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The Handshake Wars: Macron 1, Trump 0


U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and France's President Emmanuel Macron shake hands before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels , Belgium, on Thu., May 25, 2017 . In an earlier meeting, the pair also shook hands in an equally awkward encounter - each refusing to let go first during an unusually-long grasp. When the two leaders met, Mr Trump was fulsome in his congratulations on Mr Macron's election victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen , saying he had run ... Read More »

Woman arrested over Manchester bombing after armed police search flats

Abedi's relative said the suspected bomber was pained by the killing of Abdel-Wahab Hafidah, an 18-year-old who news reports say was chased by a group of men, run over and stabbed in the neck in Manchester in May 2016. Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday on BFM television that British and French intelligence have information that Abedi had been to Syria. Abedi's father and younger brother were arrested in Tripoli in Libya, where the family originally come from. Read More »

Qalibaf Quits Iran's Presidential Race, Backs Hard-Line Cleric Raisi

Rouhani alluded to this controversy during a campaign rally recently, saying: "The people of Iran will announce in this election that they don't accept those who only knew executions and prison for 38 years". "Some issues can not be resolved if the government has only 51 percent of votes", Rouhani said . He reached a deal with world powers in 2015 which lifted most global sanctions in return for curbing Iran's nuclear programme. Read More »

Pentagon Reveals Results Of Probe Into Deadly Mosul Airstrike

Investigators determined the home was owned by a well-respected village elder and about 140 civilians were believed to have sought refuge there in the days before the strike. Coalition drones surveilling the area were impeded by bad weather from March 15 to 16, and never recorded civilians entering the building. Lt. Gen Townsend added that the munition used to strike the building was not created to level it, and that secondary explosions must have been involved. Read More »

UK investigates 'network' of alleged Manchester attackers

Twenty-two people were killed by a suicide bomber outside Grande's concert in Manchester , England on Monday night. A third brother has also been arrested after police raids in the UK. Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe" meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely . But he defiantly claimed his son was innocent and would never have carried out the suicide bombing which killed children as young as 8. Read More »

Melania Trump Confirms She Is Practicing Catholic After Pope Meeting


Prompted by European Council President Donald Tusk, who called images of the Saudi visit "spectacular", Trump replied: "It was very spectacular". On Catholic-Jewish relations, Jacobs told the pope that "there were painful chapters in the history of the Church and the Jewish people, but that today's chapter has moved from fear to love". Read More »

Mexican foreign minister: 'We are ready' to rework NAFTA

He said that NAFTA has been beneficial to U.S. agriculture, investment services and the energy sector, but has harmed the country's manufacturing. "You can't really blow up Nafta". Many still worry that Trump's planned overhaul of American trade policy is built to revive manufacturing and that farming remains an afterthought. Read More »

U.S. slaps sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court judges


While the U.S. has so far avoided wide-ranging sanctions on the South American country or its economy, it has targeted individuals for drug trafficking and human rights violations stemming from anti-government protests in 2014. Authorities blocked an opposition push for a referendum in 2016, delayed state elections and are resisting calls to bring forward the next presidential election scheduled for late 2019. Read More »

The Subtle Power of Melania Trump's Poker Face

Later, putting his hand against one of the most sacred sites in Judaism, Donald Trump became the first sitting United States president to visit the Western Wall in the disputed city of Jerusalem . A CNN digital editor tweeted a GIF of the Rome hand "swat" captioned, "When in Rome", shortly after 12:30 p.m. At the Ben Gurion International Airport, Trump and wife and Melania were received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Read More »

North Korea accuses South of machine-gunning birds in Demilitarized Zone


The Pukguksong-2 missile flew about 500 km (310 miles), reaching an altitude of 560 km, and landed in waters off the North Korea's east coast, South Korea's military said on Sunday. The Security Council first imposed sanctions on Pyongyang in 2006 and ratcheted up the measures in response to five nuclear tests and two long-range missile launches. Read More »

Melania Trump First Lady Fashion Moments Abroad

Anyway, we'll be waiting patiently for the next time we see Melania swat her husband's hand away! Donald and Melania Trump's relationship has hit the headlines over the past week for all the wrong reasons; a lack of hand holding, weird body language and the resurfacing of the "Free Melania" hashtag. Read More »

(Unofficial) May 25, 2017 Special Congressional Election Results

With just about every precinct reporting, it looks like the Montana Republican won by six percentage points , 50.2% to 44.1%. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan, File). Greg Gianforte was cited for grabbing a reporter by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night. A Fox News crew also witnessed the alleged attack on Jacobs . Read More »

Emmanuel Macron experiences the phenomenon of Donald Trump's handshake on two occasions

On Thursday, a plethora of European leaders convened at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in the Belgian capital of Brussels , along with President Donald Trump , the leader of their highest-profile foreign ally. Thursday's family portrait at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was also notable for Trump apparently pushing aside the prime minister of Montenegro, Dusko Markovic, in order to get in the front row. Read More »

23 killed in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt


Shortly after, Egypt's health ministry confirmed that the death toll had risen to 28. Bodies lay on the ground, some covered with black plastic sheets. Friday's shooting came after a historic visit to Egypt by Roman Catholic Pope Francis to show solidarity with the country's Christians. Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, the country's top Islamic authority, condemned what he called "the disgusting terrorist operation that was carried out by extremists against our Christian brethren". Read More »

US leaks on Manchester terror probe 'irritating,' UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd

An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, initially in London, then elsewhere. Manchester police halted their sharing of investigative information with the U.S. However, the poll also suggested that 41 percent of respondents believe the Conservatives would handle defence and security best, compared to 18 percent who said the same of Labour. Read More »

Rouhani slams US after Trump's barbs


Visiting Iran's arch-foe Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Trump singled out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups in the Middle East, sending a tough message to Tehran the day after Rouhani won a second presidential term. Read More »

Trump Administration Vows To Appeal Block On Travel Ban To High Court


At website Conservative Review, Daniel Horowitz lists multiple reasons why Trump is within his legal rights to win the legal fight, beginning with the President's settled legal right to bar entry of aliens. Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote that it was appropriate to consider Trump's comments calling for a Muslim ban . "Unless corrected by the Supreme Court , the majority's new approach, which is unsupported by any Supreme Court case, will become a sword for plaintiffs to challenge ... Read More »

Trump demonstrates Montenegro's real place at NATO

But hopes that post-election Trump would use his first visit to Brussels to show his full commitment were dashed with a series of awkward incidents and harsh statements. The President said others needed to comply with their financial obligations toward the Alliance in order to guarantee their common defence and accused 23 of NATO's 28 members of not paying their dues. Read More »

India opens longest bridge on border with China

The Modi government had previously quashed China's claims on Arunachal Pradesh, saying that the state was an integral part of India. The Dhola-Sadiya bridge is longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (5.6 km) in Mumbai by almost two-thirds. Read More »