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Trump shared secrets with Russia. Here's why it matters

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The FBI is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including looking into any possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin. The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman who garners deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. Read More »

Ex-FBI chief Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

The appointment of a special counsel might not be the ideal way to get to the bottom of the growing list of questions surrounding Donald Trump and Russian Federation. The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says his panel has not received a response from Michael Flynn's lawyer - correcting his earlier statement that Flynn would not comply with a subpoena. Read More »

Republican voices grow for independent Russian Federation probe

After Comey's testimony in 2007, Mueller's notes were subpoenaed by Congress as a way of verifying the account (which Bush and then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez offer a differing version of). It takes a majority of the House to impeach a president and a two-thirds vote of the Senate to remove him from office. Earlier, President Putin had made a show of extending an offer of help to Mr Trump. Read More »

Russian foreign minister mocks U.S. media over reports of Trump intelligence gaffe

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Putin did wade into the USA debate over the true role of Russian interference in last year's election, and seemed to give backing to the notion that Washington and Moscow have common interests that they should advance. "Asked to comment on the controversy surrounding the reported intelligence-sharing, he said media have reported that "the secret" Trump told him was that "'terrorists' are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials". Read More »

Trump Says He Never Asked Comey to Close Flynn Probe

Russia pinned high hopes on Trump after US ties sank to a post-Cold War low under President Barack Obama following Putin's 2014 annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Mr Trump fired Mr Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians. Read More »

Kenney says he'd work with Wall to sue feds over carbon tax

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Saskatchewan's Brad Wall is the only premier who has stood steadfast against a carbon tax and has said he will take Ottawa to court, arguing the federal government has no right to impose such a tax on his province. But as McKenna spoke on Thursday, Alberta's two right-leaning parties announced plans to merge. At that point, they all have to raise their carbon tax or cut the caps on emissions in cap-and-trade programs, to keep up. Read More »

Senators: Rosenstein knew of Comey firing before memo

Trump also was questioned Thursday over revelations that he had shared secrets with the Russians. He denied this as well. Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Read More »

Special prosecutor abruptly named to probe Trump-Russia ties

Democrats and left-wing activists celebrated the special counsel appointment Wednesday night, arguing that it was a welcome step toward getting to the bottom of the probe. Rosenstein learned about Trump's plan on May 8, Durbin said. "I believe that's why we're having this investigation, to find out if in fact there was collusion". Read More »

Saudi ads promise 'star-studded' performance with Toby Keith during Trump's visit

The kingdom wants Trump to align United States interests with Saudi Arabia's - and is literally counting down the seconds until Trump starts his meetings Saturday. U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with Russian Federation during a White House meeting last week, saying he had an "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety". Read More »

Fact check: Haley remark on Western Wall in Israel

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The New York Times , relying on leaked information from anonymous USA officials, revealed that Israel provided the information that Trump shared with Russian officials, narrowing the search field and making it easier for enemies to possibly identify the intelligence asset. Read More »

United States envoy vows to call out countries backing North Korea

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South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng told reporters the government's most basic stance is that communication lines between South and North Korea should reopen. "We are living in the reality where there is a high possibility of military clashes" along the disputed sea border off the Koreas' west coast or along the heavily-fortified land frontier that divides them, he said. Read More »

UK Conservatives Hold 13% Lead Over Labour Ahead of June Parliamentary Elections

With an ever-increasing number of people active on social media, party leaders are each expected to appear on Facebook Live before the election to take questions from voters. Mr Corbyn's allies believe he is likely to be able to stay in office should he win more than the 30.4 per cent share of the vote which Ed Miliband achieved in the 2015 election. Read More »

Toby Keith to perform in Saudi Arabia

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The Obama administration invested years on a high-stakes gamble to negotiate a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program in return for easing global economic sanctions. The Trumps are scheduled to return to the United States on May 27. Its key aim is to fight terrorism and push back against Iran's growing influence in the region, the U.S. Read More »

Japan's Abe, S. Korean special envoy agree to resume leaders' shuttle diplomacy

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who took office on May 9, has campaigned on a more moderate approach towards the North but he has said it must change its attitude of insisting on arms development before dialogue can be possible. In a speech in Tokyo, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, called North Korea a "clear and risky threat" to the United States, Japan and South Korea and stressed the need for more cooperation among the allies and for all countries to ... Read More »

Bills raised by Karti Chidambaram-linked companies under probe scanner

The dawn raids marked an escalation in pressure by federal investigators against Chidambaram, a senior leader of the opposition Congress party who has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He asserted that he would continue to speak and write. He said that the former minister has done no wrong and the raids were politically motivated. Read More »

Trump says Russian Federation probe will reveal no collusion with his campaign

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In a letter to FBI acting director Andrew McCabe, Mr Chaffetz cited a report from the "New York Times " stating that Mr Comey's memo "describes a conversation in which the president referenced the FBI investigation. This comes on the heels of the bombshell report completely denied by the White House that there was a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey detailing a meeting where President Trump asked him to stop investigating Flynn. Read More »

Trump Wants Michael Flynn Back in White House

Russian Federation is fine, but whether it is Russian Federation or anybody else, my total priority, believe me, is the United States of America", Trump added. "In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, '" Trump said. Read More »

GOP health care bill would hurt West Virginians

She also suggested any discussion of health care should include talks about a so-called "single payer" plan. But physician groups, public health experts and independent consultants widely agree the pools never worked well before and say the money set aside is not almost enough to cover everyone who would qualify. Read More »

Putin says Russian Federation sees no need to arm Syrian Kurds

In the past, the United States has accused Moscow of mounting several cyberattacks, and blamed Russian hackers for allegedly influencing last year's USA presidential election. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Smith wrote. But Russia's defence ministry later said the missile landed about 500 kilometres from its territory and posed no threat. Read More »

US imposes sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court

US President Donald Trump on Thursday called the situation in Venezuela a "disgrace to humanity" and said the deadly political crisis was possibly the worst of its kind in decades. As a result of the actions, all USA assets of the targeted individuals are frozen and US citizens are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. Read More »

Dem calls for Trump impeachment on House floor

Collins also said Wednesday that her committee is also "moving up pace" on its bipartisan probe into allegations involving Russian influence on the 2016 presidential campaign, including "the vital question of whether there was collaboration between any member of the Trump campaign and the Russians". Read More »

2 more protesters die as anti-Maduro violence rage in western Venezuela

Diego Hernandez, 33, and Luis Alviarez, 18, were killed in separate demonstrations, officials said. Since launching protests against Maduro in early April, Venezuela's opposition has sought to vary tactics by staging silent and candle-lit marches, for instance, and rallies for women, musicians and medics. Read More »