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IS downs Iraqi helicopter west of Mosul

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Separately, the director for Daesh public properties affairs in Tal Afar, identified as Abi al-Bara al-Qahtani, has stolen millions of dollars, and fled the area along with three of his close aides. People speak of conditions that are desperate and worsening. Displaced Iraqis leave western Mosul's al-Islah al-Zaraye neighborhood on May 13, 2017 during a military offensive to retake the area from Daesh terrorists. Read More »

US Homeland Security: No announcement Friday on lap

Currently, passengers flying in to the USA from 10 airports fall under the ambit of the ban that was introduced in March. The move, which forces passengers to put their devices into checked baggage, came as counter-terror officials developed concerns that jihadist groups were devising bombs disguised as batteries in consumer electronics. Read More »

Melissa McCarthy adds spice (and Spicer) as host of 'SNL'

He has also referred to McCarthy's tendency, when dressed as Spicer, to drive a motorized lectern rapidly toward a reporter who asks an aggravating question. "Because he TOLD us so!" "Period. And then he hired lawyers to agree with him". McCarthy yells as she takes the podium from Bryant. "But he wouldn't do that", said a choked-up Spicer. Read More »

Voters like Obamacare better than GOP alternative, poll shows

Now that the Senate has the ACA substitute, there are expectations for major changes to HR 1628 and its health insurance provisions, like how to deal with pre-existing conditions, but there are no such expectations for a major move away from the Medicaid reforms spelled out in the legislation. Read More »

Higher US crude output to cap oil prices through 2018

Crude oil prices moved into short-term recovery mode early Wednesday after industry data showed US oil inventory levels are on the decline. The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a drawdown of 5.789 million barrels of crude oil, for the week ending May 5, which beat analyst expectations of a fall of 1.8 million barrels. Read More »

Venezuela opposition boycotts Maduro's constitution rewrite

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The demonstration convened by the UCV was dispersed by the National Guard (GNB) with tear gas and, according to Requesens, also with rubber bullets and marbles. Opposition leaders claim that the government will handpick a group of supporters to get away with rewriting the Constitution and to instate their dictatorship publicly. Read More »

NITDA advises MDAs, others on ransomware attacks

Security officials in Britain urged organizations to protect themselves by updating their security software fixes, running anti-virus software and backing up data elsewhere. A spokesman for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said there had been no confirmed reports of an impact on Australian organisations at this stage. "I'm watching how far this propagates and when governments get involved", he said. Read More »

Huge cyberattack forces Microsoft to offer free tech fix

For those new to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, this is a technical discussion focused on providing the IT Security Professional with information to help further protect systems. But unlike other ransomware, Wana Decryptor has been built to spread quickly. The exploit was leaked last month as part of a trove of NSA spy tools . Read More »

Kushner Companies apologises for touting U.S. presidential family ties in China

In return, they'd get a possible US visa under a program recently renewed by President Trump. The Trump administration has been under scrutiny in recent months for the potential conflicts of interest of Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both of whom are involved in business ventures and hold high-profile roles in the White House. Read More »

North Korea: Sen. Cory Gardner has "lost basic judgment and body hair"

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The Donald Trump administration reportedly told Pyongyang through Beijing that it would "provide security guarantee" for the Kim Jong-un regime and invite the North Korean leader to the USA for direct talks if Pyongyang scraps its missile and nuclear weapons program, according to the Japan Times Tuesday. Read More »

Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Michael Flynn for documents in Russia probe

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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. He and Mr Warner have invited Mr Comey to testify before the committee on May 16 in a closed session. In a farewell letter to staff , Mr Comey said he would not "spend time on the decision or the way it was executed". Read More »

Abbas to Trump: Peace agreement must be based on two-state solution

The Israeli press is mostly focusing on how Abbas is trying to cozy up to Trump through flattery , as part of an effort to try to get on the American president's side on the issue. Trump sent his Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, to Jerusalem and Ramallah in March to explore possible roles for the U.S.in the peace process. Read More »

Unprecedented global 'ransomware' attack seeks cash for data

Several cybersecurity firms said they had identified the malicious software behind the attack, which has apparently hit Russian Federation the hardest. In the US, FedEx reported its Windows computers were "experiencing interference" from malware, but would not say if it had been hit by ransomware. But the patches won't do any good for machines that have already been hit. Read More »

Melissa McCarthy, as "Spicy", rides on podium through midtown

She addressed the " rocky start" that Spicer and the press had: "When I say rocky start, I mean it in the sense of Rocky the movie". The sheer number of freaky incidents in U.S. It has also been confirmed that Alec Baldwin will be appearing on the show as Donald Trump . "SNL" used to be really amusing. McCarthy could be heard yelling at moving cars to get out of the way while filming a " SNL " skit as "Spicey". Read More »

Los Angeles throws down gauntlet to Paris in 2024 hosting battle

For Baumann, the two cities' aims should stay the same for the next week, and next decade. "So we are going to produce a photobook for every athlete in the competition", Wasserman said. " Los Angeles is already a great Olympic city but after three days we now realize that that was an understatement". The last time Los Angeles hosted, in 1984, the home shoal dominated in the pool, with 21 gold atop 34 medals, Canada, West Germany , the Netherlands, Australia, Great Britain and France ... Read More »

China's Xi applauds SKorea's Moon on election win

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First freeze North Korea's nuclear development, then engage with them economically before working towards the ultimate goal of denuclearization. Left-leaning Moon Jae-In, a former human rights lawyer, backs engagement with North Korea in the quest for peace - in contrast to the threatening rhetoric from the Trump administration in recent weeks. Read More »

Chibok schoolgirls swapped for 5 Boko Haram commanders

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The sources, however, said some of the girls were not willing to come back, on the grounds that they had gotten married to Boko Haram insurgents with some having children. Although the army has retaken much of the territory initially lost to Boko Haram , large parts of the northeast, particularly in Borno state, remain under threat from the militants. Read More »

Netanyahu's Government Revives Bill on 'Jewish State' Status

The Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday that if the bill were to become law, Arabic would no longer be an official language and would instead be defined as having special status. Trump is expected in Israel later this month as part of his first foreign trip and the Palestinian president said "we are looking forward to his visit soon to Bethlehem" in the West Bank, with speculation it will occur on May 23. Read More »

Israeli cabinet approves defining Israel as Jewish nation

Critics have described the proposed legislation, which also declares that the "right to self-determination" in Israel is "unique to the Jewish people" as impinging on the rights of its Arab minority. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said late last month that Ahmed Dawabshe was not eligible for compensation because he does not qualify as a terror victim, the law does not apply to Palestinians and that there was no request on file for such compensation. Read More »

Trump's Long History of Recording Calls Makes His Tweet About "Tapes"

Trump has rejected the probe as "fake news" and claimed Comey assured him at a dinner and in two phone calls that he wasn't under investigation. Trump anxious about recorded conversations - and recording his own conversations - well before he got into politics, according to former Trump Organization executives. Read More »

Europe and Japan raise doubts over United States trade policy at G7

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While trade was not specifically on the agenda, its presence loomed large as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin came under pressure to engage on the matter. The United States believes the world's other rich economies are getting used to the policy plans of President Donald Trump, but Europe and Japan remain anxious about Washington's shift. Read More »

Iran's Rouhani congratulates South Korea's Moon on presidential victory

On Thursday, Moon asked Xi to help end the Chinese boycott of South Korean goods. The talks collapsed in 2008 after North Korea launched a rocket. Regional experts have believed for months that North Korea is preparing for its sixth nuclear test and was working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States, presenting U.S. Read More »

Kapil Mishra attacked in house

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The Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi Police on Thursday recorded the statement of sacked water minister Kapil Mishra over his graft allegations against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The youth, who was subsequently identified as Ankit Bharadwaj, jumped at Mishra while he was lying down. "If Kejriwal is not found guilty, then he must file a defamation case against the person concerned and if found guilty, then he must resign within a second", said Hazare . Read More »