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Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey


Erdogan is expected to ask Trump directly to extradite Gulen. The important thing, he said , is that they present a "united front" against terrorism. Turkish government officials have offered their own troops, saying they don't want the Syrian Kurds, whom they consider terrorists, to take Raqqa. The SDF is dominated by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), seen by the USA as an indispensable ally in the fight against IS but considered a "terrorist group" by Turkey. Read More »

Gregg Popovich lays into Donald Trump prior to Game 1


But if we've learned anything from the wonderfully-acerbic Spurs coach, it's that he doesn't need much of a reason to get in one of his moods, especially when it comes to the ever-dreaded sideline interview. "I'd just feel better", Popovich told reporters the day after Trump's inauguration, "if someone was in that position that showed the maturity and psychological and emotional level of somebody that was his age". Read More »

North Korea leader revisits island strike site


Pyongyang fired a barrage of 170 artillery shells onto Yeonpyeong island in November 2010, killing four people including two civilians in the first North Korean attack on a civilian area since the 1950-53 Korean War. North Korea has a history of bombastic propaganda featuring unfounded claims. After having looked at South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island from the observation post of the defence detachment on Jang Jae Islet and receiving a report on the recent reinforcement on this island, the North ... Read More »

China to hold next Belt and Road forum in 2019

The initiative would work to ensure an open world economy, rebalance globalisation and work towards trade liberalization, he said, adding that it would also boost support for green and low-carbon development. Xi pledged to pump an extra $124 billion in funds into the initiative, calling it "a project of the century" in a "world fraught with challenges". Chinese state-owned lenders have put up most of the money for "Belt and Road", but Beijing says it wants projects to attract private ... Read More »

Korea to attend Silk Road summit

The THAAD deployment was agreed by Moon's predecessor, conservative leader Park Guen-hye. "I will go to Beijing and Tokyo and, if the conditions are right, to Pyongyang also". It was not until the early 2000s when South Korea began liberalizing the production of history textbooks, and since 2011, all history books used in middle and high schools have been written by private publishers. Read More »

Former Penn State student blames school for hazing death


The drinking was illegal for the pledges all aged under 21 during initiation ceremonies known as "hell week" in the supposedly alcohol dry fraternity house. Jim Piazza said the doctor told him his son would have survived if he'd been brought to the hospital sooner. According to a FAQ page the university launched Friday, former Beta members who were planning to graduate last weekend were not able to do so, as Penn State placed them on hold while it begins its student conduct disciplinary ... Read More »

Macron pick for French premier about to be named

Voters go to polls again in June to elect 577 National Assembly lawmakers. Macron, who was economy minister in the outgoing Socialist government of ex-president Francois Hollande, has already attracted dozens of centre-left MPs to his movement as he reshapes French political life. Read More »

The new President Emmanuel Macron takes over the Elysee

After a rocky week in American politics dominated by fallout from President Trump's firing of his Federal Bureau of Investigation director, we chose to kick off this hour by looking overseas at how presidential politics are playing out in some other capitals around the world. Read More »

Chinese media warn India over Belt and Road project

North Korea said on Monday it had successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test on Sunday, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead". The summit is showcasing Xi's cherished One Belt, One Road initiative, a revival of the Silk Road that could cement China's growing global clout on trade and geopolitics. Read More »

North Korea Releases Footage of Successful Missile Test

Joshua Pollack of the US -based Nonproliferation Review said the lofted trajectory of the launch would test re-entry by putting the missile through extra stress. In Seoul, some citizens expressed frustration. But in comments that appeared aimed at the United States, he said that " intimidating (North Korea) is unacceptable". Read More »

New horses among Preakness challenges facing Always Dreaming

Fellow trainers have long said Pletcher is underappreciated by the casual fan, that few grasp how hard it is just to get so many horses to the Derby year after year. It has been run at 7 different distances over the decades from a mile to a mile and a half. There's almost a century and a half of rich history surrounding the May 20 Preakness Stakes , the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course. Read More »

Text Of Derek Jeter's Speech Sunday


Houston took a 7-0 lead when Springer opened the second by hitting the first pitch over the right-center field fence. Springer raised his total to nine. In the first game, Ty Kelly hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Philadelphia's three-run ninth. He tied a career worst by allowing four home runs for the second time and matched the shortest start of his career. Read More »

US accuses Syria of mass executions and body burning

The official released overhead pictures of the Saydnaya military prison, said to be one of the most notorious in the country. On May 15, ahead of the Geneva peace talks aimed at trying to find a solution to the Syria conflict which has killed more than 320,000 people since it broke out more than six years ago, United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura said that the discussions in Switzerland should benefit from a tighter format - and the recent Astana agreement to create the de-escalation ... Read More »

France's new president moves quickly on first full day in office

New French President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hands with outgoing French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace. The new French leader recognizes that many Europeans see the EU as a distant, uncaring bureaucracy and wants to remedy that through vast consultations with citizens across Europe. Read More »

PM promises 'robust response' to North Korea


Moon said in his first speech as president on Wednesday he would immediately begin efforts to defuse security fears on the Korean peninsula and would negotiate with Washington and Beijing to ease tensions over the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system in the South. Read More »

Israeli forces kill Palestinian fisherman

Annual marches are held on May 15 to mark what Palestinians call the "Nakba", or catastrophe in Arabic. In Bethlehem, hundreds of Palestinians stoned Israeli troops guarding Rachel's Tomb, a shrine venerated by Jews and Muslims, an AFP photographer said. Read More »

China bolsters financing for Belt and Road projects


He called for stepped-up action against terrorism and what he called its root causes of poverty and social injustice. Xi announced an additional $124 billion in funding for the OBOR initiative, including loans, grants and $8.7 billion in assistance to developing countries. Read More »

United States defense chief affirms commitment to protecting Turkey


The U.S. -led worldwide coalition said the Syrian Democratic Forces militia has freed the majority of the Syrian city of Tabqa and its nearby dam from the Islamic State [Daesh]. John Dorrian, said Wednesday that the weapons would be delivered to the Kurds soon. "The supply of arms to the YPG is unacceptable", he said. Redur Xelil, a spokesperson for the group noted that arm supply decision will enable the Kurdish forces quickly stamp out the terrorist group. Read More »

Christy Clark remains BC premier until all votes counted

Only in Burnaby-Deer Lake did the student vote depart at all from the results of the official election, with kids choosing a Green candidate instead of a Liberal as runner-up. Weaver said his party would negotiate with both party leaders in the coming weeks and would work with whoever has the most commonality with the Green platform. Read More »

China, US ink new trade deal for beef and chicken


The two sides have reached a deal to boost trade . "I look forward to the day when we can serve President Trump and President Xi a dry-aged American-made NY strip in Beijing ". Restrictions were lifted in September 2016 but little progress were made on export negotiations. Chinese market means access to 1.4 billion new customers of USA beef . Read More »

N.Korea says missile can carry nuclear warhead


Japanese officials, however, said the missile flew for about 30 minutes, traveling about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and reaching an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) - a flight pattern that could indicate a new type of missile. He added: "We need to return to dialogue with North Korea and stop scaring it and find ways to resolve these problems peacefully". In the past three years, North Korea has launched more major missiles than in the three previous decades combined. Read More »

North Korea claims new missile can hold large nuclear warhead


The claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA mainland. Moon urged North Korea Sunday to stop provocations for the resumption of dialogue while warning that his government will resolutely deal with them in a bid to ensure that the North would not "miscalculate" the situation. Read More »

Malaysia seizes 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar


Malaysian authorities say they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar. The tortoises, five of the Ploughshare species endemic to Madagascar and 325 of the Indian Star species, were found in five boxes on an Etihad Airways flight from Madagascar's Antananarivo Airport on Sunday, said KLIA Customs (Enforcement and Compliance) deputy director Abdull Wahib Sulong. Read More »