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OPEC likely to extend output cuts into next year

OPEC and 11 non-members agreed past year to cut output by as much as 1.8 MMbpd. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih noted a "trend" among participants to prolong the cuts for nine months. OPEC is notorious for trying to wrong-foot the market with last-minute announcements in an effort to lift oil prices , so traders are on edge ahead of the talks. Read More

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Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Iran's recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani said that the Syrian issue should be solved through dialogue and peaceful means. We are waiting for the new government to find stability and continuity in its policies, ' said Rouhani. The US has no other way but to think of "a win-win approach vis-a-vis Iran, otherwise they will fail", he said. "People of Saudi Arabia are our friends, and we have always loved them". Read More

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Egyptian President: Trump Is 'Capable of Doing the Impossible'

Egyptian President: Trump Is 'Capable of Doing the Impossible'

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Saudi capital Riyadh Saturday on a two-day visit to participate in the Arab Islamic American Summit with US President Donald Trump Sunday, Ahram written. The two leaders called for closer cooperation on a range of issues, particularly on combating militant extremism, with Trump praising Sisi's efforts on "fighting terrorism", according to a statement from Sisi's office. Read More

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Israel makes some concessions to Palestinians before Trump visit

The trip has been billed as a chance to visit places sacred to three of the world's major religions. MARTIN: So what is on the president's itinerary? The next visit by a US president took place only in the 1990s. And the USA has not wanted to take sides in that dispute. Netanyahu said he hoped an Israeli prime minister could soon make the same flight. Israel's Defense Ministry said hundreds of journalists and officials have been invited to the ceremony at the airport, a practical ... Read More

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Tillerson Rules Out A Clinton-Style 'Reset' With Russia

Tillerson Rules Out A Clinton-Style 'Reset' With Russia

I understand what his objectives are. And so that's my only line. Tillerson said in a statement that Trump and Lavrov discussed a broad range of subjects. "We're starting with the slate we have", he said, "all the problems that are on that slate". Trump tweeted Friday that the story that there was collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation was "fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election". Read More

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Iranian opposition figure Karoubi to vote for Rouhani in election

Iranian opposition figure Karoubi to vote for Rouhani in election

The coalition between the two conservative nominees will benefit the country's economy in a post-election era, if Raeisi manages to assume power through the election. The same day that Mr Trump heads overseas, Iran is holding its first presidential election since the completion of the nuclear agreement. A reformist dropping out ahead of the 2013 election helped Rouhani edge out a almost 51 percent majority to win. Read More

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Hostages freed from mosque in Central African Republic

Hostages freed from mosque in Central African Republic

Radio France International, citing a local source, said hundreds of fighters had taken part in the attacks this weekend and had killed at least 30 people. He reaffirmed the UN's support for MINUSCA, which is in vehicle to protect civilians and stabilize the country. Reiterating support to the Central African authorities and to MINUSCA in implementing its mandate to protect civilian populations, France said it is "determined to continue, in consultation with its European, African and ... Read More

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Gillibrand urges Senate GOP to reject 'cruel' health care plan

Gillibrand urges Senate GOP to reject 'cruel' health care plan

Budget analysts estimate 24 million Americans would lose insurance over a decade, 14 million in the first year, and older Americans would face higher costs. "What the Medicaid reforms really do is put pressure on the states to get costs under control", MacArthur said. Cutting almost $1 trillion from Medicaid will give states the freedom to tailor the program to suit their needs, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Sunday, as he defended a narrowly passed House bill that aims ... Read More

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Don't Mess With China's Silk Road Initiative: Venezuela

Don't Mess With China's Silk Road Initiative: Venezuela

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged today 8.7-billion-USD assistance for developing countries and worldwide organizations under the Belt and Road Initiative. "Sri Lanka is ready to seek more economic cooperation opportunities with China". Citing its objection to CPEC, India on Saturday said "it can not accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity". Read More

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Tennessee Woman Accused of Chasing Republican Congressman David Kustoff After Town Hall

Tennessee Woman Accused of Chasing Republican Congressman David Kustoff After Town Hall

David Kustoff and an aide after a town hall meeting at the University of Tennessee Martin. The incident happened on May 8 when Congressman David Kustoff was at a meeting on the campus of UT Martin. Kustoff voted for the American Health Care Act and posted a statement in support of the bill on his website. Kustoff earlier this month voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. Read More

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North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns

North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns

Iran continues to make critical technological strides in its efforts to ideal an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons over great distances, efforts that violate global prohibitions, according to the director of national intelligence, who informed Congress this week that the Islamic Republic "would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons". Read More

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North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

The CIA declined to comment. None of the accusations have been verified. North Korea has accused the US and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving bio-chemical weapons. For its part, South Korea has admitted to having plans in place to kill Kim. Last week, however, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told reporters that the best way to solve the North Korea problem was to "eradicate the leadership". Read More

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Seen HIM taking illegal cash: Sacked AAP Minister

Seen HIM taking illegal cash: Sacked AAP Minister

The AAP accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of harassing it on the pretext of foreign funding and said it seemed that he had chose to shift his priority to eliminate the party, instead of terrorism and Naxalism. "It is now established that public money has been looted in Delhi Jal Board Tanker Scam by (Delhi Chief Minister) Arvind Kejriwal government", he alleged. Read More

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Battle for west Mosul will be 'completed in 3 weeks'

Battle for west Mosul will be 'completed in 3 weeks'

John Dorrian, a US military spokesman in Baghdad. It said Iraqi forces had already captured a small outlying village called Hsunah and a nearby gas factory in the renewed push. An American company helping secure the Iraqi base where F-16 fighter jets battle the Islamic State group turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations and allegations of sex trafficking. Read More

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China 'putting pressure' on North Korea

China 'putting pressure' on North Korea

The deployment has triggered anger from Seongju residents who fear North Korea may target their town and who worry about rumored health hazards linked to THAAD's powerful radar. "A failure is a failure, but that doesn't mean the launch was meaningless". The most recent two - fired on April 16 and April 29 - both failed. "If he does a nuclear test, I will not be happy". Read More

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In Japan, Vice President Pence Pushes For Bilateral Trade Deal

Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo and assured them that the Trump administration's plans for a tax overhaul and to cut regulations will help businesses in the Pacific, too. But, he added, as a result of the recent talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the current administration is giving Beijing time to use its economic and political influence on Pyongyang. Read More

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Planned Parenthood Reopens Texas Abortion Clinic

Planned Parenthood Reopens Texas Abortion Clinic

First Daughter Ivanka Trump reportedly told Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to recommend splitting her own organization in two so that its abortion services would be separate from its health services. What's more, President Donald Trump's recent decision to allow states to withhold Title X funds , which go toward services like cancer screenings and well-woman exams, proves the GOP's problem isn't exclusively with funding women's health care - it's with funding, in any measure, ... Read More

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