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Warner: Comey won't testify to intel panel next week

He thanked the crowd for their support and repeatedly invoked his own unlikely election victory."Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", Trump said . "The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said at a press briefing . But the issue took on new prominence Friday when Trump seemed to threaten Comey amid the outcry over the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's firing. Read More »

North Korea carries out new ballistic missile test

The White House also suggested Trump felt that the intermediate-range missile, which flew more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan, may have caused some anger in Russia because of the proximity of its impact to Russian territory. Read More »

Japan Hopes for Collaboration With Russia, China Over N. Korean Issue - PM

President Moon Jae-in has called an emergency National Security Council meeting in response to the launch, the presidential Blue House said. North Korea has test fired a new ballistic missile. The two also vowed to maintain a thorough military readiness against Pyongyang based on the strong Seoul-Washington alliance. 'The South and US are analyzing more details about the missile, ' it said in a statement without elaborating. Read More »

Donald Trump pledges to move quickly to nominate new Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Donald Trump said he expects to make a "fast decision" on a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey, perhaps before he departs the USA on May 19 for his first foreign trip as president. An "angry" White House official told CNN's Jim Acosta that the Trump administration was "tricked" into allowing a Russian photographer to publish images from Wednesday's meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Read More »

China calls for restraint after North Korea missile launch

In Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that their countries are both playing an "important role as a balancing power" in world affairs by seeking a peaceful way out for of the crises in Syria and the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

Trump defends decision to fire Comey, denies Russian collusion

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But Sanders also said the Trump White House isn't trying to quash the investigation and they didn't plan to appoint a special prosecutor. I hope you won't either. "Moscow has a highly advanced offensive cyber program, and in recent years the Kremlin has assumed a more aggressive cyber posture", it said. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday the Russian Federation probe was one of the smallest things the FBI is dealing with, but McCabe testified, "We consider it to be ... Read More »

Trump Highlights Rosie O'Donnell's Support for Firing Comey

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The big news of the day (so far) is that Rosenstein allegedly threatened to resign after the White House tried to place responsibility for the Comey firing on him. During a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the divergent messages from the White House resulted from a lack of information from the president himself. Read More »

Xi Jinping offers billions for China's Silk Road initiative

The China Development Bank has earmarked $890 billion for some 900 projects. But it could also serve Beijing's geopolitical ambitions. - Provide assistance worth US$8.7 billion to developing countries and global organisations participating in the initiative to launch more projects to improve people's well-being. Read More »

How White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Became A Hilarious Meme

Spicer's absence was noticeable given the number of times he's had to say Comey's name or respond to questions directly mentioning Comey by the White House press corps. "We'll take care of this". A reporter shot back: "The reason that the Democrats would say is that you've just fired the person who's overseeing that". Read More »

North Korea tests missile, raises new fears in Pacific

White House. South Korean military noted that the missile actually landed closer to Russian Federation than Japan. "If the missile reached a maximum altitude of 2,000 km, chances are high that it is a long-range missile", Chang Young-keun, a missile expert at Korea Aerospace University, told Yonhap News Agency. Read More »

China opposes latest N. Korean missile test

Earlier, the White House condemned the launch in a statement, saying that US President Donald Trump "cannot imagine that Russian Federation is pleased", considering that the rocket landed closer to Russian Federation than to Japan. mainland. She says more analysis was needed. "The president said we are leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating", Mr Yoon said. Read More »

Trump's lawyers say his tax returns show few Russia dealings

In the letter released Friday by the White House, Dillon and Nelson said Trump likely received other income from Russian sources, such as payments for hotel rooms or Trump-branded ties, wines and mattresses. The lawyers who wrote a letter saying President Trump had no significant business ties to Russia work for a law firm that has extensive ties to Russia and received a " Russia Law Firm of the Year " award in 2016. Read More »

Paul Ryan: 'Rescue Mission' is Underway for Health Care

They cited concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to Medicaid. Dems look to curb Trump's nuclear strike powers MORE (D-Mass.) says that it is "impossible" for House and Senate Republicans to agree on a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Read More »

EC assures to introduce VVPAT by 2019 LS Elections

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A detailed presentation on EVMs security features was also made by the ECI top brass to prove that the machines are tamper-proof - a fear raised by the opposition parties. "EVM manipulation is a real possibility and should be looked into immediately", said RK Gupta, an AAP worker who had come from Dwarka in south-west Delhi to the poll panel's central Delhi headquarters. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents' group makes endorsement for new director

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Rogers, who previously served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, briefly advised the Trump transition team in November on national security issues. and a former Federal Bureau of Investigation executive assistant director. I think it requires somebody like me, a Republican, to call Comey before the Judiciary Committee to let him explain that conversation. Read More »

North Korea successfully fires missile into Sea of Japan

The launch is the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight. In a statement issued Saturday night, the White House press secretary points out that the missile landed closer to Russian Federation than to Japan. Read More »

US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick - Schumer

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Schumer said, "Remember, the criteria for a special prosecutor, independent in making day-to-day decisions from the hierarchy in the Justice Department and the White House, can only be fired for cause, has to report to Congress, and, very importantly, can look into any attempts to thwart the investigation, are all really important criteria". Read More »

In testing missile, N. Korea challenges South's new leader

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile was a violation of United Nations resolutions and that Japan strongly protested the action. "China opposes relevant launch activities by North Korea that are contrary to Security Council resolutions", China's foreign ministry said in a statement sent to Reuters . Read More »

Turnbull says meeting with Trump was like 'family'

Mr Trump, while sitting beside Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in NY before their bilateral meeting on Thursday, praised Australia's healthcare system. Australia, like almost every other major developed country, has a universal health care system. Trump is set to meet Turnbull on Thursday night here at the Intrepid Naval Museum, a retired US Navy vessel that is anchored on the Hudson River. Read More »

North Korea carries out another missile test

US President Donald Trump called for tougher sanctions on North Korea. "Deliberately firing the missile at such an angle could allow North Korea to test its capabilities without it landing closer to Japan", the agency reported. "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil - in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan - the President can not imagine that Russia is pleased", the statement said. Read More »

Another US Citizen Is Detained In North Korea

The U.S. State Department released a statement noting that it's aware of the latest arrest, and revealed that it's working with the the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang to obtain more information. "The Department of State strongly recommends against all travel by US citizens to North Korea", the official added. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of people with disabilities, speaks at a news conference on Monday, May 8, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Read More »

China offers billions for new Silk Road initiative

While Xi did not mention North Korea during his speech to the delegates, the Chinese foreign ministry issued a statement saying it opposes such missile tests. Making a U-turn from its earlier position, the USA also sent a delegation led by Matt Pottinger, special assistant to the president and senior director for Asia at the National Security Council, after it clinched a trade deal with China. Read More »

Russia, Iran, Turkey Ban US Planes Above Syrian "Safe Zones"

The memorandum came into force at 21:00 GMT on Friday. Russian Federation is a staunch ally of Assad and is conducting airstrikes against targets in the country to help Syrian government forces fight militant groups. Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation signed an agreement in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Thursday, setting up four "de-escalation" zones in war-torn Syria. Read More »

Setting aside human rights, Trump courts Asian leaders

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Xi has discussed North Korea during a phone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who referred to Beijing's important role in promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula. It implies that Mr. Duterte's tactics are appropriate or necessary, which they are not. Duterte is best known for the extrajudicial killings of drug dealers and drug users, a "war on drugs" officially named "Operation Double Barrel". Read More »

Man City hang on to beat Leicester and move third

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Mahrez won a 77th-minute penalty after luring Gael Clichy into a clumsy foul, but despite him sending the ball past Willy Caballero, the eagle-eyed Madley ruled it out. Albrighton could have equalised but got bad contact on a Jamie Vardy cross five minutes into the second half, before Leicester had a real opportunity to draw level. Read More »

French centrists reach accord with Macron on parliament candidates

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But he now needs to consolidate a win in which a good part of those who backed him in the playoff against Le Pen came from political parties that voted to stop her rather than to put him in the driving seat for the next five years. Prime Minister Theresa May also discussed Brexit with Macron, saying "the United Kingdom wants a strong partnership with a secure and prosperous European Union once we leave", the spokesman added. Read More »

ELECTION 2017: Unstable minority unlikely to last

That means either B.C. NDP leader John Horgan would be asked to form a new government, with Green Party support, or a new election could be called. Recounts and absentee ballots could still sway the final tally, such as with the Courtenay-Comox riding swinging to the NDP by a mere nine votes. Read More »