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Food bank growth down to Tory austerity, claims Nicola Sturgeon


On a visit to the Highland Foodbank in Inverness, she said: "The growth of food banks is a damning indictment of just how damaging Tory austerity has been to communities across Scotland". He said: "The SNP are rattled". The paper says that despite repeatedly criticising the policy, the Conservatives now see it as a way of helping keep people out of hospital. Read More »

Trump says forging peace in Middle East may not be so tough

It brought an air of optimism to the White House. The goal of a Palestinian state living peacefully beside Israel has been the position of successive U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson on his part said, "Mr. President, I think it's a historic opportunity because there are a number of policy conditions in place, and I know under your leadership and willingness of the president and prime minister, we hope good things will happen". Read More »

Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as French President


Mr Macron takes over from outgoing President Francois Hollande. Macron assumed power after an hour-long private meeting with outgoing President Francois Hollande in which official access to France's nuclear missile launch codes was handed over. Read More »

North Korea test fires 'new longer range missile'

Japan said the missile could be of a new type. Shen Dingli, a professor of global relations at Fudan University in Shanghai, says North Korea conducted the test to show its "determination to develop nuclear weapons and missiles remains unchanged". Read More »

Trump to announce embassy move on visit, claims congressman

It is time to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of the state of Israel. It reaffirms "the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls for the three monotheistic religions", while accusing Israel of taking actions that have "altered, or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City". Read More »

South Korea's Moon sworn in, says willing to go to North


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke with new South Korean President Moon Jae-in over phone and invited him to visit India. Moon had a 40-minute conversation with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, his spokesman Yoon Young-Chan told reporters, with the two agreeing denuclearising Pyongyang was a "common goal" between them. Read More »

China scales up financing support for B&R Initiative

During the address, Xi pledged to pump in an additional United States dollars 124 billion for projects that are part of the initiative. Addressing concerns that the initiative will become a bonanza for Chinese companies or a strategic play for regional domination, Xi declared that the initiative will be open to all countries and complementary with their development goals. Read More »

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile that flew 700km

The US White House said Washington maintains its "ironclad commitment" to stand with its allies as they face the "threat" posed by Pyongyang, calling for stronger sanctions against the elusive country for its latest "provocation". But if it was sacked at a standard trajectory, it would have a range of at least 4,000 km (2,500 miles), experts said. But she said more analysis was needed. Read More »

Suspended AAP MLA Kapil Mishra to visit ACB office today

Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra today visited the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) office and recorded his statement against AAP Chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. However, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing, also denied having any link with him. He said that Ankit Bharadwaj has pictures with several BJP leaders like its former Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay and Union Minister Vijay Sampla. Read More »

Global ransomware attacks: What we know

He said: "First of all we can not force people to join the army, we don't have conscription in this country, the army has to compete with other sectors in the economy". "We expect this number to increase significantly over the course of the weekend", said Tom Robinson, lead investigator at Elliptic. U.S. software firm Symantec said the majority of organisations affected were in Europe, and the attack was believed to be indiscriminate. Read More »

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

President Donald Trump. The statement pointed out that the missile landed closer to Russian Federation than to Japan. "Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea", the White House said in a brief statement. Read More »

North Korea accuses CIA of plot to kill Kim Jong


The ministry of state security said a terrorist group backed by the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency had entered the country to attack Kim with a bio-chemical substance. North Korea claims the Central Intelligence Agency recruited one of its own citizens to carry out the attack. The U.S. has sent a warship to the region and installed a controversial anti-missile defence system in South Korea. Read More »

N.Korea missile test posed no threat to Russia -Russian defmin

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew about 500 miles from a launch site on North Korea's western coast for about 30 minutes and landed in the Sea of Japan, but not inside Japan's exclusive economic zone. But she said more analysis was needed. Moon has summoned an emergency meeting with his national security advisors, his spokesman said. "If that correct, then the launch may indeed represent a new missile with a long range", said Jonathan McDowell ... Read More »

The Spurs ready for quick NBA turnaround

Coach Gregg Popovich didn't provide many details about Leonard's injury on Thursday. The other National Basketball Association semi-final features the Cleveland Cavaliers against either the Boston Celtics or the Washington Wizards. "It is going to hurt and linger", said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni. They're a fast-paced team that likes to shoot on the perimeter. The Spurs improved to 16-3 when taking a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series. Read More »

AAP takes EVM protest to Election Commission


The AAP has now requested the Commission to either hand them the machines used in the elections to demonstrate how they could have been hacked, or trail the votes to see if they were cast in favour of the party they were intended for. We have the expertise to read the read-only memory (ROM) and find out the sequence of the votes. "Even the division along caste lines could not have helped them with such a huge victory", said AAP worker Pragati, who had come from Mundka near the city's western ... Read More »

Uganda: Academic accused of insulting president gets bail


She was detained on April 7 and charged four days later with electronic communications offences relating to her Facebook posts. Dr Nyanzi who got a medical emergency on Wednesday morning arrived at court at about 10:45, almost two hours late for court, supported by two prison warders. Read More »

Russia: Syria safe zones to be shut for U.S., coalition planes


The accord on four zones was reached at Thursday's talks in Kazakhstan between Russian Federation and Iran which back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Troops from the three countries are expected to secure four safe zones. Around 42,000 opposition fighters now remain on the territory of the four security zones, with the majority of the militants located in Idlib (14,500) and near the Jordanian border (15,000), according to Russian estimates. Read More »

India Boycotts Mega China Summit Over 'Sovereignty Concerns': 10 Points

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey also spoke at the opening ceremony. Putin is in China to attend a. China will provide emergency food aid worth 2 billion yuan to developing countries along the Belt and Road and make an additional contribution of 1 billion USA dollars to the Assistance Fund for South-South Cooperation, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Read More »

Hammond says Brexit Britain must back China's new Silk Road

Mr Xi used his speech to assure Western diplomats that the plan, described as the new Silk Road , was not simply an attempt to promote Chinese influence globally. The idea of cooperation and inclusiveness extends to funding projects and investments along the new trade routes, which are being developed both on land and at sea. Read More »

Trump considering numerous candidates for FBI director


Comey. But let's put that aside for one moment. "My conversation with the president was, 'Why now?' And his conversation was, when Rosenstein came in, his new boss came in, sat down with him, he made the recommendation back to Trump and they fired him", Lankford said in an interview with The Post on Thursday. Read More »

Macron fully supports Paris Olympic bid in talk with Bach

Among the 44 members added on Friday to the commission, whose aim is to ensure athletes are involved in all aspects of the city's plans and bid for the Games, were Olympic champions Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ashton Eaton and Nastia Liukin. Los Angeles and Paris are the only two bidders left for the 2024 Games, which will be awarded in September at a meeting of Olympic leaders in Peru. Read More »

Trump Establishes Commission Investigating Voter Fraud

None of the likely participants had been contacted by the administration when NPR reported on the issue in March. He noted that it came in the aftermath of Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. Top civil rights leaders said the commission would encourage voter suppression by justifying new barriers like requiring identity cards for voting. Read More »