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Tehran's mayor drops out of Iran election to back hard-liner

The survey was conducted after the first two presidential debates, held in April and May. It's simple. Raisi is the true face of the Islamic Republic, while Rouhani is a façade. "It is my belief that Iranian ethnic and religious groups can play an equal role in the development and progress of the country", the presidential hopeful said , adding that their talents should be utilized in the country's management. Read More »

Sen. John Cornyn removes self from consideration for Federal Bureau of Investigation director role

Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general, was considered among the possible candidates to replace former FBI Director James Comey, whom President Donald Trump fired on May 9. From a political landscape, Cornyn now serves as the Senate Majority Whip and Republicans control 52 Senate seats, both factors that may have lead some Republicans to try and convince Cornyn to hold his position. Read More »

What is WannaCry? What does WannaCry ransomware do?


The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) should shoulder some blame for the attack, which targets vulnerabilities in Microsoft Corp systems and has infected some 30,000 Chinese organizations as of Saturday, the China Daily said. "There have been no decryption keys identified, so far". It's unclear who is behind the massive attack, but researchers have found clues in the code linking the ransomware to North Korea. Read More »

Russian Federation says Syria safe zones to be closed to USA aircraft


Russia , Turkey and Iran will still be permitted to fight terrorist groups within the safe zones, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by dpa. According to both Syrian opposition activists and government media outlets on Saturday, there were no immediate reports of casualties after a memorandum signed by Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation, the three countries behind peace efforts in Syria, took effect at the stroke of midnight local time on Saturday (2100 GMT on Friday). Read More »

Irrelevant to link OBOR with India-Pak issue: China's Consul General


India boycotted the conference on the grounds that the Chinese One-Belt One-Road (OBOR) initiative ignored New Delhi's core concerns regarding sovereignty and territorial integrity. He, however, asserted that "CPEC does not affect China's position on Kashmir". Blaming rising Hindu nationalism, the newspaper said: "It should be pointed out that some people in India, with the ability to influence public opinion, have a shallow analysis of state interests, and an outdated understanding of ... Read More »

Macedonia opposition leader given mandate to form government


Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov gave Zaev the mandate to form a new government on Wednesday just two days before Friday's ten-day deadline was due to expire. We hope that this constructive spirit will continue to prevail so that the country can finally come out of the political crisis. "This is what the people want and deserve". Read More »

'Reform to transform' approach to build new India: PM Modi


Around 66 per cent of the citizens believe that the price of essential commodities and cost of living have gone up. Though ironical it may seem, a huge majority, of those surveyed, 61% of mainly city youths, felt the Modi government has handled "communalism related issues" quite well, which is just a marginal drop of 2% from past year. Read More »

World champ Sagan wins Stage 3 of Tour of California


Sagan took advantage of a field dealing with two sweeping turns in the last couple of miles to win his 16th stage in North America's premier race, extending his own record. However, after three days of racing, it's Sagan's teammate, Rafal Majka of Poland, who is the tour's overall leader. Ian Boswell is in third at 14 seconds behind the leader. Read More »

Karoubi to vote for Rouhani in Iran's presidential election

Rouhani has a platform that includes expanding social and political freedoms, but his achievements in this area are mixed. However, Raisi's candidacy also has revived the controversy surrounding Iran's mass execution of thousands of prisoners in 1988, one of the darkest moments of the country's history since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and one still not acknowledged by its authorities. Read More »

US Says Would Talk to N. Korea if Missile, Nuclear Tests Stop


Appointing one person in South Korea to lead North Korea policy would help centralize and streamline its organization, which now, requires coordination of activities across dozens of government agencies, the two researchers noted. A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang's allies China and Russian Federation. Read More »

Cabinet nod for 10 nuclear reactors for power generation


The total installed capacity of the Plants will be 7000 MW. The cabinet cleared the plan today, said Union Minister Piyush Goyal after a attending meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Furthermore, the first-of-its-kind initiative is said to enhance the efficiency of the power sector, with the establishment of additional power plants."India has over 6,780 Mega watts of power units, expected to be doubling in the coming months". Read More »

Trump pledges to move quickly to nominate new Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Trump says he fired biparitsanly-despised Comey because he bungled the Hillary Clinton email investigation. "I would note that NY is a one-party consent state and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide, referring to the law that permits taping conversations without the knowledge of one of the participants. Read More »

Comey memo says Trump asked to halt Flynn investigation


News Tuesday of Trump's request of Comey immediately renewed concerns from congressional Democrats that Trump was trying to obstruct an investigation that's been examining potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Read More »

Mutiny in Ivory Coast

The mutiny began in Bouake on Friday when a spokesman for the group dropped demands for extra pay promised by the government during negotiations to end a previous mutiny in January. As part of a plan to modernize the military, the government previous year announced it meant to remove several thousand mostly ex-rebel soldiers from its ranks. Read More »

Schumer Says Next FBI Director Should 'Not Be A Partisan Politician'


On Friday, Trump waded back into the Federal Bureau of Investigation controversy, warning Comey against talking to the media and suggesting on Twitter there may be recordings of conversations between them. The White House had said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the top Justice Department officials: Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein. Read More »

New cyber-attack 'could hit United Kingdom tomorrow'


Britain's National Health Service was hit hard, while Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica, FedEx Corp.in the U.S. and French carmaker Renault all reported disruptions. The virus, which took control of users files, spread to 100 countries, including India, the UK, Spain, France and Russian Federation. MalwareTech, who wants to remain anonymous, was hailed as an "accidental hero" after registering a domain name to track the spread of the virus, which actually ... Read More »

PM Sharif, Trump to meet in Saudi Arabia


He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would enable traders to transport their goods to the world through Gwadar Port. US also named some of the groups that would pose threat to Pakistan's internal security, including -e Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat ul-Ahrar, al-Qa'ida in the Indian Subcontinent, ISIS-K, Laskhare Jhangvi, and Lashkar-e Jhangvi al-Alami. Read More »

Monsoon to hit Kerala on May 30: IMD


The Indian Meteorological department (IMD) has said that the southwest monsoon will hit Kerala on May 30. Speaking to Herald, IMD-Goa, Director M L Sahu said, "The present rain and thunder can not be called pre-monsoon showers but are unseasonal summer showers". Read More »

Xi Jinping says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism


He told the nearly two dozen world leaders gathered at the forum that countries should "uphold and grow an open world economy". The two-day Belt and Road Forum which is being attended by leaders from 29 countries, including Pakistan, has been boycotted by India due to sovereignty concerns over the United States dollars 50 billion CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor), which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Read More »

Macron names Edouard Philippe as French PM


Then, a large crowd outside the chancellery welcomed Macron to Berlin, with some waving European Union flags. France's place is in the European Union "which protects us and enables us to project our values in the world", Macron said on Sunday, but the club needed to be "reformed and relaunched". Read More »

Netanyahu Claims Embassy Move To Jerusalem Would 'Advance' Peace Process


Worshipers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem , Jan. 17, 2017. They estimate that during his May 20 visit to the region, Trump will balance his pro-Israel attitude with a rapprochement to some of the Arab positions. But by putting the question of Jerusalem's status back on the national agenda and then failing, they will have made a mistake that could set back Israel's cause and boost efforts to re-partition the capital. Read More »