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After hailing Macron win, Germans agonise over his euro plans


The SPD has tried to blame local factors for Sunday's loss in Schleswig-Holstein, including remarks the incumbent SPD state premier made about the break-up of his marriage, which some commentators said alienated female voters. But the popularity of Schulz, a former European Parliament president, spiked in February and has since fallen, and the latest polls show Merkel to be leading by about 8 points. Read More »

Push to pin health care vote on vulnerable Republicans begins

Read: What Makes For Monogamy And Good Parenting? It also returns to insurers the right to charge people with pre-existing conditions more than healthy people, as long as states create high-risk insurance pools. There'd be a Senate bill. Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican whose vote will be critical to getting a bill to Trump's desk and who voiced similar concerns, said the Senate would not take up the House bill. Read More »

Comey's Firing Draws Scrutiny From Both Parties


Rosenstein wrote in a Justice Department memo that Comey was wrong to close the investigation into whether Clinton should be prosecuted for running a private e-mail server from her NY residence when she was secretary of state. "If I can oppose his firing, so can you", he wrote on Twitter . But Democrats were not gloating at the turn of events - had she been elected Clinton would have herself fired Comey. Read More »

'Very good' chance for Israel-Palestine peace

President Donald Trump expressed confidence Wednesday that his administration can help the Israelis and the Palestinians find peace, a goal that has vexed USA efforts for decades. The Palestinian leader said he hoped to "resolve the problem of refugees and prisoners" with regards to worldwide law in whatever agreement may be signed. Read More »

Moon Wins South Korea's Presidential Poll

He will hold his first media briefing as president at 2:30 p.m. (0530 GMT) on Wednesday after a simple inauguration ceremony. (Kim Hong-ji/Pool Photo via AP). He plans to announce his nominees for prime minister and other key posts in the afternoon. Moon, a former chief of the liberal Democratic Party, visited the leaders of all four opposition parties shortly after his term formally began. Read More »

Moon Jae In sworn in as S. Korea's new president

Under the policy, South Korea wants to have a peaceful co-existence with North Korea. He also vows to reopen an industrial park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong that was jointly run by the two Koreas before the government of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who is in jail awaiting a corruption trial, closed it past year following a nuclear test and long-range rocket launch by the North. Read More »

UK welcomes US sanctions on those said linked to Syrian chemical weapons


Sanctions imposed on 271 Syrian officials in response to sarin gas attack, blamed by United States on Assad's government. Earlier this month, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said "incontrovertible" test results by its team of experts probing the incident had shown sarin gas or a similar substance was used in Khan Sheikhoun. Read More »

Hamas Elects Former Deputy Haniyeh to Head Political Office


Last week it unveiled a new policy document that dropped its pledge that accepted a Palestinian state along the borders set before Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967. The announcement caps several months of voting among Hamas' far-flung members in Gaza , the West Bank, Israeli jails and overseas to select a replacement for Meshaal, who sought to step down. Read More »

Woman shot by police in anti-terror raid


Armed police are uncommon in the United Kingdom but police said the armed raid was necessary "due to the nature of the intelligence that we were dealing with". The incident took place near the scene of a terror attack last month that left four people dead when a vehicle rammed into a crowd, as well as a police officer, who the attacker stabbed near Parliament. Read More »

Pentagon Reassures Turkey On Equipping Kurdish Elements In Syria


The issue has come to a head now because battlefield progress this year has put the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces almost in position attack IS in Raqqa, although they are still attempting to isolate the city. He pointed out that Turkey in response could restrict or deny the USA military access to Incirlik, a military base used by U.S. warplanes to fly missions against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Read More »

ISIS leader in Afghanistan killed in April, Pentagon says

Nicholson authorized the use of the American military's largest non-nuclear munition, dubbed the " mother of all bombs ", on a network of ISIL-K tunnels and caves in Nangarhar that made it hard for the USA and their Afghan partners to combat the jihadists. Read More »

Administration: Comey fired because of handling of Clinton email investigation

The Trump administration attributed Comey's firing to his mishandling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. He was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. Unlike his statement from a week earlier when he said Trump had confidence in Comey, Spicer equivocated. It is also part of a disturbing trend - first, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is fired by Trump after informing the White House of deep concerns about Trump's ... Read More »

Macron a shot in the arm for jaded France, say campaigners

Le Pen, who hopes to mimic Donald Trump's populist electoral victory, compared Macron to Hillary Clinton. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron hunted working class votes Monday, entering the final week of an increasingly nasty campaign for president. Read More »

Stephen Colbert on Trump firing Comey: 'That shows no gratitude at all'

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said Comey served the country well, but "many, including myself, have questioned his actions a couple of times over the past year". "If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president", she said. The FBI is investigating any ties between Russians and Mr. Trump's associates, so the timing of Comey's dismissal is raising the eyebrows of Democrats and even some Republicans . Read More »

Younger Judge Nominees Give Trump Chance for Legacy in Courts

Also nominated for federal court positions are David Nye of Idaho, Scott L. Palk of Oklahoma and Damien M. Schiff of California. Democrats hoping to oppose any of the nominations have one big problem: They ended the use of filibusters on lower-court nominations in 2013, back when they controlled the Senate, notes the Wall Street Journal . Read More »

Trump once cheered Comey for the same reason he just fired him

Trump later suggested in an October 27 interview with ABC News that Comey didn't just make a "mistake", but that "something happened". Loretta Lynch had to distance herself from the email investigation after a brief and ill-advised meeting at an airport with Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, raised questions about her neutrality. Read More »

Macron wins French presidency, to European allies' relief

President Trump had congratulated President-elect Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the May 7th French presidential election.It is expected that both the leaders will discuss defense, counter-terrorism policy. "The next challenge for Macron is going to be the parliamentary elections in June, and given that there's a lack of significant support, it remains highly uncertain whether the President can build a parliamentary majority". Read More »

Shaheen, Hassan, Shea-Porter, Kuster, slam Trump's firing of FBI Director Comey

Federal Bureau of Investigation directors typically serve 10-year terms. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in his letter to Mr. Trump, criticised Mr. "Furthermore, this unprecedented firing underscores the need for an independent nonpartisan investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's interference in the election". Read More »

Nigeria's Buhari vows support for freed Chibok girls


Five commanders at Boko Haram were released in exchange. The government would now look to securing the remaining abducted girls, Sani added. The return of the 82 girls on Saturday marked the second group release of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram - with both deals brokered by Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross - after 21 young women were released in October. Read More »

After Yates, more questions for Trump White House

Trump signed the ban on January 27, the same day Yates met for a second time with White House counsel Donald McGahn about National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Republican strategist Roger Stone has said he communicated with Guccifer 2.0, an unnamed hacker who has taken credit for breaking into the DNC servers. Read More »

Fired Officer Pleads Guilty In Killing Of Black Motorist


According to the federal sentencing guidelines manual , that means Slager can expect to be sentenced to between 14 years and eight months to 18 years and eight months in prison for killing Scott, if the judge heeds the recommendation by federal prosecutors. Read More »