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North Korea fires unidentified projectile from eastern region: South Korea

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May 28, 2017 SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired an unidentified projectile on Monday from the region of Wonsan on its east coast in an easterly direction, South Korea’s military said, coming after a series of test-launches of missiles in recent weeks. The launch was immediately reported to President Moon Jae-in, who called a meeting of the National Security Council at 7:30 a.m. (2230 GMT Sunday), the South Korean office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The projectile was likely a ballistic missile, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said citing an unidentified source. The projectile is […]

U.S. Navy skydiver killed in parachuting accident in New York Harbor

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May 28, 2017 By Maurice Tamman JERSEY CITY, N.J. (Reuters) – A member of the U.S. Navy’s elite skydiving demonstration team plunged to his death on Sunday when his parachute failed to open while performing in an aerial exhibition as part of New York Harbor’s annual Fleet Week festival. The parachutist was pulled from the waters of Morris Canal near the mouth of the Hudson River moments after the accident, witnessed by thousands of spectators watching the show from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The skydiver, a member of the Navy SEALs commando unit that operates under […]

Swedish art gallery satire “The Square” wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

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May 28, 2017 CANNES, France (Reuters) – “The Square”, a Swedish movie about the curator of a museum filled with grotesquely pretentious conceptual art was awarded the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Sofia Coppola won best director for “The Beguiled”, Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for “You Were Never Really Here” and Diane Kruger best actress for German language movie “In the Fade”. (Reporting by Robin Pomeroy, editing by David Evans) Source: Top News

Man arrested after sheriff’s deputy, seven others shot in Mississippi

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May 28, 2017 NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Mississippi man went on a shooting spree overnight, killing a sheriff’s deputy and seven other people in three separate locations in rural Lincoln County before the suspect was taken into custody by police, authorities said on Sunday. Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, was arrested and was being treated in a hospital for a gunshot wound, according to Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The sheriff’s deputy, identified as William Durr, was fatally shot after responding to an emergency call regarding a domestic dispute late on Saturday night at […]

U.S. might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country

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May 28, 2017 By Toni Clarke (Reuters) – The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins of all flights into and out of the country, John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, said on Sunday. In an interview on Fox News Sunday Kelly said the U.S. plans to “raise the bar” on airline security, including tightening screening of carry-on items. “That’s the thing that they are obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it’s a U.S. carrier, particularly if it’s full of U.S. people.” In March the government imposed restrictions on large […]

Trump hits out at ‘fake news’ following Kushner reports

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May 28, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that many of the leaks from the White House were “fake news,” following reports his son-in-law tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office. Trump returned to the White House after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday to face more questions about alleged communications between his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington. “It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made […]

European allies see the two sides of Trump

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May 28, 2017 By Noah Barkin TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) – In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets. In Brussels, he bashed NATO partners for not spending more on defense, shoved the prime minister of Montenegro and renewed his attacks on Germany’s trade surplus with the United States. America’s allies witnessed the two sides of Trump on his first foreign trip as U.S. president, a nine-day tour that began with sword dancing in Saudi Arabia and vague pledges in Israel […]

Britain says some of Manchester bomber’s network potentially still at large

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May 28, 2017 By Phil Noble MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Members of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s network are still potentially at large, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday, after the terrorism threat level was lowered due to significant progress in the investigation. Police have said they have arrested a large part of the network behind the bombing, which killed 22 people at a concert hall, and two more men were arrested on Saturday as police continued to close in on the group. Asked during an interview on BBC television whether some of the group were still at large, […]

Pittsburgh and Nashville clash in Stanley Cup of contrasts

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May 28, 2017 By Larry Fine (Reuters) – A stellar attack collides with a spectacular defense as the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins take on the upstart Nashville Predators in a Stanley Cup Finals full of contrasts starting on Monday. Something has got to give when the best-of-seven for the National Hockey League crown gets underway in the Steel City of Pittsburgh and home favorites Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and friends try to work the puck past brilliant Finnish goalkeeper Pekka Rinne. The Penguins could become the first team in 19 years to hoist the huge silver trophy in back-to-back years […]

Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal: Axios

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May 28, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has told “confidants,” including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge. On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support the Paris climate deal next week. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A source who has been in contact with people involved in the decision told Reuters a couple of […]