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Hero's welcome in Pyongyang for North's missile developers

North Korea on Sunday (local time) launched the Hwasong-12, the projectile that has shown the best performance so far aside from its space rockets, in what the worldwide community suspects to have been a covert missiles test. He was also quoted as saying that the US was open to engagement, but that Pyongyang would have to stop all nuclear and missile tests. South Korea's recently elected President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday, "The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military ... Read More »

Masada Is First Bump on Trump's Road Trip


Trump reportedly "expressed dread" about the trip's length. During the nine-day, five-city foreign trip, he will travel to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, Italy and the Vatican. 'George W. Bush came by the new cable vehicle. The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday that Trump would not be able to land a helicopter on top of the fortress and would need to take a cable auto up the mountain instead, as former President George W. Read More »

Robert E. Lee monument in New Orleans could come down overnight


Pro-monument groups were separated from monument protestors with metal barricades - similar to the setup at Jefferson Davis - and with occasional yelling matches between the groups. The statues would be put in storage while the city looks for a suitable place to display them, the mayor has said. Meanwhile, the three monuments that were removed from their pedestals are being crated and moved to a city-owned warehouse. Read More »

China plays down India's fear on CPEC and Kashmir

China reiterated that CPEC will not affect its stance on the Kashmir issue. China has rejected the concerns voiced by India on the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative violating India's sovereignty and on its lack of transparency, saying today that "The global community's warm response speaks volumes". Read More »

National Hockey League playoffs 2017: James Neal's goal gives Predators OT win over Ducks

Jakob Silfverberg scored on the Ducks' first shot, and Gibson stopped 43 shots in a stellar performance. Nashville made quick work of the heavily favoured Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round and then wasted the St. By then, the Predators had been outshooting the Ducks 13-1. Fortunately for the Ducks, their one shot on goal in that stretch found the back of the net, giving them a 1-0 lead just 5:15 into the first period. Read More »

Rouhani looks to beat hard-liner as Iran prepares to vote


The source also rejected rumors about Nategh-Nouri's dismissal by Khamenei. Last week, Iran's official IRNA news agency published the results of a survey in which almost 64 percent of a 6,047 person sample group said they will be voting, while 20 percent said they were undecided. Read More »

Trump calls himself victim of 'single greatest witch hunt'


But that changed on Wednesday evening when Rosenstein announced that he had appointed another former FBI director, Robert Mueller, to conduct an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign. The appointment of a special counsel might not be the ideal way to get to the bottom of the growing list of questions surrounding Donald Trump and Russian Federation. Read More »

Trump hired Flynn despite knowing he was under investigation

Senator Grassley and I have invited FBI Director Comey to testify before the Judiciary Committee. According to the report, Trump transition officials knew that Mike Flynn was under investigation for his Russian ties when he was named national security advisor. Read More »

CBI Court Convicts Former Coal Secretary HC Gupta In Coal Scam Case


Special Judge Bharat Parashar also convicted managing director of Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Limited (KSSPL) Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia, former Joint Secretary of the Coal Ministry, K.S. The former top bureaucrat was accused of not following a transparent auctioning system and causing losses running into crores to the taxpayer. It said that the company misrepresented various aspects of preparedness and was ineligible on the issue of net worth. Read More »

Trump Administration Continues Mixed Signals on Western Wall


It stipulated that the U.S. Embassy must be relocated to Jerusalem not later than May 31, 1999. Though the White House disavowed that comment, the assurance rang false when National Security Adviser H.R. While Israelis and Palestinians alike are uncertain what Trump will ask of them, experts believe he will be looking to coax them to make an explicit commitment to return to the table without pre-conditions, start work on a timetable for talks and consider mutual "confidence-building" steps. Read More »

EC to hold live demo of EVMs, VVPATs tomorrow


According to The Hindu, the EC will announce the dates and the schedule for the EVM challenge at the press conference. The political parties would also be invited to demonstrate that the Electoral Voting Machines used during the recent Assembly elections had been tampered with. Read More »

Comey Hid Among White House Curtains to Avoid Trump

Comey's firing was one in a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. But acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told Congress last week that Comey "enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does today". He is a good guy. Read More »

Roger Ailes, former Fox News chief, dies


Bill O'Reilly - Before helping Ailes launch Fox in 1994, O'Reilly was a middling correspondent and anchor for CBS News, ABC News and finally the syndicated tabloid television show "Inside Edition". The question remains though; if these ideologies passed on from people like Ailes to Donald Trump, will this also lead to Trump's demise. Few other details were immediately available, including whether the victim was taken to the hospital. Read More »

Macron names Philippe as French PM


International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission Chair Patrick Baumann, left, says goodby to new French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee palace in Paris , France, May 16, 2017. He's also a member of the mainstream-right Republicans party that was badly battered by Macron's victory in the presidential campaign. "The heavyweights won't give in", a source close to former prime minister Alain Juppe said. Read More »

Across LoC: Pak Troops Attack with Mortar Bombs


More than 40 farm animals were also reportedly killed in the firing, he added. Indian jawans are retaliating with full force. BJP senior leader and MLC Vibodh Gupta on Sunday strongly condemned the regular incidences of firing by Pakistan Army along the LoC specially in Nowshera Sector. Read More »

Chaffetz sets hearing with Comey - but can't reach him

Last week, Trump said that as he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing", he fired Comey, who was leading the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign's links to Russian Federation. The inspector general at the U.S. Defense Department announced recently it is investigating whether Flynn sought permission for the Russian and Turkish payments after he was specifically warned when he retired from the military to not accept any money from foreign governments. Read More »

'No. No. Next question': Trump's terse Federal Bureau of Investigation denial

Weeks after taking office, President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey in a phone call when the FBI would publicly announce that he was not personally under investigation, The New York Times reported Thursday. In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week . "We have to get back to running this country really, really well". Read More »

Syria 'categorically' denies U.S. accusations of mass killings


Jones also charged that the " atrocities " were carried out "with unconditional support" from Russian Federation and Iran. And recall, of course, that this same Assad government is newly emboldened by America's disengagement. Since it began in 2011, Syria's civil war has claimed more than 400,000 lives, many of them civilians, Jones said. But the latest photo dated to January 2015, more than two years ago, taken during the administration of former President Barack Obama. Read More »

Iran imposes sanctions on nine U.S. firms, individuals

The State Department said Iran would continue to enjoy relief from decades-old economic measures punishing Tehran for its nuclear program. On Wednesday, the U.S. He also strongly defended his government's achievements with regards to the nuclear deal and the openness to the worldwide community. During his fiery presidential election's campaign, Trump threatened to tear up the nuclear deal and launched a review of its terms. Read More »

New York Times drops another anonymously-sourced bomb on Trump


Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information , according to one of Mr. Comey's associates", The New York Times said. Kurdish forces have faced strict opposition from the Turkish government, even being labeled as a terrorist organization, due to their fears of losing territory to the group. Read More »

South Korea's Moon warns high chance of clashes with North


Trump and Moon have both also warned that a major conflict with the North is possible. The envoy handed Abe a letter from President Moon stating that he hoped to meet Abe in the near future and restart the shuttle diplomacy. North Korea conducted two nuclear tests past year, which are likely to have improved its know-how in making nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles. Read More »

Trump approves arms to Syrian Kurds despite Turkey's objection


Turkey contends the SDF's Syrian Kurdish militia , known as the YPG, is a terrorist group affiliated with the outlawed PKK , the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a terror group that has been battling the Turkish state for many years. The battle for Tabqa began after USA forces helped SDF fighters conduct an airborne landing on the southern bank of the Euphrates in late March. SDF spokesman Talal Silo attributed the Tabqa victory to "the sacrifices of the SDF's heroes" and "the full, unlimited ... Read More »

Notorious child serial killer Ian Brady has died in prison


Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley , were jailed in 1966 after torturing and murdering three children together, although they later confessed to another two murders. They went on to admit the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett. BBC reported that Brady called his solicitor Robin Makin to come and visit him, and according to Makin, the murderer was "well aware that his death was imminent". Read More »