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Trump tried wooing Comey ... and when that didn't work, he fired him

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It said one official had read quotations to the Times and another had confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion. Trump said on Twitter hours before he left on his first foreign trip since taking office in January. "The entire thing has been a witch hunt", he declared, echoing one of the tweets he'd sent out just after dawn: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" But that would be political suicide for Trump. Read More »

Trump, in address to Muslims, urges fight against terror

He regularly attacked former President Obama for not using the term "radical Islamic extremism" to describe terror threats - a term which national security officials have said can be counterproductive in rallying majority-Muslim nations to support US counter-terror efforts, and feed terrorist propaganda that portrays the U.S.as at war with Islam. Read More »

New French President Announces His 1st Government

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A poor showing in June's legislative elections could force him to change a few names possibly even his prime minister. France's new president has unveiled his cabinet ministers on Wednesday, selecting a mix of political hues to broaden his support. Read More »

Trump's wife keeps her head bare during Saudi Arabia visit

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In addition to King Salman and President Trump, 55 Heads of State and Government from the Muslim world have been invited to participate in the Summit. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter that the defence agreement was the "largest single arms deal in U.S. history" and said other deals amounted to $250 billion in commercial investment. Read More »

Rep. Al Green calls for Trump impeachment on House floor

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Fifty-four percent say the FBI's investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is the reason Comey got the boot. Justin Amash , a Republican who has been critical of Trump in the past, agreed that if the Comey memo proves to be true, it would constitute grounds for impeachment. Read More »

US Congressmen want Trump impeached for 'obstruction of justice'

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Several lawmakers point out however that obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense. Here are the leading advocates for the action, which would defy the official results of the United States' presidential election. It was an alternative to the way rulers were removed in their own time, typically by assassination or revolution. Independent commission, independent investigator. Read More »

Former senator Joe Lieberman said to lead pack for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Mr Lieberman gave reporters a thumbs-up as he left the White House on Wednesday and said he and Mr Trump had a "good meeting". The latest personnel puzzle is the presence of former Sen. Trump earlier had teased that he could announce his choice for director before departing Friday for Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium, a world tour that will keep him away from the White House through the end of next week. Read More »

Theme park visit to attract 28% GST, animal slaughtering, vet clinics exempt

Bindi, vermilion, glass bangles, handlooms, hearing aids and handmade musical instruments have also been exempt under GST. The telecom services will have to bear some extra burden with the tax rate increasing by 2%. Mumbai: Domestic ratings agency Crisil has said it will take six months for industrial stabilisation after GST is introduced but gains of the biggest indirect tax reform will take up to 3 years to materialise. Read More »

Yemen's Houthi Rebels Launch Ballistic Missile at Riyadh Prior to Trump Visit

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The attack came after Yemen's army and popular committees launched a long-range ballistic missile dubbed "Borkan-2 (Volcano-2)" at Riyadh on Friday evening. Houthi rebels bombed a Saudi ship in late January. The coalition later stepped up its efforts with intense ground attacks. It said they have, however, fired Scud-variant short-range ballistic missiles and free-flight rockets. Read More »

Trump Boasted About Firing 'Nut Job' Comey to Russian Officials

Trump added, "I'm not under investigation". White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the overall accuracy of the document and its contents. As the media reveal more information about the tormented relationship between President Trump and fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey , some of the best tidbits are coming from his friend Benjamin Wittes. Read More »

U.S. to arm Syrian Kurds fighting ISIS

It was the latest IS stronghold to fall to the Kurdish-led fighters as they advance toward Raqqa - the seat of the militants' so-called caliphate along the Euphrates River. "Both the PKK and YPG are terrorist organisations and they are no different apart from their names", he said. The official, who wasn't authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the USA has yet to provide the weapons. Read More »

US Officials Say N. Korea Missile Test Successful

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The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States. Hong also held a separate one-on-one meeting with National Security Advisor H R McMaster to discuss pending issues between the two countries, including nuclear and missile tensions with North Korea and the deployment of the US THAAD missile defence system. Read More »

Received Kulbhushan Jadhav's Mother's Plea, Considering It, Says Pakistan

Pakistani representatives, on the other hand, argued that Jadhav was denied consular access because the issue was one of national security and that the case was outside of ICJ's jurisdiction. He had asserted that the ICJ can not nullify Indian spy Jadhav's death sentence. He said that the original - 1960 declaration - was without reservations and exceptions. Read More »

President Trump Meets With Turkish President Amid Tensions

Those include extraditing the Pennsylvania-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan blames for fomenting a failed coup last summer, and dropping USA charges against Reza Zarrab, a Turkish businessman accused of money-laundering and violating US sanctions in Iran. Read More »

Sweden drops Rape charges against Assange

Marianne Ny. Assange, who has been living in London's Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 to hide from Swedish authorities, may not have to fear arrest from Swedish authorities, but his legal woes are not over. Speaking at the press conference in Stolkholm, Ms Ny said that there is a possibility of the investigation being reopened if Mr Assange returns to Sweden before 2020. Read More »

What kind of dialogue India wants on OBOR, asks China

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Beijing is willing to maintain communication with Rome on major worldwide issues, and hopes Italy can play a positive role within the European Union in order to safeguard development of China-EU ties, he said. As the U.S. seeks an "American First" agenda, many countries are rushing to be part of China's big plans. So far, he said, Beijing has helped with feasibility studies for major projects . Read More »

U.S. releases 2 Turkish bodyguards after violence

Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham did not confirm that description during a press conference the following day, saying that his department was "in the preliminary stages" of its investigation. Asked what happened, one man bleeding profusely from a cut to his forehead said, "The Turks, the Turks, the Turks attacked us". Kheirabadi said he is a Kurd who passed through Turkey as a refugee and is now a USA citizen. Read More »

House, Senate Russia investigators promise to plow ahead

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And Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, who had been considered a contender for FBI director but removed himself from the running, said he thought senators were taking the investigation "enormously seriously". But, in a Twitter rampage the day after, Mr. Trump said it was the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history . Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans have requested an independent probe on the 2016 US election, following talks about Russian Federation ... Read More »

4 candidates to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director are in line for interviews

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Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning. Mr Cornyn is the second-ranking Senate Republican and a strong defender of Mr Trump, a president who often places a premium on loyalty. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48. White House press secretary Sean Spicer subsequently refused to clarify whether Trump records conversations in the Oval Office, and said he was "not aware" whether Trump recorded his exchanges with Comey . Read More »

Donald Trump signs $110bn arms deal hours after landing in Saudi Arabia

Escaping Washington for the embrace of the Saudi royal family appeared to give Trump a boost. While there have been plenty of past official visitors to Saudi Arabia who have elected not to cover their hair, our own foreign minister Julie Bishop did in fact wear a scarf out of respect on a visit to Iran in 2015 . Read More »