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Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

Facing opposition, the White House pulled its request for full funding for the wall in the 2017 fiscal year and said it would revisit the issue in the next budget. Eliminating that program would lead to savings of $38 billion over 10 years, according to the budget summary. A 10-year, $193 billion reduction in food stamps - nearly 30 percent - promises to drive millions of people off the program. Read More »

Iran condemns Manchester terror attack


This will include both armed and unarmed officers. "We have sent specialist resources to assist Greater Manchester Police (GMP) overnight as part of the response to this incident". "Be alert, not alarmed" was the key message from the force as they carried out a range of activities created to raise awareness on countering the threat of terrorism and offer reassurance to the public. Read More »

Rosenstein: Comey Routinely 'Usurped' the DOJ


On Thursday, Benjamin Wittes - a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a friend of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey - sent out a couple of purposefully vague tweets implying that he knew more such news was going to drop. Read More »

Trump makes historic visit to Western Wall


Landing at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv , fresh from visiting Saudi Arabia , the Trumps had taken the first-ever direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel . And while Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump gained power. Read More »

Crude oil prices rise 1.04 pc on possible OPEC deal

Four months after the OPEC/NOPEC deal took effect, oil prices dropped to the levels preceding the agreement, amid concerns over still stubbornly high inventories and rising USA output. Given the continued increase in oil rigs that have been deployed, and the lag time it takes for them to enter production, that means that United States production levels are likely to lift significantly this year and next, says Vivek Dhar, mining and energy analyst at the Commonwealth Bank, creating a headache ... Read More »

PM Trudeau: Many innocent victims of United Kingdom concert attack 'far too young'

The singer , who was not injured, tweeted hours later: "Broken". From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. Bruno Mars Tweeted,"No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester ". A spokesman for Ariana Grande said the pop singer was okay. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. May is due to chair a meeting of the government's COBRA emergency committee later Tuesday. Read More »

Trump calls for peace as he lands in Israel

No media reports ever said that Trump had named Israel in his Oval Office conversations with top Russian officials, but simply that Israel was the source of the intel he passed on to Moscow. In Saudi Arabia and Israel, leaders appeared wholly unconcerned by Trump's continuation of the nuclear deal, apparently confident that the president's tough talk will ultimately be backed up with action. Read More »

US President Donald Trump's comments to Russians were 'aimed at co-operation'


Both Mr. Warner and the committee's chairman, Richard Burr, indicated they were looking forward to Mr. Comey's testimony about Russian interference in the November 8 Presidential elections that saw Mr. "We're telling you this so you can act", she reportedly said. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has defended President Donald Trump's disclosures to Russian officials. Read More »

Trump arrives in Bethlehem for Abbas meeting

On Sunday, Trump participated in the Arab Islamic American Summit held in the Saudi capital along with the leaders of the Muslim-majority countries. The president has called an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement "the ultimate deal", but has been vague about what form it should take. Read More »

Donald Trump's visit to Israel sparks hope of unconventional peace deal

Trump's visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories is part of his first trip overseas as president, and follows an initial leg in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to confront extremism . Barack Obama visited in 2008, but it was during the campaign, before he became president. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war. Read More »

Looking for quick, massive infrastructure spending in Trump's budget? Forget it.

Based on a document circulated on Capitol Hill from the White House , the budget will slash $193 billion from SNAP. Trump's budget won't be presented to Congress until Tuesday. The agency's center on birth defects and developmental disabilities also gets a 26 percent cut to its budget at a time when researchers have yet to understand the full consequences of Zika infections in pregnant women and their babies. Read More »

19 killed in terror blast at UK pop concert

In a Facebook post, Greater Manchester Police released the following statement: "Emergency services are now responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena". Confirming the details of the attack, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins said the investigation to identify the perpetrators behind the deadly attack is underway, until which the attack is being treated as a terrorist incident. Read More »

Trump becomes first sitting USA president to visit Western Wall


While Mr. Trump admitted that Israeli-Palestinian peace is hard to achieve, the president pledged to work toward it and expressed confidence that it would happen eventually. Referencing his earlier visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump said he believed "a new level of partnership is possible" in the Middle East. They all warned that the move would inflame tensions in the region and add an obstacle to peace talks before they even got off the starting block. Read More »

Manchester football clubs pay tribute to Arena terror attack victims


May, speaking outside her 10 Downing Street official residence, said the authorities were not ready to announce the identity of the attacker. We offer our full support to the authorities, the emergency and the security services as they go about their work and we all, every single one of us, stand with the people of Manchester at this bad time. Read More »

Manchester blast: Global political top brass comes together to condemn terror attack

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday the British were treating the blast that killed at least 19 people and injured more than 50 as a terrorist attack, although its cause was unknown. Police were called to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at about 10.35 p.m. Loads of people running away screaming down the road?! She is missing following the explosion at Manchester Arena last night! The incident sparked a nightlong search for loved ones as frantic parents ... Read More »

'Rare opportunity' exists for peace in the Middle East


After an exhausting weekend in Saudi Arabia , US President Donald Trump arrived in Israel in an effort to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process with visits to Jerusalem and the West Bank . Nevertheless, Trump accused the media of reporting incorrect information. Trump who is scheduled to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tomorrow. Read More »

North Korea detains fourth American citizen amid heightened diplomatic tensions

Kim Hak Song is the fourth American citizen in North Korean custody and his detention comes as tensions increase between Pyongyang and Washington over North Korea's nuclear weapons development program. Read the whole story from AFP . The US intends to accomplish operative measures involving collecting human intelligence and performing counter-espionage tasks to support the main South Korean and US forces. Read More »

Militant attack on Afghanistan army base kills 10 soldiers


This comes just a day after at least 20 local and national policemen were killed in clashes with Taliban insurgents in southern Zabul province, local officials said on Sunday. No group has asserted responsibility, but security officials and foreign embassies have been warning that either the Afghan Taliban or foreign-linked Islamic State militias would probably stage high-profile attacks in the capital as the holy month of Ramadan is set to begin this week. Read More »

Israel, Palestinians Gear Up for Trump Visit


President Donald Trump's thirst for what he has called "the ultimate deal" has some Israeli officials anxious about how much he might give away if he can restart long-stalled peace talks with Palestinians. Comments like that have many observers concluding that Trump, a businessman who sees himself as a dealmaker but has little experience in worldwide diplomacy, is simply naïve. Read More »

Michael Flynn pleads Fifth Amendment rights in rejecting congressional subpoena

Flynn has come under scrutiny for several things - his contacts with Russian officials during the Trump transition, not disclosing payments from Russian groups in 2015 as required for former top military officers, and belatedly disclosing that he was working as a paid agent of the Turkish government, even as he was campaigning for Mr. Read More »

US, Turkey dispute fighting in DC as ambassador summoned


Turkey , US demand investigations into protest brawlA recent brawl outside the Turkish Ambassador's home in Washington has sparked a diplomatic dispute. Erdogan, who met with President Donald Trump at the White House just hours before the fighting broke out last Tuesday, briefly witnessed the brawl after stepping out of his vehicle. Read More »

WannaCry ransomware possibly linked to North Korea


In November 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment became the target of the biggest cyberattack in United States corporate history, linked to its release of North Korea satire " The Interview ", hated by Pyongyang. More importantly, Scott said, the rush to blame North Korea distracts from bigger issues - software vulnerabilities resulting from manufacturers' refusal to incorporate security into their software development, organizations' failure to protect their systems and client data and the ... Read More »

Laois County Council chairman backs Simon Coveney in Fine Gael leadership race

As Leo Varadkar, his only rival for the leadership of Fine Gael, became the early frontrunner with strong support from cabinet and backbench colleagues, the Housing Minister said he was not panicked. Mr Donohoe stated his intention to vote for Mr Varadkar in an interview on RTÉ's Morning Ireland. Candidates have been warned to sign up to code of conduct to govern their behaviour in the campaign and they are also obliged to abide by data protection rules governing the use of membership details. Read More »

PM Trudeau: Many innocent victims of UK concert attack 'far too young'

The White House says President Trump, in Israel on the second leg of his first trip overseas since taking office, is being kept up to date on the situation in Manchester . Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, also released a statement on Twitter: "Words can not express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack ". Read More »

Trump asked DNI, NSA to deny evidence of Russia collusion

The revelation that Trump disclosed what had been highly classified information in a May 10 meeting with Russian officials at the White House kicked off an especially fraught week for the administration. Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, and railed against the investigations into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation. The Post story said a record of Trump's request to Rogers was in a memo from a senior NSA official - and that memo, as well as any that may be from ... Read More »

China's Xi calls for S. Korea ties to get back on track


North Korea on Sunday test-launched a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and USA militaries said. She said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "paranoid" and thinks that the United States is trying to promote regime change and that there are people trying to assassinate him. Read More »

Sweden beats Canada in shootout to win ice hockey worlds


Canada had 19 shots compared to Russia's five in the final period, taking their game total to 38, though they were grateful, too, to Calvin Pickard for some good stops in the first two periods. Sweden's centre Joakim Nordstrom added a fourth point in the third period as last year's beaten finalists Finland were routed. The late additions of Lundqvist's twin brother, Henrik, and Nicklas Backstrom are paying off for Sweden . Read More »

Abbas adviser says Trump visit could reopen path to talks

The walled Old City lies in East Jerusalem , which was captured by Israel from Jordan in the Six-Day War 50 years ago. Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel and the two states don't have diplomatic relations. He was accompanied by his wife Melania and Jewish relatives; his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka, an adviser. Under strict interpretation of Jewish law, men and women must pray separately there. Read More »

AP Source says Flynn will invoke Fifth Amendment


Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment constitutional protection against self-incrimination, according to a letter to the Senate committee from his attorney, which was seen by Reuters. According to the letter released today by Democrats on the committee, Flynn claimed they his trips were funded by "US companies". The oversight committee had previously sent a bipartisan request to the White House that it wanted any information into how the Trump transition team vetted Flynn as well as any ... Read More »

Trump Admin Regrets Erasing Israeli Territory From US Maps


Since his remarks during the Abbas visit and especially since it was announced that Trump would visit Israel during his first worldwide trip as president less than four months after taking office - his predecessors Obama and Bush both visited Israel during their second term - there has been speculation about whether the president would use his Israel trip to officially re-launch the stalled USA initiative to broker a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. Read More »