Trump praises China's Xi over handling of North Korea
The US president said he believed China's leader was "trying very hard" to end the escalating crisis.

Monkey comeback
Amid whitewashing accusations, the Chinese classic is being told yet again, this time for Netflix.

Gold Darth Vader mask goes on sale in Japan
The solid gold head has been valued at $1.4m (£1.1m).

Are Japan and China competing in the Middle East?
Author: Yoram Evron, University of Haifa Over the years, China and Japan have followed very different paths of involvement in the Middle East. The one policy that both countries have consistently shared though is steering well clear of the region’s politics and conflicts. This is starting to change. China and Japan are both highly dependent […]

Trump’s economic plan would be hostage to the almighty dollar
Author: Warwick McKibbin, ANU The best indicator of the Trump administration’s economic agenda can be gleaned from candidate Trump’s ’Contract with America’. That Contract suggests that President Trump has a right-wing agenda on social, environmental and immigration policy and a left-wing agenda on trade and economic policy. But despite having a clear program, executing anything that […]

Top official's son calls out his dad as Venezuela quits OAS
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The son of Venezuela's top human rights official is urging his father to prevent further bloodshed tied to anti-government street clashes as officials defy international criticism by withdrawing from the Organization of American States.

94th AAMDC's 3rd Knowlton Awards Ceremony Recognizes Joint Intel Professionalism
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM, Hawaii - Seven deserving professionals from different headquarters in the Pacific theater were presented the Lt. Col. Thomas Knowlton Medal for their significant sup

Commentary: How to catch a pirate in Southeast Asia
Despite underlying sovereignty concerns and resource challenges, regional cooperation has a track record of stemming this threat, says an expert.

South Korea, US warn of punishment for North Korea; US stresses sanctions
South Korea and the United States agreed on Thursday on "swift punitive measures" against North Korea in the event of more provocation, although the United States signalled sanctions and diplomatic pressure were its priorities for now.

US to Push China, Others for Maximum Pressure on N. Korea at UN
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make his United Nations debut Friday, chairing a high-level Security Council session on the threat posed by North Korea's quest to build a nuclear bomb. No immediate council action is expected, but Tillerson is expected to push for other members to join the U.S. in ratcheting up the pressure on Pyongyang. The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia on Wednesday called it the start of a "last best way to see if we can get a peaceful resolution." “The problem ...

The Latest: Arkansas inmate asks US judge to halt execution
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):

Can 60-year-olds still run a cool business?
Dare Jennings, founder of the 1980s Australian surf wear brand Mambo, tells the BBC how he's keeping his cool in business.

The Latest: Arkansas inmate receives communion for last meal
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):

Cambodia Court Extends Pre-Trial Detention of Five Rights Defenders
The five, already held for a year, can remain in prison for an additional six months.

Alphabet shares boosted as sales surge 22%
Increase comes despite fears marketers were withdrawing advertising dollars from YouTube

Steve Cohen dragged back into Fairfax lawsuit
New Jersey court reinstates billionaire and former fund as defendants in $8bn case

Exploitation Puts Ancient Well System at Risk in Uyghur Region
Large-scale farming and oil exploration are drying out the area’s karez wells.

The Latest: Federal panel won't block Arkansas execution
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):

United moves to ease criticism with settlement, new policies
DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines moved to staunch criticism — and any customer defections — by reaching a settlement Thursday with a passenger dragged off one of its planes two weeks ago and issuing new policies designed to prevent similar customer-service failures.

Amazon opens up details of key logistics arm
Online retailer making 18% of revenues from ‘Fulfilment’ services

Amazon unveils key logistics arm sales surge
Online retailer breaks out 18% contribution of fastest growing arm

TVNZ board appointments
Communications Minister Simon Bridges today announced a number of appointments to the Television New Zealand Ltd (TVNZ) board. Dame Therese Walsh has been appointed as the new Chair. Dame Therese has

Masked men attack Macedonia MPs in parliament
Opposition leader wounded as political tension in Balkan nation turns violent

Le Pen says voters must choose 'for or against' France
Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen delivered a ferocious attack Thursday on her globalist rival Emmanuel Macron, saying voters faced a choice "for or against France". The candidates' starkly differing visions on France's future are at the heart of the May 7 election run-off -- with Macron, a 39-year-old former banker embracing free trade and the EU, while Le Pen wants to seal France's borders and quit the euro. "The country Mr Macron wants is no longer France, it's a space, a wast...

North Korea crisis: Putin and Abe call for talks
The Russian leader urges the parties involved to "refrain from using belligerent rhetoric".

Singaporean Sentenced in US for Exporting Bomb Parts to Iran
A Singaporean man has been sentenced to 40 months in a U.S. prison for his role in exporting thousands of radio frequency modules from the U.S. to Iran, at least 14 of which were later found in unexploded improvised explosive devices in Iraq.  Lim Yong Nam, also known as Steven Lim, 43, pleaded guilty in December of illegally exporting the modules through Singapore to Iran. The U.S. Justice Department said Lim and his associates admitted knowing that the export of U.S.-origin goods to Iran wa...

Airbus startup debuts cabin prototypes with yoga studios and bikes
Instead of sitting cramped for endless hours on your next flight to Europe, Asia or the East Coast, what if you had time for a nice, long run A spin session or yoga practice All of them Travelers

Rights Groups Call For Pressure on Myanmar to Cooperate With UN Mission in Rakhine
Cooperation will demonstrate the government's willingness to identify perpetrators of abuses against civilian groups, they say.

US launches security probe into aluminium imports
Move follows similar steel action as Trump administration cracks down on trade deals

Slain trooper's young sons in court as killer gets death
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — With his victim's two young sons in court for the first time, a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper was formally sentenced to death Thursday, one day after a jury determined he should receive a lethal injection for the ambush at a state police barracks.

21 Recipes for a Picture-Perfect Mother's Day Brunch

Man carrying knives near Britain’s Parliament arrested in counter terrorism operation
LONDON, U.K. - A man was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism outside the Britain’s Parliament. Armed police carrying out the

United settles passenger abuse incident
Confidential payout follows policy changes and $10,000 overbooking offer

Republicans admit they won't repeal Obamacare this week, as Democrats threaten to shut down the government
It appears Donald Trump won’t achieve his campaign promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare before his first 100 days in office, as members of Congress direct their attention to averting a government shutdown. The White House has been scrambling to pass a revised health care bill since their first effort crashed and burned. Mr Trump ordered the White House-backed Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) to be pulled from a House vote last month, after it became obvious there were not enough vote...

Elizabeth Warren: I’m ‘troubled’ by Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that she’s troubled by former President Barack Obama’s accepting a $400,000 speaking fee from a Wall Street firm. Obama accepted a $400,000 fee from the investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald to speak at a health care conference in September.

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.

Body of missing Joliet toddler found in mother's home
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The body of a 1½-year-old girl was found at a "deplorable" northern Illinois home that she and her mother shared with squatters after her mother reluctantly allowed detectives inside to search and a day after she reported her daughter missing, authorities said Thursday.

EU prepares for post-Brexit united Ireland membership
Summit endorsement would raise fears over fragmentation of UK

Cops Hunting for Getaway Driver Who Helped 'Bachelor' Flee Scene of Fatal Crash
Witnesses said Chris Soules was picked up in a red truck after walking away from the scene.

The Latest: Arkansas court rejects 2 requests from inmate
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):

Mom lets daughter's school know her 10-year-old is 'done' with homework
Making tough calls for your children is a vital aspect of parenting. One brave mother stepped up to the parenting plate for her child, sharing an email she sent to her daughter's school explaining that her 10 year old is "done with homework" because of the undue stress it causes. SEE ALSO: Instead of telling women who might get pregnant they can't drink, study suggests trusting them Bunmi Laditan, a mom blogger in Quebec, explained on Facebook that she told her daughter&ap...

2 U.S. Service Members Killed in Afghanistan, Pentagon Says
The two were killed, and a third was wounded, in an operation in the same part of Afghanistan where the military dropped its most powerful conventional weapon.

Hun Sen Tells US to Stop Deporting Ethnic Cambodian Felons to His Country
Cambodia criticizes a U.S. policy it says 'splits families' by sending people to a homeland to which they have no close ties.

Samsung just confirmed the Galaxy Note 8 is coming this year
In case you were wondering whether Samsung will launch a new Galaxy Note model this year, you can rest assured that it’s happening. At least, Samsung just confirmed that a high-end smartphone is planned for the second half of the year, and that can only be Galaxy Note 8. Samsung previewed the year ahead in a press release announcing its financial results for the first quarter of the year, saying that it plans to “successfully” launch “a new flagship smartphone in the second half.” As for the ...

Tesla Model S Loses Top Ratings Spot
UPDATE: This story has been changed to reflect the fact that Tesla has started rolling out an update to Model S and Model X cars that includes automatic emergency braking. Consumer Reports lowere...

FTCR China business index slips on real-estate curbs
Sharp slowdown in first-tier housing markets counters stable freight and exports

Duterte losing support among Philippine poor
FT Confidential Research survey suggests honeymoon period may be ending

China is World-Leading Censor With 'Total Control' Over News: Press Freedom Group
China, a global leader in censorship operations, remains near the bottom of global press freedom rankings, the Paris-based press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual report

What’s Behind Myanmar Military Chief’s Europe Voyage?
A closer look at Min Aung Hlaing's goodwill visit to Germany and stopover in Austria.

Fort Rucker kicks off Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month and people on Fort Rucker will get the chance to experience the diversity of the various cultures during the Asian-Pacific Heritage Month ki

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