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Ex-FBI chief Comey to testify in US Congress

According to one of his close friends , Comey was "disgusted" by what he saw as Trump's attempts to compromise him, as the FBI Director has traditionally enjoyed a wide degree of autonomy from the White House. Mr Trump has insisted at times the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed to a "very strong" recommendation from Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein. Read More »

Trump's comments to Russians about Comey 'is compelling evidence of corrupt intent'

What's more, it now appears this investigation has expanded to involve an individual who currently holds a senior post within the White House, not just an ex-aide (Michael Flynn) or campaign official (Paul Manafort). "The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it", he said, insisting "the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations". Read More »

France's Macron to meet Italian PM on Sunday

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Newspaper editors protested yesterday after the Élysée Palace invited named journalists to accompany the president on his first overseas trip, to visit French forces in Mali. Macron's predecessor Francois Hollande said in January that France would boost the AFD's budget for Africa by 15 percent over the coming years to 23 billion euros ($25.7 billion). Read More »

Iran's Rouhani wins 2nd term by a wide margin

Assad also congratulated Rouhani for earning "the trust the Iranian people gave him to continue bolstering Iran's position". Even so, many other worldwide firms remain hesitant to re-enter the Iranian market for fear of changing political winds that may usher in new sanctions, jeopardizing their profits and any nascent ventures. Read More »

Fact Check: Does US Believe Western Wall Is in Israel?

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While Israel considers Jerusalem its "eternal, undivided capital", the Palestinians regard the east of the city - occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War - to be the capital of any future Palestinian state. Trump said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in March 2016 that he would move the USA embassy to Jerusalem , calling it "the eternal capital of the Jewish people". Read More »

World celebrates Mother's Day today

This year the theme is "Every Mother knows". Those who are fortunate enough to still have their mothers likely spent some time in the past week or so shopping for the ideal gift, planning a flawless meal or even searching for a flawless card to express appreciation for the person who brought them into this world. Read More »

Iranians urge Rouhani not to disappoint

Under Rouhani, Iran reached a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement that capped Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of worldwide economic sanctions. Rouhani's win gives reformists a chance to build clout in the body that chooses the leader, the Assembly of Experts, where neither reformists nor conservatives dominate. Read More »

USA president arrives in Saudi Arabia for visit

The deal will bring American-made ships, planes and bombs to Saudi Arabia , which is seeking to bolster its regional military prowess. The king placed the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud around Trump's neck at a ceremony at the Royal Court in Riyadh . Read More »

Call For Ukraine To Revoke Ban On Dozens Of Russian Web Companies

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Poroshenko, who had accounts on both social networking sites until May 16, defended the ban in a statement on his Vkontakte page. Experts said it would be hard to enforce. Mykhaylo Chaplyhya from the Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudsperson's Secretariat told the UNIAN news agency that no website may be blocked in Ukraine without a court order. Read More »

French President Macron unveils 'gender even' Cabinet

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Ms Kosciusko-Morizet was among more than 170 conservatives who agreed to "seize the outstretched hand" of Mr Macron and support his proclaimed political project of bridging the divide between left and right long entrenched in French politics. Read More »

Ugly Liverpool win looks good for Klopp

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Asked what Everton need to do to step things up given the way 2016-17 has gone, Koeman said: "We had a really strong home record, but I think we need to improve away, and we need to be more clinical, more productive". "If we have enough points after this match day then we deserve to go to the Champions League, if not then we won't deserve it". Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita are among the Reds' priority targets for the summer, and both would boost Klopp's starting lineup considerably-as ... Read More »

Texas Sen. Cornyn Withdraws Name From FBI Consideration

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The Texas Republican and Senate majority whip announced his decision in a written statement Tuesday afternoon. Another Republican whose name had been mentioned as a possible candidate, Rep. "I met with the attorney and the deputy attorney general". In an interview on Bloomberg Television, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to Garland, a former federal prosecutor, as "an apolitical professional". Read More »

Opposing Brexit and scrapping diesel cars lead Liberal Democrat manifesto

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According to the manifesto, the plan would include a diesel scrappage scheme and ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the United Kingdom by 2025. The manifesto says that in the long term, Lib Dems want a dedicated "health and care tax" to fund the NHS, possibly created through reforming National Insurance. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn to create Minister for Peace if elected

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President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression in the USA election system. In a major speech, the Labour leader said there was a "clear choice" for the electorate between a Labour Party that would seek to emphasise peace and diplomacy, and what he described as the Conservative's approach of continuing "devastating military intervention". Read More »

James Clapper doesn't know if there was collusion between Trump and Russian Federation

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Trump's tweetstorm railed against the "fake media" and those who expect his surrogates to defend him with "perfect accuracy", while giving a stern warning to Comey that he "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" "I said, 'If it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said, 'You are not under investigation, '" Trump recounted, repeating an assertion made when the White House announced Comey's firing Tuesday. Read More »

Trump, Turkish leader hail ties despite U.S. arming of Kurds

Both the Obama administration and the administration of Donald Trump regard the Syrian Kurds as the most effective and appropriate combat partner for the USA in the fight against ISIS. "The types of action to be taken in Syria by the worldwide coalition against Daesh - in which France participates alongside the United States - will be determined on the basis of this priority", it said. Read More »

Hassan Rouhani takes strong lead in Iran Election

The prime minister reiterated his desire to work together with the Iranian president on continued endeavours to strengthen cooperation between Pakistan and Iran in diverse fields, forge a strong economic partnership and make earnest efforts towards solidarity, peace and progress in the region. Read More »

Led coalition airstrikes targeted pro-Assad forces in Syria

Syrian on Friday confirmed one of its army points near the southern town of Tanf was attacked, describing the strike as a flagrant attack. A military source on the Syrian government side says a United States air strike against a Damascus-backed militia hit "one of our military points" and killed several people. Read More »

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan to change legal team

The top United Nations court also said that Pakistan should have given consular access to India as per Vienna Convention. The ICJ ruling staying the execution of Jadhav "has caused shock and disappointment in Pakistan", a daily reported on Thursday. Read More »

Trump faces diplomatic hurdles during 28 hours in the Holy Land

He has even referred to it as the " ultimate deal ". They might not have been as shocked by this week's events had they not suffered from these delusions in the first place. He said a one-state solution might be possible through what he says is Trump's economics-oriented plan for the Middle East. During the time between surveys, the president has welcomed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House. Read More »

NHS provides outpatients updates following cyber attack

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is to chair a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee at the Cabinet Office on Whitehall on Monday to assess progress on dealing with the attack. The internet connection was back up yesterday and the hospital said patients, who were still able to text or phone, weren't affected over the weekend. Read More »

Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey relieved pressure on him

The day before, Rosenstein told senators that Trump had made a decision to fire Comey before asking Rosenstein for a memo offering justification for the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's sacking. In the memo, Rosenstein recommended that Comey be replaced, in part because of his handling of the investigation into ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails. Read More »

Melania Trump arrives in Middle East, shuns headscarf

Melania Trump donned a regal, chic look but appeared without a headscarf as she and husband and President Donald Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday. Trump will deliver a major speech Sunday to the leaders of more than two dozen Muslim nations where he'll urge countries to drive out extremists. Melania Trump's outfit caused a stir on social media, in part because at first glance, her black pantsuit resembled an abaya. Read More »

Chinese jets intercept U.S plane over East China Sea

China's two SU-30 aircraft carried out intercept of a U.S. aircraft WC-135 created to detect radiation while it was flying in worldwide airspace over the East China Sea. At that time the US called the incident unsafe. Unexpected and unsafe intercepts involving USA and Chinese military aircraft have occurred occasionally over the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in its entirety. Read More »

Comey to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee

Hours earlier, Burr said Flynn's lawyer said he wouldn't comply, "and that is not a surprise to the committee". The Senate is investigating the "active measures" Russian Federation took to influence the election. The subpoena compelled Flynn to turn over private documents related to his relationships to foreign governments. Flynn was ousted following reports that he misled Pence and others when he denied discussing sanctions in a phone conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak ... Read More »

Erdoğan calls Macron to congratulate him over election victory

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On Sunday, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen , the far-right leader of a dynasty of political mavericks who thought she would easily defeat her dream enemy. He also intends to be the Prime Minister. He observed: "First call from a foreign leader to Macron was Merkel". According to Le Monde , a quarter of registered voters did not show up to vote, making the turnout of 75 percent the lowest recorded in any final round of the presidential elections since 1969. Read More »

India Calls for Early Resumption of Israel-Palestine Talks

On May 16, President Abbas will be given a ceremonial guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan followed by wreath laying by him at Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi, Raj Ghat followed by delegation-level discussion with Modi. He extended his country's support to the establishment of the independent Palestinian state. The Palestinian leader will this evening attend a function at the India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi . Read More »

McCaskill among the more vocal Senators on investigation of Trump

The memo focused on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures during her presidential campaign against Trump. Trump said at a news conference Thursday that he had thought firing Comey would be a popular action, and that his decision was at least party based on Comey's "poor performance" in testifying before Congress a few weeks earlier. Read More »

Trump Willing To 'Make Peace' With Pyongyang

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North Korea-affiliated media have frequently called on the new South Korean administration to "pursue peace diplomacy" that would require, from Pyongyang's position, Seoul's disengagement with the United States. "The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL (Northern Limit Line) and military demarcation line", Moon was quoted as saying by the presidential Blue House, referring to the de facto maritime and land boundaries between North and South. Read More »

Trump Opens First Presidential Trip Abroad in Saudi Arabia

The normally austere kingdom put on a major display for the visit, with the streets of Riyadh lined with U.S. and Saudi flags and billboards featuring Trump and King Salman. Saudi Arabia is the primary destination for US arms sales, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, with the Kingdom purchasing almost 10 percent of USA exports from 2011 to 2015. Read More »