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India stays away from China's Belt and Road forum

He paid President Xi and the Chinese leadership his deepest tributes for their dynamic and creative leadership and said Pakistan admired China's vision and ingenuity in developing corridors across regions. More than 1500 representatives from 130 countries and 70 worldwide organizations are the Belt and Road. "We should build an open platform of co-operation and uphold and grow an open world economy", he said. Read More »

Conservatives win Lancashire County Council elections

There are also mayoral elections in six new devolved super-regions, as well as in Doncaster and North Tyneside. The Conservative Party has won the local elections in Lancashire. "They're individual contests being fought in very differing situations, from local council-level, issue-driven campaigns up to large mayoral fights with some well-known politicians", a Labour party spokesperson said. Read More »

China calls for 'restraint' after another North Korea missile test

South Korea's National Security Office Chief Kim Kwan-jin and his USA counterpart H.R. McMaster had a 25-minute phone conversation, jointly condemning Pyongyang's latest provocation. Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday he is seeking to politically resolve North Korea's nuclear issue with Russian Federation. "The government strongly warns North Korea not to test the will of our government and the worldwide community, including the US and China, for enduring peace and the denuclearization ... Read More »

Unbowed Le Pen looks ahead to parliamentary elections

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French President-elect Emmanuel Macron poses with supporters after a ceremony commemorating the abolition of slavery, in Paris, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. One of Macron's other priorities will be to name a prime minister. He will inherit a population anxious about the economic impact of globalization and changes to French identity caused by immigration. Read More »

Trump Invites Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House

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But taking a swipe at Trump for his invitation to Duterte, Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy tweeted: "We are watching in real time as the American human rights bully pulpit disintegrates into ash". "We are watching in real time as the American human rights bully pulpit disintegrates into ash", CT senator Chris Murphy wrote on Twitter. Duterte, however, seems hesitant on accepting the invitation of Trump to the White House as he still has scheduled trips to Russian Federation ... Read More »

Australia receptive to China's Silk Road, but national interest first

He also emphasized that China does not seek to export its development model for other nations while calling for mutual respect of one another's sovereignty, territory and "core interests". It includes multi-billion dollar projects aimed at improving Sino-Pak connectivity and boosting trade, and plans for energy pipelines and road- railway linkages between Gwadar and Karachi in #Pakistan to Western China. Read More »

Syria ceasefire in 4 zones to start Saturday

Russia's foreign ministry published the full text of the agreement on Saturday . The three countries are sponsoring talks in the Kazakh capital Astana aimed at ending Syria's fighting. Fire billows from a burning vehicle following a reported auto bomb explosion in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria on May 3, 2017. The report said that tension has prevailed Idlib since Friday with the news of Turkish military buildup near the borders. Read More »

N Korea test-fires missile, challenging new leader in South

Yoon quoted Moon as saying South Korea is "leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating". The Trump administration has called North Korean ballistic and nuclear efforts unacceptable and has swung between threats of military action and offers to talk as it formulates a policy. Read More »

Donald Trump calls ex-FBI boss James Comey a 'showboat'

That made it noteworthy when acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe seemed to back up the Trump administration on one point: whether Comey's firing followed his request for more resources into the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign. Read More »

Global cyberattack: A (short, jargon-free) beginner's guide

It infiltrates computers by way of links and attachments in spam emails. The attack held hospitals and other entities hostage by freezing computers, encrypting data and demanding money through online bitcoin payments. "Today, it happened to 10,000 computers", Eisen said. "We don't know publicly if it is the NSA (that found the vulnerability) but it is widely assumed it is and that is what Shadow Brokers said", The Guardian quoted Prof. Read More »

China hosts summit on new Silk Road

India has voiced displeasure at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a Belt and Road project aimed at linking northwestern China to the Arabian Sea. The event was attended by high-level leaders from 29 nations, the United Nations Secretary General, the President of the World Bank (WB), the Director General of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Read More »

United Kingdom spending money to strengthen cyber security of health system -Fallon

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The malware used to encrypt data on infected computers across the world on May 12, 2017 is known as WannaCry. "Fortunately, the hospital's daily data backup had just been completed". "If you look at who's been impacted by this virus, it's a huge variety across different industries and across worldwide governments". Critically ill patients are being diverted to unaffected hospitals as computer systems failed in A&E units and doctors were locked out of test results, X-rays and patient ... Read More »

Trump urges grads to draw lessons from his outsider status

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The address marked Trump's third appearance at Liberty, which bills itself as the world's largest Christian university. President Donald Trump says "so much has changed" since he last spoke at Virginia's Liberty University in January 2016 - when he delivered the convocation address at one of the country's most prominent evangelical Christian institutions. Read More »

The new faces of France? Macron's candidates gather in Paris

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Emmanuel Macron became France's youngest ever president on Sunday after taking oath of his office. Macron says all countries in the world are "interdependent. Macron officially takes power as president on Sunday. In his inauguration speech, Mr Macron said he will do everything that is necessary to fight terrorism and authoritarianism and to resolve the world's migration crisis. Read More »

Filipino president talks of possible joint drills with China

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year. Lopez said the Chinese government would send technical experts to help Philippine products meet Chinese standards. In 2015, the Philippines had won an International Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruling that China's historic claims to most of the South China Sea were invalid. Read More »

Trump suggests he may cancel all White House press briefings

Bush. In ways both overt and subtle, the acting director of the FBI on Thursday undermined White House explanations for the firing of former Director James Comey and contradicted the administration's characterizations of an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election. Read More »

Green vote helped NDP more than Liberals, says UBC prof

Horgan and Clark have drawn different lessons from Tuesday's results. Peter Fassbender , another cabinet minister, also lost his seat in Surrey-Fleetwood. The legislative minority means the tiny Green party will hold the balance of power as Premier Christy Clark tries to push forward with pipeline expansion plans and a promise to apply a levy to thermal coal exports to the United States in retaliation for USA duties on softwood lumber. Read More »

USA planning to kill Kim Jong-un - North Korea claims

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet and the Hero Defence Detachment on Mu Islet located in the southernmost part of the waters off the southwest front, in this undated photo released by North Korea's KCNA North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . Read More »

Abe urges Moon to implement accord

Trump told Moon the strong bilateral alliance defended the two countries against North Korea, then invited the newly elected South Korean president for a state visit, Voice of America reported . "For a long time, China has upheld the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, protecting the peace and stability of the peninsula and resolving the problem via dialogue and consultation", Xi said. Read More »

Palestinians concerned over Trump's Mideast peace vision

In the opposition, senior Zionist Camp MK Erel Margalit expressed no confidence in the Trump initiative, saying that the Left in Israel must advance its own peace agenda and not wait for President Trump to save us. During their joint statement during the White House welcoming ceremony, Trump called on Abbas to address incitement. Find us on Facebook too! But there is another point of view on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Read More »

Trump to 'Quickly' Replace FBI Director Comey

But the timing for a nomination is unclear. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plan to interview four candidates on Saturday for a nominee that Trump will send to the Senate. "I think the process is going to go quickly", Trump said, adding a list of well-known figures are being considered. White House officials and others insisted on anonymity in order to disclose private conversations and internal deliberations. Read More »

Trump lawyers describe Russian Federation income

Such normal sales would not be separately identified as "Russian" or listed specifically on tax returns, the letter explains. At first the Republican president said that he doubted that he would return his tax returns, and then said that "nobody cares" about his returns, other than the reporters. Read More »

Microsoft Offers Free Security Fixes After Global Cyber Attack

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Renault's futuristic assembly line in Slovenia, where rows of robots weld auto bodies together, was stopped cold. In the wake of the attack, Microsoft said it had taken the "highly unusual step" of releasing a patch for computers running older operating systems including Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. Read More »