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New Hamas chief latest step toward worldwide acceptance

The newly-elected leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, has pledged his support for the Palestinian political prisoners now waging a historic mass strike in Israeli cells. Analysts said that in trying to create a compromise among opposing factions, the new document failed to fully satisfy any of them. "The terrorism label is one of the biggest challenges facing Hamas, which is seeking, via its charter , to tell the world that it's a nationalist group", he said. Read More »

ASEAN opts for a soft stand on South China Sea

The content of Friday's draft would indicate Asean was resisting moves by China to keep its contentious activities in the strategic South China Sea off Asean's official agenda. As the USA pulls away from the region and with a growing recognition by Trump that he would have to cede some influence to coerce China to his aid on the Korean peninsula, individual ASEAN members were more vulnerable than ever to China's bidding. Read More »

President Trump's gov't unwinds Obama-era healthy shool lunch rules


The Obama administration had strengthened the rules to limit salt, fat and sugar content in school lunches while requiring more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. The Obama Administration had a three-phase process that would slowly cut down sodium intake each school year but the Trump Administration is easing down on those regulations . Read More »

European Union leaders adopt 'tough' Brexit guidelines at summit


Mr Tusk said "sufficient progress" on all of those were needed before the EU's future relationship with Europe could be addressed. However, some officials are also voicing concern that the process of weaving maximalist demands into the negotiating text could risk souring the atmosphere with May, who expects to start talks shortly after the United Kingdom election she has called for June 8. Read More »

Labour loses overall control of Glasgow City Council

He said: "Congratulations to all of @SNP councillors elected in Moray, the largest group on @The MorayCouncil #Council17". Over the weekend, however it became clear that Labour too were going to use the term to claim another failure on behalf of the First Minister. Read More »

Images of Trump's 100th Day Rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


So when Trump chose to not show up to the White House Correspondents' Dinner , Samantha took it upon herself to make a Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner . The White House Correspondents' Dinner , usually a night where celebrities, politicians and the media team up for a night of laughter, was a different affair Saturday than in years past. Read More »

Michael Flynn's resignation took 18 days, and here's how he used them


White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence , had insisted that Mr Flynn did not discuss US-imposed sanctions with Mr Kislyak during the presidential transition period. Yates' decision not to defend Trump's first travel ban vindicates that mistrust of her motives, the press secretary insisted - as well as its decision not to inform her of the travel ban before it was started. Read More »

Trump on Comey firing: 'They will be thanking me'

Trump shrugged off the political firestorm he created with Comey's dismissal as he met with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office yesterday. McQuade questions why Trump administration officials didn't fire Comey after the January 20 inauguration if they truly believed his handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server was grounds for termination. Read More »

Trump says eventually he'll be praised for firing Comey


He joined other Democrats in calling for an independent counsel and special prosecutor to look into the allegations of Russian election meddling. "If there was even a time when circumstances warranted a special prosecutor, it is right now", he said. Read More »

May Day Demos Turn Violent In Northwest, Dozens Arrested


Organizers said that one of the things the Trump administration has successfully done is unite people against it. The 31-year-old son of immigrants works at a carwash in San Jose, and convinced his boss to close the business for the day so that its 40 employees could have the day off. Read More »

Confusion over cost of company tax cuts

He was expected to scrap the four-year Medicare freeze for Global Positioning System and fully fund the NDIS . Mark Molesworth, a tax partner at business consultants BDO, described it as a "bland budget" in which the government did something on housing affordability without a general cut back on housing tax concessions. Read More »

South Korea's Moon says will visit Pyongyang in 'right circumstances'

During the Sunshine Policy , Seoul actively engaged Pyongyang , which led to closer relations on both sides of the border and saw two South Korean Presidents visit the North Korean capital. Trump wants new sanctions against the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and further isolation for the reclusive communist nation. "I will do everything I can for the Korean Peninsula". Read More »

Donald Trump pats self for healthcare bill win


Some Senators have already said they plan to start from scratch, writing their own, new health care plan. Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, also says the version that gets to the president will likely differ from the House measure. The budget process Republicans are using to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, called reconciliation, has very strict rules that require every piece of the bill to be directly related to the federal budget. Read More »

500 mn Windows 10 devices, half of 2018 goal

Interestingly, Microsoft says its Skills Kit can be used to port skills from Alexa or its bot framework, potentially increasing Cortana'a range of skills more quickly. Rather it is part of the company's strategy to motivate developers to create Universal Windows Apps. Earlier this week, Microsoft and Harman Kardon announced the "Invoke" Cortana-powered speaker, which will hit the market later this year. Read More »

Comey asked for more Russian Federation probe resources before firing

With Trump attempting to derail further investigation into his White House's ties to Russian Federation, it is incumbent upon members of Congress to ensure this doesn't happen. According to Rosenstein, Comey's firing was largely due to his handling of the FBI's investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system for government business. Read More »

Archbishop of Canterbury to pray for Trump on Mideast peace


DeSantis said there is no better time for Trump to announce the relocation of the embassy than during his planned trip to Israel. The question, of course, is whether that hope is warranted. Abbas received Steinmeier at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah where both leaders discussed latest developments in the region, including Abbas's recent visit to the United States and his meeting with Trump. Read More »

White House alerted about Flynn's blackmail risk: Ex

Graham asked Yates whether she had any information about whether there was collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Just two days after the election, Obama urged President-elect Trump not to rehire Flynn, whom he once fired from the Pentagon. Read More »

May The Fourth Be With You On National Star Wars Day

Tom Johnson, Manager at River City Hobbies on Main Street in Downtown La Crosse said the day does draw in Star Wars fans. The novel introduced many fan favourite characters including Mara Jade and the blue-skinned Admiral himself. "A weekday is not going to stop me from attending this celebration", local cosplayer Tzu Ching (夏侯橘助), who was dressed up as Rey from " Star Wars: The Force Awakens " told The China Post. Read More »

Youth Tries to Attack 'Fasting' Kapil Mishra

He grabbed me by my neck. "We are going to EC at 4 p.m. today to complain against them", Tiwari said. "I will quit taking even water if any of my supporters tries to retaliate to the attack", he said. He claimed to have got a threat call on Tuesday night from an worldwide number, but said he is not afraid. The sacked minister had also claimed that Jain helped Kejriwal's late brother-in-law to clinch a Rs 50 crore land deal. Read More »

South Korea's Moon will visit Pyongyang under "right circumstances"

Centrist Ahn Cheol-soo, who had been widely seen as a strong contender, came third with 21.4%. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the neighboring countries share common strategic interests. In his earlier speech at the National Assembly, Moon thanked the millions of South Koreans who peacefully protested for months seeking the ouster of Park, who was impeached and arrested in March and faces a trial later this month that ... Read More »

Blumenthal backs select committee, even if there's a special prosecutor

Some Democrats say the president had ulterior motives for firing Comey . He didn't give his own view on Trump's decision to fire Comey . "In terms of the political reaction , it wouldn't have made any difference", Bennett said. The White House does not seem to like any questions about this. All of this happened on the day that Mr Trump met the Russian foreign minister at the White House. Read More »

Trump considered firing Comey since day elected


The New York Times on Wednesday cited administration officials as confirming that the White House and Justice "had been working on building a case against Mr. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe , however, would now take his place. It was Trump's first public remarks about his firing Tuesday of the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. Read More »

New South Korea president says he is willing to visit Pyongyang

It happened again during the Sino-Japanese War of 1894, and then during the Korean War in the early 1950's. South Korean businesses forced to leave their assets at a jointly operated factory park in North Korea are anticipating better prospects under the new administration of President Moon Jae-in. Read More »

Trump calls Russian Federation probe 'a total hoax'


Instead, Flynn remained in office for 18 more days. But investigators have been investigating Flynn's business ties after he left the government and before he joined the Trump administration . President Barack Obama himself that month told one of his closest advisers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which by then had been investigating Trump associates' possible ties to Russian Federation for about six months, seemed particularly focused on Flynn. Read More »

Watch the first White House press briefing since Trump fired Comey

Paul Krugman on Wednesday said Republicans supporting President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey are complicit in the undermining of the USA democracy. (Again, not standard procedure.) Under questioning from U.S. Sen. "He violated a clear red line in America that has existed since the founding which is we divide the investigative decision and activity from the prosecutorial decision", he said. Read More »

Hero Sally Yates Spoke Truth to White House Power

We had two concerns. McGahn, Yates continued, called her up the next morning and asked if they could meet again. And Yates implied that Flynn misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a January 24 interview about his conversations with Kislyak. Read More »

Moon wins S. Korea's presidential election


Since taking power nearly five years ago, Kim has accelerated the pace of North Korea's nuclear weapon and missile programs. Moon won with 41.1 percent of the votes but that seemingly comfortable margin belied a deep ideological and generational divide in the country of 51 million people. Read More »

How Republicans are reacting to Trump's firing of Comey

Richard Burr (R-N.C.), sent Comey a letter requesting he appear before the committee Tuesday or as soon as possible. As Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard pointed out, the Justice Department letter was dated the same day as the firing, and the official who wrote it has been on the job for just two weeks - not enough time for a serious review that could have reversed Trump's previous position. Read More »

Insanely Pretty Gifts for Your Mom on Mother's Day


According to our survey, candy is the least popular gift a mother can receive. When you bring home that special girl on Mother's day , you're just asking for trouble, but when that special girl becomes your wife and you bring your first-born over to your mom's house, that is a truly special Mother's day . Read More »

US Navy SEAL, killed in Somalia, ID'd


Milliken is the first American servicemember killed in action in Somalia in decades, likely since the notorious 1993 Battle of Mogadishu , referred to as the "Black Hawk Down" incident. The episode comes as the US military expands operations against Shabab, which is allied with al-Qaida. Milliken had been assigned to a special warfare unit based on the East Coast in the U.S. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation corrects Comey testimony on Clinton aide


Some of Trump's fellow Republicans called the action troubling. President Donald Trump speaks with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House May 10, 2017. "We were classmates at the University of Chicago Law School", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. But by the time the Republican National Convention rolled around last July, Trump had already named Christie as chairman of his transition team - and after ... Read More »

S. Korea's leader willing to visit North, talk to US, China

Moon Jae In, who was declared South Korea's new president after winning Tuesday's special election, has led a life as turbulent as that of the nation he will lead. Such frustrations fueled anger over Park's scandal, which exposed the cozy and corrupt ties between regulators and powerful conglomerates that have endured for decades. Read More »

Wenger: Arsenal win not a personal triumph against Mourinho


I'm not enjoying that, honestly. "Nobody has more motivation than I have to try and win tomorrow". "And Arsene Wenger is a big manager so my record (in never losing a Premier League game to him) is not normal". United have the upper hand ahead of Thursday's second leg, having won last week's first leg 1-0, but Berizzo said they would approach the game with the same fearlessness as his countryman Bielsa's Bilbao. Read More »