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Security Council May Meet at Request of Tokyo, Washington

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Pyongyang to return to the path of denuclearization saying the latest ballistic missile launch by North Korea (DPRK) is a threat to peace and security in the region. The North has been working on a missile, mounted with a nuclear warhead, capable of striking the USA mainland. Putin joins China and new South Korean president Moon Jae-in in calling for talks with the North. Read More »

With hopes for peace uncertain, Trump to visit Israel

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To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce.For Americans, this is an exciting time. "Our responsibility before God and our people and the whole world is to stand united to fight the forces of evil and extremism wherever they are ..." Representative Adam B. Read More »

Moon names top ministers, chief security advisor

Kim Dong-yeon, president of Ajou University, was named finance minister who doubles as deputy prime minister. " The two advisors will discuss with me the new government's diplomatic and security policy direction ", Moon said. A Prime Minister nominee is required to be approved by the National Assembly, but other cabinet members take office after the confirmation hearings. Read More »

Dave Mustaine dedicates Soundgarden cover to Chris Cornell at gig

USA rock icon Chris Cornell has reportedly passed away aged 52, only hours after performing with Soundgarden in Detroit . " Chris Cornell passed away late Wednesday night in Detroit , MI". Cornell was a leader of the grunge movement with Seattle-based Soundgarden - with whom he gained critical and commercial acclaim - but also found success outside the band with other projects, including Audioslave , Temple of the Dog as well as solo albums. Read More »

Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis

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Thomas said Seoul's announcement appeared to indicate "a softer position" compared to the rhetoric at the United Nations headquarters in NY, where the Security Council weighed new sanctions on Pyongyang. In a statement on Monday, the 15-member council demanded that Pyongyang conduct no further ballistic missile tests. Among the possible measures could be an oil embargo, trade bans and targeted sanctions on North Korean individuals and companies, but these hinge on China's willingness to ... Read More »

Comey Thought He Could Handle Trump's Interference

On May 10, the day after he fired Comey, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov and the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. "I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President", said Sen. Read More »

United States may have dispersed equipment to Syrian Kurds 'very quickly'

The decision received immediate pushback from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or the PKK , which is considered a terrorist group by both Ankara and Washington. Mr Cavusoglu said Mr Erdogan would discuss the issue with Mr Trump during his planned visit to Washington next Tuesday and Wednesday, suggesting there were no plans to call off the talks in protest. Read More »

Trump's Israel visit: All the details

But after taking office, Trump walked back his promise to move the embassy nearly immediately, saying it was still under consideration. Israel had previously sought to insist on Netanyahu accompanying Trump, to which USA consular officials noted that the Western Wall is in occupied territory and that it wasn't Israel's call either way. Read More »

Vinales wins thrilling French MotoGP as Rossi comes off bike

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Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was fastest in FP2, leading the way with a lap of 1:41.673. Rossi remained in control on the penultimate lap to set up a grandstand finish - but an uncharacteristic error saw him go wide on the final lap, which allowed Vinales to take the lead. Read More »

Police say bomb at Thai hospital wounds more than 20 people

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Twenty-four people were "slightly injured" following the explosion, which occurred on the third anniversary of a military coup. Phramongkutklao is a military-run hospital that is also open to civilians. The army chief said two recent explosions were likely linked to Monday's blast. Monday's explosion comes one week after another blast outside Bangkok's National Theatre in the heart of its historic quarters. Read More »

Chances of Trump impeachment are low, says Nomura

With his first foreign trip as president starting Friday , Trump is looking for ways to fend off the attacks and investigations while reinvigorating a presidency that has lost control of its narrative. "I said to myself ... this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", he said. Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon rejects 'ludicrous' claims Tory surge could stop referendum bid

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Nicola Sturgeon has played down the threat from the Conservatives in Scotland after Theresa May's party achieved their best local election results in the country in generations to push Labour into third place. The SNP won 33 seats to Labour's 32, but the Conservatives pulled off a major shock having 10 councillors returned while there are two independents. Read More »

Fringe Tamil outfit opposes Rajinikanth entry into politics

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The Super Star's remarks hinting that he may be readying plans to join politics has triggered huge speculations. BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu claim that Rajinikanth is a natural fit in their party. "If he wants to meet the Prime Minister, there is no problem", Naidu told reporters in Bengaluru . Local party leaders including senior office bearer H Raja have also appealed to the star to join the BJP. Read More »

Led coalition strikes pro-regime Shia militiamen convoy in Syria

The Syrian government called the airstrikes a "blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism" on state television. Reports also said the US-led coalition purportedly fighting militants in Syria unsuccessfully tried to contact Russian Federation to ask the pro-government convoy to stop advancing further south. Read More »

Thousands in Madrid back no-confidence vote against PM Rajoy

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His main rival, Andalusian regional president Susana Diaz, who had been instrumental in Sanchez's resignation past year, received 40 percent or 58,471 votes. A third candidate, Patxi Lopez, got 10 percent. Rajoy said he would continue to seek consensus over policy with other parties, but noted his minority-led administration had already passed legislation without the support of the Socialists since taking office late previous year. Read More »

Assad government denies USA allegations of mass killings

The Foreign Ministry said the allegations are a "new Hollywood plot" to justify U.S. intervention in Syria. Still, Jones said the State Department has not presented its evidence of the alleged crematorium directly to Russian Federation - and he said it is not prepared to signal much else publicly. Read More »

What to know about North Korea's missile test

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This May 14, 2017, photo distributed by the North Korean government shows the "Hwasong-12", a new type of ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft also called the test a threat to worldwide peace and security and said "the United Kingdom favors tougher sanctions". Read More »

Donald Trump calls for help in tackling 'Islamic extremism'

Drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of this Earth". Trumped stated that a better future for young Muslim boys and girls, where they can grow up free of fear and safe from violence, can on be achieved by "defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it". Read More »

North Korea inches closer to striking the USA mainland

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White House officials traveling in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump said the system, which was last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's most recent tests. radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul. "If this goes to a military solution it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale, and so our effort is to work with the United Nations, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this ... Read More »

French troops will remain in Sahel until militants eradicated- Macron

Diplomats said Macron wanted to fine-tune policy to ensure countries were also given more help to develop rather than just focusing on security aspects. Macron is travelling with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who as the former defense minister knows Gao well, and his replacement in that job, Sylvie Goulard. Read More »

Trudeau photobombs prom photo shoot in Vancouver

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In one of the pictures taken by Prime Minister's official photographer Adam Scotti , Mr Trudeau - in a t-shirt, shorts, and running shoes, is seen jogging past a bunch of high-schoolers who have no clue who the guy with headphones running past them is, and continue taking photos. Read More »

USA airstrike hits pro-Syria government forces

Several hundred USA advisers are in Syria to help train and organize a loose network of opposition groups, called the Syrian Democratic Forces, to defeat ISIS . But the latest move showed that the area around the Tanf garrison in southern Syria could be under pressure. The US has been backing the Maghawir and Jaysh al-Thawra fighters in the near the Syria , Jordan, Iraq border. Read More »

President Trump threatens ex-FBI Director Comey in new tweet

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Trump's comments come after his description of his decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey in an NBC News interview Thursday flatly contradicted the accounts provided earlier by White House officials, including Vice President Pence, exposing their explanations as misleading and in some cases false. Read More »