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Trump says meeting with Russia's Lavrov was "very, very good"

Administration officials dismissed any security concerns, saying that Lavrov's entourage went through the typical visitor screening process and that the White House is routinely swept for listening devices. "Russia told them that a state media agency photographer was actually the official government photographer". At seemingly every turn, Trump has compromised investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Read More »

Trump Claims He Was "Going to Fire Comey Regardless of Recommendations"


Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington. The more James Comey showed up on television discussing the FBI's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, the more the White House bristled, according to aides to President Donald Trump. Read More »

Trump May Meet With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov


In his earlier meeting with Lavrov, Tillerson emphasized the US wouldn't lift sanctions on Russian Federation related to Ukraine until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered the punishment - namely, its Crimea annexation. After Tillerson visited Putin and Lavrov in Moscow on April 12, Trump said flatly, "Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all". Read More »

Microsoft shows 'versatile' Windows update

Microsoft has secured Apple's blessing and is marketing Windows 10 as a cross platform operating system, but developers are expressing some trepidation. If you don't like what you see, you can hit the titular "remix" button, which will generate a new video from the same source material. Developers will use Fluent Design when creating their apps. Read More »

Andrew McCabe: 5 Things To Know About Acting FBI Director

He's a grandstander". "Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey", Trump told NBC News anchor Lester Holt in an interview excerpt released Thursday. Thursday's hearing was scheduled to address global security threats, but there were frequent questions about Comey and the FBI's Russian Federation probe. Read More »

France polls: Le Pen accused of plagiarising Fillon's speech


Reacting to the scenes, far-right presidential candidate Le Pen tweeted: "This is the sort of mess. that I no longer want to see on our streets". The violent protesters were not carrying union paraphernalia or anything linked to the French electoral campaign, appearing to be from fringe groups, which have targeted anti-government protests in the past. Read More »

Microsoft to play nice with iPhones and Android with Windows 10 update

The update is part of Microsoft's plan to refresh the operating system roughly every six months. OK, let's be having you. Microsoft is also trying to make its Cortana virtual assistant more useful on non-Windows devices. Microsoft has been talking about the Graph for a number of years, and in truth, it has often felt quite abstract. That development will be particularly helpful for students using a streamlined version of Windows designed for classrooms. Read More »

Associates skeptical Comey cleared Trump in Russian Federation investigation


She said Trump had lost confidence in Comey over the past several months (despite all the positive statements he had made about Comey), and she claimed members of Congress had also soured on Comey. Rogers abruptly exited within days of that power shift. Kelly, 75, is the first person in Trump's native NY to rise from beat patrolman to police commissioner and was the longest-serving head of the nation's largest police force, holding the post a total of 13 years. Read More »

U.S. Senate intel panel subpoenas Michael Flynn documents


The pair spoke several times over the next two days, with McGahn asking Yates how Flynn had fared during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier that week " she did not answer " and why it was the concern of the Justice Department if White House officials had misled each other. Read More »

New Orleans removes statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis

Police were forced to separate the two groups and there were reports of altercations. As the statue was lifted shortly after 5:00 am, those who wanted it removed cheered and sang the chorus from " Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye ". Earlier this month, the group's chaplain urged members to write their state legislators in support of a bill that forbids removing Confederate monuments , saying a "war on Southern heritage is raging". Read More »

Windows 10 update appeals to iPhone users and makes video editing easier

This, as revealed at this week's Build 2017 event, now includes full keyboard support for Xbox One. No word as yet on precisely when iTunes is going to be available for download from the Windows Store. Windows Phone may not be dead yet. Not only that but it was an Android device too - so this will work across platforms. Yes, the update will be free for existing Windows 10 users. Read More »

Trump had Russian Federation on his mind when he made a decision to fire Comey

Very simply. He was not doing a good job. While the White House has repeatedly said the FBI no longer had confidence in Comey, McCabe said the bureau had his back. "I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately". Maybe I'll expand that - you know, I'll lengthen the time because it should be over with. Read More »

Trump to make decision on Paris climate pact after G7 summit

Even reducing the USA carbon reduction targets would be preferable to withdrawing altogether, said Todd Stern, the lead U.S. negotiator on the Paris agreement during the Obama administration. Some senior members of the Trump administration - including the president - have questioned the validity of climate science in the past. His top officials have appeared divided about what to do about the deal, under which the us pledged to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon emissions in the ... Read More »

How the 2019 Rugby World Cup could play out

Foster said he was relieved not to have drawn the short straw, as England will be lining up in Pool C dubbed as the "pool of death " with France and Argentina . New Zealand, the holders, are part of pool B , alongside Italy, "Repechage winner", "Africa 1" and, most mouth-watering of all, the 1995 and 2007 winners, South Africa . Read More »

Acting FBI chief to face congressional panel amid Comey firing fallout

Spicer, who was at one point accused by The Washington Post of hiding in bushes after the Comey news broke-the newspaper later stated in an editor's note that he was actually "among" bushes-has not been on camera since Tuesday night and CNN cited White House sources Wednesday afternoon saying Sanders could very well "sub in" after what was an embarrassing "disaster". Read More »

Donald Trump Slams James Comey After Firing Him: He's A 'Showboat' & 'Grandstander'

According to multiple news reports on Wednesday night, Trump himself had grown increasingly angry and frustrated with Comey over his handling of the Russian Federation investigation. Trump's admitted to disregarding basic norms surrounding law enforcement. And really, are the American people supposed to feel confident in Comey's firing because Hillary Clinton loyalist Jamie Gorelick criticized him past year in a newspaper op-ed? But he said he had no regrets and would make the same decision ... Read More »

Russia wants quick UN vote for Syria 'de-escalation zones'


The United States did not sign onto the de-escalation agreement. The armed opposition, instead, was highly critical of the proposal, saying it lacks legitimacy. He said his country opposed the presence of foreign forces, which were backers to the rebels, noting that Russian Federation is on the same page with Damascus in that regard. Read More »

New South Korean President willing to visit North Korea

Fitch ratings agency said Moon's election "brings to an end a long period of political uncertainty that appeared to weigh on consumer confidence and delay investment decisions". China is concerned the system could be used to spy on its own military operations. China has already taken commercial retaliation against South Korean business interests on its soil, but will be hoping Moon follows through on his campaign pledge to review the missile system's deployment if elected. Read More »

Comey infuriated Trump with refusal to preview Senate testimony-aides

Ryan, who waited almost 24 hours to comment on Trump's firing of Comey, said in an interview on Fox News Wednesday evening that the decision didn't concern him. The acting director, Andrew McCabe , is a career Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. Comey's confirmation of the investigation was striking given the FBI's historic reluctance to discuss its work. Read More »

Senate slams House health-care bill

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), said Sunday that the Senate will wait for a new score from the Congressional Budget Office before proceeding with a vote. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, hailed the vote as "an important step" and a "job well done". "This is one stage in a multistage legislative process". Read More »

Donald Trump to launch panel to investigate voter fraud


Kobach was unable to prove intent in any of those cases. According to every independent expert and almost every state elections chief, voter fraud is nearly nonexistent. Given the lack of evidence of voter fraud , the commission seems designed for one objective: to perpetuate the myth of fraud in order to lay the groundwork for enacting policies that suppress the vote . Read More »

Trump Launches Commission to Investigate Voter Fraud


More than three months after President Trump vowed to investigate unfounded claims that last November's election was tainted by millions of fraudulent votes, the White House is expected to announce the creation of a presidential commission to investigate voter fraud , a Trump administration official tells NPR. Read More »

More price hikes likely for Affordable Care Act insurance markets

The Freedom Caucus of House Republicans, which the new legislation was created to placate, is celebrating only the freedom to be devastated medically and financially by catastrophic illness. Which raises two questions: Why are they doing this, and why do they think they can get away with it? The Economist: But my question is if the bill doesn't pass ... Read More »

China's Xi applauds SKorea's Moon on election win

THAAD is a key element of the US Ballistic Missile Defence System, which protects the country from enemy missile attacks. Even raising the spectre of a sunshine policy approach will complicate the global community's efforts to make North Korea give up its nuclear program, said David Straub, a former official in the State Department who worked on North Korea. Read More »

Acting FBI director contradicts White House's claim about Comey's support within bureau

Who was to blame? The Times reported later that Trump was angry about that investigation and "enraged" by Comey's testimony about him last week in Congress. This comes from the same man who, before moving into the White House, lived in a golden tower in the sky. But yesterday Gonzales said on NPR that "if in fact there is a reason for why now, I think the White House needs to come out very, very quickly and give an explanation". Read More »

Oval Office meeting with Russian officials raises questions

President Donald Trump said Thursday he believes the idea that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election is a "made-up story" that Democrats are using to explain away his victory. "I said I will see him". "Please don't be angry with me". But security experts said that the risk was real, if remote. The US was not part of a deal by Damascus backers Russian Federation and Iran, and rebel supporter Turkey, signed Thursday in the Kazakh capital Astana on establishing safe zones in Syria. Read More »

Who Is Actually Attending China's Belt and Road Forum?


Three silk roads stretching from China to Southeast Asia Europe and Africa, Jan 2017. China's new Silk Road initiative is ramping up as President Donald Trump focuses on domestic issues, downplaying foreign affairs. Last year, China invested four times more in Europe than European Union companies invested in China. Anti-globalization sentiment is on the rise in the United States and in some European regions. Read More »

French ex-premier gives backing to Macron

But at a rally by the Louvre, he told the crowds: "I understand the divisions of our country that have led some to vote for extremists. Let us work in France and Spain for a stable, prosperous and more integrated Europe", Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a tweet. Read More »

Putin and Trump to meet in Hamburg in July

The uproar over Comey's dismissal complicated Lavrov's intended mission: securing USA support for a Russian plan to create safe zones in war-wracked Syria. The situation has been heavily criticized, with the former national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden taking to Twitter to question the event. Read More »

Asks Donald Trump To Stay In The Paris Agreement

U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed scepticism about the deal and threatened to pull out. With the rest of the world on tenterhooks ever since, Trump has said he will make his decision before the next G7 meeting on May 26-27 in Sicily. Read More »

Shinzo Abe Congratulates New South Korean President

The Trump administration is encouraging China to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in a bid to stop its nuclear programme. After entering Seoul's' Kyung Hee University in 1972, Moon joined a pro-democracy movement to topple the dictatorship of Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea for 18 years until his 1979 assassination. Read More »

Labour 'unanimously agrees' on manifesto hours after 'leak'

Britain will hold a general election on June 8. The humiliating leak , which has left Labour at war with itself four weeks from polling day, has thrown the party's campaign into chaos today . He issued a rallying cry to Labour supporters, urging them not "lose courage" in hard times for the party. One area they might be pleased with is Trident, where the draft commits to renewal, albeit with the frankly freakish caveat that any Prime Minister should be "extremely cautious" about ... Read More »

Comey 'Told Associates' Trump Was 'Crazy', 'Outside Realm of Normal'

Trump also thanked Comey in his letter firing him for telling he wasn't under investigation, an exchange he said happened three times . "I know that I'm not under investigation. On his first full day after being fired as director of the FBI, Comey sent a letter to his former colleagues. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe will testified Thursday before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on USA security, taking the place of ousted FBI director James Comey. Read More »