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Syrian sides agree to new UN process on constitution

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Free Syrian Army factions now present in Geneva have chose to freeze their participation in the ongoing round of intra-Syrian talks as part of the opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) delegation, criticizing the decision-making process in it, a paper obtained by Sputnik on Thursday reads. Read More »

President Trump claims he is worst-treated politician in history

A Republican lawmaker suggested on Wednesday that allegations against US President Donald Trump may be grounds for impeachment. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday mocked US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes. Read More »

Tories deny plans to raise taxes after manifesto launch

She rejected suggestions that policies such as an energy price cap, a commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on global aid and new rights for workers represented a move away from the Conservatism of Margaret Thatcher. May said she would tighten laws on company takeovers and ensure that any foreign group buying important infrastructure did not undermine security or essential services. Read More »

Ryan calls for 'responsible, sober' oversight in wake of Comey scandal

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Mnuchin said the details are still being worked out, but- "One of the things we've done is we've proposed getting rid of nearly every single deduction, which is something that is used by the rich, in return for a slight reduction in taxes, and our objective is that 95 percent of Americans won't need to use itemized deductions and will be able to fill out simplified tax returns". Read More »

FBI Agents Were Fed Up With Comey? Simply Not True

Anonymous sources told the Associated Press that Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and US District Judge Henry E. Hudson were also interviewed. Trump also issued a tweet about White House press briefings, suggesting he might end the daily event that has been accused by some of providing misleading information. Read More »

United Kingdom opposition to unveil election manifesto

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The Guardian reported that the party was also planning a levy on businesses with staff earning large salaries, set at 2.5 percent on those earning over £330,000 and 5.0 percent on those earning more than £500,000. Hannah Newton, 39, who has lived in Bramley for five years, took her daughter Arrietty, 21 months, to see the Labour leader in person. The Conservatives immediately slammed the plan as "nonsensical" and not properly costed. Read More »

Portugal win Eurovision for first time

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The black-clad singer took to a small separate stage for his minimalist performance of the song composed by his sister Luisa. "The song was meant to be sung in Portuguese, but we need to feel whatever we are singing, no matter the language". Read More »

Former First Minister Rhodri Morgan has died

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Corbyn called Morgan an incredibly effective first minister, saying that he had stood up for his country, "its people's future and its public services". "As First Minister, his answers in the chamber were always worthy of attention and his encyclopedic knowledge across his brief ensured he was rarely wrong-footed". Read More »

The Donald Trump Obstruction Inquiry Isn't Mainly About the Comey Memo

The Comey memo is likely to raise questions about whether Trump tried to interfere with a federal investigation. "There's two investigations going on in the House and Senate and he wants to get to the bottom of this". But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". Read More »

US Gov't 'Under Assault' by Trump After Comey Firing: Clapper

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When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", the associates said . Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of a judiciary subcommittee investigating Russian Federation, said that Comey should testify before his Senate panel about his discussions with Trump over Flynn, who resigned earlier this year. Read More »

Japan's Cabinet OKs bill to let Emperor Akihito abdicate

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These problems have recently been highlighted when Akihito's granddaughter, Princess Mako, 25, announced three days ago that she plans to marry her college friend, which will result in the princess losing her royal status. It also makes no reference to the controversial issue of changing the system to allow women to inherit the throne, or to stay in the imperial family upon marriage, Japanese media said, although political parties are discussing a separate resolution on the topic. Read More »

Two Chinese fighter jets intercept U.S. plane over East China Sea

The American plane was flying within in worldwide airspace and thus in accordance with global law, two us military officials told the news site. The four-engine USA plane looks for airborne evidence of possible nuclear tests. Earlier, a United States official told CNN the Chinese jets came within 150 feet of the USA plane, with one of the Su-30s flying inverted, or upside down, directly above the American plane. Read More »

Boston Celtics get top pick in NBA draft thanks to Nets trade

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Game 2 is on Friday night before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4. Both teams passed, but that was before the Celtics won the lottery. It's very exciting. We've never had that before, so that would be a lot of fun to explore those options. Boston's going to take Markelle Fultz , he's a good player. Read More »

Former FBI chief Mueller appointed to probe Trump-Russia ties

But in tweets early Thursday, Trump claimed he was the victim, the New York Times reports. "They still haven't shown anything that Russian Federation did that affected the election". That raised questions about whether the president improperly attempted to interfere with a federal investigation. The issue spilled over onto Wall Street on Wednesday, where the S&P 500 and the Dow had their biggest one-day declines since September as investor hopes for tax cuts and other pro-business ... Read More »

Trump denies that he requested Comey end investigation into Flynn

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday mocked US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes. As of Thursday morning, none of the White House officials had replied. Another report, in The Washington Post , that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats in a meeting in the Oval Office last week has amplified concerns about the president's ... Read More »

Man charged with stabbing pet Labrador in Mirrabooka park

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The offence of animal cruelty carries a maximum term of five years in jail. Police arrested the Mirrabooka man on Friday and charged him with animal cruelty, and he will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on June 15, according to police. "I picked her up and laid her on top of me to feel for her heart but I couldn't feel anything". Bridgette put her other dog in her vehicle and went looking for Luna, expecting to find her sniffing around a tree. Read More »

Graham: I Believe Clinton Operatives Emailed Justice Dept During Email Probe

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on May 18 said the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russian Federation and President Trump's associates is a "good first step". In another tweet Thursday morning, he claims, "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!" The president calls it "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in ... Read More »

A Basic Guide to Iran's 2017 Presidential Election

Rouhani won the 2013 presidential election with almost 51 percent of the vote. Failure to secure a majority today would send the two top vote-getters into a runoff a week later, reported AP. "We are far better off, as we were when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was president, when there are no illusions about Iran's regime and the men who lead it". Read More »

South Korea Says Communication Channels With the North Must Reopen

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However, North Korea does not seem willing to stop its missile launches, including nuclear ones. Trump on Wednesday said during his meeting with South Korean President's Special Envoy Moon Jaei that he looked forward to working closely with Mon Jie-nen to resolve North Korea's nuclear issue and wants to achieve peace by North Korea. Read More »