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Comey declines to testify before Senate committee

Trump said in his brief statement about firing Comey on Tuesday that the FBI chief had told him three times that he was not under investigation in the Russian Federation probe. Trump said an agreement struck with China will allow the U.S.to sell its beef and other major products to that country once again. Many suspected that Mr Comey would be able to disclose more information as a private citizen than as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read More »

Palestinian hunger strike leader says 'snacking video' fake

Hunger strikers have issued a list of demands including better medical services, family visits and more dignified detention conditions. "Barghouti, if you are going to break your (hunger) strike, isn't pizza the better choice?" a screenshot of the post said , with a pizza box seemingly photoshopped into the picture. Read More »

Trump to Implement Commission on "Election Integrity"

The officials say Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be announced as Chair and Vice Chair of the "Presidential Commission on Election Integrity" in a press release today. The commission, which will have as many as 15 members, will provide a report on voter irregularities by next year. New Hampshire officials have said there was no evidence of major voter fraud. Read More »

After S. Korean Leader Eyes North Trip, Trump Offers US Invite

Abe and Moon also agreed on the importance of meeting directly as soon as possible, as well as holding a summit involving Japan, China and South Korea. The impeachment and ouster of Park Geun-hye left a vacuum in South Korea's leadership at a time when tensions on the peninsula rose to the highest in years. Read More »

United States firms 'ready' to get on China's Silk Road project

OBOR, Chinese President Xi Jinping's dream project, envisages connecting Asia, Europe, and Africa by a network of roads, railway tracks, and shipping lanes. Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said Canberra was receptive to exploring commercial opportunities China's new Silk Road presented, but any decisions would remain incumbent on national interest. Read More »

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives on four-day India visit

In a diplomatic outreach to the Arab world ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel in early July, India will host Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, who is arriving here on Sunday on a four-day State Visit. The visit will provide an opportunity for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process, and regional and global issues, external affairs ministry said. Read More »

Grassley Says Next FBI Director Must be Independent of Trump

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Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., now the leader of the upper chamber's Democrats, said previous year. Aides later said the president had been considering firing Comey for months, and Trump said he would have made the decision regardless of the Justice Department recommendation. Read More »

Austria's chancellor says he expects early election in fall

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Deep rifts have plagued the "grand coalition" between the OeVP and the SPOe led by Chancellor Christian Kern, spurring speculation that the unhappy union would dissolve long before the next scheduled election in autumn 2018. The move also carries echoes of new French President Emmanuel Macron's novice-heavy list of parliamentary candidates. Austria's chancellor says he expects an early election this fall as his coalition partner mulls its future leadership. Read More »

Trump says next gen leaders among Liberty grads

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Trump is the second sitting president to deliver a commencement address at Liberty University, following George H.W. Bush in 1990. Donald Trump delivered his first commencement speech as president Saturday morning at Liberty University. Read More »

Comey attends musical, marking 1st post-firing public outing

Comey told the cast that their daughter had seen FUN HOME in Chicago and she told them "they had to see it". In the spirit of forgiveness and with the recognition that all this electoral losing addles the idle mind, I urge that we forgive the dissembling and wish Clinton well. Read More »

Putin sits down at piano in China, plays Soviet songs

The Russian ruler, 64, was waiting to be seen by China's President Xi Jinping at a state guesthouse during a recent visit, when he chose to try his hands at playing two Soviet-era tunes for waiting reporters. The Russian leader has numerously demonstrated to the public his ability to play the piano. Putin's unexpected piano recital certainly isn't the first time he's publicized his skills and hobbies outside the Kremlin. Read More »

China reopens its border to U.S. beef

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The United States and China also agreed to open up U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas to China , which could be a boon for both countries. "The U.S. China's Ministry of Commerce and National Development and Reform Commission had already proposed draft regulations in December that would have opened up that market. Read More »

Owaisi slams Bombay HC ruling in Bilkis bano case

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Earlier this week, the High Court also set aside acquittal of five persons, including doctors and policemen, and convicted them for tampering of evidence in the case. A pregnant Bilkis was gang-raped before being murdered. 'No fresh trials will be carried out and the seven convicted can appeal to the Supreme Court of India'. Read More »

USA soldier death in Somalia is first there since 1993

In 1993, during the last major deployment of USA troops in Somalia, 18 United States soldiers were killed in the capital Mogadishu in fighting against warlords and their clan militias. There are now 50 American special forces members working in Somalia as part of the African Union mission. "We do not believe there has been a case where a U.S. Read More »

Macron vows to heal a divided France

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Mr Macron had been Mr Hollande's top economy adviser from 2012 to 2014, then became his economy minister until past year, when he made a decision to quit the Socialist government and launch his independent presidential bid. "The world needs what the French have always taught". "Pence has prided himself on being a truth-teller", the Poststory notes, a hard reputation to maintain when the president publicly repudiates his remarks. Read More »

Pope Francis makes two shepherd children saints

Pope Francis stood for several minutes in front of the tombs with his eyes closed and head bowed. He will make two of them saints at a Mass on Saturday. The pontiff will canonize on Saturday two poor, illite. "That is why I stayed all night since yesterday in the shrine", dos Santos told CNS , "to be close to the altar and convey through this banner the cry of my people". Read More »

Trump calls for tougher sanctions on North Korea

While Pyongyang regularly tests shorter-range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the USA mainland. the president can not imagine that Russia is pleased", the White House said, adding that North Korea "has been a flagrant menace for far too long". The North's Scud missiles with ranges of 300-500 km aim to strike South Korean targets, while its Rodong missiles with ranges of some 1,300 km can strike Japan. Read More »

North Korea blights China's One Belt, One Road party with missile launch

Attending the forum, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who is expected to discuss North Korea with other leaders of the G7 industrialised nations in Sicily later in May, said the global response needed to be diplomatic but firm. Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be of a new type. However, the official added that they felt North Korea "had an expectation" of starting dialogue with the new South Korean administration. Read More »

China pledges $124bn to Silk Road initiative

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Putin also called for scientific cooperation and to "set up global laboratories" which can contribute to regional development. He also said that efforts were being made to bridge the gap between economic growth and social development through a focus on education, gender mainstreaming and health. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron sworn in as France's new president

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French republican guards arrive at the Elysee Palace prior to the handover ceremony for New French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris , France, Sunday. But he was outgoing president Francois Hollande's economic adviser for more than two years and is deeply familiar with inner workings of the administration. Read More »

Death Toll Rises to 36 as Protests In Venezuela Show No…

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In Caracas , marchers sang the national anthem and shouted "We want elections!" "Do you know how many dead there are?" They were halted at various points by lines of policewomen and National Guard troops with armored cars. Borges, who founded the right-wing Justice First Party and now leads the opposition MUD coalition in Venezuela , has described Trump as a leader who understands that Venezuela's meltdown is sparking instability far beyond its borders during an interview with the US-based ... Read More »