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International Monetary Fund can offer policy advice, financial support for Belt and Road Initiative

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China's president Xi Jinping's plan is to strengthen worldwide economic ties by investing in infrastructure from high-speed railways to ports, along the lines of a Silk Road economic belt and 21st century maritime silk road. In its diplomatic note to China's Foreign Ministry, the USA embassy in Beijing said the invitation to North Korea sends the wrong message at a time leaders all over the world are trying to pressure Pyongyang over its repeated nuclear and missile tests. Read More »

USA air strikes hit pro-regime convoy in Syria

The US-led coalition said that, ahead of the air strikes , a telephone call had been put into the Russian military, which backs President Bashar al-Assad. An exception was the USA cruise missile strike that was launched last month in retaliation for Assad's chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people. Read More »

Ohio unemployment rate inches down to 5 percent for April

The report, which gives data for eight sectors for nine months in 2016 till end-December - manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, hotels and restaurant, IT/BPO, education and health - shows low job growth in nearly all sectors and jobs shrinking in construction and hotels and restaurants. Read More »

Tillerson's Israel Comments Got The Worst Kind Of Guy 'Furious'

Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who gave President Donald Trump's inauguration its single largest donation at $5 million, is furious about comments Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made on Sunday regarding Trump's campaign promise to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem , Axios reported . Read More »

Why France's new president is visiting Mali

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French Chieff of Staff Gen. Pierre de Villiers arrives at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Paris as French President Emmanuel Macron chairs his first security council. Macron, who is now facing a slate of difficulties such as unemployment, terror threats and political division, has said that he hopes to transcend the divides of the left and right political parties. Read More »

Lieberman Leading Choice For FBI Director Job

Trump also confirmed that former Democratic Connecticut Sen. Trump met with the 75-year-old Lieberman on Wednesday, six days after the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Lieberman previously served as a senator from CT and was Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 presidential election. However, NBC reported on Wednesday that Lieberman has not decided if he'll accept the job if it's offered to him, saying that the news was "unexpected". Read More »

Why Trump's combative trade stance makes US farmers nervous

On top of that list is motor vehicles, which trade data show both Mexico and Canada running surpluses with the United States . NAFTA has been generally considered a very successful trade agreement for USA agriculture. Ryan went on to say that he believes Mr. Trump has prioritized "his millionaire friends and business ties" and hasn't done anything about the trade deficit with China. Read More »

Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes dead at 77

O'Reilly has denied those accusations. So, it seems like no coincidence that when Ailes died Thursday morning, his widow snubbed Fox News and gave the scoop to the Drudge Report . "He was a genius". He later became a media consultant to five Presidents starting with Richard Nixon. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help. Read More »

Mattis: Military solution to NKorea would be 'tragic'

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Experts said the missile could have flown about 4,500 km if it had been fired at a normal angle. "As you know, if this goes to a military solution, it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale", Mattis said . Mattis was speaking to reporters at the Pentagon days after North Korea test-fired what analysts say was its longest-range rocket yet. Mattis said the rocket tested Sunday had gone very high and North Korean scientists likely learned a lot from the test, but he would not say if it ... Read More »

Trump administration keeps Iran deal alive, but with new sanctions

The most recent waiver, issued by former Secretary of State John Kerry in December, was set to expire this week. As president, he has altered his position, insisting that he is still studying the accord and hasn't made a final decision. As it now stands, all candidates have vowed to continue abiding by the JCPOA, including the frontrunning incumbent, President Hassan Rouhani and his closest contender, the hardline conservative cleric, Ibrahim Raisi. Read More »

Swedish prosecutor drops rape probe into WikiLeaks' Assange

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Assange believes the United States wants him extradited and arrested in connection with WikiLeaks' publication of classified USA documents. "The investigation against Julian Assange is discontinued", read a statement put out by Director of Public Prosecution Ms. Read More »

Policeman kills 5 colleagues in Afghanistan

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The Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the early morning hours, according to Qais Qaderi, the spokesman for the provincial governor, who added that the attack was launched in Tagab district. In February, a policeman shot and killed eight of his colleagues as they were sleeping in an outpost in northern Faryab province. The Taliban instantly took credit for the violence, claiming it left several USA soldiers dead, though the insurgent group often issues inflated tolls for such attacks. Read More »

French President Macron heads to Berlin for his first official foreign visit

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Merkel's declaration that she is open to major changes in the union is a sign that she is aware of the rise in populism - especially the right-wing Alternative for German Party - and the need for a shake-up of her beloved EU. Taking over from outgoing prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve during a short ceremony, Philippe described himself as "a man of the right" who was driven by "the greater good". Read More »

Times Square crash victim was 18-year-old MI woman

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He told police he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP, according to a criminal complaint. A smashed vehicle sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after ploughing through a crowd of pedestrians at lunchtime on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Read More »

Yale dean is placed on leave over offensive Yelp reviews

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Chu came under fire last week when the Daily News reported on her Yelp review account, providing screenshots of a number of Chu's reviews of local businesses. She also pointed out the employees appear to be Chinese, not Japanese. "I guess if you were a white person who has clue what mochi is, this would be fine for you". Read More »

French president meeting EU chief, to reveal minister picks

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Another figure from the right adopted into Macron's 22-strong government is Gerald Darmanin, who is named as minister of public accounts. Her father survived the Holocaust. Speaking with Tusk by his side, Macron said he's advocating "a less bureaucratic and a more political Europe" and relying on Tusk to "go even further in this work of re-shaping and setting in motion again a European ambition". Read More »

American Teenager Dies After Drinking Excessive Caffeine

Watts says Cripe drank a Diet Mountain Dew, a McCafe Latte and an unknown energy drink before suffering the heart attack. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts noted Tueday that such occurrences are "highly unusual". "You worry about their safety, their health - especially once they start driving but it wasn't a vehicle crash that took his life instead it was an energy drink", David's dad Sean Cripe said. Read More »

North Korea claims US, South Korea plotted to kill Kim Jong Un

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North Korea recently uncovered a "hideous terrorists' group" that the National Intelligence Service of South Korea , working with the CIA, had sent into the North on a secret mission to kill Kim with biochemical agents, said a spokesman for the North's Ministry of State Security. Read More »

Multiple Congressional Committees Want Comey's FBI Memos And Testimony

Rosenstein announced Wednesday that he was appointing a special counsel - Robert S. Mueller III, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013 - to investigate Russian meddling in the presidential election. "I have complete confidence that the FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Senator Richard Burr, will each do thorough investigations and report the facts to the American people". Read More »

Comments by Trump & Rosenstein Further Confuse Decision to Fire Comey

On Capitol Hill, Comey was clearly the man in demand, with three committees working to seat him at their witness tables soon, two in the Senate and one in the House. A selloff in USA stocks looked set to extend into its second day on Thursday. "It's special", Trump said. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel , was due to brief US senators later on Thursday about Comey's removal. Read More »

Election 2017: Nicola Sturgeon wants seat at Brexit talks table

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She will say it is more vital than ever to have strong SNP voices "standing up for Scotland". Ms Sturgeon was speaking shortly after Labour launched its manifesto for next month's general election, which she said "directly lifts policies that the SNP is already delivering" including free university tuition, ending hospital parking charges, and the abolition of the so-called Bedroom Tax. Read More »

United States airstrikes in Syria 'completely unacceptable', Russian Federation says

A Syrian military official said Friday that an airstrike by the US -led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan had killed several soldiers and caused material damage. "This was despite Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement towards al Tanf, coalition aircraft show of force and warning shots". Syrian government forces secure a road for a military convoy in the desert area near the border with Jordan and Iraq, May 10, 2017. Read More »

Led coalition hits pro-Assad fighters' convoy

US officials say an American airstrike has hit pro-Syrian government forces in southern Syria as they were setting up fighting positions in a protected area. But Syria's opposition delegation to Geneva lauded the airstrike, saying it helps curb Iran's influence in his country. "The Syrian Arab Army is fighting terrorism on its territory, and no party has the right to determine the course of its operations", the source said. Read More »