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Backed Syria fighters clear ISIL mines from Tabqa town and dam


The fall of Tabqa also denies militants "a key coordination hub" that had been used by the group's foreign fighters since 2013 to plan attacks against the West, the coalition said in a statement . Talal Sillo, a commander with SDF, said no weapons have been delivered yet but noted the USA -led coalition said a delivery was expected from weapons already in Syria with the global coalition. Read More »

McGovern: Ex-AG Gonzales says firing could backfire on president


The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have cast a cloud over Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities. Comey would have likely sidestepped a direct question, telling Trump as he did during his testimony to Congress, that he can't comment on ongoing investigations. Read More »

Liberals win tight poll in Canada's British Columbia, lose majority

But one of the NDP's ridings, Courtenay-Comox, was won on Tuesday by a razor-thin nine-vote margin; if a compulsory recount and the inclusion of absentee ballots flips the result to the second-placed BC Liberals there, and other results are unchanged, Clark will have secured a standalone majority by the narrowest of margins. Read More »

Chibok schoolgirls: 'One refused to be released'

Parents of some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria three years ago hailed on Thursday their planned return to school in September, but said the families should be involved in the "healing process". Read More »

Sister of accused killer in Arkansas says he's mentally ill


Arkansas State Police spokeswoman Liz Chapman said the shooting happened early Thursday in the Dardanelle-Chickalah area of Yell County, located about 60 miles northwest of Little Rock. The suspect had been barricaded inside a residence before he was taken into police custody, police said. It appears, at least preliminarily, that the deaths of the Yell County sheriff's deputy and the two other victims are connected, Sadler said. Read More »

Texas Votes To Bar Trans Athletes From High School Sports

Supporters of the ban say using the free speech zones actually prohibits speech by implying free expression is not allowed across the rest of campus. The goal of Senate Bill 2095 depends on who is reading it. Opponents of the bill call the facilities "baby jails" and say the measure is nothing more than a nod to the powerful prison companies. He wants to compete with the guys but can not because state law makes student athletes participate as the gender listed on their birth certificate. Read More »

KING: Comey calling Trump 'crazy' shows we've crossed the line

President Donald Trump sent shockwaves throughout the country on Tuesday when it was revealed that he fired FBI Director James Comey - a decision the White House said was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein . Read More »

Paris prepares for Emmanuel Macron inauguration


Like him, many are new to politics. Following the election, Macron resigned as the leader of the En Marche! political movement, while the party itself was renamed into La Republique En Marche. "I'll talk with Macron about how we can strengthen the euro zone and how we can carry out reforms that have a quick impact on the labor market, as we've seen in Germany in the past", Merkel said on a panel in Dusseldorf on Thursday. Read More »

US, China Cooperation to Extend Trade


The U.S. will publish a proposed rule by July 16 to help jump-start the imports, it said. -China trade deal opens China to USA beef & gas, but unlikely to have large impact on trade deficit. Adding, "This is real news!" The agreement would also ease import restrictions on agricultural goods, including ending China's ban on beef imports, which was imposed in 2003 after a case of mad-cow disease. Read More »

Former acting AG Yates claims she warned WH about Flynn's Russian Federation ties


The Senate committee's investigation can not not be wrapped up before the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ongoing probe into alleged collusion between Trump campaign and Russian Federation is completed. At the hearing, Yates didn't get into specifics about what the intelligence showed about Flynn, but she described her two meetings with White House counsel Don McGahn on the topic - on January 26 and 27 - in general terms. Read More »

Spicer Pressed on Clapper's New Comments on Trump-Russia Collusion

The president suggested, again over Twitter, that because he's such "a very active President", that his surrogates can't speak for him "with flawless accuracy". Comey regardless of any advice from the Justice Department. The White House - and even vice-president Mike Pence - had insisted Mr Comey was sacked on the recommendation of assistant attorney general Rod Rosenstein because of a loss of trust earlier this week. Read More »

Experts bid to tackle cyber attack after NHS services crippled


Cyber-extortionists on Friday tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings , and other legitimate files. In China, the internet security company Qihoo360 issued a "red alert" saying that a large number of colleges and students in the country had been affected by the ransomware, which is also referred to as "WannaCrypt". Read More »

British PM Theresa May's Conservatives make gains in local elections

The Conservatives made sweeping advances across the United Kingdom, gaining more than 500 councillors. "The day after my party has won by a considerable margin more votes, more seats and more councils than any other party and improved our position on the last council election, I think I'm reasonably entitled to feel quite optimistic as we go into the next contest", she said. Read More »

Kremlin says 'too early' to speak of thaw in Russia-US ties


A Kremlin spokesman said that Moscow regrets America's "emotional obsession" with Russian Federation but will be patient because they believe "the obsession will end soon". In the wake of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's meeting with Trump on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state media that both countries have "a lot of work ahead of us". Read More »

Syrian FM: No Foreign Forces to Monitor De-escalation Agreement


A spokesman for the United Nations secretary general's special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, declined to comment on those remarks. Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters the Syrian government rejects any role for worldwide forces in patrolling potential safe zones. Read More »

Mattis Seeks to Allay Turkey on US Arming of Syrian Kurds

Washington says that arming the Kurdish forces is necessary to recapturing Raqqa , Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning attacks against the West. Shortly after, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Washington to immediately overturn its decision to arm Kurdish fighters that Ankara regards as members of a terrorist group. Read More »

Egypt Discovers New Necropolis in Minya, First in Area


The area dates back to the Greco-Roman period between the third century BC and third century AD. Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed an ancient burial site with at least 17 mummies , antiquities officials said Saturday, in the latest in a series of historical discoveries in Egypt. Read More »

Where does Jeremy Corbyn stand on foreign policy?


While it must be said the old shibboleth that all politicians are the same was well and truly nailed by Labour's socialist agenda - renationalisation, more pay for public sector workers, more tax for higher earners, and so on - the fundamental point still applies; that however much voters might like individual policies, they do not like divided parties and favour strong leaders. Read More »

Turkish authorities block all internet access in Turkey to Wikipedia: monitor


The agency said officials had warned Wikipedia to remove content likening Turkey to terror groups but the site "persistently" did not. Turkish Internet users woke up Saturday to find that they no longer had access to Wikipedia , the free online encyclopedia written by volunteers, which the government said was being used by opponents to smear the country. Read More »

North Korea open to USA talks under 'conditions'

The State Department added that they want North Korea to "cease all illegal activities" for the possibility of talks. North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol, center, speaks during a meeting at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang , Thursday, May 11, 2017. Read More »

Moon thanks Modi for congratulations in Korean language

It added the two leaders "agreed to continue to strengthen the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and to deepen the enduring friendship between our two countries". Relations between Beijing and Seoul have deteriorated over the issue. Both Mr Moon and Mr Xi agreed that denuclearising North Korea was a "common goal". Read More »

Pope says he won't preach to Trump

A caption written on the sash of the pope's cassock reads " The Good Forgives the Evil ". In the life-sized image, the white-robed, halo-clad Francis embraces Trump, who has red horns, a red cape and a gun in a holster. Sudan is one of the seven countries on the United States travel ban list. I will say what I think and he will say what he thinks. "Peace is artisanal. Read More »

Chinese president and new South Korean leader talk nuclear

U.S. President Donald Trump has sought the help of China, South Korea and Japan in pressuring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to halt testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Xi and Moon agreed to meet face-to-face at the earliest possible date, while re-affirming their common goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

China says it tested new missile in northeastern sea

A brief statement on the ministry's website said the test took place recently in the Bohai Gulf and "achieved the intended result". Hong Kong-based iFeng news suggested that the tested missile might be an E/ADF-26B, an upgraded version of a previously-used missile equipped with the new capability of electronic attacks. Read More »

Trump taps Minnesota Justice Stras for federal appeals court


The Trump campaign past year listed Larsen as a possible candidate for Scalia's seat on the nation's highest court, an opening that eventually went to Justice Neil Gorsuch. The Heritage Foundation and The Federalist Society developed the list at Trump's request. "This slate of nominees is extremely troubling and sends a clear message that Donald Trump intends to appoint judges who will use their positions to shift the law dramatically in favor of corporations and the wealthy at the expense ... Read More »

'Wages won't keep up:' UK central bank says inflation biting


Most of Carney's press conferences are pretty dry affairs, with the governor being as careful as possible not to say anything too controversial or surprising for fear of unduly influencing the markets. Even if there is eventually a smooth Brexit process - which is obviously questionable - we suspect that the twists and turns in getting there will cause serious uncertainties that hamper business investment and very possibly willingness to employ. Read More »

How the Outcome of the French Election Will Impact Europe

Some leading centrist Republicans appear ready to override the party hierarchy and work closely with Macron - one of them being former conservative prime minister Alain Juppe. President of Dashmesh Sikh Academy, Paris , Rajbir Singh said there was much relief for the Sikhs living in France as many had made their mind to leave the nation if Le Pen was elected since they would have been barred from wearing turban. Read More »

North Korea willing to meet with US if conditions right: diplomat

The meeting took place amid a let-up in military tensions on the Korean peninsula after concerns over a fresh nuclear test by the North aimed to mark high-profile anniversaries in April failed to materialize. "The U.S. House of Representatives should think twice", the committee said in its letter, a copy of which was published by the KCNA state news agency. Read More »

Russian photographer on White House outrage: 'This is nonsense'

The tweets came a day after Trump told NBC anchor Lester Holt that he would have fired Comey regardless of the recommendation of top Department of Justice officials. "We don't believe this to be an accurate account", deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Times . Capping a week in which Trump faced a slew of criticism for firing the man investigating his campaign's possible ties to Russia , Trump warned James Comey there could be retribution if he speaks to ... Read More »

Trump says next gen leaders among Liberty grads

President Trump on Saturday told the class of 2017 at Liberty University to stay true to their ideals and remember that the United States was built on religious principles. Trump said in his commencement address that he's seen up close "how the system is broken". "And we got it". At one point, he said, "you aren't going to let other people tell you what you believe, especially when you know that you're right". Read More »