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Threat coming from North Korea entering new stage: Japan PM Shinzo Abe

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The launch was the latest defiance of United Nations sanctions and provides an early challenge for South Korea's new leader, Moon Jae-in, who has vowed to engage with the regime to bring peace to the peninsula. "There is a room on the South Korean side of the border, and a room on the North Korean side of the border, and a physical line between the two which has been there since the 1970s and is used to relay messages of emergencies", he said. Read More »

New poll shows possible defeat for Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn's odds to be named Prime Minister following the general election next week have been shortening throughout May and he's now as short as 4/1 having been 13/1 a couple of weeks ago . "He is not prepared to take a single hard decision for the good of our economy". Oduba said critics viewed Mr Corbyn as "more of an activist" than a potential prime minister, but Mr Corbyn said: "Is there a difference?" The prime minister's speech to Tory activists also touched on numerous ... Read More »

Kellyanne Conway Addresses Kushner Reports: Backchannels Are 'Regular Course of Business'

Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, has told The Associated Press that Dubke handed in his resignation before President Donald Trump left for his global trip earlier this month. The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP and other news outlets confirmed. Read More »

Are Half of Trump's Twitter Followers Fake? It's Complicated

No, we don't mean MAGA robots that would blissfully follow Trump to the sun. Why on Earth would Donald Trump need fake Twitter followers? Only Trump and perhaps some collection of his advisors know for certain if this president bought any of his 31 million followers. Read More »

Kabul blast hurts German embassy staff, kills guard

Witnesses said they saw crowds gathered around ambulances that carried the dead and wounded to hospitals, trying to identify bodies. The External Affairs Ministry said all staff members at the Indian Embassy were safe after the massive explosion . Read More »

Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Deal, Report Says

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The secretary-general announced that he intends to hold a climate summit in 2019 to review implementation of the Paris Agreement . The EU and China are set to pledge deeper cooperation on the Paris climate agreement and to promote clean energy technologies, according to a draft leaders' statement for their summit on Thursday and Friday seen by POLITICO . Read More »

Explosion kills 80 near diplomatic area in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber first blew himself up at the rear of hospital, across the road from the heavily fortified US embassy, which provided the signal for three attackers with automatic weapons and hand grenades to open fire inside the complex, according to witnesses. Read More »

Huge Kabul blast shows failure to counter terror, Iran regrets

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, though both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have staged large-scale attacks in the Afghan capital in the past. Afghan troops are backed by U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, and the Pentagon has reportedly asked the White House to send thousands more soldiers to break the deadlock in the battle against the Taliban. Read More »

Theresa May: Jeremy Corbyn not ready for Brexit talks

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Every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that it is never allowed to fester in our society again, ' it reads. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to be interviewed by broadcaster Jeremy Paxman (right) during a general election broadcast, in London on Monday, May 29, 2017 . Read More »

Iran Won't Stop Missile Program, Rouhani Fires Back At Trump

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Hassan Rouhani has been re elected President of Iran. 22 de mayo de 2017, 15:51Tehran, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Donald Trump visited a country with no concept of elections and whose people have never seen a ballot box, reasserted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today, rejecting criticism of the United States president and the Saudi king. Read More »

UN chief urges action on climate change as Donald Trump debates

For his part, Trump tweeted only that he would be announcing his decision regarding the treaty "over the next few days". A decision due from the president this week on whether to pull the US out of the deal involving nearly 200 nations could have a domino effect on the participation of other countries in limiting fossil-fuel pollution, making it nearly impossible and extremely expensive to stop catastrophic climate change. Read More »

Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89

Brzezinski was an advocate of arming Mujahideen fighters against the Afghan government, convincing Carter that it was going to " induce a Soviet military intervention " in Afghanistan. Brzezinski was Obamas mentor and foreign policy guru since Obamas student days at Columbia. Brzezinski previously had worked in President Lyndon B. Read More »

#DignityStrike: Palestinians celebrate victory of 'largest' hunger strike

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Speaking in an interview with BBC Arabic , Mordechai said that the decision came after the Palestinian Authority's announcement that it would not continue to pay the bill . Many Palestinians see Barghouti as a potential future leader of the Palestinian Authority, despite his prison sentence. Barghouti, whom the Prisoners Committee had said was negotiating on their behalf, was famously caught cheating on his hunger strike several weeks ago. Read More »

Macron talks Syria, LGBT rights, fake news with Putin

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The meeting took place at Versailles palace near Paris. France 24 provided English subtitles of Macron's complete reply, but even without them, many viewers of the exchange were struck by Putin's visible discomfort when the French president described Russia Today and Sputnik - which are both financed directly by the Kremlin - as, essentially, Potemkin news organizations. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn to take part in live TV debate despite May boycott

Aides confirmed Mr Corbyn would be taking part in the seven-way TV broadcast. The latest YouGov survey showed on Tuesday that British Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party was likely to lose 20 parliamentary seats and Labour could gain nearly 30 in the upcoming vote. Read More »

Talks continue on laptop flight curbs as EU, US hold call

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No laptop ban on USA flights from Europe for now but the option is still on the table, Homeland Security Secretary Dave Lapan announced after a call between Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc. Read More »

Portland stabbing suspect involved in rant the day before?

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Court documents said that Christian yelled "go home, we need American here" and "Free speech or die", which he repeated Tuesday. The 21-year-old says Portland has a "white savior complex" and wants to heap praise on him, but the real victims are the women who were subjected to hate speech Friday. Read More »

Injuries at German embassy in Kabul, Afghan personnel likely dead - Germany

A auto bomb exploded in a busy neighborhood in Afghanistan's capital Kabul Wednesday morning, causing massive casualties. Afghan residents walk past a damaged building near the site of a truck bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. The blast shattered all windows of the Indian embassy. An Afghan health official says the rush-hour suicide vehicle bombing in Kabul has killed at least nine people and wounded as many as 90. Read More »

PM Modi inaugurates Dhola-Sadia Bridge in Assam

Modi's trip to Assam , during which he will deliver a public address later in the day, rounded off a week of festivities and briefings to highlight his government's achievements. The bridge constructed at a cost of Rs 950 crore will also reduce travel time for the military supplies to reach the border areas in Arunachal's Dibang and Anjaw - a tedious journey that otherwise takes about two days. Read More »

Donald Trump Will Exit Paris Climate Change Agreement

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The UN tweeted Guterres' remarks Wednesday in the wake of Trump's decision. Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming even sooner if the US retreats from the pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists have told the AP . Read More »

White House communications director resigns, tensions rise

Dubke is the first to go - tendering his resignation May 18, but staying on through the concluded foreign trip and as the administration searches for a replacement. 'He has expressed his desire to leave the White House and made very clear he would see through the president's global trip, ' White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Tuesday, referring to Trump's first overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday. Read More »

United Kingdom police search Manchester property as part of bombing probe

The public are being asked to contact the police immediately if they see the piece of luggage, which officers have no reason to believe contains anything unsafe but are asking people to be cautious. MI5 is believed to have conducted a quick review of the intelligence held about Abedi last week, but the inquiry was limited as the agency's focus and resources were poured into the manhunt and recovering the materials linked to the bomb. Read More »

Trump's communications director to quit

Spicer's response focused on the "reception" key administration figures, like Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, were given on the Hill during discussions on these issues. "They get along very well", said Spicer. The White House press secretary also said the Afghan strategy review is still underway. Kellyanne Conway , White House counselor, told the Associated Press that Dubke handed in his resignation before Donald Trump left for his global trip earlier this month. Read More »

Shark leaps into boat and lands on Australian fisherman

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Terry Selwood was left with a badly bruised and bleeding right arm where the airborne shark struck him with a pectoral fin as it landed on him on the deck of the 4.5-meter (15-foot) power boat Saturday off Evans Head, 725 kilometers (450 miles) north of Sydney. Read More »

Strong blast goes off in Kabul's diplomatic area, breaking glass & doors

The U.S. Embassy is not located there but in another part of the city, about a kilometer (half mile) away. The attack is one of the most serious seen in the Afghan capital for several months. Meanwhile, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj shared the information that the staff at the Indian embassy, which is close to the site of the blast, were marked safe. Read More »

At least 11 USA citizens injured in Kabul blast

India on Wednesday strongly deplored the bomb blast in Kabul , which left 80 people dead and hundreds injured. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regularly scheduled media briefing today that all embassy staff members were "safe and sound" and that there had been no reports of injured Chinese citizens. Read More »

In standing up to Trump, Europe gets its mojo back

Speaking at a joint news conference with Modi, Merkel reiterated her view that "we need to take our fate in Europe into our own hands". President Donald Trump may be aggravating Germany , France and other US allies in Europe with his tirades and qualms about trade imbalances, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending and the Paris climate change deal. Read More »

United States successfully shoots down simulated intercontinental ballistic missile in unprecedented test launch

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Representatives of the G-7 nations - the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan - plus the European Union met at the United Nations before the latest missile launch . The interception is a move that the Pentagon says is akin to hitting a bullet with another bullet - though at far higher speeds. Thirty-six ground-based interceptors are in place today, and the agency is on track to expand the fleet to 44 by the end of 2017. Read More »

Woman thought headed for Canada found dead in Minnesota

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The Kittson County sheriff's department said an initial autopsy concluded the cause of death was possible hypothermia, though a final autopsy is still pending. Janzen said it's time to close the "loophole" requiring asylum seekers to do irregular crossings. The death is a reminder to the community that the risks asylum seekers are taking has not gone away, Janzen added. Read More »

Kabul Attack Death Toll at 80

A statement from the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission in Kabul said Afghan security forces had prevented the vehicle from entering the heavily protected Green Zone that houses many foreign embassies as well as RS headquarters, suggesting it may not have reached its intended target. Read More »

Trump's views on Islam 'continue to evolve,' says Secretary of State

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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged Dollars $100 million to a women's business fund supported by Ivanka Trump , daughter of the president who Monday wound up a visit to Riyadh . Mr Trump has handed son-in-law Jared Kushner and long-time business lawyer Jason Greenblatt the assignment of charting the course toward a peace process. Read More »