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China's President Xi applauds Malaysia in Belt and Road construction

China is pleased with the decision. 1500 delegates from 130 countries will attend. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama leaves for China today to attend the Belt and Road Forum. The Belt and Road Initiative is seen as an alternative to the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade pact, which was reached by the Obama administration but did not include China.

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

Moon Jae-in, the newly elected leader of South Korea, moved swiftly to mend ties with China on Thursday, announcing plans to dispatch a delegation to Beijing to resolve a festering dispute over the deployment of a USA missile-defense system in his country.

United States condemns Macedonia parliament violence

Police said arrests were made, but gave no further details. Less integration is not the answer, the minister explained, commenting on the remarks made by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who said that the latest events in Macedonia do not contribute to the country's European Union integration process.

James Comey's dismissal: Differing accounts from Trump officials

Donald Trump asked his now-fired FBI director on three occasions whether he was the target of ongoing investigations, he said Thursday, stoking allegations of presidential interference. On Thursday, Mr Trump appeared to contradict the initial version of events. In a poll conducted in mid-April, Republicans were much less in favor of such a firing, while Democrats were slightly more supportive than they are now.

Spicer refuses to say whether Trump is secretly recording people

That explains why he went into great detail with Holt about what he said were the three times he asked Comey if he was under investigation, despite the appalling appearance of conflict and potential intimidation. Friday marked Spicer's first appearance at the podium since the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Trump, in an interview Thursday with NBC, said he had been intending to fire Comey for months and that it had nothing to do with the Russian ...

UK man held near May's office appears in court on terrorism charge

A 27-year-old man arrested with knives near the UK Parliament and Downing Street in London last month appeared before a court today and was charged with preparing terrorist acts. As the allegations were put to him, Ali replied: "I don't recognise the charges". He had a kitchen knife in each jacket pocket and a third tucked into the front of his pants, it is said.

Michelle Obama says school lunch program critics are 'celebrating' kids 'eating crap'

Sources claim that one reason Michelle Obama may be so fired up about the new administration's alterations to the school menu might be because its most recent policy nearly directly opposes her " Let's Move! " public health initiative focused on fighting childhood obesity.

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

Moon agreed with the leaders of the United States and China to hold a summit within a short time. North Korea's chief delegate may also appear on stage in a group photo with other participants, said the source. DeTrani, a former Central Intelligence Agency official who served as the State Department's special envoy for six-party talks with North Korea prior to their breakdown in 2009.

Theresa May's party secures big gains in local elections

It's been a mixed bag for Tim Farron's party - they failed to break through against the Tories in the south-west England battleground but made advances in some General Election target seats like Eastleigh and Wells. He also insisted his leader was an asset and that a TV debate would allow voters to make their minds up about Mr Corbyn. But he said: "He has been elected by almost half a million people twice in the last two years".

Mets suspend Harvey 3 days for violating team rules

Left-hander Adam Wilk will now get the assignment against Miami in place of Harvey , who will not be paid for those three games. General manager Sandy Alderson announced the team's decision at a press conference but did not reveal details of Harvey's infraction.

Trump's warning for sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation boss

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account of discussions that included the FBI's probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and allegations of Trump campaign collaboration with the Russians. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won". "That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign ...

No, Trump didn't invent 'prime the pump'

The expression " prime the pump " has been used in economics since the Great Depression. Although the term generally refers to progressive economic policies, Trump used " prime the pump " in reference to cutting taxes , mainly for corporations.

United Kingdom hospitals, Spanish firms in cyberattack

The attack infected computers with what is known as "ransomware", software that locks up the user's data and flashes a message demanding payment to release it. Several companies in Spain were also crippled by ransomware attacks. In a statement, Avast Threat Lab said it had observed a massive peak in WanaCrypt0r 2 .0 attacks, with more than 36,000 detections, so far.

Ismail Haniya elected as new Hamas chief

Haniyeh, a former Hamas prime minister in Gaza , could be hampered in his new leadership role by movement restrictions. But Al-Ahmed also said Hamas must give up its control of Gaza , something Haniyeh has refused to do. In Washington last week, Abbas met Trump in their first face-to-face encounter, with the United States president saying he wanted to achieve the decades-long goal of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

North Korea calls US-South Korea plot a `declaration of war'

North Korea demanded on Thursday the handover of "terror suspects who plotted to kill leader Kim Jong-un with a biochemical substance", repeating accusations it made last week that US and South Korean spies were behind the plan. The holiday as a whole revolves around the cult of personality of North Korea's first leader, Kim Il Sung, and celebrates the day of his birth, April 15.

Buddha's message of compassion timeless: UN chief on Vesak

Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued messages yesterday, greeting the Buddhist community on the occasion. A cultural procession being taken out on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti in Namsai on Wednesday. India is the origin of many world religions including the Buddhism. S.R. Bhatt, an eminent scholar of Buddhism who has made vast contribution to the preservation and promotion of Buddhism.

Pakistan summons Iranian envoy over recent threats

The spokesman particularly pointed to the May 3 visit of the Iranian foreign minister who had met Pakistani civil and military leaders leading both sides agreeing to enhance cooperation on the border issues. Officials said the two governments also agreed "in principle to revive a hotline" between their border security forces to resolve any issues at the frontier.

Trump on Comey 'tapes': 'I can't talk about that'

Dick Durbin D-Ill., called Trump " dangerous " on Friday in the wake of Trump's post on Twitter that suggested he taped a conversation with Comey . It is unclear what "tapes" Trump is referring to. Describing himself as a very active President, Trump explained that at time it become very hard for his surrogates to explain things with ideal accuracy to reporters at the news conference.

Sean Spicer Denies Trump Tweet Was a Threat to James Comey

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon would not expand on or answer questions whether recording devices exist in the White House or whether Trump recorded conversations with Comey. Mr. President, if there are "tapes" relevant to the Comey firing, it's because you made them and they should be provided to Congress. With those words, President Donald J Trump became only the second commander-in-chief to fire his Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Nayana Pujari rape case: Death sentence awarded to three convicts

Aloor. The fourth accused later raped the victim. However, the prosecution while defending its move to make Choudhary an approver in the case said that he was misled by the others who told him that the victim was a sex worker. "The victim was murdered in cold blood and the criminals showed no mercy". The accused was kidnapped and raped inside the auto. "After strangulating her, the killers attempted to wipe out traces of her identity by attempting to disfigure her", said Mr.

Sonia Gandhi in hospital for food poisoning

She was discharged on August 14 and doctors treating her at the hospital had then said she had recovered from her illness and injury to the left shoulder and was stable. She has been to the hospital twice after that. While speculations are flying in regarding the next President is likely to be a new face considered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

French government resigns in post-election formality

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.

Kapil Mishra who accused Arvind Kejriwal of corruption attacked by 'AAP supporter'

Even as Mishra's supporters claimed he identified himself as an Aam Aadmi Party supporter, Mishra's former political party, AAP claimed that Bhardwaj was a Bharatiya Janata Party youth wing member, and said his Facebook posts revealed him to be so.

Republic of Ireland U17s reach quarter-finals despite heavy defeat to Germany

However, due to Ireland's superior record against Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, manager Colin O'Brien's side astonishingly made it into the last eight of the tournament. "We had a tough day today at the office and were second best for a lot of it", admitted O'Brien afterwards. "When you play a team like Germany and you don't do the right things around your own box, they are clinical and they showed that".

Russia Brokers 'De-Escalation' Zone Deal in Syria, Eases Fighting

He added, without further specification that "by mutual agreement of the guarantor countries, the forces of other parties can be enlisted" in enforcing these areas. But it also calls for the continued fight against IS and former Al Qaeda affiliate Fateh Al Sham Front, which could pose challenges. Syrian, Russian, Turkish and US-led coalition aircraft all operate in Syria.

Donald Trump demanded James Comey's loyalty and didn't get it

In a Congress hearing earlier Thursday, FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe confirmed that the FBI had not felt any interference and promised to inform Congress should it happen. "We had a very nice dinner". "I don't know if there was collusion or not". Mr Comey has not commented since he was sacked. McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation.

Dozens of Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are released

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari departed the West African country on Sunday for further health checkups in London, less than two months after an extended medical break in the United Kingdom. "I have to be anxious with the intention to see if one of my daughters is among the released ones". After the October release, President Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman Garba Shehu said the government was hoping to secure the release of 83 others being held by a different Boko Haram faction.

Emmanuel Macron may have won the French presidency, but challenges await him

Trump congratulated Macron on his victory during a telephone call on Monday, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated the importance of the election outcome. Even as investigators in the US are still trying to figure out the full extent of Russia's role in the 2016 presidential campaign, many had feared the French election would fall victim to Kremlin meddling.

White House: Trump's morning tweets about Comey 'not a threat'

In an interview on Thursday with NBC News, the president said Comey gave him this assurance during a dinner and in two phone conversations. CNN said Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.

North Korea willing to meet with US if conditions right: diplomat

When she was asked if the North was preparing to hold talks with the Trump administration, Choe said: "We'll have dialogue if the conditions are there". "Track-two meetings are routinely held on a variety of topics around the world and occur independent of US government involvement", a State Department official said.

Hospitals across Britain hit by large-scale cyber-attack

Researchers with security software maker Avast said they had observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan the top targets. Microsoft said it was pushing out automatic Windows updates to defend clients from WannaCry. "This exploit (codenamed "EternalBlue") has been made available on the internet through the Shadowbrokers dump on April 14th, 2017 and patched by Microsoft on March 14".

US regulator's 'throttling' lawsuit against AT&T to be reheard: court

The court ruled past year that the FTC had no jurisdiction over common carriers - a designation for companies that offer phone services. The Californian court dismissed the data throttling case a year ago, but has now said it will reconsider it before the full 11-judge panel, according to Reuters.

North Korea vows to find 'plot' culprits

During Thursday's call, Xi reaffirmed China's opposition to the THAAD deployment, Moon's office said. A high-ranking Japanese official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Moon's willingness to meet Abe marks "a clear difference" from the attitude of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Comey says he will not dwell on dismissal

The White House officially said Trump fired Comey because U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy recommended it. "I worked very, very closely with Director Comey", McCabe said. Some press reports had suggested that Comey had asked for more resources for the investigation before he was sacked, but McCabe said he wasn't aware of that and it didn't fit with what he knew about how those requests were made.

Chibok girl 'refused to be released'

Ms Alhassan said they travelled to Chibok for Christmas but upon their return to the capital said they were scared to go back to their community. Families in Chibok are meeting with community leaders to identify the freed schoolgirls from photos.