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Donald Trump threatens sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief against leaking conversations to media

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He stands by it", Spicer told reporters. Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin joins Judy Woodruff to discuss congressional testimonies by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in November's presidential election. Read More »

New S. Korean leader scraps plan for state history books

Unfortunately, this play was always built on sand. The prospects of inter-Korean dialogue are brighter too today because North Korea seems favourably inclined to Moon; Pyongyang consistently supported him during the election campaign. The experts also suggested Trump take steps to reassure South Korea on USA security commitments, such as deployments of conventional US military capabilities, efforts to enhance South Korea's self-defense capabilities and visible joint military exercises with ... Read More »

White House Fumes After Moscow Releases Trump Meeting Photos

After noting that the only photos taken and released were from the Russian press - something the president has blamed on being tricked by the Russians - the CNN host touched on Russians taking advantage of Lavrov's joke . U.S. administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations. Read More »

General Election polls: Conservatives heading for landslide victory

Maybe we are simply discovering that voters in Scotland are just not so keen on voting for the SNP in local elections - much indeed as was the case for Westminster elections until the party's 2015 success. The Tories are also ahead in Perth & North Perthshire, earning 41 per cent of first preference votes compared to 32 per cent for the SNP. As a result, it could present a particularly strong challenge to the SNP in such key seats as Moray, now held by Angus Robertson, and Perth, where the ... Read More »

South Korea's Moon Brings Shift on North Korea: QuickTake Q&A

Will policy on North Korea shift much? Lee said Singapore and the Republic of Korea face similar developmental challenges, including aging populations and the need to restructure the economies. Veteran intelligence officer Seo Hoon, who has substantial experience in dealing with North Korea in negotiations, was appointed chief of Seoul's spy agency. Read More »

Acting FBI director says will carry on with Russian probe

Trump said he had never asked Comey to drop the Russian investigation , nor had anyone from the White House . In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump slammed Comey as a "showboat" attention-seeker who had lost the confidence of the president and the agency he led. Read More »

Mattis: Questions unanswered on Syria cease-fire plan

The minister gave no details on who would make up that police force. Experts are skeptical about Thursday's deal because neither the Syrian government nor the rebels were direct signatories and the opposition offered only a lukewarm reaction. Read More »

Real Madrid vs. Juventus in the Champions League final

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While inside the packed, 54,907-capacity stadium, the Jamaican visitors shared in the passion of the locals, as they indulged in the riveting contest viewed from fitting seats just a few rows up from the field. "I say what I feel". In England it's 'Oh we've had a bad season, let's rip it up and start again'. After 25 minutes things changed completely, and we found our game. Read More »

With a few exceptions

Their letter notes exceptions related to previously cited income generated from a beauty pageant and sale of a Florida estate. But they said those amounts were "immaterial" and would not have been identified on his tax records as coming from Russians. Read More »

Hard Time Gets Harder: US Justice Dept Issues Stricter Sentencing Guidelines

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The brief, two-page directive, issued to the 94 US attorneys offices across the country late Thursday, replaces a 2013 memo put in place by then-Attorney General Eric Holder that sought to limit the use of mandatory-minimum sentencing rules that had condemned some non-violent offenders to long prison terms - that proved to be expensive for taxpayers. Read More »

Comey Asked for More Prosecutor Resources for Russia Probe

Trump also says that he and Comey spoke multiple times over the course of his presidency so far, and he asked him if he was under investigation. Holt: Because in your letter you said, "I accepted their recommendation". "My decision. I was going to fire regardless of recommendation". The former senior FBI official said Comey never would have told Trump he was not under investigation, as the president claimed. Read More »

International Monetary Fund still awaiting Greece debt discussions

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That has given rise to investor speculation that Athens may soon end a near three-year exile from bond markets. The IMF also appears to be willing to compromise on a key phrase used in past European commitments that allowed them to put off giving Greece debt relief by saying they would only restructure Athens debt "if necessary". Read More »

Turkey slams U.S. arming Syrian Kurds in IS fight

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will arm the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces "as necessary" to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. "The supply of arms to the YPG is unacceptable", he said. This is while Yildrim said, "There is still an opportunity for the United States to take Turkey's sensitivities into consideration". Read More »

US warns against North Korea travel after new arrest

North Korea is now holding a total of four Americans. The newspaper likened the US aircraft carrier to a "gross animal" and said a strike on the carrier would be "an actual example to show our military's force". As far as the possibility of the USA military action against North Korea is concerned, the ambassador said that Pyongyang was not afraid of it. Little is known about Kim Hak-Song, but his detention brought renewed attention to the school, known to teach many children of the country's ... Read More »

Philippines Offer Sulu Sea for China's Military Exercise

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year. This even as four ASEAN members- Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines- are among parties in the six-way dispute, where China and Taiwan contend for their respective claims. Read More »

Sanchez is our master of invention, Wenger says

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Simon Brotherton: "With four wins from the last five games, Arsenal appear to be hitting form at just the right time as they try to extend their remarkable run of continuous top-four finishes to 21 seasons". Their performance and results away at Stoke are also in stark contrast to those at home, where the last time the Potters won was 1981. It's a nice game for Arsenal , they need a win and I expect them to do just that. Read More »

Senate intelligence panel subpoenas Michael Flynn for Russian Federation documents

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Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, issued a joint statement saying the panel chose to issue the subpoena after Flynn, through his lawyer, declined to cooperate with an April 28 request to turn over the documents. The committee is conducting an investigation into Moscow's alleged meddling in last year's presidential election. In March, Flynn offered to testify before congressional intelligence committees in exchange for immunity from prosecution, but his offer was rejected. Read More »

US intelligence director warns of more Russian cyberthreats

In mid-April, expectations of a sixth North Korean nuclear test coupled with reports that a U.S. Navy carrier strike group was sailing towards the Korean Peninsula sparked fears of a renewed conflict with Pyongyang. SEOUL - South Korea, a thriving hub of technology in Northeast Asia, is also second to none when it comes to the gaming industry, with the size of the local market estimated at 11.3 trillion won (US$9.9 billion) as of previous year. Read More »

Trump to meet Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov amid Comey firestorm

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Lavrov appeared to mock reporters who asked him about Comey's firing. It would also signal that the two countries have improved ties that Trump recently described as being at an "all-time low". "We have to start at a very low level". The meeting was Trump's highest level face-to-face contact with a Russian official since taking office and in itself represented modest progress. Read More »

Officer who killed black motorist pleads guilty

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Slager could face a possible life sentence, as well as $250,000 in fines, when he's sentenced by a federal judge. Slager's sentence is not expected to be handed down for several more weeks. Officer Slager has been charged with murder as a result of the incident. Slager admitted violating Mr Scott's civil rights by shooting him without justification. Read More »

Plot to kill Kim Jong Un: N Korea seeks extraditions

Mr Moon asked Mr Xi to personally look into ways to resolve the damaging sanctions against South Korean businesses in China and also restrictions on Chinese tour groups coming to Korea. Moon said he would send special envoys to the United States and hoped that he could visit Washington as soon as possible. Moon's conversation with Xi came a day after he spoke with President Donald Trump, who in the phone call congratulated Moon on his election win and invited him to visit the White House. Read More »

Trump creates advisory body to look into possible voter fraud in elections

Trump won that election through the Electoral College, but did not win the popular vote. He later reiterated the claim . "They all voted for Hillary". Trump has publicly expressed frustration with Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into the issue, and sparked a political firestorm on Tuesday when he fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey . Read More »

North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns

The CIA said it had established the center to deploy all the resources, capabilities and authority in the agency to deal with the North Korean nuclear and missile threat and that experienced CIA agents would be gathered at the center to exercise their expertise and creativity. Read More »

Trump vows to work as 'mediator' for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Trump said it was "a great honor" to welcome Abbas before the two began a brief Oval Office meeting. USA officials said such a request was raised in preparatory talks with Palestinian officials, and three Republican senators urged a halt to such payments in a letter to Trump that reflected widespread opinion in Congress. Read More »

US intel chiefs express doubts over Kaspersky security software

Six of America's top intelligence agencies, during a Senate hearing on external threats to the U.S., spoke about their concerns over the cybersecurity firm's Russian roots and broad presence, according to reports. USA officials are particularly anxious that foreign hackers could penetrate U.S. infrastructure via suspect software and malware. The company also pointed to a statement it made earlier this week saying Kaspersky Lab is a private company without ties to any government. Read More »

North Korea demands extradition of South's spy chief

North Korea argued that there would be no need for Washington to "beg or threaten" countries to implement the measures if the sanctions had a clear legal basis. Moon's predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and ousted as president, had agreed to the deployment of THAAD, saying that it was needed to protect South Korea against a growing ballistic-missile threat from North Korea. Read More »

New S Korean president vows to address North and tensions 'urgently'

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Choi Jong Kun, Mr Moon's foreign policy adviser, continued: "While doing it, he will consult with the United States, as well as China". Moon's election comes in the aftermath of a major corruption and influence peddling scandal that had rocked South Korea and led to the impeachment of the previous president, Park Geun-hye. Read More »

Betsy DeVos booed while giving commencement speech in Florida

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But perhaps they were asking themselves if they failed in their goal of educating the next generation over the last four years or succeeded? DeVos' was heckled throughout her speech with students booing and chanting in protest. Petitions flooded the school before the commencement ceremony took place today, but the President of the university, Dr. Edison O. Jackson supported DeVos giving the speech. Read More »

White House fumes after Kremlin releases Trump meeting photos

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Bush. The United States is undoubtedly the most important player on the worldwide stage, and whether he likes it or not, whatever Trump does is major news around the world, said Nicholas Rostow, who served as national security adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Read More »

Trump insists he's not under FBI investigation

The White House has denied that Comey's firing Tuesday had anything to do with the FBI's continuing investigation into Russia's interference in the USA election, including the possible role of Trump campaign aides and associates. "It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove director Comey was related to this investigation and that is truly unacceptable". Read More »

Ismail Haniya elected as new Hamas chief

Outgoing Hamas Chief Khaled Meshaal said he puts all of his trust in the new Movement leadership and that he will stand behind the "new leader Ismail Haniyeh". The new charter also omits an odious claim in the 1988 document that Muslims are called upon by God to kill Jews. It also says its struggle is not against Jews due to their religion but against Israel as an occupier. Read More »