Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Wednesday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of rare Oval Office talks with Donald Trump, whose firing of his Federal Bureau of Investigation chief again put the spotlight on Moscow's alleged meddling in last year's US election.
Flynn's forced February resignation followed media reports that he had discussed US-imposed sanctions on Russian Federation with Ambassador Kislyak, which was contrary to the public representations of the Trump White House . The Intelligence Committee probe is one of several investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.
It is being reported that Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he refused to pledge his loyalty to Trump and he accelerated the Russian Federation investigation. Lavrov told reporters that his talks Wednesday morning with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson focused on matters of mutual concern including "deescalation zones" in Syria.
But an ongoing argument over the fate of the 2015 Paris climate accord has spilled into unusually public view as top advisers to the President near a decision on withdrawing from the landmark pact. But those views have been tempered by Trump's daughter, Ivanka, who has insisted aides provide her father with the full picture of what a withdrawal could mean for USA, according to the people familiar with the talks.
There were no major revelations during over three hours of testimony. Monday's hearing was also a master class by Democrats in the use of innuendo and suspicion to maximize the political damage to the administration. "Yes, it is and it's also quite sensitive", he said. Hackers broke into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign, which USA officials and cybersecurity experts have publicly tied to Russian intelligence services.
The White House spokeswoman said the "final catalyst" was Tuesday's letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommending Mr Comey be fired . The White House said the search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director would begin immediately. Part of the problem, it seems, is with the way Trump dismissed Comey - namely, out of the blue and without so much as an opportunity to save face.
Students in the Central Okanagan elected NDP candidate Shelley Cook to be MLA in Kelowna West, knocking Premier Christy Clark out of her seat in a mock election held Tuesday by students in the region. But Clark had a different interpretation, saying she reads the results as a plea to the major parties to work together more effectively. In September a year ago, the Greens banned corporate and union donations.
He said the wall was almost 90ft (27m) long and 12-13ft in height and the collapse trapped many guests. Bharatpur is almost 125 miles south of New Delhi. The PM also announced Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured. The Press Trust of India news agency said there were food stalls set up along the wall for the wedding.
Over on The Daily Show , Trevor Noah said he was simply shocked and confused by the removal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director some credit with helping Trump win the election thanks to Comey's late-in-the-game announcement that he was looking into another batch of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's emails.
But Turkey views Syria's Kurdish People's Protection group, known as YPG, as a terrorist organization and an extension of the Kurdish militants who have been waging a three-decade-long insurgency against Turkey. Erdogan said Washington's support for Kurdish YPG fighters damaged "the spirit of solidarity" with Turkey, but that he believed a new page would be turned in ties under Trump, whom he will meet in mid-May for the first time he became president.
The revelations raise new questions about what prompted Trump's decision to fire Comey. Mr Rosenstein, in a memo written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging Mr Comey's dismissal, referenced actions made by the former director in July of a year ago when he held a press conference to announce that his bureau would not recommend prosecution of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while heading up the State Department.
While the YPG is a U.S. ally in Syria, Ankara perceives it as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist group in both Turkey and the US. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called the decision unacceptable, and said the USA could still reverse course, according to Hurriyet Daily News .
While as a candidate Trump indicated he would seek warmer relations with Russia, tensions have mounted amid growing evidence of Russian interference in elections in the USA and Europe and Moscow's support for Bashar al-Assad's government in Syria.
But the opponent was hard, the match was hard, the stadium was hard, so I can not be happier with the players and their work. Ashley Young will miss the fixture and has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, after he was replaced 11 minutes into the first leg.
But while we can rightfully take a moment to celebrate the triumph over far-right politics in yet another advanced nation (looking at you, United States of America!), the fact that Le Pen grew to the prominence that she did, and that so many French citizens voted for her, means that we are far from celebrating the end of far-right, extremist, and racist politics.
US and Philippine officials said Trump's calls and invitations to several Asian allies including Duterte were aimed at discussing the escalating nuclear crisis in North Korea. In April, a Filipino lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court accusing Duterte and 11 other officials of mass murder and crimes against humanity.
Once again addressing North Korea's rising nuclear program, Rice said in a Tuesday interview on Morning Joe that the Trump administration is "doing as well as anybody could" to handle the issue. Sky News asked the ambassador whether he was concerned about the prospect of USA military action, which President Donald Trump's administration has said is one of the options now being considered.
The Liberals lost seats in Metro Vancouver and several cabinet ministers were defeated. "There's no declaring a win, but man, we have a lot to celebrate", Leonard said at a post-election party at The Avalanche. "It's not worth it to change government", he said after casting his vote for the Liberals in North Vancouver-Lonsdale. Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as ...
A brief statement on the ministry's website said the test took place recently in the Bohai Gulf and "achieved the intended result". North Korea recently tested other missiles, but those failed, while the USA on May 3 conducted its second missile test in seven days from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
In a prosaic repetition of history, Hamas - the 30-year-old, Gaza-based Islamic resistance movement - chose to amend its charter , releasing a political document of principles that basically severs ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and accepts a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, without recognizing Israel .
Trump counts the confirmation of appellate court judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court as one of the biggest victories of his early presidency. President Donald Trump said Monday he's nominating her for the 6th Circuit appeals court in Cincinnati.
Trump's top spokesman had said that the administration would reach a decision on the climate pact before Trump makes his first overseas trip. Scientists overwhelmingly agree that human activity is the main cause of the rise in global temperatures.
Jadhav's childhood friends have said they now hope to see their friend back in the city soon. India told ICJ it didn't have the jurisdiction to hear the case, an argument accepted by the court. India's repeated demands for consular access to Jadhav has been refused by Pakistan. YBR: For all intents and purposes, the secrecy around Jadhav's whereabouts will likely be dispelled through a judgment of the ICJ in India's favour.
The Conservatives won the West of England metro-mayor contest and gained control of five councils on an encouraging night for the Prime Minister. Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said her party had achieved "a clear and emphatic victory". She warned voters that 27 European Union member states were lining up against Britain to win a deal that "works for them". "But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment", he said in a statement.
Bush administration", Bee told him. I'm being 100% dead serious right now. Perhaps to see what Colbert might say about the fallout from the joke, ratings for "The Late Show" went up again last week . Stewart, who left "The Daily Show " in 2015, said he misses that platform. "I've been reading about you , I've been seeing about you in the news - you have a potty mouth ".
Nigeria's presidency released the names of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists which parents anxiously scoured to see if their daughters were released three years after their capture. "Some are afraid of what to expect, the unknown". The Nigerian government say 82 girls were released over the weekend after talks with the extremist group.
Trump and Lavrov met in private, though both sides cast the session as a sign of ties having improved since the USA leader's assessment of them last month as at an "all-time low". The Russian embassy in Washington tweeted a picture from the Lavrov meeting of Trump shaking hands with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, a man at the center of the controversy on Russian contacts with associates of Trump.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu , who is on a visit to Montenegro, said in a televised news conference that every weapon supplied to the Kurdish militia constituted a threat to Turkey. With airstrikes and special forces from the USA -led coalition, the SDF are advancing on Raqqa, Islamic State's base of operations in Syria, to ultimately take the city.
South Korea's election of a new president favouring a more conciliatory approach toward North Korea could add volatility to relations with Washington, given his questioning of deployment of a USA anti-missile system there, but is not expected to significantly change the alliance, a US official said on Tuesday.
Hamas seized control of the Palestinian coastal enclave in 2007 after beating its main rival, Fatah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, in parliamentary elections a year earlier. The document stressed that it would not recognize Israel but lacked the movement's longstanding call for violence against Israel. "We see Hamas continuing to invest all of its resources not just in preparing for war with Israel, but also in educating the children of Gaza to want to destroy ...
For example, in the de-escalation deal, it wasn't clear how the special zones will be enforced. It does not specify that the safe zones take effect immediately, but gives the three guarantor countries two weeks to form working groups to delineate them and then until June 4 to come up with their definitive boundaries.
The Senate Intelligence committee issued a subpoena to former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for the release of documents tied to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, according to CNN . Trump has been ambivalent on the issue. When pressed, Trump's top spokesman conjured only this in the way of evidence: He said it was "widely rumored" that Yates was a proponent of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, and expected to have a major role in a Clinton administration.
The Philippines , which is now chair of ASEAN , has dialed back its once strong stance over China's assertive behavior and island-building. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (C) poses with ASEAN foreign ministers before a working lunch at the State Department in Washington , U.S., May 4, 2017.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the daily briefing on Monday: "It's true that President Obama made it known that he wasn't exactly a fan of General Flynn's". Yates did not say specifically that her concerns about Flynn's behavior was related to these calls, but she appeared to be implying that was the case.
The carrier, the first to be developed and built by China, was transferred from dry dock at a China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation shipyard in a ceremony that began around 9am. It will be more like a United States aircraft carrier rather than a Russian one. China's other aircraft carrier, the Liaoning , conducted live-fire drills for the first time in November of a year ago.
Trump then turned his attention to Yates, who was unable to answer some of the committee's questions on Monday since they pertained to classified information: "Sally Yates made the fake media extremely unhappy today -- she said nothing but old news", Trump said .
In his first speech as president, Moon Jae-in said he is willing to visit Pyongyang under the right conditions and ease potential rifts with China and the US. Mr Moon, 64, said: "I will urgently try to solve the security crisis". Moon will be expected to deal with escalating tensions with neighbouring North Korea , after US President Donald Trump threatened to take unilateral action against the country for recent ballistic missile and nuclear tests.
This in turn could set off alarms in a more conservative Washington. President Moon Jae-in holds his first press briefing after inauguration at the Blue House on Wednesday. "I will be a president to all people", he said in his speech, promising to "serve even those who did not support me" and remain "at eye-level with the people".
But Trump blindsided his own national security advisers and the State Department by issuing Duterte an invitation to the White House. After all that drama, however, Duterte says he is busy. The two leaders also discussed tensions in North Korea, with Mr Xi reiterating China's call for restraint and dialogue. After winning the election in the Philippines previous year, Duterte reportedly visited a village in Manila where he instructed people to kill drug addicts.
Meanwhile, Labour, who once dominated local government in Scotland were even further behind. "Labour will run a positive campaign that rejects the divisiveness of the Tories and their plans for a hard Brexit, and the divisiveness of the SNP's plans for a second independence referendum ".
Republican Sen. John Cornyn said her actions with regard to the executive order were "enormously disappointing" and accused her of undermining the powers of the President because she disagreed with Trump's order "as a policy matter". Likewise, a White House official drew attention to Clapper's comments and added: "Remember, the bottom line w/ the Russian Federation stuff is the question of collusion during the campaign".
Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group three years ago, a Nigerian government official said Sunday. Nigeria Crisis Response staff Roxane Hill reported that "we don't know when and if the girls will be allowed to return to Chibok". "As a negotiator, we are aware that there information on Boko Haram that he must find sensitive and not divulge but why will he release such a sensitive information, ...
Hamas ignored the dismissal and a Haniyeh-led Hamas government remained in place in Gaza , while Abbas appointed a rival administration in autonomous West Bank enclaves under his control. Shortly after the document's release , Meshaal gave an interview to CNN from Doha, Qatar in which the exiled Palestinian leader issued a "plea" to US President Donald Trump to reject the "wrong approaches of the past" concerning Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
This month, in fact, two separate federal courts of appeal will hear challenges to President Trump's revised Muslim travel ban - challenges that nearly certainly will arrive before the Justices. Among other things, Schiff successfully argued Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before the U.S. Supreme Court. Those of us who doubted Trump would take judicial nominations seriously may have some crow to eat.
The White House says Trump emphasized his desire for better relations with Russian Federation. It is the highest level in-person interaction with Russian Federation since Trump became president. Even on Wednesday, the White House is spinning those qualities as "decisive leadership" on Comey. Lavrov's meeting with the president was scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
The Social Democrats won 26 percent, down from 30.4 per cent. Although receiving just 3.5 percent of the vote, former junior coalition partners the SSW - a party representing the interests of Danish and Frisian minorities in the state - will keep some seats, as it is not subject to the same hurdle as other parties.
McConnell was followed by Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles SchumerHere's the incorruptible, independent Federal Bureau of Investigation director the nation needs Rand Paul: Dems "should be thanking" Trump for firing Comey Trump lashes out on Twitter after firing Comey MORE (D-N.Y.), who sharply criticized the firing and renewed his call for McConnell to agree to a special investigator to look into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties between Moscow and ...
Saudi Arabia will be the first country President Donald Trump visits since his inauguration, the White House announced Thursday. "As we look at the violence around the world - and believe me, its violent; I get to see it perhaps better than anybody - we realise how truly blessed we are to live in a nation that honours the freedom of worship", Trump said .
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday as Democrats intensified accusations that the ouster was meant to undermine an agency probe into his presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election.
The U.S. said it would provide arms to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to help them drive Islamic State militants from the extremists' de facto capital, Raqqa. Mattis, speaking before the announcement to reporters in Denmark and after talks with coalition members, sounded upbeat about working through tensions with Ankara .