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Asean heads worry over fallout from war in Korean peninsula

Duterte, host of the one-day Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) leaders meeting, lobbied ahead of the event for much closer ties with China despite its sweeping claims to the strategically vital waterway. Even before the summit began last week, President Rodrigo Duterte said there was no point in pressing China to comply with the arbitral ruling and it was not an issue at the summit. Read More »

Hasan Minhaj, Samantha Bee Speak Truth to Power in Competing Events

According to Trump, he "could not possibly more thrilled" to be 100 miles away from the " Washington swamp" while celebrities, as well as media personalities, were "consoling each other in a hotel ballroom". "Mike Pence wanted to be here tonight, but his wife wouldn't let him because apparently one of you ladies is ovulating, so good job ladies", joked Minhaj. Read More »

IS leader in Afghanistan killed

U.S. officials said Logari was among several high-ranking Islamic State in Afghanistan leaders who died in the April 27 raid . USA officials said the slain IS chief also directed fighters to behead local elders in front of their families and ordered the kidnapping of women and girls to forcibly marry them off to his fighters. Read More »

Cinco de Mayo: Why is it a holiday?

Saturation patrols have additional officers blanketing streets known for drunken driving stops, arrests, crashes and deaths. Use our southern neighbor's victory over the French at the 1862 Battle of Puebla as your excuse to dress up, bust out the maracas, and knock back shots of tequila. Read More »

Donald Trump on Comey dismissal

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But the revelation intensified the pressure on the White House from both political parties to explain the motives behind Comey's stunning ouster. Trump's decision to fire Comey comes at a time when the FBI is investigating ties between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign. Read More »

Auto Auction Crash: 3 Dead After Jeep Plows Into Crowd

Investigators say a man in his 70s was driving the SUV that killed at least three people and injured nine others when it sped through a crowded indoor auto auction in MA. Multiple victims reported. We are assisting Billerica Police, who are primary. The Lynnway Auto Auction , which is a dealer consignment auction, has been in business since 1997, but moved from Lynn to its current address in Billerica in 2011. Read More »

Moon Jae-in (64) has become the new president of South Korea

Trump reaffirmed the US-South Korea alliance was strong and said North Korea's nuclear issue was a hard problem but one that could be resolved, the Blue House said in a statement. "I will build a new nation". It was the first such "track two" dialogue between the US and North Korea since Trump took office. Moon's North Korea approach is also a contrast. Read More »

Comey Sought More Funds for Russia Probe Days Before Firing — NY Times

Donald Trump said he was going to be the jobs president and keeps saying that every chance he gets. "Blamed by many on the left for contributing to United States president Donald Trump's election with his insistence on investigating-and publicly discussing-Hillary Clinton's emails, and criticized by Republicans and the White House for his probe into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia, Comey stood a lonely, 6'8" figure, apparently " mildly nauseous " over it all. Read More »

Gen. Michael Hayden: Trump White House Unable to Admit Basic Facts

Flynn had been an adviser to Trump and an outspoken supporter of his presidential candidacy in the 2016 campaign. Democrats criticize Trump for not firing Flynn until February 13 - the day the Washington Post published a story that reported that, contrary to Pence's assertion, Flynn discussed sanctions with Kislyak. Read More »

Vladimir Putin Responds to James Comey Firing in Full Hockey Gear

Comey reportedly asked the Justice Department for more resources for the probe into Russia's involvement with the Trump campaign days before he was sacked. The president told Comey in the letter that he accepted the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he could no longer provide effective leadership. Read More »

Comey's firing: Trump frustration finally boiled into action

The move drew skepticism from lawmakers in both parties, as they suspected the move was due in part to the FBI's "accelerating" investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation, during the election. The New York Times reported that Comey's firing came days after the former FBI director asked the Justice Department for more money and personnel for the Russian investigation. Read More »

Released Chibok girls, a promise fulfilled by President Buhari: Niger CAN

Numerous captive girls, majority Christians, were forced to marry their captors and give birth to children in remote forest hideouts without ever knowing if they would see their parents again. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau had vowed to sell the girls as sex slaves or force them into marriage with his fighters. In October, the ICRC helped broker a deal for the release of more than 20 Chibok schoolgirls. Read More »

Duterte: South China Sea ruling not an issue for ASEAN summit

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Duterte also revealed that he would be talking to US President Donald Trump on the phone and he would convey Asean's fear on war potentially breaking out. Asean members the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the waterway, but China insists it has sovereign rights over almost all of it. Read More »

Race Against Time: South Korea President Forms Panel to Set Policy Priorities

If Mr Moon does becomes the first liberal president in South Korea in nine years, it is thought that he could take a softer stance on North Korea. His election could complicate the deployment of a U.S. North Korea recently tested a ballistic missile and claims it is close to perfecting an intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead that could attack the USA mainland. Read More »

Trump reportedly asked Sessions, Rosenstein to write Comey memos

Mr Flynn is said to have discussed United States sanctions against Russian Federation with Mr Kislyak before Mr Trump took office. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that while he couldn't be certain the request triggered Comey's dismissal, he said he believed the FBI "was breathing down the neck of the Trump campaign and their operatives and this was an effort to slow down the investigation". Read More »

Ryan: Claims House rushed to replace Obamacare a 'bogus attack'

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In rural areas that do not favor federal control, lawmakers say the Republican plan is just what the voters wanted. In Ohio, Democrats targeted Rep. A half-dozen or more Republican senators have spoken against the measure's cuts to Medicaid. "The notion that you would proceed without any score, [without knowing] the number of people who would lose insurance!" "The House bill is not going to come before us", she said. Read More »

Syrian Kurds welcome US arms, Turkey objects

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 »

When the Russian foreign minister jokes about former FBI director Comey's firing

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited the U.S. State Department Wednesday and received some news that he seemed to indicate was a surprise to him. Trump repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that he would seek closer ties with Russian Federation. On Syria, where Russian Federation has backed President Bashar Assad's forces and the USA has supported anti-Assad rebels, the talks appeared to indicate a slight narrowing of differences. Read More »

Moon Jae-in sworn in as South Korea's President

I will go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula. "I will go to Beijing and Tokyo and under the right circumstances go to Pyongyang as well". North Korean leader Kim Jung-un in an image supplied by Korean Central News Agency in 2016. Moon, who was a close aide to Roh Moo-hyun, South Korea's last leader to adopt a "sunshine" policy of diplomatic and economic outreach toward the North, has called for a balance of pressure and engagement . Read More »

Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra begins hunger strike; attacked by AAP supporter

Mishra had yesterday alleged getting threat calls and launched a hunger strike this morning, demanding that AAP leaders disclose the details of funding for their foreign tours. The decision was taken by the AAP's political affairs committee (PAC) chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal . Mishra, who was sacked as minister on Saturday, also demanded a lie detector on his allegations that he was an eyewitness to the Rs2 crore exchanging hands between Kejriwal and Jain. Read More »

Pope Francis to meet Trump at Vatican May 24

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Senior administration officials told reporters the goal of the trip, especially the Saudi Arabia leg, is to unite the region against intolerance and help devise a long-term fix to stem radicalization, as well as better coordinating efforts to stop ISIS and isolate Iran. Read More »

Moon's rise to power in S Korea causes worries, hopes abroad

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Throughout the two-month campaign that followed, nearly all the candidates pledged to end or combat decades of cozy relations between the government and big business. "We look forward to working with president-elect Moon to continue to strengthen the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and to deepen the enduring friendship and partnership between our two countries", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. Read More »