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Federal Bureau of Investigation fires agent Peter Strzok over his 2016 anti-Trump text messages

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly cited the texts between Page and Strzok, who were dating during the 2016 campaign, as proof that the FBI's investigation was tainted from the start. Strzok's public profile reached a tipping point in July when he testified before House Judiciary and Oversight committees. Among the most infamous messages sent to Page during the election, Strzok vowed to stop then-candidate Trump from becoming president. Read More »

Iran's top leader bans any negotiations with Washington

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks were carried by Iran's state television Monday. "I ban holding any talks with America". The Times of Israel notes Khamenei's outline on his English Twitter account as to why negotiations are out of the question, in which he calls the USA government a "duplicitous" one that uses a bait-and-switch-style "formula" during talks. Read More »

NAFTA talks with Mexico drag on due to autos sticking points

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A source familiar with the Ottawa NAFTA negotiations said on Friday that Ottawa's negotiators won't return to the table in Washington until the USA and Mexico find common ground on their outstanding issues, which right now center on the Trump administration's ability to impose national security tariffs on future Mexican production from new auto assembly and parts plants. Read More »

Washington US House race likely to feature 2 Democrats

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Here are reasons why either one of them could emerge victorious in the general election in November. Except in the U.S. Senate. The odds are not great, but could this be the year Trump breaks the midterm jinx? In southwest Washington's 17th Legislative District, Republican state representative Vicki Kraft received 48.5 percent of the votes, while Democratic challenger Tanisha Harris got 43.9 percent. Read More »

Two Koreas start talks meant to set up 3rd Moon-Kim summit

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The meeting at a North Korea-controlled building in the border village of Panmunjom will come as the worldwide community waits to see if North Korea will begin abandoning its nuclear weapons program, something officials suggested would happen after Kim's summit with U.S. Read More »

Omarosa: 'I Was Complicit With This White House Deceiving This Nation'

She also appears confused about the premise for her ousting, which Mr. Kelly describes as "integrity violations". Newman's taping of her ouster sparked immediate criticism because she secretly recorded Kelly in the ultra-secure Situation Room, where cell phones and other electronic devices are prohibited. Read More »

Caspian nations agree on division of oil and gas spoils

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He also said that the five states have agreed to sign an agreement on confidence-building measures in the military sector, in a bid to ensure the arms balance in the region and strengthen regional security and stability. The Caspian Sea holds vast amounts of oil and natural gas. Nazarbayev said the convention allows for the construction of underwater oil and gas pipelines as well as setting national quotas for fishing and forbids any foreign military presence. Read More »

Ten people in hospital after Manchester shooting

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A police spokesman said: "At this stage, ten people are now in hospital suffering from minor to major injuries". Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry said police had launched an attempted murder investigation but the motive for the attack remained unclear. Read More »

Tourist killed by hippo while taking pictures in Kenya

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Kenya's wildlife authority says a Chinese tourist died after he was attacked by a hippo as he was taking pictures on the shores of Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley. 11. At least six people have been killed by hippos around Lake Naivasha this year, the BBC reported . "The man was bitten on the chest and his injuries were serious and he died minutes after he was retrieved from the lake", said Rift Valley Head of Criminal investigations Gideon Kibunja. Read More »

Children among dozens killed by explosion at Syria weapons depot

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The huge blast in Sarmada, a town in Idlib province close to the Turkish border, happened in the early hours yesterday, causing buildings to collapse and trapping dozens of people inside. Most of Idlib is controlled by rebels and HTS, but the Islamic State jihadist group also has sleeper cells in the area. The Observatory said an arms depot in the basement of a building had detonated. Read More »

Run paper defends tight security in China’s troubled Xinjiang region

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Last year, 21% of all arrests in China were in Xinjiang , a territory that accounts for about 1.5% of the population, according to the advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders. McDougall said there were estimates that more than a million people "are being held in so-called counter-extremism centers and another 2 million have been forced into so-called re-education camps for political and cultural indoctrination". Read More »

READ: Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statement on Omarosa’s secret Situation Room recording

How he is not engaged in some of the most important decisions that impacts our country. "I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation". "Rob Porter is accused of allegedly abusing his wives", she said. "And he's accusing me of integrity violations?" Indeed that is why people on both sides of the national security aisle have been calling for a serious investigation and potential prosecution of Omarosa for this violation, as it is a serious breach of some of our country's ... Read More »

Turkish lira drops to new record low overnight

The lira is now down around 45% against the dollar since the start of the year, making it far harder for Turkish companies to pay back loans they have taken out in the U.S. He indicated that the entire alliance between Turkey - which joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 1952 with strong American backing - and the United States was at stake. Read More »

Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Parkway Central grad Avenatti, considers 2020 run

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In an interview, Avenatti said: 'At that point in time, for what she was speaking about, I think that was the right message. Michael Avenatti shakes hands at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa . Many top-tier prospects - including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Clifford was paid $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election by then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with the president a decade earlier, which Mr. Read More »

Baltimore cop suspended after brutal attack on unarmed man in viral video

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The officer then circled back and exited his vehicle, choosing to confront McGrier for no specific reason. What happened Saturday morning marks the latest controversial use of force against a black person by police. I am in close contact with interim commissioner Tuggle who has not only suspended the officer in question but has launched an immediate investigation into the full circumstances of this encounter. Read More »

'Resist Apartheid:' Thousands Rally Against Israel's Nationality Bill

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Amos Shoken, publisher of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz , was also present at the rally and urged Arab Israelis "not to despair" and to continue to mobilise against the controversial law. "A democratic state must be a state for all its citizens". "Nobody has harmed - and nobody intends to harm - these individual rights but without the Nation-State Law it will be impossible to ensure for (future) generations the future of Israel as a Jewish national state", he said. Read More »

Turkey to launch action plan to avert financial collapse

The lira has been hammered this year, having started January at around 3.70 to the dollar, while it was also sharply down against the euro. The currency is down 40 percent just this year, shaking worldwide investors' confidence in the country. Read More »

Trump Praises Bikers Planning Boycott Of Harley-Davidson: ‘Great!’

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Many motorcyclists have said that they will go against the company once this happens, putting their loyalty to the President above their loyalty to the brand. Harley-Davidson said the tariffs would add about $2,200 to the cost of the average bike built in the US and exported to the trading bloc. Harley doesn't sell motorcycles in the U.S. Read More »

Timing of compound search is questioned

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He called his two daughters - 38-year-old Hujrah Wahhaj and 35-year-old Subhannah Wahhaj, both of whom lived at the compound - the "sweetest kinds of people". "If this child was still alive at that point in time - end of April, beginning of May, when they were notified - then somebody needs to be held accountable", he said. Read More »

Turkish president: USA set deadline to release detained pastor

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Erdogan promised supporters that Turkey was taking the necessary precautions to protect its economy but added, "The most important thing is breaking the hands firing these weapons". In Rize, Erdogan said the United States would pay a price by challenging Turkey for the sake of " petty calculations ", denouncing Washington for declaring " economic war on the entire world" and holding countries "for ransom through sanction threats". Read More »

Trudeau stands firm amid dispute with Saudi Arabia

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He further said, "Pakistan is following with vast concern the crisis in the relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada and places on record its solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia". Ukraine is a major supplier of barley to Saudi Arabia but has not sold wheat to Saudi Arabia since 2016. Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada over its arrest of women's rights activists will not affect the ultraconservative kingdom's oil sales to Canadian customers, the Saudi energy minister ... Read More »

Romanians protest government corruption for a second straight day

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About 1,000 officers in riot gear intervened to clear the crowds assembled in a central square outside the main government building after some protesters tried to break through the police cordon. Local media said up to 80,000 people had taken to the streets, among them many Romanian expatriates who returned home to show their anger at the graft in one of the EU's most corruption-plagued member states. Read More »

V.S. Naipaul Dies: Nobel Prize Winning Author was 85

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Naipaul's death was mourned by many including Geordie Greig, editor of the Mail on Sunday and a close friend, said his loss leaves a "gaping hole in Britain's literary heritage" but there is "no doubt" that his "books live on". Biswas , An Area of Darkness , India: A Wounded Civilization , and A Bend in the River . The outspoken writer was known for his many harsh criticisms, including that of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair - who he described as a "pirate" - as well as ... Read More »

Omarosa Claims Trump Repeatedly Used 'N-Word' During 'The Apprentice'

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The White House says the book is "riddled with lies and false accusations". Sanders says, "It's sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks". "I didn't know that". Omarosa worked with Trump on The Apprentice and followed him into the White House, drawing an annual salary of $179,700, was married at the Trump International Hotel in Washington , DC, and brought her bridal party to the White House for photos. Read More »

Afghan Taliban delegation visits Uzbekistan to discuss peace, security

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The Taliban , fighting to topple the Western-backed government and drive out worldwide forces, have generally refrained from sabotaging vital infrastructure and have sought to reassure neighbouring countries about their aims. Short videos circulating on social media, purported to be from Ghazni, showed patrols by a number of heavily armed Taliban, with a large plume of smoke and flames coming out from the city. Read More »

Kavanaugh opposed indicting a sitting president

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Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Bush White House and for independent counsel Kenneth Starr. Republicans want Kavanaugh on the bench as early as the first of October, before the court starts its next term. Read More »

Stone associate held in contempt of court

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An associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has been held in contempt of court after refusing to appear before a grand jury in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation. Miller plans to appeal. Miller's argument mirrored a similar claim made recently by President Donald Trump , who has repeatedly criticized Mueller's investigation into ties between Russian Federation and his campaign as a "witch hunt". Read More »