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US Launches First Direct Strike on Pro-Regime Troops in Syria

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The U.S. -led coalition operates a training facility there for Syrian opposition forces fighting ISIS . "Any real effort to combat terrorism and to limit the Iranian influence.is in the interest of the Syrian people and the people of the region and global peace and security", said delegation leader Nasr Hariri. Read More »

Firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure, Trump told Russians

Rosenstein denied media reports from last week that Comey had asked him for additional resources for his investigation before Trump fired him. On Thursday, as Senate lawmakers emerged from a private briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, one alluded to the investigation taking a new turn. Read More »

Melania Trump avoids wearing headscarf on Saudi Arabia trip

After arriving with an escort of soldiers on horseback, Trump was welcomed to the court to the strains of the American national anthem. After two days of meetings in Saudi Arabia, Mr Trump was scheduled to travel to Israel, meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, and attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and join the world's major industrial nations at a Group of Seven gathering in Sicily. Read More »

Chinese military planes intercept US aircraft

China's two SU-30 aircraft carried out intercept of a USA aircraft WC-135 created to detect radiation while it was flying in global airspace over the East China Sea. This undated photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows the WC-135W Constant Phoenix aircraft during flight. Over the years, the US, China and several of the South East Asian countries have had disputes over rival activity in the South China Sea. Read More »

French Jews 'relieved' Macron won, anxious over Le Pen's gains

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Defeated candidate Marine Le Pen tried to tap into concerns about German dominance of Europe in the latter stages of her campaign, saying France would be run by a woman - either her or Mrs Merkel. The fresh-faced leader of France had a 10-minute conversation with Europe's most powerful leader just minutes after learning of his election victory and promised her he would visit Berlin "very quickly". Read More »

Rod Rosenstein: Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump wanted James Comey gone

Rosenstein denied media reports from last week that Comey had asked him for additional resources for his investigation before Trump fired him. The FBI's investigation has progressed in recent weeks, and McClatchy reported on Friday that Congress was told it now included whether any Trump officials engaged in a cover-up. Read More »

Zomlot: Two-state solution must be basis for any Trump peace effort

Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who gave President Donald Trump's inauguration its single largest donation at $5 million, is furious about comments Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made on Sunday regarding Trump's campaign promise to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem , Axios reported . Read More »

US protests intercept by Chinese jets; China blames US

Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the USA military described as an "unprofessional" intercept of a US aircraft created to detect radiation while it was flying in global air space over the East China Sea. The MOD spokesperson noted that frequent close-in reconnaissance by U.S. military aircraft and vessels are "fundamental causes" affecting China-U.S. Read More »

The Russia & Trump Investigation Involves A Possible Cover-Up, Congress Hears

Trump met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office the day after Trump fired Comey, who was in charge of the Russia election probe. The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the president this week, including that he may have obstructed justice by asking Comey to drop an investigation into one of his top advisors. Read More »

Rosenstein Defends Memo Condemning Comey Before Trump Fired Him

And for a long time , he reported, Trump didn't seem to notice him. Trump, combative and complaining, fell short Thursday in trying to resolve investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office. The briefing came a day after Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in that country's attempts to improperly influence the 2016 election. Read More »

White House may be looking to undermine special counsel's investigation

Former FBI director James Comey, who was sacked by Donald Trump amid an agency probe into alleged Russian meddling in the USA election, has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing. Richard Burr, the committee chairman. "By grandstanding and politicising the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said. Read More »

Trump Told Russians "Nut Job" Comey Was Fired to Ease Pressure

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe. Despite the president's furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mueller's appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos. Read More »

Trump Opens First Presidential Trip Abroad in Saudi Arabia

The official described the agreements as "a significant expansion of the over seven-decade-long security relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia". While Mrs. Trump dressed conservatively Saturday in a long-sleeved, black pantsuit accented with a wide, gold-colored belt, her below-the-shoulder brown hair blew in the breeze at King Khalid International Airport in the capital city of Riyadh. Read More »

Melania Trump forgoes headscarf in Saudi Arabia despite husband's 2015 tweet

After spending much of Saturday meeting with King Salman and other members of the royal family, Trump was to end the day at a banquet dinner at the Murabba Palace. "We are not here to lecture - to tell other peoples how to live, what to do or who to be". Hillary Clinton also did not cover her head on visits to Saudi Arabia. Read More »

NKorea vows to strengthen nukes as USA increases pressure

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However, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declined to accept the claim . North Korea will rapidly strengthen its nuclear strike capability as long as the United States maintains its "hostile policy" toward the country, the country's deputy UN ambassador said Friday. Read More »

'Hero's welcome' for N Korea missile developers

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On May 16, Reuters said citing a Kaspersky Lad analyst that code snippets spotted in a WannaCry earlier editions had been used by hackers from Lazarus Group presumably operated from North Korea. USA diplomats should be looking to Beijing and Moscow, not the United Nations, for help against Kim. However, he stressed the need for a peaceful resolution by working through the United Nations with countries including China, the North's traditional ally and benefactor. Read More »

Trump receives royal welcome in Saudi Arabia

Speaking to journalists after a ceremony to exchange agreements, Trump said it was a "tremendous day" and spoke of "hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs". presidential election. The question was a harbinger of questions to come for Trump's advisers on their first foreign swing, though Trump himself has not scheduled any news conferences for his entire nine-day trip. Read More »

Modi congratulates Rouhani on re-election as Iran President

Analysts have said a higher turnout would likely benefit Rouhani. The re-election of the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, will ensure a predictable course both in the issues related to global cooperation, and regarding the expansion of bilateral ties between Tehran and Moscow, Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky said Saturday. Read More »

Pippa Middleton's wedding is fit for a royal

The 33-year-old arrived with her father in an open-top vintage vehicle. But with the world's press watching every moment from outside the church, mum Kate appeared to storm over to George and tell him off. The shoes were a Manolo Blahnik pump, in an ivory satin with bespoke pearl detailing. After their aunt Pippa Middleton tied the knot with financier James Matthews , the youngsters led the way out of the church. Read More »

What's next for Iran after President Hassan Rouhani's win?

His resounding victory suggests that Iranians largely approve of the President's policies. The strong turnout of around 73 percent of eligible voters appeared to have favored Rouhani, whose backers' main concern had been apathy among reformists disappointed with the slow pace of change. Read More »

Trump willing to engage North Korea: Seoul

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Admiral Harry Harris, who heads the Pacific Command, spoke during a visit to Japan after the DPRK' latest ballistic missile test raised further alarm over the pace of its weapons development. People living in Seoul would essentially have zero to six minutes - from the moment a missile is launched to the time it hits the target - to take cover in the event of a strike, Dr Schiller and Dr Wright said. Read More »