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Sri Lanka faces more landslide risks as death toll rises to 151


Mudslides in three southwestern district buried hundreds of people under mud and debris. The current flooding and landslides have affected more than 430,000 people resulting in 151 deaths and more than 100 people missing. Soldiers cleared road access to most of the affected areas while others were reachable by boat, said Maj. The Save the Children charity f ears stagnant flood waters, providing a ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, could exacerbate an existing Dengue Fever crisis in ... Read More »

MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS: Monday morning parade, evening Flag retirement event


For an extra boost of patriotism, head over to Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes Monday for a full free program with military aircraft flyovers and sky divers, topped off with a Memorial Day parade . Placing of the wreath with a rifle salute, in addition to the playing of taps bugle call and "Amazing Grace". The Mound City National Cemetery has thousands of graves. Read More »

G7 communique: Trump agrees to pledge "to fight all forms of protectionism"

There were significant changes in tone where the seven leaders could agree. "The U.S. matters a great deal", said Climate Interactive co-director Andrew Jones . "All signatories should stick to it instead of walking away from it, as this is a responsibility we must assume for future generations", he said. On the substance of this issue, Trump is on solid ground . Read More »

Will leave Paris climate deal -Axios

As the incoming President of COP 23, the United Nations climate change conference Bainimarama has appealed to the US President, Donald Trump to "preserve at all costs" the historic achievement that was reached in the French capital in 2015 and the multilateral consensus for decisive action to reduce carbon emissions and arrest the current rate of global warming. Read More »

Sri Lanka seeks international help after deadly flooding, landslides

The number of people known to have been killed in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rose to 113, officials said on Saturday, as the country appealed for worldwide assistance. The second ship INS Jalashwan will carry Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief stores with them. India first responded to the notice, sending three navy ships with supplies and other aid Saturday night. Read More »

Merkel's party wins big in rivals' heartland


Angela Merkel's party is ahead with 34.5% of the votes in Germany's most populous state, according to an exit poll . It carries even higher stakes this year, being the last regional vote before national polls and having a direct impact on whether the SPD can close a nationwide gap of around 10 percentage points with the CDU. Read More »

Duterte jokes about rape - again

The violence prompted Duterte to cut short a visit to Moscow, during which one of his top priorities was to acquire Russian-made precision armaments to use against the militants. But she was so attractive, I think the mayor should have been first. "Duterte is a murderous thug with no regard for human rights". "I apologize to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally". Read More »

Oversight Dem calls for suspension of Kushner's security clearance

CNN reported on Thursday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into Kushner's many roles on both Trump's transition team and in the White House . Asking the Republicans to spend more government money on health care does not seem to be a GOP priority, as Mr. Trump tweeted. "Gave me full details!" The leak triggered a "brief pause" in intelligence sharing between British investigators and US officials. Read More »

Moderate Hassan Rouhani wins Iranian election in landslide

A supporter of newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani holds a placard bearing a portrait of him as she takes to the streets to celebrate his victory in downtown Tehran on May 20, 2017. The prime minister, in a message of felicitation to the Iranian president, said the Iranian people had chosen President Rouhani to guide the country with his visionary and astute leadership, through which Iran had made significant achievements in all the national and global domains. Read More »

Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty

It follows the G7's failure to commit to the 2015 Paris climate deal, talks Mrs Merkel said were "very difficult". "I've experienced that in the last few days". Merkel added that she hopes Germany's relationship with France will strengthen and flourish under new French President Emmanuel Macron, who is staunchly pro-European. Read More »

'Moment of truth': Macron admits Trump handshake 'wasn't innocent'


In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche Sunday, the French leader said his interaction with the American head of state was " a moment of truth ". "Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening". Handshakes are a very big thing to this president, writes CNN's Chris Cillizza. Read More »

Trump considering a White House staff overhaul

Trump then criticized the media's use of unnamed sources saying that it was "possible that those sources don't exist". The White House is considering restructuring its communications staff . As Trump ended a nine-day overseas trip that aides considered the most successful stretch of his presidency, he was returning to a crisis that had only grown in his absence. Read More »

China installs new rocket launchers on disputed island

Before Friday's talks, ASEAN, a regional grouping of Southeast Asian nations, had been working toward a multilateral solution - primarily through negotiating a code of conduct. It contains elements that the parties agreed upon and will be presented to Chinese and ASEAN foreign ministers in August for consideration, the statement from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said. Read More »

Ousted South Korean President To Stand Trial


Park has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty at the trial. The courtroom was packed, with spectator Lee Jae-Bong, 70, telling AFP: "I am here to witness a new chapter of history being unfurled". Park has reportedly been spending her time awaiting trial in jail reading an English-Korean dictionary . In addition, ex-president Roh Moo-Hyun - the mentor of new leader Moon Jae-In - killed himself after being questioned over graft. Read More »

Did Trump just shove aside a premier?

Other G-7 nations leaned heavily on Trump to stay in the deal, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying "we put forward very many arguments". TAORMINA, Italy European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was "positively surprised" by Donald Trump's support for the EU as it manages Britain's departure, adding the US president had agreed Brexit was just "an incident and not a threat". Read More »

Trump orders probe into concert bombing leaks


It comes at a time when European security officials have expressed concern about sharing intelligence with the USA after President Donald Trump discussed highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group with senior Russian officials visiting the White House. Read More »

Trump willing to try engagement with N.Korea, on condition


Its ambassador to China said in Beijing on Monday it would continue such test launches "any time, any place". While FireEye researcher John Miller, too, said U.S. The United States said on Tuesday it believed it could persuade China to impose new UN sanctions on North Korea and warned that Washington would also target and "call out" countries supporting Pyongyang. Read More »

Rouhani urges US to drop 'hostile' policies towards Iran

Peace in the Middle East could only be possible with Iran at the table, Rouhani said . Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia , his first foreign destination as president, was framed by the ruling Saudi monarchy as a fundamental shift in United States policy away from the goal of improved relations with Iran that had been sought by the administration of President Barack Obama. Read More »

Trump feeling pressure for embassy move to Jerusalem

Trump also expressed an even loftier hope than an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement: "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an incredible accomplishment". Read More »

Watch the Moment of Explosion at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester


May will raise concerns over the leaks when she meets US President Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on Thursday, the BBC reported . Gerard Colombo, the French interior minister, said Paris had been told by United Kingdom officials that Abedi - whose parents came to Britain from Libya - carried out the attack after visiting Libya and "then probably Syria". Read More »

Leaks of Manchester bomb probe 'reprehensible,' will stop - U.S. envoy


Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham tweeted late on Wednesday he had complained to the acting U.S. ambassador about the leaks out of the United States. A spokesman for Britain's antiterror police said British investigators relied on trust with security partners around the world. The nations regularly share information as part of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing agreement. Read More »

Donald Trump Hits Out At 'Fake News' Following Reports On Son-In-Law


Raddatz pressed Kelly about whether it would be OK for these back-channel communications to be conducted using Russian diplomatic facilities , as, according to the Washington Post , Kushner sought. Two Republican US senators played down the Kushner reports on Sunday, while the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper , took a darker view of such contacts with representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read More »

Police Believe Manchester Bomb Made in City Apartment


Until a week ago, two things were widely agreed about Britain's upcoming general election: it was producing the dullest campaign in recent memory and the result was a foregone conclusion. There were prayers for the victims at church services across Manchester on Sunday. It came hours after the Home Secretary said members of attacker Salman Abedi's terror network could still be at large, despite optimism that a wave of arrests had quelled further threats. Read More »

Texas OKs requiring schools to teach sex abuse prevention


Governor Greg Abbott weighed into the debate Thursday when he said it's too soon to discuss whether or not he will call a special session, but also adding he does want to see the House and Senate pass some form of property tax relief and bathroom privacy legislation. Read More »

Manchester attack: Father of bomber had no clue

Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen born to Libyan parents, died in the attack. "A woman has been arrested at an address in connection with the investigation", the Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday. President Trump ordered the Justice Department to probe alleged information leaks by USA officials regarding the deadly concert bombing investigation here after British authorities announced Thursday they would stop sharing intelligence because of leaks of confidential and ... Read More »