• GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry
GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry

Mike Rogers as the only name still under official consideration with partisan political experience. Cornyn was interviewed for the post after President Donald Trump fired James Comey . Cornyn's decision came on a day when the White House found itself embroiled in yet another controversy, this one centered on whether Trump had improperly shared i...

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  • Laptop cabin ban off the table - for now
Laptop cabin ban off the table - for now

The US has been considering increasing the number of airports affected by the ban to possibly include some in Europe, prompting the European Union to hold a meeting of aviation security officials last week. official said. The European Union has demanded urgent talks with the United States over a possible extension to some European countries of ...

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  • PH to benefit from belt & road
PH to benefit from belt & road

The fund for the project comes from China Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of China, which have collectively provided $200 billion in loans throughout Asia, the Middle East and even Africa already. He also pledged $8bn in aid to developing countries and global organization along the belt and road for education and humanitarian work. "We ar...

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  • ASSAD FORCES TARGETED: US-Led Coalition Strikes Hit Southern Syria
ASSAD FORCES TARGETED: US-Led Coalition Strikes Hit Southern Syria

The airstrikes took place Thursday and hit a tank and possibly other targets in southern Syria that appeared to be an advancing Shia militant group that the coalition deemed a threat to its allies on the ground, according to the defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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  • French government resigns in post-election formality
French government resigns in post-election formality

But Sunday's election, in which Macron won over 66 percent of the vote, was not a death knell for populism. The 39-year old former investment banker, who has never held elected office, became the youngest President and occupant of the Élysee Palace.

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  • Israel releases record of Trump-Netanyahu meeting
Israel releases record of Trump-Netanyahu meeting

The administration says he will prioritize peace talks between Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "I am looking at two states or one state, and I like the one that both parties like", Trump said, adding that "the two states looks like it could be the easier of the two".

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  • Cornyn says he will stay in Senate, won't be FBI director
Cornyn says he will stay in Senate, won't be FBI director

At this point, it's far from a sure-thing strategy - while there is no shortage of Republicans who have expressed problems with how and when James Comey was sacked from the FBI's top spot, there has been no rush to embrace Democratic calls for a special counsel.

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  • Trump campaign had 18 undisclosed Russian Federation contacts
Trump campaign had 18 undisclosed Russian Federation contacts

But the seemingly innocuous nature of the conversations only makes the Trump team's repeated denials of contact with Russians seem more suspicious. Besides the six phone calls involving Flynn, the 12 other contacts were calls, emails and text messages between Trump campaign advisers and Russian officials, or people believed to be close to Russian...

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  • Kevin Pillar sorry for homophobic slur
Kevin Pillar sorry for homophobic slur

Tempers flared and bullpens cleared, but no punches were thrown. When asked Thursday whether Pillar was being investigated for use of an anti-gay slur, Manfred said: "We were made aware of an allegation along the lines of what you've described, and we're in the process of trying to gather the facts as a prelude to determine whether and what dis...

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  • Mexico's president calls for more protection of journalists
Mexico's president calls for more protection of journalists

Despite some judicial efforts, "a lack of political will to end impunity exposes Mexico as one of the most unsafe countries in the world for journalists". "Everybody always deferred to his knowledge", Hootson said. "Neither journalists nor citizens want special security, the demand is one: put an end to impunity, and police, ministerial and judicia...

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  • Senate Intelligence Committee invites James Comey to testify
Senate Intelligence Committee invites James Comey to testify

Ryan said Wednesday the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will take the lead scrutinizing reports that Trump pressed FBI Director James Comey to shut down the bureau's investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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  • Global oil rises on US inventory draw
Global oil rises on US inventory draw

Having seen a almost two-week short-covering rally bring prices in WTI and Brent crude oil back about 50% of their last sell-off, it's now up to OPEC and non-OPEC members to agree to a further extension of the deal to cut production at the cartel's May 25 meeting to bring in new buyers to sustain the rally.

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  • Pence releases financial info, Trump plans to
Pence releases financial info, Trump plans to

Green laid out the case for impeachment earlier this week, pointing to Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey , his subsequent warning that " James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations", and his acknowledgement that he had the Russian Federation investigation on his mind when making the firing decision.

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  • House GOP leader suggested Putin was paying Trump
House GOP leader suggested Putin was paying Trump

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) looks on during a news briefing at the headquarters of Republican National Committee May 17, 2017 in Washington , DC. Clearly Paul Ryan and numerous other GOP leaders were, at the very least, made aware of the possible connection between Putin and Trump , and went out of their way to hide such allegations from the pu...

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  • What we know about the Russia-Trump investigation
What we know about the Russia-Trump investigation

While that alone raised many, many eyebrows, the allegation that Trump pressured Comey to ease up on Flynn is, as the New York Times described it, "the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I.

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  • Darren Lehmann says Ashes strike won't happen
Darren Lehmann says Ashes strike won't happen

Cricket Australia now says the model, which has long allocated players about a quarter of total revenues, is obsolete. When May fought the board for the first revenue-share deal, Australia's non-internationals struggled to play full-time on meagre contracts.

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  • Trump to reach out to major faiths during trip
Trump to reach out to major faiths during trip

Stephen Miller , a policy adviser with a history of anti-Islamic sentiments, will pen the message Trump plans to deliver to representatives of more than 50 Muslim countries, according to CNN . After Jerusalem, Mr Trump will head to the Vatican. "He looks forward to celebrating the rich contributions of Catholics to America and to the world, and ...

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  • Iran's top leader urges high turnout in presidential vote
Iran's top leader urges high turnout in presidential vote

Reformists and moderates tend to fare better when more voters make it to the polls, and a head-to-head runoff against Raisi is something he will want to avoid. During his campaign Rouhani has spoken of a full lifting of sanctions, even those unrelated to the nuclear accord. A more recent poll, reported this week by the semiofficial Fars News Agency...

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  • Opposing Brexit and scrapping diesel cars lead Liberal Democrat manifesto
Opposing Brexit and scrapping diesel cars lead Liberal Democrat manifesto

Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin said: "This manifesto makes one thing abundantly clear: a vote for the Lib Dems is a vote to put Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street". Coming a day after the Labour manifesto, which contained few specific policies relating to waste and recycling (see letsrecycle.com story) the Lib Dems' 2017 ma...

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  • Special counsel abruptly named to probe Trump-Russia ties
Special counsel abruptly named to probe Trump-Russia ties

Mueller is supposed to carry on the investigation that former FBI director James Comey told Congress about before he was sacked by President Trump. Rep. A discordant note was sounded by Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, who praised Mueller's credentials but said: "I don't think...

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  • FBI boss: Trump asked me to end Russia inquiry
FBI boss: Trump asked me to end Russia inquiry

McMaster said that Trump did not know the source of the information when he shared it with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak on May 10. He said he made a decision to do so for "humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS [the militant Islamic State group or IS] and te...

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  • Presidency Confirms Release of Another Chibok Girl
Presidency Confirms Release of Another Chibok Girl

In October previous year, some 21 girls were also released under a similar arrangement. Meanwhile, theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor has disclosed that the Boko Haram terrorists have converted internally Displaced Persons camps as recruitment ground for young boys and girls.

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  • China's Xi outlines plans for cooperation in trade initiative
China's Xi outlines plans for cooperation in trade initiative

On the eve of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) forum, India issued a statement saying it can not "accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity". The government claims the project infringes on India's sovereignty as part of the project passes through the disputed Kashmir region and Pakistan. On Monday, globa...

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  • China evokes Panchsheel to address India's concerns over CPEC
China evokes Panchsheel to address India's concerns over CPEC

Zhanwu reiterated in a tweet that a bilateral dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad should be the way forward in resolving the Kashmir issue. He also said, "Early harvest energy projects under CPEC will have a discernible impact on the economy".

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  • 'It's Falling Out Of The Trees,' Former Prosecutor Says Of Obstruction Evidence
'It's Falling Out Of The Trees,' Former Prosecutor Says Of Obstruction Evidence

Asked whether, if proved accurate, the memo's account of Trump's actions would warrant impeachment, Representative Justin Amash of MI told The Hill "yes" before adding, "But everybody gets a fair trial in this country". Above all, they are demanding a special prosecutor to lead the investigation of Russia's meddling in last year's presidential el...

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  • White House: Trump staffer's Western Wall comment does not reflect administration policy
White House: Trump staffer's Western Wall comment does not reflect administration policy

Even the announcement that Trump would be visiting other countries on his foreign tour caused problems: White House social media director Dan Scavino posted on his Facebook page that Trump would also be visiting "Palestine", which the United States does not recognize as a country.

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  • China's Xi decries protectionism, touts Silk Road
China's Xi decries protectionism, touts Silk Road

On Saturday, a day before China's major Belt and Road Forum, India issued its strongest statement till date on the plan, not only voicing concerns on CPEC but also hitting out at the wider principles underpinning OBOR, saying that "Connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognized global norms, good governance, rule of law, openness,...

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  • US admiral: North Korea's action 'recipe for disaster'
US admiral: North Korea's action 'recipe for disaster'

It is because North Korea , according to them, now already possesses nuclear weapons that are able to directly strike not only American military bases in the Pacific but also the continental United States as well. U.S. President Donald Trump told South Korea's presidential envoy that Washington was willing to resolve the North Korean nucle...

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  • While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky
While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky

It described the president's request the Comey end an investigation into former national security director Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation and Turkey. Never, ever, give up. "Things will work out just fine". The nonchalance coming from those Republicans and others is notable at a moment when the White House appears immersed in the m...

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  • Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts
Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

North Korea detained an American professor over the weekend on charges of committing "hostile acts" against the regime, state-run media reported Sunday. Kim became a naturalized USA citizen in 2008. Kim Sang Dok, the former accounting instructor at the Pyongyang university, was arrested at the Pyongyang International Airport, the Korean Centr...

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  • Maine Coon cat in Australia may be world's longest
Maine Coon cat in Australia may be world's longest

Despite Omar's ridiculous size, he really likes to hide in small places like kitchen cupboards. Omar's owner Stephy Hirst set up an Instagram account for her very long cat a mere two weeks ago. If Hirst's claims that Omar is over 120, that would quite easily make him the World's Longest Cat . "Hirst and her partner Rowan Lawrence got...

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  • EU Parliament Calls for Sanctions Against Hungary Over Harsh Refugee Laws, NGOs
EU Parliament Calls for Sanctions Against Hungary Over Harsh Refugee Laws, NGOs

The EPP has been divided over how to deal with Hungary, ruled by one of the group's member parties, Fidesz, which is led by prime minister Vitkor Orban. The European Commission also said the same day it will move forward on an infringement procedure against Hungary concerning its asylum legislation.

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  • Dwayne Johnson says Zac Efron has soft lips
Dwayne Johnson says Zac Efron has soft lips

Everything was going fine and calm but suddenly Andy asked this awkward question to Priyanka, "Who has a bigger dick - Rock or Zac? ". The Central Intelligence star then clarified that Efron does in fact have "soft lips". That's quite a leap, and, if Bundy's real-life ex-attorney is right about the casting, it could really define Efron's car...

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  • Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0
Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0

We know they're a little undermanned but they still play extremely hard, so we knew we couldn't come out here and relax and think they were just going to give us the game. Key reserve and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala's status was unclear after he missed Game 2 with soreness in his left knee. "It's tough, but it's a long series", guard Pat...

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  • James, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1
James, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1

LeBron and the Cavs may not admit it publicly, but if the Warriors can sweep San Antonio, you can bet a dollar to a doughnut that Cleveland will want to take out Boston in four or five games. "We needed it", Olynyk said. "When LeBron's playing at that level other guys just have to be solid and we have a good chance to win". It is going to be very...

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