Russian Federation hits back after new USA sanctions

Putin made his comments at a news conference as the U.S. Senate prepared to pass sanctions legislation, which already sailed through the House, which would make it impossible for President Donald Trump to weaken any sanctions on Russian Federation without congressional approval.

EU closely watching developments around US' anti-Russian sanctions - European Commission rep

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., had said he wanted to re-examine the bill's North Korea portion, potentially delaying it before legislators take their August recess. Most U.S. diplomatic staff, including around 300 U.S. citizens, work in the main embassy in Moscow, with others based in consulates in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.

Intercepted by Iran Navy, USS Nimitz Fires Warning Shots at Iran Boat

The incident comes after a United States navy patrol boat fired warning shots on Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter. In January, the USS Mahan fired shots toward Iranian fast-attack boats as they neared the destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz. The elite force are a semi-independent branch of Iran's military that answers only to the country's supreme leader the Ayatollah.

Drawing by President Trump sells for almost $30000 — BBCI

Auctioneer Michael Kirk told journalists from that the drawing had received five times more interest than the firm was used to. There were 11 bids for the drawing, starting at $9,000. In total there were 11 bids, the price initially set at $9,000 by the Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions. A sketch of the New York City skyline drawn by President Donald Trump fetched almost $30,000 at an auction Thursday night.

Reince Priebus out as chief of staff, John Kelly in

Priebus' announced exit comes a day after communications director Anthony Scaramucci unloaded on him in the press, suggesting that the chief of staff was a leaker to media within the White House. The New Yorker magazine published an interview Thursday in which Scaramucci called Priebus, amid an avalanche of vulgarity, a "paranoid schizophrenic".

Russian military says North Korean missile launch was IRBM, flew 732 km

Two of the US made missile systems are already deployed in South Korea, though four more are now in storage. But the timing of the launch may have been affected by rain and cloudy weather that covered much of the country Thursday and Friday.

Portman pledges to keep fighting for repeal-and-replace bill

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, along with key GOP leaders in the House and Senate, issued a statement Thursday afternoon laying out broad proposals and saying "the time has arrived" for relevant congressional committees to start drafting legislation.

Sen. McCain Calls For Compromise In Return To Senate Floor

As the 80-year-old McCain entered the chamber, Republicans and Democrats applauded and whooped, with a few hugs for the six-term Arizona lawmaker who is battling brain cancer . "We're not getting much done apart", McCain said in his Senate floor speech last week. "We are getting nothing done". MCEVERS: But as debate continued throughout the week, McCain seemed to be sticking to the party line.

Russian Federation orders USA to cut diplomatic staff

But Mr Trump has sought closer ties with Russian Federation, and has the power to veto the bill despite its political support. Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it. That's Shaun Walker, who's Moscow correspondent for The Guardian. "We continue to support strong sanctions against those three countries, and were going to wait and see what that final legislation looks like and make a decision at that point", she told reporters.

Kremlin asks U.S. to cut diplomatic staff in sanctions row

Russia said Friday it would seize US diplomatic properties and demand the State Department reduce its staff in Russia , a tit-for-tat punishment the Russian Foreign Ministry said was spurred by a financial sanctions bill now awaiting a signature from President Trump.

US Senate slaps new sanctions on Russian Federation, putting Trump in corner

Confronted by a united Congress and suspicions about his intentions towards the Russian leader, Trump had little choice but to sign the measure, whose passage the White House had opposed. "This is a unsafe moment". Republican lawmakers also pointed to North Korea's latest missile test as yet another reason for Trump to sign the bill, which also includes new sanctions against North Korea and Iran.

Trump to sign bill imposing fresh sanctions on Russian Federation

In a statement on Friday night, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said that the president had " read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it". The ministry says the USA has until September 1 to cut the number of its staff at the Moscow embassy and at three consulates to match the exact number of Russian diplomats who are working in the US - 455 people, according to the ministry's announcement.

GOP slams Cullerton for 'affront to democracy' over school funding

We've been reaching out to local school districts in Southwest Illinois. Now, Rauner is threatening to veto a bipartisan education funding reform measure created to ensure all IL students have access to a high-quality education. Bruce Rauner because he's pledged-through an amendatory veto-to strip money for Chicago Public Schools that he has declared a "bailout". "He's willing to hold the bill then, then let's have a negotiation".

Graham: Firing Mueller could be 'beginning of the end' for Trump

Lindsey Graham of SC is working on legislation that would block the firing of special counsels without judicial review, according to the Associated Press . Graham emphasized that there will be no confirmation hearings for a new Attorney General in 2017, noting that there will be "holy hell to pay" if Sessions is removed.

For Trump, the honeymoon with Putin may be finally over

Then, on Friday morning Russian Federation announced its own sanctions against the United States, ordering a cut in the number of U.S. diplomats and the seizure of two USA properties in Russian Federation. Russian Federation at the time said that it would reserve retaliatory measures to see if the U.S. -Russia relationship could improve under Trump's leadership.

YPG announces death of former US Marine in Raqqa

In his last video, Taylor said he had volunteered " to fight against ISIS and do whatever I can to fight the revolution here ", adding " Long live free Kurdistan ". He had been deployed to Afghanistan, Japan, South Korea and spent time in Jordan, David Taylor Sr. said. Taylor Sr. received sporadic updates from his son about his travels in Europe until he heard nothing for several weeks.

White House divisions on display with Scaramucci's comments

The already tense relationship took a darker turn when the newcomer suggested in a late-night tweet that Priebus was one of the "leakers" Trump has railed against. "We all serve at the pleasure of the President and if it gets to a place where that isn't the case, he'll let you know", she told reporters. But he says he wants to stop what he calls "nefarious, unnecessary, backstabbing, palace intrigue-like leaks".

Putin cements Russia's presence in Syria

The protocol includes the Khmeimim base, which was handed over to the Russians on 26 August 2015, and the treaty between Russia and Syria that was signed on January 18, 2017 in Damascus. It sets forth the immunities and privileges, a procedure for cooperation on matters of jurisdiction and provision of legal assistance in civil, criminal and administrative cases.

With BAT Off the Table, Retailers Ready to Advocate for Tax Reform

The Big Six is comprised of two Trump representatives, US Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, the head of the National Economic Council, as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the heads of the two tax-writing committees of the US Congress, US Senator Orrin Hatch and US Representative Kevin Brady.

Trump Names John Kelly Chief Of Staff, Replacing Reince Priebus

I don't doubt that Kelly is a great American and a great leader. Kelly, 67, who retired from the Marine Corps, was most recently secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. He was the commander of the United States Southern Command from November 19, 2012, to January 16, 2016. Most staff was off before we moved into position but Reince Priebus and Steven Miller and Dan Scavino loaded into one suburban then moments later Miller and Scavino got out and loaded another van .

Protests near London over death of black man after police chase

Protesters have been involved in violent clashes with police in ugly scenes on the streets of east London . The crowd chanted "no justice, no peace" and some carried placards which read "Black Lives Matter". "We will independently examine the circumstances of this incident, we will follow the evidence, we will consider whether there is an indication there may have been misconduct or criminality, and we will seek to answer the questions that Rashan's family and community of Hackney ...

Russian Federation boots United States diplomats in retaliation for new sanctions

Lawmakers say they want to prevent the president from acting on his own to lift penalties imposed by the previous administration for meddling in last year's US election and for aggression in Ukraine. Trump had hoped to improve ties but his administration has been clouded by investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election to help Trump.

European Union freedom of movement to end by 2019, says Lewis

It's part of the four key principles of the European Union. Barnier told European Union ambassadors on Wednesday that hopes of widening talks to take in a future trade deal were likely to be dashed unless the British changed their ways.The Maltese prime minister, a former MEP who studied for a doctorate in the United Kingdom, said he did not believe London had stinted on its preparations.

Jordan says Israel holy site move 'step towards calm'

The secretary-general said he is "particularly concerned about the potential risk of escalating violence". Palestinians were quick to celebrate the removal of the security measures from the entrance of the mosque in Jerusalem. The Foreign Press Association says journalists have been shoved and it has created "a risky situation" where accredited journalists were blocked from doing their jobs.

Sri Lanka PM says to sign China port deal on Saturday

Funds from the port deal will be used to settle debt, he said. A second firm, Hambantota International Port Group Services Co, with capital of $606 million, will be set up to oversee security operations, with the Sri Lankans holding a 50.7 percent stake and the Chinese 49.3 percent, according to the document.

In Latest Launch, North Korean Missile May Have Landed Near Japan

Foreign minister Julie Bishop said earlier this week that the government was aware of the proposed missile tests , but the apparent solution was to suggest China should do more to stop North Korea. The lofted missile flew for 45 minutes, soaring to a maximum altitude of 3,700 kilometers and covering a distance of 1,000 kilometers. Last week, South Korea proposed holding inter-Korean military talks on easing border tensions on July 21 and Red Cross talks Tuesday to resume reunions for ...

North Korea aims its hacking at stealing foreign currency, not espionage

Pyongyang has been stepping up its online hacking capabilities as one way of earning hard currency under the chokehold of worldwide sanctions imposed to stop the development of its nuclear weapons program. "If Bluenoroff has attacked financial firms around the world, Andariel focuses on businesses and government agencies in South Korea using methods tailored for the country..." Andariel conducts skimming operations at ATMs and then accesses accounts directly or sells the information on the ...

Paul Ryan Responds To Bannon's Proposed Tax Hike

Despite being a strong supporter of income tax reform that would broaden the tax base and lower the corporate tax rate, the National Retail Federation (NRF) had been very outspoken against the proposed tax, even launching a television, print and digital ad campaign in February to illustrate its potential drawbacks.

Trump ousts Priebus as chief of staff

Priebus was head of the Republican National Committee before joining the White House as chief of staff. A target of constant criticism in the administration, Priebus has had an open feud with new White House Communications Director Anthony Scarmucci and strongly opposed his appointment.

President Trump names John Kelly as White House chief of staff

I think he was right to hit the reset button". According to CNN, Priebus gave his resignation Thursday. That's why Sessions hasn't resigned yet - even though he's being publicly humiliated by the president on a daily basis, he'll stay as long as he can because he has important work to do in building a bridge to the 1950s.

Twins' mom dies days after their birth, father is killed

The couple also leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter. The page reads: "Stephanie developed and infection and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit". Thank you everyone for the support I truly appreciate it! Office manager Lina Niemczyk, Caceres' mother, Irma Meza, and Suckoo's aunt, Joni Saunders, all spoke about the couple and their children.

Pence on Trump's Tweets, Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare

Since last week, Trump has continually criticized Sessions, one of his earliest supporters, for deciding to recuse himself from overseeing the politically fraught investigation of whether Trump's campaign had any connections to Russia's attempt to meddle in America's presidential election.

US Senate votes down bill to repeal Obamacare

With that one moment, seven years of urgent GOP promises were dead, likely never to be revived. He is again talking about dealing with Democrats once Obamacare implodes. He said if McConnell abandons the health care drive, "he should resign from leadership". "And that was one of the big priorities for this administration", Huckabee Sanders said.

Diamondbacks Pitcher Robbie Ray Drilled In Head With 108-MPH Line Drive

Ray managed to stand under his own power and waved to the St. Louis crowd, which gave him a standing ovation. The Diamondbacks released a statement announcing they will provide updates as available, but there are not any that have been released as of yet.

Focussed on present, not thinking about past or future, says Abhinav Mukund

Abhinav Mukund last got past a Test fifty back in the year 2011. India reached 189-3 and a second-innings lead of almost 500 runs after another powerful display on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Friday. The break and the rain might've freshened up Sri Lanka's bowlers and the pitch, but Abhinav would not be denied. But Perera didn't share that sentiment.

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