January 23, 2018

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Trump claims first foreign trip has 'made and saved' USA billions


Though it took a trip across the globe to get that message out there, we think the fashion world has finally come to terms with the fact that Melania is capable of nailing her chosen looks. The two have publicly disagreed over a number issues, including one of Trump's key campaign talking points - open borders. Leaders of seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration more time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement. Read More »

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Iranians yearning for detente overseas and greater freedoms at home have handed President Hassan Rouhani a second term, but the hard-line forces he defeated in elections Friday will remain defiantly opposed to his plans. "I expect Rouhani to lift the house arrest" of opposition leaders, said another, drafting technician Farnoosh Kazemi, 26. "The big obstacles remain, which is financing and the movement of money, and that's the next big challenge", he says, referring to the fact that, despite ... Read More »

Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia


To be sure, however, there were many photo ops. Why underground? Because Israeli children need to be protected from the second photo. The administration naively believes that the solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not stopping Islamic supremacism, is the key to peace in the Middle East. Read More »

Israeli joy at Trump visit, but substance lacking


But even after the president's trip to Israel , I'm not there yet. Netanyahu effusively praised Trump before his museum address and sprang to his feet to lead applause for him several times. Trump's caution showed. He did not weigh in on Israeli settlements , the status of Jerusalem or even whether the USA would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory. Read More »

Trump delays decision on Paris climate accord


He also refused to explicitly endorse the mutual defense agreement that has been activated only once, during the terrorist attacks of September, 2001. stance on climate change . TAORMINA, Italy (AP) - Down to the final day of his lengthy first global trip, President Donald Trump will lift off for Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, returning to a White House that sits under a cloud of scandal. Read More »

British police make two more arrests after Manchester bombing

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to take up the issue of evidence leaks over the Manchester bombing in the United States media with President Donald Trump when she meets him at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels later on Thursday. Read More »

Father and Brother of Manchester Bomber Arrested in Libya

An off-duty police officer lost her life in the deadly terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester, England Monday night. Part of that threat assessment is the fear that Abedi could have been working as part of a group of accomplices with possible links to militant groups who have the competence to plot and execute suicide bombings. Read More »

Egypt: Gunmen attack bus with Christians; 23 killed, 25 wounded


A group of masked armed men driving three SUVs stopped the bus as it was on its way to the Anba Samuel monastery near the city of Minya, security sources and witnesses said. The Daesh terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the twin attacks, which occurred on the Christian Palm Sunday holiday. But Copts, who have always been targeted for violence, are not optimistic the situation will change. Read More »

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader _ who calls it natural

The Associated Press described Thursday's speech as an "unprecedented one-two punch" that "further rattled" an already anxious Europe . Now, as president, his remarks didn't explicitly reaffirm America's commitment to it. During his campaign, Trump said he would cancel the climate agreement and stop all US payments to United Nations global warming programs. Some of the allies - particularly Eastern European nations deeply anxious about Russian aggression - were hopeful that Trump would ... Read More »

Trump's Mid East envoy to return to Israel for follow-up visit


And we also gave them an ability to continue with terror ... no matter where we go we see the signs of Iran in the Middle East. ... " Palestinians in Bethlehem say they feel like they're living in a ghetto with it". president's characterization of Hamas as a terrorist organization, raising a banner that said: "Our dignity is our most valuable possession. His shifting attitude toward the Saudi kingdom shows that he can change his mind violently literally from one day to the next, and ... Read More »

Philippines using helicopters to clear militants

Elaborating on the ongoing fight, the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Western Mindanao Command said 13 fighters were killed in a two-hour gunfight on Thursday morning when their forces cleared two bridges heading toward Bangulo in Marawi city . Read More »

British Police Decry Apparent U.S. Leaks Of Manchester Attack Evidence

Leaks from US government agencies have been occurring for a long time and are "deeply troubling", Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. The source said: "MI5 is managing around 500 active investigations, involving some 3,000 subjects of interest [SOIs] at any one time ". Officials scoured the background of the British-born ethnic Libyan identified as the bomber, saying he was likely part of a wider terrorist network. Read More »

Democrats in US Senate Urge Trump to Stick With Paris Climate Deal


The GOP senators sent a two-page letter Thursday to President Donald Trump . The almost 200 other countries that adopted the agreement will simply carry on without us. The United States is now the world's second-largest polluter behind China . For these reasons and more, President Trump should heed his advisers urging him to leave the Paris Agreement. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron experiences the phenomenon of Donald Trump's handshake on two occasions

Melania Trump, right, wife of US President Donald Trump speaks with Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron as they visit the Magritte Museum in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017 . "You tiny, tiny, tiny little man", she tweeted, providing a GIF of the unusual incident. Earlier in the day, Macron, although more briefly, already shook hands with Trump. Read More »

US warship sails close to South China Sea island


Last month, top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific region, Admiral Harry Harris, said the United States would likely carry out freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea soon, without offering any details. In an annual FNOPS report released by the Pentagon in February, the Department of Defence said that in 2016 it carried out freedom of navigation operations against 22 countries, including India. Read More »

Martyn Hett confirmed to have died in Manchester Arena Bombing


Saffie Roussos , 8, is the youngest victim identified so far. An off-duty female officer from Cheshire constabulary was among those who died in the attack, police sources have confirmed. It came shortly after the family of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell confirmed she was among the victims of Monday night's attack. School receptionist and mother-of-three Jane Tweddle was a "a truly wonderful friend and colleague", according to the principal of the school where she worked. Read More »

Rubio not optimistic on prospects of Middle East peace


Trump landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of his first trip overseas since taking office. With no controversy, Trump also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was crucified and buried in a tomb. Read More »

Tillerson arrives in Alaska for Arctic meeting

The Arctic Council - an global body dedicated to sustaining the Arctic - has concluded its meeting at Fairbanks, Alaska, by signing a treaty that cites climate change in the Arctic and the importance of the Paris Agreement in slowing it. Read More »

Donald Trump condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester terror attack

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. "The civilised nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right of our citizens to live in safety and in peace". people were covered in blood, some people were having a fight, it was quite scary", explained concert goer Josh Elliot to the BBC. "So you have another story wrong", he told reporters. Read More »

Rouhani: Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia forum to take place in Tehran

And Iranian decision-makers are well aware of this. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a press conference in Tehran , Iran, Monday, May 22, 2017. Everyone, including Rouhani, knows that the economy is the Iranian government's Achilles' heel. The reemphasis on traditional United States alliances here has drawn broad welcome from Arab and Israeli leaders, who offered outsized praise for Trump despite few details for his plans moving forward. Read More »

'UK Police Believe They Know Identity Of Manchester Attacker'


NPR's Bill Chappell has more on the Manchester attack - everything that we know, as of Tuesday evening - right here . "There can be nothing more cowardly than to attack children and young people enjoying a night-out", she said. A second emergency Cobra meeting will take place later today . The prime minister said numerous victims were being treated for life-threatening injuries at eight hospitals in the Manchester area. Read More »

Trump Arrives Israel In Search Of Peace Process


Trump, responding to a journalist's question on the subject alongside Netanyahu , said "I never mentioned the word or the name Israel ". " I think they'll just tell us where to stand ", Netanyahu then said, according to NBC News , as the two leaders walked towards their spots to listen to the national anthem. Read More »

Democrats To Committee Chair: We Need Answers About Michael Flynn


Flynn told security clearance investigators that he was paid by "U.S. companies" when he traveled to Moscow in December 2015 to dine at a gala with Russian President Vladimir Putin", Rep. Shortly after Mr Flynn left the White House, the Department of Defense also launched an inquiry into payments he received for a speech in Moscow to media outlet RT, and for lobbying on Turkey's behalf. Read More »

Comey Agrees to Testify Before Senate Intel Committee

The President had later claimed that he had moved against Mr Comey in part because of his frustration over the FBI's handling of the Russian Federation investigation. The White House said at the time that Comey was sacked based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Read More »