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U.S. and Saudi Arabia agree $110bn arms deals


The visit comes as Mr Trump faces uproar at home following his sacking of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. He will also travel to Israel, have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican and attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the G7 meeting in Sicily. Read More »

U.S. and Saudi Companies Sign Deals Worth at Least $43 Billion


McMaster, Trump's national security adviser. He travels to Israel and the Palestinian Territories on Monday and Tuesday, and then to the Vatican and to Brussels and Italy for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings. This week, it was reported that Trump divulged highly-classified intelligence to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting the week before. Read More »

Trump Administration Eyeing Low-Income Subsidies in Obamacare Repeal Bill


A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to say whether McConnell uses the exchange. With 62 senators , including 20 Republicans, coming from states that expanded their Medicaid coverage under the PPACA, the House's American Health Care Act nearly certainly can't pass the Senate in its present form, the Times notes. Read More »

Poll boost for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour slashes Tory general election lead


Spending more on an election campaign is no guarantee of winning: the Conservatives outspent Labour in 2001 but Labour still won a large majority, while in 2005 the funding was nearly equal but Labour won again. Scottish Tories have claimed pensioners in Scotland should be exempt from means testing, because the colder weather in the country increases the need for winter fuel payments. Read More »

Macron unveils new French cabinet

Half of the appointees announced on Wednesday are men and half are women. FILE - In this Aug.31,2016 file photo, French former Agriculture minister Bruno Le Maire speaks in Jouy-en-Josas, south of Paris . The 80-year old Italian politician himself is in a relationship with Francesca Pascale, who is 49 years his junior. His appointment in Macron's government is a signal to right-wing voters ahead of June parliamentary elections. Read More »

Brazil's top court releases testimony linking president to bribes

In a statement on Thursday, Joesley Batista stressed that his companies had never bribed officials in countries other than Brazil. Hopes Latin America's largest economy could emerge from its worst-ever recession this year were plunged into doubt on Thursday after President Michel Temer was shaken by allegations he condoned bribing a potential witness. Read More »

Driver in Times Square rampage charged with murder


His next court appearance is May 24. Cops say Robert Rojas, 26, was suicidal, screaming that he wanted them to shoot him. The two law enforcement officials say Rojas tested negative for alcohol, but drug tests were still pending. Rojas spent his final months in the Navy at NAS Jax before being discharged in 2014 as the result of a special court martial, a Navy official said. Read More »

13-1 shot Cloud Computing springs upset to win 142 Preakness Stakes


He didn't have it". "Just put too much into the Derby". It appeared to be a two-horse race for the majority of the 1 3/16-mile course, with Classic Empire and Always Dreaming running neck-and-neck from the opening gates. There were only two weeks between Always Dreaming's win at Churchill Downs and his late fade Saturday, so a quick turnaround being the culprit makes sense. Read More »

President Trump Finds Solace in Saudi Arabia, Strikes Deals with the Kingdom

Washington and Riyadh will also work on joint investments in the mining and energy sectors, including Saudi oil-giant Aramco, which will be partially privatised next year in what is expected to be the world's biggest IPO. The trip comes as controversy swirls in the USA around the investigation into potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government, which could distract from the president's diplomatic mission. Read More »

France welcomes SDF advance against ISIS in Syria's Raqqa

The U.S. policy in Syria is quite clear: As I wrote time and again, Washington demands Turkey to treat the YPG as a legitimate player. According to The Wall Street Journal, the USA responded by openly demonstrating its flag within the framework of their mission in the northern part of Syria in order to prevent Turkey from hitting US allies. Read More »

Israeli Spies Upset By Trump Intel-Sharing With Russia

As the Trump administration has chosen to pursue a policy of increasing daylight with the world's only Jewish state, Trump must clarify his Middle East policy. Senior Trump administration officials told the Free Beacon that the use of these maps was unintentional and that the error has been corrected. Obama's last waiver, signed several weeks after Trump was elected on a platform promising to move the embassy immediately, is due to expire June 1. Read More »

Trump Presented With Gold Medal In Saudi Arabia

King Salman decorated Trump with the gold King Abdulaziz medal during a meeting at the royal court in the Saudi capital. The president's trip comes days after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel in the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

$110bn arms deal to counter Iran's evil influence: Tillerson

He added, "in all likelihood, we will talk at the right time". In a press conference held here Saturday with his United States counterpart Rex Tillerson, Al-Jubeir pointed out that the strategic partnership agreements will develop into a strong strategic partnership by intensifying consultation and cooperation whether in the fight against terrorism, defense, technology, education, trade or investment, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA). Read More »

Online betting increases over whether Trump will be impeached


Impeachment of the current POTUS sounds fucking great to me, as I already have champagne ready, but where do we even begin? The definition is vague and has always been debated. Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to share with US Congress his records of that now fateful White House meeting between President Donald Trump and some of Russia's top diplomats. Read More »

Five things to watch as China's belt and road plan unfolds


It's a mouthful. The "One Belt" part of it refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt while the "One Road" refers to the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road. India has persistently raised its concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. "India's objection to the B&R is partly a show for domestic politics, partly to pile pressure on China". Jinping on Sunday also pledged $124 billion for the initiative, which aims to bolster China's global leadership ambitions by building infrastructure and ... Read More »

Macron calls for countries' support in fighting extremism


Martin Schulz, trying to regain momentum after a shock election loss in Germany's most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia last week, the SPD's third defeat this year, said Macron's win showed a pro-European campaign could work. "Germany is very present in back-up operations", Mr Macron said. French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leave after a family photo following the first cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Read More »

Iran's president trounces hard-liner to secure second term

He also said that candidates Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi-Taba won 478,215 and 215,450 votes, respectively. The powers of the president in Iran are restricted by an unelected Supreme Leader - now Ayatollah Ali Khamenei , who is said to be grooming Raisi as the next Supreme Leader. Read More »

Who's the Real "Nut Job" Here?

The Times also reported on Friday that Trump called Comey a "nut job" in the midst of a meeting with Russian diplomats that took place the day after he fired Comey. The New York Times reported a couple days after the firing that Trump demanded Comey pledge his loyalty during a private dinner in January, an account that Trump has partially denied, with the irresistible addendum that were he to have done that it wouldn't have been unethical. Read More »

Comey To Tell His Side of the Story To Senate Intelligence Committee

Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, although a date has not yet been set, according to the committee's chairman, Senator Richard Burr. Trump had ignited political firestorm the previous week when he fired Comey, who was running the investigation. White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the president's rhetoric part of his deal-making. Read More »

In Saudi Arabia, Melania Trump opts to keep her head bare

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and U.S. President Donald Trump are expected to have their first meeting in Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the Arab Islamic American Summit. Also, U.S. business leaders at an economic forum taking place simultaneously in Saudi Arabia signed deals potentially worth more than $200 billion over the next 10 years. Read More »

Embattled Trump starts foreign tour with Saudi arms deal


Kushner, the husband of Trump's daughter, Ivanka, also a White House staffer, are part of the US delegation. USA technology and engineering conglomerate GE said it had signed $15 billion of agreements with Saudi organisations. The normally austere kingdom put on a major display for the visit, with the streets of Riyadh lined with United States and Saudi flags and billboards featuring Trump and King Salman. Read More »