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by | May 27, 2017 | 12:05

In 2016, however, Iran's economy grew by 6.5 percent, oil production is rising, the banking system has been reformed and the inflation, which was 34.7 percent four years ago, is now 8.9 percent. Iran's president has no say over these areas, according to experts. Already fragile diplomatic and trade ties between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite-dominated Iran were severed a year ago after Saudi Arabia executed a Shi'ite cleric and as a result, protesters ransacked the Saudi embassy in Iran.

by | May 27, 2017 | 12:00

Trump sparked concern when he backed away from the long USA commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict, saying he could support one state if it meant peace. The president notably avoided all of the thorny issues that have stymied peace efforts for decades. Over two days, Trump is to meet separately with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and visit holy sites.

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:48

The third place went to SunStroke Project from Moldova, who received 374 points. "Music is not fireworks, music is feeling", he said while accepting the award. In response, Russia's state-owned Channel 1 television is refusing to broadcast the contest, replacing Saturday's final with a screening of the film "Alien".

by | May 27, 2017 | 12:03

Sergey Kislyak in early December of previous year about setting up a "secure communications channel. using Russian diplomatic facilities" in the U.S., according to the report. The Washington Post was first to report on Friday that Kushner participated in that conversation. Another potential line of inquiry could concern Kushner's failure to disclose some of his contacts with Russian government officials when he was filling out his application for a security clearance.

by | May 27, 2017 | 12:29

Also new to the table are French President Emmanuel Macron , British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Italian host, Premier Paolo Gentiloni . "Since the lack of social and economic inclusiveness and opportunities may contribute to the rise of terrorism and violent extremism, we commit to address these issues through a comprehensive approach linking together security, social inclusion, and development", the declaration said .

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:34

The North has a variety of missiles capable of reaching South Korea and Japan, but it's building a stable of more reliable devices that could, in theory, strike American military targets in Asia - or someday even the mainland. But he said the US was in the early stages of applying economic and diplomatic pressure, and that perhaps North Korea was "acting out now in response to some of this pressure that I believe they're beginning to feel".

by | May 27, 2017 | 12:15

The test comes as North Korea has increased its ballistic missile-launch attempts in recent months. "We respectfully request more information about the steps your administration is taking to advance the prospects or direct negotiations that could lower the potential for catastrophic war and ultimately lead to the de-nuclearization of the peninsula".

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:01

Al-Azhar, Egypt's top religious authority, condemned Friday's shooting which took place on the eve of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The message described Francis as being "deeply saddened to learn of the barbaric attack in central Egypt and of the tragic loss of life and injury caused by this senseless act of hatred".

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:59

The Coptic Christian minority in Egypt has been the victim of numerous attacks in recent months, as on Palm Sunday , April 9, the Islamic State terror organization claimed responsibility for the two attacks on the cathedrals of St. Another suicide bombing at a church in the capital in December 2016 killed 29 people, while a Christian community was forced to flee the town of el-Arish in the northern Sinai peninsula after a series of gun attacks in February .

by | May 27, 2017 | 12:23

Justice Mohammed Idris of Federal High Court, Lagos, on Thursday, ordered the Department of State Security Service (DSS), to unconditionally release Dr. Justice Mohammed Idris said Ubah's detention without charge was illegal. Justice Haliru stated that the only basis for the court to have granted Ubah's request is "if the application was predicated on health grounds".

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:22

At least six militants were killed on Saturday on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district as the Army foiled an infiltration bid, according to defence sources.A group of militants was challenged by the alert troops on the Indian side of the LoC in Rampur sector.

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:21

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump told France's new president that he was "my guy" in the recent election, a French official said Thursday. Trump pulled Macron's hand close, and Macron laughed as he patted Trump on the arm. Former reality TV star Trump is known to make visitors flinch with a strong handshake that he often combines with a wrench of the arm to leave his victim off balance.

by | May 27, 2017 | 10:59

He then gave the President a small sculptured olive tree and told him through the interpreter that it symbolised peace. Mr Trump responded: "We can use peace". The United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II attracted attention in 2014 for wearing a lilac suit to meet Pope Francis . Francis's gift included a signed copy of his recent World Day of Peace message and three writings, one of which was Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home , all about climate change .

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:55

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, is reported to be the likely next head of the powerful House Oversight Committee, according to Politico . Chaffetz announced in April that he would not seek reelection in 2018. As for the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the Russian Federation probe, the President said, "I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt".

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:30

The council , comprising federal and state finance ministers, fixed rates on Thursday for more than 1,200 items under the Goods and Services Tax , amid demands by some states to keep essential items under the lower tax category. Jaitley said tax on gold and precious metals will be taken up at the next meeting of the Council on June 3. AC and refrigerators are placed at 28 percent GST.

by | May 27, 2017 | 12:31

During the meetings various party issues had been discussed and a message has been given to them to ensure unity for retaining power in the 2018 assembly polls, he said. His party did, after all, describe it as being "deep in thought" when another senior Congress leader was caught napping during a debate. Acknowledging that the party is replete with minor incidents of dissidence and feuds among leaders, Venugopal said, "There have been problems and differences".

by | May 27, 2017 | 12:35

In a jibe at the billion-dollar deals signed between Trump and the Saudi government, Rouhani said: "You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower". "Our nation's message in the election was clear: Iran's nation chose the path of interaction with the world , away from violence and extremism", Rouhani said.

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:02

Police forces have made more advances in the investigation of a concert attack in England . British officials hadn't, for example, released the name of the bomber until it surfaced in the USA media based on leaks from US officials briefed by their British counterparts.

by | May 27, 2017 | 12:08

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Tuesday declared a partial state of martial law in the Pacific island nation after two soldiers and a police officer were killed in clashes with terror insurgents. Guerrillas from the Islamist "Maute" group seized parts of the predominantly Muslim city of Marawi , in the Mindanao region, on 23 May in retaliation for a botched raid by Filipino security forces on one of the rebel group's hideouts.

by | May 27, 2017 | 12:34

Brzezinski's death was announced by his daughter Mika Brzezinski , the co-host of MSNBC's " Morning Joe ", in a post on Instagram . "My father passed away peacefully tonight", Mika captioned a family photo of her daughters Carlie and Emilie with their grandfather.

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:27

The victims tried to calm the man down, cops said. "They were attacked viciously". FBI officials offered to assist Portland police and said they would be following the investigation "to determine whether there is any potential federal violation".

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:00

The policy shift is meant to advance public safety and promote respect and consistency for the legal system, Sessions said Friday during public remarks, adding that it is the "the right and moral thing to do". In this week's memo, Sessions said the change was consistent with the Justice Department's responsibility "to fulfill our role in a way that accords with the law, advances public safety, and promotes respect for our legal system".

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:14

The coalition said "apparent" Russian attempts to stop pro-Assad forces from moving toward Tanf, as well as warning shots and a show of force, had failed. He was asked if the airstrike increases the USA role in the Syrian war. Iraqi Shi'ite militia leaders said they hoped to link up with Syrian government forces.

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:34

NBC News and The Washington Post have reported that the FBI's ongoing investigation includes a look at Kushner, which would put the probe inside the White House . This prompted investigators to ask USA intelligence agencies to reveal the names of the Americans, the current us law enforcement official said. Russian Federation occasionally attempts to deliberately disclose misleading information when it believes it is being monitored, allowing for the possibility that the request ...

by | May 27, 2017 | 10:37

Sean Hannity has mercilessly been pursuing a fake news story with very real victims, and now some are wondering if it will be the end of his show at Fox News . Fox News says their star host will remain a major fixture at the network. Or at least that's the other narrative he's doubled down on this week, besides a now-retracted story concerning a false conspiracy theory involving the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich .

by | May 27, 2017 | 10:40

Earlier in the day, the Indian Army said that punitive fire assaults were being undertaken across the Line of Control (LoC) to counter terrorist action from Pakistan. Asked when the attacks took place, Narula said it was "recent, very recent" operation. " Pak Army has been providing support to armed infiltrators by engaging our forward troops from their weapon emplacements and pill-boxes closer to the Line of Control.

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:39

Having insisted that he was capable of striking the "ultimate deal" for peace between Palestinians and Israelis, Trump made no mention of a two-state solution, which has always been considered internationally as the preferred solution but which Israel's right-wing government has publicly begun to shy away from.

by | May 27, 2017 | 10:59

But Macron, France's 39-year-old political wunderkind, appeared to be ready for him when they met for lunch at the U.S. embassy in Brussels ahead of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. President Trump is in Italy Friday for meetings with leaders of the biggest economies in the world. Interestingly, a few reports said that even before moving to Belgium, Trump called its capital, Brussels , a "hellhole".

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:25

British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Manchester police arrested a person during their raid Wednesday at a house only a 10-minute walk from the home of the suicide bomber. The identities of the men and any charges against them have not been revealed.

by | May 27, 2017 | 10:57

On Wednesday, Arthur's defendant attorneys issued court papers with reference to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, referring to the lethal injection procedure as unusual and inhumane punishment . Two executions were stopped when Arthur's convictions were overturned. He was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker. They also said in a separate filing that a sedative used by the state is ineffective and would not render Arthur unconscious.

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:52

The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials. According to officials close to the situation, however, many within the Federal Bureau of Investigation had come to believe that the Russian document was unreliable and was possibly a piece of misinformation planted to mislead investigators.

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:29

The White House and representatives for Melania Trump haven't commented on the matter. US PRESIDENT Donald Trump copped the ultimate rejection as he arrived in Israel on Monday. Melania Trump has coolly snubbed her husband for the second day in a row, literally leaving him hanging as the couple disembarked Air Force One in Rome.

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:19

The incident "only confirms" Tallinn's "destructive policy" towards its neighboring countries, the statement said, adding that "it looks like someone has made a decision to further escalate the situation on Russia's border and support myths of a Russian threat".

by | May 27, 2017 | 11:03

Dancers from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait at the opening ceremony for the National Indigenous Constitutional Convention in Mutitjulu near Uluru on Tuesday. "Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle", says the convention declaration, referring to the word of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land for treaty or settlement.

by | May 27, 2017 | 10:11

The White House chief and the Wahhabi monarch spoke a day after they signed $ 350 billion in trade deals, including the largest arms deal signed in the history of the United States. Hard-liners who dominate Netanyahu's government grew particularly concerned when White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster voiced support last week for Palestinian "self-determination".