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Russia-backed safe zone plans a bid to divide Syria, say opponents

The deal unveiled by Russian Federation on Thursday to set up four "de-escalation zones" was backed by Turkey and Iran , but the main Syrian opposition grouping says it has little faith in it. An global team set up to apportion blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria has started investigating the deadly April 4 sarin gas attack in Idlib province. Read More »

Trump's travel ban goes before federal appeals court

The three judges assigned all are Democratic appointees. "Its operation doesn't have anything to do with religion", Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. This is not the Trump administration's first legal showdown over the President's travel ban. But those arguments failed to sway the two district judges. Read More »

Israel says Palestinian hunger strike leader ate in secret

Other footage shows a prisoner eating something near a sink. The hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners started on April 16, announced by the currently-imprisoned Marwan Barghouti. Palestinians have held large rallies in support of the hunger strike since it began. "As I said from the very beginning, this hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists , which meet global standards". Read More »

Pakistan claims it killed 50 Afghan border troops

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Pakistan's military said Afghan border police had been "creating hurdles" since April 30 for the census team in the Chaman area. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) supply line, Afghan transit trade and pedestrian locomotion between Pakistan and Afghanistan are all suspended. Read More »

Parents of missing UK girl still hopeful she's 'out there'

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The suspect is not thought to be living in Portugal at this time. "Police would have needed divers to search under the water and inside the rocks, but they did not come here", the ex-policeman said. Madeleine McCann would now be nearly 14 years old. Describing the decade as "a disgusting marker of time, stolen time", Kate McCann said it was "time we should have had with Madeleine". Read More »

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Saudi Arabia without headscarf

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King Salman received Merkel in his palace in the western city of Jeddah, SPA state news agency said, adding that the two presided over a signing ceremony for several cooperation agreements. There were no representatives of armament companies in the business delegation accompanying her, though the German government has previously said that weapons could still be delivered to Saudi Arabia on a case-by-case basis. Read More »

White House was 'warned over Michael Flynn'

Flynn and other White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, had publicly denied that Flynn had discussed economic sanctions on Russian Federation with Kislyak. In the days before the originally scheduled hearing, Yates' attorney, David O'Neil, had been locked in an argument with Trump administration officials about whether she would be barred by executive privilege from testifying about her conversation with McGahn. Read More »

Fired by Trump, former acting AG to testify on Russia

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Before Flynn's ouster, it was reported in multiple outlets that Yates had told White House counsel Donald McGahn that Flynn had made misleading statements on his contact with Kislyak that she argued could expose Flynn to blackmail from the Russian government. Read More »

Former Student Leader Eyes S. Korean Presidency

Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has maintained his large lead in the polls and appears to be on the verge of capturing the presidency. Moon has hired conservative economist Kim Kwang-doo as his adviser for economic policy, and media have said he may be named prime minister or a senior cabinet minister in the new administration. Read More »

North Korea claims plot reveals U.S. state-sponsored terrorism

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The country's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim Hak Song was detained Saturday and that "a relevant institution is now conducting detailed investigation into his crimes". The other two are Otto Warmbier, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence with hard labor for "anti-state acts", and Kim Dong Chul, who is serving a 10-year term with hard labor for espionage. Read More »

I saw Kejriwal take Rs 2 crores cash, says Mishra

The Shungu Committee had been set up by former L-G Najeeb Jung to examine the decisions taken by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on about 400 files. He claimed Mr Kejriwal was suppressing a report on the alleged scam to shield people in the AAP. In his next few tweets , he warned that he would visit the Central Bureau of Investigation tomorrow to file First Information Reports against Mr Kejriwal. Read More »

Wife of American detained in North Korea pleads for his release

On Sunday, Kim Hak Song became the fourth American citizen now jailed by the repressive regime, on charges such as espionage and "crimes against the state". "When a USA citizen is reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang", a State Department official said in an emailed statement, declining to provide further details for privacy reasons. Read More »

North Korea arrests US citizen for 'hostile acts'

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The news agency didn't say whether the two cases are connected. This image made from a May 21, 2014 video shows the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. citizens in the past decade, often releasing them only after high-profile visits by current or former United States officials or former usa presidents. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron wins French election

He will take on France's top job without having previously been elected to public office. Roth says that "if Macron fails then the next president will be Marine Le Pen and we need to prevent this at all cost". "Happy that the French chose a European future", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote on Twitter. Here is a selection of comments from world leaders and other political heavyweights on Macron's election victory. Read More »

Martha Stewart shares view of Donald Trump's portrait

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She and Snoop Dogg formed an unlikely Bonnie/Clyde alliance years ago and recently hosted the VH-1 series " Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party". Stewart originally posed giving Donald the finger before taking photos with two peace signs, a more palatable option that she posted on Instagram to promote Potluck . Read More »

Kushner kin pitch 'golden visas' to would-be Chinese investors

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Presidential senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner is taking heat after his sister pointed out to potential partners in China that an investment of $500,000 or more in the Kushner Companies' One Journal Square project in Jersey City, N.J., could grease the skids for permanent residency in the USA under the EB-5 visa program . Read More »

Macron Victory Leads Euro to 6-Month High; US Stocks Lagging

With more than 44 million of France's 47 million registered voters accounted for, official Interior Ministry figures on Sunday confirmed Macron had been elected president with over 65 percent of valid votes cast so far. Hollande walked beside the 39-year-old Macron to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the monument, where they laid a wreath. If another party wins a majority, Macron could be pressured to choose a prime minister from that party in a situation called "co-habitation". Read More »

Trump Says He Wants To Help Mediate Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal

In their first face-to-face meeting, Trump pressed Palestinian leaders to "speak in a unified voice against incitement" to violence against Israelis but he stopped short of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a longstanding bedrock of USA policy. Read More »

Koreans want new leader to create jobs minus corruption

Conservatives worry that a victory by Moon Jae-in might benefit North Korea and put South Korea at odds with its most important ally, the United States. Recent polls show Moon with a double digit lead over Ahn. South Korea has 42,479,710 eligible voters, according to the election commission. Park was taken into custody soon thereafter and is now awaiting trial. Read More »

Obama Warned Trump Not to Hire Flynn

Yates says she told McGahn that the Russians knew about what Flynn had done and the Russians knew that Flynn had misled the vice president and others about what he had done. Trump officials have said Yates merely gave a "heads-up". Flynn served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under former President Barack Obama. Read More »

Macron Marches to French Presidency

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But he needs to perform well in legislative elections to enact his policies. " We have a president who is weak ", Raquel Garrido, spokesperson for the movement La France Insoumise (France Unbowed), created to promote the candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, said . Read More »