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US not started assessment on any Trump intel disclosure to Russia - Coats

Mueller also visited FBI headquarters and discussed with the counter intelligence agents, who have been involved in the investigation of Russia's meddling in the USA elections since last July. Trump's action has not ended the investigation. Rogers, who has served as NSA director since 2014, also was to appear before the committee to discuss the annual budget. Read More »

Oversight chair seeks more FBI documents in Russia probe

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz had asked for the material by Wednesday. Wittes says he chose to speak out about discussions he had with Comey about his contact with Trump because of one recent report of Trump's request for a pledge of loyalty at a dinner shortly after he took office. Read More »

Iranian president calls U.S. relations 'a curvy road'

Reformist candidates have swept municipal elections in the Iranian capital, taking all 21 seats in Tehran as moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term. Rouhani's efforts to open up Iran to less hostile relations with the West still have to be couched in the rhetoric of anti-Americanism that has been a pillar of Iranian rule since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Read More »

Ariana Grande suspends world tour after Manchester concert bombing

Mr Hopkins said there are now four people in police custody. She said Britain wanted to control the flow of information to "keep the element of surprise" as security forces launched raids and made arrests in the wake of the attack, Britain's worst since 52 were killed in the July 7, 2005, bombings targeting public transportation. Read More »

Britain Facing 'Imminent' Threat Despite New Arrests in Manchester Bombing

Greater Manchester Police officials hope to resume normal intelligence relationships with the USA soon, the report added , but they are now "furious" about recent leaks - suspected to have been made by American law enforcement. " I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating ", Hopkins told reporters outside Manchester police headquarters. Focus also reported that German authorities are trying to determine whether Abedi had contact with Islamic extremists in ... Read More »

Former CIA director tells Congress he warned Russia about meddling

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In his testimony to a congressional committee this week, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said: "I was convinced in the summer [of 2016] that the Russians were trying to interfere in the election". "I was aware of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and USA persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians". Read More »

Father of three young girls pens moving open letter to Ariana Grande

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A woman was arrested following an armed raid in Manchester on Wednesday evening. Greater Manchester Police will no longer share security information about the attack and investigation. "Compared to other people I'm quite lucky really", she said. Officers who raided his Manchester home earlier this week allegedly discovered a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components. Read More »

Palestinian President voices commitment to two-state solution

He however offered no specifics on how he planned to make progress in resolving a conflict that has bedevilled his predecessors and with widespread scepticism over whether meaningful talks are possible for now. He said the Palestinians' "fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine as we recognize it". Read More »

China sidesteps Duterte claim of war threat over sea row

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Stressing that Manila is in mood to demand protection from Washington in the event of a military conflict with China , Duterte said he considers U.S. Jessen went on to say, "We have a political dialogue with the Philippines and there, we raise all sorts of issues and that's not directly related to our development cooperation". Read More »

Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election

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On the possibility of direct talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America, President Rouhani said , "within the past 39 years, Iran and the US have travelled a twisty road with each other". "I am hopeful that through our joint efforts, the traditionally warm and friendly Armenian-Iranian relations will continue to develop and strengthen in all areas, registering a qualitatively new level of cooperation between our peoples", Sarkisian said. Read More »

England boss Southgate explains dropping Rooney

The 31-year-old was also omitted from March's double-header against Germany and Lithuania having only recently recovered from a knee injury but this latest snub casts serious doubt on Rooney's future involvement with England . He's a 19-year-old player who's had an exceptional season and by then will have had virtually 60 matches. " You never write off a player of Wayne's quality and I'm sure that, next season, he'll be back to playing ", said Southgate. Read More »

Senate panel threatens Flynn with criminal contempt over subpoenas

The leaders of the Senate Russia investigation said Tuesday they will continue to pursue critical documents from former national security adviser Michael Flynn , issuing two additional subpoenas to a pair of businesses Flynn ran. Manafort this week turned over hundreds of pages of documents related to Russian Federation to House and Senate intelligence committees. During the phone call on August 4, 2016 with FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov, Mr Brennan warned that any meddling would harm ... Read More »

Arms deal with Saudi to counter 'malign Iranian influence'

Iran's President Rouhani also won a second term by garnering 57 percent of the votes in Friday's election. Speaking with his French counterpart Emanuel Macron on the telephone on Monday, President Rouhani highlighted France's "influential" role in the course of negotiations on Iran's nuclear program that resulted in the JCPOA. Read More »

Trump Journeys To 'Palestine' For Talks With Mahmoud Abbas

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Never mentioned it during that conversation. "They're all saying I did, so you have another story wrong". Regarding Iran, Netanyahu told Trump he believed that together "we could roll back Iran's march of aggression in the region and we can thwart Iran's unbridled ambition to become a nuclear weapons state". Read More »

Greece default looms as Eurozone and International Monetary Fund clash over debt measures

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Without the loans, Athens is likely to default - a bad start for a country that wants to return to market financing next year when its latest bailout, the third since 2010, ends in mid-2018. While Greece and its bailout supervisors have agreed on economic overhauls, the completion of the country's review has been held back by disagreements between key creditors over how much debt relief is needed. Read More »

Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Vatican protocol dictates that women should wear long sleeves, formal black clothing and a black veil during private audiences with the pope. The first daughter wore a long, black dress and a veil, too. Protests are also expected on Wednesday in Rome and later in the week when Trump travels to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting and Sicily for a G7 gathering. Read More »

Trump's summit with Arab leaders a show: Iran

That approach - and the diplomacy and nuclear accord it spawned - did little to endear Obama to leaders in Israel or Saudi Arabia . But how far it really promises to shake up the sterile politics of the region is unclear. "It will make them (rulers) stronger". Some have argued that rather than focusing on a comprehensive deal that would have to resolve the hard questions like Jerusalem and refugees, the goal should be less ambitious; an interim deal that might mark the re-starting of a ... Read More »

Melania Trump Reportedly Hate-Watches Cable Shows for Her Husband

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With that swat, Melania had temporarily sated the public's bottomless appetite to see President Trump denied what he wants in its most viscerally appealing manifestation. If it was indeed intentional, it's not the first time the first lady has used body language publicly to steer her husband. She saved him from an embarrassing breach of protocol, when he forgot to raise his hand to his heart for the national anthem. Read More »

Egypt, Bahrain Join Saudi Arabia, UAE in Blocking Qatari Media

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Qatar said the remarks, published late on Tuesday, were fake and that the news agency that ran them had been hacked in an apparent attempt to misrepresent Sheikh Tamim's views. No one has claimed responsibility for the purported hack. The Al Udeid Military Base in Qatar is governed by an agreement between Qatar and the United States of America, he said, noting in case of the occurrence of anything related to this matter, it will be subject to the terms of the agreement. Read More »

Trump asked 2 US intel chiefs to deny Russia collusion

Both Coats and Rogers are set to testify before Congress on Tuesday in previously scheduled hearings - Coats, a former Indiana GOP senator, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rogers before the House Armed Services Committee. I have no confidence that the truth will come out of Trump's mouth or that we will be able to distinguish it from the torrent of lies. "The President will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people", the spokesperson ... Read More »

Pak govt, army to jointly fight Jadhav case in ICJ'

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Sartaj Aziz said that when there will be a matter of our national interest and security, then there will be no compromise. On April 10, Jadhav was sentenced to death by military court for spreading terrorism in the country. But a tougher test lies ahead for India when the worldwide court takes up the case in greater detail. He said visit of Jindal to Pakistan was a private visit and this visit has nothing to do with the case. Read More »

Manchester terror attack: 'Easy to upset' bomber kicked out of mosque

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Monday night's attack at a concert by United States singer Ariana Grande left 22 people dead, including an eight-year-old girl, and dozens injured. "This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation", a National Counter Terrorism Policing spokesman said in a statement . Read More »

Russians 'boasted spies had links to Trump aides' during election campaign

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Both have denied any collusion with the Russian government on the campaign to disrupt the election. "I saw interaction ", Brennan said. The former Central Intelligence Agency director, however, was far more forthcoming about Trump campaign's contacts with the Russians, which, he clarified, he had not yet confirmed was collusion because they might have been done so unwittingly. Read More »

Attacker's brother 'knew of blast' and was plotting terror

It was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network. However Rudd stopped short of revealing any further information. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said Abedi had become radicalised after a trip to Libya and probably Syria, according to information received from British intelligence services. Read More »

North Korea accuses South of machine-gunning birds in Demilitarized Zone

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South Korea's Yonhap news agency earlier reported the object had been found near the border and identified as a balloon. It also claimed the military has now increased its air surveillance, according to AP. The council, including North Korea's ally and protector China, met hours after warning Pyongyang that sanctions are a possibility. The Republic of Korea's new government, led by President Moon Jae-in, dispatched a special envoy to visit China last week immediately after Moon took ... Read More »

Gunmen in Philippines take hostages, including priest: Church

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The clash between Maute Group members started 2 p.m. Tuesday at Barangay Basak, Malutlut when government security forces learned of the presence of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, who allied with the Maute Group, and his cohorts. Duterte met late Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he is counting on Russia to supply weapons for the Philippines to fight terrorism. Read More »

Israeli soldiers assault Palestinian man at al-Aqsa Mosque

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Several dozen young Israeli men, some holding Israeli flags, were marching through the Old City's Damascus Gate on their way to the Western Wall on Wednesday when they encountered a group of Palestinian protesters. Al-Dibs said the situation escalated in the complex after a group of settlers tried to perform a Talmudic rituals near the Al-Qibali mosque. He made this pledge just one day after the visit of US President Donald Trump to the region. Read More »

Man Utd's Europa League title gave Manchester a lift - Ferguson

After the Europa League final, Ander Herrera was given the man of the match award for a tireless display. Very, very happy. We dedicate the trophy to the victims. But his celebrations at the end of a 63-game season for United demonstrated just how much the Europa League victory meant to him. "Of course you want to play", Rooney said. Read More »