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Trump branded Comey 'nut job' as investigation points at White House

The Times cited notes from a May 10 Oval Office meeting, the day after Trump fired Comey. "And all Democratic senators interviewed for this story said the former CT senator lacks the kind of experience needed for the post ". Lieberman emerging as the front-runner was first reported by Politico . The president also replied "he is" when asked whether Mr Lieberman is a top candidate for the position. Read More

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GST council finalises tax on services; exempts education, healthcare

Isaac said that the present tax rate of all goods and services should be made public. The rates are in line with those finalised for goods. Transportation services are being proposed to be taxed at 5 per cent under GST. These include education, healthcare, services provided by way of religious pilgrimages, charitable activities, those provided by the RBI and diplomatic missions situated in India. Read More

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Turkey slams U.S. arming Syrian Kurds in IS fight

The decision received immediate pushback from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or the PKK , which is considered a terrorist group by both Ankara and Washington. Speaking to A Haber television, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli slammed any supply of arms to the YPG " unacceptable ". The decision to arm the Kurds was announced just hours after US Defence Minister James Mattis met with a Turkish official in ... Read More

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Interior Ministry declaring early results from Iran presidential poll

Rouhani had promised during the campaign to further undo worldwide sanctions in a second term, Kenyon says. Rouhani was reelected for the second term with 57 percent of votes at the election which took place in Iran on Friday. Rouhani is promising to open Iran to the world and deliver freedoms for its people. Raisi, a hard-line judge, had accused Rouhani of mismanaging the economy, traveling to poor areas, and holding rallies where he promised more welfare benefits and jobs. Read More

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Trump and Erdogan to work toward finding Syria consensus

Trump and Erdogan to work toward finding Syria consensus

To maintain good relations, the two leaders will have to swallow some personal pride and admit that the benefits each country derives from a close partnership outweigh the resentment generated by failing to realize their expectations. It's not clear, however, whether Erdogan expects to be able to dissuade Trump during their meeting, and what action he is prepared to take if the USA goes ahead with the policy. Read More

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Trump assails 'witch hunt' after naming of special counsel

Trump assails 'witch hunt' after naming of special counsel

The memo allegedly says that the president said, in a private conversation with Comey at the White House, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". Mueller, a former Marine officer and federal prosecutor, was sworn in as the sixth director of the FBI on September 4, 2001 - just a week before the September 11 terrorist attacks. Read More

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Turkish president's security staff scuffle with protesters in Washington

Another video shared on social media Thursday showed Erdogan watching the melee unfold from the backseat of his vehicle. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called for the expulsion of Turkey's ambassador to the United States. USA officials strongly criticised the Turkish government after video appeared to show its president's security forces pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside their diplomatic residence in Washington. Read More

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Britain says it's a natural partner for China's new Silk Road

Britain says it's a natural partner for China's new Silk Road

Representatives from dozens of countries gathered in Beijing on Sunday to discuss China's trillion-dollar global trade and investment initiative, known as One Belt, One Road. During the Raisina dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had said, "China is a country that is very sensitive on matters concerning its sovereignty.so we would expect that they would have some understanding of other people's sensitivity about their sovereignty". Read More

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Embroiled in controversies, Trump seeks boost on foreign trip

Embroiled in controversies, Trump seeks boost on foreign trip

Lavrov recalled a joke of Soviet times when there were two main newspapers - Pravda , meaning Truth, and Izvestiya, meaning The News. Russian lawmakers have backed a deputy foreign minister as the new ambassador to the United States . The Washington Post reported this week that Trump shared highly classified information with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak about an Islamic State terror threat involving laptop computers on aircraft. Read More

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Three deaths linked to new ebola outbreak in Congo

Three deaths linked to new ebola outbreak in Congo

Three of them have died, though at this point, only one case has been confirmed by the country's National Institute of Biomedical Research as the Zaire strain of Ebola . The case is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky. The outbreak was the worst case of Ebola virus disease epidemic in history, according to medical authorities. Read More

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The Trump-Russia probe is now investigating a possible cover-up

But he added, "I wrote it". The newspaper also reported that the president had expressed his wishes that Comey could let go of the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn. The president already stands accused of obstruction of justice via demands to Mr Comey to drop an investigation into links between his campaign and Russian Federation and to back off an investigation into fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Read More

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Trump tells Russians Comey was a 'nut job'

The announcement came after the New York Times published the latest story chronicling President Trump's relationship with Comey over the onetime FBI chief's handling of the Bureau's Russian Federation probe. Republican Representative Scott Taylor told CNN there was "no question" that Trump had "some stumbles this week". As for the separate report of a "person of interest" under investigation, the Post said the senior White House adviser "under scrutiny" is someone close to the president ... Read More

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Cloud Computing pulls off upset in Preakness Stakes

Cloud Computing pulls off upset in Preakness Stakes

Was he in position to stop the Derby victor? Cloud Computing was competing in his first race since the Wood Memorial six weeks ago. He and William Lawrence have been buying and racing horses together since 2006. Most believed if it wasn't another happy day for Always Dreaming , it would be a statement day for Classic Empire , the two-year-old champion and Arkansas Derby victor, who did well to squeeze a fourth-place finish out of a bumper-car trip two weeks ago at Churchill Downs. Read More

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Syrian rebels begin to evacuate Damascus suburb

Syrian rebels begin to evacuate Damascus suburb

The first group of militants, including 1,022 people, has left the Barzeh district in the Syrian capital of Damascus as part of the implementation of an agreement to put an end to all armed manifestations there. Monday's departures began as battlefronts quietened in Syrian territory included in four "de-escalation zones" agreed by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Monday's evacuation began as fighting subsided across the country after a deal signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey to implement four ... Read More

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US Claims Assad Regime Operating Crematorium at Saydnaya Prison

US Claims Assad Regime Operating Crematorium at Saydnaya Prison

It described the allegations as "lies" and "fabrications", noting what it called a US track record of using false claims as a pretext for military aggression. "And Russia must bear responsibility to ensure regime compliance". "On the issue of the United States hostages, no, we don't see a connection between the USA hostages and what we're talking about what's going on here at Sednaya prison", Jones said, according to a transcript of his remarks. Read More

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Moon to Xi: Let's Talk

This was the first time the Chinese leader has called a South Korean president to congratulate him or her on an election victory, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's press secretary, at a press briefing. The Thaad deployment was agreed by Mr Moon's predecessor, conservative leader Park Guen-hye. The plan under consideration, Kim said, was for Moon to have his first encounter with Trump during the G-20 summit, which will be held in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8, and then to visit Washington around the ... Read More

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Afghan officials: 2 killed after gunmen storm bank

The Taliban have had a strong presence in the province of Ghazni for years, but provincial police chief Aminullah Amerkhil said the overnight attack from three directions was the fiercest launched by the insurgents. The official said the insurgents had also suffered "numerous casualties", but he could not provide the exact figures. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, and the attackers' motives were not immediately known. Read More

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Rouhani Wins Iran's Presidential Election With 57 Pct Of Ballots

More than 40 million ballots were used in the 12th Presidential election. Millions of Iranians voted late into the night Friday. In big and small cities around the country, millions of Iranians are celebrating the results. Rouhani , 68, who took office promising to open Iran to the world and give its citizens more freedom at home, faced an unexpectedly strong challenge from Raisi, a protege of supreme leader Ali Khamenei. Read More

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Trump Pledges To Move Quickly To Name New FBI Director

Trump Pledges To Move Quickly To Name New FBI Director

Trump's comments appear to confirm multiple reports that his administration had been shocked at the widespread outrage over Comey's firing. But Sen. WASHINGTON ― Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Sunday that "our institutions are under assault internally" by President Donald Trump, who is "eroding" the American system of "checks and balances" on political power. Read More

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Montreal declares state of emergency over floods

Several streets and bridges in the Montreal region have been closed due to flooding. Toronto, Canada - Torrential rains lashed parts of central and eastern Canada on Friday, causing flooding, flight delays and traffic disruptions, and the prime minister said the federal government was ready to provide help if necessary. Read More

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Trump lands in Saudi Arabia

Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted". Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner called the president of Lockheed Martin, a major supplier of US military equipment, for a lower price for the radar system as part of the deal, according to The New York Times . Read More

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President Trump Denies Asking Comey To Scuttle Flynn Investigation

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. Sen. Jim Risch and Rep. Raul Labrador, both of Idaho, haven't said much about the reports of Trump pressuring Comey, but they have defended the president in general. Read More

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Chinese Investment in exchange of EB-5 Visas

The EB-5 program, known as the " golden visa " in China, gives people investing more than $500,000 in a project that creates jobs in the U.S. a path to a green card. as a poor refugee, working as a carpenter before building up a real estate empire. In late March, Kushner Companies ended talks with Anbang Insurance Group-which has ties to the Chinese government-to redevelop a NY office tower, after critics pointed out the potential conflicts on interest. Read More

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Trump seeks to win over Muslim leaders with Islam speech

Trump seeks to win over Muslim leaders with Islam speech

The deal's letter of intent will "support Saudi Arabia's defense needs" with naval ships, tanks and other vehicles that were part of agreements with former administrations. Trump was joined on the trip by the CEOs of several major USA companies, which announced their own agreements with the Saudis. Tremendous investments in the United States. Read More

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North Korea's Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West

North Korea's Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year's address in this January 1, 2015 photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. In another cyberattack suggesting possible Pyongyang involvement, a phishing attempt was made sometime before May 12 against a United Nations committee tasked with monitoring the implementation of sanctions against North Korea, a source confirmed Friday. Read More

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