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Western Wall row casts shadow on Netanyahu talks


Israel on Sunday authorized a few economic concessions to the Palestinians requested by President Donald Trump , hours before the USA leader begins a visit in which he hopes to revive peace talks frozen since 2014. Israel considers the entire city to be its capita while the global community says the future of east Jerusalem , claimed by the Palestinians, must be resolved through negotiations. Read More »

AIA Statement on Trump Administration's NAFTA Notification Letter

The call follows yesterday's (18 May) announcement by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that Congress had been formally notified of the administration's intention to start renegotiation talks. But after word of that leaked, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto phoned separately, urging they renegotiate instead. Read More »

North Korea Missile Tests: US Warns Against Supporting Pyongyang


The United States has been discussing possible new U.N. sanctions with Pyongyang's ally and neighbor China since a failed missile test about two weeks ago. President Donald Trump is looking to both China and Russian Federation, the two permanent members on the Security Council that have historically been most sympathetic to North Korea , to join the USA -backed campaign of diplomatic and economic pressure on the North to get it to denuclearize. Read More »

Trump greeted with selfies and politics on arrival in Israel

Still, Israeli officials weren't exactly comfortable that Trump "spoke incessantly about his meetings in Saudi Arabia and said that the Arab world wants peace". "We will like him if he is going to be successful", said Ya'acov Shemesh, 58, adding that he would like the embassy moved to Jerusalem , but "will not go crazy" if it isn't moved. Read More »

First lady Melania Trump visits leading Israeli hospital

The walled Old City lies in East Jerusalem , which was captured by Israel from Jordan in the Six-Day War 50 years ago. But he also repeated his right-wing government's political and security demands of the Palestinians, including recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Read More »

Much-anticipated Ariana Grande concert ends in blood, horror

Investigators described the lone-wolf attack as "Islamist related terrorism" but have not charged anyone in connection with the incident. At least 19 people have been killed and 50 others injured when a blast ripped through the concert attended mostly by young people. Read More »

Ivanka And Melania Pray At Western Wall Women's Section

Israel has also expressed concern about the $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia that Trump announced Saturday in Riyadh . Nevertheless, Trump accused the media of reporting incorrect information. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. But people familiar with Trump's plans said officials might offer a subtler gesture to recognize Israel's strong feelings about Jerusalem being its eternal capital. Read More »

'New reasons to hope' for peace in Middle East


Since taking office in January, Trump has been bullish about wanting to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace that so far has been elusive. The Israeli right was already leery, after Trump asked Israel to "hold off on settlements for a bit" in hopes of finding a peace solution. Trump shocked longtime observers of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process earlier this year when he declined to endorse a two-state solution to the conflict, breaking with stated USA policy under his ... Read More »

Trump budget slams safety-net programs for poor

Mr Comey was leading a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. US military assistance to partners and allies reached $13.5 billion in 2015, or 28 percent of all USA foreign aid spending that year, according to the Congressional Research Service. Read More »

Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

Trump has presented the shift as a reinvestment in historical alliances with friendly nations in order to fight extremism and terrorism. "Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?" he asked. "The election does give Rouhani a mandate to push things through", Ghanem Nuseibeh, founder of London-based management consultant Cornerstone Global Associates, said in an interview in Dubai on Sunday. Read More »

Singapore conduct joint naval exercises, China voices concern

China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea to ward off Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China's ongoing military build-up. Carpio said Manila can also bring Beijing's threat before the United Nations General Assembly by sponsoring a resolution condemning China's threat of war against the Philippines and demanding that China comply with the ruling of the UNCLOS arbitral tribunal. Read More »

Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey relieved pressure on him

Mr Comey had been running an inquiry into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's election campaign. "Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos . Trump came to office after intimidating publishers, barring journalists from covering him and threatening to rewrite press laws, and he has sought to discredit the "fake news" media at every chance. Read More »

Ariana Grande on fatal Manchester incident: 'I don't have words'

There was no immediate claim of responsbility, but Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said police are treating the blast as an act of terrorism "until we know otherwise". "The Scottish Government is working with Police Scotland and the UK Government to ensure that we have a full understanding of the developing situation". Read More »

Manchester Arena Blast 19 dead, about 50 injured at Ariana Grande concert

The explosion happened moments after the conclusion of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande . "This is now being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise", Greater Manchester police said on Twitter. Eyewitnesses told local television that the Grande concert was just wrapping up when at least one thunderous explosion could be heard. Around 1:30 a.m., police announced that there would be a controlled explosion after a suspicious device was found. Read More »

Theresa May backtracks on key manifesto pledge on elderly care


Yet the row over what has become known as the "dementia tax" on elderly people led to her poll lead being cut to 9 points on Sunday, causing alarm in the Conservative Party campaign. Lord Prescott went on: "Oh blimey, you can't trust this woman", before pointing out Mrs May's failure to get net migration down to the tens of thousands as either PM or home secretary, and her U-turn on calling an early election . Read More »

Donald Trump acknowledges India as 'victim of terrorism' at Riyadh summit


In a pointed departure from his predecessor, Trump all but promised he would not publicly admonish Mideast rulers for human rights violations and oppressive reigns. A royal decree earlier this month reportedly stipulated that women are no longer required to obtain a male guardian's consent to carry out certain activities. Read More »

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Wins Re-Election

After the victory, he vowed to "remain true" to his promises being made. While the president was able to mend Tehran's relationship with the European Union - and reach a nuclear agreement that opened the Iranian economy to more Western investment - unemployment climbed from 10 to 12.7 percent over his first term . Read More »

Chicago Offers Condolences In Wake Of Manchester Deaths

Earlier her management team, Scooter Braun Projects, said: "Words can not express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack". Such big-heartedness is typical of Manchester , a city characterized within the United Kingdom by its strong sense of local spirit and generosity: Mancunians are proud of their city and local bluster has it that Manchester is the "greatest city in the world". Read More »

Congressman to call for Trump impeachment on House floor


But what other crimes are impeachable offenses was left for Congress to sort out. Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed. There is a precedent for a take-it-slow approach. Impeachment requires the support of a majority of members of the House of Representatives. Green also pointed to a petition calling for Trump's impeachment , which already has more than a million signatures and ... Read More »

Texas Aims to Pass Transgender Bathroom Law for Public Schools

The Texas Senate voted 21-10 to pass House Bill 3859, which would allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to refuse to place children in homes over religious objections. This says they will accommodate the child. Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as "middle ground" and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill previous year. Read More »

Police say 19 killed in blast at Grande concert

Insiders said Grande was safe after the explosion. A second suspect device was discovered and was subject to a controlled detonation, but it was determined to be nothing but "abandoned clothing". "So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others injured". This does not necessarily mean that it was, in fact, a terror attack - merely that the police are treating it that way until they can determine what happened. Read More »

Trump says never mentioned Israel when providing info to

Peace efforts have been at a standstill since a USA -led initiative collapsed in 2014. In their press conference, Trump and Netanyahu reiterated their plans to work together. What role can Arab states play? Trump insisted during his campaign that he was the man who could prevail where previous presidents failed regarding achieving Middle East peace, but now that advisers have filled him in on the specifics, he is changing his stance. Read More »

Congressional panels pledge thorough probe into Comey firing


The U.S. President is the highest authority in the government, and has the legal right to question his subordinates in the pursuit of particular cases. But lawyers in the White House counsel's office have consulted experts in impeachment during the past week and have begun collecting information on how such proceedings would work, a person briefed on the matter told CNN on Friday. Read More »

North Korea claims new missile can carry "large" nuke


In recent years, Moscow and Pyongyang have started to build on their diplomatic ties. "As we've spoken about with regards to China, North Korea is a liability for China, not an asset, and China will partner with us to demonstrate to North Korea that it stands alone in its pursuit of illegal weapons of mass destruction". Read More »

Donald Trump calls for peace in Middle East, tougher line against Iran


The Western Wall visit drew controversy before Trump even left Washington, when U.S. officials declined to say whether it belonged to Israel. Over the weekend, Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders, who focused on his desire to crack down on Iran's influence in the region, a commitment they found wanting in the Republican president's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. Read More »

Trump arrives in Israel

Kushner is joining Donald Trump, Melania, and Kushner's wife Ivanka on the Middle East trip that has now landed in Israel, but they must be aware that when Kushner returns home, the are some investigators that want to talk to him about his relationship with Russian officials. Read More »

Tories climb-down on social care policy


Speaking to activists in Wales earlier, the PM said the package would now include an " absolute limit " on the money people would have to pay, triggering accusations of a U-turn on the manifesto announcement. "And the question for everybody on June 8 is, who do they trust to get the deal for the United Kingdom". On Sunday, three cabinet ministers including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson all defended the previous policy in interviews without mentioning the possibility of a cap. Read More »

Trump will convey opposition to 'settlements' during Israel trip


He has spoken of reaching "the toughest deal to make", one that has long bedevilled USA presidents, vowing "we will get it done". A pair of veteran Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, who endured repeated failures, expressed rare optimism about President Donald Trump's efforts to strike a Mideast peace deal. Read More »

TPP trade deal will continue without Trump


Australia is leading the charge to save the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal thrown into doubt by Donald Trump's decision to pull America out of the pact. Trade ministers of 16 countries from the Asia-Pacific region stand for a group photo during the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) ministerial meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on Monday, May 22, 2017. Read More »

Oil prices hit month-high on optimism ahead of OPEC meeting

Prolonging the cuts will help producers reach their goal of trimming stockpiles in developed economies to the five-year average, Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said Sunday. Oil futures settled Friday at their highest level in a month, up more than 5% last week as investors expressed optimism about possible price-supportive outcomes from aThursday night's closely watched OPEC meeting in Vienna . Read More »

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

If he had the nuclear issue in hand to use as bargaining chip in his first term, he can use his leverage over Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to wriggle out of any American-led pressure during the second. Britain and France also congratulated Rouhani, praising the high turnout but also urging the president to continue his support for the nuclear deal. Read More »

Odd bedfellows: BC's 3 party leaders must court each other

The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and an ultra-thin majority if it were to flip to the Liberals. "That's not our way". Clark said she is prepared to meet with both Horgan and Weaver, but she sounded most conciliatory toward the Greens, noting that they doubled their popular vote and added two seats. Read More »

Donald Trump se recueille devant le mur des Lamentations — Jérusalem


Presque 70 ans après la création d'Israël, la paix reste à faire. Les dernières négociations de paix, sous les auspices des Etats-Unis, ont capoté en 2014. Trump semblent aussi peu claires aux Israéliens qu'aux Palestiniens. Quel rôle pour les pays arabes? Son ministre des Affaires étrangères, Mohammad Javad Zarif, a également choisi l'ironie: "L'Iran, qui vient de tenir de vraies élections, est attaqué par le président des Etats-Unis dans ce bastion de la démocratie et de la modération" ... Read More »

UAE Minister Sees Chance for Iran to Reset 'Troubled' Ties with Neighbors

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani responded to the May 20 announcement of his sweeping victory in the presidential election by declaring that Iranians had chosen "the path of interaction with the world, away from violence and extremism". Why, then, did President Trump declare that Iran should be isolated until its regime is changed? Saudi Arabia has at times undermined the U.S. efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. Read More »