Author: 0 Trump, Republicans push back on Kushner reports

Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed at exploring the incoming administration's options with Russian Federation as it was developing its Syria policy, according to a person familiar with the discussions who spoke with The Associated Press.

Global Officials Weigh In on Embassy Clash with President Erdogan's Bodyguards
Author: 0 Officials Weigh In on Embassy Clash with President Erdogan's Bodyguards

Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. The U.S. side didn't object when Erdogan conveyed that message, he said. "We are going to pursue everything that's within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible accountable for their actions", D.C.

Author: 0 Kushner reportedly encouraged to take hiatus as Federal Bureau of Investigation probes Russian Federation contacts

U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat. Kelly told This Week co-anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday that with countries such as Russian Federation that are not allies of the USA, any means of communication is a "good thing".

Author: 0 Kushner's Russia ties questioned as Trump cites media 'lies'

Trump's tweets came as the media reported that the White House was preparing to establish a "war room" to combat mounting questions about ties between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign. "I would not be concerned about it". The homeland security secretary was specifically talking about information leaked relating to the bombing in Manchester , but the comments had broader implications under a presidency that has been either implicated in or the victim of numerous leaks ...

Author: 0 Manchester terrorist used student loans to help build bombs

The arrests of the two men, aged 20 and 22, bring to 11 the number of suspects held over Monday's attack, for which the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. It has also emerged that the Manchester bomber flew back to Britain via Turkey and Germany just four days before carrying out his attack. The tour will restart June 7 in Paris.

Author: 0 Sri Lanka mudslides leave 100 dead, India sends relief

Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 91 people while more than 100 are missing after torrential rain, officials said on Friday, as soldiers fanned out in boats and in helicopters to help with rescue operations. Meteorological Department chief R.S. Jayasekera said although the peak of the monsoon had passed, more rains are expected during the next few days.

Author: 0 Top Trump advisers dodge questions about Kushner's Russia

That included Trump's statement that "this Russia thing" had been a factor in his decision to fire Comey, who was spearheading the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign; reports that Trump shared highly-classified intelligence with Russian officials; and reports that Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn back in Feburary.

Global Fierce clashes break out in Libyan capital Tripoli
Author: 0 Fierce clashes break out in Libyan capital Tripoli

Forces loyal to Libya's unity government said Saturday that 52 of its fighters were killed as they repelled rival militias in fierce clashes in the capital Tripoli . British ambassador Peter Millett tweeted that he could hear explosions and artillery in south Tripoli . Explosions were heard across the city and witnesses said residential areas in the south had been shelled.

Global North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects test-fire of anti-aircraft weapon
Author: 0 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects test-fire of anti-aircraft weapon

North Korea is now the focus of USA efforts because its leader has vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching American territory. The new test comes amid heightened tension in the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's continued nuclear advancements despite receiving tough sanctions and warnings from the United Nations.

Global Erekat: Israeli cabinet meeting in Western Wall tunnels a 'provocation'
Author: 0 Erekat: Israeli cabinet meeting in Western Wall tunnels a 'provocation'

Obama-era ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro suggested on Twitter that either Trump's visit was substance-free - or he "is being uncharacteristically subtle" in planting the seeds for new round of peace negotiations. Trump held talks with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and with Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank . The White House made another unfortunate typo in a live video feed of Trump's visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, by incorrectly spelling the museum "Vad ...

Author: 0 Graham to Trump: Stay in Paris Agreement on Climate Change

President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief. Trump said that he's waiting for the analysis of the steel and aluminum industries that the US Department of Commerce plans to publish in June. The Trump administration is reported to be divided on the issue. "He came here to learn, he came here to get smarter and he came here to hear people's views".

Author: 0 Kushner sought secret back channel with Russian Federation

The revelation is yet another sensational element in the deluge of allegations raising questions about Mr Trump team's relationship with the Russians, who U.S. Boehner was referencing the tax plan now being written by House GOP leaders. Just back from visiting the Middle East and Europe, Trump on Sunday dismissed recent reports as "fake news ".

Global Lib Dems pledge pension tax relief review; commit to triple lock
Author: 0 Lib Dems pledge pension tax relief review; commit to triple lock

Other environmental and sustainability policies announced in the manifesto include a diesel scrappage scheme, and a ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the United Kingdom by 2025. The Lib Dems are hopeful that their pro-EU stance will attract support from the 48 per cent of Britons who backed remaining in the bloc in last year's referendum, although opinion polls suggest the message has not won over many people from the two major parties who opposed Brexit.

Global Iran's Zarif suggests United States 'milking' Saudis of $480 billion
Author: 0 Iran's Zarif suggests United States 'milking' Saudis of $480 billion

As a presidential candidate ― and as a private citizen before that ― Trump had regularly criticized Obama for his decision not to utter the phrase " radical Islamic terrorism ". Amir Hussain, a theological studies professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, said he had come to "expect the worst" in light of Trump's proposed travel ban affecting six predominantly Muslim countries, the real estate mogul's anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric and his oft-cited remark made past year of " I ...

Author: 0 UK PM May's lead narrows after Manchester attack

What interests me more about his twisted logic is why he seemed to find so little to object to in the IRA's terrible bombing in Manchester in 1996, yet was eventually able to object to last Monday's atrocity (he began by describing it as an act of violence, and had to be pressed to admit it was terrorism).

Author: 0 Turkey Summons US Ambassador Over Erodgan 'Melee' in Washington

In a statement , Turkey's Foreign Ministry said us authorities acted " contrary to diplomatic rules and practices " and called for a full investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, on Monday it was revealed that the two US Senators overseeing the US foreign aid budget, Lindsey Graham and Patrick Leahy, had last week warned Turkey's US envoy there could be "potential implications for assistance to Turkey" if the incident were not taken seriously by Ankara .

Author: 0 Kushner ties to Russia questioned as Trump blasts media lies

Kushner has expressed a willingness to testify about his meetings with Russian officials including the ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. Pressed on the matter, Durbin said the entire issue of the back-channel talks should be handled by the special prosecutor, Robert S.

Author: 0 Palestinian security prisoners' hunger-strike ended

She said 18 were being treated in hospitals. It is not yet clear whether other demands by prisoners were addressed under the agreement. Charges range from stone throwing to weapons possession and attacks that killed or wounded Israeli civilians and soldiers.

Author: 0 Trump dismisses 'fabricated' report of son-in-law's outreach to Russian Federation

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) on Saturday said the allegations that Kushner sought to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin are "disturbing" and called on his panel to subpoena all documents related to Kushner's meetings with Russian officials during the transition.

Global Macron explains his tense handshake with Trump
Author: 0 Macron explains his tense handshake with Trump

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron's news-making handshake . Despite all that, Macron managed a commanding victory over Le Pen, who had often been referred to as a sort of "female Trump" - mainly because of her vocal objection to the European Union's more liberal immigration policies.

Global Airstrikes kill 17 in Syria near de-facto IS capital, Raqqa
Author: 0 Airstrikes kill 17 in Syria near de-facto IS capital, Raqqa

The oil-rich province straddles the border with Iraq and is the group's last gate to the outside world. The opposition Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the government and allied troops on Saturday seized al-Ilianiya, an area controlled by Syrian opposition fighters, backed by the USA and western countries, in the desert near the border with Jordan.

Author: 0 S.Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile

Last weekend Sunday North Korea successfully tested a Pukguksong-2 missile , the second such launch of the year. Western powers in the Group of 7 meeting declared in a joint statement that North Korea was a "top priority" on the global agenda on nonproliferation and disarmament, and called on the worldwide community to "redouble its efforts" to ensure the implementation of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Author: 0 Erekat condemns Israel for holding cabinet meeting under Al Aqsa Mosque

When asked about the two-state solution, Trump said he would not rule out any option, saying, in a break from decades-old USA policy, that he was "looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like". The only reason that sudden moves on Jerusalem matter is because they prejudice the final outcome of negotiations over the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Author: 0 Schiff: 'There Ought To Be A Review' Of Kushner's Security Clearance

McMaster's response to reports that Kushner discussed setting up a backchannel to the Kremlin. Russia, a key player in Syria, has backed Syrian president Bashar Assad, often at the expense of civilians during a long civil war. Pressed on the matter, Durbin said the entire issue of the back-channel talks should be handled by the special prosecutor, Robert S. Mueller III, appointed to oversee a federal investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Global N/Korea scares USA, others with new anti-aircraft system
Author: 0 N/Korea scares USA, others with new anti-aircraft system

U.S. military personnel will launch a custom missile meant to simulate an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it will then attempt to shoot down. There are no details yet on what kind of launch North Korea conducted. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guided the test firing of a new anti-aircraft weapon system and ordered its mass production and deployment throughout the country, the state news agency KCNA reported Sunday.

Global Hall of Fame pitcher, ex-Congressman Jim Bunning dies at 85
Author: 0 Hall of Fame pitcher, ex-Congressman Jim Bunning dies at 85

He was the second pitcher, after Cy Young , to win at least 100 games, record at least 1,000 strikeouts and throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues. "A flawless game is a freaky thing", Bunning told WCPO's Greg Noble in 2015, leading up to that summer's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Mr. Bunning pitched for the Tigers from 1955 to 1963, when he was traded to the Phillies.

Global Sabzar Ahmad Bhat's encounter: Curfew in valley, all under control
Author: 0 Sabzar Ahmad Bhat's encounter: Curfew in valley, all under control

Authorities are now bracing for the "March to Tral " called by the separatists on 30 May to offer funeral prayers (Fateha) at the grave of Bhat. "You have seen how hundreds of Kashmiri youth participated in the army recruitment examination on Sunday despite shutdown called by the separatists".

Author: 0 Trump tells confidants USA will quit Paris climate deal

During the two-day conclave, other leaders repeatedly urged Trump to recognise that the U.S. had to show leadership on climate issues being the world's second biggest carbon emitter. His position left his counterparts frustrated, with some warning if the U.S. pulled out of the Paris agreement other countries may want to reduce their commitments too.

Author: 0 Trump leaves G7 undecided on gas accord

Many suspect President Trump-who previously called global warming a hoax, is trying to use the climate change issue as leverage in other debates but his decision left a sour taste with leaders and diplomats who are having to revisit an issue they hoped they had sorted.

Author: 0 Donald Trump hits out at 'fake news' following Jared Kushner reports

The intent was to connect Mr. Trump's chief national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, with Russian military leaders, the source said. Officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed United States sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

Author: 0 Texas 'bathroom bill' fading as legislative session wraps up

The bill allowing guns in parked cars at schools is aimed at teachers and school workers who want to keep their weapons in their vehicles without violating state law. The tax is applied to wages over $200,000 for an individual and over $250,000 for a married couple.The Texas House passed Senate Bill 8, the pro-life legislation that bans the procedure of partial-birth abortions, dismemberment abortion, and prohibits the sale of fetal tissues and organs late last week.

Global No Malaysians involved in East Jakarta bombing: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Author: 0 No Malaysians involved in East Jakarta bombing: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

At least ten people, including civilians and other police officers, have been injured. The suspected bomber in that attack fled into a municipal building and set it alight before he was fatally shot by police. The busy Transjakarta bus rapid transit hub in East Jakarta and the surrounding area descended into chaos after the explosions. Indonesia has suffered a series of mostly low-level attacks by Islamic State sympathizers in the past 17 months.

Global Manchester City set to confirm signing of world's most expensive goalkeeper
Author: 0 Manchester City set to confirm signing of world's most expensive goalkeeper

Various reports have suggested that City are in talks for the Brazilian with the fee ranging from £35 million ( Manchester Evening News ) up to £45 million ( Sky Sports ). Speaking after tonight's Taça de Portugal win, Benfica coach praised Ederson and said, "If Ederson leaves, he leaves with the gratitude of Benfica".

Author: 0 G7 talks on climate mark some progress: French president

Rolled eyeballs were the order of the day among senior European Union aides who couldn't decide whether Trump was badly briefed, incapable of mastering a complex brief or consciously engaging in megaphone diplomacy in order to show he is serious about his America First agenda.

Global Philippine soldiers wounded in hours-long clash with ISIS-linked fighters
Author: 0 Philippine soldiers wounded in hours-long clash with ISIS-linked fighters

Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from almost a week of fighting to at least 85. Army officials said 13 fighters were killed on Thursday by troops backed by rocket-firing helicopters in Marawi city, an important hub for the Islamic faith that now resembles a war zone.

Author: 0 Trump considering a White House staff overhaul

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Sunday on ABC that U.S. officials need to get to the bottom of the allegations against Kushner, including if Kushner was not honest about his Russian Federation contacts during the security clearance process.

Author: 0 Theresa May's election lead halves after 'dementia tax': surveys

The announcement came amid growing criticism of the controversial plans to recoup the cost of social care from people's estates after their death and make pensioners shoulder the burden of increasing care costs. "What we said in the manifesto - to put that "no" in context - is that we have set out this policy, which we are not going to look at again; there will be a green paper covering both social care and health coming out in the summer".

Author: 0 Pakistan violates ceasefire, porter killed

The Army on Saturday said its relentless operations to thwart attempts by Pakistan to stoke terror activities in Kashmir have borne fruit, by eliminating ten terrorists in the last 24 hours. The body of the intruder has been recovered, he said, adding that the identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained. This comes after the Indian army killed six militants on Saturday as it foiled another major infiltration attempt in the Rampur sector of Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

Global Philippines: 'Foreigners' fighting with Isis-linked militants in Marawi
Author: 0 Philippines: 'Foreigners' fighting with Isis-linked militants in Marawi

President Duterte arrived here yesterday for a briefing on the situation in Marawi City following attacks by the Maute group that he said was being aided by foreign terrorists. Nevertheless, Duterte also said on Friday that he was prepared to talk with the group's leaders. If you fight us you will die. "Right now, he is still inside (the city)", Gen.

Global Hate crime surge in wake of Manchester bomb attack
Author: 0 Hate crime surge in wake of Manchester bomb attack

British police say they have made another arrest in connection with the Manchester bombing, bringing the total to 12. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Friday the terror threat level in the United Kingdom will remain "critical" for now. Britain's interior minister says the hunt is still on for suspects in the Manchester bombing, and members of attacker Salman Abedi's network may still be at large.

Author: 0 NSA to Jimmy Carter Zbigniew Brzezinski passes away

He was brilliant, dedicated, and loyal, and remained a close advisor to my work at The Carter Center. In a statement issued on Friday, Carter said his wife "Rosalynn and I are saddened by the death of Zbigniew Brzezinski ". He graduated from Harvard in 1953 with a doctorate in government. Brzezinski "graded" the foreign policies of the three presidents that followed Reagan, telling NPR that he would give George H.W.

Author: 0 Terrorists killed in ongoing operations in Marawi City

The firefight between government troops and the Maute group is heard by residents in Barangay Malutlut, Marawi City. A source who was tapped by the government as a negotiator during the Maute's siege of Butig town in Lanao del Sur past year, said certain parties tried to lobby the military into negotiations but were rejected.

Author: 0 White House shrugs off concerns over Kushner's 'secret line' with Russia

He has told friends that he and his wife, Ivanka Trump , have made no long-term commitment to remain by Trump's side, saying they would review every six months whether to return to private life in NY. US President Donald Trump and his advisers are considering a major shakeup of senior White House staff in an attempt to contain the growing political and legal threat from the escalating Russian Federation controversy.

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