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China dismisses India's concerns over OBOR, cites worldwide support

China dismisses India's concerns over OBOR, cites worldwide support The initiative unites two projects: the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21-st Century Maritime Silk Road. 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...]

France urges investigation into Syrian regime incineration of prisoners

France urges investigation into Syrian regime incineration of prisoners A satellite photograph of the prison was published, where one of its parts was indicated as a "possible crematorium ". "We now believe that the Syrian regime has installed a crematorium in the Sednaya prison complex which could dispose of detainees' remains with little evidence ", he added. [Full Article...]

Trump praises Duterte's 'great job' in Philippine drug war

Trump praises Duterte's 'great job' in Philippine drug war Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that as of 10 p.m. local time , Duterte had declared martial law for all of Mindanao, the southern island that has both Marawi City and Davao - the president's home city - reside. Let's set aside the pomp and baggage of Donald Trump and let's look at the things he does and says and, apparently, thinks. Duterte has also said he is willing to... [Full Article...]

Walmart to ban woman who told customer to 'go back to Mexico'

Walmart to ban woman who told customer to 'go back to Mexico' The white woman then told her to leave the store, to which Hicks replied, "This is my country!" Just because I have a different color skin, and I have an accent, and my country of origin isn't the USA doesn't mean that you're better than me. [Full Article...]

Maine Secretary of State Tapped for Trump's Voter Fraud Commission

Maine Secretary of State Tapped for Trump's Voter Fraud Commission Despite all of the noise President Trump has made in regard to voter fraud and claims of " millions of people" voting illegally, only four cases of voter fraud in the 2016 election have been confirmed . Trump has discussed voter fraud since the beginning of his administration and indicated he would launch an initiative to address the issue. Trump won the presidency with an Electoral College ... [Full Article...]

China and Philippines meet on South China Sea disputes

Under former President Benigno Aquino , the Philippines had adopted a tough stance on China's claims, but the country's anger at the world's second largest economy has become a warm embrace following the election past year of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has declined to push China on territorial issues in hopes of being rewarded with investment and aid. [Full Article...]

Britain's Labour Party unveils 'radical' election manifesto

Britain's Labour Party unveils 'radical' election manifesto Labour has been in opposition since 2010, and has been wracked by feuding between centrists and left-wingers since the veteran socialist Corbyn was unexpectedly elected leader in 2015. People like me are always optimistic ... Britain , Mr. Corbyn said at his manifesto announcement at the University of Bradford, had been "run for the rich, the elite and the vested interests", adding: "They have ... [Full Article...]

Chelsea Manning documentary is in the works

Chelsea Manning documentary is in the works Manning had been imprisoned since 2010, when, then an Army private, she was arrested for sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks . Manning was convicted of providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks, an worldwide organisation that publishes such information from anonymous sources. [Full Article...]

Latest North Korea missile test represents significant advance

Latest North Korea missile test represents significant advance The missile was first seen publicly in a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15. Since the last resolution, the harshest to date, was adopted in November, an emphasis has been put on having all countries implement the sanctions measures - including China, which is the North's closest ally and is accused of laxity with loopholes. [Full Article...]

Donald Trump meets with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem

Both Mr Abbas and Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, also condemned the attack in separate statements this morning. Police said the attacker detonated the explosives shortly after 2133 GMT (5.33am Singapore time) at Manchester Arena, as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by U.S. [Full Article...]

5th suspect in bombing arrested near Manchester

Her French counterpart, Gerard Collomb said that he did have links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria as well. They said one thread of the inquiry involved pursuing whether Abedi could have been part of a larger terror cell that included Mohamed Abrini, otherwise known as "the man in the hat", with connections to the Brussels and Paris attacks. [Full Article...]

UN Security Council Scrambles to Address Latest N. Korean Missile Launch

UN Security Council Scrambles to Address Latest N. Korean Missile Launch The North followed up with a weekend test-launch and declared Monday that it is ready to start mass-producing the new medium-range ballistic missile which it said is capable of reaching Japan and major US military bases there. This appears to suggest that the United States could impose additional sanctions on North Korea in the future. The United States, South Korea and Japan sharply denoun... [Full Article...]

ELECTION: 43 Liberals to rule as minority vs NDP's 41, three Greens

ELECTION: 43 Liberals to rule as minority vs NDP's 41, three Greens Clark said she intends to lead the next government, adding the result presents an opportunity to open up a new dialogue "about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province". Inside the Green headquarters in Victoria, the room was filled with loud applause and cheering. Where I do believe the AdvantsgeBC scandal played a role was in motivating more NDP supp... [Full Article...]

Jadhav's case should not be politicised: NA Speaker

Jadhav's case should not be politicised: NA Speaker Party leader Anand Sharma said the orders of the International Court of Justice was a matter of great relief for people in India. In an obvious reference to Jadhav's trial in a Pakistani military court, Jaitley said any form of judicial proceeding which is conducted in secrecy and in darkness and is not open for any public gaze, lacks the very appearance of justice. [Full Article...]

Trump says Palestinians 'ready to reach for peace,' but Rubio doubtful

The president was joined on the visit by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew who went to the wall shortly after Trump and said prayers. Israel Hayom, owned by Netanyahu published a piece titled, " We want peace, not a peace 'process ",' which makes it amply clear that even the ruling government is wary of failed peace processes. [Full Article...]

Former CIA chief says there were contacts between Russian Federation and Trump aides

Former CIA chief says there were contacts between Russian Federation and Trump aides National security adviser HR McMaster, who was present for the meeting, told reporters last week that Trump never disclosed "sources and methods" of sensitive intelligence. Former CIA director John Brennan testifies before the House Intelligence Committee to take questions on "Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign" in the U.S. [Full Article...]

Bank of Montreal (BMO) Stake Decreased by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Bank of Montreal (BMO) Stake Decreased by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Bank of Montreal by 30.0% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal said Wednesday that profit from its USA retail lender fell 7.5 percent from a year earlier, while provisions surged 50 percent from the prior quarter to C$90 million. [Full Article...]

Cabinet approves abolition of Foreign Investment Promotion Board

Cabinet approves abolition of Foreign Investment Promotion Board He also said that in the case of the 11 sectors that need prior approval for FDI, these would now be given by the ministries concerned. This will cut down the time ministries take to clear FDI proposals, as they had to send them for FIPB clearance. [Full Article...]

Trump tells Abbas violence does not advance peace

In his words, such a rapprochement, partly driven by common concerns over Iran, could be realized if a certain level of progress is achieved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. "Peace is a choice we must make each day, and the United States is here to help make that dream possible for young Jewish, Christian and Muslim children all across the region", he said. [Full Article...]

Melania Trump slaps at President Trump's hand, refuses to hold it

Melania Trump has remained in NY, rather than moving to live in the White House, adding to internet speculation about the state of their relationship, Guardian reported. Even the British press was impressed, gushing later in the day: " Melania Trump dazzles in purple Reem Acra gown for first evening in Saudi Arabia". [Full Article...]


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