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US tells North Korea to cease 'destabilizing actions and rhetoric'


Haley said the USA wasn't looking for a fight and wouldn't attack North Korea "unless he gives us reason to do something". North Korea's state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial the country is ready to illustrate its " military force " by sinking a " nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike ". Read More »

Trump's First 100 Days: A Wholesale Corporate Takeover of Government

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said during his January confirmation hearing that Trump could "amend" Obama's monument designations but any move to rescind a designation would immediately be challenged. "By Friday, Trump will have signed at least 32 executive orders - the most signed in the first 100 days of a new administration since World War II". Read More »

South Korea's corruption scandal ensnares 2nd top boss

The prosecution has expanded its probe into other local firms who contributed money to the Choi-controlled entities, but only Shin and Samsung's Lee were indicted for providing the donations which the prosecution saw as bribes in exchange for favors. Read More »

US, Japan, S. Korea envoys discuss N. Korea


North Korea separately fired what USA officials said were a Scud-type missile and a midrange missile earlier this month, but the launches were analyzed as failures . China has repeatedly called for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and is anxious the situation could spin out of control, leading to war and a chaotic collapse of its isolated, impoverished neighbour. Read More »

U.N. Security Council must ready new sanctions on North Korea


Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile and has said all options are on the table , including a military strike. "We agreed to strongly demand that North Korea , which is repeating its provocation, show restraint", Abe later told reporters. North Korea put on a massive live-fire drill on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military, media reports said, as a US submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid ... Read More »

Sean Spicer on Nazi comparisons: 'I've let the President down'

Spicer had quickly offered clarification after making his comment, and followed that up with an apology on CNN . Spicer, speaking at an event at the Newseum in Washington, DC, on Wednesday morning, characterized the supposed feud as a result of passionate debate on policy issues. Read More »

With Parliament Backing, Britain All Set For Snap Elections


As the measure does not need approval from the House of Lords, the process of dissolving parliament next month in advance of the election will get underway. "A Prime Minister who can not be trusted", said Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. But addressing a hall in London packed with supporters, the beleaguered Corbyn denied a Conservative victory was a "foregone conclusion", pointing to his own unlikely election as Labour leader in 2015. Read More »

North Korea prepares 'pre-emptive strike' in wake of U.S. 'recklessness'

China quickly responded to the new jousting in the nuclear hotspot, saying there will be no victor in a war between the USA and North Korea. The "Day of the Sun" celebrations, as the annual parade is known, in one of the most secretive states in the world comes at a period of increasing tension between North Korea and the US. Read More »

France's Le Pen resigns from party leadership to focus on presidential bid

So, after Macron win, markets soared. Most polls see Le Pen trailing her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron 40 points to 60, and she has to widen her support if she can hope to beat him in the run-off on May 7. "Markets turn the page on Le Pen risks already", Commerzbank strategist Rainer Guntermann, said in a note titled "Au revoir Marine". Her plans to restore France's borders with its European neighbours, pull out of the eurozone and hold a referendum on leaving the EU had sown fear of ... Read More »

There's a lot riding on United Kingdom elections

In a later speech in Dunfermline, Mr Corbyn launched a direct attack on the SNP's record in government, claiming it had "failed in all policy areas as they systematically forget the day job and obsess about the constitution". Sir Keir will promise to retain hundreds of European Union directives even after we leave the bloc, saying they are essential to preserve workers' rights and the environment. Read More »

North Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill


In a phone conversation with Trump on Monday, China's President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint. Washington has sent the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula, where it is expected to arrive - after a derision-provoking delay - later this week. Read More »

Germany's anti-immigrant party announces September election line-up

About 100 people tried to break through police lines to enter the venue, Die Welt reported. Frauke Petry, the party's public face and under whose leadership the party has already shifted rightwards, shocked supporters on Wednesday by announcing she would not lead the AfD's campaign for a September 24 federal election. Read More »

In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over NKorea

All that was publicly scheduled for the day were gatherings for mass dancing, a common celebration on major North Korean holidays. Kim's arrest raised the number of USA citizens in North Korean custody to three. China and the global community could take other steps to pressure North Korea, such as banning its airline or expelling the workers its sends overseas to earn hard currency. Read More »

Ex-reality TV star arrested in Phoenix for car theft, drugs


Police found Harris at a gas station. One of the former stars of Deadliest Catch has been arrested in Phoenix drug possession charges. Friday morning, the woman told cops she discovered Jake had split from their hotel. Phoenix PD officers showed up and searched Harris. He's since been booked into the 4th Avenue Jail. He is set to appear at a status conference on May 5. Read More »

Now I Get it: Trump's campaign promises, 100 days in

Forty-six percent of Americans think Trump is handling the situation with North Korea "about right", but another 37 percent think the president is handling the situation in too aggressive a manner. That difference in remaining support for the two candidates would mean Trump would best Clinton 43 to 40% in a hypothetical rematch today. But the poll had some "brighter" spots for the president, finding that 73% approved of his pressuring companies to stay in the US, and the 53% who said he ... Read More »

North Korea Vows to Destroy U.S. Carrier, China Urges Restraint

Meanwhile, U.S. commercial satellite images indicated increased activity around North Korea's nuclear test site, while Kim has said that the country's preparation for an ICBM launch is in its "final stage". US President Donald Trump hit the phones Monday to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with North Korea dominating the conversation. Read More »

Iran 'not living up to the spirit' of nuclear deal

Iran and the P5+1 group of global mediators signed a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program on July 14, 2015 in Vienna. Iran says the United States continues to frustrate its efforts to rebuild trade ties with the rest of the world through remaining sanctions, and denies any desire to build a nuclear bomb. Read More »

Here's The Latest Evidence That Russian Hackers Are Targeting Europe's Elections


The group uses a variety of techniques but most commonly relies on spear phishing emails to trick their victims into allowing them into their systems. Some feared that Macron, a centrist politician facing off against several pro-Russia candidates, would suffer the same treatment. The first round of the French election, in which all candidates are given as choices, was held on Sunday. Read More »

Trump Signs 'Buy American And Hire American' Executive Order


The order Trump signed at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of tool maker Snap-on Inc. targets the H-1B visa program. "Directing that people buy American and hire American". Such a change could significantly impact large Indian IT companies which bring thousands of engineers and programmers on H-1B visas to work on USA projects, says IT analyst Girish Pai. Read More »

South Africa postpones President's no-confidence vote


Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete also filed an affidavit with the superior court on Thursday, saying she's not averse to the vote being conducted through a secret ballot but she has "no authority or discretion" over the matter according to the constitution. Read More »

Strident Trump takes aim at trade with Canada

Canada changed its policy on pricing its domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, leading to lower prices for Canadian products including ultra-filtered milk that compete with the US product. "It's not just enough for me as a governor, I need the president and the White House behind us", Walker said. "It's politics", Trudeau said. Instead, MacNaughton said, the U.S. Read More »

Tony Blair urges voters to back anti-Brexit candidates


Asked if he had concerns about Mr Corbyn's record on security and defence, Sir Patrick said: "The man is not suitable to become prime minister of this country". He stated that the dividing line in the election was "the establishment versus the people", he said, pledging that Labour would not "play by the rules" of the "cosy cartel" that had rigged "the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations". Read More »

N. Korea defense chief says deployment is over to strike US


China "hopes that all relevant sides exercise restraint, and avoid doing anything to worsen the tense situation on the peninsula", the ministry said in a statement, paraphrasing Xi. Chinese President Xi Jinping called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a Monday phone call with President Trump - as Japan conducted joint military drills with USA naval forces off the Korean peninsula. Read More »

Syrian regime used Sarin or similar chemical agent in Idlib attack: watchdog

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal to avert USA strikes following a chemical weapons attack in opposition-held suburbs of Damascus in August 2013 that killed hundreds of people and sparked worldwide outrage. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said its tests on victims of the incident were "incontrovertible" proof sarin or a sarin-like substance was used. Read More »

French Election Relief Sends Euro Soaring

The victory for the pro-European candidate, Emmanuel Macron, caused a surge in stock markets as investors dived back into riskier assets in the cautious hope that geopolitical stability was returning to the eurozone. The euro pared earlier gains, but was still up more than 1 percent against the dollar and almost 2 percent higher against the yen. And on Tuesday the gains continued with Tokyo up 0.8 percent by the break, Hong Kong also jumping 0.8 percent and Seoul 0.4 percent higher. Read More »

May: June snap election 'most important' in her lifetime


She said the election was not "about changing the Government" but instead preventing Theresa May from getting the big majority she wants to help strengthen her position before Brexit negotiations. May's Conservatives now hold 330 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons. Opinion polls suggest Labour will lose heavily in the snap election on June the 8th.But Corbyn called on voters to surprise the world once again. Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan to meet US President Trump on May 16-17

Turkey's main opposition party said Friday it would challenge at a top court a last-minute change to voting rules in last weekend's referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. The opposition on Friday appealed to the Council of State - the nation's highest administrative court - seeking to overturn the electoral board's controversial decision validating unstamped ballot papers. Read More »

Trump administration to issue new Syria sanctions

Liberman also refused to go into detail but said, "We have 100 percent information that (the) Assad regime used chemical weapons against rebels". Just the day before, a senior Israeli military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that "a few tons of chemical weapons" remained in the hands of Assad's forces. Read More »

Teenager killed as Venezuelans march against government

In the past, the groups known as collectives have operated like shock troops firing on protesters as security forces stand by. CARACAS – The anti-government demonstrations in Venezuela on Wednesday saw more than 400 people arrested, according to the Venezuelan Criminal Forum, and at least 57 people injured, according to the mayor of Caracas municipality of Chacao, Ramon Muchacho, on social networks. Read More »

Trump tells United Nations to prepare new North Korea sanctions

As Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes a plea for restraint, USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley suggested the United States would not rule out using use military force to respond to additional missile testing by North Korea. "The North Korean nuclear and missile problem is an extremely serious security threat to not only the worldwide community but also our country", the Japanese leader told reporters in Tokyo afterward. Read More »

Trump plans to meet the Turkish president next month


John Allen is urging Trump to place a follow-up call to the controversial leader - and Allen is giving Trump advice on what he should say. They argued that this contravened Turkish electoral law. "You can not build a change in the political system on such a controversial and unfair referendum". "What makes any country a democracy is the security of the ballot boxes", Feyzioglu told Reuters . Read More »

N. Korea detains U.S. citizen; 3rd American being held


North Korea conducted large-scale artillery exercises on Tuesday to coincide with the 85th anniversary of its army's foundation, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported . Despite the buildup, President Donald Trump has reportedly settled on a strategy that emphasizes increased pressure on North Korea with the help of China, the North's only major ally, instead of military options or trying to overthrow North Korea's government. Read More »