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Turkey president: Trump arming Syrian Kurds a 'mistake'


The spokesman for the Kurdish militia that forms the backbone of the fighting force known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, told The Associated Press on Thursday that his group will seek "neighborly relations" with Turkey. I hope they turn back from this mistake. A first consignment of weapons is already in place for delivery and could be dispatched to the Kurds "very quickly", US Colonel John Dorrian said Wednesday. Read More »

Two ridings to get recounts, including Courtenay-Comox: Elections BC

In the Vancouver-False Creek riding where BC Liberal Sam Sullivan defeated BC NDP candidate Morgane Oger is the second riding that will have a recount. Staff at Elections BC could not be reached on Saturday for more information, but a statement issued by officials said Ryan's request was approved because the number of votes recorded in the ballot account was 403, but there were only 399 votes on the tally sheet. Read More »

N. Korea says dialogue with US possible under right conditions


Choe Sun-hui, director general for North American affairs at North Korea's foreign ministry, made the comment to reporters in Beijing, Yonhap reported Saturday. Choe was in Norway for so-called Track Two talks with former US government officials, according to Japanese media, the latest in a series of such meetings. Read More »

In a tweet, President Trump suggests canceling press briefings

The White House also changed its narrative about whether the president had made a decision to fire Mr Comey based on the recommendations by Mr Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump insisted he never pressured Comey to drop the Russia-related FBI investigation. The president tweeted, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy". Read More »

Trump says he'll cancel 'all future press briefings'


Trump then followed up by saying in the future he might cancel all press briefings and simply send out written explanations for his decisions "for the sake of accuracy". White House surrogates are unable to keep up with the latest narrative because Trump is constantly contradicting himself and anyone else who hopes to protect him. Read More »

China to contribute additional $15B to Silk Road Fund - Xi Jinping

The leaders of 29 countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin , and officials of over 100 countries are attending the event. Huang Rihan, researcher with the Beijing-based Centre for China and Globalisation, said the forum was, however, likely to give some guidance on the direction of future global cooperation. Read More »

Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn keen to build on breakthrough season

The Blues victory came courtesy of a Michy Batshuayi's 82nd minute strike and means they go 10 points clear of Spurs, who have three games left. "Every chance. "The players we are talking to, because they are all good players, I know they have offers from other clubs (and) maybe they play Champions League or not, or whatever". Read More »

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


Xi pledged a massive funding boost to the new Silk Road, including an extra 100 billion yuan ($14.50 billion) into the existing Silk Road Fund, 380 billion in loans from two policy banks and 60 billion yuan in aid to developing countries and worldwide institutions in new Silk Road countries. Read More »

North Korea ballistic missile launch challenges new leader in Seoul

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, had phone conversations with his counterparts in Japan and South Korea to discuss the situation. He called it a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and a serious challenge to worldwide peace and security, according to senior presidential secretary Yoon Young-chan. Read More »

Turkey Kills 11 Syrian Kurds as Cross-Border Clashes Continue


The relocation of Turkish troops to an area near the border with Syria comes a day after US troops were seen patrolling the tense border in Syria. "The patrols' objective is to discourage escalation and violence between two of our most trusted [counter-ISIS] partners and reinforce the US commitment to both Turkey and the SDF in their fight against ISIS", a statement from the USA -led joint command said about efforts against the Islamic State. Read More »

Le Pen shrugs off accusations she plagiarised Fillon


The National Front (FN) candidate's team was unrepentant, however. A fringe of Fillon's voters are tempted to vote for Le Pen as she appears to soften her image to gather the more Conservative voters. However, according to RTL, the plagiarism results from notes by Paul-Marie Coûteaux, who had written Fillon's speech. She also repeated his description of borders and ties with "Italy, our sister", continuing: "Then there is the Rhine frontier, the most open, also the most promising, a Germanic ... Read More »

Damascus intends to comply with de-escalation zones deal

When pressed about whether he thought the de-escalation zones could help end the conflict, in which some 400,000 people have died, Mattis said that that it's not clear at this time and that "the devil's always in the details". Moallem said moderate rebel groups must push their extremist allies out of the safe zones, otherwise the government will continue to bombard the extremist groups within the zones. Read More »

WH: Nothing wrong with Trump asking Comey if he's under investigation

When confronted with the Trump administration's claim of Comey's unpopularity, Andrew McCabe - who has been the FBI's acting director since the sacking - told the Senate intelligence committee: "That is not accurate". "For many people, including myself, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove Director Comey was related to this investigation". Read More »

British cyber whiz hailed 'accidental hero' after stopping global virus


The attacks, believed to be part of an extortion plot, have so far created chaos in hospitals in Britain as well as the Spanish telecom giant Telefonica and the U.S. "One thing that is very important to note is our sinkholing only stops this sample and there is nothing stopping them removing the domain check and trying again, so it's incredibly important that any unpatched systems are patched as quickly as possible", he warned. Read More »

China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road, says open to everyone

To sustain the projects, Belt and Road nations should allow companies to play a key role, as government resources are limited, Zhou said. The B and Road initiative should be built into a road for peace, as the pursuit of the initiative requires a peaceful and stable environment, Xi told the forum attended by 29 heads of state and government besides representatives of over 100 countries and global organisations. Read More »

Nepal conducts local elections for first time in 20 years


Almost 50,000 candidates are contesting in the election for 13,556 positions on village and city councils on 34 districts of three provinces namely 3, 4 and 6. The Madhesi threatened to boycott the local polls unless the constitution is rewritten. This prompted the government to pledge to amend the constitution following the polls. Read More »

U.S. to expand intelligence cooperation with Turkey


Ankara considers the Syrian group as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) waging insurgency in Southeast Turkey and blacklisted as terror group by Ankara, Washington and Europe. "We'll work out any of the concerns". His comments came a day after Sean Spicer , the White House press secretary, said that the USA wants to reassure the people and government of Turkey that it is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ... Read More »

Rafael Nadal defeats struggling Novak Djokovic to reach Madrid Open final


Indeed, even with Djokovic opening serve, Nadal won the first four points for an immediate break, helped by a couple of uncharacteristic errors from the Serb. "It was a positive week, a positive experience. I will try to improve the things I didn't do that good in Barcelona and then we will see what happens", Thiem said. Read More »

North Korea carries out new ballistic missile test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet on Mu Islet located in the southernmost part of the waters off the southwest front, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 5, 2017. Read More »

Trump addresses class of 2017 at Liberty University


President Trump also imparted some conventional commencement speech rhetoric, such as embarking on an adventure and the like. "This is why our currency proudly declares, 'In God We Trust.' And it is why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation, under God, every time we say the Pledge of Allegiance", Trump said . Read More »

Indian-origin doctor warned of cyberattacks days before UK health service hack

But speaking after an emergency meeting on Saturday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the service it fighting back and most of the NHS trusts affected have now returned to normal. Spain, meanwhile, activated a special protocol to protect critical infrastructure in response to the "massive infection" of personal and corporate computers in ransomware attacks . Read More »

US Senate urged to hold hearing on Trump's firing of Comey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein conducted the interviews. They've been vetted over their lifetime, essentially. The president also appeared to double down on his suggestion - which he first made in a tweet Friday - that he would consider canceling White House press briefings because of what he characterized as the news media's "hostility" toward members of his communications team. Read More »