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World Health Assembly Elects Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as New WHO Director

Speaking to the delegates, Nabarro said "the health of 7 billion people rests in your hands" and acknowledged that some have felt "let down" by WHO and want it to be "more relevant, responsive and reliable". "At the same time, WHO has a tremendous opportunity to accelerate recent advances in global health", he said, urging Tedros to prioritize policies and investments that improve the battle against HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, polio, and preventable maternal and child deaths. Read More »

Trump expected to leave climate deal _ but with 'caveats'

Earlier Wednesday, a White House official said Trump was expected to pull out of the deal, but cautioned there could be "caveats". But without the participation of the United States , the world's largest economy and second-largest greenhouse gas producer, the deal loses much of its heft, said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, an organization that backs action to combat climate change . Read More »

Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 90, wounds scores

Afghanistan's war, the longest ever involving USA troops, has shown no sign of letting up, and the introduction into the battle of an Islamic State affiliate has made the country only more volatile. "No one could even imagine that would take place in Wazir Akbar Khan ", said Gen. Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, a former deputy interior minister. The attack struck the busy neighborhood in the capital city just before 8:30 a.m. Read More »

Trump slams Iran in first foreign speech

Iran, to hear Mr Trump tell it, is the source of all the region's problems. The US has never contended with how its decades of support for repressive regimes around the world, its support for Israel and the many wars in places like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan have been instrumental in the rise of terrorism as a result of the breakdown of societies and states. Read More »

UK Labour chief challenges May to debate as race tightens

Theresa May has played down polling that puts her on course to lose the General Election . "I have the plan for the Brexit negotiations but I've also got a plan to build a stronger and more prosperous Britain and I'm confident we can do that because I believe in Britain and I believe in the British people". Read More »

Senate Staffers to Begin Writing Healthcare Bill

She adds: "Over time, less healthy individuals (including those with pre-existing or newly acquired medical conditions) would be unable to purchase comprehensive coverage with premiums close to those under current law and might not be able to purchase coverage at all". Read More »

PH can sue China for war threat - Justice Carpio

Experts say China wants to appear to engage ASEAN or bind its claimant states to a weak code at a time when USA policy on the South China Sea is in a state of flux. Details are still emerging, but it looks like China and ASEAN have taken another step toward an understanding on the South China Sea , agreeing to a framework on a maritime code of conduct. Read More »

Islamic State claims deadly attack on Egypt Christians

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The east Libyan air force said the strikes were targeting Al Qaeda linked forces. Copts make up about 10% of Egypt's population of 92 million. "The bloodletting of Christians must end, and all who aid their killers must be punished". Addressing US President Donald Trump , Mr Sisi said: "You have said that your priority is to confront terrorism, and I trust you are capable of doing that". Read More »

North Korea scientists exempt from military conscription

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The meeting came after North Korea successfully test-fired a new intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday. People watch a television news programme, showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on May 14, 2017. Read More »

Three suspects released in Manchester terror probe

Twenty-two people were killed and many injured after the bomber carried out an attack following an Ariana Grande concert. The 16 who were arrested were held on "reasonable grounds of suspicion", but reasonable suspicion does not fulfill the requirements of "realistic prospect of conviction", which the police need in order to charge suspects. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn struggles to cost flagship childcare policy in BBC interview

Five more years of Tory government would be "disastrous" for public services, while Labour would be willing to ask the richest to pay "a little bit more" to fund them, he said. Another said: "Seeing Corbyn on the One Show just shows you what a personable human he really is, not least again Theresa May". "May's potential dependence on minorities such as hard Brexiteers or hard Remainers would raise the risk of "chaotic Brexit", but also the chance of a much softer Brexit than she now ... Read More »

Egypt Launches 2nd Day of Libyan Air Strikes After Attack on Christians

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Assailants in three pick-up trucks attacked the bus as it was heading for the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province, more than 200 kilometres (120 miles) from Cairo , before fleeing, the interior ministry said. Coptic Christians , who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million, have been the subject of a series of deadly attacks in recent months. Read More »

German chancellor teams up with rival against Trump

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This will change", he said . German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet colleagues have been critical of Mr. Trump in recent days, after he refused to reiterate the principle of collective security that binds the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ( NATO ) partners. Read More »

Warriors do not need to be flawless to beat Cavs say pundits

The Warriors , meanwhile, are allowing 102 points per game in the playoffs, according to Odds Checker . As recalled by Bleacher Report , during the NBA Finals a year ago Curry was checked by the Cavs' defensive tactics and as a result sniping proved hard for the ace player unlike in the regular and playoff games. Read More »

House Russia investigators subpoena Flynn, Cohen

Flynn's reported acquiescence comes less than a week after his attorneys said their client would not comply with the Committee's May 10 subpoena and just hours after President Donald Trump's personal business attorney Michael Cohen's wow of non-compliance with Congress was met with the issuance of a subpoena by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Read More »

United Kingdom police have stopped sharing information with U.S. after Manchester leaks

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Officers raided a property early Thursday morning in the Moss Side of the city and carried out a 'controlled explosion'. Twelve of those injured were under 16, and the youngest killed was an eight-year-old girl. In response to the heightened threat, the Government has activated Operation Temperer, providing up to 3,800 troops to support the police in security operations. Read More »

Trump welcomes Vietnam leader to White House

The deals represent the largest combined set of transactions for GE in Vietnam in the company's history. The Oval Office meeting could also be overshadowed by expectation Trump will withdraw the USA from a global agreement on climate change. Read More »

Sportswriter Terry Frei fired for racist Indy 500 tweet

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A Denver sportswriter has apologized after tweeting Sunday that he was "uncomfortable" that the victor of the Indy 500 is Japanese. Frei eventually apologized but not after doubling down in his response to the first wave of heat by tweeting "THIS is what Memorial Day is about". Read More »

Sources to CNN: Trump to Keep Embassy in Tel Aviv

A senior White House official told CNN Wednesday that Trump was still in favor of the move but wanted to push for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and feared it would anger the Palestinians. Reneging on a campaign promise that had excited pro-Israel activists, President Trump has reportedly made a decision to sign a waiver postponing the relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Read More »

Pentagon missile defense program scores direct hit

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Tuesday's successful test saw an interceptor missile blast into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and then deploy its "exo-atmospheric kill vehicle", which smashed into the dummy ICBM, destroying it. "I was confident before the test that we had the capability to defeat any threat that they would throw at us". U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday the Trump administration believes China is using " back channel networking" with North Korea to try and get Kim Jong ... Read More »

Democrats are focusing on Russian Federation as an "excuse", Nunes says

At the top of the list is the Russian government, which she believes orchestrated a vast campaign of fake news to discredit her candidacy. " Russian government officials discussed having potentially "derogatory" information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by United States intelligence during the 2016 election , according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source". Read More »

Trump pulling USA out of Paris climate deal: Axios

Trump himself tweeted that "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days". Alternatively, the president could declare the accord a legal treaty, which would need Senate approval, or pull the USA out of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the underlying treaty for the Paris accord. Read More »

Scotland 'must have a choice' on independence, says Sturgeon

Today we launched our manifesto for the 2017 General Election , setting out our plan to end austerity, strengthen Scotland's hand in Brexit negotiations and ensure our right to choose our own future. "There is just too much at stake for Brexit simply to be imposed on Scotland, no matter how damaging it turns out to be", she added. Tory Prime Minister Theresa May has blocked Ms Sturgeon's plan to hold another referendum on Scottish independence after most Scots voted to remain in the ... Read More »