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Global Central Intelligence Agency sets up centre to address N.Korea issues
Author: 0 Central Intelligence Agency sets up centre to address N.Korea issues

On Sunday, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said the country has detained a Korean-American man, identified as Kim Hak-song, on suspicion of unspecified " hostile acts ". But "one successful test can cause a dramatic reappraisal", he said. But he said the US doesn't know if Iran will eventually decide to try to build nuclear weapons.

Global Commencement speech by No. 2 Senate Republican cancelled
Author: 0 Commencement speech by No. 2 Senate Republican cancelled

In a petition protesting Cornyn's planned appearance Saturday, students had cited various stances he has taken, including his confirmation votes in favor of DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and his low rating by the NAACP. U.S. Senator John Cornyn will no longer deliver the commencement address at Texas Southern University this weekend, the school said on Friday, after U.S.

Global Tillerson meets Russian FM in wake of Comey firing
Author: 0 Tillerson meets Russian FM in wake of Comey firing

The meeting comes a day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey-a move that shocked Washington-for his handling of last year's investigation into the emails of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate who fought and lost the election to the billionaire construction magnate.

Author: 0 World leaders congratulate Moon Jae-in on election win

The North has staged two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the start of past year in its quest to develop a way to deliver a nuclear warhead to "imperialist enemy" the US. Subscribe to the Defense One daily. Be the first to receive updates. The Prime Minister called Moon Jae-in to congratulate him on his election victory and to discuss the crisis around North Korea's nuclear weapons test programme.

Global Gunmen kill activist who searched for Mexico's disappeared: authorities
Author: 0 Gunmen kill activist who searched for Mexico's disappeared: authorities

The human rights group Amnesty International said Rodriguez "led the search for her daughter and thousands more in Tamaulipas". Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) condemned the murder of Mrs Rodriguez, claiming it was another example of the Mexican government's failure to protect its citizens, particularly its human rights advocates who were putting themselves in danger for the good of others.

Global Ex-officer Michael Slager to plead guilty after killing unarmed black man
Author: 0 Ex-officer Michael Slager to plead guilty after killing unarmed black man

It looks like the family of Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man shot and killed by an on duty SC police officer in April 2015, will actually get justice. She says this deal "vindicates the State's interests" by holding Slager accountable. In the state trial, Slager told the defense that the whole ordeal has "been a nightmare".

Author: 0 Can South Korea ETFs Continue To Surge After Presidential Election?

Beijing has asked the deployment be canceled because of THAAD's powerful radar and regional surveillance capabilities. Chinese President Xi Jinping also called to congratulate the new South Korean leader on Thursday, the pres-idential office said, adding it was the first time a Chinese leader had ever done so.

Author: 0 Trump to delay decision on Paris climate agreement until after summit

Trump had hoped to announce a decision by the Group of Seven nations summit May 26-27 in Sicily, Italy, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer said it has now been put off. The official requested anonymity to discuss private conversations. Other members of the administration, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, have advocated a "renegotiation" of the United States commitments to the agreement, but legal questions have been raised about the feasibility of lowering U.S.

Author: 0 Trump to order inquiry into voter fraud and suppression

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the president is "committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections". Leahy said. Christy McCormick, a former Justice Department attorney and a member of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, also will be on the panel.

Author: 0 CIA creates dedicated mission center for N Korea

He stressed that North Korea could never achieve parity with the U.S. so it uses its nuclear weapons card as blackmail to get concessions or to force the U.S. One of the main reasons why USA experts are so sure that North Korea does not yet have missiles capable of reaching the U.S.is that they have not conducted any successful flight tests yet.

Author: 0 Trump says forging peace in Middle East may not be so tough

But while Trump's meeting with Netanyahu signaled an era of warmer US-Israel relations than had existed under President Barack Obama , Trump also slightly moderated his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the unequivocal support he promised Israel during the campaign.

Author: 0 US intelligence chiefs express doubts about Kaspersky security software

NSA supremo, Michael Rogers; director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats; acting Federal Bureau of Investigation boss, Andrew McCabe; Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, were at a Senate hearing yesterday on threats to the U.S.

Author: 0 New South Korea president seeks global assistance against North Korea weapons

How Moon deals with THAAD will signal the course of his policy toward all the nations surrounding South Korea. Putin made the comment after Moon said the foremost task to boost cooperation between the two countries was to strengthen strategic bilateral communication to find a solution to curb North Korea's nuclear threat, the Blue House said in a statement.

Author: 0 Abbas warns of painful steps against Palestinian rival Hamas

Abbas claimed that "we are raising our youth, our children and our grandchildren on a culture of peace ", prompting Netanyahu to point out that the PA "name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists". financial aid to the Palestinians and maybe it has chose to postpone moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem", el-Masri told Xinhua. When it comes to details, that's where things get rough.

Author: 0 South Korea to attend China's Silk Road summit amid diplomatic rift

President Donald Trump with perhaps his most pressing security issue. South Korea's new leader is seen as more willing to cooperate with North Korea than his predecessors. Moon also said he would send a special envoy to Washington to lay the groundwork for his first meeting with Trump. North Korea on Thursday urged Moon's government to end what it considers confrontational policies, including joint drills with the US military.

Author: 0 Trump's Dismissive, Disingenuous Approach To Russian Probes

That's far different that the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing. Becker asked Binney whether he thought the special prosecutor called for by Democrats would help matters. Democrats are pushing for an independent counsel on Russian interference in the US election, but Republicans are refusing. Leaders of the USA intelligence agencies, including director of national intelligence Dan Coats and CIA chief Mike Pompeo, on Thursday testified that they agreed with ...

Global White House Takes Flak for Letting Russian State Media Into Oval Office
Author: 0 White House Takes Flak for Letting Russian State Media Into Oval Office

An administration official also said the White House had been misled about the role of the Russian photographer. The White House official insisted it is standard practice to keep more of a lid on presidential meetings with lower-level foreign officials, as opposed to visits from heads of state, which typically come with greater press coverage.

Global Heartwarming: This College Booed the Shit Out of Betsy DeVos's Commencement Speech
Author: 0 Heartwarming: This College Booed the Shit Out of Betsy DeVos's Commencement Speech

This episode comes just days after DeVos' boss, President Donald Trump, said that funding for historically black colleges maybe unconstitutional. Be sure to ch-ch-check out footage from the graduation for yourself (below). While at Bethune-Cookman University, DeVos also met with students, educators and community leaders. " Choose which way you want to go ", he said, eventually ceding the stage back to DeVos to finish her speech.

Author: 0 Hamas elects Ismail Haniyeh to lead political office

File photo: Marwan Barghouti appears in a Jerusalem court, January 25, 2012. The moves come with 82-year-old Palestinian president Abbas losing popularity and a behind-the-scenes succession battle taking shape. The Shura council is Hamas's main consultative body, primarily responsible for decision-making. In a series of interviews conducted via email with the Beirut-based al-Zaitouna Centre for Studies in 2013, Haniya explained that Hamas makes a distinction between political efforts and ...

Author: 0 McIlroy (71) makes weekend despite back issue

I'd rather just get a nice practice session.' So I ended up doing that". Among the players who don't live in the Jacksonville area, Day was the first to arrive at the Stadium Course , checking in Saturday. What thrilled the Spaniard even more was the number on his card - 1. "I just felt like I wanted to conserve energy and sharpen my game". Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to his shot from the ninth tee during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament ...

Author: 0 Israel lashes out over "systematic harassment" at UN

The resolution also regretted the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects in East Jerusalem , particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem , which are illegal under global law.

Author: 0 South Korea's new president moves to soothe tensions with China

On Friday, its Central Prosecutor's Office said in a statement carried by the North's state KCNA news agency the masterminds included South Korean intelligence service chief Lee Byung-ho, two South Korean agents and a Chinese man. The conservative government of Park Geun-hye said the books were needed to correct left-wing bias. In that sense, it's notable that Trump has invited Moon to have a candid conversation with him.

Author: 0 Ex-congresswoman may spend rest of life in prison for fraud

U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan charged the jury Monday afternoon. A date for Brown's sentencing has not yet been set. She's been convicted of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, obstruction of IRS laws, tax fraud and scheming to hide material facts.

Author: 0 Erdogan urges USA to 'immediately' reverse decision on arming Syrian Kurds

The weapons will not be reclaimed by the USA after specific missions are completed, he added, speaking by teleconference from Baghdad, but the US will "carefully monitor" where and how they are used. Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford, reporting from Gaziantep along the Syria-Turkey border, called the capture a "significant development", particularly following Washington's recently-announced decision to arm the Kurdish fighters battling ISIL in Syria.

Author: 0 N. Korea demands extradition of South's spy chief

Moon first spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and later to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe . North Korea is threatening US citizens detained in its country, saying it has the right to "ruthlessly punish" them. The talks collapsed in 2008 after North Korea launched a rocket. Previously, Pyongyang's powerful state security ministry accused South Korean agents of bribing and coercing a North Korean man of joining an assassination plot against Kim Jong Un.

Author: 0 Chinese president talks with South Korean president by phone

Mr Moon will now have great difficulty in reversing that decision, and the North Koreans are predictably waxing hysterical about it. Beijing has been upset by the installation of US missile-defense system in South Korea that was approved by Moon's conservative predecessor as a hedge against North Korea.

Author: 0 NDP, Liberals in tight battle for lead, Greens take two seats

And with absentee ballots still to be counted, I am confident that they will strengthen our margin of victory. While Horgan said it's clear British Columbians want change after 16 years under the Liberals, Clark said she reads the result as a plea to the parties to work together.

Author: 0 British PM Theresa May's Conservatives make gains in local elections

In a brief appearance in Brentford, the Prime Minister cautioned against over-confidence among her party, after figures suggested the Tories had won 38 per cent of the vote in yesterday's local elections. In Lincolnshire, where Ukip leader Paul Nuttall is standing in the general election in Boston and Skegness, the party went from being the official Opposition to having no seats at all as the Tories gained 23 seats.

Author: 0 USA ends Arctic Council chairmanship with reluctance on climate action

The document noted the importance of reducing soot and methane emissions and said climate change is the most serious threat to Arctic biodiversity. While the Finish Foreign Minister Timo Soini called the Paris Agreement , to keep global warming below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit- the cornerstone for mitigating climate change, U.S.

Global Local School Celebrates Our Lady of Fatima
Author: 0 Local School Celebrates Our Lady of Fatima

According to Dos Santos' written accounts, the Virgin appeared to the three children six times in 1917 in a field near Fatima where they grazed their sheep. Their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, at 10 the ringleader of the group, is on track for beatification, the first step toward becoming a saint. (AP Photo/Armando Franca).

Author: 0 Syrian Christian militia condemns Turkish airstrikes targeting U.S.-backed Kurds

Kurdish officials described USA troop movements as a "buffer" between them and Turkey. Syrian activists said the attacks, on Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq and a mountainous region in Syria, killed at least 18 members of the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, which are at the center of bitter divisions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Global IS claims deadly attack on Pakistani lawmaker
Author: 0 IS claims deadly attack on Pakistani lawmaker

Police said that 20 people were killed in the blast which was apparently a suicide attack. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing. "The driver and other people sitting next to me were badly injured", said Haideri. "Many of our dear companions have been martyred [in this attack]", JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman told Geo TV , a private TV channel in Pakistan.

Global Backed forces prepare for final push on IS-held Raqa
Author: 0 Backed forces prepare for final push on IS-held Raqa

Turkey expressed outrage Wednesday at the USA decision to further arm the YPG. Turkey strongly criticized the United States on its decision to arm Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State (IS) in Syria, a move that comes days before a crucial meeting in Washington between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his American counterpart Donald Trump.

Global The Department of Defense Is Investigating Michael Flynn
Author: 0 The Department of Defense Is Investigating Michael Flynn

If substantiated, such a failure would violate regulations rooted in the constitution that bar current and retired military officers from accepting "emoluments" from foreign powers, the letter said. Sergey Kislyak. He also gave paid speeches to at least two other companies with ties to Russian Federation. Now the White House is obstructing the investigation into Flynn's communications with and payments from Russian Federation.

Author: 0 Turkey plays key role in Belt and Road Initiative: Erdogan

Stressing that the OBOR project, launched in 2013 at the initiative of the Chinese President Xi and called the Modern Silk Road, is of great importance, Erdoğan said that the goal of this historic project is to develop a comprehensive infrastructure, transportation, investment, energy and trade network linking Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Author: 0 Ismail Haniya elected new Hamas leader

Ismail Haniya , known as Abu el-Abed, the Islamic Hamas movement's newly elected chief, was a former soccer player and an Arabic language teacher at the Islamic University of Gaza . They had previously lived in Ashkelon (or Asqalan in Arabic), which is today part of Israel and just next to the border with the Gaza Strip. Instead, Palestinians under the rule of Hamas in Gaza have suffered oppression, hardship, war and deprivation.

Author: 0 Moon's rise to power in South Korea causes worries, hopes abroad

It will be headed by a veteran operations officer to harness and direct the spy agency's efforts in addressing the nuclear and ballistic missile threats. Moon has said he would "go to Pyongyang if conditions are met" during his inaugural address, and had proposed the reopening of a jointly operated factory park in the right circumstances.

Author: 0 Sharif leaves for Beijing to attend Belt & Road summit

In other words, 44 OBOR nations are not sending their top leaders to the OBOR summit. "The Government of Nepal and the Government of the People's Republic of China singed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative amidst a special Signing Ceremony organized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singh Durbar, Kathmandu today", the statement said.

Global A new type of deal to reduce violence in Syria
Author: 0 A new type of deal to reduce violence in Syria

Alexander Lavrentyev's comments Friday come a day after talks in Kazakhstan, where Russia , Iran and Turkey agreed to establish the zones in Syria. The deal calls on the warring parties to halt the use of all kinds of weapons in the designated "de-escalation zones", including air force flights.

Author: 0 Syria rejects United Nations monitoring role in safe zones

The implementation of de-escalation zones should not be used to delay a solution to the Syrian conflict and the question of political transition, Qatar's foreign minister has said . The US State Department earlier commented on the initiative and expressed concerns about Iran's participation, blaming Tehran for only contributing to instability in Syria in the past.

Global Trump's first 100 days and the FX market
Author: 0 Trump's first 100 days and the FX market

Trump skipped the White House Correspondents dinner, breaking with a long held tradition further estranging his relationship with the press. In an hour-long speech attacking the media and predecessor Barack Obama, boasting about his support for United States industry and the military, vaunting his foreign policy positions including on confronting North Korea, reading a poem, and repeating his signature "Make America Great Again" motto, Trump earned cheer after cheer from the crowd in ...

Author: 0 Cyberattack Hits England's National Health Service With Ransom Demands

The so-called ransomware attack appears to exploit a weakness that was purportedly identified by the U.S. National Security Agency and leaked to the internet. As over a dozen of NHS England hospitals were rendered in chaos after being hit by a large scale cyber attack, the hackers have demanded ransom in exchange of giving back access of PCs to the hospital.

Author: 0 British hospitals hit by 'ransomeware' cyber attack

The attack is causing canceled procedures and appointments at hospitals across England. NHS hospital were forced to divert ambulances following the attack. Several hospital trusts are suffering significant IT systems problems. Security teams at large financial services firms and businesses were reviewing plans for defending against ransomware attacks, according to executives with private cyber security firms.

Author: 0 Jared Kushner Details Trump Israel-Saudi-Vatican Trip

US President Donald Trump will visit the centres of the world's three main monotheistic faiths as he embarks on his first foreign trip since taking office. Along with a bilateral meeting, Trump will attend a Gulf Cooperation Council summit while in Saudi Arabia. Israel will be one of Donald Trump's first destinations overseas as U.S.

Global US President Donald Trump vows to work for Israeli-Palestinian peace
Author: 0 US President Donald Trump vows to work for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Reaffirming his commitment to a two-state solution, he called on Israel to recognize Palestinian statehood just as Palestinians recognize the state of Israel. Most Israelis want all of Jerusalem as their capital and reject a full return to 1967 borderlines as a threat to their security. In his remarks to the press, Abbas called for a Palestinian state based on the 1967 "borders", with East Jerusalem as its capital, and said the issue of Palestinian refugees must be resolved " according ...

Author: 0 'Ransomware' cyberattack cripples hospitals across England

The UK's National Health Service said that dozens of organizations have been affected by the ransomware attack, causing major disruptions to IT systems. Hospitals reported phone systems, X-ray services and patient administration systems had been affected while one doctor in eastern England reported all cancer treatments had been suspended in his area.

Author: 0 Patient records 'not compromised' in NHS cyber attack, says PM

Prime Minister Theresa May said the British government is "not aware of any evidence that patient data has been compromised". Spain, meanwhile, said several Spanish companies have been targeted in a ransomware cyberattack that affected the Windows operating system of employees' computers.

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