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Missile test shows North Korea 'a flagrant menace'

The North has consistently test-fired missiles in that direction. The missile was launched early Sunday and flew more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). North Korea's past long-range satellite launches have been called clandestine tests of ICBM technology, but it is not believed to have tested a true intercontinental ballistic missile yet. Lire la suite »

Victoire électorale éclatante pour Merkel avant les législatives — Allemagne


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. Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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


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". Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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


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. Lire la suite »

AG Jeff Sessions' sentencing memo could hurt the wrongfully convicted


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. Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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". Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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. Lire la suite »

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


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. Lire la suite »

Donald Trump threatens sacked FBI chief against leaking conversations to media


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. Lire la suite »