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Throwing chaos aside, Trump aims for caution on big trip

Iran is giving President Donald Trump a reason to feel optimistic about Middle East peace. He also urged America's Arab allies to isolate Tehran " until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace ". The White House said the deal would support the long-term security of the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats . Despite Mr. Trump's rhetoric and the massive arms deal, Gary Grappo, a former USA ambassador posted both in Saudi Arabia and Israel in the past, says the ... Read More »

Before Trump Visit, Israel Makes Some Concessions to Palestinians

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The so-called final-status issues remain the largest stumbling blocks to a peace deal. On Monday, Israeli forces shot and injured at least 11 Palestinian protesters who staged a general strike in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem , and the besieged Gaza Strip in support of those prisoners on hunger strikes. Read More »

Russian Ambassador Said Jared Kushner Wanted Secret Communications Channel With Kremlin

The claim comes from intercepts of conversations between Russia's ambassador and Moscow. To some officials, it also reflects a staggering naivete. According to the report, Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that Kushner made the proposal during a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, and that Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities for the communications. Read More »

G7 summit talks open amid rising global crises

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also use the summit to underscore concerns over neighbouring North Korea , following its recent series of missile tests. White House economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters on the flight to Sicily Thursday that, if it comes to a choice between measures to curtail global warming under the 2015 Paris climate accord and growing the USA economy, economic considerations would prevail. Read More »

Christians Killed as Jihadists Aim to Transform Mindanao into Islamic State

Meanwhile, 18 members of the Maute group were killed in fresh gun battle as government troops cleared two bridges heading towards Bangulo. Army officials said 13 fighters were killed on Thursday by troops backed by rocket-firing helicopters in Marawi city , an important hub for the Islamic faith that now resembles a war zone. Read More »

Egypt Launches Strikes In Libya After Attackers Kill 28 Coptic Christians

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan. "Everyone is trying to identify the dead and wounded". The grand imam of al-Azhar, Egypt's 1,000-year-old centre of Islamic learning, said the attack was meant to destabilise the country. They base their theology on the teachings of the apostle Mark, who introduced Christianity to Egypt. Read More »

JUST IN: Court orders DSS to release Ifeanyi Ubah

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Prior to the order of unconditional release of Ubah, Justice Idris, had dismissed the preliminary Objection filed by DSS, challenging Court's jurisdiction to entertain Uba's suit. Justice Yusuf Haliru gave the advice after declining to vacate an exparte order delivered on May 10, 2017, which gave the Department of State Services (DSS) 14 days to detain Ubah. Read More »

Macron gets to grips with United States president on climate change deal

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Rather than shake hands, Trump just stared off into space like a lost schoolboy. Trump twice attempted at letting go of Macron's hand, only for Macron to maintain his grip. Speaking with Mic Thursday, body language expert and retired Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence and counterterrorism operative Joe Navarro said that President Trump may not understand the intended meaning of a handshake. Read More »

Trump discussed terrorism and climate change with Pope Francis, says Tillerson

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President Donald Trump is meeting Pope Francis for the first time. Despite some initial confusion on whether the Pope was talking about pizza, the penny eventually dropped for Mrs Trump. "Well, I'll be reading them", Trump said after the gift exchange. The first lady knows her fashion - and how not to mess up a meeting at the Vatican with the wrong outfit. Read More »

Chaffetz Seat To Be Filed In November Election

Chaffetz finally appeared ready ready to dig into Trump's dealings, vowing Tuesday to get the memos FBI Director James Comey wrote about his meeting with Trump in which the president allegedly asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Read More »

How does GST rates impact your monthly household budget?

The five slabs are in sync with the corresponding GST rates for goods , announced earlier. Speaking to reporters here following the meeting, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said that no consensus could be reached on the rate to apply on gold, and that the next meeting of the GST Council has been fixed for June 4. Read More »

Erdogan congratulates Iran's Rouhani over election win

In Syria, they made mistakes, and also in Yemen ". "They are exhausted from 40 years of conservatives' management style", said Soroush Farhadian, a Tehran-based political analyst who backs reformists. "At this point, I have no plans to call my counterpart in Iran, although in all likelihood we will talk at the right time", said Tillerson. "We won. Read More »

Modi condoles deaths in Sri Lanka floods

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The military was deployed to evacuate people from the worst hit areas with the Sri Lanka Air Force using helicopters to assist in the operations. The Sri Lankan government appealed to the U.N and other countries for help with rescue and relief measures. Read More »

2 dead, 1 injured after stabbing attack on train in Oregon

Pete Simpson said the man "was using hate speech". A third person was also stabbed but suffered non-life threatening injures, Simpson said. Another man also tried to help the women. Simpson said police didn't know if the man has mental health issues or if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. TriMet says the transit center is closed and that the blue, green and red MAX light rail lines are disrupted. Read More »

NSA to Jimmy Carter Zbigniew Brzezinski passes away

President Carter released a statement Friday night regarding Brzezinski's death. Brzezinski, who became a US citizen in 1958, was one of the first, if not the first, talking head to predict decades before that the Soviet Union would dissolve. Read More »

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Enacts New Drug Crime Policy

Session ordered federal prosecutors to seek the maximum punishment for drug offenses. Sessions has specifically cited the dangers drugs pose to society as a rationale for stronger sentences. "Mandatory minimums are already a poison that have proven to be destructive to the criminal justice system", he said. "I think it's a bad mistake for us to try to impose more prison time on low-level drug offenders". Read More »

US Strike Hits Pro-Assad Forces Syria

A US defence official told the AFP news agency that the strike did not signal a strategic shift for the coalition, which has focused on battling IS and has tried to avoid intervening in Syria's civil war . The 5th Special Forces Group has been training and mentoring pro-Western rebel groups in and around Tanf for about six months as part of the anti-ISIS campaign developed under then-President Barack Obama and continued by the Trump administration. Read More »

Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy

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Comey's actions based on what he knew was Russian disinformation offer a stark example of the way Russian interference impacted the decisions of the highest-level U.S. The Washington Post reported Thursday that investigators are looking into several meetings between Kushner and foreign officials as part of a broader investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Read More »

Fox News Retracts DNC Staffer Conspiracy Story, But Hannity Keeps It Alive

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Last week , both Fox News and a Fox affiliate in Washington , WTTG-TV, published and aired reports, sourced to private investigator Rod Wheeler , that said evidence showed Rich had been in contact with Wikileaks before his death. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich amplified the conspiracy theory on Fox News Sunday. The network had no other comment beyond the published statement on Tuesday , May 23, 2017 . Read More »

Netanyahu greets Trump on his first trip to Israel

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Having insisted that he was capable of striking the "ultimate deal" for peace between Palestinians and Israelis, Trump made no mention of a two-state solution, which has always been considered internationally as the preferred solution but which Israel's right-wing government has publicly begun to shy away from. Read More »

Kushner Under FBI Scrutiny in Russia Probe

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His attorney, Jamie Gorelick, told the Post that he has volunteered to share information with a Congress on the nature of the meetings. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry". The report, given to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a source March 2016, detailed a supposed email in which then-Attorney General Loretta E. Read More »

Did Melania Trump Really Bat Donald's Hand Away?

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The small embarrassing act was caught on video that went viral on the internet, raising eyebrows over the tense relationship that came between the Trumps. President Donald Trump would be a "historic milestone" in achieving regional peace. "Very much in common", Sara Netanyahu said. Neither the prime minister or the president knew where to stand when they reached the end of the red carpet on the tarmac and Mrs Netanyahu had to nudge her husband because he was in the wrong spot. Read More »