• Trump to meet top Russian diplomat
Trump to meet top Russian diplomat

Still, Trump may also want to consider that even if his motives are not sinister, the White House's behavior in the Comey affair invites suspicion and investigation. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian Ambassador. "Our official photographer and their official photographer were present, that's it", said one aide shortly after the me...

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  • Verdict expected in blasphemy case against Jakarta's Christian governor
Verdict expected in blasphemy case against Jakarta's Christian governor

Judges said he did it deliberately and did not show remorse. Ahok was charged with blasphemy after he said that clerics were misleading voters by telling them that Muslims were not allowed to vote for a Christian. Widodo had urged restraint over the trial and called for all sides to respect the legal process. Calls for Basuki Purnama - common...

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  • McIlroy to undergo test on troublesome back
McIlroy to undergo test on troublesome back

Hadley shot 74 and tied for 24th, earning an $81,000 paycheck that offered some consolation but could have been bigger. Another glamor group follows them to the tee 11 minutes later as world No. "There's just not really a moment where you can let up", Hughes said. "You've got to hit it in the fairway", he said. As he told golfweek .com, He'd p...

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  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Funding for UNESCO will be frozen
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Funding for UNESCO will be frozen

In its 201st session, being held in Paris, UNESCO's Executive Board voted on Tuesday with a majority in favour of the Jerusalem item in the draft resolution titled "Occupied Palestine". "That is a change, for the first time". Israeli diplomats have reportedly been trying to get the council's European members to reject the resolution.

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  • North Korea demands handover of suspects in assassination plot
North Korea demands handover of suspects in assassination plot

BEIJING/SHANGHAI The United States warned China on Friday that North Korea's attendance at a weekend summit on China's new Silk Road could affect the participation of other countries, casting a shadow over what is Beijing's biggest diplomatic event of 2017.

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  • Trump's own version of Comey drama raises more questions than it answers
Trump's own version of Comey drama raises more questions than it answers

When asked about the "tapes" on Friday afternoon, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said "the president has no further comment about that". Noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer Trump's question, it would violate Department of Justice rules and "would be unthinkably unethical and unprofessional in this situat...

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  • Pope Francis set to pray with Egypt's Christians
Pope Francis set to pray with Egypt's Christians

Some tooted horns and beat on drums, while others released yellow, white and blue balloons, including one in the shape of a cross. "I wasn't afraid to come to the Mass". Cellphones were not allowed inside. He is the second pope to visit Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, following John Paul II, who came in 2000, a year before the September 1...

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  • Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby on sloppy track
Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby on sloppy track

Many say the reason is the point system for qualifying, which has replaced the old system of stakes-money earned, for eliminating horses that don't belong in the field. And by the time other contenders put in their bids around the far turn, it was too late, especially over a track that had been pounded by rain for the better part of two days.

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  • Former Rep. Corrine Brown found guilty in charity scam
Former Rep. Corrine Brown found guilty in charity scam

Starting back at square one, the jury asked the judge about how much responsibility should fall on Brown for her false tax returns and what the government has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt when it comes to mail fraud. The case against Brown, though, had less to do with what she did as a congresswoman than what she did while she was in office. ...

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  • Backed Forces Seize Key Syrian Town, Dam On Road To Raqqa
Backed Forces Seize Key Syrian Town, Dam On Road To Raqqa

The retaking of Tabqa comes shortly after the United States announced that it would arm Syrian Kurdish fighters as they pushed to recapture Raqqa despite boisterous opposition from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, the AP reported.

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  • Road to passage for Texas 'bathroom bill' getting far harder
Road to passage for Texas 'bathroom bill' getting far harder

Neither side of the argument was happy with the outcome. Steroid usage is already prohibited by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for student competitions in Texas public primary and secondary schools. So, steroids should be banned, right? Don Huffines, R-Dallas. As the bill heads to the House, Huffines has still not expla...

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  • Abe, Moon discuss North Korea, 'comfort women' issue
Abe, Moon discuss North Korea, 'comfort women' issue

Ties between Seoul and Beijing have soured over the South's deployment of a controversial U.S. anti-missile system aimed at guarding against threats from the nuclear-armed North. It said the centre would gather experienced officers from across the Central Intelligence Agency in one entity "to bring their expertise and creativity to bear against t...

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  • 12-Year-Old Runs Over, Kills 2-Year-Old Brother With SUV
12-Year-Old Runs Over, Kills 2-Year-Old Brother With SUV

Friday when he struck something along the dark road. Meanwhile, an Orange County deputy conducting traffic patrol nearby was injured when a Lexus crashed into his cruiser, officials said. "I really feel for the parents and families of the two victims". They say the 12 year old will not face charges, but aren't saying whether the parents will.

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  • British Columbia Energy at Stake With Vote Too Close to Call
British Columbia Energy at Stake With Vote Too Close to Call

Recounts and absentee ballots could still sway the final tally, such as with the Courtenay-Comox riding swinging to the NDP by a mere nine votes. It is important to note that absentee ballots have not been counted . But Hickey says forming a coalition government with the Liberals could still be advantageous for the Greens. "Mr. Horgan has said...

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  • North Korea sends protest letter to US Congress over sanctions
North Korea sends protest letter to US Congress over sanctions

Moon now wants to bring back the Sunshine Policy . The leaders agreed to strengthen the alliance. In that sense, it's notable that Trump has invited Moon to have a candid conversation with him. At home, Mr Moon begins his term facing multiple challenges, including the aftermath of the huge corruption scandal that saw his conservative predecessor P...

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  • Tillerson talks climate change policy
Tillerson talks climate change policy

But still the signing of the Arctic agreement by Tillerson surprised an official close to the US State Department. The Declaration, approved by the entire Council, included strong language on the impacts of climate change in the Arctic - acknowledging the Paris climate agreement and calling for global action.

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  • 'Wages won't keep up:' UK central bank says inflation biting
'Wages won't keep up:' UK central bank says inflation biting

Sterling hit a one-week low against the dollar on Thursday after the Bank of England's inflation report showed interest rates were unlikely to rise within the next two years. "The (BoE) Governor (Mark Carney) may be sounding a touch more hawkish", said David Lamb, head of dealing at FEXCO Corporate Payments. It might not take much positive econom...

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  • Truce in Syria safe zones mostly observed
Truce in Syria safe zones mostly observed

If the fighting stops in the four safe zones in the next days and weeks, it would be "an important signal", the statement added. Osama Abo Zayd, a spokesman for the Syrian military factions at the Kazakhstan talks, told The Associated Press it was "incomprehensible" for Iran to act as a guarantor of the deal.

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  • Venezuela's Maduro calls for new constitution by 'people's'
Venezuela's Maduro calls for new constitution by 'people's'

The meeting will consist “not of political parties and elites, but of workers and communes, ” Maduro said before thousands of supporters who rallied in downtown Caracas . But even before the plan had solidified, the opposition was rejecting it as yet another distraction. Opposition barricades snarled traffic in and around Caracas on Tuesday, w...

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  • Multiple British Hospitals Crippled By Wave Of Ransomware
Multiple British Hospitals Crippled By Wave Of Ransomware

Wana Decryptor exploits a Windows flaw that was patched in Microsoft's Security Bulletin MS17-010 in March. The researchers at MalwareHunterTeam reported earlier today that the particular strain of ransomware was quickly spreading, spotted in 11 countries within a few hours - and that's before the NHS attacks.

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  • UK's health service hit by ransomware attack
UK's health service hit by ransomware attack

AFP | An worldwide cyber attack on Friday struck countries including the United Kingdom and Spain, British Prime Minister Theresa May said, as security experts warned it could affect many other countries. "Now that the cyber criminals know they can hit the big guys, they will start to target big corporations". The statement said "due to the effic...

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  • Turkey to take further anti-Kurdish military action in Iraq, Syria
Turkey to take further anti-Kurdish military action in Iraq, Syria

Syrian government forces backed by Russian Federation also operate in the area. In each case, the Turks have acted under false pretenses. Those attacks killed almost 30 YPG fighters and officials, a monitoring group reported . We, the Democratic Council of Syria, are an alliance of progressive, democratic parties that govern the Northern Syria F...

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  • Islamic State claims responsibility for Pakistan bomb attack
Islamic State claims responsibility for Pakistan bomb attack

It was a sudden blast, broken pieces of the windscreen hit me - I am injured but safe. Amaq news agency of the terrorist group said a bomber wearing an explosive vest carried out the attack. "There are many casualties as there were many people in the convoy", he said. Minister for State for Informational and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb also...

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  • China says it has successfully tested new type of missile
China says it has successfully tested new type of missile

Of course, left unsaid was China's support of its North Korean allies, who above all do not want to see anti-missile defenses in South Korea. However, while the DF-26 could be useful against THAAD, China also has several other missiles that are up to the task, he said.

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  • Syrian Kurdish forces to push on IS capital this summer
Syrian Kurdish forces to push on IS capital this summer

The decision is meant to accelerate the Raqqa operation but undermines the Turkish government's view that the Syrian Kurdish YPG as an extension of the PKK. Talal Sillo, a commander with SDF, said no weapons have yet been delivered to the group but that the US-led coalition had said that fast delivery was expected from weapons already in Syria with...

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  • Erdogan criticises USA plan to arm YPG in Syria
Erdogan criticises USA plan to arm YPG in Syria

The US-backed force fighting ISIL in northern Syria began clearing mines at the country's largest dam and in the nearby town of Tabqa on Thursday, a day after seizing them from the extremist group. A US official told Reuters that the United States was looking to boost intelligence cooperation with Turkey to support its fight against the PKK. Matt...

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  • Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments, documents show
Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments, documents show

Of concern for congressional investigators and the Defense Department's watchdog are payments that Flynn received from RT, the Russia-owned news outlet, and a businessman linked to the Turkish government. And in March, he retroactively filed as a foreign agent for more than $500,000 worth of lobbying work he and his firm did for Turkey. "Our inte...

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  • China to kick off
China to kick off "One Belt, One Road" project

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship program of OBOR. The US and a number of other western countries have either skipped the summit or deputed officials to attend it. "It is estimated that China will import goods worth $2 trillion from the countries and regions along the Belt and Road in the coming five years". Three state-...

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  • Could Sean Spicer be the next to leave Donald Trump's team?
Could Sean Spicer be the next to leave Donald Trump's team?

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyKey Senate Democrat wants hearings on Comey firing Senate committee asks deputy AG, acting Federal Bureau of Investigation head for briefing on Russia GOP's Grassley to Trump: "Wrong" to stop White House press briefings MORE (R-Iowa) is urging President Trump to keep holding White House press briefings after the p...

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  • Ismail Haniya elected as new Hamas chief
Ismail Haniya elected as new Hamas chief

Former deputy chief Haniya will replace Qatar-based veteran leader Khaled Meshaal, who steps down at the end of his term limit and as Hamas looks to rebrand its image with a new manifesto and a more moderate stance towards Israel . The intimation is that Hamas now accepts the State of Israel. This week, Hamas published its first new policy doc...

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  • Macron selects 428 parliamentary candidates and exactly half are women
Macron selects 428 parliamentary candidates and exactly half are women

More than 19,000 applied and resumes are still coming in. Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, however, who had declared his intention to run for the Assembly as a candidate for Mr Macron's En Marche! party has failed to be selected. France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin has said that he wants the newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron to succ...

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  • Chinese media told not to mention Belt and Road investments by country
Chinese media told not to mention Belt and Road investments by country

But the "Belt and Road" initiative involving hundreds of billions of dollars over the coming decades could also cement China's dominance over Asia, including in India's neighbourhood. They will join 29 heads of state and government leaders in what is formally called the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) to discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitio...

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  • Russia-backed Syrian safe zones plan goes into effect
Russia-backed Syrian safe zones plan goes into effect

Russia , Iran and Turkey on Thursday signed a memorandum in Astana on creating de-escalation zones in Syria, but agreed to continue offensive against militants of the Islamic State (IS). The United States and Russian Federation will resume an airspace deconfliction agreement aimed at avoiding mid-air collisions, Reuters reported Saturday.

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  • North Korea sends rare letter of protest over new U.S. sanctions
North Korea sends rare letter of protest over new U.S. sanctions

He has said he would be prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right". The catch, Mr. Funabashi added, is that Russian Federation is "at the very top of North Korea's list of friendly nations", making it "all the more important for Russian Federation to join other concerned nations in beefing up sanctions and stepping up pressure on...

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  • Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision
Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision

Take her out of the equation, she said, and " think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap? ". "You have to stop and think - Why don't we want kids to have good food at schools?" "It's not politics, it's parenting", Obama said while criticizing the reduced standards on Friday.

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