• President Moon conducts first phone-call with Chinese President Xi Jin Ping
President Moon conducts first phone-call with Chinese President Xi Jin Ping

North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005. U.S. officials have expressed concern that Moon's advocacy of engagement with North Korea could undercut USA efforts to increase pressure through further isolation and sanctions. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), meanwhile, chose the day after Moon's election to announce it had establis...

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  • Turks in Germany won't be allowed to vote on death penalty: Merkel
Turks in Germany won't be allowed to vote on death penalty: Merkel

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Turkey's accession talks with the European Union will end if the country reintroduces the death penalty, Politico reported. Last March, the European Union signed an accord with Turkey to speed up the accession talks, along with visa liberalisation and billions in aid. Turkish President ...

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  • Xi, Moon agree denuclearising North Korea 'common goal': Seoul
Xi, Moon agree denuclearising North Korea 'common goal': Seoul

Mr. Moon will have a hard diplomatic path to tread in his approach to the North, which dreams of a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States, and has vast artillery forces trained on Seoul. Xi told Moon Seoul and Beijing should respect each other's concerns, set aside their differences, seek common ground an...

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  • Bernie Sanders Can't Stop Laughing At Trump's Health Care Confession
Bernie Sanders Can't Stop Laughing At Trump's Health Care Confession

Trump's praise for the Australian system came as he met Thursday in NY with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hours after the U.S. House narrowly passed a bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law enacted by former President Barack Obama.

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  • Hamas leader announces arrest in shooting of commander
Hamas leader announces arrest in shooting of commander

On Thursday, Haniyeh repeated that "all the evidence we have" indicates that Israel masterminded the killing. More details will be released in the coming days, he added, noting that the suspect would face execution. Israel says the blockade is needed to prevent Hamas, which seeks Israel's destruction, from smuggling in weapons, but the closure has ...

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  • Mother's Day gifts you can pick up at the grocery store
Mother's Day gifts you can pick up at the grocery store

My flawless morning consists of waking up to a peaceful house and being able to pour myself a cup of coffee and drink it with no interruptions. The modern-day observance of Mother's Day in the United States began in the early 20 century when a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis first conceived of the idea following the death of her own mother, Ann Re...

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  • Budget's big bank levy could open the door for fintech lenders
Budget's big bank levy could open the door for fintech lenders

It will "empower them to seek out better and cheaper services" Treasurer Scott Morrison said in his budget speech. Squeezing down the deficit is that between 2016-17 and 2020-21 government expenditure is projected to jump 18% or $74 billion from $444.5 billion in 2016-17 to $518.9 billion while receipts are projected to jump by $121 billion or by...

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  • Defecting French ex-PM Valls is told he must join Macron's party
Defecting French ex-PM Valls is told he must join Macron's party

The pro-European centrist and former banker takes over a divided country where almost half of voters backed extremist candidates - critical of the European Union, globalisation and "elites" - in the first round of the election. Any policy adjustments will come as the party gears up for the parliamentary election in June. In the event, former prim...

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  • Profile: Ismail Haniya, Hamas' political chief
Profile: Ismail Haniya, Hamas' political chief

Hamas ignored this dismissal, leaving a Haniyeh-led Hamas government in place in Gaza , while Abbas appointed a rival administration in the West Bank. Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S., European Union and Israel. The analyst listed the decades-long Israeli occupation and inter-Palestinian reconciliation as among challen...

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  • No Federal Charges In The Death Of Alton Sterling
No Federal Charges In The Death Of Alton Sterling

Lawyers for the family said US officials told them one video recorded Salamoni threatening to kill Sterling at the start of the confrontation, less than 90 seconds before firing the fatal shots. Officers said that Sterling was attempting to pull a loaded gun out of his pocket when Salamoni opened fire, according to the Justice Department summary.

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  • Iraq, Algeria support extension of oil production cuts
Iraq, Algeria support extension of oil production cuts

Oil prices fell, rattled by concern over slowing demand, a rising USA dollar and increasing U.S. crude output that has shaken investors' faith in the ability of OPEC to rebalance the market. "OPEC and non-OPEC members have shown commitment to production cuts and an extension of the agreement ... will assist in drawing stocks over Q3 and stabilising...

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  • Dozens hurt, 1 dead in violent day of protests in Venezuela
Dozens hurt, 1 dead in violent day of protests in Venezuela

Protesters were marching in downtown Caracas and chanting: "Who are we?" The official death toll now stands at nearly 40 people, although opposition activists have put it higher. Borges said the aim of the strategy of street protests and calls for worldwide pressure was to "break the conscience of the armed forces and the political groups" that s...

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  • Trump sacks Comey amid Russian Federation probe
Trump sacks Comey amid Russian Federation probe

Trump is the first president since Richard Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation with ties to the White House. Recall that President Donald Trump , on Tuesday, fired Comey in a move that sent shockwaves through Washington .

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  • 'Director Comey was compromised': Paul Ryan speaks on former Federal Bureau of Investigation director
'Director Comey was compromised': Paul Ryan speaks on former Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Richard Burr of North Carolina, chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee, which like the FBI is investigating Russian ties to the Trump campaign and meddling in the 2016 election. Comey never provided the president with any assurance of personal loyalty. In public hearings, Comey has declined to answer when asked if the president was under inv...

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  • 25 great white sharks spotted off Southern California coast
25 great white sharks spotted off Southern California coast

The water is not closed, the beach is not closed. Officials say those great white sharks had come within 10 feet of the shoreline. The area was also put under shark advisory, according to an announcement by Camp Pendleton. Marine safety officials have attributed the activity to a "thriving aquatic ecosystem" in the area and estimated that 10 to 20 ...

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  • Afghanistan ISIS Leader Abdul Hasib Killed in Raid Near MOAB Bombing
Afghanistan ISIS Leader Abdul Hasib Killed in Raid Near MOAB Bombing

The Interior Ministry stated that the airstrikes killed 34 ISIS fighters over the past 24 hours and destroyed an insurgent-controlled radio station in Nangarhar province. Other high-ranking IS leaders also are said to have been killed in the April 27 operation. "This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens o...

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  • European Union must reform or face Frexit: Macron
European Union must reform or face Frexit: Macron

According to the French Interior Minister, Matthias Fekl, six riot police were injured. Florian Philippot, the deputy leader of Le Pen's party, said it "completely owned up" to the fact that the speech resembled one made by Fillon on 15 April.

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  • At least 21 killed in Iranian coal mine explosion -state media
At least 21 killed in Iranian coal mine explosion -state media

Golestan provincial emergency management department director Sadeq Ali Moghadam said the miners are likely to be trapped in the lower sections of the mine, Islamic Republic News Agency and Fars News Agency reported . At least 500 miners were working in the mine when the blast occurred. Three days of public mourning has been declared in Goles...

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  • New S Korean president vows to address North and tensions 'urgently'
New S Korean president vows to address North and tensions 'urgently'

He was elected following a corruption scandal that saw his conservative predecessor Park Geun-Hye impeached. After the impeachment of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the end of past year, Moon signaled that the "comfort women" deal must be renegotiated.

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  • Jeremy Corbyn says winning the General Election will be a historic challenge
Jeremy Corbyn says winning the General Election will be a historic challenge

The Prime Minister said she hopes the election will strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations with Brussels. Meanwhile, Labour lost more than 289 seats and its majority on Glasgow City Council for the first time in 40 years as well as suffering reverses in Welsh strongholds to the Tories.

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  • Top leader: Iran will 'slap' anyone causing election unrest
Top leader: Iran will 'slap' anyone causing election unrest

Turning to the upcoming presidential polls, Ayatollah Khamenei described elections as an issue that could either raise Iran's status or result in weakness and create trouble. His comments mirror those of others in the run-up to the election, in which Rouhani faces five opponents. Iran's disputed 2009 re-election of former hard-line President Mahm...

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  • European Central Bank's Draghi cautiously upbeat on eurozone
European Central Bank's Draghi cautiously upbeat on eurozone

Mr. Draghi also highlighted the benefits of the ECB's policies for Dutch households. President Mario Draghi gives a speech after receiving the Gold Medal of the Jean Monnet Fondation for Europe in Lausanne, Switzerland May 4, 2017. President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey in a move that shocked Washington and dampened some o...

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  • Former PM Gordon Brown gives election speech without mentioning Corbyn
Former PM Gordon Brown gives election speech without mentioning Corbyn

Asked about the Labour party's well-documented divisiveness over Mr Corbyn, Mr Kenny said: "Open and frank discussion in the Labour party is, I believe, healthy, but Jeremy has run two leadership elections and won". A Labour spokesman declined immediate comment. As he went into the meeting, shadow chancellor John McDonnell told reporters that the...

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  • Sacked FBI chief will 'miss the mission deeply'
Sacked FBI chief will 'miss the mission deeply'

In March of that year, Comey rushed to the hospital bed of Attorney General John Ashcroft to physically stop White House officials in their bid to get his ailing boss to reauthorize a secret no-warrant wiretapping program. Colbert asked on Wednesday night's Late Show . Several congressional panels are also investigating Russia's role in the ele...

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  • Merkel rules out Turkish vote in Germany on death penalty
Merkel rules out Turkish vote in Germany on death penalty

Turkish President Erdogan, who is to gain huge powers thanks to the referendum, has responded by telling the observers to "know their place" and accusing the West of a "crusader mentality" against Turkey. On May 8, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that if Turkey went through with the reintroduction of the death penalty, it w...

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  • Trump son-in-law family apologizes for China name drop
Trump son-in-law family apologizes for China name drop

It's the family business of President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. The sister of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner urged wealthy Chinese on May 7 to buy stakes in real estate through a controversial programme that offers United States residency in exchange for investment.

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  • Gordon Brown urges Labour vote - without mentioning Jeremy Corbyn
Gordon Brown urges Labour vote - without mentioning Jeremy Corbyn

Asked about the Labour party's well-documented divisiveness over Mr Corbyn, Mr Kenny said: "Open and frank discussion in the Labour party is, I believe, healthy, but Jeremy has run two leadership elections and won". "This is a total shambles". Jeremy Corbyn's plans to unleash chaos on Britain have been revealed. Speaking in Coventry, just a few m...

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  • Trump Meets With Russia's Lavrov At The White House Today
Trump Meets With Russia's Lavrov At The White House Today

Asked if the Comey firing affected his meeting with Lavrov, Trump replied, "Not at all". "You're kidding, you're kidding". A White House statement after the meeting omitted any mention of Kislyak's presence, instead focusing on Trump's conversation with Lavrov, which the President described as "very, very good".

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  • United Nations climate talks begin amid uncertainty over U.S. position
United Nations climate talks begin amid uncertainty over U.S. position

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering sending a letter asking the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump not to depart from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement , a government source said Monday. The Paris accord was hailed as the last chance to stave off worst-case-scenario global warming, but was savaged by Trump during his presidential ...

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  • Moon's turbulent life before winning S. Korean presidency
Moon's turbulent life before winning S. Korean presidency

The election sets up the country's first liberal rule in a decade. It follows months of political turmoil caused by ousted President Park Geun-hye's corruption scandal. Moon, whose victory capped one of the most turbulent political stretches in the nation's recent history and set up its first liberal rule in a decade, assumed presidential duties ...

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  • New Hamas chief backs hunger-striking prisoners
New Hamas chief backs hunger-striking prisoners

Haniyeh, who served as Mashaal's deputy for the past four years, most recently traveled overseas in September. A few months later, Yassin, who was a quadriplegic, was targeted and killed by Israeli helicopters as he left a mosque after the early morning prayer.

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  • Russian blogger convicted for playing 'Pokemon Go' in church
Russian blogger convicted for playing 'Pokemon Go' in church

Sokolovsky had been detained since October and was facing up to five years in prison. Judge Yekaterina Shoponyak on Thursday found Sokolovsky guilty of inciting religious hatred and gave him a 3 1/2-year suspended sentence. "How can one offend by entering a church with a smartphone?" The video, which has now been watched nearly 2 million times,...

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  • Senate intel panel subpoenas Michael Flynn documents
Senate intel panel subpoenas Michael Flynn documents

Michael Flynn has failed to voluntarily co-operate with the investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee says. The FBI's acting director, Andrew McCabe, would attend the briefing. "It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing", he added. Politico reports that Flynn's attorneys told the committee...

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  • Lavrov Meeting Leaves Kremlin Feeling Cautiously Optimistic
Lavrov Meeting Leaves Kremlin Feeling Cautiously Optimistic

The White House is reportedly furious over photos that were taken during a meeting between President Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov . The spokesman said "contacts of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were maintained further to a recent telephone conversation of the two presidents". Former US intelligence officials pointed to the...

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  • Chibok girls to reunite with parents 'next week'
Chibok girls to reunite with parents 'next week'

Alhassan who spoke with newsmen in Abuja on the present state of the recently released 82 girls said they are now undergoing rehabilitation and reintegration processes in various medical facilities across the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

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