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Led Strikes Kill 35 Civilians In Eastern Syria

On Tuesday, the Observatory reported that 235 civilians, including 44 children and 36 women, were killed in USA airstrikes from April 23 to May 23. The U.S. military acknowledged bombing Mayadeen but as is usually the case Pentagon officials would not admit responsibility for the civilian deaths. Read More »

Putting together a holistic solution to defeat Islamic State: White House

The President tweeted on Tuesday: "Russian officials must be laughing at the US & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News". Trump has already been asking Republicans about possible replacements for Priebus, including his current economic adviser Gary Cohn and lobbyist David Urban, according to Axios. Read More »

The Note: The White House staff shakeup begins

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Dubkes last day has not yet been determined. Dubke previously was a Republican strategist who founded Crossroads Media and had long ties to party establishment figures, including strategist Karl Rove. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity. Flynn handed in his resignation in February, ousted on grounds that he had misled top White House officials about his contacts with Russian officials. Read More »

Iraqi Forces in Mosul Plan ISIS Assault, but Fight Could Be Long

Maan al-Saadi, commander of CTS special operations, said the forces have taken control of 70 per cent of al-Saha neighbourhood in north of the IS-held old city centre and killed around 70 IS militants, majority foreigners and non-Iraqi Arabs, in the battles during the past two days. Read More »

Chinese maker of Ivanka Trump shoes denies labor violations

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she did know anything about the situation and declined further comment. In his opinion, they are being kept by the police or the factory, so that "there is no access to them". He says he has evidence that the workers at the factory were forced to put in overtime without pay. Two other men involved with the investigation are also reportedly missing. Read More »

Sean Spicer Says 'Small Group' Know What Trump's Covfefe Tweet Meant

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Pressed on why Trump's puzzling tweet remained online overnight and whether anyone in the administration was paying attention, Spicer said , "I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant". "I didn't come here with a list of things", he said. But numerous people close to the president and his team are expecting further changes this time. Read More »

Rep. Bass Statement on Trump's "Stop Deciding To Be Poor" Budget

In a Washington Post blog , former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, an economist at Harvard University, called the logic of Trump's growth assumptions "simply ludicrous" and compared it to believing in the tooth fairy. Coverage for children previously had not figured as a major issue for the administration, which separately is calling for paid parental leave. While Trump's budget would extend CHIP for another two years, it would also cut $5.8 billion. Read More »

Farage 'person of interest' in Trump-Russia investigation: Guardian

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Roger Stone, a Republican strategist whose links to Russian Federation are now under investigation by the FBI, told a local CBS reporter that "we have a good mutual friend ... Mr Farage told The Telegraph he was "laughing" about the allegations and blamed The Guardian for running the story because "they can not accept Brexit, they can not accept Trump". Read More »

BBC Election Debate 2017 start time and line up confirmed

Corbyn's change of mind came during a buoyant period in Labour's election campaign, with a series of polls showing the party's gap to the Conservatives shrinking, albeit to varying extents. "I think debates where the politicians are squabbling amongst themselves doesn't do anything for the process of electioneering". She gave no answer, but said the election was a crucial choice, with her promising to negotiate the best Brexit deal for Britain when negotiations start with Brussels ... Read More »

CNN fires comedian Kathy Griffin over 'disgusting' anti-Trump photos

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Griffin now serves as co-host for CNN's New Year's Eve special alongside Anderson Cooper, and pressure is rising for the cable news provider to drop Griffin from the festivities. Griffin, an outspoken critic of Trump, apparently knew the images would be controversial. "I'm a comic - I crossed the line". Cooper was just one of many people condemning the photo shoot. Read More »

Chemical weapons a red line in Syria, says Macron

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Macron said fighting the Islamic State is an "absolute priority" and is a major reason to cooperate with Russian Federation. While Putin said that western sanctions against Russia are doing nothing to solve the Ukrainian conflict, Macron accused pro-Kremlin news outlets Russia Today and Sputnik of being " organs of influence and propaganda" against him in this year's presidential election. Read More »

Why Lebanon Is Attempting to Ban Wonder Woman

Lebanon's Ministry of Economy is seeking an in-country ban on the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie because its star actress, Gal Gadot , is an Israeli, The Associated Press reported . " Wonder Woman " debuts in US theaters Friday. Despite the controversy in Lebanon, " Wonder Woman " is set to open as scheduled Thursday at theaters in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait on Thursday. Read More »

Netanyahu: Trump Understanding of Israel's Needs but No 'Blank Check' from US

USA lawmakers introduced legislation last week seeking to block about $500 million of a $ 110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, including the portion on precision-guided missiles and other offensive weapons. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday that accusations made by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis against Iran are "unfounded" and "fabricated". Read More »

Spicer says Trump, Merkel 'get along very well'

Bush's top political aide. The Washington Post and the New York Times both reported last week that Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, asked Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to allow him to use facilities at the Russian embassy to establish covert communications with Russian officials. Read More »

Malaysia Airlines flight forced to land over bomb scare

The crew members and passengers used belts from their trousers to tie his hands and kept him captured till the flight landed. "The aircraft will then be allowed to return to Malaysia later today", he told reporters after launching the Belt and Road Sojourn Culture International Forum here on Thursday. Read More »

Passengers overpower man trying to enter cockpit during Malaysia Airlines flight

The plane turned back after its captain "was alerted by a cabin crew [member] of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit", Malaysia Airlines said in a statement. Andrews cautioned against governments responding to the drama by banning mentally ill passengers from flying. "We don't want to be stigmatizing any more than mental illness is already stigmatized". Read More »

Malaysia Airlines jet diverted in Australia over bomb scare

A 25-year-old Sri Lankan national, living in Dandenong and on a student visa, was arrested early on Thursday morning following the overnight drama. Police have not revealed what type of electronic device the man was carrying, but have said it was nothing unusual or risky. Read More »

Minimum wage hike a 'balancing act' for region

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It will rise, as scheduled, with inflation from $11.40 now to $11.60 in October. "If you're lucky enough to work full-time, making the state's minimum wage right now at $8.25, that gets you at a little more than $16,000 year", he says. "Today's really a good day for the little guy". The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses was equally put-off by the overhaul. Challengers say it should be left to local officials who better understand the needs of their residents to decide the ... Read More »

Captain Morgan will not rob Roy of England opening spot

England and Bangladesh have got proven set of skills but notably both the teams couldn't fair that well in the last match that they played ahead of the tournament. The eight teams participating in the tournament are all competitive and the contests will go down to the wire. Australia , who have a pace battery that includes Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson, are expected to top Group A . Read More »

Down with fever, Yuvraj will miss opening warm-up game vs NZ

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New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Apart from Luke Ronchi 66 and Neesham 46 not out, none of the Kiwi batsman was able to stood against the disciplined Indian bowling. His footwork good as he twice lifted balls over the boundary at mid wicket and long off. Neesham did a decent job of auditioning for an allrounders spot when the trophy starts against Australia next weekend. Read More »

Comey to testify if Trump pressured him to drop probe on Flynn

Panetta's comments come on the same day it was reported that Comey is prepared to testify publicly , possibly as early as next week, that indeed he was told to back off the Flynn investigation. Trump allegedly asked Comey to "let go" of the investigation into Flynn and his Russian Federation ties, a meeting that Comey chronicled in a two-page memo, the New York Times reported two weeks ago. Read More »

Day war begets 50 years of strife for Israel

Trump said both Netanyahu and Abbas had "assured" him of their willingness to "reach for peace". "Once we have a decision we'll let you know", he added. Trump made it relatively easy for his hosts to agree with him by demanding little during the visit. "One of the things we realized early on was that so numerous policies related to current day Israeli government activities in the occupied territories have roots going back to the very first year of occupation", said Lior Yavne, founder and ... Read More »

Afghans mourn a day after massive truck bombing kills 90

The French, Turkish and Chinese embassies were among those damaged, the three countries said. Pakistani diplomats and embassy staffers were injured in the heavy blast. Gabriel sais all embassy workers are now safe and offered his condolences to the family of the slain guard. An Afghan man reacts at the site of a blast in Kabul , Afghanistan May 31, 2017. Read More »

Trump Defends Kushner With Story Citing Unnamed Sources

Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, White House communications director Michael Dubke announced his resignation Tuesday in what many inside and outside the White House see as the first shoe to drop. Russian officials may have discussed using " derogatory information " about then-candidate Donald Trump's finances to potentially influence his administration. Read More »

Kabul bombing: Afghans blame Haqqani network and Pakistan

He said the bomb had gone off "in the immediate vicinity" of the German embassy . Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry , said the bomber detonated his truck filled with explosives close to a busy intersection, leaving a gaping crater at least five metres deep. Read More »

China's Li: fighting climate change is 'global consensus'

China and Germany have fostered a fast-developing and more mature relationship with closer high-level communications, rapidly-growing trade and investments and new achievements in the field of people-to-people exchanges, Li said, adding that the two countries should continue to consolidate mutual trust, strengthen bilateral cooperation and enhance communications in a spirit of mutual respect and equality. Read More »

Macron Speaks Frankly About Russia - As Putin Stands Beside Him

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French President Emmanuel Macron says his now famous white-knuckle handshake showdown with US counterpart Donald Trump was "a moment of truth" - created to show that he's no pushover. Macron's warning of French retaliation in the event that chemical weapons are used echo the line taken by US President Donald Trump, who in April ordered cruise missile strikes in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed on Damascus . Read More »

Trump's communications director Mike Dubke has resigned

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As a staunch Trump supporter, Dubke joined the administration in February, brought in take some of the pressure off of frequently embattled press secretary Sean Spicer. On April 11, FOX News reported Laura Ingraham called him out "for reportedly telling staffers there is no "Trump doctrine" on foreign policy". "Like many others, Mr. Read More »

Trump condemns Kabul attack in call with Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned Wednesday's blast as an "inhuman and cowardly attack" against innocent civilians in the holy Islamic month of Ramadan . German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Twitter an Afghan security guard was among those killed and that a number of employees were wounded. The French, Turkish, Indian, Japanese and Chinese embassies were also among those damaged, said the five countries, adding there were no immediate signs of injuries among their diplomats. Read More »

Climate 'danger zone' seen if Trump pulls U.S. out of Paris deal

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The US is the world's second largest emitter of carbon, second only to China. A White House official says President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. He then tweeted that he would make an announcement this week. Jean-Claude Juncker said that "the Americans can't just get out of the agreement", adding that "it takes three to four years" to pull out. Read More »

Trump speaks to Afghan President on phone, condemns Kabul attack

The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), the primary intelligence agency in Afghanistan, issued a statement on Wednesday evening, blaming Haqqani network for the deadly attack earlier on Wednesday. The first half of 2017 has seen a particularly successful string of extremist attacks in the capital, including a twin suicide bombing March 1 that killed 22 people and a coordinated March 8 assault on a military hospital that killed 50 people. Read More »

Already Under Pressure, Ivanka Trump's Brand Faces A New Challenge

China Labour Watch had previously claimed its investigation into conditions at Huajian had been closed down by local police and the three activists placed under investigation. The family of Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband, is attempting to raise money from Chinese investors for a real estate venture. "The eagerness of members of the family to do business in China while airbrushing very troubling human rights and labor rights records of the country is troubling", said Nicholas Bequelin, ... Read More »