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U.S. Still Likely to Benefit from TPP

U.S. Still Likely to Benefit from TPP

Following Washington's exit from the TPP, the 11 remaining members have kick-started discussions on how to proceed without the USA and recently wrapped up talks in Toronto. "The only thing the 11 nations have agreed is that we will make efforts to persuade the United States to return to the TPP", he added. "Both New Zealand and Japan remain committed to seeing the TPP Agreement come into force, while at the same time ensuring there are opportunities for other economies to join", Mr English ... Read More

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Senate panel wants James Comey to testify

The tumult in Washington has deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation. Republican Senator Richard Burr, the committee chairman, and the assistant chairman, Democratic Senator Mark Warner, announced in a statement that they had sent a new letter to Comey, who had rejected their previous invitation because he wanted to testify in public, not exclusively in private. Read More

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Jared Kushner's sister woos China's

Jared Kushner's sister woos China's "golden visa" investors

The EB-5 programme was created in 1990 to help stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment from foreign nationals, but detractors say it puts citizenship up for sale. It's this unique kind of program where if you have a lot of money, you're a foreigner and you want a visa, you just plunk down $500,000. The program has always been criticized by lawmakers as a path that in essence sells USA citizenships to wealthy foreigners. Read More

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Toomey must support an investigation of Trump

Israeli officials have declined to confirm whether they were the source of the information Trump shared, but have been quick to say counterterrorism coordination with the U.S.is strong. Mr Trump has endured a week of tumult at the White House after he fired the head of the FBI, James Comey , and then discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Read More

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Some abducted Chibok schoolgirls refused to be 'freed' - Negotiator

Some abducted Chibok schoolgirls refused to be 'freed' - Negotiator

First Lady Aisha Buhari, whose husband President Muhammadu Buhari was elected on a pledge to defeat Boko Haram , met some of the Chibok girls on Wednesday. It is a large number, and we have hope that, if they are alive, they will come back. The national president of Christian Association of Nigeria Youth wing (YOWICAN), Engr Daniel David Kadzai, yesterday, commended the federal government for their efforts in the release of about 82 abducted Chibok schoolgirls. Read More

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Dershowitz: Special Counsel Is Wrong Choice, Except to Investigate Leaks

He also called the investigation "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history! ". Mueller was appointed FBI Director by President George W. Pressure on the White House intensified after Trump fired Comey, who had been leading a federal probe into the matter, and allegations that Trump had asked Comey to end the FBI investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn , and Russian Federation. Read More

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Pressure builds on Trump as probes intensify

Pressure builds on Trump as probes intensify

And this makes possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation all the more believable - as if the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was directing an investigation into those ties, hadn't already taken us there. Only two presidents in USA history have been impeached. But Democrats said they think Republicans have not yet done enough. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded tersely "no" when pressed on whether he had concerns about the president's ... Read More

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Erdogan Bodyguards Involved in Beating Protesters in Washington

Erdogan Bodyguards Involved in Beating Protesters in Washington

A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. A Turkish state news agency acknowledged that guards for Erdogan, who had earlier met with President Trump at the White House, had targeted demonstrators. values and our rights as Americans", said D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D). The State Department declined to comment. Twelve people were injured after protests outside of the Turkish ambassador's residence, DC Police Chief Peter Newsham announced in a press conference . Read More

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Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Comey wrote in a memo shortly after the February 14 meeting that Trump told him, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the report said. "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" he tweeted Thursday morning, following Mueller's appointment. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week, prompting some to call for an independent prosecutor to lead the investigation. Read More

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Trump Says New FBI Director Nomination Could Come Next Week

Trump Says New FBI Director Nomination Could Come Next Week

Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his panel or another committee would "absolutely" subpoena the tapes. McCabe contradicted Trump this week, telling lawmakers that Comey enjoyed widespread support among the FBI's rank and file, and that the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the election was a "highly significant investigation". Read More

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Weak wages prevail in limp jobs market

Weak wages prevail in limp jobs market

Australian wages have stagnated at a record low, growing a just 1.9% over the last six months, throwing an early cloud over the Turnbull government's optimistic projections for wages growth in last week's budget. "Nonetheless job security fears remain reasonably high". "Economic growth has been subdued in Canberra for several years which is no doubt heavily influenced by weak employment and wages growth in our heavily public sector dependent economic base". Read More

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Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

A family friend reportedly had to force his way into the musician's room after receiving a call from Cornell's wife, Vicky Karayiannis , to check up on him. Soundgarden predated both grunge pioneers Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but it wasn't an overnight success. The group hit its commercial peak with its breakout album, "Superunknown", in 1994, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for best rock album. Read More

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Trump's plans for Jerusalem Western Wall visit rock Israelis more than Aerosmith

Trump's plans for Jerusalem Western Wall visit rock Israelis more than Aerosmith

A top House Republican is criticizing President Trump's national security adviser for declining to clarify the White House position on the location of the Western Wall. When briefing reporters on Trump's visit to Jerusalem next week, McMaster made no mention of whether Trump would make use of the visit to announce the relocation of the US Embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Read More

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Trump say it's possible he could pick FBI head by next week

This occurred shortly before Trump fired Comey this week, which set off a lot of questions regarding the FBI's ongoing investigation of the matter. Maybe, Trump said , he will just cancel briefings with the media altogether. Comey declined Trump's request for loyalty at least twice during the dinner, The Times said, citing two people close to Comey who The Times said had knowledge of the conversation. Read More

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EU Parliament Calls for Sanctions Against Hungary Over Harsh Refugee Laws, NGOs

EU Parliament Calls for Sanctions Against Hungary Over Harsh Refugee Laws, NGOs

A statement from the parliament said: "Recent developments in Hungary have led to a serious deterioration in the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights, which is testing the EU's ability to defend its founding values". The move could see Hungary's voting rights in the Council of Europe suspended. Orban is determined to stop more from coming. They also want Budapest to reach an agreement with US authorities so a university funded by George Soros can continue to operate freely in. Read More

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Bridge collapses in Goa village, several people fall in river

Bridge collapses in Goa village, several people fall in river

It quoted South Goa Superintendent of Police, Shekar, saying four rescued were rushed to hospital seeing their condition. Search and rescue ops have been intensified. Unofficial sources suggest that there were around 50 persons on the dilapidated bridge, when a part of it gave way. "We do not know the exact number but it is being assumed that around 50 people must have fallen in the river". Read More

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U.S. spat erupts ahead of Trump visit to region

A senior Israeli official who was involved in the incident, but asked to remain anonymous, said that when the PMO employees asked the Americans what help they needed, diplomats from the American consulate in Jerusalem , which is responsible for relations with the Palestinian Authority, told the USA delegation that it couldn't discuss this issue with Israeli government officials. Read More

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Senate Intelligence Committee leaders demand Comey's notes

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election - and any possible ties to the Trump campaign. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times . Trump admin renews Iran sanctions relief Pelosi wants independent commission on Russian Federation despite special counsel appointment Trump denounces media as White House goes quiet on ... Read More

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Scottish Tories Are Making Big Gains In The Local Elections

Nevertheless, the local government elections confirm that political momentum, remarkably, is with the Scottish Conservatives. However, the SNP dismissed the data as "spin" and said it suggested the Tories were taking voters for granted. He said: "There was no outright victor, the SNP have one more member, and that means we have to have a totally different mind-set". They've put up former Better Together boss Blair McDougall at the general election there in an effort to out-unionist the ... Read More

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Canadian Forces help with flooding in Laval

Several streets and bridges in the Montreal region have been closed due to flooding. Many have blamed the flooding on the International Joint Commission's Plan 2014, which regulates water levels on the lake and river. Steve Lapierre, who lives in a basement apartment, said he was awakened by a neighbour who told him about the flooding. Televised images showed residents filling sandbags across communities in Quebec, while people were evacuated by boat or canoe. Read More

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ACLU files open records request for Comey memo

ACLU files open records request for Comey memo

The spokeswoman explained: "The reason we are asking for an independent commission is to have a truly bipartisan group completely outside of Congress to examine the broader issue of Russian interference". Flynn left his post in February after media reports that he misled the vice president about his contacts with Russian Federation. The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorised to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Read More

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Puerto Rico militant freed from custody after 36 years

Approximately 50 people greeted him with flowers and tears, and a choir group from the University of Puerto Rico sang "Free at last!" as Lopez passed by before getting into a Jeep. "Don Oscar will spend his twilight years on the island for which he sought independence, and this feels fitting", Miranda said in an email, referring to Lopez with the Spanish honorific of "don". Read More

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India, Pakistan to present case over Jadhav at ICJ today

In the afternoon, Pakistan would get the same time for response. On March 29, Pakistan had revised its declaration on compulsory jurisdiction, which spells out terms under which Islamabad accepts the ICJ on matters of dispute settlement. The applicant also points out that it learned about the death sentence against Mr Jadhav from a press release. India claimed Jadhav was "kidnapped" from Iran, while Islamabad insists he was arrested from Balochistan province. Read More

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