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Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn before inauguration

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, one of the Senate's most staunchly liberal members, took Yates on a winding line of questioning that ended with Trump possibly appearing on the witness stand in a hypothetical court trial against Flynn. Mr Trump has repeatedly branded the issue of Russian interference "fake news" despite Mr Clapper and other leaders of the United States intelligence community concluding that President Vladimir Putin himself was behind the meddling. Read More »

Stock Futures Dip After Macron Win in French Election


It is no secret that much was at stake, keeping in mind what Marine Le Pen, a fierce nationalist, was threatening to do. The results took into account both the votes cast in the French European continent on Sunday, and those in the French overseas territories on Saturday. Read More »

China Mulling Shutdown of Key Trade Channel With North Korea

PUST confirmed to NBC News that Kim Hak Song, who had been doing agricultural development work at its experimental farm, had been detained but declined to say much more. The others are Otto Warmbier, serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts - he allegedly tried to steal a propaganda banner at his tourist hotel - and Kim Dong Chul, serving a 10-year term with hard labor for alleged espionage. Read More »

13 judges to hear revised Trump travel ban case

Jadwat said Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric continued even after he was elected. It was still 2015 when Trump - before any votes had been cast in primaries and caucuses - called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on". Read More »

North Korea claims Central Intelligence Agency plotted to kill Kim Jong

This comes as tensions between Pyongyang and the administration of President Donald Trump escalates over United States military build-up on the Korean Peninsula and the North's carrying out nuclear and missile tests. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea", President Donald Trump told Reuters in April. A war of words between the West and nuclear-armed North Korea has escalated in recent weeks, with Pyongyang threatening to carry out a ... Read More »

Death of UPMC internist ruled homicide; daughter charged


Officials took her to Pittsburgh-based Allegheny General Hospital in stable condition. Come Saturday, as the woman's parents tried to put her in a vehicle to take her to hospital, the daughter struck, fatally stabbing her 69 year old physician father twice in the chest. Read More »

Satyendar Jain to file defamation case against Kapil Mishra

Rebutting Singh's charge that he spoke BJP's language, Mishra said he had always spoken stridently against the BJP's policies and the government and decried the way the AAP brands people who speak against the leadership. Let them table every file and decisions of AAP Ram Lila Maidan in front of all MLAs and the people. Mishra said: "I dare PAC members to sack me". Read More »

Police officer set on fire with petrol bomb during riots in Paris


The 39-year old centrist made the comments as he and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen entered the last week of campaigning ahead of the May 7 runoff, with Ms Le Pen calling her rival "the people's adversary". Both said they were not anxious by Le Pen's statement on Saturday with her new ally, rightwinger Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, that leaving the euro was not a pre-condition to economic policies. Read More »

Deal to establish Syrian "de-escalation zones" comes into effect

He says a cease-fire is unsustainable in the presence of the Iranian-backed militias in Syria , accusing them of also forcefully displacing people to replace them with a loyal population. "Our operations are focused on [Islamic State], which are farther east". The State Department said it welcomed any "genuine" effort to reduce fighting but said it continued to "have concerns about the Astana agreement, including involvement of Iran as a so-called "guarantor". Read More »

Jared Kushner's sister courting Chinese investors an "abuse of power"?


Speaking in a ballroom [in Beijing], Ms. Meyer said the project "means a lot to me and my entire family ". Nicole Kushner Meyer was in China at the weekend, seeking more than $150 million in investment in a luxury apartment complex known as 'One Journal Square, ' on which ground is scheduled to break early next year. Read More »

'Yes' Votes In Question As GOP Health Care Showdown Looms

While Ryan asserted that House Republicans had fulfilled their promise to repeal the ACA, Senate Republicans have already signaled that they will scrap the bill altogether and vote on their own health care proposal. Over 1,000 counties, one in three counties in America have one plan to choose from. Ryan dismissed the impact of the amendments and asserted that he and his colleagues had been transparent about the legislation by posting its original version two months before its passage. Read More »

North Korea-Malaysia football match to be played in Pyongyang

Kim Hak-song, an employee of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), was held on Saturday on suspicion of "hostile acts" against the North Korean state. When, due to obduracy of North Korea in dismantling its nuclear programme United Nations imposed sanctions on the country, China applied the sanctions only half-heartedly, keeping the life line open for North Korea . Read More »

Yates: I warned White House that Flynn could be blackmailed

She said she was giving the information to the Trump White House so that they could take "the action that they deemed appropriate" and that she believed the Russians already knew that Flynn had misled administration officials. Yates authored a letter on January 30 while still leading the Justice Department stating she was "not convinced" that a Trump executive order limiting travel and immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries was "lawful". Read More »

AAP says Kapil Mishra's suspension was 'much needed,' 'important'

This is very painful for me but I can't keep quiet. The twitter outburst comes a day after Mishra claimed that he saw Kejriwal accept Rs 2 crore from Cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain. Hitting out at Mishra, who submitted documents to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to back his claim that Kejriwal had delayed the probe into a Rs 400 crore tanker scam, Singh said Mishra had himself written to a letter to the ACB in September a year ago, saying that under pressure, the anti-graft body was ... Read More »

'Good Faith' unlikely from North Korea


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited two military units near the maritime border with the South on its western coast, according to state media on Friday. Allegedly, the Central Intelligence Agency gave Kim the lumberjack "over $20,000 on two occasions and a satellite transmitter-receiver" for the job. Read More »

North Korea vows revenge over failed attempt to poison Kim

On Sunday, Kim Hak-song became the fourth American citizen now detained by the repressive regime, on charges such as espionage and crimes against the state. Kim had spent several weeks in North Korea to teach accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science & Technology. It said his detention was not related to his work at the university and therefore it could not comment further. Read More »

Somali general among 6 killed in Mogadishu vehicle bombing


The group attacks government, military and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere, often deploying suicide bombers, and has overrun several military outposts, massacring soldiers from the 22,000-member African Union Mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM. Read More »

Palestinian teen girl shot dead trying to stab police

The Israeli government has dismissed the strike as a political act. Fadwa said that the Israeli authorities were concealing information about the prisoners and that the Israeli authorities were preventing lawyers and family members from visiting her husband. Read More »

Israeli Cabinet committee pushes bill that downgrades Arabic


The bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, but it still needs to pass three rounds of votes in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, to become law. A Knesset committee approved a bill that would officially define Israel as a Jewish State. "Discrimination has received a legal stamp". Erel Margalit, a contender for the leadership of the centrist Zionist Union party, called the bill "reminiscent of dark periods" in history. Read More »

Does the public like net migration targets as much as May?

Concern about immigration shaped the Brexit debate and will now play a big part in the general election. Last month, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley told Sky News the immigration issue was "not about putting a number on it" . Almost every industry or public sector institution, including the NHS and farming, has lined up since the Brexit vote to stress how much their operations rely on European migrants to keep them going. Read More »

Trump lawyer: Travel ban is neutral on religion

President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries will soon be scrutinized by a federal appeals court for the first time. The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals building in Richmond, Va. . The suit in front of the 4th Circuit on Monday was brought by several refugee rights organizations, along with individual plaintiffs who claim the executive order, if allowed to go into effect, would separate them from loved ones overseas. Read More »

General Election: May insists she is 'taking nothing for granted'

On the eve of the vote, Mrs May lashed out at Brussels over the Brexit talks, accusing officials of hardening their position to affect the outcome of next month's election. He said it had fallen "victim to its own success". Her party is also preparing to launch its flagship health policies over the weekend, with the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, scheduled to appear on television on Sunday. Read More »

Cardale Jones graduates from Ohio State


On Friday, Jones posted a screenshot of the 2012 tweet to Instagram as he looked forward to graduation. As a freshman in 2012, Jones questioned the importance of going to class in a tweet that drew national attention. But now no one can say he wasn't committed to college. Jones began the 2014 season as Ohio State's third-string quarterback. Jones told The Columbus Dispatch in February that he returned to Ohio State this spring to complete two remaining classes toward his degree in ... Read More »

French president-elect tells Trump he will defend climate deal - Macron spokeswoman


While he met publicly with Britain's Brexit spearhead and anti-immigration firebrand Nigel Farage, Trump has never made an appearance with the leader of France's far-right National Front. Macron is the first president of modern France elected as an independent. "Macron has 12 to 15 months to take the necessary decisions so that the benefits are visible before the end of his term", said a senior German official who requested anonymity. Read More »

Mexico and police chief slam Texas' new 'sanctuary city' ban


He said the law is spreading fear in the immigrant community among people like Martha Soto. "The racist bill is an attack on human decency that preys on some of our most vulnerable by driving a wedge between law enforcement, universities, immigrant communities, and people of color", Vela said in a press release. Read More »

Afghan ISIS chief Abdul Hasib killed in raid


Trump is expected to make a final call on the strategy before a May 25 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels that he plans to attend. United States officials say the likely range for the USA troop increase in Afghanistan is between 3,000 and 5,000 troops, but could be as low as 1,500. Read More »

Lawyer Xie Yang tells Chinese court confession wasn't forced


The Changsha Intermediate People's Court announced the trial's start on its account in a microblogging website, saying that Xie was charged with "inciting subversion of state power and disrupting court order". Chen and Fu declined to explain what happened next, citing diplomatic sensitivities, other than that the family made it to the USA on March 17. He entered a guilty plea and requested that the court give him a lighter sentence because of his repentance. Read More »

Former top USA lawyer: White House warned over Flynn

Graham asked Yates what she relayed to the White house . Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing she had been concerned that "the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians". But, she said she answered this question to the White House. Yates herself, a longtime federal prosecutor, was sacked by Trump on January 30 after refusing to defend his travel ban. Read More »

Questions over value of NAPLAN test


It's an historic year for the students, who will be the last to sit the paper exam with NAPLAN expected to transition to an online testing system from next year. NESA modelling suggests the majority of Year 9 students will pre-qualify for the HSC minimum standard in at least one of the three areas via the upcoming NAPLAN tests, and that the vast majority will demonstrate the HSC minimum standard in all three areas by Year 12. Read More »

5 things we learned from the Sally Yates hearing

On Monday, Yates told a Senate subcommittee that she had warned Trump's White House Counsel Don McGahn on January 26 that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by Russian Federation over his contacts with that country's ambassador. Read More »