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France's Macron to meet European Council chief Tusk on Wednesday - presidency

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Fuchs said Macron, who defeated populist candidate Marine Le Pen on May 7, will be a stronger advocate of European Union integration than his predecessor, Francois Hollande. For the first time since his election, Macron laid out his vision for the eurozone . Some 45 percent of voters said they trusted in centrist President Emmanuel Macron's ability to tackle France's problems, while 36 percent trusted his newly appointed prime minister, Edouard Philippe, a conservative, the Elabe poll ... Read More »

Chaffetz to resign, raising doubts about Trump probe

Chaffetz said of his life as a congressman in Washington. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Mr. Trump told Comey, according to the memo. Chaffetz, who is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced earlier this year he would leave Congress at the end of his term in April. Read More »

Wikileaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning released from prison

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Manning was convicted under the Espionage Act, a World War I era law that was meant to stop people from supporting enemies of the USA during wartime. Manning had been serving a 35 year sentence behind bars for the court martial conviction, when President Obama commuted the punishment during his final days in office. Read More »

Nigeria Chibok girls: 103 freed girls to go back to school

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Garba Shehu said: "One of the girls refused to join the released girls". "I have a husband". "These girls went through captivity for more than two years". First Lady Aisha Buhari met with some of the Chibok girls on Wednesday. The parents of the recently released 82 girls have already been contacted and they will be in Abuja any moment from now. Read More »

Turkish ties hit rough patch after rough Erdogan visit

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Photos and videos posted on social media by witnesses showed a chaotic scene of flying fists, feet and police batons. WASHINGTON-Senator John McCain, one of the leading foreign policy voices in Congress, on Thursday urged the expulsion of Turkey's USA ambassador after pro-Turkish groups brutally attacked protesters during Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to DC. Read More »

Robertson: Tories manifesto thwarts will of Scottish Parliament with "cruel austerity"

Ms Dugdale suspended nine councillors in Aberdeen after they defied the wishes of the ruling Scottish Executive Committee (SEC) and went into administration with Conservatives in the city. The SIRP leader has not yet received a reply from Sturgeon on his request that she removes the SNP candidate from the Edinburgh West contest, but added: "That call from us still stands". Read More »

Nigerian University Rocked by Blasts, 1 Person Dead

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Locals told Anadolu Agency that those injured included soldiers, members of the government-backed vigilante group and personnel of the varsity's security, without mentioning the specific number of people hurt in the incident. Two suicide bombers have detonated bombs in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), reports say. . Maiduguri - At least one person was reported dead following two bomb blasts at the University of Maiduguri in northern Nigeria on Thursday night. Read More »

Iran sanctions 9 American firms as countermeasure

While the Trump administration continues to waive certain sanctions on Iran as required under the nuclear agreement, officials said the administration would not back down from imposing new sanctions, such as those announced Wednesday. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones said in a statement. On January 13, the USA imposed sanctions on 13 people and 12 entities in relation to Iran's ballistic missile programme. Read More »

US Renegotiation Of NAFTA To Include IP Rights, Digital Trade

With a letter to U.S. lawmakers, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he triggered a 90-day consultation period with Congress, industries and the American public that would allow talks over one of the world's biggest trading blocs to begin by August 16. Read More »

USA decries Washington, DC, brawl during Erdogan's visit

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The Turkish embassy blamed protesters Thursday for Turkish security officials' attack in Washington , D.C., despite video evidence that contradicts their claims. "This is the United States of America". " This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically ", the Arizona Republican said, adding that legal action could be pursued. Read More »

Erdogan: Turkey will not take part in Raqqa offensive

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Audiovisual analysis of footage recorded at the Turkish embassy on Tuesday sheds light on the verbal commands given by Turkey's president prior to his bodyguards' attack on a group of Kurdish protesters. "This kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically", the senator said in an interview with MSNBC . "We have long supported Turkey as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and a key USA ally in the region, and we expect conduct more appropriate to our decades-long ... Read More »

NYC- Car crashes into Times Square pedestrians

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Officials said they are expected to survive, though that may change. One neighbor says Rojas is a "good person" and he doesn't know what happened to him. One pedestrian was killed in the crash. "He just started running until people tackled him down", Lowe said. He also reportedly told police the end of the world is coming. Read More »

USA airplane laptop ban could be extended to Europe

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The afternoon meeting included high level executives from Delta Air Lines Inc, United Airlines Inc, American Airlines Group Inc and trade group Airlines for America, the sources said. While several sources claim that the expansion of the large electronics ban is coming, there has been no official word on the change. Earlier this year on March 21, the U.S. Read More »

Nigeria's Inflation Declines For Third Consecutive Month

There was slightly better news on the unemployment front, as the unemployment rate in the quarter through to March stood at 4.6%, compared with 5.1% in the corresponding period previous year. The opposition Labour Party on Tuesday sought to highlight rising costs for voters as it launched its policy proposals for the June 8 election, pledging a higher minimum wage and state involvement in the energy sector to keep prices down. Read More »

Merkel: British EU immigration cap would have price

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The two leaders left unsaid, however, what kind of treaty change they might seek. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned that such deep-reaching reforms would require treaty changes, which were "not realistic" at a time when Europe is hit by a surge of anti-euro populism. Read More »

Saudi Arabia 'Strongly Supports' Trump Policy on PA Peace, Iran Deterrence, ISIS

And from the White House's perspective, Trump's remarks will have been prepared days, if not weeks, ahead of time . Saudi Arabia has been accused of fuelling Islamist extremism with its adherence to fundamentalist Wahhabism and funding foreign mosques and schools that spread the ideology, sparking criticism from German intelligence services in a recent report. Read More »

Two frontrunners in race to succeed Enda Kenny

Her predecessor David Cameron said Mr Kenny "was a strong leader for Ireland, a great partner for the United Kingdom, and remains a good friend". "He did his country much service, and I wish him the very best in the next chapter of his life". Read More »

Man who ran over pedestrians was 'hearing voices'

Relatives, friends and community members in Portage, Michigan, mourned the loss of Elsman, the 18-year-old killed in the crash. Rojas' motivation was unclear but a troubled history has emerged that saw him discharged from the US Navy over disciplinary problems in 2014, following three years of service as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. Read More »

Army Mutiny Over Pay Spreads Across Ivory Coast

The yield on Ivory Coast's $750 million bond due July 2024 climbed 5 basis points to 5.87 per cent as of 9:10 a.m.in Abidjan , heading for its first rise in four days. The African Development Bank advised its employees in Abidjan to stay at home, warning that the security situation remained unclear. The 8,400 mutineers, majority former rebels who said they were promised bonuses for fighting to bring Ouattara to power, received 5 million CFA francs ($8,400) each to end the January uprising. Read More »

Erdogan Bodyguards Accused of Attacking DC Protesters Released

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Turkey blamed the violence outside its ambassador's residence on demonstrators linked to the PKK, but Washington's police chief called it a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters. "Somebody told them to go out there and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators", McCain said. The protesters said they were demonstrating peacefully until Erdogan's guards and supporters suddenly moved toward them. Read More »

New Orleans Uproots Third Confederate Statue In Early Morning Operation

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Providing public safety for things like peaceful public demonstrations and critical incidents is standard for City government, and the City provides this public safety and logistical support. All three were removed in the middle of the night by masked construction crews. "He has introduced racial and other discord into her city that was healing", said Hillyer about Landrieu. Read More »

Robert E. Lee monument in New Orleans could come down overnight

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After the unveiling, a crowd of Confederate veterans circled the statue two or three times as strains of "America" and "Dixie" filled the air. Crews laboring under the glare of floodlights began what appeared to be the work of sawing the bottom of the 14-foot-tall statue - a bronze likeness of Beauregard on horseback - from its pedestal while some 200 bystanders looked on near the entrance of City Park. Read More »

The House Oversight Committee is inviting Comey to testify

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to give a transcript of White House talks between his foreign minister and Donald Trump to Congress to prove that the USA president didn't give away secrets. Two members of the Senate intelligence committee , Senator Richard Burr and Senator Mark Warner, commented on the Senate's request . Following Comey's abrupt dismissal, Trump contradicted his communications staff on the reason for firing him and admitted it was partially because of how ... Read More »

UN chief condemns NKorea missile test

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The country's leader, Kim Jong Un, supervised the launch of the Hwasong-12 missile that reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles) and flew 787 kilometers (489 miles), KCNA said. and reconfirmed the reliability of new rocket engine under the practical flight circumstances", KCNA said. The White House in a statement said the "latest provocation" shows a need for all countries to implement stronger sanctions against North Korea, and singled out Russian Federation. Read More »

Senate Judiciary Committee also demands Comey memos, Trump tapes

This news fire hose, a result of errors forced and unforced for Trump, can have consequences - for the president, for his party and the country. Trump later fired Comey, after Comey had reportedly asked for more resources to investigate Russian meddling and its Trump connection. Read More »

WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning freed from prison

Chelsea Manning, the USA soldier who contributed to one of the largest leaks of classified information in US history, walked free from prison on Wednesday, May 17. Manning. "After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived", she said in a statement reported by CNN. Manning's defense team is intent on protecting her. Read More »

Union boss Len McCluskey: Labour can't win the election

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Labour said it would improve "engagement and dialogue" with the devolved administrations and would seek to ensure the final Brexit deal addressed "specific concerns". Both Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband resigned after leading Labour to defeats in 2010 and 2015 but, amid speculation that jockeying for position has already begun, there have been suggestions that Mr Corbyn could stay on if he equals the 30.4% vote share that Ed Miliband got in 2015. Read More »

Joe Biden Could Run For President in 2020

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While discussing Clinton's 2016 candidacy, Biden told the crowd, "I never thought she was the correct candidate. I thought I was a great candidate". Biden didn't target President Trump directly, but he did appear to allude to the recent turmoil in the White House. Read More »

Trump says he did not ask Comey to end investigation

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It comes as President Trump faces further furore over his meeting with Russian diplomats in which he is reported to have disclosed classified information . "Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", he said. Gowdy also supported Comey appearing publicly before Congress. Gowdy serves on three congressional committees where he could play a central role in reviewing the various allegations: Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform. Read More »