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Pentagon tries to ease Turkey's concerns with arming Kurds

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She said both leaders affirmed their support for peace and stability in Iraq and Syria. Still, the US-Turkey intelligence agreement highlights a deep contradiction in US policy in the Middle East. Mattis has repeatedly downplayed the friction between the two nations, saying that while "it's not always tidy", they will work out any differences . Read More »

"Get Me Roger Stone" directors talk Trump and Stone

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As many observers have pointed out, Trump has repeatedly praised Comey for the very actions that led Trump to suddenly fire him. A White House spokesperson subsequently reached out to CNN to reiterate Trump's statement, saying the President has not spoken to Roger Stone in a "long time" and, more sharply, "The President has not spoken to Roger Stone in many months and any reports suggesting otherwise are categorically untrue". Read More »

Trump Contradicts White House Statements, Says He Planned to Fire Comey Anyway

But current acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was Comey's second-in-command, painted a very different picture while testifying Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Sessions was in a hard place here", she said. Members of the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, had argued that Trump merely accepted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's assessment that Comey was no longer an effective leader. Read More »

North Korea reports on South's presidential election

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated South Korea's new president on his election victory, and the two agreed to work closely in dealing with North Korea. The UN Mission said the Ministry of State Security has declared a "Korean-style anti-terrorist offensive will be commenced to mop up the intelligence and plot-breeding organisations of the US and South Korea". Read More »

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif leaves for Beijing to attend Belt & Road summit

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Of the 29 visiting leaders attending what is formally called the Belt and Road Forum, only one - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni - is from a G7 nation. Launched almost four years ago, the plan aims to pump hundreds of billions of dollars into railways, roads, ports and other projects across Asia, Africa and Europe. Read More »

Get involved with our fight against fake news #trustednewsday

Papers will highlight the checks and balances involved in reporting local news and the investment required to produce local journalism, as opposed to distributing fake news to profit from opaque programmatic advertising. For me the printed and online versions of the Crawley Observer have always been a primary source of local information for businesses and residents and should be supported in their efforts to maintain a trustworthy reputation. Read More »

North Korea sends rare letter of protest over new U.S. sanctions

Tension has been high for weeks over North Korea's nuclear and missile development and fears it will conduct a sixth nuclear test or test-launch another ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. The North also announced last week that it thwarted what it claims was a CIA-backed attempt to assassinate Kim. It has been in high-indignation mode for the past two months because of military exercises between the USA and South Korea that it sees as a prelude to invasion. Read More »

Trump says Comey better hope there are no 'tapes' of talks

O'Donnell's original remark was in response to the bureau chief's decision to inform the USA of an investigation into Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the presidential election. A businessman and reality television star who never served in public office, Trump may not have understood that by tradition, Federal Bureau of Investigation directors are not supposed to be political loyalists, which is why Congress in the 1970s passed a law giving them 10-year terms to make them independent of the ... Read More »

Ex-congresswoman Brown convicted of taking money from education charity

Simmons told the court he's hoping for leniency in exchange for his cooperation. The charity raised more than $800 thousand but only disbursed $12 hundred in scholarships. The defense argues she was just sloppy with her bookkeeping. Brown was convicted on several charges, including conspiracy, mail fraud, and filing multiple false tax returns. Read More »

The big economic headaches facing South Korea's new leader

Moon also spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, with the two agreeing to cooperate closely on the North Korea issue. Ahead of the swearing-in, Moon met with leading lawmakers of Liberty Korea - which advocates a hard line on the North and has repeatedly accused him of being a Pyongyang sympathiser who would "hand the whole country to the North once elected ". Read More »

Christie introduces plan to use lottery revenue for pensions

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Although age 18 is the minimum for marriage in most of the nation, every state has legal loopholes allowing children to Wednesday. The New Jersey bill would have prohibited any marriage of children under age 18. "Students who have entered the military deserve the opportunity to proudly display their commitment to freedom and patriotic service to the country in front of their families, friends and teachers", Morris County Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce, one of the bill sponsors told the ... Read More »

BBC apologises to Emir Sanusi over false publication

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It said: "The attention of the leadership of Arewa Consultative Forum has been drawn to the simmering crisis between the Kano State government and the Kano Emirate Council". He also accused Sanusi of " intentionally attacking President Muhammadu Buhari whenever he got an opportunity to speak at a public gathering ", which he said contravened the culture of the traditional ruler. Read More »

Australia's most wanted terrorist to be extradited soon

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The Australian government wrongly reported previous year, based on USA intelligence, that Prakash had been killed in an airstrike in Mosul, Iraq. "We should be getting him back within months". Australia must also brace for providing financial aid to Afghanistan for many years to come. Prakash converted from Buddhism to Islam around 2012 and in 2013 he travelled to Syria and changed his name to Abu Khaled al-Cambodi. Read More »

Kapil Mishra's mother takes on 'corrupt' Kejriwal

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According to the Facebook profile of Bhardwaj posted mainly by AAP social media team, he appears to be a BJP supporter. "Mr. Mishra has made serious allegations in a detailed statement which was recorded today (Thursday) and a raid was also conducted at the offices of the PWD; the unit can not divulge any further information regarding the case as it may be inimical to ongoing investigations", ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena told The Hindu . Read More »

White House advisers struggle to keep Comey story straight

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Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, responded to the president's tweets, saying that the White House briefings and press conferences "conducted in full view of our republic's citizens, is clearly in line with the spirit of the First Amendment". Read More »

Mural of Pope Francis kissing 'Devil Trump' appears in Rome

The pope's halo is the same bright yellow color as Trump's hair. The artwork is likely to be in anticipation of President Trump's scheduled meeting with Pope Francis on May 24, 2017, in the City. If the congregation's experts agree that the candidate lived a virtuous life, the case is forwarded to the pope, who signs a decree attesting to the candidate's "heroic virtues". Read More »

Korean president hints at scrapping deal with Japan over sexual slavery

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He also recently called on South Korea to pay one billion dollars for the US missile defense system now being deployed to the Korean peninsula. Moon's attitude during the call appeared to significantly relieve senior bureaucrats in Japan who were concerned he would take a tougher stance and be reluctant to cooperate with Japan and the United States in dealing with North Korea's provocations. Read More »

Microsoft shows 'versatile' Windows update

The new design language is codenamed Project NEON, and it brings a lot of changes to the user interface in Windows 10. A handful of new features will try to bridge the gaps between Windows 10 and devices running iOS and Android. The team is also working on XAML Standard , a version of the interface markup language that's created to span iOS, Android, and the Universal Windows Platform. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn Says A Labour Government Wouldn't "Hold Hands" With Donald Trump

In a speech to the Chatham House worldwide affairs think tank on Friday, Mr Corbyn will say he will do "everything necessary to protect the safety and security of our people and our country ", should his party win power on 8 June. "But I am not a pacifist". Mr Corbyn will use his speech to a leading worldwide affairs think tank to try to cast off his image as a pacifist unwilling to take military action while denouncing Mrs May's closeness to the Trump administration in Washington. Read More »

Hosting Palestinian leader, Trump promises Middle East peace

In his first face-to-face meeting with Mahmoud Abbas , the president said it has proven to be a very hard situation between Israel and the Palestinians, calling it "the toughest deal". Abbas was the signatory for the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and the agreement established the PA as a self-government body in 1994. "There can be no lasting peace unless Palestinian leaders speak with a unified voice against incitement to violence and hate", Trump said. Read More »

Moon thanks Modi for congratulations in Korean language

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. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. Moon's pick for National Intelligence Service chief is Suh Hoon, a longtime intelligence official Moon said would be the right man to push reforms at NIS, which has always been accused of meddling in domestic politics. Read More »