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White House seeks to wall off Russian Federation questions

Fifty-three percent of respondents said they believed Pence's statements helped the White House. The Republican-controlled Senate, which confirms Trump's appointments, also faces a packed legislative schedule, leaving it less time to take up nominations. Read More »

Ariana Grande to play Manchester charity concert on Sunday

In addition to Grande, Katy Perry , Justin Bieber , Miley Cyrus , Niall Horan , Coldplay , Pharrell and Take That are scheduled to perform. Just one week after the horriffic attack at Araina Garbnde's concert in Manchester, Ariana Grande's mum Joan has posted an emotional tribute to the victims. Read More »

Trump to announce decision on global climate deal on Thursday

More radically, the Trump administration could withdraw from the underlying United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change , signaling a withdrawal from all U.N. But the official says there may be "caveats in the language" that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final. Read More »

Philippines says 500 militants involved in siege

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Cris said the Maute rebels-all of them teenagers-were armed and risky and could have easily abducted the Christian males and used them for their technical skills. Speaking on behalf of the hostages, he says, "please consider us", adding, "it's hard" to bear the gunfire and cannons going off around them. Tens of thousands of people in the mostly Muslim city have managed to escape. Read More »

Scandanavian leaders scorn U.S. climate decision

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Elon Musk, CEO of electric carmaker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX, tweeted that he would leave two White House advisory councils if Trump went ahead with this threat to leave the Paris accord. chief said. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump was working out the terms of the planned withdrawal with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, an oil industry ally and climate change doubter. Read More »

British PM boycotts TV debate as election looms

A YouGov poll shows the Tories' lead has fallen to only three points over Labour , which at 39 points is at its most popular since February 2014. Another who attended Corbyn's rally said he was curious about a politician who appeared genuine. Read More »

Trump's use of private cellphone raises security concerns

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Dubke resigned just before Trump left on his foreign trip but will stay on until a transition is concluded, Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, said. After an extended overseas trip and holiday weekend, the White House answered a number of questions Tuesday and called the latest reports on the Russian Federation investigation unsubstantiated. Read More »

Trump returns to USA ready to make major changes amid Russian Federation crisis

The president's son-in-law also reportedly talked with a top Russian official in early December about establishing a private line of communication between Trump's transition team and Moscow. National security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters on Saturday that so-called back-channeling was not unusual. "So no, I would not be concerned about it". Read More »

German-Asian ties no snub to US: Merkel

Trump met with Merkel in the White House on March 17. Traditional relations between Brussels and Washington have been tested since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump , who had raised eyebrows in the European Union with his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and his reticence to back the Paris accord climate change deal. Read More »

Silk Road website founder loses appeal of conviction, life sentence

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Two years ago , Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison for his role in running the dark web exchange, best known as a once-thriving online marketplace for drug transactions. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in NY rejected Ulbricht's claims that his trial judge deprived him of a fair trial, and that the life sentence was unreasonable. Read More »

Pakistan government behaving like 'Sicilian Mafia': Supreme Court Judge

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Justice Ejaz Afzal said that the judges are neither afraid of anybody, nor worry about the consequences. The court appointed the Attorney General as prosecutor in the case and ordered him to compile relevant evidence against Hashmi. His remarks were apparently made in reference to a Supreme Court-sanctioned investigation into the Sharif family's business dealings overseas. The court observed that a systematic campaign was being run by the government against judges of the apex court and the ... Read More »

IS seals off area of symbolic mosque in Mosul's Old City

Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul fell to IS in the summer of 2014 as the militants swept over much of the country's north and central areas. The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been backed militarily by its close allies Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hizballah throughout the six-year civil war, which began when Assad crushed peaceful protests demanding reforms. Read More »

Man investigating abuse at Ivanka shoe factory vanishes

Rights groups and journalists have documented widespread abuse of the system over the years.Last Thursday activist Hua Haifeng, 36, left work and tried to travel to Hong Kong to meet journalists, including an NYT reporter. The investigators had discovered evidence that workers' rights had been violated, according to Li. A current spokeswoman for the company, Long Shan, did not reply to questions Tuesday or Wednesday morning. Read More »

Hillary Clinton slams apparent US-Russia collusion against her

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The 69-year-old Democrat said her party had fallen behind the Republicans in using technology and data to target voters. Later in the event, when an audience member again mentioned covfefe, Clinton mocked White House spokesman Sean Spicer's explanation from earlier in the day. Read More »

Trump to announce decision on Paris climate accord

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A US withdrawal would come over the objections of scores of big USA corporations - from Wal-Mart to Exxon Mobil - anxious the move will undermine USA growth instead of bolstering it. But Republicans have slammed the climate deal and Trump joined the chorus when he ran for president. This week Trump has given hints that he might choose to have the United States withdraw from the Paris climate change accord ratified by 147 countries. Read More »

Putin: Russian state has never been involved in hacking

Speaking at Thursday's meeting with senior editors of the world's leading news agencies, Putin said Russian Federation had been encouraged by Trump's campaign statements in which he lamented Russia-U.S. Putin also instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to notify Turkey of the partial renewal of a May 2010 agreement concerning the terms of mutual travel of citizens of the two countries. Read More »

Iran foreign minister scorns Donald Trump after speech, arms deal

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Donald Trump made Saudi Arabia the first stop on his first presidential trip overseas for a reason. "We thought it was a fantastic idea", Kim said. "It's nearly like he's trying to cement the idea that there is a division between the Muslim world and the West". Iran and Saudi Arabia have long accused each other of sponsoring militias aligned to their competing sects of Islam in conflicts across the Middle East. Read More »

Trump to announce decision on climate change Thursday

Thom Tillis' 39 percent approval contrasts sharply with the Paris agreement's 65 percent. If the USA leaves, it will join Nicaragua, Syria, and a tiny number of other countries that have rejected it. News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations. At the conclusion of his talks in Sicily, Trump declined to sign onto a pledge by all the other leaders to uphold the Paris carbon reduction commitments. Read More »

United Nations | Guterres urges action on climate change as Trump debates withdrawal

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In his conversations with foreign leaders last week, Trump offered no final decision, saying he would take his counterparts' arguments into account. In talks with his foreign counterparts, the President kept an open mind on climate issues, according to his aides. Trump said he wanted to create more coal mining jobs, though industry analysts say demand is likely to decline as the price of solar, wind and other alternatives falls. Read More »

Truck bomb kills 90, wounds hundreds in Afghan capital

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At least 11 Afghan guards working for the USA embassy were among those killed and 11 American citizens working as contractors in Kabul were among the wounded, United States officials said. "The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice", the statement said. Read More »

Trump to interview Pistole for FBI director

According to CNN , Comey is expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee "as early as next week", although no official date has been scheduled. A New York Times report citing notes Comey took after the incident says Trump asked him in relation to the Flynn probe: 'I hope you can let this go'. Read More »

Death toll rises to 100 in Sri Lanka's floods, landslides

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INS Kirch operating in South Bay of Bengal, has been diverted to Colombo in Sri Lanka to render immediate assistance in flood relief operations. The first ship will reach Colombo tomorrow morning. According to the High Commission statement , a second Indian ship, INS Shardul, has left Kochi and is scheduled to arrive at Colombo port on Sunday. Read More »

U.S. envoy: China trying to end N. Korea tests

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That's why missile defense advocates argue the US must continue working on a system that can defend American allies in Asia and North America against potential launches; program critics argue it's a boondoggle whose failures have already proven it can't be trusted in the event of a crisis. Read More »

Syrian government had no role in Idlib chemical attack: Putin

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Macron said the Russian media organizations are " organs of influence and propaganda" and "behaved like structures of the government". He continued as Putin looked increasingly uncomfortable with Macron's unprecedented move . The Russian leader said he hosted Macron's rival, far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen , in the Kremlin before the election because she campaigned on strengthening relations with his country. Read More »

Poll Suggests Theresa May Will Lose Her Majority

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday suggested that he would delay a visit to Britain by U.S. President Donald Trump if he is elected prime minister at the June 8 general election . Have you seen people sleeping around our stations? "I heard they were coming and I'd seen on the news how great some of his rallies were so I thought I'd come down and check it out", said Jason Guy , a 28-year-old insurance worker who joined Labour a week ago after reading Corbyn's manifesto. Read More »