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All Blacks to play South Africa in RWC pool

I think it is good for us and it will keep us on our toes". While England face further bruising tests against either the United States or Canada, and Fiji or Samoa, New Zealand should encounter far less resistance before the knockout phase. Read More »

Abbas meeting signals hope for peace with no details

Palestinians will strongly disapprove if Mahmoud Abbas concedes to Trump's request and the protesters in Ramallah said that they do not understand the USA president's request. The Arab League also said that all "relevant global institutions and bodies" must "intervene immediately and urgently to compel the Israeli government to apply worldwide humanitarian law", according to the resolution. Read More »

China's Xi says free trade important engine for development

It said on Tuesday that North Korea would send a delegation to the summit but gave no other details. "Where we are concerned, this is a national Chinese initiative", Jaishankar had said in July 2015. Jaishankar's comments came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that "connectivity in itself can not override or undermine the sovereignty of other nations". Read More »

Japan says N. Korea missile fell into sea

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Most experts have doubted that the North has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. Mr Trump has previously said that he would like to solve the North Korea crisis diplomatically, but that a "major, major conflict" is possible. Read More »

White House 'Certifies' That Trump Has No Russian Business Ties

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Graham told CNN on Tuesday he wants to explore possible ties between Trump's businesses and Russian Federation. Trump added in the same interview he had planned on firing Comey regardless of the DOJ recommendation, contradicting earlier statements by the White House press office and the vice president. Read More »

South Korea: Rival North Korea launches ballistic missile

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The missile was sacked from Kusong region, north-west of the capital, Pyongyang, the Yonhap news agency reported . South Korean Military has now confirmed it was a ballistic missile that flew 700 km . South Korea, the United States and other regional powers have been stepping up efforts to diffuse tensions over the North's weapons program after a sharp rise in tensions in April over concerns that it may conduct a sixth nuclear test. Read More »

Election Commission dismisses AAP's so-called demonstration of EVM tampering

The EVMs used for polling are with the EC. "We can hack EVM machines across Delhi in three days", Mr Sisodia said, claiming that a party in power would never have the courage to question the machines. His deputy Manish Sisodia claimed th-at the democracy is in danger and urged rivals to look beyond the theory of "your machine vs my machine". AAP has vociferously raised the issue after its disappointing performance in Punjab and Goa assembly elections and the recent MCD polls. Read More »

EVM motherboards can be changed in 90 seconds: Kejriwal

Meanwhile, amid a raging debate over the reliability of EVMs, the Election Commission will meet representatives of 55 political parties tomorrow to put forth its stand on the issue. One of the protesters said, "We want the ECI to wake up and amend the machine". In its communication to the presidents of all the seven national and 48 state political parties, the Commission sent a status paper on EVMs and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail, VVPAT. Read More »

New FBI boss could be revealed next week

Aides said Trump does not believe his team gave contradictory stories about his decision to fire Comey, despite the fact that the White House's explanation changed dramatically over a 48-hour period. On Thursday, Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

Trump to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace

Trump concluded his statement challenging the naysayers, and said " let's see if we can prove them wrong ". 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 »

Kenyan President Wants AU Forces in Somalia Increased

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Addressing an worldwide conference on Somalia in London, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for more support for drought-stricken Somalia. "Here in London, we can tip the scales from danger to safety ", said Mr. Guterres. Trump signed a directive in March designating part of Somalia as an "area of active hostilities", making it easier for US security advisers in the country to call in drone strikes against Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate that has recruited Americans and called ... Read More »

AAP rebel Kapil Mishra attacked

Mishra had termed his protest as "Satyagraha" or "peaceful agitation" and declared to drink water and nothing else until Kejriwal discloses the details of funds on foreign tours by its five leaders- Satyendar Jain, Ashish Khetan, Raghav Chaddha, Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak. Read More »

AAP drama: Delhi Assembly to witness stormy special session today

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Before Bhardwajs demonstration, Kejriwal tweeted, "Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country". The test was conducted on a machine "similar" to an EVM and not an original EVM, he clarified. He was also present in the assembly when the AAP presented its "demo". The Delhi Assembly in a day-long special session passed a resolution on Tuesday urging President Pranab Mukherjee and the Election Commission to ensure that EVMs with VVPAT are used in all future ... Read More »

Prince Philip: 'The country should be truly grateful for his selfless service'

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The queen, the world's longest-reigning living monarch who celebrated her 91st birthday in April, will continue to carry out a full program of official engagements, it added. Prime Minister Theresa May offered him the whole country's "deepest gratitude and good wishes". He follows in the footsteps of Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, who retired from public duties on 1 January 2016 at the age of 80. Read More »

Nearly all systems have been recovered, says Home Secretary — NHS cyberattack

When asked to confirm that Wana Decryptor has struck in the US, and at what scale, Acting Deputy Press Secretary Scott McConnell did not provide specifics. Worldwide shipper FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also infected. The so-called "Wannacry" virus notably attacks Windows XP, which in principle has not been supported by Microsoft since 2014. Read More »

Hamilton fastest as Mercedes step up the pace in practice

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Vettel is leading the drivers' championship having won two of the opening four flyaway races, helping Ferrari to the top of the constructors' in the process. They then told him to try to reach the pits. Verstappen was just 0.557secs off pole position - about half the deficit Red Bull have had over the first four races of the season. Read More »

China Agrees to Open Market to US Beef, Gas

The agreement covers a number of long-standing barriers in areas ranging from agriculture to energy to the operation of American financial firms in China. In exchange, the USA would allow the sale of cooked Chinese poultry - a move Ross said could be done safely. After the meeting at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's Florida golf resort, both men agreed to take steps to trim the American trade deficit with China, which reached almost $350 billion a year ago. Read More »

LaMarcus Aldridge pours in 34 points to lead Spurs to series win

San Antonio was quicker to the ball and shot very well. "It wasn't one guy scoring 40 points", said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. When it was announced that Leonard would miss Game 6 , a lopsided victory seemed possible, but with Houston the victor, given the absence of the NBA's best two-way player. Read More »

China's leader offers billions for new Silk Road initiative

Sources said that a decision has not been taken yet. A total of 29 heads of state, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan are expected to participate in the global event. Read More »

Obama said to have warned Trump against hiring Flynn

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But he didn't come that day, and that night Yates was sacked for refusing to implement Trump's order banning travelers from several majority-Muslim nations. Flynn, a retired general once seen as a potential Trump vice president, has emerged as a central figure in the Russian probes. Moscow has denied any such meddling. Read More »

Pakistan signs nearly $500 mln in China deals at Silk Road summit

India will likely be the only major country not to have any significant representation at the summit, which is China's biggest diplomatic event this year. It could extend to India in the future, and Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor could be connected with India's North-South Transport Corridor. Read More »

Moon sets out to mend ties with China

Both the USA and South Korea are keen on dismantling the nuclear program of Kim Jong Un and hence, are open to maintaining the sanctions on North Korea already laid in place by Trump's administration. North Korea continued its progress in becoming a nuclear state. In the call, Xi asked Moon to visit Beijing, Moon's office said. Moon came to power with a promise to review the system and he told Xi North Korea must cease making provocations before tension over the deployment could be ... Read More »

Trump says he will make 'fast decision' on Comey replacement

In saying so, he contradicted Vice-President Mike Pence and White House press secretary Sean Spicer , who insisted Comey was booted on the recommendation of Trump's deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. "And then the firing of Comey is just the final act", Eisen added. "It does raise a very serious question, whether the president's intent was to subvert the investigation". Read More »