Philippine church says priest, churchgoers taken hostage

Philippine church says priest, churchgoers taken hostage

Backed by tanks and helicopters, Philippine government forces launched "precision attacks" Thursday to clear terrorists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS ) terror group from the southern city of Marawi, under siege since a failed raid to capture a militant on the USA list of most-wanted terrorists. Read More

After trip's final day, Trump to return to tumult at home

After trip's final day, Trump to return to tumult at home

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, who attended meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member leaders on Thursday when Trump spoke, said he was confident having heard the USA leader speak that the United States would fulfil its obligations and wanted Europeans to do the same."What I heard from him yesterday in the meeting made me relaxed", he said. Read More

US diplomat: China tightened border controls with N. Korea

But members of a prominent Chinese think tank have also reportedly warned that Beijing is doing all it can and the Washington cannot expect it to do much more. Most other details, including his age, are not known. It would be huge, and there would be huge amounts of casualties on both sides. It means the Trump administration may have ruled out a military option for the Kim Jong-un regime, which has ratcheted up military threats with a series of ballistic missile launches and nuclear ... Read More

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader _ who calls it natural

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader _ who calls it natural

Trump went on to complain that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states owed the U.S. taxpayer money and to say that a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "core task" should be to control "immigration" in future. In a written statement, Trump called the alleged leaks "deeply troubling" and said he was asking the Justice Department and other agencies to review the matter. Read More

Alabama-Florida State open ABC's Saturday night football

Alabama-Florida State open ABC's Saturday night football

That allowed two runs to score in a game where runs were hard to come by. Another sacrifice bunt attempt by Sydney Booker resulted in another throwing error that allowed Dare to score from second to make it 3-0. In the first, the Gators had two on with two out, but freshman Jordan Roberts struck out. And in the third, Lorenz led off with a single but was doubled off first on DeWitt's liner to third. Read More

Trump's term a 'complete disaster,' aside from foreign affairs: Boehner

Trump's term a 'complete disaster,' aside from foreign affairs: Boehner

But at the Thursday conference, where Boehner indirectly boasted about how much better his life is than Paul Ryan's , he also shed light on his motivation for jumping back into politics: he thinks Trump is doing a bad job. Boehner told the audience that Trump did the best he could in pushing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The House's Obamacare replacement bill passed narrowly, but the Republicans in the Senate have indicated that they will be drafting their own bill ... Read More

Dubious document affected FBI investigation into Clinton

Dubious document affected FBI investigation into Clinton

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported last week that Comey had described a conversation in February in which Trump asked him to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn , Trump's former national security advisor who was sacked for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador. Read More

Ranking House intel Dem: Subpoenas coming after Flynn denies request

General Michael Flynn has another chance to release subpoenaed documents before possibly being held in contempt of Congress, the Senate Intelligence Committee's leadership said as two new subpoenas were announced. The department said Sessions' staff relied on the guidance of the FBI investigator handling the background check, who advised that meetings with foreign dignitaries "connected with Senate activities" did not have to be reported on the form. Read More

Turkey shuns US resolution on Turkish bodyguards violence

Turkey shuns US resolution on Turkish bodyguards violence

Relations have worsened between Germany and Turkey since past year, when Germany granted asylum petitions to those who allegedly participated in the failed coup attempt in Turkey last July, and the German parliament agreed to define the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as "genocide". Read More

Ex-CIA head says he warned Russia about meddling

Ex-CIA head says he warned Russia about meddling

As Brennan answers House lawmakers' questions in open and closed sessions, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hear from Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coats , and the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency regarding national security threats. Read More

Foreigners among militants fighting Philippine army in Mindanao - solicitor

Philippines troops backed by tanks and helicopters battled on Friday to retake a southern city of 200,000 people overrun by militants linked to the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) earlier this week. It added that the imposition of martial law and the worsening human rights abuses that will arise from the declaration "will surely be brought forward in peace negotiations" as a form of violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Read More

Trump's dismissive approach to Russian issue

Trump's dismissive approach to Russian issue

Both Rogers and Coats had refused to comply, according to the Post's sources. It was later revealed that the president had asked Comey to stop the Bureau's investigation into Gen. He suggested to both the heads of National Intelligence and the NSA that they make formal statements denying any Trump/Russia collusion. While the department declined to "confirm or deny that Mr. Read More

Saudi, UAE pledge $100m to Ivanka Trump women fund

But news accounts have not accused Trump of naming Israel as a source of the information. In the same speech where Trump urged the Gulf nations to unite and fight against "terrorist and extremists", he isolated out Iran for fuelling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror". Read More

Trump embraces Israel, but Russian ties still trail him

On his nine-day trip, Trump has noted that he is visiting lands where Muslims, Jews and Christians celebrate their founding beliefs, first stopping in Saudi Arabia, then Israel before heading to the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis, leader of the world's Roman Catholics. Read More

South Korea military suspects object crossing border was North Korean balloon

The spike in tensions comes with a new president in South Korea. The solid-fuel missile that was launched was the second successful test of a missile that the US calls KN-15, Martin reports. "What is clear is that the DPRK is openly defying Security Council resolutions with its accelerated ballistic missile testing activities", said Dujarric. Read More

Former CIA director worried Russia tried to recruit Americans

He described the FBI investigation into the matter as "well-founded". Members of the House Intelligence Committee during the Brennan testimony . The panel, along a number of other congressional committees, the FBI, and a newly appointed special counsel , are conducting investigations into Russian meddling that include any potential links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Read More

S. Korea fires shots at N. Korea after object crosses border

The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's latest missile test on Monday, warning that it will seek additional sanctions against its regime. China has been infuriated by the USA deployment of THAAD in South Korea, saying it is a threat to its security and will do nothing to ease tensions with Pyongyang. Read More

Bahrain crackdown: five killed, 286 held in raid on cleric's town

Bahrain crackdown: five killed, 286 held in raid on cleric's town

In a statement released on Tuesday, the society, also referred to as Amal Party, strongly denounced the Al Khalifah regime for its brutal attack on protesters across the country, particularly in Diraz village, in which security forces "obnoxiously" stormed Sheikh Isa Qassim's house, arresting dozens of people. Read More

Is 'bathroom bill' proof that business no longer drives the Texas Legislature?

Is 'bathroom bill' proof that business no longer drives the Texas Legislature?

The bill would require schools to provide alternate, single-occupancy accommodations for students uncomfortable with using bathrooms that don't align with their biological sex. "I want to talk to you a little bit about history because I've lived through the separate but equal period", Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, told the floor in a passionate speech against the amendment. Read More

Trump arrives in Israel in search of revived peace process

During his two days in Riyadh, Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders, who focused on his desire to restrain Iran's influence in the region, a commitment they found wanting in the Republican president's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. Read More