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N.Korea missile test posed no threat to Russian Federation, defense ministry

A Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said in a statement Sunday faxed to The Associated Press that the situation on the Korean peninsula is "complex and sensitive". The missile was sacked from a site near the north-western city of Kusong. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed not to let that happen. The White House in a statement took note of the missile landing close to Russia's Pacific coast and said that North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long". Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents say they are angry and determined

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I know that. Everybody knows that. "Look he's a showboat , he's a grandstander ", Trump said. "When you're under investigation you're given all sorts of documents everything..." Days before he was sacked by Trump, Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, the New York Times reported citing anonymous U.S. Read More »

India skips Belt and Road Summit; Pakistan, China firm on CPEC

He said the two countries should strengthen cooperation on areas including anti-terrorism and security, and enhance coordination on major worldwide and regional affairs. He added that the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China would set up special lending schemes worth RMB 250 billion ($36.23 billion) and RMB 130 billion ($18.8 billion) respectively to support the initiative on infrastructure, industrial capacity and financing. Read More »

China presents its "Silk Road" project to the world

OBOR, Chinese President Xi Jinping's dream project , envisages connecting Asia, Europe, and Africa by a network of roads, railway tracks, and shipping lanes. In the clear yet bold statement issued hours before the opening of the forum in the Chinese capital, India has said that the connectivity initiative must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity. Read More »

Firing Flynn did not sound like an emergency

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She told him that Russian intelligence "likely had proof. that created a compromise situation" wherein Mr. Flynn "could be blackmailed". In contrast to those 18 days, the President said that he didn't think about how his meeting with Russian officials appeared to the public, after firing former FBI Director James Comey, whose bureau was investigating whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow during the campaign. Read More »

How will Senate deal with health care controversy?

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In March, a Congressional Budget Office estimate for an earlier version of the bill said it eventually would lead to 24 million Americans losing their health coverage. Major medical and other groups, including the American Medical Association, opposed the House bill. "There'd be a House bill". Ryan defended a provision in the bill that barred insurers for charging more for preexisting conditions as long as individuals did not have a lapse in their health insurance coverage, arguing that ... Read More »

Trump's tax law firm has 'deep' ties to Russian Federation

Trump's lawyers offered no documents to back up the claims in the letter. . "I just sent a letter to Lindsey Graham from one of the most prestigious law firms in the country - tremendous, highly rated law firm - that I have nothing to do with Russia", Trump told NBC's Lester Holt on Thursday. Read More »

US says Trump 'can't imagine Russia pleased' with North Korea missile

Kishida says the worldwide community should prioritize efforts to implement the existing U.N. Security Council resolutions barring North Korea's missile and nuclear technology more thoroughly. U.S. Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, said it had detected and assessed the missile, and "the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile". Read More »

EVMs can't be tampered with: EC at all party meet

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These parties allege that people's faith in the EVMs has eroded. The meeting saw a debate over the definition of "hacking". "There are standard procedures for a hackathon and if the EC agrees to finally call for one, patent rights can not restrict us from opening an EVM", he added. Read More »

Pope says he'll seek common ground with Trump, won't preach

Also during the in-flight news conference, the pope was asked about his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, who will visit the Vatican May 24 as part of his first foreign trip as president. The pontiff suggested that the Vatican could decentralize some of its authority to judge priests accused of abuse by creating regional or continental tribunals, saying implementing such an idea is "in the planning stages". Read More »

James Clapper says Donald Trump has United States institutions "under assault"

Clapper said Sunday, "At the time we did our intelligence community assessment [of Russian interference in the election], which we published publicly on the 6th of January, there was no evidence of any collusion included in that report". "Foreign manipulation of our elections, no matter who did it, is a very, very serious issue, it damages people's faith in our government. But, I think, as far as his stature as a leader and his integrity, people are very upset about the way he was treated", ... Read More »

US, China reach deals on access for beef, financial services

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Reciprocally, the U.S. will allow Chinese cooked chicken in the American market. The two countries are now locked in the middle of trade negotiations, but they have already signed off on a series of preliminary agreements that will expand the trade of beef and chicken, along with increasing access for financial firms, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday. Read More »

Defiant Pyongyang fires missile days after new South Korea leader pledges dialogue

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has strongly condemned rival North Korea's missile test-launch as a "clear" violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and a "serious challenge" to worldwide peace and security. Moon expressed "deep regret over North Korea's reckless provocation" and ordered his troops to bolster deterrence against its military threats on the basis of the robust alliance with the United States. Read More »

White House: North Korea has been 'flagrant menace for far too long'

Sunday's launch is the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight. The estimated range of the North's Musudan missile is about 3,000 kilometers (1,865 miles), Wright said. 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". Read More »

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, challenges newly elected leader in South

The North attempted but failed to test-launch ballistic missiles four consecutive times in the past two months but has conducted a variety of missile testing since the beginning of a year ago at an unprecedented pace. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the missile was sacked shortly after 5 a.m. Japan's Defense Ministry says the missile likely reached an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles). Read More »

China calls for 'restraint' after N.Korea missile test

U.S. Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, said it had detected and assessed the missile, and "the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile". New South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, has also been conciliatory. Moon had said in his inauguration speech that he was willing to visit Pyongyang "in the right circumstances" to ease tensions. Read More »

US President Donald Trump in NY to meet Turnbull

On May 4, Trump sat down with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the USA aircraft carrier Intrepid in Manhattan, New York. 'Thank you Mr Trump for admitting that universal health care is the better way to go, ' Mr Sanders later tweeted . Read More »

America's 'emotional obsession' with Russia 'will end soon,' Kremlin says

Peskov specifically pointed to the USA support of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in the Baltics within his comments. "We regret the emotional obsession with the so-called Russian factor that is being zealously maintained in America", Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Friday in a telephone call with reporters. Read More »

North Korea's detention of United States citizen 'concerning': White House

North Korea on Friday accused the Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea of plotting to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-Un. Choe Il, who took over the role in late 2016, warned that the USA will not be able to attack North Korea first, because all American strategic assets will be turned to ashes at the first sign of movement towards an attack. Read More »

BC Green leader begins talks with other parties

Recounts and absentee ballots could still sway the final tally. Liberal Leader and incumbent premier Christy Clark says she intends to lead the next government, adding the result presented an opportunity to open up a new dialogue "about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province. Read More »