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Four killed as train crashes through house in northern Greece


Twelve fire brigade trucks were deployed to the area, the fire brigade said and a rescue operation was under way. The train was traveling on the Athens-Thessaloniki route when it went off the rails near the station at the village of Adendro, 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Thessaloniki Saturday night. Read More »

Syrian opposition HNC group criticises de-escalation deal

What does the memorandum say? Under the plan, Assad's air force - and presumably Russian, too - would also halt flights over those areas. "The guarantees from Russia , Iran and Turkey allow forces to be focused on the fight against terrorists, who don't want peace", the analyst said . Read More »

White House says Trump has no Russian Federation dealings


In the interview Tuesday, Graham said Trump was "very loyal" to Flynn and that the White House staff may have had to convince the President to dump him. He will likely pass on the more sensitive questions, because the hearing is open, and refer to the declassified report that intelligence agencies published in January . Read More »

All future elections to be held with VVPAT: CEC


The AAP has now requested the Commission to either hand them the machines used in the elections to demonstrate how they could have been hacked, or trail the votes to see if they were cast in favour of the party they were intended for. Bhardwaj said. "With this demonstration, it has been proved that EVMs can actually be hacked", Bhardwaj claimed. Leaders of other parties, like the CPI, RJD and RLD raised other aspects of the electoral process like corporate funding. Read More »

5 top judges of different faiths begin 'triple talaq' hearings

Jethmalani further said "Any customary usage is enforceable by court under article 13 which states laws inconsistent with or in derogation of the fundamental rights". Last year, the same court had dismissed the practice of triple talaq as "unconstitutional". The court stated, "A Muslim husband can not give divorce in such a manner which would put a question mark on equal rights". Read More »

'Some nail-biting to come': BC election creates uncertainty for Trudeau's pet projects


Kathryn Harrison, also a professor at UBC, says the Greens must weigh the risks of either choice but the Liberals may wait to do any negotiating until after May 24, when a final count of ballots is expected. The Liberals could attempt to govern on their own, and negotiate on an issue-by-issue basis with opposition parties-including the Greens, who would hold the balance of power-or they could attempt to form a (possibly more stable) governing coalition that invites MLAs from another ... Read More »

Haniyeh's election augurs well for Hamas


Haniyeh was formerly the political leader in Gaza, where he was succeeded by Yahya Sinwar, a former Israeli prisoner who is a known hardliner and a senior member of the terror group's "military wing". Unlike his predecessor Khaled Meshaal, he is expected to lead the movement from Gaza. Haniya takes charge of Hamas as it seeks to ease its worldwide isolation while simultaneously marginalising hardliners within the movement. Read More »

Pro-EU Macron marches into French presidency

En Marche will announce its candidates for the legislative elections on Thursday. "Happy that the French chose a European future", said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as EU observers noted triumphantly that Mr. Republicans grandee Alain Juppe said the party should not adopt a policy of "systematic obstruction" of Macron if it failed to win a majority. Philippe Braud, professor emeritus at Sciences Po university in Paris , said Macron's decisive win on Sunday meant an ... Read More »

U.S. planning to kill Kim Jong-un - North Korea claims


North Korea's Ministry of State Security claimed the substances employed in the alleged attack could be used remotely and with a delayed effect. The plot was foiled, it said, but gave no details on the fate of "Kim". The statement said Kim had received a total payment of about US$740,000 and was given satellite transceivers and other materials and equipment. "Korean-style anti-terrorist attack will be commenced from this moment to sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organisations ... Read More »

Trump hopes to nominate new Federal Bureau of Investigation director quickly

John Cornyn (R-Tex.); acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Alice Fisher , a white-collar defense lawyer who previously led the Justice Department's criminal division; Michael J. Trump denied that account in a Fox News interview on Friday. On Tuesday, the White House announced Comey was sacked as Trump's decision came at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who laid out the case for axing Comey in a memo that detailed his mishandling ... Read More »

Chrystia Freeland Praises Rex Tillerson's Work On Arctic Climate Change Declaration

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson straddled the fence about the U.S.'s position on the issue. "We are appreciative that each of you has an important point of view", Tillerson said. Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address climate warming. The joint agreement by the Arctic Council mentioned the Paris accord only in a passing reference, which noted the deal's entry into force and implementation. Read More »

Raikkonen quickest as Ferraris fight back in Spanish GP third practice


Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia waits in his team garage during the third practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Saturday, May 13, 2017. Ferrari also had to change the power unit of Vettel's auto following his precautionary stop in pit lane near the end of the third practice because of a "telemetry issue". Read More »

United Kingdom interior minister says health system has recovered from cyber attack


Furthermore, the NITDA DG said should any system be infected by the ransomware, it should be isolated from other network to prevent the threat from further sspreading. FedEx said it was "experiencing interference". "We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible", a FedEx statement said. Elsewhere in Europe, the attack hit companies including Spain's Telefonica, a global broadband and telecommunications company. Read More »

N. Korea Belatedly Covers Election of Pres. Moon Jae

Moon's swearing-in on Wednesday brought to an end a months-long power vacuum after the previous president Park Geun-hye was ousted in a corruption scandal in March. It said Moon told Abe that it was emotionally hard for South Koreans to accept the agreement. China has been upset by the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system that was approved by Moon's conservative predecessor as a hedge against North Korea, placing Seoul in a hard spot between its closest military ally in Washington and ... Read More »

Nigeria, others benefit as oil prices surge 3 per cent

U.S. crude production is expected to rise by more than previously expected in 2017 to 9.31 million barrels per day from 8.87 million bpd in 2016, a 440,000 bpd increase, the U.S. "But oil demand growth this year is underwhelming, in part explaining why crude oil prices and refining margins have sold off sharply recently", the bank said in a note to clients. Read More »

It appears BC has its first minority government in 65 years

But first Clark's win has to be confirmed. The Liberals won 43 seats and the NDP 41, with the Greens making a major breakthrough by picking up three seats in Tuesday's provincial election. "The notion that our political cards, our party affiliation extends right across the country doesn't apply". There's already talk among bureaucrats and lobbyists about whether the federal government should invoke a section of the Constitution to declare Trans Mountain a project for "the general advantage ... Read More »

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile, South Korea Says

Outsiders will be especially interested in what kind of projectile was sacked. U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a "major, major conflict" with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programmes. Read More »

Posey's homer in 17th leads Giants past Reds 3-2

Cincinnati had won seven of eight but couldn't get the big hit this game. The Reds went 9-2 over that span, which included nine stolen bags courtesy of Hamilton. The Giants took a small step toward respectability Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park. He is day to day. Cueto finished strong by getting Joey Votto to fly out with a runner on base with his 119th and final pitch of the game. Read More »

U.S. delegates to attend China's Belt and Road forum


Second is I also represent my country there upon the invitation of President Xi Jinping . The infrastructure project, couched in China's soft power projections, would help China get road routes that are necessary for both its energy needs and selling goods in Asian, European and African markets. Read More »

Pope Francis to canonise children at Fatima shrine

The huge crowd erupted in cheers and applause as the pontiff's open-topped, white pope mobile arrived at Fatima's vast square. Francisco and Jacinta, aged 9 and 7, and their 10-year-old cousin, Lucia, reported that on March 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary made the first of a half-dozen appearances to them while they grazed their sheep. Read More »

South Korean military: North Korea launches projectile


A statement said that the missile was sacked from near Kusong City, in North Pyongan province, and that the South Korean and USA militaries are analyzing the details. "It will be only a laughing stock of the worldwide community that with hysteria about sanctions, the United States has mistaken even ordinary restaurants run by [North Korea] overseas for nuke or ballistic rocket manufacturers", said the KCNA statement, cited by Yonhap. Read More »

Moon and China's Xi agree to improve ties, denuclearize N


Chinese leader Xi Jinping called Moon Thursday to congratulate him for his electoral victory. During his call with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, the two leaders agreed that their countries must not let their hard history hamper co-operation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program, Moon's office said. Read More »

Civilians killed in Mosul missile attack: Police source

There are now more than 6,000 American combat troops deployed in Iraq, but that number has been steadily increasing over the last few months - though it's unclear by how much. According to them, ISIS has so far lost more than 60% of its territory in Iraq. Humanitarian groups report that food supplies are running low for civilians trapped inside areas still held by the militants and in areas recently taken back by Iraqi forces. Read More »