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Graduating Students Boo, Turn Backs on Betsy DeVos Commencement Address

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As protests took place outside of the Ocean Center, attendees immediately booed DeVos while she was receiving an honorary degree from school leaders earlier in the program. In terms of policy, Ms DeVos has advocated for subsidising costs to parents, especially those in urban areas, so they can choose private charter schools for their children instead of sending them to free, public schools. Read More »

All that Mayawati said against me is completely wrong: Naseemuddin Siddiqui

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Timeline Dissent: Is the BSP deteriorating? Many party workers have rejected Mayawati's allegations of poll rigging, saying party leadership was poor. "She said that I lost the election". And if I expose everything then there will be an quake. Mayawati realised that holding others responsible for the defeats would not wash with either the cadre or the voters, since she herself led the party campaign from the front and could not escape being answerable. Read More »

Hamas selects popular Gaza politician Ismail Haniyeh as its new leader

The announcement comes shortly after Gaza's rulers unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program aimed at ending the group's global isolation. "Hamas was not historically classified as a terrorist group until the 2nd Palestinian intifada in 2000 when the group carried out attacks against Israeli civilians", Abu Saada said. Read More »

Jakarta governor guilty of blasphemy for 'insulting Islam'

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Prosecutors had recommended a two-year suspended prison sentence. Indonesia's blasphemy controversy emerged in September, when an incorrectly-subtitled video of the governor criticizing those who claim that the Qur'an prohibits Muslims from having a non-Muslim leader surfaced online. Read More »

North Korea wants South Korea to extradite spy chief

Pyongyang accused the Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea's National Intelligence Service May 5 of hiring a North Korean lumberjack working in Russian Federation to detonate a "radioactive" and "nano-poisonous" bomb at a military parade to eliminate the young dictator. Read More »

ISIS leader in Afghanistan killed in raid, US confirms

Hasib switched his allegiance to the Islamic State in Afghanistan, taking over from his predecessor, Hafiz Saeed Khan, who was killed nine months ago in a USA airstrike. Afghan and US special forces launched a counteroffensive against ISIS-K in early March, backed up by drone strikes, killing hundreds of its fighters and clearing numerous villages. Read More »

Israel slashes UNESCO funds by 1 mln after resolution

Submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, the resolution also sharply criticizes Israel's construction in eastern Jerusalem's Old City and "deplores" the Jewish state's "continuous" closure of the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu went on to note, however, that the number of countries who voted in favor of the resolution had dropped significantly compared to similar UNESCO resolutions in the past, reflecting what he described as Israel's growing diplomatic influence. Read More »

Trump Threatens to Cancel White House Press Briefings

I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. She also revealed that Trump is planning to visit the FBI's headquarters, saying: 'I believe that it's very likely that takes place sometime within the next few days'. Read More »

Trump claims Comey exonerated him 3 times. Federal Bureau of Investigation experts aren't buying it

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The White House initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus for Trump's decision. In the tweet, Trump also warned Comey about leaking to the press: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump's firing of Comey already has left him with the dubious distinction of being the first president since Nixon to fire a law ... Read More »

In Egypt, pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence

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On Saturday, the crowd cheered and released yellow and white balloons as Francis lapped the Cairo stadium in a golf cart, waving to the crowd as a chorus sang a joyous hymn. Another reporter asked how people should interpret his speeches to government officials when he calls on them to support peace, harmony and equality for all citizens, and whether it reflected him supporting that government. Read More »

British healthcare system hit by 'ransomware' cyberattack

A cyber attack which hit Britain's National Health Service (NHS) was declared as a major incident Friday night, with British Prime Minister Theresa May saying it was an global attack. Otherwise, IT security companies will need to be employed to decrypt the ransomware, he said , adding that he believed the government was already involved in handling the hack, as well as the wider NHS. Read More »

Racing: Dream result in Kentucky Derby

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Now, their partnership has claimed the ultimate prize. Two breezes at Palm Beach Downs and one move over the Churchill oval in 59.60 seconds for five furlongs nine days before the big race had Always Dreaming Derby ready. Under the convoluted system employed by Churchill Downs for horses to qualify for their showcase race, Always Dreaming got in with 100 points, tied with Godolphin's Irish-bred Thunder Snow. Read More »

Labour party manifesto leaked to media

Britain won't kowtow to Donald Trump in its foreign policy if Labour wins the June 8 general election, party leader Jeremy Corbyn will say, taking a swipe at Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday for her overtures to the USA president. The reference to Gibraltar in the leaked manifesto comes after intense lobbying by the Gibraltar Government and the recent visit to the Rock by Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who said the party was "unequivocally committed" to Gibraltar. Read More »

Cyber attack disrupting British NHS was worldwide: Theresa May

The National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ electronic intelligence agency, said it was working with police and the health system to investigate the attack. Several experts monitoring the situation have linked the attacks to vulnerabilities released by a group known as The Shadow Brokers, which recently claimed to have dumped hacking tools stolen from the NSA . Read More »

Ex-Democrat Senator found guilty of stealing from charity

Jurors were told the brash 70-year-old Democratic icon, who spent 24 years in Congress before losing reelection last year, received $141,000 in untraceable cash over several years through sources including the sham charity One Door for Education and her Friends of Corrine Brown campaign committee. Read More »

Russian Photographer in Oval Office Raises Red Flags, US Media Locked Out

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The spokesman added that a lot of work remains to be done ahead of the expected meeting between Presidents Putin and Trump in Hamburg in July. In 2006, Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russian Federation, put Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in an awkward position when technicians did not turn off the microphones at a lunch in Moscow. Read More »

US Defense chief affirms commitment to protecting Turkey

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The defense secretary, speaking to reporters aboard a USA military airplane after the meeting in London, characterized the discussions as "honest, transparent and helpful". Otherwise, the outcome won't only affect Turkey. The SDF is a multiethnic group spearheaded by the YPG, an organization Ankara considers the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, a designated terrorist organization in Turkey, the USA, and EU. Read More »

North Korea demands extradition of South's spy chief

USA officials have said they see no value in resuming global talks with North Korea until Pyongyang has made clear it is committed to denuclearization. "If conditions ripen and provide opportunities to significantly lower military tension in the Korean Peninsula and open a path toward solving the North Korean nuclear problem, which is the most urgent threat to our security, then I think (Moon) will be able to go to Pyongyang". Read More »

South Korea President Wants to Limit US Sanctions on North

Moon also spoke to Xi about the difficulties faced by some South Korean companies doing business in China facing discrimination in retaliation for the THAAD deployment. Security Council resolutions. Subscribe to the Defense One daily. "I warmly congratulate H.E. Mr. Moon Jae-in upon his election as President of the Republic of Korea", he tweeted in English and Korean languages. Read More »

US Joins Arctic Council In Calling For Action To Curb Climate Change

The administration has announced reviews of Obama's decisions to limit offshore drilling and is reconsidering national monument designations made over the last two decades. "We call on Finland, the next chair country of the Arctic Council, to draw up specific proposals taking into consideration the views of all the Council member states". Read More »

Trump Threatens Fired FBI Director Comey With 'Tapes'

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Asking such a question "would come close to bribery. or at least obstruction of justice, which Comey would've had to be an idiot to fall for by offering the assurance sought", Tribe said. Comey instead told Trump he could count on his honesty, the Times said. "Russia must be laughing up their sleeves watching as the USA tears itself apart over a Democrat EXCUSE for losing the election", Trump tweeted May 11, according to the Examiner. Read More »

Fighting eases as safe zones plan begins: monitor

Syrian women walk between destroyed buildings in the central Syrian city of Homs in September. There were also reports of shelling and gunfire in other parts. The Russian defence ministry had said the agreement would come into force in the early hours of Friday. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says "50 per cent of the conflict" would be solved if the deal succeeds. Read More »

Juventus, Real Madrid deserve Champions League final spots, admits Iniesta

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The French striker's spectacular move to evade three Atletico defenders led to the crucial away goal that helped put Real Madrid in the final against Juventus on June 3 in Cardiff . But when they leave the ramshackle, rusting but beloved Calderon, they will take a step closer to being like Real, one of Europe's super-clubs with a state-of-the-art stadium to match. Read More »