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Local elections bring cheer for Theresa May

At latest count across the 23 English and Welsh counties that had fully declared results, the Tories had control of 10 authorities and 561 seats, a net gain of 155, while Labour had control of five authorities and 404 seats, a net loss of 125. Read More »

French Election: Hollande, Merkel Congratulate Macron

European equities dipped, with French shares underperforming the wider market after having hit their highest in more than 9 years on Friday. Although market sentiment was positive following Macron's election victory, profit taking dominated on Monday with the Presidential vote already priced in. Read More »

Courageous dog chases bear out of his backyard

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A bear is on the loose Tuesday afternoon in a Southern California neighborhood, NBC News reports . "What are you thinking, dog?" the helicopter cameraman can be heard saying. Residents say this animal, which is tagged, is a frequent visitor. "It's very frightening of course". With the brouhaha over, the two combatants went their separate ways, with the bear sticking around the neighborhood for a few more hours before finally heading back home in the forest. Read More »

Trump leaves door open for military action against North Korea

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That missile, the Pukguksong-2, uses a solid-fuel technology that American experts say will make it easier for the country to hide its arsenal in its numerous tunnels and launch its missiles on very short notice. "Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary", he said. Read More »

Yates: Alarm about Russian blackmail led to warning on Flynn

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President Obama's ambassador to Russia and a former director of Central Intelligence Agency operations in Russia are casting doubt on former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates' claim that former national security adviser Michael Flynn opened himself up to blackmail by the Russian government. Read More »

Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

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But he added it was too soon to determine whether he would be willing to subpoena them from the White House. Wait, it does? Clapper couldn't comment, which is understandable when an investigation is underway, but therein lies the point: his answer made it sound as if Donald Trump's business interests in Russian Federation might also be drawing scrutiny. Read More »

China says it has successfully tested new type of missile

On Wednesday China's military did not provide details on the missile. Instead North Korea officials have been invited to Sunday's 28-country summit known as the Belt and Road. It completely antagonizes China , as well as Russian Federation. At the same time, tensions between Pyongyang and Beijing have also risen in recent weeks as China works with the U.S.to rein in North Korea. Read More »

Always Dreaming wins the 143rd Kentucky Derby

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On Saturday, they fulfilled their dream of winning it together. The Derby was won by the 9-2 post-time favorite, Always Dreaming , the fifth time in a row that the race has been won by the favorite. Always Dreaming's primary ownership is comprised of Brooklyn Boyz Stables and Teresa Viola, whose Brooklyn-born husband Vincent owns the NHL's Florida Panthers. Read More »

Trump asserts Comey told him he's not under investigation

Comey's firing has become a new source of controversy for President Trump, with critics and media figures are asking why POTUS chose to fire Comey as the FBI continues its investigation into the election. November 6, 2016: Comey tells Congress in a follow-up letter that a review of newly discovered Clinton emails has "not changed our conclusions" that she should not face criminal charges. Read More »

Labour loses out as SNP and Tories snap up seats

However, with Labour's representation on KCC decimated after losing eight seats, and the Lib Dems also failing to make any gains, the Greens, who successfully defended their one council seat in Hythe, want the parties to join forces over the coming weeks. Read More »

Russian Federation blames the U.S. after protesters storm Macedonia's parliament

The protesters, supporters of ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's VMRO party, are demanding new elections. But President Gjorge Ivanov defied calls from the European Union, the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to appoint Zaev as prime minister, saying the coalition would threaten the unity of the country as the ethnic Albanian parties want greater rights for their community and a broader use of the Albanian language. Read More »

Trump's Muslim comments could haunt him in travel ban appeal

The other three appeals court nominees include Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett - another Scalia clerk - to the 7th Circuit, former Alabama Solicitor General Kevin Newsom to the 11th Circuit, and John Bush , a lawyer in private practice, to the 6th Circuit. Read More »

Donald Trump dismisses Russian Federation collusion claims as a total hoax

It nevertheless took 18 days before the president, pressed by Pence and others, dismissed the retired army lieutenant general, who had advised him on security issues throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. And even though Yates refused to cooperate with Trump's original travel ban, the fact is that she paid the price and moved on. Still, Democrats must be frustrated that they still have not made serious claims about Russian collusion with the White House. Read More »

Kapil Mishra files 3 complaints with CBI, threatens to launch hunger strike

BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI, " Kejriwal came on tall promises of eradicating corruption. During a press conference on Monday, Sanjay Singh had lashed out against the allegations and blamed BJP for the allegations made by Mishra. On the other hand, senior AAP leader Satyendar Jain hit back at Kapil Mishra, saying "no deal took place " between him and party chief Arvind Kejriwal and the sackedminister was "lying" after "losing his mental balance". Read More »

Graham takes shot at Trump in Russian Federation hearing

Later that day, at the White House, she told him there was a discrepancy between how administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, were characterizing Flynn's contacts with Kislyak and what intelligence officials knew to be true based on recordings of those calls . Read More »

North Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism

North Korea has continued expanding its nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile testing despite USA warnings and sanctions and United Nations resolutions. Another American was held by North Korea in the weekend. It said "The security of USA citizens is one of the department's highest priorities ". After years of crossing the border openly, he was detained in October 2015, accused of being a spy for South Korea, and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor. Read More »

Macron's challenge to mend France's fractured political landscape

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One of Macron's immediate tasks will be to name his prime minister who will govern between now and the parliamentary elections on June 11 and 18, and perhaps beyond. Sylvie Goulard, a French deputy to the European Parliament, said Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well. Read More »

Mattis cites good talks with Turkey on fighting IS in Syria

According to a senior USA administration official, Interpol has identified 14,000 foreign fighters it knows have travelled to Syria and are still alive. This is not the first time Washington and Ankara have differed publicly on their views of the Syrian Kurds. A Pentagon official on Tuesday offered reassurances to Turkey following President Donald J. Read More »

Turkey slams 'occupation' of Jerusalem, draws Israel's ire

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He added there can not be peace in the region without an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 boundaries, and he calls on the worldwide community to apply pressure on Israel to comply with this demand. Israel's Foreign Ministry responded in a statement issued on Monday night. "Israel consistently protects total freedom of worship for Jews, Muslims and Christians-and will continue to do so despite the baseless smears launched against it", Nahshon continued. Read More »

Bengal to write to CBSE to protest tough NEET paper

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Parents claimed that while they were of the opinion that the exam question papers ought to be a translated version of the English paper, but 85% of the questions in the Marathi version were different. Chatterjee accused the Centre of stifling the talent in Bengal. This is centre's tactic to deprive Bengal and neglect the talent of the State. "NEET-2017 question paper was different in some regions, especially the codes, which had questions in Gujarati and Bengali language. Read More »

Rents at record high as rental supply reaches all time low

Rents are at a new all-time high, while the number of homes available to rent remains at the lowest levels on record. In Cork, the cost of rents rose by 10.4pc to €1,107. It was one of counties with the fastest rising rents, just behind Louth which saw an increase of 18.3 per cent in the past year. Author of the Daft.ie report and Trinity College lecturer Ronan Lyons said: "The rental market has, for over five years now, shown increasing signs of distress, with stronger demand but weaker ... Read More »

Syria fighting eases as safe zones plan begins

But it's unknown how many boots on the ground would be needed to monitor the yet-to-be mapped areas or how and where exactly Russian, Iranian and Turkish troops would patrol. Captain Jeff Davis of the Pentagon would not say if the United States military would honour the zones and promise not to fly over them. "As for their actions in the de-escalation zones, now all of them are closed for their flights", reported UPI. Read More »

US, Philippines kick off scaled-back Balikatan exercise

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Mr Prashanth Parameswaran, a security and foreign policy expert at Tufts University, said it is "still early days, with new leaderships on both sides, and things could change further down the line in Manila's ties with the major powers as they have often done in the past". Read More »

Israel says Palestinian hunger strike leader ate in secret

The strike, led by senior Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, has also prompted protests in wider Palestinian society and the organizing committee behind the strike has called for a series of protests in the coming week, including clearing all shops of Israeli goods on Wednesday as an act of boycott and a general strike the following day. Read More »

Still hope for Madeleine, says mother 10 years on

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The parents of Madeleine McCann have vowed to do "whatever it takes for as long as it takes" to find her as they prepare to mark the tenth anniversary of her disappearance on the evening of 3 May 2007, from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz resort in the Algarve, Portugal. Read More »

His support for black colleges remains 'unwavering'

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The aim of the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program is provide low-priced capital to finance improvements to the infrastructure of the nation's historically black colleges and universities, including for the fix or construction of classrooms, libraries, dormitories and the like, according to the Department of Education. Read More »

N. Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

U.S. President Donald Trump warned he fears a "major conflict" with North Korea, given that Kim Jong-un chooses to ignoring global sanctions and continues testing out ballistic missiles. On its website, PUST says its mission is "to pursue excellence in education, with an worldwide outlook, so that its students are diligent in studies, innovative in research and upright in character, bringing illumination to the Korean people and the world". Read More »

Hamas, Which The US Considers A Terror Group, Elects A New Leader

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday symbolically tossed into a trash can a Hamas policy paper published last week that set out an apparent softening of the Palestinian Islamist group's stance towards Israel. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has gone public with his support of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners now on hunger strike in Israeli jails. It's not clear which direction Haniyeh will choose for Hamas. Read More »

Theresa May 'not taking anything for granted' after Labour's local election rout

There were some positives for leader Jeremy Corbyn's party; former cabinet minister Andy Burnham was elected as Manchester's first "metro mayor". However given Conservatives huge polls lead it has been crystal clear since Theresa May first announced that an election will be held on June 8th that the Conservatives would win the election with an increased majority. Read More »