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Moon makes easing tensions on Korean peninsula top priority

Moon also begins his term facing several domestic challenges, including the aftermath of the huge corruption scandal that saw his predecessor Park Geun-Hye impeached and swept from power. Moon faces a divided parliament in which his Democratic Party lacks a majority. Earlier this month, South Korean officials said the THAAD system was already operating, and experts say it will be extremely hard now for Moon to ask Washington to withdraw it.

EBRD rejects Russian challenge on lending freeze

The EBRD said Turkey's growth is projected to moderate further to 2.6 percent in 2017, reflecting worsening investor sentiment compounded by the downgrade of Turkey's sovereign rating to sub-investment-grade level. The economist explained that the ruble too has enjoyed stabilization, appreciating by about 6.6% against the U.S. dollar and 3% against the euro in the last three months.

Man who surrendered after long standoff charged in killing

Trenton Police told NBC10 members of the U.S. Marshals Service Joint Regional Fugitive Task Force were initially at the house to serve a warrant when Reese opened fire. Shots were fired around 6:45 a.m., the report states. The barricade situation - with state police, local police, SWAT teams, U.S. marshals and prosecutors on the scene - continued into early Thursday morning, gunfire ringing out overnight.

Small Explosion Near Rome Post Office Damages Car, No Injuries

Italian policeman inspect the site where an explosive device blasted off near a post office in Rome, Friday, May 12, 2017. The police have said the situation is under control, and no one was hurt in the incident. Police investigate the possibility that the bombs were controlled by remote controlled devices. The post office , an imposing, 1930s Fascist-era building that is often studied by architecture students, remained opened throughout the incident.

Trump Calls Comey A 'Showboat,' Denies Colluding With Russia

Comey's firing Tuesday shocked many in Washington and came as he was reportedly expanding the score of the FBI's probe into possible election ties between Russian Federation and Trump's team. The chairman and top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee abruptly left the hearing Thursday to meet with Rosenstein, who is McCabe's boss. Mr Trump told NBC that "the FBI has been in turmoil" since previous year, apparently a reference to the controversy over how an investigation over the ...

Duterte, ASEAN leaders pull back from South China Sea dispute

It's a non-issue. Why press it? "It is not about an independent foreign policy". The draft does not refer to the arbitral ruling, consistent with the current Philippine position. Main points of 2017 Chairman's Statement on regional and worldwide issues. On the political and security front, Duterte cited traditional and non-traditional security issues that test Asean's resolve to promote peace, stability, security and prosperity in the region.

South Korea's new leader discusses North Korea, defense system with China's Xi

Tensions in Korean Peninsula escalated in recent months after Pyongyang conducted a number of nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches. Last month, North Korea reconvened the Foreign Affairs Committee, which was abolished in the late 1990s, in what analysts saw as an attempt to improve relations with the outside world amid its deepening isolation.

Andrew McCabe undercuts White House on Comey firing

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. Trump wrote in one of six tweets that began at 7:15 a.m. He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, "for the sake of accuracy".

Russian photographer's visit to Oval Office raises security concerns

The Lavrov meeting came just hours after Mr Trump fired his Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey , the man responsible for investigating allegations of collusion between the Republican leader's team and Russian Federation. There had been no plans to immediately broadcast images from the meeting, the official said. Tillerson and Lavrov made a brief appearance Wednesday morning for a photo-op, and as Tillerson began to lead his guest back behind closed doors, Lavrov responded ...

Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, jokes about Comey firing

He said the focus of his discussions had been on creating so-called de-escalation zones inside Syria. "Very simply he was not doing a good job", Mr. You may remember Trump was once positively gleeful about the FBI's investigation of Clinton, basking in "lock her up" chants at campaign stops across the country a year ago.

Acting FBI Head Undercuts White House Claims on Comey, Probe

In ways both overt and subtle, the acting director of the FBI on Thursday undermined White House explanations for the firing of former Director James Comey and contradicted the administration's characterizations of an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.

South Korea to Send Envoys to China to Discuss THAAD, North Korea

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, made the call after liberal politician Moon Jae-in was sworn in as South Korea's new president on Wednesday. South Korea and the U.S. began deploying the THAAD system in March and it has since become operational. Moon has said he wants to review that decision.

Donald Trump and James Comey: A timeline

Trump's interview was released on the same day the interim head of the FBI told the US Congress that Comey's sacking would not derail the Russian Federation investigation. Trump, especially amid the Russian Federation investigation. Senator Mark Warner, the Democratic committee vice chairman, said he was "offended" by Mr Trump's comment that Mr Comey was a "showboater".

New South Korean leader gets White House invite from Trump

Japan has been concerned that Moon will take a tough line on feuds stemming from its 1910-1945 colonization of the Korean Peninsula and could fray ties at a time when cooperation over North Korea is vital. Many analysts say Moon likely won't pursue drastic rapprochement policies because North Korea's nuclear program has progressed significantly since he was in the Roh government a decade ago.

Kosovo government falls after losing no-confidence vote

In a speech to the parliament in Pristina ahead of the vote, Mustafa said his government had done a good job in tackling unemployment and maintaining a low public debt. Veseli says the 78-34 vote "is needed for Kosovo to open exciting new chapters of our history". The government has been hobbled by its inability to secure a parliamentary majority to back a border demarcation deal with neighbouring Montenegro, despite pressure from the US government.

South Georgia Wildfire Grows

The fire is still spreading, and Coffee County Fire Chief Steve Carver said when all is said and done the inferno will be much like the wildfires that plagued that swamp and decoyed thousands upon thousands of acres back in 2007 and 2011. "We have a lot of handsome greenery in this city and we want to make sure that doesn't go up in flames". Helicopters dumping water and tanker planes spraying fire retardant managed to keep the fire from St.

Largest Airline Relocation in LAX History to Begin

On Wednesday, Hawaiian's Team Kokua employee volunteers will be stationed at both terminals throughout the day to help guide and welcome guests to its Terminal 5 location. It is part of a larger effort that began when American Airlines and Delta Air Lines swapped four gates in Terminals 5 and 6 at the end of January. Air Canada (from Terminal 2 to Terminal 6), Hawaiian (from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5) and JetBlue (from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5).

I Was Going To Fire Comey Anyway

The Senate intelligence committee is also subpoenaing a number of Trump's associates for documents related to an investigation into Russia's interference in the election. The dinner described by Comey's associates came in the early days of Trump's administration, as the FBI was investigating Russian meddling in the election and possible ties to Trump's campaign.

May and Corbyn to trade blows as General Election campaign turns nasty

May's Conservatives see Corbyn's opposition to military intervention and nuclear weapons as a major weakness to be exploited in the election campaign. "If you put your trust in me, back me, I will work every day to build a Britain our children and grandchildren are proud to call home - a stronger Britain, where everyone has the economic security they need and the chance to live a secure and happy life, a fairer Britain that works for everyone, not just a privileged few".

Trump and Abbas vow 'historic' peace deal

Trump said his role in any negotiations would be as "an arbitrator, a mediator and a facilitator". Trump renounced U.S. support for a Palestinian state and vowed to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, breaking two tenets of U.S. Questions have been raised about Trump's choice of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who entered the White House with no government experience, to oversee Middle East peace efforts, along with Trump's longtime business lawyer, Jason Greenblatt, as on-the-ground ...

South Korea's Moon Jae-in sworn in vowing to address North

The date was not set for a potential visit by Moon. The Trump administration has warned that "the era of strategic patience is over" when it comes to the growing nuclear threat from the communist regime of North Korea . president changed tone last week, saying he would be "honoured" to meet the North's young ruler, Kim Jong-Un. "He (Mr Moon) said he saw a need for the two countries to work together and wisely overcome historical disputes including the comfort women issue, while separately ...

Trump says he was always going to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director

The conversation that night in January, Comey now believes, was a harbinger of his downfall this week as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to two people who have heard his account of the dinner. An she repeated her assertion, "the only person that can fire Comey was the president". That's far different from the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing.

Palestinians Riot as Hunger Strike Drags On

The clashes broke out at a checkpoint at the entrance to Ramallah and near the Israeli settlement of Beit El, the site of regular demonstrations against the occupation. Earlier this week, Israel's prison service released footage to illustrate their point. However, a committee formed to support the Palestinian hunger strikers quickly denounced the footage, calling the video's release part of an Israeli "war of lies" to discredit the prisoner movement.

S. Korea's Moon to send delegation to China amid frayed ties

Regional experts have believed for months that North Korea was preparing for its sixth nuclear test and was working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA, presenting Trump with one of his most pressing security issues.

Puerto Rico Makes Unprecedented Move To Restructure Tens Of Billions In Debt

Puerto Rico now owes its creditors a whopping $70 billion, far higher than Detroit's $18 billion bankruptcy in 2013. "We're going to protect our people", the governor said hours after the USA territory was hit with multiple lawsuits from creditors seeking to recuperate the millions of dollars they invested in bonds issued by Puerto Rico's government, which has declared several defaults amid a 10-year recession.

More than 80 girls are freed in a Boko Haram prisoner swap

Alhassan, who said this at a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, said the girls would afterwards go for psycho-social therapy and refresher courses. The mass abduction of almost 300 schoolgirls from a boarding school three years ago brought world attention to Boko Haram's deadly rampage in northern Nigeria.

North Korea to seek extraditions over alleged Kim Jong-un assassination plot

The advisory comes two days after Pyongyang confirmed it has detained a fourth USA citizen. He even helped arrange a summit between his mentor, former President Roh Moo-hyun, and then-North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2007. -South Korean cooperation on North Korea. The Trump administration has signaled it wouldn't rule out a pre-emptive strike to halt Kim's weapons programs.

Korean president hints at scrapping deal with Japan over sexual slavery

Beijing has been upset by the installation of USA missile-defense system in South Korea that was approved by Moon's conservative predecessor as a hedge against North Korea. China sees it as a threat to its security and has called for its withdrawal, but has also denied it was doing anything to retaliate against South Korean businesses.

Trump asked FBI director three times if he was target of investigations

When asked by ABC News today whether he thinks a special prosecutor will be appointed, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, said "I hope so". On Thursday , the New York Times gave more insight into that dinner meeting, citing two sources close to Comey, nearly all of which the White House denies.

N Korea reports on South's presidential election

Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea has just been elected South Korea's new president. South Korea's new president says he is scrapping government-authored history textbooks ordered by his predecessor. South Korea's new president launched global efforts to defuse tension over North Korea's weapons development on Thursday, urging both dialogue and sanctions while also aiming to ease China's anger about a US anti-missile system.

Netanyahu slams 'absurd' United Nations vote on Jerusalem

Tuesday's resolution, passed on the day that Israel was celebrating its independence, calls on Israel to rescind any "legislative and administrative measures and actions" it has taken to "alter the character and status" of Jerusalem. The result marked an improvement for Israel, which has previously found itself with little worldwide support besides the Unites States . "Israel will not sit by while the organization calls for the denial of our sovereignty in Jerusalem ", he said.

Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'

The message Tuesday from Senate's health care working group, however, was: Don't hold your breath. It is called the Veterans Health Administration, a health care system in which patients are dying while they wait for care. "Failure to enforce the Individual Mandate makes it far more likely that healthier, younger individuals will drop coverage and drive up the cost for everyone else", CareFirst said in a statement.

Moon to Xi: Let's Talk

The missile defence system's deployment has hit tourism hard, with visitor inflow from China plunging 40 per cent in March from a year ago to 360,782, the Korea Tourism Organisation said. Moon, a former human-rights lawyer, also stressed the importance of the decades-old alliance between the two countries amid concerns that they may face friction over how to deal with North Korea.

Acting FBI director contradicts White House's claim about Comey's support within bureau

Before his firing, Comey is said to have asked Rosenstein for more funding so the FBI could pursue its investigation of ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. I am not under investigation". Burr said that he and Warner told Rosenstein that their investigation "could not go forward without an understanding of the rules of the road".

PM Modi interacts with representatives of Ceylon Workers' Congress

Last time Modi visited Sri Lanka, he made a highly symbolic trip to the war-ravaged north in a demonstration of support for Sri Lanka's mostly Hindu Tamil minority, who share close cultural and religious ties with counterparts living in southern India.