North Korea sends rare letter of protest over new U.S. sanctions

The talks collapsed in 2008 after North Korea launched a rocket. The prosecutors called for the arrests and extraditions of those they say led or were involved with "the disgusting state-sponsored crime". Both men taught North Korean students at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. "We urge the relevant authorities to immediately detect and arrest and hand over" the wanted individuals, who were "targets of due heavy punishment", it said in a statement carried by Pyongyang's ...

Trump Contradicts White House Statements, Says He Planned to Fire Comey Anyway

Trump's team had repeatedly claimed that Rosenstein's memo precipitated Comey's firing. Comey was leading the FBI investigation into potential collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian government officials who sought to manipulate the outcome of the US presidential election.

Trump tweets warning to Comey about 'leaking to the press'

He later said he was "not aware" whether any White House official had recordings of the conversation and wouldn't comment on whether the president regularly recorded conversations in the Oval Office. Trump fired off yet another tweet just before 9 a.m., referring to comments made by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that he has no knowledge of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Is Trump Taping Conversations in the Oval Office? Sean Spicer Won't Say

It was unclear whether Mr Trump's reference to "tapes" suggested there might be secret recordings of conversations that could be used to challenge any statements by Mr Comey, or whether it was simply a way of warding him off from commenting.

Moon, Abe agree to co-operate on North Korea

Asked in an interview with NBC News conducted on Thursday whether Moon's approach would mean a change in United States strategy, Trump replied: "He's more open to discussion". Moon is a liberal who advocates a more conciliatory approach to North Korea compared with his conservative predecessor. Moon was sworn is as South Korea's new President on Wednesday after his victory in Tuesday's presidential election.

Pentagon head makes clear US commitment to protecting Turkey

Tabqa, a strategic town for ISIS in Syria, has been retaken by USA -backed Syrian Kurdish forces, giving allies a new route to the militant stronghold of Raqqa . US-backed rebels said they "liberated" the strategic Syrian city of Tabqa and a nearby dam from ISIS. It was not immediately clear if the leaders discussed President Donald Trump's decision this week to arm the Kurdish YPG, who are fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Missing Moroccan UN Peacekeeper in Central African Republic Found Dead

The U.N. peacekeeping mission, launched in 2014, now has more than 12,000 troops deployed. The ceremony at the Mission's headquarters in in the capital, Bangui, was attended by senior Central African Government officials, the diplomatic corps, humanitarian community representatives and hundreds of deeply saddened United Nations personnel in auto, the Mission reported.

GOP health care bill the right prescription for US

This is especially true of health care professionals, including doctors and executives of hospitals and health care facilities. And some Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham of SC, expressed alarm that House Republicans didn't wait for their bill to be scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Mattis: US reviewing Syria safe zones but has many questions

The Trump White House has expressed support for Syrian safe zones, saying the measure would be invaluable to the thousands of Syrian civilians caught between the coalition offensive against ISIS and the ongoing civil war between anti-government forces and forces loyal to Mr.

Obama to Voters: 'You Get the Politicians You Deserve'

Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron asked Obama's successor President Donald Trump not to abandon the Paris agreement during the phone call the tycoon made to congratulate the former on his election, CNN reported a Macron spokesperson as saying .

Acting FBI director testifies before Senate panel

The White House had said Comey was sacked "based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions". "I can tell you that the majority, the vast majority of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey", said McCabe, who called it the "greatest privilege and honor in my professional life to work with him".

New South Korean president in calls with China, Japan leaders

Ultimately, the road to Pyongyang runs through Beijing, not least because China provides the bulk of North Korea's energy and food supplies. Moon also received similar congratulatory calls from Japanese and Indian leaders on Thursday. China's president has set out his opposition to the deployment of a U.S. missile system, in his first discussion with the new South Korean leader. "While supporting South Korea's position and opposing North Korea's nuclear development, President Moon ...

Someone remind Donald Trump he is not above the law

In his first extended comments on the decision, which has prompted major controversy in Washington , Mr Trump yesterday criticised Mr Comey, calling him "a showboater" and "a grandstander" who had created turmoil at the bureau. Vice-president Mike Pence had also said Mr Trump had been following advice of the justice department. Trump also said that at the dinner, he and Comey discussed whether the U.S.

IMF tells eurozone to ease up on Greece over debt

The discussions on a debt sustainability agreement are "only just getting underway", and the fund still needs a "credible strategy" on the debt before taking the new loan package to the IMF board for approval, he said. The IMF is willing to forgo exact debt-relief details from Greece's European creditors, but wants at least a commitment to the scope of debt relief under consideration.

Mattis makes clear United States commitment to protecting Turkey

Sources said technicians at the dam had fled as fighting intensified in recent days, and on Thursday a fix team was on standby to enter and assess any damage to the structure after the SDF finished clearing mines laid by ISIL. Unnerved by the Kurdish advances along the border, Turkey sent troops into Syria past year to help allied Syrian forces battle IS and block the SDF. "We expect that this mistake is to be rectified", he said.

Wife of American detained in North Korea pleads for his release

There are no diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea. A day in Pyongyang can easily be a day without sunshine, but up to 5,000 tourists arrive each year, and perhaps a thousand of them are intrepid Americans. The reported arrest of another "Mr Kim" - the North Korean man allegedly at the centre of the assassination plot - is more ominous. Four U.S. citizens are now thought to be in custody in North Korea.

German president meets Israeli PM in Jerusalem

The revised legislation appears to soften previous language that would give Jewish values prominence in law-making and judicial decisions. It has to pass several rounds of legislation in parliament for it to become law. Last direct US sponsored peace talks between Palestine and Israel stopped in April 2014, after nine months without reaching any breakthrough due to deep differences on the issue of settlements.

Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital IS affected — NHS cyber attack

It says any device using Windows is vulnerable to the ransomware. The NHS is investigating the hacking. All IT systems have been temporarily shut down. "There has been an alert relating to a massive ransomware attack on various organizations, which is affecting their Windows systems", Spain's National Cryptology Centre said in a statement , adding that a large number of firms had been hit.

Only 21 Percent of American Voters Approve of American Health Care Act

But those moves - while they may win consensus among Senate moderates - are unlikely to sit well with House conservatives. The American Health Care Act comes as Obamacare enters the last leg of its death spiral. Capito said her state faces a $500 million budget deficit this year and is in no shape to make up the difference. While only 16% of Republicans disapprove of the AHCA, a significant portion (36%) have no opinion, and less than a majority (48%) approve of it.

ASEAN states urge N Korea to comply with all intl. obligations

China says almost the entire South China Sea falls within its territory, with half a dozen other countries maintaining partially overlapping claims. Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday's ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing.

Cyber attack disrupting NHS was int'l: British PM

Kaspersky Lab said its team has confirmed additional infections in additional countries, including Ukraine and India. Another map provided by Malware Intel also shows attacks in Quebec and Ontario. "A hacker group called ShadowBrokers has stolen Equation Group's hacking tools and has publicly released them", Avast said in a blog post . In many cases, the senior official said, the attacks have been successful because they are against pirated or unauthorized copies of Microsoft Windows, ...

In Interview, Trump Calls Comey 'Showboat,' Denies Colluding With Russia

But a president can not suddenly, for no good reason, dismiss an FBI director who has the president's campaign under investigation. McCabe testified at an annual Senate hearing that reviews security threats around the globe. The person Comey requested the information from was the deputy attorney general, Rod J Rosenstein, the same man who wrote the memo "recommending" Comey be fired.

Stoke out to upset Arsenal's Champions League hopes

Martin Keown has heralded Arsene Wenger's new playing system as the secret behind the Gunners' recent upturn in form. Arsenal is making a traditional late-season charge in a bid to seal a top-four finish, with this fourth win in its last five league games lifting Wenger's side above Manchester United and into fifth place.

Ransomware attack: What you need to know

When asked to confirm that Wana Decryptor has struck in the US, and at what scale, Acting Deputy Press Secretary Scott McConnell did not provide specifics. After the attack left medical providers in the United Kingdom scrambling to deliver vital services either without using computers or with machines that limped through the day, the U.S.

United States intelligence chief calls N. Korea potentially 'existential' threat to US

Last weekend authorities detained a USA citizen on suspicion of planning " hostile acts " against the state. The security ministry has vowed to "ferret out" anyone involved in the alleged plot, which it called "state-sponsored terrorism".

NHS services across England and Scotland hit by cyber-attack

The malicious software has infected more than 75,000 computers in 99 countries worldwide on Friday, a lot of them concentrated in Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan, according to Dutch cyber security company Avast Software BV. "It is going to spread far and wide within the internal systems of organizations - this is turning into the biggest cybersecurity incident I've ever seen", UK-based security architect Kevin Beaumont said.

Trump to meet top Russian diplomat at the White House

Tillerson and Lavrov are scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss Ukraine, Syria and bilateral issues, the State Department announced Monday. The men shook hands in front of the cameras as reporters tried to ask questions. Despite the lack of clarity, the possibility of a meeting between Trump and Lavrov would in itself be a sign of some progress. In particular, the two are expected to discuss the "de-escalation zones" inside Syria that Russia, Iran, and Turkey agreed to create last week.

Trump Tweet Suggests His Conversations With Comey Might Have Been Recorded

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump . Meanwhile, the New York Times reported that Trump pressed Comey for a pledge of loyalty over dinner only a week after his inauguration, according to an account by two associates of the lawman.

Former Rep. Corrine Brown Found Guilty of Taking Funds from Fake Charity

Brown, who earned a master's degree from Florida A&M and another from the University of Florida, is perhaps best remembered by sports fans for a 2009 proclamation she made on the House floor when she attempted to congratulate the Gators football team's national championship victory.

Korea's new president to White House; N. Korea calls for 'new chapter'

China has protested against the deployment saying the system's powerful radar can probe deep into its territory, undermining is security, destabilizing the regional security balance and doing little to deter North Korea. "As the U.S. House of Representatives enacts more and more of these reckless hostile laws, the DPRK's efforts to strengthen nuclear deterrents will gather greater pace, beyond anyone's imagination", the committee said, referring to North Korea by the initials of its official ...

India cool on Beijing summit as "Silk Road" stirs unease

The key announcement before the summit regarded as prestigious by officials here for Xi's multi-billion dollar initiative. Since then, Beijing has stepped up efforts to get India to attend. "You reporters should focus on the theme of developing together, not what we (China) do with certain countries, because that could make other countries uncomfortable", said the official from the eastern province of Fujian.

Asks Donald Trump To Stay In The Paris Agreement

Three Jewish groups called on President Donald Trump to keep the United States as a signatory in the United Nations Paris climate change agreement. Spicer also said that Trump had been meeting with his team "extensively" to discuss the issue.

Major Ransomware Attack Sweeps Europe

Russian Federation appeared to be the hardest hit, according to security experts, with the country's Interior Ministry confirming it was struck. Russia, Taiwan and Spain appear to be those initially hit the hardest, but a map of the infections generated by MalwareTech shows the ransomware spreading to all populated continents, and numerous reports from security researchers indicate that WanaCrypt0r has also found its way into the US.

Officer Who Killed Walter Scott Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Charge

In a state murder trial late past year, prosecutors used that video to claim that Slager's "first instinct after he cuffed the dead Walter Scott was to stage the scene". But Scott broke free and continued to run. "Scott was unarmed and running away when Scott fired eight shots at him". "We asked for justice, and we received justice", said Anthony Scott, the brother of Walter Scott .

Trump suggests 'good chance' for Mideast peace

Despite the lack of specifics, Abbas described his meeting with Trump as positive and said that "we build hopes on it". Trump says that "hopefully something terrific can come out between the Palestinians and Israel " and that "we've been working on that one a long time".