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W.House denies Trump caused 'lapse in national security'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell paused and answered simply "no" when asked if he had concerns about the president's ability to properly handle classified information in wake of the revelations. They added that US intelligence officials are concerned that the disclosure could compromise the source of the information, will lead the partner to stop sharing, and will make other countries reluctant to share intelligence with the U.S. Read More »

Trump sees 'fast' decision over new FBI director

Comey's firing ignited a firestorm in Washington and has prompted speculation over whether Trump's decision hinged on his apparent anger at the FBI's probe into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Read More »

Japanese princess gives up crown for love

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At a hastily arranged press conference after the news was first reported by public broadcaster NHK, agency chief Shinichiro Yamamoto said the agency was planning to make an announcement of their engagement at the "right timing" after taking necessary steps, and that it was regrettable that it was reported before then. Read More »

Erdogan and Trump pledge to strengthen relations

U.S. officials disclosed on May 9 Mr Trump's approval of plans to supply the YPG as it advances toward the so-called Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa in Syria. The Turkish president blames him for an attempted coup previous year. The biggest dispute between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in recent days has been the USA plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants to help them fight IS. Read More »

Trump asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation

On Tuesday, an associate revealed that Comey had written a memo in which he described Trump asking him to shut down an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. When Trump fired Comey, he said he did so based on Comey's very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and how it affected his leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read More »

Netanyahu Denies Asking Trump Not to Move Embassy

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A United States official who is making preparations for President Donald Trump's visit to the Middle East next week rejected a request that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany Trump when he visits the Western Wall saying it is "not your territory". Read More »

South Korea, US agree to hold summit in late June

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Doing so would mean going against the wishes of their key ally country China since the Chinese military doesn't approve of the THAAD's presence in South Korea. Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have ramped up in recent weeks with the Trump administration saying military action was an option under consideration and the North threatening massive retaliation. Read More »

WBA wary of 'extraordinary' fee for Taylor

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Under the Bosman ruling, Leeds will be due compensation for Taylor because he is under the age of 24 and the matter will go to tribunal unless the club he signs for can reach an... "It's a risk that, at this moment, is not worth taking". Pulis has conceded he has no issues with the result and knew after the flurry of goal around the half-hour mark that it was going to be tough for his side, who face Swansea in their last game of the season. Read More »

In jail, 82-year-old Chautala clears Class XII examination

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His son Abhay Chautala said his father had "decided to utilise his jail term more meaningfully". "He was out on parole during that time, but since the examination centre was inside the jail premises, he went back to jail and sat for the exam", Indian Express quoted Abhay Singh Chautala as saying. Read More »

Trump threatens Comey with provocative reference to 'tapes'

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Trump said in a tweet that he followed up in a second missive: "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" The point of greatest sensitivity raised by Trump's decision to fire Comey is its potential connection to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's role in investigating what he described as "the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the ... Read More »

Kurds disappointed by Trump statements after Erdogan meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Turkey to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested on charges of "being part of a terrorist organization" previous year, the White House stated on May 16 following the U.S. Erdogan, meanwhile, also noted a change in Turkey as a result of the new US administration. Trump said it was a "great honor" to host Erdogan. The Syrian civil war shocks the conscience of the whole world. Read More »

TMC wins municipal polls in West Bengal

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Although the GJM managed to retain three civic bodies in the hills, TMC put up a creditable performance, winning in Mirik. In Murshidabad's Domkal, out of 21 seats TMC won 20 seats and Cong-Left alliance won 1 seats. In Kurseong, GJM won 17 wards while TMC bagged the remaining three. BJP bagged two seats while Congress and an independent party won one seat each. Read More »

US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster'

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Asked if North Korea's missile programme was developing faster than the South had expected, he said: "Yes". Moon won an election last week campaigning on a more moderate approach toward the North and said after taking office that he wants to pursue dialogue as well as pressure. Read More »

Led coalition lauds capture of Syrian IS town

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Erdogan's charge on the USA follows this week approval by President Trump to provide the Syrian militia group with additional arms as the group pushes edges on Deach in a move to take the terrorist group's stronghold of Raqqa. The move announced on May 9 has already provoked fury in Turkey, which considers the YPG an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and hence a terrorist group. Read More »

Clapper says Comey firing is a 'victory' for Russian Federation

Clapper also said he talked to Comey after Trump invited him to dinner shortly after he took office, saying Comey "was uneasy with it". Critics have assailed Trump for abruptly dismissing Comey just as the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, and possible Moscow ties to the Trump presidential campaign. Read More »

Return to path of denuclearization: United Nations to North Korea

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President Donald Trump's administration has called for an immediate halt to Pyongyang's provocations and has warned that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over. The Security Council was to meet Tuesday to discuss the launch, diplomats said. The council demanded North Korea halt its tests and said it was ready to impose further sanctions. Read More »

House oversight committee demands Trump-Comey notes; White House denies wrongdoing

Former FBI director James Comey reportedly wrote a memo outlining President Trump's request for him to end the investigation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey was abruptly fired May 9 and learned of the dismissal as he was giving a talk in Los Angeles. While the White House initially cited a Justice Department recommendation and Comey's very public handling of the Clinton email investigation as reasons, those explanations quickly shifted. Read More »

South Korea swoons over new leader's 'handsome squad'

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Haley made the announcement one after the United Nations Security Council demanded that North Korea halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from the United States on whether Seoul should pay for an anti-missile USA radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul. Read More »

White House pushes back against leak allegations to Russian Federation

The White House has been two-stepping with the truth. NPR's Scott Horsley joins us now from the White House. The president "wasn't aware of where this came from". A USA president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, but U.S. and allied officials said that by giving information to Russia, Trump had endangered cooperation from an ally that has intelligence on Islamic State. Read More »

North Korea missile tests: U.S. warns against supporting Pyongyang

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Haley said the global community wants to be able to support North Korea, but as long as it continues trying to grow its nuclear program with missile tests, North Korea would remain an "island". The minister added that Seoul could carry out an preemptive strike on North Korea if there were clear signs the North was ready to attack the country. Read More »

Israel was source for some of information shared with the Russians

They also said Israel asked the U.S.to be careful with the same intelligence. Some Democratic lawmakers and former intelligence officials warned that, depending on what exactly Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the lives of those gathering the intel provided by Israel to the USA may now be at risk. Read More »

EU, US to meet Wednesday over in-flight laptop ban

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A ban would affect major European airlines, including British Airways and Virgin, and would probably also extend to USA carriers. At that time, the U.S. Large baggage destined for the hold is also typically more heavily screened than passenger baggage. But U.S. and European officials are concerned terrorists are working to develop better techniques, he added. Read More »