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Ex-FBI chief James Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president’

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Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump is a man “morally unfit to be president”, who treats women like “pieces of meat”. Mr Comey was giving his first major television interview since he was was fired by President Trump last year. He told ABC News that Mr Trump lies constantly and may have obstructed justice. Hours before the interview aired, the president went ... Read More »

James Comey: Republican website trashes ‘lyin’ FBI memoir

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US President Donald Trump’s allies are mounting an online campaign to discredit a forthcoming memoir by former FBI director James Comey. Mr Comey will next week release a book that is expected to paint an unflattering portrait of Mr Trump, who fired him last year. Republicans have launched a website to brand the nation’s former top law enforcement official as “Lyin’ Comey”. In an interview, ... Read More »

Russia warns of ‘dangerous’ escalation over Syria

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Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries. “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” Moscow’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Thursday. He accused Washington of putting international peace at risk and said the situation was “very dangerous”. Western powers are thought to ... Read More »

Syria ‘chemical attack’: France’s President Macron ‘has proof’

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France’s President Emmanuel Macron says he has “proof” that the Syrian government attacked the town of Douma with chemical weapons last weekend. He said he would decide “in due course” whether to respond with air strikes. Western states are thought to be preparing for missile strikes in response to the alleged attack. In Russia, Syria’s main military ally, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged against “any ... Read More »

Kremlin to Trump: We don’t Engage In Twitter diplomacy

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Dimitri Peskov, spokesperson for the Kremlin, warns of escalating ‘already’ fragile situation in war-torn Syria. A Kremlin spokesperson has said that Russia does not engage in Twitter diplomacy after US President Donald Trump used the social media platform to warn Moscow of imminent military action in Syria, the Interfax news agency reported. “We do not participate in Twitter diplomacy,” Dimitri Peskov was quoted as saying ... Read More »

Inspectors Back UK In Spy Poisoning Row

The international chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed the UK’s analysis of the type of nerve agent used in the Russian ex-spy poisoning. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons did not name the nerve agent as Novichok, but said it agreed with the UK’s findings on its identity. Russia has denied it was behind the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, as ... Read More »

Somalia Disbands UAE Programme To Pay And Train Soldiers

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Somalia said it seized several bags of money containing $9.6m in cash from a plane arriving from the UAE. Somalia has disbanded a United Arab Emirates programme to train some of its troops in a new sign of rising tensions in bilateral relations. The Somali government announced on Wednesday that it will take over paying and training the soldiers in the programme, Defence Minister Mohamed ... Read More »

US House Speaker Paul Ryan To Quit In Blow To Republicans

US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election this year, in a big blow to Republicans ahead of autumn’s mid-term elections. A spokesman for Congress’ most powerful lawmaker confirmed he would not stand for another term in his Wisconsin district this November. A source close to Mr Ryan told the BBC his decision was family-related. Republicans are already facing a tough ... Read More »

Algeria Military Plane Crash: 257 Dead Near Algiers

At least 257 people have died after a military plane crashed in northern Algeria, the defence ministry says. The incident happened shortly after the aircraft took off from Boufarik military airport near the capital Algiers in the morning. Most of the dead are army personnel and their families, according to the defence ministry. Ten crew members were also killed. It is not yet clear what ... Read More »

Trump Lifts Travel Ban On Chad

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US President Donald Trump has lifted the controversial travel ban his administration imposed on Chad about six months ago. The central African state had improved the sharing of information about “suspected terrorists”, and had taken steps to make its passports more secure, a White House statement said. Chad had criticised the ban, saying it was being unfairly targeted. Citizens from seven other countries are still ... Read More »

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