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Trump and Putin discuss Syria and North Korea

The White House readout of the call said Trump and Putin agreed "suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long". US involvement escalated last month with missile strikes on an Assad regime airfield in retaliation for the government's deadly chemical weapon attack on Syrian civilians.

North Korea detains another USA citizen amid rising tensions, state media reports

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim Hak Song, an employee of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was detained Saturday. A year later, another former U.S. president Jimmy Carter visited the North and won the release of American national Aijalon Mahli Gomes, sentenced to eight years of hard labour for illegally crossing into the North from China.

President Trump Jokes That He & Rosie O'Donnell 'Finally' Agree, Rosie Responds

Trump hosted Russia's US ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House on Wednesday. President Donald Trump issued a thinly veiled threat Friday to fired FBI Director James Comey, apparently suggesting there are possibly recorded conversations between the two men that could be leaked to counter the former FBI director if necessary.

New Silk Road initiative to defeat global terrorism, Erdoğan says

A clear indication of India's boycott came last night in an official statement that said India can not accept a project that violates its sovereignty and territorial integrity. A USA delegation was attending the meeting, led by Matt Pottinger, special assistant to Trump and senior director for East Asia at the National Security Council.

Many French voters yet to be convinced by Macron despite overwhelming victory

Mr Macron has said he is aiming to secure an absolute majority in the lower chamber through the June 11 and 18 elections. New members are flocking to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron's party as it prepares for the elections to the National Assembly next month - starting with a change in its name.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in India on four-day visit

Abbas arrived with a delegation for his third state visit to India, where he will hold key talks on bilateral, regional and global issues, including the peace process in the restive Middle East, according to India s foreign ministry. Rashtrapatiji (the President) will host a banquet in honour of H.E. Mahmoud Abbas. Vice President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also call on him.

Homicidal madman turns down invitation to White House

And so that set aside, I think the president recognizes the threat that he posed and is doing everything he can to isolate that threat and to make sure we bring stability to the region". Mr Trump's gesture was widely condemned over concerns about human rights abuses in the Philippines carried out under Mr Duterte's auspices. "It was not a distancing (of relations) but it was rather a rift between me and the (US) State Department and Mr Obama, who spoke openly against me", he said .

Global cyber attack slows but risk of more

The hackers used leaked tools from the National Security Agency to exploit the hole. The agency has not responded to requests for comment. Researchers with Czech Republic-based security software maker Avast said they had observed more than 126,000 ransomware infections, with 60 percent of infected computers located in Russian Federation, followed by Ukraine and Taiwan.

May Gets Election Boost As Tories Gain In Local Votes

By 1pm they had secured 30 council seats, just four short of gaining overall control, while the Labour group lagged behind on 15. As the counts began in Wales, the shadow Welsh secretary, Christina Rees, thanked Welsh Labour candidates and hinted at a hard night ahead, saying: "It always inspires me that even when times seem tough for Labour, they never fail to rise to the challenge with a passion and energy that no other party can match".

Global 'ransomware' attack slows; hackers hit hospitals for cash

Cyber security minister Dan Tehan has told Sky News there are reports of two other instances where this software may have been used. NHS systems were infected with a ransomware virus, which locked down machines and access to patient records, and demanded money to release them.

China pledges $124bn for new Silk Road

China has formalised the status of the controversial China Pakistan Economic Corridor as the "flagship programme" of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative even as President Xi Jinping on Sunday opened the first Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing pledging respect for territorial sovereignty.

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyber attack

Europol, the European Union's police agency, said the onslaught was at "an unprecedented level and will require a complex global investigation to identify the culprits". Shortly after that disclosure, Microsoft announced that it had already issued software "patches" for those holes. British media had reported previous year that most public health organizations were using an outdated version of Microsoft Windows that was not equipped with security updates.

Senate Intelligence Panel Subpoenas Michael Flynn Documents

Committee chairman Republican Richard Burr had previously warned he would issue subpoenas for those who did not cooperate with the investigation. Page has already replied to the committee numerous times, saying he will not cooperate with their request until Senate investigators ask former President Barack Obama's administration for his communications, an allusion to Page's accusation that he was targeted by the Obama administration.

Moon warns North Korea over missile launch

The missile was sacked from the Kusong area north-west of the capital Pyongyang early on Sunday and flew about 700 kilometres before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean military said. "All sides should exercise restraint and refrain from taking actions that would further escalate tensions in the region", a statement from China's Foreign Ministry.

De-escalation agreement in Syria comes into force

Looks like the U.S. response to Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons attack got everyone's attention . There were also reports of shelling and gunfire in other parts. "We want Syria to maintain its integrity", opposition delegate Osama Abu Zaid said after Russia , Turkey and Iran signed a memorandum on creating safe zones.

Comey a 'Grandstander,' 'Showboat' ... I Was Going to Fire Him Anyway

Flynn resigned from the Trump White House after public reporting on potentially illegal contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, which acting attorney general Sally Yates warned might make him susceptible to blackmail. On NBC's "Today", Sanders said she would defer to the president himself for any additional details. Had the Founders deemed firing an executive appointee to be such an egregious action, they would have curtailed the president's removal power in our ...

China hopes Pakistan, Afghanistan to properly address border issue

Pak-Afghan officials held a flag meeting at Bab-e-Dosti on Sunday. It was attended, among others, by geological experts from the two countries. Aziz said the two sides also agreed to look at the demarcation line in the area. Talking about the issue of border management, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said Pak-Afghan border is internationally recognized border and its management is vital to control terrorism.

Michigan researcher who helped stop cyberattack worried

There have been calls for an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Friday's major incident, with the government and NHS chiefs facing questions over their preparedness and the robustness of vital systems. Dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion attack Friday that locked up computers and held users' files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies.

Assertive China flexes its muscles — ASEAN Summit Recap

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders link arms during the opening ceremony of the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines. "[The leaders] want to reflect [on] the discussion as accurately as possible...and there was no one who had strongly pushed or mentioned anything about land reclamation and militarization during the summit and plenary", Patron said.

BC minority could have major implications for Alberta

The NDP leads in one riding, Courtenay-Comox, by just nine votes over the Liberals. Close riding results will likely be impacted by the advance vote count, a process that will take up to two weeks to complete. Liberals are the party that approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is set to start construction in the fall. "That's the back and forth discussions that we would have had".

Chuck Schumer Threatens To Boycott FBI Confirmation If No Special Prosecutor Named

Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., told NBC's "Meet the Press ". On Sunday, the senator again called on Trump to release his tax returns. "The nominee should be not a partisan politician, not part of either party", Schumer said on CNN's " State of the Union ".

White House Spokeswoman Backs President Trump's Claim about Comey

Trump said he had planned to fire Comey for some time, but "there's no good time to do it by the way". Trump told Holt he asked Comey. But Democrats argue that they are concerned that Trump dismissed Comey in order to quash the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates are involved.

Trump Says He Planned to Fire 'Showboat' FBI Chief All Along

A White House official told CNN that officials at the highest levels, including the president, are monitoring Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' performances as she substitutes for Spicer in the briefing room. "I'm sure upon reflection of this action, he will submit his letter of resignation for the nation's good", Cohen wrote . As the Washington Post reports , the decidedly freaky situation involving Sean Spicer and some bushes (or a "tall hedge") played out ...

Kapil Mishra, on hunger strike against Arvind Kejriwal, attacked

He further condemned the rumours where the AAP members alleged that Mishra himself planned the attack. "He is part of the Bharatiya Yuva Morcha.We don't support violence of any kind", AAP leader Sanjay Singh was quoted by NDTV as saying. Mishra had on Sunday accused Kejriwal of taking Rs20 million from a Cabinet colleague, a charge refuted by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. "You (Kejriwal) have said the party doesn't have money to fight elections".

Trump Says He Might Name New FBI Director This Week

Rosenstein. The US president lashed out at Comey on Friday, tweeting that he 'better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!' "In fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", he said.

Trump confident he can broker Mid East peace

The P.A. "needs to recognize the state of the Jews just like they are demanding from us that we recognize the state of the Palestinians", Netanyahu has stated; Abbas has long rejected the demand. That has sparked speculation about a meeting among the three. A caricature in the daily depicts Abbas, dressed in his underwear, begging to a Donald Trump dressed as the Statue of Liberty.

Hamas Stands in Solidarity with Hunger-Striking Palestinians

A former prime minister in the Gaza Strip's Hamas-run government, Haniyeh was chosen as group leader in an internal election held Saturday. The two groups had a violent falling out in 2007, when Hamas fighters ousted Fatah from the Gaza Strip.

Labour's Emily Thornberry tells defence secretary Michael Fallon he is talking 'b******s'

Asked if she had put Mr Corbyn "back in his box" over Nato, Ms Thornberry said: 'You will see from the manifesto our commitment to Nato is clear. "There's an election on and people need to make decisions based on the truth". The Labour leader, who has said he would not "automatically" send United Kingdom troops to support a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member which came under attack and has previously voices his opposition to the alliance, now accepted the will of the party that the ...

Arvind Kejriwal directs authorities to formulate a plan for making Delhi mosquito

We will have to get rid of mosquito-borne diseases. "It is only possible with people's participation", Mr Kejriwal tweeted. Steps are taken every year to provide treatment to those who suffer from vector-borne diseases. They addedthat they will also conduct surprise inspections in areas under their jurisdiction. "This year, from the beginning MCD is keeping a track of all cases", said a government official.

Trump's broadside at 'showboating' Comey

Rosenstein's written critique of the former director, and Sessions' concurrence, both dated May 9, argued that Comey erred while managing the FBI's investigation a year ago of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Sen. Graham: Trump Needs to 'Back Off' FBI, Its Investigation

The US leader has asked the unnamed Washington law firm to send a letter to a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee making clear he has no connections to the Kremlin, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said . So, that's all I know. Lindsay Graham, the chairman of the subcomittee, as to whether he had seen evidence of collusion. I don't think they changed the outcome.

1 in 5 United Kingdom health trusts affected by cyberattack

He says "today, it happened to 10,000 computers. there's no barrier to do it tomorrow to 100 million computers". "The technology changes, the vulnerabilities change". Looks like the spread of the WannaCry ransomware that affected almost ninety nine countries and thousands of computers has been curtailed - at least for now.

2 militants killed in encounter with security forces in J&K's Kupwara

From the slain terrorists, two AK series rifle and a large quantity of ammunition was recovered, said the police official adding that the search operation by the security forces is on in the area to track any more terrorists. On Saturday two civilians including a 13-year-old girl were killed in heavy cross-border shelling which India blamed on Pakistan. Most of the local militants are in southern districts of the Valley while foreigners dominate northern areas.

Trump contradicts White House on Comey firing reasons

McCabe said it is not standard FBI practice to tell someone he or she is or isn't under investigation. Reporters also peppered Spicer with questions about whether Trump was recording in the Oval Office and Spicer responded that he had nothing further to say.

AAP takes EVM protest to Election Commission

The attack on machines came against the backdrop of the AAP losing Punjab and Goa assembly polls and the April 23 civic body elections in Delhi. Apart from demanding that voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)-equipped EVMs be used, the party will approach the EC with the request that votes registered in EVMs and paper trails of 25 per cent randomly chosen booths be tallied, Rai said.