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The Spurs cruise past the Rockets, 114-75

Harden finished with 10 points on two-of-11 shooting with seven assists and six turnovers. Already without veteran Tony Parker, who suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury in Game 2 , the Spurs looked to be the underdog entering this one without Leonard's scoring and defence. Read More »

Raptors' Kyle Lowry calls himself "doubtful" for Game 4

Things fell apart in the fourth as the Cavaliers found another gear and the Raptors struggled to contain their offence after doing a solid job through the first three quarters. Demar DeRozan picked up the scoring load in his absence. "We would love to have him", said coach Dwane Casey. "There was no back down". The all-star point guard said it's "doubtful" he'll play Sunday. Read More »

General election 2017: Scotland's political leaders step up their campaigns

Gordon Brown's former Fife constituency has been identified by Labour as one of its top target seats in next month's general election. She is expected to say: " Theresa May's extraordinary attacks on our European partners demonstrate that an unchecked Tory government is prepared to pursue a chaotic hard Brexit if it is in the interests of the Tory Party, whatever the cost to Scotland". Read More »

Trump urges peace between Russia and Ukraine


Before the interview, administration officials such as the vice-president, press secretary, White House counselor and deputy press secretary had maintained that the president fired Comey based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein . Read More »

Labour meets to agree election manifesto after draft is leaked

But Jeremy Corbyn is making a speech attempting to persuade voters he is not soft on terror or going to war, insisting he is not a pacifist but pledging "no more hand-holding with Donald Trump". UKIP leader Paul Nuttall had previously pledged to not stand candidates in some seats where either the sitting Conservative MP supported a hard Brexit or where the Conservatives had a chance to unseat a pro-Remain MP, saying it was his duty to put "country before party" and "advance the practical ... Read More »

Sean Spicer absent from briefings during key week for Trump

Almost four months into his tenure, Trump's White House is suffering from a credibility crisis that has only grown worse in light of the bungled Comey firing. "I think that we have to get back to work but I want to find out - I want to get to the bottom". "I've heard from a large number of individuals that work at the Federal Bureau of Investigation that said that they were very happy with the president's decision", she said, insisting, "Our story is consistent". Read More »

Patriots reach extension with Andrews


There's a reason the New England Patriots didn't show significant interest in signing another center this offseason. The rest, as they say, is history. The extension with Andrews means the Patriots' interior offensive line has a chance to continue to grow together for multiple years, with left guard Joe Thuney under contract through 2019, Andrews locked in through 2020 and right guard Shaq Mason with a deal that expires after the 2018 season. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation will no longer inform White House on Russian Federation probe

That detail contradicted his White House staff, who said repeatedly on Tuesday and Wednesday that Mr. Trump didn't make his final decision until receiving a letter on Tuesday from Mr. During a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the divergent messages from the White House resulted from a lack of information from the president himself. Read More »

White House furious over Russian state photos of Trump meeting

The White House official insisted it is standard practice to keep more of a lid on presidential meetings with lower-level foreign officials, as opposed to visits from heads of state, which typically come with greater press coverage. Still, the overlap between the investigation and Trump's diplomatic efforts made for uncomfortable optics. "As active players in the diplomatic process regarding Syria, we are going to pursue these contacts together and with other key countries, especially those ... Read More »

PSU fraternity members charged after hazing death

A forensic analysis of one frat member's cellphone showed a series of internet searches at the time , including "falling asleep after head injury", "true or false, a person with a serious head injury or concussion should be kept awake", and "binge drinking, alcohol, bruising or discoloration, cold feet and cold hands". Read More »

Trump thought being president 'would be easier'

The White House says the president intends to sign an executive order Saturday that will direct the Commerce Department and the US trade representative to conduct a comprehensive study of the nation's trade agreements. "I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington's swamp, spending my evening with all of you and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people", Trump told the crowd. Read More »

France's new president proving a keeper of secrets

Renewing a political landscape long bogged down with out-of-touch parties and long-serving politicians was a central campaign promise and the eclectic mix of candidates speaks to Macron's desire to pull the plug on a system he deems broken. Read More »

Retail inflation in India seen easing to three-month low in April


Both main crude contracts soared nearly three percent Wednesday after data showed a drop in U.S. inventories nearly three times more than forecast, fanning hopes of rising demand as the American holiday driving season kicks off. "We would have had to do an alternative forecast with some variant of a disorderly negotiating process, and we have not done that", he said. The consumer price index of inflation rose by 2.3 per cent in March, with the Bank previously forecasting it will peak at ... Read More »

Blumenthal: Comey firing 'may well produce impeachment proceedings'


Trump used a mix of fact and fiction in hitting at Blumenthal. Maybe that will be one of Trump's leading criteria for a new attorney general: "Will not investigate my campaign's ties to Russian Federation, will investigate Richard Blumenthal's past misstatements about his Vietnam-era military service". Read More »

Sean Spicer Claims Delay in Firing Followed Protocol

Spicer told reporters that the day after Yates' initial meeting with McGahn on January 26, the White House counsel asked her to return "to discuss certain issues that she had left unclear at the time". Pence's errant remarks prompted Yates to contact White House counsel Donald McGahn. "'To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised by the Russians, ' Yates said she replied", per NBC's Ken Dilanian . Read More »

Labour turmoil deepens as Corbyn's auto runs over cameraman

A senior Labour source said the party was "looking into" the incident. The Royal Mail would be renationalised, as well as rail companies. Many in the party fear voters are about to comprehensively debunk that thesis. The party leader spoke out after a draft version of the manifesto was leaked on Wednesday. "We believe the policies in it are very popular". "However the challenge for the left is twofold". Read More »

Trump bars United States media, but not Russia's, at meeting with Russian officials

He declined to elaborate when reached by phone. The White House played down the danger, saying that the photographer and his equipment were subjected to a security screening before he entered the White House grounds. press pool was assembled unexpectedly in the West Wing, reporters thought that White House officials might have reconsidered and chose to allow a glimpse of Trump's meeting with the Russians after all. Read More »

Pyongyang unveils satellite photos of Thaad in South Korea

In a speech at the National Assembly hours after being declared the victor of Tuesday's election, Moon pledged to work for peace on the Korean Peninsula amid growing worry over the North's expanding nuclear weapons and missiles programme. "For a long time, China has upheld the goal of the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, protecting the peace and stability of the peninsula and resolving the problem via dialogue and consultation", Xi said, according to the ministry. Read More »

Kremlin says feels "cautious optimism" after Trump meeting with Lavrov


Lavrov's visit is one of the highest-level contacts between the Russian and the United States governments since Trump took office in January. The U.S. "Was he fired? You're kidding", Lavrov said sarcastically, feigning surprise as he started his day of meetings in Washington . Former U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign for failing to disclose the content of his talks with Kislyak and then misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. Read More »

Death toll in Pakistan bomb attack at 25


The injured have been shifted to Mastung Civil Hospital, while those in critical condition are being moved to Quetta for treatment. Senior police officer Abdul Razzaq Cheema said at least one police officer was among those killed. "It was a powerful explosion". Dozens of people have been injured. "I am sorry for the death of innocent of people", he said. Television footage from the scene showed severe damage to several vehicles and motorcycles. Read More »

Man thrashed for allegedly slaughtering buffalo in UP's Aligarh, 5 arrested


However, no case has been registered against the assaulters. The police have arrested the five persons along with the owner of the dairy for carrying out the illegal slaughter. A huge crowd soon gathered and began thrashing those slaughtering the buffalo, PTI reports the police as saying. Surprisingly, while the cow vigilantes were let off, Baghel, Imran and the butchers have been arrested. Read More »

Penn State frat members appear in court in pledge's death


Beta Theta Pi, for example, had an outward experience that was "incredibly positive", he said. And how did his would-be "brothers" repay his eager loyalty? But they ignored him and called him "overdramatic". "The fraternity is about submissions of power, it's about dominance, it's about control". Universities can enact all the anti-hazing policies they want, but when you put 20-year-olds in charge of 18- and 19-year-olds, without strict supervision and rule enforcement, you're asking for ... Read More »

China pressures South Korea about missile system

The call to Moon took place just a day after he took office and comes amid increased regional tensions over North Korea as well as the deployment of a USA missile-defense shield in South Korea. Both Mr Moon and Mr Xi agreed that denuclearising North Korea was a "common goal". Beijing also has its own issues with Seoul . The call with Xi was Moon's second telephone conversation as president with a key global leader, following one Wednesday with U.S. Read More »

Trump Urges Russia to Rein in Syrian Ally


Beset with Russia problems since his election, President Trump met for the first time Wednesday with top Russian officials and emerged pledging better relations with Moscow, while accusations mounted that he fired the FBI director to thwart an investigation into his campaign's Kremlin. Read More »