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Trump denies asking Comey to drop probe, decries 'witch hunt'

Trump deployed his characteristic social media bombast to take his unvarnished response directly to voters, elaborating on the staid written statement issued the night before that denied any collusion with Kremlin-linked officials. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. "We need to get all the facts, and Mueller is the type of person that is respected and trusted by both Republicans and Democrats and will put country over politics". Read More

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Delays on Metro-North New Haven line due to minor derailment

Delays on Metro-North New Haven line due to minor derailment

Officials said five cars of the 12-car train derailed northeast of the Rye station, which is on the New Haven line. Four were taken to local hospitals, including the Metro-North conductor. She said an investigation would determine whether the train was negotiating the curve at a faster speed. Metro-North says there was "significant" damage to concrete railroad ties in the area. Read More

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As investigations grow, McCaskill says it's too early to talk impeachment

Sen. Marco Rubio commented on President Trump's statement that the situation is a "witch hunt" as well saying, "He's entitled to his opinion but 'we are a nation of laws'". The president again raised that memo in a news conference just minutes after Durbin and McCaskill made their revelations. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will be at front of a special council tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Read More

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Korean officials meet in attempt to fix ties

Korean officials meet in attempt to fix ties

Lee first met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after his arrival in the Chinese capital, and they shared their opinions. That raised worries in Tokyo that the issue could again hinder ties, at a time when both countries are seeking unity to face the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile development. Read More

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Liberal Democrats commit to fast-track social work training in manifesto

The Liberal Democrats have made a second European Union referendum on the terms of any Brexit deal the central pledge of their election manifesto , and pledged to use the next parliament to "protect Britain's place in Europe". The manifesto also pledges to increase corporation tax from 19% to 20% and a penny-in-the-pound increase in income tax. They also offer long-term reform to business rates. Read More

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Trump to interview Lieberman, 3 others for FBI

He has said during hearings that there is no evidence Russian hackers changed any vote tallies in the election, while maintaining they are highly confident the country interfered with the goal of getting Trump elected. Former director Comey alleged in a memo - the details of which were made public Tuesday - that Trump asked him to shut down an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Read More

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Donald Trump said reporters leaking classified information should be jailed

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers keynote address during the commencement at Liberty University May 13, 2017 in Lynchburg, Virginia. May 9, 2017: Trump abruptly fires Comey. "If the election were on October 27, I would have been your president", she tells a women's luncheon in NY. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement that "we are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time ". Read More

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Two Civilians Killed, Six Injured in Clashes in Kashmir

Two Civilians Killed, Six Injured in Clashes in Kashmir

The situation along LoC worsened since the beginning of this month after Indian army said Pakistani troopers crossed the LoC and carried out beheadings of two Indian troopers. A BSF man had suffered minor injuries when Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire along the worldwide border yesterday. Local authorities have set up relief camps and more than 25 buildings have been earmarked to meet the eventuality. Read More

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White House knew sacked adviser was under investigation

The Times report cites a memo written by Comey, which appears to provide evidence Trump tried to influence the FBI's investigation into links between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign. "What I'm anxious about is, in the early 1970s, politicians like me were standing around saying , 'Nixon's okay, he didn't do anything, ' and look what it led to", he said. Read More

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US Defense chief affirms commitment to protecting Turkey

US Defense chief affirms commitment to protecting Turkey

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, ahead of the Somalia Conference, in London, Thursday, May 11, 2017. The PKK is considered a terrorist group by the U.S., Turkey and the European Union. Iran views the prospect of permanent US bases in Syria with a high degree of unease, reflected most recently by comments by officials of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah group. Read More

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Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

The special counsel is also authorised to prosecute any crimes unearthed by the investigation. Burr, chairman of the Senate panel, said of Flynn and his refusal to comply, "We'll figure out on Gen. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly". But he expressed more resentment Thursday in his tweets. In another tweet Thursday morning, he claims, "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) ... Read More

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Senators: Deputy AG Rosenstein knew of Comey firing before memo

The President himself said in an interview with NBC that he planned to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation. President Donald Trump gestures as he gives the commencement address at the U.S. Trump said Thursday that he respects "the entire thing" but said that he personally has no ties to Russian Federation. "We want to be careful we don't interfere with any criminal investigations", McCaskill said. Read More

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Putin willing to turn over transcript of Trump meeting with Russians

Putin willing to turn over transcript of Trump meeting with Russians

Trump maintains that the data he shared with Lavrov concerned flight safety and terrorism, and that he had the " absolute right " to provide the information at an openly scheduled White House meeting. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. It's hard not to presume that Comey has notes about this meeting, too. As the New York Times notes, these memos "are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations". Read More

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Isis kills 50 soldiers and civilians in central Syria attack, says watchdog

Isis kills 50 soldiers and civilians in central Syria attack, says watchdog

Syria's civil war began in 2011 after mass protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad and has killed hundreds of thousands of people, driven half the country's population from their homes and dragged in world powers. He said at least nine children were beaten with heavy objects such as bricks or stones on their heads or necks. Isis, meanwhile, claimed via its news channel Amaq it had killed 100 government troops and captured two villages in Thursday's violence. Read More

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Donald Trump hits back over Russian information sharing

Donald Trump hits back over Russian information sharing

McMaster said Trump's actions were "wholly appropriate". " One of the key principles of protecting sources and methods is to never share the information you get from those sources". But other nations appeared to be reconsidering. "There could be a risk for our sources", said the official. And in a statement, she described the high stakes of the new reports. Read More

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Former US, Arizona leaders support Mueller selection to lead Russian Federation election probe

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he was supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings. "Mr. Mueller will tell us what we can get and what we can't". At the same time, congressional committees are continuing their own investigations, leading to some turf warfare and sniping as the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee both sought to lay claim to testimony from Comey, while the House ... Read More

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Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation for Turkey Lobbying, Still Hired Him

Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation for Turkey Lobbying, Still Hired Him

Flynn first made the disclosure on 4 January to the transition team's chief lawyer, Donald McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel, the New York Times reported . It's unclear why Flynn gave the order, but Turkey happens to oppose the move, arguing that the Kurdish forces have ties to a terrorist group. The Trump administration kept Flynn on for another 18 days, then fired him, ostensibly because he'd misled Vice-President Mike Pence. Read More

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Senate panel chairman: Flynn won't honor subpoena

Burr told reporters Thursday about the response from Flynn's lawyer. Hours earlier, Burr said Flynn's lawyer said he wouldn't comply, "and that is not a surprise to the committee". Flynn's attorneys had said in the past that he might not turn over requested documents. Flynn was sacked from his position as Trump's national security adviser in February. Read More

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Top House Democrat warns against rush to impeachment

Michael Flynn. Republicans, at this juncture won't let impeachment happen. "I think as everybody has said this morning ... that we really need the facts". Republicans now control both Houses of Congress, and they have shown heavy reluctance to condemn Trump's actions let alone impeach him. Political stock market PredictIt is seeing record bets on contracts about whether Trump would still be president at the end of the year. Read More

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Top House Democrat warns against rush to impeachment

Michael Flynn. Republicans, at this juncture won't let impeachment happen. "I think as everybody has said this morning ... that we really need the facts". Republicans now control both Houses of Congress, and they have shown heavy reluctance to condemn Trump's actions let alone impeach him. Political stock market PredictIt is seeing record bets on contracts about whether Trump would still be president at the end of the year. Read More

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Turkey calls for ouster of USA envoy for anti-Daesh coalition

Turkey calls for ouster of USA envoy for anti-Daesh coalition

The U.S. declined to say whether the security agents were granted diplomatic immunity or under what conditions they were released. Erdogan's visit to Washington D.C.in March 2016 was also marred by fights between his supporters and protesters, and members of his security detail were caught on video trying to eject journalists critical of his administration prior to a planned speech at the Brookings Institution. Read More

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Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russia

Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russia

The Washington Post story - which was later confirmed by The New York Times and BuzzFeed News - does not claim that Mr Trump revealed any specific information about how the intelligence was gathered. The president can also declassify or share any information he wants. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters Tuesday that the uproar surrounding the Trump administration's handling of confidential information "never even came up" in his most recent round of talks with US allies. Read More

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Saudi ads promise 'star-studded' performance with Toby Keith during Trump's visit

A website for the visit was launched in English, Arabic and French, featuring a countdown clock under the banner: "Together We Prevail". President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner personally called the CEO of Lockheed Martin during a meeting with a Saudi delegation earlier this month to ask her to cut the price of a missile defense system, The New York Times reported Thursday. Read More

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Redskins sign Bob Marley's grandson after minicamp tryout

Redskins sign Bob Marley's grandson after minicamp tryout

Marley, a linebacker from Tulane, tried out for the team during its rookie minicamp over the weekend. "I'm so grateful to Tulane for giving me my only Division I opportunity, but I knew they had some doubts about me". As well as Marley, Washington signed tight end Manasseh Garner and cornerback Tevin Homer after the rookie minicamp. If music runs in Nico Marley's blood, it does so along with football, American Football that is. Read More

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Auto rams Times Square pedestrians, kills one, injures others

Law enforcement officials tell NBC News the Federal Bureau of Investigation is working with the New York Police Department to investigate the situation. The bollards are created to stop vehicles going about 30 miles an hour, he said. At least one person has died and around 20 more are injured after an out-of-control auto ploughed into pedestrians in New York's Times Square. Read More

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Second Labour council group barred from Tory coalition deal

The pregnant silence over the council's future will be broken within a week, but in the meantime one seasoned local politician confesses: "I honestly don't know how anyone is going to work it - I just don't know what's going to happen". One of the Labour councillors suspended by Dugdale is Sandra MacDonald, the wife of Labour's front-bench external affairs spokesman at Holyrood, Lewis MacDonald. Read More

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