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China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road

China on Sunday touted its new Silk Road as "a project of the century" at a summit highlighting its growing leadership on globalisation, but a North Korean missile test competed for attention. Guterres noted, adding that the 17 Goals can guide the policies and actions under the Belt and Road towards true sustainable development. At Sunday's forum, Xi proposed that the Belt and Road should be built into a road of peace, prosperity, opening up as well as innovation, and one that connects ...


Kurdish-led forces advance on IS-held Raqqa, say activists

Kurdish-led forces advance on IS-held Raqqa, say activists

But Washington backs the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), of which the YPG makes up roughly half, and which has been effective in fighting the IS group. Notably, the YPG's presence and role in the coming offensives against the IS explicitly contradicts Turkey's stance that any growing presence or further advancement of the PKK or its affiliates will not be tolerated.



Act II for France's Macron: Getting the Majority to Govern

In a head-to-head with centrist Emmanuel Macron, Le Pen garnered just under 34 percent of the vote, a smaller percentage than many expected in the wake of a leak of information shortly before election day. Sylvie Goulard, a French deputy to the European Parliament, said Mr Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well.


North Korea detention of fourth U.S. citizen 'concerning' - White House

North Korea detention of fourth U.S. citizen 'concerning' - White House

The regime described Kim Hak-song as "a man who was doing business in relation to the operation of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology ". No specifics about their respective alleged crimes have been released. The school - founded by evangelical Christians from overseas and opened in 2010 - is known to have a number of American faculty members. The university is still highly outward-looking by North Korean standards, in a nation where foreign professors are relatively rare.



North Korea Missile Launch A Challenge To South's New Leader

North Korea has also launched satellites into orbit on long-range rockets that share some of the same technology as missiles. The latest test was the North's first launch since a controversial United States missile defence system deployed in the South became operational on May 2.



Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new FBI director

Trump's visible anger and erratic tweets prompted a reporter to ask Spicer on Friday if the president was "out of control". Trump's pick will have to be confirmed by the Senate. Addressing reporters onboard the presidential plan Air Force One, Mr Trump said the selection process would be fast. "You can't be cute about tapes", he said, echoing comments made by Democrat members of the Senate.