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Tehran mayor Qalibaf quits presidential race to back cleric Raisi


Iran's ultra-conservative political faction is beginning to consolidate itself behind Ebrahim Raisi , a prodigy of the country's supreme leader, in an attempt to retake the presidency in the upcoming election. But since the nuclear deal came into force in January 2016, lifting some sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran's atomic programme, only $1-2 billion worth of deals have actually been finalised, his deputy Eshaq Jahangiri admitted to AFP this week. Read More »

Court likely to question if Trump's travel ban discriminates

He argued that Trump's ban constitutes nationality-based discrimination given what Trump said during the campaign. On Monday, Judge Richard Paez questioned Katyal about Trumps statements, calling them "profound". Fourteen states - including Alabama, Arizona and Montana - and Mississippi's governor also urged the 9th Circuit to permit enforcement of Trump's directive. Read More »

After presidency, Parliament: Macron faces new battle

French writer Samuel Pruvot, who interviewed the new president at length for a book, said Macron sought baptism at age 12 under the influence of his Jesuit teachers, but viewed the Catholic faith "more intellectually than spiritually" and would "distance himself as much as possible from church, faith and Catholicism" as president. Read More »

BC Liberals win minority government

So Sonia Fursteneau and Adam Olsen, newly elected Green members, could together decide who will be the next premier. British Columbia has its first minority government in 65 years as the Liberals squeaked out a razor-thin victory over the NDP, with the Green party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history. Read More »

US spat erupts ahead of Trump visit to region

In another sign the White House is proceeding cautiously, Trump's ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, plans to work out of the current embassy in Tel Aviv rather than out of the U.S. Israeli officials appear to be growing increasingly nervous over Trump's visit, when he is expected to make an attempt at relaunching long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians. Read More »

Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage Now, More Than Ever


Kim Davis, a clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky, attracted worldwide headlines in 2015 when she refused to conduct gay marriages following the Supreme Court's ruling. And though the Catholic Church continues to oppose same-sex marriage , its members continue to support it. "Since then, support for legal same-sex marriage has steadily climbed, with consistent majorities in favor of it since late 2012". Read More »

Pizza delivery man takes pie to stalled Amtrak train


One Twitter user jokingly claimed the pizza had helped stave off "cannibalism" on the train. Mr Katz tweeted: 'Stuck on Amtrak 161. One passenger named Mitch Katz was getting "hangry" and made a decision to order pizza to the train... Got hangry and problem solved. But one passenger thought outside the box and ordered a pizza from a local restaurant. With a simple tweet, he invited others to indulge in the pie with him. Read More »

Players Championship victor prepares for military duty

Ian Poulter pulled within a stroke of the champion, but he too fall apart on the back nine. He closed with a 71 and tied for second with Louis Oosthuizen, who shot 73. Open through 2019 and an invitation into the Masters through 2020. "I still can't believe that I'm the champion and I'm the youngest champion for this championship and I'm very honored to be the champion for this fantastic fifth Major event and I'm looking forward to working hard from now on", he told the media following the ... Read More »

RBSE class 12 science and commerce result 2017 declared


Whereas, around 48,000 students appeared for the class XII board exam in Commerce stream. The students can check the 12th results on the official website of the board . The board has ensured that there would be no irregularity in the result sheet. The active link of BSER 12th Result Science 2017 is available at the end of this article. Read More »

France's Macron to name prime minister on first full day in office


Shortly after Philippe's appointment, Macron was scheduled to travel to Berlin on his first foreign trip as French leader. Mr Philippe, 46, is the mayor of Le Havre and a close associate of Alain Juppe, a prominent conservative who was touted to replace Francois Fillon as presidential candidate for the Republicans. Read More »

North Korea detains another USA citizen: state media

Taking the total number of American detainees to four, this also the second time the North apprehended a staff member of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. The defector, who now lives in South Korea, said he's anxious that Kim's regime might decide to attack his new home. CNN was not able to independently corroborate the report and South Korea's intelligence service told CNN they knew nothing about an alleged plot. Read More »

Advanced screening of United States visa applicants


The State department wants to apply extra screening measures to visa applicants who are identified for extra scrutiny, such as those who traveled to terrorist controlled areas. OMB did not respond to a request for comment. When the decision is final and approved, the State Department expects that this decision will affect more than 60 000 applicants who are applying for the visa each year. Read More »

The BC Liberals win a minority government

With the vote count not complete, the Liberals, which are not linked to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's federal Liberal Party, had won 43 seats in the 87-seat provincial legislature. Voters have sent a clear message they want political parties to find a way to work together, said the Liberal leader after a roller-coaster evening of flip-flopping election results. Read More »

BUDGET 2017: Government to introduce levy for foreign workers


But while he is ditching those deeply unpopular measures from Joe Hockey's 2014 budget, there are new welfare crackdowns, including a plan for a trial of random drug testing for about 5,000 recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance. The government plans to spend AU$5.3 billion ($3.9 billion) on building a second worldwide airport in Sydney which is due to open in 2016. The government expects a slightly larger-than-expected deficit of A$29.4 billion in 2017-18 but plans to finally deliver a ... Read More »

Tehran didn't seek access to Kulbhushan Jadhav: Iran's envoy to Pakistan

Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has said that Iran did not ask for consular access to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. Jadhav's detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan failed to inform the accused of his rights. Following India's request, the ICJ, using its powers under the "Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes of 24 ... Read More »

Full scale of cyber attack not yet known, warn experts

Two big telecoms companies, Telefónica of Spain and Megafon of Russian Federation, were also hit, as was Japanese carmaker Nissan in the United Kingdom. "The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call", said Microsoft . It said universities and educational institutions were among the hardest hit, numbering 4,341, or about 15% of internet protocol addresses attacked. Read More »

Comey declined offer to talk to Senate intel panel

But these days news moves fast. Mr Comey has yet to make a public statement on his firing, aside from a letter to his coworkers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The problem is that there's been enough evidence of Russian meddling during the campaign that it's hard to justify shutting down the probe, even if there's nothing damning pointing to Trump himself. Read More »

Trump on Comey's firing: There's 'no right time to do it'

President Donald Trump is saying everyone's convinced there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Trump also misquoted the Obama administration's intelligence director, James Clapper. Trump said the dinner with Comey was at the White House and Comey wanted to discuss staying on as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. This morning, Clapper appeared on CNN's State of the Union and not only clarified again that he didn't actually say there wasn't ... Read More »

How to avoid the ransomware attack

This one worked because of a "perfect storm" of conditions, including a known and highly risky security hole in Microsoft Windows, tardy users who didn't apply Microsoft's March software fix, and malware created to spread quickly once inside university, business or government networks. Read More »

Trump on Asking for Comey's Loyalty: 'I Didn't'

Trump's home state, New York, has a similar law. But these days news moves fast. Any communication on the investigation going forward will be between the acting or appointed FBI Director and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the author of the memo calling for Comey's firing and the only person able to appoint a special prosecutor to the investigation, as requested by many democrats this week. Read More »

Donald Trump forbids James Comey from leaking to media in veiled tweet

In a report that fuelled charges that Trump has overstepped the norms of his office, the New York Times reported, citing accounts of Comey associates, that the president asked Comey in January to pledge loyalty to him. "They've been vetted over their lifetime, essentially, but very well-known, high-respected, really talented people", Trump said. The letter released by the White House, dated March 8, said the tax returns did not reflect any Trump income from Russian sources, aside from ... Read More »

Comey defends Clinton choice


Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" At Wednesday's hearing, Comey said he was confronted with a hard choice to "speak or conceal " and that the first was a really bad choice, while the second was "catastrophic", because when voters learned of the issue after the election, they would have suspected a government coverup. Read More »