Daily Archive: May 22, 2016

May 22

Israeli Cabinet OKs New Gas Deal After High Court Objections

Israel’s Cabinet has approved a new deal with a consortium of natural gas developers after the country’s Supreme Court rejected the previous agreement. The new deal changes a clause that would have prevented Israel from making significant regulatory changes for the next ten years. The Supreme Court struck down the deal over that clause and …

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May 22

Rep. Ed Royce: ‘Highly Likely’ Terror Behind EgyptAir Flight 804 Crash

It is “highly likely” terror is the leading theory to what brought down EgyptAir Flight 804, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce said on Sunday. “In my view, it’s highly likely because of the amount of effort that ISIS and Al Qaeda have put over the last few years into trying …

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May 22

AP Interview: Argentinian FM Envisions ‘Inspirational’ UN

The latest candidate to enter the race to become the next United Nations secretary general says the world body must become more inspirational and geared toward finding ways to tackle new challenges as they emerge. She also thinks that finally having a woman at the helm would help drive the change that’s needed. Argentinian Foreign …

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May 22

Mansour’s Brief Reign as Chief Marked by Turmoil

Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour’s brief rule, which ended with his death in a drone strike, was marked by mistrust and strife. Mansour, who was believed to be in his mid-50s, was reported killed by an airstrike in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. However a senior Taliban commander told The Associated …

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May 22

Protesters March to Mark 2nd Anniversary of Thailand Coup

More than 200 people marched in Thailand’s capital on Sunday to protest military rule on the second anniversary of the coup that toppled the country’s elected government. The march in Bangkok was one of the biggest anti-junta protests since the takeover and was treated with unusual tolerance by the authorities, who usually take a heavy-handed …

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May 22

Top US Commander Makes Secret Visit to Syria

On a secret trip to Syria, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing local Arab and Kurd fighters for what has been a slow campaign to …

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May 22

Merkel Expresses Concern About Situation of Kurds in Turkey

Ahead of her visit to Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says “some developments in Turkey fill us with big worries.” The chancellor expressed concern over the Kurdish conflict in an interview with weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung on Sunday saying “we want that the Kurdish people have an equal place and a good future in Turkey.” …

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May 22

Manhunt Underway for Cop Killer in Massachusetts

A manhunt is underway in Massachusetts for a gunman who shot and killed a police officer early Sunday. The officer worked in Auburn, about 50 miles west of Boston. The shooting took place there around 12:30 a.m. and the shooter fled the scene in a car, the Massachusetts State Police said. The officer, whose identity …

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May 22

Hillary Clinton Says She’s Looking Beyond Politicians in VP Search

Hillary Clinton says she’s looking beyond just politicians as she begins her search for a potential running mate. “I think we should look widely and broadly,” the Democratic presidential candidate exclaimed on “Meet the Press” Sunday when asked about her Vice Presidential search. “It’s not just people in elective office. It is successful businesspeople. I …

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May 22

Rebels Kill 5 Indian Soldiers Near Border With Myanmar

Heavily armed rebels ambushed and killed five Indian paramilitary soldiers on Sunday in the latest attack in India’s insurgency-wracked northeastern region bordering Myanmar. The soldiers were on their way for rescue work after a rain-triggered mudslide hit Chandel district in Manipur state, a police officer said. The insurgents fired at paramilitary Assam Rifles soldiers in …

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