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The president asserted in a tweet this week that he had not described Attorney General Jeff Sessions or anyone else that way.
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"When you see 'anonymous source,' stop reading the story, it is fiction!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
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Turkey and the United States can save their relationship, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Saturday after President Donald Trump threatened to slap sanctions on Ankara in a deepening of tensions between the NATO partners.
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The president can revoke the clearance of former top officials, but doing so won’t address the problems the administration has offered as its rationale—and may create even bigger trouble.
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The Senate confirmed Robert Wilkie to be Veterans Affairs secretary on Monday. Wilkie is tasked with running the nation's largest health care provider.
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday denied any wrongdoing a day after reports that his onetime attorney Michael Cohen had recorded them both discussing buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump.
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Peter Strzok, the FBI agent whose anti-Trump texts have spawned months of conspiracy theories about deep state plots to take down the president, will finally tell lawmakers his side of the story on Wednesday.

The veteran counterintelligence agent who helped launched the FBI’s Russia probe in 2016 has become the bogeyman of the Trump universe, portrayed as the original witch hunter in the illegitimate investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials.

Trump regularly rants on Twitter about Strzok — labeling him a "hating fraud" on Monday — and Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani has demanded that Strzok be jailed for his actions. On Capitol Hill, Trump's allies have insisted that Strzok — who was also central in the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton's private email use — personally explain thousands of text messages uncovered by a DOJ watchdog that reveal a deep-seated animus against Trump.

Read more at: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/27/fbi-peter-strzok-h
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President Erdogan's election victory means sweeping new powers for him, which his opponents decry.
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It’s easy to survey the last 10 days in America and be flabbergasted at President Trump’s tendency to inflict politically bruising crises on himself. I know this because I had just that reaction on Wednesday, trying to make sense of his abrupt signing of an executive order intended to end separations of unauthorized immigrant families at the border. The current moment is more acute than others, but it follows the template set by the aftermath of a white-supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia; brinksmanship with North Korea; the collapse of Obamacare repeal; the firing of James Comey; and any number of smaller, half-forgotten crises. Why doesn’t he learn?

Read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/trump-manufactured-crises-immigration/563495/
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The first clues over whether President Donald Trump will risk a shutdown fight this fall over his border wall will come Monday in a private meeting with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Trump is increasingly frustrated with Congress’ failure to fund the wall — his No. 1 campaign promise — and has threatened a shutdown in September if he doesn’t get his way.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/17/trump-border-wall-congress-funding-bill-snub-649563
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North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, nor is it the "biggest and most dangerous problem" for the United States, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on his return from a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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The US president says the talks could still be held as planned - a day after cancelling them.
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The US president cites the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent North Korean statement.
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The US vice-president issues a warning to Kim Jong-un ahead of a summit scheduled for 12 June.
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Intense diplomatic efforts are under way after the US dumped the nuclear deal on Wednesday.
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North Korea threw next month's unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump into doubt on Wednesday, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists on unilateral denuclearization.
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Welcoming the three Americans at a military base outside Washington early Thursday, President Donald Trump said of Kim, “I really think he wants to do something.”
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Turkey will retaliate if the United States enacts a proposed law that would halt weapons sales to the country, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.
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President Donald Trump on Friday said the date and location have been set for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, building suspense for the unprecedented talks, as South Korea said it would oppose a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the area.
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The US president and Japanese PM agree maximum pressure will be kept on North Korea.
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French president calls for defence of European liberal democracy in face of illiberalism and nationalism
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The US president blames Russia, Iran and "Animal Assad", saying there will be a "big price to pay".
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Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont faces arrest in Finland after authorities there received an international warrant for his detention issued by Spain, the latest legal action against separatist politicians from the wealthy northeastern region.
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He secures an expected fourth term as leader, exit polls say, with no serious challenger in the race.
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Democrats and other Trump administration critics on Saturday attacked the firing of No. 2 FBI official Andrew McCabe as a politically motivated and vindictive move, while some Republicans praised U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for decisive action.
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Thousands of students walked out of classrooms nationwide Wednesday to protest gun violence and call for new gun control measures on the one month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting that left 17 dead and sparked a grassroots wave of activism.
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It’s tawdry. It’s funny. But it’s also about corruption and national security.
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So President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are planning a summit. What could possibly go wrong?
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A Russian transport plane crashes in Syria, killing all 32 people on board, Russia's military says.
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Russian president Vladimir Putin showed a video of its RS-28 or "Satan 2" intercontinental ballistic missile during a speech. Here's how it might work.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters.
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It is unclear whether any civilians left during the first daily five-hour truce in the Eastern Ghouta.
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Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg sharply criticized the NRA Sunday for its continued opposition to stricter gun control and lambasted the organization’s spokeswoman for misrepresenting its agenda.
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It’s tempting to ignore elections in Italy because there have been so many of them in the past 70 years. But those on March 4 are different.
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Labour leader asks for bar to be set ‘a bit higher’ than the UK not becoming a ‘Mad Max dystopia’
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President Emmanuel Macron is putting the unity of his parliamentary majority to a test with legislation that will tighten controls over immigration to France.
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Young survivors of Wednesday's school massacre demand it be a "turning point" on gun control.
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The Trump-era GOP cares more about the national origin and race of immigrants than the methods they used to enter the United States.
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White House staffers attempted to soften Trump's comments about the mistreatment of women while rallying around the chief of staff.
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To tackle America's crumbling bridges, roads and airports, the US president prioritizes infrastructure spending. Critics say Trump's plan is just one-tenth of what is needed to address the problem.
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President Trump on Monday accused Democrats who did not clap during his State of the Union address of being un-American and even treasonous. His remarks came in a rambling, discursive speech at a factory in Ohio, during which he celebrated his revival of the American economy as the stock market plummeted by more than 1,000 points.
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Japanese lawmakers have begun debating the budget, with advocates of big spending holding the upper hand over fiscal conservatives even as the nation’s debt mounts.
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Hundreds of thousands of Greeks rallied outside parliament in Athens on Sunday to protest against the use of the term Macedonia in any settlement the government pursues with the ex-Yugoslav Republic to end a decades-old name row.
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On Saturday morning, before heading out for a round of golf, President Donald Trump tweeted this:

"This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!"

The "memo" in question is the one released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, that alleges that a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was the sole reason a FISA warrant was granted to surveil one-time Trump aide Carter Page.
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The year was 1904, and Lizzie Maggie wanted to create a board game that acted as “a harsh criticism of wealth disparity.” Upset by the the inequality around her, Maggie aspired to ridicule and ondemn the dire outcomes of unbridled capitalism. So she constructed the Landlord’s Game, which intended to educate players on the rules and regulations of realty and taxation. Eventually, it ended up being the precursor to the game-which-nobody-ever-finishes, Monopoly.
Shortly after producing the game, Maggie told a reporter, “In a short time, I hope a very short time, men and women will discover that they are poor because Carnegie and Rockefeller, maybe, have more than they know what do to with.”
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A House Republican memo alleges abuses in how top law-enforcement officials sought the surveillance of a onetime Trump adviser, suggesting partisan motives in a document that the FBI said contained factual omissions and inaccuracies.
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A new survey has shown a divided public in Germany on whether Angela Merkel should be chancellor once again. The Social Democrats also witnessed their worst performance in the poll's history.
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The US president says leaders at the FBI and Justice Department have politicised investigations.
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Masha Gessen writes about the Democratic response to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant message during his State of the Union address.
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PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country and said he wanted Ankara to coordinate its action with its allies.“If it turns out that this operation takes a turn other than to fight a potential terrorist threat to the Turkish border and becomes an invasion operation, (then) this becomes a real problem for us,” Macon said in an interview with Le Figaro newspaper published on Wednesday.
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In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of unifying the country and delivering for the American people -- and he has the opportunity to back up his words with action almost immediately.
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Lawmakers’ expectations of a spending deal are quickly diminishing under pressure from Republicans and Democrats in both chambers.
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Terrorism by foreign-born individuals is rarer than the administration is leading Americans to believe.

n January 16, President Donald Trump tweeted a summary of a government report showing that “nearly 3 in 4 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges are foreign born.” The report, issued by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, noted that between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016, of the 549 people convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts, 402 were foreign born.

Yet using the “nearly 3 in 4” statistic to imply that the U.S. immigration system increases terrorist threats is a deeply misleading tactic. It exploits a psychological challenge that most of us face in reasoning about risk—with potentially disastrous consequences, especially as immigration policies are being debated and lives hang in the balance.

Criticism of the report so far has focused on the specific numbers cited. For example, the report does not in
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A panel of scientists and scholars said Thursday they believe the world is as close as it has ever been to a so-called doomsday scenario.
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President Donald Trump is proposing giving 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion for his long-promised wall and a host of other strict immigration cuts, according to a framework proposed Thursday.
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The president says he is ready to face investigators over Russian election interference allegations.
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International travelers curtailed trips to the U.S. last year, and President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is partly to blame, Marriott International Inc.’s chief executive officer said in a Bloomberg Television interview.
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Turkey's president on Wednesday vowed to expand its operation against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria toward the town of Manbij, which would bring Turkish troops and their Syrian allies closer to U.S. forces supporting the Kurds against the Islamic State group.

Turkey launched an incursion Saturday against the Afrin enclave, which is controlled by a Kurdish militia that played a key role in U.S. efforts to roll back the extremist group. U.S. forces are based in Kurdish-held parts of northeastern Syria but not in or near Afrin.
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While the government shutdown is affecting potentially hundreds of thousands of government workers and countless citizens who rely on government services, there’s one person who seems to be enjoying the current situation: Mick Mulvaney, director of The Office of Management and Budget. “I found out for the first time last night that the person who technically shuts down the government down is me, which is kind of cool,” Mulvaney said in a Friday radio interview with conservative commentator Sean Hannity. Media Matters for America was first to flag Mulvaney’s remarks.

The federal government shut down at 12:01 am on Saturday morning as Republicans and Democrats remain stuck in a standoff after failing to reach a deal to fund the government. The Office of Management and Budget, which Mulvaney helms, is in charge of implementing and running the shutdown. Apparently the former House Freedom Caucus leader is enjoying his newly-discovered power.
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The world's most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting the country's deep political divisions.

For the first time since October 2013 - when a similar standoff that lasted 16 days kept only essential agency operations intact - federal workers were being told to stay at home or in some cases to work without pay until new funding is approved.

The shutdown began a year to the day after Trump was sworn in as president.
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Twitter revealed on Friday that trolls tied to the Russian government spread far more disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election than the company first reported — and pledged to notify hundreds of thousands of users who had seen that content.

The update comes as Twitter continues to face criticism on Capitol Hill that it has failed to fully confront the scourge of Kremlin propaganda — and neglected to respond to the demands of lawmakers who are probing Russia’s meddling on popular social media sites.

Ahead of a series of congressional hearings last year, Twitter initially said it had discovered 2,200 accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency, a troll army connected to the Russian government. On Friday, though, Twitter said it had actually identified 3,814 accounts related to the IRA.
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DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a directive to transfer $2 billion to Yemen’s central bank on Wednesday to “alleviate the suffering” of the Yemeni people. The bailout is expected to boost Yemen’s financial and economic situation while bolstering the Yemeni riyal. As the value of the riyal goes up, the living conditions of Yemeni citizens will change for the better.
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The newly elected Catalan parliament has met after a failed attempt at secession from Spain last year. The question remains whether sacked leader Carles Puigdemont will be allowed to present himself for re-election.
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The percentage of Americans without health insurance rose 1.3 percentage points in Donald Trump's first years as president, a small increase, but the first since 2009, according to new data from Gallup's widely followed annual survey of insurance coverage.
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President Emmanuel Macron has visited the northern town of Calais, where hundreds of migrants have gathered in hopes of making it to Britain. The visit comes ahead of immigration crisis talks with the UK's Theresa May.
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More than one-third give the president's performance a failing grade.

Donald Trump’s quarterly report card is in — and if he were back in school, he’d find himself on academic probation.

More voters give Trump a failing grade for his first year as president than think he deserves an “A” or “B,” according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted earlier this month. Trump’s best marks come on the economy, jobs and fighting terrorism. But he gets poor marks for his handling of health care, the national debt and foreign relations.
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Martin Luther King III, Bernice King, the son and daughter of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., react to Trump's 'shithole' remark while speaking at events on the national holiday honoring their father.
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JEDDAH: Tough new sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump on 14 Iranian individuals and organizations are a political blow and a warning to the regime in Tehran, a leading analyst told Arab News on Saturday. Among those targeted are the powerful politician Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran’s judiciary and a close ally of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Groups facing sanctions include the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
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An emergency alert stating Hawaii was at imminent risk of a ballistic missile attack caused confusion and panic Saturday after it was sent out "based on human error" at a time of escalating nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Multiple users on Twitter at about 1:10 p.m. ET posted screenshots of an alert message that read: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."
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African UN ambassadors and the African Union have called for "a retraction and an apology" from Donald Trump after the US president reportedly described them as "s***hole" countries. Trump has denied using the phrase.
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The Trump administration is paving the road for states to design new eligibility requirements for Medicaid, including forcing many recipients to work, look for work, or volunteer in order to qualify for government health coverage.

It’s a dramatic shift for the 50-year-old program. Under current law, eligibility for Medicaid is based almost entirely on income. But the Trump administration, after months of promises, is now telling states how they can introduce a new requirement that certain Medicaid recipients also work in order to receive health coverage through the program — a move that experts say is a significant departure from the program’s purpose of providing a safety net to Americans in or near poverty.
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LONDON: Royal Saudi Arabia Air Defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern province of Najran, bordering Yemen, on Thursday. It is the latest act of aggression on the border. Last month, Houthi militias fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh, targeting Al-Yamamah Royal Palace in the Saudi capital. While in November, militias launched a missile targeting King Khalid International Airport.  Saudi air defense intercepted the missile and shot it down without causing any damage.
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According to a new poll from Quinnipiac released Wednesday, a slight majority of Americans do not want the Democrats to impeach President Trump if they regain the House of Representatives.

The poll says that 51 percent of Americans answered that Democrats should not impeach the president if they regain the House in the midterm elections in 2018.
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The president denies using the language but a Democratic senator says he heard "racist" words.
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Barack Obama was just fifty-five years old when he left the White House, and there was much speculation regarding how he might occupy himself in the years that followed. My vote, formed after watching his breezy facility during one of his appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” was that he host a late-night talk show—nothing too glitzy, just an interview show in which he could be a more telegenic version of Tom Snyder or a more regal Dick Cavett. Of course, this wish was just a lark: clearly the job was beneath the dignity of the office he was leaving behind. That’s less clear now, as, on one hand, the dignity of the Presidency has been sullied, and, on the other, the skills honed by years hosting a talk show have come to seem like the kind of credentials that might make for a good President.
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Speaking to MSNBC's Hallie Jackson, Michael Steele said the evidence of Trump being a racist was "incontrovertible."

Trump reportedly made the controversial remark while discussing a potential immigration deal with lawmakers at the White House on Thursday. According to the The Washington Post, Trump suggested the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from places like Norway, rather than “having all these people from shithole countries come here.”
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Britain and Spain say they have held their first informal Brexit-related talks this week in Madrid touching on how Britain's future departure from the European Union could apply to Gibraltar.

The EU’s guidelines on negotiations for Britain’s future relationship with the bloc granted Spain veto rights over the issue of Gibraltar, the tiny outcrop at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula that London has controlled for three centuries against Madrid’s wishes.
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President Donald Trump expressed openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea during a call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday, the latest of Trump's forays into inter-Korean relations.
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U.S. President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to bolster their efforts or safeguard the U.S. from again falling victim to the Kremlin’s systematic meddling.
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Democratic Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have made history as the first black politicians appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee since the 1990s. The 200-year-old panel conducts judicial hearings and oversees the president’s nominations and appointments to the Justice Department. Harris and Booker are only the second and third black senators to sit on the high-profile committee, and this is the first time ever that two black politicians will serve simultaneously.
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A large order of Airbus planes from China appears likely as French President Emmanuel Macron ends his visit in Beijing. French farmers have also hailed a deal to end China's 2001 embargo on French beef.
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed a statement issued by Arab foreign ministers, who were meeting in Jordan to discuss the repercussions of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Saudi Cabinet stressed that the city is key to peace in the region and that there could be no stability without the establishment of a Palestinian state according to the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Saudi Arabia’s statement came after a Cabinet meeting presided over by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was used to being Europe's leading figure. But now, French President Emmanuel Macron is gradually taking over her role. Still, both depend on each other.
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AMMAN: The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir participated in a meeting on the Jerusalem issue that was attended by Arab foreign ministers in Amman on Saturday. The meeting was attended by the foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Palestine, Morocco and the Secretary-General of the Arab League. It comes a day after Al-Jubeir met his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, on Friday.
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Cyprus added a new dimension to their bilateral relations after wide-ranging talks here at Al-Yamamah Palace Wednesday between King Salman and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who arrived here Tuesday night on his maiden visit to the Kingdom. Anastasiades, the first Cypriot president to visit Saudi Arabia, discussed with King Salman the whole gamut of bilateral and regional issues of common concerns. The need to strengthen the EU’s relations with Gulf countries was also discussed in the president’s talks.
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President Donald Trump started 2018 in a fury partly fueled by anger at his legal team for offering shifting timelines about when the Russia investigation would end, according to two sources familiar with the President's mindset.
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You thought President Donald Trump might mellow out in 2018? Refrain from taunting world leaders tweet by tweet? Think again.

Trump is storming into the new year in exceptionally aggressive fashion, picking fresh fights on Twitter with such speed that his aides, international partners and the public are struggling to catch up. If he was brash on the global stage in Year 1, the first days of Year 2 suggest he was just warming up.
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The United States is "closer to a nuclear war with North Korea" than ever before, Adm. Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday, adding that he does not "see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point."
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President Donald Trump raised the prospect Tuesday of cutting off aid to the Palestinian territories unless Palestinian leaders agree to resume negotiations to broker a peace deal with Israel.
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President Donald Trump has broken lots and lots of norms during his first 347 days as President. But none are as flagrant or as important as his casual relationship with the truth and utter lack of regard for being factual.
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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a stern warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying the US "will never accept a nuclear North Korea."
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looked to ease regional tensions with South Korea, offering to talk about sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month.
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President Donald Trump's latest interview with The New York Times is a many layered exercise of political positioning, calculated ambiguity and veiled menace.
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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is "very disappointed" in China for allegedly selling oil to North Korea, tweeting that the on-again, off-again Trump ally was "caught red handed" allowing oil to be imported by the rogue regime.
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A senior administration official told CNN that the Trump administration is planning to be "more quiet" and "more discreet" about speaking publicly on US military exercises with the Republic of Korea and Japan aimed at demonstrating military capability against North Korea.
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Russia plans to limit the number of airbases the U.S. can use to launch reconnaissance flights under the Open Skies Treaty, in a fresh sign of its deteriorating relationship with Washington.

The restrictions will be introduced Jan. 1 in response to U.S. measures to limit Russian military flights in its airspace, said Georgiy Borisenko, head of the Foreign Ministry’s North American department, according to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.
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The ex-president was quizzed for the BBC by Prince Harry, in a rare post-presidency interview.
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BAGHDAD: Fewer than 1,000 Daesh fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, the US-led international coalition fighting the hard-line militant group said on Wednesday, a third of the estimated figure only three weeks ago. Iraq and Syria have both declared victory over Daesh in recent weeks, after a year that saw the two countries’ armies, a range of foreign allies and various local forces drive the fighters out of all the towns and villages that once made up their self-proclaimed caliphate.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A singer and potential congressional candidate says she has filed a sexual assault complaint against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager for hitting her twice on her buttocks during a Washington gathering in November.

Joy Villa, a Trump backer who wore a “Make America Great Again” dress at the Grammys this year, said Tuesday she plans to meet with detectives in Washington next week about the complaint against Corey Lewandowski.
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Germany's foreign minister says a "smart" Brexit deal could be a model for Turkey and Ukraine.