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US sanctions Iran officials, Chinese network over missile program

Some of those waivers would have expired this week if Trump had not chose to further renew them. Donald Trump as a candidate vowed to renegotiate or tear up the nuclear deal. Raisi. The current president, Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who pushed for the 2015 nuclear deal, is considered the slight favorite over Ebrahim Raisi, a former prosecutor who is closely tied to the country's ruling hardline clerics. Read More »

Twin bomb blasts rock university of Maiduguri in Nigeria, 1 dead

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Abu Hanifa Babati, the student union government president, confirmed the attacks. He also said that the second explosion occurred around the female hostel area. "In an attempt to enter the female hostels, they were intercepted by security operatives". He said one of the bombers was accosted by a soldier stationed around the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and was shot at after detonating his bomb. Read More »

Trump denies asking Comey to stop Flynn probe

Throughout a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump repeated multiple times his claim that there was no collusion between himself and Russian Federation during the campaign. Rosenstein received strong support from the Senate a month ago when he was confirmed by a vote of 94 to 6 to be the Justice Department's second-highest-ranking official. Read More »

Jimmy Carter urges Trump to push for peace

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That distinction - Jerusalem, not Israel - reflects the US position that the city's fate is an issue for Israelis and Palestinians to work out through future peace negotiations. While the president hasn't clearly backed a two-state solution - Israel and a Palestinian state - he is expected to voice support for Palestinian "self-determination", a phrase that nods in the direction of an independent Palestinian state. Read More »

Mexico welcomes NAFTA renegotiation - foreign minister

Donald Trump built his campaign by demonizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he called "the worst deal ever", and by making assurances that he could rework trade deals to protect the American people. American farmers have mostly benefited from the reduction in trade barriers. He says the USA manufacturing industry has been decimated by NAFTA, a deal the White House considers deeply unfair. Read More »

Kurdsish Forces to Battle IS in Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been buoyed by this week's capture of the key town of Tabqa and its nearby dam. Erdoğan blamed Trump's decision on civil servants from former President Barack Obama's administration. In response, the Americans deployed their troops at the border to prevent the Turks from targeting the YPG and, if you believe the US line, to prevent attacks by the militants against Turkey. Read More »

Bangladesh arrests 27 men on suspicion of being gay

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An elite police unit detained the men early Friday in a raid on a community center at Keraniganj, south of the nation's capital, Dhaka . He said that they were initially faced with drug charges. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has long faced discrimination and rights abuses in the country. Previous year two prominent LGBT activists including an editor of the country's only magazine for gay people were hacked to death by Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda. Read More »

Auto plows into Times Square crowd; 1 dead, about 20 hurt

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The woman's 13-year-old sister was among the injured. He tested negative for alcohol but it is understood that he is also undergoing tests while in police custody to see if he had taken drugs. Rojas enlisted in 2011 and was an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. In 2012 he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer. Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina. Read More »

UK's Conservatives to support shale energy, cap household energy tariffs (CNA, SSE)

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Unveiling the party's 2017 plan for government, May confirmed the United Kingdom would leave the European single market and customs union and would impose immigration controls on EU citizens after Brexit. The platform signals that May is more willing than her predecessor, David Cameron, to let the state intervene in markets. However, shares in utility companies pushed higher on the London Stock Exchange after she softened a pledge to introduce a price cap on standard variable tariffs, opting ... Read More »

Banks' cyber defences hold firm (for now)

We should be prepared: "more hospitals will nearly certainly be shut down by ransomware this year". He told the Tele: "We have had IT engineers in working tirelessly over the weekend". She said: "This has been a global cyber-attack which has impacted on countries across the world and clearly any incident of this nature is hugely concerning - but it's important to stress there is no evidence to suggest patient data has been compromised". Read More »

Voting begins in Iran's presidential election

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Polls close at 18:00 (1330 GMT), but voting hours will most likely be extended as the country has seen in previous elections, amid expectations of a high turnout. It will not have escaped Mr Rouhani, however, that Mr Trump is visiting Iran's closest rival Saudi Arabia shortly and that the US President has also ordered a review of the controversial nuclear deal. Read More »

Chaffetz resignation latest twist in GOP oversight of Trump

Chaffetz would not discuss his next career move, which some have speculated might include a cable news gig, but he said he planned to keep his residence in Utah. (And it's conceivable those facts could lead to a serious consideration about impeachment.) Or if they'll give Trump the benefit of the doubt. "There are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations", Chaffetz said. Read More »

Fractious House panel at center of latest Trump probes

As for the memo: Which of the two, Comey or Trump, have had serious past issues with the truth? "No. No. next question", Trump said when asked during a joint news conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos if he had, in any way, tried to influence the probe. Read More »

Wait on for details over CFA split

There are now 35 integrated stations in Melbourne and regional Victoria that include both paid and volunteer firefighters. Victoria is breaking up its fire services to ram through a controversial union pay deal, but the union says it already has "significant concerns" about the new model. Read More »

Chinese, S. Korean officials seek to mend rift with meetings

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South Korea's special envoy Lee Hae-chan, left, meets China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing , Wednesday, May 19, 2017. Lee called for "close communications" to tackle the brawls over the deployment of the US' Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea, saying Seoul has "sufficient understanding" about Beijing's concerns. Read More »

More than 20 pounds of heroin seized at Arizona-Calif border

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The agents were not hurt, and have been placed on administrative leave. At approximately 3:45 p.m., a Black 2008 Dodge Dakota driving northbound on State Route 80, collided with traffic barricades at the State Route 80 Immigration Checkpoint, which was temporarily closed due to adverse weather conditions. Read More »

European Union says Philippines declines new EU grants

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The EU is a vocal detractor of the administration's war against drugs, repeatedly threatening the Philippines it would impose trade sanctions should Duterte carry on with his brutal crackdown. Mr Duterte a year ago used expletives and raised his middle finger in response to a European parliament statement expressing concern over the killings. Read More »

James Comey and the Revenge of Washington's Professional Class

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Amash is the first Republican lawmaker to raise the specter of impeachment. He added, "I still need to speak with him", suggesting the hearing is not yet set in stone. Former acting attorney general Sally Yates questioned the timing and motive for Trump's firing of Comey last week. In one post , he linked to a Wall Street Journal article headlined, "U.S". Read More »

Rosenstein gave briefing for full Senate

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Mr Trump has faced intense backlash for firing Mr Comey on May 9. A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offense that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office. Read More »

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

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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

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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 »