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Massive Explosion in Kabul, At Least 60 People Injured

A large suicide vehicle blast killed or wounded dozens in the Afghan capital of Kabul . Waheed Majroh, a spokesman for Afghan health ministry, told Al Jazeera that at least 60 people were taken to hospital after the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Houses hundreds of meters away from the blast were damaged with windows and doors blown off their hinges. Read More

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Major US Jewish Organizations Praise Trump's Israel Visit

Abbas announced he is ready to be Trump's partner in securing peace in the Middle East through establishment of a Palestinian state on land captured by Israel in 1967. Which is why Israelis of nearly all political persuasions were excited to see Air Force One touch down Tuesday from Riyadh, marking the first official direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Read More

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Joe Lieberman Is Top Pick for FBI Director

Lieberman a 75-year-old an Orthodox Jew, was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, the first Jewish candidate on a presidential ticket. The White House says President Donald Trump will be interviewing four potential candidates to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read More

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Trump says he favors more money for health care

Even when authorized, top officials in the Trump White House frequently request anonymity to brief reporters "on background", meaning their names will not be disclosed. Leaders of seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration more time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement. Read More

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US, China could decide this week on North Korea sanctions

US, China could decide this week on North Korea sanctions

She said we think that China is trying to counter what is happening now and we will continue to work with them. Beijing has significant influence over North Korea, 90 percent of whose trade is with China. China is pushing Pyongyang through back channels to change its behavior and discussing with the United States the timing of a possible new sanctions resolution, Haley yesterday told reporters. Read More

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Krauthammer: Middle East peace a perennial pursuit

Krauthammer: Middle East peace a perennial pursuit

Israeli opposition Labour party leader Isaac Herzog attended the rally and threw his support behind a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "The idea that we can give up territory and achieve peace is not right", Netanyahu told Army Radio. United States president Donald Trump delivers his final speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem before his departure, on May 23, 2017. Read More

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France's Macron meets Syrian opposition after talks with Assad ally Putin

The pair also discussed the Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its encroachment on neighbouring Ukraine as well as allegations of Russian meddling in France's presidential campaign. Macron and Putin also hugged goodbye and shook hands, both smiling, after ending their meetings with a visit to an exhibit about the 300th anniversary of Russian Czar Peter the Great's trip to Paris. Read More

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Portland stabbing suspect involved in rant the day before?

He will make a first court appearance Tuesday, and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney. The mayor of Portland , Oregon , is asking the federal government to cancel the permit for an "alt right" rally scheduled for Sunday, saying it could make a hard situation worse, after two men were stabbed to death as they tried to intervene when a pair of women were targeted by a man yellow what authorities have described as hate speech. Read More

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British serial killer Ian Brady dies in psychiatric hospital at 79

British serial killer Ian Brady dies in psychiatric hospital at 79

In the 1980s, the couple admitted abducting and murdering 16-year-old Pauline Reade on her way to a Manchester disco in 1963 and killing Keith Bennett (12) in 1964. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley snatched children off the street, sexually abused them and tortured them to death. Imprisoned since 1966, Brady was given three life sentences for the killings of Downey, Evans, and Kilbride and later went on to admit murdering Bennett and Reade, but was never tried in court for their deaths. Read More

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Europe must step up as diplomatic player - Merkel

More countries are stepping up their burden-sharing. He explained the huge synergy that exists between German capabilities and Indian requirements. "The shortsighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union ", he said, judging that " the West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker ". Read More

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South Africa's Zuma survives renewed calls to resign

South Africa's Zuma survives renewed calls to resign

On the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma‚ Mantashe called on ANC members of parliament to continue to conduct themselves in accordance with the Constitution and within the prescripts and norms of the ANC. Speaking of Molefe's reappointment, Mantashe said the NEC stood by its earlier decision that it be rescinded. ANC stalwarts and veterans have pleaded with the party's national executive committee (NEC) to show leadership over serious state capture concerns, ahead of its ... Read More

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'Jared Kushner should have security clearance reviewed'

Last week reports claimed Mr Kushner had discussed setting up private back channels to the Kremlin with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak . Schiff said he "fully" expects that the committee will want Kushner. Trump's National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster refused to talk about the allegations, but said that generally speaking, "we have back-channel communication with a number of countries..." But there is one chore Trump assigned to Kushner that he can carry out - criminal justice ... Read More

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PM Modi arrives on two-day visit to Spain

The MoUs/agreements are related to the fields of cyber policy, development initiatives, sustainable urban development, continued development of cluster managers, skill development, digitalisation, railway security and vocational training. "Our cooperation in areas like renewable energy is gaining momentum", he said. Furthermore, Modi is now seeking to manufacture military hardware locally, asking foreign firms to work with domestic contractors under his " Make in India " campaign, in a bid ... Read More

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Putin: Russian Meddling "fiction" Invented by Democrats

Putin admitted to some differences of opinion in the talks which covered issues including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, but insisted that Franco-Russian ties withstood "all points of friction". He added that the two had aired their disagreements on a number of subjects. The relations between the two countries are overshadowed by mistrust, with Paris and Moscow backing opposing sides in the Syrian civil war and at odds over the Ukraine conflict. Read More

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Israel's Cabinet meets in Western Wall tunnels, approves Old City elevator

He was referring to an Israeli plan to financially reward only East Jerusalem schools that teach the Israeli textbooks instead of the current Palestinian ones, as well as reports that Israel wants to secede two densely populated East Jerusalem neighborhoods - Shufat refugee camp and Kufr Aqab - both located behind the segregation wall but are part of the Jerusalem municipal borders in order to change the demographic character of the occupied city. Read More

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Macron confronts Putin on alleged Chechnya human rights abuses, Trump still silent

The newly elected Macron hosted Putin at the sumptuous 17th century palace of Versailles outside Paris for his first meeting with the Kremlin leader which he had earlier said would be marked by some straight talking. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited France to set up a warmer relationship with the country. Macron said fighting the Islamic State is an "absolute priority" and is a major reason to cooperate with Russian Federation. Read More

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Korean DMZ Tensions Cause South Korean Soldiers To Open Fire On Balloon

Anchor: The South Korean military has been criticized for detecting North Korea's latest missile test-fire as late as two minutes after it was launched. North Korea's president is fully aware that attacking the United States would be tantamount to suicide. Britain's United Nations ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, said it is vital that the Security Council respond to the latest provocation quickly with "further substantive significant measures". Read More

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Dollar Firms Against Sterling, Euro Amid Political Uncertainties

Due to holidays USA and United Kingdom markets were closed on Monday, which gave investors fewer directional clues to follow. The dollar has been soft the past two weeks on concerns over U.S. The dollar declined 0.4 percent to 110.88 yen . European shares fell on Tuesday, marking their fourth straight day of losses, with banks leading the decline on fresh political jitters and following a downgrade by a top global broker. Read More

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Trump says Jared Kushner is 'doing a great job'

Those changes also include, according to the anonymous sources cited by the papers, creating a "war room" to respond to the constant media reporting on the Russian Federation probe and directing the flow of the White House message on it, including the possibility that a team of attorneys may review Trump's tweets . Read More

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Ivanka terms Saudi visit 'amazing and historic'

Ivanka terms Saudi visit 'amazing and historic'

Mr Trump, wearing a black skullcap, became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall on Monday. While addressing the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries on Sunday afternoon in his first speech on a foreign soil, Trump, called on the Middle-eastern countries to combat the crisis of Islamic extremism emanating from the region. Read More

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Trump slams leaks as fake news following Kushner reports

The banker is a close Putin associate, but he has not been known to play a diplomatic role for the Russian leader. During Tuesday's press briefing, Spicer nimbly jumped out of the way of a question about Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner having allegedly tried to set up a backchannel with the Kremlin through the Russian embassy and whether Trump was aware of this effort. Read More

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Spicer avoids specifics in first White House press briefing since overseas trip

The BBC's James Landale mistakenly believed that Trump was not listening to a translation of remarks by Italy's Paolo Gentiloni because Trump was not wearing headphones, like his fellow world leaders. "And he is probably the best person to communicate that". He compared the exaggerations to North Korean propaganda. With that, a visibly frustrated Spicer ended his first briefing in more than two weeks after just 30 minutes, cutting the session shorter than usual. Read More

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Trump tweets article with unnamed source after criticizing reports with unnamed sources

Instead, only a one-off for a call about Syria was raised in the conversation. The Trump administration itself has been accused of providing news outlets with knowingly false information. The Times story said it was unclear who first proposed the back channel. "And that's really all that we know". And he said, "You're asking if he approves of an action that is not a confirmed action". Read More

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White House communications director resigns amid tensions

White House communications director resigns amid tensions

It's been reported in recent days that Trump may shake up his communications staff and may bring in a crisis team to help him deal with backlash from the Russian Federation investigation. Bush's administrationand John Pistole, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation official who led the Transportation Security Administration under President Obama. Read More

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Philippine military bomb Islamist militants in urban battle

Philippine military bomb Islamist militants in urban battle

Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla also stressed the need to end the conflict as soon as possible, urging the city residents to cooperate in the ongoing clearing operations. There were still bodies of civilians in Marawi and residents urged the military to halt air strikes, said Zia Alonto Adiong, a politician involved in evacuation efforts. Read More

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