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Germany's Merkel rejects Trump invite to attend G7 summit in Washington- Politico

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to accept U.S. President Donald Trump's invitation to attend an envisaged summit of the Group of Seven (G7) in the United States, Politico reported on Friday. "She will of course continue to monitor the... See full article

Akinwumi Adesina: Why the US is targeting a flamboyant Nigerian banker

The US pushes for new inquiry into allegations of corruption against the African Development Bank boss. See full article

Yemen High-Level Pledging Event hosted by Saudi Arabia

The High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen will be hosted by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, 2 June 2020. The event will be in partnership with the United Nations. The Kingdom will announce its funding for the United... See full article

Woman sentenced for supporting Islamic State

A Florida woman was sentenced Friday to five years and 10 months in federal prison for attempting to send cellphones to the Middle East to be used as bomb detonators by the Islamic State terrorist group. Alison Marie Sheppard, 35,... See full article

Sen. Cruz seeks federal Twitter probe as Trump feuds with company

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on Friday urged the Treasury and Justice Departments to investigate whether Twitter, which is embroiled in a feud with the White House, is violating U.S. law by letting top Iranian officials use the social media platform.... See full article

Flynn Asked Russian for Alliance Against ‘Radical Islamists’ on Infamous Phone Call

When Donald Trump’s national security adviser-designate made his fateful phone calls with the Russian ambassador, the conversations that set in motion his downfall had a goal behind them. Drawing closer to the rival power that interfered in the 2016 election... See full article

Trump Says He’ll Terminate US Relationship With WHO

Accusing the World Health Organization of protecting China during the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump said Friday that the U.S. would sever its relationship with the agency.“We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those... See full article

Analysis: Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and the streets of a major city erupted in flames... See full article

Transcripts released of Flynn's calls with Russian diplomat

Transcripts of phone calls that played a pivotal role in the Russia investigation were declassified and released Friday, showing that Michael Flynn, as an adviser to then-President-elect Donald Trump, urged Russia's ambassador to be “even-keeled” in response to punitive Obama... See full article

US and China clash over Hong Kong laws at closed UN meeting

The United States and United Kingdom clashed with China and Russia over Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong during closed Security Council discussions on Friday that reflected increasing U.S.-China tensions. Diplomats said China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun accused... See full article

Officers in violent arrest to face NYPD disciplinary charges

A New York City police officer will face disciplinary charges for a violent arrest during a social distancing enforcement action that ended with him kneeling on a man's back or neck, a technique similar to the one that led to... See full article

U.N. agency task force urges uniform approach to flying during coronavirus

A United Nations aviation-led task force is urging airlines, airports and countries to come up with a uniform approach to flying safely during the coronavirus pandemic, although it stopped short of providing specific requirements for the hard hit industry's recovery.... See full article

UN agency task force urges uniform approach to flying during coronavirus

A United Nations aviation-led task force is urging airlines, airports and countries to come up with a uniform approach to flying safely during the coronavirus pandemic, although it stopped short of providing specific requirements for the hard hit industry's recovery.... See full article

Trump announces China sanctions over Hong Kong, termination of WHO relationship

President Donald Trump on Friday announced sanctions on China over its approach to Hong Kong and said he would end the United States' relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “We will be... See full article

'I can't breathe' a rally cry anew for police protests in US

Eric Garner uttered those words six years ago, locked in a police chokehold. Then came the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump. As the political divide widened, so much competed for the nation's attention — Russian interference in the election,... See full article

US: Russian jets in Libya present broader worries for region

U.S. Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia's longer term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO... See full article

AP photo of flag-bearing protester rockets around the world

It had been a tense, challenging Thursday evening in the riot-torn Twin Cities for Associated Press photographer Julio Cortez. Midnight was fast approaching, and so was a lone protester carrying an upside-down U.S. flag. Aware of the flag’s power as... See full article

Boris Johnson urged by senior Tories to relax two-metre rule within a fortnight to avoid large-scale redundancies

Boris Johnson has been urged by senior Conservatives to consider relaxing the two-metre social distancing rule within a fortnight to prevent large-scale redundancies. Greg Clark, the chairman of the Commons science committee, has written to the Prime Minister asking him... See full article

Veteran AP journalist Alvin Orton Jr. dies in Ohio at age 84

Al Orton, a veteran Associated Press journalist who spent much of his career on the overnight shift, mentoring dozens of reporters along the way, has died in Ohio. Orton, who used his full name of “Alvin Orton Jr.” in his... See full article

Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

The spark that started the U.S. coronavirus epidemic arrived during a three-week window from mid-January to early February, before the nation halted travel from China, according to the most comprehensive federal study to date of when the virus began spreading.... See full article

Biden speaks of racial 'open wound,' contrasting with Trump

Joe Biden lamented the “open wound” of the nation's systemic racism on Friday as he responded to the police killing of a black man in Minnesota. “The original sin of this country still stains our nation today,” Biden, the presumptive... See full article

Report: Gunmen kill 3 Iranian border guards near Iraq border

Unknown gunmen on Friday killed three Iranian border guards in a Kurdish area near the country's western border with Iraq, Iran's state media reported. The official IRNA news agency said the three were killed in clashes with “bandits” while patrolling... See full article

Sen. Ted Cruz demands a federal investigation into Twitter, claiming it's violating US sanctions against Iran by letting the country's leaders have accounts

Cruz alleges Twitter is in violation of US sanctions against Iran by allowing two state leaders to run accounts on the platform. See full article

Ruling means Missouri's last abortion clinic stays open

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided Friday that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis.... See full article

Lebanon extends mandate of UN force along Israel border

Lebanon’s government agreed on Friday to extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon along the border with Israel for another year, the country’s information minister said. The extension of the peacekeeping force, known as UNIFIL, comes... See full article