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New South Korea President Moon Jae-in reaffirms USA alliance

The call to Moon took place just a day after he took office and comes amid increased regional tensions over North Korea as well as the deployment of a USA missile-defense shield in South Korea. Trump has called for South Korea to pay the US $1 billion for a system the USA has always described as in America's vital security interests. Lee pointed out that Trump has demonstrated no uniform policy towards North Korea. Read More

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Four FBI figures in line to replace Comey

Ties soured further in April after the USA blamed a Russian ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, for a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians and Trump ordered that some 60 cruise missiles be fired at a Syrian air base in response. "You're kidding! You're kidding!" It is not known if the diplomats will discuss Russia's alleged meddling in elections in United States and Europe. Read More

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Russian blogger convicted for playing 'Pokemon Go' in church

Russian blogger convicted for playing 'Pokemon Go' in church

A Russian man received a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence after he posted a video of himself playing Pokemon GO in the wrong place. It has since been watched more than a million times. "Sokolovsky came to the attention of the authorities only when he publicly challenged absurdly harsh Russian legislation that criminalized offending believers' feelings", said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia. Read More

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White House was warned Trump aide Flynn a blackmail risk

White House was warned Trump aide Flynn a blackmail risk

Monday, Yates told a Senate subcommittee that, soon after the inauguration, she went to the White House counsel with an urgent warning: that retired Gen. Spicer added that he was not aware of any security restrictions placed on Flynn after the warning. James Clapper, director of national intelligence under President Obama, testified as well on Monday. Read More

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Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House, says US official

Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House, says US official

After talks Wednesday the two diplomats will again meet Thursday in Fairbanks, Alaska for the Arctic Council meeting, an intergovernmental forum for cooperation on the environment, oil and mining, shipping, fisheries and tourism. Comey is leading the investigation into whether Trump's campaign and his associates worked with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election. The US missile strike angered Moscow and led Lavrov to declare that "it's sad how damaging this is to the already bad ... Read More

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North Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of plot to kill leader Kim Jong

North Korea on Friday accused the USA and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving biochemical weapons. "The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States and the Intelligence Service of South Korea, hotbed of evils in the world, hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK and those acts have been put into the extremely serious phase of implementation after crossing the threshold of the DPRK", the North's KCNA ... Read More

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Golden State defeats Utah to sweep series 4-0

Golden State defeats Utah to sweep series 4-0

We got blitzed". Curry meanwhile played down the suggestion that the Warriors may suffer deeper into the playoffs after romping through the first two rounds without dropping a game. "But what happened happened". Green primarily initiated the offense by pushing it up court before shot-blocking specialist Gobert could roam the paint. Read More

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Xi 'willing to work' with SK leader

Despite progress in economic and sociocultural exchanges, historical legacy issues have posed an "obstacle" for the relationship's maturation, Moon said, urging Abe to "look squarely" at history. 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 the North Korea target". Read More

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Trump seeks closer ties with Russian Federation in White House meeting

Trump seeks closer ties with Russian Federation in White House meeting

The last time Lavrov visited the American capital was before Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine and intervened militarily in Syria to help President Bashar Assad - actions that fueled U.S. Lavrov said the allegations didn't arise during his meeting with Trump. "I think that we're going to do very well with respect to Syria", he said. "We believe the U.S.is really interested in that", Lavrov said, acknowledged details of the plan still needed to be worked out. Read More

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Trump on Comey: He was not doing his job

American press were left furious on Wednesday after the White House barred them from a bilateral meeting with Russia-but let a Russian photographer in. The official also rejected security concerns about allowing Russian officials into the Oval Office, including Kislyak, who is widely considered to be a spy by United States intelligence officials. Read More

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UK Conservative lead stays strong ahead of June election: Opinium poll

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took a swipe at Britain on Friday, saying he would not give a speech in English because the language was becoming less significant following Britain's decision to leave the bloc. Labour faces an uphill struggle going into the election after its poor local election performance this week but in Derby he was keen to position his party as providing "opportunities for all". Read More

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Fire devours third of Ireland's largest forest

Fire devours third of Ireland's largest forest

Cloosh Valley in Co Galway has been among the worst affected areas, with one academic saying the smoke pollution arising from the valley's fires had led to air pollution in Galway city comparable to that in Beijing. However, much of the blame for the starting of deliberate gorse fires is being put on farmers burning gorse to make way for vegetation, or those doing it with no other intention but to cause destruction. Read More

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Giant air tanker to attack vast Georgia wildfire

Giant air tanker to attack vast Georgia wildfire

The towns of St. George and Moniac on the swamp's southeastern edge remained under mandatory evacuations for a fourth day Wednesday with the woods burning just a few miles away. With temperatures forecast to climb into the 90s amid low humidity and no chance of rain, firefighters anxious what would come next. Officials extended a mandatory evacuation to other communities on Monday as a wildfire near the Georgia-Florida line threatened small communities along the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp. Read More

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Germany eyes new sanctions against North Korea - German media

Germany eyes new sanctions against North Korea - German media

They may not be linked to North Korea as the hostel's website and social media accounts do not mention that the building is owned by the reclusive regime. According to UN Security Council Resolution 2321 passed in November in response to Pyongyang's fifth nuclear test, countries shall prohibit North Korea "from using real property that it owns or leases in their territory for any goal other than diplomatic or consular activities". Read More

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Labour pledges to renationalise railways to help it win United Kingdom election 2017

Labour pledges to renationalise railways to help it win United Kingdom election 2017

Firstly, we shouldn't forget that plenty of "right wing" populist policies are also popular (on immigration, law and order, welfare and so on) and secondly, popular policies are not enough to win elections. His election "may make it easier for the European Union to come to a sensible conclusion" on Britain leaving, Jonathan Portes, a professor of economics and public policy at King's College London university, told AFP. Read More

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US Announces Sanctions On 271 Syrians Over April 4 Chemical Attack

US Announces Sanctions On 271 Syrians Over April 4 Chemical Attack

Syria's ally Russian Federation had defended the Syrian president by saying that the Assad-led government in the nation has no chemical weapons and that their destruction has been monitored by worldwide observers. "There can be no doubt in the global community's mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all", Mattis said during a visit to Israel. Read More

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Trump praises Australia's universal health care system

Trump praises Australia's universal health care system

Earlier in the day the president and his Republican Party scored a victory in the House of Representatives for repealing Obamacare , although it still has to pass the Senate. "Well, Mr. President, you're right!" A 2014 Commonwealth Fund report found that Australia ranked second in quality care out of 11 affluent nations, while the U.S. Read More

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Russian Federation says de-escalation zones to stay for at least 6 months

The Riyadh-based HNC, which includes political and armed groups, said it remained committed to the United Nations -led peace process in Geneva and called for its revival. Mohammed Rasheed, a spokesman for the Jaish al-Nasr rebel group based in Hama, confirmed that fighting had broken out after midnight. The deal - which was agreed on Thursday and published today - will see four "de-escalation zones" established for a period of six months. Read More

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Trump congratulates South Korea's Moon on election win

Analysts say Moon will need to act quickly in naming key security and foreign policy aides and ministers in order to ease geopolitical tensions. "If necessary, I will fly to Washington as well as Beijing and Tokyo". On the economic front, Moon reiterated his promise to reform Korea's conglomerates, or chaebol, for the sake of transparency and an end to corrupt relations between the political establishment and business groups. Read More

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New South Korean president in calls with China, Japan leaders

Abella said the Philippine government remains committed to further strengthen relations with South Korea after Moon's win. He also said he was prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right ". "We must put the days of fierce competition behind and hold hands marching forward". Moon is a former human rights lawyer who entered politics to lead a party just five years ago. Read More

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Mattis tells Turkey's PM: U.S

A Turkish air raid in late April killed 20 Syrian Kurdish fighters and media officials, prompting the U.S.to deploy armored vehicles along the border in a show of support for the group. Mattis stated Washington would not give weapons to the PKK. "It's Europe's southern border", he said, "and we'll stay closely connected". Neighboring Turkey has objected to YPG's participation in Raqqa operations. Read More

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Akshay Kumar meets PM Modi, discusses 'Toilet - Ek Prem Katha'

Akshay Kumar meets PM Modi, discusses 'Toilet - Ek Prem Katha'

The National Award victor, Akshay Kumar was recently in New Delhi to receive the award for his film, Rustom . "His smile at just the title made my day!" he continued.PM Modi replied to Akshay, saying, "Happy to have met". It is one of biggest problems we have. "When I announced the name, many people called me to ask why I am using this title". Talking about her role in the film, Sana said: "I am only doing a special appearance to be precise..." Her wit and humour has become so ... Read More

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Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Michael Flynn

Flynn, who was forced to resign in February, has come under the committee's scrutiny over communications he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while a representative of then President-elect Donald Trump's transition team. Other congressional committees and the Pentagon's inspector general are also separately examining whether Flynn was fully forthcoming about his foreign contacts and earnings from organizations linked to the governments of Russian Federation and Turkey. Read More

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Ambition to meet reality as China gathers world for Silk Road summit

During the current year, 11 municipal-level colleges and 21 universities, directly administrated by the Ministry of Education, will receive the funding, benefiting02 students. China's initiative is ramping up as President Donald Trump focuses on domestic issues, downplaying foreign affairs. In Sri Lanka , there have been public protests against projects linked to the Belt and Road, and in Pakistan, where Islamist militants pose a security threat, the government has set up a new army ... Read More

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Moon, Trump agree on close cooperation on N. Korea: Seoul

It will be headed by a veteran operations officer to harness and direct the spy agency's efforts in addressing the nuclear and ballistic missile threats. President Moon Jae-in took power less than 24 hours after winning the country's election. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has drawn up a new policy of increasing the country's military and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to the maximum extent to pave the way for negotiations to help settle issues involving the North's ... Read More

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82 of the #BringBackOurGirls students have been released

82 of the #BringBackOurGirls students have been released

Many questions are being raised in Nigeria about the way in which the government is handling the released hostages. Questions remain about the legal status of the released girls. The United Nation has seeked for help from the worldwide community to support the Nigerian government in its efforts to ensure the release of the over 100 Chibok schoolgirls who are still in captive of Boko Haram. Read More

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mulls sending more troops to Afghanistan

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mulls sending more troops to Afghanistan

His grim assessment comes as the Trump administration considers sending a few thousand more troops to Afghanistan, mainly to boost training and advising of Afghan forces. And how does the new approach address the problem of the Russians and Iranians, who, by some reporting, are involved in Afghanistan, including allegedly backing our main adversary, the Taliban? "If you talk to Afghan troops, they say they desperately need the help", Hendren said. Read More

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Bank warns of 'moderate' growth as it keeps interest rates at 0.25%

Britain's economy shrugged off expectations of a recession after last year's referendum, and chalked up one of the fastest growth rates among major rich economies. 2, 2017. Yet despite the slower near-term growth the Bank emphasised that bank rate, the interest rate available to other lenders, could rise "by a somewhat greater extent" than markets were pricing in, if its predictions of a continued pick-up in growth are accurate. Read More

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