Author: 0 Iran's Reformist ex-President Endorses Rouhani

Eshaq Jahangiri, one of Rouhani's vice presidents, is expected to leave the race to help his boss. The number of eligible voters in the upcoming elections stands at more than 56,400,000. "Our identity is a national one which will ensure that no more first and second class citizenries are allowed and indeed there are no differences between the Shiites and the Sunnis", said Raisi, a Shiite cleric who is widely predicted to replace Iran's ageing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Author: 0 Tehran mayor Qalibaf quits presidential race, backs Raisi: ISNA

He and other activists fear a runoff as the Iranian middle class and more liberal voters in Tehran so far seem unenthused. Mr Raisi, a former prosecutor-general and close ally of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called for a more assertive approach to the West and a focus on building a self-sufficient "resistance economy".

Global Paper balls thrown at Uttar Pradesh Governor in Assembly
Author: 0 Paper balls thrown at Uttar Pradesh Governor in Assembly

He added that the fact that lawmakers from the opposition benches were continuously whistling as Governor Ram Naik was addressing the joint session of the House spoke volumes of the disregard they have for parliamentary norms and decorum. It is for the first time that the proceedings were telecast live by Doordarshan. "They made a mockery of democracy", he said. "Even incidents of rape with children have gone up.This government is a failure".

Author: 0 Trump Says New FBI Director Nomination Could Come Next Week

Some said he kept his promise to shake up Washington, while others saw it as a maneuver to block an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. If Trump did record conversations with Comey , under the law, he can not destroy or hide them. The White House has drawn criticism for the timing of Comey's firing, which occurred as the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible connections ...

Global Pope Francis makes children two of the Church's youngest saints
Author: 0 Pope Francis makes children two of the Church's youngest saints

By 1930, the Portuguese church had deemed the apparitions as authentic. "It is awesome, it is like an answer to prayer because I felt that always they would be canonised", said Agnes Walsh from Killarney, Ireland. They were taught by Mary to adore Jesus and this became their strength in suffering. Francisco and Jacinta Marto, siblings aged 7 and 9 respectively, died two years after the 1917 apparitions in the Spanish flu pandemic.

Author: 0 US Accuses Syria Of Mass Executions And Burning The Bodies

The U.S. State Department released satellite images Monday that officials said showed that President Bashar Assad of Syria has built a crematory at a military prison outside Damascus to hide a large number of executions. Satellite images released by the state department purport to show a crematorium constructed to dispose of the remains of thousands of dead prisoners.

Author: 0 David Friedman arrives in Israel to take up ambassador position

The new ambassador, a hardline Jew, raised funds for a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, which Israel occupied with East Jerusalem 50 years ago. Friedman has also clashed with American Jewish progressive groups, notably dubbing liberals "worse than kapos", a reference to Jewish collaborators who worked as guards in Nazi concentration camps.

Global Cote d'Ivoire: Six Wounded in Ivory Coast Anti-Mutiny Protest
Author: 0 Cote d'Ivoire: Six Wounded in Ivory Coast Anti-Mutiny Protest

Later the protesting soldiers reopened access to Bouake, while still insisting on the promised money and refusing to hand in their guns. The defence minister has vowed not to negotiate with the renegade troops. "The mutineers aren't letting people leave their homes to demonstrate", said a resident who requested anonymity. Another protest was also broken up by the mutineers in the northern city of Korhogo on Sunday, participants said, though there were no immediate reports of casualties ...

Author: 0 Trump shared classified information with Russian diplomat

Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State, according to the officials. The reeling Trump administration, hoping to stop the bleeding in the wake of Monday's bombshell story in The Washington Post that reported Trump leaked classified intel to the Russians, responded to the damning news using clever wordplay.

Author: 0 Trump and Abbas vow 'historic' peace deal

Trump said the solution to peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years". President Donald Trump shakes hands with with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Washington .

Author: 0 US, Japan request emergency UNSC session on North Korea

Here's a closer look at what happened in Sunday's missile launch, which came only a few days after the inauguration of a new South Korean president, and why it's viewed as a worrying development by North Korea's neighbors and Washington. The Security Council is scheduled to hold closed-door consultations on the missile test on Tuesday. Each new nuclear and longer-range missile test is part of the North's attempt to build a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Author: 0 Nazarbayev invites Korea's new president Moon Jae-in to Kazakhstan

Daniel Russel, Washington's former top diplomat for Asia, told Reuters the differences between Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump would mean inevitable friction, but "don't portend a crisis or failure" for relations. The two sides will "not be on the same page" she said. Plus, North Korean attacks on South Korea - including the sinking of the Cheonan naval corvette in 2010 and the shelling of a South Korean island, which together claimed 50 lives - have sapped South Korean goodwill toward ...

Author: 0 Senate Democrats May Block Vote on FBI Director Until Special Prosecutor Appointed

So far 14 people - politicians, lawyers and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates. "That is dangerously close to obstruction of justice". During a Thursday interview with NBC's Lester Holt , Trump said he made the decision to fire Comey on his own, and that he would have done it regardless of what Rosenstein recommended, adding that he had been thinking of "this Russian Federation thing with Trump " when he came to his decision to fire Comey .

Author: 0 Corker Slams Trump After Wash Post Report

The Post reported that Trump shared "code-word information" - one of the highest classification levels - about threats from Islamic State involving laptops aboard airliners. Sen. James Risch, an Idaho Republican, defended Trump on the story, telling reporters: "The minute the President speaks about it to someone, he has the ability to declassify anything at any time without any process".

Global Edouard named as French premier
Author: 0 Edouard named as French premier

Success in the parliamentary elections is vital to his chances of pushing through his plans to cut state spending, boost investment and create jobs, after years of economic malaise and high unemployment. The mayor of Le Havre since 2010, Philippe previously worked as a director of public affairs for French nuclear group Areva from 2007-2010 and as a lawyer from 2004-2007 with New York City-based worldwide law firm Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

Author: 0 Erdogan: New Silk Road to eradicate terrorism

The two-day meeting included Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and presidents or prime ministers from Italy, Hungary and Greece, as well as most of China's Asian neighbors, but no major Western leaders.

Author: 0 Chibok girls released in Boko Haram swap

The newly released girls will join the program. Of the 276 girls originally snatched in April 2014, 113 are still held captive. Loosely translated, Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden", and while the group has terrorized all parts of Nigerian society for years, schools are a favorite target.

Global Air Force One put at 'catastrophic risk' by mechanics' errors
Author: 0 Air Force One put at 'catastrophic risk' by mechanics' errors

The report focused on a specific investigation that was done in 2016 between April 1 and 10 where investigators found serious errors made by three Boeing mechanics in the course of a maintenance service. Hackles are being raised over the potential fallout due to the failure to use proper cleaning procedures on the President's aircraft. The incident report also noted that Boeing failed to exercise adequate oversight over the fix procedures, and the mechanics failed to learn the information ...

Global Trump say it's possible he could pick FBI head by next week
Author: 0 Trump say it's possible he could pick FBI head by next week

The White House had no immediate comment on Clapper's remarks on a morning in which no White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows to discuss Trump's firing. "Talking on the phone with Donald was a public experience", said O'Donnell, author of a book about his former boss, " Trumped: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump".

Author: 0 Tourism exchanges increase via Belt and Road Initiative

Over 10 million trips from China to countries in the region were made via China's largest online travel agency last year, up 72.5 percent year on year, the company said in a report. Also Monday, the Philippine defence minister, who attended the Beijing meeting, said he signed a letter of intent with a Chinese military contractor to purchase weapons for Manila's army, navy and air force.

Author: 0 Students choose NDP in mock election

This election is being fought on a new electoral map and 87 seats in the legislature are up for grabs, with 371 candidates vying for them. "They want us to work across party lines". Still, Norman Ruff, an associate professor emeritus at the University of Victoria who has studied B.C. politics since 1968, said Mr. Weaver has transformed the Greens from an environmental movement to a modern political party that, regardless of Tuesday's results, now has the apparatus to compete heartily in ...

Global Heavy gunfire heard in Ivory Coast's commercial capital
Author: 0 Heavy gunfire heard in Ivory Coast's commercial capital

But the operation had been launched because some soldiers were continuing to disobey orders, he added. The mutineers, a lot of them former rebel fighters who fought to bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, had sealed off Bouake and used gunfire to break up protests against the revolt, which began when a spokesman for the group dropped demands for extra pay promised by the government during negotiations to end a previous mutiny in January.

Global Dallas cop who shot Black teen outside house party is fired
Author: 0 Dallas cop who shot Black teen outside house party is fired

During a press conference on Tuesday, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber announced that Oliver, who had been an officer with the department since 2011, had been terminated. Officers yelled for the driver to stop, but he didn't. Video footage revealed that the vehicle was driving away when that officer fired his rifle. "Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys", the family statement said.

Global 1 killed in clashes as Nepal holds local polls after 20 yrs
Author: 0 1 killed in clashes as Nepal holds local polls after 20 yrs

Two rural municipalities, one each in Manang and Dolpa districts, had unanimously elected their representatives without voting. Local bodies remained ignored during the long transitional period even after the peace deal signed between the government and the Maoists in November 2006.

Author: 0 Erdogan Visits Trump, Amid Much Friction Between US, Turkey

The two countries are working together to fight ISIS in Syria , but Turkey doesn't think much about a recent American change in policy. The Turkish government is vehemently opposed to the creation of a Kurdish belt at its border. That decision has been roundly criticized by Turkey, which sees a key Syrian Kurdish unit in the US -backed SDF alliance, the so-called YPG, as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, the PKK.

Author: 0 Macron and Merkel set new course for Europe

A large group of onlookers, some carrying European flags, stood outside the chancellery as Mr Macron arrived. The redevelopment of ties between Paris and Berlin will continue with a meeting of the Franco-German Council of Ministers, which is scheduled for July.

Author: 0 AG Jeff Sessions reverses end Smart On Crime initiative

The change, "affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency", Sessions said, in a memo to federal prosecutors written May 10 and made public Friday. In February, Sessions seemed to prepare for that inevitability, reversing a directive from previous deputy attorney general Sally Yates for the Justice Department to stop using private prisons to house federal inmates.

Author: 0 Yankees split doubleheader with Astros

The New York Yankees have added another number to the legends enshrined at Monument Park. Jeter's records with the team include but aren't limited to five World Series championships, an 11-year run as team captain, 14 All-Star games, 3,465 hits and numerous awards.

Global Trump details anti-abortion ban over US global health aid
Author: 0 Trump details anti-abortion ban over US global health aid

The repeal or reinstatement of that policy is typically one of the first actions a new president takes once in office, and is usually a sign of their support for abortion or for the pro-life cause during their presidential term. Experts estimated that the rule would apply to about $600 million in US relief, as it had with past administrations, but the inclusion of the Defense Department raises the stakes-and raises the amount of money the administration is willing to spend in advancing its ...

Author: 0 Officials deny Trump discussed intel with Russians

Trump's statements, through a tweet and later television interview, threaten a Washington institution that is the most high-profile forum for journalists to question the government about policy and the news of the day. Trump himself has done little to assuage concerns returning members might have about the ability of Congress to conduct a fair look into Russian Federation and the 2016 election.

Global Hillary Clinton launching new political group
Author: 0 Hillary Clinton launching new political group

Clinton has become known for blowing off post-election steam with hikes in her town of Chappaqua, New York, and we don't blame her for needing relaxation. He later stated, "There is probably more evidence of links between Russian Federation and the Clinton campaign than anyone even could imagine between Russian Federation and people involved in the Trump campaign".

Global WhatsApp fined over $ 3 million for new privacy policy
Author: 0 WhatsApp fined over $ 3 million for new privacy policy

He said that WhatsApp was launched in 2009 with a guarantee that it would not share information with anyone but the promise was breached in 2016 in a deceptive manner after WhatsApp was taken over by Facebook in 2014. She told the bench that many foreign countries had restrain WhatsApp fro sharing information of its users and Supporting her plea, senior advocate K Viswanathan, appearing for Internet Freedom Foundation, told the bench that the new privacy policy which was enforced in ...

Author: 0 Lawyer: Ban is nothing like Japanese internment

Paez asked if an executive order detaining Japanese Americans during the World War II would pass muster under the government's current logic. As expected, the panel judges asked informed and probing questions of both parties. Giuliani and other Trump's advisers whose comments judges nationwide have pointed to as they have ordered to freeze the ban. "I'm not familiar with all the ins and outs of that executive order", Wall replied.

Global UN needs $1.4 billion in help for South Sudanese refugees
Author: 0 UN needs $1.4 billion in help for South Sudanese refugees

The UN has appealed for more funding to help almost two million people who have fled South Sudan. The country has declared famine in some areas and has warned that a million people are on the brink of starvation. "Aid workers often can not reach the most vulnerable hungry people. Many are dying from hunger and disease, many more have fled their homeland for safety overseas".

Author: 0 Tehran mayor Qalibaf quits presidential race, backs hardliner Raisi

In the last election four years ago, Qalibaf finished second but with just 16.5 percent of the vote. At the meeting, both Raisi and Qalibaf announced their readiness to withdraw in favour of the other. Another survey by the Iranian Students Polling Agency last week showed that, in a head-to-head contest, neither Rouhani, nor Raisi would garner the 50 percent of votes needed to win in the first round and avoid a run-off between two candidates.

Author: 0 Another appeals court to weigh Trump's revised travel ban

All three were appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by former President Bill Clinton. In response to the rulings against the executive orders, Trump has threatened to break up the sprawling 9th Circuit into smaller appeal courts with sway over fewer states.

Author: 0 China's Belt and Road initiative: A new way for global development

Chinese President Xi Jinping (top right) and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (top left) attend a signing ceremony after their bilateral meeting during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15, 2017.

Global Sino-US deal eases access to markets
Author: 0 Sino-US deal eases access to markets

China will speed up the approvals of bio-engineered agricultural products from U.S. companies, which are pending licences. The beef announcement came with another tasty morsel for the Bakken. The deal was announced by President Donald Trump earlier this week. "And it rallied again today (Friday) on this news, so it's having a substantial impact already", Steinbeisser said.

Global Liberty University gives Trump warm welcome during commencement ceremony
Author: 0 Liberty University gives Trump warm welcome during commencement ceremony

On Saturday, Donald Trump made his first commencement speech as president , and (surprisingly) was able to avoid igniting any new media wildfires in the process. Trump also seemed to allude several times to the 2016 campaign - advising students to claim the label of "outsider" and not be discouraged by naysayers.

Global Facebook banned? The video that angered the Thai king
Author: 0 Facebook banned? The video that angered the Thai king

Despite alarmist news stories and social media posts saying that the government could shut off Thailand's Facebook access at 10am today if the site didn't remove 131 urls deemed inappropriate by the government, the site is still accessible in Thailand.

Global James Clapper: US institutions 'under assault' by President Trump
Author: 0 James Clapper: US institutions 'under assault' by President Trump

Last Tuesday, the White House released a memo from Rosenstein in which he criticized Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's e-mail practices. "What's unfolded now, here, the lead of the investigation about potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has been removed", Clapper said.

Author: 0 Government activates mechanism to prevent cyber attack

Sixteen National Health Service organizations in the United Kingdom were hit, and some of those hospitals canceled outpatient appointments and told people to avoid emergency departments if possible. He said most computer "hackers" were wrongly portrayed as criminals, when in fact many of them wanted to test their skills against computer systems to expose flaws and weaknesses.

Author: 0 White House denies Trump's info leakage to Russian Federation

McMaster and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell all issued statements saying such reports were wrong. The part the White House wants you to remember about National Security Adviser H.R. intelligence partner about an Islamic State plot. Most alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State's territory where the USA intelligence partner detected the threat.

Author: 0 Shelby Testifies In Manslaughter Trial

Officer Betty Shelby , charged with first-degree manslaughter for the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, took the stand on Monday. Shelby said she shot Crutcher because he wasn't obeying commands and kept reaching for his pockets after his SUV stalled in a street, but prosecutors say she overreacted.

Author: 0 Mexican Journalist Who Covered Drug Trade Gunned Down In Sinaloa

He is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto condemned the slaying in a tweet, and expressed condolences to Cárdenas' family. "Everybody always deferred to his knowledge", Hootson said. Valdez, like other Mexican journalists reporting on the sensitive nexus between organized crime and government in Mexico, was well aware of the dangers he faced.

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