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Kiev’s fake Babchenko murder erodes media & information credibility - Intl Journalist Federation

Kiev’s fake Babchenko murder erodes media & information credibility - Intl Journalist Federation The next day, during a news conference to discuss the killing , Ukrainian Security Service chief Vasyl Gritsak revealed that Babchenko was alive by inviting him into the room, stunning fellow journalists. To the applause and gasps of the press, Babchenko took the floor and apologised to the friends and family who mourned for him and were unaware of the plan. [Full Article...]

Visa says it is suffering service disruption in Europe

All payment providers will be unable to send or receive money. Irish banks have said they are aware of the issue and working to get it resolved. Companies that facilitate card payments have reported that merchants are struggling to take card payments. [Full Article...]

USA vetoes United Nations resolution denouncing violence against Palestinians

There were four abstentions including Britain. Later, a second, US -drafted resolution that blamed Hamas for the violence and upheld Israel's right to defend itself failed to attract any other country's support when it was put to vote in the 15-member council. [Full Article...]

PACOM now called 'U.S. Indo-Pacific Command'

PACOM now called 'U.S. Indo-Pacific Command' The United States is a Pacific nation, and the Indo-Pacific region will remain a priority as we continue implementing our National Defense Strategy , acknowledging challenges while signaling resolve and a lasting commitment to our allies and partners in the region, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said . [Full Article...]

Winners and losers in THE reputation rankings 2018

Winners and losers in THE reputation rankings 2018 ASU was ranked in the 81-90 range and is the only university in Arizona to make the list. Other US schools in the top 20 were the California Institute of Technology, Columbia, the University of MI, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell. [Full Article...]

Trump Says June 12 Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Back On

Trump Says June 12 Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Back On However, his comments were the most positive from any US official since Trump abruptly canceled the meeting last week after belligerent statements from the North. "I highly value the fact that Putin's administration strictly opposes the US' dominance", Kim said, according to Russia's state-run Tass agency . [Full Article...]

China will cut import tariffs on consumer goods

China will cut import tariffs on consumer goods This is a developing story . But on Wednesday, Trump reversed and signaled that he still planned to impose $50 million in tariffs on Chinese imports . This statement was issued by US days before the U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visit to Beijing. According to China this decision announced by the USA contradicts the decisions made between two in a meeting held in Washington . [Full Article...]

Visa transactions affected by service disruption

The credit card firm said it is investigating the cause of the incident, which "is preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed". Some payments over the Visa network are still going through. We are working to resolve the matter and apologise for any inconvenience caused. In Britain, the cards could be used to withdraw cash from ATMs, which quickly ran out of currency. [Full Article...]

'Dead' Russian journalist turns up at press conference

'Dead' Russian journalist turns up at press conference But with a flourish, the chief of the Ukrainian Security Service produced the 41-year-old Babchenko in the flesh Wednesday and revealed the slaying reported by Kiev police a day earlier was staged . It was reported that his wife found him and called the ambulance. He said that he became convinced that Russian government agencies were involved when he saw information on him which could... [Full Article...]

Trump is back to publicly bashing Jeff Sessions

Trump is back to publicly bashing Jeff Sessions Judge Kimba M. Wood said that if the lawyers did not meet her June 15 deadline, she would allow the government to take control of the review, which is to determine whether any of the seized paperwork or electronic files should be protected under lawyer-client privilege belonging to Trump. [Full Article...]

North Korean Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol Heading to NY

North Korean Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol Heading to NY But somewhere in those details lies the question of whether a meeting happens and, more important, whether it resolves a nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula. He's been described as a hard-liner, someone who would not be willing to trade away North Korea's nuclear weapons capability. There's also speculation that American officials are trying to persuade the North Koreans to export a certain n... [Full Article...]

Pompeo says 'good progress' in high-stakes North Korea talks

Pompeo says 'good progress' in high-stakes North Korea talks But Pompeo suggested things are moving in the right direction. Pyongyang , which declared in November that it completed its mission of becoming a nuclear force, has a different view of denuclearisation and remains deeply concerned that abandoning its deterrent would leave it vulnerable, especially while the USA maintains a military presence in South Korea. [Full Article...]

European Union plots counterstrike to American tariffs

European Union plots counterstrike to American tariffs European Union exports potentially subject to US duties are worth 6.4 billion euros. Massive US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the European Union have come into force, raising fears of a transatlantic trade war. "We did everything to avoid this outcome". Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada , May 31, 2018 . [Full Article...]

Cohen attorney assails Stormy Daniels' lawyer; judge sets deadline for document review

Cohen attorney assails Stormy Daniels' lawyer; judge sets deadline for document review An lawyer for President Trump , Joanna Hendon , joined Cohen's in looking for to maintain Avenatti out of the case, saying Avenatti "is ready to be not simple" with the courtroom and accusing him of being "cute" with the info. Avenatti helped to publicize the fact that AT&T , Novartis and others had paid Cohen hundreds of thousands of dollars for consulting services in the year after the in... [Full Article...]

Trump insists he didn't fire Comey over Russian Federation probe

Trump insists he didn't fire Comey over Russian Federation probe Mike Lee (R-UT) was asked to make sense of the discrepancy between what Trump had just tweeted and what he told NBC's Lester Holt a year ago - "And in fact when I made a decision to just do it [i.e., fire Comey], I said to myself, I said 'you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an elect... [Full Article...]

Landslides and Flooding Near North Carolina Dam Causes Emergency Evacuations

Landslides and Flooding Near North Carolina Dam Causes Emergency Evacuations The National Weather Service announced just after midnight Wednesday that water was spilling around the edges of the dam. "What we are hearing is 1 to 3 inches across the county this afternoon and this evening, possibly more than 5 inches in heavy rain", said Yaussy. [Full Article...]

China vows to protect its interests from 'reckless' U.S. trade threats

China vows to protect its interests from 'reckless' U.S. trade threats China's government accused the Trump administration of hurting its credibility by acting erratically on trade and vowed Wednesday to fight back if Washington goes ahead with a threatened tariff hike. "From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal", in a statement, which spelled out a list of long-standing United States trade grievances", Trump said in a statem... [Full Article...]

Italy's bond yields fall after anti-establishment parties revive coalition

Italy's bond yields fall after anti-establishment parties revive coalition Five Star chief Luigi Di Maio called on party supporters to attend a rally in Rome on Saturday, June 2, the anniversary of Italy's transformation into a republic in 1946, after what he called " Italian democracy's darkest night ". As elections get underway in Italy , President Sergio Mattarella vetoed the choice of a finance minister who had criticized Italy's membership in the Euroz... [Full Article...]

The Most Misspelled Word Of Each State, Mapped

The Most Misspelled Word Of Each State, Mapped In the first round, almost half of the finalists misspelled their words, including several crowd favourites such as Tara Singh, a 13-year-old from Kentucky who was competing at her fifth and final national bee. And they were calling to say that Reagan had been reinstated - only the fifth speller to be restored to the competition after an apparent misspelling in the last 20 years. [Full Article...]

Israel's Lieberman in Moscow for Syria talks

Israel's Lieberman in Moscow for Syria talks Meanwhile, the United States has backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), whose territory has been significantly diminished in recent months with the help of Russian forces. Iran-backed militias including Lebanon's Hezbollah have played a big role in support of Assad during the conflict. Bashar al Assad has reacted to being called "Animal Assad" by US President Donald Trump with a phrase usu... [Full Article...]


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