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Trump, top Russian Federation envoy to meet at White House

Dmitry Peskov said Kremlin officials hoped Trump's decision to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director would not affect Russia's relationship with the United States "in any way". President Trump shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the White House Wednesday in Washington. Israeli leaders have made a priority of raising the issue in their meetings with US officials. Read More

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Exit polls in South Korea forecast win for liberal Moon

The win by Moon ends a decade of conservative rule in South Korea and could result in sharp departures from recent policy toward nuclear-armed North Korea. Significantly, Moon even led in the conservative strongholds of North and South Gyeongsan provinces. Mr Moon, who favours engagement with North Korea , will immediately be thrust into a tense stand-off between the USA and Pyongyang over dictator Kim Jong-un's ambitions to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] capable of ... Read More

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US Soldier Killed in Fight With Somalia's Al-Shabaab

Timothy Szymanski, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command said in a Saturday statement . The troops came under small arms fire. According to one official, there are about 50 American special forces now working with African Union Mission in Somalia and local national commandos as part of a "train and advise mission", and the USA military has been moving in and out of Somalia since a year ago. Read More

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Blast followed by fire reported near Damascus airport

An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus worldwide airport, Syrian state media report, according to BBC News. When pushed by the interviewer that this was a claim of responsibility for the attack, Katz said: "I did not say that, I said what I said". Israel would not officially comment on whether it had carried out the strike. Read More

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Trump announces his first overseas trip will be to Saudi Arabia

Trump announces his first overseas trip will be to Saudi Arabia

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel this month as part of his first foreign trip , wading directly into the tangled diplomacy of Middle Eastern politics, Reuters reports. Trump is expected to meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on the trip. Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, according to the WH official, will focus on trying to reach an understanding with Arab leaders on joint "long-term" ... Read More

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Nigerian president takes to medical advice: minister

Nigerian president takes to medical advice: minister

On his part, a former governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, said the way forward on the controversy surrounding the health of the President was for the Senate to constitute a board of inquiry to look into the issue. She says some prominent Nigerians are demanding that he take medical leave amid questions about his fitness to govern. On Friday, Buhari failed to attend the usual prayers at the state house mosque. Read More

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State House Watch: Gas Tax Conferees Named

State House Watch: Gas Tax Conferees Named

That's true. Rodrigues' legislation, and a similar bill ( SB 406 ) expected to pass the Florida Senate later this week, give licenses to any growers who lost out in 2015 but win an administrative challenge. But Senate members are divided on the rebate. Some senators said the state should take similar action on math and English assessment tests that could keep students who have met all other graduation requirements from getting their diplomas. Read More

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BC leaders square off in TV debate

BC leaders square off in TV debate

Another poll also released May 1 from Ipsos-Reid, of 661 voters, suggested a very different result: a statistical tie between B.C. Liberals and NDP , but Clark's party eking out a minority victory in the seat count. Horgan's promises to drop tolls on two Vancouver-area bridges, freeze hydro rates and eliminate medical services premiums drew dire warnings from the Liberals about higher taxes and deficits. Read More

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Congress OKs $1 trillion spending bill

Congress OKs $1 trillion spending bill

However, Democratic leaders extracted many important concessions as well, including thwarting major cuts in social programs and medical research and temporarily blocking Trump's drive to build a border wall. Senate forces, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and several Appalachia region Democrats, won a provision to extend health care for 22,000 retired Appalachian coal miners and their families, financed in part by changes to welfare. Read More

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Hamas in Gaza says it won't be cowed by Abbas' threats

While Israel views Barghouti as a security threat, opinion polls have consistently shown him to be the most popular choice among Palestinians to succeed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The manifesto is seen as an attempt by the internationally isolated Hamas to improve ties with Egypt and the West, and to present a more moderate image that will help it get off Western terrorism lists. Read More

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Wisconsin in focus: US-Canada trade battle heats up

Wisconsin in focus: US-Canada trade battle heats up

In what the White House described as "a very amicable call" on Tuesday, Trump and Trudeau discussed the dairy trade in border states, as well as lumber imports into the US. Wisconsin loggers are welcoming President Trump's tariff on Canadian lumber. The company here that had processed the milk for cheese-makers in Canada says it will no longer do so as of May 1. Read More

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Prominent firm to defend 'Bachelor' star in Iowa crash case

Prominent firm to defend 'Bachelor' star in Iowa crash case

This time, Soules made a distressed call to 911 before fleeing the scene. Soules responds "yes" over and over as the operator asks about the man, including whether he was thrown into "a ditch" as a result of the accident. Today, Radar Online is reporting that authorities in Soules' Iowa hometown are investigating the accident as a criminal matter and have not ruled out the possibility that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Read More

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