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China's Xi says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism

In order to set up this plan´s main aims, Xi Jinping stressed that Belt and Road Initiative is now focused on Asian, European and African nations, even though it is also open to all others. Indian foreign ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay, asked whether New Delhi was participating in the summit, said India could not accept a project that compromised its sovereignty. Read More

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BC Greens face stickhandling act in deciding which party it would back

The legislative minority means the tiny Green party will hold the balance of power as Premier Christy Clark tries to push forward with pipeline expansion plans and a promise to apply a levy to thermal coal exports to the U.S. When W.A.C. Bennett defeated the Liberal-Conservative coalition government in 1952, his minority lasted less than a year before opponents brought the government down. Read More

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Heavy gunfire as mutiny grips Ivory Coast's main cities

Loyalist troops began advancing towards Bouaké, the epicentre of the revolt, on Sunday; sporadic gunfire was heard overnight there and at military camps in the capital, Abidjan , witnesses said. A soldier with the convoy, contacted by Reuters, said it was stopping only for a short time before continuing to Bouake. This has raised fears of a resurgence of the violence seen during Ivory Coast's 10-year civil war, which ended in 2011. Read More

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Cabinet to be briefed on fallout from global cyber virus

Cabinet to be briefed on fallout from global cyber virus

The HSE said that the disruption to patient care has so far been minimal. It targets the Microsoft Windows operating system and payment is directed to be made in bitcoin, the cryptocurrency and digital payment system. The Police Service of Northern Ireland's Cyber Crime Centre will continue to actively participate in the national co-ordinated response to this attack and we would encourage all local businesses and public services to take immediate steps to protect their systems and reduce their ... Read More

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

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

It did not describe how the alleged plot was broken up or release the full name of the North Korean suspect, identifying him only by his surname, Kim, and did not say whether anyone else was in custody. It has repeatedly threatened Kim with a military response to new tests of missiles and nuclear warheads, and sent warships and a nuclear submarine to Korean waters. Read More

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With Merkel and PM, France's new president wastes no time

France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, was sworn in Sunday , a week after the independent candidate defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in nationwide elections. Philippe is a close associate of former prime minister Alain Juppe, who leads LR's moderate wing, and his mentor was more positive. At least 24 Socialists are now campaigning for re-election under the banner of Macron's Republic on the Move party. Read More

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Merkel, Macron seek to revitalise ties to bolster EU

Macron said that treaty change was "no longer a French taboo". But Merkel papered over the differences, saying that "from the German point of view, it's possible to change the treaty if it makes sense". "All these will have an impact on our citizens". " What I know is that we have investments to make [in Europe], and so we have to work on investment mechanisms for the future ", the French leader added. Read More

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Chelsea Manning Will Remain On Active Duty When She's Released From Prison

Chelsea Manning Will Remain On Active Duty When She's Released From Prison

Traitor and genetic male Bradley Manning has become a liberal hero by putting on a wig and claiming to be a woman. Shortly before leaving office, President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence to time served. Moreover, Manning came out as transgender after her conviction. Manning will be released from a military prison at Fort Leavenworth. Once she leaves prison, she'll lose access to the healthcare she received while incarcerated, including the hormone replacement ... Read More

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Fashion designer Carolina Herrera's nephew killed in Caracas

Fashion designer Carolina Herrera's nephew killed in Caracas

Local media said they were shot in the head and that a group had abducted them while they ate a restaurant in the city. The group then asked for a ransom for the two men. The nephew of Carolina Herrera is believed to have been assassinated in Venezuela on Thursday of this week. Venezuela is also noted to have one of the highest murder rates in the world and in 2016, it recorded the highest murder rate in its history, with 70 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Read More

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Merkel's party wins big in rivals' heartland

Members of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) react on first exit polls after the regional state elections of North Rhine-Westphalia, in Duesseldorf, May 14, 2017. North Rhine-Westphalia state Premier Hannelore Kraft said she's stepping down as regional party head after the SPD sank to an all-time low in North Rhine-Westphalia. Read More

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Global cyberattack: A super-simple explanation of what happened

But how much do individuals need to worry about their personal computers being targeted? The move didn't help organizations that were already hit by the attack, but experts said that it limited the spread of the virus. But computers and networks that haven't updated their systems are at risk. "It was clear warnings were given to hospital trusts". WannaCry, the software that crippled hospital systems, factories, banks, government agencies and transportation systems in 150 countries, is ... Read More

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Macron to name PM on first day as French President

The German Chancellor said that she would work very closely with her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, the country's youngest ever president. Selecting Philippe as prime minister is seen as a way to bring in more support from the center-right, which Macron will need to push through his proposed economic reforms, according to the BBC . Read More

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Thailand threatens to block Facebook

Thailand threatens to block Facebook

Early on Tuesday, the Bangkok Post reported that the government was pressuring the Thai Internet Service Provider Association (Tispa) to block access to the site completely if Facebook failed to remove 131 pages deemed illegal by the authorities in Thailand. Read More

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Iran Conservatives Unite to Pose Stronger Threat to Rouhani

With President Rouhani's economic record under attack from both Qalibaf and Raisi, the election campaign has grown increasingly bitter and confrontational in the past week. Until recently, Raisi, a former prosecutor general of Iran, was a relatively unknown political figure outside the eastern province of Khorasan-Razavi, where he is still the custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the wealthiest charity in the Muslim world and the organisation in charge of Iran's holiest shrine, the Imam Reza shrine ... Read More

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China's Xi appeals to foreign leaders for freer trade

The forum, which was held at the China National Convention Centre on the first day, was launched by Xi, who conceptualised OBOR or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013. In fact, that is perhaps one of the biggest selling points of the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) which, according to the Chinese premier hopes to forge a path based on "inclusiveness" and "free trade" as opposed to "diplomatic power games". Read More

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Sino-US deal eases access to markets

Sino-US deal eases access to markets

Ari Giovenco, the Internet Association's director of trade and global policy, said the agreement did not address obstacles facing US cloud service providers in China . A chicken processing factory in Hefei, Anhui province, China . Lubbock cattleman Hadley Mann said the partnership was "something that we needed in the market from the get-go". Read More

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Seven hospitals affected by cyber attack still in need of support

Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files. The NHS has been declared "open for business" but some hospitals are still suffering disruption caused by the crippling ransomware attack. It spread to so many computers so rapidly by using an exploit - software capable of burrowing unseen into Windows computer operating systems. Read More

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China's Economy Slowed in April in 'Turning Point'

China's Economy Slowed in April in 'Turning Point'

However, consumer price inflation was slightly higher than expected. Home prices in China's biggest cities were likely to rebound if government curbs were relaxed, a senior official from the country's top economic planner was quoted as saying in late April, suggesting authorities are in no mood to lift restrictions soon. Read More

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Cyber attack a 'wake-up call'

Use a reputable security software to prevent attacks in the future. If you have not done so before, think about backing up important data: Save your data to an external hard drive if possible. On Friday a number of agencies and businesses around the globe, including the U.K.'s National Health Service , were disrupted by the malware, which is estimated to have hit over 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, Rob Wainwright, executive director of Europol, the European law enforcement ... Read More

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China invests $124bn in Belt and Road global project

In the communique, dated May 8, China said it welcomed South America's participation in the initiative, the basis of which covers Asia, Africa and Europe. Chinese officials have said previously that "Belt and Road" is purely commercial, but Xi's comments Sunday indicated a broad array of regulatory and other coordination that may have far-reaching consequences. Read More

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US envoy: Fight to retake Mosul in 'final stages'

US envoy: Fight to retake Mosul in 'final stages'

He said the momentum was with Iraq's elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) despite continued resistance from Islamic State fighters in the group's last bastion in Iraq. Meanwhile, in the western province of Anbar, three would-be suicide bombers were killed after infiltrating the city of Haditha during dawn, Iraqi forces said on Monday. Read More

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Veteran journalist Javier Valdez killed in Mexico's Sinaloa

In 2011, CPJ recognized Valdez with its International Press Freedom Award for his "bravery and uncompromising journalism in the face of threats", the group said in a statement. It is now the scene of an internal battle between rival factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, which are vying for power in the wake of former leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's extradition to the U.S. Read More

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