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All you need to know about China's Belt and Road Initiative


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the Belt and Road initiative as "against terrorism" adding that Turkey will give all kinds of support for it, Anadolu reported. "We need joint effort among Belt and Road countries to boost financing cooperation", Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of China's central bank, said. India that wishes to isolate Pakistan is standing in a corner today when two-day "Belt and Road Forum" kicks off in Beijing having attendance from every important country of the ... Read More »

N.Korea fires missile days after new S.Korea leader pledges dialogue

The rogue state fired a missile from a region near its west coast that flew 700 kilometres, days after Moon Jae-in took office as South Korea's presidency pledging to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang. China and Japan also condemned the missile test as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. "Basically, Pyongyang wanted to grab as many chips as possible before sitting down at the negotiating table", Cai said. Read More »

Experts see instability in the legislature after B.C. election

As of midnight PT Wednesday, the Liberals led by Christy Clark had won 43 of 87 seats in the provincial legislature, just one seat shy of being able to form a majority government. The most significant gain the Green Party could make is to push through proportional representation by uniting with the NDP, said Harrison and Johnston, both political science professors and researchers. Read More »

United States holds back-channel talks with North Korea

The wife of an American citizen detained in North Korea for suspected "hostile acts" against Pyongyang, has pleaded for his release, the media reported. A source with knowledge of the latest talks said the venue was the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and the USA delegation was led by Suzanne DiMaggio, a director and senior fellow at the New America think tank. Read More »

ISIS' Afghanistan Chief Eliminated by Special Forces

The April 26 operation, in Nangarhar Province, killed about 35 other militants, including several other "high ranking ISIS-K leaders", the us military command in Afghanistan said in a statement. The group has claimed responsibility for a series of bloody attacks, including an audacious assault on Afghanistan's largest military hospital in March, when gunmen dressed as doctors stormed the heavily guarded facility and threw grenades into crowded wards. Read More »

Icon signs biography of French president-elect Macron

Independence Party (UKIP), said the French voters had been tricked by a "giant deceit", claiming Macron "will become [European Commission President Jean-Claude] Juncker's puppet". If he does, he would be able to pick the candidate of his choice to lead the government as prime minister. If elected, it is the people who will have power, Le Pen said, adding that she would be their proxy. Read More »

France's Macron pledges to overcome division in society


Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated Sunday as France's new president at the Elysee palace in Paris , and immediately launched into his mission to shake up French politics, world economics and the European Union. A source has also revealed that he is expected to visit French troops deployed overseas at the end of his first week as President, probably in Mali. Read More »

Venezuela hopes no country hinders China's 'fantastic' Silk Road initiative

In addition to that, he also announced special lending schemes worth 380 billion yuan (USD 56 billion) to support cooperation on infrastructure, industrial capacity and financing. According to the National Development and Reform Commission of China, the country's investment in projects related to the initiative has totaled 60 billion United States dollars since 2013. Read More »

China offers 100 billion yuan for new Silk Road initiative

Media was not permitted inside the conference hall, where the opening ceremony took place. He said scholarships for 10,000 students will be provided each year as part of the initiative. Seeking to portray the initiative as welcoming and inclusive, Xi promised to avoid forming a "small group" of allies, which he said might harm regional stability. Read More »

North Korea Accuses CIA Of Trying To Assassinate Kim Jong


The CIA told its agent Kim it had access to radioactive and "nano poisonous" substances whose lethal results would appear only after six to 12 months, the statement said. The Ministry of State Security claimed a terrorist group backed by the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency had entered the country. "Korean-style anti-terrorist attack will be commenced from this moment to sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the US imperialists and the puppet clique". Read More »

Israel summons Swedish envoy to protest UNESCO vote on Jerusalem

The resolution has drawn Tel Aviv's ire. The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding that Israel disavow Jerusalem as its capital. He thanked the countries that supported Israel, "but I would especially like to thank the Italian Foreign Minister and Prime Minister". The resolution was submitted to the 59-member UNESCO Executive Board by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan. Read More »

President Trump warns Comey about 'leaking', implies talks were recorded

Gowdy and Cornyn have law enforcement credentials. Gowdy worked as a federal prosecutor from 1994 to 2000 in SC and served as a district attorney before entering Congress in 2011. NY state judge Michael Garcia, acting FBI Director James McCabe, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn and the former head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Alice Fisher, will be interviewed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein . Read More »

United Kingdom recovers from health system cyber attack

The virus, which took control of users' files, spread to 100 countries, including Spain, France and Russian Federation. Two security firms - Kaspersky Lab and Avast - said they identified the malicious software in more than 70 countries. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a statement late Friday, encouraged people to update their operating systems. Those affected see a message on their computer screens demanding payment in the digital currency bitcoin to restore access. Read More »

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyber attack

Cybersecurity experts, who have been on watch for months for an "Eternal Blue"-based attack, said Saturday that they expect the computer code to be used in types of cyberattacks beyond extortion campaigns, including efforts to seize control of networks and steal data". Read More »

Trump Calls for Tougher Sanctions After NKorea Missile Launch

And the White House says the latest "provocation" should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North. "China opposes relevant launch activities by North Korea that are contrary to Security Council resolutions", China's foreign ministry said in a statement sent to Reuters. Read More »

Cartoon Commentary, B&R Forum①: Jointly drawing glorious picture of "Belt & Road"

President Xi Jinping indicated that 780 billion yuan (US$113 billion) would be provided as extra funding for historic project to revive Silk Road -Silk Route. The US-based organisation said Chinese authorities have "heightened surveillance and repression to prevent potential unrest that could impede" Belt and Road plans in the western Xinjiang region. Read More »

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

Guterres noted, adding that the 17 Goals can guide the policies and actions under the Belt and Road towards true sustainable development. China opened its Silk Road summit on Sunday to showcase its ambitious plans to revive ancient trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa. Read More »

North Korea tests ballistic missile

White House press secretary Sean Spicer also reaffirmed the USA security commitment to allies South Korea and Japan and said the missile launch should serve as a call for all countries to carry out stronger sanctions on Pyongyang. North Korea's state media reiterated its position to enhance its self-defense capabilities Sunday as it test-fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile in defiance of the worldwide community's repeated warnings to stop provocations. Read More »

Russia, US restore Syria 'deconfliction' channel

He added that there would be no role for either the United Nations or other "international forces" in the de-escalation zones , but said without giving further details that Russian Federation had said military police would play an observer role. Read More »

Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief for 'insubordination'

In the termination letter to Mr Comey, Mr Trump thanked him for telling him "three times " that he personally is not under investigation for collusion with Russian Federation during his 2016 campaign. Shortly before his call for peace Trump sent another Twitter missive: "Russia must be laughing up their sleeves watching as the United States tears itself apart over a Democrat EXCUSE for losing the election". Read More »

Donald Trump: I'll get deal done on Middle East peace

It's something, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years. Over the course of his campaign, Trump hinted at dropping the traditional two-state solution past presidents have supported (he also mulled moving the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the disputed holy city claimed by both Palestinians and Israelis). Read More »

You Can Now Decorate Your Yard with Sean Spicer Lawn Ornaments

After Donald Trump's administration was once again thrust into controversy following the president's sacking of FBI Director James Comey, Spicer has been accused of hiding among some foliage to escape tricky questions from the media. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in a Wednesday op-ed, is to appoint an "independent prosecutor, or 'special counsel, ' of unimpeachable integrity". John Conyers and Elijah Cummings, both Democrats, on Friday requested copies of any such recordings from the White House ... Read More »