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South Korea's Moon vows to urgently address North Korea

The reality is that while engagement with North Korea has failed in the past, there is no evidence military confrontation will succeed - certainly not without bloodshed and economic disruption on a frightening scale. South Korea plays a crucial role in regional stability, it said. -South Korea alliance was strong and said North Korea's nuclear issue was a hard problem but one that could be resolved, the Blue House said in a statement.In his first key appointments, Moon named two liberal ... Read More »

AAP to protest outside EC office over EVMs

The AAP leader joins India Today's Ankit Tyagi over a discussion on the dramatic EVM hacking episode that the Delhi Assembly witnessed, how he made the machine and why was it done before the all party meeting. "If even one person raises doubt about the fairness of the electoral process, there is an obligation on the Election Commission to redress that grievance", he said. Read More »

House Russia investigators get second crack at Comey

Trump disagreed, tweeting that Comey actually "was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., asked Comey if the FBI was investigating whether members of the Obama administration leaked information about the Trump team to the media. Read More »

Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?'

NBC's Andrea Mitchell yelled amid a flurry of similar questions as Tillerson quickly exited. In a memo, the White House says it "cannot defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails", and does "not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken". Read More »

Letter shows Michael Flynn warned about foreign money; IG launches probe


Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington , April 27, 2017. Cummings said Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House panel, had not followed up and insisted that the White House release more documents , nor had he called Flynn to testify. Read More »

Syrian media claim Israeli aircraft bombed Damascus airport

However Israeli intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said the strike was "compatible with Israel's policy" to prevent the transfer of arms. In Israel, Minister of Intelligence and Transportation Israel Katz declined to say whether his country carried out the strike. Read More »

James Comey's farewell letter to his Federal Bureau of Investigation colleagues

The White House attributed Comey's Tuesday ouster to his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. People aren't making the comparison between Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre, when Nixon's attorney general Elliot Richardson and his deputy Bill Ruckelshaus resigned after Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, because they've decided Trump is the kind of criminal Nixon was. Read More »

Diplomat scoffs at 'noise' of Russian meddling

An unidentified person asks again: "Does the Comey firing cast a shadow on your talks, gentlemen?" The two diplomats made a brief appearance this morning for a photo-op - and as Tillerson began to lead his guest back behind closed doors, Lavrov responded to a question about Comey's firing. Read More »

Xi Congratulates Emmanuel Macron on Election as French President over Phone


Macron won the election taking 66.1 percent of the vote, compared to the 33.9 percent won by Le Pen. This election was the first in recent French history where neither of the frontrunners belonged to an established political party. But this year it quadrupled, thanks in part to an unprecedented situation of neither the two mainstream left-leaning or right-leaning parties making it to the run-off. Read More »

CIA forms special unit focused on North Korea threat


Though CIA Director Mike Pompeo suggested the focus would be on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, North Korea's previous allegations of assassination plots are likely to be further fueled by this move. The CIA's announcement comes within days of the North's accusation that American intelligence was plotting to assassinate the country's leader Kim Jong-un. Read More »

N Korea holding US citizen 'concerning'

Sen. "When a USA citizen is reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang", a State Department official said in an emailed statement, declining to provide further details for privacy reasons. did it, we can, too". North Korea is now holding a total of four Americans. Kim Mi Ok said her husband has been involved in agricultural development work at the university's experimental farm since 2014. Read More »

French Socialist ex-premier wants to join Macron's movement


The news sends a signal to politicians to the left and right of Macron's year-old Republic on the Move party that they can not sit on the fence as they seek to position themselves for the June elections that will complete the political landscape for the next five years. Read More »

White House advisers postpone Paris climate deal meeting

The latest comments come as climate negotiators meet in the German city of Bonn to discuss how to put the Paris agreement into practice. President Donald Trump vowed during his lengthy run for the White House to cancel US involvement in the accord reached by 196 nations, but since assuming power has wavered. Read More »

Budget 2017: Banks may be slugged up to $6 billion

It means the big four banks: Westpac, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank , as well as the Macquarie Group, an investment group, will be paying some 6 billion dollars (4.4 billion United States dollars) to the government during the next four years. Read More »

Trump asserts Comey told him he's not under investigation

President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey throws a huge cloud of doubt over the bureau's investigation into allegations of Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. While the House investigation into Trump's Russian Federation ties has become totally derailed by posturing and recriminations, and the FBI investigation is under a pall after Comey's firing, the Senate investigation appears to be proceeding fairly smoothly, with Burr and Warner cooperating with each other. Read More »

AP Analysis: S. Korea's Moon floats summit; will North bite?

President Donald Trump is extending an invitation to the new president of South Korea. Moon sees economic engagement with North Korea as a means of bringing the north back to the negotiating table and eventually achieving "economic unification" of the two Koreas. Read More »

New South Korean President Takes Office, Faces Hard Issues

The South Korean statement said Trump said North Korea's nuclear problem was hard, but one that could be resolved. North Korea's heightened threat could change Moon's calculus once in power. Moon met leaders of opposition parties before his simple swearing-in ceremony at parliament and promised to coordinate with them on national security. Read More »

Australian Man Freed After U.S. VISA Issue


But Mr Reid and his American girlfriend Heather Kancso were denied entry to Canada and held at the border until 1.30am. Reid's release is the latest chapter in a story that attracted headlines here and in Australia because of the odd circumstances that led to his arrest and detention - he technically overstayed his visa by only 90 minutes. Read More »

Donald Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russia

Her testimony, coupled with the revelation hours earlier that President Barack Obama himself had warned Trump against hiring Flynn shortly after the November election, made clear that alarms about Flynn had reached the highest levels of the USA government months before. Read More »

Trump calls Macron to congratulate him on election win

Referring to the name of his political movement, En Marche! In a wide-ranging victory speech on Sunday night Macron said his country would be "active and mindful of... He acquired more than 66% of the vote against the far-right Le Pen's 33.9%. In 2015, the Hollande government passed a set of reforms that were known as the " Macron Law ", which included such provisions as making it easier to lay off employees and allowing more stores to stay open on Sundays and in the evenings. Read More »

BC political parties ponder common issues after close vote, possible deals

As of 11:30 p.m. election night, it is still uncertain whether B.C. will have a majority government with either the Liberals or NDP , or a minority government with the Green Party holding the balance of power. "In this election, the NDP vote did not go up". Weaver was the last to address the media Wednesday, saying it was too soon to say which party he would support. Read More »