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USA POLITICS: ‘Major, Major Conflict With North Korea Possible’: Trump Says

USA POLITICS: ‘Major, Major Conflict With North Korea Possible’: Trump Says

“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” U.S. President Donald Trump says.

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CHINA POLITICS: US Aircraft Carrier Heads for Korean Waters, China Calls for Restraint

CHINA POLITICS: US Aircraft Carrier Heads for Korean Waters, China Calls for Restraint

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on a call about North Korea with U.S. President Donald Trump, as Japan conducted exercises with a US aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Says Its Revolutionary Forces Combat-Ready to Sink US Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier With Single Strike

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Says Its Revolutionary Forces Combat-Ready to Sink US Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier With Single Strike

North Korea defiants: “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” Rodong Sinmun says.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pence to Turnbull: US Will Honor Refugee Deal

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pence to Turnbull: US Will Honor Refugee Deal

“We will honor this agreement out of respect to this enormously important alliance,” Pence said at Turnbull’s harbor side official residence in Sydney.

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MEXICO POLITICS: US to Fund Heroin Fight As 2016 Output Jumps

MEXICO POLITICS: US to Fund Heroin Fight As 2016 Output Jumps

Mexico’s president’s office, the Interior Ministry and the Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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USA POLITICS: Ledell Lee Death Row Inmate Executed Without Making Final Statement

USA POLITICS: Ledell Lee Death Row Inmate Executed Without Making Final Statement

Ledell Lee, 51, was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. CDT at the state’s death chamber in its Cummins Unit prison, a Department of Corrections spokesman said.

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TURKEY POLITICS: May 16-17 Erdogan to Meet President Trump

TURKEY POLITICS: May 16-17 Erdogan to Meet President Trump

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he will meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in Washington.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Mike Pence Warns North Korea of US Resolve

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Mike Pence Warns North Korea of US Resolve

“Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”

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AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Hamid Karzai to Ashraf Ghani: ‘How Could You Permit Americans to Bomb Your Country With Device Equal to Atom Bomb?

AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Hamid Karzai to Ashraf Ghani: ‘How Could You Permit Americans to Bomb Your Country With Device Equal to Atom Bomb?

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai says, “If the government has permitted them to do this, that was wrong and it has committed a national treason.”

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USA POLITICS: 8 Inmates Executions Halted By Arkansas Judge Baker

USA POLITICS: 8 Inmates Executions Halted By Arkansas Judge Baker

Supreme Court had already granted stays to two of the eight inmates, reducing the number of executions to six within an 11-day period.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Missile Strike in Syria Orchestrated: Lavrov Russian FM

SYRIA POLITICS: US Missile Strike in Syria Orchestrated: Lavrov Russian FM

“There’s growing evidence that this was staged,” Lavrov said at a Moscow news conference with his Iranian and Syrian counterparts on Friday. Publications including in the U.S. and the U.K. have highlighted “many inconsistencies” in the version of events in Syria’s Idlib province that was used to justify the American airstrikes, he said.

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USA POLITICS: Americans Name Dissatisfaction With Government as Top Problem: POLL

USA POLITICS: Americans Name Dissatisfaction With Government as Top Problem: POLL

This is by far the problem U.S. adults most frequently mention, followed by healthcare, immigration and the economy. Americans have often named government dissatisfaction as the top problem in the nation.

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USA POLITICS: Mother of All Bombs: ‘Right Time’ to Use Huge Bomb in Afghanistan: US General

USA POLITICS: Mother of All Bombs: ‘Right Time’ to Use Huge Bomb in Afghanistan: US General

“Using this massive bomb cannot be justified and will leave a material and psychological impact on our people,” the Taliban, who compete with Islamic State in Afghanistan, said in a statement.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to US: No Winners If Korea War Breaks Out

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to US: No Winners If Korea War Breaks Out

“Therefore, we call upon all the parties, no matter verbally or in action, to stop provoking and threatening each other and not to allow the situation to become irretrievable and out of control,” Wang said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Idlib Chemical Attack ‘Fabrication’: Bashar al-Assad

SYRIA POLITICS: Idlib Chemical Attack ‘Fabrication’: Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said an alleged poison gas attack blamed on his government last week in Idlib province was “100 percent fabrication” used to justify a U.S. air strike, news agency AFP reported on Thursday.

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IRAN POLITICS: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Biography

IRAN POLITICS: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Biography

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was born Mahmoud Saborjhian October 28, 1956, in Aradan, near Garmsar, in north-central Iran. Read Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Biography.

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USA POLITICS: Tillerson Will Follow Strict Diplomatic Protocol When He Visits Russia

USA POLITICS: Tillerson Will Follow Strict Diplomatic Protocol When He Visits Russia

Reacting to media reports that Tillerson would use his visit to press Moscow to back away from supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia’s biggest Middle East ally, Peskov signalled that was a non-starter.

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NICARAGUA POLITICS: US Reacts to Russian Flag In Nicaragua

NICARAGUA POLITICS: US Reacts to Russian Flag In Nicaragua

“Clearly there’s been a lot of activity, and it’s on the uptick now,” said a senior US official familiar with Central American affairs, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive situation.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Allies to Trump: US Crosses ‘Red Lines’ For Bombing Syria Air Base

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Allies to Trump: US Crosses ‘Red Lines’ For Bombing Syria Air Base

Assad Allies: “From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or breach of red lines from whoever it is, America knows our ability to respond well.”

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USA POLITICS: ‘Ossoff Can Win’: McElhannon Republican Strategist Says

USA POLITICS: ‘Ossoff Can Win’: McElhannon Republican Strategist Says

“I’ve never seen Democrats here so engaged, and it’s Donald Trump who got us so engaged,” said Carolyn Hadaway a veteran party activist in Georgia.

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