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US President delays release of JFK assassination records until at least 2021

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy back on November 22, 1963, left the United States and the rest of the world in a state of shock. 
But as the dust settled, and the lone gunmen Lee Harvey Oswald was taken into custody there were also many questions and over the years conspiracy theories.

White House Postpones JFK Assassination Files Release
Many wanted to know what Oswalks's motives were for wanting to gun down President Kennedy, and one of the main questions that were never truly answered was did Oswald act alone or was someone else invoked. 
Over the years the FBI and other government agencies investigated and gathered tons of information, all of them were sealed.
That wast tan this is now, in 2017 newly elected President Donald J. Trump announced he would unseal the information and release it all to the public. 
Not the first time that Trump associated himself with the assassination of JFK. During his run for the office, he took aim at one of his Republican opponent Ted …

The terrifying real reason why North Korea halted their nuclear program

When the North Korean leadership made the bombshell announcement that they would cease their nuclear testing programme, it was hailed as an incredible coup for international diplomacy, and the tireless behind the scenes work from representatives from many countries seeking an end to the fractious situation on the Korean peninsula. 
However, it appears that there may have been another factor in the sudden North Korean volte-face on their once-prized nuclear programme.

Could this be the real reason North Korea stopped its nuclear programme?
According to researchers from the University of Science and Technology in China, the mountain which lies above the primary North Korean nuclear testing site at Punggye-Ri shows serious signs of collapse following test launches in the autumn of last year which could lead to significant radioactive fallout and associated environmental catastrophes in the region.
In a paper which will appear in an upcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters, the research…

Cell phone spotted in old painting from the 1930's?

A painting completed by the artist Umberto Romano in the 1930's named ‘Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield’ depicting a meeting between the English voyagers and the Native Americans in Massachusetts might have been of very limited academic interest were it not for something spotted by eagle-eyed internet users.
Does this painting provide proof of time travel?
The painting depicts a rather shambolic scene with numerous figures clamouring around speaking to one another and gawking at the new goods on offer but only one of the many people depicted in the painting has caught the eye – a Native American man, sitting comfortably in a canoe and looking at a small, black rectangle in his hands which many people have identified as being very similar to that of a modern-day smartphone.
The presence of the supposed cell phone, many hundreds of years before the device was invented, has led to speculation among some people who have suggested that this is clear evidence of time travel.
Howe…

Bill Gates: "Millions Could Die If We Don't Prepare For Coming Pandemic"

Bill Gates has joined the list of health experts warning of a coming outbreak that has the potential to kill millions within months. 
The Microsoft founder claimed to have brought the subject to the attention of President Donald Trump. 
Trump directed him to take the matter to the various Health departments. 
Loss of funding in the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the US is expected despite the President’s admittance to the need to properly manage and contain infectious illnesses.

Gates to Trump: "US Needs to Lead the Way in Preventing Global Pandemic"

Bill Gates is the founder of the Gates Foundation, which deals with national and global health and education issues. 
The current state of health care, particularly in America, has the billionaire concerned. 
He has warned that even nations like the US would not be ready or able to deal with an inevitable pandemic. 
He believes that the deaths of millions may be the result of inaction.
Gates has stressed the need for proper…

Putin: Russia ready to help North-South Korea cooperation -Kremlin

President Vladimir Putin has told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that Russia is ready to facilitate cooperation between North and South Korea, the Kremlin said on Sunday.
In a telephone call with Moon, Putin said Russia was ready to help with trilateral infrastructure and energy projects on the Korean peninsula.
On Friday Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un embraced after pledging to work for the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

EU should defend itself against U.S. trade measures: Germany, France, Britain

The leaders of Germany, France and Britain urged the U.S. government on Sunday to steer clear of imposing unilateral trade measures against the European Union.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May agreed during a joint phone call that the European Union should defend its 28 member states from any punitive U.S. tariffs based on international multilateral rules.
“They agreed that the United States should take no trade measures against the European Union or else the European Union should be ready to defend its interests within the framework of the multilateral trade order,” a German government spokesman said in a statement.
The United States imposed import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum in March, but it provided a temporary exemption until May 1 for the EU. President Donald Trump will decide then whether to make the exemption permanent.

Britain, France and Germany agree on support for Iran nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany have agreed that the nuclear deal that U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap remains the best way of stopping Tehran getting nuclear weapons, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said on Sunday.
May had phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel where they agreed the deal may need to be broadened to cover areas such as ballistic missiles, what happens when the deal expires, and what they consider Iran’s destabilizing regional activity, a statement said. “They committed to continue working closely together and with the U.S. on how to tackle the range of challenges that Iran poses – including those issues that a new deal might cover,” the statement said.
This comes as a deadline looms next month for Trump to decide on whether to restore U.S. economic sanctions on Tehran - something which could destroy the 2015 agreement which lifted some sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.
Spea…

Syrian army tightens noose around Palestinian camp

Syrian troops on Sunday tightened the noose around a major Palestinian refugee camp held by Islamic State militants in southern Damascus where hundreds of civilians face an uncertain future, state media, witnesses and residents said.
Nearly two weeks into a campaign to capture the last area near the capital outside government control that has left many parts of the once teeming Yarmouk camp in ruins, state media announced al Qadm neighborhood next to the camp was retaken.
Opposition sources said the army was now engaged in fierce fighting with militants on the outskirts of Yarmouk camp where an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 militants are now encircled.
The militants who are besieged in an ever shrinking area have repelled successive raids to enter their heavily defended stronghold.
The Yarmouk campaign is part of a wider-Russian backed offensive to regain the last pocket in opposition hands around the capital after retaking eastern Ghouta this month.
It has shown no sign of letting up since Wes…

U.S. "deeply concerned" by Iran's ambition to dominate Middle East: Pompeo

The United States is “deeply concerned” by Iran’s ambition to dominate the Middle East, new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a flying visit on Sunday.
“We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats towards Israel and the region,” Pompeo said in remarks alongside Netanyahu.

Rohingya refugees tearfully plead for U.N. Security Council help

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh made emotional pleas to the U.N. Security Council on Sunday for help to return safely to their homes in neighboring Myanmar and for justice over the reason they fled - accusations of killings, rapes and arson.
During a visit to an unclaimed strip of territory between the two states dubbed no-man’s land, several tearful women and girls threw themselves at British U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce as they recounted what had happened to them.
“It shows the scale of the challenge as we try as a Security Council to find some way through that enables these poor people to go home,” Pierce said. 
“The sad thing is there’s nothing we can do right today that will make their distress any less.”
The Security Council envoys - who will travel to Myanmar on Monday and meet with its de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi - also visited a dry and dusty Kutupalong refugee camp that housed many of the nearly 700,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
“It’s quite overwhelming. Obv…

Pompeo starts Mideast tour with call for new Iran sanctions

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a hastily-arranged visit to the Middle East as the United States aims to muster support for new sanctions against Iran.
The visit to Riyadh, Jerusalem and Amman just two days after Pompeo was sworn-in comes as President Donald Trump is set to decide whether to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that is still supported by European powers.
“We are urging nations around the world to sanction any individuals and entities associated with Iran’s missile program, and it has also been a big part of discussions with Europeans,” Brian Hook, a senior policy advisor traveling with Pompeo, told reporters.
Hook said a salvo of ballistic missiles fired into Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi movement that killed a man earlier on Saturday had been provided by Tehran.
“Iran’s missiles prolong war and suffering in the Middle East, they threaten our security and economic interests and they especially threaten Saudi Arabia…

Trump threatens government shutdown in September if no funding for wall

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to shut down the federal government in September if Congress did not provide more funding to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
“That wall has started, we have 1.6 billion (dollars),” Trump said at a campaign rally in Washington, Michigan.
“We come up again on September 28th and if we don’t get border security we will have no choice, we will close down the country because we need border security.”
Trump made a similar threat in March to push for changes in immigration law that he says would prevent criminals from entering the country. 
The government briefly shut down in January over immigration.
A $1.3 trillion spending bill, which Trump signed last month, will keep the government funded through the end of September. 
A government shutdown ahead of the November mid-elections is unlikely to be supported by his fellow Republicans who are keen to keep control of the U.S. Congress.
Trump cited the hundreds of Central American migrants trav…

U.S. concerned by 'destabilizing and malign activities' of Iran: Pompeo

The United States is deeply concerned by Iran’s “destabilizing and malign activities”, new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.
Pompeo was speaking on a flying visit to the region, where he had earlier met with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh and stressed the need for unity among Gulf allies as Washington aims to muster support for new sanctions against Iran.
The whirlwind trip to NATO in Brussels and to Middle East allies came only hours after Pompeo was confirmed as Trump’s top diplomat. 
He has not even visited his own office yet, he told Netanyahu.
Speaking alongside the Israeli leader, Pompeo said in Tel Aviv: “We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats towards Israel and the region.”
He added: “Strong cooperation with close allies like (Israel) is critical to our efforts to counter Iran’s destabilizing and malign activities through the Middle East, and indeed, throughout the world.”
Pompeo also …

U.S. backed forces say they regain villages seized by Syrian army

U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they expelled had Syrian troops that briefly took control of a string of villages in oil rich areas east of the Euphrates river near the Iraqi border on Sunday.
SDF forces led by the Kurdish YPG militia said they had waged a counter-attack against Syrian troops it said were backed by Russian forces, adding they were driven “far away” from four villages they had seized earlier in the day.
“Our forces regained the initiative,” they said in a statement.
It did not say if the U.S. coalition took part in the operation. 
Washington has a strong military presence in the area in eastern Syria which holds the bulk of the country’s oil and gas reserves, according to regional diplomatic sources.
A U.S. army statement sent to Reuters confirmed the attack on SDF forces by what it called pro-regime forces near Deir al-Zor city and said the “coalition used established deconfliction channels to de-escalate the situation”, without elaborating.
“The coalition remains …

U.S. warns North Korea must take 'irreversible' steps to denuclearize

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he told Kim Jong Un that the North Korea leader would have to agree to take “irreversible” steps toward shutting its nuclear weapons program in any deal with U.S. President Donald Trump.
“We use the word ‘irreversible’ with great intention,” Pompeo told ABC News. 
“We are going to require those steps that demonstrate that denuclearization is going to be achieved.”
Pompeo’s comments were the most extensive yet regarding his Easter weekend talks in Pyongyang with Kim in preparation for a summit next month between the North Korean leader and Trump.
Pompeo, the former CIA director who was sworn in as the top U.S. diplomat on Thursday, said his meeting with Kim was “a productive one” and that he left Pyongyang convinced there is “a real opportunity” for the North Korean leader and Trump to strike a deal.
Kim expressed his readiness to discuss Trump’s demand “and to lay out a map that will help us achieve that objective,” Pompeo said.
His as…