Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media …

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Extra security for ‘Europe’s largest Eid party’ in Birmingham – BBC News

June 25, 2017

“Every year the event gets bigger… of course security will be a high priority, but we want people – also the wider communities – to enjoy the activities,” a spokesman for Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre said. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption security has been stepped up at Birmingham Central Mosque, the chairman said Mr Afzal said West Midlands Police and local authorities were doing “their best” to tackle hate crime against …

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Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

June 22, 2017

… his predecessors legacy and socialist policies, even in the face of crippling recession, hyperinflation and extreme shortages of basic goods. Desperate families are spending hours lined up to spend their grossly devalued currency on food and medicine, while prices skyrocket and supplies dwindle. Were starting to see serious instability in Venezuela, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned at a security Council meeting May the first time the 15-nation council has met to discuss Venezuelas …

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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

June 21, 2017

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland security Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian …

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North Korea: Diplomatic delegation ‘mugged’ at JFK Airport

June 19, 2017

… Mission to the UN and had no entitlement to diplomatic immunity. The package in question had no diplomatic protection from inspection,” a Homeland security statement said. “DHS seized multiple media items and packages from the individuals, at which time the North Koreans attempted to physically retrieve the items but were prevented from doing so by DHS officers. The reported aggression was initiated by the North Koreans,” the statement continued. According the 1961 Vienna …

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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

… country. Indeed, some members of Pakistan’s parliament have gone as far to suggest that CPEC is “another East India Company in the offing” that will submit the country’s national interests to those of Beijing. Finally, as the reported killing of the two Chinese nationals demonstrates, can China ultimately rely on the security forces of local partners such as Pakistan to protect its interests? Indeed, these killings come despite the Pakistani military’s commitment …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… traditional Labour areas, which Mrs May was banking on to win a big majority. Like the social care U-turn, or the pledge to bring back grammar schools, it may have given anyone flirting with backing the Tories for the first time in their lives a reason not to switch their vote. 10) Events Theresa May wanted the election to be about Brexit but the terror attacks in Manchester and London changed the course of the campaign. Suddenly it was all about security and anti-terror policy. This should have …

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Who were the three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan?

June 14, 2017

(CNN)The bodies of the three US soldiers killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan returned to American soil on Monday. They were shot during an attack on Saturday when an Afghan army commando opened fire, in what’s known as a “green-on-blue” incident, according to US officials. This is when members of the Afghan security forces turn their weapons on US and other NATO soldiers who are training them and fighting along their side. The Taliban claimed …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

… election in May, Moon has been trying to improve relations between Pyongyang and Seoul, amid a heightened security situation on the peninsula and ramped-up North Korean missile testing. While Moon has said he would be willing to visit Pyongyang and meet with Kim Jong Un, last week North Korea rejected an offer by a South Korean civic group to provide anti-malaria supplies, the first cross-border exchange approved by Seoul since January 2016. Throwing cold water on hopes from many in …

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House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

June 11, 2017

… Comey testified that he gave the memo to him and asked him to anonymously disclose it to the media in an attempt to prompt the naming of a special counsel. The Senate committee sent a request for Comey’s memos from the FBI on and a separate request to the White House for any records kept by Trump, on May 17. Comey testified Thursday that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and implied Trump may have become the subject of …

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Filippo Minelli uses smoke to spotlight political and social issues

June 9, 2017

… Moscow, some people did not even care about it, but another time security showed up straight away. “In London, it was very welcomed by the people passing by; everyone was asking questions — ‘what is this about, can we take part in it?’ “But in South Korea they were super scared. They were freaking out, screaming, picking up the phone,” he recalls. “I think they’re not used to unexplainable things happening in public places.” False flags …

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Gulf rift: Qatar ‘not ready to surrender’

June 9, 2017

… situation and offered support in resolving the crisis via diplomatic channels. Gulf allies have repeatedly criticized Qatar for alleged support of the Muslim Brotherhood, a nearly 100-year-old Islamist group considered a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The UAE accused Qatar of “funding and hosting” the group in its statement announcing the severance of ties. It also cited Qatar’s “ongoing policies that rattle the security and sovereignty of the region …

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Five things to watch: The Comey hearing

June 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Senate intelligence committee hearing of former FBI Director James Comey was already going to be a blockbuster before it even started — with Comey stating in pre-written testimony Wednesday that President Donald Trump urged him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. READ: James Comey’s prepared testimony Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House probe, said he wants to know if Trump’s request for …

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General election: Sadiq Khan warns of ‘unsustainable’ police cuts – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… argument”. The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith said he expected there to be a remorseless focus on the issue of security in the final 48 hours of the election campaign before Thursday’s poll despite attempts by the Conservatives to focus on Brexit. Labour has accused Theresa May of “letting austerity damage her ability to keep us safe” by allowing total police officer numbers to fall by nearly 19,000 while she was home secretary. ‘Deeply …

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