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New push to drive IS from 4 neighborhoods in Mosul

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Iraqi army, federal police and special forces, backed by the US -led coalition, are slowly retaking territory in Mosul where IS remains in control of a small cluster of neighborhoods in the city's western half. The number of people fleeing the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul is reaching new highs and the condition of the displaced civilians is deteriorating, an aid group said Saturday. Read More »

Cyber attack hits 200000 in at least 150 countries: Europol

Europol said its cybercrime specialists will support affected countries as a "complex global investigation" to identify the culprits begins. "The global reach is unprecedented". Only a small number of US-headquartered organisations were hit because the hackers appear to have begun the campaign by targeting organisations in Europe, said Vikram Thakur, principal research manager at Symantec. Read More »

USA calls for stronger sanctions against North Korea

The North Korean Foreign Ministry Director General for USA affairs made the comment to reporters in Beijing as she was travelling home from Norway, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. And it says South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with the U.S. Also, the US Treasury said it was considering all of its available tools to deny North Korea access to the worldwide financial system. Read More »

China pledges additional 100 billion yuan for Silk Road

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Sharif made the comments as India skipped China's Belt and Road Summit in opposition to the planned economic route which passes through Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. Such an approach may help to redress the current imbalance in investment flows: in 2016 China invested four times more in Europe than European Union companies invested in China. Read More »

Sino-US deal eases access to markets

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The U.S. exported between $68.4 billion and $385 billion in digitally-enabled services in 2014, depending on how those services are measured, resulting in an up to $154 billion trade surplus in this area, according to data from the U.S. And, at least at first glance, the new Sino-American trade deal appears to have vindicated this softer approach that is starting to bear fruit. "These are modest moves which by themselves will not have much effect on the USA economy", said David Dollar, a ... Read More »

Trump tax returns show little income from Russian sources: president's lawyers

The letter notes that Trump acquired this property in 2005 for $41 million. "I built a great company, but I'm not involved with Russian Federation". "It's just another way to not answer the question". And while this is certainly interesting, the assurances from Trump's lawyers are hard to accept at face value. Other items listed among the various earnings from Russian clients included wine, mattresses and ties, books or Trump-licensed products. Read More »

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyberattack

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In Britain, the attack disrupted care at National Health Service facilities, forcing ambulances to divert and hospitals to postpone operations. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said all but six of the NHS trusts back to normal Saturday. "The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex worldwide investigation to identify the culprits", it said in a statement.Some experts said the threat had receded in part because a British-based researcher, who declined to give his name, ... Read More »

New French leader Macron sworn in with pledge to fight terror

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Macron overpowered his far-right rival Marine Le Pen to the presidency, winning more than 65 percent of the vote on May 7 and his victory made waves across the globe as people hailed the choice by French people as "sane". Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as French president Sunday following his landslide victory a week ago, in which he vowed to unite a country with deepening divisions. Read More »

Donald Trump sends military to Syria-Turkey border

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The Turkish leader's statement on Sunday follows reports of an increased USA military presence on the Syrian-Turkish border, deployed over the weekend to protect YPG forces, the U.S.'s Syrian-Kurdish allies. Turkey is a member of the US-led worldwide anti-ISIS coalition. The move came following Turkey's threats to retake the city from the SDF as the Turkish government said it would not allow the town to remain under Kurdish control. Read More »

Syria will abide by "de-escalation" plan -foreign minister

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Al-Moallem said the Syrian army's military priority now is to liberate areas in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border held by the Islamic State group. Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Asharq Al-Awsat that around 1,100 people left the Barzeh neighborhood on Monday. Read More »

China's Xi says Silk Road plan boosts finance, security ties

Another defence expert Uday Bhaskar has said that India's decision to not attend the forum would have huge repercussions for New Delhi as well as Beijing . 2 economy would make it a dominant player. Baglay said India supported connectivity across the region, but there was a problem with the Pakistan end of "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) - a term widely used to describe the project. Read More »

Macron's victory brings relief to some European allies

However, it is not clear if he will be able to do so. "Every support to the president is welcome", said Jean-Paul Delevoye, the president of the commission in charge of assessing candidates. With no representation in the country's National Assembly the young leader's initial challenge is to secure his party's first seats in June's crucial parliamentary elections. Read More »

North Korea test-fires missile in bid to test South, US

Both Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe immediately condemned the launch, with Moon expressing "deep regret" that it occurred shortly after the new government was sworn in. "The type of missile is being assessed, and the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile", it said. China, which has been under growing pressure from Washington to help rein in North Korea , called for restraint. Read More »

China offers billions for new Silk Road initiative

Government officials from New Delhi did not travel, Indian officials said, although scholars from Indian think-tanks have flown to Beijing to attend some of the meetings at the forum. A multi-tiered Belt and Road financial cooperation network has taken an initial shape, Xi said in the speech. Xi said the world must create conditions that promote open development and encourage the building of systems of "fair, reasonable and transparent global trade and investment rules". Read More »

US Senate Intelligence Chair Says 'No Evidence' Yet of Trump-Russia Collusion

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Burr said because there has been no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation it is unlikely FBI Director James Comey was sacked to impede the ongoing investigation, media reported. "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" Trump tweeted. Read More »

Sanctuary City Bill heads to Governor's desk

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It would exempt police at healthcare facilities and mental health centers. Among other changes, it also would exclude officers who are contracted by religious organizations and schools, though it will apply to police departments on college campuses. Read More »

Israel Threatens to Evict UN from its East Jerusalem Headquarters

In fact, it's yet another in a series of UNESCO resolutions denying any Israeli connection to, e.g., the Temple Mount. The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed new tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015. Read More »

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

China has shown it is a strong pillar of an open world and multilateralism by hosting the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of 29 countries will be at the event. A US delegation was led by Matt Pottinger, special assistant to President Donald Trump and senior director for East Asia at the National Security Council. Read More »

Cyber-attacks increasingly emerging from sophisticated groups and governments

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Speaking after chairing a meeting of the crisis response committee, or COBRA, Rudd said 48 of 248 health service trusts in England had been impacted by the attack, but that all except six were now functioning normally. The malware was made available online on April 14 through a dump by a group called Shadow Brokers, which claimed a year ago to have stolen a cache of "cyber weapons" from the National Security Agency (NSA). Read More »