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White House communicated with two members of Congress about rebutting Russia stories
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The White House communicated with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and Senate Intelligence Chairman Sen. Richard Burr about rebutting reports that Trump associates had contacts with Russian officials during the campaign.The Washington Post first reported on Friday that the White House turned to senior members of the intelligence community and Congress to rebut the news reports after the FBI declined to do so publicly.The White House maintains that there were no improper communications and that the FBI came to them to discredit an earlier New York Times report on contacts between Trump associates and Russian...
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GOP congressman says special prosecutor needed to investigate Russia election meddling
U.S. House of Representatives (WASHINGTON) -- California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said a special prosecutor is needed to investigate into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.Bill Maher asked Issa during an interview on his show Real Time about reports that members of President Trump's campaign had contact with Russian officials.Maher presented the Republican representative with a hypothetical scenario -- if Russians had hacked the campaign of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 and if there had also been contacts between the Obama administration and the Russians."You're going to let that slide?" Maher asked Issa."No," Issa said."So you're...
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Family of Indian man killed in possible hate crime shooting in Kansas urges authorities to investigate thoroughly
ABCNews.com (LAWRENCE, Kan.) -- The family of an Indian man killed in a possible hate crime shooting in Kansas spoke out Friday and urged authorities to thoroughly investigate the matter, which they said they believed was not a random incident.The Indian government "should voice out this strongly [to U.S. authorities] because our brothers, sisters and our relatives are there," Venu Madhav, a brother of shooting victim Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, told South Asian news agency Asian News International (ANI) on Friday.Madhav suggested to ANI that he believed the incident was not just a random shooting, saying, that "if you really look...
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What we know about VX nerve agent that allegedly killed Kim Jong Nam
JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images (KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- The fast-acting poison used in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam at a crowded airport terminal in Malaysia last week was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, according to police. Kim Jong Nam is the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.The Royal Malaysia Police said in a statement Friday that a preliminary analysis found VX nerve agent on the eyes and face of the victim, who was allegedly attacked in a departure area of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and died as he was being transported to the...
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Pentagon review of ISIS strategy will lay out options to accelerate fight
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon is expected to deliver a review of its ISIS strategy to the White House early next week that will include new recommendations for how to defeat the group.On Jan. 28, President Trump issued an executive order that gave Defense Secretary James Mattis 30 days to develop the review.“We’re on track to deliver it on time,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Tuesday, adding that any public rollout would only occur after the report was reviewed privately by the president.The new recommendations from the Pentagon were done in consultation with other departments, the intelligence community,...
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Kim Jong Nam was exposed to nerve agent: Police
TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images (KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) — Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had been exposed to nerve agent, police in Malaysia said Thursday.According to the police, a preliminary analysis found VX nerve agent on the face of the victim, who was killed on Feb. 13.The Centers for Disease Control says VX "is a human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent.""Nerve agents are the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents," the site adds. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the apparent assassination of...
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Landing gear on plane carrying 59 collapsed during touchdown, airport says
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It was a rocky and scary landing for passengers on board a Flybe flight arriving in the Netherlands today from Edinburgh, Scotland."Flybe can confirm that there has been an incident involving one of our aircraft," the airline said in a statement. "The incident occurred at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at approximately [4:59 p.m.] local time."In a statement, the airport said the plane's landing gear "collapsed during touchdown," with 59 people on board."Nobody is injured," and the "cause of the incident is being investigated," the statement said.Flybe said all passengers on board the Bombardier Q-400 had been transported...
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Homeland Security chief John Kelly: There will be 'no mass deportations'
CARLOS BARRIA/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Just hours after President Donald Trump described his new deportation policies as “a military operation,” Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly criticized the media for using that term and insisted there will be no "mass deportations."Kelly, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is in Mexico City for a brief trip, meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto and his Cabinet amid heightened tensions over the U.S.’s new immigration policies, heated rhetoric and insistence that Mexico will pay for a border wall.“No, repeat, no, use of military force in immigration operations. None,” said Kelly in...
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Princess Diana's fashion style on display at Kensington Palace
iStock/Thinkstock (LONDON) — A new exhibition at Kensington Palace chronicles Princess Diana's evolving style during her life before her tragic death in 1997.The exhibition, titled "Diana: Her Fashion Story," offers a unique look at Diana's style and features some of her most stunning outfits.The dress Diana dubbed her "Elvis dress" will be on display. Diana accessorized the white, sleeveless gown, featuring thousands of tiny pearls and sequins, with a matching pearl-encrusted, high-collar jacket. She first wore the Catherine Walker dress to Hong Kong in 1989 and later wore the dress with her favorite tiara, the pearl and diamond Cambridge Lovers...
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Obama devotees in France hoping for an 'OBAMA17' presidential campaign
iStock/Thinkstock (PARIS) — A group of Barack Obama devotees in France aren't happy with the homegrown contenders vying for the country's presidency, so they're hoping that the former U.S. president will step in and run for office this spring."OBAMA17" posters have been spotted plastered across Paris, urging citizens to visit the group's website and sign a petition to convince Obama to enter the race. The goal is to get 1 million people to sign the petition.Why Obama? "Because he has the best resume in the world for the job," reads the website, which is in no way connected to Obama.While...
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McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet US military, Kurds
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) — Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, made a secret trip to northern Syria last week to meet with U.S. troops and Kurdish fighters amid their longstanding battle to defeat ISIS, his office said Wednesday.“Senator McCain traveled to northern Syria last week to visit U.S. forces deployed there and to discuss the counter-ISIL [another acronym for ISIS] campaign and ongoing operations to retake Raqqa,” a McCain spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Wednesday, referring to ISIS' Syrian capital. “Senator McCain’s visit was a valuable opportunity to assess dynamic conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq.“The trip comes as...
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Tillerson and Kelly visit Mexico amid tension over deportation guidelines
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly stepped off a plane in Mexico Wednesday evening, tensions were brewing there over new guidance from the administration about deportations, border patrol and President Trump's long-promised wall on the southern border.While Kelly's department issued the guidelines, they now threaten to undermine such a high-level trip. Some fear that an immigration crackdown will result, despite the administration's attempts to ensure that mass deportations are not in the works.The announcement caught the Mexican government by surprise and put officials there on a defensive footing just...
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