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Trump threatens to cancel press briefings

The last in a series of early-morning tweets, the President said: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Mr Trump's comments seemed motivated by recent reports of a post-inauguration meeting with Mr Comey , in which Mr Trump is said to have demanded his Federal Bureau of Investigation director's loyalty.

Ransomware cyber attack 'likely to spread rapidly on Monday'

Images appear on victims' screens demanding payment of $300 (275 euros) in the virtual currency Bitcoin, saying: "Ooops, your files have been encrypted!" But the patch will work only if the systems are updated. The U.S. government says more than 4,000 ransomware attacks happen every day . Bad guys generally target Windows far more than Apple's operating system because there are vastly more computers running Windows around the world.

Sinclair Broadcasting to buy Tribune Media in $3.9 billion deal

Sinclair already owns 173 local news stations, and the Tribune purchase will push that number to 215. Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest USA broadcaster, will acquire Tribune Media Co., in a deal worth almost $4 billion. Negotiations between Sinclair and Tribune Media have not yet been finalized, and there is still a possibility the deal will not be reached, the sources cautioned.The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.

Climate envoys meet in Bonn amid concern over United States stance

During the conversation, Macron told Trump that climate change was a crucial and sensitive issue for the French people and he would defend an global agreement crafted in Paris in 2015, the spokesperson said. Fiji, which holds the presidency of the upcoming climate summit, said it was important to press ahead with the talks. "There's no question that if the United States withdraws it is going to create difficulties.in the negotiations", Paula Caballero of the World Resources Institute ...

Netanyahu Reaffirms Israel's Commitment to Pursue "a Genuine Peace"

He did express hope however that there is potential to create change and seek real peace. As a package, that formulation has been a non-starter for Israel , which itself has shown no sign since Mr Trump took office of backing off on any of its own longstanding fixed positions.

North Korea says CIA tried to assassinate Kim Jong-Un with biochemicals

North Korea has accused the Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea of a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un with "biochemical substances". The CIA and Seoul's Intelligence Services (IS) had "ideologically corrupted and bribed a DPRK citizen surnamed Kim" to carry out the attack on Kim Jong-un, the statement said.

China's President Pledged $124 Billion For A New Silk Road

Responding to a question about the meetings of the Prime Minister with Chinese leadership, he said by attending the Belt and Road Forum together, the four chief ministers gave a positive signal to the Chinese leadership that the entire nation was united on close friendly and economic relations between Pakistan and with China.

Evacuations of rebels from last Damascus stronghold begins

Rebels had held onto a number of neighborhoods on the edge of Damascus since the early days of the uprising, representing the most threatening opposition presence near the government's seat of power. The regime denies this claim. The army assault entered a higher gear in recent months in Barzeh and Qaboun, ending a local truce that had been in place with rebels there since 2014 and shutting access to a network of underground tunnels which supplied besieged east Ghouta, causing supplies to ...

Cook County Jail inmates can have pizza delivered to cell, report says

Smith denied that offering the service was "coddling the detainees", adding that the revenue generated from the sales will support the programme, which is monitored by Sheriff Tom Dart. The program began on April 20. The goal is to provide those inmates with skills which can be used following their release from the medium security facility.

South Africa's ANC wants minister to reverse Eskom CEO decision - papers

Meanwhile, Zuma's opponents in the ANC may feel that the party's national executive committee will have to discuss this when it meets in two weeks time. In the wake of the public protector's report, Molefe resigned "in the interest of good corporate governance" and to "clear" his name. Click on the above video for legal opinion on the proposed R30-million pension payout for Molefe.

Melissa McCarthy Spotted Driving Spicer's Podium Through NYC

McCarthy, who has played Spicer on " Saturday Night Live ", is preparing to reprise her role as Spicer and has already released an ad teasing Spicer's return to the show, the Hill reported . To get back to his office, Spicer would have to pass a swarm of reporters wanting to know why President Trump suddenly made a decision to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

In a private dinner, Trump demanded loyalty. Comey demurred

McCabe also pointed out the remarkable nature of Trump's version of his conversations with Comey. The president did not mention a loyalty pledge request. Trump had been losing confidence in Comey for months and had been considering firing him since Election Day, she said: "But he did have a conversation with the deputy attorney general on Monday where they had come to him to express their concerns".

Florida drama teacher charged with raping former student in back of vehicle

Broward Sheriff's spokesman Gina Carter said: 'When she was questioned about what they were doing and if they had, in fact, engaged in sexual acts, she denied being engaged in these sexual acts. Broward County Public Schools released a statement saying that their teacher, Stigger has been administratively reassigned away from the school, and will not be permitted access to students.

Top Leader: Iran Will 'slap' Anyone Causing Election Unrest

The Iranian officials unanimously called the missile tests "inalienable right" of the country to boost deterrent power. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments came as the country's intelligence minister said his agents already disrupted one plot to cause disruptions.

THAAD Deployment: What to Expect From South Korea's New President

Solid national security comes from strong national defense power. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed Friday to jointly deal with a spread of trade protectionism in the global market, Moon's presidential office said.

President Trump to Name Callista Gingrich Ambassador to Vatican

The president will meet with Pope Francis in Rome on May 24. The White House hopes to formally nominate Gingrich as soon as this week. Callista Gingrich is the Trump administration's favorite to serve as the ambassador to The Vatican, CNN reported .

Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as France's president

Macron, who was an unknown before being made economy minister in 2014, took over from President Francois Hollande, the Socialist whose five years in power were plagued by stubborn unemployment and bloody terror attacks. Hollande defended his unpopular presidency in a series of tweets minutes after leaving the Elysee presidential palace in the hands of his successor and protege, Emmanuel Macron .

Trump Suggests He Could Handle Press Briefings Instead Of Sean Spicer

In July 2016, he publicly stated that Mrs Clinton had been careless but not criminal in handling sensitive material on her private email server, and that she should not be prosecuted. That being said, though 90 percent of respondents were aware of Trump's firing of Comey, a total of a third said they didn't know enough about the story to have an opinion, which seems like a lot of people either not paying much attention or still unwilling to form an opinion, despite the wall-to-wall media ...

Trump Sends Chilling Twitter Warning to Comey

Mr McCabe, giving evidence to Congress in place of his fired boss, told legislators that the counter-intelligence investigation dismissed by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders as "one of the smallest things" on the FBI's plate was actually "highly significant".

North Korea tests missile, raises new fears in Pacific

North Korea said on Monday it had successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test on Sunday, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead". Trump's national security adviser, HR McMaster, had phone conversations with his counterparts in Japan and South Korea to discuss the situation. The statement says the US maintains its "ironclad commitment" to stand with its allies in the face of the serious ...

North Korea missile test posed no threat to Russia: Russian defense minister

Moon won Tuesday's election on a platform of a moderate approach to North Korea and has said he would be willing to go to Pyongyang under the right circumstances, arguing dialogue must be used in parallel with sanctions. The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft supercarrier, is also engaging with South Korean navy ships in waters off the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.

With book, Ivanka Trump must walk complicated ethical line

This kind of scrutiny has long dogged Ivanka, who has spent most of her professional career working in her father's real estate company and then on his reality TV show. Five days later, the White House announced her decision to accept a role as an employee of the White House. There are plenty of snaps of Ivanka with her three kids - Arabella , Joseph and Theodore - alongside photos of her going about her daily business engagements.

Serena Williams hints she is pregnant

Her representative also confirmed to Reuters that Williams would not be playing any professional tennis for the remainder of this year but that she's looking forward to returning to the game in 2018. She holds 39 major titles, the most amongst active players. That made her the first mother to win a major singles title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980, setting the stage for a final act that included two more grand slam titles and a return to the No1 ranking.

Global cyber attack hits systems in 150 countries

And more local computer systems are expected to be hit. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday night ordered his homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, to convene an "emergency meeting" to assess the threat posed by the global attack, a senior administration official told Reuters.

Kejriwal's PS summoned by ACB in tanker scam

Earlier, Mishra submitted documents related to the tanker scam to the ACB, while saying that he also apprised the agency about the misuse of the money by the Delhi government. He is now hospitalised after he fainted during a press conference in which he revealed purported details of alleged financial irregularities committed by the Aam Aadmi Party for its donations.

E girl raped by 3 men in moving car

As she reached near her house, she was dragged by three men into their Swift vehicle. "As per her statement, she went to Connaught Place on Saturday night and watched a movie and had some drinks in a pub with her friend named, Lohit". She was sent for a medical examination the same day, whose report is awaited. An FIR was lodged against three unknown people, under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine person), 376D (gang rape) and 506 ...

Senator says AG shouldn't question Federal Bureau of Investigation aspirants

Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl around Trump's dismissal of Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Trump campaign aides' contacts with Russian Federation and whether there was any collusion in the alleged meddling of the 2016 USA election by Moscow.

ICJ president seeks Pak's cooperation in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has announced that it will hold the proceedings launched by India against Pakistan in the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue on May 15 . According to reports furnished in Indian media, the ICJ has stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence. Jadhav, 46, was given death sentence last month by the Field General Court Martial in Pakistan, evoking a sharp reaction in India which warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the "pre-meditated ...

5 things we learned from the Russian Grand Prix

But when contact between the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne and the Williams of Felipe Massa left the former stranded in the gravel on lap 33, Hamilton used the resulting virtual safety auto period to make his final stop. "At the end I was able to manage the soft tires". Both Raikkonen and Verstappen were unable to continue, and while Bottas solidered on - indeed he played a crucial role in assisting Hamilton's victory by holding Vettel up in the opening phase of the race - he later ...

Comey sacking: Trump urged to hand over any tapes

At least eight candidates have been interviewed for the post, which was vacated when Trump fired Comey last week. When CNN's Jake Tapper asked if he meant "internally from the president?" One leading contender is Sen. "We can make a fast decision", Trump told reporters Saturday aboard Air Force One before flying to Lynchburg, Virginia to deliver a commencement address at Liberty University.

200000 cyberattack victims in 150-plus states - Europol

The hackers remain anonymous for now, but it appears that they are amateurs. "Seeing a large telco like Telefonica get hit is going to get everybody anxious", said Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer with cyber security firm Veracode.

Iraq, US in Talks to Keep American Troops After ISIS Fight

Since the US combat mission ended in 2014, Afghan forces have managed to secure control just over 60 percent of the country. The Iraqi army said on 30 April that it aimed to complete the battle for Mosul, the largest city to have fallen under Daesh control in both Iraq and Syria, by the end of this month.

South Korea's Moon says willing to go to North

In his first key appointments, Moon named two liberal veterans with ties to the 2000s "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with North Korea to the posts of prime minister and spy chief. Relations between China and South Korea have worsened since the United States and South Korea jointly announced the deployment of the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system on July 8, 2016.

White House denies Comey loyalty pledge — Federal Bureau of Investigation chief sacking

In a weird interview taped hours after introducing the idea of scrapping the briefing altogether, Trump said he was serious about the possibility to "just don't have them". "I just find it one of the most astonishing weeks that I've ever covered in this town." We don't have them. "Every step he's taken this week has cut into the credibility of this White House, the trust of the people inside the White House, and clearly I think the trust that the American people pay to this President and to ...

Canadian security strategist has tips on how to avoid a cyberattack

It is not yet clear if any country in the Middle East region has been a victim of the latest cyber-attacks. Hackers are threatening the users that if they do not pay within the set deadline they will delete all the files on the users' systems, however, governments are asking the citizens not to pay the ransom, as it would encourage the hackers to go for more such attacks.