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White House was told Trump aide Michael Flynn 'could be blackmailed'

She said he "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Moscow's ambassador in Washington . "And I can't reveal that in an open setting", Yates said. "Not in the course of the preparation of the intelligence community assessment", Clapper replied. Read More »

Okefenokee wildfire forces evacuations in Georgia


Many residents of a small southeast Georgia community are waiting despite orders to evacuate after a wildfire burning in the Okefenokee Swamp crept to the edge of town. Mason Pair and his wife had packed up their valuables and had a ladder standing by to put sprinklers on their roof Monday in St. George. Hwy 121 is closed from Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge south to the intersection of Hwy 94. Read More »

Afghan-US forces kill top IS leader during raid in eastern province

The new strategy is a product of the USA military's mounting worries that the fragile stalemate with the Taliban has been steadily eroding for years, jeopardising the survival of an allied government and endangering a key U.S. The IS Khorasan leader Abdul Hasib died on April 27 in the joint operation in Nangarhar, the presidential office of Afghanistan confirmed late on Sunday. Read More »

Pune: Three convicted in 2009 techie rape-n-murder case


Yogesh, Mahesh and Vishwas, who were given death penalty today had been convicted of seven counts of various offences including those of kidnapping, gang-rape, murder, robbery, misappropriation of property after hatching a criminal conspiracy in furtherance of their common intention. Read More »

Health care debate shifting over to Senate

Some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill that cleared the House last week, with Republicans providing all the "yes" votes in the 217-214 count. The Obama-era law expanded Medicaid with extra payments to 31 states to cover more people. Much Medicaid money is used to combat the illegal use of addictive opioid drugs. Read More »

Rangers fan appears to mock Celtic's Scott Sinclair with monkey gesture

Scott Sinclair put the visitors on their way from the penalty spot on seven minutes after Patrick Roberts was tripped by Myles Beerman's reckless challenge. "Our defenders defend forward". Rangers , too, will be playing for nothing but pride. He said: " Celtic are so far ahead it's incredible and Saturday's game perfectly portrayed the vast difference between the sides". Read More »

Trump says he would be 'honored' to meet Kim


The two earlier launches were conducted from an eastern coastal area, but Saturday's missile was sacked in the west, from an area near Pukchang, just north of the capital, Pyongyang. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, speaking after a meeting of Japan's National Security Council, said the missile is believed to have traveled about 50 kilometers (30 miles) and fallen on an inland part of North Korea. Read More »

Woman claims police 'forced beer bottle and chilli powder into her VAGINA'


The lawyer of the woman spoke with media and said that the incident is similar to the December 16 Nirbhaya gang rape case. The 25-year-old domestic worker was taken into police custody after her employers accused her of stealing an unreported item when she announced her intention to leave her job, an accusation she denies. Read More »

Sally Yates Warned Trump Several Times About Flynn


An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russian Federation continue to shadow the administration, almost four months into Donald Trump's presidency. They argue that congressional committees are too partisan to conduct credible probes. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-N.C., asked if Clapper's prior statement was correct, when he said that there was "no evidence' of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials". Read More »

Moon: Victory of People Desperate for Change


He also vows to reopen an industrial park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong that was jointly run by the two Koreas before the government of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who is in jail awaiting a corruption trial, closed it a year ago following a nuclear test and long-range rocket launch by the North. Read More »

In a divided France, challenges await President-elect Macron


But in a sign of widespread voter disillusionment, one in three voters abstained or cast a blank ballot. "Working on a subject that was neither bilateral nor linked to the European Union changed the climate of their meetings and the extent to which they were partners, which went on to show itself during the Greece crisis and the migrant crisis", the same source said. Read More »

Australia plans major spending plus surplus in 3 years

A day before the budget, Mr Morrison asked the Productivity Commission to hold a year-long inquiry aimed at ensuring Australia's financial system is competitive and innovative. Having handed down what may well be the first bipartisan budget in many years, it could also deliver better days ahead for the Turnbull government. Read More »

New Hamas chief makes first public appearance in native Gaza

His position got enhanced in Hamas during Al-Aqsa Intifada because of his relationship with Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and because of the Israeli assassinations of the movement's leaders. Netanyahu asked in a new video condemning recent news stories on Hamas , a US -designated terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip . But Ismail Haniya has been a political leader of Hamas and therefore not directly involved in its military wing. Read More »

UK's Labour leader says he won't try to reverse Brexit

But Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas has urged left and centre-left parties to get together to prevent "a massive Tory landslide". Voters believe Theresa May is more likely than Jeremy Corbyn to protect the NHS, a poll suggests. "There was a real chance to unite around a pro-NHS candidate to beat Jeremy Hunt, but Labour might well have now blown it". Susan Ryland, the Greens' candidate for SW Surrey in 2015, said her party would not be fielding a candidate this time. Read More »

Bless me, filing case against you: Kapil Mishra to Kejriwal


On the other hand, senior AAP leader Satyendar Jain hit back at Kapil Mishra, saying "no deal took place " between him and party chief Arvind Kejriwal and the sackedminister was "lying" after "losing his mental balance". "When I asked Kejriwal, he said such things happen in politics and it will be revealed later". "Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has not just knowledge of the entire deal but it has been done with his involvement", said Gupta. Read More »

US to arm Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State, despite Turkish ire


The U.S. military has debated for months how best to proceed as forces prepare to retake Raqqa, ISIS' de facto capital in Syria. The YPG dominates a group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, which also includes Arab, Christian and Turkmen fighters that have been the Pentagon's premier proxy force fighting the Islamic State in Syria. Read More »

Palestinian hunger strike heightens tension with Israel

Israel says 890 prisoners are participating in the hunger strike. Near an Israeli military installation in the West Bank, Palestinian activists on Tuesday erected a 5 by 4 meter (16.5 by 13 foot) mosaic portrait of Barghouti made from glass shards, to show support for him and the strike. Read More »

Donald Trump Openly Wondered Why the Civil War Happened


Here's a real thing that the man with the nuclear codes said in an interview on Monday: "People don't realize, you know, the Civil War , if you think about it, why?" He claimed that Jackson was " really angry" about the conflict between abolitionists and the Confederacy, without mentioning the fact that the 19th-century president was a slave owner himself, and that Trump was now at the site of the very plantation Jackson owned. Read More »

Georgia expands mandatory evacuations as fire moves into Florida

No injuries have been reported . He says the techniques used between controlled burns and wildfire containment are very similar. The fire was only 12 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon and more than 500 people were fighting the blaze, according to fire information website InciWeb . Read More »

Paris to redouble efforts to attract Brexit banks after Macron win


Initial estimates showed Macron winning between 65 percent and 66.1 percent of the ballots - a higher than expected score - and Le Pen scoring between 33.9 percent and 35 percent. For his part, Mr Macron must unite a deeply divided country and deliver on his promise to inject new life into its moribund economy by delivering jobs for young people and hope for the immigrants in depressed working class suburbs around France's major cities. Read More »

Religious Leaders Weigh-in on Latest Executive Order


A pastor, a rabbi, and a cardinal walked into the Rose Garden Thursday after President Donald Trump invited them to attend his signing of an executive order. The new order contains a more vague blanket statement that declares the administration is committed "to protect and vigorously promote religious liberty". Read More »

Blast, fire near Syrian airport

Russia, whose forces are helping President Bashar al-Assad fight Islamic State and other militant groups, regularly says it is the only foreign power operating on Syrian territory at the Syrian government's invitation and has spoken out strongly against Turkish strikes as well as a recent USA strike. Read More »

Russia-backed Syria de-escalation zones quaked by fighting

The accord on four zones was reached at Thursday's talks in Kazakhstan between Russian Federation and Iran which back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin). Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin attends a briefing in the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia , Friday, May 5, 2017. Read More »

Why is Star Wars Day celebrated on May the Fourth?

That month clearly has a deep connection to Star Wars for many fans. "They think they're here to read some classic Star Wars lines for a video celebrating the 40th anniversary". Butera is not a huge " Star Wars " fan ("I've seen a few of them", he said), but he knows enough about the two sides of the Force. In March, actor Woody Harrelson, who will star in the upcoming movie, went on the "Tonight Show" and offered some details about his character after Fallon refused to let him leave ... Read More »

North Korea detains another American

He worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology , the same workplace as another American, accounting instructor Kim Sang Dok, whose detention was announced last Wednesday. Last year, North Korea sentenced Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, to 15 years of hard labor. Japanese media earlier on Monday reported that Choe Son Hui, the director general of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's North America section, was traveling to Europe for unofficial talks with former ... Read More »

Trump's Decision To Arm The Kurds Sure To Anger Key NATO Ally

Ankara views the Kurdish YPG militia fighting within a larger US -backed coalition as the Syrian extension of the Kurdish PKK militant group, which has fought an insurgency in Turkey's southeast since 1984. But whether the Kurds will lead the assault on the city and whether to arm them have been points of contention between the USA and Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally. Read More »

USA needs govt shutdown to fix mess


Then the narrator says, "And House Republicans voted yes". "The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!" That's the word Wednesday night from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who told reporters "yes" when asked if they have sufficient votes. Read More »

Appeals Court Mulls Suspension of Trump Travel Restrictions

Next week, the 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments in the Hawaii case. (AP Photo/Steve McMillan). People protest outside the federal courthouse in Richmond , Va., Monday, May 8, 2017 . "I don't know where it ends", Niemeyer said in the hearing. When Trump signed the order, the administration balked at characterizing it as such. President Donald Trump's amended travel ban will face a key test on Monday, when a United States appeals court is set to take on a case that has stymied the ... Read More »

Trudeau congratulates Macron on election as French president

In her speech, she thanked the estimated 11 million people who had voted for her. European Union leaders believe Marine Le Pen's defeat is a strong sign that Eurosceptic nationalism is now ebbing. Other indexes across Europe also dipped, while the euro, which briefly hit a six-month high above $1.10 overnight, was down 0.7 percent at $1.0924. Read More »

United States troops patrolling Turkish-Syrian border

The American colonel and other officers who accompanied the YPG leaders were met by tens of thousands of protesters, including the mothers of soldiers who have died fighting the Islamic State. We are doing what is necessary. For the USA, this would increase the price of the anti-ISIS alliance with the Kurds . So much so, in fact, that in addition to our population of 3 million, we have taken in an additional 500,000 refugees (Christians, Sunnis, Shiites, Armenians and Yazidis) from across ... Read More »

Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing at least 12


The explosion came during preparations for a religious festival on May 15, the Puebla state government said. An explosion at a warehouse storing fireworks killed and injured dozens of people in Mexico on Monday night. In Lima, Peru, more than 250 people were killed in a 2001 explosion in the city's biggest fireworks market. Puebla Gov. Tony Gali offered his condolences Tuesday, pledging his government's total support to the poor village where the blast took place. Read More »