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Hassan Rouhani re-elected as Iranian president for second term

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani , who has secured a second term, praised the people's massive presence in the 12th presidential election held on Friday and said they are the true victor of the polls. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini tweeted her vow to work for greater "engagement, regional peace". "Great nation of Iran, you are the victor of the election. Read More »

Trump begins first foreign tour in Saudi Arabia

Stone, who is being investigated by the FBI as part of its investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians, spoke to Trump after Comey testified at a hearing on Capitol Hill earlier this month, the source said. The New York Times quoted briefing notes of the conversation. "This was a tremendous day", Trump said Saturday evening, at a bilateral meeting back at the Ritz Hotel with the Crown Prince. Read More »

US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster


Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador flatly denied Pyongyang played a part in last week's unprecedented cyberattack, dismissing suspicions raised recently by security researchers in the USA and overseas. Read More »

South Korea: North Korea fires unidentified 'projectile'

The ballistic missile launched by North Korea on Sunday reached an altitude of about 560 kilometres (348 miles), a South Korean military official said. North Korean scientists and technicians, who developed missile Hwasong-12 cheer North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in this undated image. "Our military is closely monitoring the North Korean military for any further provocation and maintaining readiness to respond". Read More »

Hundreds of Palestinians riot in West Bank, Gaza


The spokesman said that since last week, several dozen hunger strikers have been transferred to special prison wings with medical staff — a setup he said is a step between a regular cell and an Israeli hospital. Mohammed told his employer he was shot in the hand as he attempted to put on a gas mask after Israeli soldiers arrived to disperse the protest. Palestinians say the video is a fabrication. Read More »

Clashes between Palestinians, Israeli soldiers in Gaza leave 8 injured: medics


The incident took place near a checkpoint where the day before, an Israeli settler opened fire at Palestinians who pelted his vehicle with rocks at a protest in solidarity with the hunger-strikers. An Israeli settler opened fire on a group of Palestinians throwing rocks at his vehicle, killing one and injuring a journalist. A video of another settler handing out chocolates to "celebrate" the death of a young Palestinian man only served to exacerbate anger. Read More »

20 forces killed in coordinated attacks


The foreign ministry released a statement demanding "the immediate release of the kidnapped person". "The only detail that I can give at this stage is that there is no information yet about the kidnappers", said ministry spokesperson Karoliina Romanoff. Read More »

Trump to call for Muslim unity in fight against terrorism

Despite those troubles, Trump was warmly received in Saudi Arabia in contrast to his predecessor. But on Sunday, Trump was full of praise for Muslim world's history and culture. Trump said. In December 2015, Trump told a campaign rally he was calling for a "total shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on". Read More »

U.S. embassy move would 'end peace process': PLO official

The dinner was supposed to take place at the King David Hotel while Trump and Netanyahu enjoy a special dinner at the Prime Minister's Residence on Monday evening. "I hope that President Trump will make progress in the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians and that he will bring justice to the Palestinians and alleviation of their long-term - 50-year now - suffering as an occupied territory", Carter told CNN . Read More »

Are You Too Weak And Afraid To Move US Embassy To Jerusalem?

The Haaretz daily reported Sunday the USA president will ask Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to commit to confidence-building measures in order to lay the groundwork for restarting the peace process. The new USA ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who took up office on Monday, has also backed the move. "That we know , but we don't know what", said one politician half-jokingly. Read More »

Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case, could go to prison

He said he knew the texting was "as morally wrong as it was unlawful". The Democrat will appear in court at 11 a.m., the USA attorney's office in Manhattan said. Weiner was led into the courtroom for the brief hearing wearing a slim navy suit; a wedding band could be seen on his left hand. He added that Weiner remains "focused on his recovery". Read More »

Last batch of rebels leaving central Homs in Syria


The evacuation of Waer will bring Assad regime closer to cementing its control over more parts of the war-wracked country. "In all more than 15,000 people - 12,000 civilians and 3,000 rebels - will have left Waer" when the operation is over, Barazi said. Read More »

First lady Melania Trump forgoes head scarf in Saudi Arabia

The agreement, worth $ 110 billion effective immediately and $350 billion over 10 years, is an effort to equip Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf partners in the fight against ISIS. That move was quickly contrasted with President Barack Obama's first trip to Saudi Arabia in 2009, during which he offered the king a handshake and a brief bend of the waist. Read More »

Labour at new high after manifesto boost

The Times is one of the exceptions, with the paper having an interview with the Prime Minister in which she talks internet security, while the Telegraph has a double-dose of election coverage, looking at the story of winter fuel allowance being maintained in Scotland but axed for England and Wales, and suggestions that MI5 opened a file on Jeremy Corbyn over links to the IRA. Read More »

North Korea launches another ballistic missile test, says South's military


North Korea's deputy U.N. envoy said on Friday that the United States needed to roll back its "hostile policy" toward the country before there could be talks between the pair. "Our military is closely monitoring North Korea and is maintaining readiness posture", the statement said. North Korea has defied all calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally, calling them legitimate self-defence. Read More »

World Leaders Congratulate Macron on French Election Win


Mr Macron is expected to step down as leader of his newly founded political movement En Marche! - translated to Onwards! - on Monday to focus on the presidency, a source close to the president-elect told the AFP. On the financial front, European stock markets edged down in early trading as investors had been widely expecting Macron's victory. The final count from the interior ministry put his total at 66.1 per cent of the vote against Ms Le Pen's 33.9 per cent. Read More »

Questions Remain After Sally Yates' Testimony


Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned then-President-elect Donald Trump not to give the post of national security adviser in his administration to Michael Flynn who was eventually fired in a controversy about ties to Russian Federation, a former Obama aide said. Read More »

Former FBI chief James Comey to testify in Russian probe


Late Friday, the Senate intelligence committee announced that Comey had agreed to testify at an open hearing at an undetermined date after Memorial Day. " By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia ", Spicer said. Read More »

Iran's Rouhani to seek unity after election

More than a third of Iran's 80 million population is under age 30 and yearns for reform. The interior minister hailed the high turnout in the elections, noting that 73 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots in Friday's elections. Read More »

Startling video shows sea lion snatching girl from pier

It pulls her into the cold water in a flash as the crowd gasps in horror. Just as all appeared calm, the sea lion leaped out of the water and wrapped its teeth around the girl's floral white dress before pulling her under water. Andrew Trites, of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at University of British Columbia, said the people surrounding the animal prior to the incident should have treated it with "proper respect". Read More »

Trump participates in Saudi Arabian sword dance


President Donald Trump has touched down in Saudi Arabia as he begins his first trip overseas since taking office. The 81-year-old King Salman , who used a cane for support, was brought to the steps of the plane on a golf cart. Separately, Mr Comey agreed to testify at an upcoming, open hearing of the Senate intelligence committee, the panel said. The National Republican Senatorial Committee even used Obama's bow in a fundraising ad, asking whether "the president of the world's ... Read More »

Trump advisers met with Russians at least 18 times


Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave no indication that anyone directed him to write the memo regarding former FBI Director James Comey's dismissal. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump told the Russians in the Oval Office on May 10, according to a document read to the The New York Times . Read More »

Tillerson calls out Iran over human rights, terror support


Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Iran's presidential election was an internal matter and called on Tehran to adhere to United Nations resolutions on its ballistic missiles and to stop supporting "terrorism". "These business deals are a clear indication of the confidence the Kingdom has in U.S. investment". Trump has said little publicly about human rights under Sisi, but White House aides say behind-the-scenes talks have yielded results better than those achieved by Obama. Read More »