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Prince Philip to retire from public engagments

Both the Queen and Prince Philip appear in good health. Buckingham Palace officials tell The Associated Press that a meeting of royal household staff has been called, but one says there is "no cause for concern". Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader, commented on Philip's decision "We thank Prince Philip for his service to the country and wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement". Read More »

South Korea's new president talks to leaders of China, Japan


With the North's evolving nuclear threats, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula. South Korea's relationship with China has been tense in recent months due to the deployment of the US missile defense system THAAD , which China sees as compromising its military interests. Read More »

Moon urges both talks and sanctions to rein in N Korea

Many see Moon's manner as a refreshing break from his disgraced, jailed predecessor Park Geun-hye, whom critics saw as aloof and autocratic. "If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang". Taking the oath of office in Seoul on Wednesday, Moon said he will further bolster the alliance and "immediately fly to Washington if necessary" for the sake of peace on the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

China to open market for U.S. credit cards, beef

But those commitments came alongside an agreement for China to resume imports of United States beef and to speed up its approvals of genetically modified crops and other biotech products now awaiting Chinese licences. Hear what Woodall thinks of the reorganization of the USDA and how this move will add value to USA beef on AgriTalk above. The plan does not address any tech-related issues championed by the US tech industry, such as intellectual property protection, prohibition of data ... Read More »

Ransomware Attacks Hit Large Computer Networks In An International Rampage


The Russian Interior Ministry has confirmed it was hit by the "ransomware" attack, which encrypts data on infected computers and demands payment, usually via the digital currency bitcoin , to release it. Hospitals in areas across Britain found themselves without access to their computers or phone systems. Routine appointments had been cancelled and ambulances were being diverted to neighboring hospitals. Read More »

Church Bulletin: Macedonia Missionary hosting women's revival


The church has Saturday mass at 5 p.m., and Sunday mass at 9 a.m. followed by Sunday school at 10:20 a.m. May 5; 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Also included his sermon will be readings from Psalm 13:1-5, 15-16; and John 14:1-14. Scripture: 1 Peter 2:2-10. Harvest Community Church: 485 East Ave., Suite B: Worship with message from Joe Biggers, 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion in the main Church with coffee hour to follow in the Parish Hall. Read More »

'James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of

One of the most powerful, although not flattering, lines of defense would be that he did not act "with an improper objective", but, instead, acted simply because he was impulsively angry. Trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn't under FBI investigation. Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe agreed. Read More »

Thousands march against Trump's climate policies

As a public rally and march, it was working off the success of the original People's Climate March in New York City in September. As the U.S. president marked 100 days in office, rallies were also organized in NY and elsewhere across the country. Read More »

North Korea: US, South Korean spies tried to kill Kim Jong Un


KCNA further alleged that a North Korean, identified only by the surname "Kim", had been "corrupted and bribed" by South Korean intelligence services while he was working in Russian Federation. Those sanctions - and that tension - could get even tighter if North Korea is added to the USA list of state sponsors of terror. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high for weeks, driven by the Trump administration's more confrontational approach to the country as well as North Korea's ... Read More »

Pilgrims await pope at Fatima for canonization ceremony

Roman Catholic pilgrims have converged on the Fatima Sanctuary from countries as far away as China, Venezuela and East Timor. The children, who were nine and seven at the time of the apparitions, died of influenza two years later. As he makes his way with great difficulty towards the Cross amid the corpses of those who have been martyred (bishops, priests, men and women in holy orders and many laypeople), he too falls to the ground, apparently dead, under a hail of gunfire. Read More »

Tax lawyers outline Trump's Russian income but don't release documents

Sergey Kislyak . "I couldn't let foreign delegations bring phones/cameras into my EEOB office, yet Trump let Russian gov photographer+equipment into the Oval", Kahl tweeted . When the press pool was allowed into the Oval Office after the meeting, Mr Lavrov and Mr Kislyak had left and, in a surprise, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger was with Mr Trump instead. Read More »

French President-elect Macron's team says open to talks with conservatives


But he added an attack on a party which, of all the traditional groupings, polls show poses the biggest threat to Macron's hopes of forming a parliamentary majority. France's embattled former prime minister Manuel Valls escaped fresh humiliation on Thursday, with president-elect Emmanuel Macron's party saying it would not field a candidate against him in June's general elections. Read More »

Modi assures Lanka of India's support


Ours is a friendship that lives in the hearts of our people and in the fabric of our societies". This is Modi's second visit to Sri Lanka in two years. The Prime Minister offered flowers at the altar of the Temple. Modi was scheduled to return to India on Friday night. He further mentioned India's aid to Sri Lanka for the development projects. Read More »

White House refuses to say if conversations are being taped

Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey is unprecedented, as is much of what Trump has undertaken as president. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters . "I mean, agents go to jail for communicating details of investigations with subjects of investigations". McCabe has at least temporarily taken over leadership of the FBI , and at a congressional hearing Thursday he made clear that he liked and respected Comey and had no intention of ... Read More »

Over 70 countries hit in global extortion cyberattack

Authorities in the countries said the attack was conducted using " ransomware " - malicious software that infects machines, locks them up by encrypting data and demands a ransom to restore access. "This (the Wanna Cry cyberattack) was not targeted at the NHS, it's an worldwide attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected", May said. Read More »

Backed fighters hunt for IS holdouts in Syria's Tabqa


Tabqa and the nearby dam, Syria's largest, were seized a day earlier in an offensive that lasted almost seven weeks, with the backing of airstrikes from the global coalition. Erdogan has shown no signs of backing away from his demand that the USA break ties with the YPG, which is viewed in Turkey as linked to the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party. Read More »

Mourinho's 'weak and naive' foe Skomina to ref UEL final

We have three Premier League matches to play in that time. But their 14 draws are a league high, and their total of 51 goals scored is at least 17 less than each of their top six rivals. United travel to Tottenham on Sunday and are expected to field a weakened side following their exploits against a spirited Celta side. United have just 12 days to prepare for the final in Stockholm on 24 May after scraping through their semi-final second-leg with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford thanks ... Read More »

BC election brings unwelcome uncertainty for business as Greens hold balance

In a country where most provinces limit donations to a few thousand dollars per donor, this year's campaign in British Columbia stirred controversy, with both the Liberals and NDP receiving contributions of tens of thousands of dollars. "All they had to do was address that a year and a half ago when they had a chance", he said. D'Avignon does not think the new makeup in the Legislature will necessarily halt projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion of PNW LNG projects from going ... Read More »

Kapil Mishra Begins Hunger Strike, Asks to Disclose Funding Details


The doctors advised Mishra to get admitted so that drips could be started to provide necessary fluids to the body and save him from dehydration and maintain his blood pressure and blood sugar levels. In the evening, he visited the Mahatma Gandhi memorial in Rajghat. Mishra had earlier alleged that party members were using "illegal money" to fund their trips overseas. Read More »

Crushing loss for Labour points to big Tory majority in Commons

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron claimed only his party could prevent a Conservative "coronation", despite its failure to make a hoped-for breakthrough in its former South West stronghold. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a Tory MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, said people who previously would have baulked at backing her party had been won round by Theresa May. Read More »

Crackdown: Turkey Blocks all Access to Wikipedia


The communications ministry did not specify which of Wikipedia's entries it has problems with, but it said they website shows "Turkey in coordination and aligned with various terrorist groups". In November 2016, Turkey restricted access to WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter , YouTube, and other sites following the controversial arrests of pro-Kurdish MPs from the People's Democratic Party (HDP). Read More »

White House explains delay in firing Flynn


At Tuesday's White House press briefing, the first question tossed to press secretary Sean Spicer, as expected, was why the president waited so long to fire Flynn. Overall Yates brought her A-game. Mr Obama, who had fired Mr Flynn as the head of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), told Mr Trump that he would have profound concerns about Mr Flynn becoming a top national security aide. Read More »

First Colombia FARC rebels complete disarmament


Under its terms, all weapons should have been handed over by 1 May, but the United Nations says there have been delays. Some 7,000 FARC fighters are assembling at 26 such points in Colombia. Santos won a Nobel Peace Prize for his peace efforts despite the referendum setback. The government in February opened negotiations with the last active rebel force, the National Liberation Army, ELN, in the hope of sealing a "complete peace". Read More »

S Korea urges 'parallel' talks, sanctions

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in is one of the leading figures in the pro-democracy movement which led to South Korea's first democratic election in 1987. Last month, the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed US-Australian military exercises in northern Australia were preparation for nuclear war against North Korea and threatened Darwin with a potential retaliatory strike. Read More »