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Acting FBI Chief Won't Confirm Comey Told Trump He Wasn't Under Investigation

President Donald Trump says he would have fired Comey regardless. Numerous officials raised alarm bells over the timing, The Washington Post reports , which was a day after Trump fired James Comey, who as FBI director was in charge of the bureau's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to meddle in last year's United States election. Read More »

Trump Says He Wants to Pick New FBI Director Quickly

Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense", the Times reported. On Thursday, the New York Times published an account of a dinner, sourced to two Comey associates, that differed from the president's account. Mr Trump has dismissed the FBI investigation as a "charade" and has said Democrats are using "fake news" about collusion with the Russians as an excuse for losing the ... Read More »

North Korea Open To US Talks Under Right Conditions

His comments came following months of rising tensions between the USA and the state over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programme. It said on Tuesday that North Korea would send a delegation to the summit but gave no other details. Read More »

South Korea military: North Korea launches suspected missile

The missile was sacked from Kusong region, north-west of the capital, Pyongyang, the Yonhap news agency reported . There are reports it was in the air for 30 minutes. In a show of force at a time of rising tensions with the US, North Korea has showcased its new missile arsenal to the world. Yonhap news agency reported the projectile launched appeared to be a ballistic missile. Read More »

Base rate held as policymakers rein in growth forecast

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The steady outlook for growth contrasts with a sharp slowdown in the official measure of growth seen at the start of this year, when the economy expanded just 0.3 per cent on the quarter - less than half its rate at the end of last year. "The key takeaway is that the Bank of England is still very much in wait-and-see mode". Inflation in March was at 2.3%, according to the Office for National Statistics, above the bank's target of 2%. Read More »

Sharif leaves for Beijing to attend Belt & Road summit

The B&R initiative aims to connect China to Eurasia through a maze of road, rail and port projects. "A number of agreements/ MoUs related to CPEC projects are also expected to be signed on the occasion", the statement said. Even countries not situated on the Silk Road - old or new - have been welcome to join the initiative. Duterte recently unveiled his plan to build P8.4 trillion in new roads, railways and bridges. Read More »

Turkey plays key role in Belt and Road Initiative: Erdogan

It has attracted broad participation of some 1,500 officials, scholars, entrepreneurs and people from financial institutions and media from more than 130 countries, principals and representatives from over 70 worldwide organizations. Nepal had agreed, in principle, to become part of the initiative in 2014. The CPEC is expected to take the centre stage at the forum which is being covered by over 4,000 local and foreign media. Read More »

Trump threatens to cancel press briefings for 'sake of accuracy'

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Spicer said earlier Friday that he occasionally struggles to huddle with Trump during the president's "very robust schedule". Spicer was back to answering questions Friday about Comey's firing. Or when press secretary Sean Spicer inaccurately described the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration. "Not a White House document", he said in the briefing room. Read More »

IPL 2017: DD vs RPS - Turning Point - Ben Stokes Dismissal

On the other hand, Delhi had put on a phenomenal performance in their last encounter against Gujarat Lions to win the match by two wickets. For Pune, a defeat will be risky if Sunrisers win their game against Gujarat Lions on Saturday and clinch their play-off place with 17 points. Read More »

North Korea would talk with Trump administration under 'right conditions'

Head of the Foreign Ministry's North America Bureau, Choe Son-Hui, told reporters at Beijing International Airport that her country "will hold dialogue under right conditions" with President Donald Trump's administration. She also said "We'll see" when asked about whether North Korea would be prepared to talk with the new government in South Korea, of President Moon Jae-in. Read More »

Trump Says New FBI Director Could Be Named Next Week

But this appeared to undermine earlier comments from administration officials that Mr Comey had been fired on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein. "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" he tweeted early Friday morning. Read More »

Sri Lanka gets PM Modi's assurance amidst Chinese concerns

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Earlier, Modi, who is here on a two-day trip, went around the Sri Dalada Maligawa temple, an architectural wonder housing shared religious heritage. Modi, while addressing thousands of Tamils at a rally in the presence of Lankan President Maithripala Srisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, also invoked "chai pe charcha", saying it was not just a slogan but a "mark of deep respect for the dignity and integrity of honest labour". Read More »

India will not take part in OBOR conference

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In a strongly-worded statement issued hours before the opening of the forum in the Chinese capital, India said the connectivity intiative must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Xi Jinping will host leaders from 29 nations in Beijing for a two-day forum on his signature foreign policy programme, a revival of the Silk Road dubbed the One Belt, One Road Initiative. Read More »

In global appeal, North Korea urges states not to enforce UN sanctions

Trump added he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programmes and that he would be "honoured" to meet the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, under the right conditions. "Although Trump has said recently that he isn't averse to talks [with North Korea], he has also said in the past that he is keeping all cards on the table and has threatened to take military action", Nillson-Wright said. Read More »

North Korea Open to US Talks Under Certain 'Conditions'

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Choe's comments come after South Korea this week chose its new President Moon Jae-in, who favors a two-track approach on sanctions and talks with the North. academics and former USA officials, including Thomas Pickering, former USA envoy to the United Nations, and Robert Einhorn, the State Department's former special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control. Read More »

Senate Intelligence Committee Subpoenas Michael Flynn in Russia Probe

Flynn was sacked for misleading vice president Mike Pence about the nature of his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who was among the Russian diplomats who met today with Trump at the White House. Other congressional committees and the Pentagon's inspector general are also separately examining whether Flynn was fully forthcoming about his foreign contacts and earnings from organizations linked to the governments of Russian Federation and Turkey. Read More »

Trump Warns Comey About Leaking To Media, Suggests Possible 'Tapes'

The tweets came a day after Trump told NBC anchor Lester Holt that he would have fired Comey regardless of the recommendation of top Department of Justice officials. "I strongly believe the Russian Federation investigation is adequately resourced", McCabe told the lawmakers. Mr Trump said he had asked Mr Comey once over dinner and twice by telephone. Read More »

Trump's Warning to Comey Could Chill White House Conversations

Trump said in one of a string of Twitter messages. His veiled threat was likely to add to the storm roiling Washington over Trump's abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday. "I think we ought to get to the bottom line here: President Trump is risky", Durbin told MSNBC, the cable news channel. "He's risky because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. Read More »

Moon, Turnbull agree to jointly fight trade protectionism

Some analysts pointed out that Moon's election raises questions about whether the USA is really satisfied with the election results, given that Seoul may now be looking to strengthen its ties with China, Russia, Japan, and even learn how to say "no" to Washington. Read More »

Statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis comes down in New Orleans

The figure of Jefferson Davis is removed from its base as a police officer stands watch over demonstrators both for and against the removal of confederate era statues in New Orleans, Thursday, May 11, 2017 . Reese denied the injunction, which would have stopped the removal of the monument until it was determined who owned the monument. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Clemson University history professor Vernon Burton about why Civil War monuments that honor the Confederacy ... Read More »

SK envoys to hold talks in China

Xi congratulated Moon on his election and the leaders agreed to exchange special envoys as soon as possible, Yoon said . Moreover, although Trump has used some tough rhetoric when it comes to North Korea and its leader, the USA government has wavered multiple times on the matter. Read More »

Does Trump Record His Conversations? The White House Won't Say

Apparently angered by criticism of the different accounts of the sacking, Mr Trump used another of his tweets on Friday to say: "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" "[Trump] is out of control", the former official continued, adding that what the president has done "goes against core American values". Read More »

Ebola outbreak declared after three die in DRC

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The Alliance For International Medical Action said in a statement one of its teams was on its way to Likati with protective gear and medicine to treat "suspected and confirmed cases". Pharmaceutical giant Merck is developing the vaccine and work is ongoing to get it licensed. The DRC also benefits from the Ebola expertise that its doctors and researchers have built up over the years. Read More »

Pakistan fully supports China's OBOR initiative: PM

Meanwhile, Nepal is the last country in the South Asian region to sign into OBOR with the exception of Bhutan, but it has no diplomatic ties with China. Duterte has carried out a U-turn in the Philippines' foreign policy since assuming office previous year, making overtures toward China while berating Manila's traditional ally, the United States. Read More »