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Trump doubles down on security clearances; former officials slam move

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Speaking to reporters while leaving the White House Friday, Mr. Trump was asked if a current Department of Justice official working on the Russian Federation probe should lose his clearance, as some conservatives are suggesting. They said they did not necessarily concur with all the opinions expressed by Brennan, or the way in which he expressed them. Two of those who signed the statement - former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden - were ... Read More »

In tribute to Vajpayee, PM Modi walks the extra mile

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Indian politicians and celebrities, including cricket captain Virat Kohli and opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, took to Twitter to post their condolences. "Vajpayee, as foreign minister, took responsibility of improving India-Pakistan ties", Khan was quoted as saying. Describing former prime minister's death as a "huge personal loss", Singh said he was pained beyond words at the demise of Vajpayee, who had cherished the ideal of a developed and powerful India. Read More »

Omarosa's Recording Is a 'Violation'

Writing on Twitter , he said: " Wacky Omarosa , who got fired three times on the Apprentice , now got fired for the last time". She had also defended Trump against accusations of racism. Months after the wedding, Politico reported that Omarosa brought her bridal party of 39 to the White House following her ceremony for a photo shoot in the Rose Garden and West Wing. Read More »

Erdogan says United States set deadline for pastor's release

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Independent analysts argue the central bank should instead raise rates to tame inflation and support the currency. It hit a record low after Trump announced he had authorised higher tariffs on imports from Turkey, imposing duties of 20% on aluminium and 50% on steel. Read More »

Donald Trump stumps in central OH for 12th congressional candidate

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He also brought on-stage Freedom Caucus member and Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, who praised the president on his leadership and accomplishments, amid cheers from the crowd saying "speaker of the house". Steve Stivers. Trump said. "What a great defender he's been, what courage". Democrats have "a weak candidate because there's no message", he declared. Read More »

Gates Testifies He Helped Manafort Fudge Info To Obtain Loans

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Gates, 46, is already facing up to six years in prison under the terms of a plea deal he struck with prosecutors in February when he pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Kevin Downing, an attorney for Manafort, accused Gates of having a "separate, secret life" with his lover in London and of using business expenses to pay for the affair, including an apartment in London. Read More »

Star Witness Gates Testifies He Committed Crimes With Manafort

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On day five of the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, Gates was asked by the prosecutor whether he had committed any crimes with Mr Manafort, and he said: "Yes". Rick Gates has been regarded as a crucial government witness ever since he pleaded guilty previous year and agreed to cooperate in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Read More »

United States revives sanctions to hurt Iran economy

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On Monday, the White House announced detailed sanctions that would be imposed against Iran as the USA reached a 90-day "wind-down period" since leaving the agreement. "An informed diplomatic source said Sunday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to grant a visa to the head. of Iran's interests section", reported the state-owned IRNA Iranian news agency adding that "Observers saw this.as a positive diplomatic step in Tehran-Riyadh relations". Read More »

China Warns Of Retaliation If US Takes More Trade Steps

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China is threatening to impose the tariffs on a wide range of products, including chemicals, plastics and leather goods, according to business groups representing those industries. While a trade dispute is obviously not comparable to a shooting war, the current U.S. That prompted concern among American companies that retaliation might expand to disrupting their operations in China. Read More »

North Korea only returned one dog tag to identify war remains

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Intelligence collected by United States agencies showed, however, that senior North Korean officials have discussed plans to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles they possess, as well as the types and number of facilities, and to rebuff worldwide inspectors, according to the Post . Read More »

Hijacking not ruled out over disappearance of missing flight MH370

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On 29 May, Malaysia called off a three-month search by U.S. firm Ocean Infinity, which had spanned 112,000 square kilometres (43,243 square miles) in the southern Indian Ocean and ended with no significant findings. The report was due to released publicly later in the day. "They appear not to have questioned or challenged what was handed over to them nor was any new independent investigation launched", said Nathan, criticising the scope of the investigation. Read More »

'No nuclear deals for SA yet' - Cyril Ramaphosa

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, following his visit to the UAE last week, has already used his arrival in Africa to forge friendships and consolidate influence with multibillion-dollar investments in the continent, including South Africa, which counts China as its biggest trading partner, Bloomberg reported. Read More »

Cohen Tapes Erase Attorney-Client Privilege, 'Indication of a Fraud'

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Trump is heard saying "pay with cash" but the audio is muddled and it's unclear whether he suggests paying with cash or not paying. "Cohen recorded everything", said Bryan Lanza, a former Trump campaign official. "Don't pay with cash. check", Trump stated, according to the transcript provided by Trump's legal team. Trump then turns his attention to Cohen, his longtime friend and attorney. Read More »

Administration Earmarks Up to $12 Billion for Agriculture to Offset Trade War

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Rural and agricultural states supported Trump by wide margins in the 2016 election. Tammy Baldwin also wrote Trump, saying tariffs are hurting the state's agriculture economy. Trump's tweet comes after his administration already imposed $34 billion on Chinese imports and targeted an additional $16 billion goods. "Importantly, the USDA intends to use a Trade Promotion Program to develop new export markets for American agricultural products. Read More »

Sen. Lindsey Graham says Trump's tough talk "not working" on Putin

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Under pressure from Congress, which previous year passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the US Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities. But top US intelligence officials and members of Congress have said they do not know what was discussed and have not been briefed. "Because it is all a big hoax , that's why", Trump wrote. Read More »

Former cricketers bat for Imran Khan to become next Pakistan PM

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A Pakistani election candidate was killed in a suicide blast in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday, the Dawn reported, quoting the police. He "succumbed to his injuries in Combined Military Hospital after a suicide bomber blew himself up near his Land Cruiser (SUV) this morning", district police chief Zaheer Afridi told AFP. Read More »

Trump OK'd disclosure of Russian indictments

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Instead they're sympathizing with a US president on whom they've pinned hopes for improved relations, portraying him as a victim of irrational domestic critics and aggressive journalists. With U.S. -Russia tensions exceptionally high, the Kremlin set low expectations for the summit. "Have you ever seen the lights go out on a president before?" "The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia ". Read More »

A fall invite amid summit mop-up

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She was responding to news that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed President Donald Trump's willingness to prosecute US ambassador Michael McFaul. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear". Read More »

Moscow slams USA over arrest of Russian agent

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On Jan. 20, 2017, in response to a photo that Butina sent to Torshin near the U.S. Capitol on Inauguration Day, Torshin allegedly responded: "You're a daredevil girl!" The arrest of Russian national Maria Butina in the United States was timed to cripple the summit between Russian and U.S. Read More »

23 injured as Hawaii volcano eruption hits tour boat

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Other passengers suffered minor injuries including burns, scrapes and superficial injuries. One person is in a serious condition and 11 others are injured, after a lava bomb hit a tour boat in Hawaii . 23 people were injured when lava was hurled into a boat touring the Kilauea lava flow on Hawaii's Big Island on Monday. Boats are generally barred from encroaching within 300 metres of lava ocean hot-spots. Read More »

NWS Forecast: Hot, Stormy Tuesday With Possible Flooding

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Highs will top out in the middle and upper 80s to wrap up the work week along with lower humidity. While the Omaha metro will stay mostly dry, showers and storms will be possible mainly after 3 a.m. Some very heavy rainfall is also possible with any of these storms. Sunshine and warm temperatures once again in the forecast today with highs topping out in the upper 80's to mid 90's. Read More »

Russian Agents Used Illinois Computer To Hack Dems In 2016, Indictment Alleges

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Richard Pinedo pleaded guilty to identify fraud in connection with the Russian indictments , and London attorney Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI involving Gates. The 12 alleged Russian intelligence officials were indicted as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in U.S. politics , Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, was due to announce at a press conference in Washington. Read More »