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Trump-Russia: Jeff Sessions questioned in Mueller inquiry

Trump-Russia: Jeff Sessions questioned in Mueller inquiry

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been questioned in an investigation into whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.The Department of Justice (DoJ) confirmed to the BBC that America's top prosecutor was interviewed last week.Mr Sessions is thought to be the first member of President Donald Trump's cabinet to be questioned. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is leading the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.Mr Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel, is also investigating whether Mr Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey in May last year was an effort to obstruct the agency's Russia probe. The interview with Mr Sessions, the nation's top lawman, lasted several hours, according to US media reports.Mr Trump said later on Tuesd...
VP defends Trump over vulgar remarks on African immigrants

VP defends Trump over vulgar remarks on African immigrants

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday defended President Donald Trump over his recent comments disparaging immigration from Africa and Haiti, telling The Associated Press that the president's "heart" is aimed at a merit-based system that is blind to immigrants' "race or creed." Pence, in an interview with the AP from Jerusalem, said the president was intent on implementing a merit-based system that encourages immigration by those who will "contribute to a growing American economy and thriving communities." "I know the president's heart and I know that what President Trump wants to do is reform immigration to make our system one that puts the interests of America first," Pence said. He added that immigrants should be considered on their merits, "regardless of what country they come from...
US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

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Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown.Some will not be paid until the stalemate is resolved. A rare Sunday session of the Senate yielded no agreement between Democrats and Republicans, with immigration one of the main sticking points.Essential services will still run but famous sites such as the Statue of Liberty have already been affected.The monument was closed on Sunday but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would dip into state funds to pay the daily employment bill and reopen the popular tourist site.Why has the government shut down?It missed a deadline. At midnight on Friday, lawmakers failed to agree on a spending bill. The bill was not a plan for funding for the whole of 2018...
Germany's SPD votes in favor of coalition talks with Merkel

Germany's SPD votes in favor of coalition talks with Merkel

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Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Germany's Social Democrat Party voted in favor of entering the second and final stage of coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.The SPD held a special congress in Bonn Sunday as 56 percent of the party's delegates voted in favor of moving forward with negotiations to form a "grand coalition" led by Merkel.A count showed voters were narrowly divided on the issue, with 362 in favor, 279 against and one abstention after a show of hands was failed to produce a visible majority.Following the vote Merkel announced "the path is free for coalition talks" while calling for "a responsible climate, despite all of the divisive issues.""There is a lot of work ahead of us," she said.Many voters were unhappy with the decision to continue coalition talk...
North Korea to send another Olympic prep team to South Korea

North Korea to send another Olympic prep team to South Korea

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SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 21 (UPI) --North Korea plans to send another Olympic prep team to the South this week to make arrangements for hundreds of North Korean athletes, cheerleaders and reporters attending the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month.Seoul's Unification Ministry said Sunday that the North proposed a three-day visit of an eight-member advance team led by senior sports official Yun Yong-bok.Arriving on Thursday, the team would examine various venues including accommodation sites, the opening and closing ceremony stadium as well the sporting arenas, according to the plan.Seoul said it would review the proposal before responding to the North.This comes after North Korean officials tasked with arranging cultural concerts traveled to the South on Sunday, crossing the border to the ...