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Damaging Comey revelations exert pressure on Trump presidency

By accusing Comey of lying under oath, Kasowitz is effectively accusing him of perjury. Providing a useful framework for the hearing, Comey issued a written opening statement a day before his testimony, laying out the facts of his meetings with President Trump and a timeline of those events. Read More »

United Nations expands sanctions against North Korea

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The North's Foreign Ministry "condemns and outrightly rejects the sanctions racket put forth by the United States and the U.N. Security Council to prevent the strengthening of our nuclear deterrence", a ministry spokesman said. Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne called on Beijing to use its influence, including its status as the main foreign investment source, energy and being Pyongyang's major exporter, over North Korea. Read More »

US policies unchanged now matter who is in power - Putin

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To which Putin responded: "I am not a woman, so I don't have bad days". That's just the nature of things. "There are certain natural cycles". Don't worry though, Putin also brought some grade-a homophobia to the proceedings when asked about how LGBTQ people are treated in his country. Read More »

23 dead, seven injured in cracker factory fire in Madhya Pradesh

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PTI reported that 23 people were killed, while another seven were injured and are being treated in hospitals for burns and smoke inhalation. Five workers were killed in a similar incident in northern Uttar Pradesh state in November. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a relief of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the deceased. Fire officials took 3 hours to extinguish the fire. Read More »

ISIS Claims Latest Attack in London

Authorities did not say how Khuram B., a British citizen born in Pakistan, had come to the attention of law enforcement agents, but local media reported that in 2016, Butt appeared in a Channel 4 documentary about British extremists entitled " The Jihadis Next Door ". Read More »

Trump Obamacare repeal bill more unpopular than ever

Conservative Republicans in the House are already displeased with the details trickling out about the Obamacare replacement efforts in the Senate following a meeting in the upper chamber Tuesday afternoon to move it forward. CBO needs to score the bill to see if it meets budgetary standards of reconciliation. Now, some Republicans are calling for a short-term solution to stabilize the markets. Read More »

North Korea says it tested new anti-ship missile

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Analyst Kim Dong-yub at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies said the projectiles, which showed longer range than North Korea's previously known KN-01 anti-ship cruise missiles, were likely from a new cruise missile system the North displayed during a massive April 15 military parade. Read More »

Sri Lanka death toll after flooding, mudslides reaches 146

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Some 412 houses were fully damaged with over 4,200 houses suffering partial damage. Monsoon rains previous year caused flooding and landslides, killing over 100 people. A second Indian vessel was due to arrive in Colombo on Sunday, with a third expected on Monday, the government said. The country's health minister said 102,218 displaced people were being sheltered in 339 relief centres and special medical teams were sent to the affected areas, with medicine taken by air to hospitals ... Read More »

Sadiq Khan: Cancel Donald Trump's United Kingdom visit

A spokesperson for Khan told the UK's Guardian that the mayor had "more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks". Maybe he should do something to fix the problem rather than just sit there and pretend there isn't one. Seeking to reassure London residents and visitors, Khan had told BBC Radio on Sunday that "Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few ... Read More »

Buildings Across the Planet Turn Green for Paris Climate Deal

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President Trump may have not discussed one matter with his environmental chief before pulling the United States out of the Paris accord: climate change . It is unclear whether Trump believes the climate is changing. He asked, "Are you willing to acknowledge that that is nonsense?" "Are we actually going to change the way things are done?" But he backed away from saying to what extent he believed humans were responsible, adding that it "also depends on how much it's going to cost our ... Read More »

UK Liberal Democrats wouldn't prop up a Conservative government: ex-leader Clegg

Some prominent figures have also backed the plan, including Lib Dem Sir Vince Cable, who is seeking re-election in Twickenham. An exit poll earlier suggested Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party would fail to win a parliamentary majority, a shock result that would plunge domestic politics into turmoil and could delay Brexit talks. Read More »

President Trump's Lawyer Calls James Comey's Sworn Testimony Untrue

The President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that Mr. Comey "let Flynn go.' As he publicly stated the next day, he did say to Mr. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey remarked at one point in his testimony Thursday to the committee, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over any claims from the president. Read More »

Mauritania Breaks Off Diplomatic Relations with Qatar

Leaders pointed to Qatar - look", he tweeted. Tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia - a Middle East heavyweight - bubbled to the surface two weeks ago when Qatar said its state-run news agency and its Twitter account were hacked to publish a fake story claiming the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, had called Iran "a regional and Islamic power that can not be ignored". Read More »

"It was not innocent" | Macron speaks on long handshake with Trump

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Emmanuel Macron is the new French president, and the latest victim of Donald Trump's ruthless handshake. As the world cameras watched, Macron held on tight to Trump's notorious power grip as the two men sat next to each other, the Frenchman's mouth clenched and eyes firmly fixed at the tycoon's squinted stare. Read More »

Stunning blow for May as United Kingdom exit poll suggests no clear victor

British voters went to the polls Thursday for an election envisioned to be dominated by the country's pending departure from the European Union but that ended up focusing on global terrorism following attacks in London and Manchester. May called the snap election to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations with the other 27 European Union countries which are due to begin in less than a fortnight, and to cement her grip on the Conservative Party after she took over as prime minister in ... Read More »

Trump Administration Orders Review Of Sage Grouse Protections

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he is ordering a review of federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse to ensure that officials in 11 Western states where the bird lives are fully consulted. Some feared that the magnitude of the restrictions could turn rural cities into ghost towns. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is asking his department to review an Obama-era conservation plan to protect the sage grouse in western states. Read More »

Netanyahu insists Israel retain Jordan valley military control

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And thus began a debate about Jerusalem's status that continues until today, he said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to "preserve" and "strengthen" Israel's settlement enterprise during a Wednesday ceremony at the Israeli Knesset to mark the Gregorian calendar's 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Read More »

Trump's Twitter Habit Is a Growing Problem Among Voters

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The President made that clear. The White House has defended tweets by US President Donald Trump that have raised concern among opponents and allies alike. On Monday, for example, rather than focusing on his administration's planned roll out of a week focused on infrastructure, Trump knocked his Justice Department's handing of his travel ban in the wake of a terrorist attack in London. Read More »