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Increasingly blamed for missteps, Trump communications director resigns

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News emerged early that Michael Dubke, the communications director of three months, was leaving his post . White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday President Donald Trump is the best person to communicate his message and then took the opportunity to bash what the administration believes are fake news reports on a variety of subjects. Read More »

Trump Reportedly Decides to Exit From Paris Climate Deal Despite EU's Objections

Axios notes that "Although Trump made it clear during the campaign and in multiple conversations before his overseas trip that he favored withdrawal, he has been known to abruptly change his mind". President Donald Trump has wrapped up the first foreign trip of his presidency and is on his way back to Washington . The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement. Read More »

Pakistani diplomats, staff injured in Kabul Attack

The victims appear mainly to have been Afghan civilians. Turkey, China and India also reported damage to their embassy buildings. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the massive attack in Kabul , saying: "the terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people". Read More »

'House of Cards' Season 5 Released on Netflix

Though traditionally slated for release earlier in the year, Netflix delayed House of Cards' debut this year after showrunner Beau Willimon left his role. The key difference is that Veep always had the stronger claim on proximity to reality. But with the nation now tuned into the real president's every move, many of which are in stark contrast to normal operating procedure, the Underwoods' thirst for power at any means no longer feel that removed from reality. Read More »

Trump hits out at 'fake news' about son-in-law

This one's focused on his son-in-law and special adviser, Jared Kushner . U.S. media said the White House is creating a new rapid-fire communications unit to respond to the controversy, led by Kushner , senior presidential adviser Steve Bannon and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus . Read More »

Bomb kills 10, hurts 22 in Baghdad; IS claims responsibility

It came just days after the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan , when Muslims fast during the day and fill Baghdad's cafes at night. Officials said the bombing was specifically targeted toward the popular ice cream shop in the central part of Iraq's capital. Read More »

GOPer Gianforte Wins Montana House Race, Apologizes For Alleged Assault

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Montana newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte, and the Gallatin County sheriff - himself a donor to Gianforte's campaign - charged him with misdemeanor assault . "I shouldn't have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I'm sorry, Mr". Democratic enthusiasm up, Gianforte wins despite reporter assault controversy. Read More »

Kenya launches multi-billion dollar railway amid concerns over costs

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The Mombasa-Nairobi train will be transporting up to 1,200 passengers daily. In an interview with Xinhua on the sidelines of a ceremony held here in Nairobi for the release of the company's social responsibility report regarding the SGR project, Chen said that the company has endeavored to build the Kenya SGR project into a quality project that will endure the test of time. Read More »

SNP manifesto pledges to fight NHS privatisation in England

A recent YouGov opinion poll on Scotland's voting intentions shows the SNP with 42% support - 13 points ahead of the Conservatives, and 23 ahead of Labour . As well as this, the SNP called for support for the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign, continued commitment to the triple lock on the state pension and a pledge to oppose the plan to raise the state pension age (SPA) beyond 66. Read More »

White House official: Trump expected to pull out of Paris climate deal

Almost 200 nations, including the United States, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. "And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable", he said. The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 parties in Paris in 2015 and it went into effect in November. Read More »

TPP Nations Agree to Complete Preparatory Work Without US

Meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Hanoi , Vietnam on Sunday morning, 11 remaining nations agreed that they would explore ways to continue with TPP without the United States. "We think the agreement is well balanced", said McClay. "Australia and New Zealand have aligned with Japan in promoting quick implementation of the deal without the United States". Read More »

U.S. admits Mosul air strike killed more than 100 civilians

The strike is probably the single deadliest civilian casualty incident in the almost three-year-old air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. On March 17, Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service forces were engaging ISIS in the Jadidah district of West Mosul . Iraqi ground forces called in the airstrikes. Read More »

United Nations chief says climate deal 'absolutely essential'

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington , Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Failing that, Trump should say farewell to Paris on his own, and never look back. Their rationale: Remaining in the climate change deal would make it more hard to unwind former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, in effect arguing for a despicable daily double of more pollution and a hotter planet. Read More »

Labour's Odds of Winning General Election "Shortening by the Hour"

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A slew of polls in the wake of the Conservative manifesto launch on Thursday showed a significant drop in the party's lead over Labour . In something of a U-turn, prime minister Theresa May has now said the Conservative government would set an " absolute limit " on the amount people pay for social care. Read More »

Egypt's controversial NGO law

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Parliamentarian Haitham al-Hariry, a member of the 25-30 Coalition in opposition to the law, told local media that al-Sisi's decision to approve the bill was surprising to many MPs and that the legislation will harm Egypt's global public image. Read More »

Donald Trump Shuns Press Conference, Celebrates Successful Foreign Trip with American Troops

The highlight of Trump's trip was the signing of a $110 billion weapon sales deal with Saudi Arabia, prompting intense criticism from global rights groups and some United States lawmakers over the regime's appalling human rights record and its ongoing military aggression against neighboring Yemen, which has killed and wounded thousands and destroyed the impoverished nation's major infrastructure. Read More »

United Kingdom stops sharing Manchester attack intelligence with US

By Wednesday evening, not only had the U.S. media divulged more details of the investigation - information on Salman Abedi's family and his global travels - the New York Times printed close-up photographs of fragments of the Manchester bomb and the apparent tattered remains of the backpack that held it. Read More »

Turkey summons USA envoy over 'security lapses' in Erdogan visit

The Turkish Foreign Ministry now says the United States ambassador has been given a " written and verbal protest " over the US's handling of the situation. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said the United States ambassador was given a " written and verbal protest " against actions that is said were " contrary to diplomatic rules and practices ". Read More »

'All Gave Some, Some Gave All': America Commemorates Memorial Day

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He singled out John Kelly , a retired four-star general now serving as secretary of Homeland Security whose son, 2nd Lt. To all Gold Star families (the families of those killed in action), Trump said of their lost service members: "They each had their own names, their own stories, their own attractive dreams". Read More »

Sturgeon presents SNP as last line of defense against Tories

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon promised to protect Scotland from the effects of Brexit , austerity and cuts to public services as she unveiled the Scottish National Party's election manifesto Tuesday. When MSPs voted 69-59 in favour of Holyrood having referendum powers, they did so on a government motion which mentioned the same dates. "They are unfair and they are created to divide". Read More »

Authorities: Stabbings suspect bragged in patrol auto

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And I think he's also anxious about the kind of thing, you know, that we saw in court today where you have supporters of the victims in this case and people who are calling themselves free speech activists clashing and that that could lead to more violence. Read More »

United States launches 1st missile-intercept test

But "in a more broad sense", Davis added, " North Korea is obviously one of the reasons why we have this capability". It came a day after North Korea test-fired yet another ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches that have ratcheted up tensions over Pyongyang's quest to develop weapons capable of hitting the United States. Read More »

Watch Jeremy Corbyn throw total shade at The One Show

Dimbleby, who will break news of the exit polls on the night of 8 June and the unfolding results in the early hours of the following morning, suggested the outcome is not a foregone conclusion. Formal talks on Britain's withdrawal are due to start on June 19, just 11 days after the general election. Security was also high on the agenda on Monday, in the wake of the Manchester suicide bombing a week ago which saw 22 people killed and led to brief suspension in political campaigning. Read More »