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Top staffer quits as Trump seeks overhaul

Dubke was a rare addition to the White House staff who was not previously associated with Trump , the Trump campaign, or the transition staff. Spicer also said the president is meeting Tuesday afternoon with two more candidates to replace James Comey for Federal Bureau of Investigation director: John Pistole, a former TSA administrator who previously served as Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director, and Chris Wray, a former Justice Department official who served during the George W. Read More »

Poll dive hits British PM's election battle

Amber Rudd , who stood in for the Conservative Party , defended the Prime Minister's decision, claiming she was staying above the "squabbling" of a possible " Coalition of Chaos ". Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas said the "first rule of leadership is to show up". Senior figures from the UK's seven main political parties will descend on Cambridge tonight to participate in the BBC's set piece election debate . Read More »

Donald Trump's PR chief quits as Russian rumours swirl

The article describes a December 1 or 2 meeting in which Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser, discussed setting up a direct communication system between Trump and Moscow with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. But if Trump remained unseen, he was certainly not unheard. SIEGEL: Mara, one question about Trump's policy agenda - he's tweeted that he would decide I guess this week whether to pull out of the Paris climate accord. Read More »

Macedonia's Zaev wins confidence vote to form new government

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The 42-year old Zaev, an economist by training, won the support of 62 lawmakers in the 120-seat parliament, obtaining votes from MPs of his SDSM party and the main ethnic Albanian parties. Greece regards Skopje's use of the name as a territorial grab, and in protest it has been blocking Macedonia's accession into the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Read More »

Illinois Lawmakers adjourn without passing budget

Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt told The Daily once legislators adjourned at roughly 9 p.m., the public had an hour to leave the building. Their funding stalled when a partial budget expired on January 1. You can't find anyone in the State of IL who won't say: "We need property tax relief, our property taxes are too darned high". "When I go to communicate to the people of IL the status of how broken our system is and what we need to do to get a balanced budget, that's an essential ... Read More »

British PM boycotts TV debate as election looms

Corbyn and Farron were joined by the leaders of the Green party, the UK Independence Party and Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru and the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party. But he exceeded expectations in the Sky News/Channel 4 The Battle For Number 10 programme on Monday, and his decades of campaign experience and perhaps the uptick in the polls, have given him a relaxed demeanour even as the questions entered hard territory. Read More »

Gov't sets up task force after slipping 5 spots in competitive ranking

Malaysia will establish a task force comprising representatives from the public and private sector, to improve its ranking in the World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY), said the ministry of worldwide trade and industry (Miti). Mustapa noted that in the digital competitiveness area, Malaysia remained committed to driving digitalisation and innovation through appropriate technological infrastructure, e-commerce and technology adoption across the economic sectors. Read More »

Opposition mocks May's absence from election debate

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Mr Farron claimed Mrs May was "too frit to turn up", while her decision not to attend was branded "extreme cowardice" by Green co-leader Caroline Lucas. Mr Corbyn challenged her directly over the Conservatives' record on poverty, saying: "Have you been to a food bank?" He also delivered a similarly dig at Mrs May in his very British closing statement that garnered a big laugh from the studio audience when he advised viewers to make a brew and watch Bake Off because "you are not worth Theresa ... Read More »

Grande and friends to play Manchester on Sunday

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After offering condolences and pledging to help the people of Manchester, Ariana wrote , "The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out". Those in most urgent need will receive funds first, and the money will be distributed by the Manchester City Council. She also says, " There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better ". Read More »

Two militants killed in J&K

Four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured after terrorists attacked their convoy in Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district on Wednesday. "The security forces retaliated leading to death of the two militants", the DGP said. May 5, 2017: Two terrorists were gunned down by the army near Tral after a dramatic 16-hour shootout had a rich stock of arms and ammunition. Read More »

May blasts opponent on Brexit as poll lead narrows

Philip May revealed his wife had been harboring ambitions to be prime minister since her days in the shadow cabinet but Corbyn played down his pursuit of the top political job. Asked by presenter Ore Oduba how he felt about the prospect of being prime minister, he said: "Hope of what we can do and hope of the way we can change things in this country". Read More »

Trump Says He Hasn't Ruled out Visiting Western Wall With Netanyahu

In Israel and the West Bank, he pointedly did not back America's long-standing support for a two-state solution to the intractable peace process. "No one is talking about it with us, or with anyone", Khalidi told The Times of Israel . Abbas stressed that "the problem is not between us and Judaism". Israel in the meantime would make changes to improve the Palestinians' quality of life, he noted. Read More »

Iranians demanding change deliver emphatic victory for Rouhani

The other candidates received 500 thousand votes. Iran's state television declared incumbent President Rouhani the victor of the country's presidential election on Saturday, May 20, giving the 68-year-old cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda calling for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world. Read More »

Mike Dubke, President Trump's Communications Director, Resigns

Trump officials were preparing to establish a "war room" to address an issue that has begun to dominate his young presidency. Russia, a pivotal player in Syria, has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, often at the expense of civilians and at odds with USA policy during Syria's long civil war. Read More »

Mitt Romney to Trump: Stay in the Paris Climate Agreement

The source said this showed disrespect to the gravity of the decision. The agreement , formally known as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change , focuses on ways to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday in Alaska that he had "yet to read what the actual Paris Agreement is", and would have to read it before weighing in. Read More »

Theresa May criticised for missing TV election debate

Earlier this week Mrs May warned that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was not prepared for Brexit negotiations and would go into talks with Brussels - scheduled to begin on 19 June - "alone and naked". "I've met pensioners who have said they don't think they should get that winter fuel payment", she said. "I've not been off the television screens, I've been doing things on the television, but predominantly taking questions from voters and listening to voters". Read More »

Donald Trump to announce decision on Paris Accord over next few days

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United Nations rules for the 2015 pact, which seeks to shift the world economy from fossil fuels this century, say Washington would formally have to wait until November 2020 to withdraw. The effects of U.S. withdrawal on global efforts will depend heavily on how other countries react, but the nation could still face some diplomatic consequences for leaving, including possible carbon tariffs imposed on the U.S., The New York Times reported . Read More »

White House Dodges Questions About Kushner's Meetings With Russians

Press secretary Sean Spicer briefed reporters on Tuesday following President Trump's first trip overseas. Trump , fresh off his foreign trip, returned to Washington this weekend facing not only congressional probes but the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Trump's associates and Russian Federation as the Kremlin allegedly tried to tip the election Trump's way. Read More »

President Trump to announce Paris climate deal decision

The organization's main Twitter page quoted Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying, " Climate change is undeniable". "We believe climate change is real", Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said in an interview two weeks ago. A US withdrawal could alienate American allies in Europe already wary of Trump and call into question USA leadership and trustworthiness on one of the world's leading issues. Read More »

India, Russia 'natural partners' in fighting terrorism: PM

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Modi said he was personally committed to helping foreign companies set up operations in India . Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid floral tributes to the victims of the World War II at the historic Piskarevskoe Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg , the cultural capital of Russian Federation. Read More »

Afghans mourn a day after massive truck bombing kills 90

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Afghan residents walk past a damaged building near the site of a truck bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017 . The bombing raises serious questions about the Afghan government's ability to provide basic security. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, says that Wednesday's explosion had "nothing to do with the Mujahedeen of Islamic Emirate", as the Taliban call themselves. Read More »

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian is New Who Director

Tedros beat Britain's David Nabarro and Pakistan's Sania Nishtar after three successive rounds of voting. In the final round, Tedros received 133 votes to British candidate David Nabarro's 50, with two abstentions. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, a major British charitable foundation. In the run-up to the vote, the battle seemed to narrow to a race between Tedros and Nabarro, who has wide experience on the front lines of global health and in the United Nations system, ... Read More »

Russian navy launches missiles against ISIS stronghold

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's seeking to build a joint anti-terrorist front with US counterpart Donald Trump, but the American leader's pledge to work with Russia has run into resistance from both Democrats and his own Republican party. Read More »