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Putin says Russian Federation has nothing to do with cyberattack

Putin attended the One Belt - One Way economic forum in Beijing on Sunday, and joined Xi's residence for a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Sputnik said. The video was posted to YouTube by Sputnik, a digital news agency that is a state-funded sibling of RT and, like RT, is aimed at global audiences. Read More »

30 leaders reaffirm their commitment to Belt and Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged major multilateral institutions to join his new Belt and Road Initiative, stressing the importance of rejecting protectionism in seeking global economic growth. retreat into "America First" policies, analysts say. Long-running diplomatic disputes did manage to muscle in on the narrative of inclusion for all, however. Read More »

Syria is burning bodies to hide proof of mass killings

At a prison about 45 minutes outside of Damascus, Syria's capital, Assad's regime has "modified a building within the Sednaya complex to support what we believe is a crematorium", Jones said, so that it can dispose of detainees' bodies "with little evidence". Read More »

Venezuelans again shut down capital to protest government

Even before the protest started in Caracas, many businesses closed and taxi drivers suspended work in anticipation of traffic disruptions in the capital. As demonstrations take over Caracas nearly daily, normal life has continued, but suffused with tension and uncertainty. At fancy cafes, patrons show each other the latest videos of student protesters getting hurt or defaced statues of the late President Hugo Chavez on their phones. Read More »

CBI To Probe Missing JNU Student Najeeb Ahmad Case: Delhi High Court


A student of the university's School of Biotechnology, Najeeb Ahmad, 27, had gone missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members the night before. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) G. Ram Gopal Naik said the charge sheet had been filed recently against the man who had claimed to have Najeeb in his custody. Read More »

Centre delaying appointment of two new ministers: Kejriwal


Sunita Kejriwal had called Mishra stupid in a tweet last week, without naming him, after the Anti-Corruption Branch registered an FIR against a company that belonged to Kejriwal's late brother-in-law, Surender Bansal, in another scam. "Inevitable", the former income tax commissioner tweeted. "Sir @ArvindKejriwal return Sunitaji phone to her", tweeted Mr. Mishra, who accused the Aam Aadmi Party of receiving illegal donations from shell companies. Read More »

White House refuses to say if Comey tapes exist

Instead, Trump's loyal and most trusted inner circle is Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Hope Hicks, and Keith Schiller (the man who delivered the letter to Comey). "First, the nominee should be not a partisan politician, not part of either party. And I think, as well, our institutions are under assault internally". Read More »

Russia, Turkey, and Iran Agree to Ban U.S

Syrian state TV said rebels shelled the central government-held town of Mahrade but had no immediate word on casualties. The agreement says that the de-escalation areas and security zones are a temporary measure, that could be in place for six months. Read More »

Syrian government denies USA claim of crematorium at prison

The Trump administration accused the Syrian government Monday of carrying out mass killings of thousands of prisoners and burning the bodies in a large crematorium outside the capital. Assad himself denied Amnesty's accusations in February, but also said he'd never been to Saydnaya himself. "We are appalled by the atrocities that have been carried out by the Syrian regime, and these atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support of Russian Federation and Iran". Read More »

White House: Cyberattack has not affected US government

Microsoft's top lawyer is laying some of the blame for Friday's massive cyberattack at the feet of the US government. Over all, the US infection rate has been lower than many parts of the world, he said , adding that no USA federal systems are affected. Read More »

Syria 'burns bodies to hide jail murders'

On Monday, the State Department said it believes about 50 detainees are being hanged each day at the Saydnaya military prison, which is located about a 45 minutes' drive north of the capital, Damascus. But he called such a future "unimaginable" if Assad is propped up with help from the "seemingly unconditional support from Russian Federation and Iran". Read More »

Sturgeon says Independent Scotland may not rejoin EU


She said: "When Nicola Sturgeon signed the Edinburgh Agreement that said she would respect the result, I believed her". "The SNP are using the European Union as their excuse to call another independence vote but won't guarantee Scotland in the European Union will be a result of their vote". Read More »

North Korea vows missile tests 'any time, any place', defying USA warnings

The official North Korean news agency KCNA said it flew 787 kilometers and reached an altitude of 2,111 kilometers. The U.S., Japan and South Korea requested the meeting after the test on Sunday. The missile flew some 500 miles and fell in the Sea of Japan. Through sanctions and restrictions on technology transfers, the worldwide community was so far only able to delay and increase costs for North Korea, but otherwise has failed to stop the country's nuclear ambitions. Read More »

Macron Rejects Sharing Euro Debt, Pledges EU Reforms With Merkel

Mr Philippe's age reinforced the generational shift in France's corridors of power and the image of youthful vigour that President Macron is cultivating. She held out the possibility of deep reform to the 19-nation eurozone if it is deemed necessary, saying she's prepared to talk about changes to the European Union treaties - a cumbersome and politically risky process. Read More »

Merkel's conservatives score decisive win in key state vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats won a key state election on Sunday in a poll seen as a major test of the country's political mood less than five months before the national ballot. The Green party, now the junior coalition partner to the SPD, took a massive hit, dropping down to 6.4 percent. "Dear friends. Today is a good day for North Rhine-Westphalia". Read More »

Ivory Coast soldiers accept deal to end mutiny: spokesmen


We want our bonuses. The soldiers are former rebels who helped put Ouattara in power after his predecessor refused to leave office after losing the 2010 election. But the government has struggled to pay the promised money. The former star French colony has since been slowly regaining its credentials as a West African powerhouse and a haven of peace and prosperity. Read More »

South Korean president 'may visit Pyongyang'

The industrial park was shut down by the South Korean government in February 2016, in response to a ballistic missile test by North Korea. "The resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue must be comprehensive and sequential, with pressure and sanctions used in parallel with negotiations", Moon's spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, quoted Moon as telling Xi. Read More »

Targeting core Labour voters, UK's May promises more workers' rights

May's latest pledge to protect the rights of workers may be a further move by her party to try and persuade traditional Labour voters to back her party in the coming election. Labour have rubbished this package of proposals, howewver, saying the Tories are "taking people for fools", while the unions have said they will believe it when it appears. Read More »

Trump may pick new Federal Bureau of Investigation director within a week

McCabe testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this week. Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. "It's now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1, " said Graham, Republican of SC. Read More »

Portugal wins Eurovision 2017, Belarus 17th


Portugal returned after a years absence, and won over the viewers at home. Salvador Sobral from Portugal became the victor of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 early on May 14. Eurovision , now in its 62nd year, is intended as apolitical global entertainment. Officially venue bidding has yet to kick off in Portugal, however preparations are well and truly underway within the 63rd Eurovision host country, with RTP eagerly anticipating next year's competition. Read More »

Donald Trump is mulling moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Friedman's first stop was the Western Wall, where he said he "prayed for the president". "I know it's going to be an unbelievable trip", he said. Jewish-American bankruptcy lawyer Friedman has expressed scepticism over the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the basis of years of U.S. Read More »

Saudi, Russia agree to extend deal to cut oil output

Meanwhile, Brent crude oil, the global benchmark, is higher by 2.9% at $52.33 per barrel, and WTI crude oil is up by 3% at $49.27 per barrel. The OPEC member with Africa's largest crude reserves is pumping more than 814,000 barrels a day, thanks partly to rising output from two fields that re-started last month, Jadalla Alaokali, a board member at the National Oil Corp., said Sunday by phone, Bloombeg indicated. Read More »

India's objections to Belt and Road Forum a show for domestic politics

The U.S. Commerce Department said in a statement on May 11 that "the United States recognizes the importance of China's One Belt and One Road initiative". Xi noted that the humankind has reached an age of great progress, great transformation and profound changes, while the world is fraught with challenges. Read More »

Know Your History at Tonight's Cinco de Mayo Party


A few highlights of the event can be seen in the video below. That is actually celebrated on September 16, commemorating the beginning of the war that led to Mexico's independence from Spain. Is Cinco de Mayo particularly significant this year? In large part, those early holidays in the United States were a forum to celebrate the fact that a group of ragtag indigenous people were able to successfully hold back French forces. Read More »