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Former US president Obama had warned Trump against Flynn

He described the warning from Yates as a "heads-up" and repeatedly said that the information she provided had been quickly relayed to the president. Yes, Trump actually included a tweet into his Twitter banner denying Russian Federation collusion claims. Read More »

Euro gives up earlier gains as Macron wins French presidential election

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And of those who did vote, nearly 9 percent submitted blank ballots, to send the message that they favored neither candidate. Reuters reported that more than 11 percent of voters chose neither Macron nor Le Pen. As Le Pen called up Macron to congratulate him, the new President vowed to fight "the forces of division that undermine France", media reports said. Read More »

Key moments that led up to FBI Director Comey's firing

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After Trump took the oath of office in January, the White House announced that he planned to keep Comey . "That's between the President of the United States and Director Comey ", Conway responded. Comey was speaking to agents at the FBI's field office in Los Angeles when the news of his firing flashed on TV screens, according to a law enforcement official who was there. Read More »

US President Donald Trump to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican

Mr Trump's visit to Israel follows his meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on Wednesday, when he pledged to end one of the world's oldest conflicts. The President is set to visit the Vatican, Israel and Saudi Arabia this month, as part of his maiden worldwide trip. "It's a clear and powerful message that the U.S. Read More »

Army officer found killed in Shopian district

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We share the grief of family of Lt. Ummer Fayaz & stand in solidarity. Asserting that the deceased officer was an exceptional sportsman, Jaitley said his sacrifice reiterates nation's commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley. Fayaz, who hails from Kulgam district, was posted in Jammu's Akhnoor area. His body will be brought to Sursun for burial. The young officer was commissioned in December 2016. Read More »

Le Pen vows to end immigration if elected President

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French voters are like fish, like eels - very slippery.”. "There has been a real tightening of the race with four candidates between 19 percent and 23 percent", he added. In contrast to Le Pen, Macron on Sunday told 20,000 people in Paris that France's future lay firmly in Europe, albeit one that suited French interests. Read More »

Moon Jae In Wins S. Korea Presidency

At home, Mr Moon faces the task of healing a nation which is still reeling from the graft probe that culminated in Park's arrest in March after months of street protests. But Moon is seen as a candidate who could shake up the status quo in Seoul , especially when it comes to dealing with his northern neighbor. Voter disillusionment over the Park scandal has prompted lawmakers to consider a constitutional change to reduce the powers of the president. Read More »

President Trump fires FBI Director Comey

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton's primary opponent, said Trump's sudden termination of Comey "raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding". "Rep. Justin Amash of MI, a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, tweeted that his staff was preparing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russian Federation", while Senator John McCain of Arizona said the firing "confirms the need and the urgency" for such a commission. Read More »

White House alerted about Flynn's blackmail risk: Ex

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According to a senior Obama administration source , "Flynn's name kept popping up". The Democratic president gave the warning in an Oval Office meeting with Trump two days after the Republican's surprise November 8 election win. The press secretary also described Yates as "someone who is not exactly a supporter of the president's agenda" and a "strong supporter" of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Read More »

McDonnell demands Labour "come out fighting" after string of local election losses

Pollsters got the result of the 2015 election badly wrong, concluding that they had underestimated support for the Conservatives and had over-represented Labour supporters in their surveys. The Liberal Democrat results have been mixed, with some gains and some losses. Labour performed better in Wales, retaining control in Cardiff and other cities and losing seats to Independents rather than the Conservatives. Read More »

Macron carries hopes of millions of Europeans: Merkel

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But for the first time in the country's post-war history, France's new leader does not have a big party machine behind him, after the two main parties, the Republicans and Socialists, crashed out in the first round of the presidential election. Read More »

Trump calls Russian Federation probe 'a total hoax'

Two days after the election, President Barack Obama told President-elect Donald Trump that Mike Flynn was bad news. Flynn was forced to resign February 13. Congressional investigators have also accused Flynn of possibly breaking the law by not properly disclosing a $45,000 payment for an appearance he made at an event in Moscow to celebrate Russia Today. Read More »

Venezuela's Maduro calls for new constitution as protests rage

Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman, reporting from Caracas , said protests are the main tool the opposition has to oppose the government's moves. Since anti-Maduro unrest began in early April, some 29 people have been killed, more than 400 people have been injured and hundreds more arrested. Read More »

Israeli minister calls to close UNESCO's Jerusalem office after contested vote

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel would cut $1 million from its United Nations funding in response, saying the resolution denies Jews' historical connection with Jerusalem . ISESCO called on the UNESCO to continue its support of the inalienable rights of the Palestinians through its decisions and resolutions. Speaking to foreign diplomats at a reception marking the country's founding, Netanyahu said: "There are more countries today that are abstaining or supporting ... Read More »

In Venezuela, soldiers arrested for criticising Maduro

Venezuelans and fellow classical music performers have blasted Dudamel in the past for being cozy with Maduro, who protesters accuse of undermining the South American country's democracy and blame for an economic collapse that has produced soaring inflation and shortages of food and medicine. Read More »

Putin, in telegram to France's Macron, says ready for constructive work

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The demonstrators were protesting both against Macron - criticized by many on France's far left as a member of a discredited elite in thrall to global capitalism - and against his defeated far-right nationalist rival, Marine Le Pen. Le Pen will be president and the European project will go to the dogs". Macron won by 66.06% to 33.94% to become, at 39, the country's youngest president and the first head of state from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic's ... Read More »

Pete Hoekstra: Dems Should Applaud James Comey's Firing

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The members of the Senate and House were responding to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey earlier in the day. Comey had previously refused to acknowledge the parallel Trump investigation, and his disclosure enrages Democrats who already blamed Comey for costing Clinton the presidency. Read More »

North Korea displays military prowess with failed missile launch

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The launch came just hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proposed that the United Nations put more economic sanctions on North Korea, urging other countries to cut off diplomatic relations. It comes as China ordered North Korea to stand down its rocket testing or risk harsh sanctions. The second suspected launch of the KN-17 occurred on April 16, 2017 from the same base in Sinpo and was also considered to be a failure, blowing up just seconds after launch. Read More »

Montreal declares state of emergency over floods

Provincial Police say the body of Mike Gagnon of Saint Anne des Monts was recovered yesterday not far from where a strong current pulled his vehicle toward the Sainte Anne River in eastern Quebec. A man is assisted by Surete du Quebec police officers after being evacuated from his home in the town of Rigaud, Quebec, west of Montreal, Monday, May 8, 2017, following flooding in the region. Read More »

Read: Donald Trump's full letter firing James Comey

While I had deep reservations with the way Director Comey handled the investigation into the Clinton emails which I made clear at the time and since, to take this action without addressing the profound conflict of interest of the President and Attorney General harkens back to a similarly tainted decision by President Nixon. Read More »