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Former FBI Director James Comey Will Testify In Open Session

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The news comes after Trump was hit by embarrassing leaks suggesting that a senior adviser was a "person of interest" in a probe of possible collusion with Russia during last year's election campaign, and that Trump had boasted to Russian officials of firing the man heading the investigation. Read More »

Trump called ex-FBI director a 'nut job' in comments to Russians

As he dug in his heels, he further muddied his explanation of why he dismissed Mr Comey - and in doing so, offered a different version of events from one briefed to senators just hours earlier by Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein. Since his firing, Comey's friends have been sharing details of his interactions with Trump with the press. The members said he said he'd been told of the decision to fire Comey before he was asked to write the memo. Read More »

Big-spending Aussie Budget is supported by hefty taxes

The Government will launch a "one-stop shop" where Australians can take their complaints about the financial sector called the Australian Financial Complaints Authority. A$75 billion to be spent over 10 years on rail, roads and runways, including A$5.3 billion for a second airport in Sydney. "This measure is meant to encourage foreign owners of residential property to make their properties available for rent where they are not used as a residence and so increase the number of dwellings ... Read More »

Turkey: constitutional change sees Erdogan back at head of ruling AKP

Before that, Turkish president is not allowed to be a member of any political party, due to the constitutional requirement for presidents to be politically neutral. Some 150,000 people have been swept up in purges since the coup attempt, including academics, journalists and opposition politicians who've been jailed for months without trial. Read More »

'Battle is over but the war has just begun': Julian Assange

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He didn't win the election, but his denouncement of Assange could reflect a growing concern of Ecuadoreans about being linked to Assange and the leaking of confidential information. Assange has now been inside the embassy for four years and 334 days. "Now that the situation has changed and the Swedish authorities have discontinued their investigation into that matter, Mr Assange remains wanted for a much less serious offence". Read More »

U.S. anti-ISIL envoy Brett McGurk should be changed, Ankara says

Nine people were hurt during the fight and two were arrested as a result - one for aggravated assault and the other for assault on a police officer, Fox News reported . The Turkish president was caught on camera observing the violence yesterday. "The United States recognizes this inviolability, which provides reciprocal protection for the United States overseas". Read More »

James Comey reportedly believes Trump was trying to influence him

He will testify after the Memorial Day holiday, May 29, though a date has not yet been set. "I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", said Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the committee. Read More »

Melania and Ivanka Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia sans headscarves

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Last year, it announced a "Vision 2030" plan aimed at developing its industrial and investment base and boosting small- and medium-sized businesses in a bid to create more jobs for Saudis and reduce reliance on oil revenue. It will be especially sensitive given tensions sparked by the Trump administration's attempted travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations and accusations of anti-Islamic rhetoric on the campaign trail. Read More »

Russia Foreign Minister Denies Talking to Trump about Comey

The investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has reportedly identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest. But Trump not only picked Flynn as NSA, but continues to defend him, calling him a good, decent man, as he attempts a paradigm shift on Russia, efforts that now seems to have misfired badly resulting in wide-spread caricaturing of him as a Russian stooge. Read More »

Nigeria prisoner swap secures release of 82 Chibok girls

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According to reports , the girls were released in exchange for the suspected Boko Haram terrorists being held by the government. A Nigerian military official with direct knowledge of the rescue operation said the freed girls were found near the town of Banki in Borno state near Cameroon. Read More »

North Korea fires ballistic missile: Seoul

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This story is breaki. Regarding the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile shield South Korea deployed in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang, Tillerson was quoted as telling Hong that China "appears to be weakening its sanctions" on Lotte, the South Korean conglomerate that gave up a golf course for the battery. Read More »

Philippines Proposes 'Gentleman's Agreement' with China on South China Sea

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Now he might be regretting that move. President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping warned of war if the Philippines forces the issue of drilling for oil in the contested part of the South China Sea . China has piled sand upon reefs to build seven islands in disputed parts of the Spratly archipelago. In the recent months, tension over the SCS abated after new Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte scaled down Manila's emphasis on its SCS claims even after ... Read More »

White House adviser is person of interest in Russian Federation probe

Sources close to the investigation say it's now looking at a senior White House adviser close to the president. Trump's meeting with Russia's foreign minister Sergey V. Asked about the Times report, Spicer said of the former FBI chief, "by grandstanding and politicising the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation". Read More »

Comey Likely to Testify Trump Tried to Influence Him on Russia Probe

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A Washington Post report , citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said a senior Trump adviser is now considered a "person of interest" in the law enforcement investigation into whether Mr Trump's campaign associates coordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to sway the 2016 election. Read More »

Conservative Outlets Don't Seem Bothered by Trump "Bowing" to Saudi King

Early on in his presidency, Trump signed an eventually unsuccessful travel ban that barred citizens from a handful of Muslim-majority countries, although not Saudi Arabia. The US president hailed the deal in his first public comments after the meeting with King Salman . This is her second foreign foray as a member Trump's team. Read More »

UN Security Council to meet Tuesday on N.Korea missile test

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the latest missile test by the reclusive North was "a snub and a challenge to worldwide efforts for a peaceful resolution". Pyongyang's aggressive push to boost its weapons program also makes it one of the most urgent foreign policy concerns for the Trump administration, though Washington has struggled to settle on a policy. Read More »

WH Official: NYT, WaPo Reports Are 'Coordinated Attack' on Trump

And The New York Times said the U.S. president had told top Russian officials Comey's sacking had relieved "great pressure " on him. White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the account of the conversation to The Times and, in a statement to NPR, argued that the Russian Federation investigation was harming US foreign policy. Read More »

North Korea offers 'extended middle finger' to Trump

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North Korea has maintained that the missile test was in response to the nuclear dangers and threats posed by the USA and its allies. "The United States is in talks with China - Pyongyang's main trading partner - on a possible new sanctions resolution and the Security Council is expected to hold a closed-door emergency meeting starting around 2000 GMT Tuesday". Read More »

Aisha Buhari urges Chibok girls to forge ahead

They are among thousands of people, including other young women, who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram ( which translates to "Western education is forbidden in the Hausa language) in the last eight years of its insurgency in Nigeria". The People's Democratic Party National Caretaker Committee has welcomed the release of the 82 Chibok girls. Numerous girls who were held captive were forced to marry their captors and birth children in remote hideouts without ever knowing if they would see ... Read More »

Donald Trump starts first foreign tour with Saudi Arabia arms deal

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But the political turmoil back in Washington consumed the headlines in the United States and cast a long shadow over the start of Trump's trip, which will include stops in Israel, the Vatican, Italy and Belgium. 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 »

North Korea fires midrange missile in its latest test

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It didn't immediately provide more details. Meanwhile, the Japanese government has opened a crisis headquarters in the wake of North Korea's missile launch and is also gathering and analyzing the relevant information. The launches, and a threatened sixth nuclear test, have fuelled tension with the administration of US President Donald Trump, who has vowed that such an ICBM launch "won't happen". Read More »

Saudi Crown Prince, Trump discuss measures on combating terrorism

Trump will also travel to Israel, have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, and attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the Group of 7 meeting in Sicily. The New York Times reported Trump called Comey a "nut job" in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week. This oil-rich and conflict-ridden region is essential to United States national security interests, and Mr Trump reportedly spent most of the 12-hour flight from the U.S. Read More »

USA extends sanctions relief under Iran nuke deal

Along with the department's letter to Congress announcing those waivers, the administration is announcing new sanctions on Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company and a Chinese-based network that allegedly supplied Iran with "missile-applicable" items. Read More »

Trump Wants Flynn Back In White House

Last week, Trump shared classified information about an Islamic State plot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a White House visit. This took place at a time when Trump is out for his first official foreign trip to Middle East and Europe. The plan was only approved by Trump after Flynn was sacked in February for misleading U.S. Read More »

Conservatives' lead over Labour halves to 9 points ahead of election-YouGov

As Jeremy Corbyn claimed his message was "getting through" to voters, four polls for the Sunday newspapers put Labour between 35% and 33%, up significantly on the scores as low as 26% it was recording early in the campaign. Mr Corbyn also reiterated his party's commitment to ensuring the pension triple lock, ending the freeze on working age benefits, free school meals , improving public housing and ending tuition fees. Read More »

Survation poll finds UK Conservatives' lead narrows after policy launch

The opposition will be particularly encouraged by YouGov's latest figures on voting intention, which have Labour cutting the Tories lead to nine points. Their policies on social care for the elderly proved to be unpopular. BuzzFeed news understands Labour has bought Facebook adverts to boost links to the manifesto . Read More »

Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia: US president participates in 'Ardah'

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The approach was also created to contrast with former President Barack Obama, whom Trump has criticized for his handling of the fight against Islamic State. Despite some of his harsher anti-Muslim rhetoric during the 2016 presidential campaign (" I think Islam hates us ", he once said), Trump continued to receive a warm welcome from Arab leaders in the Saudi capital. Read More »

Israel Was Source of Information Trump Reported to Have Shared

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These reports of President Trump sharing classified information with Russian Federation may impact American allies overseas and the US intelligence community here at home. Putin tried to make light of the claims that Trump had shared sensitive information with Russian Federation, blaming Lavrov for not informing him that any secrets had been handed over "either to me or to our intelligence services". Read More »

EPL: Arsenal enliven top four hope

He's very good in short space, and in the box. "All we can do is to keep winning our games and we will need another strong performance at Stoke on Saturday ". We will see how Chelsea respond next season", Wenger said. Wenger will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after he picked up a hamstring injury against Southampton . Read More »

Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after

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Mueller does not have the same autonomy as a special prosecutor, an individual appointed by the Justice Department who acts entirely beyond the department's control to handle investigations where there could be a conflict of interest. The appointment was announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod J Rosenstein, who has authority over the Russian Federation probe due to the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself because of his role in the Trump campaign. Read More »

Arkansas' Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.5 Percent

Alabama followed a national trend with the improvement. Unemployment rates declined in 10 states in April, increased in one - MA - and held relatively stable in the other 39, the Labor Department said Friday. "These growth rates are around 2.5 to 3 percent". Gains in leisure/hospitality and construction jobs were not enough to offset these declines. Given the strong growth in employment levels over the previous year, the April employment declines seem likely related to delays in seasonal ... Read More »