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Trump asked FBI's Comey to drop Flynn inquiry

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Conversely, the City University professor explained while Republican voters are still loyal to Trump, U.S. congressman and senators are finding it hard to cope with the persistent turmoil. Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians. In a statement following the Times' report, Bruce Brown, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said, "The comments ... Read More »

Army Mutiny Over Pay Spreads Across Ivory Coast

In a statement broadcast on state-owned television late Friday, Military Chief of Staff General Sekou Toure threatened the soldiers with "severe disciplinary sanctions" if they did not end the revolt. Under a deal negotiated with the government in January, struck after the ex-rebel soldiers' first mutiny, they were to be paid bonuses of 12-million CFA francs (€18,000) each, with an initial payment of 5-million francs that month. Read More »

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating

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Ransomware encrypted data on at least 75,000 systems in 99 countries on Friday. Cyber security experts say the spread of the virus dubbed WannaCry - "ransomware" which locked up computers in vehicle factories, hospitals, shops and schools in several countries - has slowed, but that any respite might be brief. Read More »

China decries protectionism, but Europeans rain on Silk Road parade

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China on Monday wrapped up its first "Belt and Road Initiative" forum with the attendance of 29 state leaders and more than 1,000 foreign government representatives. He said the leaders attending a high-level worldwide meeting had agreed to set up a "stable and sustainable financial support system with risks controllable" for the Belt and Road development. Read More »

New French prime minister's party says appointment ambiguous

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Later in the week Macron will visit thousands of French troops fighting Islamist militants in West Africa, three years after they first deployed to Mali . On Tuesday, he and Philippe were finalising a government which Macron says will supersede France's entrenched left-right divide and breathe new life into the country's jaded political landscape. Read More »

Macron doit nommer son Premier ministre

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Dans son premier discours officiel, le nouveau chef de l'Etat a promis dimanche de "rassembler et réconcilier" les Français, de leur redonner confiance, de refonder et relancer l'Europe, de la rendre "plus efficace, plus démocratique, plus politique". Read More »

Netanyahu reveals conversations with Trump regarding USA embassy transfer to Jerusalem

The Israelis then asked whether a TV crew providing live coverage of the Trump visit could at least continue to film here there. Trump is planning on visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, the holiest Jewish prayer site. shuttle diplomacy being launched shortly after the visit, headed either by Greenblatt or by a more senior member of the administration. "Israel has made contact with the USA on this matter", the official said. Read More »

Donald Trump: Israel, Palestine leaders get on 'unbelievably well'

Here at the White House, President Abbas signed a Declaration of Principles - very important - which laid the foundation for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. But there is another point of view on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. "Our strategic option, our strategic choice, is to bring about peace based on the vision of the two-state, a Palestinian state, with its capital in east Jerusalem, that lives in peace and stability with the state of Israel, based on the borders of 1967", ... Read More »

US Coast Guard reports small plane overdue in Bahamas

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But the US Coast Guards reportedly found debris on Tuesday at 3:30pm, approximately 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas; which is believed to be near the sight where the plane went missing. Ryan Kelly, a Coast Guard spokesman. CORRECTION: A previous version of this story gave the incorrect home state for Nathan Ulrich based on information provided by the Coast Guard. Read More »

Donald Trump reportedly considering how moving embassy would affect peace process

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to the employees at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem would not only keep an unequivocal campaign promise but would also be in line with US law, which three successive administrations have chosen not to observe over the past 18 years, by passing six-monthly national security waivers. Read More »

Premier Conseil des ministres avec le nouveau gouvernement jeudi matin

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L'équipe sera dévoilée à 15H00 (13H00 GMT), après un déjeuner de Emmanuel Macron avec le président du Conseil européen Donald Tusk. Macron compose son premier gouvernement: qui sont les ministrables? La présidence Macron demande donc une vérification avant nomination et exige des déclarations d'intérêt remontant plus loin que les cinq ans prévus par la loi. Read More »

I warned White House that Flynn could be blackmailed: Yates

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White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, had insisted that Mr Flynn did not discuss US-imposed sanctions with Mr Kislyak during the presidential transition period. Still, in the short term, the testimony of Yates likely means another lost day ahead for the White House as it uses up time and political energy brushing off a new round of questions and allegations about ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

Triple talaq arguments begin in Supreme Court, daily updates

Several Muslim women activists have petitioned in the past to ban triple talaq - a "medieval" practice that allows men to divorce their wives simply by stating the word " talaq " thrice. According a Firstpost report from Tuesday, the High Court said, "Muslim men can not separate from their wives following this practice", and that triple talaq was in violation of the right to equality. Read More »

Trump approval rating hits new low in poll

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Trump's approval rating overall remains high with Republicans, however, despite the dampened enthusiasm. Trump's approval rating - 42 percent, down 4 points from last week. Around a quarter, 26 percent, are undecided, down from 32 percent in the previous poll . The Comey firing has led liberal-leaning groups to become even more vocal in their advocacy for an independent inquiry into alleged efforts by Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Read More »

UN Chief, Ambassadors Condemn N. Korea

The North has carried out two nuclear weapons tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of a year ago in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental U.S. The missile flew 787 km (489 miles) on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles), KCNA said. China has strongly opposed THAAD, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over the deployment. Read More »

Trump says Comey 'better hope there are no tapes' of their conversations

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Trump, in an interview on Thursday with NBC, described a far different dinner conversation with Mr. Comey in which the director asked to have the meeting and the question of loyalty never came up. "I thought that this would be a very popular thing, that I did, when I terminated Comey, because all of the Democrats couldn't stand him", Trump said. Read More »

Japan Restarts Another Nuclear Reactor After Fukushima Crisis

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That incident led to anti-nuclear activists in neighboring Shiga filing a temporary injunction a month later to halt the restarts of the Takahama No. 3 and 4 reactors, saying that safety standards were inadequate. The Kansai Electric Power Company has put the No.4 reactor at its Takahama plant back online. Kansai began reloading the 157 fuel assemblies - including four mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies - into unit 4 on 28 April and completed the process on 1 May. Read More »

USA ambassador says Chinese leverage is key to North Korea

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Here's a closer look at what happened in Sunday's missile launch, which came only a few days after the inauguration of a new South Korean president, and why it's viewed as a worrying development by North Korea's neighbors and Washington. The rocket was intentionally launched at a steep angle and reached an altitude of 1,312 miles, the country's official KCNA news agency said Monday. On Sunday, the North successfully test-fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile, dubbed Hwasong-12, from ... Read More »

Marijuana, casinos and labor savings among budget ideas

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The amendment was drawn up last Friday morning during a two-hour recess called by Republicans, leading to a 3 a.m. vote. Republican House leaders are proposing a revised budget they say ensures every CT community will receive an increase in local school funding. Read More »

Log in, look out: Cyberattack havoc may grow at week's start

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When the National Security Agency lost control of the software behind the WannaCry cyberattack, it was like "the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Microsoft President Brad Smith says , in a message about the malicious software that has created havoc on computer networks in more than 150 countries since Friday. Read More »

Erdogan urges U.S. to 'immediately' reverse decision on arming Syrian Kurds

Even if Ankara could get US courts to act, a quick decision in the Gulen case was unlikely, Arslan said via e-mail. "Just as it was being said that relations (which were) seriously harmed during the Obama period are being repaired, Turkey moving apart from one of its biggest allies would be an extremely bad sign", the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. Read More »