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Swedish prosecutor drops case against Julian Assange

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In a statement , Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, said she made a decision to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape by Julian Assange. USA authorities have prepared charges to seek his arrest, United States officials familiar with the matter told CNN last month. In the meantime, in Britain, police have said Assange is still wanted for jumping bail and will face arrest if he leaves Ecuadorean embassy in London. Read More »

Fox News star in talks to be Trump's press secretary

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But even those who had been critical of Comey expressed suspicion over the timing of Comey's firing. The absence of anyone from Trump's administration on the shows' planned lineups was reportedly in spite of producers desperately trying to find someone to feature-with one show reporting White House spokespeople had simply been unreachable in the lead up to Sunday. Read More »

GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry

While Cornyn is well-liked on Capitol Hill, he is seen as a partisan whose confirmation hearing would have been expected to be highly contentious. Over the weekend, Sen. Garland has a lifetime appointment to the bench, and leaving his post would create yet another vacancy for President Trump to fill. "Cornyn was honored to be invited to address TSU's graduates, but he respects the administration's decision and looks forward to continuing to engage with the university in the future". Read More »

World court reserves verdict on Jadhav case

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Summary: MUMBAI: Classmates of Kulbhushan Jadhav were on Monday glued to television sets, watching live proceedings, as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearing India's plea on the death sentence given to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan. Read More »

Swedish prosecutor drops Assange rape probe

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The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement Friday that Marianne Ny "has chose to discontinue the investigation". Assange has been in Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012. This isn't to say that Assange can now leave the Ecuadorian embassy with impunity. But there is also a warrant issued by a British court after he skipped bail in June 2012. Read More »

Trump congratulates Macron in post-election call: White House

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Macron's movement announced Monday that it was rebranding itself with a new name, "Republic on the Move". With projections showing Mr. Macron with more than 65 percent of the vote to 35 percent for the far-right, nationalist Marine Le Pen, his was a victory of hope and optimism over fear and reaction; of a future in Europe rather than in resentful isolation. Read More »

Trump claims witch hunt, says he's most hounded leader ever

This was different than the version of events he told NBC News' Lester Holt last week. "In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country". President Donald Trump is assailing the naming of a special counsel as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" Former Senator Joe Lieberman waves as he leaves after a meeting with President Donald Trump for candidates for Federal Bureau of ... Read More »

U.S. military conducts airstrike on pro-government forces in Syria

Russian Federation and Iran have deployed forces to Syria to back up leader Bashar al-Assad while the US and many of its regional and Western allies have called for the strongman to leave power. commandos have been training and advising local forces fighting the Islamic State group. At least 15 civilians were among 52 people also killed in fighting in the central province of Hama Thursday, following a major offensive by Islamic State, according to the Observatory, which relies on a ... Read More »

Western Wall is part of the West Bank

President Trump faces pressure from one of his largest donors to deliver on his promise to move the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem at the same time as he seeks to broker peace between the state and the Palestinians. He will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of his first foreign trip later this week. He said Trump's decision would be informed by the parties - "and most certainly Israel's view on whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or ... Read More »

United Blood Nation gang members indicted after mass arrests in Charlotte

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Of the 83 defendants, 10 are not now in police custody. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents launched a crackdown against the often violent street gang known as the United Blood Nation. Twenty four of the suspects arrested Thursday were in Charlotte, more than any other location. The indictments include murder charges in the deaths of Jimmy Ray Daniels Jr., Cheeontah Howard and Malik Brown. Read More »

Australia - April unemployment rate remains steady, part-time employment fuels job creation

It's the third month in a row that the state and First Coast area saw unemployment rates drop. April's rate represents 119,256 unemployed persons, compared to 128,610 in March and 126,490 in April 2016. "Southwest Florida, along with the rest of the state, continues to add jobs", Scott said in a statement. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 12,100 over the month to 2,945,300 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 19,500 to ... Read More »

Sen. John Cornyn was top Federal Bureau of Investigation choice for Trump

Why? White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump will interview former Connecticut Sen. Press Secretary Sean Spicer informed reporters about the meetings as Trump flew to Washington after addressing U.S. Trump interviewed Lieberman and three other candidates this week. Lieberman served in the Senate for more than two decades and was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 with then-Vice President Al Gore . Read More »

Toby Keith Is Joining Trump In Saudi Arabia For A Men-Only Concert

After visiting Saudi Arabia , Trump will fly to Israel for meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then to the Vatican in Rome, where he will seek an audience with Pope Francis before heading to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, talks with European Union leaders, and then a meeting of the G-7 industrial nations in Sicily. Read More »

Fox News founder Ailes dies

A statement from his wife Elizabeth said she was "profoundly sad and heartbroken", calling him a "patriot". "Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son, Zachary ". He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and son Zachary . After his ouster, at least 20 other women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Ailes. Read More »

Trump waives nuclear sanctions on Iran

I can understand why the Trump administration might want to maintain the nuclear deal until it gets all its ducks in a row on Iran. Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying."Iran condemns United State's unacceptable ill will in its effort to undermine the positive outcome of Tehran's commitment to implement the nuclear deal by adding individuals to its list of unilateral and illegal sanctions". Read More »

Sweden Drops Rape Case Against Julian Assange

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Assange, 45, took refuge in the embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden after two women made rape and sexual molestation allegations against him, which he denies. Prosecutors first interviewed Assange in November past year in the Ecuadorean embassy. Asked if Britain would now support a request to extradite Mr Assange to the United States, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We look at extradition requests on a case-by-case basis". Read More »

Emmanuel Macron holds first Cabinet meeting

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Collomb says his "constant efforts" will be to prevent some French youth from "falling into radicalization" and from perpetrating "the odious attacks we have known in recent years". This is a first for France and its politics, that a president has appointed a prime minister from outside his camp without being forced to by a defeat in parliamentary elections. Read More »

Syria says US airstrike killed several soldiers near Jordan

The Russian and Syrian governments expressed outrage on Friday over a USA -led airstrike on an Iran-backed militia convoy that resulted in the deaths of several pro-Assad regime fighters, reports Al Jazeera . The coalition said "apparent" Russian attempts to stop pro-Assad forces from moving toward Tanf, as well as warning shots and a show of force, had failed. Read More »

Spurs will adapt to playing at Wembley, says Pochettino

Tottenham will finish in second place in the Premier League table after Spurs were 2-1 winners against Manchester United. 'It is also a sombre occasion upon which the club formally hands over its home of 118 years - one filled with so many special memories'. Read More »

Trump denies telling Comey to back off Flynn investigation

A Gallup tracking poll put Trump's approval rating at a historically low 38 percent, even before the latest wave of scandals. The remarks, delivered during a luncheon with television news anchors, including PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff, came the day after Mueller was chosen to take over the investigation, which examines Russia's interference in the 2016 elections as well as possible ties to Trump's campaign. Read More »

Text of Swedish prosecutor's decision to drop Assange probe

A brief statement from Sweden by the prosecutor ahead of a press conference, set for later Friday, read: "Director of Public Prosecution, Ms. Marianne Ny, has today chose to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange". Read More »

Satisfied over readiness of troops along LoC: Arun Jaitley

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A Defence Ministry spokesman said Mr Jaitley today visited the forward areas in Rampur Sector of North Kashmir. "But at the end of the day, the current situation emerges because when you take to violence, when you take to arms, and you start killing security forces or your own people, then you unleash a cycle which doesn't stop". Read More »

Emmanuel Macron visits French troops posted to Mali on anti-jihad mission

A high-profile conservative politician has been named as France's finance minister in President Emmanuel Macron's first government. France's new president Emmanuel Macron has chosen for his first offic. At a joint news conference with Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Macron asked Germany to provide more support to French-led efforts to eradicate the extremist groups. Read More »

McCain: Turkey Ambassador Should Leave US

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Sen. Patrick Leahy's tweet said "We've got to come back to American values". -Turkish tensions that are being compounded by a growing spat over US war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria . Differences over Syria policy have caused friction with Washington , a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally of Turkey's. On May 8, the USA made a decision to arm and equip the YPG inside Syria as it moves to take al-Raqqa city from Islamic State, to deprive it of a key headquarters and ... Read More »

Sen. Burr says Flynn hasn't responded to subpoena

Ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn may not cooperate with the U.S. Senate's investigation into reputed Russian electoral interference, a top congressional Republican said Thursday. Flynn's refusal would put him in contempt of Congress, a crime for which the former national security adviser could be jailed up to 12 months. On March 30, Flynn offered to testify before both the House and Senate Intelligence Communities in exchange for immunity. Read More »

Kim Jong-un Claims New Missile Can Reach Mainland US

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The session had been requested by the United States and Japan on Sunday , shortly after North Korea's test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile. USA officials reported that the missile landed 60 miles from the Russian city of Vladivostok. Analysts said the test suggested an actual range of 4,500 kilometres (2,800 miles) or more if flown for maximum distance. Read More »

United States strikes pro-Assad regime convoy near Syria's al-Tanf

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Syrian ally Russian Federation also denounced the US-led strike. Syria's ally Russia said the strike had hit civilians and was unacceptable, Russian news agencies reported . Pro-Assad outlets reported that the USA -led coalition hit the Iranian-backed Imam Ali brigade. Pro-regime forces were struck following warnings as they were advancing inside an established de-confliction zone near At Tanf in Southern Syria . Read More »

Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case

Weiner, who represented NY in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after revelations that he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women. His sexting scandals not only ended his political career and but they also entangled him in the F.B.I investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election. Read More »

India supports united, sovereign Palestine: PM Modi

Hani Islayim, a senior Hamas leader, said the march aimed at telling "hypocrites" that "we are staying in Palestine" to end the Israeli occupation. "In light of this, we hereby extend a request to meet with you in order to share with you our views and stories". Read More »

Deadline to register to vote draws close

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You can register online at Gov.uk/register-to-vote which will take you through the necessary steps to register, which only takes a couple of minutes. There is a specific push to get more young people to vote, as the turnout is traditionally low, with just 43pc casting their vote in the 2015 general election. Read More »