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Turkey Strikes US-Backed Forces Fighting The Islamic State

Turkish warplanes targeted the headquarters of the General Command of the YPG in Mount Karachok, as well as the media center, a local radio station, communication headquarters and some military institution. U.S. state department spokesman Mark Toner said: "We are very concerned, deeply concerned that Turkey conducted air strikes earlier today in northern Syria as well as northern Iraq without proper co-ordination either with the United States or the broader global coalition to defeat IS". Read More »

Donald Trump slams Chuck Schumer for criticising James Comey firing

The president said that Mr Comey was "not able to effectively lead the agency" anymore. President Trump fires the man leading the FBI investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 election. Q. What is the significance of this firing? Whatever the actual motivations, it looks bad. "Were these investigations getting too close to home for the president?" the Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said, adding: "This does not seem to be a coincidence". Read More »

S Korea's Moon, advocate of dialogue with North, wins presidency

In his comments soon after, he said he was prepared to visit North Korea and was ready to negotiate with China and the United States over a controversial anti-missile defence system. Under their new president, South Korea could see a sharp departure from recent policy and see closer ties with North Korea. "The problem of resolving of issues in Korean Peninsula should be led by South Korea and helped by our neighboring countries such as the United States, which is our leading ally", Moon said ... Read More »

Government forces, rebels clash in northwest Syria after de-escalation takes effect: Observatory

Reacting to the announcement that the "de-escalation zones" will be closed to military aircraft from the US-led coalition, Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said the United States military has "not changed or altered our mission in any way". The plan's details will be worked out over the next few weeks but the zones appear meant to halt conflict in specific areas between government forces and rebels, and would potentially be policed by foreign troops. Read More »

Obama: Private sector is key to tackling climate change


Obama's remarks on inequality were made in a broader speech about the global impacts of climate change. "This is already true in the United States", he said , where some cities are seeing "floods on sunny days", longer and more risky wildfire seasons, and receding shorelines and melting glaciers in Alaska. Read More »

White House: Republicans to be rewarded for health care vote


Specifically, Republicans' majority in the Senate is slimmer than it is in the House, and many Republican Senators from states that expanded Medicaid object to changes to Medicaid funding. Younger, healthier Americans are not buying coverage due to the premium-boosting provisions of Obamacare: its mandatory "essential" health benefits; pre-existing health coverage, which amounts to a green light for waiting until one is sick to buy insurance; and its maximum 3-1 ratio between health coverage ... Read More »

Border tension reduces as Pak-Afghan call ceasefire


Major Gen Ahmed said today that Pakistan had informed the Afghan side about the census team in border villages but their border police sneaked into Pakistan area and "used locals as human shields so that they could make a position for attacks". Read More »

Brexit takes center stage as Britain's election battle continues


Starmer told the BBC Labour would give parliament a vote on the Brexit deal which, if it led to a rejection, could see United Kingdom negotiators sent back to try again. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who took part in some of the 2015 debates, criticised the decision. "Our democracy deserves better than this". Jeremy Corbyn will not take part in general election television debates unless Theresa May appears alongside him, his spokesperson has confirmed. Read More »

Despite warnings on Flynn, Trump dismisses Russian collusion

Lindsey Graham, who opened the hearing with an implicit rebuke of the President and his alternative explanations for the interference in the election. "And I did my job", Yates said. Clapper issued a clarion call for vigilance over Russian election interference before it further eroded USA democracy. Read More »

White House postpones meeting on Paris climate deal again


No date was announced for a rescheduled White House climate meeting , with Trump facing conflicting views within his own administration on the issue. Trump will "not be making an announcement regarding that agreement until after he returns from the G7", said White House spokesman Sean Spicer Tuesday, referring to a meeting in Sicily that ends May 27. Read More »

What now for the FBI's Trump-Russia probe?

One Democratic senator compared the move to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre", in which the White House fired an independent prosecutor overseeing the Watergate probe in 1973. He was appointed director by Democratic President Barack Obama in 2013. Trump's reference to "cryin' Chuck Schumer" Tuesday night appeared to recall an earlier insult to Schumer in the days following Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees, as lawmakers nearly universally slammed the ... Read More »

(BBG) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Barclays PLC


If you are accessing this story on another domain, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of United States & worldwide trademark & copyright laws. National Securities started coverage on Bill Barrett in a report on Wednesday, January 25th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Read More »

Trump slams judge's decision to block order


But Orrick said Trump's threats to withhold all federal grants were "coercive" and violated several fundamental principles established in the Constitution. In the statement, the White House suggested that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is biased against Trump. However "the massive size of the 9th Circuit compared to the handful of cases it sends to the Supreme Court every year make reversal rates an imperfect measure of the quality of the 9th Circuit's decisions", Politifact said . Read More »

Macron Victory Leads Euro to 6-Month High; US Stocks Lagging


She campaigned to ditch the euro and hold a referendum on European Union membership. On Sunday, Francois Baroin, a leader of the Republicans, said the party was aiming for an "outright majority" in June - a scenario that would force the centrist Macron into a "cohabitation" with a right-wing government. Read More »

North Korea accuses CIA of plot to assassinate Kim Jong

The ministry added that the US and South Korean intelligence services had "ideologically corrupted and bribed a North Korean citizen, transforming him into a terrorist determined to act against the countries' supreme authorities". Any new United States sanctions against North Korea would likely affect China, the North's most important trade partner. With President Trump promising to stop North Korea developing nuclear weapons, these are also tense times, when Pyongyang could have been ... Read More »

Dance mom to dance con: Abby Lee Miller gets year in prison

In late March, she let go of her stranglehold on reality TV show Dance Moms , which birthed the career of preferred Sia stand-in Maddie Ziegler. Miller's attorneys questioned an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent about his calculations of Miller's alleged misstatements before calling her bankruptcy attorney, David Valencik, to explain her case. Read More »

Turkish official: US arming Kurds 'unacceptable'


Ankara views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey and the United States. The SDF, partnered with coalition forces, "are the only force on the ground that can successfully seize [al-Raqqa] in the near future", White said. Read More »

Happy 'Star Wars' Day: May the fourth be with you

The novel introduced many fan favourite characters including Mara Jade and the blue-skinned Admiral himself. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Read More »

Trump Sets off Political Storm after Sacking FBI Director

But the White House circulated a scathing memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, criticising Ms Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation , including the director's decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing "derogatory information" about Mrs Clinton. Read More »

South Korea presidency 'won by liberal Moon Jae


The National Election Commission said more than 55 percent of the country's 42.4 million eligible voters cast their ballots as of 1 p.m., a measurement that included the 11 million people who participated in early voting last week. Taking up his role as the new commander in chief, Moon began his duties earlier in the day by receiving a call from Army Gen. After bowing to the former presidents, independence fighters and war heroes, Moon wrote in a visitor book: "A country worth being proud ... Read More »

After bruising month-long campaign, voters decide in British Columbia

There was plenty of smiles and laughter early on at Liberal headquarters as the party took an early lead in the polls. She also plans to see her previous bill banning puppy mills through to implementation and see Victoria do more for youth mental health and addictions, and develop a "film tourism" strategy. Read More »

Shocked FBI boss thought firing was a prank

Comey was speaking to agents at the FBI's field office in Los Angeles when the news of his firing flashed on TV screens, according to a law enforcement official who was there. The investigation found that Abedin did occasionally forward emails to her husband for printing, but it was a far smaller number than described by Comey, and it wasn't a "regular practice, " these people said . Read More »

German local vote is test for Merkel's challenger


German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives came in first Sunday in a local election seen as a warm-up for her bid for a fourth term in a national election in the fall. "This a bitter result for us", Barley said, but downplayed the idea that this could hurt the momentum of the party ahead of another round of regional elections next week - in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, an SPD stronghold. Read More »

Korea: US, South plotting to kill Kim Jong

The accusation alleged that the US and South Korea had plotted to murder "supreme leader" Kim Jong Un and others among the North Korean leadership with a bio-chemical weapon. The North's claim comes amid continued high tension on the Korean peninsula. It claimed the plot was conceived back in 2014 by South Korean and US intelligence agencies. Read More »

Comey Fired Because He 'Could Bring Down A President'


Earlier Tuesday, Comey sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee correcting testimony he gave last week, in which he misstated key details about the emails discovered on former New York Rep. "Either that was the reason he was sacked or for the Russian Federation investigation". Leahy called Trump's justification for the firing - that Comey had treated Hillary Clinton unfairly in his investigation of her use of a private email server - "absurd". Read More »

Trump approves plan to arm Syrian Kurds


The US now provides air support for members of the SDF - a Kurdish-dominated and anti-Damascus alliance. US Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, has pressed the Trump administration to provide arms and other supplies to the Kurds. Read More »

Trump and Abbas vow Middle East peace in 'historic deal'

In his comments, Abbas praised Trump for his "leadership", "courageous stewardship", "wisdom" and " great negotiating ability ". Trump had raised eyebrows in February when he broke with long-standing USA policy of advocating a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians by saying he would accept any peace settlement, including alternatives to the two-state solution. Read More »

Mattis cites good talks with Turkey on fighting IS in Syria


The YPG makes up a significant portion of the 50,000-fighter Syrian Democratic Forces, which is a key ally to the the fight against ISIS. Turkish officials have privately acknowledged that the matter appeared to be decided. Corker says: "No. Sorry". Saleh Muslim, co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party, the YPG's political affiliate, said the U.S. decision was expected. Read More »

Moon's turbulent life before winning S. Korean presidency

Two months after booting their sitting presiden. "I had a telephone call with Liberty Korea Party candidate Hong Joon-pyo". Youth unemployment has been running particularly high in South Korea of late. Last week, Washington and Seoul announced that THAAD was partially up and running, and analysts have warned Moon may be able to do little to prevent its full deployment. Read More »

Moon starts term as SKorea leader after landslide win

Moon won 41.1 percent of the votes compared with 24 percent for conservative candidate Hong Joon-pyo and 21.4 percent for centrist candidate Ahn Cheol-soo. The two countries are also at odds over a "comfort woman" statue that was built outside the Japanese consulate in the southern South Korean city of Busan after the agreement was signed. Read More »

New Hamas chief tours native Gaza, highlights power shift


Besides, as Hamas' new leader lives in Gaza , unlike Qatar-based Mashal, it is obvious that the group will, from now on, focus on the situation of Palestinian people struggling to survive in the occupied territories. These steps started with the deduction of 30 percent of the salaries of its 60,000 employees, who were dismissed from work in the Gaza Strip, followed by demanding that Israel stop providing electricity to Gaza , for which the PA is paying. Read More »