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Syrian opposition seeks extension of current Geneva talks

Syrian opposition seeks extension of current Geneva talks

The Foreign Ministry in Damascus said in a May 16 statement that the U.S. State Department accusations were "a new Hollywood plot" and "lies" that are being used to justify U.S. Relatives of detained Syrians - some of them imprisoned in Saydanaya - gathered outside the United Nations in Geneva Wednesday, carrying portraits of their missing loved ones and tearfully writing their names on long strips of paper. Read More

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Canadian woman's cutout of Spicer in bush gets attention

It was later corrected to say Spicer was "among" the bushes, not "in" the bushes. She added that she saved her "master copy" of the cutout so she can "easily make more". Kadonga uploaded her idea, along with photos for download, on Facebook. "I was really stunned as the picture of the preparation and the installation in the bushes kinda took off". Read More

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I am not afraid, will fight fascist forces: Lalu after IT raids

I am not afraid, will fight fascist forces: Lalu after IT raids

On the Centre not fulfilling its promise of giving Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar's development, he said that Nitish Kumar government was making such allegations to deflect people's attention to hide its failures. Asking the media and the BJP not to jump to the conclusion over his message "Congrats to BJP on its new alliance partners", the RJD leaders clarified that it does not mean BJP will get JD (U) as the new ally. Read More

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Australia receptive to China's Silk Road, but national interest first

Chinese President Xi Jinping is hosting dozens of world leaders and senior officials today for the country's biggest diplomatic showcase of the year, touting his vision of a new "Silk Road" that opens trade routes across the globe. The leaders of 29 countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and officials of over 100 countries are attending the event. "We will not export our system of society and development model, and even more will not impose our views on others", Xi said. Read More

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Missile test shows North Korea 'a flagrant menace'

Missile test shows North Korea 'a flagrant menace'

Haley said that Kim "can sit there and say all the conditions he wants". The US Pacific Command said Sunday's launch did not appear to be an ICBM. The statement also pointed out that the missile landed closer to Russian Federation than to Japan, and that President Donald Trump "cannot imagine that Russian Federation is pleased". Read More

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Trump calls for tougher sanctions after North Korea missile test

Trump calls for tougher sanctions after North Korea missile test

But multiple sets of United Nations and USA sanctions against North Korea have done little to deter its pursuit of its nuclear and missile ambitions. As the New York Times wrote, the North Korea launch "showed that it was an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could target key United States military bases in the Pacific, including those in Guam, missile experts said". Read More

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Australia condemns N Korea missile test

He said the government strongly condemned this "grave challenge to the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the worldwide community", his spokesman Yoon Young-Chan said. The White House said that President Donald Trump has called for tougher sanctions and suggested that it impacted "so close to Russian soil... the president can not imagine that Russia is pleased". Read More

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Black Caps beat Ireland in opening ODI

Niall O'Brien provided valiant resistance as Ireland threatened an upset, but once he became the eighth man out for 109 the game was up for the home side. Earlier, New Zealand got off to a solid start as openers Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi put on 53 for the first wicket inside eight overs after they were sent in by the home side at the toss . Read More

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'Nothing more pathetic …' Trump's commencement address has message for Comey, critics

Robert Gordon had bestowed an honorary doctorate of business administration in 2010 - a controversial move at the time because the Aberdeen community where the university is located was divided over a Trump-led golf course project. "Be totally unafraid to challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures". "I'm all for people exercising their rights to free speech-in fact I would normally encourage peaceful protests-however, this is a graduation ceremony, a day where students ... Read More

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Trump and Putin to meet in July, Russian state media says

KELEMEN: The official White House and State Department readouts also didn't mention Russia's meddling in USA elections, and that angered the ranking Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, Ben Cardin. "We took the information we had as best we have it and got it out to the American people as quickly as we could". The administration official said that "it is standard practice for ambassadors to accompany their principals, and it is ridiculous to suggest there was anything improper". Read More

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In Trump Abbas-Meet, Hope Springs Eternal as Peace Prospects Run Dry

USA officials said such a request was raised in preparatory talks with Palestinian officials, and three Republican senators urged a halt to such payments in a letter to Trump that reflected widespread opinion in Congress. Trump has assigned his son-in-law Jared Kushner to work on a Middle East peace deal. In their first face-to-face meeting, he pressed the Palestinian leaders to "speak in a unified voice against incitement" to violence against Israelis. Read More

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Trump launches panel to look into voter fraud

We should expect a Pence-Kobach Commission to find "evidence" of rampant voter fraud across the USA, and to recommend proposals to amend the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act to require proof-of-citizenship to register and a national voter ID requirement, among other changes that will be damaging to voting rights and therefore, damaging to democracy. Read More

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The Long Slog in Congress After Comey

On Wednesday, Huckabee insisted that President Trump dismissed Comey on the recommendations of both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his new deputy, Rod Rosenstein. President Trump in the Oval Office Wednesday. In any case, Sanders basically said that the president fired Comey in order to end an active investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and a hostile foreign power. Read More

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UN chief: drought-stricken Somalia 'hangs in the balance'

UN chief: drought-stricken Somalia 'hangs in the balance'

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, center, meets with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome, right, and Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, left, ahead of the Somalia Conference at No 10 Downing St. The expansion of military powers in Somalia authorized by Trump means that US strikes will not be restricted by the same criteria as under the Obama administration, which required high-level interagency vetting to authorize attacks. Read More

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Bill Shorten's Budget reply likely to be a scorcher

Mr Shorten later told the ABC a future Labor government would consider scrapping the deficit levy once the budget reached a surplus. 'This is the fair and responsible way forward, ' he said during a budget reply speech on Thursday night. The former prime minister John Howard has been critical of the bank tax. "He's giving them a levy with one hand, a tax cut with the other and a free pass for bad behaviour". Read More

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