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Trump, Lavrov meet amid FBI Chief firing

So much so, Twitter reports "Oval Office" and "Oval Office bugged" as popular search terms. The result was a public relations coup of sorts for Russian Federation and Lavrov in particular, who not only received a collegial Oval Office welcome from the president but also the photographic evidence to prove it. Read More »

Aisha Buhari, Dolapo Osinbajo, governors' wives visit rescued 82 Chibok girls


She was among 83 teenagers who Boko Haram jihadists had agreed to release at the weekend but only 82 came back, said a spokesman for Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari . The militants are thought to be still holding more than 100 of the 276 taken from Chibok, north-east Nigeria, three years ago. Amnesty International quickly released a statement urging the government to respect the girls' privacy and not subject them to a media circus. Read More »

Netanyahu slams 'absurd' United Nations vote on Jerusalem

The resolution, adopted Tuesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), declared all Israeli legislation relating to Jerusalem's disputed status to be "null and void". Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state in the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem al-Quds and the besieged Gaza Strip, with East al-Quds as the capital. Read More »

Labour Party manifesto leaked : Corbyn plans to re-nationalize rails, Mail

Ms May's decision to call an early election for next month caught not only most of her own party by surprise, but has forced Labour and other parties to scramble to devise policies and campaigns nearly overnight. "So no more hand-holding with Donald Trump - a Labour government will conduct a robust and independent foreign policy made in London". "They have not increased our security at home - rather the opposite - and they have caused destabilisation and devastation overseas". Read More »

Trump Contradicts White House Statements, Says He Planned to Fire Comey Anyway

You take a look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil - less than a year ago. It hasn't recovered from that. The question about Comey's support within the bureau stemmed from an assertion made Wednesday by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders that part of the justification for Comey's dismissal was that FBI employees had lost faith in their boss. Read More »

India summons Pak envoy, demands action


The Indian Army has termed Pak Army's actions as a "despicable act" and claimed that Government of India yesterday said it had evidence about Pakistani involvement. In Indian-controlled Kashmir, rebel groups have been fighting the Indian army for decades for independence or merger with Pakistan. The Line of Control is guarded by the Indian and Pakistani armies and divides the two parts of Kashmir. Read More »

Warming US ties with Kurds stoke Turkish border tensions


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on the United States and anti-Islamic State coalition on Saturday (April 29) to join hands and turn Syrian city of Raqqa "into a graveyard" for jihadist militants. Syrian government forces backed by Russian Federation also operate in the area. American officials had asked Turkey not to go through with the raid without proper coordination, but the request was ignored. Read More »

Arctic Is Changing as U.S. Mulls Climate Policy, Tillerson Says

Rather than continuing to appeal for USA support for climate change and sustainable development initiatives at the ministerial level, it may prove more effective to engage subnational actors on these important issues in the years to come. "Although the Arctic is no more a terra incognita, the region still remains one of the least explored ones", the Russian top diplomat went on to say. Read More »

Christian Indonesian governor jailed for 'blasphemy' against Islam

Ahok said that some people had been "deceived" by other people using Al-Maidah 51, a Quranic verse some clerics believe prohibits Muslims from electing a non-Muslim leader. Purnama has denied wrongdoing, though he apologised for comments he made past year criticising his opponents' use of the Quran in political campaigning suggesting to Muslim constituents that they can not be governed by a person of another faith. Read More »

Fight on Southwest Airlines plane caught on camera


Passengers pleaded for someone to do something as the crew brought the plane to the gate, and one person was arrested. Instead, they chose to go toe-to-toe with each other after the plane landed in Burbank, taking a flight attendant and nice young lady down with them in the process. Read More »

Israel boy, 14, 'kept at home since birth'


Some residents had complained to the local municipality about the smell from the apartment. "The police knocked on the door and no one answered". Environmental inspectors arrived at the apartment but could not enter as it was sealed. "I went to the back area of the house and saw the boy in a room with bars", he explained. I don't know where the boy slept. The Israel Police rescued a 14-year-old boy suspected of being held in isolation his whole life by his parents. Read More »

Higher taxes in Australia's 'better times' budget

In a Budget reply speech, seen by the Herald Sun and set to be delivered overnight, Senator Hinch said he wanted to know if any of the short-sellers of bank stocks "had any connection with Capital Hill". Welfare recipients that fail the test will be placed on the Government's cashless welfare card, which quarantines 80 per cent of welfare payments to a debit card to prevent recipients from spending money on drugs and alcohol. Read More »

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ president seeks Pakistan's cooperation

Pakistan said Jadhav worked for the Research and Analysis Wing. Salve also said that consular access to Jadhav is a right of India and the Indian national. Hence there is no window for Pakistan to exploit and link this to Kashmir, where India's position, that it is strictly to be moderated within a bilateral framework, remains consistent. Read More »

Islamic State guilty of genocide against Christians: US Vice-president Mike Pence


Across the world, the Christian faith is "under siege", Pence said, highlighting the oppression and abuses that some 215 million Christians face in over 100 countries. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom just noted, in its 2017 annual report, that "in mainland Russian Federation in 2016, new laws effectively criminalized all private religious speech not sanctioned by the state, the Jehovah's Witnesses stand on the verge of a nationwide ban, and innocent Muslims were tried ... Read More »

Can't vilify EVMs by hacking a look-alike machine — EC to AAP


Sources within AAP told Hindustan Times that they were aware of the consequences of hacking a real EVM. Rai said that the AAP would participate in the poll panel's all-party meet scheduled to be held on May 12. Another AAP member Sisodia too dared the Election Commission to let 3 workers from his party service the EVMs and stated that they could show all machines as wholly hacked. Read More »

France's Macron to visit Merkel in Berlin on Monday

The German government says new French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday. French President-elect Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony commemorating the abolition of slavery, in Paris, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Read More »

North Korea Crisis: Pyongyang's Latest Ballistic Missile Test Ends in Failure


The failed test was North Korea's ninth missile launch since Trump took office in January. Japan, South Korea and the United States said the test appeared to have failed after the missile broke up within North Korean territory. The North Korea missile test came a day after the Trump administration praised China and its President Xi for having prevailed over Pyongyang in not carrying out either a nuclear test or a missile test. Read More »

Abe, Moon discuss North Korea, 'comfort women' issue

But in a 25-minute conversation, Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said they hoped to meet at an early date and exchanged invitations to visit, according to both sides. In his inaugural address Wednesday, South Korea's president said he would consider visiting Pyongyang under the right conditions. According to government officials, Abe called for the construction of future-oriented relations between Japan and South Korea. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn's car run's over BBC cameraman's leg


Britain's opposition Labour party will not walk away from Brexit talks without a deal if it wins next month's election, according to a leaked draft manifesto published by several newspapers. "We will announce our policies in our manifesto, which is our plan to transform Britain for the many , not the few". Nathan Long, Senior pensions analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: "We already know the planned increases were due to save the government £30bn, so unwinding these will be very ... Read More »

UK's tough reaction 'has taught Jean-Claude Juncker a lesson'


During his visit, Mr Juncker also spoke to the Romanian parliament, and said: "I will militate with Romanian authorities to guarantee the irreversibility of reforms". Davis said the incident showed Juncker was wary of an election result that would give May a strong domestic mandate to pursue her Brexit plan in Brussels, describing the spat as opening skirmishes in the talks. Read More »

U.S. committed to protecting Turkey's security: USA defense secretary to Turkish PM

Turkish President Recep Erdogan called on the US government to abandon its decision to deliver weapons to the main Syrian Kurdish militia in the battle against Islamic State extremists. The United State considers the YPG to be the most effective local ground force fighting ISIS. A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) removes an Islamic State group flag in the town of Tabqa, west of Raqqa. Read More »

Turkey detains ex-stock exchange workers over links to coup


Malaysia has deported three Turkish nationals wanted by Ankara for alleged links to a US-based preacher accused of being behind a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The U.N. Human Rights Office in Southeast Asia (OHCHR) said in a statement it had serious concerns regarding the safety of the men upon their return to Turkey and that other Turks in Malaysia could be targeted for alleged links to Gulen. Read More »