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Author: 0 Trump threatens to cancel briefings; Spicer back at podium

The official White House explanation for Comey's firing Tuesday hinged on a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who in a three-page memo laid out a set of criticisms over Comey's handling of the agency's investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Author: 0 White House reportedly knew Flynn was under investigation before hiring him

It's unclear why Flynn gave the order, but Turkey happens to oppose the move, arguing that the Kurdish forces have ties to a terrorist group. The White House has said that Flynn was dismissed for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about a phone call with the Russian ambassador, during which he reportedly discussed ways of softening USA sanctions on Russia.

Author: 0 Beyer Responds to Furor Over Reported Comey Memo

This is not something I've advocated for, the word has not passed my lips in this whole tumultuous, three or four months. On Monday, the ACLU filed a FOIA request for records related to Trump's dismissal of Comey amid concerns that Comey was sacked in an effort to derail the investigation.

World France's Macron to meet European Council chief Tusk on Wednesday - presidency
Author: 0 France's Macron to meet European Council chief Tusk on Wednesday - presidency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has won a state election in the traditional heartland of its centre-left rivals, a stinging blow to the challenger in September's national vote. "The French agenda will be a reform agenda", Macron said at a joint press conference with Merkel in Berlin following his first high-level talks since becoming head of state.

Author: 0 Foreign property investors hit hard in Australian budget

The Budget imposed a 0.06 per cent annual levy on banks with a debt of more than $100million, including the country's big five banks - Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ, National Australian Bank and Macquarie. Mr Turnbull dismissed as "nonsense" her claim the levy was a threat to the stability of the banking system. "Now it is fully funded so you'll know if you have a disabled child ...

Author: 0 Trump asked ex-FBI chief to stop Flynn-Russia probe, says report

Burr, who heads the Senate investigation into the Russian activity and possible connections to associates of President Donald Trump, says his committee will "continue to proceed forward" and the panel's job hasn't changed. The scandals surrounding Trump reached a particularly chaotic point last week, after Trump's sudden decision to fire Comey and the president's own admission he asked the former director if he was under investigation.

World Senate Russia investigators invite Comey to testify, seek documents
Author: 0 Senate Russia investigators invite Comey to testify, seek documents

The claims of White House involvement in the Watergate cover-up remained there until July 1974, when, after a year-long battle for access to the tapes Nixon recorded of his conversations resulted in the release of the June 23, 1972, " smoking gun " tape of the conversation between Haldeman and Nixon in which the president signed off on having the Central Intelligence Agency block the investigation.

Author: 0 UN Security Council vows sanctions over N. Korea missile test

It said the newly developed Hwasong-12 flew as high as 2,111 kilometers (1,310 miles) before landing in a targeted area in the ocean about 787 kilometers (490 miles) from the launch site. A U.N. Security Council is expected to hold a closed-door meeting in response to the missile launch on Tuesday. "If the U.S. dares opt for a military provocation against [us] we are ready to counter it".

World Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn get personal over defence on election trail
Author: 0 Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn get personal over defence on election trail

Mr Corbyn however said the Prime Minister's leadership approach was risking more deaths in Syria and Labour would take a completely different approach to worldwide affairs accusing Ms May of "pandering" to Donald Trump in the White House. After claims from Tory high command that he was a pacifist, Mr Corbyn insisted he was not, saying: "I accept that military action, under worldwide law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary".

Author: 0 Spend more, tax the rich: UK's Labour stakes election turf

His comments were dismissed by Labour's elections co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne, who said: "This is absolute rubbish from the Tories and yet another wholly cynical ploy to try and avoid scrutiny of their own spending plans". Labour's policy could raise something like the £4.5bn per year it expects, but it could also raise nothing'. Labour branded it "an attack on low-income families" in its manifesto.

Author: 0 Democratic candidate for governor urges impeachment of Trump

James Comer, R-Ky., said of Trump. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts". James Comey, whose firing as Federal Bureau of Investigation director last week triggered a political firestorm, wrote a memo detailing how Trump commented to him in February "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Flynn probe, a source who has seen a memo written by Comey said on Tuesday.

World Putin says Russian Federation meddling furor is 'nonsense'
Author: 0 Putin says Russian Federation meddling furor is 'nonsense'

U.S. President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed his upcoming visit to Israel, senior officials told Haaretz on Wednesday morning. Russian Federation not only tampered in our election, but now we're supposed to believe that they're going to provide us with actual factual transcripts from a meeting Putin requested? Schiff, though, remained critical of the White House.

Author: 0 US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick - Schumer

Critics have assailed Trump for abruptly dismissing Comey, who was leading the agency's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign. On Wednesday, Trump said Comey was let go because he "wasn't doing a good job". Still, Priebus was among the tight circle of staffers Trump consulted about Comey's firing.

World Protest turns violent outside Turkish embassy in Washington, several injured
Author: 0 Protest turns violent outside Turkish embassy in Washington, several injured

President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed ways to strengthen the Turkish-American relationship during their first face-to-face. "We will continue to work with our partners at the United States State Department and United States Secret Service to identify and hold all subjects accountable for their involvement in the altercation".

World Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program
Author: 0 Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program

During the closed-door meeting, however, China made no mention of a new sanctions resolution and renewed its appeal for talks to de-escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula, according to diplomats. "We're not trying to do any of those things", she said. Tasha Rine, a registered nurse from Kenai, Alaska, said the threat from North Korea was a "little too close for comfort".

World Cyber attack could spark lawsuits but not against Microsoft
Author: 0 Cyber attack could spark lawsuits but not against Microsoft

Though officials of all the banks in the city said their ATMs have not been hit by the attack, all ATMs across the city will be updated using the fresh patches after being tested by the ATM OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) over the next few days.

World US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster'
Author: 0 US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster'

Both the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday slammed the missile launches. Lee said the two presidents could then have another bilateral summit around August 24th, when South Korea and China will mark the 25th anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic relations, adding he will discuss these possibilities during his talks with Xi.

World Real Madrid, Barcelona set up final day title showdown
Author: 0 Real Madrid, Barcelona set up final day title showdown

The fight for Spanish football's LaLiga title will go down to the last day of the season after convincing wins for Real Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday left both sides locked on 87 points at the top of the table. Neymar and Luis Suarez scored a goal each in the first half, and the Brazilian striker added two more in the second. "We believe it was never going to happen, but also that it is normal that each club defends their own interests - Celta do the same.

World Friday's Iranian presidential election down to a two-man race
Author: 0 Friday's Iranian presidential election down to a two-man race

Qalibaf's decision brings the number of candidates competing in Friday's election to five, though more may drop out in the coming days to solidify support for other candidates. Hardliners reportedly feared the anti-Rouhani vote would be split and make a second round run-off more likely. Qalibaf pulled in 4 million votes in the first round of balloting in 2005 and over 6 million in 2013.

World Amazon's New Echo Show Gives Alexa a Touch Screen
Author: 0 Amazon's New Echo Show Gives Alexa a Touch Screen

The $230 device combines a 7-inch touch screen display , 5-megapixel front camera, and dual speakers approved by Dolby. Amazon has just announced the Echo Show , which will enable video calling through a dedicated touchscreen, but that doesn't mean owners of previous generation Echo units are missing out on a little communication.

World Slain DNC Staffer Had Contact With WikiLeaks, Say Multiple Sources
Author: 0 Slain DNC Staffer Had Contact With WikiLeaks, Say Multiple Sources

The Dallas-based millionaire money manager is in the headlines Tuesday for his freaky role in maybe-but-maybe-not bankrolling a private investigation into a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer, of which right wing media sites have begun alleging is connected to the staffer having leaked Hillary Clinton's emails to Wikileaks during the presidential election.

World Chelsea Manning to participate in documentary about her
Author: 0 Chelsea Manning to participate in documentary about her

Manning, who was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning in prison, was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud. A U.S Army official confirmed to NBC News that she was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison at around 3 a.m. ET. In a statement , she said she hopes to use the lessons she received in prison to help others.

Author: 0 Trump suggests he might drop daily press briefings

White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway has indicated the president isn't particularly anxious about the appearance that Trump's decision to fire Comey was an attempt to remove a check on his power and quell the escalating investigation into his campaign.