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Despite Hubbub Over Michael Flynn, Clapper Says No Collusion with Russian Federation

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Spicer repeatedly insisted that Trump's decision to fire Flynn, motivated by the fact that Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian diplomats, was the right call on the part of the president. Yates testified on Monday to a Senate subcommittee that she spoke to the White House on January 26 about Flynn, and again on January 27. "What if we had just dismissed somebody because a political opponent of the president had made an utterance?" "You would argue that ... Read More »

North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions

The sanctions were condemned as a "heinous act against humanity" by the foreign affairs committee of the North's Supreme People's Assembly, according to a state media report. The North also announced last week that it thwarted what it claims was a CIA-backed attempt to assassinate Kim. North Korea has flexed its military muscles lately despite warnings from the USA and South Korea. Read More »

Putin on Comey's firing: 'We have nothing to do with that'

Putin made the remarks at a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after their meeting in the Russian resort city of Sochi, Xinhua news agency reported. Putin also said Thursday Russia will continue efforts to help restore direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. "You see, I'm going to play hockey.and invite you to do the same". Read More »

Final push on Syria's Raqa in early summer: US-backed alliance

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will arm the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces "as necessary" to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. "We never have and never will", Mr. Mattis added, noting the White House "agree [s] 100 percent with Turkey's concern about PKK". Khalil dismissed the label, saying the USA would not supply arms to terrorists. Read More »

Trump retaliates on Twitter over Russian Federation photos

The official also pushed back on critics who have questioned whether Trump should have met in the Oval Office with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, whose interactions with Trump campaign officials have come under scrutiny by federal and congressional investigators. Read More »

White House struggles to straighten its story on Comey

On Thursday, Trump gave an interview to NBC News in which he said he would have fired Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation. Trump said he wanted the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling to be "absolutely done properly". Read More »

Sean Spicer absent from briefings during key week for Trump

And The Washington Post ran with a story Spicer was forced to "hide in the bushes" to avoid answering questions about the firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday - though it later corrected the report to say he had "huddled" with his staff near some bushes . Read More »

Reliance Jio to launch JioFi 3 in new colours

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Jio's Twitter handle further states that the company is in the process to rollout the service in other cities as well. After shaking and stirring telecom sector with their earth shattering data plans, Jio is now all set to disrupt broadband Internet market in India as well. Read More »

Mormon church pulls older teens out of Boy Scouts

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Although the religion said they would stick with the scouts after announcing a policy to allow gay troop leaders , they still said they were "deeply troubled" by it. Mormon leaders say no, though they did express deep concerns when the Boy Scouts of America opened the door to openly gay Scout leaders. Clarke Farrer, the Grand Teton Council's Scout executive, said he does not believe the Mormon church's decision will spell doom for the council or the Boy Scouts of America. Read More »

Moon urges both talks and sanctions to rein in N Korea

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Yoon said that President Moon highly evaluated India's participation in global sanctions against the North. According to South Korea's National Electoral Commission, Moon was backed by over 41.08 percent of voters, or by 13.4 million of South Koreans, and became the country's new president after the Tuesday vote. Read More »

North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns

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Dan Coats said the unprecedented nuclear and missile testing past year indicates leader Kim Jong Un is intent on proving North Korea's capability. The Senate intelligence committee is holding a hearing on worldwide threats, and intelligence director Dan Coats says Russian Federation is a threat to USA government, military, diplomatic, business and critical infrastructure. Read More »

Wall Street to open flat after Macron wins French election

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Half are women and half are men. Only 14 candidates have been revealed so far. PARIS — One led the elite French police unit that took down an Islamic State cell, another lost a sister in the attacks that killed 130 people in Paris. "That's really scary", Robert said. "I think Mersch gave us a big hint yesterday". Also new to politics, she said she doesn't plan to do big campaign rallies reading prepared speeches to bored crowds. Read More »

Joe Schmidt: Drawing Japan is "incredibly exciting"

New Zealand, now top of the global rankings, may be expected to win Group B where they are placed with South Africa and Italy. Twenty nations battle it out for the Rugby World Cup, with the 12 teams who finished in the top three of their pools at the last finals qualifying automatically. Read More »

Navy says Russian jet came within 20 feet of U.S. spy plane

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Earlier this week, a Russian fighter came within 20 feet of an American military reconnaissance aircraft flying in global airspace over the Black Sea. above Black Sea neutral waters". A fighter jet was scrambled to intercept a USA reconnaissance plane over neutral waters of the Black Sea on May 9, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed on Friday. Read More »

Moon Seeks to Mend China Ties Over Thaad in Call With Xi

Trump also announced plans to send a team of senior advisors to South Korea to discuss the matter of Moon's USA visit and said Moon would be welcomed with respectful treatment as a foreign head of state, the Blue House said. 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 »

Acting FBI director contradicts White House claims about James Comey

As justification for Comey's firing, Trump initially pointed to Rosenstein's May 9 memo, in which the former prosecutor criticized Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. The White House refused Wednesday to provide any evidence or greater detail. "The FBI has been in turmoil", Trump said. Trump is the first president since Richard Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation with ties to the White House. Read More »

Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 update

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The Story Remix app in Windows 10 Preview build 16193. Microsoft said developers in North America who want to build mixed-reality applications can preorder an Acer headset for $299 or one from HP Inc. Microsoft Graph is another step in that direction. This feature, again, lets you work on a document on a smartphone while riding the train to work, for example, and then pick up right where you left off when you boot up your computer at work. Read More »

Pro-Ryan group launches ad thanking supporters of House healthcare bill

House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has threatened that GOP members will "glow in the dark" over their vote. "Thank Paul Ryan and House Republicans for keeping their word and fighting for the health care we deserve". "Protecting society's most vulnerable - our youngest and oldest citizens, the sick and those with lower incomes - should be the first test of any health care reform legislation", said Wendy Davis, M.D., president of the Vermont Medical Society. Read More »

New HTC U 11 teaser video hints 360 real-life recording

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One of the features we are looking forward to see in HTC U11 is the pressure sensing side bezels which apparently would let you perform certain actions, such as take a picture or launch apps when pressed. As for the leaked specifications, expect a 5.5-inch display with a quad-HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, a Snapdragon 835 chipset and two storage variants of 64 GB and 128 GB. Read More »

UK Labour leader accuses Theresa May of 'pandering' to Trump

The cameraman fell to the ground as a cop auto carrying Jeremy Corbyn struck him. Highlighting Conservative policies to cap energy bills, protect workplace pensions and improve mental health provision while investing in the armed forces, Mrs May will say that she will reach out to "all those who have been abandoned by Labour and let down by government for too long". Read More »

Tories confident for Aberdeen South following council votes

In England and Wales, the local elections saw Ukip's vote share bleed into the Tories whereas Labour's vote in Scotland drained into Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson party, re-confiming it as the party of union and opposition to the SNP and Scottish Greens. Read More »

Security questions over Russian photographer allowed into Oval Office

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The official requested anonymity to discuss matters of security. But a photographer with Russian state-controlled media outlet TASS was allowed to both photograph the occasion and distribute the pictures online. The White House defended the decision not to allow any independent press into the meeting. But it's not uncommon for meetings with lower-level officials to occur without press coverage. Read More »

La dénucléarisation de Pyongyang, "objectif commun" de Xi et Moon

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Dans ses premières nominations, le président Moon a désigné Lee Nak-yon, actuel gouverneur de la province de South Jeolla, au poste de Premier ministre. Le nouveau président sud-coréen prône pourtant une prise de distance avec Washington. Le dirigeant chinois, poursuit la chaîne, a dit à son interlocuteur que Pékin souhaitait continuer de travailler avec toutes les parties impliquées pour parvenir à la paix et à la stabilité de la péninsule coréenne. Read More »

Tirs à Bouaké malgré la fin annoncée des mutineries — Côte d'Ivoire

Les milliers de soldats ivoiriens qui se sont mutinés en janvier ont "présenté leurs excuses " jeudi au président Alassane Ouattara lors d'une cérémonie au Palais présidentiel, annonçant "renoncer à toute revendication financière". La Côte d'Ivoire avait lancé en 2016 une ambitieuse loi de programmation militaire jusqu'en 2020, qui prévoit la modernisation et des achats d'équipements pour 1,2 milliard d'euros et une refonte des effectifs. Read More »