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Some of James Comey's best friends are Jewish legal scholars

Comey's statement establishes obstruction of justice by Trump . After Trump fired Comey , the administration gave differing reasons for his dismissal. "I needed to get that out into the public square". Ms Kathleen Clark, a professor at Washington University School of law, said professional ethics rules would specifically bar Mr Wray as FBI director from participating in investigations of former clients who shared confidential information with him. Read More »

Emir won't go to Washington talks while Qatar "under blockade"

Qatari officials declined to comment on Gargash's comments. Anxious residents have responded to the crisis by emptying grocery stores in the Qatari capital, Doha , as Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country across its only land border. Read More »

Leaders cast ballots as General Election voting gets under way in Scotland

After making stunning gains in 2015, Nicola Sturgeon's party lost seats to the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats to see their numbers slashed to 35 MPs. She said: "A vote tomorrow for Labour or the Liberal Democrats, parties who are third and fourth position in Scotland, risks doing one thing and one thing only - splitting the anti-Tory vote and allowing a Tory MP in the back door". Read More »

Scottish independence dealt a blow after nationalists suffer losses

Ian Murray, who had been the only Labour MP in 2015, retained Edinburgh South with a massively increased majority as the party won a total of seven seats. Former SNP leader Alex Salmond has lost his Gordon constituency to the Scottish Conservatives. But in the 2017 election, the first result in Scotland went to Labour as the party won Rutherglen and Hamilton West. Read More »

Sterling stunned by United Kingdom election shock, fallout limited elsewhere

With 649 of 650 seats in the House of Commons declared, May's bruised Conservatives had 318 seats - short of the 326 they needed for an outright majority and well down from the 330 seats they had before May's roll of the electoral dice. The pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar within seconds of the announcement. She led what one veteran Tory said to me was the "worst campaign ever". Read More »

Feisty new signs address Madrid's epidemic of 'el manspreading'

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The sign does not contain the word "manspreading", but the symbol of a man spreading his legs wide apart with a red X over the posture makes the rule clear. One of these petitions, #MadridSinManspreading (#MadridWithoutManspreading), launched by a women's group named Mujeres en Lucha, was sent to the mayor, Manuela Carmena, and Madrid's regional president, Cristina Cifuentes. Read More »

British pound falls as election delivers uncertainty

British Prime Minister Theresa May has lost credibility and could be forced to step down, after the snap election she called in a bid to boost her majority resulted in a hung Parliament , analysts and rival politicians said early on Friday. Read More »

Nick Clegg's former advisor: 'We'll take 14 seats'

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Nick Clegg was ousted by Labour in the Sheffield Hallam seat he had held since 2005. "I've never shirked from political battles", Mr Clegg said in a concession speech. A glum looking Nick Clegg . Sean Kemp said the party's "bruising" recent disappointments mean he will continue to err on the side of caution, but he reckons his party would take the 14 seats they're forecast to win in the Ipsos Mori poll. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn bookies' favourite to become PM

May had hoped the election would focus on Brexit, but that never happened, as both the Conservatives and Labour said they would respect voters' wishes and go through with the divorce. Mrs May cited the imminent Brexit negotiations as one reason to call the snap election. "The simple truth is we have a Prime Minister , she is a very good leader, I'm a big supporter of hers", Mr Davis told the Press Association. Read More »

Blumenthal: If Sessions had 3rd, undisclosed Russian meeting, it 'could be perjury'

Comey said it was clear pressure on the person in charge of the investigation. He painted a picture of an overbearing president who he did not trust and who pressured him to stop the FBI Flynn probe. The president told the religious gathering that "we're under siege". "We know how to fight and we will never give up", the president added. "We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation ... Read More »

Trump Travel Ban: Still Swinging for the Fences

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He also demanded on Twitter that the Justice Department "ask for an expedited hearing" of the immigration order and "seek much tougher version". " In any event , we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S.in order to keep our country safe. Read More »

Jihadi 'wanted to be terrorist' but was still allowed into UK

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The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said: "One unconfirmed report suggests that did happen, apparently when Zaghba arrived at Stansted Airport in January - but that border staff still let him in". Italy's Muslims fear a backlash from the London attacks could undermine their already fragile position in the country after one of the attackers was identified as half-Italian. Read More »

Trump's Lawyer Fires Back After Comey Testimony

Comey added, "I thought it might prompt the appointment of a special counsel". President Trump finally broke his silence Friday morning about James Comey's congressional testimony a day earlier, tweeting that he felt vindicated and emphasizing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's admission that he leaked details of confidential conversations with the president to the press. Read More »

May's UK election gamble backfires as Tories lose majority

When Theresa May called the snap election in April the Tories held a majority of 17 seats. Former chancellor George Osborne, sacked from the Cabinet by Mrs May when she took office last July, told ITV: "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she I doubt will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader". Read More »

Narendra Modi meets Pak PM Nawaz Sharif in Kazakhstan

He said energy, education, transport, agriculture, security, development and trade would be the top drivers in India's ties with the SCO. Following their induction, both India and Pakistan are expected to follow the Tashkent-based Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure, and participate in the joint military exercises conducted annually by the group. Read More »

Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland may be election key

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said they would be willing to negotiate with Prime Minister Theresa May to help her form a government as it saw its vote surge at elections to Britain's parliament. It's a stunning reversal for May, whose decision to hold an election had been seen initially as a smart strategic move. The DUP and Conservatives have been in close touch throughout Mrs May's year in power, and contacts are believed to have continued as election results ... Read More »

European Union leaders closing in on May

The firm's chief sovereign analyst Moritz Kraemer told Reuters earlier this week that the shape of the post-Brexit deal with the European Union remained the main factor for the UK's rating. " We need a government that is capable of action, which can negotiate Britain's exit. the British need to negotiate their exit but with a weak negotiating partner, there is a danger that the talks are bad for both parties ", European Union budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger told German radio. Read More »

Pa. House gears up for huge gambling expansion vote

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A defined contribution-only option. "We are working to reinvent Pennsylvania government to responsibly provide efficient, effective and sustainable government services and programs, and pension reform meets that goal", House Majority Leader David Reed (R-Indiana) said in a statement after the House passed the bill. Read More »

Senator Ernst on Comey's upcoming testimony

Comey's associates have said Comey told them that Trump asked him at a January dinner to pledge his loyalty to the president and, at an Oval Office meeting weeks later, asked Comey to consider ending an FBI investigation into Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Read More »

One Pakistani alleged of involvement in London attacks

London police have said all 12 people from the Barking neighborhood held since the attack have been freed. While Italian officials said they had passed on their concerns about him to British intelligence officials past year, London policed added that he had not been considered to be a "subject of interest" to either police or the intelligence services. Read More »