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by | May 21, 2017 | 18:09

Trump's terse denial followed reports by Reuters and other media about a memo written by Comey alleging that Trump made the request to close down the investigation into Michael Flynn and Russian Federation in February. The recent assignment of one of the FBI's former directors, Robert Mueller, as special counsel has made the investigation now even more critical. When we talked yesterday, Hof said Trump's impeachment was "almost certainly not a near-term prospect".

by | May 21, 2017 | 18:08

Aides have said the speech, given in the cradle of Islam, will be "uplifting" but also "blunt" in its call for leaders of Muslim countries to take a stand against violent fundamentalism. In 2015, her husband had, in a tweet, criticized former first lady Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf during a visit to the kingdom. It is also thought the US President is hoping to move past the recent controversies surrounding his administration.

by | May 21, 2017 | 18:02

Check out Federal News Radio's latest podcasts. The Kremlin said the French and Russian leaders have discussed possible co-operation on global issues, including the fight against terrorism. A pro-European, German-speaking rightist, Le Maire came second to ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy for the leadership of the The Republicans party in 2014 and finished fifth in the right-wing presidential primaries a year ago.

by | May 21, 2017 | 18:01

The king praised Trump and said he hoped his visit would "strengthen our strategic co-operation", before presenting him with the country's highest civilian award, The King Abdulaziz Medal. White House officials hope the trip, complete with images of the accompanying pomp and pageantry of a president overseas, will help Trump recalibrate after one of the most hard stretches of his young presidency.

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:53

His task is not to decide whether or not the president merits impeachment. What they don't provide is context. The news follows other controversial moves by the president, including the recent firing of Comey, who was also the subject of a threatening tweet by trump: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press".

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:54

His task is not to decide whether or not the president merits impeachment. What they don't provide is context. The news follows other controversial moves by the president, including the recent firing of Comey, who was also the subject of a threatening tweet by trump: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press".

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:45

President Donald Trump on Saturday is set to deliver the commencement address - his first as president - to Liberty University, the nation's largest Christian college, where he is expected to find to a friendly audience after a week of turmoil in Washington .

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:39

Perhaps a more effective message to get out during this odd election is that even Corbyn's backers such as McCluskey plan to remove him after polling day, so voters can support Labour knowing that the Opposition won't be led by someone who they do not like or trust.

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:31

Meteorologists said eight suspected tornadoes are believed to have touched down in western Oklahoma, killing a man and destroying at least 40 homes. SkyFOX flew above the Prairie Lake Estates mobile home park which took a direct hit. One neighborhood over from the mobile home park, a family was cleaning up a yard full of debris after witnessing the power of Tuesday night's storm.

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:33

Also notable was how Andy MacKinnon rode the Green wave to within 750 votes of veteran municipal politician Desjardins. The three party leaders did not speak to supporters until after midnight. A Liberal campaign focused on economic growth, job creation and balanced budgets did not inspire middle-class voters in the Lower Mainland whose incomes have not kept pace with the rising cost of living, where homeownership is becoming a distant dream and rental properties are few and far between.

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:27

Dogged by controversy at home, Donald Trump opened his first presidential foreign trip in Saudi Arabia on Saturday and won a warm reception as he looked to shift attention from a political firestorm over his firing of former FBI Director James Comey .

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:20

Separately, The Washington Post reports that the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House. The Trump administration asserted that the U.S. president and "the rest of the FBI" had lost confidence in Comey over the last few months and in the past year with his poor handling of the investigation into the Hillary Clinton private server and email scandal.

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:17

The all-powerful GST Council has finalised tax rates for bulk of the items and the new tax law scheduled to roll out from July 1. Bindi, vermilion, glass bangles, handlooms, hearing aids and handmade musical instruments have also been exempt under GST.

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:15

Donald Trump has reportedly chosen the Persian Gulf Arab state as his first foreign visit to finalize an immediate $100-billion and a $300 billion decade long controversial arms deal with the regime. There have also been no direct US-Iranian talks since Trump took office. The Kingdom is poised to "bring in the latest in United States technology and know how, allowing American companies to help Saudi Arabia with its ambitious infrastructure plans", he said.

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:09

It took all of about 20 seconds, though, before "Spicey's back, Sarah's out". But he wasn't at Trump Tower. "Alright let me put this whole Russian thing to bed once and for all". Responding to questions about Trump's state of mental health, Spicer retorted: "If he's insane, he's insane like a fox with mental problems". Her spot also was a break from the show's reliance on Baldwin to poke fun at Trump.

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:07

Neither is a part of the current administration. In the video below, Trump calls on Comey , who, in a blue suit, stands near blue curtains, to shake his hand. The Justice Department on Friday issued a transcript of Rosenstein's remarks. In Rosenstein's meetings with lawmakers, he reiterated the scathing critique laid out in his memo concerning Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, including Comey's July news conference announcing ...

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:08

YPG fighters backed by US-led coalition air strikes and training have carried out much of the ground war against IS in Syria, and have recaptured a series of towns and villages in the country's north. As many as 1,000 U.S. troops are working alongside the SDF inside Syria. Turkey views the USA -backed Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as an existential threat.

by | May 21, 2017 | 17:05

On May 14, North Korea successfully launched what was believed to be a new type of missile that flew for about 700 kilometers before plunging into the Sea of Japan close to Russian Federation. Haley said the Security Council is going to send a strong and unified message to North Korea that "the worldwide community wants to support you but as long as you test, and as long as you continue your nuclear program, you are on an island by yourself".

by | May 21, 2017 | 16:59

The verdict of the top United Nations (UN) court ordering Pakistan not to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav until it makes a final judgment in the case, has stirred discontent and debate across Pakistan. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leader Shafqat Mehmood asked Sharif to disclose details of his "secret meetings" with Jindal, the Dawn reported. The army enjoys considerable influence in Pakistan which has witnessed three military coups.

by | May 21, 2017 | 16:47

The Israeli officials were reportedly told that the President's visit to the site was private and that he did not want Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accompany him there; the American official reportedly added that Israel did not have jurisdiction over the area.

by | May 21, 2017 | 16:39

He also took an apparent dig at regional rival Saudi Arabia, which is now hosting United States President Donald Trump. "I will remain loyal to my promises to you", he wrote . This is nearly twice the voters turnout when the election took place earlier in 2013. Iran's President has important sway over domestic affairs and serves as the face of Iran to the world.

by | May 21, 2017 | 16:32

Erdogan saw this as a refusal to cooperate against a criminal terrorist , helping to sour further the already hard relationship between his government and the Obama administration. Trump shared the threat in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister and USA ambassador in the Oval Office last week, according to the official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

by | May 21, 2017 | 16:22

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington , Thursday, May 18, 2017 , for a closed-door meeting with Senators a day after appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign.

by | May 21, 2017 | 16:16

The Met declined to give details on its "operational plan" on Assange, who has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, claiming that he fears being extradited to the U.S. "Mr Turnbull should also ask whether there is an extradition request against Assange". Asked if she would support the United Kingdom extraditing Assange to the US, May said: "We look at extradition requests when we receive them on a case-by-case basis".

by | May 21, 2017 | 16:09

China announced at the May 14-15 forum that it will provide assistance worth 60 billion yuan (8.7 billion USA dollars) in the coming three years to developing countries and worldwide organizations participating in the Belt and Road Initiative to improve people's well-being.

by | May 21, 2017 | 16:06

Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two U.S. residents Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, over the incident. Footage of the attack showing protesters being kicked, choked and stomped drew widespread outrage as it was circulated on social media.

by | May 21, 2017 | 16:03

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning blasted the naming of Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation into alleged Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. In the meantime, the Senate Intelligence Committee will continue our investigation into Russia's attempts to influence elections. The White House disputed Comey's account of the February conversation concerning Flynn, but did not offer specifics.

by | May 21, 2017 | 15:43

US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said Friday no evidence of collusion had been found, which lessened his belief that Comey's firing was meant to impede the investigation. "Wolf, the I-word that I think we should use right now is 'investigation, ' and we have investigations in the House, the Senate and the FBI , but hurdles keep getting put up for the investigations", the congressman replied.

by | May 21, 2017 | 15:40

The issue of terrorism and relations between the U.S. and Muslim countries are expected to dominate the summit. Saudi Arabia is both the birthplace of Islam and home to the two most sacred pilgrimage sites for the millions who make the journey every year.

by | May 21, 2017 | 15:24

Trump was overheard asking the king. Mr Trump will also travel to Israel, have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican and meet with allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the G7 in Sicily. The president was trailed on the trip by a large number of advisers, including Tillerson, chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon.

by | May 21, 2017 | 15:24

One striking piece of news emerged from Rosenstein's briefing: He told senators that he had already known Comey was getting fired even as he wrote the memo that Trump cited as a significant justification for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's dismissal.

by | May 21, 2017 | 15:17

The Trump administration has been working to finalize the deal over the past several months. On the first stop of his inaugural foreign trip , President Donald Trump signed his name Saturday to a almost $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia effective immediately - plus another $350 billion over the next 10 years.

by | May 21, 2017 | 14:59

On North Korea, which test-fired its latest ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan over the weekend, Abe said Japan, South Korea and the United States should increase pressure on the reclusive country. Last year, there were reports that China had stopped giving approval to performers of Korean pop music, or "K-pop", to play shows in China, on the heels of Seoul signing the agreement to host THAAD.

by | May 21, 2017 | 14:55

Simpson's remarks came about a week after Rep. Raul Labrador, Idaho's other House member, caused a national uproar by saying, "Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care ". Medicaid expansion, under which 87,000 rural Coloradans have gained coverage. But under the Republican plan, insurers would also be allowed to charge the oldest Americans five times as much as the youngest Americans.

by | May 21, 2017 | 14:53

This included the name of a city that a foreign spy had infiltrated ISIS in, providing the intelligence. President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak at the White House on May 10, in a photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry.