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Sessions denies 3rd meeting with Russians

Under questioning from South Carolina Sen. He's a major figure in the intertwined Russia and Comey affairs, and his public story has changed enough that two Democratic senators have already accused him of possibly committing perjury, during his January confirmation hearing, by failing to own up to his own contacts with Russian operatives. Read More »

An 'appalling and detestable lie': Sessions forcefully denies colluding with Russians

The attorney general has acknowledged two meetings past year with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak. Leahy says he wants to know why Sessions "has provided false testimony" about those contacts. Rosenstein said he appointed the special counsel, he thinks it was the right thing to do and "I am going to defend the integrity of that investigation". Read More »

DUP negotiations with the Conservatives are 'going well'

Some lawmakers, particularly those from the Scottish National Party , are urging cross-party discussions to reach a consensus on Britain's exit from the EU. Over the weekend, May's top two aides stepped aside. The party still won the largest number of seats and votes - with 318 seats and 12,667,213 votes (42.8% of the overall vote). Read More »

Russian Federation probe scares off potential appointees

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To confirm the news, Counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox: "What I will say is that he has expressed his desire to leave the White House and made very clear that he would see through the President's worldwide trip". "He is particularly irked by the way the media interpreted his absence from Trump's visit with the Pope as the president snubbing him", Byers adds. Read More »

It's Jeff Sessions' turn in the hot seat

Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Sessions whether Trump records his conversations in the White House. When Wyden tried to interrupt, Sessions cut him off. Sessions also argued that his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation did not mean that he should be barred from his oversight duties over the FBI, following claims by Democrats that he should have not played a role in Comey's firing. Read More »

May starts DUP talks in bid to keep power

May's Conservatives in power. "I am dubious about it", Major said.While the DUP are deeply eurosceptic, they have balked at some of the practical implications of a so-called hard Brexit - including a potential loss of a " frictionless border " with the Republic of Ireland - and talks will touch on efforts to minimise the potential damage to Northern Ireland .With formal European Union divorce talks due next week, May heads to France on Tuesday to meet Emmanuel Macron, who last month ... Read More »

North Korea releases US student held for 17 months

It was not clear whether he had made the statement voluntarily, but foreign detainees in North Korea have previously recanted confessions, saying they were made under pressure. It happened on the same day that former National Basketball Association player turned friend of North Korean dictator Dennis Rodman landed in the country. Read More »

Wreckage and bodies found in Myanmar missing plane search

The plane is made by a Chinese company and was purchased from China in March past year and had logged 809 flying hours, according to the military. The wreckage of a missing Myanmar military plane and three bodies have been found in the sea, the Defence Services Office said on Thursday. Read More »

General Election 2017: Who are the big winners and losers so far?

Several key Tory strongholds such as Canterbury lost their majority as the Conservative party failed to win over voters. Or, either the Conservatives or Labour could attempt to govern as a minority administration, seeking to win support in the Commons for their programme on a vote-by-vote basis. Read More »

Philippines says Islamic State controls 20% of besieged city

The statement clarified that no American troops are in the line of fire in Marawi, the country's only official "Islamic city", but instead are providing what the Star refers to as "technical assistance ". The country has maintained military personnel in Mindanao since 2002 to train local troops in counterterrorism operations. On Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson, Ernesto Abella, confirmed that USA troops were participating in the Marawi operations and said that countries ... Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon to seek 'four nation' approach to Brexit

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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has said plans for a second independence referendum must "disappear" after her party fought back to take six seats from the SNP. Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who campaigned heavily on opposition to another referendum, called for a second ballot to be "off the table", branding the demand "a massive political miscalculation". Read More »

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ends fast

He refused to make any promises and told them that the government will decide on the future course of action as per the situation in the state. The violence has spilled over to several other districts, including in the Malwa-Nimad area and even reached the state capital. Read More »

North Korea releases imprisoned American student; 22-year-old reportedly in coma

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University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier was sentenced in 2016 to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea after being accused of attempting to steal a propaganda poster from his Pyongyang hotel while visiting the country. A person who answered the phone at Warmbier's family's OH residence said: "No comment, thank you" and hung up. "For North Korea to imprison Otto with no notification or consular access for more than a year is the utmost example of its complete failure to recognize ... Read More »

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on the Russia investigation

During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated his recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, "does not, and can not interfere with my ability to oversee the Department of Justice, including the FBI", and that "I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations". Read More »

North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier, secretary of state says

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Fred Warmbier tells NPR's Emily Kopp that he's been told his son has been in a coma since sometime after his sentencing in March of 2016. "We get to see our son Otto tonight", he said. Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir), who had been serving a 15-year prison term, was freed and evacuated from North Korea on Tuesday, as Rodman arrived in the reclusive country. Read More »

EU Warns More Delays In Brexit Talks Would Threaten Deal

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But the European Union wants to take each issue one at a time - meaning that talks on trade will not start for "several months", according to Mr Barnier. "We are ready as soon as the United Kingdom itself is ready". Mr Barnier told the Financial Times: "My preoccupation is that time is passing, it is passing quicker than anyone believes because the subjects we have to deal with are extraordinarily complex. Read More »

Australia treating armed siege as 'terrorism incident'

Australian media have reported Khayre deliberately tampered with his court-issued Global Positioning System ankle bracelet to lure police to the address, and after a two hour siege he emerged from the building shooting, injuring three police before being killed. Read More »

Philippines says it learned of city siege plans in advance

Armed Forces of the Philippines say they have cut the Maute Group, a suspected terrorist organization on the southern island Mindanao , to "remnants" after fighting it since May 23. Meanwhile, the need for USA military support to bolster the Filipino army's slow progress in liberating Marwai, is in stark contrast to Duterte's string of insults aimed at Washington and American politicians by the fiery president. Read More »

2 top Afghan security officials suspended

A day later, at least seven people were killed when suicide bombers tore through a row of mourners who were attending the funeral of one of the protesters. Afghan News Agency on Twitter , become a fan on Facebook . The US military command in Kabul said it was investigating the reports. Achin District is the primary base of operations for ISIS in Afghanistan and has been the site of multiple joint US-Afghan counterterrorism missions. Read More »

Five facts about Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Sessions also denied having any talks with Russians about interference in the election. Sessions's recusal came the day after The Washington Post reported the first two meetings, but Sessions said he was already talking with lawyers about whether his Trump campaign work would force him to hand over the Russian Federation investigation to his deputy. Read More »

Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Without Good Cause

In that interview , Ruddy said of Trump , "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". "I know Bob Mueller and I have confidence in Bob Mueller", House Speaker Paul Ryan said. During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey said Sessions may have met for a third, undisclosed time , with Amb. Read More »

Republicans Seek to Clear Air on Whether Trump Has Comey Tapes

Mr Comey delivered scathing testimony a day earlier in a highly anticipated Senate hearing , saying Mr Trump had sought to derail a probe into one-time national security adviser Michael Flynn - at best, a political miscalculation, and at worst a criminal obstruction of justice . Read More »