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Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?'

The Trump administration cited Comey's handling of the FBI's investigation into former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's emails as the reason for his termination. In fact, Sergei Lavrov said Russian Federation got the idea from conversations with Mr Trump and Mr Tillerson and fleshed it out in the Astana Agreement. [Full Article...]

Syrian Kurdish official praises US decision to provide arms

Since then, Turkey is believed to have positioned more than 5,000 troops in northern Syria, and has escalated its airstrikes and cross border artillery attacks against the Kurdish forces. The BBC's Mark Lowen in Istanbul says the U.S. decision is a huge slap in the face of its ally, which has consistently said arming the Kurds would be its "red line". [Full Article...]

N. Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism

Both PUST and the U.S. State Department said that they are aware Kim has been arrested. Speaking to the Daily Mail , he said: "Of course I am anxious". The singling out of northern Australia came two days after North Korean news agency KCNA attacked Ms Bishop for supporting the United States policy that "all options are on the table" to stop North Korea's nuclear program. [Full Article...]

Jamie Carragher hits out at Mourinho's biggest embarrassment at Manchester United

Jamie Carragher hits out at Mourinho's biggest embarrassment at Manchester United Jose Mourinho says it was "common sense" for Manchester United to focus on the Europa League after their " impossible " injury crisis and schedule. I can not demand more from players who don't play one minute of football in the past seven weeks. [Full Article...]

Liberals expected to win again; Greens to capture three seats

Early results have the NDP leading in the riding, taking 44 per cent of the vote to the Liberals' 39 per cent. With ballots still being counted, Warrington was hopeful the Greens could play kingmaker in a minority government, which he said would be a "wonderful scenario for us". [Full Article...]

Trump urged to rescind invitation to Duterte

The thousands of people that have died in the new "war on drugs " waged by Mr. Duterte, leave a lot of questions unopened on the "very friendly" conversation that Mr. Nevertheless, with this utterly unwarranted invite, Trump is sending an unequivocal message to longtime strongmen, aspiring autocrats and the broader global community: The U.S. [Full Article...]

Public visit scratched for Michigan Supreme Court justice

The administration's list was developed with heavy input from conservative think tanks the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, who also helped the president put together his list of 21 potential Supreme Court picks to fill the void left by the death of Scalia previous year. [Full Article...]

Climate Envoys Meet in Bonn, But All Eyes on Washington

Speaking as the future of the landmark Paris climate accord hangs in the balance, he acknowledged differences with his successor Donald Trump but said the private sector also had a role to play. During his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump pledged to withdraw from the agreement completely. China is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases from burning coal, oil and gas with about 25 percen... [Full Article...]

China says it has successfully tested new type of missile

It didn't reveal the type of missile or provide other details. It was unclear from the announcement when the missile test took place, but Beijing waited until the end of South Korea's presidential election to make the launch public, Yonhap reported. [Full Article...]

Hamas New Leader Ismail Haniyeh, A Man Of Colourful Background

Haniya takes charge of Hamas as it seeks to ease its worldwide isolation while simultaneously marginalising hardliners within the movement.  The document refers to "Palestine , which extends from the River Jordan in the east to the Mediterranean in the west" and incorporates the entirety of what is now Israel into "Palestine." The new charter is consistent with past calls by Hamas leadersh... [Full Article...]

Theresa May 'taking nothing for granted' despite local elections triumph

But he told ITV1's Good Morning Britain the results were not "the wipeout that people expected" and insisted it is still "all to play for" in the General Election in just five weeks' time. The results sparked a furious reaction from the party's former donor Arron Banks, who said Ukip was "finished as an electoral force" under its current leadership. [Full Article...]

Jon Stewart addresses #FireColbert controversy: "I don't feel comfortable".

Jon Stewart addresses #FireColbert controversy: In the sketch, Colbert was joined by fellow correspondents Samantha Bee , Ed Helms, Rob Corddry , and Steve Carell (played by John Oliver , because Carell was unavailable) - who were all fighting over who got Colbert's offices once he left. [Full Article...]

India moves ICJ on Kulbhushan Jadhav, gets stay on death sentence

Earlier, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif described India's petition to the court as an attempt to divert attention from state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan. He said India had made 16 requests for consular access to Jadhav but there was no response from Pakistan. Dawn online did not report about the Indian claim on the stay order. [Full Article...]

Timeline: Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls, 3 years later

Shettima said 56 of the girls, who escaped from abduction are in their final year in two global private schools. "We are not just talking. we are still actively working towards peace", Mustapha said. Buhari missed the last three meetings of the Nigerian Cabinet leading to calls urging him to return to London for medical treatment. Writing in the New York Times, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani said: "Th... [Full Article...]

New Chinese missile can attack aircraft carriers, THAAD

A brief statement on the ministry's website said the test took place recently in the Bohai Gulf and "achieved the intended result". While no other country has claims in the busy Bohai Sea, the drills come amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, including Chinese anger at the deployment of the US anti-missile defence system Thaad in South Korea last month. [Full Article...]

Erdogan urges United States to 'immediately' reverse decision on arming Syrian Kurds

Erdogan also called on the United States to stand alongside a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally - Turkey - and reverse its decision on arming Syrian Kurds before his upcoming visit to Washington. "The supply of arms to the YPG is unacceptable", Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli told A Haber television. "We want to know that our allies will stand not with a terrorist organization, but ... [Full Article...]

Russian government releases photos of Oval Office meeting

Russian government releases photos of Oval Office meeting Speaking at a news conference in the Russian embassy in Washington, Lavrov said that his talks with US officials had not covered the USA sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict. Lavrov called it a USA decision, echoing Putin, who said Russian Federation had nothing to do with Comey's dismissal. When Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked how the firing m... [Full Article...]

Haniya, from soccer player in Gazan refugee camp to Hamas chief

Gaza-based Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was elected chairman of the Hamas Politburo, outgoing Politburo Chairman Khaled Meshaal said on Saturday. Haniyeh takes charge of Hamas as it seeks to ease its worldwide isolation, while not marginalizing hardliners within the movement. [Full Article...]

Senate panel subpoenas Flynn for Russia-related documents

The Flynn subpoena also comes one day before the committee is scheduled to hold an annual hearing with the heads of the various government intelligence agencies to discuss worldwide threats. Was he still fulfilling his normal national security adviser duties? In several responses, Spicer painted Yates, also fired by Trump, as an enemy of the president who was made deputy attorney general by Barack... [Full Article...]

Syrian 'de-escalation' zones must not mean forcible return of refugees

Syrian 'de-escalation' zones must not mean forcible return of refugees The largest covers northern Idlib province, the opposition-held enclave near the Turkish border, and parts of neighboring Aleppo, Hama and Latakia provinces where fighting has been fierce. In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement that Dunford and Gerasimov "talked about the recent Astana agreement and affirmed their commitment to de-conflicting operations in Syria". [Full Article...]


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