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by | May 23, 2017 | 03:49

Trump's first overseas trip as president comes as the dynamics between the United States and the region's players are moving in unexpected directions. Iran denies this and says it has only offered political support to the rebels. But elsewhere, notably Iraq, U.S. forces are fighting on the same side as Shi'ites close to Iran.

by | May 23, 2017 | 02:19

The New York Times was the first to report on the committee's requests. The letter asks for "Any documents, records, electronically stored information including e-mail, communication, recordings, data and tangible things (including, but not limited to, graphs, charts, photographs, images and other documents) regardless of form...that reasonably could lead to the discovery of any facts within the investigation's publicly-announced parameters".

by | May 23, 2017 | 03:20

Emphasizing that he wants to clear the air, Trump stated, "I want to get to the bottom if Russian Federation or anybody is trying to tamper or play with our election". Trump, in his termination letter to Comey, said Comey told him on three different occasions that Trump wasn't under investigation. CNN cited an unnamed source as saying Mr Comey was "not anxious about any tapes" Mr Trump may have of their conversations.

by | May 23, 2017 | 02:22

The president departs Friday afternoon on a four-country, nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) fumed about Lieberman's efforts to undercut more generous Medicare benefits in Obamacare and his relative closeness to Trump.

by | May 23, 2017 | 02:27

More than 47,000 people have been arrested on suspicion of links to the Gulen movement in an unprecedented crackdown under a state of emergency imposed by Mr Erdogan following the coup. The two men killed were believed to be planning an attack, it said. The incident added to the already strained ties between the USA and Turkey - two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies who are at odds over a US policy to back Syrian Kurdish rebels fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.

by | May 23, 2017 | 02:55

His flight on Air Force One was believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel, nations that have limited diplomatic relations. Back in Israel, he'll briefly tour the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and deliver a speech at the Israel Museum - expected to be his longest public remarks during the visit - before departing for the Vatican.

by | May 23, 2017 | 02:54

Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel and the two states don't have diplomatic relations. "Hamas and all other Palestinian groups are resisting Israel in line with global law which allows any people whose lands have been occupied to fight the occupiers", he said.

by | May 23, 2017 | 03:23

Other development banks are getting involved. "The thrust of the Belt and Road Initiative was infrastructure, and infrastructure was an enabler, a way of getting maximum benefit from your economy". China is one of the countries Britain hopes to sign a free trade agreement with once it leaves the European Union, and London and Beijing have been keen to show that Britain's withdrawal from the bloc will not affect ties.

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:32

There have been scenes of jubilation in Nigeria after 82 of the so-called Chibok school girls kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram were reunited with their parents. " After the girls abduction, only God knows the effort we put in and the bushes that we entered in our search for the girls but we always returned empty handed ".

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:01

Thirteen services including travelling by road and by air in the economy class or to any airport covered under the government's regional connectivity scheme will attract a concessional 5 per cent goods and service tax (GST ) rate, while seven services including rail freight, business class air travel and construction services will be taxed at 12 per cent, as per the full GST schedule on services released by the federal indirect tax body the GST Council here late on Friday night.

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:51

President Trump insisted Monday that he never divulged Israel as the source of highly classified intelligence about a terror plot when he spoke to Russian diplomats this month, as USA and Israeli officials tried to tamp down the controversy that has dogged him at home.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:57

Mr Trump, wearing a black skullcap, became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall on Monday. It also comes as he contends with a raft of problems back home, including a special counsel investigating whether his associates colluded with Russian Federation.

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:32

Mr Corbyn, a veteran opponent of nuclear weapons and military action, will attempt to reassure voters sceptical about his anti-war record. A leak on Thursday of Labour's draft manifesto featured on many of Friday's newspaper front pages, with the Sun describing it as "Labour's day of disasters" after a vehicle carrying Corbyn ran over a BBC cameraman's foot.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:59

Mr Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Even Trump looked somewhat uncomfortable during the ordeal. He boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years." in March during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:48

Kim ordered the launch from an observation post and approved its deployment after analyzing the results with officials and finding them flawless, the state news agency said. It comes after the election of South Korea's new president 11 days ago and the United States mililtary's show of force in the region amid concerns over Kim Jong-un's nuclear programme.

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:23

The 35% support for Labour recorded by YouGov for the Sunday Times is the best rating for the party since March previous year before the divisive European Union referendum and the abortive challenge to Mr Corbyn's leadership. The news comes as Theresa May's Conservatives lost some of their substantial lead over the opposition Labour party, after both sides published their manifestos for the 8 June election .

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:49

Despite all the outrage, Corbyn did in fact condemn the IRA. Although Northern Ireland voted by 56% to 44% in favour of Remain in last June's referendum, the DUP campaigned for an exit. "Their complete failure unequivocally to condemn terrorism, and to attempt to contextualise it, are deeply worrying coming from two people who in just over two weeks seek to be entrusted with the security of the United Kingdom", said Mr Brokenshire.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:35

Trump followed in that vein, making several remarks throughout his speech that encouraged graduates to "relish the opportunity to be an outsider". Embrace that label. President Trump argued that the students' nontraditional postsecondary education, whether it was obtained through an online program or on a residential campus that strictly adheres to an evangelical code of conduct, was an asset unavailable to those at more traditional colleges.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:26

The U.S. has informed China of a plan in which it would promise not to undermine North Korea's Kim Jong Un and consider inviting the leader to meet with President Donald Trump if Pyongyang agrees to give up its nuclear and missile development, diplomatic insiders said.

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:10

Weiner weds Huma Abedin, a close aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In a case of adding insult to injury, she filed for divorce on the same day as her husband's guilty plea . A USA official with knowledge of the case tells The Associated Press the emails prompting the new Federal Bureau of Investigation review came from a separate sexting probe of Weiner .

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:08

But they don't have any history of collecting antiques and they don't have any history of collecting diamonds. The owners have been to quite a few auto boot sales over the years and this one-off windfall has become an wonderful find. Wyndham said she was astonished that given the weight, color, cut and clarity that an average person could own this kind of stone without knowing what it really was.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:37

Rouhani and voting for him is equal to supporting the mighty Iranian nation", Jahangiri said. Raisi's popularity has risen steadily in recent weeks and Qalibaf's move should give him a last-minute boost against Rouhani, who has eased Iran's worldwide isolation though failed to spur a sluggish economy.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:04

White House aides have moved to downplay expectations of significant progress on the peace process during the two-day visit. Indeed, the Air Force One flight itself was as symbolic as it was historic: It was the first known direct flight allowed between Saudi Arabia and Israel in modern history.

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:16

All the girls freed last year are to return to school later this year, officials said. Aremo said the 82 girls had earlier been reunited with 24 other schoolgirls with whom they had been abducted on the night of April 14, 2014 by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern Chibok town.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:48

China, putting itself forward as a global free trade champion in light of the U.S. shift, is pushing an agreement to encompass the vast majority of Asian economies, known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. "Singapore supports the joint efforts by the 11 to sustain the TPP", said Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang. It is important that we keep up (the) momentum.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:40

Five days in office and Emmanuel Macron has ruffled feathers as he seeks to restore the regal bearing enjoyed by French presidents of yesteryear. Macron also said that he had spoken with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika about regional security on Thursday by telephone.

by | May 23, 2017 | 01:24

Chairman Imran Khan said Monday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif disappointed the whole nation with his visit to Arab Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia. He said Pakistan has been rendering great sacrifices in war against terrorism and it has also suffered a loss of over 20 billion dollars in this fight.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:50

White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said that it will make up its mind about whether or not to stay in the Paris agreement before the G-7 meeting in Italy at the end of this month. should stay in the Paris Agreement , as it is clear that the American people and the world will accept nothing less than the United States delivering on its worldwide climate commitments in full".

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:13

British Columbia's election hangs in the balance with thousands of votes still to be counted, kicking off weeks of speculation and backroom negotiations with the newly influential Green party. The B.C. Liberals are the party that approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is set to start construction in the fall. Clark endorsed the project after the federal government's approval, but Horgan has promised to use "every tool in the toolbox" to stop it.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:59

Joe Lieberman , a career politician from CT and long-time Democrat, is USA president Donald Trump's top pick to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he indicated on Thursday. Along with former Republican Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Lieberman helps lead the political group No Labels, an organization aimed at promoting bipartisanism.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:14

Moon's predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and ousted as president, had agreed to the deployment of THAAD, saying that it was needed to protect South Korea against a growing ballistic-missile threat from North Korea. This could most easily be done with their common ground over THAAD, as China has complained that they don't like the idea of USA missile defense being deployed just off their coast.

by | May 22, 2017 | 23:14

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, is reported to be the likely next head of the powerful House Oversight Committee, according to Politico . Other Republicans have also faced heat from constituents, but Chaffetz's prominent role and frequent media appearances have made him a lightning rod for critics who say he has not pursued oversight of the Trump administration with the same fervor he did President Barack Obama's.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:03

The two countries are developing cooperation in the nuclear energy sector. A special session of the BSEC Council of Foreign Ministers was held in Istanbul yesterday. "BSEC planted seeds 25 years ago and now they have come to bloom". "[The BSEC] is ready to lead the way to turn our geostrategic region into an area of cooperation, stability and prosperity", he added.

by | May 22, 2017 | 23:22

State media paraphrased North Korea's leader as saying that "the most ideal weapon systems in the world will never become the eternal exclusive property of the US", warning that "the U.S. Experts have said the sanctions have been largely ineffective because North Korea still has trade and investment with China and Russian Federation.

by | May 23, 2017 | 00:23

The report indicates the White House recently fired off a letter challenging a recent inquiry the Office of Government Ethics made into the matter on the basis that they believe the ethics office is overreaching their authority. Marilyn L. Glynn , who served as general counsel and acting director of the agency during the George W. Bush administration, called the move by the Trump White House "unprecedented and extremely troubling".