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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn get personal over defence on election trail

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If elected prime minister, I will do everything necessary to protect the safety and security of our people and our country". Mr Corbyn however said the Prime Minister's leadership approach was risking more deaths in Syria and Labour would take a completely different approach to global affairs accusing Ms May of "pandering" to Donald Trump in the White House. Read More »

Why Was James Comey Fired? President Trump Contradicts His Team

Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) emerged, they said Comey's firing wasn't discussed. Friday's daily press briefing with White House spokesman Sean Spicer provided no clarity. During his testimony, McCabe contradicted the White House's assertion that the President "and the rest of the FBI " had lost confidence in Comey . Read More »

Eurovision favorites Portugal, Armenia sail through first semi-final

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2017, which will represent the 62anniversary of the competition, is being held in Kyiv , Ukraine on 13 May, and will be shown from 8pm on BBC One. The competition has a political edge this year due to the absence of Russian Federation, whose entrant Kiev barred from entering Ukraine because she had performed in Crimea after its annexation by Russian Federation. Read More »

Syrian FM: No Foreign Forces to Monitor De-escalation Agreement

The minister gave no details on who would make up that police force. Washington is not participating in the talks, created to end the conflict between the Syrian regime and rebel groups battling to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. Mattis, in some of the most extensive remarks by the Trump administration so far, was cautious when asked about the deal's chances as he traveled to Copenhagen for talks with US allies. Read More »

Pakistani troops destroy 5 Afghan border posts, kill 50 soldiers: Army

On Friday, Pakistan closed its border with Afghanistan after attacks by Afghan forces on census staff and security personnel escorting them left 12 people dead and 40 more injured. Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz also visited the border town on Sunday as he vowed that the Pakistan Army would not compromise on Pakistan's territorial rights and continue to deal with "armed intruders" severely. Read More »

Clinton blames FBI, Russia for presidential poll loss to Trump

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So I mean you just can't make this stuff up", Clinton said. Comey earlier Wednesday stood by his controversial decision to send members of Congress a letter alerting them that he wasn't done investigating Clinton's private server, months after announcing she would face no charges. Read More »

Trump declares James Comey 'should have never exonerated' Hillary Clinton

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The FBI probe and parallel congressional investigations into alleged Russian political meddling, and whether any Trump campaign officials colluded with the Kremlin, have dogged his young presidency. White House officials deny that the president sought a pledge of loyalty from Comey . "He keeps a very robust schedule", Spicer said. President Donald Trump has said that it is a "good idea" to abolish daily White House briefing, a viewpoint which has been opposed by the White House ... Read More »

Jordan welcomes UNESCO vote in favour of Palestine

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a politically charged act that would anger Palestinians who want east Jerusalem , which was captured in 1967, as a future capital and part of their sovereign territory. Israeli officials acknowledged that the resolution was less harsh and easier to stomach than previous drafts, the Times of Israel reported . Citing ongoing Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem , Qanou called on the Muslim world and the global community to recognize and ... Read More »

Kurds Trump Turkey in the Fight Against ISIS in Raqqa

The United States government has formally announced that it's going to arm Kurdish militias in Syria in a bid to capture the city of Raqqa from ISIS, the "capital" of the Islamic State's "caliphate". "This victory in Tabqa over ISIL has been a big prize for the SDF", Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford, reporting from Gaziantep, on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey border, said. Read More »

Senior al Shabaab chief, 3 other fighters killed in Somalia raid

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Timothy Szymanski, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command. The Pentagon on Saturday named the navy Seal who was killed in Somalia on Friday. Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens was killed January 29 during a raid on an al-Qaida compound in Yemen that became a flashpoint between the White House and critics who questioned how well the mission was vetted. Read More »

The Russian government embarrassed the White House

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President Trump suggested in a tweet on Friday that former FBI Director James Comey should hope that no recordings were made conversations between the two. "We had an official photographer in the room , as did they", spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "That's the problem with the Russians - they lie", the official added. Read More »

Lileks: When pondering your Mother's Day gift, don't forget the best one

I love being their mom. Some have more than one, in the form of stepmothers or others who have acted in a maternal capacity. We like to thank the parents in our lives, including each other, but then get outside and enjoy the weather. I asked some of my mom friends to tell me about the great Mother's Day gifts they've received over the years, or ones they gave their own mothers when they were younger. Read More »

Trump says he wanted to fire 'showboat' Comey

But Democrats question whether Trump removed Comey for conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election and Russian ties to Trump's presidential campaign. The Associated Press reported that Comey sought additional resources for the Russian Federation investigation in the days before he was sacked. "I actually asked him, yes", Trump said. Read More »

Tillerson signs declaration stressing climate change threat

Timo Soini, the foreign minister of Finland, said Finns "recognize that global warming is the main driver of change" in the Arctic. As the outgoing chair of the Arctic Council, the United States convened the foreign ministers of the Arctic states (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and the United States) together with delegations from the Arctic Council's indigenous Permanent Participant organizations and observer states and organizations. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn casts doubt over Labour pledge to renew Trident

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But Andrew Gwynne, Labour's national campaigns coordinator, speaking to the BBC on Thursday morning, did not deny the document's authenticity. The Conservative Party, which May heads, has yet to release its draft, but May has thus far unveiled plans to end bans on fox hunting and the creation of new grammar schools-making the contrast with the Labour Party's sweeping vision all too stark. Read More »

Can Nigeria's Chibok girls ever be truly free?

In a March 2017 interview with Public Radio International , one of the girls now at New Foundation School said, "When I go back to my community, I want to teach people to read and to encourage them the way that people encourage me". He says he can not travel the long distance from his home in northern Nigeria to the capital without the government's invitation and assurance that he will see her. Read More »

USA intelligence chief calls N. Korea potentially 'existential' threat to US

Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) of a plot to assassinate its "supreme leadership" with a biochemical weapon. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks, driven by concern that North Korea might conduct its sixth nuclear test or test-launch another ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. Read More »

Trump Administration Cheers 'Herculean' Trade Breakthroughs With China

Trump lashed out at Beijing throughout his presidential campaign, vowing to crack down on trade policies that he deemed hurt American workers. "For the 100-day plan to be credible it must address market access issues that impact USA -based technology companies in China", Giovenco told Bloomberg BNA. Read More »

Surprise, Jeff Sessions Wants Tougher Prison Sentencing Guidelines

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Judges are generally loathe to publicly criticize the political branches, and in many instances are prohibited by ethics rules from speaking out on topics that may come before the courts - several judges contacted on Friday by BuzzFeed News declined or didn't respond to interview requests. Read More »

In global appeal, North Korea urges states not to enforce United Nations sanctions

North Korea accused the US and South Korean security agencies of planning a biochemical attack on leader Kim during April 15 celebrations in the North's capital of the anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung. The prosecutors called for the arrests and extraditions of those they say led or were involved with "the ugly state-sponsored crime". North Korea, meanwhile, reiterated an allegation it first made last week that the CIA and South Korea's spy agency plotted to use a " ... Read More »