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The Trump Russia Connection: 18 More Previously Undisclosed Contacts With Russian Officials

The network cited unnamed sources who said that the Russians saw Flynn as an ally. Earlier in the day Politico reported Trump regretted the decision, telling his close aides days after sacking Flynn that the move was a mistake. Flynn went on to say the Trump administration would revisit the sanctions imposed since Russian Federation annexed Crimea in 2014, the sources said, and Putin followed his advice, announcing the next day that he would not retaliate. Read More »

Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey relieved pressure on him

The White House has responded to a NY Times report that President Donald Trump fired Comey, saying that it had relieved the "great pressure" that had developed due to the Russian Federation probe. "That's taken off." White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the president's rhetoric part of his deal-making. The hearing will be scheduled after the May 29 Memorial Day holiday, the committee said in a statement . Read More »

Sweden drops rape investigation into WikiLeaks head Julian Assange

Assange, wearing a dark brown leather jacket, held his clenched fist in the air after stepping onto the small balcony below a flapping Ecuadorian flag before saying the Swedish decision was "an important victory". British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that "any decision that is taken about United Kingdom action in relation to him (Assange) would be an operational matter for the police". Read More »

Former FBI Chief James Comey to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee

A petition to impeach USA president Donald Trump has passed the million signature mark as questions continued to swirl around the embattled head of state. "I believe it hurts our country terribly , because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country", Trump said. "President Trump's personal and business holdings in the United States and overseas present unprecedented conflicts of interest", the petition holds. Read More »

Syria says US airstrike killed several soldiers near Jordan

Russia has criticised the strike, with Gennady Gatilov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, said the attack was unhelpful in resolving Syria's crisis and added that civilians had been hurt, Russia's Interfax new agency reported . "Then there was finally a strike against the lead portion of that movement". A second defense official told AFP the forces in the convoy appeared to have been Shia militia. Read More »

President Trump, King Salman meet in Riyadh

But uproar in Washington threatened to cast a long shadow over the trip. In a written statement, Mr Trump insisted again there were no nefarious ties between his campaign and Russian Federation. The president's stop in Saudi Arabia kicks off an ambitious worldwide debut. President Donald Trump is receiving the nation's highest civilian honor from Saudi King Salman. Read More »

France's Macron to meet Italian PM on Sunday


NAN reports that Macron's trip to Mali is the first trip as commander-in-chief. Fighting has also spilt into neighboring West African countries. Of those, 3,500 are French troops. Jihadists continue to control and carry out attacks in parts of Mali, an unstable situation Macron inherited from his Socialist predecessor. "The purely military strategy has its limits", Florent Geel of the International Federation for Human Rights said. Read More »

Trump Receives Warm Welcome in Saudi, Awarded Kingdom's Top Civilian Honor

The global trip is Trump's first since taking office in January. Soon after, Trump tweeted for the first time on global soil as president, writing that it was "great" to be in Saudi Arabia. The $110 billion deal for Saudi purchases of U.S. defence equipment and services came at the start of an eight-day foreign tour that will also take Trump to Jerusalem, the Vatican and meetings with leaders in Europe. Read More »

Quaid-e-Azam University closed amid student clashes


Geo TV reported that the situation was under control after police and Rangers arrived at the campus and resorted to tea gas shelling. Later, Pakistan Rangers were called in by the university authorities to disperse the enraged students. The injured students were shifted to a hospital. The varsity administration has announced to suspend the educational activities and keep hostels as well the university closed for one week. Read More »

Memorial Cup host Spitfires open with win over Sea Dogs


Up front, Windsor has 2016 first rounder Julien Gauthier (No. 21 Carolina) as well as 2015 fourth-round pick Mathieu Joseph (No. 120 Tampa Bay), 2015 fifth rounder Spencer Smallman (No. The Spitfires centre was playing as a third defenceman tonight, passing the puck up to the wingers to rush up, but mostly staying around the net. "It means a lot for us and its going to give us a good boost". Read More »

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny steps down as Fine Gael leader


The front-runners to replace Mr Kenny as Fine Gael leader and subsequently as taoiseach are Leo Varadkar, Social Protection Minister, and Simon Coveney, Housing Minister. Mr Donohoe stated his intention to vote for Mr Varadkar in an interview on RTÉ's Morning Ireland. It said 13 backed Coveney. National broadcaster RTE said last week that of those in the parliamentary party who had confidentially declared their support - around half - 23 favored Varadkar, the son of an Indian immigrant who ... Read More »

Resolve to serve people better: Mamata


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday expressed gratitude to the people as her Trinamool Congress-led government completed six years in power. "We will run the organisation by our own strength". The relation between the Congress and Trinamul had hit rock bottom previous year, when pressure from the Bengal Congress resulted in the national leadership yielding to an electoral understanding with the Left in the Assembly polls. Read More »

Trump faces diplomatic hurdles during 28 hours in the Holy Land


McMaster told reporters at a press briefing where he outlined Trump's schedule for his upcoming four-stop trip to the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, and Europe. The Western Wall, part of the retaining walls of the Second Temple compound, is the closest point of prayer for Jews to the site of the Temple itself and thus the Jewish people's holiest place of prayer. Read More »

George, Charlotte take part in Pippa Middleton's wedding

Prince Harry was at the church as well - without his girlfriend, the American actress Meghan Markle - along with Pippa's sister Kate, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Princess Charlotte. She and hedge fund manager James Matthews are marrying a church in rural England. George, three, and Charlotte, two, are playing the roles of pageboy and flower girl respectively. Read More »

Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Several senior White House officials told reporters at both Politico and CNN that Lieberman, a former Democratic senator from CT who now identifies as an Independent, was the frontrunner for the job. Senate Republicans lauded Lieberman's possible candidacy, but that support did not extend across the aisle. Somewhere along the way, though, Lieberman seems to have lost the favor of his fellow Senate Democrats, as Politico reported Thursday that many of his former colleagues reject the ... Read More »

'White House adviser is person of interest in Russian Federation probe'

But given the level of scrutiny surrounding Comey's firing, as well as the growing number of Congressmen calling for a separate investigation into his departure, this discrepancy may become more important in the weeks or months to come. Within hours of Mueller's appointment on Wednesday, the White House began reviewing the Code of Federal Regulations, which restricts newly hired government lawyers from investigating their prior law firm's clients for one year after their hiring, the sources ... Read More »

Ex-FBI chief Comey to testify in US Congress

The naming of Mueller as special counsel comes a week after Trump abruptly fired James Comey, the man who succeeded him as FBI Director. "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation". Separately, the Washington Post reported that at least one senior White House official is being looked at as a "significant person of interest" in the FBI probe as the investigation is accelerating with grand jury subpoenas. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron Visits French Troops in Mali


Macron, who is now facing a slate of difficulties such as unemployment, terror threats and political division, has said that he hopes to transcend the divides of the left and right political parties. France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday. Read More »

Disruption Continues Following Friday's NHS Cyber Attack

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed there had not been a second wave of attacks on NHS trusts and said it was "encouraging" that the level of criminal activity was at "the lower end of the range" anticipated. At Broomfield Hospital, part of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (Midlands & East), trauma patients are being diverted to Southend University Hospital. Read More »

Trump said firing Comey relieved 'great pressure'

The White House has struggled to explain the chain of events that led Mr Comey's firing - and who exactly made the decision. You might have thought it was a bad idea for President Trump to meet with Russian officials the morning after he fired the FBI director leading an investigation into possible collusion with Russia . Read More »

GE announces $15 billion of business deals with Saudi Arabia

Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council fears such deals would signal that the Trump administration has "completely outsourced" its foreign policy to the Saudis. The New York Times reported that Mr Trump called Mr Comey "a real nut job" while discussing the ongoing investigation with two Russian officials in the Oval Office earlier this month. Read More »

Royal sister-in-law Pippa takes spotlight in star-studded British wedding


According to United Kingdom wedding planning website Bridebook, the entire wedding will cost more than $300,000. "My office for the day", she tweeted, along with a picture in her stylish gymwear. Prince William and Prince Harry arrived together wearing formal suits . Carole Middleton , Pippa's mother and, James Middleton , Pippa's brother. Read More »

Iran: Rouhani leads initial count; over 70 per cent turnout

The Saudis and other Gulf states hope Trump will take a harder line on Iran than his predecessor, President Barack Obama. State TV offered its congratulations in a brief statement Saturday, based on vote tallies. Rouhani promised during the electoral campaign to continue reforms, granting more individual rights and opening the country's economy to foreign markets. Read More »

Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Crystal Palace


Mourinho has said he will retain "four or five" senior players in his side to provide structure around a group largely taken from Nicky Butt's under-23 squad. We finished fifth (in last season's Premier League), we went to the Europa League . Marouane Fellaini came off rubbing the back of his right thigh against Southampton , but Mourinho said the Belgian midfielder was confident he had not torn his hamstring. Read More »