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Controversy over Trump Israel policy ahead of visit

The rival claims to Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and no countries now have their embassies in Jerusalem , instead basing them in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv. Trump's visit will come shortly before the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the Western Wall and the rest of the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six Day War. Read More »

China's Xi Jinping decries protectionism, touts Silk Road

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The meeting saw the BRI transformed from a single-purpose infrastructure programme to a platform for economic diplomacy and trade consultation. Diplomats have expressed concern Beijing is promoting a vision of trading networks centered on "great powers" such as China, which would erode the rules-based system under the World Trade Organization in which all competitors are treated equally. Read More »

Alibaba reveals $6 billion share buyback as misses EPS forecast

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Net income for the three months ended March 31 was 10.65 billion yuan ($1.55 billion), Alibaba said in a statement ahead of the US market open Thursday. The stock decreased 2.66% or $3.3 during the last trading session, reaching $120.72. Alibaba said it also incurred additional taxes from the sale of certain unspecified investments. Read More »

Second Labour council group barred from Tory coalition deal

Kezia Dugdale's leadership of Scottish Labour was under serious pressure last night after an entire council group chose to defy her instructions and enter a coalition with the Tories. He said: "We'll work through it and I'm confident that we will be back in Labour very soon". The councillors were given a deadline to abandon the plans, and were suspended on Wednesday after deciding to go ahead with the agreement. Read More »

US admiral: N. Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster'

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The North has ignored calls to curb its weapons programmes, defending them as necessary to counter USA hostility. Recently-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in has stated that there is a "high possibility" of military conflict with North Korea. Read More »

Iran's VP withdraws from presidential race, backs Rouhani

Having now called on conservative voters to unite behind Raisi, Qalibaf could conceivably upset forecasts that Rouhani was on course for a comfortable victory. "I will use all my power to support Rouhani and to support his programmes", Jahanigiri said in a statement, according to the official IRNA news agency. Read More »

Mast, Republicans want to see Comey memo on Trump meeting

A furious debate has now erupted in Washington not only about the authenticity of Comey's version, recorded soon after the meetings with the President and shared with his Federal Bureau of Investigation associates, but also whether he will testify before Congress if called to, and whether the memos will be produced before an inquiry panel. Read More »

North Korea detains another USA citizen for 'hostile acts'

Accounting professor Kim Sang-duk, or Tony Kim, also a U.S. citizen, was held on April 22, the North confirmed last week, for trying to "overturn" the regime. After majoring in agriculture at a university in Yanbian, China, the professor made a decision to go to Pyongyang in 2015. The family and colleagues of Song were shocked about his arrest, as they said that Song actually refers North Korea as his "own country". Read More »

LeBron James, Cavaliers too much for Celtics in Boston

The Cleveland Cavaliers will have gone 10 full days without live game action by the time they tip off against the Boston Celtics tonight for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points. Boston is coming off a 7-game series, but they got to remain home during the day off. The Celtics may be good enough to take them 6 games. Read More »

NYPD on Lookout for Serial Groper at Brooklyn Q Station

People who live in the community say there are a lot of children and they're hoping the man is quickly caught. "It is not right", one neighbor said. He is in his 30s, about 5 feet tall with black hair and was last seen wearing a red coat, blue jeans and black sneakers, police said. Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Read More »

Maria Sharapova's sponsor backs French Open snub, blames WADA

Two-time French Open victor Sharapova was denied a wildcard, which are handed out at the discretion of tournament organisers, at Roland Garros. "No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams". In a statement reacting to the FFT's announcement, WTA chief Simon acknowledged that wildcards are offered at a tournaments' sole discretion but said there were no grounds for any member of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme to dish out further punishment after a player has ... Read More »

Europeans snub trade text at China's Silk Road summit

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Xi addressed nearly 30 leaders on the second day of a forum on his new Silk Road plan, a huge infrastructure project meant to revive ancient land and sea trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa. The US should be "a stakeholder in the initiative", read a column in the Global Times , as joining it would "deliver benefits to American companies and help increase job opportunities within the country". Read More »

Damascus denies using crematorium in Syrian prison

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Jones said the photographs were evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime forces have "sunk to a new level of depravity ". "Yesterday the United States administration pulled out a new Hollywood screenplay disconnected from reality, accusing the Syrian government of having, according to the administration, built a crematorium at the Saydnaya prison". Read More »

We shall continue sharing intelligence with United States says Theresa May

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While Trump's leaking is technically legal, as the president has the right to declassify information, his doing so hardly seems to comport with the spirit of the law. The statements undercut his own aides' statements in the wake of The Washington Post report that revealed Trump shared details about a plot related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. Read More »

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns West to 'stop intimidating North Korea'

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Another aerospace engineering specialist, John Schilling, said the launch appeared to demonstrate an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could "reliably strike the USA base at Guam" in the Pacific. There's also skepticism about North Korea's claims about its re-entry technology, which is needed to return a warhead to the atmosphere from space so it can hit its intended target. Read More »

Trump threatens fired FBI Director Comey in new tweet

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The president tweeted, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" Trump tweeted. "And that's what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation". These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely-disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod ... Read More »

Despite Trump Scandals, Congressional GOP Isn't Abandoning Ship - Yet

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The broad mandate, beyond any specific Trump-Russia connection, also covers "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". We don't yet know enough. Once his memos are received, I expect Mr. Comey will be called to testify before House and Senate committees in public hearings over the next few weeks. Read More »

Memo: Trump Discussed Imprisoning Reporters With Comey

As for Comey, whom Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo. Read More »

Sturgeon: Independent Scotland may start out the EU

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The First Minister said joining the European Free Trade Association in a Norway-style setup may end up a "necessity" because of a Brussels block. A global economist has written off Scotland as a viable standalone country - and he hinted that even Nicola Sturgeon's chief economic adviser admits as much. Read More »

US Senate panel demands Comey's memos and Trump's tapes as controversy escalates

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Nixon resigned before the Democratic-led House could vote on impeachment and Clinton, while impeached by a House run by Republicans, survived a Senate trial. Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. Read More »

Britain will continue to share intelligence with Trump, says Theresa May

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Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm. Mentioned in the Times's story on Tuesday was Trump's suggestion to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Trump is due to arrive in Israel next week as part of his first overseas trip as president. The White House vigorously denied it all. The conversation took place after the FBI launched its investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump and his advisers. Read More »

Robin Thicke Takes Legal Action Against Dad Alan's Widow

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Brennan and Alan filed the petition against Callau on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Upon his death, Alan left each of his sons in equal shares "ownership of the Carpinteria, California ranch that he bought in 1989 and desired to keep in his family forever, 75 percent of his personal effects and 60 percent of his remaining estate", the petition states . Read More »