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Is North Korea the mastermind behind the massive cyber-attack?

For example, North Korea has never admitted any involvement in the Sony Pictures hack - and while security researchers, and the U.S. government, have confidence in the theory, neither can rule out the possibility of a false flag. Scott said he believes North Korea would likely have attacked more strategic targets - two of the hardest-hit countries, China and Russian Federation, are the North's closest strategic allies - or tried to capture more significant profits. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn: Conservatives creating a 'war between generations'

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She told BBC Radio Scotland: "I hope he is wrong, I want to see a Labour government across the whole of the United Kingdom, that's what I'm spending every waking moment of my day campaigning for". Labour's manifesto - published on Tuesday - did not set out how plans to nationalise the national grid and the water industry would be funded. "Although the Tory (Conservative) lead is shrinking, the slow rate of change means that it will be mid-August before Labour close the gap", said Adam ... Read More »

UAE urges Rouhani to reset Iran's foreign policy

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It was another boost to the reformist camp after the resounding re-election of President Hassan Rouhani announced the day before. Iranians yearning for detente overseas and greater freedoms at home have handed President Hassan Rouhani a second term, but the hard-line forces he defeated in elections Friday will remain defiantly opposed to his plans. Read More »

Trump says Venezuela crisis a 'disgrace to humanity'

Maduro's government accuses them of seeking a violent coup and says numerous protesters are no more than "terrorists". Venezuela has been rocked by protests as people take to the streets to protest the Maduro regime's power grab. The US has imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan officials for alleged human rights abuses. Stay on topic - This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. Read More »

China, ASEAN OK draft code of conduct in S. China Sea

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China on Friday, May 19, 2017, said it reached agreement with the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) on the rough outline of a legally binding code of conduct created to prevent clashes in the strategic South China Sea . Read More »

Sister of Donald Trump's senior adviser solicits Chinese investment

Around a dozen clients had signed on for the new project after a Beijing event headed by Meyer the day before, QWOS representatives told AFP. Those apartments were also developed by Kushner Companies , and about a quarter of the funding - around US$50 million - was obtained via EB-5 investment, according to a report by Bloomberg News previous year. Read More »

Turkey: Ankara slams Trump's decision to arm Syrian YPG

USA -backed Syrian militias said they fully seized the town of Tabqa and Syria's largest dam from Islamic State on Wednesday, a major objective as they prepare to launch an assault on Raqqa, the jihadists' biggest urban stronghold. The YPG said on Thursday that it would seek "neighbourly relations" with Turkey. Another video showed a group of children calling out excitedly: "The dam has been liberated". Read More »

Saudi king says Iran at forefront of global terrorism

Trump's Riyadh visit kicks off his first presidential trip overseas, with Saudi Arabia the first stop on a nine-day journey through the Middle East and Europe. Mr Trump's address was the centrepiece of his visit to Riyadh , which started on Saturday with the announcement of billions of dollars in trade deals with Saudi Arabia and continued Sunday with the speech and meetings with Arab leaders. Read More »

James Comey's father defends son, blasts Trump as 'nuts'

The White House did not deny the claim. He was insane, a real nut job. "The committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former director on his role in the development of the intelligence community assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Read More »

Netanyahu says all government ministers must attend Trump's arrival

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After the reception ceremony, Trump will fly by helicopter to Jerusalem for a meeting with Rivlin at the president's residence before continuing to the Old City, where he is set to become the first-ever sitting U.S. On Tuesday, Trump will travel to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, located outside Jerusalem , to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Read More »

Trump to Muslims: Drive out extremists

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Calling the Arab Islamic American Summit "unprecedented", King Salman addressed more than 40 Arab leaders on Sunday, claiming the meeting "of the utmost importance between the Muslim world and the West ". "The Saudi King underscored that Islam was and will remain the religion of mercy, tolerance and coexistence which were confirmed by clear examples". Read More »

Everest collapsed "Hillary step"

The Hillary Step was named after famed mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, who along with Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, became the first two people to climb the mountain and reach the summit in 1953. Speaking to the BBC in 2012, British mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington said getting stuck near the Step could be fatal. It may have fallen down two years ago, during or just after the large quake that rocked Nepal in April 2015. Read More »

Worst flooding in decades hits Montreal

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The city officials said the measure was declared on Sunday afternoon and will remain in place for 48 hours. The damage stretched from the Ontario border in the west, to the Gaspe peninsula. Flood victims who don't have family or friends to stay with are being taken care of by the Red Cross and municipal authorities, Coiteux said. "Inspiring to see it", Trudeau tweeted Sunday night along with pictures showing him talking to residents and helping fill a bag with sand. Read More »

NCTO welcomes Trump's decision to renegotiate NAFTA

Trump early in his presidency ended America's participation in the TPP, which the Obama administration hadn't been able to persuade Congress to approve. Lighthizer's letter is less detailed than a draft sent to lawmakers in March, which listed as objectives tax equality and the ability to re-impose tariffs if Mexican and Canadian imports pose a serious injury threat to USA industry. Read More »

Comey to testify publicly in Congress

No date has been set as yet for Comey's public appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but it likely will be next month, the committee said . The new headlines were a fresh indication that Trump would not be able to change the subject from what appears to be an intensifying investigation reaching toward the president and his inner circle. Read More »

Hill Republicans wary of cuts in Trump's 2018 budget plan out Tuesday

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With a near-daily string of new scandals and unfavorable headlines - including this week's news of a special counsel to examine possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - a growing number of Republicans across the country are watching dispiritedly as Democrats become further energized to turn out their voters in #2018, potentially tipping not only congressional contests but state and local races down the ballot. Read More »

North Korea fires second ballistic missile in a week

KCNA said the objective of the test was to verify technical indexes of the weapon system and examine its adaptability under various battle conditions before deployment to military units for action. A missile launched from North Korea could hit the USA within 30 minutes. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting had not been officially announced. Read More »

Israeli Official: Trump's Credibility at Stake Over Embassy Pledge

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JERUSALEM (AP) - President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the "ultimate deal". It later annexed east Jerusalem and claims the entire city as its capital. Trump has retreated from a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem , bending to the same diplomatic and security concerns as other presidents who have made similar promises. Read More »

Vote 2017: Conservative manifesto - what it says and what it means

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While one promise was unveiled, the Conservatives took away another by breaking their 2015 manifesto pledge to introduce a limit to the amount people must pay for their social care. May tried to remind her supporters Saturday that the future of Brexit is in jeopardy if she loses the election. "Any nationalist agenda aimed at restricting ownership or transfer of ownership is clearly negative for markets and will make it harder for United Kingdom firms to achieve the valuations they ... Read More »

Billy Horschel outlasts Jason Day in playoff to win Byron Nelson event

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But the Australian is just two shots from the lead held by Hahn of the United States at 12-under par through three rounds. A hole later, Day produced a roar from the crowd with a chip-in birdie from an awkward lie, getting him to 12 under. Day, who got the first of his 10 PGA Tour victories at the 2010 Nelson, had the lead alone only once, when he pitched in from 78 feet from the rough by the greenside bunker at the 477-yard 15th. Read More »

US House Oversight Panel Head Chaffetz To Leave Congress

House of Representatives for almost nine years has been a rare honor and privilege", he said in the statement. And now, just as he says he has his "subpoena pen ready" so the Oversight Committee can get its hands on fired FBI Director James Comey's memos, he's going to hand the pen off to someone else. Read More »

Tehran Mayor drops out of presidential poll

Rouhani, a pragmatist cleric, was elected in 2013 by 51 per cent of votes on promises to ease Iran's global isolation and end the house arrest of opposition leaders. Rouhani said Monday that he needed a strong victory to gain the mandate to carry out changes leading to more personal freedoms, something he promised in his first campaign but was never able to deliver. Read More »