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US slaps sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court judges

Maduro has vowed to resolve his nation's crisis by convoking a special assembly to rewrite Venezuela's constitution. The decision was later partially reversed, though it did not stop the unrest. But sanctions so far have stopped short of hitting the oil sector in Venezuela, which is a major United States oil supplier. "We've made it clear to Maduro and his thugs that their actions are not going to go unpunished", Republican Sen. Read More »

Chaffetz questions whether Comey memos are 'actually there'

It also asked the White House to provide records of interactions with Comey, including those "relating to the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, or memoranda", according to a statement. Read More »

Fact Check: 'We Don't Have Health Care In This Country,' Trump Says

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The result may be denials of coverage for those with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and a host of other mental health conditions. After medical complications following surgery, I got into debt. "Organizations in the intervention group will be paid for reducing the absolute risk for heart disease or stroke among their high-risk beneficiaries". Read More »

Angry miners at disaster site attack Iranian president's car

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President Hassan Rouhani's auto came under attack from angry miners and the families of victims when he visited the site on Monday. The explosion happened on Wednesday in Zemestanyurt mine in Golestan province when workers tried to jump-start an engine in a tunnel filled with methane gas. Read More »

Kurdish woman attacked by Erdogan's guards speaks out

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Under U.S. and global law, "diplomatic agents" and some technical and administrative staff assigned to embassies are provided broad legal protections from criminal prosecution. Summary⎙ Print Calls are growing in Washington for a serious response to the violent behavior of the Turkish president's security detail as a high-level investigation opens and a prominent senator speaks out. Read More »

North Korea detains a forth United States citizen

Another US citizen has been detained in North Korea for suspected hostile acts against Pyongyang, authorities said on Sunday. The American who has been held the longest in North Korea at this time is Kim Dong-chul. The reported arrest of another "Mr. Kim" — the North Korean man allegedly at the center of the assassination plot — is more ominous. In the 1990s, North Korea suffered from a starvation that was estimated to have led to the deaths of some 2.5 million people. Read More »

President Donald Trump addresses graduates of US Coast Guard Academy

Kennedy. Trump offered his advice, telling the graduates that they will find that "things are not always fair". In an address to the newest group of U.S. Anti-Trump news sites seized the opportunity to slam the President for hijacking the speech to whine. "I didn't get elected to serve the Washington media or special interest". Read More »

Donald Trump accused of asking Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop Flynn probe

Comey took notes during the meeting with Trump. Trump fired Comey last week, sparking suspicions that the president is trying to cover up his administration's ties with Russian Federation. The saga of Flynn's work for Turkey dates back to November, when news reports first surfaced that his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, was working for Inovo BV, a Dutch firm owned by a Turkish businessman later revealed to have close financial ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

Comey Memo Has Trump White House in Tailspin

Pressure has spiked in Congress for an independent probe into ties between Mr Trump's campaign and Moscow, which United States intelligence chiefs accuse of interfering to sway the election in the Republican's favour. But sadly it's not just the fake news ... Meanwhile in Congress, the House Oversight Committee invited Comey to testify on his conversations with the president. Read More »

Top Republican senator invokes Watergate scandal after Comey memo emerges

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Mueller will not only look into the Russian Federation angle, but also the suspicious circumstances of Trump abruptly firing FBI Director James Comey last week. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate , said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". "You can't let them get you down". Read More »

Saudi Arabia Working to Dazzle Trump in Busy Overseas Visit

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United States President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would use his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia to challenge the leaders of Muslim countries to "fight hatred and extremism" while pursuing a peaceful future for their faith. Since taking office, the current U.S. administration has also continually referred to Iran as a "state sponsor of terrorism" because of its support for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the Houthi rebels in Yemen and Shia group Hezbollah in Lebanon. Read More »

Texas Sen. John Cornyn 'Not Interested' in FBI Director Job

Senate Democrats are demanding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein name a special prosecutor for an investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 US presidential elections before moving forward with Comey's replacement. Democrats aren't likely to support the idea, however, noting that Garland to the Federal Bureau of Investigation opens up a critical lifetime appointment on the Court of Appeals bench. Read More »

COMMENT: Macron's election win - that was the easy bit

The challenge facing Europe and France in the wake of Sunday's win for the former French economy minister is a hard one. He said he knew the divisions of the country, adding that he had the responsibility to hear all the French. But she defiantly claimed the mantle of France's main opposition in calling on "all patriots to join us" in constituting a "new political force". President of the EU Council Donald Tusk and the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also both welcomed ... Read More »

Driver in deadly Times Square crash heard voices

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Rojas has been arrested twice in New York - in 2015 and 2008 - for drunken driving, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. Police said he had tested negative for alcohol yesterday, but drug tests were still pending. "People were being hit and rolling off the auto", witness Josh Duboff told Reuters , adding that he jumped out of the way to avoid being struck. Police said he had driven the wrong way at a high rate of speed up Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street on the sidewalk for ... Read More »

Trump 'careful to understand' Israel embassy move

Israel has dismissed concerns in the United States over plans to relocate the USA embassy to Jerusalem , saying the contentious issue would advance the peace process with the Palestinians, not harm it. The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said in an interview that Trump is concerned about how moving the U.S. embassy would affect the Mideast peace process, VOA News. Read More »

Is this Trump's Watergate?

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Lee alluded to Nixon and Watergate. Richard Nixon is laughing in his grave. He said on August 8,1974, that he would resign the following day. Haldeman told Helms and Walters what he wanted them to do. At minimum, it's evident that Jeff Sessions's Department of Justice is compromised and a special prosecutor must be appointed . Richardson refused and resigned. Read More »

Ousted Trump National Security Adviser at Center of Russia Probe

The White House said Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contact with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, before MrTrump took office. Trump erupted on Twitter Thursday morning, calling himself the victim of a "witch hunt". He said that Americans dealing in anti-Russian rhetoric "either don't understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just dumb, or they understand everything and then they are risky and unscrupulous people". Read More »

United Kingdom general election: Theresa May launches manifesto

The Conservatives give no date to reach the goal. What's more, the manifesto says nothing about additional funding for social care arranged by councils, implying that the government thinks that the additional £2 billion over 2 years announced in the March budget, plus the precept flexibility, will do the trick and stabilise the state-funded care sector. Read More »

WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from prison

Manning said she wanted to expose what she considered to be the USA military's disregard of the effects of war on civilians and that she released information that she didn't believe would harm the U.S. These however were not classified as "top secret", and Manning is seen as a whistleblower by her supporters. Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas around 2 a.m. Read More »

Labour 'civil war' will make SNP real Westminster opposition - Nicola Sturgeon

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Nicola Sturgeon has hailed the SNP's "decade of delivery" as she marked the 10th anniversary of her party coming to power. Her admission was made at a time when the SNP administration's stewardship of education has come under fire. "Even the Tories who have spent the last 10 years criticising council house building, criticising free prescriptions have now changed their tune - albeit belatedly and not with much credibility". Read More »

Trump claims 'witch hunt' as special counsel takes lead

He joked that some US media were acting like communist newspapers during the Soviet Union and not offering real news. A senior administration official told Fox News that Trump was measured in his response to news of Mueller's appointment on Wednesday, telling his staff it was time to move forward. Read More »

Intelligence Trump shared with Russians came from Israel

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Trump, for his part, has said he has "the absolute right" to share data with Russian diplomats or anyone else. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017 .to terrorism and airline flight safety. "I can not comment specifically on that", Spicer said. The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal and CNN identified the ally as Israel but two US national security sources said they doubted that. Read More »