April 19, 2018

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Bahrain calls pipeline blast 'terrorism' linked to Iran

Bahrain calls pipeline blast 'terrorism' linked to IranBy Reem Shamseddine KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Bahrain said an explosion which caused a fire at its main oil pipeline on Friday was caused by "terrorist" sabotage, linking the unprecedented attack to its arch-foe Iran, which denies any role in the Gulf island kingdom's unrest. A key Western ally and host to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, Sunni Muslim-ruled Bahrain has for years grappled with protests and sporadic violence coming from its Shi'ite majority. "Terrorist acts witnessed by the country in the recent period are carried out through direct contacts and instructions from Iran," the statement quoted Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa as saying.


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Tiny Texas town turns inward in wake of mass shooting

Tiny Texas town turns inward in wake of mass shootingSUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The people of Sutherland Springs have not held news conferences, they haven't made appearances on network morning television shows, and while they've been polite to the media, they're not exactly forthcoming. Instead, this rural community is turning to the one thing that has buoyed them in good times, and sustains them now: an unshakeable faith in God.


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China's Silk Road revival hits the buffers

China's Silk Road revival hits the buffersFrom a stalled Indonesian rail project to an insurgency-threatened economic corridor in Pakistan, China's push to revive Silk Road trade routes is running into problems that risk tarnishing the economic crown jewel of Xi Jinping's presidency. The "One Belt, One Road" initiative, unveiled by Xi in 2013, envisages linking China with Africa, Asia and Europe through a network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks. Xi, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, has pushed the infrastructure drive which is central to his goal of extending Beijing's economic and geopolitical clout.


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Trump in Vietnam offers to 'mediate' on South China Sea dispute

Trump in Vietnam offers to 'mediate' on South China Sea disputeUS President Donald Trump told his Vietnamese counterpart Sunday he is ready to help resolve the dispute in the resource-rich South China Sea, which Beijing claims most of. "If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know... I am a very good mediator," the dealmaking American leader told Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during an official state visit Sunday. Vietnam has long courted support from Washington in its dispute with China over the precious waterway, where Beijing has built military installations and artificial islands.


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Donald Trump says a meeting with Kim Jong-un would be a 'good thing' after appearing to call him 'short and fat'

Donald Trump says a meeting with Kim Jong-un would be a 'good thing' after appearing to call him 'short and fat'Donald Trump offered a fresh olive branch to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, saying it would be a "good thing" if the two men met. Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi he reiterated his willingness to sit down with Kim while at the same time stepping up his attacks on Pyongyang. Asked if he believed a meeting could happen, Mr Trump responded: "Anything is possible. Strange things happen in life.  "If that happened it would be good for North Korea. It would be a good thing for the world. I don't know if it will happen, but it would be a good thing if it did." North Korea | Kim Jong-un’s fiery relationship with the US Earlier in the day, Mr Trump took exception, on Twitter, to the North Koreans calling him old - tweeting that he would never call Kim "short and fat." The US president called on other countries to support the US in curbing Pyongyang, warning of the consequences if nothing was done. "All responsible nations must now ensure that North Korea's rogue regime stops threatening the world with unthinkable loss of life. Trump says Putin's insulted by election interference claims 01:07 "We have been provoked, the whole world has been provoked. We want stability, not chaos. We want peace, not war." In the same press conference, the US president appeared to distance himself from suggestions that he accepted Vladimir Putin's insistence that Russia had not meddled in the 2016 US election. "What he believes is what he believes," Mr Trump told reporters as he tried to draw a line under the controversy, despite saying he that he agreed with the U.S. intelligence community's assessment on Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election. US President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters "I want to get on with Russia, to get on with China, to get on with Vietnam." "Frankly Russia and China to help us with the North Korean problem. We have to work together to solve Syria, solve Ukraine, solve terrorism. "Russia has been heavily sanctioned. Now it is time to get back to healing world which is shattered and broken. Having Russian in a friendly posture and not fighting with us is a healthy thing for the world."  


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Russia's pre-Revolutionary estates crumble in neglect

Russia's pre-Revolutionary estates crumble in neglectBoris Netchaeff's family estate was once the image of aristocratic life in pre-Revolutionary Russia but is now a long-neglected site where teenagers hold what he calls "Satanist parties". Netchaeff's grandfather abandoned the complex of buildings after the 1917 Revolution, leaving his home and his country along with a wave of other anti-Bolshevik Russians. "Since my childhood, I dreamed of restoring the estate, it is a big part of my life," said Netchaeff, who grew up listening to his grandfather's stories in France but now lives with his wife and children in Moscow.


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Australia to discuss North Korea, Islamist terrorism at Manila talks

Australia to discuss North Korea, Islamist terrorism at Manila talksBy Alison Bevege SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday said he would discuss North Korea and Islamist terrorism as threats to regional stability, ahead of his arrival at an East Asia leaders' summit in the Philippines. North Korea was a criminal regime and the single largest threat to the region, Turnbull told a televised news conference in Hong Kong. Islamist terrorism in the southern Philippines is the other key security issue Turnbull aims to discuss with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila.


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