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Dutch King: So I've been piloting KLM for 21 years


He flew as a volunteer in Kenya, first for the medical aid organization African Medical Research & Education Foundation (AMREF) and then for the Kenya Wildlife Service. His passengers did not know, most of the time. 'Before September 11, the cockpit door was open. People regularly came to have a look and thought it was nice or surprising that I was sitting there, ' he said, adding that very few people recognise him as he walks through Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport in KLM uniform and cap. Read More »

Syrian refugees in Jordan's desert get solar power


Refugees had complained about their isolation in camps lacking electricity, which became challenging for the camp's caretakers, especially on security issues. "Today marks a milestone. Above all, it allows all residents of the camps to lead more dignified lives", said Kelly T. Clements, UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner . Read More »

Venezuela leader: Officials treated like Jews under Nazis


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has likened the harassment of government officials and their families outside of Venezuela to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis. That day's blockades of major roads were organised by the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mud) coalition in a bid to "paralyse" the country. Read More »

US sanctions Iran officials, Chinese network over missile program

Some of those waivers would have expired this week if Trump had not chose to further renew them. Donald Trump as a candidate vowed to renegotiate or tear up the nuclear deal. Raisi. The current president, Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who pushed for the 2015 nuclear deal, is considered the slight favorite over Ebrahim Raisi, a former prosecutor who is closely tied to the country's ruling hardline clerics. Read More »

Twin bomb blasts rock university of Maiduguri in Nigeria, 1 dead


Abu Hanifa Babati, the student union government president, confirmed the attacks. He also said that the second explosion occurred around the female hostel area. "In an attempt to enter the female hostels, they were intercepted by security operatives". He said one of the bombers was accosted by a soldier stationed around the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and was shot at after detonating his bomb. Read More »

Trump denies asking Comey to stop Flynn probe

Throughout a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump repeated multiple times his claim that there was no collusion between himself and Russian Federation during the campaign. Rosenstein received strong support from the Senate a month ago when he was confirmed by a vote of 94 to 6 to be the Justice Department's second-highest-ranking official. Read More »

Jimmy Carter urges Trump to push for peace


That distinction - Jerusalem, not Israel - reflects the US position that the city's fate is an issue for Israelis and Palestinians to work out through future peace negotiations. While the president hasn't clearly backed a two-state solution - Israel and a Palestinian state - he is expected to voice support for Palestinian "self-determination", a phrase that nods in the direction of an independent Palestinian state. Read More »

Mexico welcomes NAFTA renegotiation - foreign minister

Donald Trump built his campaign by demonizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he called "the worst deal ever", and by making assurances that he could rework trade deals to protect the American people. American farmers have mostly benefited from the reduction in trade barriers. He says the USA manufacturing industry has been decimated by NAFTA, a deal the White House considers deeply unfair. Read More »

Kurdsish Forces to Battle IS in Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been buoyed by this week's capture of the key town of Tabqa and its nearby dam. Erdoğan blamed Trump's decision on civil servants from former President Barack Obama's administration. In response, the Americans deployed their troops at the border to prevent the Turks from targeting the YPG and, if you believe the US line, to prevent attacks by the militants against Turkey. Read More »

Bangladesh arrests 27 men on suspicion of being gay


An elite police unit detained the men early Friday in a raid on a community center at Keraniganj, south of the nation's capital, Dhaka . He said that they were initially faced with drug charges. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has long faced discrimination and rights abuses in the country. Previous year two prominent LGBT activists including an editor of the country's only magazine for gay people were hacked to death by Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda. Read More »

Auto plows into Times Square crowd; 1 dead, about 20 hurt


The woman's 13-year-old sister was among the injured. He tested negative for alcohol but it is understood that he is also undergoing tests while in police custody to see if he had taken drugs. Rojas enlisted in 2011 and was an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. In 2012 he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer. Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina. Read More »

UK's Conservatives to support shale energy, cap household energy tariffs (CNA, SSE)

Unveiling the party's 2017 plan for government, May confirmed the United Kingdom would leave the European single market and customs union and would impose immigration controls on EU citizens after Brexit. The platform signals that May is more willing than her predecessor, David Cameron, to let the state intervene in markets. However, shares in utility companies pushed higher on the London Stock Exchange after she softened a pledge to introduce a price cap on standard variable tariffs, opting ... Read More »

Banks' cyber defences hold firm (for now)

We should be prepared: "more hospitals will nearly certainly be shut down by ransomware this year". He told the Tele: "We have had IT engineers in working tirelessly over the weekend". She said: "This has been a global cyber-attack which has impacted on countries across the world and clearly any incident of this nature is hugely concerning - but it's important to stress there is no evidence to suggest patient data has been compromised". Read More »

Voting begins in Iran's presidential election


Polls close at 18:00 (1330 GMT), but voting hours will most likely be extended as the country has seen in previous elections, amid expectations of a high turnout. It will not have escaped Mr Rouhani, however, that Mr Trump is visiting Iran's closest rival Saudi Arabia shortly and that the US President has also ordered a review of the controversial nuclear deal. Read More »

Chaffetz resignation latest twist in GOP oversight of Trump

Chaffetz would not discuss his next career move, which some have speculated might include a cable news gig, but he said he planned to keep his residence in Utah. (And it's conceivable those facts could lead to a serious consideration about impeachment.) Or if they'll give Trump the benefit of the doubt. "There are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations", Chaffetz said. Read More »

Fractious House panel at center of latest Trump probes

As for the memo: Which of the two, Comey or Trump, have had serious past issues with the truth? "No. No. next question", Trump said when asked during a joint news conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos if he had, in any way, tried to influence the probe. Read More »

Wait on for details over CFA split

There are now 35 integrated stations in Melbourne and regional Victoria that include both paid and volunteer firefighters. Victoria is breaking up its fire services to ram through a controversial union pay deal, but the union says it already has "significant concerns" about the new model. Read More »

Chinese, S. Korean officials seek to mend rift with meetings


South Korea's special envoy Lee Hae-chan, left, meets China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing , Wednesday, May 19, 2017. Lee called for "close communications" to tackle the brawls over the deployment of the US' Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea, saying Seoul has "sufficient understanding" about Beijing's concerns. Read More »

More than 20 pounds of heroin seized at Arizona-Calif border


The agents were not hurt, and have been placed on administrative leave. At approximately 3:45 p.m., a Black 2008 Dodge Dakota driving northbound on State Route 80, collided with traffic barricades at the State Route 80 Immigration Checkpoint, which was temporarily closed due to adverse weather conditions. Read More »

European Union says Philippines declines new EU grants


The EU is a vocal detractor of the administration's war against drugs, repeatedly threatening the Philippines it would impose trade sanctions should Duterte carry on with his brutal crackdown. Mr Duterte a year ago used expletives and raised his middle finger in response to a European parliament statement expressing concern over the killings. Read More »

James Comey and the Revenge of Washington's Professional Class


Amash is the first Republican lawmaker to raise the specter of impeachment. He added, "I still need to speak with him", suggesting the hearing is not yet set in stone. Former acting attorney general Sally Yates questioned the timing and motive for Trump's firing of Comey last week. In one post , he linked to a Wall Street Journal article headlined, "U.S". Read More »

Rosenstein gave briefing for full Senate


Mr Trump has faced intense backlash for firing Mr Comey on May 9. A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offense that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office. Read More »