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Jakarta Governor Sentenced to Jail for Insulting Islam


He was "found to have legitimately and convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy, and because of that we have imposed two years of imprisonment", head judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto told the court . Purnama, a Christian and member of the country's ethnic Chinese minority, is somewhat of an unusual case in the country in that he is the first non-Muslim leader of Indonesia's sprawling capital, Jakarta , in over 50 years. Read More »

Bill Maher Blames Bill Clinton for FBI Director Comey Firing


Never mind that these same Democrats, just a few days ago, were calling for Comey's ouster because he had obviously cost Hillary Clinton the election. regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey". McCabe also testified FBI agents had "broad support" for Comey and that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election will continue despite his firing. Read More »

In angry letter, Page discloses 'brief interactions' with Russian official


This latest move to investigate Russia's interference in the USA election comes as former national security adviser Michael Flynn was "warned" about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Stone said he has had no communications with Russian officials other than previously disclosed communications with Guccifer 2 .0, the online persona that officials believe was actually Russian intelligence officers. Read More »

Kapil Mishra's mother takes on 'corrupt' Kejriwal


AAP insisted that Ankit Bhardwaj, the man was in police custody, was a office-bearer of the BJP's youth wing. "Even before the police could take him away, (AAP leader) Sanjay Singh made a statement declaring him to be a BJP worker". Bhardwaj, a resident of Moti Bagh, had allegedly attacked Mishra and tried to grab his neck. Police haven't confirmed his involvement with any organisation or party although Mishra's supporters claimed him to be an AAP member. Read More »

Sally Yates testifies about Michael Flynn as Trump calls probes a 'charade'

Besides, Spicer said , "If President Obama was truly concerned about General Flynn, why didn't he suspend General Flynn's security clearance, which they had just approved months earlier?" Yates told lawmakers she first called White House Counsel Don McGahn to express concerns about Flynn on January 25, then went to the White House on January 26 and 27 to give him a detailed account - 18 days before Flynn was asked to resign from his post. Read More »

Trump cries censorship after major networks refuse to run campaign ad


Trump for President, which paid for the ad, denounced the move as "an unprecedented act of censorship in America that should concern every freedom-loving citizen". "Consistent with our policies, we have agreed to accept the ad if the inaccurate graphic - which refers to journalists as " fake news " - is corrected", said an NBCUniversal spokesperson. Read More »

Trump has historic opportunity to solve Israel-Palestine conflict: Hamas

President Trump hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the White House on Wednesday, and promised to do " whatever is necessary " to help reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. President Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House and talked about his hopes for peace between Palestine and Israel. Read More »

France's Macron to unveil list of candidates for new party

The losers of the presidential election are aiming to capitalise on a general lack of enthusiasm for the pro- business Macron - whom many voters backed exclusively to bar Le Pen - to bounce back in the parliamentary vote. On past form in French politics, this leaves an incumbent president unable to exert control over economic policy. Mr Macron's campaign members Christophe Castaner and Benjamin Griveaux said Mr Valls is welcome but would have to go through the regular application process. Read More »

Islamic State mounts fierce resistance on new Mosul front

Iraq's military intelligence on Monday said "the terrorist Jassim al-Basri, known as Abu Mohamed, was killed in an airstrike by the worldwide coalition". The militants are now besieged in the northwestern corner of Mosul which includes the historic Old City, the medieval Grand al-Nuri Mosque and its landmark leaning minaret where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a "caliphate" spanning swathes of Syria and Iraq in June 2014. Read More »

North Korea Sends Angry Letter to Congress Protesting 'Heinous' Sanctions

Condemnation of sanctions and USA actions is not uncommon by North Korea, yet this formal approach is not common. At the same time, however, a senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official flew to Oslo, Norway, this week to meet with former USA officials and scholars in what is known as "track 2" talks on a range of nuclear, security and bilateral issues. Read More »

Conservative Andy Street wins West Midlands mayoralty


And despite receiving fewer votes in the second round, Andy Street had enough overall support to be declared the victor. The contest was nearly as close as it could be: After first preference votes were cast, Street had a narrow edge of around 6,000 votes. Read More »

North Korea to extradite plot to kill culprits


United States and South Korean intelligence officials dismissed the accusations. North Korea first made allegations about the assassination plot last week, and said the heinous crime had been "recently uncovered and smashed". Aside from humanitarian aid, North Korea should not get something for nothing", they said. The statement said the organizers infiltrated a "terrorist" into the country who had satellite communications equipment. Read More »

'Witness Intimidation': Trump May Have Crossed Legal Lines With Comey Tweet

Michael Beschloss, a leading presidential historian, said on Twitter : "Presidents are supposed to have stopped routinely taping visitors without their knowledge when Nixon's taping system was revealed in 1973". On Thursday Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations. "He's simply stated a fact", Spicer said. "I would find that very inconsistent with what I know of Jim Comey ", Clapper told MSNBC, adding it would have been "out of character for him to ask to ... Read More »

Northern Ireland's secret peacemaker dies aged 80


He said: "In a world of violence, conflict and threats of war we need more people like Brendan Duddy who work for peace and the common good". Among those to pay tribute were SDLP Foyle Westminster candidate Mark Durkan . Meanwhile, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin has joined those praising the late Mr. Duddy for his role in the peace process. Read More »

'All clear' sounds in German city after WWII bombs defused


Some 50,000 people were evacuated from their homes after three WW2 bombs were discovered on a building site in Germany. The buildings being evacuated include seven care homes, a clinic, and a Continental tyre plant. Trains are being diverted away from the area as an additional safety measure. According to the BBC Online, the largest evacuation due to unexploded bombs since the war happened on previous year on Christmas Day, in Augsburg when 54,000 citizens had to be shifted to ... Read More »

Walker Pans Increase in Gas Taxes for Wisconsin


Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn't support Assembly Republicans' proposal to cut the gas tax but apply the sales tax to fuel, saying it will result in drivers paying millions of dollars more for gas. - allowing individuals over age 70 to exclude from taxable income up to $100,000 distributed from a traditional (pre-tax) IRA directly to a charitable organization. Read More »

Abortion foes cheer series of advances, as opponents protest


For almost a quarter of a century, ALL has been at the forefront of the battle to strip the nation's biggest abortion-provider of federal funding. Planned Parenthood's OR health centers provide almost 9,000 breast exams and almost 8,000 Pap tests every year, and are critical for early detection and ensuring that patients are connected to any follow-up care they need right away. Read More »

On final day of Missouri legislative session, lawmakers are cramming


State Rep. Craig Redmon, R-Canton, said he thought "Greitens did a good job" in his first foray into elected office. Travelers could drink alcohol at flight gates at St. Another provision in that same bill would ramp up penalties for involuntary manslaughter, stalking, property damage and trespassing if the victim was intentionally targeted as a police officer or for being related to a law enforcement officer. Read More »

Comey declines Senate invite to testify in closed session

The president told Lester Holt on Thursday that he had planned to fire Comey all along, regardless of what top Justice Department officials had to say about the decision. "We had a very nice dinner and at that time he told me you are not under investigation", said Trump. Former and current Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have stood by Comey , even as the White House has scrambled to back up the president's shifting account of the firing. Read More »

Polling Group: Evidence That Comey's Letter Hurt Hillary Is 'Mixed At Best'

Patrick Leahy said Comey went public just before the election to talk about reopening the Clinton email case, but did not reveal the investigation into the Trump campaign. Noting that she takes the North Korean threat very seriously, Clinton said she does not believe that the USA alone is able to really put the pressure on this North Korea regime that needs to be placed. Read More »

Trump pushes back against ban on state medical marijuana interference


Unfortunately for him, Congress just doused his chances. Along with signing the most recent federal funding bill (the one that always brings the threat of a government shut down if it isn't passed), Trump signed an amendment to the bill Friday that stops the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from using federal funds to arrest people simply for working at a medical marijuana dispensary in a state where it's legal. Read More »

Putin says ready to play 'constructive role' on N Korea

At the same time, however, the North mobilized its propaganda media to reveal its intention to improve inter-Korean ties while also making demands. The position of the Ministry's North American Affairs Bureau has been that a summit with the USA should be held as soon as possible after the new South Korean president is inaugurated. Read More »

May to vow end of European Union free movement into UK


The opening salvos from the party leaders came as it emerged that while the Prime Minister is refusing to appear in head-to-head TV debates with her rivals , she may agree to other formats. Khan said, "I will be fighting hard for every Labour vote over the coming weeks - a Labour government is in the best interests of all Londoners and the whole country". Read More »

European Union endorses guidelines for Brexit


The 27 EU leaders unanimously agreed on Saturday the guidelines issued in March by European Council President Donald Tusk. The EU leaders will also discuss for the first time the spoils of Brexit - the relocation of EU medical and banking agencies that are now based in London. Read More »