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Angela Merkel's party out in front in local election: exit polls


The result in Schleswig-Holstein, a region of 2.3 million voters that juts north of Hamburg and borders Denmark, is an even bigger blow for the Social Democrats because they have been the main ruling party there since 2012. "For Angela Merkel, an election victory for her party would be a turning point", commented conservative daily Die Welt . The party now plays second fiddle in a governing coalition headed by Ms. Read More »

White House says Trump pressed envoy on Syria

Russian officials may find that kind of commentary perplexing - just as they appeared to dismiss the potential for Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to affect US-Russian relations. He said that the United States and Russian sides agreed that worldwide issues should be solved jointly. "What I'm hoping is that Tillerson is whispering in the president's ear that the Russians aren't in a place to be very helpful on countering terrorism in Syria, they aren't very active ... Read More »

Trump wants an impartial Federal Bureau of Investigation director

President Donald Trump is attacking Sen. Democrats intensified accusations that Comey's removal was meant to undermine the FBI probe and demanded an independent investigation. "Therefore, I must recommend that you remove Director James B. Comey Junior". Pence mentioned a couple of times that Trump's decision was at the recommendation of Rosenstein. Read More »

Turkey urges US to reverse arming Kurdish forces in Syria

Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) stand near a U.S military vehicle in the town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border, Syria on April 28, 2017. "No. Sorry", Corker said, adding that Washington is going to "have a little bit of a rub with Turkey for a period of time". "It was an expected decision because the Kurds are the only kind of local force on the ground that can fight ISIS [Daesh] in Raqqa ... Read More »

Michael Flynn shadow still looms over Donald Trump

Investigations by several congressional committees have been bogged down for weeks amid accusations by Democrats that Republicans have stalled progress to protect the White House. He said Yates was appointed by the Obama administration and that she was "a strong supporter of [Hillary] Clinton". She had told him that Vice President Mike Pence had made inaccurate statements to the contrary. Read More »

Senate committee subpoenas former Trump adviser Flynn over Russian Federation

The announcement comes one day after the Trump administration fired James Comey from his post as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, citing his handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton's emails as the reason for his termination. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said he doubts that there will be an independent investigation into the Russian interference in the US election. Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that Flynn was not hiding anything, noting that he briefed the DIA on his trip to ... Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation director found out about firing on TV

Schumer said such briefings should address why Sessions, who previously recused himself from involvement in the Russian Federation investigation after misstating his own contacts in 2016 with Russia's ambassador to Washington , was able to influence the firing of the man conducting the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. Read More »

Eight dead after natural disaster in western China


Thursday. Earthquakes of a magnitude between 5 and 5.9 are officially classified as moderate. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.4 and struck at a depth of six miles. The remote area is close to Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Earthquakes are common in China's west. In February 2003 a powerful 6.8-magnitude quake killed 268 people in Xinjiang and caused significant damage. Read More »

Girls Who Code founder to Ivanka Trump: Don't use my story

Five days later, Ivanka Trump became an unpaid federal employee, serving as assistant to the president. Whether they read Ms Trump's book as earnest advice or incognito marketing for the Trump name, nearly everyone who reviewed Women Who Work agreed that a lot could be gleaned about the inner workings of the Trump family. Read More »

Deadly unrest grips Venezuela as students rally

On Friday, the government confirmed the death of Hecder Lugo, 20, who was injured Thursday during an opposition protest in the town of San Diego, Carabobo, bringing the total of deaths to 37 since large-scale protests broke out in early April. Read More »

Russian Foreign Minister to meet Trump in White House

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's talks with Trump were already destined to be a closely watched affair, given the dire state of U.S. The talks will be held immediately after the meeting of foreign Minister of the Russian Federation with the state Secretary Rex Tillerson. Read More »

Trump suggests 'good chance' for Mideast peace

Trump vowed to work as a "mediator , an arbitrator or a facilitator" to help bring "peace between the Israelis and Palestinians". During remarks alongside Trump at the White House, Abbas - through a translator - stressed that his people want a Palestinian state with the capital of East Jerusalem and borders along the pre-1967 lines. Read More »

China says Silk Road plan is not tied to presidency


A cabinet meeting on Monday chose to sign the framework agreement on OBOR ahead of the Belt and Road Forum to be held in Beijing during May 14-15. India, which has already protested over the United States dollars 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it goes passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, so far has not confirmed its participation. Read More »

British Police Shoot Woman, Arrest 4 in Counter-Terror Operation


Police said the man was being held at a London police station on accusations of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Two ongoing searches at addresses in London are continuing as part of that investigation. "Yesterday was an extraordinary day in London ", Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said. Read More »

Donald Trump lampooned for Australian healthcare praise


If fully enacted - something far from guaranteed given the Senate's skepticism of the bill - the American Health Care Act would take the USA even further away from universal coverage. The version of the American Health Care Act that passed the House on Thursday contained several amendments that could impact that forecast, but it has not yet been evaluated by the CBO. Read More »

Cancel, not cancel, cancel, not cancel NAFTA: What's Trump up to?


He said that led to a Pena Nieto phone call with President Donald Trump , a USA promise not to leave NAFTA "for now" and a commitment by all three nations in the pact to work on renegotiating it. On the campaign trail, Trump called the trade deal a job-killing "disaster" that had encouraged USA companies to move factories to Mexico to take advantage of cheap labour. Read More »

Turkey says US arming Kurdish Syria fighters 'unacceptable'

Ankara says the Kurdish militia, which forms the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces, is an extension of the Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK, which has been waging a decades-old insurgency in Turkey and is considered a terrorist group by Turkey , the USA and other Western countries. Read More »

Glasgow City Council´s new SNP leader `open to coalition deal´

Scottish Labour has 262 councillors, down 133 seats across the country. Speaking to Tory candidates standing for Parliament in London and southeast England, May will warn that complacency is a risk to their chances of being elected as lawmakers on June 8, and urge them to leave "no door unknocked-on" in the search for votes. Read More »

Things We Learned From WWE SmackDown In The UK (May 9)


Ziggler said he would fight when he was ready and claimed he would expose Nakamura as a fraud at Backlash . There is a lot of time between now and WrestleMania 34 and if Shinsuke Nakamura moves on to Kevin Owens after his Dolph Ziggler feud, he could work his way up to a title match possibly against Randy Orton and then move into the huge match with AJ Styles next year, culminating what would be an awesome rookie year for Shinsuke Nakamura in the WWE. Read More »

Donald Trump defends firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief; Democrats demand independent Russian Federation probe

He did not mention any effect the dismissal might have on the FBI and congressional investigations into contacts between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation. The administration paired the letter with a scathing review by Rosenstein, the recently confirmed deputy attorney general, of how Comey handled the investigation into Clinton's email practices, including his decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing "derogatory information" about Clinton. Read More »

French ex-premier pledges allegiance to Macron's movement

Benoit Hamon, who as the Socialist presidential candidate finished fifth in the first round of the election, said he planned to launch a new leftwing movement. The candidates will be announced by Thursday. Macron, who will be inaugurated on Sunday, takes over from his former mentor, the deeply unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande, who decided against seeking a second term. Read More »

Trump, Putin had 'good' talk about ending Syria war: White House

After the U.S. strike, Syrian state TV called the assault an "aggression" and both Russian Federation and Syria had denied that the Syrian government launched the chemical weapons attack. The conversation between Trump and Putin comes just weeks after a fatal chemical attack on a rebel-held Syrian town that killed at least 90 people, 30 of them children. Read More »

New S.Korea president vows to address N.Korea, broader tensions 'urgently'


North Korea has successfully placed two surveillance satellites into orbit around Earth, in 2012 and 2016; however, it is not known whether they are functional. Moon's pick for National Intelligence Service chief is Suh Hoon, a longtime intelligence official Moon said would be the right man to push reforms at NIS, which has always been accused of meddling in domestic politics. Read More »

BJP Dubs EVM Demo in Delhi Assembly As 'Drama,' 'Joke'

He also filed three complaints with the CBI against Kejriwal, Jain and AAP leaders who allegedly misused party funds on foreign trips. The Delhi assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution urging President Pranab Mukherjee and the Election Commission to ensure that EVMs with Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) are used in all future elections. Read More »

Trump, Lavrov may meet in Washington on Wednesday

Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of the bureau's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation. They originally were scheduled to meet in Fairbanks, but the plans were changed at the last minute so Lavrov could come to Washington . "It's also clear what our Democratic colleagues think of the man who evaluated Mr Comey's professional conduct and concluded that the bureau needed a change in ... Read More »