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Kremlin feels 'cautious optimism' after Trump meeting with Lavrov

His phone conversations during the transition with Michael Flynn became the root of Mr. Trump firing Mr. Flynn as White House national security adviser, because Mr. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) makes a brief appearance Wednesday at the State Department with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson . When a reporter shouted a question about the firing, Lavrov replied, "Was he fired?" "Was he fired? You're kidding", Lavrov said sarcastically, feigning surprise as he started his day ... Read More »

President Trump fires Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, courts controversy

While Comey has drawn anger from Democrats since he reopened the email investigation in the closing days of last year's campaign, they didn't buy that justification for his firing. Democrats called for the Justice Department to immediately appoint an independent special prosecutor to oversee the probe into possible co-ordination between advisers to Mr. Read More »

Republican who led health bill met by protests

MacArthur said he "crushed it" with 12 percent of the Willingboro vote, drawing laughter, the one light moment in an event punctuated by angry outbursts. It would also cap federal funding for state Medicaid programs for low-income people, transform Obama's subsidies for millions buying insurance, and allow states to get federal waivers freeing insurers from other Obama coverage requirements. Read More »

Le gouvernement Cazeneuve a officiellement démissionné — France

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La ministre de l'Écologie Ségolène Royal a décrit de son côté un "moment à la fois solennel, un moment grave, mais qui n'est pas triste, parce qu'on sait que de toute façon le travail accompli, on en est fier". "Il était aussi témoin de ce passage, puisque lui-même aura l'occasion de poursuivre ce que j'ai engagé", selon lui. "J'ai été le voir pour l'inviter à venir à Solférino juste après la passation de pouvoirs, comme François Mitterrand l'avait fait en son temps". Read More »

Maryland regulators OK nation's largest offshore wind plan

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U.S. Wind Inc. and Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC were awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits that will be in effect for 20 years. Deepwater Wind operates the first offshore wind project in the US, the 30-MW Block Island project off Rhode Island that began operations in December. Read More »

Trump limoge le patron du FBI, Washington sous le choc

Pour rappel, James Comey avait relancé, le 28 octobre 2016 , soit quelques jours avant l'élection présidentielle, l'affaire des emails de la candidate démocrate, en annonçant au Congrès la découverte de nouveaux messages justifiant une remise en route des investigations. Read More »

Stone vows to cooperate with Senate committee

Flynn has become a major focus of several congressional investigations into Russian Federation and the election. But he told Reuters that some people were not complying "so we were going to take next steps". "No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicised, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution", Mr Kelner had said. Read More »

Moon and China's Xi agree to improve ties, denuclearize N

Mr. Moon Jae-in soon and also look forward to working closely as special strategic partners", Modi added. Moon explained that there was opposition toward the agreement within South Korea, and said, "There will be a need to wisely resolve historical issues so that both nations can further develop". Read More »

Germany's Gabriel says agrees with Turkish PM on need to improve ties

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In an interview with German newspaper Rheinischen Post published Monday, Juncker said the move "would be the reddest of all red lines". The Bundesrepublik allowed Turks living in Germany to vote in a referendum last month on granting Erdoğan a host of new powers and to shift its political model from a parliamentary one to a presidential one. Read More »

Top Texas official out over 'unacceptable' Iraq consulting

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He would also receive a 15 percent "origination fee" from the lobby firm for any work it engaged in with the government of Iraq. Between February 9 and February 13, the firm repeatedly invoked Bowen's name in letters to Trump administration officials, referring to him as a "senior adviser to our firm" and urging Trump's executive team to meet with a senior Iraqi official representing the nation's prime minister. Read More »

Korea's Moon to send delegation to China amid frayed ties

China sees the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system as a threat to its own military capability and has slapped a series of measures against South Korean businesses seen as economic retaliation. The deployment of THAAD was agreed a year ago by South Korea's previous administration after North Korea conducted a long-range rocket launch that put an object into space. Read More »

Hamas arrests suspected killer of key leader

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Haniyeh, who was named Hamas' new top leader last week, said Gaza's interior ministry would release further details of the arrest and confession. Faqha, 38, was shot dead in the head and the chest at the entrance of his Gaza City home on March 24. Read More »

San Diego Pool Party Shooting

Witnesses say after shooting two people , Selis called his ex-girlfriend and told her what he had done. As people began scrambling and screaming "he didn't say a single word", Griffin said. Police arrived at the scene at the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex, causing Selis to shoot at the officers. The witness video, filmed from above the apartment complex pool, shows two police officers with their guns drawn, firing across the pool area in the direction of the suspect. Read More »

Wife of ESPN's Berman dies in car crash

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Kathy Berman, then Alexinski, met Chris Berman when he faked auto trouble to ask her for help, and then to go to breakfast with him. Police said that both vehicles were traveling in the same direction on a two-lane road, when 67-year-old Kathy's auto struck the rear of Bertulis' vehicle, reported ABC. Read More »

A new Thief game is in development

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Specifically, they state "a fifth sequel is now in development to be released in step with this motion picture adaptation". The studio noted, "Steeped in the steam-punk world created by the video game, the film will tell a new chapter in the storied world of the series' hero". Read More »

Rubin: What France's Emmanuel Macron still has to prove

Macron, at 39, was the youngest presidential candidate ever to run in France. Overnight he appeared side-by-side with outgoing president Francois Hollande - his former mentor - at a commemoration of the end of World War II. Macron's victory has been hailed as a major setback for the wave of far-right populism spreading through Europe . North Korea on Tuesday joined the chorus of congratulations for Macron, with ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-Nam wishing him "success in his responsible ... Read More »

Australia Budget 2017: Treasurer Unveils Big Banks Tax

Mr Morrison said it was "fair" to ask the banks to do their part to fix the budget. What do the banks say? Australia's largest banks - Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA.AX), Westpac Banking Corp (WBC.AX), ANZ Banking Group (ANZ.AX), National Australia Bank (NAB.AX) and Macquarie Group (MQG.AX) - will pay the charge on their liabilities including corporate bonds, commercial paper, certificate of deposits and tier-2 capital instruments. Read More »

Kapil Mishra Accuses AAP of Spreading Lies Over Attack

Kejriwal has not spoken about the charges made by Mishra. One of these relates to the Rs 50 crore land deal of Arvind Kejriwal's relative; the second relates to Rs 2 crore cash given to Kejriwal by Satyendra Jain; and the third relates to the misuse of funds by AAP leaders for foreign trips. Read More »

Senate intel committee subpoenas Michael Flynn

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In a joint announcement , Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), "to request a meeting with [Intel panel] Chairman Burr and Vice Chairman Warner to basically brief us". It was not clear whether the subpoenas, first reported by CNN , were related to Tuesday's stunning dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Read More »

Turkey says U.S. arms for Syrian Kurds is 'crisis'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to discuss the issue with Trump when he visits Washington next week. Turkey views the Kurdish YPG militia as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe. Read More »

Gen. Michael Hayden: Trump White House Unable to Admit Basic Facts

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Earlier this year, Flynn had resigned after it turned out he had lied to Vice President Pence about conversations with a Russian ambassador. "The underlying conduct that Gen. After both Press Secretary Spicer and the President blamed the Obama Administration vetting process, members of the administration told NBC they thought President Obama was actually joking about General Flynn ("remark seemed like it was made in jest"). Read More »

Man who joined al-Qaida sentenced to time served

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At a hearing in Brooklyn on Thursday, U. S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis sentenced him to time served plus three months, according to the U. "To say that the defendant provided substantial assistance to the government in an understatement", US prosecutors wrote in court filings. Read More »