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Jakarta governor Ahok gets two years in jail instead of probation

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However, the judges ignored the prosecutors, and said Ahok was guilty of blasphemy, hence sentencing him to two years in prison. His trial was widely seen as a test of religious tolerance in the nation. Ahok, whose governor term ends in October, has said he will appeal the sentence. He also slammed the court's order to detain Ahok because the governor had shown good manners throughout the whole legal process. Read More »

Rescued Chibok girls: Pleasant second anniversary gift to Nigerians

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One of the sources close to the discussions, who do not want to be named, said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed for more action to bring the girls back home. Photos released by the government on Sunday showed the president Muhammadu Buhari addressing the Chibok schoolgirls at his official residence. Other Nigerians including some parents of the kidnapped girls gathered in Abuja at the Unity Fountain to celebrate the weekend release. Read More »

Ahok jailed for two years for blasphemy

Ronny Talampessy, a lawyer for the Indonesian capital's minority Christian governor, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, says Ahok has been taken to a prison in Jakarta following a court's decision to sentence him to two years in jail for blaspheming the Quran. Read More »

French election: Duterte congratulates Emmanuel Macron

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The euro has risen 0.3 per cent against major currencies in overnight and early trading as markets welcomed an emphatic victory for France's new centrist president Emmanuel Macron. Paris: Emmanuel Macron, who won France's presidential elections on Sunday, may have seen off the competition in the race for the Elysee Palace but will face daunting challenges when he takes office. Read More »

Yates takes heat over refusal to defend Trump travel ban

The Democratic president gave the warning in an Oval Office meeting with Trump two days after the Republican's surprise November 8 election win. She said she was not. Yates' comments came after former Obama officials revealed that the outgoing president himself firmly warned Trump against naming Flynn as national security adviser, just two days after the November 8 election. Read More »

Rohit Sharma, Shami Return To Indian Squad For Champions Trophy

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With the Delhi outfit still having three games left in the season, the 26-year-old is hoping to test his fitness given a chance, and also, in the warm-up matches preceding the Champions Trophy. Shami has an ability to swing the ball both ways and he's done and troubled a lot of batsmen with his swing and pace in the past. Cricket Association of Bengal President and former national captain Sourav Ganguly, acting BCCI President C.K. Read More »

Labour faces 'historic' task to win power, Corbyn admits

The left-wing Labour Party , led nationally by Jeremy Corbyn, saw its share of the vote fall in England, Scotland and Wales as it lost 382 seats and lost control of seven councils to retain just nine councils. Theresa May's party advanced throughout the country, with spectacular gains in Scotland and in traditional Labour heartlands in England. "We lost seats but we are closing the gap on the Conservatives". Read More »

Thousands of women march across Venezuela as political crisis deepens

Protesters were demanding that delayed state elections be held and that the 2018 presidential election be moved up. The opposition's decision follows a phone call on Saturday between U.S. The government, however, insists that the protests are incited by Washington in a persisting bid to remove Maduro from power, accusing opposition elements of hiring armed gangs to confront and attack security forces. Read More »

French CAC 40 Index Retreats, Macron Victory Priced In

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Trudeau said he hopes he and Macron can work together on a "progressive agenda" to promote global security, increase collaboration in science and technology, and create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Split 50-50 between men and women, they'll have Macron's example for inspiration: Contesting his first election, he handily beat Le Pen with 66 percent of Sunday's vote and tore up France's political map. Read More »

A timeline of Yates' warnings to the White House about Mike Flynn

Trump ignored Obama's advice and tapped Flynn for the top White House national security role. Yates stressed that one of the reasons why the DOJ made a decision to notify McGahn was because the Russians were aware of Flynn's conduct, including that Flynn had misled Pence and that she had not accused Pence of "knowingly providing false information to the American people". Read More »

Moon Jae-In Pulls Ahead In South Korea's Presidential Election

He will be officially sworn in as South Korea's new president after the election commission finishes the vote count and declares the victor on Wednesday morning. His Democratic Party holds 40 percent of the single-chamber, 299-seat assembly, which will mean he will have to build coalitions to pass legislation. Read More »

Trump to make decision on Paris climate pact after G7 summit

And by waiting until after the summit to make up his mind, Trump could press world leaders for concessions in exchange for maintaining US involvement. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at his Senate confirmation hearing in January he supports staying in the deal. Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father, was supposed to meet separately Tuesday with Pruitt and Sen. Read More »

U.S. holds back-channel talks with North Korea

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Japanese media earlier on Monday reported that Choe Son Hui, the director general of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's North America section, was traveling to Europe for unofficial talks with former US government officials. China is believed to have already informed North Korea of the USA proposals. However, it is highly unlikely for North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile programs any time soon and before the United States provides a security guarantee to the regime in concrete terms. Read More »

Oil rises after hint of longer extension to Opec cut

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If OPEC decides to roll over its current agreement for a further six months without substantial changes when ministers meet on May 25, the decision may not boost prices much, though it could stop them weakening further. Brent crude was down 8 cents at $49.02 a barrel at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT). But oil prices have weakened over the past month on a number of bearish indicators, including signs of a softening of China's economy, as well as resurgent U.S. Read More »

Border city, county sue Texas over "sanctuary" law

When it comes to the controversial border wall and the President's tough stance on immigration, Patrick said "Trump is right", and that the border needs to be secured and "have a legal system for people to come here who want to be proud Americans". Read More »

Macron's New Party Unlikely to Win Majority in France's June Parliamentary Elections

Macron won 66.1 percent of the vote against 33.9 percent for far-right leader Marine Le Pen, final results from the Interior Ministry showed on Monday. There's every chance that Macron will end up having to govern in a so-called "cohabitation" with representatives from parties beyond his nascent political movement, En Marche , which is being renamed as La Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move). Read More »

No, Sally Yates Did Not 'School' Ted Cruz on the Law

It was reported that in 2005, Manafort sent Russian billionaire and aluminium magnate Oleg Deripaska an ambitious proposal to promote the interests of "the Putin government" and undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics. Read More »

Macron's Election Victory Is Only Half The Battle

Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron. President Trump had congratulated President-elect Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the May 7th French presidential election.It is expected that both the leaders will discuss defense, counter-terrorism policy. Read More »

Afghan leader killed in raid

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Forces - Afghanistan, also resulted in the deaths of several other high ranking ISIS-K leaders and 35 ISIS-K fighters", according to the U.S. military headquarters in Kabul. "Sheikh Abdul Hasib, the Emir of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) in Afghanistan, was killed in a combined Afghan/U.S. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn: People are angry and 'rightly so'

The Labour leader sought to neutralise the Brexit issue which Theresa May and Tim Farron have put at the heart of their campaigns, insisting that there is no going back from last year's decision for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. The system is rigged, he said, in favour of tax cheats, greedy bankers and rip-off bosses. The Labour leader was caught "refusing repeatedly to answer a straight question" said Mr Brake, adding: "Jeremy Corbyn's Labour is refusing to give people the final ... Read More »

Donald Trump's fear of the Russian Federation scandal becomes more obvious

They had proof - nearly certainly from routine surveillance of Kislyak's calls, though Yates wouldn't confirm this - that Flynn and Kislyak had spoken about sanctions back in December. This answer from Spicer, repeated multiple times, pretty much summed up the White House's position for the day: "I'm just going to let the tweet speak for itself". Read More »