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US' Mattis says coalition will encircle IS fighters, before starting military campaign US' Mattis says coalition will encircle IS fighters, before starting military campaign
- May 20, 2017

Soon after taking office in January, Trump ordered a review of the effort against ISIS. "The foreign fighters are the strategic threat should they return home to Tunis, to Kuala Lumpur, to Paris, to Detroit, wherever". However, the Iraqi forces have gotten much better and far more competent, the chairman said. He'll meet there again with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited the White House Tuesday. (more...)
For Kushner family, controversial visa program is big business For Kushner family, controversial visa program is big business
- May 19, 2017

Revelations that the sister of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, promoted a program offering a path to USA citizenship to Chinese backers in a Kushner family project bring new scrutiny to a foreign investor visa program . (more...)
Trump says Russia probe will reveal no collusion with his campaign
- May 19, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Justice Department and FBI seeking the memo by former FBI Director James Comey describing his February meeting with President Trump in which Trump reportedly asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russian Federation. (more...)
Chibok schoolgirls: 'One refused to be released' Chibok schoolgirls: 'One refused to be released'
- May 19, 2017

The abduction sparked global outrage and a Bring Back Our Girls campaign supported by then-U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and list of celebrities, but there was no sign of the girls for two years until one was found in a forest last May. Although the Chibok girls are the most high-profile case, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of adults and children, many of whose cases have been neglected. (more...)
US Senate panel still negotiating with Flynn over documents -congressional aides US Senate panel still negotiating with Flynn over documents -congressional aides
- May 19, 2017

A senior administration official said: "While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. One more Flynn tidbit has dropped (so far). He was a frequent presence on the campaign trail and famously led the Republican National Convention in chants of "Lock her up!" in reference to Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (more...)
White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers
- May 18, 2017

Bainbridge Public Safety says it should be more than just a holiday to support and honor officers past and present. We found out last summer, when a lot of officers were being killed (around the nation), our Pierre community really rallied around us. (more...)
New round of Syria peace talks restart in Geneva New round of Syria peace talks restart in Geneva
- May 18, 2017

Briefing journalists last week in Geneva, UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura stressed the "rather business-like, rather short" nature of the upcoming talks, expected to last just four days in order to "hit the iron while it's hot". The opposition has blasted these agreements as forced displacement, but the opposition said it was committed to seeing the negotiations through. GENEVA (AP ) - The Syrian opposition will seek an extension of the current round of United Nations -hosted peace ... (more...)
Irish leader Enda Kenny stepping down as head of his party
- May 18, 2017

He said it had been a "huge honor and privilege.to lead our party for the past 15 years, in opposition and into government on two successive occasions". Kenny had agreed to hand over power but repeatedly delayed, asking colleagues for time to visit the United States for St. Patrick's Day celebrations and to meet President Donald Trump in March, then attending a key European Union summit in April to talk about Britain's exit. (more...)
Erdogan meets Trump: 3 key issues topping the agenda
- May 17, 2017

During the election campaign, Mr Trump's pick for national security adviser, Lt Gen Michael Flynn, was a man paid to push the Turkish government's agenda in Washington. Erdogan looks the other way while the US arms YPG in Syria and in return the USA allows Turkey to strike PKK bases or headquarters in Kurdish sections of Iraq. (more...)
Lalu Prasad puts on a courageous face after IT raids Lalu Prasad puts on a courageous face after IT raids
- May 17, 2017

Reacting to the raids on Chidambaram and his son, the Congress said: "The truth is that revenge has become a DNA of the BJP". Congress leader P.C. Mishra said the IT raids are nothing new against opposition leaders. The leader who himself is allegedly found to have been talking to dreaded criminal languishing in jail, said "the country is not safe in BJP hands as it is hell-bent on dividing society and create hatred among different communities to continue in power at all cost". (more...)
Melissa McCarthy's "Spicey" returns to "SNL"
- May 17, 2017

Another reporter chimes in, "I'd also like to ask that question". "I believe that's a Naval exercise, he's trying to blend in with his surroundings", Bryant said. That wasn't the only sketch for Baldwin's Trump. Melissa and Joan (the chosen audience member who actually turned out to be the mother of one of SNL's head writers) first met Alec Baldwin dressed in his Donald Trump attire, before being greeted by girl band Haim - all of whom were preparing to perform in that episode. (more...)
Texas congressman calls for impeachment of President Trump Texas congressman calls for impeachment of President Trump
- May 16, 2017

In order to face impeachment, the President needs to be accused of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours". President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has led to renewed calls by Democrats for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's influence on the presidential election and ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. (more...)
Josh Earnest: I'm 'Sympathetic' to Sean Spicer Josh Earnest: I'm 'Sympathetic' to Sean Spicer
- May 15, 2017

On May 10, 2017 Trump met with two high level Russian officials at the White House , and barred the US media from attending the meeting. Trump should run his White House exclusively via outbound media ( tweets , press releases, readouts, YouTube videos, etc.) and the occasional interview with big-name TV interviewers who are careful not to embarrass him too much. (more...)
Trump says he will make 'fast decision' on Comey replacement
- May 15, 2017

Schiff on Sunday said Trump "needs to come clean" about whether his claim was "yet another fabrication" or whether he did indeed record his conversations with Comey. He's viewed even senior advisers suspiciously, including Bannon and Priebus, when stories about internal White House drama land in the press. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., if it is "accurate that the rank-and-file no longer supported Director Comey?" U.S. (more...)
Palestinians hope for settlement curb if peace talks resume
- May 15, 2017

Sunday's statement from Netanyahu's office came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump is still assessing the impact of the potential move. USA presidents of both parties have repeatedly waived a US law requiring the embassy be moved to Jerusalem . Palestinians argue moving the embassy would prejudge one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict, undermining America's status as an effective mediator. (more...)
Melissa McCarthy confronts, makes out with Trump on SNL
- May 15, 2017

The depiction referenced a Washington Post article detailing Mr Spicer's awkward retreat into the shrubbery to avoid the media following the unceremonious dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday. The show's season finale is May 20. A distraught Spicer was not sure if he could do the job anymore, afraid of being replaced by Sanders. " Sean Spicer Returns " What started like most other Spicer sketches transformed into an auteur's vision of the Spicer-Trump ... (more...)
UK Labour leader accuses Theresa May of 'pandering' to Trump
- May 15, 2017

Corbyn opposed military action in Iraq and Afghanistan among other recent conflict and will use his speech to brand the so-called War on Terror a failure. Several Polish left-wing parties and groups, including the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) party and the Polish Socialist Party, have signed the statement, coming out strongly in support of a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn. (more...)
Oval Office meeting with Russian officials raises eyebrows
- May 14, 2017

Scherbak said his post - addressed to USA media - was prompted by "this hysteria around my photo shoot at the White House". Trump said he wasn't concerned about potential bad optics of meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak a day after firing Comey. (more...)
Trump Vows Peace Push After Meeting Abbas - But Scant Details
- May 14, 2017

Other actions include a Palestinian end to anti-Israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting. Speaking after the US President finished his statement, Abbas thanked Trump for his invitation and looked forward with working with the White House . (more...)
Trump won't say whether Spicer still has a job
- May 14, 2017

In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations. As has happened on previous occasions since Trump took office, different versions rapidly circulated of an event, in this case phone conversations between Comey and Trump and a dinner the pair had at the White House. (more...)
N Korea ready for dialog with United States under right conditions: Senior diplomat N Korea ready for dialog with United States under right conditions: Senior diplomat
- May 14, 2017

Choe did not specify what conditions would be needed for a dialogue with the Trump administration. A South Korean delegation to the two-day Belt and Road Forum in Beijing that starts Sunday could meet with representatives from North Korea . (more...)
North Korea open to US talks under 'conditions' North Korea open to US talks under 'conditions'
- May 14, 2017

Whether the delegates from the two Koreas will meet at the forum remains to be seen, but it would still mark a rare occasion for such an opportunity as the communist North has always been shunned from such forums amid worldwide sanctions over its military provocations, including a series of nuclear tests. (more...)
'Dream President' Trump to Give Liberty Commencement Speech
- May 14, 2017

The president also offered a robust defense of public faith in American life, saying graduates shouldn't let other people tell them what do believe, "especially when you know that you're right". President Donald Trump has urged graduates of a Christian university to follow their convictions but to also be willing to stand up to criticism from others who do not have the courage to do what is right. (more...)
United Kingdom election: Sturgeon plays down Tory threat in Scotland
- May 13, 2017

Ms Davidson also went on to criticise Labour , who slumped to become the third largest party in Scotland's councils, adding: "As for Labour, they were left to count the cost of decades of complacency, arrogance and a failure to respond to the concerns of ordinary families". (more...)
Trump threatens Comey: 'Better hope' there are no tapes of our conversations
- May 13, 2017

Trump says Comey had told him three times he was not under investigation in the Russian Federation probe. The tweets follow a report in the New York Times that Trump had asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president. He meanwhile pledged not to discuss the Russian Federation investigation with the White House, saying it had adequate resources to proceed. "I don't see it as a conflict of interest", Sanders said. (more...)
President Trump Says Michael Flynn Is 'a Very Good Person' President Trump Says Michael Flynn Is 'a Very Good Person'
- May 13, 2017

On January 26, Sally Yates, then acting attorney general, met with White House Counsel Donald McGahn to warn him that Flynn could be compromised by the Russians. But here, too, Yates' correctness is borne by the president's actions. "I don't know", Clapper responded. At the Senate hearing, Yates declined to say how she knew Flynn had lied, citing secrecy concerns. (more...)
All black everything for Celtics before Game 6 at Wizards All black everything for Celtics before Game 6 at Wizards
- May 13, 2017

Thomas' heave at the buzzer clanked off the rim. "Honestly, I did", he said. Boston didn't make a lot of shots, but made a lot of timely ones, and hustled like heck to keep the Wizards from breaking into transition. "Not too many guys can do that", Brooks said of Wall's confidence to take the big shot despite his struggles shooting. It's definitely not a Game 7 . (more...)
US sees Iran working to preserve nuclear deal US sees Iran working to preserve nuclear deal
- May 13, 2017

They included Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA director Mike Pompeo and acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, newly installed after Trump fired the agency's chief James Comey this week. troops in Afghanistan in an effort to stabilize the fight against the Taliban and terror groups there. If left unchecked, Stewart added, the "stalemate" will deteriorate in the Taliban's favor, risking "all the gains" from USA -backed efforts there. (more...)
Trump's trade nominee gets broad Senate support Trump's trade nominee gets broad Senate support
- May 12, 2017

US President Donald Trump's nominee for US Trade Representative - a key position in renegotiations of the NAFTA - has passed a key hurdle in the US Senate. "If you look at the trade deficit as an indicator - not the only indicator but an indicator - China is a good part of our problem", Lighthizer said during the hearing in mid-March. (more...)
United States has been on 'wrong side' of NAFTA for 'many, many' years United States has been on 'wrong side' of NAFTA for 'many, many' years
- May 12, 2017

While campaigning for president, Trump slammed NAFTA as a "disaster" and the "worst trade deal in history". There's little doubt that thousands of onetime laborers and factory workers took to heart Trump's promise to repeal or at least renegotiate the trade pact with more favorable terms for America, and those votes may have made the difference in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. (more...)
Rooney previews United v Celta Vigo Rooney previews United v Celta Vigo
- May 11, 2017

The 31-year-old England striker has been consistently linked with calling time on illustrious Old Trafford career at the end of the season. Rooney has made just 22 United starts across the competitions and continuing questions over his viability at the top level have fuelled talk that his future lies away from Old Trafford. (more...)
Le Pen puts major stake on parliamentary elections
- May 11, 2017

Marechal-Le Pen, whom some in the party hope will eventually take over from her aunt, and who always gets loud applause at party rallies, is more conservative on social and economic issues. What's more, Ms. Le Pen's party only has two MPs in the National Assembly (out of 577). He said: "This will create a huge disappointment". In a head-to-head with centrist Emmanuel Macron, Le Pen garnered just under 34 percent of the vote, a smaller percentage than many expected in the wake of a leak of ... (more...)
Syrian Kurds welcome U.S. arms, Turkey objects
- May 11, 2017

In an article for Foreign Policy, James Jeffrey, a former USA ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, said Erdogan and the Turkish military view the YPG as "a geographical extension of its parent organization, the Turkish-Kurdish insurgent PKK", which is seen as a threat to the territorial integrity of the Turkish state. (more...)
North Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism
- May 11, 2017

The arrest put the number of Americans held in North Korea at four, as Washington and Pyongyang remain at loggerheads over the North's nuclear and missile ambitions. Along with Kim Hak-Song and Tony Kim, two other US citizens are now detained in North Korea: Kim Dong-Chul, who was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor, and Otto Warmbier, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. (more...)
Australian health care system better than US Australian health care system better than US
- May 11, 2017

U.S. senator Bernie Sanders has reacted with glee after hearing President Donald Trump praise Australia's universal health care system . 'Thank you Mr Trump for admitting that universal health care is the better way to go, ' Mr Sanders later tweeted . (more...)
New Zealand holds interest rate steady at record low New Zealand holds interest rate steady at record low
- May 11, 2017

McDermott said the main three worldwide risks were the outlook for USA fiscal policy, European growth and China demand. "Longer-term inflation expectations remain well-anchored at around 2 per cent". It was the first time since 2011 the bank had reached the midpoint of its target range. "Underlying inflationary pressure is no different today than it was in February", Assistant Governor John McDermott told Reuters in an interview, adding that a spike in headline inflation in the March quarter ... (more...)
'I warned White House about Michael Flynn'
- May 10, 2017

Flynn resigned on February 14 after published reports that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence. Trump, not wanting to give credence to any Russian link that undermines the legitimacy of his election victory, blamed the Obama administration in a comment on his Twitter account for approving "the highest security clearance" for Flynn, and he said "the Fake News [mainstream USA media] seldom likes talking about" Flynn's security clearance granted by the Obama administration. (more...)
In France, the far-right is defeated - for now In France, the far-right is defeated - for now
- May 10, 2017

Growing resentment at the European Union and fears over immigration saw her soar in the polls, but she lost to pro-European centrist Macron in the final duel for the French presidency. One of Macron's other priorities will be to name a prime minister. He has previously said he would like to appoint a woman. Hollande, who launched Macron's political career by appointing him as an advisor before appointing him to the cabinet, greeted him warmly before they laid a wreath together under the ... (more...)
Israel queries Turkey over Erdogan's apartheid remarks Israel queries Turkey over Erdogan's apartheid remarks
- May 10, 2017

He accused the worldwide community of ignoring Israel's "inhumanity and cruelty". Erdogan also criticized a bill being considered in Israel that would limit the volume of the Muslim call to prayer. Are they unsure of their own fate? Israel and Turkey mutually posted ambassadors in 2016 after over six years of strife stemming from an Israeli naval raid on an aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip that left 10 Turkish citizens dead. (more...)
Rent rises by 16% in Kilkenny
- May 10, 2017

In Waterford city, rents have risen by 10.2% in twelve months, while outside the cities, rents have risen by 13.2%. In Cork, rents rose by 10.4% in the year to March, the tenth quarter of double-digit growth in rents. Tenants are under huge pressure, and those people who are dependent on the rental system for their housing needs are looking at rents that are up to 15% higher than the Celtic Tiger peak with the lowest number of properties to rent since 2006. (more...)