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Syria: Showdown In Raqqa To Begin In June

Syria: Showdown In Raqqa To Begin In June Syrian Kurdish-led forces were closing in Saturday on the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, seizing a cotton mill only a couple of miles north of the city and clashing with the militant group on a number of fronts, activists and Kurdish media reported. [Full Article...]

Macron's first non-Europe trip focuses on fighting extremism

Macron's first non-Europe trip focuses on fighting extremism Some 45 percent of voters said they trusted in centrist President Emmanuel Macron's ability to tackle France's problems, while 36 percent trusted his newly appointed prime minister, Edouard Philippe, a conservative, the Elabe poll showed. French newspapers saw the choice of Philippe as PM and the handing of important economic portfolios to rightwingers Bruno Le Maire and Gerald Darmanin as a clear... [Full Article...]

Jimmy Carter urges Trump to push for peace

The sensitivity about Jerusalem, claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, stems from the role the city plays in the age-old debate about who has a legitimate historical claim to disputed territory. For Netanyahu, Trump's visit is a chance to reset ties with the US after relations deteriorated under former President Barack Obama. Critics say moving the embassy would incite anger from the Arab w... [Full Article...]

Trump Administration Says It Will Launch NAFTA Renegotiation

Trump has been critical of NAFTA in the past, as NPR reiterated, discussing "tweaking" parts of the deal in February and then considering ending the Agreement in April. Grains Council and a Maryland farmer, in a written statement. "For example, digital trade was in its infancy when NAFTA was enacted". Lighthizer says that NAFTA could be renegotiated by the end of the year. [Full Article...]

Cyber Attack Hits China Government, Schools, but Spread Slows

Cyber security experts have warned that the ransomware virus, which affected one in five NHS trusts, could be reactivated by computers and devices that have not yet been switched on. Dame Fiona and the Care Quality Commission wrote to the Health Secretary to highlight a "lack of understanding of security issues", according to the newspaper, and that "the external cyber threat is becoming a ... [Full Article...]

Chaffetz resignation latest twist in GOP oversight of Trump

Chaffetz immediately tweeted that he wanted to see the memo when news broke Tuesday. Lee fielded several questions from Utahns on Trump's abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey last week, and newer revelations that the president asked Comey to call off his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. [Full Article...]

Senate committees want Comey memos; intelligence panel asks him to testify

Mark Meadows (R-NC), who sits on the Oversight Committee. "The White House hopefully will see this as a jolt to support them in driving this forward". "If Comey believed this was an obstruction of justice, why didn't he act on it when it occurred three months ago?" In May, he fired him over "this Russian Federation thing". [Full Article...]

Joe Biden talks 2020, says Hillary Clinton wasn't great candidate

Joe Biden talks 2020, says Hillary Clinton wasn't great candidate Biden announced in October 2015 that he was not going to run for president in the last election season, but he has been quietly voicing his regret since then over not running against Clinton. Biden admitted he's been approached by people who want him to run for President, but he's told them he can't commit right now. This is America. We all walk around like, 'Oh my God. [Full Article...]

Air Zimbabwe among four airlines added to European Union blacklist

Air Zimbabwe among four airlines added to European Union blacklist The European Union Air Safety Commission has banned Nigerian airline, Med-View Airlines, from operating within European airspace over alleged safety problems. Their reforms have paid off. There were three or so countries from Europe also and I think two from Africa called to the same meeting. "It shows that work and co-operation pays off", commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc was quoted as say... [Full Article...]

Philippines says it will reject all aid with conditions

Philippines says it will reject all aid with conditions This announcement comes days after President Duterte's visit to China's Belt and Road Forum where he amassed billions of dollars of financial pledges, as well as potential investments. The Duterte administration is incensed over the EU's criticisms against the Philippine government's war against illegal drugs. Shortly after taking office, Duterte launched a large-scale anti-drug campaign, during w... [Full Article...]

Russian FM Mocks US Media over Intelligence-sharing Reports

Russian FM Mocks US Media over Intelligence-sharing Reports The Senate Intelligence Committee , which has its own investigation of alleged Russian election interference, also wants Comey to appear in closed and open session. Mr Trump did have the legal authority to fire Mr Comey, but there is a legal precedent for otherwise lawful acts to be considered an obstruction of justice if done with corrupt intentions, the New York Times reported . [Full Article...]

Goodlatte said special counsel for Russian Federation investigation right move

Goodlatte said special counsel for Russian Federation investigation right move Democrats were openly accusing Trump of trying to influence the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling for his vested interests. He says the move "shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not unified country" and is "a very, very negative thing". [Full Article...]

Syria burning 50 bodies per day after Mass Execution

Syria burning 50 bodies per day after Mass Execution The Syrian regime on Tuesday denied USA accusations that it carried out mass killings at a prison and burned the bodies of the victims in a crematorium to hide the evidence. They are killing thousands. Others are buried in mass graves that mark the dead with numbers instead of names, he said. The latest accusations have cast a shadow over Syria peace talks in Geneva, where Syrian government an... [Full Article...]

FG leadership: Charlie Flanagan declares support for Varadkar

FG leadership: Charlie Flanagan declares support for Varadkar This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. The debates will be followed by four days of polling in 26 locations nationwide with the new leader confirmed on 2 June. The veteran politician, from Castlebar, Co Mayo, is to resign after 15 years at the helm of the party and more than six years at the head of government. [Full Article...]

Ex-FBI director to lead Russian Federation probe

The memo is a critical factor, as the Trump administration initially cited Rosenstein's assessment in its explanation for Comey's firing last week. Susan Collins, a Republican, also confirmed similar details revealed during the briefing. Trump later said he had already chose to dismiss him and was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing."A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump... [Full Article...]

Sacked Delhi minister begins hunger strike

Sacked Delhi minister begins hunger strike Mishra, who has levelled allegations of graft against Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain, also claimed that he had received 211 "corruption-related" complaints against the party and the government since last evening. Till some time back, Mishra had been accusing the BJP of shielding Dikshit in the case and later he alleged that the AAP government tried to shield her. [Full Article...]

China's Xi calls for S. Korea ties to get back on track

China's Xi calls for S. Korea ties to get back on track The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the program is necessary to counter US aggression. The missile on Sunday was deliberately fired on a "lofted" trajectory - reaching more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles), which is higher than satellites in low Earth orbit - to test re-entry capabilities and place its "splas... [Full Article...]

President Putin ready to provide records of Trump-Lavrov talks

President Putin ready to provide records of Trump-Lavrov talks Putin's offer could have put the White House in a really hard spot. Reports that this information was provided by a USA ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future. [Full Article...]

USA will not re-impose sanctions on Iran's Nuclear Programme

Further supporting this argument, since taking office, Trump has signed off on the sanctioning of hundreds of officials in both Iran and its ally, Syria, as part of what is most likely a strategy meant to pressure Iran into rolling back on its regional influence. [Full Article...]

James Millar: The SNP are keen to see Ruth Davidson's Tory revival

James Millar: The SNP are keen to see Ruth Davidson's Tory revival As a result, the Conservatives gained 164 councillors across Scotland. Writing in the Scotsman newspaper, he said: "While the party's vote was up on 2012 in much of the West of Scotland, including by eight points in Glasgow, it was sharply down in many of its traditional strongholds in the north-east". [Full Article...]


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