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U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to turn over any Comey tapes

U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to turn over any Comey tapes As high as 61 per cent maintain that the firing hasn't changed their opinion of Trump. Lawmakers from both parties are urging the president to steer clear of picking any politicians for Comey's replacement. Some 38% of people in the survey disapproved of the president's decision to fire Comey, while 29% approved. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted last week on the Senate floor that ... [Full Article...]

Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing

Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his panel or another committee would "absolutely" subpoena the tapes. The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president. So far 14 people have emerged as candidates. Among them are Secretary of Commers Wilbur Ross, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Health and Human Services Secretary... [Full Article...]

Boston: May Day Rallies Push for 'Sanctuary State' Designation

Boston: May Day Rallies Push for 'Sanctuary State' Designation The groups are calling on state lawmakers to support the "Safe Communities Act" that would prevent state funds from being used for federal immigration enforcement, effectively making MA a "sanctuary state". White House rhetoric and attempted policy changes have targeted such workers and other migrants, particularly those who live in the U.S. without legal status. [Full Article...]

Backed fighters hunt for IS holdouts in Syria's Tabqa

Backed fighters hunt for IS holdouts in Syria's Tabqa Ankara says the YPG is an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), designated a terrorist group by the US. Mattis, who was in Vilnius on Wednesday as part of a European tour, gave a positive assessment of the role Turkey will play in the lead up to the Raqa fight. [Full Article...]

Trump's war with Comey intensifies

Trump's war with Comey intensifies Shortly after Trump's "tapes" tweet went out, former Obama White House ethics lawyer Norm Eisen questioned whether Trump was committing the crime of witness intimidation . "I don't know if there was evidence of collusion or not, nor should I have in this particular context". The White House wouldn't rule out, hours later, the possibility that the president's three known conversations with h... [Full Article...]

New South Korean president in calls with China, Japan leaders

New South Korean president in calls with China, Japan leaders Since the beginning of previous year the North - which says it needs atomic weapons to defend itself against invasion - has mounted two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches. "I will do everything I can to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula". Beijing also has its own issues with Seoul . Moon Jae-in's advocacy of engagement with North Korea has appeared to contrast with the appr... [Full Article...]

Trump Says New FBI Director Nomination Could Come Next Week

Those opposed to the sacking have claimed that Comey's sacking was a bid to stall an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which is also looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's team. The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the two top officials at the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and dep... [Full Article...]

San Diego Pool Party Shooting

San Diego Pool Party Shooting The white gunman who opened fire on a group of black party-goers at a San Diego apartment complex Sunday was a vehicle mechanic who struggled with massive debt and a failing marriage in the last two years. Two victims remain in critical, but stable, condition and all are expected to survive, Zimmerman said. Another person was injured in the incident , breaking his arm while fleeing the gunf... [Full Article...]

Merkel's mettle tested in crucial German state election ahead of nationwide vote

For Martin Schulz's Social Democrats, it was a disastrous third straight loss in state elections since Germany's second-biggest party picked him as chairman and candidate for the chancellorship in January. The populist, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is also looking to secure a spot in the NRW state parliament, which would see the party enter 13 out of Germany's 16 state parlia... [Full Article...]

Pyongyang claims successful missile launch

The U.S. and China have been negotiating a new round of biting sanctions, if further provocations were to occur. But Kim's most recent aggressive overtures suggest that he does not reciprocate Trump's warm affections. The launch came five days after South Koreans went to the polls to elect a new president who favors dialogue with North Korea. North Korea warned the United States not to provo... [Full Article...]

Duterte might be too 'tied up' to visit Trump's White House

The leaders also "discussed the fact that the Philippine government is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs, a scourge that affects many countries throughout the world", the statement said , without noting the grave accusations against Duterte. [Full Article...]

North Korea says missile can hit U.S. targets, carry large nuclear warhead

Earlier Sunday, officials told Fox News that the USA military believes Pyongyang launched a KN-17 medium-range ballistic missile - the first successful test in four attempts for the Pyongyang regime. Yoon quoted Moon as saying South Korea is "leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating". [Full Article...]

South Koreans hope to resume business at joint factory park

South Koreans hope to resume business at joint factory park Despite Chinese anger at North Korea's repeated nuclear and missile tests, China remains the isolated state's most important economic and diplomatic backer, even as Beijing has signed up for tough United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang. [Full Article...]

North Korea claims United States tried to assassinate Kim Jong

North Korea claims United States tried to assassinate Kim Jong The plot was foiled, it said, but gave no details on the fate of "Kim". The statement said in response to the alleged plot, a "Korean-style anti-terrorist attack will be commenced from this moment to sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organisations of the U.S. [Full Article...]

North Korea test fires 'new longer range missile'

North Korea test fires 'new longer range missile' North Korea fired the missile from a site northwest of Pyongyang, according to South Korea's military. Japanese officials said Sunday the missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan. [Full Article...]

Cyber attack hit 200000 victims across 150 countries, says Europol chief

There is actually a patch for the vulnerability exploited by WannaCry (see, US-CERT article on Microsoft SMBv1 Vulnerability and the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010 ). Microsoft has pinned blame on the USA government for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities. Britain's National Cyber Security Center said it could have been much worse if not for a young cybersecurity researcher... [Full Article...]

United States holds back-channel talks with North Korea

United States holds back-channel talks with North Korea This composite image provided by Yonhap News TV shows North Korean diplomats Choe Son-hui (left), head of the foreign ministry's North America bureau, and Jang Il-hoon, deputy ambassador to the UN. 'The Department of State strongly recommends against all travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea, ' the official added. The Donald Trump administration reportedly told Pyongyang through Beijing that it... [Full Article...]

Trump vows to revive stalled Israel-Palestine peace process

Shortly after assuming office, Trump signaled he is not opposed to abandoning the long-sought proposal to end the decades-old conflict, saying he instead prefers an undefined "ultimate deal". Some analysts are skeptical, however, that Trump will succeed in an arena where his predecessors have fallen short. "I'm committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement", Trump... [Full Article...]

Blaze rips through historic synagogue on Lower East Side

Blaze rips through historic synagogue on Lower East Side The fire, which started around 7 p.m, blanketed the sky over lower Manhattan with pummels of smoke. The fire at the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue has caused a huge cloud of black smoke which can be seen across New York City. The Gothic structure was originally built in 1850 as a Baptist church. More than 100 firefighters scrambled to douse a massive blaze in a historic, unoccupied synagogue... [Full Article...]

Fighting subsides in Syria's de-escalation zones

The guarantors will finalize maps of the de-escalation zones by June 4, and the agreement can be extended automatically if the three guarantor states agree. Russian officials have conceded a lot of details aren't known, and may not be known for months. The plan, however, does not cover areas controlled by Islamic State militants and USA -backed Kurdish groups. [Full Article...]


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