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Tories claim they could win 15 seats in Scotland at general election

The SNP is claiming victory in Glasgow despite narrowly failing to take overall control of the city council as Labour was ousted from power after nearly 40 years. I don't think it's right to compare this election with 2012. They came second in the election and the SNP came first. "But the votes across the country all count and we'll be looking to be the largest party in terms of seats and votes ... [Full Article...]

Minority government thrusts BC Greens into centre of power

Horgan was not ready to concede defeat, however, saying that British Columbians have waited 16 years for a new government and will have to wait a bit longer until all the votes are counted. "We need to reclaim democracy for the people of British Columbia". Recounts and absentee ballots could still sway the final tally. Clark, noting the Liberals had won both the popular vote and the most seats, ... [Full Article...]

Gunfire heard in Ivory Coast cities in grip of mutiny

Another resident confirmed the road blocks. "The population went out on the streets to say we're exhausted of soldiers". Soldiers were promised 12 million CFA francs ($19,875) in bonuses by the government for backing Ouattara after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept an election defeat in 2010, but they have received less than half of the cash. [Full Article...]

North Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of plot to assassinate Kim Jong

North Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of plot to assassinate Kim Jong But American analysts and political leaders are increasingly frustrated that China has not cut the umbilical cord of food and energy supplies that the North depends on for its economic survival despite its political isolation, he said . Rodong Sinmun specifically criticized the Chinese media's call for more sanctions against North Korea as a way to avert war. Beijing has been angered b... [Full Article...]

Officer involved in fatal shooting of Texas teen fired

Officer involved in fatal shooting of Texas teen fired The officer who shot Edwards has been identified as Roy Oliver, who has since been fired from the Balch Springs Police Department for violating its policies. The department immediately turned over its investigation into the incident to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department . The officer ran out of the house and ordered the auto in which Edwards was riding to stop. [Full Article...]

Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey

Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey That is true even though the policies of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear to be in conflict with basic American democratic values. Although the United States is keenly aware of Turkey's significance as a regional player and of the risk of closer Turkish cooperation with Russian Federation, it shows no sign of backing down from the move to arm the YPG. [Full Article...]

Macron Meets Merkel On His First Day In Office

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned such deep-reaching reforms would require treaty changes, which were "not realistic" at a time when Europe is hit by a surge of anti-euro populism. The Deputy Editor of the Paris Match said Macron's early visit to Berlin strengthens the close relations between Germany and France, the traditional pillars of the European Union. [Full Article...]

Jeff Sessions launches War on Drugs 2.0 with new mandatory-minimum policy

Shortly after speaking about the opioid crisis in Charleston, West Virginia, Sessions sent a memorandum to federal prosecutors across the country, ordering them to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" in all cases. [Full Article...]

With Merkel and PM, France's new president wastes no time

Merkel said that, from Germany's viewpoint, treaty change would be possible, adding: "I would be ready to do this, but first we will work on what we want to reform". Reacting to Philippe's appointment Monday by President Emmanuel Macron, Juppe called the new prime minister "a man of great talent" with "all the qualities to handle the hard job". [Full Article...]

Chelsea Manning to remain in Army, receive benefits after prison release

Then known as Private Bradley Manning , she later underwent gender transition while in jail and in 2016 made two attempts to take her own life, citing ill-treatment behind bars. " Manning disclosed the materials because, under the circumstances, she thought it was the right thing to do", Manning's attorneys stated in an appeal brief filed past year. [Full Article...]

China reopens its border to United States beef

China reopens its border to United States beef By that same deadline, the United States said it would issue a proposed rule to allow Chinese cooked poultry to enter USA markets, Ross told reporters at a briefing. China is attempting to turn to natural gas as a way to reduce its dependence on coal and combat the country's extensive air pollution. "We are excited about USA trade policies and I think you probably saw we made an announcement... [Full Article...]

Fashion Designer's Nephew Killed in Venezuela

Fashion Designer's Nephew Killed in Venezuela Guevara's brother, Reinaldo Herrera , is the husband of 78-year-old Venezuelan fashion icon Carolina Herrera who has been living in NY for several years. Venezuela is also noted to have one of the highest murder rates in the world and in 2016, it recorded the highest murder rate in its history, with 70 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. [Full Article...]

John Oliver Says Trump's Firing Comey Demands Serious Congressional Action

Ultimately, President Trump might decide "I can do a better job", but "he's never going to say he did a bad job", according to Axios' sources . Warren said Trump has acknowledged that he was thinking about the Russian Federation probe when he made the decision to fire Comey Tuesday. [Full Article...]

China's Xi says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism

Reacting to India's reservations over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of China's prestigious One Belt and Road (OBOR), the Chinese Foreign Ministry said over 100 countries and organisations were already involved in the venture. [Full Article...]

US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick: Schumer

US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick: Schumer The former director was described by those close to him as doing fine after the jarring week. The president's threat came in a series of frustrated morning tweets that called the Russian Federation investigations a witch-hunt, threatened to cancel White House press briefings, accused the media of conveying fake news and lamenting that people were making a big deal out of the occasional erroneo... [Full Article...]

Donald Trump was ready to fire James Comey on entering White House

Calling Trump's remarks about possible taped conversations "outrageous", Sen. Schiff added that the next FBI director to lead the investigation will need to have "absolute integrity and independence" noting it should be someone "non-political". [Full Article...]

Another appeals court to weigh Trump's revised travel ban

A San Francisco-based federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday on whether President Trump's revised travel ban violates a constitutional prohibition against religious discrimination. A lawyer for President Donald Trump says he has clarified campaign rhetoric in which he called for a ban on Muslims. Last week, a federal judge in MI ordered the Trump administration to turn over communica... [Full Article...]

Facebook misses deadline to block sites deemed insulting to monarchy

Facebook misses deadline to block sites deemed insulting to monarchy Facebook Thailand could face legal action next week after Thai authorities warned Facebook Inc.to take down content deemed threatening to national security or violating strict lese majeste laws, the telecoms regulator said on Friday. Thailand's Information Communications Technology Ministry temporarily blocked access to Facebook after a May 2014 coup by the military, prompting an outcry from net... [Full Article...]

Tehran mayor quits race for Iran presidency

Qalibaf's allies had argued that he had more recognition in the capital Tehran and among young voters, and offered a more coherent economic plan than some other conservative candidates. On Friday, Rouhani accused his hardline clerical foes of being power-hungry pawns of Iran's security forces. Recent polls have put the combined support for the two conservative candidates at just over 50 percen... [Full Article...]

Belt and Road Forum in Beijing to Turn Tensions Into Cooperation

The US has much to offer, and as part of a trade deal (paywall) with China announced last week, the Trump administration agreed to send one of its top Asia experts, Matthew Pottinger, a National Security Council official, to a two-day OBOR summit just completed in Beijing. [Full Article...]


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