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Oil prices fall as White House proposes US oil reserve sales

A six or nine-month extension to the present regime is the expected outcome. U.S. bank Goldman Sachs said the deal "will likely further extend the oil price rebound... OPEC and other producers who agreed to the cuts past year are not targeting any specific oil price, al-Falih said. All those positive murmurings mean that extension of the production cap is now effectively priced into the market , largely robbing Thursday's meeting in Vienna of the impetus to extend oil prices gains. Read More »

Macron vows to step up French fight against Islamists in Africa

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France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, on Friday pledged that his country would step up in its fight against Islamist factions in northern and western Africa. "I pray that God support you so that your country, faithful to the rich diversity of its moral traditions and its spiritual heritage marked also by the Christian tradition, may always endeavor to build a more just and fraternal society", Pope Francis said in his telegram for Macron. Read More »

Top House Democrat says documents suggest Flynn lied

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Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who also serves on the House Oversight Committee, told ABC that he hopes Chaffetz's meeting and subpoena for the Federal Bureau of Investigation documents breeds results. Trump allegedly asked Comey to let the investigation go, according to The Times. I don't know where they reside. Asked for his reaction to the report about Trump's comments to the Russian officials, Chaffetz said he doesn't know what was said but added, "I hope that's not true". Read More »

Confirmed Dead After Manchester Arena Blast

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The deaths followed television footage of people leaving the arena, which had been hosting a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande, in a state of alarm and distress. One wrote: "May they taste what the weak people in Mosul and (Raqqa) experience from their being bombed and burned", according to the US -based SITE Intelligence Group. Read More »

Melania Trump appears to slap away president's hand in Israel

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Check out the footage of the cool move below. As news crews from around the globe documented the couple's walk from Air Force One, Donald Trump reached back to offer his wife his hand. Then there was the kerfuffle about Melania's Twitter account liking a tweet that featured that GIF along with a joke about Trump having built a wall between him and his wife. Read More »

Rouhani says Iran's ballistic missile program will continue

Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries on Sunday aimed at fighting terrorism, singling out Iran as a major source of funding and support for militants in the Arab world. But who funded the terrorists? The Iranian people, despite odds and limited options, voted for a man who offered them hope and peace. The moderate-reformist coalition has also taken power in symbolic cities such as Yazd and the port town of Bandar Abbas. Read More »

Trump administration flip flops on location of Western Wall

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The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over territory occupied in 1967, including east Jerusalem . "The significance of Trump's statements and diplomatic "body language" is that he has signed on fully to the joint Israeli-Saudi outlook on all manner of Middle East issues..." Nonetheless, Trump's visit - and particularly his brief stop at the Western Wall, Judaism's most revered religious site - carried profound significance. Read More »

Gov. Branstad leaves Iowa with new voter ID, anti-union laws

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Senate floor Monday. Mr Branstad will help shepherd the 100-day action plan on economic cooperation that was launched between the two countries in April, when Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Mr Trump at the U.S. But the 70-year-old who's leaving to be President Donald Trump's ambassador to China may get the most attention for his actions during his final year in office, when Republicans controlled the governor's office and both chambers of the Legislature for the first time in almost ... Read More »

French Elect Youngest President Ever; DC Is Silent

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Indeed, a record number of voters, around 9 percent, cast a blank ballot, many in protest to what they saw as a choice between a far-right extremist and a former investment banker turned Socialist, turned centrist with little political experience. Read More »

Chelsea Manning: Free to Be Trans Celeb a la Caitlyn Jenner?

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Supporters of Manning - who attempted suicide twice a year ago alone - said they feared she would not have been able to survive the long sentence. "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world", she said in a written statement . Read More »

Merkron? France's Macron seeks close ties with Germany to shore up EU

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In turn, Merkel said she is open to a Macron proposal to create a level playing field between European Union countries and other global trade partners. On the subject of debt, he added: "I have never defended (the idea of) Eurobonds or the mutualisation of existing debt in the euro zone". Macron appointed Philippe, a lawmaker from the moderate wing of The Republicans party, on Monday to head his first government in a move aimed at broadening his political appeal and weakening opponents ... Read More »

After the presidency, parliament: Macron faces new battle

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Our correspondent said that attention will turn to looming problems, including ensuring the smooth exit of the United Kingdom from the EU. He is also fervently pro-European and wants to re-energize the soon-to-be 27-member European Union , following Britain's referendum vote last June to leave. Read More »

French President Macron unveils 'gender even' Cabinet

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He joins Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who Macron named Monday, a day after taking office as president. In his busy first week, Mr Macron is also set to meet EU Council President Donald Tusk in Paris on Wednesday as he tackles his top foreign priority of reforming the European Union. Read More »

Alex Salmond tells Tories he's 'well up for battle' over Gordon seat

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The former SNP leader said: "I think most people would have said that was a bad decision for the Prime Minister to break her word on the election, but as my dad always says you play the ball as it lies, and where the ball lies is we're fighting an election campaign and we intend to fight it and to win it". Read More »

ELECTION 2017: Labour quizzed on costing of manifesto promises

The Unite leader praised the party's manifesto, launched yesterday, but blamed the media's "constant attack" on Mr Corbyn and internal party divisions for Labour trailing in the polls. Some Labour moderates fear that Mr Corbyn could use the findings as a way of clinging to power even if the party loses the election. Responding to the Tory claims about Labour's manifesto spending plans, election coordinator Andrew Gwynne said: "This is absolute rubbish from the Tories and yet another wholly ... Read More »

Unruly man heading for American Airlines cockpit subdued, duct-taped to seat

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As the Los Angeles Times reports , Uskanil was arrested In the wee hours of Friday morning, and cited by Los Angeles Airport Police for opening a door that led to the LAX tarmac. Laptop computers have been banned from carry-on baggage on many USA -bound flights from the Middle East, and they may soon be banned on flights from Europe. Read More »

US State Department summons Turkish Ambassador

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John McCain said the government should "throw their ambassador the hell out" of the U.S. The incident was very similar to another in Washington previous year when Erdogan's guards roughed up Kurdish protesters outside the Brookings Institution think tank just before the president arrived. Read More »

North Korea calls latest solid-fuel missile test successful

The missile launched on Sunday reached an altitude of 560 kilometers (347 miles), said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules. It called the missile an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies. The council statement, similar to previous condemnations, said North Korea's "illegal ballistic missile activities are significantly contributing to its development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond". Read More »