It was reported this week that Rice , in her role as national security adviser, asked intelligence agencies to "unmask" the names of Trump associates mentioned in reports of surveillance activities. Flynn was sacked after it became clear that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about the content of those discussions. Rice also denied leaking the information to anyone without the security clearances required to view classified intelligence reports , which would be a crime.
Zuma fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan , who pushed for budget restraint and improved management at state companies, in a cabinet reshuffle on March 31, igniting South Africa's worst political crisis in nearly a decade and sparking calls from top officials for him to resign.
Mats Loving of the national police's operational unit said police presence across the Scandinavian country had been stepped up. "People were screaming and running in all directions", said Brandon Sekitto, who was in his auto nearby. "We are an open, democratic society and that is what we will remain". The gray Stockholm skyline was dotted with flags flying half-staff on a cool morning where a few people walked the quiet streets near the scene of the truck attack.
Christie told Coscia, the Amtrak chairman, that he has "directed NJ Transit to cease making any payments to Amtrak under the agreement until there has been a thorough and independent examination of the tracks, signals, switches and other equipment maintained by Amtrak " on the Northeast Corridor "and full and unqualified verification that the assets are in a state-of-good-repair".
With the bang of a gavel, the nuclear option - that dramatic term for doing away with the ability of a minority of senators to block confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee - has been exercised. As part of a procedural strategy , Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted with the Democrats to continue the debate, giving himself the opportunity to call for a vote to reconsider the decision to keep the debate going.
As insults flew during the second televised debate between the contenders in France's upcoming presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen claimed the country had become a "university for jihadists". With a second solid performance thanks to his sharp wit, hard-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon marked further poll gains, almost catching up with erstwhile favourite Francois Fillon, a conservative former prime minister.
It's believed that up to 50,000 people have turned out to protest against President Jacob Zouma across South Africa. But, said the Banking Association, "The fact that Fitch has directly attributed its downgrade to the actions of the president demonstrates in no uncertain terms the broad assertion that the Cabinet reshuffle‚ although the prerogative of the president‚ was not in the national interest".
Trump hasn't yet formulated a policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but has suggested the internationally backed idea of a two-state solution isn't the only option on the table. Abbas said to the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad that the Israeli acceleration of settlement projects along with continous efforts of demolishing Palestinian homes, is creating a single state with two regimes.
He said Russian Federation firmly stands by the Syrian government, calling it the main force against terrorism and saying it deserves the presumption of innocence in the chemical weapons attack. It appeared to be business as usual for the Syrian government after the USA strikes. "For the first time, the Syrians declared and eventually gave up a vast stockpile of chemical weapons, something they had not even acknowledged they had until then", McDonough explained.
North Korea had previously been suspected by researchers of being behind several major thefts, including one previous year in which up to $81 million was stolen from Bangladesh's central bank account in NY, as well as other attempted heists in Ecuador, the Philippines and Vietnam.
The lawsuit revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection had sought the unmasking of the @ ALT_USCIS account holder who has been criticizing President Donald Trump's administration. The lawsuit gave Twitter a chance to assume a favorite role as a defender of free speech, offering a respite for a company that has struggled recently to expand its audience, excite investors or attract new revenue streams.
The biggest catch for Mr Macron was the defection of Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a Socialist Party grandee who has been a close ally and friend of outgoing President François Hollande for almost 40 years. Fillon sought to shift the focus from his legal woes to his cost-cutting platform in a debate on Monday among the top five presidential candidates.
The DPRK on Wednesday test-fired one ballistic missile into eastern waters, South Korea's defense ministry said . The North Korean players did not comment to the media after the game. China also is angry over the deployment in South Korea of an advanced USA missile defense system known as Thaad, which it fears could be used against its military.
Organisers of the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat races will decide later whether the event will go ahead after an unexploded Second World War bomb was found near the starting line. Police patrol the area, prior to the Men's Boat Race on the River Thames, in London., Sunday April 2, 2017 . Oxford crossed the line 31 seconds behind their rivals in this the 72nd instalment of the race, trailing 30-42 in the overall standings.
In addition to the four people killed, police said that at least 15 had been injured. "We know that four people are dead, more are injured and a whole country are gathered in grief, anger and determination", he said adding that all action suggest that it was a terrorist attack.
Mr Trump had hoped to use the trade issue as leverage to get China, North Korea's closest ally, to pressure the reclusive nation to give up its nuclear weapons programme. Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told The New York Times . White House officials didn't make a direct connection between the action in Syria and any potential strike on North Korea's nuclear program.
He also publicly expressed "respect" for Putin during a Fox News interview in February. If Haley can not reach agreement with Russian Federation and China on a tighter focus and pushes ahead with the meeting, then Russia's Deputy U.N. "He can say what he wants whenever he wants, but the direction we've gotten is to do our jobs, make sure that the United States is strong and that's what we'll do", Haley said.
So if Trump can't convince Xi he's on the brink of war with North Korea and muscle some concessions out of him, he's looking at about a one month window where he can act unilaterally, before possible responses go from bad to worse. North Korea's state media have said the world will soon witness what they called "eventful successes" in the country's space development. The launches are considered to be in violation of a United Nations resolution.
The truck ploughed through crowds of people before crashing into a department store. Swedish radio says a truck has crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm , killing at least three people. The area of the attack in central Stockholm was evacuated, including the main rail station, and remained cordoned off late on Friday. Sweden's health service raised the number of people being treated in hospitals for injuries to 10.
Noting that documents seized by investigators in his office at the National Assembly appeared in the press 48 hours later, Fillon questioned who leaked them and suggested only the highest authority could have allowed it. Polls see Macron, an independent centrist who was economy minister in an Hollande government for two years until August 2016, going on to beat Le Pen comfortably in the runoff by taking up to two thirds of the vote.
But the request was withdrawn by the government a day later, after Twitter's court filing became public. In return, Twitter has dropped a free speech lawsuit against the government over the demand. Many claimed to be controlled by current of former staff members. She noted that the government's summons to Twitter had boilerplate language but lacked a specific reason for wanting to know the identities.
Reportedly, Kamal's house was set in flames but the reason for the same is yet to be known. We are sure Kamal's fans would be glad he is safe. Just to calm the situation down and put the frenzy to rest the actor tweeted a reassuring thank you message to all his fans for their concerns and expressed his gratitude.
Meanwhile, the South African Federation of Trade Unions leader Zwelinzima Vavi told demonstrators that he along with other leaders had made a mistake by endorsing Zuma to become president. The National Treasury described the downgrade as a setback but said the government is committed to fiscal discipline and structural reforms aimed at boosting economic growth.
Vice-President Mike Pence was presiding as the Senate voted 54-45 in favour of Gorsuch, a veteran of Denver's 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals whose conservative rulings make him an intellectual heir to Scalia, who died in February 2016. But they opted to cut it short - with a recess looming, Gorsuch was set for confirmation during the lunch hour Friday, allowing senators to start leaving Washington for a two-week recess.
While available to field calls on cornerback Richard Sherman , the Seattle Seahawks also have initiated trade talks during the process, according to an National Football League source . We have a great relationship. Richard Sherman-Patriots rumors are creating a lot of buzz on social media. With Stephon Gilmore a lock to be one cornerback next season, the Patriots' second cornerback is still unknown, but it won't be Sherman.
Hamilton captured his sixth pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday, edging Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by less than two-tenths of a second. Raikkonen still struggled and had to be content with fourth on 1m 32.140s, but was still comfortably ahead of Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull and Felipe Massa's Williams.
Scene where a truck crashed into a department store in Stockholm , Friday. Although there was confusion throughout the day on the number of victims, the Stockholm City Council said in the evening that four had been killed and 15 were wounded, nine seriously.
President Trump's first face-to-face meeting today with China's leader, Xi Jinping , will take place at Mar-a-Lago, the president's family-owned resort in Florida. What worries the protocol-conscious Chinese more than policy clashes is the risk that the unpredictable Trump could publicly embarrass Xi, after several foreign leaders experienced awkward moments with the new US president.
Cristea, who had been receiving urgent medical care in hospital since the attack, died after life support was withdrawn on Thursday, April 6. One of the victims of last month's attack on British Houses of Parliament has died in hospital, making her the fifth fatality in the attack, the Metropolitan Police said on Friday.
The US military has provided air and artillery support involving Apache helicopter gunships to help the SDF in an offensive for the strategically important Tabqa Dam near Raqa. It says water levels are rising behind the dam. Central Command said an operation behind enemy lines to seize Tabqa Dam would give Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) the "strategic advantage" needed to liberate the city.
This means future nominations to the Supreme Court can also advance with a simple majority vote. Supreme Court filibusters have been almost unheard of in the Senate, but the confrontation is playing out amid an explosive political atmosphere with liberal Democrats furious over the Trump presidency and Republicans desperate to get a win after months of chaos from Trump.
After a two-day meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump seemed to be pleased with the outcome. On Friday, the unpredictable Trump not only set a different tone but also avoided any public lapses in protocol that Chinese officials had feared could embarrass their leader.
General Lori Robinson told lawmakers she was "extremely confident" of USA capability to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) bound for America, should North Korean leader Kim Jong Un succeed in developing that technology.
During the summit, Trump held an in-depth discussion with Chinese President Xi Jinping over North Korea's nuclear issue and responses and also delivered Washington's stance over the deployment of an advanced USA missile defense system in South Korea, according to Hwang's office.
A stolen beer truck ploughed into a crowd of people at the corner of the bustling Ahlens department store and the pedestrian street Drottninggatan on Friday afternoon, above ground from Stockholm's central subway station. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the attack "indicates that it is an act of terror". Mr Lofven said Monday would be a day of mourning in Sweden, with a minute of silence at noon.