Donald Trump's Middle East Comment in Israel

Donald Trump's Middle East Comment in Israel Trump said . Netanyahu continued to thank Trump for the "powerful expression of your friendship to Israel". During his public addresses in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Trump talked forcefully about peace but refrained from offering specifics of how it could be achieved or from berating one side or the other too harshly. [Full Article...]

Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in 'friendly fire'

Padilla said 960 civilians had been rescued and an estimated 1,000 residents remained trapped in the city. "This is a case of friendly fire". More than 3,000 soldiers, marines and air force personnel are involved in the fighting, backed by more than 30 assault aircraft, military officials said. [Full Article...]

Year-old eliminated from Spelling Bee Finals

Year-old eliminated from Spelling Bee Finals The preliminary test was held at the Maryland Ballroom on Tuesday and now all the 291 contestants are busy participating in the Round Two and Three preliminaries. Her first word on Wednesday was " nyctinasty ", the movement of plants in response to the onset of darkness. "The activities they have planned for the kids are really good because it distracts them from the stress of the bee". [Full Article...]

Rajasthan HC judge says peacocks don't have sex, leaves Twitter in tears

Rajasthan HC judge says peacocks don't have sex, leaves Twitter in tears These officials will work for the protection and conservation of cows and to declare cow a national animal, the ruling said. The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday suggested that the cow should be declared a national animal and its killers be sentenced to life imprisonment. [Full Article...]

Goldman confirms buying Venezuela bonds after opposition cries foul

Borges said the deal offered a "financial lifeline" to President Nicolas Maduro 's regime, which has been accused using violence against frequent protests. Goldman Sachs paid $ 865 million to purchase $2.8 billion in bonds that mature in 2022. Anti-government protests have intensified in Venezuela for two months and left almost 60 people dead. [Full Article...]

Afghanistan ends sports diplomacy with Pakistan after Kabul bombing

The decision, taken overnight, came after the Afghan National Directorate of Security attributed the attack to the Haqqani network - linked to the Taliban and allegedly with bases in Pakistan - and said it had the direct guidance and cooperation of the Pakistani spy agency ISI. [Full Article...]

State Department Summons Turkish Ambassador After Bloody Brawl in DC

State Department Summons Turkish Ambassador After Bloody Brawl in DC Witnesses at the scene said afterward that Erdogan's men had provoked the clash , although there had also been violence in the crowd and that at least one pro-government protester had been hurt. The State Department condemned the attack as an assault on free speech and warned Turkey that the action would not be tolerated. The U.S. announced last week that it would arm Kurdish fighters in Syri... [Full Article...]

Flynn subpoenaed by House intelligence committee

Flynn subpoenaed by House intelligence committee The Journal reported that those subpoenas were issued to the CIA, FBI, and NSA and are seeking information related to unmasking requests made by former national security adviser Susan Rice, former CIA director John Brennan, and former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power. [Full Article...]

Federal Bureau of Investigation declines to provide Comey memos to Congress

Federal Bureau of Investigation declines to provide Comey memos to Congress The Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ) has refused to grant Congress' request to hand over the memos left by former Director James Comey, which entails detailed accounts of his interactions with US President Donald Trump. The FBI official added, though, that the bureau will update the committee "as soon as possible". "I am seeking to better understand Comey's communications with the Wh... [Full Article...]

Trump turns to Supreme Court to move forward on travel ban

The department filed two emergency applications with the court seeking to overturn lower court rulings that blocked the ban on the grounds of discrimination. After Trump's proposed Muslim ban drew criticism during the campaign, he shifted course and called for blocking immigration from countries with a "proven history" of terrorism. [Full Article...]

Mark Cuban urges Democrats to push Trump on Paris

That means the USA would remain in the agreement, at least formally, for another three-and-a-half years, ensuring the issue remains alive in the next presidential election. Its objective is to help poorer, developing countries pay for programs to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Others said the move would affect America's standing in the world and undermine the country's traditi... [Full Article...]

Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks

Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks The move comes as the Trump administration has pushed for greater scrutiny of visa applicants at United States embassies overseas, where constitutional and legal protections against unreasonable searches and seizures typically don't apply. [Full Article...]

United States proposes new N. Korea sanctions at UN

In March 2016, then-President Barack Obama imposed sweeping sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, allowing the United States to blacklist any individuals, whether or not they are US citizens, who deal with major sectors of North Korea's economy, including its financial, mining and transportation sectors. [Full Article...]

Kushner Attempted to Set Up Direct Line to Putin — NYTimes

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly agreed. "Any channel of communication , back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing ", Kelly said . Senior administration officials have brushed off concerns of a back-channel link. Such back channels can add stability and predictability in foreign relations. [Full Article...]

Donald Trump calls for help in tackling 'Islamic extremism'

The speech on Islam, billed as the centerpiece of the Saudi visit - for a president who was highly critical of the religion throughout the campaign and proposed banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. Many were wondering how Trump's first overseas speech as president would go. Mr Trump's remarks came in a meeting with dozens of regional leaders who gathered in Riyadh for a summit with the U... [Full Article...]

Ariana Grande to give benefit concert in Manchester

With Britain's terrorism threat level at "critical", meaning a new attack may be imminent, police are working around the clock to try to deter another atrocity. The disclosure was just the latest among a series of leaks in the foreign media that have outraged British investigators. The attacker, who died at the arena, was identified as a 22-year-old British citizen living a short drive from the ... [Full Article...]

What we know - and don't know - about Jared Kushner's Russian Federation contacts

Other potential changes to the White House communications office are also expected, according to U.S. media, including fewer on-camera briefings with Spicer. 'I think he is very pleased with the work of his staff. "I think it is", Franken said when asked. Dubke joined the White House communications team in February after campaign aide Jason Miller, Trump's original choice for communication... [Full Article...]

Back home after foreign trip, Trump faces slew of challenges

President Donald Trump is postponing a rally planned for next week in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "We will win", Trump said . They did not elaborate. U.S. "If Trump really wants to go down a path of isolation, it will only speed up China's rise to the top", one senior German official grumbled. Other major issues await Trump at home. [Full Article...]

Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 80, wounds scores

Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 80, wounds scores Pajhwok news agency quoted Najib Danish of the Ministry of Interior as saying that it was a suicide auto bombing. He also suggested that the German embassy might not have been the target of the blast, which sent towering clouds of black smoke into the sky near the presidential palace. [Full Article...]

Lanka Floods: Rescue Efforts On as Death Toll Rises to 164

Officials said hope is fading for finding survivors among 97 people missing in two days of torrential rains and landslides that swamped western and southern regions. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who visited some of the worst affected areas during the weekend has assured immediate relief to the victims and has pledged to build new homes for those who have lost their houses. [Full Article...]

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