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Hosting Palestinian leader, Trump promises Middle East peace

A day after he landed in Washington, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived at the White House for his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump . Speaking at a meeting aimed at getting people back around the table, Mr Trump said: " I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians ". Read More »

Trump removes tweet saying it was 'honor' to host Abbas

Prior to their meeting, three leading Republican Senators wrote a letter to Trump urging him to demand that Abbas end his government's longtime practice of paying terrorists for attacks against Israel and its citizens. Netanyahu has said he is willing to meet with Abbas. Abbas did not explain his apparent shift in position. Netanyahu also said that he "look (s) forward to discussing with President Trump the best ways to advance peace". Read More »

Israel a step closer to becoming a "Jewish state"


Israel's cabinet has breathed fresh life into attempts to codify the country's status as a Jewish state. "It also enshrines into Israeli law our flag, our anthem and Jerusalem being our eternal capital". "A Jewish nation-state bill is the right idea". The latest version reached out to liberals by including the phrase "Jewish and democratic" and omitting a previously included affirmation of the importance of settlement throughout Israel's borders. Read More »

Independents hold the key in Ashfield's county council elections

The Tories were up on 276 seats, up 164. "The reality is that only a general election vote for the Conservatives in 34 days' time will strengthen my hand to get the best deal for Britain from Brexit". Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives appear to have scored big gains in local elections - a barometer of the strength of the party's power base ahead of the June 8 national contest. Read More »

'Cannot Imagine That Russia is Pleased': President Trump on DPRK's Missile Test

The missile was launched near north-western Kusong, flying hundreds of miles then landing in the Sea of Japan. It wasn't immediately clear what type of ballistic missile was launched, although the U.S. Moon Jae-in has said dialogue and pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North's weapons pursuit. Haley said that Kim "can sit there and say all the conditions he wants". Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation row: Trump warns Comey over leaks to media

In the tweet, Trump also warned Comey about leaking to the press: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Critics have assailed Trump for dismissing the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief at a time when the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign. Read More »

5 things Rodrigo Duterte said that alarm Americans


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, when asked about the Duterte invitation, said that a meeting with the Philippines leader would help the USA isolate North Korea and that doing so would help to ensure the safety of American lives. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said Duterte has not yet responded to Trump's invitation. Both Malacañang and the White House, however, did not say when Trump and Duterte would meet in Washington D.C. Read More »

Xi says China involved in major Belt and Road connectivity projects

During a visit to Moscow in May 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed an agreement with Putin on aligning the Belt and Road Initiative with the EEU, which now groups Russia , Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. Importantly, the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have all incorporated or reflected Belt and Road cooperation in their resolutions and documents. Read More »

College confirms North Korea detains another U.S. citizen

The university said in a statement early Monday that Kim Hak Song was doing agricultural development work at an experimental farm. A similar round of talks, also involving Choe, had been due to take place in the United States in March, but the North Korean delegation was denied USA visas at the last moment after the killing of the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the global airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, an assassination US officials blamed squarely on Pyongyang. Read More »

5.7 quake jolts remote northern region in Iran


The quake, which struck at 1800 GMT on Saturday in and around the city of Bojnurd, North Khorasan province, killed a 54-year-old woman and a teenage girl, ISNA news agency reported. Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country. Read More »

China pledges $124bn for new Silk Road

To provide more funding for Belt and Road cooperation, China will also encourage financial institutions to conduct overseas yuan fund business with an estimated amount of about 300 billion yuan, Xi said. "We should jointly create an environment that will facilitate opening up and development, establish a fair, equitable and transparent system of worldwide trade and investment rules and boost the orderly flow of production factors, efficient resources allocation and full market integration", he ... Read More »

Russian Federation to be more aggressive in global affairs: United States spymaster

Lavrov met both Trump and U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson in Washington, saying the USA president was seeking "mutually beneficial" and "pragmatic" relations with Moscow. -Russia relations in anything resembling a normal matter. Trump also denied reports that he asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him at a private dinner shortly after Trump was sworn in. Read More »

Inauguration Day: Macron to Become New French President


Macron is France's youngest president ever and the first to be born after October 5, 1958, when President Charles de Gaulle set up the Fifth Republic from the ashes of the Fourth Republic, replacing a factional parliamentary government with a centralized one. Read More »

Macron takes power as president of France


Macron won France's presidential election May 7 on a pro-European, business-friendly platform. His centrist La Republique En Marche! party, which has never held a single seat in parliament, will need a strong parliamentary presence to push Macron's legislative agenda through. Read More »

Cyber attack hits 200000 in at least 150 countries

As almost 45 NHS organisations from London to Scotland were hit in the "ransomware" attack on Friday, patients of the state-funded countrywide service faced chaos as appointments and surgeries had to be cancelled. Director for Centre for Cyber Security Research at Deakin University, Professor Yang Xiang, said it was not ethical to pay ransom for data. The attack is believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded. Read More »

India Caucus co-chair on Trump's list of possible Federal Bureau of Investigation picks

The man who took over as acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe, sidestepped a question during a Senate hearing on Thursday on whether he ever heard Comey tell Trump that the president was not the subject of investigation. "I think the process is going to go quickly", Trump said. Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to succeed Comey . If you're missing your daily dose of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, it's because President Donald Trump's chief spokesman has ... Read More »

Nadal defeats Djokovic to reach Madrid Open Final


One more win would put the Spaniard in flawless position as the favourite for the upcoming French Open, which Nadal last won in 2014. "I feel great. Dominic Thiem set up a Madrid Open final showdown with Rafael Nadal as the Austrian ended the charge of Pablo Cuevas. It's just the titles that you have won. Read More »

Trump Denies Collusion Between 'Me and My Campaign and the Russians'

The American media, however, never caught a glimpse of either Russian inside the White House. Today , journalism is at the level of, if not better than, the height of Watergate. The press briefing marked the latest extraordinary moment in a drama that has gripped Washington since Mr. Comey's firing on Tuesday night. In defending the decision, officials leaned heavily on a memo from Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, criticizing Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation. Read More »

Bring on the 'Gorilla': Eurovision Final Brings Glittery Fun

Ukraine is hosting Eurovision amid a continuing armed conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the country's industrial east that has now killed more than 10,000. Azerbaijan's act features a man wearing a horse's head on a stepladder while Romania presents an unlikely combination of yodelling and rap with two giant cannons on stage for no apparent reason. Read More »

Israeli ministerial committee backs bill to demote Arabic language

If passed in the Knesset, the law would become one of the so-called Basic Laws, which like a constitution guide Israel's legal system and are more hard to repeal than regular laws. "This is enshrines the fact that Israel is the nation-state for the Jewish people, in their historical homeland". The new Israeli bill is also seen as being, in part, a response to a recent announcement by Palestinian political organization Hamas, refuting the Zionism driving the Israeli occupation of Palestine, ... Read More »

Trump calls for stronger sanctions on North Korea after missile

No sitting USA president has ever met with the leader of North Korea while in power, and the idea is extremely controversial. Referring to North Korea's latest ballistic missile test, conducted on Sunday, Gentiloni said in Beijing that "you must not consider these things as local bizarreness or strangeness". Read More »