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North Korea accuses U.S., South Korea of plotting to kill leader

Pyongyang alleged that a USA backed terrorist group infiltrated North Korea in order to use "radioactive substances and nano-poisonous substances" to target Kim Jong Un during the Day of the Sun military parade on April 15. But the statement, which described the suspect as "human scum", warned: "Criminals going hell-bent to realise such a pipe dream can not survive on this land even a moment".

United Kingdom school plans to introduce gender-neutral uniforms

At present, Highgate schoolgirls can wear grey pants, dark blue jackets and ties but boys cannot choose the grey pleated skirts that girls are allowed and have to wait until they are 16 to wear earrings. Highgate School is holding a conference next month called "The Developing Teenager" which will examine how teachers should approach issues raised by "cis", "trans", and "gender neutral" students.

Israel slashes UNESCO funds by 1 mln after resolution

He thanked the countries that supported Israel, "but I would especially like to thank the Italian Foreign Minister and Prime Minister". The representatives of three countries did not come to the vote. "For the first time in UNESCO, more countries voted to oppose or abstained than voted in favor, and of course this is important", he said. Likud ruling party officials also urged Netanyahu in a letter they sent to him to oust the United Nations from its current headquarters.

Trump warns former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief against talking to the media

Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, who is the current Senate majority whip and a former Texas attorney general, is also in the running. Former FBI Director James Comey will not testify before the Senate intelligence committee next week, according to the panel's vice chairman, Democratic Sen.

United Kingdom government in dark over who is behind cyber attack

Security experts tempered the alarm bells by saying that widespread attacks are tough to pull off. "Or we could potentially see copycats mimic the delivery or exploit method they used". That affordable move redirected the attacks to MalwareTech's server, which operates as a "sinkhole" to keep malware from escaping. Also, the kill switch won't help anyone whose computer was already infected.

N Korea test-fires missile, challenging new leader in South

The White House issued a statement late Saturday saying that North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for too long", and that the latest "provocation" should serve as a call for all nations to implement stronger sanctions against the North. On Saturday, a top North Korean diplomat in charge of US relations, Choe Son Hui, told reporters in Beijing that Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set".

Emmanuel Macron sworn in as new French president

All 577 seats in the Assembly are up for grabs. In a meeting with members of his campaign team on February 22, Macron told them that he was about to get an endorsement from Francois Bayrou, a centrist former three-time presidential candidate whose support helped boost Macron's campaign.

India likely to skip Belt and Road summit in China today

India has objected to Chinese state-owned companies working in the Pakistani-held part of Kashmir, the Himalayan region claimed by both sides. India sees the project, particularly CPEC, a geo-strategic project by China to limit its influence in South Asia.

North Korea launches ballistic missile amid United States concerns

The foreign ministry said in a statement to the Associated Press that the situation on the Korean peninsula was "complex and sensitive". Xi and Putin discussed in detail about the situation on the Korean Peninsula during their one-to-one meeting on the sidelines of the Silk Road conference, according to the Russian news agency Tass.

China, Pak. ink pacts ahead of summit

So far, the initiative has won support from more than 100 countries and global organizations, of which over 40 have signed cooperation agreements with China. Xi, however, described CPEC as a "multi-dimensional infrastructure network". "This will not overshadow (the summit) in an enormous way but it will absolutely continue to raise United States frustrations with Beijing", he said, adding that Washington was "frustrated" that North Korea was also invited to the summit.

Buy Baguette 'in Francs' after a Le Pen Victory, Says Party Official

Far-left politician Jean-Luc Melenchon joined the march to applause from protesters. In a speech before Paris's gilded statue of Joan of Arc, his heroine, Mr Le Pen urged French voters to back his daughter in Sunday's run-off. He said her rival, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, "wants to dynamize the economy, but he is among those who dynamited it". Ygal El Harrar, head of En Marche! in the United Kingdom, says the movement will not only campaign "against a racist party" but also to ...

Multiple evacuation alerts and orders rescinded in BC's Central Okanagan

It said people in low-lying areas such as the Okanagan Lakeshore or Kelowna's downtown core should take measures to protect their properties. Environment Canada warned storms packing up to 70 millimetres of rain are expected by Friday and could drop a further 20 to 30 millimetres across northern regions by Saturday.

What James Comey's firing reveals about the Trump White House

I would really ask everyone tonight to read Mr Rosenstein's memo. President Trump lashed out at the "fake media " in a Friday morning tweetstorm - defending his spokespeople for inaccuracies in their accounts of his dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

Macron to become France's new president

The newly-resigned officer, who has previously worked as a paratrooper and martial arts expert, is now standing in a constituency within eastern Paris suburbs for Mr Macron's party. It is virtually a rite of passage for French leaders to make their first European trip to meet the leader of the other half of the so-called "motor" of the EU.

Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as French president

Further underscoring a commitment to France's military and peacekeeping role in the Middle East and Africa, he visited wounded service personnel in the military hospital. Emmanuel Macron was sworn in today as France's new president, becoming the youngest president in the country's history. His Republic on the Move movement has announced an initial list of 428 candidates for the 577 seats up for grabs in France's lower house of parliament in a vote in June.

Japan says N. Korea may have tested new missile

North Korea has been testing missiles at a rapid rate over the past year, apparently working toward leader Kim Jong Un's ambition to develop an ICBM that can reach the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping expressed concern about rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. But China, the isolated North's sole major ally and economic lifeline, has been reluctant to upset the status quo in Pyongyang and risk an influx of refugees from its neighbour.

North Korea ballistic missile launch challenges new leader in Seoul

South Korea needs to show the north that even though talks are possible, it will only be possible if North Korea changes its attitude, the President told staff at the meeting. "Our military is closely monitoring for provocative movements by North Korea and is maintaining all readiness postures", a statement from the military said.

White House Says Hillary Clinton 'Would Have Fired Comey Immediately'

News of President Donald Trump's decision to sack Mr Comey dropped on the same day a grand jury issued subpoenas in the FBI's investigation into alleged Russian links to the Trump campaign. "He's very familiar with the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he made a decision, clearly, based on the letter that he submitted, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director had lost his confidence".

United States says it supports China's infrastructure connectivity plan

India treats the entire Jammu and Kashmir as its integralpart. Pandey said the two countries had been in discussions for the past five months about the project, which could cost US$7-8 billion and take up to eight years to complete. Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey also spoke at the opening ceremony. Making a U-turn from its earlier position, the U.S.

Emmanuel Macron being sworn in as new French president

Outside the Elysee, few dozen supporters waved French tricolor and European blue flags at the arrival of the new president. He said he would convince the people that "the power of France is not declining - that we are on the brink of a great renaissance".

Pentagon chief Mattis questions Syria 'Safe Zones'

The armed opposition, instead, is highly critical of the proposal, saying it lacks legitimacy. "All these details are to be worked out, and we're engaged". Otherwise, forced movements are prohibited and may be war crimes, he said. Local "reconciliation" deals that the government is pursuing with rebels were an alternative to that, he said.

I was going to fire Comey regardless of the DOJ's recommendation

Including the caption "We finally agree on something Rosie", Trump retweeted a December post by O'Donnell calling for Comey to be fired. "I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately".

Izaguirre wins Stage 8 of Giro; Jungels stays in pink

My shoulder popped out. Nairoman, who has said he aims to win this year's Tour de France, the most prestigious cycling race of all, has shown the world and his rivals he is in excellent condition to do just that. With 10km left to the summit finish Thomas was nearly three minutes down and bleeding from cuts on both arms. Thomas added: "We were all racing, then someone in front of me hits a motorbike".

China pledges $124 bln for new Silk Road, says open to everyone

Also China will encourage financial institutions to conduct overseas RMB fund business with an estimated amount of 300 billion yuan (about Dollars 43.5 billion), Xi said. The US-based organisation said Chinese authorities have "heightened surveillance and repression to prevent potential unrest that could impede" Belt and Road plans in the western Xinjiang region.

Theresa May says not taking local election triumph for granted

The ruling Conservative Party seems to be gaining local council seats according to preliminary resul. Monday's survey for the Guardian newspaper put support for the Conservatives at 49 percent, up two points from the previous ICM/Guardian poll last week, with Labour down one point at 27 percent.

Trump hopes for 'terrific' peace deal in Middle East

Hosting Abbas at the White House, Trump said he would do " whatever is necessary " to bring together the Palestinians and Israelis, who have been warring over the same small patch of land for generations. H.R. McMaster said the president's novel style coupled with the threat posed by the Islamic State and Iran could bring about Israeli-Arab peace. The payments, established in the 1990s by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and continued by the Palestinian Authority, have prompted ...

Paul Ryan: 'Rescue Mission' is Underway for Health Care

It brings long overdue reform to Medicaid, whose spiraling costs threaten to bankrupt states and the federal government. "The Republican health plan provides families with more choices, better coverage, and lower premiums", the spot says, describing the plan as one that eliminates "expensive mandates" and protects people with pre-existing conditions - a sticking point of the health care debate.

Trump threatens Comey in Twitter outburst

The other main path is through Congress. Lawmakers are obviously unprepared just yet to initiate impeachment proceedings, but they may be coming closer to creating a bipartisan select committee to carry out the investigation Trump was evidently determined to keep the FBI from conducting.

Austria's chancellor says he expects early election in fall

It comes after months of disagreements between Mr Kern's Social Democrats and the People's Party on policy reform. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who is widely expected to take over as leader of the conservative People's Party, has said he wants to hold a snap election, which Kern opposes.

Telefonica, other Spanish firms caught in ransomware attack

The operator said it had not impacted clients or services. A "massive" ransomware attack has paralysed work at various Spanish firms. "Seeing a large telco like Telefonica get hit is going to get everybody anxious". "And some of them may not be well prepared for such attacks", Camacho said. Allan Liska, senior solutions architect at security company Recorded Future said this ransomware first appeared on 31 March but the version that is rapidly spreading has some significant changes, ...

Worldwide concern after latest North Korea missile test

At the same time, the US Pacific Command said that it had detected and tracked the North Korean missile launch, but there was no confirmation that it was an intercontinental ballistic missile. China's foreign ministry has expressed opposition to North Korea's test-launch of a ballistic missile and called on all sides to exercise restraint.

'Cannot Imagine That Russia is Pleased': President Trump on DPRK's Missile Test

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told reporters there is a possibility that it was a new type of ballistic missile, saying it flew Sunday for about 30 minutes and an altitude exceeding 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles). Moon, unlike his conservative predecessors, advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang but warned Sunday that dialogue would be possible "only if the North changes its attitude".

N.Korea tests S.Korean leader's resolve with missile

The latest test was the North's first launch since a controversial U.S. missile defence system deployed in the South became operational on May 2. Yoon Young-chan, a spokesperson for Moon Jae-in, said that the South Korean president described it as a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions and said that it was "a severe challenge to the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the world".

CORRECTED: Venezuela hopes no country hinders China's 'fantastic' Silk Road initiative

Germany warned on Sunday it will not sign a joint statement at China's Belt and Road initiative if a pact doesn't include guarantees on free trade and fair competition, the nation's minister of economic affairs and energy said. "But today, these places are often associated with conflict, turbulence, crisis and have many challenges." said Xi. "I know the United States has been among those countries apparently most skeptical", said Paulson, who was in office in 2006-09.

North Korea reports on South`s Presidential Election

Chinese President Xi Jinping extended the invitation to the Belt and Road conference in Beijing during a telephone call on Thursday with new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Moon's spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, told a briefing on Friday. During the 40-minute conversation, he also proposed sending a special delegation to Beijing that will "exclusively discuss the THAAD and the North's nuclear issues", Yoon said.

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