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Panels pledge thorough probe into Comey firing

Senior intelligence officials also saw the March requests as a threat to the independence of US spy agencies, which are supposed to remain insulated from partisan issues. Smith called Trump's actions "an appalling abuse of power". Comey revealed in a hearing before the House intelligence committee on March 20 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking for any links between Trump campaign aides and Russian Federation and whether there was coordination between the two sides. Read More »

Israel not mentioned in meeting with Russia

Israeli ministers have approved a number of measures aimed at improving the Palestinian economy and facilitating crossings, said to be at Mr Trump's request. Back in Israel , he will tour the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and deliver a speech at the Israel Museum - expected to be his longest public remarks during the visit - before departing for the Vatican. Read More »

Trump speaks alongside PM Netanyahu in Israel

At a welcoming ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport Tel Aviv , Trump said there is now a "rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace" to the Middle East. Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism to marry Kushner, an orthodox Jew. Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel s unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of United States and worldwide precedent. Read More »

Government Leaker Chelsea Manning Released From Prison After Obama Commutation

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Manning originally comes from Crescent, Oklahoma. "After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived", she said in a statement reported by CNN. In a statement last week - her first public comments since Obama wiped away her remaining sentence - Manning thanked him and said letters of support from veterans and fellow transgender people inspired her "to work toward making life better for others ". Read More »

In Riyadh speech, Trump says India has 'suffered repeated barbaric attacks'

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In a pointed departure from his predecessor, the USA president all but promised he would not publicly admonish middle eastern rulers for human rights violations and oppressive reigns. Mr Trump was addressing the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries on Sunday afternoon in his first speech on foreign soil. Reinforcing his theme of U.S. Read More »

Gambia's Jammeh 'stole $50m', assets frozen: minister

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The Justice Minister also said 131 properties associated with Jammeh's name; 88 bank accounts; 14 companies belonging to the dictator have been frozen. The minister told journalists at a press briefing at his ministry in Banjul that the freezing order affects 131 landed properties held in the personal name of Mr Jammeh or companies or organisations directly associated with him. Read More »

Ariana Grande Concert Manchester Explosion

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The Department of Homeland Security says there is no evidence of credible threats against music venues in the US, as England reels from an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert late Monday. It wasn't a bomb, just "abandoned clothing ". Eyewitnesses have suggested that the bomb could have contained nails and other metal items. Videos posted on social media from near the arena show large numbers of ambulances and police vehicles in the area. Read More »

Elephant crushes hunter as it falls from fatal shot

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Seeing this, one of the other hunters shot the elephant swinging Botha by its trunk, but they probably did not see how this could end. As the elephant collapsed, it crushed Botha, giving him fatal injuries. A spokeswoman for Botha's company "Big Game Safaris", based in Limpopo, South Africa, declined to comment to AFP, but said a statement would be issued later this week. Read More »

Thai police handing hospital bomb probe as security reviewed

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There was no claim of responsibility for the blast at the Phramongkutklao Hospital, which is popular with soldiers and their families and retired military officers. Since the coup, the junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order, has clamped down on dissent and ramped up prosecutions under sedition and royal defamation laws. Read More »

Liverpool eyeing silverware after top-four finish - Milner

He added: "We started the season very well, I started well". Last week a report claimed to name the five targets Liverpool wanted to sign this summer , but ahead of any potential arrivals, the club's deputy captain Milner wants anyone keen to sign to respect the Anfield ethos. Read More »

President Trump to meet with Abbas in Bethlehem, visit Yad Vashem

Trump also paid a visit to Western Wall in the Old City of East Jerusalem , becoming the first sitting USA president to visit one of the most sacred sites in Judaism. But he added that he had a "feeling that we're going to get there eventually". Palestinians, who viewed Trump's victory with some trepidation, are said to have been pleasantly surprised by Trump's openness during a recent meeting with Abbas in Washington. Read More »

Brazil's President Refuses to Resign Amid Corruption Scandal

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Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America, needs to walk out of shadow of corruption, said Carvalho. A demonstrator carries a sign that reads in Portuguese "Get out". Temer's administration, which came to power a year ago after a tough impeachment fight ousted President Dilma Rousseff , has withstood several scandals. Read More »

Key lawmakers vow full airing of reasons behind Comey firing

The New York Times reported last week on a Comey memo indicating that Trump had urged him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn . Current and former USA officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters at least 18 calls and emails were exchanged between Trump and Russian officials. Read More »

Broken says Ariana Grande on Manchester blast

Apart from celebratory messages, other messages that went out with the hashtags referring to the blast, encouraged more "lone wolf" attacks. Concert goers ran for their lives after the deadly explosion. The first confirmed victim was Georgina Callander, whose death was reported by her former school. "May it be a comfort to those grieving in Manchester tonight that so many around the world mourn in solidarity with them", Pelosi added. Read More »

Trump urges Muslim fightback on terror

Trump's signature phrase " radical Islamic terrorism " was not included in the speech. "Terrorism has spread all across the world. But nations of the Middle East can not wait for American power to crush this enemy for them", Trump told leaders of 55 Muslim majority countries representing more than a billion people. Read More »

Sea lion in Canada pulls girl into water

The entire incident was captured on video by Michael Fujiwara who was hanging around at the Steveston Fisherman's Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia. The girl is quickly rescued and the family walks away in shock.Canada's Marine Mammal Regulations specify that " no person shall disturb a marine mammal except when fishing ". Read More »

President Trump Asks Mideast To Extinguish Extremism

During his speech at the Arab-Islamic-US summit Trump said , "The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror, so too have nations of Africa and South America, India, Russia, China, Australia have all been victims.". Zarif tweeted on Sunday, a day after relative moderate President Hassan Rouhani won re-election in Iran. The Iranian Foreign Minister emphasised that Trump himself had earlier suggested that Saudi Arabia was behind the 9/11 attacks. Read More »

Trump meets Palestinian leader in Bethlehem

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Hossam Zomlot, an aide to Abbas, said that "if President Trump wants to mediate and leads us to a historic agreement, a major agreement, we are ready to be his partners". The Arab leaders who you met yesterday could help change the atmosphere, and they could help create the conditions for a realistic peace. Abbas also projected his confidence in the latest attempt to reboot the peace process. Read More »

Trump overseas as Russian Federation probe heats up — Sunday shows preview

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Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel's leaders announced Friday. Senator Mark Warner, the committee's vice-chairman, said Comey "deserves an opportunity to tell his story". McMaster said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" program. While Comey was reportedly uncomfortable with the president's improper boundaries and conduct before he was sacked, sources say Comey hadn't come to any conclusions about the president's ... Read More »

North Korea says missile tests warhead guidance, ready for deployment

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South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the rocket was sacked Sunday from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang and flew eastward about 500 kilometers, or 310 miles. A man passes by a TV news program showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul , South Korea, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Read More »