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Victoire électorale éclatante pour Merkel avant les législatives — Allemagne

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Les troupes de la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel espèrent infliger dimanche un revers aux sociaux-démocrates dans leur bastion de Rhénanie du Nord-Westphalie. Le parti eurosceptique et anti-immigration AfD (Alternative pour l'Allemagne) est crédité pour sa part de 7,5%, ce qui devrait lui permettre de faire son entrée dans leur 13e parlement régional sur les 16 que comptent l'Allemagne. Read More »

China pledges $124bn for new Silk Road

So far, the initiative has won support from more than 100 countries and global organisations, of which over 40 have signed cooperation agreements with China. He said China will launch Belt and Road cooperation initiative on trade connectivity together with some sixty countries and global organizations. We will not interfere in other countries' internal affairs. Read More »

Mattis: Devil is in the details of Russia's Syria proposal

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The Syrian foreign minister also pointed to the U.S. administration's apparent change of approach towards Syria, saying, "It seems the United States, where (President Donald) Trump has said the Syrian crisis has dragged on too long, might have come to the conclusion that there must be an understanding with Russian Federation on a solution". Read More »

Pope says will be "sincere" with Trump at Vatican meeting

The Pope's meeting with Mr Trump could be potentially awkward given their diametrically opposed positions on immigration, refugees and climate change, which he said "are well known". The pope has also been an ardent supporter of efforts to combat climate change, but Trump has pledged to pull the United States out of the COP21 Paris Agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read More »

Mother of 8-year-old boy who killed himself speaks out

Surveillance video shows bullies at a Cincinnati elementary school brutally beating a boy, who took his life two days later. Cincinnati Public Schools on Friday released copies of the grainy and choppy 24-minute-long video that shows a boy interacting with other students. Read More »

Defiant North Korea test-fires ballistic missile

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says he and his South Korean counterpart have agreed that dialogue for dialogue's sake with North Korea is meaningless in the wake of Pyongyang's latest missile test. The US Pacific Command also confirmed the missile launch. The move came days after President Moon Jae In took office in the South pledging to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang. Read More »

South Korean military: North Korea launches ballistic missile

The Italian leader said that "it's a serious problem for global stability and security, and I'm convinced that the upcoming G-7, in friendship, will contribute to resolving this issue". "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan the President can not imagine that Russia is pleased", it said. Read More »

Australia receptive to China's Silk Road, but national interest first

He did not give a timeframe. The route cuts through Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, disputed territory that India claims is illegally occupied. China plans to revive ancient trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa involves a network of rail, road and sea links. A multi-tiered Belt and Road financial cooperation network has taken an initial shape, Xi said in the speech. Read More »

Trump says he's committed to helping solve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

At one point, he expressed optimism that striking a peace deal "may be not as hard as people have thought over the years". The Palestinian leader expressed his support for a two-state solution to the conflict - which is not supported by the majority of Palestinians - as well as the longheld Palestinian desire for a capital in East Jerusalem. Read More »

Trump planned to fire 'showboat' Comey regardless of DOJ recommendation

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Either way, though, the spin was set: Trump simply accepted the DOJ's recommendation. Trump is the decider and he needs you to know that, even though that badly undermines the White House's spin. Here's another one for the "what the hell was he thinking?" files. You take a look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation a year ago, less than a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil. Read More »

AG Jeff Sessions' sentencing memo could hurt the wrongfully convicted

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Ms Chettiar said ignoring prosecutors' discretion and issuing blanket mandatory minimums is "what led to this mess of mass incarceration". Later, in 1994, President Bill Clinton passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which increased prison funding and further cracked down on sentencing for drug offenders. Read More »

Belt and Road should be road of opening up: Xi

Pakistan signed new deals with China on Saturday, May 13, worth almost $500 million ahead of Beijing's global forum on its Silk Road trade and infrastructure initiative for Asia, Africa and Europe, the Pakistani government said. Without predefined rules, the Belt and Road is about learning from doing, about seeking consensus project by project , said Zha Daojiong of Peking University. Read More »

Korea fires missile that flies 435 miles

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was sacked early Sunday morning from near Kusong, in North Phyongan province. "Basically, Pyongyang wanted to grab as many chips as possible before sitting down at the negotiating table", Cai said. The launch drew a sharp rebuke from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Read More »

Trump calls for stronger sanctions on North Korea after missile

The missile flew more than 700 kilometres before landing in the Sea of Japan. Sunday's missile test "points to a new threshold of capability potentially crossed", said Euan Graham, an expert on North Korea at Australia's Lowy Institute. It impacted "so close to Russian soil ... the president can not imagine that Russia is pleased", the White House said, adding that North Korea "has been a flagrant menace for far too long". Read More »

China touts 'project of the century'

The " Belt and Road Initiative " calls for building ports, railways and other facilities in a vast arc of 65 countries. But governments including Russian Federation, the United States and India are uneasy that China is using its status as the second-largest global economy to expand its political influence. Read More »

Tillerson straddles fence on U.S. climate change policy at Arctic Council

Trump's efforts to dilute USA climate policies have made the country an outlier on the issue and put Tillerson in an awkward position at a meeting of the Arctic Council. The council signed an Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation . For the past two years the US has held the rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, whose other seven members are Canada, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway. Read More »

La Chine lance son sommet des "Routes de la soie", version 2017

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Les chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement des principales puissances occidentales (France, Royaume-Uni, Allemagne) n'ont cependant pas fait le déplacement. Mais quelques heures avant le début du sommet, la Corée du Nord a tiré un missile balistique qui a parcouru environ 700 km avant de s'abimer en mer du Japon, a annoncé l'armée sud-coréenne. Read More »

Donald Trump threatens sacked FBI chief against leaking conversations to media

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President Trump, who is facing a barrage of questions over why it took him so long to fire Michael Flynn as compared to FBI Director James Comey, has asserted that he didn't feel a sense of urgency in firing his national security adviser. You know, the former acting attorney general who served for over two years. Trump flatly said that he had made a decision to fire Comey even before receiving a recommendation from the deputy attorney general. Read More »

GOP moderates, including Susan Collins, voice concerns with health care bill

They cite concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to Medicaid. But Trump and House Republicans also want to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, which would make it harder for New Jersey to raise its levies to ease the pain on its lowest-income residents. Read More »

Trump's tax law firm has 'deep' ties to Russian Federation

The lawyers, who work for a company that received an award for " Russia Law Firm of the Year " in 2016, offered no supporting documents to back the claims made in the letter. ties, mattresses, wine, etc.)". With those exceptions, they said, Trump's returns do not reflect "any income of any type from Russian sources", The Washington Post reported. Read More »