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Sessions faces questions in today's hearing

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It has never been clear how Sessions could have recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, but still involved himself in the decision to fire the FBI director, given that the decision to fire Comey was directly linked to the Russian Federation investigation. Read More »

DOJ responds to Comey's testimony about Sessions

Former FBI director James Comey is sworn in before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington , Thursday, June 8, 2017. First, he made clear that he interpreted Trump's words as relating only to the investigation regarding General Flynn and not the wider investigations into Russian interference or collusion with the Trump campaign. Read More »

Alabama girl makes National Spelling Bee finals

Erin is aiming to become Alabama's first National Spelling Bee champion since Julie Junkin of Pickens County in 1974. (If too many spellers survive Wednesday, the judges will use the test to determine the finalists). "I didn't want to get my hopes up", she said. He plays the violin in his school's orchestra and likes watching football, including his favorite team, the Baltimore Ravens, according to an online profile on the spelling bee website. Read More »

Trump may seek new climate accord

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President Donald Trump sparked worldwide critiques with a decision to end the USA role in the Paris climate treaty, which would require about three years for a full withdrawal from the global accord. The president has, instead, opted to get out of the way and do nothing. Minnesota has joined to a newly-formed coalition of USA states dedicated to upholding the Paris Climate Accord and combating climate change . Read More »

Qatar Asks UN Body to Resolve Gulf Airspace Row

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Dujarric said the secretary-general was encouraging diplomacy "to address concerns and is ready to support such efforts, if desired by all parties". Qatar has been accused by Saudi Arabia and the UAE of supporting terrorism, claims that the tiny state has rejected in the strongest terms. "They may try to behave [as if] everything is normal but they are being hurt as much as Qatar Airways from this illegal blockade ". Read More »

Saudi king and Putin speak about Qatar crisis

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File- An image of a landing Qatar plan in New Zealand. The Eritrean Information Ministry's statement of support on Monday came despite its previously close ties with energy-rich Qatar. The diplomatic crisis, the worst since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the subsequent Gulf War, has seen Arab nations and others cut ties to Qatar, which hosts a major US military base and will be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Read More »

Trump supporters turn on special counsel Mueller

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Firing Mueller would perhaps be an even more explosive move than the president's prior decision to fire FBI Director James Comey , who was overseeing that agency's separate investigation into Russian interference. Ruddy's assertion comes as conservative allies of Trump - who initially praised Mueller's selection as special counsel - have begun attacking his credibility. Read More »

'Anti-Sharia' Marchers Met With Counter-Protests Around The Country

Competing rallies about Islam, particularly the religion's rules known as Sharia law , evolved from peaceful marches to shouting matches near the beach in Oceanside on Saturday. Takim said Sharia offers guidelines or principles on how Muslims should live. A visibly-agitated man shouted at a female counter-protester with short hair that she looked like a "boy". Read More »

Trump declares himself vindicated, and Comey "a leaker"

During his written and opening statements , and subsequent Q&A with members of the Committee, Comey charged the Trump Administration with having "defamed" both him and the FBI , and lying about the reason for his firing, which he characterizes as an attempt to scuttle the Bureau's counter-intelligence probe into alleged Team Trump coordination with Russian Federation both before and after last year's election. Read More »

CEO of Newsmax: Trump considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller

He told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator". "Chris speaks for himself", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy White House press secretary. A senior White House official confirmed that the president interviewed Mueller for the FBI post in the Oval Office the day before he was tapped by the deputy attorney general to serve as the special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation. Read More »

Earthquake kills woman on Greek island of Lesbos

At least 25 aftershocks were recorded. An natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.0 hit the western coast of Turkey on Monday, with no casualties reported so far. One person was killed, 10 hospitalized as a result of the quake on the Greek island of Lesbos . "My God, all the picture frames fell on the ground and I have no idea how I ran out", she said. Read More »

This Author Was Forced to Eat His Words, Literally

But despite jubilation among Mr Corbyn's supporters at bloodying Mrs May' s nose, Labour MP Chris Leslie said the party should not pretend it achieved a "famous victory". Students were also joined by teachers and nurses who hailed the rise in voting share for the Labour party. Ms May called the snap election to win a clear mandate for her Brexit plans, so she could slash immigration. Read More »

Trump cheerleaders turn on special counsel Mueller

Retired FBI agent James Gagliano, who has worked under both former FBI Director James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller , who also once helmed the bureau, said he's "troubled" by the relationship between the two men. Ruddy - who is a close confidante of the president - said it's evident termination is on the table due to recent comments Trump's attorney made. In the interview with PBS, Ruddy called out what he described as "conflicts" surrounding Mueller's law firm, WilmerHale, which ... Read More »

DUP head arrives for talks with United Kingdom leader May

David Davis , the cabinet member in charge of Brexit , said talks with the European Union may not start on Monday as planned because it would clash with the scheduled date of the Queen's Speech . May is also scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron later in the day. It is believed that tomorrow's meeting could be the final opportunity for Mrs May to convince senior Tories she is the right leader to take the party forward. Read More »

Dave Chappelle and Donald Glover Are Having A Joint Show

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The tickets will go on sale on Friday, June 16, but we have to wonder if Donald Glover is showing up, or if Childish Gambino is. Submit your Newswire tips here. We can only assume that now phones will be allowed, but fingers crossed, this will turn into a Netflix special. "I'll see you for the last Gambino album", Gambino told the crowd at Governors Ball. Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan to Discuss Qatar Dispute with Trump, Minister Says

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Saudi Arabia , UAE, Egypt and Bahrain last week cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over alleged accusations that Doha was supporting global Islamist extremists who are threats to the region's peace and security. Qatar Airways offices were closed in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. "We have no clue about the real reasons". Al Baker had appealed to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency that administers the Chicago convention that guarantees civil overflights, to ... Read More »

Qatar backs Kuwait mediation efforts over rift with Arab states

He said Pakistan should request the Gulf countries to show restraint and resolve their difference through negotiations. Al Thani's comments come as Qatar tries to play down the impact of a crisis now entering its second week. Macron's office says that the French leader called for a de-escalation of tensions, and stressed the importance of regional stability and joining forces to fight terrorism. Read More »

New York's Citi Bike sharing scheme sees first fatality

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Hanegby, from Brooklyn Heights, was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center where he was later pronounced dead. That's when they say he was run over by the bus's back tires. Citi Bike confirmed that Hanegby was on one of their bicycles at the time. A spokesperson for Citi Bike didn't immediately respond to a request from Business Insider for comment , but told the Times that Citi Bike has had more than 43 million trips in the city since it began. Read More »

Pakistani PM Sharif hopes for swift solution to crisis over Qatar

The three countries' aviation bodies also said that non-Qatari private and chartered flights from Qatar must submit requests to them at least 24 hours before crossing the airspace. He said that Qatar has "practically been sentenced to the death penalty" and added that "it is neither humane nor Islamic to attempt to isolate a country's people in every area from food, to drink, to travel, to commerce, to worship". Read More »

Protest lodged with Indian deputy high Commissioner over LOC violations

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Indian Army on Saturday informed there were no casualties among its soldiers in the ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir . Rajesh Kalia. Reports said Pakistan troops also targeted civilian population and hamlets along LoC in Krishnaghati and Balanar areas of Poonch district triggering panic among the area dwellers. Read More »

Second US appeals court keeps Donald Trump's travel ban blocked

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District Judge James Robart, who sits in Seattle and put a nationwide hold on Trump's first travel ban. By avoiding the question of Trump's motive for banning the travelers, the 9th Circuit avoided a thorny issue about whether courts should consider the president's campaign-trail statements. Read More »