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Brexit secretary threatens to withhold £39 billion divorce bill unless Britain gets trade deal with EU

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has become the latest member of Theresa May's government to threaten to withhold the £39 billion ($51 billion) divorce bill from the EU unless the UK gets its way in negotiations.<p>Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Raab said Britain could choose not to pay the severance …

Great Britain

These Conservative party factions are fighting to take control of May's Brexit plans

LONDON - The EU referendum result and Theresa May's struggles to agree a strategy for honouring it, has left the Conservative party in its most fractious state for decades.<p>In recent weeks May has suffered a series of resignations from her frontbench, growing numbers of backbench rebellions in the …

Conservative Party

One woman killed, gunman in custody after hostage standoff inside Los Angeles-area Trader Joe's, police say

A gunman is in police custody after opening fire outside a Los Angeles-area Trader Joe's supermarket, barricading himself inside, and taking hostages, authorities said Saturday. One woman was struck by gunfire inside the store, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Mayor …

Los Angeles

Hillary Clinton calls Trump-Putin summit 'deeply disturbing' at NYC festival

Hillary Clinton on Saturday described President Donald Trump's recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin "alarming on many, many levels" and called the secrecy surrounding the president's one-on-one meeting with the Russian leader "deeply disturbing" during her appearance at a New York …

Hillary Clinton

The NYPD has filed formal departmental charges against the officer who fatally choked Eric Garner in 2014

The New York Police Department reportedly filed formal departmental charges against an officer who placed Staten Island man Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold.<p>The NYPD charged officer Daniel Pantaleo with violating department regulations, WABC reported Saturday.<p>A case against his supervising NYPD …

Eric Garner

America's top intel official said his surprised reaction to news of a second Putin summit wasn't meant to be 'disrespectful'

The top US intelligence official said Saturday he meant no disrespect to President Donald Trump in a televised interview discussing the summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.<p>Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement that his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in …

Donald Trump

'It's akin to us cancelling scheduled ice fishing trips during July and August:' Trump is claiming a win after drugmakers committed not to increase prices for the rest of the year but it could have little impact on patients

President Donald Trump is on a crusade to lower prescription drug prices.<p>In May, the Trump administration laid out a 44-page drug-pricing blueprint, calling out middlemen in the pharmaceutical industry and "freeloading" by other countries that pay less than the US for prescription drugs.<p>That came …

Donald Trump

Trump keeps conflating Russian meddling and collusion, and experts worry it could have a devastating effect on national security

<i>Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here»</i><p>During a wild press conference in Helsinki following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump addressed a question about Russia's election interference with his trademark response: "There was no …

Donald Trump

British man poisoned by Novichok is released from hospital 3 weeks after being exposed to the nerve agent that killed his partner

A British man who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok has been released from the hospital three weeks after being exposed to the poison, BBC News reported.<p>Charlie Rowley, 45, and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, were found collapsed on June 30 in his home in Amesbury, England, where police found …

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Trump reportedly fawned over Putin after their meeting and told aides the Russian leader was strong, smart, and cunning

President Donald Trump reportedly fawned over Russian President Vladimir Putin to his aides after they met for a high stakes summit in Helsinki last week.<p>The Washington Post reported that Trump specifically admired how Putin is "strong, smart, and cunning." He also reportedly said he relished his …

Donald Trump

How the Trump administration's stance on Russian election interference has evolved since the controversial summit with Putin

The Trump administration has had quite a week on an array of issues, but especially the topic of Russian election interference.<p>President Donald Trump has long expressed doubts as to whether Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, but his alternating statements on this issue were …

Donald Trump

'When he gets into bunker mode, he kind of goes back to his true believers': Trump faced a PR crisis after the Putin summit this week — and whose advice he took is anyone's guess

It was just after mid-morning on the East Coast on Monday, and President Donald Trump had a public relations crisis on his hands.<p>He had just completed a press conference alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin that had followed an hours-long private meeting between the two in Helsinki, Finland. …

Donald Trump

The investigation surrounding Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen is quickly becoming one of the biggest stories in America — here's a full timeline of events

It's been a wild few months for President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.<p>Cohen finds himself at the center of an investigation in the Southern District of New York into whether he violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank fraud or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, …

Donald Trump

Russia is warning NATO about exercises in Eastern Europe — the type of training Trump has said he could end at Putin's request

Russia repeated its longstanding criticisms of US and NATO military exercises on the alliance's eastern flank this week, rebuking the US for a land and sea exercise in the Black Sea region that involved Ukrainian personnel.<p>At a briefing on July 12, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry …

Russia

Family who lost nine in Missouri duck boat capsize had tickets to another tour but swapped them out

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.<p>More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a …

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'Totally unheard of & perhaps illegal': Trump erupts amid news that Michael Cohen may have secretly recorded a conversation with him

<i>Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here»</i><p>President Donald Trump reacted on Saturday to news that Michael Cohen, his former longtime lawyer, secretly recorded a conversation with Trump in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with …

Donald Trump

We just witnessed the 10 most disastrous days of Trump's presidency

The White House is in crisis management mode, thanks to a string of damaging foreign policy faux pas President Donald Trump made over the last ten days.<p>Mark Simakovsky, a former Department of Defense official who focuses on Russia policy, put it bluntly, saying the last week and a half sits "at or …

Donald Trump

A look at the tensions inside the campaign for a second Brexit referendum

LONDON — As the prospect of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal continues to rise, a growing number of voices are coming out in support of holding a second referendum on Brexit.<p>"The only solution is to take the final Brexit decision out of the hands of deadlocked politicians, …

European Union

Trump's hotel in Washington DC is serving a $169 cocktail — but there's a catch

Donald Trump's International Hotel in Washington DC spared no expense for its signature $169 cocktail — well, everything except for hard liquor.<p>The Benjamin Bar & Lounge in the hotel's lobby is reportedly serving the hard liquor-less drink, the most expensive in DC, and it comes with an …

Washington D.C.

Michael Avenatti says he would 'absolutely consider' representing Michael Cohen, but others say it's a huge conflict of interest

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels, has said he would consider representing Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney.<p>Cohen, who is often referred to as Trump's "fixer," currently faces a federal criminal investigation on a multitude of …

Donald Trump

Trump demands NFL to kick players out for a season or 'no pay' if they take a knee during national anthem

President Donald Trump voiced his firm stance against the NFL national anthem protests that split the sports and politics community throughout the 2017 season.<p>"The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again - can't believe it!," Trump said in a tweet on Friday. "Isn't it in contract that …

Donald Trump

Legal experts say Michael Cohen secretly recording Trump is unlike anything they've ever heard of — and it's very bad news for Trump

Legal experts were stunned at news that President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded his old boss having a conversation about payments made to a former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Trump.<p>And the sheer existence of that tape, some said, was bad …

Donald Trump

These four charts show how Facebook's business is changing thanks to Instagram

Facebook's $1 billion bet on Instagram is looking more and more like a bargain.<p>The photo sharing site, which Facebook acquired in 2012, is growing much faster than its parent company in terms of advertising spending and impressions. And it's becoming an increasingly important part of advertisers' …

Social Media

As Trump continues to defend his Putin bromance, Mattis just signaled the US will continue arming one of Moscow’s biggest foes

The Pentagon on Friday announced it's giving $200 million to Ukraine to bolster its defenses as its conflict with pro-Russian separatists rages on.<p>This move comes as President Donald Trump continues to defend his controversial relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the two world …

Russia

Sanctions are crippling North Korea's economy

• <b>North Korea's economy saw its sharpest decline in two decades last year.</b>• <b><br>The United Nations tightened sanctions against the country in August.</b>• <b><br>The sanctions look poised to remain in place until North Korea makes moves toward denuclearization.</b><p>The North Korean economy saw its steepest decline in 20 …

North Korea

US intelligence, military, and diplomatic officials still have no idea what Trump talked about with Putin, and that's dangerous

A number of key US intelligence, defense, and diplomatic leaders have reportedly been left in the dark on what President Donald Trump spoke about with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private meeting in Helsinki on Monday.<p>This goes against standard protocol and is potentially dangerous …

Donald Trump

Facebook is promoting Holocaust denial groups at the top of its search results

Mark Zuckerberg defended the presence of Holocaust deniers on Facebook this week despite widespread criticism, arguing that the company's algorithm will punish misinformation to restrict its circulation on the social network rather than deleting it outright.<p>But Facebook is still prominently …

Internet

Republicans cave to Trump and soften legislation punishing Chinese telecom giant ZTE

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans gave what appears to be a major concession to President Donald Trump on Friday, easing the ban on the Chinese smartphone maker ZTE.<p>The conference committee tasked with hashing out the final details of the must-pass defense bill by combining the House and …

National Security

Democrats are searching high and low for dirt on Trump's Supreme Court pick — and they're coming up short

WASHINGTON — The Donald Trump White House has at times had trouble vetting candidates for key administration posts, cabinet positions, and even judicial nominations.<p>But so far, Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh has kept his squeaky clean image intact.<p>Still, that hasn't stopped Democrats — who by and …

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