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Trump to host Lavrov at White House

He praised Trump for trying to build a "business relationship" with Russian Federation, and dismissed claims that Russian Federation was controlling the "ridiculous". Both White House and Russian foreign ministry have confirmed the meeting. "We shall see", said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, in answer to a question about if US Russia relations were improving, during a meeting with Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic Monday, May 8, 2017, at the State Department in ... Read More »

Senate Panel Investigates Russian Interference

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates told a Senate panel Monday she warned the White House that Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by Russian Federation more than two weeks before he was sacked. He says he has no ties to Russian Federation, but the investigations are expected to last into next year. Also testifying today will be former director of national intelligence James Clapper, who has repeatedly warned about the need to get to the bottom of Russia's intervention in ... Read More »

Local election results in Scotland likely to heal COSLA rift


Last week the UK Prime Minister accused the European Union of interfering in the upcoming UK General Elections on 8 June, causing more tensions with the 27 member block and drawing criticism for provoking what some analysts fear could be a "no deal Brexit" situation. Read More »

Sen. Thune Begins Work On Health Care Bill


Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies denied coverage or charged more if the person who wanted insurance had any of a long list of conditions - including arthritis, diabetes heart disease, muscular dystrophy, obesity and sleep apnea, according to a list compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation from insurers' underwriting guidelines. Read More »

Steph Curry leads Golden State Warriors to sweep over Utah Jazz


However, he got the playoff minutes against Golden State, perhaps to the chagrin of many Jazz fans, who are rooting for Exum to turn into the star he was projected to be when the Jazz drafted him in 2014 with the No. Golden State outscored the Jazz 39-17 in the period while limiting Utah to 6-of-25 shooting (24 percent) from the field. Curry picked up right where he left off after an 11-point fourth quarter in Game 3 with a 14-point first quarter. Read More »

Trump and Moon Jae-in pledge cooperation on North Korea

However, the election of President Moon Jae-in is threatening to destabilize the allegiance between the two countries. Mr Moon will have a hard diplomatic path to tread in his approach to North Korea, which dreams of a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States and has vast artillery forces trained on Seoul. Read More »

Trump let only Russian photographers cover his meeting with a Russian leader

Donald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Kremlin surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the United States president and Russia's top diplomat. The official also said that the White House "did not anticipate" that the photos would ever be used by the Russians for propaganda purposes. "Neither of us brought up this bacchanalia", Lavrov said. Read More »

How does the Labour manifesto leak affect you?


Labour's manifesto was leaked last night, before it had been officially approved by the party which had been due to happen today. Mr Brown repeatedly spoke of getting "advocates" and "champions" for the region elected to the Commons. In response to the leaked manifesto, a Conservative Party spokesman said: "The commitments in this dossier will rack up tens of billions of extra borrowing for our families and will put Brexit negotiations at risk". Read More »

White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

The talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were the highest-level public contact between Trump and the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin since the Republican took office on January 20. Lavrov said no evidence existed linking Russia to hacked Democratic Party emails and that the issue of Russian interference in the campaign did not arise in his meeting with Trump, according to the report . Read More »

#StayWoke: President Meets With Russians Day After Comey Firing

The exchange was not included in the State Department's brief video snippet from the photo-op that it posted to Twitter. It will be held after Lavrov's meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "How can a great nation, a great country, succumb to this and think in such categories?" Even for Donald Trump, the timing is a little over the top. Read More »

Caught on Camera: Samajwadi Party Leader's Nephew Slaps Policeman


Rajshree, widow of Mukesh Rathod, said martyrs belonged to India, not its states. However, Yadav's remark did not go down well with Twitterati who lashed out at him for insulting soldiers. Without naming BJP, Yadav said, "They play politics in the name of martyrs, Vande Mataram, and nationalism". Last month Mahendra Yadav, a legislator of the ruling party BJP, was caught on camera assaulting staff at a tool booth because his cavalcade was not allowed to pass through without paying toll. Read More »

France's election reveals a new political divide


Analysts said Le Pen might find more support amid right-wing voters anxious by security issues and Europe's open borders, who backed either conservative Francois Fillon or nationalist Nicolas Dupont-Aignan in the first round and might balk at backing Macron , a moderate centrist. Read More »

White House says Trump did not prompt DOJ review of Comey

Ryan described Comey as a "worthwhile and dedicated public servant". President Donald Trump defended his firing of Comey on Wednesday, asserting in a flurry of tweets that both Democrats and Republicans "will be thanking me". This piece by Scott McKay assailed the Senate minority leader as a political opportunist. In July 1993, President Bill Clinton fired William S. Sessions, who had been nominated to the post by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Read More »

Emma Watson wins the very first gender-neutral acting award


Netflix's " Stranger Things " won "Show of the Year", and series star Millie Bobby Brown won for "Best Actor in a Show". Emma Watson won the first gender-neutral acting prize in awards-show history. Next, the Best Kiss Award was given to the only gay kissing couple nominated. There were also some new categories like Trending, Best American Story, and Next Generation. Read More »

Projections show Macron elected French President

Mr Macron's newly renamed "Republique en Marche" (the Republic on the Move) movement reacted warily to the announcement. Macron's 577 candidates are expected to be announced Thursday and Macron himself will be sworn in on Sunday. The Socialists, whose term in government comes to an end in tandem with the departure of President Francois Hollande, have traditionally disputed power with the center-right in France over the past half century. Read More »

Germany to clamp down on North Korea's Berlin operations


The rent of the building runs into tens of thousands of Euros each month. The building stands adjacent to North Korea's German embassy, but the link is otherwise not immediately clear. The US House last week passed legislation that would expand economic and human-rights sanctions against North Korea, as President Donald J. Trump's administration pledges to consider all options to thwart leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear threats. Read More »

Former Bush advisor Fagen says Comey's firing 'stinks to high heaven'

The president now says he can't trust Comey's judgment. Nixon resigned weeks later. However, on Wednesday evening, the Senate intelligence panel said it had issued a subpoena requesting documents from Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in relation to its Russian Federation probe. Read More »

Cameraman's foot run over by Corbyn auto


BBC cameraman Giles Wooltorton is loaded into an ambulance after the auto carrying Jeremy Corbyn ran over his foot. It is believed that only Labour's most senior figures had access to the 43-page draft of the party's manifesto. The auto belonged to the Metropolitan Police, which will conduct its own investigation into the incident. 'Or is it safe with the people who have always fought for the health service, that supported the extra funding, that made the promises and want to see them ... Read More »

UK's Labour Party stung by early leak of election platform


Britain's opposition Labour party will not walk away from Brexit talks without a deal if it wins next month's election, according to a leaked draft manifesto published by several newspapers. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell insisted it was "a modernising, exciting new modern manifesto". In its series of travel packages which already includes " Chernobyl, 30 Years Later " and " Greenland Is Melting ", the USA newspaper has launched the " Brexit Means Brexit! " holiday, due to take place this ... Read More »

Minister hints Israel behind strike on Syria airport


Reuters spoke with an intelligence official in the Middle East who claimed that the explosions were caused by an Israeli airstrike that targeted a weapons arsenal used by Hezbollah near the Damascus airport. It went to war with Hezbollah in 2006 and the group has grown considerably more powerful since then. In Israel, Minister of Intelligence and Transportation Israel Katz declined to say whether his country carried out the strike. Read More »

France claims Syria used chemical weapons

An effort at the United Nations to add pressure on Damascus failed, however, when Assad's close ally Russian Federation vetoed a Security Council resolution on April 12 demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the attack. Read More »

'Baloney': Dianne Feinstein Rips 'Sanctimonious' Comey for Actions in Clinton Probe

Weiner was being investigated over an alleged online relationship with a teenage girl. Democrats have complained of a double-standard in the way the investigations were treated. "The election took place, Secretary Clinton lost and I just can't believe what happened". The committee also wants to examine leaks to the news media and the use of wiretapping as an investigative tool. Read More »

Tinubu calls for special care for released Chibok schoolgirls

More than three years ago, 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram , a militant group that pledges allegiance to ISIS. "The girls must come out, whether they like it or not; they should force them out, just as they were forced in, they should be forced out". Though it is uncertain how many have been kidnapped, Amnesty International has documented at least 41 cases of mass abductions by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2014. Read More »

Russia, Iran, Turkey Establish Syria De-Escalation Zones for 6 Months: Memorandum

It provides for a ceasefire, rapid deliveries of humanitarian aid and the return of refugees after the creation of "de-escalation zones" across stretches of eight Syrian provinces. Alexander Lavrentyev, Russia's envoy to the peace talks in Kazakhstan, said Friday in remarks covered by Russian media that "the operation of aviation in the de-escalation zones, especially of the forces of the worldwide coalition, is absolutely not envisaged, either with notification or without", he said. Read More »

UNESCO Rejects Israel Sovereignty Claims Over al-Quds


Netanyahu called the UNESCO resolution "absurd" and said the agency's "systematic harassment" of Israel had a price. He pointed to the failure of the intense Israeli campaign against the draft resolutions on Palestine and Jerusalem in UNESCO, and the failure of all those who supported undermining these resolutions from countries, groups, institutions and individuals. Read More »

French ex-prime minister Valls plans to back Macron in June elections

Macron served in Hollande's Socialist administration. But he started his own movement called En Marche! past year. His presidency offers a rare chance to revive the French-German relationship just when Europe needs it most. In interviews on Monday her campaign director David Rachline said the party founded by her father would get a new name as bait to pull in a broader spectrum of supporters in France. Read More »

Pyongyang unveils satellite photos of Thaad in S.Korea

President Donald Trump with perhaps his most pressing security issue. Ties between Seoul and Beijing have soured over the South's deployment of a controversial U.S. "Or do you dial down the pressure and turn on the mood music and light some candles until North Korea gets in the mood to talk?" he said. But Moon and his supporters nonetheless find it regrettable that conservative South Korean presidents since Lee Myung-bak did not maintain the Sunshine Policy , as Kohl had done with ... Read More »

Trump Urges Russia to Restrain Assad Regime , Iran

Russian Federation denies the allegations. The Kremlin website said Putin and Trump were "in favour of organizing a personal meeting in connection with a meeting of the G20 summit". The Russian Foreign Ministry posted a photo of a smiling US President shaking hands with Lavrov on Twitter, adding unusual and ironic optics to the questions already swirling around the White House over Comey's firing. Read More »

Vehicle carrying Corbyn runs over BBC cameraman's foot


Scotland Yard is facing an investigation after a BBC cameraman's foot was run over by one of its cars carrying Jeremy Corbyn to a meeting to agree Labour's General Election manifesto. One former Corbyn aide, ex-spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin, pointed the finger of blame at members of Labour's headquarters staff, who he has previously accused of undermining the leadership during his time in the party. Read More »

Officials from Arctic nations meet amid drilling concerns

She highlighted Canada's recent investments on protecting the Arctic environment, including its $1.5-billion investment to protect oceans and $400 million to wean communities off using diesel. Arctic Research Commission. President Trump, however, has sidelined Arctic policy issues and largely ignored the Arctic Council climate priorities of his predecessor. Read More »

James Comey stresses 'independence' of Federal Bureau of Investigation in goodbye letter

Joe Manchin is calling on the president to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation into Russia's potential tampering in the 2016 presidential race. Trump will now appoint a successor at the FBI, which has been investigating since late July, and who will nearly certainly have an impact on how the investigation moves forward and whether the public will accept its outcome. Read More »

S. Korea's Moon Says to Visit Pyongyang in 'Right Circumstances'

He then left his private residence in an emotional send-off from hundreds of people and visited a national cemetery in Seoul. The new South Korean president faces the daunting task of finding a way to restore relations without upsetting worldwide partners such as the USA, given Pyongyang's self-description as a nuclear weapon state. Read More »

Justin Trudeau shouldn't get too cozy with Emmanuel Macron

The turnout for the election was the lowest for 40 years and France stands today as a politically divided nation. A Downing Street spokesperson said the Prime Minister "reiterated that the United Kingdom wants a strong partnership with a secure and prosperous European Union once we leave". Read More »