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Chinese president and new South Korean leader talk nuclear

Xi told Moon that China has always upheld the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and that the nuclear issue should be resolved through talks, which are in everyone's interests, according to the state television report. In their phone call, Trump congratulated Moon on his election victory and his country's "peaceful, democratic transition of power", a White House statement said. Read More »

#ChibokGirls: Freed 82 girls would reunite with family next week

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Information minister Lai Mohammed meanwhile indicated talks with Boko Haram about the release of the remaining 113 girls could pave the way for a possible end to the conflict. Boko Haram has killed thousands and displaced more than 2 million people across northeast Nigeria and surrounding countries. They will likely begin a months-long rehabilitation program run by the government, which the 24 girls who already escaped are now undergoing. Read More »

North Korea vows to find 'plot' culprits

It was the first time he had expressed a willingness to meet with Kim since taking office in January. The agency's answers to questions about the nuclear program come as tensions on the Korean Peninsula remain high after Kim's repeated weapons tests in violation of United Nations resolutions. Read More »

In Interview, Trump Calls Comey 'Showboat,' Denies Colluding With Russia

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And at that time he told me you are not under investigation. Wednesday: "People in the Justice Department made a very strong recommendation, the president followed it and he made a quick and decisive action to fire James Comey". Lynch when the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's emails. "And the reason they should have won it is the electoral college is nearly impossible for a Republican to win". Read More »

Macron and Le Pen seek to widen support ahead of legislative polls

Growing resentment at the European Union and fears over immigration saw her soar in the polls, but she lost to pro-European centrist Macron in the final duel for the French presidency. He said he knew the divisions of the country, adding that he had the responsibility to hear all the French. And unlike his adversary Marine Le Pen, Macron supports remaining in the European Union, which is important for "the circulation of brains and ideas", according to nine directors of French scientific ... Read More »

Israel summons Sweden's ambassador over support for UNESCO vote

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ridiculed UNESCO during a question-and-answer segment in the annual Tanach Quiz, saying that Israel does not believe in UNESCO. Israel ceased cooperation with the organisation in response. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Netanyahu says Israel will not sit idly by as a United Nations organization tries to negate its sovereignty in Jerusalem . Read More »

Fact-Checking Republicans' Defense Of The GOP Health Bill

The American Health Care Act also repeals the taxes that were an essential part of paying for the subsidies. But McConnell, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and other top leaders appear determined to keep a tight rein on the deliberations, in search of an approach that keeps Senate GOP defections to a bare minimum while appealing to House Republicans and President Donald Trump. Read More »

Central Intelligence Agency sets up special North Korea unit

Sweden's Embassy in Pyongyang serves as protecting power for American citizens as the USA and the North have has no diplomatic relations. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has established a special unit to keep tabs on the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea. Read More »

China's Xi speaks with new South Korean president about North Korea

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) put out a four-sentence report late Thursday on the victory of Moon, who calls for dialogue, along with sanctions and pressure, to curb the North's nuclear ambitions. Regional experts have believed for months that North Korea is preparing for its sixth nuclear test. His comments come as the Trump administration pushed a new, more assertive strategy toward North Korea amid growing concern over Pyongyang's rush to develop an arsenal of ... Read More »

Groups Celebrate Buhari, Nigerian Army Over Release of Chibok Girls

Twenty-four of the 220 girls abducted from their school in Chibok - including 21 released by the jihadists in October and three who escaped or were rescued - will resume their education, the president's spokesman said. "It's a much more complex situation than the abducted-rescued-victim narrative we've seen at times", she said. Genuine relationships will emerge, as not all fighters behave brutally to the women in the camps, particularly if children are involved, she added. Read More »

The White House's Big Comey Lie Is Collapsing

I hope you won't either", he said. Donald Trump said 213 false things in his first 100 days. Members of the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, had argued that Trump merely accepted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's assessment that Comey was no longer an effective leader. Read More »

Chinese Military Conducts Live-Fire Drills, Weapons Tests

A brief statement on the ministry's website said the test took place recently in the Bohai Gulf and "achieved the intended result". It did not reveal the type of missile or provide other details. The THAAD system, which is being installed on a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju, is created to intercept and destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight. Read More »

Hezbollah says it has secured Lebanon's border with Syria

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Since the 2006 war, Nasrallah has often used his speeches to highlight the group's military capabilities in any potential future conflict with Israel, in what experts see as a calculated policy of deterrence. Nasrallah also strongly dismissed allegations that Hezbollah is seeking demographic changes in neighboring Syria, emphasizing that Takfiri militant groups, backed by the United States, Turkey and some Persian Gulf states, are forcing such changes in Syrian towns and cities. Read More »

SKorea's new president may head north

This may not seem of much import to Canadians. Already unhappy with a slowing economy and shrinking opportunities for the young, South Koreans took to the streets by the hundreds of thousands previous year when President Park Geun Hye was accused of conspiring with a friend to extort bribes from the country's big conglomerates. Read More »

Trump insists he's not under FBI investigation

Even before Trump's provocative tweet , the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked. On Capitol Hill, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe strongly disputed the White House's assertion that Comey had been fired in part because he had lost the confidence of the FBI's rank-and-file. Read More »

Sri Lanka says no to Chinese submarine docking

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Speaking about the importance of Buddhist teachings and learning in Sri Lankan culture, the Prime Minister said that Lord Buddha's message from two and a half millenia ago is as relevant today. "This will ease travel to the land of Buddha for my brothers and sisters from Sri Lanka, and help you directly visit Sravasti, Kusinagar, Sankasa, Kaushambi and Sarnath", he said. Read More »

ICJ President Seeks Pakistan's Cooperation In Kulbhushan Jadhav's Death Sentence Case

The May 15 hearings will be conducted in two phases with the ICJ hearing India's observations in the first phase and Pakistan's observations in the second, the ICJ's press release said. India acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the Indian Navy, in the past, and denied that he has any connection with the government any longer. According to reports furnished in Indian media, the ICJ has stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence. Read More »

Comey 'Told Associates' Trump Was 'Crazy', 'Outside Realm of Normal'

But in the meeting, several White House officials said Trump gave Sessions and Rosenstein a directive: to explain in writing the case against Comey. The first line of Mr Trump's letter sacking Mr Comey refers to a memo written by Mr Rosenstein and says: "I have accepted their recommendation". As Matthew Yglesias notes , the Republicans who control Congress can head off an impeachment crisis by un-gumming the path to justice via some investigative entity beyond Donald Trump's control. Read More »

White House fumes after Moscow releases Trump meeting photos

President posted a combined photo from the two meetings, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. President Trump on Thursday urged Russian Federation and Ukraine to "make peace" following meetings with foreign ministers from both countries. The White House defended the decision not to allow any independent press into the meeting. The photos were taken by a Russian news service photographer in the Oval Office, which could constitute a security breach, as a senior official said the Trump ... Read More »

Trump Defends Comey Firing As Russia Questions Continue To Swirl

We'll start on July 5, 2016. It was to talk about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Rosenstein is "highly respected", Trump said, "he made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey " (who he called a "showboat" and a "grandstander"). Read More »

May retaliate against USA over expulsion of Russian diplomats, says Kremlin

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Wednesday's meeting came as Trump was embroiled in a political firestorm over the investigations into allegations his U.S. presidential election campaign had colluded with Russian Federation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had brought up the issue of the compounds during his visit to Washington this week, the official said. American journalists, to their shock, were barred from the Oval Office meeting - but not the sole Russian press member, who was allowed to enter. Read More »

Pakistan, Afghanistan to conduct survey at Chaman border to determine boundaries

Pakistan's military said its forces killed more than 50 Afghan soldiers and destroyed five checkpoints in heavy fighting along their disputed border, a claim quickly rejected by Kabul . Pakistan's Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector Major General Nadeem Ahmed announced the news on Sunday, adding that more than 100 members of Afghan security forces had also been wounded in the cross-border operation. Read More »

World leaders congratulate Moon Jae-in on election win

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The phone call marked the first contact between the two men. Now a regional governor, Lee was a political ally of the two former presidents who held the summits with the North in 2000 and 2007. He stuck his head out the limousine's sunroof and waved back. "China is willing to work with South Korea to maintain the hard-earned outcome of China-ROK relations", Xi said. Read More »

North Korea reports on South Korea's presidential election after two-day delay

South Korea's new liberal President was sworn in yesterday and vowed to tackle immediately the hard tasks of addressing North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions and soothing tensions with the United States and China . Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, has said that evidence indicates North Korea could be working secretly to develop the capability to set off an EMP by detonating a high-altitude nuclear device in space. Read More »