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Trump calls Comey memo leak 'cowardly'

This admission has prompted waves of criticism, especially from conservative pundits, the president and his allies, who were already skeptical of Comey. Jobs, trade deficits - we want them to disappear fast. "No, I didn't say that , and I didn't say the other". JAMES COMEY , Former Director, FBI: I need to get that out into the public square. Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP would support Labour on an 'issue by issue' basis

The poll for the Times newspaper shows that the SNP is still well in the lead on 43 per cent, but has dropped a point since the last YouGov survey in May while Labour has gained six points. However, Mr Darling dismissed the idea. He said "the tide is turning" and "the shine is coming off the nationalists" due to their "poor" record on health and education. Read More »

Explosions at Kabul funeral site kill six, injures dozens

Kabul city has been on lockdown with armed checkpoints and armoured vehicles patrolling the streets to prevent a repeat of protests that spiralled into street clashes. Several senior security officials had been wounded. The city's police chief said some demonstrators fired weapons in the direction of his men. Frogh added that Salem Izidyar, son of the deputy speaker of the Senate, was among the protesters who had been killed. Read More »

US says Rodman did not help in NKorea release

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Rodman had told reporters before arriving in Pyongyang that the issue of Americans detained by North Korea is "not my objective right now". "We have no comment on Mr Warmbier's condition, out of respect for him and his family", Tillerson told USA senators at the start of a hearing into his budget. Read More »

Turkish leader slams Arab countries over Qatar

Facing an imminent food and financial crisis, Qatar's port authority said that its cargo would be carried through Sohar and Salalah ports in Oman. He said the Saudi King, as the elder statesman in the Gulf region, should take the lead to resolve the crisis. Read More »

Sessions heatedly denies improper Russian Federation contacts

Sessions had previously recused himself from the FBI's probe into alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Russian Federation. National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, both declined to discuss their own Trump communications during a hearing last week. Read More »

Macron's party headed for big French parliamentary majority

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His fledgling Republic on the Move! - contesting its first-ever election and fielding many candidates with no political experience at all - was on course to deliver him a legislative majority so crushing that Macron's rivals fretted that the 39-year-old president will be able to govern France nearly unopposed for his full five-year term. Read More »

Sessions, Wyden scrap over AG's 'problematic' role

Comey told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) that he did not go to Sessions about the content of his conversations with Donald Trump because Session's recusal was coming "for a variety of reasons". Russian Federation has denied interfering in the US election. Tuesday's hearing may also throw new light on the awkward state of the relationship between Trump and Sessions . Read More »

Attorney General Sessions Testifying in Russia Probe Hearing

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Earlier, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked Sessions why, after recusing himself from the Russian Federation inquiry, he signed a letter last month recommending that President Trump fire Comey . There are none, Sen. "There are none, Sen Wyden, there are none", Mr Sessions insisted, his voice rising. "Please colleagues, hear me on this", Sessions continued. Read More »

No cause to fire special counsel Mueller: deputy attorney general Rosenstein

During an interview on Fox Business, Gohmert argued that it was time to drop Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion by people connected to Trump. "There's a lot of smoke and there's a lot of alarm bells going off", Ryan continued. "I had no idea how dirty this mess was involving Comey and Mueller over the years". Read More »

Deputy AG wouldn't fire Mueller if unlawful

Sessions in March stepped aside from the federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice a year ago with Kislyak. During a hearing on Tuesday before a joint House and Senate appropriations subcommittee, Rosenstein was asked whether he had seen any evidence of that. Read More »

Dennis Rodman, diplomat? He's back in North Korea

The Department of State continues to have discussions with the DPRK regarding three other US citizens reported detained. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. Read More »

Erdogan vows to stand by 'Qatari brothers' amid crisis

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The new stance suggests a desire by the administration to support Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations that cut diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this week - essentially picking sides in a regional row in the heart of the Sunni Muslim world. Read More »

Friend says Trump is considering firing special counsel

Leahy noted especially that he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony to me and to Senator Franken" - referring to the last time that Sessions appeared before a congressional committee, for his confirmation hearing as attorney general. Read More »

North Korea frees American citizen: US state secretary

The Washington Post cited Warmbier's parents as saying he had been medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma. Fred and Cindy Warmbier said they were told their son was given a sleeping pill shortly after his trial last March, and he never woke up. Read More »

Senator accuses Sessions of 'impeding' Senate investigation by not answering questions

In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump made a decision to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. Read More »

Morocco to send food to Qatar after Gulf states cut ties

Saudi Arabia , the UAE , Bahrain and Egypt this month announced they had suspended ties with Qatar over the emirate's alleged support for extremists, banning all flights to and from Doha and shutting down the offices of the country's national carrier. Read More »

Trump says health care reform push may need additional money

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Another GOP source with direct knowledge of the meeting told Fox that Trump told the group of 15 Republicans that they should build a " more generous" version of the American Health Care Act . But Senate Republicans appear more likely to directly fund Planned Parenthood . Sen . Lamar Alexander , the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, will also attend the lunch, as will Sens. Read More »

Trump vs. Comey: Lawmakers turn up heat on president about contradictory claims

Trump , when asked about the possibility of those tapes during a press conference on Friday afternoon, would not rule out his earlier claim that his conversations with Comey may have been recorded. Trump broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication". "I'd like to invite the president to testify before the Senate", Schumer said , in consultation with Robert Mueller , the special counsel the Justice Department selected ... Read More »

American Student Otto Warmbier Released From North Korean Prison

Otto Warmbier , 22, was due to arrive home in Cincinnati , in the USA state of OH, overnight, having been evacuated through a U.S. military base in Sapporo , news.com.au reported. Warmbier had died as a result of the beatings. FILE - In this February 29, 2016 file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn Says New UK Election May Be Held by Early 2018

The Labour MP, who has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn , said he recognised the party ran an "effective campaign" but a Conservative prime minister now sits in No 10. "And make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country". With 649 of 650 seats in the House of Commons declared, May's bruised Conservatives had 318 - short of the 326 they needed for an outright majority and well down from the 330 seats they had before the vote. Read More »

Trump rips appeals court and media in morning tweetstorm

Though the Immigration and Nationality Act gives the president broad powers to control the entry of foreigners, the judges said the president's authority is subject to certain statutory and constitutional restraints. Earlier this month the Trump administration filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to block the Hawaii and Maryland rulings and revive the ban. Read More »

North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier, Tillerson says

His parents say he's in a coma . UVa President Teresa A. Sullivan released a statement Tuesday afternoon to express the school's support for Warmbier and his family. She said the university community has his family in its thoughts and prayers as he returns home. Warmbier was detained in January 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March of last year for trying to steal an item with a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean media. Read More »