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Trump's 'better deal' with Cuba may be coming within a month


The Trump Administration has been "ready" since February 2017 to announce changes, but issues unrelated to Cuba have intervened, President plans to make the announcement in a speech in June in Miami. Kavulich, whose nonpartisan organization has been used as a resource on Cuba policy by every presidential administration for the past 25 years, said Tuesday a policy change is likely soon. Read More »

After meeting Assad ally Putin, Macron meets Syrian opposition

Macron , who took office two weeks ago, has said dialogue with Russian Federation is vital in tackling a number of worldwide disputes. French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that France will respond immediately to any use of chemical weapons in Syria , while urging a closer partnership with Russian Federation in fighting the Islamic State (IS) in the country. Read More »

Putin: Russian Meddling "fiction" Invented by Democrats

She added, "By labeling any news reporting he disagrees with as fake news, President Macron sets a unsafe precedent that threatens both freedom of speech and journalism at large". France is in the coalition backing Sunni Arab and Kurdish rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has strong military help from Russian Federation and Iran. Read More »

China's United Nations envoy says 'no reason' not to talk with N Korea

China's United Nations ambassador said today that there was "no reason" to refuse dialogue with North Korea despite a series of ballistic missile tests that have been strongly condemned by the Security Council . Tensions have spiked in the region over the nuclear-armed North's weapons ambitions and a series of missile launches. The ministry has reportedly put utmost priority on North Korea's nuclear issue and response measures. Read More »

Teen Thanks Men Who Protected Her, Muslim Friend on Portland Train

Meche later died at a hospital, police said . Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was stabbed in the neck. When Ricky Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche intervened Christian stabbed them both, causing both fatal injuries. Mangum told news station KPTV that she and her 17-year-old friend were riding the train when Christian started yelling at them. "I want to say thank you so much". Read More »

Tiger Woods found asleep at wheel, arrest report says


Officer Matthew Palladino first approached Woods's black 2015 Mercedes Benz AMG S65 after he noticed it stopped in the right lane, partially blocking the bike lane, on southbound Military Trail with its brake lights and right turn signal on, according to his police report. Read More »

McCain on Kushner backchannel reports: 'I don't like it'

Schiff said he expected Kushner , who serves as an unpaid adviser to Trump, to appear before his committee and suggested his security clearance be reviewed . Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said in a press conference Saturday that the United States had backchannels with several countries, suggesting that the matter shouldn't be cause for concern. Read More »

Kelly Defends 'Back Channel' to Foreign Nations

Trump did not come out directly and defend Kushner, but decried what he called the "fake news media" in a series of tweets earlier Sunday. Shortly after Mr Trump's remarks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russian Federation, as " a good thing ". Read More »

White House Briefing Amid Reports Of Staff Changes, Russia Developments

The critical coverage reportedly fueled Trump's frustrations with both Spicer and Dubke , as well as other members of his inner circle. When Spicer was asked by CNN reporter Jim Acosta Tuesday to cite an example of fake news , the press secretary said the suggestion by the media-including the BBC-that Trump had chosen not to hear a translation of a speech by the Italian prime minister was "fake news". Read More »

McCain weighs in on Kushner's reported request for Russian Federation back channel

Reuters is reporting of at least three previously undisclosed contacts during Trump's presidential campaign between Kushner and the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak . Sen. "It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he said in another tweet to his more ta 30.8 followers. Read More »

Trump's son-in-law Kushner another piece of Russian puzzle

Reuters has reported that Mr Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Mr Kislyak a year ago, including two phone calls between April and November. But he said that in general, "We have backchannel communication with a number of countries". The administration had hoped Trump's nine-day turn in the global spotlight would offer a respite from relentless coverage - marked by an endless barrage of explosive revelations - of an ever-widening probe into Russian ... Read More »

PM Modi invites German companies to invest in India

Earlier in the day, German Chanceller Angela Merkel and the Indian PM signed 12 agreements covering the areas of digitisation, skill development, sustainability, cyber policy, development cooperation, advanced training, vocational education, health sector, alternative medicine, foreign service institutes, railway safety and sustainable urban development. Read More »

100 dead, executed in anti-IS battle in Philippines


Indonesians and Malaysians are among foreign jihadists fighting the Philippine army in Mindanao island, Manila's solicitor-general said today, in a rare admission that outsiders are collaborating with domestic Islamist groups. Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza has called on both the police and military to immediately investigate the incident and find those responsible for what she described as a "cruel attack on our peace-keeping force". Read More »

Trump crosses swords with Merkel on trade, defence

India's prime minister says it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on USA climate policy. "We will chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with focus on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, innovation and science and technology, skill development, urban infrastructure, railways and civil aviation, clean energy, development cooperation, health and alternative medicine", the prime minister had said in a Facebook ... Read More »

India, Germany vow strong measures against terror sponsors

Germany on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for India's membership in global export control regimes, including the Nuclear Suppliers Group , following the fourth biannual Inter-Governmental Consultations jointly headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel here. Read More »

India thanks Germany for backing its NSG membership bid

The president tweeted in the early hours: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany , plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military". Germany is the sixth largest market for United States exports, behind Canada ($322 billion), Mexico ($262 billion), China ($170 billion), UK ($121 billion) and Japan ($109 billion). Read More »

Trump in new attack on German trade tactics and defence spend

Modi, who is in Germany as part of his four-nation tour, held talks with Merkel under the framework of India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations ( IGC ). Merkel said India and Germany had further expanded and deepened the bilateral relationship during Modi's visit. But Germany also bought $80.4 billion worth of American goods and services a year ago, more than was purchased by any other European country other than the United Kingdom. Read More »

Donald Trump 'to pull U.S. out of Paris climate change agreement'


The announcement came as Trump departed this year's G-7 summit in Italy, leaving the other world leaders frustrated. Regardless of the U.S.'s decision, other major emitters, including China and India, have repeatedly reaffirmed their commitments to the Paris Agreement and are prepared to assume global leadership in the fight to tackle the climate crisis. Read More »

Urging love, Ariana Grande plans show for Manchester attack victims

Just hours before blowing himself up in Manchester on Monday, Salman Abedi called his mother and asked for her forgiveness, a Libyan source has told AP. British media have reported that one of them is Abedi's brother but police have not confirmed that. It isn't known whether anyone in the network surrounding Abedi helped him manufacture the bomb. Read More »

Quantum jump in economic ties expected


Gabriel's remarks came a day after a stern rebuke by Chancellor Angela Merkel , who said European Union member states can no longer fully rely on the us and so should take their fate into their own hands. A senior German lawmaker from the Social Democrats, the junior partner in Merkel's ruling coalition, has since responded, saying that Trump's tweet makes clear that he views Germany as a political opponent. Read More »

White House braces for more scrutiny, Trump defends Kushner

While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement. And now, top Democrats are calling for Jared Kushner's security clearance to be taken away. Kushner's involvement in the proposed back channel was first reported by The Washington Post , which said he suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities for ... Read More »

Thousands attend Memorial Day ceremony at WWI Museum


Former Greensboro Mayor Bill Knight, a foundation board member and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran , told the crowd that people need to understand the real meaning of Memorial Day . In Britain and France, Veterans Day is called Armistice Day, while Memorial Day is called Monday (well, "lundi" in France). Arguing that transformed a solemn day of remembrance into one associated with leisure and recreation, veterans groups have long advocated a return to May 30. Read More »

Egypt: Daesh claims attack on Coptic Christians killing 29


The airstrikes came after the Army gathered information that confirms the terrorists' participation in the attack. The ISIS terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack the Coptic Christians, the second major attack on Egypt's minority community in almost two months. Read More »

Sri Lanka defends preparedness to face natural disasters


More than 80,000 others remained in relief camps as their homes were either destroyed or wiped out. It had diving teams, relief supplies, inflatable gemini boats and a mobile medical teams. The government withdrew an evacuation order for thousands of residents in the southern district of Matara as water levels subsided. Over 400,000 people were affected by the severe rains and strong winds and over 100,000 people were relocated to 304 safe locations set up across the country. Read More »

Trump administration defends Jared Kushner

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Saturday that so-called "back-channeling" was normal. Without directly addressing the Post report, Trump defended Kushner in a statement to The New York Times published Sunday, saying he has " total confidence in him". Read More »

Maduro pushes ahead with his 'constituent' congress

On Monday, opposition supporters and doctors in white robes tried to march to the Health Ministry in Caracas to demand access to proper treatment amid major shortages of medicines ranging from painkillers to chemotherapy drugs. "Such viciousness against our people!" opposition leader Henrique Capriles wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. " Venezuelans awake today in mourning for those murdered in our beloved Barinas". Read More »

MI5 Is Investigating Itself After The Manchester Bombing

The police released an image of the bomber carrying a distinctive blue suitcase and an image of a replica of the case as they appealed for information about his final days. A CCTV image of Abedi carrying the suitcase in Manchester city centre has been released by detectives probing the bombing. Host Mike Sweeney asked him: "Just to clarify, the reports you have got were to do with behaviour that was more associated with criminal behaviour rather than reports about his viewpoints being ... Read More »

Noriega, onetime ally of U.S, spent his final decades in jail

In 1988, Noriega was indicted by USA courts for drug trafficking. Upon his return to Panama he joined the National Guard with the rank of second lieutenant. During his years at a minimum-security federal prison outside Miami, Noriega got special POW treatment, allowed to wear his Panamanian military uniform and insignia when in court. Read More »

Merkel reiterates call for Europe to 'take fate into our own hands'

Mr Spicer said however that the U.S. president respects Ms Merkel and that the pair "continue to grow the bonds" forged during the in-person meetings. Modi and Merkel also underlined their determination to ease bilateral trade and investment. He added that India refers to the deal as a Broad-based trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA). Read More »

On climate, it's G7 minus 1 as Trump punts on Paris accord


National security adviser H.R. McMaster, who joined the briefing with Cohn, said that Trump had "delivered on all three" of his core objectives for the trip: reaffirming American global leadership and alliances, solidifying "key relationships" with world leaders, and bringing a message of tolerance and unity against terrorism to Muslims, Jews and Christians. Read More »

Germany's Gabriel says ties with US 'difficult', will improve

May 28, 2017: In a veiled attack on the United States at a rally of her Christian Democratic Union, Merkel said "the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over". Berlin and Washington have traded barbs over numerous aspects of their relationship in the past few days. She stressed that diplomacy is not a zero-sum game and that while Berlin was building strong ties with the rising Asian powers, transatlantic ties remained "of paramount importance". Read More »