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Kiir: South Sudan's ousted army chief 'in a fighting mood'


But later Wednesday, a spokesman for Kiir, Ateny Wek Ateny, said Malong had been persuaded to return to the capital, Juba, on Thursday. President Salva Kiir is appealing to South Sudanese to remain calm, saying there will be no outbreak of violence after he fired army chief General Paul Malong, who left the capital Tuesday night with a number of armed military officers. Read More »

North Korea poses 'existential' threat, U.S. intel chief warns

The talks collapsed in 2008 after North Korea launched a rocket. However, the only leader from a G7 nation to attend will be the Italian prime minister, according to China's foreign ministry. DeTrani said. U.S. President Donald Trump has asked China to put more pressure on North Korea, and has praised Chinese President Xi Jinping's role in trying to rein in Pyongyang. Read More »

Xi, Moon agree on denuclearizing NKorea

But analysts said the new South Korean president is likely to be constrained and more pragmatic in office, instead of making a U-turn on current policies towards North Korea. Moon is widely expected to seek engagement with North Korea to improve long-strained ties though Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs are limiting his leeway for reconciliatory policies. Read More »

NHS cyber -attack: Global Positioning System and hospitals hit by Ransomware

Patients of the state-funded country-wide service are facing days of chaos as appointments and surgeries were cancelled after almost 45 NHS organisations from London to Scotland were hit in the " ransomware " attack on Friday. Especially the hackers demanded their payment in the virtual currency Bitcoin, which is harder to trace. NHS digital said the attack was believed to have been carried out by the malware variant Wanna Descriptor. Read More »

ISIS chief in Afghanistan killed in April raid, U.S. military says

Sources say the joint Afghan-U.S. special forces raid killed the notorious Abdul Hasib and other terror heavyweights, along with 35 jihadis. Branching out from Iraq and Syria - and fueled by a growing militancy in Central Asia - Islamic State launched its operations in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region two years ago, naming it IS's Khorasan province (IS-K) to cover Afghanistan, Pakistan and "other nearby lands". Read More »

Osama bin Laden's son plans to 'avenge' his father's death


An ex-FBI agent will reveal the threat from Bin Laden's son Hamza in a forthcoming episode of American news show 60 Minutes . But six years after his father's death, Hamza's message appears focused primarily on avenging his father and attacking the West in retaliation for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More »

Should churches take sides in politics? Question of the Week


On the right, there wasn't much to celebrate. Presumably, however, an organization seeking exemption under section 501 (c)(3 ) would still need to demonstrate that it meets the charitable, educational or religious standard otherwise required of applicants, meaning that political activity (for its own sake) could not be the organization's primary goal. Read More »

Trump calls sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Comey a 'showboat'

The night before, two unnamed officials told the Washington Post that former FBI Director James Comey had requested more resources from the Justice Department for the investigation days before he was sacked. He continued: 'I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity. Democrats accused the Republican president of firing Comey to try to undermine the FBI's probe into Russia's alleged efforts to meddle in the 2016 election and possible collusion with members of ... Read More »

What do you make of the fidget spinner?


The rapid rise of fidget spinners, with or without the poop emoji, is eliciting a different reaction from administrators at some schools. Teachers said the spinners are helpful to students if used properly, but depending on the school students should expect to follow the rules. Read More »

In Libya Minister says rival general must accept civil rule


The renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar has been offered the role of Libya's army chief on condition he supports the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli, according to the government's foreign minister. Libya has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 revolt that toppled and killed longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, with rival militias and authorities vying for control of the oil-rich country. Read More »

How to avoid a cyber attack: Malware and ransomware explained

The Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda says the attack Friday affected the Windows operating system of employees' computers in several companies. In most cases, they change the wallpaper of the computer and give specific instructions telling the user how to pay to recover their files. Kaspersky Lab said its security software has "detected and successfully blocked a large number of ransomware attacks around the world", including "more than 45,000 attacks of the WannaCry ... Read More »

Climate marchers urge Trump to protect environment

Numerous protesters carried signs with slogans such as "The seas are rising and so are we" and "Don't be fossil fool". Joining the march in Washington , 16-year-old Olivia Springberg tried to make the issue of climate change personal to Trump. Read More »

Trump threatens to cancel all press briefings in 'fake media' tweet tirade

Officials did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump recorded his discussions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "The FBI has been in turmoil. The shifting accounts of the decision to fire Comey, whom Trump derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander," added to a mounting sense of uncertainty and chaos in the West Wing, as aides scrambled to get their stories straight and appease an angry president. Read More »

After UNESCO vote, Israel cuts another $1m from UN budget

The resolution is similar to a previous UNESCO decision passed a year ago, which sharply criticized Israel's management of Palestinian religious sites, including al-Aqsa mosque. Trump demurred last week when asked if he might use a possible trip to Israel in May to announce the change in the embassy's location. UNESCO delegates prior to the opening of the organization's 2013 General Conference in Paris, France. Read More »

Can the 'de-escalation' plan in Syria work?


The Russian defence ministry had said the deal would come into force at midnight, with the first and largest zone including Idlib province and adjoining districts of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia. United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said the agreement was important because it was being implemented by three countries who could make it work. Read More »

Senate Intelligence Panel Subpoenas Flynn In Russia Probe


He said "the Russian collusion scandal is without any evidence to this day". The Trump administration denies any collusion with Russian Federation. In announcing the subpoena, the Senate Intelligence Committee said that Flynn "declined, through counsel, to cooperate with the Committee's request", reports The Washington Post. Read More »

Nawaz Sharif leaves for Beijing to attend Belt & Road summit

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with leaders from different countries in Beijing , before the One Belt One Road (OBOR) worldwide summit which will be held between May 14-15. The prestigious MoUs signing ceremony was witnessed by prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. He is leading perhaps the largest delegation - four chief ministers and five federal ministers. Read More »

Trump open to President Moon talking with North Korea

Moon and Trump will also have a key disagreement on the THAAD missile-defense system. "President Moon noted the reality was that most of his people could not accept the agreement over the sexual slavery issue", Moon's chief press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, was quoted as saying. Read More »

Chelsea star Hazard: I want to win Ballon d'Or


A Chelsea star has expressed his desire to lift the Ballon d'Or and has named three other players who could also win the award in the future. And the 26-year-old Belgium playmaker is optimistic his chances will not be harmed by playing in the Premier League. Read More »

Massive ransomware cyber-attack hits almost 100 countries around the world

A spokesman for NHS Digital said: "A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack". Individual NHS trusts have asked registered patients not to attend unless it is urgent. The minister said lessons had to be learned from the attack. "Some ambulances are being diverted to neighbouring hospitals and we are very sorry that we have had to cancel some routine appointments". Read More »

On Victory Day, Putin calls for worldwide unity


Those parades, known as the Immortal Regiment, also took place in Ukraine , which was a part of the Soviet Union during World War II and celebrates its own Victory Day on May 8. The Kremlin statement said Putin "confirmed his readiness for constructive joint work on current bilateral, regional and global issues, expressing certainty that this would be in the fundamental interests of the Russian and French people". Read More »

Seattle mayor ends re-election bid after sexual abuse claims


Attorney, community organizer, and spoken-word artist Nikkita Oliver announced before the allegations, but the race got picked up steam after the news. Paul Lawrence, an attorney with the Pacifica Law Group, made the request in a letter on May 1, saying an "effective defense" for Murray could cost $1 million or more. Read More »

Trump says he did not ask Comey for his loyalty

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, principal deputy press secretary at the White House, has been holding daily press briefings this week while Sean Spicer is fulfilling his Navy Reserve duties at the Pentagon - the timing of which was scheduled before Comey's firing. Read More »

Island focus: Bali Police probe the death of Oz man


Police were at the rented villa on Tuesday, scouring the scene as they continued to investigate the case. Police said there were signs of a violent struggle. However, he did not discount the possibility that Mr Richardson's death was an accident. Police believe there is a possibility he died due to being intoxicated, falling and injuring himself. Read More »