White House says Trump will sign spending bill

White House says Trump will sign spending bill Meanwhile, Trump touted the budget deal forged to fund the government through September, declaring: " This is what winning looks like ". In the latest version of the bill however, insurers could charge people with pre-existing conditions like cancer and diabetes higher rates than other healthier patients if they allow their continuous coverage to lapse. [Full Article...]

No hearing for Niskanen over hit to Penguins star Crosby

Asked if he thought the series might turn nastier because of the Crosby injury , Trotz said he did not know what to expect between a couple of teams that already have a deep dislike for one another. Should Niskanen face further discipline from the National Hockey League? Nicklas Backstrom had another 2-point game (1G-1A) in Game 3 and leads the Caps with 10 points (4G-6A). [Full Article...]

Lawmakers Say It Appears Michael Flynn Acted Illegally In Taking Russian Payments

Chaffetz and Cummings announced their findings to reporters on the Hill following a classified gathering of the committee in which they reviewed documents that Cummings described as " extremely troubling ". Flynn responded to the lawmakers' claims by asserting that he had briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency - and therefore did not break the law. Trump fired him in February on grounds that he... [Full Article...]

'Nearer the brink of nuclear war'

He said Kim should have to alter his government's behavior and "show signs of good faith". "Those circumstances do not exist now", he said. North Korean officials have said the nation will deploy its nuclear arsenal should it go to war with the United States. [Full Article...]

Government 'needs a good shutdown,' frustrated Trump tweets

Government 'needs a good shutdown,' frustrated Trump tweets Numerous Republican moderates are opposing the GOP bill because they say it would treat people with pre-existing conditions unfairly. WASHINGTON - The short-term spending bill negotiated Sunday that was supposed to sail through Congress to prevent a government shutdown has hit choppy waters as it picked up opposition on the right this week. [Full Article...]

$61 million set to be approved for Trump family security

$61 million set to be approved for Trump family security The spending bill that funds the government for the remainder of 2017 sets aside more than $120 million to cover the rising cost of protecting the Trump family and Trump tower. "It is ridiculous to expect local law enforcement, like the NYPD and FDNY, to bear the extraordinary and ongoing costs of protecting the President of the United States", she said. [Full Article...]

No punishment in Brexit financial demands: European Union negotiator Michel Barnier

Juncker said: "I have noted that she is a tough lady", adding: "I like her as a person". Mrs May deliberately pointed the finger at President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, claiming he had "hardened" his negotiating stance. [Full Article...]

Trump Says China Could Have Hacked Democratic Emails

According to Reuters , Trump first alleged in November that China could have been the perpetrator of key hacks that shaped the trajectory of the presidential election. He then pointed out that Beijing is working with the address the crisis in Korea, adding that it would be counterproductive to call China out on trade. [Full Article...]

Scottish parties clash on education ahead of local elections

Scottish parties clash on education ahead of local elections A survey by Kantar, published on Tuesday, found most Scottish voters do not want another referendum. The party has struggled in Scotland ever since, winning only one MP at every Westminster election and remaining stuck in third place in the Scottish Parliament until a resurgence past year, led by Ms Davidson. [Full Article...]

Afghan forces lose 800 soldiers in a few weeks

Afghan forces lose 800 soldiers in a few weeks Civilians are fleeing their homes in droves to avoid harm. John Sopko, who is in his fifth year as SIGAR, recommended that President Donald Trump establish "a US counternarcotics strategy, now years overdue, to reduce the illicit commerce that provides the Taliban with the bulk of their revenue". [Full Article...]

Erdogan rejoins Turkey ruling party after near 3-year absence

Erdogan spoke after EU Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn told the agency that "Turkey under Erdogan has turned its back on joining the bloc". "All 80 million [Turkish citizens] are first-class citizens", said Erdogan. Remarkably, former president Abdullah Gul and the former PM Bulent Arinc, who is considered one of the founders of the party, were not p... [Full Article...]

North Korea Holds Drill With Live Fire

North Korea Holds Drill With Live Fire Washington has said all options are on the table to deal with North Korea. Beijing had warned Pyongyang it would impose unilateral sanctions if it went ahead, he added. "The situation prevailing on the Korean peninsula is so tense that a nuclear war may break out due to the frantic war drills of the US imperialists and their vassal forces for aggression", he told the gathering. [Full Article...]

Indonesia capital votes for governor after divisive campaign

Indonesia capital votes for governor after divisive campaign The outspoken and firm governor earned the support of many Jakartans, particularly the middle class, for his determination to clean up the city and find a solution to the old problem of flooding. The race also has potential implications for the 2019 presidential election. "In the short term, it's a blow to him, but we'll have to see". Hardline Islamists are now in control of Indonesia's capital, a... [Full Article...]

Nepal's Top Judge Suspended after Impeachment Motion Filed

Nepal's Top Judge Suspended after Impeachment Motion Filed Ms Karki, the head of the Supreme Court, is now automatically suspended from her duties while an impeachment committee is formed and carries out an investigation. She was appointed chief justice in April 2016 and was due to retire next month. The motion cited the court's order overturning the government's appointment of the police chief. [Full Article...]

John Higgins clinches victory over Barry Hawkins to reach final

The emotion of reaching another title match at the Betfred World Championship was clear for all to see as Selby bellowed "Come on!" and struck the table once he crossed the winning line against Ding Junhui . Higgins said: "In the last two or three years he's grown into being a great champion". "I know how hard Barry is to beat", Higgins said. Griffiths, the 1979 world champion, is also work... [Full Article...]

North Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been engaged in a war of words for weeks. The streets of Pyongyang were quiet. People also gathered in open spaces to take part in organized dancing, another common way to mark holidays. [Full Article...]

Chinese foreign ministers meet amid high tensions in Korean peninsula

He added that US aid to North Korea would resume "once the DPRK begins to dismantle its nuclear weapons and missile technology programs". The two leaders agreed to reduce tensions in the Korean peninsula through dialogue as they met on the sidelines of a Security Council ministerial meeting. [Full Article...]

Funding deal has wins for both sides

Funding deal has wins for both sides In a statement on Sunday evening, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called the deal "a good agreement for the American people" that "takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table". The deal denies money for President Donald Trump's border wall and rejects his cuts to popular domestic programs. "The exclusion of many of President Trump's spending priorities suggests that Congressio... [Full Article...]

SNP denies split over general election's impact on independence vote

Media commentators are speculating that Eilidh Whiteford and Mike Weir publicly endorsed the fishing pledge in order to help see off challenges from Scottish Conservative Party rivals in the upcoming June 8th snap election. It's very clear that even people who voted Yes in 2014, they don't want one". Speaking to party activists at The Hub in the east end of Glasgow she said that a vote for t... [Full Article...]

ASEAN leaders go soft on China

ASEAN leaders go soft on China Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called for pushing ahead trade among member States: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines that chairs the bloc this year. The latest draft still includes that, although it was moved out of the South China Sea section to another. "They (China) want it further watered down", one diplomat told AFP. [Full Article...]

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