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US prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments

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Officials said that Vladimir Putin had requested the meeting, a quid-pro-quo for his recent face-to-face with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow. Trump said "when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said "you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won". Read More »

United States wary of South Korea's approach to North under Moon

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Moon came to power with a promise to review the system and he told Xi that North Korea must cease making provocations before tension over the deployment could be resolved, officials said. Top of the list will be confronting the nuclear threat from Pyongyang. Moon said Pyongyang's nuclear issue should be addressed "comprehensively and gradually", not only with pressure but also through talks, because current worldwide sanctions are also aimed at guiding Kim's regime to return to dialogue, ... Read More »

China's Xi discusses nuclear issue with new S.Korean president

Moon's favouring more independence in ties with the USA - a stance not contrary to Trump's own foreign policy vision - creates some common ground. Moon took 41.1 per cent of the vote, far ahead of Hong Joon-Pyo of Park's Liberty Korea party, on 24.0 per cent, and centrist Ahn Cheol-Soo on 21.4 per cent. Read More »

N.Korea demands handover of suspects in assassination plot

It named South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) director Lee Byung-Ho, an NIS team director surnamed Han, NIS agent Jo Ki-Chol, and Chinese businessman Xu Guanghai as suspects, along with "masterminds in CIA". An internal State Department security report says 16 Americans have been detained on trumped-up subversion charges in the past decade. It says he is a North Korean resident of Pyongyang who worked for a time in the Russian Far East. Read More »

Photos of Trump's meeting with Russian officials raise eyebrows

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The White House posted photos online of the meeting a full day later, but they did not include any images of Lavrov. Outlets from the New York Times to Newsweek and Quartz reported the perceived snub to US-based media. When the press pool was allowed into the Oval Office after the meeting, Mr Lavrov and Mr Kislyak had left and, in a surprise, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger was with Mr Trump instead. Read More »

After SKorean leader eyes North trip, Trump offers United States invite

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Trump stressed the importance of the alliance with South Korea, but also said that South Korea should pay for the anti-missile THAAD system the US has deployed on South Korean soil. The new South Korean president painted himself as the antidote to Park's corrupt, authoritarian administration. Clearly, the frustration many South Koreans felt about corruption pushed Moon to victory. Read More »

Only CBS Shows Ted Cruz Hammering Yates on Trump's Travel Ban

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Prior to the Senate committee's hearing, questions were raised by Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, as to Barack Obama's handling of Flynn. Popular Video House Republicans just voted to destroy Obama's signature achievement. Yates said she told the White House six days into Trump's administration that Flynn, a former military intelligence chief, had not been honest with Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with the Russian ambassador to Washington, leaving him vulnerable to ... Read More »

Boris Johnson slams Jeremy Corbyn's policy on defence

In a bold move at the halfway point in the election campaign, the Prime Minister says she will fight for votes in all four corners of the United Kingdom and reach out to people abandoned by Labour. Mr Corbyn has previously made clear he would never authorise the use of nuclear weapons and said that if it were to ever emerge as a "real option" it would represent a "cataclysmic failure" by world leaders. Read More »

Rock nation? Dwayne Johnson considering run for White House

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At this point, Johnson also was reluctant to say too much about where he stands on political issues, aside from objecting to the travel ban. He was also cagey about assessing the job Trump is doing so far. On the other end of the spectrum, I'm quite disturbed by Dwayne Johnson having sex with someone in a bear suit in The Revenant remade in the style of The Notebook . Read More »

Shaanxi prospers from Belt and Road development

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The CPEC is a part of Chinese President Xi Jinpings ambitious Belt and Road (B&R) initiative. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is in China to attend the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation beginning in Beijing on Sunday. Read More »

Comey Requested More Resources for Russia Investigation Days Before Firing

Sanders said that the president was mulling firing Comey for months, possibly even before the November 8 election. Sen. Chris CoonsChris CoonsDem: Comey may have been fired because FBI probe was getting "too close" Congress's wounds largely self-inflicted Senate Dem: I'll ask Comey why he talked about Clinton probe but not Trump MORE (D-Del.) said Thursday he fears President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because Comey's investigation into Russian interference in the USA ... Read More »

EFL reveals changes to Checkatrade Trophy

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Premier League clubs will be allowed to stay in the Checkatrade Trophy. The cumulative figure of 18.1m spectators for games in the Championship, League One and League Two represents an 11% increase on the previous season. There is, however, no change in criteria for the 16 invited teams - they still have to play six players under the age of 21 as on June 30. "We won the competition with what was primarily a young team, and if you can get to Wembley and experience a fixture in front of that ... Read More »

Macron team announces candidates for June parliamentary election

Macron received 66 percent of the vote compared to Marine Le Pen's 34 percent. Mr. Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics, as he was before his victory on Sunday. But we don't really hear much from them or about them. "Twenty-five percent of French citizens abstained", he said. Observers are saying Emmanuel Macron's election as president of France is a victory for Europe. Read More »

China conducts new missile tests aimed to counter THAAD

DeTrani, a former Central Intelligence Agency official who served as the State Department's special envoy for six-party talks with North Korea prior to their breakdown in 2009. The new president has always been an advocate of rapprochement between the two Koreas and has advocated reopening two joint projects that provided North Korea with valuable streams of hard currency - a step that would run directly counter to Trump's strategy of tightening sanctions. Read More »

Up Date: Hillary Rodham Clinton's e-Mail Scandal +

Bush. Speaking at a Women for Women International event , Clinton said while she takes "absolute personal responsibility" for losing the election, she believed Comey's actions were a key reason the electorate swayed against her in the campaign's homestretch. Read More »

B.C. Election: Absentee Ballots Could Change The Final Outcome

Overall voter turnout may have been buoyed by a record number of advanced votes, as over 600,000 B.C. residents cast their ballots during advance polls. On Tuesday, BC Liberals secured 43 seats, just one seat short of forming a majority government. "Between now and then, our district officers will be reviewing all those envelopes, determining where they need to be sent, sending them back to the voter's district of residence and doing all of their reconciliation processes on everything ... Read More »

Acting FBI Director Tells US Senators No Effort To Impede Russia Investigations

Previews of congressional testimony to superiors are generally considered courteous. "I was going to fire Comey - my decision", Trump told Holt. (The Justice Department denied Thursday that Rosenstein had made the threat.) Meanwhile, multiple reports began to emerge that Trump was incensed at Comey for implying in an open Senate hearing last week that Clinton may have won if he hadn't chose to reopen the probe into her emails on October 28. Read More »

India moved ICJ as Jadhav's life is in danger: MEA

However a senior official told The Hindu that the Jadhav case required the extreme measure, as "Pakistan had refused to follow any established norm or principle". While the Vienna Convention does not stipulate a time limit- the notification of the arrest should be done "without delay" - Pakistan's refusal to give consular access and tying it to the investigation process is unjustifiable. Read More »

CIA director warns of Venezuela weapons transfers

NY [U.S.], May 11:: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has established a dedicated unit to address the concerns of Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile and to monitor the behaviour of its unpredictable leader Kim Jong-un. Speaking at a Senate intelligence hearing on Thursday local time, along with the heads of five other US intelligence agencies, the CIA Director said regional flash point including the Korean Peninsula could trigger a major conflict. Read More »

Acting FBI director testifies before Senate panel

The trolling only seemed to increase later in the day, when the foreign ministry released images of Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, bantering with Trump in the Oval Office. "It was ... hard to believe that Comey, who I thought had some degree of integrity, would do this". Mr. Trump pressed Comey on whether it would be "honest loyalty". Read More »