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Author: 0 Sean Spicer protects Flynn, smears Yates at White House briefing

January 30th: Yates calls McGhan to let him know he could review the underlying evidence against Flynn. We learned, for instance, that she knew early on that now-fired National Security Advisor Mike Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Author: 0 Grand Rapids police memorial to be dedicated this week

Park Police and representatives from the Metropolitan Police in London. In Indiana, one officer was killed in the line of duty and two firefighters died while serving their communities. "I appreciate that I live in a community where [police officers'] intentions appear to be good", he said. Woodmont Baptist Church will be hosting a Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m.

Author: 0 PR verdict on Team Trump in Comey exit: 'Inexplicable,' 'crazy'

Tuesday evening, Sen. Michael Bennet of Denver spoke of timing and the investigation into Russia's role in last year's election. But the move meant that the Democrats were forced to listen in person to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reject their key demand for a special investigator.

Global Media Former Acting US AG Yates Testifies on Michael Flynn Saga
Author: 0 Former Acting US AG Yates Testifies on Michael Flynn Saga

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.

Author: 0 Climate envoys meet in Bonn, but all eyes on Washington

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.

Author: 0 Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russian Federation

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.

Author: 0 The future of FBI's Russia probe after Comey firing

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.

Author: 0 Clark to stay BC premier while votes counted

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.

Global Media Wall falls onto guests taking shelter in India, killing 24
Author: 0 Wall falls onto guests taking shelter in India, killing 24

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.

Author: 0 Does Turkey Think Trump's Resolve in Syria is Weakening?

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.

Global Media Trump Defends Decision to Fire Comey in Wednesday Morning Tweetstorm
Author: 0 Trump Defends Decision to Fire Comey in Wednesday Morning Tweetstorm

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.

Author: 0 White House Unveils Timeline of Trump Decision to Fire Comey

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.

Author: 0 Trump Urges Russia to Restrain Assad Regime , Iran

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.

Global Media Juan Mata says Manchester United can achieve he 'impossible'
Author: 0 Juan Mata says Manchester United can achieve he 'impossible'

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.

Author: 0 White House: North Korea's detention of US citizen 'concerning'

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.

Author: 0 Syrian Kurds welcome US arms, Turkey objects

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 .

Author: 0 Despite Human Rights Record, Trump Invites Philippines' President To The White House

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.

Author: 0 Niece of France's Le Pen held as rising star quits politics

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.

Author: 0 Voters in Canada's British Columbia head to polls in dead-heat race

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 ...

Author: 0 Trump picks Minnesota justice for federal court

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.

Author: 0 China says it has successfully tested new type of missile

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.

Author: 0 White House delays decision on Paris climate deal

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.

Author: 0 Netanyahu attacks United States media as 'fake news'

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 .

Author: 0 International Court of Justice stays Jadhav's death sentence

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.

Author: 0 Projection: PM would win Commons majority of 48

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.

Global Media Colbert has good week in ratings despite controversy
Author: 0 Colbert has good week in ratings despite controversy

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 ".

Author: 0 Nigeria identifies 82 freed Chibok girls; parents await word

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.

Global Media Trump Meets Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov After Firing FBI Director
Author: 0 Trump Meets Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov After Firing FBI Director

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.

Author: 0 Kurdish fighters welcome United States aid

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.

Author: 0 China says it tested new missile in northeastern sea

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.

Author: 0 Hamas elects Haniyeh as political head

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 ...

Global Media Russia: Syrian Safe Zones Plan Comes Into Effect
Author: 0 Russia: Syrian Safe Zones Plan Comes Into Effect

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.

Author: 0 DANA MILBANK: Answers from Sally Yates, more questions for White House

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.

Author: 0 Nets Hype Testimony of Sally Yates

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.

Global Media China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier
Author: 0 China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier

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.

Author: 0 WH highlights Clapper's lack of evidence on Trump-Russia collusion

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 .

Author: 0 Xi congratulates new South Korea president Moon Jae

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.

Author: 0 Korea's new president announces key Cabinet picks

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".

Global Media Philippines' Duterte Says Chat With Xi Was at Trump's Request
Author: 0 Philippines' Duterte Says Chat With Xi Was at Trump's Request

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.

Author: 0 United Kingdom election: Sturgeon plays down Tory threat in Scotland

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 ".

Author: 0 US Republican Senator Graham Plans to Probe Trump-Russia Business Connections

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".

Author: 0 Parents of freed Nigeria schoolgirls still wait to see them

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, ...

Author: 0 Trump begins effort to pack courts with conservatives

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.

Global Media New Hamas chief vows support for Palestinian prisoners
Author: 0 New Hamas chief vows support for Palestinian prisoners

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.

Global Media German Polls: Merkel Party Leads in Local Vote
Author: 0 German Polls: Merkel Party Leads in Local Vote

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.

Author: 0 Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?'

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.

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