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MEP Paet: Trump, Putin's closed-door meeting increased confusion


The indictments claimed that these officers led a campaign to hack emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chief, which were then leaked online in a bid to harm Clinton's election chances. Coats just dared to tell the truth about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. "OK", he continued, pausing for a deep breath. Read More »

Rights group details lead-up to Myanmar attacks on Rohingya Muslims


It also trained and provided weapons to non-Rohingya living in Rakhine, suspended aid supplies and access by humanitarian groups to impoverished Rohingya communities, the report says. Permanent UN Security Council members Russian Federation and China have previously supported Myanmar and defended it from further censure. Fortify rights also said the authorities committed human rights violations against Rohingya civilians, including imposing discriminatory curfews and other violations ... Read More »

Country drops international arrest warrants for Puigdemont, other Catalans


Authorities in Madrid had been seeking Prof Ponsati on charges of violent rebellion and misappropriation of public funds over her role in Catalonia's controversial independence referendum previous year. Although the global and European arrest warrants have been dropped, the Spanish warrants remain open, meaning they will be detained if they try to re-enter the country. Read More »

Senate resolution introduced to show support for USA intelligence agencies


Speaking from the Senate floor today, Flake slammed Trump for initially rejecting the findings of national intelligence officials that Russian Federation meddled in the election. Democrats and some Republicans have blasted the White House for even considering the offer from Putin. During his speech on the Senate floor, Jeff Flake criticized Trump's refusal to challenge Putin's denials and questioned why the President would ignore his own intelligence agencies finding, via Raw Story . Read More »

At RNC meeting, no one is sweating Trump-Putin summit

Trump didn't realize he would face such challenges, apparently, and wanted to know why Lemire had been called on instead of a reporter who would ask him an easier question. The next day brought a fresh challenge. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a joint news conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. Read More »

Australia leader urges pope to fire cleric


Allegations of sexual abuse cover ups have continued to rock the Catholic Church years after perpetrators of sexual abuse started regularly appearing before the courts. In May, Wilson became the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of not disclosing to police abuse by another priest. Wilson remains on bail while he is being assessed by prison authorities for home detention, instead of jail. Read More »

Syria ends evacuation of militant-besieged towns


It also noted that 10 ambulances, carrying those in critical condition, had departed from the besieged towns. Syrian troops are fighting terrorists in the southern provinces of Deraa and Quneitra, and once they have completed their military action in those territories, they plan to launch another counter-terrorism offensive in Idlib, a province some 300 km north of Damascus . Read More »

Trump attacks Michael Cohen over 'Playboy model payment tape'

The New York Times reports that in the recording, Mr Trump and Mr Cohen discuss paying Karen McDougal , who says she had an affair with Mr Trump. In a statement Friday (Saturday NZT), President Trump's attorney Rudolph Giuliani confirmed the tape's existence and said no payment was ever made. Read More »

Trump claims Fed rate hikes hinder United States economy

Subtracting inflation, the rate is slightly negative in real terms and still "accommodative" for growth and borrowing, as the Fed said in its June statement. Trump tapped Powell, who had served as a governor at the USA central bank, to serve at its helm following Janet Yellen. "And it is worth pondering whether this is a president who is going to break with 25-30 years of tradition in not interfering in Fed policy deliberations going forward". Read More »

Novichok victim released from United Kingdom hospital after poisoning


Poisoning victims Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley. He reiterated that the public should not pick up items such as syringes, needles, cosmetics or objects made of plastic, metal, or glass. Investigations are continuing into how Charlie, and his partner Dawn, who sadly passed away on July 8th, came into contact with it. The Skripals survived and were released from the Salisbury hospital before Mr Rowley and Mr Sturgess were poisoned and taken there. Read More »

Survivor: Duck boat captain said life jackets not needed


One crew member survived and one did not. Ingrid Coleman Douglas said she had lost her her two uncles, aunt, cousins and their children. Ripley Entertainment, which owns the boat and the Ride the Ducks attraction in Branson, expressed condolences to the victims in a statement. Read More »

Al Sharpton in Huddle With Trump's Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen


Trump. Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape". The recording - which was made shortly before the presidential election - was seized during an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's office in April, the Times reported , citing lawyers and others familiar with the recording. Read More »

Novichok poisoning suspect IDs seem to back Russian murder plot theory


Opening the inquest at Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner's Court, Mr Ridley confirmed swabs taken from both Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley tested positive at Porton Down for the nerve agent. The Sturgess death is being investigated as murder. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack and has put forward multiple theories as to who may have been behind it. Read More »

South Korean company Shinil to apply for Donskoi warship salvage rights


In response to queries, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said that Shinil Group is neither regulated nor licensed by it, and advised consumers to deal only with entities regulated by MAS. Company spokesman Park Seong-jin said his company will file a request for the ship's salvage right later this week. Shinil Group first discovered the ship earlier this month, then recruited the Vancouver-based exploration team to pinpoint the vessel and verify its identity. Read More »

Russian Federation and China block U.S. on North Korea oil — United Nations diplomats


He then warned that "when sanctions are not enforced, the prospects of successful denuclearization of North Korea are diminished". The United States last week complained to the U.N. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein, an associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute who tracks the North Korean economy, said increasing economic penalties seemed to be the main cause of the decline. Read More »

Trump, Putin Discussed 'Concrete Proposals' On Ukraine, Envoy Says


Top aides gathered to convince the president to issue a rare walk-back of the comments he'd made raising doubts about USA intelligence conclusions of Russian election interference as he stood alongside Vladimir Putin . Geraldo Rivera said criticism of President Trump's summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been "absolutely overblown" because there's such widespread anti-Trump sentiment in the mainstream media. Read More »

Putin's idea for Ukraine referendum rejected by White House

National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said agreements between Russian Federation and Ukraine for resolving the conflict in the Donbass region "do not include any option for referendum". intelligence services. He did not elaborate on what Putin's solutions would be. More than 10,300 people have been killed since April 2014 in the conflict between Ukrainian forces and the Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Read More »

Vladimir Putin’s soccer ball gift to Donald Trump gets routine security check


At the summit, the two leaders had a private meeting with only translators present before addressing a joint press conference. What reaction is there to the planned Putin visit? If Coats had been in Washington instead of the conference, he would have been informed about the plan, one source familiar with the inner workings of the White House said on condition of anonymity. Read More »

White House: Security focus for next Trump-Putin meeting


Coats also said there was a "risk" the Russians recorded the private conversation between the two world leaders. The chancellor, a conservative who grew up in Communist East Germany, instead welcomed Trump's invitation to Putin to meet in Washington this autumn and said it should become normal again for USA and Russian leaders to meet. Read More »

Donald Trump suggests Montenegro could start World War III


Last week, President Donald Trump said Montenegro could start World War III. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended the DOJ's indictment of foreign nationals who will never see the inside of an American court Friday, saying the charges were necessary to "expose schemes" against the United States. Read More »

Trump threatens tariffs on all $505 bln of Chinese imports

Having boasted a $376 billion trade surplus with the United States a year ago, Beijing is unable to match the USA on tariffs . Trump said he was not thrilled the Fed was raising rates. "We've been ripped off by China for a long time", he added. I don't really - I'm not happy about it. "I'm ready to go to 500", he said. Its central bank is allowing China's tightly controlled currency to drift lower against the dollar, a move that could help Chinese exporters. Read More »

Russia 'open' to Putin visit to Washington


Demand that the president release his tax returns to help determine, in part, why the president attacked our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union allies and aligns himself with Vladimir Putin . When asked the question Wednesday, he answered "no", a reply that put him sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his own intelligence chief. Read More »

What Was Trump And Putin's Security Agreement? The Pentagon Has No Clue


That performance set off a bipartisan backlash in Washington, forcing days of damage control efforts by an embattled West Wing. A Defense Department spokesman told me "we don't now have anything" when asked about Russian Maj. " Look at the diplomats I threw out ", Trump added, referring to the 60 diplomats expelled from the U.S. in March after the alleged poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK. Read More »

At least 14 wounded in suspected knife attack in Lubeck, Germany

The suspect, who is thought to have been armed with a kitchen knife, is believed to be a 34-year-old man originally from Iran but now a German citizen. He was shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later while on the lam. "There are no indications that the man was politically radicalized", police and prosecutors said in a statement . Read More »

Putin talks to focus on security issues


Bush officials are also under the impression Gross does not need to be grilled on Capitol Hill. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said the Kremlin was ready to discuss the offer made by the U.S. In a sharp rebuke to the White House, the resolution passed with unanimous support from both parties, 98-0. He called Monday's summit in Helsinki a "key event" in worldwide politics and laughed off suggestions that the two men made any "secret deals". Read More »

Israeli soldier, three Palestinian militants, protester killed in Gaza escalation


Three Hamas members were killed in retaliatory strikes that included tank and aircraft fire, he said. The death of a soldier on Friday is the first Israeli fatality in the exchanges. But after weeks of unrelenting fires, and growing political pressure from Israelis living near the border, the government has now declared the balloons to be an unbearable provocation that must be met firmly. Read More »

Rahul Gandhi’s Surprise Hug to Narendra Modi


During the parliamentary session, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party staged a walk out, while the Shiv Sena skipped the meeting, which means that both parties will abstain from the no-trust vote. But after he returned to his seat, he was caught winking, in all likelihood, at a colleague, leaving many wondering what just hit them. In the morning, an aggressive Rahul Gandhi, arms flailing and table-thumping had dared the prime minister to look into his eyes, and declared that prime minister's ... Read More »

Israel pounds Gaza after Palestinian sniper kills IDF soldier

Sirens wailed Friday night in parts of southern Israel warning of incoming Palestinian rockets. The mother of a Palestinian who was killed by Israeli troops east of Khan Younis reacts at hospital in Gaza Strip July 20, 2018 . The killing of an Israeli soldier near Gaza outside of war is an unusual event and elicited a fierce Israeli response against Hamas targets in the coastal territory, as warplanes carried out continuing air strikes. Read More »

Trump calls for Turkey to release USA pastor accused of spying


His first hearing took place on April 16 and his second hearing took place on May 7. A court in western Turkey again denied his request for his release from custody and the case was adjourned until October 12, 2018. Turkey's lira weakened against the dollar immediately after the ruling, reflecting investor worries about tensions with the United States. The United States and Turkey have clashed over war strategy in Syria, Turkey's plans to purchase a Russian missile defense system and the ... Read More »

TIME Magazine morphs Trump, Putin's faces on cover for 'Summit Crisis' story


It said the proposals include setting up a Russian-US-Jordanian monitoring group in Amman and a similar group in Lebanon. American intelligence agencies concluded past year that Russian Federation carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 USA election, seeking to sow discord and disparage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Read More »

Donald Trump claims he warned Vladimir Putin against election meddling

Just last week, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned that the Russian cyber threat to upcoming elections in the United States and other countries is far from over. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) thinks Trump and Putin should "let the dust settle" from this week's summit before planning a second one. Upon returning from Helsinki, Trump said he had misspoken at a joint news conference with Putin when he questioned why Russian Federation would have interfered in the 2016 ... Read More »

Inquest opens into British woman poisoned by nerve agent


A source told the Press Association police had identified the suspects behind the poisoning and confirmed they were Russian . Scotland Yard refused to comment on the report when contacted by AFP . Ms Sturgess's son Ewan Hope, 19, called on US President Donald Trump to raise his mother's death at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Read More »

Trump invites Putin to U.S. for second meeting, stunning security boss

Look at what we've done. Before the meeting in Helsinki, Coats publicly warned that the U.S. was facing a growing cyber threat, singling out Russian Federation as the country's most hostile adversary. Russian Embassy representatives visited Butina in Washington on Thursday, and said in a statement that she is in good health but "has difficulties in adapting to prison conditions". Read More »

Singapore govt health database hacked - Security

Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) revealed today that a hacker had breached its IT systems and stolen personal and health-related data on roughly 1.5 million citizens. The statement added there are no evidence of a similar breach in the other public healthcare IT systems. The first SMSes were sent out from 6pm on Friday, said SingHealth chief executive Ivy Ng, and all affected patients should receive the messages within the next five days. Read More »

Trump backtracks on Helsinki comments - PM

Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to defend his Putin meeting, promising "big results" from better relations with Russian Federation and hitting back at "haters". president was a major objective for the Kremlin as it prepared for the summit, according to people close to the Russian foreign policy establishment. Read More »

Republicans block bid to extend election security grants


Villalba was one of a handful of Republican officeholders around the nation to withhold support of Trump during the 2016 election. Trump, grappling with a torrent of criticism over his performance at a Helsinki summit with Putin, said he misspoke at their joint news conference and meant to say he saw no reason why it was not Russian Federation that interfered in the 2016 USA election. Read More »

First Commercial Flight in 20 Years Departs Ethiopia for Eritrea


Amnesty International has said the new peace should be a catalyst for change in Eritrea, one of the world's most isolated nations. Foreigners wanting to travel from one country to the other had to connect in a third country. Among the passengers on the first flight was former prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, whose shock resignation in February was the first step in a series of seismic shifts in the politics of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa . Read More »

Serious injuries after knife attack on bus in Germany

Police said eight people were injured. Police in the city, in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, said a major police operation was under way. "It was awful, and then the injured were taken away", another eyewitness told the newspaper. Unconfirmed local media reports said the attacker was detained by police. Read More »

In President Trump, Sen. Rand Paul finds a like-minded ally


In a joint news conference at the Finnish Presidential Palace, Trump said he did not "see any reason why" Russian Federation would have meddled in the 2016 election - a remark that surprised many because it's in direct conflict with the conclusions of the entire US intelligence community. Read More »

Donald Trump invites Vladimir Putin to USA despite uproar after Helsinki meeting


Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer criticized the invitation. The Washington Post reported Trump was irritated that the US seemed to be taking stronger actions against Moscow than the Europeans were. On Monday, Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election at their joint press conference in Helsinki, sparking uproar in Washington. Read More »

Ex-FBI Head James Comey Urges Public To Vote Democratic


Comey's tweet comes as tensions continue to boil over in Washington, following President Donald Trump's extraordinary press briefing alongside his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday. But since his abrupt firing by Trump previous year, Comey has become a vocal critic of the administration and Trump himself. "Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president", he added. Read More »

Man Steals Date’s Car, Then Uses It For Another Date


His date, Faith Pugh, recalled that when he arrived, he did not bring his own auto. Pugh got word from Jones that Griffin was on his way to pick her up, and rushed to Jones' house but missed the pair, police said. The godsister texted the original date to let her know that Griffin was picking her up from her grandmother's house, so they could go to a drive-in movie theater. Read More »

Two tornadoes form in IA; steeple ripped off building in separate twister


In particular, they ask people to stay away from the north part of Marshalltown where there are multiple power lines down, gas leaks, and several damaged buildings. He says emergency responders are attempting to get inside the damaged building to see if anyone is trapped inside. Marshalltown resident Stephanie Moz said she, her husband and 2-month-old baby were in the downtown clothing store she owns when tornado sirens went off. Read More »

Trump, seeking to calm political storm over Putin summit, says he misspoke


But he added, as he usually does, "It could be other people also". "He made a frightful statement, tried to back off, but couldn't even bring himself to back off", Schumer said on the Senate floor. Former House speaker and longtime Trump ally Newt Gingrich put it bluntly. "As successful as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was, I think this was our most successful visit", Trump said of the Helsinki summit. Read More »