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Vote 2017: Labour and Lib Dems head to head on education


And with the Lib Dems announcing a commitment to end rough sleeping, Mrs Bunting said: "Here in Newbury, we all know that as well as the people who have been "counted", many more sofa surf or are in insecure accommodation for only the occasional night, and we know we have single homeless people and couples who are sleeping rough". Read More »

Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K again, India retaliates

In the most recent of the series of atrocities, Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) on Monday mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers in Krishna Ghati sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district along the Line of Control. In a statement Tuesday, Pakistan's army said the country "remains fully committed to maintaining peace and tranquility along the LOC and expect same from other side and hope prudence is exercised". Read More »

Cambodian UN peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the battle Monday night. The U.N. Auto has been plagued by conflict since early 2013, when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power, triggering reprisals by Christian "anti-Balaka" militias. Read More »

Negative sentiment to Call of Duty has "virtually evaporated" with WWII

Call of Duty: World War 2 is going to be a significant entry in the first person shooter series for a lot of reasons, but the one that comes to mind more than most is the fact that this is the game that brings Call of Duty back to its World War II roots, back where the series first made a name for itself. Read More »

How the Outcome of the French Election Will Impact Europe


In interviews Monday, National Front officials said the party founded by her father would get a new name to try and draw in a broader spectrum of supporters. In Sunday's vote, she received a little more than one third of the votes cast. Her tally was nearly double the score that her father Jean-Marie, the last far-right candidate to make the presidential runoff, achieved in 2002, when he was trounced by the conservative Jacques Chirac. Read More »

Comey firing prompts leading Dems to do 180-degree turn

A new director chosen by Trump could decide to drop the FBI investigation altogether, or not pursue it as aggressively as Comey has. Schumer also plans to convene a caucus meeting Wednesday morning so that Democrats can discuss a more formal response, aides said. Read More »

Kellyanne Conway defends Trump's firing of James Comey

Rosenstein sent his recommendation to Sessions, who concurred and they forwarded their recommendation to Trump, who accepted it on Tuesday, they said. "The president's decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee", McCain said. This had nothing to do with has everything to do with whether the current Federal Bureau of Investigation director has the president's confidence'. Read More »

Washington announces plan to arm Kurds (YPG) one week before Erdogan's visit


While Turkey could impose limits on the use of the Incirlik base, that would hamper operations against Islamic State, which also menaces Turkey itself and has claimed responsibility for attacks including the bombing of Istanbul airport. The announcement comes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkish officials last week in Ankara, Turkey, and discussed possible strategies for defeating ISIS in Syria. Read More »

Enraged Israel slashes United Nations funding over UNESCO resolution

Basic Law: Jerusalem , which was passed by the Knesset in 1980, declares united Jerusalem as Israel's sovereign capital. Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. The resolution also said Israel should remove its blockade of the Gaza Strip because it "harmfully affects the free and sustained movement of personnel, students and humanitarian relief items". Read More »

5 things to know about French president-elect Emmanuel Macron


In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Macron's election makes it even more important for British voters to back her Conservatives and strengthen Britain's hand in European Union exit talks. Earlier, Theresa May called to congratulate the president-elect and discuss Britain's exit from the EU. Macron had a sweeping victory with about 66.1% votes while 33.9% votes went to Le Pen's kitty. Read More »

Haniyeh Elected Meshaal's Successor while Authority Siege Hamas Through Taxes

Hamas captured the coastal strip by violently overthrowing forces loyal to the Fatah movement, led by Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. "Haniya will continue on this path". The Palestinian group understood that "the Brotherhood and its allies suffer troubles now", Al-Oraby said, adding that Egypt is a strong and stable country that could present support and aid to the strained Palestinian people in Gaza . Read More »

WH highlights Clapper's lack of evidence on Trump-Russia collusion


Washington Post: Yates says she warned White House Flynn could be "blackmailed" - "Former acting attorney general Sally Yates said Monday she warned the top lawyer in the White House that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could be blackmailed by Russian Federation, and gave the White House a private warning 'so that they could take action'". Read More »

Trump to Meet Top Russian Diplomat at the White House


Both countries have recently indicated that relations under Trump have never been so bad. They weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. But his hopes for a possible rapprochement with Moscow, so regularly repeated during the campaign, have been derailed. In an interview last week, Trump once again refused to blame Russian Federation for attempting to influence the 2016 election through hacking and other means, despite an overwhelming consensus by US law ... Read More »

Obama Warned Trump About Flynn

Flynn recently offered to testify on the possible Russian connections of the Trump campaign in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Broadcaster Keith Olbermann praised former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday as an "American hero", whose fearless testimony before a Senate committee "used to be the minimum standard for public servants". Read More »

New South Korea president says he is willing to visit Pyongyang

Her disgraceful exit does not eliminate the chasm between conservatives and liberals here. Moon assumed presidential duties early in the morning after the National Election Commission finished counting Tuesday's votes and declared him victor of the special election necessitated by the ousting of conservative Park Geun-hye, whose downfall and jailing on corruption charges is one of the most turbulent stretches in the nation's recent political history. Read More »

How is Trump doing in his first 100 days?

But more than half (51%) feel discouraged about the coming for years with Trump in charge, as opposed to the 45% who feel encouraged about Trump's time in office. Trump, on the other hand, has seemed to struggle to get the ball rolling on most of his proposed policies. Trump also remains more popular than Congress. Read More »

Despite warnings on Flynn, Trump dismisses Russian collusion

The president says former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, one of the officials who testified Monday, "said nothing but old news!" The Associated Press reported last week that one sign taken as a warning by Obama officials about Flynn's contacts with Kislyak was a request by a member of Trump's own transition team made to national security officials in the Obama White House for the classified Central Intelligence Agency profile of Kislyak. Read More »

Top Senate Intelligence Democrat has faith in Russia probe


In a statement Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Earlier in the day, the White House announced that Comey was removed from his post based on clear recommendations from the Justice Department. Leahy called Trump's justification for the firing - that Comey had treated Hillary Clinton unfairly in his investigation of her use of a private email server - "absurd". Read More »

Grits, NDP Neck-and-Neck in BC

Meanwhile, the NDP's rising star David Eby is battling the Liberals' James Lombardi in Vancouver-Point Grey, a wealthy riding he took from Christy Clark in 2013 and that until then the NDP had not won since. "It could be some time before this is completely clear". With nearly 1,600 votes, he improved upon his party's results from 2013, when Laurel Ralston got 921 votes. Read More »

Senator cites fee she says Federal Bureau of Investigation paid for hacking tool

Anthony Weiner , D-N.Y., who separated a year ago from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Comey said Abedin was emailing files to her now-estranged husband, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner (D). Senators then asked Director Comey why he made a decision to go public with the investigation of Hillary Clinton but not the investigation of whether Donald Trump or his associates had inappropriate contact with Russian agents. Read More »

Jakarta gov to appeal blasphemy prison sentence


Prosecutors recommended one-year prison if Ahok violates his probation. The head judge Santiarto also denied that the case had political aspects and said the trial was purely criminal. Ahok lost his bid for re-election to a Muslim rival, Anies Baswedan, on April after the most divisive and religiously charged election in recent years. Read More »

Chibok girls released by Boko Haram in swap deal


The personal assistant to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari , Bashir Ahmad, tweeted that "huge numbers" had been released . Boko Haram , which previous year pledged loyalty to Islamic State, has kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children in its campaign to carve out a medieval Islamist caliphate. Read More »

White House Postpones Another Climate Change Meeting


When organizers were planning the rally, they briefly considered whether they should reach out to the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, to request that she "please help us", he said. Like Trump, Pruitt has questioned the consensus of climate scientists that man-made carbon emissions are the primary driver of global warming. Xi meanwhile pledged to protect the accord during a phone call with French President-elect Emmanuel Macron . Read More »