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Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin hold 'frank' talks on Syria, Ukraine

The pair also discussed the Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its encroachment on neighbouring Ukraine as well as allegations of Russian meddling in France's presidential campaign. Macron said he spoke to Putin about LGBT rights in the Russian republic of Chechnya and about the rights of embattled non-governmental organizations in Russia, vowing to be "vigilant" on these issues. Read More »

Australia gears up for State of Origin series

There won't be too much done today. "I am happy to be here". Can't fault them to now. The prep has been really good. But the incumbent trio believed they deserved to be retained and are determined to show selectors they have not made a mistake. Read More »

Ballistic missile test a success - NKorea

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Officially known as the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, the Pentagon likens the defensive tactic to hitting a bullet with a bullet. A long-range ground-based interceptor is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2014. The U.S. military destroyed a mock intercontinental ballistic missile thousands of miles over the Pacific for the first time Tuesday, a step forward for a missile-defense program that has taken on new significance in light of North Korean threats. Read More »

Massive Explosion in Kabul, At Least 60 People Injured

A auto bomb exploded in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul on Wednesday, killing several people and injuring scores of others. A large suicide auto blast killed or wounded dozens in the Afghan capital of Kabul . There are also images of thick smoke rising over the blast zone. The attack came amid the Taliban's annual "spring offensive". A bomb blast was reported near Indian Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday morning, according to TV channel CNN-News 18. Read More »

Joe Lieberman front-runner for FBI director post, Trump says

While he is widely disliked by progressives, Lieberman also may not find much support from more centrist Democrats , his long-time allies who have defended him over the years as he faced attacks from the political left. President Donald Trump said Thursday that former Sen. Tweeting on Friday afternoon, Sanders said that Lieberman failed to meet his bar because he would be "perceived as a political appointee". Read More »

UN leader: Leaving Paris accord will harm US global influence

The issue of climate change emerged and the president was very open, he was interested in knowing why his counterparts defend their stance and I am sure that he accepts the pros and cons of that agreement, he Mattis pointed out. She told reporters: "The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying". Alternatively, the president could declare the accord a legal treaty, which would need Senate approval, or pull the US out of the United Nations Framework ... Read More »

Jared Kushner defended by Trump amid 'secret Russia line' questions

The most famous case of course is Richard Nixon trying to jettison peace talks between the North and South Vietnamese" while he was still a candidate for president, in 1968. The idea of backchannel communications with Russian Federation, said Homeland Security secretary John Kelly on Sunday, would be "both normal...and acceptable" and even a "good thing ". Read More »

Chelsea Manning released after almost 7 years in prison

Manning was court-martialed and sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison , the longest sentence ever imposed for a leak conviction in USA history. Chelsea Manning was convicted for a 2010 US intelligence leak that exposed information about the nation's military and diplomacy efforts. Read More »

Trump says he favors more money for health care

On that topic, Trump tweeted Sunday night: "I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere". Trump boarded Air Force One without having held a single news conference on the trip - a break in presidential precedent that allowed him to avoid facing tough questions about his foreign policy or the raging controversies involving the investigations into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

Donald Trump lashes out at Germany over trade, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; promises change

Martin Schulz , former President of the European Parliament and chairman of Mrs Merkel's coalition partner party the SPD, backed the German Chancellor, accusing Mr Trump of being an "autocratic leader" who was trying to "humiliate" her. Ivanka Trump recently tried to convince a German audience that her dad was a great advocate for women, only to be greeted with audible groans , so Germany isn't buying what the Trumps are selling. Read More »

Iran says Trump's Saudi trip contradicts anti-terror claims

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Netanyahu is working to broaden his coalition because he wants room for maneuver should direct Israeli-Palestinian talks resume, said the TV report , which was not confirmed. "When you hear about the tough phone calls I'm having, don't worry about it". "The idea that we can give up territory and achieve peace is not right", Netanyahu told Army Radio. Read More »

Macron holds 'extremely frank' talks with Putin

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But at a joint news conference after their talks, ill-feeling came to the surface over past allegations made by Macron's camp that state-funded Russian news outlets had sought to destabilise his campaign. But in an apparent warning to Assad and Russian Federation, he said the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a "red line" for his presidency and would draw an "immediate response" from France. Read More »

Portland mayor aims to nix free-speech rally, fears 'hatred'

The man, Joseph Christian, fatally stabbed two other passengers on board and seriously injured another after they tried to stop him from harassing the women, according to police . A longtime friend of Christian's said prison changed him. "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable", the president's tweet read, continuing: "The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance". Read More »

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation gets ready for Trump

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US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that money has already started pouring in as many NATO countries have started stepping up their contributions to the organisation. German media quoted Trump as saying: "Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US". Speaking at dedication ceremonies for NATO's new headquarters, Trump noted that the defense budgets of 23 of the 28 members don't equal 2 percent of their nation's economic output, as required, while the United States has spent ... Read More »

Egypt and Russia discuss fight against `terror`

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Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, which prompted Egypt to launch what it called responsive strikes against jihadist positions in neighboring Libya. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport. On Monday, Shoukry also praised "Russia's role in the success of the Astana process", the talks in Kazakhstan trying to bring about peace in Syria, and said he hoped it would lead to "a total ceasefire and reinforce political negotiations", the ministry said. Read More »

President Trump to "Shred" Hussein Obama's Cuba Policy

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Donald Trump is likely to significantly overhaul Obama's Cuba policies next month ( CNN ). The Trump administration's changes are unlikely to give opponents of the current US relationship with Cuba everything they want and unlikely to give proponents of knocking down all barriers what they want. Read More »

France's Macron decries Russian media's 'fake news' while hosting Putin

But following talks ill feeling feeling at the press conference came to the surface over issues such as Ukraine. "When press organs sow defamatory untruths, they are no longer journalists, " he said. "I reminded him of the importance for France of the respect of all peoples and all minorities, all sensibilities in civil society", Macron said of Putin. Read More »

Putin and Macron have frank talks

She added, "By labeling any news reporting he disagrees with as fake news, President Macron sets a unsafe precedent that threatens both freedom of speech and journalism at large". Putin denied that Moscow meddled in France's presidential election and said he didn't intend to influence the vote by meeting with Le Pen. But anyone expecting fireworks would probably have been disappointed: Macron and Putin shook hands amiably for seven seconds before heading inside. Read More »

Trump says report of Jared Kushner's outreach to Russia 'fabricated'

The White House did not respond to requests for comment as to how Trump was spending his day after returning from the nine-day foreign trip the night before. What do we know about the alleged back channel Kushner wanted to establish? "It's bad for the prospects of calm at the White House". The administration had hoped Trump's nine-day turn in the global spotlight would offer a respite from relentless coverage - marked by an endless barrage of explosive revelations - of an ever-widening ... Read More »

Spicer Clashes with Media in Return to Podium

During his first press briefing in 15 days , Spicer cited a retweet by incoming New York Times reporter Shane Goldmacher to illustrate an example of "fake news" to CNN's Jim Acosta . "You get to decide what's big and what's not?" he asked. Among those said to be in line for White House jobs are Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, political veterans who worked as senior officials during Trump's campaign but did not join the administration. Read More »

Trump reportedly mulling major overhaul to White House staff

Democrats raised new concerns about Kushner. Schiff said that if he had confirmation of the allegations, Kushner's security clearance should be revoked. Kislyak reportedly was taken aback by the request, which involved possibly using Russian communications equipment at its embassy or consulate. What was the second meeting that Kushner was involved in? The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked for Kushner to discuss meetings he arranged with Kislyak, including one with Sergey Gorkov, ... Read More »