Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

June 28, 2017

… London. Mr Brokenshire is heading to London on Wednesday for Northern Ireland Questions and the vote on the Queen’s Speech, which sets out the government’s legislative programme for the next two years. ‘High-wire acts’ The negotiations involve the five main Northern Ireland parties and the UK and Irish governments, although a deal is dependent on whether the two biggest parties, the DUP and Sinn Fin, can resolve their differences. These include republican demands for a …

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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

June 21, 2017

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian …

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Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

June 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Otto Warmbier’s death as a result of his treatment in North Korea could increase calls for the US to take a tougher line on China, as the two nations prepare to meet in Washington on Wednesday. It’s an approach that resembles the Obama administration strategy and, observers say, has shown no greater success in slowing Pyongyang’s steady march towards developing nuclear weapons and the missile capability to deliver them as far as North America. …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… togetherness. Congressional baseball players: We must unite “We are dealing with a deeply entrenched, deeply ingrained system that has been perpetuated for a long time, so is it easy to change? No. But can we, of course we can, we just have to have the will to do it,” Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick told CNN’s Phil Mattingly. Plenty of members of Congress, shocked at what happened Wednesday morning at baseball practice in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, and deeply …

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Senate approves new Russia sanctions

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to enact new sanctions against Russia and make it difficult for President Donald Trump to lift them. The Russia sanctions amendment was added to an Iranian sanctions bill on the Senate floor after a deal was struck earlier this week between the Republican and Democratic heads of the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committees. …

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Borough Market opens after London Bridge terror attack – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… of condolence have also been left on a wall at the south end of the bridge Staff at one restaurant in the market, which will be reopening on Wednesday lunchtime, said they had “emerged from a tough time as a stronger family”. Workers in the El Pastor were hailed as heroes for throwing objects at the terrorists as they burst in during the attack. In a post on the restaurant’s Instagram page, they said “the kindness and bravery shown by individuals and groups on the the …

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Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted in a very long time

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump is a big fan of Twitter. He sees it as a direct pipeline to supporters, an end run on the so-called “fake news” media. Which makes any extended period of time without a tweet from the President worth nothing. And we are in the midst of such a drought right now. This last 37 hours is not at all like those past Trump Twitter deserts. The last day and a half has seen not only the release of former FBI Director James Comey’s written testimony Wednesday …

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London attack: Three arrested in east London – BBC News

June 8, 2017

Image caption Clockwise: Chrissy Archibald, Sebastien Belanger, Kirsty Boden, Ignacio Echeverria, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas, Alexandre Pigeard and James McMullan were all killed in the attack On Wednesday, police searching for French national Xavier Thomas, 45, said they had recovered a body from the Thames, bringing the death toll to eight. Mr Thomas’s next of kin have been told, police said, but formal identification has not yet taken place. In pictures: Tributes to victims …

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Five things to watch: The Comey hearing

June 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Senate intelligence committee hearing of former FBI Director James Comey was already going to be a blockbuster before it even started — with Comey stating in pre-written testimony Wednesday that President Donald Trump urged him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. READ: James Comey’s prepared testimony Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House probe, said he wants to know if Trump’s request for …

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Question Trump’s FBI nominee — but give him a fair hearing

June 8, 2017

(CNN)There are some legitimate reasons to question the background of Christopher Wray, the former assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s criminal division, whom President Trump announced Wednesday as his nominee for FBI director. And remember — the FBI director has a 10-year term. Senators aren’t weighing whether they can stomach a nominee for the duration of the Trump presidency, but whether they can accept an FBI director nominee who would serve …

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Election 2017 poll tracker: How the parties compare – BBC News

June 7, 2017

… Public also published a poll on Wednesday with a slightly increased Conservative lead compared to their previous poll. They now have the Conservatives on 43% and Labour on 33%. Its not the only company which still shows a large gap. In fact, it’s more than 10% according to ICM and ComRes. The main reason for this disparity is the different ways that the pollsters estimate turnout. Polling companies are sometimes accused of “herding” – manipulating their figures so they …

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Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… get off lightly either, with the first question from the audience on why the British public should trust him to negotiate Brexit. Image copyright Getty Images Home Secretary Amber Rudd repeatedly accused Mr Corbyn of having a “magic money tree” during the seven-way debate on Wednesday, and Mrs May took up the baton, repeating the mantra on a number of occasions. “There isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people …

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With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. According to a U.S. defense official, a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward al-Tanf, a military base on the Syrian-Jordanian border, on Wednesday night. Al-Tanf, which Russian warplanes bombed a year ago in two successive airstrikes, is occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces that are advising an anti-ISIS Syrian rebel group …

May 19, 2017
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Ferry between Russia and North Korea starts regular service

(CNN)A cargo-passenger ferry service linking Russia and North Korea completed its first trip Thursday. The Man Gyong Bong ferry left the North Korean port city of Rason Wednesday and arrived in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok at 8:00 am local time Thursday, according to Russian state news agency TASS. The trip marked the beginning of a once-weekly regular cargo-passenger service, according to TASS. …

May 19, 2017
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Brazil’s president accused of bribery

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazil’s leadership lurched into another bribery scandal Wednesday, as one of the country’s biggest newspapers accused President Michel Temer of paying a former senate colleague hush money. Temer’s office released a statement denying that he had authorized any bribes to be paid to imprisoned former house speaker Eduardo Cunha in exchange for his silence regarding a long-running corruption investigation. The prominent daily newspaper O Globo reported …

May 19, 2017
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Now it’s up to the special counsel

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

May 18, 2017
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Bobby Moynihan exiting ‘SNL’

(CNN)Bobby Moynihan is taking his final bow on “Saturday Night Live” this week. Moynihan’s exit should not come as a shock to those who followed the news coming out of broadcast Upfronts. CBS picked up a new show starring Moynihan last week and the network unveiled it as part of its fall schedule on Wednesday. …

May 18, 2017
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Inside an embattled Trump’s most consequential evening of turmoil yet

Washington (CNN)No one inside the West Wing had to ask how the President’s mood was on Wednesday afternoon as aides awaited his return from delivering the commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. A speech, once intended to offer encouragement and inspiration, became laced with grievances in the hours before the remarks were delivered. “No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly,” …

May 18, 2017
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Share sale returns Lloyds to private sector – BBC News

… At last week’s annual meeting, Lloyds chief executive Antnio Horta Osrio told shareholders he expected the government to make at least 500m from the bailout. But on Wednesday morning he said the true figure was closer to 900m and called Lloyds one of the “strongest banks” in the world. He also said the government had received more money than was originally invested. “The fact that the government decided to use taxpayers’ money, which is a last resort, to put 20.3bn …

May 18, 2017
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