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Jeff Sessions facing grilling in Senate over ties with Russian Federation

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Comey testified last Thursday that Attorney General Sessions "did not reply" to his request for no more one-on-one contacts with U.S. President Donald Trump during a conversation in February. Whatever they are, they're "facts that I can't discuss in an open setting", Comey said. Comey told the intelligence committee in a closed session that Sessions may have had a third, undisclosed interaction with Russia's ambassador to the USA, according to people familiar with the briefing. Read More »

Rodman says he's going to NKorea to open a door

The sources reportedly gave no further details, however, such as the goal of the visit or whether Rodman would meet with Kim. "It's all about doing one thing; it's about peace", Rodman said . Tillerson said the State Department had secured Warmbier's release per a decision from President Trump , and that the student was on his way home via a USA military base in Sapporo, Japan, to be reunited with his family in Cincinnati. Read More »

DUP head: Talks with UK Conservatives going well

In a reflection of her newfound humility, May managed a joke her own expense as Britain's House of Commons got underway in the first sitting after Thursday's general election. It is passing quicker than anyone believes because the subjects we have to deal with are extraordinarily complex. One of the reasons for the delay is also believed to be because the speech has to be written on goat's skin parchment, which takes a few days to dry - and the Tory negotiations with the DUP mean it can ... Read More »

Trump considering 'terminating' Russian Federation probe leader

Ruddy, a personal friend of the president, was spotted at the White House earlier in the day. Under current Justice Department regulations, firing Mueller would have to be done by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein , not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside. Read More »

Senate heads toward showdown vote on Saudi arms sale

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If we can get all or nearly all Senate Democrats to vote against Trump's Saudi arms deal plus a handful of Republicans, we can win. Schumer made the comments in a statement on Monday, saying that he will throw his support behind the measure up in the Senate as early as this week because of the Arab country's weak human rights record and support of terrorism. Read More »

Sharif, army chief meet Saudi King to discuss Gulf crisis

Qatari army forces take part in a military parade during the Gulf emirate's National Day celebrations in Doha. Pakistan, which has close ties with the kingdom but also business ventures in Qatar , has stayed out of the dispute. Therefore, "in view of the developing relations between Russian Federation and the countries of the Persian Gulf, as well as Egypt and Jordan, Moscow will likely adhere to an equitable course toward the conflicting sides", the expert concluded. Read More »

Merkel ready for Brexit talks, assumes United Kingdom sticking to its plan

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May, 60, said the two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and she believes that they will be able to work together in the interest of the country. What exacerbates the problem for May is that she pitched this election as a simple choice between herself and Corbyn: Who did the nation want negotiating with Europe? Conceding to her dashed hopes of a landslide win, May earlier said: "My resolve is the same that as it has been". Read More »

Gatwick ranked second worst airport in the world

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Flight compensation legal services company AirHelp ranked 76 airports by punctuality, quality and service, as well as the social media sentiment of over 130,000 tweets over three months this year. "It's important - now more so than ever - that passenger service is a top priority of both airlines and airports, ensuring they receive the experience they deserve". Read More »

Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea

CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reported a year ago that Warmbier was in North Korea for a five-day visit and was detained at Pyongyang's airport ahead of a flight back to China. During his last visit in January 2014, Rodman and a group of other former NBA players took part in an exhibition basketball game. North Korea on Tuesday released an American student imprisoned there and sentenced to hard labor, the State Department announced. Read More »

Qatar asks United Nations body to resolve Gulf airspace row

Iran - the main regional rival of Saudi Arabia - sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables every day, Iranian officials said on Sunday, amid concerns of shortages. Airlines are cancelling a large number of passenger bookings to and from Qatar after four Arab countries severed diplomatic and economic links, endangering Doha's hub status for worldwide travel. Read More »

North Korea At It Again, More Missile Tests!

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Schuster said North Koreans fire missiles usually for three reasons - global posturing, domestic propaganda and military training. In a series of missile tests , North Korea has been aggressively developing its missile technology. Read More »

Macron's New Party Marching Toward Centrist Takeover of French Parliament

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It was also a poor result for the far-right National Front, which just a month ago was dreaming of its anti-establishment leader Marine Le Pen holding the keys to the Elysee. "If the projections from the first round are sustained, then the change that is about to happen to the National Assembly is as big as the one that occurred in 1958 when Charles de Gaulle brought in the Fifth Republic", says the BBC . Read More »

Collins: Comey Created Precedent For One-On-One Meetings, Trump Was Continuing Practice

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When pressed if he would be willing to testify under oath about his version of the events, Trump answered, "100 percent". But there were also stories that suggested while damning in one sense-Comey called the President a liar and said he was convinced Trump was trying to get him to back of the investigation of former NSA director Michael Flynn , there did not appear to be any impeachable offenses. Read More »

UK election shock could delay and soften Brexit

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European leaders took little time to digest Britain's complex general election result before insisting that Brexit negotiations must go on, regardless of the hung parliament which threatens to sink talks before they've even begun. "I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention", quipped Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister. Here is a roundup of some of the reaction from across Europe to the shock election result: "Mrs May, who was supposed to emerge strengthened, lost her bet and is ... Read More »

Trump lawyer to file leak complaint after Comey testimony, source says

The president and his lawyer have both said that the testimony served primarily as vindication that he - President Trump - wasn't being investigated for collusion with Russian Federation during the election. "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote , suggesting that Comey, who was under oath at the hearing , had committed perjury. Read More »

May and DUP leader Arlene Foster set for crucial talks

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Mrs May's weakened position in the House of Commons as a result of losing her majority has fuelled speculation the Tories would be forced to soften their stance on Brexit . Despite her party's expectations of a landslide victory, May lost her majority in parliament in last week's election, pushing her into rushed talks on a support agreement with a small eurosceptic Northern Irish Protestant party. Read More »

Suspected NKorea drone photographed US missile-defense site

Military experts say that the South Korean government needs to come up with efficient counter measures to deal with the drone problem, which poses a grave threat to the country. Cho also oversaw South Korea's economic cooperation projects with the North, including a jointly-run industrial complex in Kaesong, just north of the border. Read More »

Joe Allen admits players were scarred by 6-1 defeat in 2012

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Serbia lead the way in Group D at the halfway stage, four points clear of Wales and with a place in next summer's finals in Russian Federation very much within reach. "The games will come thick and fast when the new season starts, and if we get a good result in Serbia we can take the momentum into those games". Read More »

Sarfraz, Amir take Pakistan to Champions Trophy semi-final

The fickle fraternity of bookmakers, the legal ones overseas and the police patronised here, not to speak of the dwindling band of Pakistan cricket team supporters, must have spent a sleepless and disturbed night. Prior to their middle-order slup, Sri Lanka lost two wickets for one run to be 83 for three. Pakistan: Sarfraz Khan (capt.), Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam , Faheem Ashraf , Fakhar Zaman , Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali , Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Amir, Mohammed ... Read More »

David Davis says Brexit talks could face delays

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To keep power, May made a decision to form a coalition with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party and their 10 members of parliament, which would put her over the government-forming requirement line. The DUP leader is nearly certain to ask for greater investment in The North as the price of a deal. SINN FÉIN leader Gerry Adams has said a power deal between the Tories and the Democratic Unionist Party will be a "coalition for chaos". Read More »

David Davis says Brexit talks may start later than originally planned

British Prime Minister Theresa May meets the leader of a small Northern Irish Protestant party on Tuesday in an attempt to save her premiership and avoid a second election that would thrust Brexit negotiations into turmoil. European Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein said "we are quite confident" that technical talks "can start soon, maybe even this week". The Tories and the DUP are considering a " confidence and supply " arrangement which would see the Northern Irish party back ... Read More »

Trump's revised travel ban blocked again by US appeals court

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The latest order, the administration told the justices, "suspends for 90 days the entry of foreign nationals from six countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism (Iran , Libya , Somalia, Sudan , Syria , and Yemen )". In March, Trump issued a narrower order, but federal courts that have examined it so far have blocked it as well. "The previous opinions in the case focused on the constitutional question: whether the order was motivated by an impermissible objective to discriminate on the ... Read More »

Rosenstein Says He Won't Fire Special Counsel Unless There's Good Cause

A Trump friend who was spotted visiting the White House on Monday later told a PBS interviewer that the president was indeed mulling over firing Mueller. Rosenstein could refuse to do so, but Trump could then fire Rosenstein and find a replacement who would do his bidding. "Sound familiar? It would be Saturday Night Massacre city". Read More »

Arlene Foster and Theresa May meeting in London

May yesterday unveiled her full cabinet, which will meet for the first time today, making few changes as she vowed to cling on despite pressure to quit. Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union, so most Scottish party leaders have backed a softer Brexit . Britain's Brexit minister, David Davis, has backed May, saying claims made by former finance minister George Osborne that she is a " dead woman walking " are wrong and self-indulgent. Read More »