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Author: 0 I'll visit Kim if it brings peace, says South Korea's new president

Trump extended an invitation to Moon to visit the United States . President Donald Trump and Moon spoke by telephone Wednesday. The center will draw on officers from across the CIA and "bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target", an agency statement said.

Global US President Donald Trump urges peace between Russia and Ukraine
Author: 0 US President Donald Trump urges peace between Russia and Ukraine

Trump said he wasn't concerned about potential bad optics of meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak a day after firing Comey. The presidential campaign featured running storylines related to cyber security, including the hacking and subsequent leaking of Democratic emails as part of what US intelligence agencies determined was a wide-ranging operation carried out by Russian Federation to help Trump win the White House and denigrate his challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Author: 0 Acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe contradicts White House on James Comey firing

It was unclear whether word of the Comey request, said to have been put to Rosenstein, ever made its way to Trump . In a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, Comey urged agents not to worry about why he was sacked. Democrats on Wednesday seized on media reports that Comey asked Rosenstein for additional resources for his Russian Federation investigation shortly before Comey was dismissed.

Global Trump meets with Russia's top diplomat
Author: 0 Trump meets with Russia's top diplomat

The normally spotlight-loving President Donald Trump has kept a rather low profile around his surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had to recuse himself from the ongoing investigations into Russian Federation after contacts with Kislyak came to light, delivered the recommendation to Trump that Comey be relieved of his duties.

Author: 0 Texas governor poised to sign nation's harshest anti-sanctuary bill

Anirvan Chatterjee, left, of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, holds a sign at a rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. "Their loss of faith in law enforcement is accomplished", she said. It would also prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing local bathroom regulations.

Global Younis Khan set to coach Afghan team, says ACB chief
Author: 0 Younis Khan set to coach Afghan team, says ACB chief

Buoyed by a series-levelling win five days ago the hosts are in pursuit of a first Test series success in five years against a team ranked higher. "Disappointed", "poor pitch", "should have been able to hold together for a lot longer", "it wasn't the pitch that we would have liked." - all of these were comments levelled by the home side.

Author: 0 White House Struggles to Straighten Its Story on Comey

President Trump on Thursday called fired FBI Director James Comey a "showboat" and "grandstander" who Trump meant to fire regardless of any recommendation from the Justice Department. How could Colbert be so confident that Trump is trying to shut down the FBI investigation into Trump's team and Russian Federation? We hear from Democrat politicians and media pretty much on an hourly basis about impeaching Trump.

Author: 0 PH seeks 'convergence areas' in China's 'Belt and Road' initiative

On behalf of the Chinese side, Gao Wenqi, Charge d' affaires from the Chinese Embassy in Greece , reiterated China's optimism that Sino-Greek friendship and cooperation will further flourish under the Belt and Road Initiative. "I believe that the national strategy is the top priority; economic considerations are secondary", said an economist at the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, a Beijing-based think-tank which made initial proposals to set up the AIIB.

Global Groups Celebrate Buhari, Nigerian Army Over Release of Chibok Girls
Author: 0 Groups Celebrate Buhari, Nigerian Army Over Release of Chibok Girls

In a March 2017 interview with Public Radio International , one of the girls now at New Foundation School said, "When I go back to my community, I want to teach people to read and to encourage them the way that people encourage me". "We have no apologies or regrets whatsoever for exchanging Boko Haram detainees for our daughters. We will never prevent them from seeing their daughters", Alhassan said.

Global Obama said to have warned Trump against hiring Flynn
Author: 0 Obama said to have warned Trump against hiring Flynn

Yates said she told the White House six days into Trump's administration that Flynn, a former military intelligence chief, had not been honest with Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with the Russian ambassador to Washington , leaving him vulnerable to leverage from Moscow.

Author: 0 Acting FBI head undercuts White House claims on Comey, probe

Several lawmakers questioned the timing of Comey's removal because the FBI is investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, including any possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. "I'm not talking about campaigns. Less than a year ago, it hasn't recovered from that", Mr Trump said in an interview with NBC News at the White House.

Global Trump's trade nominee gets broad Senate support
Author: 0 Trump's trade nominee gets broad Senate support

His confirmation clears a hurdle before the USA can start 90 days of consultations preceding Nafta talks. Robert Lighthizer testifies in a Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be USA trade representative on March 14, 2017.

Author: 0 France's Macron seen as United Nations ally

Macron has said he was aiming for an absolute majority in the lower chamber in June's elections. The centrist Macron, 39, formed his own party only last year, and his election victory over the National Front's Marine Le Pen on Sunday has destroyed the dominance of the centre-left and centre-right parties which have governed France for almost 60 years.

Author: 0 The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Michael Flynn on Russian Federation

Immigration and customs agents initially blocked the entry of all citizens from the seven countries, including those who'd lived in the United States for years, leading to confusion and protests at USA airports. 'I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. Both Clapper and Yates were asked if they had been the source of or had authorized any leaks to the media of classified information.

Global New Hamas chief tours native Gaza, highlights power shift
Author: 0 New Hamas chief tours native Gaza, highlights power shift

However, the new policy document still calls for the destruction of Israel , which has led Israeli officials to question the sincerity of the changes. "The PA has chose to stop financing the Hamas "coup" in Gaza and we will reiterate the demand that Israel stop deducting funds from our revenues in favor of Hamas and its coup".

Author: 0 Banks to fight 'smash and grab' $6.2bn tax

New Zealand banking expert Claire Matthews, of Massey University, said there would not be a direct impact on New Zealand customers as a result of the levy, because New Zealand banks are separate subsidiaries of their Australian parents. Former CBA boss David Murray predicted that mortgage interest rates could rise by between 12-25 per cent, with business groups, the banks and many analysts such as Mr Mott also warning of rate rises.

Author: 0 Senate fails to kill Obama methane rule that had looked doomed

The rule aims to minimize wasted natural gas resources on public and tribal lands by requiring companies to look for and fix leaks, minimize burning and prohibit direct venting of gas into the atmosphere. Cory Gardner, a first-term senator who heads the Republican Senate campaign committee. The Senate voted on Wednesday morning to not proceed to debate and a vote on the joint resolution by a vote of 51-49, with deciding votes cast by McCain, Sen.

Author: 0 China Faces Pressure To Consider North Korea Oil Embargo

It alleged that a North Korean, identified only by the surname "Kim", had been "corrupted and bribed " by South Korean intelligence services while he was working in Russian Federation. The Kim regime has been testing ballistic missiles in recent days, while the US began installing a defense system in South Korea that would ideally destroy missiles launched from the North before they hit their intended target.

Author: 0 Hillary Clinton reportedly had 'mixed mind' about Comey's firing

But The Washington Post reported that Rosenstein threatened to step down after White House press officials portrayed him as the primary reason behind Comey's dismissal late Tuesday. Asked by a reporter whether the White House was asserting that "Rosenstein decided on his own, after being confirmed, to review Comey's performance", Sanders answered, "Absolutely".

Author: 0 Trump welcomes Russian officials into the Oval Office

A photographer for a Russian state-owned news agency was allowed into the Oval Office on Wednesday during President Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats, a level of access that was criticized by former US intelligence officials as a potential security breach.

Author: 0 Trump's firing of Comey reaffirms need for special prosecutor

It is unclear whether word of the Comey request, put to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, ever made its way to Mr Trump, but the news intensified pressure on the White House to explain the motives behind Mr Comey's removal. But her point is that Democrats didn't think Comey was doing a great job; and once again, we honestly don't know if she's acting dense on goal. Comey's firing has been likened to Nixon's dismissal of Archibald Cox , the special prosecutor who was ...

Author: 0 Russian photographer's presence in Oval Office raises alarm

The announcement came as Trump's campaign was being investigated by United States authorities for possible connections with Russian Federation. The Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted a photo of Trump and Lavrov shaking hands in the Oval Office, and another of Trump and Kislyak.

Global Fidget-spinners banned in some schools as craze sweeps the US
Author: 0 Fidget-spinners banned in some schools as craze sweeps the US

Your kids might have been nagging you for the latest toy craze but Fridget Spinners have just been banned by Dunfermline High School. In terms of toys, 2017 is being defined as the year of the Fidget Spinner. Right now, it's the fidget spinner. Ennis says there are three things teachers and parents can do to help students utilize fidget spinners as tools instead of toys in the classroom.

Global Trump's approval rating: President's favorability rating near record low
Author: 0 Trump's approval rating: President's favorability rating near record low

They do not believe Trump is honest, has good leadership skills, cares about average Americans, is level-headed, or that he shares their values. Forty-four percent do approve of how he is handling North Korea. According to the Quinnipiac survey, Trump's approval rating has sunk to just 36 percent. The first positive term describing Trump was "leader", which 25 people thought was the best way to describe him, followed by "strong", with 21 responses.

Author: 0 Xi congratulates Moon, says he values ties between their countries

Some analysts believe North Korea refrained from major provocations recently so as to not hurt Moon's chances in Tuesday's South Korean election. China has rigorously objected to the deployment, saying it destabilised the regional security balance and did little to curb the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, which Pyongyang is conducting in defiance of USA pressure and United Nations sanctions.

Global Germany Grants Asylum to Turkish Military Personnel
Author: 0 Germany Grants Asylum to Turkish Military Personnel

Turkey is keen to continue its accession process to join the European Union, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement on Europe Day on Tuesday, saying this was a "strategic goal". Freund asserted the Turkey of today would never be asked to join, but " Turkey has such an important strategic position that we can not afford to break up all talks - although I think accession talks make no sense under the present circumstances".

Global 'Last Man Standing' TV Show Canceled; Conservatism the Cause?
Author: 0 'Last Man Standing' TV Show Canceled; Conservatism the Cause?

Allen's " Last Man Standing " character Mike Baxter is an unabashed conservative who poked fun at liberal viewpoints and at Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama throughout the show's six seasons. Deadline reports that the sixth season has averaged a 1.2 Live+same day rating in adults 18-64 and 6.4 million viewers, often making it the winning show in that 8 p.m.

Author: 0 Trump's tax plan is more trickle down than pump priming

I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good", Trump said during a discussion about his tax plan. The Merriam-Webster dictionary pointed out on Twitter that the phrase has existed since the 1800s and has been used by the government for 84 years.

Global Suspected killer of Hamas commander arrested: leader
Author: 0 Suspected killer of Hamas commander arrested: leader

Hamas said that Israel and Palestinian collaborators are responsible for assassinating Fukaha. On Thursday, Haniyeh repeated that "all the evidence we have" indicates that Israel masterminded the killing. Israel's Shin Bet security service, which carries out covert operations against Palestinian militants, did not respond immediately to a request for a comment on Haniyeh's allegations.

Author: 0 Moon and China's Xi agree to improve ties, denuclearize N

Trump also announced plans to send a team of senior advisors to South Korea to discuss the matter of Moon's U.S. visit and said Moon would be welcomed with respectful treatment as a foreign head of state, the Blue House said. South Korea and the United States began deploying the THAAD system in March and it has since become operational. Moon responded that he's aware of China's concerns and he hopes the two countries can have a greater understanding of each other's positions on the system, it ...

Author: 0 Macron and Le Pen seek to widen support ahead of legislative polls

Also, the USA head of state indicated during the dialogue "the long and solid history of cooperation between the US and its oldest ally, France". London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who travelled to Paris for talks with Mr Macron in March, said: "The French people have chosen hope over fear and unity over division".

Global USDA Chief Rolls Back Nutrition Standards for School Lunches
Author: 0 USDA Chief Rolls Back Nutrition Standards for School Lunches

Perdue said, "If kids aren't eating the food, and it's ending up in the trash, they aren't getting any nutrition - thus undermining the intent of the program". The federal agency said it "will take all necessary regulatory actions to implement a long-term solution" related to whole grains . Currently, ECISD is under the first phase of cutting down sodium which would mean they'd have to stop serving chocolate milk during breakfast next school year .

Author: 0 Tunnel collapses at Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington state, reports say

At 8:26 a.m., the U.S. Department of Energy's Richlands Operations Office activated the emergency operations center at Hanford. Former Energy Department official Robert Alvarez said that remotely controlled rail cars once carried spent fuel from a reactor along the river to the PUREX chemical processing facility, which then extracted risky plutonium.

Global Senate Intel Committee subpoenas Flynn for Russian Federation docs
Author: 0 Senate Intel Committee subpoenas Flynn for Russian Federation docs

This comes at the worst possible time for Trump, as the Comey fiasco suggests he wants to throw the investigation off track - or end it altogether by hand-picking an FBI director who will do his bidding. Flynn and other associates of President Donald Trump have received similar requests from the committee for information and documents over the past few weeks.

Author: 0 Turkey's Erdogan demands US reverse decision

President Donald Trump approved a plan this week to arm the Kurdish YPG, or People's Protection Units. In November 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which predominately consists of Kurdish fighters, but also includes members of the Syrian Arab Coalition, launched an operation called the Rage of Euphrates in order to seize control over Syrian Raqqa, the de facto Daesh capital, and are now starting the fourth stage of the campaign aimed at liberating the rural areas of Raqqa province ...

Author: 0 'Come to France': How Macron took on Trump's climate scepticism

But this could still be a bad year for the EU: Italian elections could see an anti-Euro movement become the biggest party and Greek finances could damage the value of the Euro. "I will do everything I can in the coming five years to make sure you never have a reason to vote for extremism again", he said later on Sunday evening, standing before the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre, once the main residence of France's kings, as thousands of flag-waving supporters gathered in the ...

Global Tamil Nadu HSC Class 12 Plus Two, won't have ranking system anymore
Author: 0 Tamil Nadu HSC Class 12 Plus Two, won't have ranking system anymore

Just few hours are left in the declaration of TN 12th result (+2) result of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. As per the board statistics, the maximum number of students wrote examination in the Tamil Medium. This year, more than 9 lakh students were written their TN HSC exam 2017. The class 10th results of Tamil Nadu are going to be followed later these results likely on May 19th.

Global Trump seeks better Russian Federation ties during Lavrov meeting
Author: 0 Trump seeks better Russian Federation ties during Lavrov meeting

Russia's Foreign Ministry tweeted a photo of Trump shaking hands with Lavrov and the Russian Embassy posted another of the president greeting another participant in the meeting: Ambassador Sergey Kislyak , a central character in various Russia-related investigations because of his contacts with several individuals close to Trump.

Global White House Correspondents' Dinner has an awkward feel without Trump
Author: 0 White House Correspondents' Dinner has an awkward feel without Trump

Meanwhile, over in Washington , the evening's host - The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj - ripped Trump apart despite organisers asking him not to. A former adviser to three Republican presidents called the speech Donald Trump gave before a crowd of supporters Saturday in Pennsylvania the "most divisive" he has ever heard from a president.

Global Keith Olbermann Hails Sally Yates As An 'American Hero'
Author: 0 Keith Olbermann Hails Sally Yates As An 'American Hero'

White House officials had insisted that Flynn had not discussed USA -imposed sanctions with Kislyak during the presidential transition period, but asked Flynn to resign after news reports indicated he had lied about the nature of the calls.

Author: 0 Labour loses out as SNP and Tories snap up seats

They go into it with 54 - and most of them with large majorities. "Also in the north-east of Scotland it's not the greatest thing to boast you're going to win beforehand, the folk here tend to bring them back down to earth with a bump". The SNP won 431 council seats across Scotland, its largest haul at a council election . First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has played down the threat from the ruling Conservatives in Scotland a day after Prime Minister Theresa May's party made big gains in ...

Author: 0 Australia's "responsible" federal budget unlikely to lose government voters

The measures will raise nearly $21 billion of new tax revenue over the next four years, and help give the Turnbull government a modest surplus by 2021. Credit Suisse analysts estimated in a note on Wednesday that the levy would cost financial institutions around A$1.6 billion a year, or around 5 percent of the banks' current profits.

Global EBRD confirms Albania 2017 GDP growth at 3.5%
Author: 0 EBRD confirms Albania 2017 GDP growth at 3.5%

Sergei Guriev , the EBRD's chief economist, noted that still put the region's growth below that of the world economy. At that, in 2017 the EBRD increased its forecast by 1%, compared with Regional Economic Prospects of November 2016, and in 2018 decreased by 1.5%.

Global Watch the Incredibly NSFW New Red Band Trailer For 'Baywatch'
Author: 0 Watch the Incredibly NSFW New Red Band Trailer For 'Baywatch'

The official red band trailer - that's the explicit one - has been released, and as well as featuring a severed leg and a plenty of talk about balls, it also includes a brief kiss between the two stars. Watch the crude trailer below, and look out for Baywatch to hit theatres May 25. Brody's a wild party boy who doesn't play by Buchanan's rules, but the unlikely duo must overcome their differences and work together to get to the bottom of a local criminal plot that threatens the future of ...

Author: 0 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Funding for UNESCO will be frozen

In January, Israel decreased annual payments to the United Nations by $6 million in response to the December 2016 UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. For the first time in UNESCO, more countries voted to oppose or abstained than voted in favor, and of course this is important". AJC praised several UNESCO member states for voting against the organization's latest resolution attacking Israel.

Global Austrian vice chancellor steps down amid party infighting
Author: 0 Austrian vice chancellor steps down amid party infighting

Reinhold Mitterlehner's centre-right Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) now shares power with the Alpine nation's largest party, the centre-left Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), a political marriage that has frayed in recent months. Mitterlehner has been vice chancellor and party leader since September 2014 but he said the current climate "did not make [the job] any fun". In a statement, Kern said he was offering the "OeVP and Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz a partnership" to push through ...

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