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Israel seeks to contain fallout from Trump intel sharing

Sergei Kislyak. Hours after top officials claimed the original Washington Post report on disclosures was "false", the President tweeted that he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation. Read More »

Star Wars Day: Vote For Your Favourite Star Wars Movie

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History lessons apart, this is also the first Star Wars Day since the death of Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the films. It was an instant classic. Whether it's games, merchandise, or comics, Johnson stressed that Star Wars is something individuals of all ages can connect with. Of course, this is an opportune moment to also remember one of our favorite Star Wars animals: Adam Driver cat . Read More »

Putin offers transcript of Trump meeting with Lavrov

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Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". Trump told the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador in the Oval Office that the Islamic State had used stolen airport security equipment to test a bomb that could be hidden in electronic devices and slipped undetected into an airplane cabin, the officials said. Read More »

'Chibok girl' escapes from Boko Haram captivity

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Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau had earlier threatened to sell the girls from Chibok "in the market". The girls were returned after the Nigerian government agreed to free five detained Boko Haram commanders. "They all smiled", he said. However, he described handing over the 82 freed girls to the Nigerian government as "the highest point in my life". "I didn't ask if the government would sponsor the trip but usually, the government sponsors such trips". Read More »

UN urges end to mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners

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Earlier, around 70 countries had reaffirmed that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Reuters had reported . The Modi-Abbas meeting on Tuesday assumes significance as it comes a few weeks before Modi's visit to Israel. Read More »

Did Trump Ask FBI to End Investigation Into Flynn?

The truth is that Trump has given Republicans in and out of Congress more than enough leverage to force him to behave himself. Was Director Comey's investigation making significant progress in a direction that would cause political damage for the White House? Granted, one might think he would care when USA interests (and perhaps lives) are on the line, but we've seen no evidence of that; that "officials expressed concern with Trump's handling of sensitive information as well as his grasp of ... Read More »

'Let this go.' Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn probe

Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the Republican president fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations past year with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. Read More »

US renews hold on Iran nuclear sanctions, implements missile sanctions

Under the nuclear deal, the US can continue sanctioning Iran for other, non-nuclear behavior, although Tehran has threatened to pull out of the deal if the USA and other countries do so. Under these sanctions, tucked into Section 1245 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the United States threatened to sanction the banks of Iran's main oil customers if they did not significantly reduce their purchases of Iranian crude. Read More »

Donald Trump asked James Comey to shut down Michael Flynn probe

The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee is requesting that the FBI turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump. "We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo."said Ashlee Strong, a Ryan spokeswoman". Read More »

US, Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions

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With the two leaders at odds on treatment of the Kurdish fighters and other issues, the White House meeting is unlikely to produce significant results, said Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington. Read More »

UK Prime Minister Announces Snap General Election

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His comments are likely to irritate Mrs May, who has argued that an increased Commons majority would strengthen her hand in the Brexit talks, making it more hard for the opposition parties at home to obstruct her plans. "We will be taking a proud record of a Conservative government, but more than that we will taking our plans for the future of this country". Theresa May's Conservatives now hold 330 of the House of Commons seats while Labour has 229. Read More »

Chelsea Manning says she's 'figuring out' future

The 35-year prison term Manning received as punishment for leaking thousands of military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 was described as unprecedented when it was handed down. Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith says The transgender soldier was released from Fort Leavenworth on Wednesday. Manning, an Oklahoma native, was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud. Read More »

Iran's top leader urges high turnout in presidential vote

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Ayatollah Khamenei further highlighted the importance of the presidential polls in protecting the country's Establishment and said, "I do not believe in winning or losing in the elections because no matter who is elected, the victor of the election is the Islamic Republic's Establishment and the Iranian nation". Read More »

Capsule preview of the Cavaliers-Celtics conference finals

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Smith may guard Thomas some too. It was needed and Olynyk delivered. Bradley was a member of the 2011-12 Celtics team that lost 4-3 to the James-led Miami Heat, which went on to claim the National Basketball Association title. In the series, Wall shot under 40 percent in four of seven games and averaged 25.1 points per game on 40 percent shooting. James seems like the obvious choice in the fourth quarter. Read More »

Victoria woman's Sean Spicer in the bush cutout trending on social media

Sanders's boss, Spicer, is spotted hiding in the bushes - something that actually happened this week after news of Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey broke - and then takes over. "How do we know?" "Have you ever told me to say things that aren't true?" Instead, he gets the "Godfather II" Fredo kiss, i.e. the kiss of death, despite Spicer's protestations that "I'm married!" Trump acknowledged it was before the two embraced, ending the sketch. Read More »

Trump, Turkish leader hail ties despite U.S. arming of Kurds

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The scuffle came the same day Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House. Schumer has been urging Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to name a special counsel to investigate Russian interference into last year's campaign and ties between Russian and Trump associates, including Flynn. Read More »

Putin 'ready to provide recording' of Lavrov-Trump exchange

Tillerson did not comment to a second question about what he thinks of Putin's offer. On Monday, a second interruption emerged: the revelation that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials, who visited him in the Oval Office last week. Read More »

At a besieged White House, tempers flare and confusion swirls

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Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm. U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who on Monday said he was present for the meeting with the Russians and the exchange "didn't happen", refused to deny Tuesday that Trump divulged classified information. Read More »

Sturgeon asks for a seat at the Brexit negotiating table

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A Scottish Labour spokesman told the Evening Express: "Labour's approach has been clear and consistent: we can not do any deal with another party if it would result in further austerity being imposed on local communities". Among the "key general comments" made by Ms Sturgeon was that it was a "very good, extremely well-written paper". The first minister demanded the power to hold another independence vote after Theresa May rejected her "compromise" proposals for a special deal to keep ... Read More »

Violence Breaks Out During Protest At Turkish Embassy In Washington, D.C.

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Gus Bilirakis is calling on Donald Trump to speak about the deteriorating state of human rights in Turkey, just before the president is scheduled to sit down with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House Tuesday. Turkey considers the YPG a "terrorist" group, and Erdogan has promised to push the matter with Trump, insisting the U.S. arming of the YPG goes against global agreements. Read More »

Intelligence shared by Trump with Russian Federation came from Israel, reports say

The revelations sent a White House accustomed to chaos reeling anew and drew rare serious criticism of the president from some Republicans. President Donald Trump's consequential meeting with two of Russia's top foreign operatives earlier this month has cast a pall over his administration, raising questions about the President's ability to handle classified information when meeting with sometimes adversarial foreign leaders. Read More »