial Day, historical collectors have the opportunity to snag a rare Civil War item: a document believed to be the only one with the signatures of President Abraham ... Read More »

The G7 summit ends without United States commitment on Paris agreement

Why is there no deal on climate change? Heatwaves are worsening, oceans are rising, rainfall patterns are being altered. "This Paris Agreement is not simply another agreement, rather it's a core agreement". Details of exactly how this "outside in" approach would work are TBD but if it succeeds it would be a real foreign policy triumph for Trump . The G7 leaders have agreed to keep fighting protectionism, a win for the six countries that had been pushing U.S. Read More »

UK PM May's Conservatives maintain 14-point lead over Labour: ICM poll

The Tories are "not sure" what the cap on social care costs will be but reports of a bust-up within Theresa May's inner circle over the policy are "tittle tattle", senior ministers said . But 51 per cent said that Mrs May would make a better PM, compared with 30 per cent for Mr Corbyn. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's party had earlier held a sizeable lead which has shrunk somewhat. Read More »

Sri Lanka seeks international help after deadly flooding, landslides

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and solidarity with Sri Lanka , further assuring of complete assistance in relief and rehabilitation operations. The DMC said the latest monsoon ended a prolonged drought that had threatened agriculture as well as hydropower generation. Sri Lankan military rescuers and villagers stand on the debris of a house that was destroyed by a landslide in Bellana village on Friday. Read More »

Projections: Merkel's party wins vote in German state

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Mr Schulz had predicted a victory there would make him the next German chancellor - but the victory for Mrs Merkel's party will now give her a boost as she seeks a fourth term. Within minutes of the polls closing, the state's governor resigned, saying she took "personal responsibility for the defeat". Kraft announced that she was stepping down as the Social Democrats' regional leader. Read More »

Rouhani re-elected as Iran's 12th President with thumping majority

Turnout was unprecedented - almost 41 million people voted, or 73.5% of the eligible voters. And this is thought to have helped Mr Rouhani, who received close to 23 million votes out of the 40 million that were cast. Although considered a moderate by Iranian standards, Rouhani was the favorite pick for those seeking more liberal reforms in the conservative Islamic Republic. Read More »

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron

Macron told a Sunday newspaper in France that " my handshake with him, it wasn't innocent ". "It's not the be-all-and-end-all. but a moment of truth ", Macron said. Handshakes are a very big thing to this president, writes CNN's Chris Cillizza. "Trump's go-to handshake move is the tug-and-pull". In the interview , Macron compared his own handshake to his leadership posture. Read More »

Anifah: Talks on South China Sea heading in positive direction

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that joint naval exercises between Asian countries are not a problem for Beijing as long as they are for the benefit of regional peace. "We hold a very open attitude to normal exchanges between countries", she said when asked to comment on the exercise in the South China Sea , which is claimed by China almost in its entirety. Read More »

Embattled Brazilian president orders troops to restore order

A demonstrator dressed in a black feathered costume holds a sign stating Brazil's President Michel Temer "get out", during an anti-government protest in Brasilia , Brazil, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Some Brazilians consider him illegitimate because of the way he came to power, and his efforts to pass a series of economic reforms to cap the budget, loosen labor laws and reduce pension benefits have only made him even more unpopular. Read More »

Ousted S.Korean president appears in court for 1st hearing

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She was handcuffed with her inmate number 503 attached to her navy suit, escorted by correctional officials. Her hands were then un-cuffed, and she entered the courtroom and sat before a three-judge panel while a throng of journalists captured images, often in extreme close up, of her somber face. Read More »

United States would talk to N. Korea if missile, nuclear tests stop: Haley

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The Security Council on Monday condemned the North's latest missile test and warned of new sanctions. Asked if North Korea's missile programme was developing faster than the South had expected, he said: "Yes". Left-leaning Moon favours engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, but after Sunday's missile launch said dialogue would be possible "only if Pyongyang changes its behaviour". Read More »

The father and younger brother of the Manchester bomber,

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The Prime Minister said on Thursday that she would "make clear" to President Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting later on Thursday that the leaks must stop. The anti-terror force that took Hashim Abedi into custody in Libya said the teenager had confessed that both he and his brother, Salman, were members of the Islamic State (ISIS) group and that he "knew all the details" of the Manchester attack plot. Read More »

United Kingdom furious over USA media Manchester leaks

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A string of details about Monday's attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and injured over 100 others have emerged from U.S. "Protests have been lodged at every relevant level between the British authorities and our United States counterparts". Trump also added that there is no relationship the United States values more than the one with the United Kingdom. Read More »

Trump attacks news reports on son-in-law, Russia

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Tillerson was sworn in on February 1. " #FakeNews is the enemy!" the United States leader wrote, spelling errors and all. Jared Kushner , he of the marriage to Trump daughter Ivanka and the massive portfolio in the White House, reportedly sought to set up a secret back-channel with the Russians during the presidential transition - a major no-no that raised even more questions about the campaign's ties to a foreign government and Kushner's viability in the White House. Read More »

Texas 'bathroom bill' fading as legislative session wraps up

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They watched as Republican Pat McCrory, who signed and defended the North Carolina bill as governor, became the only incumbent governor in the U.S.to lose in the general election previous year. The full Texas House and Senate must weigh in on the budget before it can go to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk. House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), has been vocal in his opposition, warning it could hurt the Texas economy that has been among the country's strongest in recent years. Read More »

'I didn't expect that to happen': father of Manchester bomber

Salman Abedi blew himself up as Ariana Grande fans were leaving Manchester Arena on Monday night, killing 22 and wounding dozens . Abedi's father, Ramadan, asked two of his sons to move from Britain to Libya several weeks ago, said a friend of the family who last spoke to the father on Tuesday. Read More »

Labour will do well to lose only 29 seats, says Unite leader

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Thanking the crowd for their support, Mr Corbyn said it was inspiring to see so many people turning out to back the party's campaign before talking about some of the manifesto policies for "an alternative way forward"; including education, scrapping tuition fees, childcare and free school meals for all primary school children. Read More »

23000 terror suspects believed to be operating in UK

This estimate has emerged after the recent bombing in Manchester , which resulted in the deaths of 22 people and caused injuries to 119 others. They also have published CCTV images of Abedi on the night of the attack, which show him wearing a hat, glasses, and a dark top. Read More »

North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile off western Japan

The U.S. Pacific Command also reportedly released a statement where it stated that it did track a short-range missile for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan . In an interview that aired on CBS on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned, a potential military conflict with North Korea would be "catastrophic". Read More »

Sri Lanka races to rescue flood victims before rain resumes

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People residing in low lying areas towards southern Sri Lanka were advised to evacuate due to the threat of rivers overflowing as the Meteorology Department on Monday warned of more rains followed by strong winds. Almost 2,000 houses have suffered structural damage or been completely destroyed, according to official figures. On Friday an airman was killed when he fell from a helicopter while trying to winch up a marooned man in the island's south. Read More »

New arrest in Manchester attack investigation, bringing total in custody to 12

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Officers arrested the man on terror charges in Old Trafford, to the east of the city, and were searching an address in the Moss Side area of Manchester , according to a statement from Greater Manchester Police. Another brother and Abedi's father are being held in Libya . "What we do know, in engaging with the intelligence services and with the police and with the Border Force, we make sure that they have the tools to track them and to keep them out where we can", Rudd said of those who ... Read More »

Donald Trump's trip: Conventional images and unconventional talk

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During his speeches at Ben Gurion Airport and the Israel Museum on Monday and Tuesday respectively, Trump did not utter the three words that have made many an Israeli wince: two state-solution. "We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice", Trump stressed. Indeed, Trump's final speech in Jerusalem was so full of praise for Israel that Science Minister Ofir Akunis, of Netanyahu's conservative Likud Party, afterward quipped to Channel 2 television that he ... Read More »

Dollar edges up, markets take N.Korea missile test in stride

U.S. military monitors said the short-range missile flew for six minutes, while Japan said it fell into the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) - waters extending 370km from its coast, Al Jazeera reported. The White House said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the launch. The Korea Herald explains Pyongyang's accelerating progress in its missile program, its latest missile tests and what it means to Seoul , Washington and other countries. Read More »

Macron: White-Knuckle Handshake with Trump Was 'Moment of Truth'

The pair were addressing a group of photographers and journalists when they shook hands on Thursday. "We need to show that we won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, while not overhyping things either", Macron said. A French official told CNN near the end of the G-7 summit that the two had gotten along well and that Trump had told Macron after the French election that he hadn't supported Le Pen. Read More »