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Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House

It will be the highest-level contact between Trump and the government official of the Russian President Vladimir Putin since Trump took office on January 20. Still, the overlap between the investigation and Trump's diplomatic efforts made for uncomfortable optics. The president said Mr Flynn misled senior administration officials about his pre-inauguration talks with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's amb... [Full Article...]

From the Archives: Prince Philip Through the Years

While few were surprised that Philip is stepping back, tourists outside the imposing gates of Buckingham Palace expressed unhappiness about the news. The Duke has carried out 22,191 solo engagements since 1952 - so this will be an enormous change for the royal family, not least for the Queen who he has supported on so many occasions. [Full Article...]

North Korea detention of fourth USA citizen 'concerning' - White House

South Korea, the US and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions, which have sometimes involved high-profile Americans sent to secure the release of the Americans. Even so, it's expected that students report on their interactions with foreign staff. Korean American writer Suki Kim went to PUST undercover as an English teacher in 2011 and later wr... [Full Article...]

Local election results in Scotland likely to heal COSLA rift

She said: "This was a council election that the SNP fought on local issues, which is probably why the SNP won the election so emphatically". Ms Hair also increased the party's share of the vote by 15% in Angus South in the Scottish Parliament election a year ago. [Full Article...]

Akhilesh Yadav Expels 5, Including Uncle Shivpal's Loyalists, From Samajwadi Party

Akhilesh Yadav Expels 5, Including Uncle Shivpal's Loyalists, From Samajwadi Party He is a selfish person and is concerned only for his narrow political interests. "This person made attempts to defeat Shivpal and even spent money for the goal". The statement of Aparna, wife of Mulayam Singh's younger son Prateek Yadav, coincides with the expulsion of some Shivpal Yadav proteges like Deepak Mishra by Akhilesh for alleged anti-party activities. [Full Article...]

Hamas says Ismail Haniyeh chosen as Islamic group's leader

It comes a few days after Hamas unveiled a revised charter that eased its position on Israel and distanced itself from Islamist groups in the region in what was seen as a bid to reverse years of growing isolation in the region. An influential military figure, he represents for some the hardest line within the Islamist movement. "I hope (Haniya) makes good decisions for the Palestinians he as... [Full Article...]

Palace announces Prince Philip to retire from official Royal duties

Palace announces Prince Philip to retire from official Royal duties The hashtag #BuckinghamPalace trended worldwide on Twitter. "Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II". Diane Cole, 76, a retired Briton living in Melbourne, Australia, said: "The thing I like the most is when he. speaks his mind". Outspoken, irascible and intensely private, Philip, a Greek-born former naval officer, developed a reputation ... [Full Article...]

Trump says North Korea's Kim Jong-un is a 'pretty smart cookie'

Trump says North Korea's Kim Jong-un is a 'pretty smart cookie' Asked about North Korea's recent failed missile launch attempts, Trump said he'd rather not discuss the matter, because he does not want to reveal his next move. It is a chess game . Japanese media said the destroyer is set to escort the USA supply ship in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo later on Monday in the first such operation since it passed controversial security laws allowing Japan'... [Full Article...]

Critics say law would steal overtime pay from workers

Critics say law would steal overtime pay from workers The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 now goes to the Senate but, despite having the White House's support, could face some obstacles there. The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. Most of his employees accumulate substantial overtime during the busy spring and summer season, then work very short hours in late fall and winter. [Full Article...]

Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to the White House

Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to the White House The New York Times on Sunday reported Trump hadn't consulted his State Department or National Security Council before inviting Duterte; an administration official denied that report to Reuters , claiming "the guys who prepared for the call were unified on this". [Full Article...]

Libyan premier, rival general in UAE for 'mediation' talks

Libya's armed forces posted an image on Facebook showing Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter standing next to Prime Minister Fayez Serraj after taking part in surprise talks in Abu Dhabi , the UAE's oil-rich capital. The UAE praised the efforts of the United Nations and its Special Representative to Libya, Martin Kobler , who held separate talks with representatives of both camps in Sudan earlier... [Full Article...]

More than 50 miners trapped in explosion in Iran, some feared dead

More than 50 miners trapped in explosion in Iran, some feared dead Hossein Ahmadi, head of the provincial Red Crescent, told state TV that about 26 were believed to be trapped. A local official said the tunnels were filled with gas, making rescue work hard. The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined. The mine has 500 workers and the explosion happened during a change of shift, Fars reported . [Full Article...]

Deadly Blast Hits NATO Convoy in Kabul

They urged civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centres regarded as legitimate targets by militants besides warning people not to support the government. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred at rush hour on a crowded boulevard just a few hundred yards from the USA embassy and several Afghan government ministries. [Full Article...]

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Social media went abuzz Friday with videos of United States and Syrian Kurdish forces jointly patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border. Since Trump's election, Turkey had indicated it wanted a "change in United States policy on the YPG support". [Full Article...]

US 'Concerned' About Turkish Strikes On Kurdish Allies In Iraq, Syria

However, the resulting strikes led to the deaths of a number of U.S. Kurdish allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces and Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government, operating near Sinjar. He was seen briefing the US commanders with the help of an interpreter during the tour. A spokesman for Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, could not immediately confirm whe... [Full Article...]

Steelers take another quarterback-sacking Watt

Enter Smith-Schuster, the second-youngest draft pick in Steelers' history (he won't turn 21 until November) who has the size (6-foot-1) Pittsburgh lacked last season while Bryant sat out. Set to host several additional undrafted free agent players for tryouts during rookie minicamp, it is likely Pittsburgh will ultimately need to release more than just eight names. [Full Article...]

United States to honor Australia refugee deal Trump called 'dumb'

Way back in February of 2017, which feels like it was 30 years ago at this point, Donald Trump screwed up the simple act of calling Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Pence also made it clear the USA would honour the refugee deal struck with the Federal Government to resettle people from Australian-run detention centres, even though the Trump administration dislikes it. [Full Article...]

Snooker: John Higgins out to secure final place against 'great'

John Higgins says winning a fifth world title would be his greatest snooker feat as he closes in on another Crucible final . Breaks of 74 and 96 provided the immediate burst that carried Selby two frames clear, and the swift one-two floored Ding. [Full Article...]

Germany's Merkel begins Gulf trip with stop in Saudi Arabia

Germany's Merkel begins Gulf trip with stop in Saudi Arabia Members of the Royal family also abide by the Foreign Office's advice when they visit the strict Muslim kingdom. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at Al-Salam palace here today the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of #Germany Dr. [Full Article...]

Iran summons Pakistani ambassador over terrorist attack

Iran summons Pakistani ambassador over terrorist attack The militant group has been behind several armed attacks on Iranian security forces in the Sunni -populated area in southeastern regions of the country. The assailants escaped into Pakistani territory immediately after the attack. "The message was delivered to Ambassador Asif Ali Khan Durrani on Friday", he said. [Full Article...]

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