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Trump to work as 'mediator' between Israel, Palestine

Abbas has insisted on the creation of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. United States lawmakers have warned that Palestinian funding could be cut off unless Abbas halts PLO stipends to families of prisoners whom Israel considers terrorists but many Palestinians see as heroes. Read More »

Socialist party dead, ex-French PM says, backing Macron's movement

Mr Macron's personal life is certainly of interest to many, as a 16-year-old he fell in love with his 40-year-old teacher, who was married with three children. If another party wins a majority, Macron could be pressured to choose a prime minister from that party, a situation the French call "cohabitation". Macron, whose political movement was created just a year ago, is putting together his list of candidates for the legislative elections - a task he has complicated by pledging absolute ... Read More »

Special counsel to oversee Trump-Russia investigation

So what authority does this grant Robert Mueller, exactly? It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as partisan witch hunt and a "hoax". Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted". Cummings has vigorously urged such an appointment, suggesting it could lead to accusations of obstruction of justice. Read More »

France's Macron mixes political shades in ministerial appointments

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Emmanuel Macron became France's youngest-ever president on Sunday, promising at his inauguration to restore the country's lost confidence and relaunch the flagging European Union. Philippe's age reinforced the generational shift in France's corridors of power and the image of youthful vigour that Macron is cultivating. Philippe could possibly attract other Republicans to Macron's cause. Read More »

Labour will do well to lose only 29 seats, says Unite leader

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Britain's opposition Labour Party launched a " radical and responsible " election manifesto on Tuesday, showing a shift to the left to try to capitalize on voters' concerns over education and health before next month's vote. Corbyn promised a Labour government would immediately guarantee the rights of European Union citizens in Britain and reject the threat of walking away from Brexit talks. Read More »

Sterling above $1.30 as retail sales surge

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The U.K. pound extended gains to trade at the highest level against the USA dollar in seven months after a much stronger-than-expected reading of retail sales data in Europe's second-largest economy. United Kingdom inflation accelerated to its highest level in four years last month, according to figures published by the ONS earlier this week, with April inflation speeding to 2.7% while core inflation, which strips out volatile prices for food and energy, accelerated to 2.4%, the highest since ... Read More »

PM Modi, Palestine Prez hold talks

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After holding extensive talks with Abbas, PM Modi said India hopes to see a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel . What we need from Israel is seriousness, commitment to a solution that involves fully ending the Israeli occupation that began in 1967. In what the Palestine Liberation Organisation said in a statement was a message from his solitary confinement cell, he said the fast, in its 29th day on Monday, would go on indefinitely. Read More »

New US ambassador to Israel officially takes up post

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Officially, the Netanyahu office expressed "astonishment". Trump promised to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but has yet to announce the move. The White House quickly backpedaled saying that the comment "was not authorized communication and does not represent the position of the U.S. and certainly not of the president", a senior official told reporters. Read More »

PM condoles the passing away of Shri Anil Madhav Dave

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Mr. Dave was appointed as Minister of State (Independent) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change past year. Dave was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2009 and has been on various committees including Chairman, Select Committee on Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill 2013. Read More »

Tornadoes strike from Texas to Wisconsin

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The storm damaged telephone service in the whole city; nobody could make a call or receive any calls. Danny Ringer, with the Elk City Fire Department, said, "We have approximately 50 to 75 homes that were damaged". About 7:10 p.m., a tornado reported touched down about three miles south of Elk City in Beckham County, meteorologist Ryan Barnes said. Tod Pritchard, a state Emergency Management spokesman, said there also was a report of a tornado in Rusk County . Read More »

Key moments in Trump's firing of Comey — TIMELINE

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump. Read More »

US decries violence during Turkish president's Washington visit

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Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said the altercation broke out between two groups but he didn't elaborate on the circumstances. throughout the day, as Turkey's president met with President Trump. The Washington Post reports: "Erdogan is staying at Blair House across from the White House during his visit, and was apparently not at the embassy during the demonstration". Read More »

'It's Falling Out Of The Trees,' Former Prosecutor Says Of Obstruction Evidence

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Hours after a blockbuster news report that President Trump had asked the FBI director to back away from an investigation, Democrats seized on the information to accuse the White House of a serious crime. "We really need the facts". Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican and chair of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, was vocal in his comments on the Comey issue but said he was keeping an eye on other parts of the agenda as well. Read More »

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia Commit to Oil Cuts Through Next Year

The two countries, along with nations in the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ( OPEC ) and some non-OPEC countries are set to review current limits later this month. Rigs targeting crude in the USA increased for a 17th week to 712, the highest since April 2015, Baker Hughes data showed on Friday. Brent for July settlement gained 6 cents to $51.88/bbl on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. Read More »

Gergen: 'We're in impeachment territory now'

Senator Angus King (I-Maine) told Wolf Blitzer that if the explosive claims in the New York Times report Tuesday about a Comey memo were true, that President Trump committed obstruction of justice and could be impeached over it. The memo is one of several damaging leaks about Trump's relationship with Comey that have surfaced since the president abruptly fired him. "It is not squishy New York Times conservatives who regard the president as a child, an intellectual void, a hopeless case, a ... Read More »

Chaffetz: House Officially Noticed Comey Hearing

But criminal charges of interfering with an investigation are hard in ordinary circumstances, several former federal prosecutors cautioned Wednesday. Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama. Read More »

Trump pays tribute to fallen police officers

The week was established by Congress in 1962 and starts Monday with National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Trump asked Americans around the country to tell a police officer "thank you" next time they come across one and promised to declare his support proudly for law enforcement throughout his administration. Read More »

Google Previews Updated Android, AI Features At Conference

For example, opening an email containing an invitation to dinner might trigger a prompt to reply "I'm in". Keeping more Android users current should boost Google's ability to both upsell content and services, and generate more effective advertising, thus better serving the company's prime money maker. Read More »

Senators take 2-1 lead with win over Pens

The Ottawa Senators needed less than 13 minutes to put away Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final. The Ottawa Senators were thrilled to leave Pittsburgh with a split in the first two games after starting a series on the road for the first time in these playoffs. Read More »

North Korea May Be Responsible For Global Cyberattack

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Ambassadors from France and the UK have said they favour tougher sanctions against Pyongyang but a consensus hasn't been reached in the 15-member Security Council, where Russian Federation, the US, UK, China and France have veto power. Security Council said it was vital that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions". Read More »

Violence Breaks Out During Protest At Turkish Embassy In Washington, DC

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The US sees the YPG as distinct from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and also as a key partner in the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS). Trump said Tuesday that the US would ensure the PKK has "no safe quarter". The U.S.is relying on regional allies including Turkey for intelligence-sharing and military assistance as it crafts a Syria policy, particularly as Iran and Russian Federation work to bolster Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. Read More »

Xi Jinping, Moon Jae-In agree denuclearising North Korea `common goal`: Seoul

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The special election was necessitated by the ousting of conservative Park Geun-hye, whose downfall and jailing on corruption charges is one of the most turbulent stretches in the South Korea's recent political history. Japan has been concerned that Moon will take a tough line on feuds stemming from the bitter legacy of its 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula and could fray ties at a time when cooperation on North Korea is vital. Read More »

United States signs Arctic Council accord

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The State Department defended Tillerson's signing by saying the declaration is not an obligatory document . The Arctic is warming at double the rate of the rest of the planet, with average temperatures up 3.5 degrees Centigrade since the beginning of the 20th century, leading to rapid loss of glacial ice and permafrost. Read More »