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Apple reports surprise decline in iPhone sales

And analysts are upbeat about Apple's ability to bounce back, thanks to the company's reputation and customer loyalty. Furthermore, Apple continues to lose ground in Chinese markets, as sales declined by 14% to $10.73 billion over the same period a year ago. Read More »

SKorean conservative describes election as 'war'

As of 11 a.m., voter turnout reached 19.4 percent. That included the roughly 25% of the voting population that cast ballots during early voting last week-a high participation rate that shows intense interest in the race. "This may lead to tensions with Washington". "South Korea is caught in a conflict between the United States and China". Mr Moon has said he would like to open an industrial park on the border of the two countries and try to have warmer relations with North Korean leader ... Read More »

Canada to Trump: 'We're going to play hard'

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Customs and Border Protection to collect cash duties ranging from 3%-24%, a decision expected to spoil trade relations . "This has been going on for a while and we're not going to put up with it". "If lumber is not resolved (before NAFTA) the atmosphere will be so polluted", he said in an interview. Scott: "It is pretty intermixed as far as where you get it from". Read More »

Ex-Obama administration officials to testify in Trump-Russia probe

Flynn stayed on as national security adviser for the administration for 18 days after Yates first brought those concerns to the White House counsel's office. Yates has not granted interviews since her firing, but she got a standing ovation when she appeared in the audience at an event featuring former Attorney General Eric Holder in Atlanta in February. Read More »

Trump, French President-Elect Macron to Meet on May 25 at NATO Summit

The prospect of a Le Pen victory had prompted serious concerns about a global right-wing, nationalist resurgence that brought Trump to power and saw Britain vote to leave the European Union previous year. Throughout Europe (although eastern Europe might represent an anomaly), Europeans - even those displeased with the status quo - appear to be moving away from the rightist, populist surge. Read More »

Macron eyes legislative elections after landslide victory in French presidential polls

The abstention rate was 22.23 percent for during the first round of the election on April 23, making it the first time since the 1969 election that turnout was lower in the second round than in the first. Nevertheless, the country remains politically fractured. Parliament has 577 seats, but many doubt he can get the majority, according to Lee. He ran as someone who was "neither left nor right" - an outsider who could change politics. Read More »

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte joined Japan and China in urging the US not to go war with North Korea after its latest ballistic missile test Saturday. North Korea has attempted at least nine missile launches since Trump's inauguration in January. Still, Trump expressed tepid admiration for North Korea's leader. Read More »

Planned Parenthood protests aimed at House Republicans' offices

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About 43 percent of its budget - close to $550 million - comes from government grants and reimbursements, with Medicaid representing the vast majority of that money. "We've seen millions of Americans who are opposed to taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood speak out at town halls, march in cities across the nation, and call and write their members of Congress", she said. Read More »

GOP health bill spurs fears for people with pre-existing conditions

But such coverage pools have a long history of high costs, poor funding and limited benefits. Republicans had held strong on the issue at the start of the legislative session in January, even as protesters gathered on the steps outside the legislature for a demonstration opposing the Republican effort to repeal Connect for Health Colorado, the state's marketplace for purchasing health insurance. Read More »

Applying new strategy in anti-Maoist operations: CRPF DG

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Singh, who arrived in the Chhattisgarh capital at 10.30 am, visited the injured personnel at the Ramkrishna Care Hospital. Singh, who paid homage to the jawans during a wreath laying ceremony in Raipur said that this cowardly and unfortunate act exposes desperation and frustration. Read More »

US studying Moscow's Syria deal: Mattis

Syria's foreign minister is describing the role of USA -backed Syrian Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in Syria as "legitimate". While two senior Russian and USA military officials have agreed to fully resume a previous agreement meant to prevent midair incidents by warplanes from the two countries flying over Syria, Russia's Foreign Ministry published on its website Saturday a detailed text of the memorandum on Syria's de-escalation zones . Read More »

Leader on hunger strike caught eating

Barghouti is a popular figure in Palestinian society and is seen as a possible successor to Abbas. Trump also noted with admiration Abbas's role in the Oslo Peace Accords of 1993, an agreement that most Palestinians said was a failure and that Israel had consistently violated. Read More »

FDA postpones rules for calorie labels on menus

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Many skeptical of the new secretary's policies say they are not for the benefit of children or "lessened government regulation ", but to line the pockets of agribusinesses which push unhealthy foods into schools via government contracts. Aside from easing the burden of food companies and schools, Perdue said the loosening of restrictions was also for the kids' benefit. Schools will also be allowed to waive a regulation that required grain products given to students to be at least 50 percent ... Read More »

Mexico criticizes new Texas 'sanctuary city' law

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Incredibly, in addition to making law enforcement officers' jobs more hard, SB 4 threatens them with jail time, fines, and official misconduct charges if they do not fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement actions. The fallout began Monday after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a ban on so-called sanctuary cities on Sunday. "Charlie Geren and Paul Workman and Senator Charles Perry - for their leadership in sponsoring this measure". Read More »

South Koreans Electing New President

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Supporters of South Korean presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party shout his name during an election campaign in Seoul , South Korea , Monday, May 8, 2017. "I think there's a segment of the electorate here that is looking for the next president to stand up to Donald Trump", said Hans Schattle, a professor of political science at Yonsei University in Seoul . Read More »

Venezuela leader calls for citizens congress

According to article 347 of Venezuela's constitution, the head of state can initiate a call to convene a national constituent assembly with the goal of "transforming the state". The meeting will consist “not of political parties and elites, but of workers and communes, ” Maduro said before thousands of supporters who rallied in downtown Caracas. Read More »

Pentagon: IS in Afghanistan leader killed in April raid

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William Salvin, as spokesman for American troops in Afghanistan. After a steady downsizing of United States troop numbers since 2011, USA military commanders say they need to strengthen the numbers on the ground to better support Afghan forces and help retake territory lost to the Taliban, which is considered a bigger threat than IS. Read More »

Macron's challenge to mend France's fractured political landscape

In spite of a resounding victory, Macron is leading a new party whose chances of securing a majority in the National Assembly in legislative elections in June are uncertain. Le Pen is counting on failure because the problems are hard to mend quickly. Indeed, 21 per cent of voters between the ages of 18 and 24 voted for Le Pen in the first round. Read More »

Donald Trump Deletes Tweet Calling Mahmoud Abbas Meeting 'an Honor'

The video footage shows Barghouti sneaking into the bathroom of his jail cell to snack on food hidden in napkins. Some 6,500 Palestinians are now being held in Israeli jails, 536 of them arbitrarily, according to figures provided by the Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer in January. Read More »

UK: May Plays Down Talk Of Possible Landslide General Election Victory

The Conservatives have made sweeping gains in local elections, as Labour lost hundreds of seats, the Liberal Democrats' recovery stalled and Ukip was all but wiped out. "There are four and a half weeks of campaigning still to go before the June 8 general election ". "The indications from the local elections are that Ukip is losing all of its councillors and it's the Conservatives that are making the gains on the basis of that collapse". Read More »

Australian health care system better than US

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The two leaders answered questions from reporters, and at one point, Trump turned to Turnbull and complimented him on Australia's health care system. But the progressive Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action) suggested that a single trip to Bedminster costs taxpayers almost $840,000 over three days. Read More »

Yates: I warned White House that Flynn could be blackmailed

Yates saw it differently, as she told the Judiciary Committee in a hearing that was focused on the issue of Russian meddling into the 2016 election but which pivoted at times to the saga of Yates' firing and the travel ban. "I certainly was not convinced that it was constitutional, and given the import of this, I couldn't in good conscience send Department of Justice lawyers to defend it", she said on Monday. Read More »

Ismail Haniya, Hamas new political leader

Following Abbas' order, Hamas Treasurer Youssuf Al-Kieli announced that Abbas' order was illegal and therefore would not be implemented.According to Al-Kieli, these types of orders, when signed by Abbas, must first be approved by the Palestinian Legislative Committee. Read More »

Quit or go to jail, BJP tells Kejriwal

Under whose pressure? Under the BJP. "Jawans are being beheaded because of terrorism, they are being martyred by Naxalites, Kashmir is tense, but instead of solving these problems, the BJP is focused on toppling our government and finishing the AAP off", Singh said. Read More »

North Korea Says It Has Detained A Fourth US Citizen

North Korea has announced it detained another American citizen over unspecified hostile acts against the country. In a Monday statement, Mr. Gardner stood firm, saying the United States would not "sit idly by while Kim Jong-un tries to hold the world hostage with his illicit arsenal of mass destruction". Read More »

Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra seeks lie-detector test

Mishra said he had sought an appointment with the CBI to register a complaint. "Let all three of us (Kejriwal, Jain and Mishra) undergo a lie-detector test". "Jain himself told me about the deal", Mishra said, adding he was sure Jain would soon be put behind the bars . The BJP leader asked Kejriwal to decide his fate. Read More »

Why Macron's Win Is Good for Europe's Worst-Off Banks

Macron is already looking the part. European stock markets gave up some recent gains Monday after Emmanuel Macron comfortably won the French presidential election. Those intimately involved in drawing up the Tories' campaign strategy have always been clear that they regard the question of who do you want negotiating with the European Union as their trump card. Read More »

Clinton Refuses to Take Blame; Problems Ahead for Democratic Party

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At last Hillary Clinton is "out of the woods", smugly telling Americans that had election been held 12 days earlier, " I would be your President " and not that brash billionaire Donald Trump . Comey accepted that he had no evidence of wrongdoing by Clinton when he made a decision to reopen the investigation of Clinton's emails. Sen. Lindsey O. Read More »

Ousted Obama official to speak on Trump aide's Russia talks

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Speaking before a Senate panel, Yates said it was Pence's public statements unknowingly misrepresenting Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation that led her in part to warn the White House. Yates confirmed on Monday that she warned the White House about Flynn's actions. Graham, a foreign policy hawk who has been one of the most vocal Republican critics of Trump, opened the widely watched hearing with a veiled shot at the president, who has repeatedly dismissed these concerns about Kremlin ... Read More »

Sally Yates testifies on Capitol Hill

Yates said that although the office concluded the order was lawful, the office's focus was "narrow" and ignored contextual factors that she said undermined the legality of the order. I also thought that it was inconsistent with principles of the Department of Justice. Clearly taken back not only by Yates persistence but her mentioning of his pet issue - religious freedom - Cruz said he only had one final question. Read More »