PHL, US begin this year's Balikatan

There will also be no focus on boosting the Philippines' maritime defence capabilities, which in previous years had been widely seen as a show of strength against Beijing over competing claims in the South China Sea. The 72-year-old president later clarified that he wanted to chart a foreign policy independent of the U.S. and to seek stronger ties with other countries, including China and Russian Federation.

Donald Trump's approval rating dips as he nears 100 days in office

Eisenhower back in 1953. Reports indicate that no matter what reviews regarding the president's first 100 days in office may show, his administration continues to assert that he is doing everything but struggling as America's newly minted commander in chief.

South Koreans begin early voting to replace ousted Park

The victor will be sworn in as president immediately after the announcement is made. This is a new feature in the country's 30-year-old democracy. But many commentators say the leading candidates have not provided detailed policies. North Korea, meanwhile, remains a pressing challenge. He's also threatened to scrap a "horrible" free-trade deal between the two. Both Moon and Ahn want to overhaul the family-run conglomerates known as chaebol that helped transform South Korea's economy ...

Modi alone can pull Kashmir out of quagmire: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti said "The prime minister has an intention of holding talks after the situation becomes normal". "The prime minister of our country had been given a very strong mandate by the people". "The Modi government has already clarified before the Supreme Court that it would not hold any talks unless the violence stops in Jammu and Kashmir", he told reporters in Agartala.

Trump on Middle East peace: 'We will get it done'

Trump said it was "a great honor" to welcome Abbas before the two began a brief Oval Office meeting. Today, Mahmoud Abbas met US President Donald Trump at the White House. He has charged son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner with a key role in the effort - just one part of Kushner's sprawling White House portfolio - as well as enlisting former Trump Organization executive Jason Greenblatt, now a special representative for worldwide organizations.

Russia: Syrian safe zones plan to take effect at midnight

Yet, the de-escalation zones agreement was not signed by the Syrian government, nor the opposition. Sergei Rudskoi said Friday that other countries could participate. "As for [the coalition] actions in the de-escalation zones , starting from now those zones are closed for their flights", Aleksandr Levrentyev told journalists in the Kazakh capital.

Major gains for Tories in council elections but SNP hails 'emphatic' victory

Labour has made a net loss of more than 60 seats. The SNP are looking to make gains in the city and possibly capture a majority. Labour's loss of control in Glasgow, where it has run the council since 1980, was not unexpected after the SNP took all the city's Westminster seats in 2015 and all of its Scottish Parliament constituency seats previous year, but it remains a heavy psychological blow for the party that has dominated post-war Scottish politics.

Pakistan, Iran agree to boost border security

Pakistan and Iran made a decision to set up "operational committees" for identification of areas of cooperation and addressing mutual concerns. He conveyed appreciations for Pakistan's constructive efforts for restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

McDonald's introduces Frork (yes, a french fry fork) and 3 new sandwiches

The new Signature Crafted Sandwiches are the Pico Guacamole , Sweet BBQ Bacon and Maple Bacon Dijon . To announce the Frork , McDonald's turned to legendary pitchman Anthony Sullivan , who shares McDonald's passion for solving consumer problems with unique products.

$1.1 trillion agreement ends threat of US shutdown

President Donald Trump's latest solution to making policy in government: changing the Senate and shutting the government down, according to two tweets he posted Tuesday morning. And while the bill does not contain an Obamacare bailout (cost-sharing subsidies), the White House agreed to continue illegally promulgating the insurer bailout without congressional appropriations as part of the condition for Democrats affording Republicans the honor of capitulating to them.

Knockout! Anthony Joshua triumphs over Wladimir Klitschko in battle for the ages

Fury posted this photo with the caption: "Nice glass of white wine after a hard sesh". "I want to get that WBO belt in 2017", Wilder said. "I'm not 41" - referring to Klitschko's age. "I did enjoy the night as well as you". However, he remains active on social media and indicated he wants to return, judging by his reply on Twitter to Joshua's calls from the ring.

US general suggests Russia is arming the Taliban

A senior USA defence official has told AFP at least 144 people were killed, while some sources on the base have placed the toll as high as 160. "That really occurred starting late past year, beginning through this process they've been undertaking", Nicholson said.

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister

However Serbian officials insist that they have evidence that he was involved in other war crimes for which he has not yet been prosecuted. The Kosovo conflict ended after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bombed the now-defunct Yugoslavia, comprised of Serbia and Montenegro, for 78 days to force a pullout of its troops and end a counter-insurgency campaign against ethnic Albanians.

ASEAN leaders express concern over sea row

Ties between China and the Philippines hit a low after Manila pursed a case at an global tribunal in The Hague contesting Beijing's claims to much of the South China Sea. But China's fast growing network of airbases and military facilities on disputed South China Sea land features, without a mutually acceptable modus vivendi in place to avoid conflicts at sea, has pushed his government and top generals to draw a harder line in the sand.

EU foreign ministers assess way ahead for Turkey relations

The EU foreign ministers held a separate session with their counterparts from all candidate countries for EU membership in which Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, was also present. Some also advocated maintaining support for democratic forces in Turkey, as millions of Turks do want to be a part of EU. "You lost", he said at the Atlantic Council Istanbul summit.

CROP PROGRESS: Corn 17% planted, soybeans 6%

Winter wheat condition - 54 percent good to excellent, 37 percent fair and 9 percent poor or very poor with 33 percent jointed. Soybeans planted was at 4%, compared to both the previous year and five-year average of 2%. Winter wheat headed reached 28%. "AgDay meteorologist Mike Hoffman's precipitation estimate shows Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama will receive anywhere between 0.1" of rain up to 3" by ...

Harry Styles to Spend a Week on 'The Late Late Show'

Yesterday was a huge day for Harry Styles fans, to say the least. Harry continued: "Oh God no". Styles offers to sing, but Corden makes it clear that as host, he is the official singer. They end the video lovingly arguing over who is going to hang up first. On each night of Styles' Late Late Show residency, the star will perform a new track from his self-titled first solo album, which will drop on Friday, May 12.

Venezuela chief prosecutor denounces violence as deaths rise

The opposition launched a series of anti-government protests in Caracas and other cities about three weeks ago, and the government has accused right-wing leaders of attempting to create chaos to destabilize and topple the socialist government.

ISIS Militants Killed by Wild Boars in Northern Iraq

At least eight ISIS fighters took cover in some dense reeds in the area, likely disturbing the wild boars , which then attacked them and killed three ISIS members, injuring the other five. Hawija is strategically located east of the road from Mosul to Baghdad, on the edge of the oil-rich region of Kirkuk . An effort backed by USA troops to drive ISIS out of Mosul began in October, with the eastern half of the city liberated by January.

Kerala HC moved for probe-into minister's 'anti-women remarks'

Let them sit there as they have been placed there by vested interests", asserted Mani, who addressing a public meeting in Idukki on Saturday, said he knew what all went on during the strike by "Pembulai Orumae" (Women's Collective). Congress leader Lathika Subhash said Mani had brought shame on Kerala. Responding to the opposition's call that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should visit Mahija, Mani said the opposition need not turn up with suggestions to this government.

Nasdaq Composite Tops 6000 for First Time

That bubble, fueled by the dot-com boom, burst spectacularly in early 2000 as many of its profitless but buzzed-about startups reversed their trajectories and crashed to earth. The first quarter this year has featured good earnings news. Shares of consumer, health-care and financial companies represent a growing share of the index.

Students clash with forces in Srinagar, 24 hurt

An Indian police man throws stones at protesters supporting students as they clash in Srinagar , Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, April 24, 2017. Water canon was used to disperse the mob. They discussed the steps taken to bring back normalcy in the Valley, which has witnessed many protests and stone- pelting incidents in the recent past.

Spotify Loses Global Partnerships Director in Stockholm Terror Attack

The truck driven by Akilov had crashed into the front of Ahlens department store on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), one of the city's main pedestrian thoroughfares. Swedes observed a minute of silence Monday during an official day of mourning to honour the four people killed and 15 wounded in a truck attack last week on shoppers in Stockholm.

Arkansas governor says execution plan just part of the job

The packed execution schedule and rush to appeal is due to the state's supply of midazolam being on the brink of expiration. Arkansas' supply of one of its lethal injection drugs, midazolam, expires April 30 and Gov Asa Hutchinson said he wants to use the drugs before they spoil.

Egypt president in Saudi Arabia to reaffirm ties

It was decided that two salary bonuses would be paid to military and security personnel serving in the war in Yemen. The Tadawul All Share Index climbed as much as 1.7 percent, before paring the gain to 1 percent at the close in Riyadh. He joined other key officials in highlighting figures pointing to economic recovery. Salaries and allowances accounted for 45 per cent of government spending in 2015 or $128 billion and contributed to a record budget deficit of $98 billion, reports the BBC.

Israel commemorates 6 million Jewish Holocaust victims

A lady and her 85-year-old grandfather, who is a Holocaust survivor, light candles next to a train wagon used in Nazi Germany to transport Jews to concentration camps, on April 23, 2017, in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya, on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Nothing wrong with DND chief's visit to Pag-asa Island

The defense chief flew to Pag-asa Island last Friday to check on its facilities, some of which were in dire need of fix. "This is just a normal visit within our territory, which we believe and we know is (our) territory", the minister told reporters.

Theresa May avoids 2015 pledge but vows Tories party of 'lower taxes'

Chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted he would like to drop the party's 2015 manifesto pledge not to put up income tax, VAT or national insurance contributions (NICs) during the lifetime of the parliament. A Tory supporter holds a sign as Theresa May delivers a speech. "What I would say to pensioners is, just look what the Conservatives in government have done", she said.

MCD polls: Delhi HC dismisses plea for use of VVPAT with EVMs

In terms of MCD, the national capital has been divided into three zones, namely east, north and south. Earlier, AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had accused the Election Commission of arrogance and not accepting that there could be a fault with the EVMs.

Illegal border crossing: human smuggling charges laid

Last month, the RCMP intercepted 887 people crossing between official border points, with 644 of them crossing into Quebec. But a loophole in the agreement allows people to make a claim if they manage to get into Canada another way. Court documents show that Victor Omoruyi, who is a Canadian citizen, was arrested April 14 after an SUV was stopped south of the North Dakota-Saskatchewan border.