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US President Donald Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russian Federation

During the presidential campaign Trump repeatedly assailed his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for her handling of classified information by email while she was secretary of state. These are both very carefully worded statements that leave open the possibility that classified information was disclosed other than sources and methods or that classified information was disclosed which might be used as a basis to infer sources and methods not directly disclosed. Read More »

Kurdish-led forces advance on ISIS-held Raqqa, say activists

As evidence, it points to USA weapons seized from the PKK - saying they were funneled from the YPG - and the fact that the United States has been unable to dislodge Kurdish fighters from controlling Arab parts of northern Syria that they have seized, with US assistance under Obama, along the Turkish border. Read More »

Mutinous soldiers in Ivory Coast refuse to disarm, surrender - spokesman

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Disgruntled soldiers cut off access to Ivory Coast's second largest city, Bouake , and gunfire rattled in other towns yesterday as protests over a pay dispute extended into a second day despite government warnings of harsh punishment. A spokesman for the mutiny, Sergeant Seydou Kone, said: "We met with the soldiers in Tiebissou and they asked us to lay down our arms and surrender". Read More »

Fla.'s Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Up in 1Q 2017

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Because of seasonal price declines and higher household income, California's housing affordability increased, according to the California Association of Realtors' (CAR) Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI). The association said that would require monthly payments of $1,640 and minimum qualifying income of $65,700. Thirty-two percent of Golden State households could afford that. Read More »

Battle over belugas heats up at Vancouver Aquarium

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If the amendments get approved on Monday night they will go into effect immediately. "I think they'll probably pass it", said John Nightingale, CEO of the aquarium. "It's a great facility, but not where we can do long-term care", said Dr. Martin Haulena, head veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium, referring to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, which is not on Park Board land. Read More »

Senate moderates hold bipartisan health care talks

To that end, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell formed a 13-man working group to begin work on a new bill from the Senate side of Capitol Hill. Foster collaborative development, testing, and expansion of models that promote and reward value, team-based care, and shared decision making through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and other entities. Read More »

Mexico: Man who stabbed priest during mass arrested

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He said never in history had a priest been attacked inside the cathedral. "The accused, who called himself John Rock Schild, referred himself before the ministerial authority as an American artist and that he would use his right to remain silent", the PGR said in a statement. Read More »

North Korea celebrates longest-range ballistic missile test

Leader Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the test on Sunday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said , and pictures by state media showed him gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch . North Korea says the missile can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. South Korea and Japan do not only fear that the USA will fail to come to the defense of its regional allies in the event of war, but they are simultaneously afraid that the Trump White House might recklessly instigate such ... Read More »

EVM row: AAP workers protest outside EC office

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During his more than 40-minute live presentation, Saurabha Bhardwaj, an engineer with worldwide expereince, entered votes in the EVM and then demonstrated how votes cast for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) went to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Read More »

Trump talk with Russians 'wholly appropriate,' adviser says

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McMaster is standing by his statement denying a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials. Anderson said. "That's really the big story in all of this". The White House dismissed the report Monday night, issuing several statements before sending McMaster before White House reporters. Read More »

Doors always open for India to join Belt and Road: China

The two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be started on Sunday will include opening ceremony, leaders roundtable and high-level meetings, according to the information released by a press conference co-held by National Development and Reform Commission and other departments. Read More »

United Nations condemns North Korea missile test

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The Rodong Sinmun daily called the new missile "Hwasong-12" and claimed it is "capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead" to the USA mainland. The missile had reportedly covered a distance of 700 kilometers, with its altitude reported by some media outlets to be as high as 2,000 meters, before descending into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korean and Japanese militaries' estimates. Read More »

Daesh Killed In Air Force Operation In Nangarhar

Hasib was killed in an operation April 27 in eastern Nangarhar province, along the border with Pakistan, according to the statement by Ghani's office. "Dozens of Daesh fighters have been killed in eastern Afghanistan, but it did not bring positive change". In mid-April the US dropped the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat, colloquially dubbed the "mother of all bombs", against an ISIS-K tunnel complex. Read More »

Moon, Trump plan June summit

The agreement came at a meeting between South Korean officials and US National Security Council (NSC) officials, Yonhap News Agency reported. Yoon said Washington and Seoul had agreed to the summit as an opportunity for the two Presidents to build a "personal bond and friendship". Read More »

Donald Trump speaks with new South Korean president Moon Jae

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Moon said he hopes to meet Xi at an early date and Xi formally invited Moon to visit Beijing, it said. "There is a need for review on the issue", said an official at South Korea's unification ministry. Moon also received similar congratulatory calls from Japanese and Indian leaders on Thursday. May 12 South Korea has accepted a last-minute invitation from China to a conference on a new Silk Road, days after a new president took office on Seoul pledging to engage in discussions with Beijing ... Read More »

Sheriff: 4-year-old fatally shoots himself at Virginia day care

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Just before 1:00 Monday afternoon, deputies got the call that a child had gotten a gun and shot himself. The sheriff's office says an autopsy is being conducted and further details won't be released until its investigation is complete. The Stafford Sheriff's Office said the recruit began working with the department last December and shortly thereafter entered the regional academy. Read More »

Schumer Demands Making Trump-Russian Diplomats Transcripts Available to Congress

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That information reportedly involved longstanding Islamic State group plans to bring down a civilian aircraft using a bomb concealed inside a laptop. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson disputed the report . His tweets came minutes after a spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry described the reports in a post on Facebook as "yet another fake". Read More »

Trump defends sharing 'terrorism' intel with Russian officials

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He cast some of Trump's revelations as information that was available from publicly available "open-source reporting" and added that the president did not know the precise source of the intelligence he had shared, suggesting that Trump could not have compromised confidential sources. Read More »

EIB confirms support for Belt and Road initiative

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China on Tuesday said it was up to India to join the Belt and Road project, but the doors for New Delhi "will always remain open". "If they have the answer they can give me the answer in public and private". "Over the past four years since we proposed the BRI, we have always held the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits". Read More »

Iranian Vice President pulls out of election

Raisi, a former prosecutor-general and close ally of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called for a more assertive approach to the West and a focus on building a self-sufficient "resistance economy". Khamenei, Iran's final arbiter on all matters of state, intervened last week as the campaigns became more confrontational, calling on candidates to avoid "immoral" outbursts that could damage the nation. Read More »