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Jared Kushner Reportedly Discussed Setting Up Secret Communication Channel With Moscow

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A former United States ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation who has served in both Bush administrations and under President Clinton issued a strong rebuke Friday night of President Trump's relationship with Russian Federation. Mr Kushner, a key White House advisor, had meetings late a year ago with Russia's ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation probes Trump's son-in-law over ties with Russian officials

Lieberman works at a NY firm headed by Marc Kasowitz, who has been hired by Trump to represent him amid probes by the Justice Department and Congress into possible ties between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation. "Really, being spoken to, does not confer a target status on the individual", he said. He reportedly acted on it anyway, by announcing the conclusion of the investigation himself, rather than going through proper Department of Justice channels. Read More »

Lawyer says Kushner stands ready to talk to investigators

Kushner's lawyer has previously said his client would co-operate with any inquiry. Reuters , citing seven current and former U.S. officials, also reported Friday that Kushner had previously undisclosed contacts with Russia's ambassador - including two phone calls between April and November of 2016. Read More »

Iran slams USA arms deal with Saudi 'dangerous terrorists'

Donald Trump sparked a war of words with Iran on Monday, as the USA president used two speeches in Saudi Arabia and Israel to accuse Tehran of funding terrorism and fuelling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror". The Republican congress and the Trump Presidency in the United States will not be almost as willing to cut deals with the Iran - already negotiating large arms sales to Iran's main political opponent Saudi Arabia. Read More »

British police arrest another man in Manchester attack probe

Emphasising the anger within official circles, ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen said these were " not the kind of words ever really used about Britain's closest ally ". ambassador and "was assured they would stop". He said many experts, including British intelligence professionals, see a connection between wars Britain has supported, such as the one in Libya, and terrorism in Britain. Read More »

Understanding the G7 ahead of Trump's Italian summit

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Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump had "tremendous respect" for Germany and had only complained about unfair trade practices in the meeting. Spokesman Georg Streiter didn't comment directly on a report that Trump called Germany " bad, very bad " on trade because of the success of German companies in selling autos and other goods to US customers. Read More »

Awkward! Donald Trump 'Shoves' Montenegro PM For Photo-Op, Roasted Online

Other NATO members have a target of 2% of GDP on defense spending, but only a minority have met this target. Milan Knezevic, leader of Montenegro's opposition and anti-Nato Democratic People's Party, said by phone that Trump's behavior "is clear proof that there's no such thing as equality in Nato ", showing that the country is just a "smudge" on the alliance's map. Read More »

Iraqi forces release videos countering claims of abuse

A Pentagon investigation has found that more than 100 civilians were killed after the USA dropped a bomb on a building in Mosul , Iraq , in March. An additional 36 civilians remain unaccounted for, it said. An air controller with the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service called for an airstrike against a large two-story structure where Iraqi forces had observed two snipers firing on their position. Read More »

Kushner proposed secret communication channel with Kremlin, Washington Post reports

The FBI declined to comment, while the Russian embassy said it was policy not to comment on individual diplomatic contacts. Multiple attempts to obtain comment from Mr Kushner or his representatives were unsuccessful. The report is another sensational detail in the deluge of allegations raising questions about the Trump team's relationship with the Russians, whom USA intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November election in Trump's favor and thus deny Hillary Clinton the presidency. Read More »

Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive

An official statement by the PA's foreign ministry described Netanyahu as "racist denying the occupation's existence". "Making peace, however, will not be easy, we all know - both sides will face tough decisions - but with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal", Trump said . Read More »

WashPost: Kushner, Russia Discussed Secret Communication Channel

Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington allegedly discussed setting up a secret communications channel to cloak contacts between Moscow and Donald Trump's White House transition team, it was reported on Friday. This marked the first time the Trump campaign organization has been drawn into the bipartisan committee's investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, it said. Read More »

Kushner wanted secret communication channel with Russian Federation

Glassner did not immediately respond to a request for comment and a White House representative had no immediate comment, the Post said. For his part, Kushner has said he would cooperate with the FBI's investigation. The CIA concluded in December that Russian Federation had attempted to interfere in the USA election with the intention of aiding Trump. Before the election, Kislyak's undisclosed discussions with Kushner and Flynn focused on fighting terrorism and improving U.S. Read More »

Tehran mayor quits race for Iran presidency

Iranian presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has withdrawn from the race and joined forces with fellow candidate Ebrahim Raeisi with the aim of winning Friday's presidential election. It's unclear how much support Qalibaf enjoys today. To win, the candidate must score more than 50 percent of the vote. If the current field was reduced to the pair, 48 percent of respondents would vote for Rouhani and 39 percent for Raisi, according to the survey released on May 10. Read More »

Manchester bomber was part of terror 'network'

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A relative of the 22-year-old said he had felt increasing frustration at his treatment in the United Kingdom, heightened after a friend was fatally knifed in what he perceived to be a religious hate crime. A woman was arrested late Wednesday, but was released without charge. In a written statement , Mr Trump called recent leaks " deeply troubling ". Prime Minister Theresa May will leave the Group of Seven gathering in Sicily a day early to return to the United Kingdom as the country races ... Read More »

Trump brands killer 'a loser' as he stands in solidarity with UK

Donald Trump on Tuesday, laid a wreath of flowers in the Hall of Remembrance of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Museum while accompanied by his wife, Melania, his daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Efe news reported . The White House said Trump , who called May from Jerusalem , offered United States assistance in the investigation of the attack at a packed pop concert in Manchester. Read More »

Kushner sought secret Russian communications channel

The secure channel would have used Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to the Washington Post , which cited unnamed officials. Kislyak has been at the center of contacts between Trump administration officials and Russian Federation. Some Democrats have called on Kushner to be stripped of his security clearance and have asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to review whether Kushner complied with the law. Read More »

Trump to review Russian sanctions

A top Trump administration official sought to clean up earlier remarks that they were "looking at" changing sanctions against Russian Federation on Friday, assuring reporters that President Trump won't drop sanctions against the hostile country. Read More »

Arsenal Must Get In Eden Hazard's Face Says Aaron Ramsey

Cesc Fabregas will battle for Nemanja Matic to start alongside N'Golo Kante in the middle of the pitch. He won titles with his team . Mertesacker , though, has not started a first-team game for more than a year. One of his strikes came in a man-of-the-match display against Arsenal in the 3-1 league win on February 2, but Ramsey insists that lessons can be learned from that day as his side attempt to end a disappointing season on a high at Wembley Stadium. Read More »

Corbyn links terrorism and foreign policy

London police say extra security is being added for major sporting events this weekend including the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. As campaigning for a national election on June 8 resumed after it was suspended following the attack, the opposition Labour Party , emboldened by its rise in opinion polls , charged that Britain's foreign policy had increased the risk of attacks. Read More »

Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge

He gave details about the major highways projects in the eight North Eastern states and said that a total of about 3,000 km of roads are now being constructed in these states. Approval for the bridge was given by the Union Cabinet in 2009 under the UPA government. The BJP-led government at the Centre "mishandled" Pathankot terrorist attack due to lack of maturity and experience and terror strikes have raised questions on national security, he said. Read More »

Texas approves feral hog hunting by hot air balloon

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Lawmakers in the Texas Legislature hope that the quieter hot air balloon will be a more successful option. Texas is to introduce a novel solution to its abundance of unwanted feral pigs by allowing people to shoot the animals from hot air balloons. Read More »

City costs for Vancouver 4-20 marijuana protest more than $245000

The Sunset Beach totals check in at $182,065, while the art gallery expenditures totalled $63,314. These figures don't factor in the BC Ambulance Service or Vancouver Coastal Health costs. "Notwithstanding the non-sanctioned nature of these events, a significant planning effort and operational response was undertaken by the city, park board and VPD to ensure public safety", notes a press release issued by the city. Read More »

Trump's budget accused of $2trn accounting error

On Capitol Hill, Trump's budget won polite praise from some Republicans, but Democrats were dismissive. One might think these draconian cuts at least serve the objective of two grand Trump promises: "Quickly" reducing the $18 trillion federal debt and boosting economic growth by 3%. Read More »

China tightens border controls with North Korea

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Washington has been trying to persuade China to agree to new sanctions on North Korea , which has conducted dozens of missile firings and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of previous year. "We should not enable them any longer", he said. During the call, Trump echoed his publicly stated position that he wants China to take the lead in addressing potential threats from North Korea . Read More »

Aid groups warn of chaos after Mosul civilians told to flee

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As of the most recent United States military count at the end of April, a total of 396 civilians had been killed since the beginning of the bombing campaign against ISIL almost three years ago. The snipers, they said, arrived at the house for the first time the morning of March 17, armed with rifles and little else. "There were children in the basement and in the garden is where the women were". Read More »

Trump & Macron engage in fierce handshake battle during first meeting

Accustomed to seeing their president literally crush the hand of his interlocutor, the American journalists greatly appreciated the attitude of Emmanuel Macron when it came, for him, the moment to shake the hand of Donald Trump . As the world cameras watched, Macron held on tight to Trump's notorious power grip as the two men sat next to each other, the Frenchman's mouth clenched and eyes firmly fixed at the tycoon's squinted stare. Read More »

Press corps on Trump trip hearing little from the president

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would move the USA embassy to Jerusalem. Inside Story: Can Trump solve the Middle East conflict? A longtime businessman, Trump has cast Middle East peace as the "ultimate deal" and has tasked son-in-law Jared Kushner and former real estate lawyer Jason Greenblatt with charting a course forward. Read More »

Uzbek president takes part in Arab Islamic American Summit

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The secretary of commerce expressed surprise - and approval - at the lack of visible protests during President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia , despite the ruling monarchy's repression of demonstrations. The Iranian foreign minister was referring to a recent arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia worth nearly $110 billion immediately, and set to reach to $350 billion over 10 years, plus a series of other deals. Read More »

4 ways the proposed healthcare bill could affect moms

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said the House bill doesn't provide enough money for the pools , which could serve as a backstop for states that want to design their own plans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., spoke for several minutes on the Senate floor without even mentioning the analysis. On the half, Cassidy says, "Congress's focus must be to lower premiums with coverage which passes the Jimmy Kimmel Test". Read More »

Trump meets with Abe on 'big problem' North Korea

A British government source said May would meet President Donald Trump at the G7 meeting, a day after she raised the intelligence leaks in the United States of information relating to the investigation of Monday night's suicide bombing in Manchester. Read More »

Kofi Annan says Trump should talk to Iran

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US President Donald Trump has deliberately accused Tehran of sponsoring extremist groups in the Middle East in order to stir up "Iranophobia" and boost American arms sales in the region, Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Read More »