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Afghan officials: 2 killed after gunmen storm bank

The sources further added that preliminary reports indicate the woman was from Germany and was killed along with her security guard. The group has not commented on the incident. However, foreigners have increasingly become targets as well. Many aid organizations have moved their headquarters from central Kabul to the outskirts of the city for this reason and due to other security concerns. Read More »

Ivanka Trump Steals Dad's Saudi Spotlight On Social Media

In March, Saudi Arabia's King Salman toured Asia and his delegation signed similar agreements worth tens of billions of dollars there, including deals worth as much as $65 billion in China. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told reporters on Air Force One that Trump spent the flight meeting with staff, working on his upcoming speech to the Muslim world and getting a little sleep. Read More »

Iran's Rouhani vows to deliver campaign promises

Rouhani, a moderate, was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and other partners, and his first term was marked by an emergent global outreach. Rouhani made an apparent dig at Saudi Arabia, saying Iran had demonstrated to its neighbours that "the path to ensuring security is the reinforcement of democracy, not relying on foreign powers". Read More »

Senators: Former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly before intelligence panel

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At first, the White House said Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey based on the recommendation of the Justice Department, and because of Mr. Comey's handling of the F.B.I. Mueller was appointed FBI director in 2001, and led the bureau through the terror attacks of September 11 before retiring in 2012. Warner of Virginia said Comey's testimony should come "sooner rather than later". Read More »

Comey's dismissal not discussed at meeting with Trump - Lavrov

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President Donald Trump has fired Comey. A Washington Post report , citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said a senior Trump adviser is now considered a "person of interest" in the law enforcement investigation into whether Mr Trump's campaign associates co-ordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to sway the 2016 election. Read More »

Jared Kushner's sister touts family connections in order to woo Chinese investors

In questioning immigration, Trump hasn't raised the EB-5 program. Over the weekend, the Kushners' business was trying to drum up millions of dollars in Chinese investment for a New Jersey skyscraper project. Though the foreign investor immigration program has become a source for cheap real estate financing for projects like the Kushner family's, questions about its fairness and national security implications have made it a political briar patch for years. Read More »

Donald Trump receives top civilian medal from Saudi king

The two leaders exchanged pleasantries and Trump said it was "a great honor" to be there. "It's very important that the president is reaching out to Muslim-majority countries in the world, and trying to identify who our friends are and work with them to beat our common enemies", Democratic Congressman Thomas Suozzi, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East told VOA. Read More »

More Chibok girls to return in swap deal, says minister

According to her, most of the girls prefer to be within the government facility because they don't want to be reminded of their experiences having to go to their community. The militants are thought to be still holding more than 100 of the 276 taken from Chibok, north-east Nigeria, three years ago. "I am very, very excited with this development", said Yana Galang, whose daughter, Rifkatu, was among the girls kidnapped. Read More »

Pak can't hang Jadhav till final verdict: ICJ

He said the court has not yet gave its final verdict and Pakistan will fully defend its stance in this case. On Thursday, Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ asserted that the Kulbhushan Jadhav's case was indeed debatable, and added that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Read More »

Critical Turkish newspaper publishes blank issue in protest

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None of these reports explain what link allegedly exists between the article in question, those arrested, and Fethullah Gulen. Anadolu said the prosecutors are also investigating the four for "armed rebellion against the Turkish government" and "assassinating and assaulting the president", in reference to an article by Ulu on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's location hours before the coup attempt. Read More »

GOP health plan really about taxes

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It would make NY the first state in the nation to give every resident health care . It would turn Medicaid from an entitlement program to one funded by federal block grants to states, capped based on the number of beneficiaries. "That means our senators should reject any bill that takes coverage away from people, ends the Medicaid expansion, caps or cuts the program, makes insurance coverage unaffordable, or takes away protections from people with health conditions". Read More »

Merkel's party wins election in rivals' German heartland

In the past several months, some opinion polls have shown that Schulz, a former president of the European Parliament, will have an edge over Merkel in the coming federal elections. The campaign "will be mainly about concepts for the future", including the digital economy, education and research, she said. SPD state premier Hannelore Kraft quickly conceded defeat and said she would stand down as her party's local leader, which analysts called an attempt to shield Schulz from the fallout. Read More »

Chinese military planes intercept United States aircraft

Two Chinese fighter jets conducted an "unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. aircraft in worldwide airspace over the East China Sea on Wednesday, according to the U.S. "This flight was no exception", she said. Hodge declined to provide further details and said the issue would be addressed with China through " appropriate diplomatic and military channels ". Read More »

China urges S Korea to 'remove obstacles' to good ties

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At the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi urged both sides "to consolidate the mutual political trust and properly handle divergence on the basis of mutual understanding and mutual respect". "Seoul needs to make a choice between deploying THAAD and resuming Sino-South Korean relations". South Korean companies have claimed that Beijing took retaliatory measures against them, with the flow of tourists from China to South Korea dropping dramatically. Read More »

Syria, Russia condemn US-led coalition strike

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A pro-regime convoy struck by the US -led anti-Daesh coalition in Syria was likely directed by Iran, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday. "On Thursday at 16.30, the so-called global coalition attacked one of the Syrian Arab Army's positions on the Al-Tanf road in the Syrian Badia region, producing a number of martyrs and causing material damage", a military source told Syrian state media. Read More »

Spurs Return to Western Conference Finals

Meanwhile, after missing Game 6 against Houston , Leonard said he will be ready to play in Game 1 against the Warriors . Mills, whose place in the starting line-up is due to a long-term injury to Tony Parker, also had a plus-25 plus-minus rating, and committed just one turnover. Read More »