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North Korea detains another United States citizen

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North Korea, which has been criticized for its human rights record, has in the past used detained Americans to extract high-profile visits from the United States , with which it has no formal diplomatic relations. He was visiting the country on one of a handful of a guided tours organized by private companies where foreign tourists are chaperoned by North Korean minders and shown the country's good side. Read More »

ICJ can't nullify Jadhav's death sentence: Sartaj Aziz

Aziz said that not only was Jadhav an Indian citizen, he was in fact an officer in the Indian Navy who has also admitted to carrying out espionage activities in Pakistan. Yesterday, the Hague based court had put up stay on the execution of Jadhav who was alleged to be a spy by Pakistan. "My own opinion is that it was a serious mistake for India to go to the ICJ on this issue". Read More »

Militant attack on Afghan army base kills 10 soldiers

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Local security sources told Afghan news agency Tolo on Tuesday morning that the militants took control of the military base in Shah Wali Kot district for a brief duration and later fled with a large number of weapons. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said gunmen killed a German charity worker and beheaded an Afghan guard after attacking a guesthouse in Kabul . In April, the Taliban launched an attack in which it killed more than 140 soldiers stationed at Camp Shaheen, which serves as a ... Read More »

Netanyahu: "Israel Welcomes Trump With Open Arms"

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On the other hand "you say [Trump's] appointing [David] Friedman [for U.S. Ambassador to Israel] is kind of extraordinary... this guy's way to the right of Netanyahu ", pointed Chomsky with regards to Baddar's question of Friedman's extremism potentially affecting U.S. Read More »

AP source says Michael Flynn will invoke Fifth Amendment

The committee issued a subpoena - a legal summons - two weeks ago to obtain the documents. Chaffetz said in a tweet Monday that Comey "wants to speak with Special Counsel ( Robert Mueller ) prior to public testimony". Representatives for the Senate committee's Republican chairman, Sen. His attorney's letter also cites an "escalating public frenzy" and the appointment of former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor in the case as factors in Flynn's ... Read More »

In Mideast, Trump pushes shared worries over Iran

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In the end, Trump shook hands with all the ministers, as well as dozens of deputy ministers, religious leaders and the heads of the army, police and Mossad foreign intelligence service. Before dinner at Netanyahu´s residence on Monday, Trump avoided delving into details. He said that if Christians, Muslims and Jews join forces, "peace in this world is possible, including peace between Israel and the Palestinians ". Read More »

Turkey summons US envoy over Washington street brawl

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The Washington Free Beacon points to video evidence that Erdogan supporters initiating the violence, and the bodyguards did not attack until after D.C. The Democrats also faulted Tillerson for what they suggested was his failure to speak out loudly against the Turkish actions. The statement said the two officers were part of Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's security detail. Read More »

Global ransomware attack is similar to North Korean-orchestrated hacks, expert says

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Through blog postings, the group called the Shadow Brokers said they have hacked information concerning nuclear and missile programs connected with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. "The similarity of course could be a false flag operation". WannaCry has been characterized as a sloppy attack with poor money handling on the ransom end, putting an nearly absurdly small sum in the hackers' Bitcoin account compared to the scale of global havoc they have inflicted. Read More »

Manchester: Arndale shopping center reopened minutes after evacuation reports

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the complex in central Manchester earlier this morning. The Arndale Centre bore the brunt of the bombing, which caused more than £500 million in damage to shops and commercial premises. The attack comes 21 years after the heart of Manchester's shopping district was razed to the ground by a blast in June 1996 when the Provisional IRA planted 3,300 lbs of homemade explosives in a lorry. Read More »

Donegal's Minister pays tribute to Taoiseach Kenny

Leo Varadkar, 38, may appear an unlikely front-runner in what is still regarded as a socially conservative, relatively homogeneous country. "We are now at a crossroads, in my view". Kenny, who's served as prime minister for six years, hinted in March he would step down soon - first as leader of the Fine Gael party and then as prime minister, once his replacement is selected. Read More »

Tributes flow after Manchester attack

From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. i dont have words", she tweeted hours after a powerful blast ripped through a crowded arena hosting her concert, killing 19 people and injuring over 50 others. British counter-terrorism police have said they are making on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism. "Police cars were everywhere". Read More »

Trump Reportedly Asked Intel Chiefs To Deny Evidence In Russia Probe

In a response to CNN, a White House spokesperson, who declined to be identified by name, said: "The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals". The Post story said a record of Trump's request to Rogers was detailed in a memo from a senior NSA official - and that memo, as well as any that may be from the DNI's office, would be available to Mueller, the former FBI director now heading the Justice Department's investigation. Read More »

Sweden beats Canada on penalties to win ice hockey worlds

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COLOGNE, Germany — Canada felt the sting of its loss to Sweden at the world championship a little more than usual thanks to the tournament format. Victor Hedman scored the first goal of the game for the Swedes, with 20 seconds to play in the second period to give them a 1-0 lead. Read More »

Flynn will decline Senate Intel subpoena, invoke Fifth Amendment

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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Flynn , then-candidate Donald Trump and other Trump officials blasted aides of former Secretary of State for invoking the Fifth Amendment during a deposition last June. Flynn's own defensive crouch revealed the high legal stakes he faces as investigations intensify: a USA counterintelligence probe of Russian Federation, a criminal investigation involving him and multiple congressional probes. Read More »

Trump and Netanyahu hail Israeli-Palestinian 'chance for peace' ahead of talks

Trump called for 'a renewed effort at peace between the Israelis and Palestinians . This is not the first stop of Trump's trip to the Middle East to inspire mockery on Twitter . Mauricio Guerra, one of the group of six, said he was "very disappointed" to not be able to visit the site as he only had one day in the city. The United States is Israel's most important ally, providing it with more than $3 billion per year in defence aid, and the two countries share highly sensitive ... Read More »

US Rules Out Netanyahu Accompanying Trump to Western Wall

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Embassy to Jerusalem , but some senior officials in Washington have reportedly advised against it, saying it would be "harmful to the peace process and carry broader regional risks". "There is a question mark about his stance concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict and I think that's the most interesting question for Israelis", he says, speaking to Newsweek by phone. Read More »

Sweden Drops Charges Against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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Assange disputed the allegations and argued that if he was sent to Sweden, he risked being extradited to the United States and tried for espionage for releasing confidential military and diplomatic cables. However, it noted that now that the Swedish authorities had dropped their investigation, Assange was "wanted for a much less serious offence" than before and said the force would "provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence". Read More »

Flynn May Not Cooperate With Senate Subpoena

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And despite the warning, Trump picked Flynn for the national security post. USA officials have said the information originated with Israel. And, Pelosi says that Trump has left himself " very vulnerable personally" if he in fact asked Comey to end an investigation of adviser Michael Flynn . Read More »

N. Korea celebrates Hwasong-12 missile launch

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South Korea's new President Moon has admitted that a war with North Korea is by far not unlikely. Yesterday, the USA said it could persuade China to impose new United Nations sanctions on North Korea . U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks while Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho (L) and South Korea's U.N. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul (R) look on during a press encounter ahead of an emergency meeting of the U.N. Read More »

Rouhani says regional stability impossible without Iran

Trump's signing of a $110 billion deal to sell us weapons to Saudi Arabia . Fox News' Bret Baier caught up with Adel al-Jubeir and asked him his thoughts of Trump's visit, which was the president's first global trip since taking office. "I don't know that there's anything to apologize for", he told reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Saudi Arabia to Israel, NBC News reported . Read More »

First lady Melania Trump visits leading Israeli hospital

The prime minister insisted: "Intelligence cooperation is terrific ". "It's a four-hour wait, work hours, phone calls, mail, meetings". "There is a growing realisation among your Arab neighbours that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran", Trump told Rivlin. Read More »

At least 19 die after explosion during concert

Prime Minister Theresa May will convene an emergency Cabinet meeting Tuesday. Police are now treating the blast after the Ariane Grande concert as a terrorist incident. "Canada and the United Kingdom are the closest of friends, and we stand together as a people in this most tragic of circumstances", he added. James Corden returned to the "Late Late Show " set on Monday evening to deliver a special message in response to the attack in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert. Read More »