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What the White House has said about special prosecutors

At his March confirmation hearing for the deputy attorney general job, Rosenstein refused to commit to the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying he was aware of no requirement to recuse himself and had no first-hand knowledge of the probe anyway. Read More »

Martin Conway Pledges Support For Leo In FG Leadership Battle


I have made this decision after consultation with my constituents, Fine Gael members and drawing on my experience within the party over the last decade. The 66-year-old had been under pressure to resign from factions within his own party that were dissatisfied with his leadership. In a coming-out speech he gave in a radio interview, he said: "It's not something that defines me. Read More »

The Justice Department's Russia Inquiry is Now a Criminal Investigation

Several details emerged after the meeting broke, including Rosenstein's admission that, despite White House claims, Trump planned to fire ex-FBI director James Comey regardless of the Justice Department's recommendation. The appointment of Mueller as special counsel will raise the intensity of the investigation and make it less vulnerable to political interference. Trump told Rosenstein that Comey "had to go", said Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin after leaving the all-senators meeting. Read More »

China's Xi calls for S. Korea ties to get back on track


Under the leadership of third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un, North Korea has been speeding up its pursuit of a decades-long goal of developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland. When the North failed to pick up the hotline, the South broadcast its plans to repatriate the fishermen in an at-sea exchange, then was relieved when North Korean ships appeared at the appointed time to retrieve the men. Read More »

Fresh questions over Flynn add to White House turmoil


McClatchy's reporting reflects previous reports in The New Yorker and other media outlets about Flynn's work on behalf of Turkey. Flynn, who ended up being fired from the position after just 24 days, is at the center of a sprawling federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Read More »

Senators: Deputy AG knew of Comey firing before writing memo

Rosenstein wrote the memo on May 9. Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans widely praised Mueller's appointment. The New York Times reported late Wednesday that Flynn told the president-elect's transition team in early January that he was the subject of a federal investigation, but was hired for the highly sensitive national security adviser position anyway. Read More »

Trump On Prosecutor For Russia Probe: 'It Hurts Our Country'

One question that lingered, however, was how Mueller's appointment and the change in the nature of the probe would affect the multiple congressional investigations underway in the matter. A selloff in USA stocks looked set to extend into its second day on Thursday. The appointment of Mueller has been welcomed by both Democrats and Republicans. Read More »

Rosenstein Tells Senate He Knew of Comey Firing Before He Wrote Memo

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to instruct a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton if he won. "After a week of startling revelations that raised serious doubts about both the President's conduct and the willingness of Congressional Republicans to properly investigate it, I am very encouraged to see the Justice Department take the step of appointing a special counsel". Read More »

US Extends Obama-era Nuclear Sanctions Relief for Iran

Under the 2015 deal, the US and other world powers eased sanctions after the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had taken a series of steps to pull its nuclear program back from the brink of weapons capability. Washington has maintained a raft of other sanctions related to human rights and the missile programme that continue to stifle Iran's efforts to rebuild its foreign trade. Read More »

Trump administration triggers launch of NAFTA renegotiations

Many chapters are outdated and do not reflect modern standards. He also cited digital trade, describing it as " in its infancy when NAFTA was enacted ". Why?" American farmers have mostly benefited from the reduction in trade barriers. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday they "made a lot of progress in getting toward the 90-day letter , ' The Hill reported ". Read More »

US Navy moves second aircraft carrier near North Korea


The 1,092-foot Reagan , a Nimitz-class carrier, has a crew of 4,539 and is equipped with roughly 60 aircraft, according to the Navy. A strike force centered on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson has been patrolling the waters off the Korean Peninsula since late April. Read More »

Vehicle mows down pedestrians at Times Square


An 18-year-old woman was killed and 22 other victims were injured, including the woman's 13-year-old sister, officials said . Rojas was arrested and will be tested for drugs and alcohol, police said. The vehicle collided with a metal pole and came to a stop at 45 Street and Broadway, police said. A Portage teen is dead and her 13 year old sister injured after a Navy veteran high on drugs drove his auto for three and a half blocks on packed Times Square sidewalks Thursday afternoon. Read More »

Burr: No evidence so far of Trump campaign-Russia collusion


As Trump works to fast-track Comey's successor, lawmakers from both parties urged him to steer clear of any politicians for the job and say he must "clean up the mess that he mostly created". "I don't see it as a conflict of interest", Sanders said. These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod ... Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry is 'greatest witch hunt' in history, says Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday disparaged the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's links to Russian interests in last year's presidential election, calling it "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" His appointment, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was a striking shift for the Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly insistent calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. Read More »

Sheriff: 1 killed, 25 injured in WI tornado


In Moore, where seven children were killed when a deadly tornado struck their school in 2013, school officials said Thursday that they've canceled all evening events and are evaluating whether to call off after-school activities, too. Officials are allowing some residents back into the area at around noon today. First responders estimate at least 20 injuries from this storm and that number is expected to climb. Read More »

Auto slams into pedestrians in Times Square, killing 18-year-old woman


Describing the incident as "horrible", de Blasio said "it is a tough day for New York City but as usual the people of New York City will stand firm and will be resilient". "It was a pretty scary scene ". Pictures from the scene show a purple four-door sedan on its side after catching fire.BREAKING: First responders on scene after multiple pedestrians were reportedly struck by vehicle in #TimesSquare . Read More »

Advice issued after Dorset GP surgery affected by cyber attack

Dozens of Russian public institutions including the Bank of Russia said on Saturday that they have thwarted a massive cyber-attack and prevented vital data loss. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG are still experiencing IT problems. Read More »

France's new government announced

Mr Macron's main task, however, is choosing ministers who will form his new government after he named low-profile, centre-right Edouard Philippe as prime minister on Monday. Ahead of legislative elections in June, Republican party campaign chief François Baroin accused Macron of "putting a bomb under politics rather than remodelling it". Read More »

Iran's election - inside the holy city of Qom

As previous elections cited above, Iranians will have the choice between two main candidates, the current president of Iran , Hassan Rohani, considered as a moderate and Ebrahim Raisi , former Attorney General of Iran and represents the conservative side. Read More »

Speeding vehicle hits pedestrians in Times Square


Security camera video showed people being flung in bunches over the car's hood. Dead is 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman, who graduated from Portage Central last year. Witnesses on social media described a speeding vehicle plowing into people before crashing. Photographers snapped pictures of Rojas after he climbed from the wrecked vehicle and ran through the street before he was tackled by a group that included a ticket seller and a muscular door supervisor at a nearby Planet Hollywood restaurant. Read More »

Abe, S. Korean leader's envoy agree to resume 'shuttle diplomacy'


North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, saying it was a test of its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead". He has shown a willingness to challenge the United States, saying that Seoul should reconsider its deployment of an advanced US missile defense system to better cope with North Korean threats. Read More »

Trump denies asking Comey to end Flynn investigation


But Trump, speaking in the East Room of the White House during a joint press conference alongside the visiting Colombian president, said while he respected the move by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel in the Russian Federation probe, " the entire thing has been a witch hunt ". Read More »