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IS fighters attack government-held areas in central Syria

IS fighters attack government-held areas in central Syria

The U.S. -backed Syrian Kurdish-rebels are closing in on Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS in Syria. The coalition had so far kept its military operations focused on Islamic State militants and al Qaida-linked groups. De Mistura announced that the technical discussions to address constitutional and legal issues in the context of the intra-Syrian talks began on Thursday and that both sides had agreed to set up expert committees to discuss constitutional and legal issues. Read More

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Trump "No Filter", Secrets to Russians

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Tuesday afternoon defended Trump's comments during last week's meeting, which he described as " wholly appropriate ". That intelligence, the Times reported on Tuesday , came from Israel, a key USA ally. It's unclear whether the US informed the Israelis it might share the information with the Russians, who have different allies in the region - notably Iran. Read More

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Liam Payne on Harry Styles' single:

Liam Payne on Harry Styles' single: "It's not my sort of music"

Do we sense a bit of jealousy? It looks like Harry was kind of scared that he can no longer point at someone like Niall Horan while on stage and say that the song "Perfect" was not written for one of his exes. If you'd like to hear the album for yourself, it's available on CD, vinyl, ITunes, Spotify, and Youtube! The song has a more provocative title and is moving further away from the "classic rock" vibe of Harry which has been described by other critics as similar to David Bowie. Read More

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UK Labour's main union backer can't see party winning election

He went on to suggest that if Labour emerged with 200 seats - which would be about 30 fewer than Ed Miliband secured in 2015 - it would represent a "successful campaign" given the circumstances it found itself in. As well as ring-fencing mental health budgets, a Labour government would increase the proportion spent on children's mental health services, the manifesto states. Read More

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North Korea celebrates longest-range ballistic missile test

North Korea celebrates longest-range ballistic missile test

Han Min-koo told South Korea's parliament the test-launch had been detected by the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system, whose deployment in the South has infuriated China. North Korea appears to be edging closer to developing a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States following a successful weapons test on 13 May which caused alarm across the world. Read More

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Germany and France Agree to Draw up Roadmap on Developing EU

Germany and France Agree to Draw up Roadmap on Developing EU

That's in the nature of what we are trying to do. "I have never ... advocated what people call eurobonds", the former investment banker and finance minister said. But he added that if LR and its allies did not win a majority in June, voters "would not understand if we systematically opposed everything". It is a delicate balancing act, as centrist Mr Macron tries to redesign French politics by borrowing ministers from left and right, and combining new faces with experienced heavyweights who ... Read More

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Does US believe Western Wall is in Israel?

It also did not deal with the status of the Western Wall, the unnamed Israeli official told Haaretz . Along with undercutting U.S. On Monday, US media reported Trump had shared classified information on counter-terrorism with Lavrov without the permission of the US ally that provided it. Read More

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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

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

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

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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