Paramountcy, stephanotis stump area students in national spelling bee

Here's some footage from her qualifying rounds; watch as she spells "sasparilla" easily and knocks "Croesus" out of the park, too. No matter. She got the word right and advanced to the finals of the competition. "I'm really enjoying it". The competition will resume with the championship rounds, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on ESPN. In that round, Gabrielle had a brief conversation with the judge, according to National Spelling Bee blog. Read More

United States approves social media background checks for Visa applicants

United States approves social media background checks for Visa applicants

Earlier this year, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told a House committee USA visitors could be asked to surrender passwords for their social media accounts for examination by law enforcement. "The United States has one of the most stringent visa application processes in the world", San Francisco-based attorney Babak Yousefzadeh told Reuters . Read More

What is the Paris Climate Agreement?

What is the Paris Climate Agreement?

The summit in Brussels could mark a dramatic shift in global politics, with the European Union taking over from the United States in working with China to fight climate change . Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, while senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad, but would like to find a way to see if the US emissions targets can be changed. Read More

Trump budget chief: Medicaid cuts won't affect anyone now on program

While he said he backs the broad goals under Trump's budget , he does find disagreement with some aspects. And Medicaid spending would fall from 2 percent of the economy to 1.7 percent in 2027 due to the reductions in Trump's budget. Read More

Trump meets Palestine President, urges resumption of peace talks

Trump meets Palestine President, urges resumption of peace talks

It was the first comment by a senior Israeli official on the matter. This is something no one would have predicted in December 2015, when candidate Trump called for a ban on Muslim visitors to the US. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", he said. "It was a visit of intent, of his intent to reach out and help us reach a final agreement". Read More

Everyday is Memorial Day

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it contains the remains of fallen soldiers who fought in every American war from the Second Seminole War through the Vietnam War. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. More Americans were killed than in any previous war. Read More

Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police

Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police

National police chief Tito Karnavia yesterday named the two suicide bombers responsible for the Wednesday night attack in East Jakarta . This was the bloodiest attack in Indonesia since the Jakarta suicide bombings in January 2016. Police investigators examine the scene of an explosion at a bus station in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta , Indonesia May 25, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Read More

Man Arrested At Phoenix Comic Con For Threatening Officers With Real Weapons

Man Arrested At Phoenix Comic Con For Threatening Officers With Real Weapons

Local news source AZ Central released this video report stating further details, such as the man was apparently taking photos of local law enforcement officials and posting them to social media with threatening messages. Mercedes Fortune said the weapons were not checked by security. Phoenix Comicon has also implemented other additional security measures, including metal detectors, an increased police presence, and more restricted access to certain parts of the convention. Read More

Lib Dems offer fresh Brexit vote in election manifesto

Other flagship policies included a second referendum on a Brexit deal and giving tenants the ability to use rent payments to buy their own homes. He said: "You can be pretty much absolutely certain the Liberal Democrats would get their money if they did this, and actually Labour wouldn't get that much money". Read More

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

Trump is due in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon and, ahead of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , will tour two iconic sites in Jerusalem , a city holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews. After Israel, Trump's marathon maiden foreign trip will take him to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis, to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and to Sicily for a meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial nations. Read More

Philippine minister starts damage control after Duterte's China war remark

Philippine minister starts damage control after Duterte's China war remark

China foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying declined to comment on Xi's meeting with Duterte, and said disputes should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation. Duterte's drugs war. "It's not a question of trying to change the system but trying to work hand-in-hand with governments around the world to make sure that the countries in need develop in the best possible way", Jessen said on Tuesday, May 23. Read More

US report: Building in Mosul airstrike contained explosives

Enemy fighters warned people in the building next door to leave the area the night before the explosion. The munition, a "GBU-38 with a delayed fuse", was used because officials believed it would achieve "the necessary effect and minimise collateral damage". Read More

Trump's Warm Welcome in the Middle East Is No Surprise

Trump's Warm Welcome in the Middle East Is No Surprise

Nevertheless, Lieberman said, "We are following developments and are aware and have ways of dealing with this". Abbas, who met with Trump this month in Washington, repeated "our commitment to cooperate with you in order to make peace and forge a historic peace deal". Read More

Palace: PHL, China want peaceful resolution of territorial dispute

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. Reuters notes that some of ASEAN's representatives believe China is playing along with the draft framework merely to "buy time for Beijing to wrap up construction activities", at which point Chinese ownership of everything Beijing covets in the region would be a fait accompli, despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague ruling against Chinese claims of sovereignty previous year. Read More

Explosions in Indonesia's east Jakarta near bus station

The Straits Times understands that a 17-year-old private auto driver and 19-year-old student were also among those who were seriously wounded. Police officers arrive on the scene after an explosion near a bus stop in the Kampung Melayu area of Jakarta , Indonesia , Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Read More

UN Security Council condemns North Korea's missiles tests

UN Security Council condemns North Korea's missiles tests

China is feeling increasingly alienated from its wayward North Korean ally and Sunday's headline-grabbing missile launch won't have helped matters. South Korean companies, from automakers to retailers and cosmetics firms, have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over Seoul's decision to deploy the system. Read More

Ex-Trump aide Flynn to defy Senate subpoena in Russian Federation probe

The former CIA chief also told the House intelligence committee that he had become so concerned about Russian interference - and contacts between Americans "involved" with the Trump campaign and the Russians - that he convened a group of officials from the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency in late July to focus exclusively on the issue. Read More

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Iran's president added that Iranians are waiting for Trump and his administration to " be civil " and "settle down" so the nations could better understand each other. "In spite of Rouhani's claims that he had pushed away the shadow of war the weakness of his government has not only encouraged America for aggression against our country but also emboldened feeble Arabic states to discuss outright formation of an Arabic NATO to confront Iran militarily". Read More

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

Earlier, in a closed-door meeting with House GOP lawmakers, Ryan cautioned members against falling into the "trap" of criticizing the budget , arguing that there was plenty to like, according to lawmakers and aides present. Trying to balance the budget isn't in the plan in Congress , but conservative Republicans are pushing for some action this year on spending cuts. Fundamentally, however, Mulvaney says the budget is about growth. Read More

Poacher Crushed To Death By Elephant He Was Hunting

Poacher Crushed To Death By Elephant He Was Hunting

As the mortally wounded elephant cow fell, she incidentally landed on Botha, fatally squashing the husband and father-of-five. He specialized in hunting leopards and lions with a roster of hound dogs, according to The Telegraph . Simon Sparks wrote: "A legend has fallen but will never be forgotten..." Scott van Zyl, 44, was on a hunt in Zimbabwe when he disappeared on the banks of the Limpopo River. Read More