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Mainstream Media Accuses Trump of Abuse of Power, Fascism for Comey Firing

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Man of integrity". Following an outcry from politicians from both major parties, the President moved to justify his decision by insisting that Mr Comey had "lost the confidence of nearly everyone in Washington ". In March, Mr. Comey confirmed in a public hearing that the FBI was investigating links between Mr. Trump's team and the Kremlin. Democrats would have been "dancing in the streets" had Hillary Clinton won the presidency and fired Comey, Sanders said on MSNBC. Read More »

Aussie banks take a big hit after new tax

However, leading banking analyst Brian Johnson has doubts that the banks will be able to pull this off again. The government also announced extra powers for financial industry watchdogs and introduced a new system for customer complaints. Read More »

Turk threatens to hit US-allied Kurds

Sihanouk Dibo , a spokesperson for the YPG-linked political organisation PYD, said: "we fight alongside against one enemy, which is Isis". Social media went abuzz Friday with videos of USA and Syrian Kurdish forces jointly patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border. Read More »

Jakarta Former Governor Ahok Found Guilty Of Blasphemy

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Purnama was hauled into court a year ago to face trial for allegedly insulting Islam while campaigning for re-election in a case critics said was politically motivated. He will hand over to Baswedan in October. Ahok continually denied the charges, and said his comments were aimed at politicians "incorrectly" using the Koranic verse against him, as reported by The Gospel Herald, and insisted his alleged remarks were not directed at the verse itself. Read More »

Sean Spicer: Trump Unfazed by Talk of Probe Into Russian Business Links

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Here are some of the biggest issues that have not been directly answered by any current or former government official. It was more than a week after Yates raised concerns about Flynn with McGahn that the story leaked to the Washington Post , prompting a series of events that led to Flynn's ouster from his White House job. Read More »

Flynn was warned not to accept foreign payme... 10:47 am Thu

Despite the mounting evidence of wrongdoing, the White House has been bullish in their support of Flynn. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is in a LOT of trouble. Flynn's company, Flynn Intel Group, also received $530,000 last fall - at the height of the USA presidential campaign - for work that benefited the government in Turkey, the House committee found. Read More »

Local election results in Scotland likely to heal COSLA rift

Pollsters got the result of the 2015 election badly wrong, concluding that they had underestimated support for the Conservatives and had over-represented Labour supporters in their surveys. To show they can't take Scotland for granted. Nicola Sturgeon has said Scottish voters face a "straightforward choice" in the General Election between the SNP or Conservative MPs who will "rubber-stamp" the Prime Minster's hard Brexit and austerity policies. Read More »

Senate intel panel subpoenas Flynn for Russia-related documents

Mr Flynn's Russian Federation ties are also being scrutinised by the FBI as it conducts a similar investigation. Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, issued a joint statement saying the panel chose to issue the subpoena after Flynn, through his lawyer, declined to cooperate with an April 28 request to turn over the documents. Read More »

5 key points in memo calling for FBI Director James Comey's firing

The reaction was not universal. Comey's firing was the latest and most significant White House-driven distraction from the Russian Federation investigations. But while the impact may not immediately hit the mission of agents, the overall morale of the agency could continue be affected. I agree with the almost unanimous opinions of former department officials. Read More »

North Korea claims state-sponsored terrorism threats coming from White House

Another Christian professor from the US has been arrested and detained in North Korea over alleged hostility against the state, the isolated nation announced on May 7. Trump warned in an interview with Reuters this month a "major, major conflict " with North Korea was possible, but then raised eyebrows by saying he would be "honored" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances. Read More »

US could distribute equipment to Syrian Kurds 'very quickly' - spokesman

Turkey's deputy prime minister says the U.S. decision to supply weapons to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in Syria is "unacceptable". Turkey fears weapons delivered to Syrian fighters could end up in the hands of the PKK and be turned on Turkish targets. The plan to arm the Kurdish militia, known as the YPG, has been conveyed to Turkey from "multiple levels in the U.S. Read More »

National monuments a 'massive federal land grab'

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This Executive Order gives rural communities across America a voice and restores land use planning by directing the Secretary of the Interior to consult and coordinate with the Governors of States affected by monument designations or other relevant officials of affected State, Tribal, and local governments. Read More »

Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, jokes about Comey firing

They also discussed Trump's "desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russian Federation". While it's conceivable that Trump and Lavrov did discuss that issue and that it was omitted from the readout , the White House did not respond to a question about that possibility. Read More »

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen 'to quit politics'

In the short term, while Marion returns to private life, Marine Le Pen will likely set about doing what she told her supporters she would on election night: Putting in place a "transformation", or, at the very least, a rebranding of the Le Pen far-right party. Read More »

Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russian Federation

It also filled in basic details about the chain of events that led to Flynn's ouster in February. Former President Barack Obama is starting to define his new role in the age of Donald Trump. Yates said she expected the White House to act quickly. They targeted people who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was pushed out of his job as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, it reported. Read More »

After Trump, Duterte receives phone call from Xi

According to DFA Spokesperon Robespierre Bolivar , Duterte and Xi had a very cordial conversation. A month earlier, Duterte had used a slur to describe Obama, which led to a meeting between the two leaders being cancelled. In other words, they are saying the USA is a key economic and military ally for the Philippines. Duterte vowed after his election previous year not to "taunt or flaunt" the ruling, saying he did not want to go to war with China. Read More »

Voters in Canada's British Columbia head to polls in dead-heat race

The Liberals have been in power in B.C. since 2001. The premier's office said Lt. -Gov. Education: Bachelor of science in mathematics and physics from the University of Victoria in 1983, a masters in advanced studies in mathematics from Cambridge University in 1984, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1987. Read More »

Senate Republicans start health care push with missteps

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I have always believed, however, that Obama was prescient in seeing that the ACA would have a larger impact that would be hard if not impossible to erase, no matter what Republicans did to the law itself: It established the principle that health care , as Obama said in accepting the "Profile in Courage" award at the John F. Read More »

Trump expected to name judicial nominees today

Ms. Barrett is a law professor at Notre Dame who clerked for federal Judge Laurence Silberman, a giant of the appellate circuits, as well as the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Schumer, New York Democrat. Tapped by Trump for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Larsen has impeccable credentials. He has been nominated to the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Read More »

China tests new guided missile in Bohai Sea

He also said: "The warhead possibly featured an electromagnetic pulse that could destroy a carrier's command system". North Korea recently tested other missiles, but those failed, while the US on May 3 conducted its second missile test in seven days from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Read More »

US Secretary of State meets Russian Foreign Minister in Washington

And yet, there was the Russian Foreign Ministry - not the White House - releasing photos of Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. is really interested in that", Mr Lavrov said, acknowledging that details of the plan still needed to be worked out. Also attending was Sergey Kislyak , the Russian ambassador to the USA who is at the center of numerous Trump administration's early Russia-related woes. Read More »

North Korea accuses United States of elaborate plot to kill Kim Jong Un

Last month, the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed US-Australian military exercises in northern Australia were preparation for nuclear war against North Korea and threatened Darwin with a potential retaliatory strike. Kim was said to have received over $20,000 from South Korean agents on two occasions and reportedly planned to attack the North Korean leadership during a public event in Pyongyang. Read More »