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President Obama said to have warned Trump about Michael Flynn

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President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security adviser during an Oval Office meeting in the days after the 2016 election, according to three former Obama administration officials. Mr Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer said in response that if Mr Obama "was seriously concerned" about Mr Flynn's connections to Russian Federation or other foreign countries, he should have withheld Mr Flynn's security clearance. Read More »

Centre opposes triple talaq in SC, next hearing on May 15

Khurshid, arguing for himself, submitted that triple talaq is sinful and is discouraged. The SC then sought to know if triple talaq is India specific, then what led to its repeal in other countries. The five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court which will begin day-to-day hearing on petitions challenging the legal validity of Muslim practices like " triple talaq ", " nikah halala " and polygamy from Thursday has a unique feature. Read More »

Trump approval rating hits new low in poll

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President Trump's approval ratings have fallen yet again, while the number of American voters supporting his impeachment is on the rise, a pair of new polls show. But as the months have ticked on since President Donald Trump's inauguration, he's been slowly losing support for his handling of the economy, with his approval rating now only tenuously above water. Read More »

Boost for Rouhani's hardline opponent in Iranian election

Yes and no. Iran's president and parliament are democratically-elected, but the country's highest authority is the Supreme Leader, who is appointed for life and has the final say on all matter of foreign and domestic policy. Mr Raisi, is now the head of the powerful Imam Reza shrine and charitable foundation in the holy city of Mashhad and, in addition to attracting support from traditional conservatives, is seen as the favoured candidate of the security establishment. Read More »

North Korea's Missile Program Is Progressing Faster Than Expected: South Korea

The statement also condemned an earlier ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang on April 28 - following that launch, Washington began talks with China on possible new United Nations sanctions. North Korea made a global appeal in a letter released on Friday for states to reconsider enforcing U.N. sanctions on the Asian nation. The Trump administration has made stopping the development of a North Korean ICBM a top priority, and stressed the US would consider military action to take out launching ... Read More »

Trump says Comey 'better hope there are no tapes' of their conversations

Trump threatens fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director with mention of "tapes " The controversy over U.S. President Donald Trump's firing of his Federal Bureau of Investigation director continues to consume Washington, D.C. President's own making. Trump's administration - embroiled in a deepening crisis over the sacking and its shifting explanation of events - will interview the first four candidates for the post on Saturday, US media reported. Read More »

Kansai Electric restarts No. 4 N-reactor at Takahama plant

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In late January 2015, 29 residents of Shiga prefecture - part of which lies within 30 kilometres of the Takahama plant - filed a petition with the Otsu District Court for a temporary injunction against operation of Takahama 3 and 4. The other three are the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture and the No. 3 reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture. Read More »

Donald Trump, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan face crisis in first meeting

Complicating that effort, however, was an announcement by the Trump administration that it plans to arm Kurdish Syrian fighters in the fight against the Islamic State group. Shortly after Erdogan arrived in Washington, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told his party members that US cooperation with Syrian Kurds "is not something acceptable" for Turkey. Read More »

France's Macron lays groundwork for transition to presidency

Read Also: Theresa May talks Brexit with Emmanuel Macron Party grandees in the conservative The Republicans party, whose candidate Francois Fillon also crashed out in the first round, were scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening. The election is particularly important because it will likely determine who becomes Macron's prime minister, an individual who nearly always comes from the party that controls the chamber. Read More »

Spicer: Trump's threatening Comey tweet was 'not a threat'

These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton a year ago. Read More »

The Mormon church is pulling older teens from Boy Scouts' programs

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Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said no leaders of the church would discuss the decision with a reporter. Saying it wants a new, simplified program of its own that is more closely tailored to Mormon teenagers, the church announced that boys ages 14 to 18 will no longer participate in the Boy Scouts starting next year. Read More »

Kashmir: Security cordon in Shopian district has been lifted

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The security forces were compelled to use tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Operations in south Kashmir have been intensified in the wake of videos of large groups of militants - in some cases as many as 30 - surfacing on social media, despite ban imposed by authorities on 22 such sites and applications. Read More »

Merkel's Christian Democrats beat rivals in German state election

They gave the Greens — the junior coalition partners in the outgoing state government, only 6 percent. The Green party, now the junior coalition partner to the SPD, took a massive hit, dropping down to 6.4 percent. Schulz is hoping that his push for "social justice" will resonate in North Rhine-Westphalia, which has lagged behind western Germany economically. And the nationalist Alternative for Germany, or AfD, hopes to enter its 13th state legislature - though its popularity appears to ... Read More »

Trump asked Federal Bureau of Investigation to 'shut down' Russian Federation probe

The White House has disputed a report that President Donald Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn. "These latest reports further underscore the need for us to get a better understanding of the events that led to Michael Flynn's removal". News confirmed the existence of the memo as well as its contents soon after the Times published its report, as did CNN and the Associated Press. Read More »

International Court of Justice stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's hanging

There are media reports that Indian media and government officials claimed that ICJ granted a stay on Jhadav's execution, but no such statement was issued by the ICJ. Terming the death sentence and the process adopted by Pakistan as a "contravention of worldwide law", Baglay said that India got "no response" from Pakistan on getting the documents of the case and the charge sheet. Read More »

Former top US justice official to testify on Flynn-Russia links

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The hearing was led by South Carolina's Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. She was joined in the meeting by a senior career official in the Justice Department. James Clapper, director of national intelligence under Obama, also testified Monday. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any meddling in the election and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation. Read More »

Mattis 'not worried' about Trump sharing intel

The Washington Post first reported Trump's disclosure. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 . She made the remarks after a two-day Washington visit where she met numerous lawmakers and administration officials - one of them being the newly sworn in USA trade czar, Robert Lighthizer, who will play a role in the renegotiation of NAFTA. Read More »

Kaspersky Lab Registers Sixfold Decline in WannaCry Ransomware Cyberattacks

Europol's Wainwright said few banks in Europe had been affected, having learned through the "painful experience of being the number one target of cyber crime" the value of having the latest cyber security in place. National Security Agency, exposing a vulnerability to Microsoft's operating systems. Microsoft released a security patch for the vulnerabilities in March. Read More »

White House refuses to rule out Trump Oval Office recordings

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Trump's tweet about Comey was likely a reaction to a New York Times report, published Thursday night, detailing a one-on-one dinner Trump had with Comey shortly after the inauguration. Excerpts of the interview , taped Friday, were released just hours after a morning Twitter rant in which the erratic executive said he might cancel the White House daily press briefing and indicated the information his press office was providing to reporters wasn't necessarily true. Read More »

Iran vice president pulls out of election, backs Rouhani

It is extremely important in this situation that Ebrahim Raisi is de facto the successor of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the supreme leader of Iran. If no candidate breaks that threshold, the two top-placed candidates will face off in a second round scheduled for a week after the first vote. Read More »

Israel urges USA to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

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Meanwhile, the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. "It will advance the process because of the correction of the historic injustice and the smashing of the Palestinian fantasy of Jerusalem not being the capital of Israel", it said. Read More »

India rips up Pak at ICJ

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Monday's hearings focused on India's request for so-called "provisional measures" that can be granted at short notice to ensure a dispute between states does not deteriorate during full ICJ proceedings, which typically take several years. "The need for a wholesome compliance is greater when charges are serious". Pakistan while presenting its case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav claimed that "India has used the court as the scene of political theatre". Read More »

Comey firing: Besieged White House denies, defends as new bombshells hit

The official questioned why - if Comey had concerns about his conversations with the president - the Federal Bureau of Investigation director hadn't shared them with the deputy director, the Department of Justice and Congress at the time. to terrorism and airline flight safety". He said Congress should look at transcripts of the exchange between Mr. Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Read More »