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I did not record ex-FBI chief James Comey

A Republican official close to the president told CNN that Trump needed to address the claims he made about tapes, adding that he reportedly was "amused" by the fact that people were "obsessing" over the issue. Shortly after dismissing Comey, Trump mentioned the possibility of tapes in a Twitter post . The tweets are the latest chapter in a high-stakes guessing game after Mr Trump hinted he might have recordings of his private conversations with Mr Comey at the White House and over ... Read More »

Donald Trump: I have no recordings of chats with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director

There's little doubt that the entire tapes issue represents a serious misstep by the President that put his White House on a perilous political and legal path. "I think the president's statement via Twitter today is extremely clear, and I don't have anything to add beyond the statement itself, " she said. When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", the associates said. Read More »

Consent, discord and debut of France's 'new boy — European Union summit

Some EU officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, questioned whether the British premier would have the authority at home to get any Brexit deal negotiated in Brussels through parliament. Turkish Defense Ministry officials said in a statement that Mattis also reassured Defense Minister Fikri Isik that the United States would regularly provide Turkey with a list of arms provided to the fighters while US military advisers on the field would ensure that the arms don't go outside of the ... Read More »

Macron to forge ahead with pro-EU reforms after French election victory

Meanwhile, the Socialist Party that dominated the outgoing assembly has been hammered down to less than 50 seats. Socialist party leader Jean-Claude Cambadelis immediately declared his retirement from the party post. France24 points out that the record level of abstention underscored the widespread election fatigue accumulated over more than 12 months of incessant campaigning, successive primaries, and a two-round presidential election. Read More »

Democrats seethe after loss: 'Our brand is worse than Trump'

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The race for the 6th - a district made up of northern Atlanta suburbs - turned into the most expensive House race in history, with more than $50 million spent by both parties and super PACs. But it was a demoralizing blow to Democrats hoping Georgia would be a breakthrough for a party trying to harvest electoral victories from the grassroots anti-Trump activism seen in marches on Washington and boisterous crowds at town hall meetings around the country. Read More »

Meira Kumar a better candidate than Ramnath Kovind: Ramgopal Yadav

Hectic parleys between leaders of non-NDA parties began on Thursday morning, hours ahead of a crucial opposition meeting where they were expected to zero in on a joint candidate for the presidential election. The names of former Speaker Meira Kumar and Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of the principal architect of the Constitution, B R Ambedkar, have been discussed, the sources said. Read More »

Senate releases health care bill proposing Medicaid cuts, end to ACA penalties

Paul says that he and the other senators are "definitely open to negotiation" but that they need to make their opposition clear in order to ensure negotiations happen. Medicaid , the health insurance program for low-income families and elderly or disabled Americans, as well as many children with special needs, covers one in five in the US, or more than 70 million people. Read More »

Gulf rift: Qatar 'not ready to surrender'

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In a statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was deeply concerned about the situation and offered support in resolving the crisis via diplomatic channels. The Gulf crisis has sparked fears of military escalation in an already volatile region. Tillerson, speaking at the State Department, said the USA would help support efforts to mediate the crisis, along with Kuwait - another Gulf country that has stepped up to try to broker a resolution. Read More »

Rebels attack Philippine village, possibly to divert troops

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The BIFF, which broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front nearly a decade go, is one of the armed groups in Mindanao that government claims have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. The fighting has left Marawi, the most important Muslim city in the Philippines, largely in ruins. Damaged buildings and houses are seen as government forces continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group, who was taken over large parts of the Marawi City, Philippines June 18, 2017. Read More »

Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare repeal plan

Termed the "Better Care Reconciliation Act", the Senate's answer to the House's efforts to repeal and replace the ACA was finally released Thursday morning after weeks of secret negotiations. The CBPP's Greenstein echoed many analysts who were getting their first comprehensive look at the Senate plan on Thursday, saying, "I am stunned that overall the bill they have produced is harsher and will do even more damage than the House bill". Read More »

Imam Khamenei leads Eid-al-Fitr prayers in Tehran

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The month of Ramadan is a season of fasting and prayers which takes place across Muslim communities' world over. As per the Islamic calendar , every year the dates of Ramzan and Eid al-Fitr change. Muslims start the morning of 'Eid al-Fitr by taking a ritual bath and wearing their best clothes, and then attending a special communal prayer, which occurs between dawn and mid-day and is usually held in a large, open area such as a field, gym, or mosque. Read More »

Flint airport stabbing investigated as possible act of terrorism

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After stabbing Neville, Ftouhi continued to yell "Allah" several times, the complaint said. Ftouhi is alleged to have shouted that the United States had killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Gelios said there is no information that suggests Fthoui had any specialized training. The suspect is 50-year-old Amor Ftouhi , who entered the USA on June 16, FBI special investigator David Gelios told a televised press conference in Flint, Michigan State. Read More »

Chelsea to profit from any deal for Salah

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Liverpool are close to agreeing terms with the Italian club in a deal worth around £35m, according to The Times . Liverpool's only summer signing so far is Dominic Solanke after the striker moved to Anfield in a free transfer from Premier League champions Chelsea. Read More »

AFP fights with about 200 BIFF members in Cotabato

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Policemen, as well as troops deployed by the Philippine Army's 34th Infantry Battalion, responded to the scene, authorities said. The Philippine government's response to the Pigcawayan attack should not place students and school administrators at unnecessary risk. Read More »

Trump decries 'witch hunt,' lawyer insists no probe

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That led to mass confusion for interviewers like Fox's Chris Wallace and CNN's Jake Tapper. Marco Rubio , R-Fla., says the best thing for everyone will be for the investigation to run its course. Mueller operates with day-to-day independence of Rosenstein, but Rosenstein still oversees how the investigation is funded. Meanwhile, despite growing concerns that the president may fire Robert Mueller , the special counsel running the Russian Federation probe, Sen. Read More »

Student detained in N Korea is mourned at hometown funeral

Thornton said the talks would also cover the South China Sea, where Beijing's island-building and construction of possible military facilities have rattled neighbors and caused tension with Washington; U.S. Beijing, which wants resumed US negotiations with North Korea, was hoping for "positive outcomes" from Wednesday's dialogue, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said . Read More »

3 killed, 9 injured in Bogota shopping mall blast

Police said that at about 5:00 pm the explosion tore through a restroom in the Centro Andino Mall, crowded with shoppers ahead of Father's Day and located in an upscale area of the Colombian capital that is popular with foreigners. "Rest assured that we will not allow those achievements be stopped by a group of extremists, cowards or those who don't want reconciliation for the people of Colombia". Read More »

AIADMK (OPS Camp) To Support Kovind

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Ram Nath Kovind is a good person". NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday met BJP veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who were seen as contenders for the candidature. The Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was in Patna on Tuesday to participate in the Iftar, described Kovind as a BJP ideologue and said the opposition wanted a "neutral" candidate not belonging to any political party per se. Read More »

North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM

South Korea, the U.S. and other regional powers said it was a cover for testing the North's ballistic missile technology, which is banned under a United Nations resolution. It would mark the regime's first rocket engine test, since it conducted three in March. Pyongyang tested a new rocket engine that can be installed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Fox News reported on Thursday, citing unnamed U.S. Read More »

No autopsy for US student detained by N. Korea

Trump wrote on Twitter. The last detainee suffering in North Korea, is Kim Hak-song who is ethnically Korean, born in China and moved to the U.S.in the 1990s is another teacher at PUST. U.S. officials have known that the site is ready to conduct an underground test for some time. An estimated thousand Americans visit North Korea annually, most taking advantage of predatory tour groups that misrepresent the dangers of being an American in North Korea, which is technically still at war ... Read More »

Father of German reunification, Helmut Kohl, dies aged 87

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Helmut Kohl , former German Chancellor , who lead the country for more than 15 years as it struggled to reunify into one nation has died . That was followed by the eruption of a party financing scandal which threatened to tarnish his legacy and for a time plunged the CDU into crisis. Read More »