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Britain says it's a natural partner for China's new Silk Road

China is organising the two-day Belt and Road conference in Beijing starting Sunday which will be attended by 29 Heads of State including Russian President Vladimir Putin and a U.S. Governments from Washington to New Delhi worry that Beijing is using the initiative to build its own political influence and erode theirs, or that China might undermine environmental standards or leave poor countries burdened with debt.



Ex-French PM Valls wants to be Macron candidate

But it's not clear if he will be able to do so. Valls is planning to run in the Essonne department, his fiefdom south of Paris, but Republic on the Move officials said his nomination won't be automatic. It remains to be seen whether Macron's newly renamed "Republique en Marche " (the Republic on the Move) movement will accept Valls as a candidate.



"Nothing Further to Add": Spicer Shuts Down Questions on Trump's Tapes Tweet

Since Comey's firing, current and former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have given alternative descriptions of a meeting between the president and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation head. The White House has provided no set timeline for the process of replacing Comey. The president tweeted, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy".



North Korea fires missile - South Korea military

North Korea has tested a ballistic missile in defiance of calls to rein in its nuclear weapons programme, days after the inauguration of a new leader in South Korea and coinciding with a major global summit in Beijing hosted by its ally China.



Next cyber attack could be imminent, warn experts

Europol's European Cybercrime Centre said it was working closely with national law enforcement agencies and private security firms to combat the threat and help victims. In the United States, FedEx was hit. Dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion. While the domain registration put a stop to the ransomware's spread, it did not solve the problem for any system that had already been hit by the attack.



'Credibility' made Flynn firing longer than Comey's: White House

Mr Obama, who had fired Mr Flynn as the head of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), told Mr Trump that he would have profound concerns about Mr Flynn becoming a top national security aide. This development comes after former president Barrack Obama [official website] said he had warned Trump not to hire Flynn [NYT report]. Republican members pointedly asked Ms.