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Afghan ISIS leader and mastermind killed

Hasib, who rose to the top post within the Afghan offshoot of the terror organization a year ago, was believed to have been behind a high-profile terror attack on March 8 in which ISIS, disguised as doctors, slaughtered dozens in a Kabul military hospital. Read More »

Alaskan Natives Look to Arctic Council to Preserve Waters, Way of Life

And he flew into the most northerly USA state as concerns were again rising that Trump may abandon or slash back America's commitments under the 2015 Paris climate change accord. "We're not going to rush to make a decision". Foreign ministers of Russia, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden also took part in the meeting to tackle problems in the region. Read More »

After SKorean leader eyes North trip, Trump offers USA invite

Thaad is an acronym for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system created to shoot down missiles form North Korea. In recent week's North Korea has carried out missile tests that have led to fears that the rogue nation may soon be able to target the US mainland with nuclear and chemical weapons. Read More »

Russians 'Laughing' Over Dems Tying Election Loss to Comey

As for the timing of Lavrov's meeting, it was scheduled well in advance of Comey's firing. While Trump noted in a separate post that the Russians "must be laughing up their sleeves" at America, he said it was because of the furor over Comey's ouster, which he characterized as a "Democrat EXCUSE for losing the election". Read More »

Police find woman who was struck by auto, taken by men


Allyson Douglas-Cook said. The woman got out of the SUV. The woman, described as black with short hair and wearing white shoes and shorts, was then forced into a silver vehicle by several men and driven off southbound on McCowan Ave., witnesses told police. Read More »

ASEAN meets amid Korea tension and South China Sea row


Chinese officials pressed for words that might allude to last year's global arbitration ruling to be kept out of the statement, the diplomats said, particularly the term "full respect for legal and diplomatic processes". One ASEAN diplomat, who asked not to be named, confided that Manila wants to maintain good ASEAN-China relations amid the uncertainty of ASEAN-US ties. Read More »

Whitehouse was warned about Flynn's blackmail risk


Meanwhile, Yates also warned in her opening testimony that there were some issues she could not address publicly because they involved classified information. She was understood to be referring to telephone calls between Flynn and Russian ambassador to Moscow Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office. Flynn was forced to resign by the president after it was revealed that he had misled vice president Mike Pence and other administration officials about conversations he'd had with Russian ... Read More »

N Korea demands S Korea spy chief's extradition over 'assassination plot'

Pyongyang will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung Un last month with a biochemical poison, a top North Korean foreign ministry official said today. US and South Korean intelligence officials dismissed the accusations. The KCNA report did not say when the alleged plot was stopped. In the last three weeks, North Korea announced it arrested two USA citizens working at a Pyongyang university on suspicion of "hostile acts" against ... Read More »

Andrew McCabe undercuts White House on Comey firing

Spicer said Trump's Twitter message wasn't meant to intimidate Comey. The president's statement contradicted Spicer's assertion from Tuesday night that Trump made the call based on a critical memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Read More »

3 big questions remain about Michael Flynn after Sally Yates' testimony


The subpoena was announced a day after Mr Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, who had been leading the bureau's investigation of Russian Federation and the election. It was nominally about Russian interference in the 2016 election, including concerns that the Russian government could have compromised Flynn - concerns Yates raised with McGahn during Trump's first week in office. Read More »

Trump, top Russia envoy to meet at White House


White House officials denied any political motive in the move by Trump, who took office on January 20. President Trump then took two questions about his decision to fire James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. But given the intense media and congressional scrutiny of US-Russia relations, the Trump administration likely lacks the space to maneuver a "grand bargain" with Moscow even if it wanted one. Read More »

Trump to hold crunch meeting on Paris climate deal

The President's influential daughter, Ivanka Trump , who is the Assistant to the President, Defence Secretary James Mattis and former Exxon boss Rex Tillerson , now Secretary of State, are all believed to be in favour of the USA remaining a signatory . Read More »

White House Official Says Administration Was 'Tricked' by Russian News Agency

The White House blocked USA reporters from photographing the meeting, opting to allow only White House and Russian photographers to capture images of Trump's interactions with Lavrov. The White House is facing criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to take photos of President Donald Trump and a pair of senior Russian officials. Read More »

New S. Korean leader to partly abandon presidential palace

A South Korean presidential spokesman said that the Chinese leader - who initiated the call - "explained the reasons for Beijing's strong and repeated opposition" to the deployment, Yonhap news agency reported. FILE - Visitors look at products made at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea at its showroom at the unification observatory in Paju, South Korea, Feb. Read More »

5 moments Donald Trump and James Comey were at odds


Tune into NBC Nightly News at 6:30 p.m. ET to see more of Holt's exclusive interview with Trump. The president fired Mr. Comey Tuesday, saying he no longer had his confidence to do the job. The firing was recommended by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. When asked if Pence too had been kept in the dark, Sanders retorted "nobody was in the dark" and accused the media of creating a "false narrative". Read More »

Turkey calls on United States to not arm Kurdish 'terrorists'


Dorrian said providing arms to the YPG will "accelerate" the offensive on Raqqa , where the USA military estimates about 4,000 ISIS fighters remain. The Thursday meeting comes hours after US -backed Syrian fighters captured a strategic ISIS-held city on the outskirts of Raqqa. Read More »

Russian meddling story an 'excuse' for why Democrats lost

However, the meeting was covered by TASS , the state-run media of Russian Federation. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on Wednesday., but back in March he ignored the opportunity to extend that same courtesy to American ally and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read More »

BC election results won't be final until May 22

Courtenay-Comox wasn't the only close riding in Tuesday's vote. BC Elections said Friday morning that the gap in votes in that riding was actually larger than originally thought. In 2013, when the riding was called Comox Valley and had slightly different boundaries, the absentee ballots were nearly as close, with just 25 votes separating the NDP and Liberal candidates. Read More »

Senate intelligence panel subpoenas Michael Flynn for Russian Federation documents

Obama advisers say the former president is still navigating his role in worldwide politics, but he is willing to consider requests for support from overseas candidates. Yates said Monday that she met with the White House counsel in the days after the inauguration to alert him that the Justice Department had information showing Flynn's account of the calls was not accurate. Read More »

South Korean President Moon Jae In scraps state-issued history textbooks

South Korea's new President Moon Jae In on Friday (May 12) scrapped state-issued school history textbooks introduced by his ousted predecessor, saying they represented an "outdated and one-sided" view of the past, his office said. Moon explained that there was opposition toward the agreement within South Korea, and said, "There will be a need to wisely resolve historical issues so that both nations can further develop". Read More »

Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision


This week, companies including Mars and Cumberland Farms announced initiatives with Partnership for a Healthier America, the foundation Obama helped create alongside her " Let's Move! " initiative to combat childhood obesity. "I got one kid going to college and another one just being 16". You don't need to know what's in it.' That's essentially what a move like this is saying to you, mom. Read More »

North Korea sends rare letter of protest over new USA sanctions

But despite the military displays, the administration is so far seen to be following much the same blueprint. North Korea made a global appeal in a letter released on Friday for states to reconsider enforcing U.N. The U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday North Korea poses a potentially "existential threat" to the United States with its growing nuclear and missile capabilities. Read More »