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Haniyeh: Prisoners issue will remain priority for Hamas

The official told Al-Hayat that Israel did not respond this month to an official request by the Palestinian Authority to stop deducting the cost of electricity provided to Gaza-$11 million a month-from the monthly PA customs and taxes revenues. Read More »

Moon Jae-in sworn in as South Korea's 19th president

I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula - if needed, I will fly immediately to Washington. Presidential office said other appointments included Im Jong-seok, chief of staff for Moon's campaign, as chief of staff, and a former Blue House security official to head presidential security. Read More »

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Seeks To Join Emmanuel Macron's Revolution


With a view to widening its centrist base the name of his En Marche movement has morphed into La Republic En Marche or Republic on the Move. Valls, a high-profile politician on the pro-business right of the Socialist party, said on Tuesday he was interested in joining Macron - a move that has angered Socialist colleagues who are trying to prepare to fight the legislative elections after taking a beating in the vote for president. Read More »

Brexit: EU wants clear guarantees on citizens' rights

He was speaking a day after British Prime Minister Theresa May accused some European Union officials of actions that "have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election" on June 8. She had accused "bureaucrats in Brussels" of wanting to damage Britain and trying to influence the United Kingdom election. The head of the EU's executive arm said no one should "underestimate the real importance of this sovereign decision of the British people" to divorce the EU. Read More »

Former Giants wideout Victor Cruz is visiting Tom Coughlin and the Jaguars


The Giants and Cruz have parted ways but there is a possibility he strikes a one-year deal with a team. Cruz and the Baltimore Ravens also have mutual interest, per the Bergen Record. The receiver was one of four players let go on Thursday by the Bears but was the only one to be outright released. The Ravens do make more sense, as they have very little at wide receiver behind Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, who himself was something of a disappointment last season. Read More »

SK envoys to hold talks in China

South Korea's new liberal President was sworn in yesterday and vowed to tackle immediately the hard tasks of addressing North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions and soothing tensions with the United States and China. Moon won a landslide victory in the country's presidential race. As he took the oath of office today, Moon Jae-in said he was open to visiting Pyongyang under the right conditions to discuss its nuclear program. Read More »

Photos of Trump's closed-door meeting with Russian officials raise eyebrows


Lavrov, who last set foot in Washington in August 2013, dismissed all claims of election meddling as "fabrications"-echoing Trump's claim that they amount to "fake news". so this was their very big, very sweet public comeback moment", Palmer said of Russian Federation. "The investigation is dragging on and Putin is winning a lot of buzz and creating this fear of Russian Federation, making Russia seem more influential and powerful than it really is", she said. Read More »

Change the US Constitution? Texas House says yes, please

Today, they easily concurred with the House's changes to the bill. The issue of Chinese steel imports brought fervent debate, as well. "Republicans knew they had the votes, democrats knew they had the votes, so they took the opportunity to voice their concerns on behalf of their constituents and point out legal concerns ahead of what will likely be a lawsuit upon the governor signing the bill". Read More »

Pakistan all out for 81, West Indies win 2nd Test


With a 106-run win in Barbados levelling the series, the home side named an unchanged eleven in pursuit of a first Test series win for five years against a team ranked higher than themselves. Ireland went on to lose the series 0-2 despite a 82 from William Porterfield in the second game. It came when Masood, playing his first match of the series in place of the unwell Ahmed Shehzad, reached nine off 30 deliveries and prodded indecisively at a delivery from Chase for Holder to take the ... Read More »

China says Silk Road plan is not tied to presidency

The forum in Beijing next week will draw heads of state to discuss Xi's plan to expand trade links between Asia, Africa and Europe through billions of dollars in infrastructure investment. "The upcoming summit would be the right time for China to come clean about its ultimate goals", Panda asserts in his assessment of China's global trade initiative. Read More »

Acting FBI chief McCabe contradicts White House claim over Comey's dismissal

McCabe told senators it is not standard FBI practice to tell people if they are under investigation. FILE - National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House , in Washington , Feb. Before testimony began, Warner said he had hoped to be able to question Comey about any Trump associates with ties to Russian Federation, but his firing "cost us the opportunity to get at the truth, at least today ". Read More »

82 released Chibok schoolgirls arrive in Nigerian capital


They are among thousands of people, including other young women, who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram ( which translates to "Western education is forbidden in the Hausa language) in the last eight years of its insurgency in Nigeria". Many girls have executed suicide bombings at the command of Boko Haram terrorists, and many liberated still exhibit loyalty to the terrorist group after living among them for years. Read More »

Nigeria negotiating with Boko Haram for more Chibok releases


Men and boys have also been forcibly recruited to fight in its insurgency, which since 2009 has killed at least 20,000 in Nigeria alone. "Whether she is among the freed ones or not, I am very happy", she said. But Abana Ishaya said he can not travel the long distance from his home in northern Nigeria to the capital without the government's invitation and assurance that he will see her. Read More »

Trump Responds To Sally Yates' Testimony With Fake News Claims, Of Course


Yates, who was testifying at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said she first warned the White House of the Department of Justice's concerns on January 26. "We were concerned that the American people had been misled about the underlying conduct and what General Flynn had done", Yates said. The pair spoke several times over the next two days, with McGahn asking Yates how Flynn had fared during an interview with the Federal ... Read More »

Acting FBI chief contradicts Trump over Bureau support for Comey

JAMES COMEY told politicians days before he was sacked he had asked the Justice Department for more resources to pursue the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election, it has been revealed. The White House and Vice President Mike Pence have said the president acted on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Read More »

Defense secretary tries to calm Turks after arming anti-IS Syrian Kurds

Ankara has argued that Washington should switch support for the Raqqa assault from the YPG to Syrian rebels Turkey has trained and led against Islamic State for the past year - despite USA scepticism about their military capability. "It's hard to say what the USA will end up doing, but if you ask my opinion", Norton offered, "the U.S. will do what they did to the Kurds before". Read More »

Trump's trade nominee easily overcomes Senate hurdle


The senators said they doubted that Lighthizer would, if confirmed, champion agriculture and negotiate trade deals to the benefit of American consumers and the economy. There are certainly some classic free traders in the Senate, particularly among Republicans, but they have largely gone silent as Trump tries to revamp decades of past global policy. Read More »

Senate Intel Committee subpoenas Flynn for Russia docs


Mr. Obama warned his successor less than 48 hours after the November election during a conversation in the Oval Office, former Obama officials said. Grassley asked both Clapper and Yates if they had ever reviewed classified documents in which Trump, his associates, or members of Congress had been unmasked . Read More »

New Hamas chief backs hunger-striking prisoners


For his first appearance as Hamas leader, Haniyeh chose a symbol of elusive Palestinian unity - a solidarity tent where several political factions are represented, including Hamas and Mr Abbas' Fatah movement. Hamas has run Gaza since 2007 but is considered a terrorist organisation by Israel, the United States and the European Union. Palestinian militant outfit Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal has said that Trump has an "historic opportunity" to pressurise Israel to find an "equitable solution" ... Read More »

House Oversight chairman asks DOJ inspector general to probe Comey firing

The news that President Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday created a firestorm in Washington. He said there would be no question about the current investigation continuing if not for the political implications. In addition, this President shines a huge, handsome spotlight than ever on two questions that never seem to go away for him: What might the Russian government have on him? Clinton has said that the Comey decision to announce the renewed inquiry days before the ... Read More »

Australia hits banks with higher taxes to bring budget back into black

He added that, "A tax can not be absorbed". This tax is borne by these people. Moody's said the tax also comes at a hard time for the big four banks. Former CBA boss David Murray predicted that mortgage interest rates could rise by between 12-25 per cent, with business groups, the banks and many analysts such as Mr Mott also warning of rate rises. Read More »

What Are Methane Emissions? Congress Upholds Obama Environmental Rule On Greenhouse Gas

In a narrow vote in the United States Senate on Wednesday, a move by Republicans to repeal the Obama administration's methane rule for public lands failed by a vote of 51 to 49. Carcinogens, like benzene, are often colocated within methane emissions - methane is a potent greenhouse gas. "We're thankful to Senators Graham, Collins and McCain for crossing the aisle to maintain common sense safeguards that benefit all Americans". Read More »

Michael Flynn's Associates Have Reportedly Been Subpoenaed in Russia Probe

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump, as well as possible links to the Trump campaign. Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that Flynn was not hiding anything, noting that he briefed the DIA on his trip to Russian Federation. He is also accused of lobbying work on behalf of the Turkish Government in 2016. Read More »

N Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of plot to assassinate Kim

The report claimed that USA officials bribed the North Korean citizen, who it called "human scum", with $750,000 in payments to assassinate Kim using biochemical substances. Kim's visit to the military units reported on Friday demonstrated a similar motive: signaling a readiness to fight, while steering clear of weapons tests condemned as "very bad" by US President Donald Trump, Yonhap reported. Read More »

Sanchez hits 20 for season as Gunners dream of top four

The Frenchman lauded the Chilean following his opening goal. Something that we are very much not used to hearing of, there is a possibility that both clubs could finish on the same amount of points, goal difference and goals scored. "He is still walking properly and it was tight, not a knife in the thigh. It was more fatigue, but it's hard to assess so close". The defeat for Southampton leaves Claude Puel's side in mid-table and marks a third successive game without a goal for Saints. Read More »

Hillary Clinton reportedly had 'mixed mind' about Comey's firing

The administration paired the letter with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's scathing review of how Comey handled the investigation into Clinton's email practices, including his decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing "derogatory information" about Clinton. Read More »

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Meets Press After Trump Meeting


A senior US official said the meeting was to concern implementation of the Minsk peace accords in Ukraine, and plans to de-escalate tensions in Syria, CNN reported . Exit question: Who is more likely to plant a listening device in the Oval Office, a Russian photographer or a Washington Post reporter? Lavrov called it a US decision, echoing Putin, who said Russian Federation had nothing to do with Comey's dismissal. Read More »

Trump Delays Decision on Paris Climate Accord Amid Infighting

Gerard Araud told CNN. "It's a sign that the president wants to continue to meet with his team ... and come to a decision on what's (in) the best interest of the United States", Spicer told reporters. It therefore does not have the force of a binding treaty, and the United States could potentially withdraw from the deal without legal penalty. Administration has postponed making final decision on agreement multiple times . Read More »

Russia Brokers 'De-Escalation' Zone Deal in Syria, Eases Fighting

The Observatory said government forces shelled and bombed the nearby town of Latamneh and surrounding areas. The establishment of de-escalation zones is the latest global attempt to reduce violence amid a six-year civil war that has left more than 400,000 dead, and is the first to envisage armed foreign monitors on the ground in Syria . Read More »

Trump rallies his base on his 100th day


On Saturday, their work came to fruition at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., where Bee and the team presented a 90-minute ode to journalism in the age of President Donald Trump. Bush from his Saturday Night Live days to lampoon the president . And an immigrant stand-up comic roasted him in absentia at the White House correspondents' dinner , an annual rite in which journalists and the president traditionally trade good-natured barbs. Read More »