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Liberals hang on to win BC's first minority government in 65 years

It is within the realm of possibility after absentee ballots are counted and judicial recounts done that B.C. will have a majority Liberal government. Weaver boldly forecasted gains in areas of NDP strength on Vancouver Island and the Kootenays. The political commentariate is ruminating over the dozens of "what if?" scenarios following Tuesday's provincial election, which resulted in a hung legislature. Read More »

Bankers prepare for showdown with Treasury

Bligh said there were three groups of stakeholders who would end up bearing the cost of the levy - borrowers, depositors or shareholders. The $100 billion threshold will be indexed to grow in line with nominal Gross Domestic Product. Banks will face a new tax that is expected to recoup $6.2 billion over the forward estimates and help to fix the budget. "They have done it because they think banks are an easy target", she said. Read More »

Schiff: 'Nobody buys' Trump's explanation for firing Comey

Mr Comey's allies also quickly made clear they would defend him against attacks from Trump, including disputing the president's assertion that Mr Comey told Mr Trump he was not personally under investigation. Yet Abrams was incredulous that Comey would tell Trump he was not the subject of an ongoing investigation looking at his own election campaign, noting that the subject of an active investigation can change. Read More »

Iran Receives First Batch of French-Made Passenger Planes

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The aircraft is first batch of the 20 aircraft ordered by Iran Air earlier this, with an option for 20 more. Iran Air was created in 1961 and flies to 35 worldwide and 25 domestic destinations. The ATR is the ideal aircraft for Iran's domestic market as it's capable of flying into 60 of Iran's airports throughout the nation creating operational flexibility for the carrier. Read More »

British serial killer Ian Brady dies aged 79

Christopher Sumner, senior coroner for Sefton, made the announcement less than 24 hours after the psychopath died of lung cancer aged 79 on Monday night in Ashworth High Security Hospital, in Merseyside, where he had been since 1985 after being declared criminally insane. Read More »

Dozens trapped after coal mine explosion in Iran

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It remains unclear exactly how many miners are affected - some online sources say that there are in fact only between 24 and 26 miners trapped. "The painful incident involving a number of hard-working miners in the Azadshahr mine brought sorrow and mourning to all Iranian people", he said . Read More »

Angela Merkel's party wins vote in heartland of rivals in Germany

Social Democrat governor Hannelore Kraft's coalition lost its majority as her junior governing partners, the Greens, took only 6.4%. In an echo of Merkel's second-term coalition at the national level, the CDU can now form a state government with the pro-market Free Democrats, who surged 4 points to 12.6 percent. Read More »

The White House via CNN

The Feb. 14 Oval Office conversation described in the Comey memo the Times wrote about today . In those statements, White House officials had denied that Flynn had discussed easing USA sanctions against Russia when he spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late December. Read More »

Investigators raid homes of Indian ex-finance minister, son

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A total of at least 14 locations in Chidambaram's home city of Chennai were searched by the CBI, India's main federal crime-fighting agency, Republic TV reported. "This is politically motivated", Mr. Ramasamy said. He said the BJP wants to not just punish him for his criticism of the government but also force the cancellation of a rally he has called in August that is to be attended by a series of the party's opponents including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata ... Read More »

Donald Trumps first trip to Middle East includes stop in West Bank

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Abbas arrived with a delegation for his third state visit to India, where he will hold key talks on bilateral, regional and global issues, including the peace process in the restive Middle East, according to India's foreign ministry. India has traditionally voiced its support for Palestinian statehood, initially shunning diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. The Washington Post reported late Monday that Trump revealed what it said was highly classified information on the Islamic ... Read More »

McMaster defends Trump on Russia meeting

The White House said Trump and Abe did not review classified information in the public setting. The anonymous officials told the Post that the information Trump relayed during the Oval Office meeting had been provided by a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. Read More »

Donald Trump is mulling moving the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

He has told Trump that Palestinians are intractable negotiating partners who make demands that Israel can not meet. "It will do the opposite", his office said in a statement. Todd asked Tillerson if the embassy move "is going to be one of those things we're always going to contemplate moving"-to which Tillerson said a final decision would be part of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians". Read More »

Trump Team to Israel: Western Wall 'Not Your Territory'

US President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. The alleged comment drew an angry response from the Israelis, who reportedly reminded the official that the Western Wall and Temple Mount complex are "territory holy to Israel". Read More »

US Rep. Vern Buchanan Weighs in on Comey Trump Memo

White House counterterrorism adviser Tom Bossert, who was not in the May 10 meeting, learned about what Trump said when he read notes immediately afterward, a US official with direct knowledge told NBC News. Schiff said impeachment is "not something to be lightly entertained". The senator also repeatedly called on President Trump to overturn any tapes or transcripts of his conversations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak to the US ... Read More »

Does US believe Western Wall is in Israel?

That distinction — Jerusalem , not Israel — reflects the US position that the city's fate is an issue for Israelis and Palestinians to work out through future peace negotiations. The Old City is also home to the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam. The relocation is strongly opposed by many US allies as Palestinians also claim the city as their capital. Read More »

President Trump to Light White House Blue to Honor Fallen Officers

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President Trump told law enforcement families in Washington , "Enough is enough". "We are here to honor those who stood their ground and did their job, along with their families and friends, who paid the highest price". The week was established by Congress in 1962 and starts Monday with National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Getting through to the people helps build relationships and trust, he said. Read More »

Could Notts County be the first club to play Tottenham Hotspur…

The game was followed by a pitch invasion and then a ceremony involving Spurs greats from yesteryear, a rainbow breaking through the clouds with flawless timing as a shower of white tickertape brought the festivities to a close. Plenty of ex players showed their gratification to the fans whilst the Tottenham supporters did themselves proud at White Hart Lane. "But at the moment we are so happy". Read More »

Putin offers to hand over records of Trump-Lavrov meeting

Putin joked that that he would reprimand Lavrov because "he hasn't shared those secrets with us". Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, would not comment on the intelligence, but expressed confidence in the relationship between the two countries. Read More »

Paul Ryan on Russian Federation investigation: 'We need the facts'

Comey had been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday but never accepted and indicated he would appear at another time . Several came to his defense and sought to close ranks. And legal experts say it could be hard to prove the president crossed a line. It's one thing to foresee trouble for the Republican legislative agenda, or a spreading network of investigations of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, including Moscow's relationship to Mr. Read More »

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny stepping down

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stated that he wants to accompany Enterprise Ireland on a trip to the United States next month, adding fuel to the ever-burning fire about his resignation as leader. The latter alludes to Varadkar's plain-speaking manner, which supporters say could widen the party's appeal. It said 13 backed Coveney. Kenny is due to visit the USA and Belgium early next month in his final trips as Ireland's Taoiseach, or prime minister. Read More »