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Trump contradicts White House on Comey firing reasons

Mr Comey is only the second FBI director in the agency's 109-year history to be fired by a sitting president, following Bill Clinton's decision to dismiss FBI chief William Sessions in 1993 over the misuse of FBI funds. Or by the way, anybody else. "And we think that we've actually, by removing director Comey, taken steps to make that happen". Trump also denied that he had a financial stake in Russian firms. Read More »

English losing importance in Europe: EU chief

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The only comment that could have been interpreted as a barb at Britain came at the start of his speech, when he briefly spoke in English to say it would be delivered in French. He said it would not be possible to discuss Europe's future relationship with Britain unless the 27 remaining member states were reassured that "all citizens" will be treated properly and humanely. Read More »

Angela Merkel meets with Saudi Arabia's King without wearing headscarf

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A screen grab of The Independent's headline. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia said it plans no further weapons purchases from Germany, according to a report published in German weekly Der Spiegel. "So [Merkel] is not taking a stand against Saudi Arabia's dress code", Jahwar wrote. "We don't expect the rest of the world to follow in our footsteps when they come to Saudi Arabia", Jahwar continued. Read More »

Senate asks Trump associates for details on Russian contacts

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Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman, and Michael Flynn, former national security adviser, also were sent letters , said the officials with knowledge of the investigation. "But also, you don't have to be a lawyer and you don't have to have access to classified information to see the behavior of people like Carter Page and Roger Stone". Read More »

Aadhaar linking can only curb PAN card duplication, says petitioner

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The apex court was hearing the petition challenging the government's decision of making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN and also for filing tax returns. Earlier this week, the government had said the Aadhaar card was being promoted to combat the triple menace of terror funding, black money and tax evasion. Read More »

North Korea says will have dialogue with US under right conditions: Yonhap

The U.N. Mission said the Ministry of State Security has declared that a "Korean-style anti-terrorist offensive will be commenced to mop up the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the US and South Korea". No details were included about who the suspects are and how many are on the run. "Even such contact would hardly be formal". North Korea has a history of making unfounded claims , and CNN did not independently corroborate last week's report. Read More »

Missouri lawmakers pass bill on sales tax for St. Louis Zoo

Current law states that someone must work for the state for 10 years to qualify for the benefits. Missouri's Republican-led Legislature gave final approval Friday to a bill banning cities from adopting minimum wages higher than the state's rate, which is now $7.70 an hour. Read More »

Donald Trump lampooned for Australian healthcare praise

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As Trump gloated about how he thinks the bill will improve health care for Americans, he turned to Turnbull and said , "You have better health care than we do". At the patch-up meeting, Trump delivered a charm offensive through his speech at an event to honour the 75th anniversary of Australian and USA victory in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Read More »

With You We Have Hope: Palestinian President Tells Trump

Earlier this year, Trump expressed skepticism at home and overseas that any breakthrough on the matter will be achieved in the immediate future. Abbas quickly reasserted the goal of a Palestinian state as vital to any rejuvenated peace process, reiterating that it must have its capital in Jerusalem with borders based on pre-1967 lines. Read More »

Global cyberattack strikes 70 countries

Two security firms - Kaspersky Lab and Avast - said they had identified the malicious software behind the attack in over 70 countries, although both said the attack had hit Russian Federation the hardest. It said: "Like many organizations around the world, some Nissan entities were recently targeted by a ransomware attack ". It said the attacks were carried out with a version of WannaCry ransomware that encrypted files and prompted a demand for money transfers to free up the system. Read More »

Noah Syndergaard doesn't regret making start, will not throw for six weeks

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The 24-year-old Syndergaard is out indefinitely after being placed on the disabled list Monday. The Mets said there is no timetable for Syndergaard's return, leaving Alderson to look for pitching help outside the organization. "It will be a lengthy rehab process", Syndergaard said in the press conference on Saturday. I just kind of felt like a little ache in my arm. NorthJersey.com baseball columnist Bob Klapisch discusses Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard . Read More »

North Korea blasts USA senator who called Kim 'a whack job'

Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, is a 58-year-old American citizen who was temporarily teaching an accounting course at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Supporters said the legislation was meant to send a strong message to North Korea, amid global concern over the escalation of its nuclear program. In the past, North Korea has detained USA citizens to use as bargaining chips in negotiations with the US government. Read More »

SA to sign new nuclear power pacts after court ruling

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However, the Minister said she had made a decision to abide by the nuclear judgment, despite not agreeing with all aspects and the DoE would be taking "proactive" steps to align its processes with those outlined in the ruling. The court found that agreements with the various countries were unlawful and unconstitutional. But she said this did not necessarily mean that they agreed with the judgment in its entirety. Read More »

Tour bus tips over in Turkey, killing at least 24 people

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Death toll in a bus accident in the resort district of Marmaris located in the Aegean province of Muğla has risen to 24, according to Muğla Governor. Television reports showed that the bus landed on a lower section of the road, and Cicek said NTV television that an investigation was underway. Read More »

All future polls with paper trail: EC at all-party meet

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While announcing the challenge at an all-party meeting convened by the Commission in New Delhi , Chief Election Commission Nasim Zaidi, however, did not mention any date for the proposed event. "The EC is being very smart", Bhardwaj said. Apart from EVMs, other issues were also discussed such as corporate funding during elections. "Disqualification merely on the basis of a chargesheet needs more discussions, else it can be misused for harassment of political rivals", said V. Read More »

Macron Faces Test as Ally Bayrou Rejects Common Candidate List

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Current French President Francois Holland, left, and president-elect Emmanuel Macron attend a ceremony to mark the end of World War II in Paris on May 8. Only 5 percent - 24 - were lawmakers in the outgoing parliament, all Socialists. Thursday's publication of Macron's partial candidate list produced the first sign of tension within his camp since he was elected. Read More »

Hamilton takes Spanish pole but Vettel prevents Mercedes lock-out

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Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen is fourth, ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who a year ago won in Barcelona to become F1's youngest race victor at age 18. "It is all very marginal with tyre compounds, interaction with the track, the surface of the track and the track temperature itself". "Yesterday, I wasn't feeling the rhythm". Read More »

Corbyn: I won't be Trump's mutt in war on terror

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Corbyn said Labour would support the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear weapons but if circumstances were reached where ordering their use was an option it would "represent complete and cataclysmic failure". In a campaign speech in Kirkcaldy, Fife, in which he made no mention of Corbyn, Brown said voters were caught between the "extremes" of the two parties when social justice should be the key issue of the general election. Read More »

North Korea open to US talks under 'conditions'

Choi Sun-hee, left, the top North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the US walks prior to her departure for Pyongyang, North Korea, at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing Saturday, May 13, 2017. In defiance of United Nations and USA sanctions, North Korea has already conducted five nuclear tests and is also developing long-range missiles to deliver atomic weapons. Read More »

House Oversight Committee member calls Trump's bluff on the Comey "tapes"

He later said he was "not aware" whether any White House official had recordings of the conversation and wouldn't comment on whether the president regularly recorded conversations in the Oval Office. Sources said Comey rejected a pledge of loyalty during a private dinner with the president and instead opted to offer a pledge of honesty. "This is not going to end well for this administration", the former official said. Read More »

At Least 24 Killed After Building Wall Collapses onto Wedding Guests

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He said another 26 were injured, 15 of them seriously. Meanwhile, a case was on Thursday registered against the owner of the marriage hall, while his younger brother has been arrested. "We worked through the night", one rescue worker at the scene in Bharatpur, Rajasthan state, told India TV news network. A heatwave has swept across many parts of India in recent weeks, with temperatures reaching 44 degrees Celsius in the capital Delhi. Read More »

White House refuses to say if conversations are being taped

Connolly wasn't the only one to suggest Trump had broken the law. Trump fired Comey this past week. It's not clear yet whether Trump has any recordings of the conversation that took place. But according to Comey's associates, Trump requested the dinner, and pressed him to pledge his loyalty. In two subsequent phone conversations, Comey also assured him he was not under investigation. Read More »

PM Announces New Direct Colombo-Varanasi AI Flights

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Earlier on Friday while addressing the 14th UN Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo , Modi said Buddha's message of peace is the answer to the "growing arc of violence ". "Buddhism imparts an ever present radiance to our relationship", Modi said in his speech in Colombo . India's total development portfolio to Sri Lanka now exceeds $2.6 billion, of which the grant component is more than Dollars 436 million. Read More »

Olympics: Coates wins bitter fight to remain AOC chief

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He has been president since 1990 and a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2013. "This was a contested election, those texts were no different to, in content, emails that I had been sending.(about) my preferred team", Coates said. Read More »

Turkey Kills 11 Syrian Kurds as Cross-Border Clashes Continue

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Armored vehicles display US flags. For his part, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omar Celik criticized the statement made by State Department spokesman Mark Toner who has expressed concern over the Turkish strikes, saying "these kinds of actions frankly harm the coalition's efforts" against ISIS. Read More »

Hasan Minhaj Roasts the Press at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

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If anything, his absence freed the headlining comedian, The Daily Show star Hasan Minhaj , to take even harsher jabs at the president before laying into the press outlets in attendance. It's hard to trust you guys when you backed a man like Bill O'Reilly for years. He then tossed a little bone to all those dumb jerks missing out on his awesome company, saying that "Maybe we'll make it more exciting for them in Washington and show up" next year. Read More »

Active shooter reported on Dallas-area college campus

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It is one of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District. Active shooter at Northlake College - avoid the area. Later, it was found out that two people, including the suspect, had been killed in what appears to be a case of murder-suicide. Read More »

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to stick with public defenders

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Guzman was brought to the U.S.in January. Guzman has pleaded not guilty to charges he ran a multi-billion dollar drug trafficking cartel that was responsible for murders and kidnappings. He denied a request for Amnesty International to visit and refused to allow Guzman to move out of solitary confinement. Cogan ruled on Thursday that Guzman could start communicating with his wife Emma Coronel, 27, through pre-screened messages. Read More »

North Korea Open To US Talks Under Right Conditions

Speaking in Beijing on her way back from Norway, where DPRK officials are reported to have been engaged in Track 1.5 talks with former US officials, Choe was asked whether her government was preparing for talks with the Trump administration. Read More »