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Jakarta governor given 2-year prison sentence for blasphemy

Basuki, better known by his Chinese nickname Ahok, told the court he will be appealing the sentence. TV news coverage of the scene outside the court showed some supporters weeping. He will hand over to Baswedan in October. Purnama has denied wrongdoing, though he apologised for comments he made previous year criticizing his opponents' use of the Koran in political campaigning. Read More »

Travel ban arguments focus on Trump's comments about Muslims

The countries were chosen because they present terrorism risks and the ban applies to everyone in those countries regardless of religion, Wall said. After his January 27 executive order was enacted, chaos quickly erupted at USA airports and many global hubs around the world, as confused travelers, including green card holders and permanent residents of the US, were stranded and prevented from entering the U.S. Read More »

Facebook to hire team to detect violent videos


Zuckerberg said Facebook will add 3,000 employees to their community operations team - now 4,500 employees - who will help review reported posts faster. In addition to monitoring for violence, the new staff will also help to remove things like hate speech and child exploitation . A recent spate of violent episodes that played out live on the platform have drawn attention to the company's struggle to take down harmful, harassing or violent content quickly enough while leaving alone ... Read More »

Asean summit ends in uncertainty

Duterte's foreign policy approach represents a stunning reversal of that of the previous administration, which had close ties with the United States and was seen by China as a nuisance. "But I will say, Mr. President, just see to it there is no war because my region will suffer immensely - the first fallout would be us and Asia, very near, very unsafe", Duterte said. Read More »

Yates: 'Flynn Was Compromised With Respect to the Russians'

Yates didn't spell out exactly what they spoke about, as the conversation is classified, but it related to Flynn making false statements to White House officials regarding his contact with Russian officials-and as such, she warned , his false statements could make Flynn subject to blackmail. Read More »

Census resumes in Chaman after Pakistani, Afghan troops exchange fire


An Afghan regional police chief, General Abdul Raziq, confirmed to VOA the fighting left four of his border guards dead and wounded 37 people, including 14 security forces. We have asked them to take care of India if they can. The move, however, is extremely controversial in Afghanistan and among the Pashtu-speaking people who live on both sides of the border. Read More »

UK's Theresa May Maintains Strong Lead in Weekend Opinion Polls

That would mirror a trend predicted in polls for next month's election showing the Conservatives becoming the party of choice for those who reject Scottish independence. The ward elected two independents and one Labour councillor in 2012. Results from Thursday's local elections suggest the message is getting through. Read More »

Hiding info on Hillary probe wouldve been "catastrophic"

The FBI, which is supposed to remain politically neutral, said a few days later that the new emails did not change its decision not to recommend criminal charges against Clinton, but many Democrats believe the political damage was done. He made it clear he will not disclose anymore information into the Trump-Russia investigation until it is closed. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?"Later Tuesday evening, while accepting an award from Planned Parenthood, Clinton told a crowd of more than ... Read More »

Appeals court hears arguments on Trump's blocked immigration ban

Yates did not say specifically that her concerns about Flynn's behavior was related to these calls, but she appeared to be implying that was the case. As soon as she read the details of Michael Flynn's interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, at the end of January, Yates called White House counsel Don McGahn and said they needed to talk in private, she testified. Read More »

North Korea detains another American citizen

Since the statement by the Foreign Ministry spokesperson and the column signed by an individual both reiterate North Korea's basic position, Pyongyang seems intent on sounding out the US's real intentions. Hong, from ousted Park's Liberty Korea party - and who was level with Ahn in some surveys last week, the last ones available under South Korean law - said security would top the agenda if he won. Read More »

North Korea Detains 4th American: State Media

The KCNA said Kim had worked for Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. The detention would raise to four the number of Americans known to be held in the secretive North. The other detainees are college student Otto Warmbier and Kim Dong-chul, a 63-year-old Korean-American. A foreign-funded university in North Korea confirmed Monday the arrest of a United States citizen - the second linked to the school held in two weeks amid tensions on the peninsula. Read More »

Buffett says deal partner 3G follows 'standard capitalist formula'

The billionaire investor puts a great deal of the blame of Wells' former-CEO John Stumpf, who Buffett says acted far too late in stopping the fraudulent scheme. Buffett also defended Berkshire's foray into airlines, where it is a top investor in the country's big four carriers, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines Co and United Continental Holdings. Read More »

In a divided France, challenges await President-elect Macron


The EU is "not the solution, it's the problem", she added, saying it had left France "diminished" and "isolated". Le Pen scored well on France's Mediterranean coast in the south east, getting close to 50 percent in many departments, like the Var, where she gained 49 percent. Read More »

Help your Postal Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger"


On Saturday, area residents are urged to set out non-perishable food donations well before their letter carrier's normal pickup time. It allows every community across the country to collectively come together on one day to do their part to fight hunger. Read More »

Bomb hits girls' school in NW Pakistan


Pakistani police say a bomb exploded outside a girls' school in the country's volatile northwest, wounding two police officers early on May 8. The main gate of the school was damaged in the blast, police said. The first bomb went off at Khatko bridge on the outskirts of Peshawar , whereas the second one planted inside school was defused successfully. Pakistan established military courts after a terror attack on an army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014 killed more than 150 people, ... Read More »

Ismail Haniya elected as new Hamas chief


Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh gestures before delivering a farewell speech for his former position as a Hamas government Prime Minister, in Gaza City June 2, 2014. "When the political leader of Hamas is from inside Gaza he will have more knowledge about Gaza's peoples' situation", commented Ahmad Okasha, a Gaza resident. Read More »

Trump son-in-law family apologizes for China name drop


The sister of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner urged wealthy Chinese on May 7 to buy stakes in real estate through a controversial programme that offers USA residency in exchange for investment. Bush, tweeted his objections on Monday. "Invest early, and you will invest under the old rules", one speaker said, according to the Washington Post , which first reported about the event, referring to the possibility that the Trump administration might alter the rules of the EB-5 program ... Read More »

French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

But it by no means solves the persistent problems that gave rise to Le Pen. Sylvie Goulard, a French deputy to the European Parliament, said Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well. Read More »

'De-escalation zones' deal goes into effect in Syria

Under the Russian plan, Assad's air force would halt flights over the designated areas across the war-torn country. There were reports that the safe zones would be no-fly areas for warplanes from the US-led coalition. The limitations could throw up obstacles for any potential U.S. operations in Syria in the future after President Donald Trump carried out Washington's first direct strike on the forces of Russian ally Bashar al-Assad last month over an alleged chemical weapons attack. Read More »

3-D model of Obama Presidential Center unveiled in Chicago


Renderings of the Obama Presidential Center and the Obamas' visit to Chicago can be seen below. "The main thing that Michelle and I contributed was saying, "What do we want to see 10 years from now?" Obama announced he and the former first lady will personally donate $2 million so Chicago's "young people can get to work". Read More »

President Trump and Vladimir Putin Had a 'Very Good' Phone Call

During the discussion, which has been described by the White House as "very good", the presidents agreed that the conflict in Syria has gone on "far too long". United States ties with Russian Federation are under scrutiny after U.S. intelligence agencies said hackers directed by the Kremlin accessed the Democratic National Committee networks ahead of the election that put Trump in the White House. Read More »

Erdogan calls for more Muslim visits to Jerusalem

Speaking in Istanbul to the International Forum on Al-Quds Waqfs, a conference aimed at promoting Palestinian economic development, according to the forum website, Erdogan said that about 26,000 Turks visited Jerusalem past year - the highest number among Muslim countries, reported Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency. Read More »