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Bank of England keeps rates on hold in May

While better than expected figures will be a positive, the key component of the economy remains service sector activity, which justifies the BoE's concerns over labour market conditions and wage growth, though the latest service sector PMI saw the fastest uptick in activity since December of past year, suggesting that things are not all bad despite weak retail sales through the 1 quarter. Read More »

Aggies begin SEC Tournament run against Alabama Thursday


With some ceremonial assistance from her Crimson Tide teammates, Bailey Hemphill made sure her next home run featured an emphatic stomp at home plate. Osorio held the Aggies hitless for six innings before a solo home run by Tori Vidales tied it in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game to extra innings. Read More »

Joke's on Duke as he's reunited with Navy pal at school centenary


Prince Philip has joked how the rough and tumble of carriage driving left his "Balmoral dog cart" regularly smashed up. It was announced last week the 95-year-old will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn. He had even tipped one carriage into a lake, he said, adding he had later had one built which was "indestructible". An excerpt from the book reads: "Blondes, brunettes and redhead charmers, Philip gallantly and, I think, quite impartially squired them all". Read More »

I Would Have Fired Comey Without Rosenstein's Letter

That ran counter to previous administration explanations of Comey's dismissal. Trump's personal attack on Comey seemed created to underline that Comey's dismissal was about his performance at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and not a probe that has hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threatens to overwhelm his policy priorities. Read More »

Telefonica, other Spanish firms hit in "ransomware" attack


The attacks did not disrupt the provision of services or networks operations of the victims, the Spanish government said in a statement . Digital, said the attack was still "ongoing" and that that the organization was "made aware of it this afternoon", according to an interview in The New York Times. Read More »

Dublin City Hall to fly Palestinian flag despite Israeli envoy's objections


Palestinians mark their expulsion from their homes and land on Nakba Day each year on May 15, the day that follows Israeli declaration of independence in 1948. Today, there are more than five million Palestinian refugees who remain displaced from their original homes and villages following the mass expulsion that occurred nearly 70 years ago. Read More »

White House fumes after Russian Federation releases photos of Trump meeting


But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russian Federation had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmanoeuvred. John Cornyn of Texas, after noting he had voted earlier for her confirmation as a deputy attorney general, said he was "enormously disappointed" that she had in effect overruled him on the travel ban, on the grounds it violated the constitutional protection of freedom of religion. Read More »

Dozens of countries hit by massive cyberextortion attack


A Telefonica spokesman said a window appeared on screens of infected computers that demanded payment with the digital currency bitcoin in order to regain access to files. Patrick Ward, 47, a sales director at Purbeck Ice Cream, from Dorset in England, poses for photographs after giving media interviews after his heart operation scheduled today was cancelled because of a cyberattack, outside St Bartholomew's Hospital in London , Friday, May 12, 2017. Read More »

Mesmerizing First Trailer For A24's Woodshock Finds Kirsten Dunst On The Brink


However, the trailer, focused on a tortured protagonist played by Kirsten Dunst, is more of a mind-blowing montage of context-deprived occurrences. Dunst's next film will see her as part of this June's Western drama The Beguiled , opposite Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Elle Fanning; a role that sees her reunite with Sofia Coppola, the director of her 1999 dramatic breakthrough role in The Virgin Suicides . Read More »

Spicer Pressed on Clapper's New Comments on Trump-Russia Collusion


Most alarming, though is that Trump himself doesn't understand that the president of the United States is powerful, but not omnipotent, something he seems to crave as part of an irrepressible authoritarian instinct. And he said he feared the world would no longer take Trump at his word. "In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story", Mr Trump said . Read More »

House Oversight Committee member calls Trump's bluff on the Comey "tapes"

Mr. Comey is reportedly happy about the existence of the tapes, and hopes they exist . On Friday, Indian-American Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi asked the White House to produce the tapes regarding the conversation of US President Donald Trump's conversation with James Comey to allow details of the ex-FBI Director's sacking to under limelight. Read More »

Trump's trade nominee gets broad Senate support


Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican who chairs the Senate Finance Committee and voted in favour of Lighthizer's nomination, also urged the incoming trade representative to be careful not to put at risk the gains NAFTA has brought. Another significant challenge for Ambassador Lighthizer is the European Union's aggressive stance on the use of geographic indications (GIs). Despite Reagan's reputation as a stalwart supporter of free trade, his administration seldom hesitated to pressure USA trade ... Read More »

India to skip China's Belt and Road Forum

The Belt and Road International Cooperation Forum will be held on May 14 and 15 in Beijing , which will be attended by more than 1,500 delegates, including officials, academics, entrepreneurs and representatives from financial institutions and international organizations. Read More »

Pope Francis turns two Portuguese shepherd children into Catholic saints

Pilgrims walk by a 26 metre tall giant glow-in-the-dark rosary, titled "Suspension" by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, above the entrance of Basilica of the Holy Trinity, in Fatima, Portugal, Thursday, May 11, 2017. John Paul II had credited the Virgin Mary with saving his life and one of the bullets fired at him was placed in the crown of a statue of her in Fatima. Read More »

France's new president to meet Merkel next week


The Gard includes Nimes, one of the main bullfighting centres in France. Sara was once married to the tennis star Henri Leconte. "You can't on the one hand call for political renewal and on the other say 'They know nothing!" Among them are a female fighter pilot who served in Syria, a female bullfighter and a mathematics genius who won the Fields medal in 2010. Read More »

Russian Federation ridicules U.S. reaction to Comey's firing


No bilateral meeting between the two leaders has been established yet, which means Lavrov got ahead of the White House. The White House also shifted its stance on whether Mr Comey's termination had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, at first saying it was not linked. Read More »

United Nations climate talks frustrated over U.S. stance

Trump's inner circle has been tasked with providing the president, who has flirted with ditching the landmark agreement, with a range of policy options. White House advisers have postponed a crucial meeting on the Paris climate agreement as the Trump White House has yet to confirm where they stand on the accord. Read More »

Portugal Telecom says hit by cyber attack, no impact on services


Telecommunications giant Telefonica was among the many targets. Tom Griffiths, who was at Bart's Hospital in London for chemotherapy treatment, said a nurse showed him her computer screen, which carried an image of a padlock. In a statement, the NHS said: "A number of NHS organizations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack which is affecting a number of different organizations". Read More »

3 shootings by police put spotlight on Justice Department


Louisiana will investigate whether or not to press charges against the officers responsible for the shooting death of Alton Sterling, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's office said Wednesday. Sterling's family and attorneys say they've learned that officer Salamoni threatened to kill sterling before the shots were fired, they say the case isn't over. Read More »

China's Belt and Road Forum — FAST FACTS

At least 29 countries are scheduled to be represented by their heads of state at the event. Other experts say Chinese money is mostly skipping the key developing nations targeted by the initiative. "He is determined to make it work, and in China today that counts for a great deal", writes Professor Hugh White. Last-minute developments reflected the importance Beijing places on the forum. Read More »

Turkey Plays Key Role in Belt, Road Initiative: Erdogan

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak meets Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing , May 13, 2017. China has always been playing up the global benefits of its ambitious trade project, but analysts note that the plan is opaque and vague. Read More »