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Senate panel meets with special counsel in Russian Federation probe

Several high-ranking intelligence officials -- including National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats - consented to interviews as part of the Russian Federation investigation. That was something that Special Consul Mueller would have to examine, Comey had said. "We are not in a position to comment further". Coats was attending a briefing at the White House together with officials from several other government agencies. Read More »

Trump denounces reports of widening Russian Federation probe


Senator Jean Shaheen of New Hampshire raised the issue after Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy said President Donald Trump was considering the idea of firing Mueller as special counsel. According to the Washington Post , the decision by the special counsel to investigate Trump marks a major milestone in the FBI investigation that has lasted nearly a year now. Read More »

Trump said to be under probe for possible obstruction of justice

Coats will also meet with members of the Senate intelligence committee Thursday, one week after his tense grilling by the panel, according to a committee source. Trump is not the first president to be subjected to a special counsel investigation, nor the first president to protest it. Trump took to his Twitter account Thursday morning to denounce the report . Read More »

Trump 'under investigation for obstruction of justice'

Mueller has been tasked with leading the executive branch's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collusion between Russia and Trump associates. The White House on Wednesday evening declined to comment about the Post's obstruction of justice report. On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee that there were discussions at high levels about firing FBI Director James Comey even before Sessions was ... Read More »

Jury Still Deliberating On Verdict In Bill Cosby Trial


Cosby , 79 and almost blind, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with his encounter with Constand; if convicted Cosby faces years in prison. "Put them down, they're your friends". On Friday, he took to the steps to float the idea that Cosby might testify when the defence case opened Monday. Read More »

US Senate Backs Legislation to Slap New Sanctions on Russia

The Russia amendment was part of a larger measure that targets Iran for sanctions over its ballistic missile program , human rights violations, and other issues. That they are willing to stand with Democrats in sending a message to Trump about Russian Federation is a good first step, but they must go much further, and support all necessary investigations, if they are serious about securing our democratic system from further attacks. Read More »

Brexit negotiations to start on June 19


The Queen's Speech, a formal ceremony during which the queen reads out the government's plans for the new legislation term, will be held Wednesday. In a joint press meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, May stressed that the "timetable has not changed and negotiations will begin next week", dismissing fears of a possible delay in Brexit talks after she lost parliamentary majority in a snap general election. Read More »

Australia to hold first nationwide gun amnesty in 21 years


The amnesty will begin on July 1. All guns in Australia must be registered but many arrive illegally from overseas through organised syndicates. In announcing the new amnesty - which will run for three months from July 1 - Justice Minister Michael Keenan said it was an attempt to stop unsafe weapons falling into "the wrong hands". Read More »

Trump considering 'terminating' Russian Federation probe leader

As history would have it, the Supreme Court explained - in the case that required President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes , no less - that a regulation of this sort carries the force of law, and that, short of repealing it, the executive branch is "bound to respect and to enforce" it. Read More »

Republican congressman Steve Scalise still critically ill after baseball field shooting


As of Wednesday evening, Scalise (La.) remained in critical condition after undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center , a hospital spokeswoman said . "When tragedy strikes we are family", said Representative Nanette Barragan, who plays on the Democratic baseball team and invited all to attend the congressional charity baseball game at Nationals Park on Thursday night. Read More »

Singapore slips to 7th in Global Innovation Index 2017


The chapter on "Innovation in Agriculture and Food Systems in the Digital Age" was written by Harold van Es, professor of soil and water management, and Joshua Woodard, assistant professor of applied economics and management. "This has been the GII's objective for more than 10 years now". Sixteen of the 19 economies in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region are in the top 100 globally, including Turkey (43rd), Qatar (49th), Saudi Arabia (55th), Kuwait (56th), Armenia (59th), Bahrain ... Read More »

Everything you need to know a day after the Grenfell Tower fire


After an overnight fire killed at least 17 and injured more than 70 people, the Grammy victor paid her respects by visiting the scene. Although officials would not speculate, experts said Wednesday that their focus was on the building's exterior cladding, which was supposed to be fireproof but which witnesses said had burned like paper, quickly transmitting the fire from unit to unit and from floor to floor. Read More »

Virginia shooting: Steve Scalise in critical condition


Democrats are still scheduled to face off against Republicans in the annual congressional baseball game - an event that is expected to bring members of Congress together for some fun and good-natured competition in the wake of the attack on the Republicans' game in Alexandria, Virginia. Read More »

Italians missing in London fire


She said: "We need to know what happened". We need to have an explanation of this. More than £1 million has been raised to help those affected as fire tore through the 24-storey building while volunteers and charities helped with feed and shelter people who could not return to their homes overnight. Read More »

European Commission offers 'open arms' for British return

Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill - who is to meet new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin tomorrow - said she would tell Mrs May that any deal with the DUP must not threaten the Good Friday Agreement and other agreements. Gabriel said the drop in support for May's Conservatives reflected dissatisfaction with the Brexit process. The DUP is a traditionally Protestant party that backs keeping Northern Ireland part of the U.K. Read More »

United States governors, mayors, businesses, commit to Paris climate pact goals


He made the announcement during a White House Rose Garden speech but before that, he informed Congress about his decision preparing Republican legislators with arguments and lines to take in the face of an expected blow back. Democratic cities and states, aware that the American public as a whole is increasingly concerned about climate change, are taking their stand, perhaps in recognition that the issue could become a pivotal one in the congressional and governor elections in 2018, and ... Read More »

Trump may sack special counsel in Russian Federation inquiry, says friend


A major test on that front will be whether the FBI is willing to release memos from former FBI Director James Comey of his conversations with President Donald Trump , now that they have been provided to Mueller. Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary. Read More »

Putin offers asylum to ex-FBI director Comey, likens him to Snowden


Putin added that Russian Federation is ready to lift its sanctions if Western countries lift their own, too. "As for us, we have our opinion, we say it openly, but it's not some kind of underground sabotage activity", he said. "Of course this is evidence of the continuing domestic political battle in the U.S., but it is completely out of nowhere. The Russian Empire was key in securing US independence". Read More »

Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing after attempted cockpit breach

The incident sparked fears on board after passengers claimed to have seen an electronic device in his hand as he tried to storm the cockpit. "But it was not a bomb but a powerbank ", he told AFP. The 25-year-old man, believed to be an Australian citizen, was subdued by the crew and passengers who tied him up with belts. In 2014, Flight MH370 went missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Read More »

Theresa May orders public inquiry into Grenfell Tower blaze 'tragedy'

He said hundreds of thousands of people living in similar tower blocks throughout Britain will be "frightened, traumatized and very, very worried" until more is known about how the blaze proved so deadly. London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton said urban search units backed by specialist dog teams would scour the building as structural surveyors helped make the tower safe. Read More »

US, Central American officials meet as Trump signals shift


The conference, which lasts until Friday, is expected to bring a diverse group of governments and business leaders from the USA and Central Americas together. Pence noted the Trump administration has proposed $460 million in assistance, to be used to strengthen law enforcement and develop their economies. Read More »

Jason Miller Gets Into Tense Exchange Over Calling Kamala Harris 'Hysterical'

Harris is the only black woman on the committee, or in the Senate for that matter. But she cautiously noted that, alongside the progress the country has made, "We also recognize this is an incredibly challenging moment in our history". Harris: Did you ask staff to see the policy? And Sessions was nervous. Can you tell us what policy it is you're talking about? "I just can't handle it any longer". Read More »

7 dead, 66 injured in deadly Chinese kindergarten blast


Official state news outlet Xinhua said the blast has taken place near a kindergarten in Fengxian County in the east of the country. A working team led by Huang Ming, deputy minister of public security, has been sent to investigate the blast that occurred as parents were about to pick up their children from the school. Read More »

Prominent Trump supporters are pushing for firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Under current Justice Department regulations, firing Mueller would have to be done by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' deputy, Rosenstein, not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside. After initially being praised by Republicans and Democrats for his integrity, Mueller has had his impartiality as special counsel questioned by some Trump supporters in recent days. Read More »

DUP deal: Tories 'steadfastly' committed to N. Irish peace process


An initial round of talks between May and DUP leader Arlene Foster ended with no agreement on Tuesday, although both sides said they were hopeful of a deal. British Prime Minister Theresa May faced further delays in forming her new government on Wednesday after her would-be allies said their agreement would be put back following a deadly tower block blaze in London . Read More »

Southern Baptists want nothing to do with 'alt-right white supremacy'

At their annual meeting, Southern Baptists agreed to a statement decrying "every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ." The presentation of both the "alt-right" and the "moral leadership" resolution at the SBC's annual meeting this week - and the decision past year to call on Christians to stop displaying the Confederate flag - is noteworthy given Trump received support from 81 percent of white evangelicals during the ... Read More »

Trump attacks obstruction of justice probe by former FBI chief Mueller

Obstruction should be part of Trump-Russia probe The Hill's 12:30 Report Mnuchin calls impeachment talks "biggest waste of time" MORE (D-Calif.) said . Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he believes Trump fired him last month because he resisted a request to drop the Russian Federation investigation, especially as it related to former national security adviser Michael. Read More »

Arrest warrants out for Turkish agents, others in DC melee

Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned U.S. ambassador to Ankara , John Bass, to protest the issue of USA arrest warrants for members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail. The State Department has said it had made its concern known to Turkey "in the strongest possible terms". A new flash point in the tense and fraying alliance between the United States and Turkey, after Turkish security forces attacked protesters during President Erdogan's recent visit to ... Read More »

Theresa May to form minority government after poll setback


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had given the party "confidence" about selling party policies such as public ownership of the railways, she added. She said: "I have wanted to achieve a large majority". The snap election, which Theresa May hoped would bolster her bargaining position in inchoate Brexit talks , surprised in many ways. According to EU law, the United Kingdom will be removed from the union at that time even if negotiations have failed to produce an exit deal. Read More »

Mueller Investigating Trump for Possible Obstruction

The revelation came late Wednesday in articles published by the Washington Post , New York Times and Wall Street Journal , based on accounts of people familiar with the investigation. On Friday, Trump attempted to push back. He told reporters in a steamy Rose Garden that Comey had lied under oath , saying: "Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things that he said just weren't true". Read More »

'Staggering' civilian deaths in Raqqa


The mainly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF ) are spearheading the assault on the Isis-held city, which is being aerially bombarded by a coalition of states led by the US. and Arab regional powers to decide the future of Syria. US defense officials said the weapon fired by the drone did not detonate and no one was hurt. Read More »

In Refusal To Answer Questions, Sessions Denies Claiming Executive Privilege

Trump about an investigation that could implicate the president and his aides in questionable interactions with representatives of a foreign adversary-one that is known to have meddled in the 2016 presidential election. SESSIONS: We talked about it. And social media, as it's wont to do, went ballistic, mostly but not always in Harris' favor. Losing patience with Sessions' filibuster, Harris persisted, pressing into her next question, but Sessions was not finished. Read More »

N. Korea releases US student from labour camp

When North Korea released him under what it said were "humanitarian grounds", officials said he had contracted botulism. "We relied on this false premise that they would treat Otto fairly and let him go", he said. Otto Warmbier, the USA college student who was detained by North Korea for over a year after stealing a propaganda poster, as finally arrived back in the a coma. Read More »