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U.S. arming Kurdish Syria fighters unacceptable, shouts Turkey

However, the Syrian Kurdish group labelled a terror organisation by Turkey hailed the U.S. decision to arm it with heavy weapons to fight IS. Commenting on the weapons that will be supplied by the United States, the SDF spokesman noted that since Raqqa had a strategic meaning for Daesh terrorists, the Kurdish forces would need heavy arms. Read More »

US Ambassador Says North Korea Is a Threat To The Entire World

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Backing off from its aggressive military stance, the United States has given an indication of diplomatically handling the North Korea regime. It said: 'If the United States persists in confrontation with the DPRK ( North Korea ), the latter will show how the crime-woven history of the USA is put to an end. Read More »

Pakistan bound by ICJ verdict, says Salman Khurshid

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The resolution moved in the Punjab Assembly said "the ICJ's decision is a well-planned conspiracy and interference in Pakistan's internal affairs". Last Thursday, an 11-member ICJ headed by Judge Ronny Abraham stayed the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav awarded by a Military Court in Pakistan, and asked Islamabad not to implement the execution till the final decision arrives. Read More »

Hassan Rouhani wins Iran's presidential election

Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani flash the victory sign from their vehicle outside a polling station for the presidential and municipal councils election, in Tehran , Iran, Friday, May 19, 2017. The results were announced as Mr Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia, Iran's biggest regional rival, for his first foreign trip as president. "Great people of Iran", Rouhani wrote on Twitter , in Farsi , "you're the winners of the election". Read More »

No US involvement in deal with IS fighters: Pentagon

Ties became poisoned in the last months of the Barack Obama administration by venomous disputes over USA support for Kurdish fighters in Syria and the presence in the USA of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Erdogan blames for last year's July 15 failed coup. Read More »

Donald Trump leaves on first presidential foreign trip amid 'witch hunt' claim

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Asked if he urged Mr Comey at a February meeting to drop his probe of the Russian Federation connections of Mr Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, the president said: "No. "Mr. Rosenstein has done the right thing", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Thursday on the Senate floor. "I have made no such determination", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says in a statement . Read More »

Ecuador demands Britain grant Assange 'safe passage'

Ecuador's foreign minister Guillaume Long said , "Given that the European Arrest Warrant no longer holds, Ecuador will now be intensifying its diplomatic efforts with the United Kingdom so that Julian Assange can gain safe passage in order to enjoy his asylum in Ecuador". Read More »

New footage shows Turkish president watching Washington brawl

The video shows Erdogan in the back of a auto outside the Turkish ambassador's residence as security officials charged into a crowd of protesters. "Groups affiliated with the PKK, which the USA and Turkey have designated as a terrorist organization, gathered yesterday without permit in Sheridan Circle in the immediate vicinity of the Ambassador's Residence, while the President of Turkey was visiting the Residence". Read More »

Berks lawmakers react to appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel

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Trump was meeting with FBI director candidates when the White House was formally told that a special prosecutor had been named in Russian Federation investigation. Demands intensified from Democrats on Capitol Hill for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel or prosecutor to oversee the case. "No politician in history - and I say this with great surety - has been treated worse or more unfairly". Read More »

US Gov't 'Under Assault' by Trump After Comey Firing: Clapper

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Democratic lawmakers asked the White House to turn over any such recordings, and alleged that Trump's tweet raised the possibility of "obstruction of justice". But among those who have been closely following news of Comey's unexpected ouster, 53 percent said they disapprove and 33 percent approve. The firing has roiled the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where Comey was generally well-regarded and praised for his leadership. Read More »

US President and Saudi Arabia King sign defense deals

Al-Jubeir said Trump and King Salman agreed that action had to be taken to ensure Iran did not continue "aggressive policies in the region". Reports also emerged that Trump had called Comey "a nut job" and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had identified a senior White House official as a "significant person of interest" in its probe of Russian meddling. Read More »

GE Signs Deals Worth $15Bln Aimed at Diversification of Saudi Economy

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El-Sissi invited Trump to visit him in Egypt, adding, "You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible". The eight-day trip will also take in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Brussels, the Vatican, and Sicily. The First Lady and Trump's daughter, Ivanka, both eschewed a headscarf. The President's stop in the enthusiastic Saudi capital is the first in a nine-day, five-country swing across the Middle East and Europe. Read More »

Saudis welcome Trump with gold medal, receive arms package

Like past USA first ladies visiting Saudi Arabia, Mrs. Trump's hair was not covered in the local custom, and she shook Salman's hand upon arriving in the kingdom. White House aides had hoped Trump's ambitious foreign swing would provide relief from a barrage of bad headlines. Trump represents a major shift against Iran and a return to the old strategic relationship between America and Saudi Arabia since 1945. Read More »

VanCantfort: Magical thinking on GOP health care bill

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House Speaker Paul Ryan touts "choice" in this bill . "And that's what we're doing". The insurance department reviews forms and rates and recommends them for final approval by the federal government, which operates the marketplace. "Mr. Leaf's proven knowledge and expertise in this area are of vital importance to ensure the County's health care plans and system remain fundamentally sound and sustainable", wrote Sachi Hamai, L.A. Read More »

Corbyn: PM's manifesto pledges are 'triple whammy of misery' for pensioners

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Others have argued that Mr Corbyn's future is secure if Labour manages to secure a better vote share than it did at the last general election (31 per cent). Elderly people are more likely to turn out on polling day so their support is an important boost for any political party. Yesterday there was excitement in the Labour leadership's office as our latest poll showed them gaining eight points after the launch of their manifesto , cutting the Conservative lead to (only) 15 percentage points. Read More »

Macron Cabinet reflects left, right and centre

Bruno Le Maire, who served under former center-right President Nicolas Sarkozy, has been named as Macron's economy minister. They range from quirky to obscure to old-school: math genius Cedric Villani; former train and subway boss Anne-Marie Idrac; Axelle Tessandier, who created a startup in San Francisco before joining Macron's campaign; and a string of former ministers in Socialist and conservative governments. Read More »

DRC: Team dispatched following Ebola confirmation

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In a letter to WHO from the Congo's Minister of Health, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga stated that "Of the five blood specimens taken from suspected cases and analysed at INRB, one has tested positive for Ebola virus (Zaïre serotype) using real-time polymerase chain reaction". Read More »

The Russia-Trump Campaign Investigation May Now Be "Considered a Criminal Investigation"

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Donald Trump said the appointment of a special prosecutor to take over the Justice Department's probe into alleged ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign "hurts our country terribly". "There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee. "This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration". Read More »

Comey to testify before Senate intel committee

Mr Trump met the Russians on May 10th, the day after he fired Mr Comey. Trump also has suggested he fired Comey in part because of his investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Democrats said the new stories underscore their belief that Trump fired Comey in order to shut down the Russian Federation probe. The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would ... Read More »

Driver in Times Square rampage charged with murder

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He has not yet entered a plea. Rojas is next scheduled to appear in court on 24 May. Authorities said Rojas drove from the Bronx to Times Square, where he sped into the bustling Crossroads of the World, hitting almost two dozen people on the sidewalk before steel security barriers finally stopped him. Read More »

Cloud Computing wins Preakness Stakes; Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming fades

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Was he in position to stop the Derby victor? Cloud Computing broke his maiden in a sprint race February 11 at Aqueduct, then came back in the Gotham Stakes and finished second by 3½ lengths. The dark brown colt was unraced as a 2-year-old and skipped the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. "You could see he just got beat", Velazquez said. Always Dreaming was the first to throw in the towel, surrendering the lead to Classic Empire midway around the final turn. Read More »

Trump Receives Saudi Welcome As Scandal Brews at Home

The US president spent the day meeting King Salman and holding talks with senior US and Saudi officials, as deals in excess of $380 billion (Dh1.4 trillion) were signed, Saudi foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir said. Official State Department policy dictates that the American President should not bow to any foreign leader, regardless of tradition, but President Obama regularly broke that protocol, and in 2009 - his first meeting with Saudi leadership at the G20 summit - bowed to leaders there ... Read More »

Trump predicts quick nomination to replace Comey at Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Pressed by Pirro about launching an independent commission to investigate the issue, Trump suggested the current investigations taking place in Congress will suffice. I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the U.S., is important. "You know, it depends on how you define loyalty, No. 1; No. 2, I don't know how it got out there because I didn't ask that question". Read More »

What Donald Trump, Moon Jae-in Could Likely Discuss When They Meet

While Moon may try to soothe Chinese anger over the missile-defense system, many observers say it appears too late to call for its withdrawal, which would greatly undermine South Korea's relationship with Washington. "A candidate from the Saenuri Party was elected president in the south with a razor-thin margin", that dispatch read in full. Some of those goals would collide with those of the Trump administration, which is seeking to place more economic sanctions on North Korea to pressure ... Read More »

Backed fighters hunt for IS holdouts in Syria's Tabqa

The Kurdish-led forces said Friday they expect to advance on Raqqa this summer, following their capture of a strategic town and dam, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the city. During the Turkish delegation's trip to Washington, President Trump approved a plan to provide weapons to YPG militants in Northern Syria - which was not a popular decision in the Turkish capital. Read More »

Jimmy Carter urges Trump to push for peace

Hanna Swaid, a Christian Israeli Arab and former member of the Knesset, said of the visit. Based on Trump's campaign promises, that deadline to act on the embassy issue should have been irrelevant. The Palestinians are taking seriously Donald Trump's efforts to help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a minister said Thursday, ahead of the USA president's visit to the West Bank next week. Read More »

Trump, in address to Muslims, urges fight against terror

During his first stop in Saudi Arabia, the president will meet with Saudi officials, as well as members of the Gulf Cooperation Council . Controversy precedes the USA president on his stop in Israel as well, following Trump's alleged disclosure of Israeli intelligence to Russian officials. Read More »

Julian Assange Speaks After Sweden Halts Rape Investigation

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Prosecutors frustrated by Assange's refusal to return to Sweden for questioning eventually came to London to meet with him at the Ecuadorean Embassy a year ago. Assange has spent almost five years inside the Latin American country's London embassy, but he seemed robust and defiant in his brief balcony appearance. Read More »

Tillerson says he hopes Rouhani ends Iran missile program in new term

He added, "in all likelihood, we will talk at the right time". "Additionally it bolsters the Kingdom's ability to provide for its own security and contributing to counter-terrorism operations throughout the region". The post Tillerson: Curbing Iran a focus of Trump trip appeared first on PBS NewsHour . Ten days into his presidency, Trump promised in a phone call to Saudi Arabia's King Salman to "rigorously enforc [e] the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", referring to the deal's ... Read More »

Democratic establishment shies away from Trump impeachment talk

Only the Republicans in the House and Senate have the power to take any meaningful action. This charging, of the President, is known constitutionally as impeachment. The first was Andrew Johnson in 1968. "The boundaries of the impeachable offense are not coextensive with the boundaries of the criminal law". As Noah Feldman wrote in Bloomberg, "But a Democratic House would have more than enough material now to start the impeachment process - including the revelation of the request to ... Read More »

Concerns persist over China's 'Silk Road' initiative

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Asked about India's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay's remarks that India has been urging China to engage in a meaningful dialogue on Belt and Road, Hua said: "I would like you to do me a favour". Reflecting the European Investment Bank's experience gained across 160 countries worldwide it is expected that projects supported under the Belt and Road initiative will include support for both sustainable and inclusive investment across a range of sectors and that schemes are strengthened ... Read More »

Trip to bring Macron face-to-face with troops

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The newly minted French leader also said France was determined to act for continued security in the region, and would seek to strengthen cooperation with France's European Union partner Germany to that end. Over 4,000 French, UN, and Malian troops are stationed in five nations in the Sahel in West Africa, Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania, in France's Operation Barkhane created to crack down on jihadists. Read More »

Iran's Rouhani vows to deliver campaign promises

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in office by a significant margin, amid high voter turnout. Worldwide affairs researcher Foad Izadi, of Tehran University, said Rouhani may now have the leverage to push for more freedoms, despite opposition from the conservative-dominated judiciary and security services. Read More »