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Tillerson: State Department funding 'simply not sustainable'

Tillerson wrote that the USA was concerned as well about the council membership of countries accused of human rights violations, such as China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. For the US administration, nervous about whether the Turkish-backed force is large enough and sufficiently trained, the decision sets Trump's wish for quick battlefield victories against the need to maintain its strategic alliance with Turkey. Read More

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Vlhova denies Shiffrin slalom victory at Aspen

Vlhova denies Shiffrin slalom victory at Aspen

Mikaela Shiffrin didn't even need to step into the starting gate at World Cup Finals to wrap up her first overall title. Returning to the podium was Frida Hansdotter in third place, 0.35 seconds away from the win. She finishes the year with 840 points, while second place Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia had 565 points. Germany's Laura Dahlmeier secured the biathlon World Cup pursuit title after finishing ninth in Oslo. Read More

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Aso: No G20 member was against free trade

Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, downplayed differences over the language. In a meeting that some said was at times 19 against one, the U.S. G20 finance ministers and central bankers take a group photo at the 2017 meeting in Baden Baden , Germany. But the new U.S president, who has promised to put "America First", has made no secret of his disdain for multilateral trade deals that he says have treated America unfairly. Read More

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Tillerson Says State Department Spending 'Unsustainable'

The current budget of the State Department exceeds $50 billion, but if the new budget is approved, it will be cut to $37.6 billion, of which $12 billion for operations in war-torn regions. "Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended", said Tillerson in a later press availability following in Seoul with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. Read More

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G20 Finance Ministers Agree on Trade Provisions in Draft Communique

Trade and currencies have been the two main themes of the G-20 finance chiefs' meeting , the first since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January. Countries like France, Italy, China and Brazil argued - against United States resistance - for keeping a reference to "rules-based" trade in the final communique, while Germany pushed for a compromise solution referring only to "fairness". Read More

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Angela Merkel looks bemused by Donald Trump's wiretapping joke

Angela Merkel looks bemused by Donald Trump's wiretapping joke

He said Germany must stump up more money to the USA in order to cover the cost of the defence it provides. Trump repeated his criticism of countries in the alliance that don't meet the goal during the press conference. Haass said the nature of the two leaders' relationship is complicated by the different political roles they play. Clara Jeffery, the editor in chief of Mother Jones, said they were getting "far better reviews than the United States press corps", while Philip Ricker, the ... Read More

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Punjab Assembly Polls: Kejriwal alleges of scam in 'rigged' EVM's

Mayawati has said that the BSP will file a petition in the court on this issue blaming that the EVMs were tampered with to transfer the BSP votes to BJP. Harsimrat advised Kejriwal to go for "vipassana" instead of casting aspersions on the reliability of EVMs. Aam Aadmi Party's Dakha MLA Harvinder Singh Phoolka has been chosen as the leader of the opposition while Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira will be the party's chief whip in the 15th Vidhan Sabha in Punjab, reports Hindustan Times (HT). Read More

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Trump repeats charge that Obama ordered wiretaps against him

Trump repeats charge that Obama ordered wiretaps against him

U.S. President Donald Trump says he will produce evidence "very soon" that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower headquarters in NY in the weeks before last November's election. When the issue was raised during Trump's joint conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President said: "We said nothing". Trump's Friday morning tweets didn't spark any similar controversy. Read More

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Media protests after Tillerson takes only one reporter to Japan

Media protests after Tillerson takes only one reporter to Japan

Agency for International Development. Asked why Tillerson is breaking with tradition as he traveled to Japan, South Korea and China from March 15-19, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "This is a chance, or an opportunity at the beginning of a new administration, to look at outside-the-box - if I could say that - approaches to how we cover or how we handle coverage of the secretary". Read More

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White House: No Apology to British Government over Spying Claims

White House: No Apology to British Government over Spying Claims

The spying claims were made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who cited a Fox News commentator. "We've received assurances that these allegations won't be repeated", May's spokesman said . "Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary", the anchor Shepard Smith said on air. "Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way - full stop". Read More

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Trump stands by wiretapping claim during Merkel visit

But Trump also said he did not endorse a Fox News claim that Britain's GCHQ spy agency did the wiretapping for Obama - an allegation repeated by Trump's spokesman Thursday, sparking a sharp rebuke from London. May's office declined to comment on whether Trump's aides had apologized, and the White House official didn't characterize the conversation. As with birtherism, it's Trump against nearly everybody, a vantage point that allows him to constantly be the embattled, populist ... Read More

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Top NSA official ridicules allegation Britain spied on Trump

But in an awkward moment on live television while meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel - whose cell phone was once tapped by the National Security Agency - Trump quipped that he and the German leader had something in common. Ben Rhodes, Obama's formerdeputy national security adviser, also denied Trump's claims. Trump also showed no sign of regret that his press secretary had sparked a controversy, though the President is increasingly isolated over his claims, made without any evidence , ... Read More

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US Justice Department report doesn't confirm Donald Trump's wiretap claim: Media report

The White House has expressed no "regret" in citing an uncorroborated news report that alleged a British intelligence agency, on behalf of the then US President Barack Obama, spied on Donald Trump when he was the presidential candidate. "This is a threat to our democracy", he said. Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano on Tuesday accused the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) - the British equivalent of the NSA - of having helped Obama to spy on Trump . Read More

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Korea blasts United States bombing drills in S. Korea

Korea blasts United States bombing drills in S. Korea

North Korea has already warned of "merciless attacks" if the USS Carl Vinson , a United States aircraft carrier now in South Korean waters, infringes on its "sovereignty and dignity even a bit". The US Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden is reportedly set to join training drills that simulate incapacitating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Read More

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Turkish minister heads to France amid overseas campaigning row

Turkish minister heads to France amid overseas campaigning row

However, Mr Rutte's handling of the Turkish rallies may benefit his centre-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), which governs in coalition with the Labour Party. "Many Europeans here unfortunately think that Erdogan is invincible, but he is stoppable", Hisyar Ozsoy, a Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) member of Turkey's parliament, said after meeting with German lawmakers. Read More

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Trump offers no apology for claim on British spying

Trump's advisers insist the president's word does carry weight and point to efforts early in his administration to make good on signature campaign promises, including building a wall along the southern border that Mexico will pay for. The White House assured United Kingdom officials that it won't continue to repeat allegations that former President Barack Obama had enlisted British intelligence to spy on his successor, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday. Read More

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KV Thomas may replace Digvijaya as Congress Karnataka in-charge

KV Thomas may replace Digvijaya as Congress Karnataka in-charge

Not only that, the party failed to form governments in Goa and Manipur despite emerging as the single largest party in both states. My complaint against Rahul Gandhi is that he is not acting decisively. "I would like to say that the BJP won the election in UP and I would like to congratulate them". To bring changes in the party, Rahul needs to be present and work continuously with his colleagues, instead of taking regular "breaks". Read More

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Wouldn't be here right now if not for Twitter: US President Trump

An ever-defiant President Donald Trump on Friday doubled down on his claim that Barack Obama's administration tapped his phones, telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel the duo might both be victims of Obama-led spying. Even now, as bipartisan agreement has emerged that no such thing happened, Trump has dug in, leaving Trump aides and allies fumbling for excuses and explanations - like that spying microwaves are apparently a thing, according to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway . Read More

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