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US plans first test of ICBM intercept, with NKorea on mind

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They also asked the Trump administration to present evidence of a policy aimed at boosting prospects of negotiations with Pyongyang . Amid fuel shortages in Pyongyang, it's been rumoured that China has an oil embargo against North Korea - a hugely punishing move. Read More »

Does It Matter Whether Trump Says "Two States"?

Aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to embrace the linkage theory of Middle East peace, as he explained President Trump's investment in relaunching direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Read More »

President Trump Decries 'Evil Losers' Who Carried Out Manchester Attack

President Trump weighed in on the attack today . "The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever", Trump said . I see it as Israel's salvation. At the prime minister's residence Monday evening, Trump praised Netanyahu, elected to his fourth term in 2015, for "working very hard at it". Read More »

World leaders lobby Trump on climate change at G7

The president and first lady will finish off the second-last day of Trump's first official trip overseas attending a dinner hosted by Italian President Sergio Mattarella. Top Trump administration officials have clashed over whether the USA should formally remain a party to the pact signed in December 2015, with environmental chief Scott Pruitt and top strategist Steve Bannon pushing for a pullout. Read More »

RFE/RL: G7 leaders stroll through Taormina

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Juncker called the reports in Spiegel Online and Sueddeutsche Zeitung exaggerated, saying that while Trump had talked about Germany's trade surplus as a problem, he had not done so aggressively. "You know my love of Florence but (when we made the decision) we thought it was right to send a signal to say that the South and Sicily are full of pearls that can enchant the world". Read More »

Tillerson: Trump Pressuring Israel, Palestinians

NPR's Tamara Keith is traveling with the president . Speaking before Trump , Abbas said that the Palestinians "fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognise the state of Palestine as we recognise it". Read More »

Europa League victory lifted Manchester: Alex Ferguson

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Manchester United triumphed in a European final played in the shadow of Monday's attack on a concert in Manchester. "Everyone did that and I think you could see how it brought us all together". I think I just have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that's what I'll do. The score would remain at 2-0, thus giving Man United their first ever Europa League/UEFA Cup title. Read More »

Rouhani: 'Trump Anti Terrorism Summit 'Only A Show'

Mr Rouhani is a moderate cleric who helped secure a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Western powers. Also Monday, the foreign ministers of France and Germany said their countries want to work with Iran following Rouhani's re-election but are pressing Tehran to keep to the nuclear deal and to help de-escalate Mideast conflicts. Read More »

Trump says 'ultimate deal' possible for peace in Middle East

The US president also pledged his support for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. David Rubin, a former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh, says he was struck by Trump's kind feelings for Israel and he says most Israelis sensed that kindness, too. Read More »

Rex Tillerson hopes Rouhani will dismantle terrorism network

Rouhani, long known as a cautious and mild-mannered establishment insider, reinvented himself as a bold champion of reform during the election campaign, which culminated on Friday in victory with more than 57 percent of the vote. Many wore ribbons of Rouhani's color purple as well as green in support of the opposition leaders under house arrest. During Rouhani's first term as president, security and judicial institutions were dominated by hard liners. Read More »

Manchester attack: Bomb-making workshop reportedly discovered at bomber's home

The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a draw for tourists, was canceled because it requires support from police officers, which authorities decided was not a good use of resources given the threat level. The New York Times Company is run by a British chief executive. He spent 25 years in Britain before returning to Libya in 2011 after Gaddafi was ousted and killed in the civil war. Read More »

Trump vows to probe intelligence info leaks

The BBC said Manchester Police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but is now furious. 22 people were killed - twelve of them under the age of 16 - when Abedi carried out his suicide bombing following an Ariana Grande performance in Manchester. Read More »

US diplomat: China tightened border controls with N. Korea

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On May 19, United States defense secretary Jim Mattis warned that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be " tragic on an unbelievable scale ". China realises it has limited time to use talks to rein in North Korea's nuclear weapons programme and is open to further sanctions against Pyongyang , a senior United States diplomat said in Beijing on Friday. Read More »

Borofski Ready for NCAA Outdoor Championships

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Jefferson finished ninth overall at the preliminaries with a jump of 1.79 meters (5-foot-10), enough to earn her a first trip to the national championships meet. Joining Bulger in her rookie year, Welland, Ontario's Brenzil finished third in the javelin at her inaugural Big West Championships, and will compete in her first NCAA Preliminary. Read More »

Often criticized, the Europa League matters once more

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Mourinho agreed with European governing body UEFA's decision to allow the match to go ahead, but said the victory would always be associated with sad thoughts about what happened in Manchester . Manchester United triumphed in a European final played in the shadow of Monday's attack on a concert in Manchester. The coach has only lost two finals, surrendering the 2004 Portuguese Cup to Benfica when in charge of Porto and the 2013 King's Cup to Atletico Madrid while with Real Madrid . Read More »

Want to Make Peace in the Middle East? First Stop Terror

In a lightening 28-hour visit here - the ninth by six US presidents dating back to Richard Nixon - Trump hailed Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his willingness to reach a peace deal. On his White House website, he spoke of visiting Jerusalem , Israel . Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, a confidant of Netanyahu, said he wasn't surprised by the omissions during the Trump trip. Read More »

Manchester police conduct explosion in terror probe

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Six additional arrests were made in Britain on Wednesday as the sprawling investigation extended to Libya, where Abedi's father and 18-year-old brother were detained in Tripoli. Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered militant attacks in the last two years. The 23-year-old, who suspended her tour and returned to her Florida home after the tragedy, said she planned a concert as "an expression of love for Manchester". Read More »

Trump visits Israel's Holocaust Museum, hails Jewish people

The White House also referred to Abbas as president of " Palestine " in a schedule, despite the fact that the US does not recognise a Palestinian state. During his first overseas trip as president , Trump has had harsh words for Iran , particularly when it comes to nuclear weapons. Both sides will face tough decisions. Read More »

United Kingdom concert attack: Images of bomb released as police tighten net

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They said at any one time there could be 3,000 subjects of interest to MI5 and Abedi was part of "a large pool" classed in that category. USA intelligence officials said on Thursday they do not expect British Prime Minister Theresa May's concerns about United States officials' leaks on the Manchester suicide bombing to affect the closest intelligence partnership in the world. Read More »

Europeans making sales pitch to Trump on climate accord

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Group of Seven leaders pressed the U.S.to remain part of the pact of almost 200 nations, Trump stressed his commitment to environmental protection. "It will be solved at some point". "Today with Trump as president there is extreme uncertainty among immigrants without the proper documents who constantly fear deportation", said Father Tomas Gonzalez, who according to Reuters founded a shelter in Mexico for migrants and who came to Italy to ... Read More »

Philippines official: Terror suspect still in besieged city

Romeo Enriquez said he is fine, adding that there may have been confusion because a former Malabang police chief was killed in the fighting - but he was not beheaded. Duterte said the martial law, which meant checkpoints as well as arrests and searches without warrant, would go on for as long as necessary. The unified paramilitary group's leader, Isnilon Hapilon, is a Daesh loyalist who was tapped by foreign terrorists to lead the raid on the Philippines, the Express reported. Read More »

Bathroom Bill Passes as Amendment

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The Texas House has given final approval to a scaled-back version of a hotly debated transgender "bathroom bill" similar to one in North Carolina that caused national uproar previous year. Can't is not an option. "It's won't", Huberty said, adding he plans to announce the House's response to the Senate changes Tuesday. Texas lawmakers are hopeful that the amendment's limited scope to schools will be perceived as "middle ground" and will not provoke the same backlash as Senate Bill ... Read More »

Regional stability impossible without Iran, says Rouhani

Iranian media also reported similar big gains for reformists in other major cities, signaling a groundswell of support for slowly changing governance in the Islamic Republic. Even so, global investors "are still anxious about remaining US sanctions and possible future sanctions that could target Iran's missile program", she said by email. Read More »

House budget leaves out Senate spending cuts

Patrick went on to say that he hopes House members won't tolerate "one member standing alone, behind a microphone, telling his members what they're going to do, or telling the people what they can't have". The Senate's changes to House Bill 107 would have raised the state's consumer sales tax to 7.25 percent in exchange for reductions to personal income tax rates. Read More »

Cool temperatures tonight quickly warm up this week — FIRST ALERT FORECAST

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Temperatures are forecast in the mid 50s. We only have a 20% of an afternoon t-storm with high temperatures rising back into the upper 70s. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Northwest wind 5 to 9 miles per hour. It will be partly sunny and in the mid-60s on Saturday . Read More »

Rouhani says Iran's ballistic missile programme will continue

This is not to say that the Iranian people are in favour of Rouhani, a man who executed almost 4,000 people in just four years, boasts about Iran's support for the dictator Bashar al-Assad, and now presides over an Iran where millions live in poverty; just that Khamenei felt that Raisi would cause the biggest protests. Read More »

Iran: Rouhani hits back at Trump, pledging to continue ballistic missile enrichment

Rouhani defeated a hardline rival in Friday's election with promises to be more open to the world and ease social and political limitations at home. As punditsconsider the effects of Trump's address on Muslim countries all over the world, they are in agreement on one point; that Trump's shift toward a softer view of Islam, following years of decidedly impolitic criticism, will, at best, be met with a great deal of skepticism. Read More »

Chelsea Manning leaves prison after sentence in leaks case is commuted

Without Obama's parting gift, the army private, who served as an intelligence official in Iraq , would have remained behind bars until 2045, after serving a 35-year sentence . Manning came out as a transgender woman in prison. Manning remains on active duty status pending the conclusion of her appeals. April 20, 2011: Manning is transferred from Quantico to an Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and is allowed to live with other inmates. Read More »

Where Texas senators stand on American Health Care Act

The Daily Mail Opinion page published a column by syndicated columnist Star Parker Fridaystating the House Republican health bill will save money and deliver better health care to everyone. At the time , then-Gov. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Indiana's Joe Donnelly. If an agreement can not be reached - after trying - then it leaves open the alternative that many of us want: Medicare for All, ie. Read More »

WanaWiki Tool Can Combat WannaCry Virus

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French researchers reported on Friday that they finally discovered a way to save Windows files affected by WannaCry encryption attack, which started last Friday and has infected over 300,000 computers in almost 150 countries. According to data published by Kaspersky, over 90 percent of the affected devices were running on versions of Windows 7, for which the security update was released two months prior to the attack by the company . Read More »

Tusk: We must be 'tough, even brutal' on terror

The remarks went down badly with European leaders, who had hoped Trump would use the opportunity to confirm his commitment to Article 5, the core North Atlantic Treaty Organisation principle that an attack on one member is viewed as an attack on all. Read More »