Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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10 Dead, 15 Wounded, After Van Strikes Pedestrians In Toronto. Suspect Identified -- News Roundup



CBC: 'Nobody's seen anything like this': 10 dead, 15 injured in north Toronto van ramming attack

Alek Minassian, 25, is the alleged driver in the attack, CBC News has confirmed

* Death toll revised from nine to 10
* Suspect identified as Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont.
* Attack doesn't appear to have a national security connection, public safety minister says
* 15 injured sent to various hospitals across Toronto

Ten people are dead and 15 others are injured after a van driver plowed into a number of pedestrians Monday in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area of North York in Toronto.

One suspect is in custody.

CBC News has confirmed that Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., man, is the alleged driver in the attack. His LinkedIn profile identifies him as a student at Seneca College.

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More News On Today's Carnage In Toronto

Twenty-five minutes of horror on Yonge Street: How the Toronto van attack unfolded -- Globe and Mail
PICTURED: Van driver, 25, who 'killed 10 and injured 15 when he intentionally plowed into pedestrians including a young girl, a parent with a stroller and elderly people' in Toronto -- Daily Mail
Driver kills 10, injures 15 plowing van into Toronto sidewalk crowd -- Reuters
Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk -- AP
10 dead after van strikes pedestrians in Toronto, suspect identified -- CTV
Suspect in van rampage identified as Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill -- Toronto Star
Suspect in Toronto van attack described as socially awkward, tech expert -- Globe and Mail
Videos show lone Toronto police officer arresting suspect after van hits pedestrians: 'This guy is a hero' -- National Post
Toronto van attack: Police officer commended for refusal to shoot suspect -- Global News
Massive investigation into Toronto van attack will shut down Yonge Street for days -- Globe and Mail

Picture Of The Day

A police officer stands next to a victim of an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Van plows into pedestrians in Toronto (Reuters).

Colombian President Santos: Venezuela Nearing ‘Implosion’

This is the view of the Simon Bolivar International Bridge from above taken at 6 a.m. on a Monday. You can see that there is already quite a bit of traffic as people try to enter Colombia. (Brookings)

Bloomberg: Colombia's Migrant Crisis Worsens With Venezuela Nearing ‘Implosion’

The flow of migrants fleeing Venezuela’s collapsing economy is increasing every day, putting a strain on Colombia’s health and education systems and its jobs market, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said.

“Venezuela is on the verge of imploding,” Santos told Bloomberg TV Monday. “What we hope is that this implosion will be peaceful and not violent, because otherwise we will have a tremendous avalanche of more Venezuelans coming to Colombia.”

The migrant crisis is probably the biggest challenge facing Colombia at the moment, Santos said. Venezuelans are currently crossing the border into Colombia at the rate of more than 100,000 per month, according to data from the immigration authority, with many more arriving illegally.

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Update #1: Colombia border teems as Venezuelans "without anything" flee crisis (Reuters)
Update #2: Venezuela’s refugee crisis: Views from the border (Brookings)

WNU Editor: The Colombian President is wrong. Venezuela is not nearing an "implosion" .... it is already there.

WNU Editor: Beware of doing business in Venezuela .... Exclusive: Arrested Chevron workers could face treason charge in Venezuela - sources (Reuters).

Monday, April 23, 2018

Friction Between China And Taiwan Is Going To Get Worse

China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group on exercise in the South China Sea. Photo: Xinhua

Cary Huang, SCMP: For US and China, the real friction over Taiwan is yet to come

US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s trip to Taipei and Trump’s stance on submarines could make the biggest mess of China-US ties since Nixon.

Even if the United States and China can find a way out of their simmering trade dispute, the next topic that could provoke an ugly clash may already be upon them: Taiwan.

A string of recent events has served to highlight escalating tensions between Washington, Beijing and Taipei. These culminated in the past week in a series of tit-for-tat military displays in the Taiwan Strait.

On Wednesday, the People’s Liberation Army followed up its massive show of strength in the South China Sea a week earlier by heading to the strait – reportedly on the orders of Chinese President Xi Jinping – to carry out unexpected live-fire drills.

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WNU Editor: Is Taiwan's independence critical to U.S. national security in Asia? This is a debate that is now starting.

This Is The Trade Show Where U.S. Special Forces Buy Their Weapons



Popular Mechanics: Where U.S. Special Forces Buy Their Weapons

Inside the world’s most surreal trade show.

Jackson’s Bistro is the nicest restaurant within walking distance of the Tampa Convention Center, and right now, at lunchtime, it is overrun with soldiers in fatigues. The place is like an anthill. From the elevated bar, where I am waiting for the host to grant me a blessed table, you can see a line of soldiers meandering back toward the convention center, which looks like a toy ocean liner from this angle, all decks of sunny windows propped up on sand-colored columns.

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WNU Editor: The above video is from the trade show that was held last year.

Will Nuclear Weapons Be Used In World War III?

Dan Plesch, The Conversation: Could the US win World War III without using nuclear weapons?

As the US, Russia and China test each other’s patience and strategic focus, speculation about the chances of a world war has hit a new high. But many of the people seriously engaged in this weighty discussion often get it wrong.

When it comes to estimating military capability, the Western media is principally concerned with the weapons capabilities of weaker states – and it rarely pays much attention to the colossal capability of the US, which still accounts for most of the world’s defence spending.

Any sensible discussion of what a hypothetical World War III might look like needs to begin with the sheer size and force of America’s military assets. For all that China and Russia are arming up on various measures, US commanders have the power to dominate escalating crises and counter opposing forces before they can be used.

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WNU Editor: I have never been a believer in limited nuclear war, and I have never felt comfortable that a major war between U.S./Russia/China could occur without the use of nuclear weapons. There is too much vested in these weapon systems to not be used .... which is why we should never be in a position where the opportunity to use them is permitted.

U.S. Senate Panel Approves Pompeo for U.S. Secretary of State



CNN: Mike Pompeo advances out of committee with favorable recommendation, following Paul flipping his vote

Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of state, advanced out of committee Monday with a favorable recommendation, following a last minute reversal from Sen. Rand Paul that averted a historic rebuke of the President's pick to be the country's top diplomat.

The Senate committee voted 11 to 9 with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware voting present and Sen. Isakson voting by proxy.

"Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State," Paul, R-Kentucky, tweeted.

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Update #1: Pompeo headed for confirmation after surprise panel vote (The Hill)
Update #2: After Late Vote Switch, Senate Panel Approves Pompeo for Secretary of State (New York Times)

WNU editor: It is a now a guarantee that Mike Pompeo will be the next U.S. Secretary of State.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 23, 2018


Michael Knigge, DW: Can Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron save the Iran nuclear deal?

During separate talks with President Donald Trump this week, Macron and Merkel will urge the US to stick to the Iran nuclear deal. In an interview with Fox News, the French leader warned there is no "Plan B."

When French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet President Donald Trump in the White House within days of each other, it will represent the most high profile European push yet to try to convince him to remain in the Iran nuclear accord, which he has repeatedly branded as the "worst deal ever."

The Franco-German charm offensive is certainly the most visible effort to prevent the Trump administration from pulling out of the deal which was signed in 2015. But it is only the tip of the iceberg.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 23, 2018

Is Iran really a nuclear threat? -- Mersiha Gadzo, Al Jazeera

Iran's Futile Gesture Mirrors Venezuela's Economic Idiocy -- Simon Constable, Forbes

How Mike Pompeo Stole the North Korea Show -- Michael Fuchs & Abby Bard, National Interest

Why a Trump-Kim Deal Has a Good Shot -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Erdoğan tries to fix his election -- Akram Belkaïd, Le Monde Diplomatique

Syrian opposition says U.S. cannot afford to leave Syria yet -- Sarah Dadouch, Reuters

Remembering Syria Before the War -- Caroline Kitchener and Karen Yuan, The Atlantic

Israel, Palestinians return to conflicting narratives -- Uri Savir, Al-Monitor

Have China-Australia ties reached a new low? -- Charli Shield, DW

How China Is Buying Its Way Into Europe -- Andre Tartar, Mira Rojanasakul and Jeremy Scott Diamond, Bloomberg

Merkel's Final Act -- Philipp Rotmann, National Interest

Crossing Divides: Europe 'more split' than decade ago -- Valeria Perasso, BBC

Armenia's Peaceful Revolution Is a Lesson for Putin -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The Foreign Leaders Trump Favors -- Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic

CIA Releases Morell Memo Clearing Haspel on Destroyed Tapes -- The Cipher Brief

Is this the way to a peaceful world? -- John Lloyd, Reuters

World News Briefs -- April 23, 2018 (Evening Edition)



CBC: 9 dead, 16 injured after van strikes pedestrians in North York

Incident occurred near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Nine people are dead and 16 others are injured after a white van struck a number of pedestrians Monday in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area of North York in Toronto.

One suspect is in custody.

Toronto police Deputy Chief Peter Yuen told reporters police have mobilized all available resources and that officers expect to be at the scene for a number of days to come.
"This is going to be a long investigation," Yuen said. There were numerous witnesses and surveillance cameras in the area, he said.

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MIDDLE EAST

Yemen Huthi political leader killed in coalition raid: rebels.

Yemen rebels vow to avenge coalition killing of political head.

Syrian army targets south Damascus insurgent enclave.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov blasts US-led strike on Damascus for torpedoing progress in Syrian peace process.

20 killed, 40 wounded in air raid on Yemen wedding: medics.

Yemen forces clash with jihadists after Red Cross worker killed.

Saudi Arabia downs Houthi missile fired across border.

Russia, China to stop bid to 'sabotage' Iran deal: Lavrov.

Iran prepared to resume nuclear program if U.S. backs out of deal.

Iran dumps dollar for euro in foreign trade transactions.

Palestine files complaint against Israel under anti-racism treaty.

ASIA

Chinese carrier leads live fire drill in East China Sea.

North, South Korea agree on summit date.

South Korean protesters denounce U.S. anti-missile system ahead of North-South summit.

South Korean military suspends loudspeaker broadcasts at inter-Korean border.

At least 16 dead in twin Taliban attacks on Afghan officers.

Grief turns to anger over Kabul suicide attack.

China hackers accused of attacking Japanese defence firms.

Decision to remove flogging from public eye in Indonesia's Aceh draws Islamist resistance.

North Korea bus crash kills 32 Chinese tourists.

AFRICA

Four killed in clashes between UN, militia in C.Africa: source.

Nepalese peacekeepers accused of child rape in South Sudan.

Angolan army chief sacked in latest anti-graft move.

Rockets shake Mali's Timbuktu, no casualties: French army.

Egyptians in Sinai living under siege due to anti-militant campaign, says HRW.

Rival groups from Somalia's army fight at former UAE training facility.

Somalia: Militants raid military base in Mogadishu.

11 migrants found dead, 263 rescued off Libya coast: navy.

Madagascans return to protests after clashes.

Nigerians demand air quality data over pollution fears.

EUROPE

G7 foreign ministers unite in condemning Russian behavior.

Armenia soldiers join anti-government protests in Yerevan.

Greece angrily rejects Erdoğan's proposed soldier swap.

Far-right attacks increase tension in Greece's Lesbos.

Merkel admits 'a new form of anti-Semitism' has emerged among Germany's Arab refugees and admits she is 'dismayed' that Jewish schools and synagogues require police protection.

'Ethnic purging': French stars and dignitaries condemn antisemitism.

Germany: G7 not planning swift return for Russia.

French parliament passes sweeping immigration law.

Basic income trial falls flat in Finland.

It's a boy: Kate, wife of UK's Prince William, gives birth to third child.

AMERICAS

Van kills 9, injures 16 on Toronto street; driver in custody.

Exclusive: Arrested Chevron workers could face treason charge in Venezuela - sources.

Over a year into presidency, Trump hosts first state dinner.

Europe puts pressure on Trump to save the Iran deal as Macron warns there is no 'Plan B' and Tehran threatens to resume nuclear activities 'at a much greater speed'.

In bumpy road to confirmation, Pompeo faces committee vote.

Mario Abdo Benítez wins Paraguay's presidential election. Mario Abdo Benitez elected as Paraguay's president.

Nicaragua president scraps pension cuts after deadly riots.

Canadian lynched in Peru after being accused of shaman's death.

Nashville Waffle House: James Shaw denies heroism. 'No credible sightings' as police hunt Tennessee shooter.

Past presidents, family and friends bid farewell to Barbara Bush.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Driver kills nine, injures 16 plowing van onto Toronto sidewalk: police.

US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight.

Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam found guilty of attempted murder in separate Brussels trial. Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam gets 20-year sentence in Belgium.

The US Senate’s blind spot on terrorism in Yemen.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Higher US bond yields weigh on Wall Street stocks, lift dollar.

Trump's revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia.

Remittance payments hit record in 2017: World Bank.

U.S. fund managers brace for trade war with focus on pricing power.

Facebook rejects Australia media calls for regulation.

President Trump Asked Israeli PM Netanyahu If He Genuinely Cares About Peace

President Trump and Israeli PM Netanyahu

Axios: Trump asked Netanyahu if he genuinely cares about peace

In a phone call last year with Bibi Netanyahu, President Trump said something that shocked some of the people who helped prepare his briefing materials for the conversations. According to three sources familiar with the call, Trump asked Bibi bluntly if he actually cares about peace or not.

The details: Trump was pressing Bibi on the importance of striking a "deal" for Mideast peace. He'd read news reports about Bibi planning to build additional settlements to please his conservative base in Israel. Trump thought Bibi was unnecessarily angering the Palestinians. So, in the course of a longer conversation that was mostly friendly and complimentary, he bluntly asked Bibi whether or not he genuinely wants peace.

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More News On President Trump Asking Israeli PM Netanyahu If He Genuinely Cares About Peace

Trump asked Bibi Netanyahu if he REALLY wants peace in the Middle East -- Daily Mail
Trump reportedly bluntly asked Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu if he really wants peace or not -- Business Insider
Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report -- The Hill
Trump Asks Netanyahu if He Really Wants Peace With Palestinians -- Algemeiner
Trump Asked Netanyahu if He 'Really Cares About Peace,' Report Says -- Haaretz
Trump Bluntly Questions Netanyahu's Interest in Peace in Region – Report -- Sputnik

Terror Attack InToronto? Nine Killed, Sixteen Injured By Rental Van After Mounting Pavement And Mowing Down Pedestrians





Toronto Sun: Toronto van attack – Nine dead after van mounts pavement and mows down pedestrians in Toronto

A white van is said to have mounted the pavement just before 1:30pm local time before fleeing the scene

AT least five people are dead after being struck by a van mounting a pavement in Toronto, Canada.

Cops were called to Yonge Street and Finch Avenue after a speeding white rental van hit pedestrians before fleeing the scene.

The incident happened just before 1:30pm local time (18:30 GMT) in Canada's largest city.

Cops have arrested the driver of the van but have not yet established a motive for the attack.

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WNU Editor: A gathering of G7 foreign and security ministers is taking place in Toronto right now .... G7 ministers sit down in Toronto to a full plate of world troubles (CBC). Watching the Canadian foreign and security minister answering questions right now. No one wants to say it (or ask the question directly) .... but everyone is thinking the word terrorism right now. What's my take .... too early to confirm anything right now.

Update: The Toronto Star is bluntly saying that this was deliberate .... ‘This is not a car accident.’ At least 3 dead as van strikes pedestrians along Yonge St. in North York, driver in custody (Toronto Star).

Update #2: Watching the news. No question about it. This was deliberate.

More News On Today's "Possible" Terror Attack In Toronto

WATCH LIVE: Ongoing coverage of Toronto incident -- CTV News
Van strikes multiple pedestrians in Toronto -- live updates -- CBS/AP
Driver in custody after Toronto pedestrians hit by white van that fled scene -- CBC
Multiple fatalities after pedestrians struck by van in Toronto -- Global News
Van hits pedestrians in Toronto: Suspect arrested after up to 10 people injured near Yonge and Finch -- National Post
Numerous injured as van hits pedestrians in north Toronto (Photo-Gallery) -- Globe and Mail

China Has Adopted A More Aggressive Stance Against Taiwan

Taiwan navy fast attack boats take part in a military drill outside a naval base in Kaohsiung port, southern Taiwan, January 27, 2016. Reuters

Business Insider: China is getting increasingly aggressive with Taiwan — but war would be disastrous for both sides

* Recent Chinese military action shows that Xi Jinping has taken a much more aggressive stance on Taiwan than his immediate predecessors.
* The tension between the two countries stems from the result of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.
* War with Taiwan could be disastrous because the Taiwanese military is powerful and a conflict risks the involvement of the US.

Tensions between the Peoples Republic of China and Taiwan have recently flared up as China held the largest show of naval force in its history this month and made new threats directed towards Taipei.

"We would like to reaffirm that we have strong determination, confidence and capability to destroy any type of 'Taiwan independence' scheme in order to safeguard the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Ma Xiaoguang, a spokeswoman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, recently said.

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WNU editor: What concerns me is China's rush to build armaments and to deploy it ASAP .... China’s new aircraft carrier may start sea trials this week, source says (SCMP). I am not worried about war in the next year or two .... I am more worried abut war 5 or 10 years from now.

U.S. Extends Its Deadline For Imposing Sanctions On Russia's Aluminum Giant Rusal

Production of aluminum at RUSAL smelter factory, Russia © Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

Reuters: U.S. extends deadline for Rusal sanctions, aluminum prices dive

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday gave American customers of Russia’s biggest aluminum producer more time to comply with sanctions, sending aluminum prices into a tailspin but lifting shares of the company, United Company Rusal Plc.

Aluminum prices on the London Metal Exchange tumbled more than 8 percent after the U.S. Treasury Department announcement, which gives Rusal longer to sell off the large quantities of aluminum it had been stockpiling in the wake of sanctions as customers and traders avoided its product.

Shares in Rusal, one of the world’s largest aluminum companies, rose 13 percent on the Moscow Exchange after the announcement. Earlier, Rusal had ended Hong Kong trading down 8.4 percent. Shares of its U.S. rival Alcoa Corp slid 13 percent in morning trading.

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Update: US Treasury extends deadline for ending deals with Rusal until October 23 (TASS)

WNU Editor: Russia's aluminum giant Rusal is a major player in Russia's economy, and sanctions on this company are causing deep concerns in the Kremlin. And while many in Russia are relieved in this shift in U.S. policy on Russian sanctions, there is a big US Treasury condition to this extension .... US hints at relieving pressure on Russia's RUSAL if owner sells firm (RT)

Fusion GPS Founders Have Given Up On Russian Collusion. Say The Focus Should Be On President Trump's Business Deals

A Russian émigré with a checkered past helped develop what was known as Trump SoHo until last December.CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times

Peter Fritsch and Glenn R. Simpson, New York Times: The Business Deals That Could Imperil Trump

Mr. Fritsch and Mr. Simpson are the founders of the research firm Fusion GPS.

Put aside Russian collusion for a moment. Press pause on possible presidential obstruction of justice. Forget Stormy Daniels. The most significant recent development involving the president may be that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has subpoenaed Trump Organization business records as part of his inquiry into Russian interference in the presidential election.

Those documents — and records recently seized by the F.B.I. from the president’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen — might answer a question raised by the president’s critics: Have certain real estate investors used Trump-branded properties to launder the proceeds of criminal activity around the world?

We pored over Donald Trump’s business records for well over a year, at least those records you can get without a badge or a subpoena. We also hired a former British intelligence official, Christopher Steele, to look into Mr. Trump’s possible ties to Russia. In that 2015-2016 investigation, sponsored first by a Republican client and then by Democrats, we found strong indications that companies affiliated with Mr. Trump, then a presidential candidate, might have been entangled in foreign corruption.

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Update: Fusion GPS Founders Lay Out Where Mueller’s Case Against Trump Might be Going (And It’s Not Stormy) (Rachel Stockman, La & Crime).

WNU Editor: So after a year and a half talking about Russian collusion .... we are now told by the founders of GPS that the focus should be on President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen (a person that no one knew only a month ago), and possible business dealings between President Trump with Russia. But when I finished reading their commentary .... not surprising .... they provide no evidence to prove their point.

Update #2: Another important news item that was disclosed this weekend was from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes who noticed during his review of the communications behind Russia-Gate there was no official intel used to start the FBI probe into Trump campaign-Russia collusion .... No official intel used to start FBI probe into Trump campaign-Russia collusion: Rep. Nunes (FOX News). No official intel used!!!!! Cannot make this up.

Update #3: Pressure builds on the DNC to drop their lawsuit against the Trump campaign, Russia, and Wikileaks .... DNC chairman defends lawsuit against Russia, Trump campaign, WikiLeaks (Washington Post). I think they are worried about this (and what may be discovered) .... DNC told to preserve servers after lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks (Washington Times).

Pressure Builds On President Trump To Not Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Deal



Reuters: U.N., EU, Russia back Iran nuclear deal as Trump meets Macron

U.S. allies and rivals spoke out in support of the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, bolstering French President Emmanuel Macron’s pitch to U.S. President Donald Trump that there was no “Plan B” for keeping a lid on Tehran’s atomic ambitions.

Macron is on something of a rescue mission for the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Trump has vowed to scrap unless European allies strengthen it by mid-May.

A nuclear non-proliferation conference in Geneva heard repeated calls for parties to the deal — the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany — to ensure its implementation and preservation.

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More News On Pressure Building On President Trump To Not Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran says 'either all or nothing' on nuclear deal - Zarif tweets -- Reuters
Macron, Merkel Prepare Hard Sell for Trump on Iran Deal -- Bloomberg
French President Macron urges Trump to protect Iran nuclear deal -- Al Jazeera
France's Macron visits Trump as Iran nuclear deal hangs in balance -- Reuters
Russia, China to stop bid to 'sabotage' Iran deal: Lavrov -- AFP
Russia ramps up pressure on Trump to honor Iran nuclear deal -- CNN

After 11 Days Of Protests, Armenia's Prime Minister Has Resigned -- News Roundup



Radio Free Europe: Armenian PM Sarkisian Resigns, Thousands Celebrate In Yerevan

Thousands of jubilant Armenians have poured into Yerevan's main square to celebrate the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian, who stepped down amid widespread street protests over his election to the newly powerful post following 10 years as president.

In a dramatic turn of events a day after he had rejected opposition demands for his resignation, Sarkisian made a pointed and direct statement to the country on April 23, saying that he was acquiescing to calls from protest leader Nikol Pashinian and the demonstrators the opposition lawmaker has led for 11 days and leaving office.

"The movement of the street is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand," Sarkisian said in a statement on the prime minister's website.

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After 11 Days Of Protests, Armenia's Prime Minister Has Resigned -- News Roundup

Armenian PM Sarksyan quits after 11 days of street protests -- Reuters
Armenian leader resigns, says to protesters: ‘I was wrong’ -- ABC News/AP
Serzh Sargsyan resigns as Armenia's prime minister after protests -- The Guardian
Serzh Sargsyan: Armenian PM resigns after days of protests -- BBC
Armenia Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigns after anti-government protests -- DW
Armenia's prime minister resigns amid large-scale protests -- Los Angeles Times
Armenian premier tenders resignation -- TASS
How 11 days of protests brought down Armenia's leader Serzh Sargsyan -- Euronews
What's Going On in Armenia? Leader Resigns Following Violent Protests -- Cristina Maza, Newsweek

South Korea Stops All Propaganda Broadcasts To North Korea



Reuters: South Korea switches off propaganda broadcasts, Moon upbeat on North Korea nuclear halt

South Korea halted the propaganda broadcasts it blares across the border with North Korea on Monday, aiming to set a positive tone ahead of the first summit in a decade between their leaders as the U.S. president cautioned the nuclear crisis was far from resolved.

The gesture came after North Korea said on Saturday it would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, a declaration welcomed be world leaders.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to hold a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the border truce village of Panmunjom on Friday, and is expected to meet with President Donald Trump in late May or early June.

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WNU Editor: The official date and itinerary for this summit have been agreed upon .... North, South Korea agree on summit date (TASS).

More News On South Korea Stopping All Propaganda Broadcasts To North Korea

S.Korea halts propaganda broadcasts before summit with North -- AP
S. Korea halts border broadcasts ahead of Kim summit -- AFP
South Korea turns off loudspeaker broadcasts into North -- BBC
South Korea silences loudspeakers that blast cross-border propaganda -- The Guardian
South Korea stops border propaganda broadcasts ahead of key summit with North -- DW