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Pakistan must respect ICJ decision on Jadhav: Congress

Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who Pakistan accuses of espionage, can not be executed until the court hears the larger case against him, perhaps in August. Jadhav was arrested in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan in March 2016 and Pakistani officials claim he has confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services. Read More

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Trump denies asking Comey to quash Flynn investigation

Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who chairs a Judiciary subcommittee panel that has been driving much of the Russian Federation probe, echoed Grassley's and Feinstein's frustrations, and said he was "surprised" Comey would agree to testify at all, "given the fact that we now have a Special Counsel who will likely be investigating matters related" to his conversations with Trump. Read More

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Paul Ryan says he has not lost confidence in Trump

Paul Ryan says he has not lost confidence in Trump

The comments by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings came as Democrats sought to force a House vote to establish an independent commission to investigate Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation. "Why is he not doing the same here?" he asked. "We can't deal with speculation and innuendo and there's clearly a lot of politics that's being played". Read More

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U.S. strikes Syrian regime-allied forces

The U.S. -led anti-IS coalition on Thursday struck forces allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that "posed a threat to U.S. and partner forces" in the southeastern city of al-Tanf, the American military said . Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the USA strike was defensive in nature. Representatives of Syria's government and opposition High Negotiations Committee are in Switzerland for the sixth round of UN-backed peace negotiations, but there has been ... Read More

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North Korea says US has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

North Korea says US has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

Getting diplomacy going is likely to depend heavily on United States acquiescence, with the Trump Administration insisting diplomacy is a "failure". Unidentified U.S. Regarding the May 14 launch of the missile, the official Korean Central News Agency claimed: "It also verified the homing feature of the warhead under the worst reentry situation and accurate performance of a detonation system". Read More

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Callers Threaten Texas Lawmaker Who Seeks Trump Impeachment

Al Green played recordings of threatening voicemail messages he received after calling for Trump's impeachment on Wednesday. He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged. Impeachment, of the President, by the House of Representatives is not a finding of guilt. According to the Washington Post , both current and former USA officials said that Trump's blabbering could jeopardize a "critical source of intelligence" related to the Islamic State. Read More

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State Dept. summons Turkish ambassador over DC brawl

Department of State is working closely with local authorities concerning this incident". United States officials have criticized the Turkish government over violence outside its ambassador's residence in Washington. Tensions are running high between the United States and Turkey after the Trump administration announced plans to arm Kurdish Syrians militants with small arms, machine guns, armored vehicles and other military hardware. Read More

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Federal Bureau of Investigation chief sacking: 'Four to be interviewed' to replace Comey

Federal Bureau of Investigation chief sacking: 'Four to be interviewed' to replace Comey

Critics have assailed Mr Trump for abruptly dismissing Mr Comey just as the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and possible Moscow ties to the Trump presidential campaign. The broadcaster also reported that former FBI Director James Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" of conversations between him and President Donald Trump , adding that "if there is a tape, there's nothing he is anxious about" that could be on it. Read More

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Raw: President Trump Arrives in Saudi Arabia

Raw: President Trump Arrives in Saudi Arabia

Trump and Salman were expected to oversee the signing on Saturday afternoon of multiple agreements between American and Saudi companies, including between the Saudi oil giant Aramco and various USA firms. A five story image of Trump's face was projected on the exterior of the Ritz Carlton hotel where he'll stay, and large billboards of Trump and King Salman lined the highway from the airport. Read More

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Comey Memo Turns Up Volume on Impeachment Calls

Comey Memo Turns Up Volume on Impeachment Calls

No Democrat was in more demand Wednesday than Rep. Al Green (Tex.) - the seven-term Democrat from Houston who held a hometown news conference two days before calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Statistics site 538 found that House Republicans are unlikely to support any impeachment effort based on a historical analysis of three scandals - the Watergate break-in, the Iran-Contra affair, as well as the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Read More

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North Korea says USA has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

North Korea says USA has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

The United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea to guard against the North Korean threat, has called on China to do more to rein in its ally and neighbour. North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The weekend launch was the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea. Read More

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US House Oversight Panel Head Chaffetz To Leave Congress

State election officials have announced that the special election to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz will take place November 7, the same day as municipal elections. Gowdy did not answer questions Thursday about his interest in the position, and his spokeswoman acknowledged discussions but would not say he is actively seeking the post. Read More

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Fans get one last chance to see 'Greatest Show on Earth'

He welcomes in Ringling Bros Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson to discuss the Greatest Show on Earth and its final performance this coming Sunday. 1884 - The Ringling Brothers Circus begins as a travelling performance. "Tune in and watch with the world as The Greatest Show on Earth takes its final bow!" the show wrote in its description. Its other unit already did earlier this month, in Providence, Rhode Island. Read More

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Hackers have second USA weapon primed for attack, warn analysts

It's alarming how the cyber-savvy Russians haven't yet updated to advanced defenses with the ability to scan incoming email for potential security threads. The episode underscores the folly of the USA law enforcement demand that tech companies install backdoors into their devices and services. But the success of the attack shows that not enough people took advantage of the patch. Read More

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North Korean ship arrives at Russia's Vladivostok

North Korean ship arrives at Russia's Vladivostok

Baranov said 60 tourists from China had booked a trip on the next boat, which reportedly has 40 cabins, several bars and a karaoke room. The Mangyongbong was built in 1971 and modernised previous year, Russia's Tass news agency reports. " Man Gyong Bong's operation as Rajin-Vladivostok global tourist liner will make a positive contribution to developing marine transport and economic cooperation and tourism between the two countries", adds KCNA. Read More

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Trump Inks $350 Billion Arms Deal with Saudis

The arms deal includes military sales to Saudi Arabia of $110 billion immediately and $ 350 billion total over the next decade, according to a White House official. Trump held talks with Salman and was to meet the kingdom's two powerful crown princes later, before giving a speech on Islam to leaders of Muslim countries today. Read More

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Macron calls for countries' support in fighting extremism

Macron calls for countries' support in fighting extremism

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leave after a family photo following the first cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, May 18, 2017. "I want to strengthen that partnership and make sure that this German commitment, which is already present, can be intensified". In March, the three main jihadist groups in the region merged under the command of Ansar Dine leader Iyad Ag-Ghaly, calling the new group Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin. Read More

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White House: Trump staffer's Western Wall comment does not reflect administration policy

Israel's Channel 2 reported Monday that the us delegation rejected Israeli requests that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an Israeli TV crew accompany President Donald Trump on his visit to the Western Wall. Israeli and USA teams discussing arrangements for President Trump's visit ran into difficulty after a senior White House official told a member of the Israel team that the Western Wall was part of the West Bank. Read More

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China's Xi positions himself as free trade and climate champion

China's Xi positions himself as free trade and climate champion

Touted as the biggest diplomatic event initiated by China, the inaugural forum was attended by 1,500 delegates from more than 130 countries to discuss Mr Xi's mega project to revive two ancient trade routes via land and sea. "It wasn't a very wise decision to boycott [the forum]", said Swaran Singh, an expert on India-China relations at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University. Read More

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Is Trump now the Palestinians' best hope for peace?

Don't expect a major announcement about Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. After negotiating that diplomatic minefield, Trump is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial. Trump's visit to Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday is expected to last a few hours. Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir, right, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hold a press conference following a bilateral meeting in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. Read More

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Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee

The New York Times reported today that Trump told Russian diplomats in the Oval Office that Comey's firing had relieved pressure on the White House amid the ongoing Russia investigation. Trump has repeatedly slammed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "hoax" and blamed disgruntled officials at intelligence agencies for leaking information related to the probes. Read More

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Ex-FBI chief Comey to testify in US Congress

Donald Trump told Russian officials that former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James B. Comey was a "nut job", it has been reported . A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said he would not discuss information provided in classified briefings and said the House Oversight committee had already asked for documents related to Comey's firing. Read More

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Comey to testify in public before Senate Intelligence Committee

Then-FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing earlier this month before he was sacked by President Trump. Separately, the Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House. Read More

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Russia, Syria blast U.S. strikes targeting anti-Daesh forces

US-led coalition aircraft struck a pro-regime convoy apparently transporting Shia militia men in Syria as it headed toward a remote coalition garrison near the Jordanian border last night, U.S. Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, describing the attack as "state terrorism". The U.S military has launched air strikes against pro-Assad troops in Syria after they ignored several warnings from both coalition and Russian forces, Thursday. Read More

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Collins on Mueller Appointment

He did not offer any evidence of such acts in his reference to former Democratic President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. A small number of Republicans and Democrats have raised the prospect of impeaching the USA president following this week's revelations. But he told reporters Thursday in Cyprus that he doesn't understand what the "secret" was, since the US introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago. Read More

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What's next for Iran after President Hassan Rouhani's win?

In what many had predicted was going to be a closely contested election, Rouhanni won 57 percent of the vote, nearly 20 points more than the 38 percent his main challenger, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, received . The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah has congratulated Iran's President Hassan Rouhani for being re-elected to a second term in office saying the wide participation in the vote proves to the world "the greatness of the (Iranian) people and the Islamic rule". Read More

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President Trump, King Salman meet in Riyadh

President Trump, King Salman meet in Riyadh

President Donald Trump is tweeting for the first time while overseas on his first foreign trip. The White House said this is not a final draft and it could change leading up to Sunday's speech. The New York Times reported that Mr Trump called Mr Comey "a real nut job" while discussing the ongoing investigation with two Russian officials in the Oval Office earlier this month. Read More

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Russia, US in row over coalition strikes on Syrian forces

A United States official said on Thursday the attack near the town of At Tanf destroyed at least one tank and a bulldozer, while another official said they followed warning shots by U.S. Last month, US-led allied forces and Syrian rebels repulsed a significant Daesh attack on the base. The U.S. -led coalition identified the militia as a Shiite, Iran-backed group that " posed a threat to U.S. Read More

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