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Back-channel communications are nothing new for White House

Back-channel communications are nothing new for White House

Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. "Fake news" was the straw that broke White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's back on Tuesday. Jared Kushner , Trump's son-in-law, could also be asked to testify. However, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn , who resigned after failing to properly disclose his own contacts with Russian officials, told the Senate Intelligence Committee he will begin turning over some documents subpoenaed by the panel, a government ... Read More

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Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 64, wounds scores

Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 64, wounds scores

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned "this inhuman and cowardly attack ..." No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing as of this writing, though the Taliban denied they were involved in the fatal attack. Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said that along with the Afghan guard who was killed , a German diplomat was lightly wounded while an Afghan employee sustained severe injuries. Read More

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Michael Dubke, Trump's communications director, quits

Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, told the Associated Press that Dubke handed in his resignation before Donald Trump left for his worldwide trip earlier this month. Before joining the White House in February, he had been a Republican strategist and founder of Crossroads Media. A senior administration official said Kushner was keeping his head down and focusing on work after the foreign trip. Read More

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Trump reviews option to move US embassy to Jerusalem

Trump reviews option to move US embassy to Jerusalem

During September's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , Trump stated that under his administration, the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and move the embassy. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Shifting the US Embassy would be widely seen as Washington's recognition of the Israeli position on Jerusalem's status, which successive US administrations have said must be decided in negotiations ... Read More

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Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defence system for first time

Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defence system for first time

North Korea continues to take steps towards the possibility of having long-range missile technology capable of reaching the United States territory, as well as the development of a nuclear warhead compact enough to fit in a missile. To shoot down an ICBM is a challenge because its speed is faster than the short-range missile. The target was a custom-made missile meant to simulate an ICBM, meaning it flew faster than missiles used in previous intercept tests, according to Christopher ... Read More

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Trump will announce decision on climate agreement Thursday

Trump will announce decision on climate agreement Thursday

The president tweeted Wednesday that he would make his decision soon. " Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today", Mattis said at the time. Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists advocacy group, said "I don't think any other countries will follow the US out of Paris, so if he does leave, Trump will be in splendid isolation with the leaders of Syria and Nicaragua". Read More

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European Commission leader blasts Trump on climate plans

European Commission leader blasts Trump on climate plans

Trump has not given any indication of which way he is leaning, saying he'd been "hearing from a lot of people, both ways". "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days", Trump tweeted . "This is about the US basically counting itself out of the new energy economy". Juncker went on to say that the Group of Seven leaders "tried to explain this in clear simple sentences to Mr. Read More

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Modi backs Merkel's EU leadership as Trump scolds Germany

Modi backs Merkel's EU leadership as Trump scolds Germany

The events of the past several months have served to bolster my original position and it is clear that Trump's entente with Putin has caused other nations to respond accordingly. "But anyone who puts on national blinkers and has no view of the world around him will ultimately get lost". "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", Trump said. Read More

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At least 90 killed after bomb rips through central Kabul

At least 90 killed after bomb rips through central Kabul

Embassies of Japan, Iran and India and other countries are located close to the blast site. In fact, Mrs. Swaraj tweeted early morning today, saying, 'By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast'. An earlier assessment given to CNN said seven USA citizens were injured. Operation Resolute Support, the NATO-led global mission to support Afghan forces, is focused this year on building Afghan forces' offensive capability on the battlefield, Salvin added. Read More

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At least 11 U.S. citizens injured in Kabul blast

The MEA said all staff members of the Embassy of India in Kabul are safe. "We don't know at this moment what was the target of the attack", said Danish. Two German embassy staff were injured in the attack, as well as one Afghan guard also situated at the embassy, according to The Local . There has been no claim of responsibility in Wednesday's attack, but it highlights the deteriorating security situation across Afghanistan. Read More

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Obamas buy house they were renting in tony DC neighborhood

Obamas buy house they were renting in tony DC neighborhood

After renting a Kalorama home for their post-White House stint, the couple have bought the eight-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bath home for $US8.1 million ($10.9 million), according to property records. The Obamas' have made a decision to stick around in Washington for at least the next couple of years, so thought buying a home was the best option. Read More

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UK PM May says prepared to leave European Union without a Brexit deal

There were 239,700 tweets sent about Mr Corbyn - compared with 107,800 for the Prime Minister - over the 90-minute period, during which the pair were questioned by a studio audience and Jeremy Paxman. Formal talks on Britain's withdrawal are due to start on June 19, just 11 days after the general election. She said the government had had to ensure Britain was "living within our means" given "the economic situation we had inherited". Read More

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Lewis Hamilton to meet with Mercedes team over auto problems

Lewis Hamilton to meet with Mercedes team over auto problems

Last year, Mercedes finished almost 300 points ahead of Red Bull in the constructors' championship, winning 19 of 21 races as Rosberg pipped Hamilton to the title before dramatically announcing his retirement from F1. Mercedes , winners of the last three drivers' and constructors' titles and 54 of 64 races before the Monaco weekend, have also won half of this season's races , but with both of their drivers tasting victory rather than just one. Read More

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Massive security across Kashmir valley as Hizbul militant Bhat is buried

The authorities on Sunday clamped curfew and imposed restrictions in the Kashmir Valley to maintain law and order and prevent violence, an official said. All business establishments including shops, restaurants and petrol pumps remained closed across the Valley. Kashmir remains under curfew and restrictions with protests erupting in some places on Sunday, a day after a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander's killing sparked an uproar during which a civilian was killed by forces and almost five ... Read More

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Former Police Officer Cleared on Shooting Unarmed Man in Tulsa

Former Police Officer Cleared on Shooting Unarmed Man in Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Officer Betty Shelby , 42, charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher , is shown in this Tulsa County Jail booking photo in Tulsa, Oklahoma , U.S., September 23, 2016. In closing arguments, defense attorney Shannon McMurray called on jurors to acquit Shelby, saying police have to make split-second decisions in tense situations. Read More

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'Revealing necklines': University in hot water over graduation dress code

'Revealing necklines': University in hot water over graduation dress code

A university in Belgium is under fire after female graduates were sent a message asking them to wear low-cut tops to their graduation ceremony. " Of course, ladies, this advice is not obligatory ", the email continued. One wrote: "Is this a joke? They are graduates of medicine and we're asking them to show their chest?" another wrote. Marco Schetgen, the dean, admitted that the advice had been sent officially. Read More

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Jury Selection Begins In Yanez Trial

The incident was one of several similar shootings last summer: On July 5, Alton Sterling was shot and killed outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge by police responding to a report of a man with a gun. Prosecutors don't dispute that marijuana was found in Castile's vehicle, but they argued his girlfriend bought it earlier in the day and that they didn't smoke it in the auto. Read More

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Auto bomb blast in Kabul kills at least 80, injures 350

Auto bomb blast in Kabul kills at least 80, injures 350

His statement added that the Taliban condemn "every explosion and attack carried out against civilians, or in which civilians are harmed". A powerful vehicle bomb has hit the diplomatic area of the Kabul . "We wish those injured a quick recovery". The latest attack highlights the deteriorating security situation across Afghanistan . Mostly all casualties were civilians. Read More

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Pentagon: Missile defense test was a success

Pentagon: Missile defense test was a success

In a sign of growing USA anxiety over North Korea's weapons development, the Pentagon said Tuesday it had shot down a mock warhead over the Pacific. The presence of US bombers "provides assurances to our allies and strengthens security and stability", said US Lt. Col. Lori Hodge. The test was planned in response to what are regarded as provocations by North Korea, which, as of last week, has carried out three missile tests in three weeks. Read More

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Scotland 'must have a choice' on independence, says Sturgeon

Scotland 'must have a choice' on independence, says Sturgeon

Likewise, the i newspaper focuses on the so-called "triple lock" for a new independence vote and says the SNP leader would take a win for her party in Scotland as a mandate for another referendum. His comments follow an interview with the BBC, in which Ms Sturgeon said Mr Corbyn was not "credible as an alternative prime minister". 'If you don't think Jeremy Corbyn is fit to be Prime Minister, if you don't think he's up to negotiating Brexit, if you oppose a second referendum - vote ... Read More

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Man United fears missing out on teen talent after Brexit

Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez has turned down the chance of playing for Serie A side Inter Milan next season, as he has his heart set on a move to Manchester United . Having come agonisingly close to adding the Spanish global to their ranks in 2015, Real seemed to have moved on last summer when manager Zinedine Zidane placed his trust in Keylor Navas , a move that seemed to have been vindicated by the subsequent La Liga (and possible Champions League ) title victory. Read More

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UK election goes from dull to dramatic as contest tightens

While polls suggest that Corbyn is unlikely to appeal to a wide enough swath of the British electorate to win a majority of seats for Labour , his popularity with meme-creating younger voters - energized by a more progressive platform than the centrists who led the party before him - could yet deny May the majority she expected at the campaign's outset. Read More

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Trump accuses media of fabricating news

Dubke said in a statement "It has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration". The President has publicly come out in support of Mr Kushner , saying: "I have total confidence in him". it is very possible that those sources don't exist". Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told ABC News on Sunday it was "normal" and "acceptable" to establish back channels with foreign powers. Read More

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Blast in Kabul diplomatic kills at least 9

Blast in Kabul diplomatic kills at least 9

The ministry said at this stage there was nothing to suggest any New Zealanders have been caught up in the incident. Taliban has denied responsibility for the blast . A lot of the casualties appeared to be from the Roshan telecommunications company, she said. It was one of the worst attacks Kabul has seen since the drawdown of foreign forces at the end of 2014. Read More

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Senate Intelligence Committee Using Subpoenas To Pursue Russia Probe

Tuesday's letter narrowed the scope of the documents the panel is seeking. "If there ever was any effort by Russians to influence me, I was unaware, and they would have failed". Trump later fired Flynn for reportedly lying about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak . A source on the committee confirmed former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has submitted documents it requested of any interactions with the Russians. Read More

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Warm and humid, spotty storms possible Wednesday

Warm and humid, spotty storms possible Wednesday

Skies are partly cloudy tonight , temperatures drop into the low 60s, and there is a chance for a quick shower. Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Currently, for Monday and Tuesday , it looks like skies will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 80s/ low 90s and winds from the southeast at 5-10 miles per hour. Read More

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