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Putin says he's optimistic after Trump's meeting with Russian official

Speaking to reporters at the Russian Embassy after his White House talks with Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov did not hide his irritation with repeated questions about Moscow's alleged meddling in the USA presidential election to boost Trump's chances and damage Hillary Clinton's. Read More »

French voters in Slovakia elected Macron


Mr Macron's newly renamed "Republique en Marche" (the Republic on the Move) movement reacted warily to the announcement. "Jim Comey didn't tell her not to campaign in Wisconsin after the convention", he said on CNN's New Day . Macron served as economy minister in a Socialist government under Valls, but left to make his successful bid for president at the head of his own start-up party. Read More »

Nigeria Chibok girls: 103 freed girls to go back to school


Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said officials originally had been negotiating for the release of 83 girls, but one said she wanted to remain. The Nigeria Labour Congress President, Comrade Ayuba Waba has warned Nigerians to stop playing politics with the release of Chibok School girls that were abducted last three years ago. Read More »

Banks to move 9 000 jobs from Britain

So far, only HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, has said it could move some of its operations to Paris where it has a subsidiary that holds most of the licenses needed by an investment bank thanks to its purchase of CCF in 2000. Estimates for possible finance-related job losses from Brexit are on a broad range of 4,000 to 232,000, according to separate reports by Oliver Wyman and Ernst & Young. Read More »

READ: Ousted FBI Director Comey's Farewell Letter To Staff


Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins serves on the Senate intelligence committee. "He's a showboat. He's a grandstander", the president said of Comey. One key item the White House has cited as a reason Trump booted Comey was that Comey had lost the trust and confidence of the bureau's own agents and employees. Read More »

Trump mulls raising fuel costs ahead of infrastructure spending


The comment comes amid likely opposition from the GOP, as well as promises from his team that the building plan won't cost taxpayers. The federal government now finances its trust fund with an 18.4 cents per gallon tax on gasoline and a 24.4 cents per gallon tax on diesel fuel, neither of which are adjusted for inflation so the revenues raised has effectively fallen over time . Read More »

Sally Yates Testimony Blows Trump Russia Scandal Wide Open


The distinction between the two situations is that Flynn was acting in service to Trump and Yates in opposition. Her testimony goes against with how the White House portrayed her "heads-up" of the potential conflict, as Press Secretary Sean Spicer described it . Read More »

Trump, Who Has A Golden Apartment, Called FBI Director Comey A 'Showboat'

McCabe took the former director's place at the hearing and assured senators that Comey's firing would not negatively affect the Russian Federation investigation. Still, Trump maintained, "I know I am not under investigation". Warner, who called Comey a "straight shooter", raised questions about Rosenstein's involvement in the investigation following the circumstances of the former FBI director's firing, but said he thought the deputy AG had listened to his concerns. Read More »

Three Republicans Vote To Preserve Obama Emissions Rule


That likely would have been the 15th late Obama-era rule repealed using the Congressional Review Act . In other words, the agency intends to do what Senate Republicans could not. Environmentalists are applauding the defeat of the repeal. The White House, aware that the vote to repeal the methane rule would be close, sent Vice President Mike Pence to the Capitol so that his vote could break a tie, but that was not in the cards. Read More »

AFC suspends Guam official who pleaded guilty in US bribery case

Lai's provisional ban prevents him from taking part in the world football body's audit panel meeting on May 8th in Bahrain . A total of 21 individuals have agreed to plea deals, involving large fines. Sheikh Ahmad is not mentioned directly, although the documents filed on April 27 say all of Lai's alleged co-conspirators "are known to the United States Attorney". Read More »

Coach Warren Gatland 'happy' with draw

Coetzee said the gap between the top teams had closed. Wales face a considerably kinder draw in the 2019 Rugby World Cup than what they received for the 2015 tournament, with Australia and Georgia being drawn to face Warren Gatland's men in Pool D in Japan. Read More »

Flynn Was Warned Not to Accept Foreign Payments in 2014


In the letter , the DIA said Flynn could violate the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which prohibits retired military personnel from receiving payments from foreign sources without advance permission, and advised Flynn to "obtain advance approval from the Army " before receiving an emolument from a foreign government. Read More »

Comey's firing leaves red-hot political case to successor

The president must know by now that, with or without Mr. Comey, and no matter how much he reportedly screams in frustration at his TV monitor, his campaign's extensive connections to Russian Federation will continue to be an embarrassment for years, hobbling his administration and undermining his legitimacy. Read More »

Shab-e-Bar'at observed with religious fervour


Some traditions call it the night of blessings and accountability when mass judgments regarding lives, deaths, bestowments and blessings for the next year are made by Almighty Allah. In her message, she said Shab-i-Baraat is a blessed occasion to seek mercy and forgiveness from Allah and appealed people to pray for granting them compassion, piety and a spirit to work for the poor, downtrodden and desolate. Read More »

Senate Dems want special counsel on Russian Federation probe


Sessions said the president, in a face-to-face meeting, should have given Comey the opportunity to step down. A White House statement Tuesday said it had to do with Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation. Comey has argued that he needed to announce the outcome of the investigation because Attorney General Loretta Lynch had been compromised by her chumminess with the Clintons, as evidenced by a 20-minute conversation with Bill Clinton aboard her plane at a Phoenix airport on ... Read More »

Syrian FM says no foreign troops on the ground


Syria's government has said that although it will abide by the agreement, it would continue fighting "terrorism" wherever it exists, parlance for most armed rebel groups fighting government troops. "We do not accept a role for the United Nations or worldwide forces to monitor the agreement", he declared. Those zones would see a halt to hostilities, including air strikes. Read More »

Yates, Flynn And The Trump-Russia Investigation

Flynn had been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shortly beforehand, at the White House and without counsel present, she recalled. Yates made clear that the concerns she raised had exclusively to do with Flynn's contacts with the Russian ambassador, and not his paid speech for a Russian state media organization or his lobbying for Turkish interests, two other issues that have brought him law enforcement scrutiny. Read More »

Trump calls Comey a 'showboat,' denies colluding with Russia

Trump also said that at the dinner, he and Comey discussed whether the U.S. top cop would stay in his role and continue his ten-year term. Trump's comments to NBC News shed new light on the question of what Trump has said to Comey while the FBI investigates possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian operatives seeking to meddle with last year's presidential election. Read More »

Acting FBI chief contradicts White House on Comey firing

He also reiterated several times that he has not spoken to anyone in the White House about the investigation and said he won't provide updates in the future. In October, Cohen called on Comey to "resign his position effective immediately". "If Director Comey cares about the bureau and the rule of law ..." He bashed Comey's letter as "plainly premature, careless and unprecedented". Read More »

China's Xi discusses nuclear issue with new South Korean president

As with most presidential elections , South Korean voters predominantly voted their pocketbooks in Tuesday's national election. That was the second Korean summit. The scandal that saw the former president arrested on corruption charges highlighted South Korea's dependence on huge family-owned businesses, or "chaebol", such as Samsung. Read More »

Trump's 'Off-the-Cuff' NBC Interview Reportedly Creates 'Dour' Mood in White House

In a shocking - but not at all surprising - turn of events, Trump chose to keep U.S journalists and media personalities out of the meeting, while he didn't seem to have a problem with the Russian media being there. Sergei Kislyak. The chummy photos left some observers agog, particularly coming a day after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been running the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian officials. Read More »

Comey Firing Puts Spotlight On Deputy AG Rosenstein

Richard Blumenthal said even among Republicans, there was a "growing feeling of disquiet and doubt about the direction that the president is taking". Stephen Gillers, a law professor and legal ethics expert at New York University School of Law, said in an email that he thought Sessions had already violated his own recusal policy in participating in deliberations about whether Comey should be fired. Read More »