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New Zealand splits with Malaysia over TPP without US

Lighthizer , a 69-year-old trade lawyer who has a reputation as a tough negotiator stretching back to the Reagan era, was only confirmed by the Senate as US trade representative on May 11. One of the biggest challenges is keeping on board Vietnam and Malaysia, which signed up for the TPP deal and promised to make major reforms largely to get better United States of America market access.

Senior White House aide 'person of interest' in Russian Federation probe

A Democratic member of Congress, Ted Lieu, drew an instant conclusion about the implications, tweeting: "This. Is". White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not refute the Times story but said it was Comey's "grandstanding and politicizing" of the Russian Federation investigation that put pressure on the administration's ability to engage Moscow.

Punitive fire assaults undertaken across LoC, Pak military posts destroyed: Indian Army

The Indian Army on Tuesday said the recent action in Nowshera sector across the Line of Control has caused damage to Pakistan army posts. The video showed what looked like a forested area being bombed and smoke and fire billowing up after the explosion.

Justin Trudeau photobombs students posing for Prom, Twitter jealous

No one in the photo, which was taken in Vancouver and posted on Twitter , nor the photographer, appeared to notice the politician running by. The keen sportsman had been out for a run along the Stanley Park Seawall when he passed a group of students in full formalwear.

More Palestinians join mass hunger strike

After 31 days, 843 prisoners are still on a hunger strike, said the spokesman, Assaf Librati. It remains unclear if Barghouti, who is held in isolation, has begun refusing water. The violence came on the 33rd day of the prisoners' fast. The committee said in a press release Sunday night that the administration is still isolating the detainees from the outside world, and obstructing even human rights groups from meeting or observing the prisoners' conditions.

Chinese jets intercept US radiation-sniffing plane, US says

We will remind, earlier it became known that on may 14 North Korea has carried out another test launch of a ballistic missile a few days after the inauguration of the new President in South Korea. In April 2001, a Chinese jet fighter collided with a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea, leading to the death of the Chinese pilot and the detention of the 24 USA crew members in China for 10 days.

French President Macron heads to Berlin for his first official foreign visit

Faced with the rise of populism and Brexit, the arrival of Macron to the presidency, (but even more so the elimination of Europhobic candidate for the extreme right candidate Marine Le Pen), has undeniably provoked relief in Berlin, as in many European capitals.

Leaders line up without May and Corbyn — ITV Debate

Mrs May has said she will not take part in any live debates, and Mr Corbyn has said he will only take part if she does. Mr Farron, defending his party's proposal for a second European Union referendum, said: "Somebody will sign off that deal, it will either be the politicians or the people".

S Korea's new leader discusses N Korea, defense system with China's Xi

China has rigorously objected to the deployment of the USA missile defense system in South Korea, saying it destabilized regional security and did little to curb any threat from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, which are in defiance of U.S.

Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication

But current Japanese law has no provision for abdication, thus requiring politicians to craft legislation to make it possible. His heir apparent Crown Prince Naruhito-and any future successors-would not be able to abdicate under the same law.

Election in Germany's most populous state could boost Merkel

But suggesting his campaign's emphasis may be broadening, Schulz told public broadcaster ARD on Sunday evening that while "we have managed to mobilize many people with the topic of justice, people are also asking us, 'what else is coming?'" Party leader Martin Schulz said it was a "hard day".

Saudi Arabia counting down the seconds until Trump arrives

President Trump's first overseas trip as commander-in-chief, slated to kick off Friday, will include a Twitter forum with young Saudis, a "direct" speech about Islam and numerous one-on-one and group meetings with foreign heads-of state.

Dangerous Severe Weather Possible Tuesday

The severe weather risk will shift to the eastern half of Oklahoma Friday . "Large hail and damaging winds will be the primary concerns with this activity". There's also some cloud cover this morning that may dissipate this morning as well so we'll call it mostly sunny today and highs will be in the upper 80s-low 90s.

Widespread Boycott Drags Down Turnout in Palestinian Elections

Escalating tensions between Hamas and the more moderate Fatah led to Hamas's seizure of Gaza in 2007, while Abbas's party was left with control of the West Bank. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine are boycotting the vote. Although it won easily, the Fatah Party's poor showing as results were released on Sunday reflected public discontent towards Abbas.

Iraq, US in talks to keep American troop presence after IS

A USA official and an official from the Iraqi government told the AP this week that talks about keeping U.S. troops in Iraq were ongoing. Iraqi forces pushed further into Mosul from the north on the second day of a new push to speed up the almost seven-month attempt to dislodge Daesh, commanders said today.

President Trump Delivers Commencement Address at Liberty University

Falwell said he would "absolutely not" do anything to students at Liberty if they booed Trump or turned their backs on him, like graduates did to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her commencement speech this week at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college.

The Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names of 2016

A look at the list of the top 1000 names reveals where things might be changing. As the AP notes, the name Hillary dropped out of the list's top 1,000 spots in 2009 and hasn't returned, while Donald dropped 45 spots past year to No. Before Noah emerged as the top name for boys, parents favored another name from the Old Testament, Jacob, for the previous 14 years. For girls, the name Kehlani jumped from 3,359 in 2015 to 872 in 2016.

Trump NOT Briefed By Navy On Ford Catapult; Loves 'Goddamned Steam' Anyway

The preference for steam "blindsided" Navy officials, The Atlantic reported . The Navy declined to comment. The Ford is expected to be commissioned and delivered to the Navy within a month, and will be followed by similar carriers named the John F.

Asian stocks drop as French election momentum fades

On Thursday, LREM confirmed his candidacy had been turned down but said it would stay out of competition in Valls' district. Traders were also digesting news of pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election over the weekend.

Trump Agrees To Arm Kurds In Syria Despite Turkey's Opposition

A Pentagon spokesperson says both leaders affirmed their support for peace and stability in Iraq and Syria. Erdogan has called on Washington to reverse its decision to arm the PKK, saying it hopes its allies will not side with terrorists.