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Acting FBI chief to face congressional panel amid Comey firing fallout

US President Donald Trump insisted Thursday he always meant to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, undercutting the initial White House explanation that he acted on the recommendation of top justice officials. He added: "I actually asked him". Given Trump's dismissal of the Russian Federation controversy, Holt pressed him on whether the FBI's investigation led to Comey's firing. Lire la suite »

China to work closely with Pakistan, says ambassador Sun Weidong

Chinese President Xi Jinping says the Belt and Road Initiative is "a project of the century" that will benefit people across the world. "Connectivity initiatives must follow principles of financial responsibility to avoid projects that would create unsustainable debt burden for communities; balanced ecological and environmental protection and preservation standards; transparent assessment of project costs; and skill and technology transfer to help long term running and maintenance of the ... Lire la suite »

Halep outlasts determined Mladenovic to retain Madrid title

Though Halep won't quiet the skeptics on changing for good until she gets back to truly and consistently contending for majors like she did in 2014, she's already amassing an impressive trophy cabinet. "I think you saw how she served today. I've got to give credit to Simona for an unbelievable game today". "This final was quite fantastic", said Mladenovic. Lire la suite »

Michael Flynn subpoenaed in Russian Federation probe


National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room during the daily news briefing at the White House on February 1, 2017 in Washington . Yates testified on Monday that she warned the Trump White House in January that Flynn "could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian diplomats. Lire la suite »

Israel shows off new F-35 jet at Independence Day event

In wake of the resolution, I have instructed Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem to deduct $1 million from the funds that Israel transfers to the UN. Carmel Shama-Hacohen, Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, wearing the country's flag around his shoulders, said Israel will stay in its eternal capital despite the resolution's approval. Lire la suite »

Microsoft Issues Rare Windows XP Patch Following Global WannaCrypt Ransomware Outbreak


In a blog post , the US tech giant recalled that it had published an update in March to address the weakness exploited in Friday's attacks, a security flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency. "The ransomware can spread without anyone opening an email or clicking on a link". The hacking tool, dubbed EternalBlue , can make it easy to hijack unpatched older Windows machines. Lire la suite »

LYRICS QUIZ: 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Finalists

Writing on Instagram minutes after she had taken to the stage, Lucie wrote: "That. Was". "Say hello to the world!" shouted co-presenter Volodymyr Ostapchuk. Watch the live stream of the show below. "It's just so great". For the contest, Kiev's main Kreshchatyk Street was transformed into a Eurovision fan zone with a large stage, beanbags and European Union flags. Lire la suite »

Côte d'Ivoire: la 2ème ville du pays toujours aux mains de mutins

Les forces loyalistes avaient de leur côté déployé vendredi un important dispositif à Abidjan, et menacé dans la soirée les mutins de sanctions, lors d'une allocution du chef d'état-major des armées au journal télévisé. En début d'années, ils avaient réclamé 12 millions de francs CFA de primes (18.000 euros). Cinq millions de FCFA avaient été payés immédiatement, le reste devant être versé à échéance mensuelle à partir du mois de mai. Lire la suite »

Israeli Cabinet approves controversial 'Jewish nation-state' bill

Israel's parliament, the Knesset, is set to vote on a bill which would remove Arabic as a state language, a status it has enjoyed since Israel's creation, after the proposed law was approved by ministers Sunday. Zionist Union Minister Erel Margalit, a contender for the leadership of his party, said that the bill was "reminiscent of dark periods" in history. Lire la suite »

L'évacuation d'un troisième quartier de Damas en cours — Syrie


Vendredi, 664 personnes, dont 103 combattants, ont quitté Barzé, quartier quasi totalement aux mains des rebelles dans le nord-est de Damas, a rapporté l'agence Sana . D'autres opérations d'évacuation ont eu lieu cette semaine dans deux autres quartiers de la ville. 'Le régime a menacé de détruire ce qui reste de Qaboun et n'acceptera rien d'autre qu'une solution militaire', a déclaré à Reuters Abdullah al Qabouni, membre du conseil local du quartier. Lire la suite »

India skips China's BRF summit ceremony

The delegation was part of a 10-point list of understanding announced on Friday in which China promised to help narrow its trade surplus by increasing imports from the USA and opening up more of its financial sector to foreign players. "Spanning thousands of miles and years, the ancient silk routes embody the spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit", Xi told an audience of more than 1,500 from across the globe. Lire la suite »

North Korea fires ballistic missile, Seoul says

North Korea "has been a flagrant menace for far too long", it said. North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches since early 2016 as it seeks to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the USA mainland. Lire la suite »

Syrian Kurds welcome USA arms, Turkey objects


Turkey yesterday urged the United States to reverse a decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Syria, saying that every weapon supplied to the People's Protection Units (YPG) constituted "a threat to Turkey". Mattis has played down the friction between the allies, saying that while "it's not always tidy", they will resolve any differences. The issue is set to dominate talks between Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his American counterpart Donald Trump next week, the first ... Lire la suite »

Catherine Barbaroux nommée présidente par intérim d'En Marche! pour succéder à Macron

Le secrétaire général du parti Richard Ferrand a indiqué que Catherine Barbaroux , jusque-là déléguée d'En Marche! depuis sa création en avril 2016, assurera l'intérim en remplacement d'Emmanuel Macron . Un enjeu vital car les subventions publiques, qui permettent aux formations politiques de se financer, sont attribuées en fonction des résultats aux législatives. Lire la suite »

Xi, Putin and others meet at major conference

As a reminder, the Silk Road Fund was established in December 2014 to ensure financial support of the infrastructural projects implemented within the One Belt, One Road initiative. "We are awaiting a positive response from the Chinese side", he added. He also emphasized that China does not seek to export its development model for other nations while calling for mutual respect of one another's sovereignty, territory and "core interests". Lire la suite »

Henderson could play again for Liverpool FC this season

The Reds' league defeats this campaign have come against Burnley, Bournemouth, Swansea, Hull, Leicester, Crystal Palace - all teams who were in the lower half of the table when they played them. The England striker starts his first Premier League game since the 2-2 draw with Sunderland on January 2. Now Brady has said she wants her side to destroy Liverpool's chances of finishing in the top four. Lire la suite »

India skips China meet over issue of sovereignty


Xi said the world must create conditions that promote open development and encourage the building of systems of "fair, reasonable and transparent global trade and investment rules". Europe, meanwhile, is mired in Britain's looming European Union exit. Pakistan says it has signed new deals with China worth almost $500 million, giving a boost to Beijing's Silk Road trade and infrastructure initiative for Asia, Africa, and Europe at the opening of a major worldwide summit. Lire la suite »

Erdogan seeks to send Trump stern message on Syrian Kurds


The Turkish airstrikes also wounded 18 members of the US -backed People's Protection Units, or Y.P.G., were criticized by both the USA and Russian Federation. The attacks on the YPG, a key member of a US-backed militia fighting Islamic State in Syria, have further complicated Turkey's relations with Washington. Lire la suite »

Le Pen shrugs off accusations she plagiarised Fillon


Candidates of the two main parties, the Socialists and the Republicans, failed to make it to the presidential runoff for the first time in modern French history. Philippot told Radio Classique that Le Pen's speech was a "nod-and-a-wink" to Fillon's earlier discourse in order to "launch a real debate" concerning French identity. Lire la suite »

Syrian FM stresses commitment to de-escalation zones' deal

The much-touted plan for de-escalation zones in Syria, reached by Russia, Turkey and Iran at the recent Astana peace talks, is not a done deal yet, it seems. "The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world", task force officials said. Lire la suite »

How the White House is spinning Comey's firing

He said it was the "greatest privilege" of his career to serve under him. Ms Sanders said the president had been thinking about firing Mr Comey for months, "and I think Wednesday was the final straw that pushed him, and the recommendation that he had gotten from the Deputy Attorney General" solidified and reaffirmed his choice. Lire la suite »