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Trump to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel & Vatican in first overseas presidential trip

That had been on the schedule for months, leading to increasing speculation as to why the White House hadn't made arrangements for a Vatican visit, an opportunity no president has missed since Harry Truman. Trump said he will also encourage countries in the region to contribute more in the fight against ISIS. The first stop in Saudi Arabia was designed specifically to rebut perceptions that Trump is anti-Muslim, according to a person who helped plan the stop. Read More »

U.S. ex-officer admits killing black motorist


Slager, 35, who was sacked after a viral video emerged days after the shooting, was slated to go on trial in Charleston later this month for federal charges of civil rights violations and obstruction of justice. "As Scott was running away (the second time ), Slager fired eight shots at him from his department-issued firearm", the plea agreement said. While Slager sat in his patrol vehicle running his license, Scott bolted. Read More »

One killed ,several injured in Damascus Airport explosion


Video carried on Lebanese TV and shared on social media sites showed the pre-dawn airstrikes caused a fire around the airport east of Damascus, suggesting fuel sources or weapons containing explosives were hit. Iranian cargo planes had reportedly arrived at the airport shortly before the attack. Israel participates in the war in Syria in various forms, which include using weapons against Syrian army positions and directly supporting terrorist groups which fight against government troops, ... Read More »

Twitter is roasting Marine Le Pen with Donald Trump comparisons

Le Pen got 33.94 per cent of the votes, BBC quoted the French Interior Ministry as saying. "I respect them but I will do everything during the five years to come to make sure there is no reason at all to vote for extremes". "Congratulations, @EmmanuelMacron. Your victory is a victory for a strong and united Europe and for French-German friendship", said Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman. Read More »

Five challenges for France's new president Macron

Macron's victory is not a surprise as polls routinely showed him far ahead of Le Pen. Both candidates were mobbed by journalists as they cast their ballots at separate locations. "I want it to be one of hope and renewed confidence", Macron said. Le Pen, who is a fiery speaker with a laser-focused message, was expected to clobber Macron, who has little political experience. Read More »

1 million children refugees from South Sudan's civil war


UNICEF's Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Pakkala said the future of a generation is horrifying as almost one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee his home. "We, all in the humanitarian community, need most urgent, committed and sustainable support to be able to save their lives". Refugee families fleeing to neighbouring countries in search of shelter and safety are facing a double catastrophe this rainy season, with children most at risk from ... Read More »

MTV kept its Movie & TV Awards irreverent but progressive


But the awards had another trick up its sleeve, introducing a policy of breaking down gender barriers, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories. The modern version of "Be Our Guest" was complete with cameo appearances from the night's nominees like "Get Out's Lil Rel Howery, " Stranger Things " Millie Bobby Brown, 'This Is Us " Chrissy Metz and 'Beauty and the Beast's Josh Gad. Read More »

Bill to declare Israel a Jewish state back on national agenda

Arab League Secretary-General Dr Ahmed Aboul Ghait has welcomed the resolution by the Executive Board of Unesco, which affirms that the Old City of East Jerusalem is purely Palestinian and that Israel has no sovereignty over it. Ten countries voted against the resolution, including Germany, which had pushed for a deal with the Arab states over the resolution. The document chastised Israel for its rampant construction activity in East Jerusalem , in particular, calling out " Israeli ... Read More »

Paul Ryan says Republicans are on health care 'rescue mission'

That chamber has announced it is writing its own bill. "The Senate is starting from scratch". President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down", as the contentious debate over overhauling the USA health care systems shifts to Congress' upper chamber, where a vote is potentially weeks, if not months, away. Read More »

Family sues Texas officer, department in 15-year-old's death


Oliver, a former officer in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, was later released after posting bail at the Parker County Jail. Oliver's bond had been set at $300,000. An attorney for Oliver has not responded to calls for comment since Oliver's arrest on Friday. Police initially said that Oliver opened fire because the auto was reversing towards officers, but body-cam footage shows that the vehicle was moving away, and that Edwards' brother was driving. Read More »

FBI's Comey says Russian Federation not done hacking U.S. politics


Once he did that, and once he came into possession of significant evidence that would have to be examined by the FBI, Comey had a duty to notify Congress to amend his initial testimony, which was no longer true. "But Jim Comey didn't tell her not to campaign in Wisconsin after the convention, Jim Comey didn't say not to put any resources in MI until the final week of the campaign". Read More »

Euro gives up some gains as Macron seals French election victory

The commission overseeing the French campaign said in a statement that it would hold a meeting early on Saturday after being informed of the hack and leak. Instead, Le Pen's numbers sank in the two weeks since she placed second in the first round of the French elections. He countered the right-wing propaganda of Le Pen with what has come to be known as a "radical centrist" approach that has come across as logical, pragmatic and unbiased. Read More »

Afghans want to have better ties with Pakistan: NA speaker


The main objective behind the visit was to revive relations between the two countries and address all concerns, he said, terming the visit as very successful. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq is now on an official visit to Afghanistan on the invitation of the Afghan President in a bid to de-escalate the tensions between the two neighbouring countries. Read More »

Delta apologizes to California family booted from flight


They oversold the flight and asked us to give up a seat we purchased for my older son that my younger son was sitting in. "We chose to get him a ticket on an earlier flight so we could use his seat and put a vehicle seat to let the kid sleep because it's a redeye", Schear can be heard saying in the video . Read More »

Macron, 39 wins French presidential election

Political observers insisted that she faced an electoral glass ceiling because they perceived her positions as too extreme to win over the majority of French voters. He said: "We have the strength, the energy and the will - and we will not give in to fear". In a statement minutes after the last polls closed Sunday night, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced Macron's victory. Read More »

French election: voters choose between Macron and Le Pen

It has effectively accomplished its goal of reframing French political debate along the axis of "patriots versus globalists". Is he up to the task? "We saw some additional rise of the euro this morning, but considering the difficulty for Macron's party to get a majority in the national assembly election, he may not bring higher growth". Read More »

Can Republicans sell their health-care plans to a skeptical public?

Democrats got into the act, too, singing, "Hey hey hey, goodbye!" at the Republicans in the House chamber, reminding the GOP that they had just cast a vote that may cost many of them their seats in the 2018 midterms. Trump has said the current system is failing as insurers pull out of markets, forcing costs and deductibles to rise. Trump's base remains supportive of the president, but there's little dispute that the Democratic base is more energized than the Republican base. Read More »

Sturgeon hails 'victory' despite SNP failure to win overall majorities

Labour's former council leader Frank McAveety, who retained his seat in Shettleston, said: "The SNP predicted they could return 56 councillors, they've only returned 39 councillors". MSP Douglas Ross is the Tory candidate in Moray, and Ms Davidson said there is "a real titanic battle" between him and Mr Robertson for the seat. "There were a lot of people who voted for us for the very first time and what I would say is that every single Conservative councillor who has been elected across ... Read More »

Rights group: Syria used suspected nerve agents in 4 attacks


But Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth says new evidence renders that explanation "utterly implausible". The Syrian government has repeatedly dismissed claims that it is using chemical weapons in its attacks. It also gave details of eight chlorine attacks since January that killed three people and injured nearly 150 including six combatants. Uzumcu said he expects an initial report to be issued in about 10 days. Read More »

United Nations envoy to attend Astana talks on Syria


The delegation of the Syrian government will be headed by the permanent representative of Syria to the United Nations , Bashar Jaafari, the delegation of the armed opposition will be led by the representative of the Jaysh al-Islam group Mohammed Allush. Read More »

China stresses security needed for new Silk Road initiative


The Belt and Road Initiative, comprising the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, was first proposed by China in 2013. According to China's ministry of foreign affairs, six countries from the G20 group, one G7 leader and the Italian prime minister has confirmed that they will be present for the round table summit hosted by President Xi Jinping. Read More »

North Korea Accuses US Of Plot To Kill Leader Kim Jong

While China has been angered by North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, it has signed up for increasingly tough United Nations sanctions against it, and says it is committed to enforcing them. intelligence agencies recruited a North Korean working in the timber industry in eastern Russian Federation. North Korea has a history of bombastic propaganda featuring unfounded claims. Read More »

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan: Pentagon


It receives tactical advice and some financial support from outside Afghanistan, but US officials have so far not observed an influx of fighters from either country. The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has vowed to carry out more terror attacks in the country as it announced the launch of its new spring offensive under the name of Mansoori. Read More »

Trump says the federal government needs 'a good shutdown'


Budget analysts have estimated that 24 million could be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would debate the bill this week, and that most Republicans did not favour a change in the rules to make it easier to pass legislation without Democratic support. Read More »

Another Gruesome Murder Carried Out Via Facebook Live


Two of the men were convicted of rape and the third, who received a six-month sentence, of failing to report the crime and defamation for broadcasting it. Two clips of the killing were available online for almost 24 hours. Officers in Phuket said they were alerted to the video by friends of Wuttisan Wongtalay and rushed to an abandoned hotel near the global airport on Monday afternoon. Read More »