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Rod Rosenstein: Caught in the James Comey sacking storm

But Democrats - and others - say the Trump administration, which had previously praised Mr Comey's actions, is using the memo as a smokescreen. The blunt upshot is: James Comey's Federal Bureau of Investigation wasn't going to save Trump's America from itself. Read More »

PM Modi visits Sri Dalada Maligawa temple

The theme of this year's event is "Buddhist teachings for social justice and sustainable world peace". Prime Minister Modi has often recalled his days as a tea-seller while addressing gatherings in India and overseas. India's large Tamil population lending support to their brethrens in Sri Lanka has been a sensitive issue since the linguistic strife between minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese turned into one-of the most protracted violent conflict in the world. Read More »

Israel moves to downgrade status of Arabic language

The timing of the bill - after four years of deliberations - is significant, coming two weeks before a planned visit by Donald Trump in which the USA president had hoped to breath life into a moribund peace process. But the bill is not only opposed by political opponents but even centrists in Netanyahu's government have argued against a "nation-state" bill, calling it unnecessary and noting that the 1948 Declaration of Independence already proclaimed Israel a Jewish state. Read More »

South Korea's new president moves to soothe tensions with China

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The son of North Korean refugees, Moon also takes over the leadership mantle amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang's nuclear programme. During their 25-minute conversation, Abe told Moon that he would like to "properly manage the bilateral relationship" in light of the accord. At the time, the US declared that the South had " lost its nerve " and was clearing the way for North Korea to emerge as a nuclear weapons state. Read More »

Papal message to Portuguese people in advance of trip to Fatima

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Over the past several days, church groups, families and individuals have made their way to Fatima, 90 miles north of Lisbon, some completing the final leg of the pilgrimage on their knees in prayer. At the time of the apparitions, Europe was still in the grip of World War I and Portugal's Catholic Church was facing a crisis after Portugal became a republic in 1910. Read More »

After SKorean leader eyes North trip, Trump offers US invite

As well as clouding efforts to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions, the Thaad deployment has also led to recriminations from Beijing against South Korean companies. China has already taken commercial retaliation against South Korean business interests on its soil, but will be hoping Moon follows through on his campaign pledge to review the missile system's deployment if elected. Read More »

France's Macron takes Euroskeptic stance, warns EU

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French presidential far-right candidate Marine Le Pen fought off accusations of plagiarism on Tuesday as supporters of her rival Emmanuel Macron warned that a high abstention rate could hurt his chances of victory. During her address she also mentioned France's "three maritime borders" with the English Channel, North Sea and the Atlantic and how the "French way" could serve as a beacon of hope for the world in the 21st century. Read More »

Trump Fires James Comey as FBI Chief

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Yesterday, less than 24 hours after he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey , who was investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election, President Donald Trump held a meeting with Russian government officials and barred any American news outlets from attending. Read More »

Tens of thousands gather for Pope's Fatima visit

Now, the pope's visit will consist of a visit to the site of the apparitions, the Chapel of the Apparitions, praying the rosary at the prayer vigil, celebrating Mass and presiding over the canonization of two of Fatima's visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta Marta. Read More »

S. Korea's New President Heading for Friction with the US?

Indeed, the Trump administration may have to revisit the drawing board partly on its North Korea policy review, which both initiated and concluded while Hwang Kyo-ahn served as a caretaker leader. Moon said in his first speech as president he would begin efforts to defuse security tensions on the Korean peninsula and negotiate with Washington and Beijing to ease a row over a USA missile defense system being deployed in the South. Read More »

Lewis Hamilton vows to 'come back fighting' after finishing fourth in Sochi

Red Bull is a distant third with 57 points. "He said: "[Winning the title] has always been the only goal for me in my career but I have not had the chance to prove it. Bottas's previous best finish here was third in 2014. He was certainly out of contention for the victory, and despite getting to within two seconds of Raikkonen, never threatened the Ferrari driver for the final place on the podium. Read More »

Firing in Balochistan ends after Pakistan-Afghanistan officials hold talks

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Afghan Border Police personnel keep watch during an ongoing battle between Pakistani and Afghan border forces near Durand line at Spin Boldak in the southern province of Kandahar, May 5, 2017. Although the friction between the uneasy war-against terrorism partners is still on but military authorities of both sides agreed to determine the geographical border limits in the third Pak-Afghan flag meeting at the Bab-e-Dosti gate on Sunday. Read More »

PM congratulates new president of South Korea

That experience no doubt will have an impact on his presidency and his management of Korean affairs. After his victory, he held meetings with the leaders of all political parties represented in parliament and offered them his cooperation. Moon's previous comments have some observers convinced that he will bring back the "Sunshine Policy" that was in place the last time the liberals had power. Read More »

USA holds back-channel talks with North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are both shown on either side of a 3D outline of North Korea skinned with the North Korean flag in this composite image provided by Yonhap News TV. "According to our law, the Central Public Prosecutor's Office of the DPRK will use all available methods to start to work to demand the handover of the criminals involved, so as to punish the organizers, conspirators and followers of this awful state-sponsored terrorism", he said. Read More »

Controversial Oval Office meeting was held at Putin's request

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At a news conference at the Russian Embassy after the Oval Office meeting, Lavrov fielded a number of questions about claims of Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. To a question about Comey, Trump reportedly replied, "He wasn't doing a good job". When asked whether the Comey dismissal had affected his meeting, Trump said, "not at all". Read More »

Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby; Thunder Snow falters

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Pletcher's first win at this event came with Super Saver in 2010. The Derby attendance record of 170,513 was set in 2015 when American Pharoah began his march to the Triple Crown. The swarm's picks for second and third-McCracken and Irish War Cry-finished eighth and tenth, respectively. Battle of Midway finished third with 40-1 odds. Read More »

Acting FBI chief says Russian Federation probe 'highly significant'

The first hint of that came when the country's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, arrived at the State Department on Wednesday and immediately joked about Comey's firing. Mr Trump also revealed to NBC News it was his decision to sack Mr Comey. Mr Trump has dismissed the Russian Federation probe as a "charade", a claim directly contradicted by Mr Comey's successor. Read More »

Patnaik names Deb & Amat as BJD candidates for RS poll,Speaker

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Meghna has an uphill battle to win the election, as the state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has already endorsed PK Deb, a member of his party, for the coveted seat. Das' term of office would have ended on July 1, 2022. He lost the 2014 election as a BJD candidate from the Aul assembly constituency. Meghna Sahoo, a woman belonging to the transgender community incidentally become the first person to purchase nomination form required for the Rajya Sabha election. Read More »

Canadian Press NewsAlert:Greens double seat count in BC election

The final results of British Columbia's election are still not in, but already experts are predicting an unstable government that is unlikely to last a full four-year term. He will be joined in the house by Adam Olsen, who also took the riding of Saanich North and the Islands for the Greens in Tuesday's provincial election. Read More »

United States service member killed in Somalia

The latest death of the militants comes after the US confirmed that Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken was killed in Bariire some 40 miles west of Mogadishu Friday. State Department. "We killed several American fighters". Navy SEALs were advising Somali troops on the mission. The United States has worked with the Somali National Army since 2013 to help in the fight against the al Qaeda affiliate, but in recent weeks has increased its efforts. Read More »

Trump weighing visit to Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters

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Who was to blame? McCabe told lawmakers a counterintelligence investigation that a White House spokeswoman dismissed a day earlier as "one of the smallest things" on the FBI's plate was actually "highly significant". "That was clearly something he could have done, but I think optically speaking, there would still be a problem". Democrats accused the Republican president of firing Comey to try to undermine the FBI's probe into Russia's alleged efforts to meddle in the 2016 election and ... Read More »

Murphy: No 'Smoking Gun' on Russia-Trump Collusion, But We're Getting Closer

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But they asked Flynn to resign after news reports indicated he had lied about the nature of the calls . "I asked Clapper. I said, 'Is there any business dealings with the Trump organization that gave you concern?' And he said, 'No, ' with a caveat, 'I don't know what the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at so I don't want to run afoul with them.'" Graham added, "Trump has said he never did business with the Russians". Read More »