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by | May 12, 2017 | 17:04

The SNP had been hoping to topple Labour from the Glasgow stronghold where it has held power for more than three decades. Nicola Sturgeon has played down the threat from the Conservatives in Scotland after Theresa May's party achieved their best local election results in the country in generations to push Labour into third place.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:20

Flynn's forced February resignation followed media reports that he had discussed USA -imposed sanctions on Russian Federation with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period, which was contrary to the public representations of the Trump White House.

by | May 12, 2017 | 17:51

The assessment comes amid a mushrooming crisis for the Trump team as questions swirl over why the president fired his FBI director, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian election meddling and possible connections between Trump campaign associates and Russia previous year.

by | May 12, 2017 | 17:54

On Saturday, Hamas confirmed it had elected Ismail Haniyeh, a former Gaza prime minister, to replace Qatar-based Khaled Mashaal as head of the group's political bureau, the top job. Those comments came as President Donald Trump met Wednesday with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. The balance of power within Hamas, which Israel, the United States, and much of the West define as a terrorist organization, has been shifting to Gaza , experts say.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:58

Asked if the test's location in the Bohai Sea, close to the tensed Korean Peninsula, could show that the test was specifically aimed at Seoul's THAAD deployment, Song said that this was unlikely as Bohai is China's usual weapons testing ground.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:09

The European Council meeting involving the 27 members of the EU other than Britain is the first official Brexit summit since Mrs May triggered Article 50 a month ago. "Before discussing the future, we have to sort out our past", Tusk said in comments echoed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who said "substantive issues" must first be settled.

by | May 12, 2017 | 17:50

Senior police officer Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that 30-40 people were injured. Television footage from the scene showed severe damage to several vehicles and motorcycles. Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri told Reuters minutes after the blast that he believed he was the target and he had sustained minor injuries. The bombing took place near a local mosque shortly after Friday prayers.The explosion occurred right as Haidari's convoy was exiting the mosque.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:06

Trump after she refused to defend an executive order that barred travel from several Muslim majority countries - told the committee that she had warned the White House that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have been compromised by Russian Federation.

by | May 12, 2017 | 17:25

Russian President Vladimir Putin , center, takes part in a gala match of the Night Hockey League teams in the Bolshoy Ice Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia , Wednesday, May 10, 2017. and beyond. Russian President Vladimir Putin is speaking out about President Donald Trump's surprise decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:49

Erdogan said he would take up the issue during a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on May 16. Wladimir van Wilgenburg, a researcher on Kurdish affairs who is now writing a book on Syrian Kurds, told The World Weekly the U.S. The joint Arab-Kurdish forces have received significant support from the US-led coalition in the form of air strikes and special forces advisers. "The American decision is incompatible with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance between Turkey and ...

by | May 12, 2017 | 17:26

Efforts to blame the whole thing on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ceased after Rosenstein reportedly threatened to resign. Well-sourced reports in The Washington Post , The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets agreed on a very different explanation: Trump had grown increasingly angry at the doggedness with which Comey's FBI was investigating how and why Russian Federation meddled in the election.

by | May 12, 2017 | 17:34

South Korea's new president launched worldwide efforts to defuse tensions over North Korea's weapons development yesterday, urging both dialogue and sanctions while also aiming to ease Chinese anger about an American anti-missile system. Tensions in Korean Peninsula escalated in recent months after Pyongyang conducted a number of nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches. "How to respond to North Korea.is an urgent issue".

by | May 12, 2017 | 17:27

Coetzee attended the draw in Kyoto , Japan along with representatives from the other 11 qualified teams and said afterwards he was satisfied with the pool allocation. New Zealander Gatland is now away from Wales duty as he prepares the British and Irish Lions side to face the All Blacks this summer. "You've just got to deal with each game as it comes and that is the key to tournament play", he said from Japan .

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:52

In a statement issued Friday, Russia's Ministry of Defense said a Su-30 jet had "executed a "greeting" maneuver" toward the American pilots. The US reconnaissance plane soared over the Black Sea on May 9 in a shock move to snoop on Russian Federation.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:33

Moon responded that he's aware of China's concerns and asked Xi to help resolve the difficulties facing South Korean businesses in China, it said. While Moon may try to soothe Chinese anger over the missile-defense system, many observers say it appears too late to call for its withdrawal, which would greatly undermine South Korea's relationship with Washington.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:49

This leaves an interesting challenge ahead, whether the "old guard" coalition of a Labour/SNP administration will prevail, or whether the Conservatives can come to a working agreement with the two Indy councillors. She said: "Across Scotland, it's a two-horse race". She said: "The issue at the heart of this election, not just in Perth and Perthshire but across Scotland, is a very straightforward one".

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:54

American press members were shut out of the meeting from which the only images released were by Russia's news agency, TASS. After pictures of a smiling Trump, Kislyak, and Lavrov hit the internet, a White House official said, "they tricked us".

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:52

In his weekly address, the president went on to say that "in just 14 weeks, my administration has brought profound change to Washington, the most fundamental change can be found in the relationship between the people and their government". But Trump's supporters blamed any shortcomings on obstruction from Democrats. The president also said he'll attend next year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.

by | May 12, 2017 | 17:05

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have questioned the timing of President Donald Trump's decision to remove Comey, which the White House said was due to the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief's conduct during the probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information previous year.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:58

But he did not say that he also works for Tass , a Russian state-run news agency. There had been no plans to immediately broadcast images from the meeting. On Tuesday night, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump based his decision on Rosenstein's recommendation. He quotes an anonymous official as saying, "They tricked us".

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:23

Many said Francis embodied the motto of his trip, plastered on signs across the city: "The pope of peace in Egypt of peace". His comments came during the now-customary news conference the pontiff conducts at the end of his global trips, in this case a two-day visit to Cairo, Egypt.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:26

Flynn, who resigned in February as Ptesident Donald Trump's former national security adviser, is under investigation for his financial connection to Russian Federation and Turkey. "The decision that we made was the right one", Spicer said, according to ABC News. "Yates stressed that one of the reasons why the DOJ chose to notify McGahn was because the Russians were aware of Flynn's conduct, including that Flynn had misled Pence and that she had not accused Pence of 'knowingly providing false ...

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:19

The draft says that Labour would renew the Trident nuclear submarine system, which Mr Corbyn has opposed, but that any Labour prime minister would be "extremely cautious" about deploying it. Former prime minister Gordon Brown has urged voters to back Labour candidates who will hold the Government to account. The leaking of the manifesto had shattered the carefully-constructed plans for launching the party's keystone policies and set the ball rolling on a surreal day that saw Mr Corbyn's auto ...

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:34

He also sought an expanded investigation into the alleged Russian meddling in the USA election, just days before he was sacked. Kislyak has figured prominently in a series of damaging stories for the administration. Lavrov at turns characterized such allegations as "noise" and a "humiliation" for the American people. "They tricked us", an angry White House official said.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:13

Ms Shorten's three-tiered gold choker was seen around her neck at the beginning of her husband's speech in Canberra, but went missing by the end of the Opposition Leader's fiery remarks. 'Where you've got a situation where there is pressure on the economy and pressure on the budget I think it's only fair those with the greatest capacity pay a little more'.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:15

In 2014, Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimea region and backed separatists fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine, drawing condemnation in Europe and the US. Officials said that Vladimir Putin had requested the meeting, a quid-pro-quo for his recent face-to-face with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow.

by | May 12, 2017 | 15:08

LDS boys aged 14 to 18 will be encouraged to participate in the church's young men program, which is meant to provide spiritual, social and physical activities for teenagers. More than 280,000 of them are 13 and under and will remain associated with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Those changes, while at odds with church teachings, did not directly lead to the decision to end the program for the older boys, a spokesman said, but they did inform it.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:43

CIA" and South Korea's National Intelligence Service "targeting the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership", North Korea's Ministry of State Security said in an English-language statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

by | May 12, 2017 | 15:33

The draft election manifesto says that if elected Labour will re-nationalize Britain's railways and post office, abolish university tuition fees, ban "zero hours" employment contracts, build more social housing and reverse cuts to welfare benefits.

by | May 12, 2017 | 16:20

Moon, who took office on Wednesday, favours engagement with the North - whose key diplomatic backer is China - to bring it to the negotiating table over its nuclear and missile ambitions. North Korea is approaching the capability to threaten America with a nuclear-tipped missile. "If needed I will fly to Washington immediately", Moon said in an inauguration speech after taking the oath of office in front of lawmakers at Seoul's National Assembly building.

by | May 12, 2017 | 15:15

When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told the president, "you will have that", said the associates, who told the newspaper they agreed to keep the story confidential while Comey was Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

by | May 12, 2017 | 15:40

The Conservative lead was the biggest on record for any British election survey conducted by ICM, the polling firm said. "[In] the last couple of years, we saw that opinion polls got it wrong in the 2015 election, they got it wrong at the referendum and, of course, Jeremy Corbyn has pointed out he had a 200-1 chance for the Labour leadership".

by | May 12, 2017 | 15:29

At least 28 heads of state and government, over 50 leaders of global organizations, over 100 ministerial-level officials and over 1,200 delegates from various countries and regions will participate in the forum. It also generated some controversy among Beijing-based diplomats who said they didn't have enough time to vet the document, underscoring the initiative's potential to cause conflict.

by | May 12, 2017 | 15:01

Her sister, Djamila, was among the 130 killed in the November 13, 2015, Paris attacks, according to the party. The party asked them to sign up on its website with a resume and letter explaining their motivation to join the National Assembly.

by | May 12, 2017 | 14:56

A number of Western countries classify Hamas as a terrorist organization because it has not recognized Israel's right to exist or accepted peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. It stresses however that its struggle is not against Jews due to their religion but against Israel as an occupier. "Rebranding" in particular needs to show Hamas as an Islamic national liberation movement, not a branch of the fundamentalist organization "Muslim brotherhood".