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  • Did London attack expose city's 'weak spot'?

    Posted 2017-03-24 10:45:38 by: George Alston

    The terrorist attack on Westminster - the heart of government in Britain since the 16th century - did not come as a surprise to ...

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  • Top Democrat: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion

    Posted 2017-03-24 01:41:03 by: George Alston

    The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is claiming that he has been presented with new information on collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia that would merit a grand jury ...

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  • 'We can't let the terrorists win'

    Posted 2017-03-23 23:38:51 by: George Alston

    A day after Londoners were confronted with a cruel and ruthless attack, crowds gathered in the heart of the city to pay tribute to the ...

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  • Carrying on: The day after a terrorist attack

    Posted 2017-03-23 22:00:12 by: George Alston

    After a deadly attack struck the heart of London, millions of everyday acts show a refusal to give in to ...

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  • Obamacare repeal in jeopardy: Republicans delay vote

    Posted 2017-03-23 19:51:13 by: George Alston

    The Republican health care legislation is in limbo Thursday afternoon after multiple meetings at the White House and Capitol have failed to produce a ...

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  • Voices of defiance: London holds vigil to remember victims

    Posted 2017-03-23 19:18:18 by: George Alston

    Four people were killed and dozens more wounded in a terror attack Wednesday near the Houses of Parliament in London. The attacker was also killed. Get the latest ...

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  • Walk along Westminster Bridge: Tracing the path of a terrorist attack

    Posted 2017-03-23 19:11:14 by: George Alston

    CNN's Nick Paton Walsh takes a walk along the newly reopened Westminster Bridge after the London terror ...

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  • Opinion: Attack was long overdue

    Posted 2017-03-23 15:44:26 by: George Alston

    Wednesday's attack on London was expected, planned for, and in the view of many, a long time ...

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  • Belgian police thwart 'terrorist attack'

    Posted 2017-03-23 14:41:44 by: George Alston

    Belgian police intercepted a car that was speeding toward a busy shopping area and refused to stop, authorities said ...

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  • First civilian victim named as Spanish teacher

    Posted 2017-03-23 09:56:44 by: George Alston

    Four people were killed and dozens more wounded in a terror attack Wednesday near the Houses of Parliament in London. The attacker was also killed. Get the latest ...

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  • Ferry lifted from the water 3 years after sinking that killed 300

    Posted 2017-03-23 09:46:59 by: George Alston

    Three years after a nation watched in horror as a passenger ferry sank off South Korea, the first glimpse of the Sewol appeared above water as recovery crews lifted it from the ...

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  • Police investigating associates of man behind Westminster killings

    Posted 2017-03-23 06:31:08 by: George Alston

    Investigators were "working to look at associates" of the suspect who rammed on Westminster Bridge before attempting to storm the Houses of Parliament, Mark Rowley, Britain's most senior counterterror police officer, told journalists late Wednesday. Rowley said police believe it was an act of "Islamist-related terrorism," and indicated they knew the identity of the assailant but were not releasing his name. Overnight, police in the city of Birmingham, in central England, raided an apartment, but it was not clear whether it was linked to the London attack. When asked for information, local police referred CNN to London's Metropolitan Police. The Met told CNN it would not comment for "operational reasons."Only one victim has been publicly identified. , a 15-year veteran of the London police force, was fatally stabbed on the grounds of Parliament before police killed his attacker.A number of tourists were among 40 people hurt in the assault, including five South Koreans and three French high school students, according to officials from both countries. One Australian had been hospitalized, officials there said.It was the first mass-casualty terrorist attack in Britain on the London public transportation system. The area around Westminster was teeming with people when the attack began at about 2:40 p.m. local time (10.40 p.m. ET). Witnesses said the attacker drove his car over Westminster Bridge and into the crowd. The vehicle hit a large number of people, including three police officers."The car then crashed near to Parliament and at least one man - armed with a knife - continued the attack, trying to enter Parliament," Rowley said. One of those who died was a woman, he added. Parliament was placed on lockdown for several hours and lawmakers were forced to remain in the main debating chamber of the House of Commons as officers rushed to the scene outside. In the early hours of Thursday, much of Westminster - Britain's political heart - was still cordoned off by ...

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  • A city stilled, shocked and then enraged

    Posted 2017-03-23 02:49:05 by: George Alston

    Buses and cabs sit abandoned on Westminster Bridge. No passengers, no drivers, no pedestrians. This is London in the wake of a presumed terror ...

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  • India gives rivers human status

    Posted 2017-03-23 01:59:19 by: George Alston

    A decades-long fight against river pollution in India has been given a much needed ...

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  • Attack in London is part of a disturbing trend

    Posted 2017-03-23 00:00:31 by: George Alston

    The attack in London that spurred renewed fears of terrorism started when an ordinary car turned into a devastating ...

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  • Trump's son criticizes London mayor

    Posted 2017-03-22 23:31:20 by: George Alston

    President's Trump's son is criticizing the mayor of London in the immediate aftermath of an attack in the city that killed three and wounded at least 20 on the grounds of the UK ...

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  • 'Heroic efforts:' Politician rushes to victim's aid

    Posted 2017-03-22 18:41:00 by: George Alston

    There was an unexpected face among the first responders to Wednesday's attack near the House of Parliament in London. Tobias Ellwood, a Conservative Member of Parliament, was seen tending to an injured man lying outside of Westminster ...

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  • Eyewitnesses: 'There were bodies on the bridge -- it was horrendous'

    Posted 2017-03-22 18:16:35 by: George Alston

    Watch and hear firsthand accounts of the Parliament attack in ...

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  • Gallery: Major incident at UK Parliament

    Posted 2017-03-22 16:22:30 by: George Alston

    Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentA car crashed into a fence outside the Parliament building in London on Wednesday, March 22. Police are investigating a "firearms incident" near the Parliament and have put the entire Westminster area on lockdown. "It appeared that a car was coming towards the House of Commons mowing down pedestrians on the way," Member of Parliament Gerald Howarth told CNN. "The driver then got access to the parliamentary estate, stabbed a police officer and was shot." Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentA police officer points a gun at a man on the ground outside Parliament. "We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise," said London's Metropolitan Police. Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentEmergency workers attend to injured people at the scene. Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentPeople leave the Parliament building after the incident. Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentMedical aid is provided outside Parliament. Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentA police officer stands guard near Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentA person receives medical treatment at the scene. Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentAt right, the car of British Prime Minister Theresa May is driven away from Parliament. Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentAn air ambulance arrives at the scene. Photos: 'Firearms incident' at UK ParliamentArmed police enter the Houses of ...

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  • Full report: UK Parliament on lockdown

    Posted 2017-03-22 16:22:01 by: George Alston

    The Leader of the House of Commons said a police officer was stabbed. Many of those hurt had "catastrophic injuries", PA said."Officers - including firearms officers - remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise," police said.London's Metropolitan Police said on Twitter they were called at approximately 2:40 pm to reports of a firearms incident near Westminster Bridge, near the main parliament building.The incident occurred as parliament was in session, and proceedings in the House of Commons were suspended. Dozens of MPs remained in the House."It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police," the Leader of the House, David Lidington, told MPs. He confirmed that a serious incident had taken place "within the estate.""An air ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualties. There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster but I hope colleagues on all sides will appreciate that it'd be wrong of me to go into further details here until we have confirmation from the police and from the House security authorities about what is going on."Around half an hour after the attack, former Cabinet minister Anna Soubry said on Twitter she and Security Minister Ben Wallace were ordered into the Parliament lobby at gun point by police."Colleagues taken out of the library at gun point by counter terrorist armed police officers," she tweeted.People were photographed running from the scene as police put the whole area in lockdown.Emergency response Police said in a statement that a full response unit had been sent to the scene, along with ambulance crews and air ambulances."We have declared a major incident and our priority is to assess patients and ensure that they are treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible."Police appealed for anyone with photos or video of the incident to pass them on to police.TV ...

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  • Security alert: The moment the UK Parliament stopped

    Posted 2017-03-22 15:48:11 by: George Alston

    The British Parliament stopped after gunshots were fired ...

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  • British MP: We were in the middle of voting

    Posted 2017-03-22 15:36:40 by: George Alston

    A member of British Parliament says he has been told a police officer has been ...

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  • Emirates boss questions US-UK laptop ban

    Posted 2017-03-22 13:10:06 by: George Alston

    Speaking to CNNMoney a day after the U.S. banned passengers from bringing laptops and other large electronic devices on some flights from the Middle East and Africa, Clark said the U.S. must have "clear evidence" of a threat. But he questioned why some airlines and airports were affected by , and not others. "After all, if these devices are viewed by the United States and the United Kingdom as potential instruments of threat, they can be loaded on any airplane anywhere," he told CNNMoney's Emerging Markets editor John Defterios. "To suggest that Dubai doesn't have the equal capabilities or better than the Europeans, the Americans and the Asians in terms of search, interdiction and surveillance, I find amazing," he said. "I know this airport." Emirates that must prevent passengers flying from the region to the United States from carrying almost all types of electronic devices in the cabin. Smartphones will still be allowed but any larger items - such as iPads, Kindles and laptops - will have to be checked in before passengers clear security and board their flight. The rules come into force on March 25. "It's clearly a policy decision from the United States and we as an airline operating in the United States have to comply with what the government of the United States wants... Of course it's hugely disruptive but Emirates is very resilient in dealing with disruptions in our organization," Clark said. Similar restrictions . on Tuesday do not apply to Emirates or Dubai airport. CNNMoney ...

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  • Islamic State 2.0: As the caliphate crumbles, ISIS evolves

    Posted 2017-03-22 11:02:41 by: George Alston

    ISIS is on the back ...

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  • Bronx drug bust: Fox urine and hollow furniture used in $4.1M op

    Posted 2017-03-22 10:31:44 by: George Alston

    Authorities are detailing the great lengths suspected drug smugglers went to in order to conceal their operation after $4.1 million in cash and more than six pounds of heroin were seized by federal agents at a Bronx storage facility over the ...

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  • N Korean launches another missile

    Posted 2017-03-22 06:18:27 by: George Alston

    North Korea attempted a new missile launch Wednesday, according to South Korean ...

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  • Electronics ban related to terror alert, US official reveals

    Posted 2017-03-22 06:16:46 by: George Alston

    Intelligence obtained in recent weeks found that an al Qaeda affiliate was perfecting techniques for hiding explosives in batteries and battery compartments of electronic devices, according to a US ...

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  • South Korea lifting sunken ferry on which 300 died

    Posted 2017-03-22 06:06:30 by: George Alston

    Efforts have begun to recover the Sewol ferry from the sea off South Korea, three years after it sank killing 304 people, mostly ...

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  • She became the face of a terror attack

    Posted 2017-03-22 04:23:46 by: George Alston

    Nidhi Chaphekar lay motionless, afraid to move, on the floor of the departures hall of Brussels' Zaventem Airport after it had been hit by twin ...

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  • N Korean missile launch fails, S Korea's military says

    Posted 2017-03-22 03:54:26 by: George Alston

    North Korea attempted a new missile launch Wednesday, according to South Korean ...

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  • S Korea begins lifting sunken ferry Sewol

    Posted 2017-03-22 03:54:16 by: George Alston

    Efforts have begun to recover the Sewol ferry from the sea off South Korea, three years after it sank killing 304 people, mostly ...

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  • Trump warns Republicans on health care

    Posted 2017-03-21 23:51:08 by: George Alston

    President Donald Trump is in full arm-twisting ...

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  • Can China fix its water crisis?

    Posted 2017-03-21 23:29:35 by: George Alston

    The residents of Dawu, in central China's Henan province, say they are being killed by their ...

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  • Report: al Qaeda affiliate trying to hide explosives in batteries

    Posted 2017-03-21 22:24:54 by: George Alston

    Intelligence obtained in recent weeks found that an al Qaeda affiliate was perfecting techniques for hiding explosives in batteries and battery compartments of electronic devices, according to a US ...

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  • 9/11 families sue Saudi government

    Posted 2017-03-21 19:41:32 by: George Alston

    Families of 850 victims who died on 9/11 and 1,500 people injured that day are suing the Saudi government, accusing it of providing material and financial assistance to al Qaeda for years leading up to the worst terrorist attack on US ...

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  • Electronics ban already causing confusion and frustration

    Posted 2017-03-21 15:26:15 by: George Alston

    The Trump administration's order banning passengers from major airports in the Middle East and North Africa flying with electronic devices on board is not even a day old and its impact is already being felt. Through WhatsApp and iMessage, CNN asked travelers, who'd be coming in from the 10 airports covered by the ban, how they'd be affected. This is what they ...

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  • Footballer who thanked wife, girlfriend digs even bigger hole

    Posted 2017-03-21 15:09:18 by: George Alston

    The footballer who mistakenly thanked his wife and girlfriend during his post- match interview has denied he's been ...

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  • Trump seeks clearance and WH office for Ivanka

    Posted 2017-03-21 11:35:48 by: George Alston

    Ivanka Trump will work out of an office in the West Wing, a White House official told CNN on ...

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  • Martin McGuinness dead: From IRA terrorist to peacemaker

    Posted 2017-03-21 11:22:56 by: George Alston

    To his friends, Martin McGuinness was the Nelson Mandela of Northern Ireland; to his enemies, he was seen as a ...

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  • U.S. imposes electronics ban on flights from major airports

    Posted 2017-03-21 10:25:36 by: George Alston

    Passengers will have to check in any devices bigger than a smartphone - including iPads, Kindles and laptops - before clearing security or boarding, U.S. officials said, citing terrorism concerns. The open-ended ban will affect more than 50 flights from 10 airports, including major global hubs like Dubai and Istanbul, according to senior administration officials. The nine airlines affected by the ban were notified of the procedures by the Transportation Security Administration at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday and must comply within 96 hours. Top international carriers - like Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines - are among those that will have to implement the ban. The U.S. officials said intelligence "indicates terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation" by "smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items." The officials declined to provide specific information on the threat or why these particular airports were selected. "Just evaluating all the intelligence, we believe that the threat is still prominent against aircraft and airports," an official said. U.S. airlines not affected The 10 international airports covered by the ban are in Cairo, Egypt; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; Istanbul; Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The nine airlines are Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines. The officials said U.S. carriers are not affected because none of them fly from the airports in question to the U.S. The ban involves some of the widest reaching aviation security measures taken since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It means all laptops, cameras, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, electronic gaming devices and travel printers or scanners will have to be kept in the cargo hold for the duration of the flight. ...

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  • Airline electronics ban: What you need to know

    Posted 2017-03-21 10:09:20 by: George Alston

    The Trump administration has ordered nine airlines to stop passengers from bringing most electronic devices into the cabin for U.S.-bound flights. Instead, they'll have to check them in. The sudden move, attributed to concerns about potential terrorist attacks, creates a new headache for airline staff and passengers. Here are the key things to know: Which airports are involved? The 10 airports covered by the ban include major global hubs such as Dubai. The full list: Cairo, Egypt; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Istanbul; Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Which airlines are affected? The nine airlines that operate direct flights to the U.S. from those airports are Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines. U.S. airlines are not affected because none of them fly from the airports in question to the United States, according to U.S. government officials. Which devices are banned? Passengers will have to check in any electronic devices bigger than a smartphone. That includes laptops, cameras, gaming devices and tablets such as iPads. One of the affected airlines, Royal Jordanian, said that medical devices would still be allowed in the cabin. When will it take effect? The U.S. government officially notified the airlines at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday. They have 96 hours to fully comply. And if they don't? "We will work with the FAA to pull their certificate and they will not be allowed to fly to the United States," one senior U.S. official said. What are the airlines saying? Etihad and Turkish Airlines said they had received the notification from the U.S. government and were reviewing it. Emirates said it hadn't yet received any notification but would "comply with any new operational or regulatory requirements issued by the relevant ...

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  • Nearly all electronics banned on some US-bound flights

    Posted 2017-03-21 05:30:24 by: George Alston

    The official said this will impact some airlines flying into the United States. Another U.S. administration official says this covers devices larger than a cellphone. An aviation official told CNN that there is a security concern regarding passengers boarding nonstop flights to the U.S. from specific countries. This relates to the "screening in [some] countries" for nonstop flights to the U.S. They added that they believe a threat to the U.S. would be negated if a passenger transferred through a secondary city with additional and more trustworthy screening procedures. The directive is to ensure enhanced security measures at select airports for a limited duration. In a written statement, the Department of Homeland Security said, "We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate." A State Department official says embassy officials have been notifying relevant countries and airlines. Another U.S. official says the ban on some electronics is believed to be related to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP. The intelligence community has been tracking this threat for some time, but the official said that some information from a recent U.S. Special Forces raid in Yemen contributed to the ongoing concern. AQAP has been actively trying to build bombs that contain little or no metal content to target commercial aircraft. And the group's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, has trained others to do so. To date, they are the only terror organization that has shown a marked effort to try to attack airlines, the officials said. A third U.S. official said there has been concern about attacks via electronics for some months, but there wasn't enough information to warrant an airline action before. An aviation official said U.S. carriers are not affected because none flies directly from the countries in question to the United States. Neither source would specify what airlines were impacted beyond Royal ...

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  • Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jersey recovered in Mexico

    Posted 2017-03-21 01:41:07 by: George Alston

    Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys have been ...

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  • FBI: No information to support Trump wiretap claim

    Posted 2017-03-20 19:04:33 by: George Alston

    FBI Director James Comey is making a dramatic appearance Monday before the House Intelligence Committee and is expected to publicly reject President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack ...

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  • French election set for first live TV debate

    Posted 2017-03-20 16:30:19 by: George Alston

    After weeks of scandal, investigations and political infighting, the first live French election television debate will take place on Monday ...

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  • FBI director testifying about Trump's wiretap claim, Russian meddling

    Posted 2017-03-20 14:27:46 by: George Alston

    FBI Director James Comey is making a dramatic appearance Monday before the House Intelligence Committee and is expected to publicly reject President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack ...

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  • Job approval: Trump's ratings drop to 37% - Gallup

    Posted 2017-03-20 14:25:19 by: George Alston

    President Donald Trump's job approval rating has dropped to 37%, while 58% of Americans disapprove of his performance so far as president, new Gallup figures ...

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  • Live updates: Follow James Comey's testimony

    Posted 2017-03-20 13:27:16 by: George Alston

    President Trump's wiretapping accusation hits a dramatic climax at FBI Director James Comey's hearing. The confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch begins. And the GOP's health care plan is still in peril. We're covering the latest ...

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  • Key players: These five will determine if Russia story gets bigger

    Posted 2017-03-20 12:32:43 by: George Alston

    On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first, much-anticipated public hearing on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. The hearing is significant because it will determine whether all the noise regarding Russia, Trump and the relationship between the two is grounds for further ...

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  • Fox anchor: No evidence Trump was monitored

    Posted 2017-03-20 12:05:05 by: George Alston

    Fox News' Shepard Smith stated the network could not substantiate commentary on their network that seemed to support President Donald Trump's wiretapping ...

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  • Theresa May confirms date UK will trigger Brexit process

    Posted 2017-03-20 11:37:26 by: George Alston

    Other member states will "realize it's not worth leaving" the European Union after they see the deal the UK gets, the European Commission President has ...

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  • Germany to US: No, we don't owe NATO cash

    Posted 2017-03-20 09:35:29 by: George Alston

    In a statement released on Sunday, Ursula von der Leyen said "there is no debt account in NATO. To relate the 2% defense spending that we want to reach in the next decade solely to NATO is wrong. "The defense spending also goes to UN-peace mission, into European missions and towards our contributions to the fight against ISIS terrorism."Von der Leyen was responding to claims by Trump that some NATO allies owe money after In its recent , NATO estimated that Germany spent 1.2% of its GDP on defense in 2016, a figure that is expected to rise in 2017 and beyond. Trump: NATO members' spending 'very unfair' to USIn a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited Washington last week, Trump that he "reiterated... strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense. "Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States," he said. "These nations must pay what they owe."The statement is a mischaracterization of the commitments that NATO members have - under the treaty, countries in the bloc have agreed to target a spend on defense of 2% of GDP, but do not accrue debts if they have not met these targets. Only five of the bloc's 28 members - the US, Greece, Poland, Estonia and the UK - meet the alliance's target, which NATO also terms a "guideline" in its annual report. However, "many others" plan to reach 2% by 2024, the report states.Trump also said that he had thanked the German leader for her commitment towards an increase in defense spending. Twitter rantOn Saturday Trump took to Twitter to confront what he characterized as media reports which reported that his summit with Merkel had gone badly. He also took the opportunity to once again push home the incorrect assertion that NATO signatory countries like Germany owe "vast sums" and that the US must be "paid" for its contribution. "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a ...

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  • Moscow meddling claims: How we got here

    Posted 2017-03-20 08:11:48 by: George Alston

    Congress is finally set to hear from FBI Director James Comey about the FBI's investigation into ...

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  • Germany's defense minister: No, we don't owe NATO money

    Posted 2017-03-20 06:04:26 by: George Alston

    In a statement released on Sunday, Ursula von der Leyen said "there is no debt account in NATO. To relate the 2% defense spending that we want to reach in the next decade solely to NATO is wrong. "The defense spending also goes to UN-peace mission, into European missions and towards our contributions to the fight against ISIS terrorism."Trump: NATO members' spending 'very unfair' to USIn a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited Washington last week, Trump that he "reiterated... strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense. "Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States," he said. "These nations must pay what they owe."The statement is a mischaracterization of the commitments that NATO members have - under the treaty, countries in the bloc have agreed to target a spend on defense of 2% of GDP, but do not accrue debts if they have not met these targets. Only five of the bloc's 28 members - the US, Greece, Poland, Estonia and the UK - meet the alliance's target, which NATO also terms a "guideline" in its . However, "many others" plan to reach 2% by 2024, the report states.Trump also said that he had thanked the German leader for her commitment towards an increase in defense spending. Twitter rantOn Saturday Trump took to Twitter to confront what he characterized as media reports which reported that his summit with Merkel had gone badly. He also took the opportunity to once again push home the incorrect assertion that NATO signatory countries like Germany owe "vast sums" and that the US must be "paid" for its contribution. "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel," he tweeted.. "Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to ...

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  • India and Pakistan meet to talk water

    Posted 2017-03-20 06:03:17 by: George Alston

    For years, it's been held up as a rare diplomatic success story between rivals India and ...

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  • Clashing opinions: Lawmakers give opposing views

    Posted 2017-03-20 05:07:01 by: George Alston

    Lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence panels offered clashing opinions Sunday on the FBI's investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials colluded in an effort to influence the US election ahead of a House hearing on the ...

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  • Fierce clashes break out in Syrian capital

    Posted 2017-03-20 04:14:27 by: George Alston

    Story highlightsClashes reported in eastern outskirts of DamascusNumber of casualties is unclear Clashes broke out in the Syrian capital, which has not seen such attacks in months, if not years, said SOHR Director Rami Abdel Rahman. The rebel fighters began the attack from the district of Jobar in northeastern Damascus, an area split between rebel and government control. The rebel factions seem to have prepared for this offensive, Rahman said. Since the start of the conflict, the Syrian regime and allied militias have held a very tight grip on the capital. The opposition only has a few pockets of control around Damascus, including a part of Jobar.The assault was led by Islamist groups including Ahrar al-Sham and the recently formed umbrella Jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham that includes Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. Syrian state media reported that Syrian forces had repelled an attack by jiahdist fighters, who also used tunnels to attack government positions. It was unclear if the fighting was ongoing on Sunday evening. There was no word on deaths.Sunday's assault comes after a series of suicide bombings that have hit the capital in March. On Wednesday, killing more than two dozen people and injuring others, Syrian state news ...

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  • Wiretapping claim to come to a head at hearing

    Posted 2017-03-20 02:56:55 by: George Alston

    It's a moment of political theater that could end in humiliation for Trump, with Comey expected to say that there was no wiretapping, debunking allegations that Trump has repeatedly refused to withdraw.The hearing could also shed light on the state of FBI investigations into the extent of Russian meddling in the election campaign. Republicans hope Comey will state that there is no evidence of collusion between Trump aides and officials from Moscow, a move that could begin to break up a cloud of Russian intrigue that has stifled the early weeks of the administration.In one sense, the strange controversy over Trump's tweets has left the President in a position where he is most comfortable politically — at odds with the media and the political and intelligence establishment in Washington.But it has also evolved into a political distraction at a time when Trump and the budget that will help define his first 100 days in office. This week, for example, the administration should benefit from favorable coverage of the confirmation hearings of Trump's respected Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch, but the Intelligence Committee hearing has the capacity to overshadow the judge's testimony.Comey's appearance will highlight the strange, starring role of the FBI director in an election that many Democrats believe was tilted toward Trump . The FBI chief now finds himself that could include the behavior of aides to the sitting President amid claims by Democrats of nefarious dealings between Trump's campaign inner circle and Russian political and intelligence officials.Trump's failure to provide evidence for his wiretapping accusation - effectively an allegation of criminal wrongdoing against the former administration - or to draw back the claims tied his White House in knots as it sought to explain and finesse the tweets while sparing the President embarrassment.But the effort stumbled as every key congressional figure associated with intelligence oversight said there was no ...

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  • China, US pledge cooperation hours after N Korea engine test

    Posted 2017-03-20 01:51:01 by: George Alston

    The test came hours before Tillerson met Chinese President Xi Jinping, the highest level meeting between a US official and China since US President Donald Trump took power in January.Xi told Tillerson that there are far more shared interests between the two countries than disputes, emphasizing the need for more communication and coordination on matters involving "regional hotspots," according to a statement released by the Chinese foreign ministry.On Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the , state-run Korean Central News Agency reported, saying the event had "historic significance" that could lead to the "new birth" of the country's indigenous rocket industry.US President Donald Trump said Sunday that he'd "had meetings on North Korea," and without mentioning North Korean leader by name said "He is acting very very badly. I will tell you he is acting very badly."Tillerson in Asia Beijing was Tillerson's final stop on his first official trip to Asia, which also included visits to Japan and South Korea. The trip followed , which escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula and came amid fears Pyongyang is preparing for another nuclear test.Despite earlier warning that all options -- remained on the table in dealing with Pyongyang, Tillerson refrained from the harsh language that he had used in Tokyo and Seoul upon arriving in Beijing.Xi and Tillerson leaders met for 30 minutes at the Hall of the People, a statement from State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. The men "agreed there are opportunities for greater cooperation between China and the United States, but acknowledged there are, and will be in the future, differences between the two countries," the statement said.Tillerson also said Trump is "anticipating the two will soon be able to meet face to face for discussions that will chart the course for future US-China relations," the statement said.North Korea's only allyChina is Pyongyang's only major global ally, with bilateral trade accounting ...

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  • Clashes break out in Syrian capital after surprise attack

    Posted 2017-03-20 01:43:58 by: George Alston

    Story highlightsClashes reported in eastern outskirts of DamascusNumber of casualties is unclear Clashes broke out in the Syrian capital, which has not seen such attacks in months, if not years, said SOHR Director Rami Abdel Rahman. The rebel fighters began the attack from the district of Jobar in northeastern Damascus, an area split between rebel and government control. The rebel factions seem to have prepared for this offensive, Rahman said.Since the start of the conflict, the Syrian regime and allied militias have held a very tight grip on the capital. The opposition only has a few pockets of control around Damascus, including a part of Jobar.The assault was led by Islamist groups including Ahrar al-Sham and the recently formed umbrella Jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham that includes Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. Syrian state media reported that Syrian forces had repelled an attack by jiahdist fighters, who also used tunnels to attack government positions. It was unclear if the fighting was ongoing on Sunday evening. There was no word on deaths.Sunday's assault comes after a series of suicide bombings that have hit the capital in March. On Wednesday, killing more than two dozen people and injuring others, Syrian state news ...

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  • Hunt for teacher charged with student kidnap

    Posted 2017-03-19 23:56:17 by: George Alston

    Six days without a credible tip - that's how long authorities have been digging for answers in the alleged abduction of a 15-year-old by a teacher at her Culleoka, Tennessee, high ...

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  • Uber president quits

    Posted 2017-03-19 23:30:29 by: George Alston

    The ride-sharing company confirmed Jones' departure in a statement to CNNMoney late Sunday. "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best," the statement read. The news was first reported by Recode. Jones was named Uber's president . He previously ran marketing for Target. Jones headed Uber's ride-hailing operations, marketing and customer support, and was second in command to CEO Travis Kalanick. But the task of telling a better story about the company's business has gotten more difficult in recent months. The company, valued at $68 billion, has had a rocky few months. In January, critics of the company began a #DeleteUber campaign after Uber turned off surge pricing at New York City airports. At the time, taxi drivers were protesting President Trump's travel ban by calling for a stop to pickups at JFK, where two Iraqis were being detained. Uber's decision effectively lowered the cost of a ride on its service. And in February, the company was hit with sexual harassment claims from a former engineer. In a lengthy blog post, the woman accused the company of systemic sexism that included being propositioned for sex. March also saw more controversy for the company. The New York Times reported that Uber had developed a tool that it used to deliberately deceive authorities in cities that had either banned the app or were trying to restrict its use. In a letter to employees Sunday, CEO Travis Kalanick said that Jones made the decision after the company said it would hire a chief operating officer. Kalanick is looking for a new second in command that could help him steer the company's trajectory. "Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn't see his future at Uber," Kalanick wrote. Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Uber has already lost several big executives in recent weeks. Uber's head of growth and product, Ed Baker, resigned from the company earlier this ...

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  • Protecting Melania costs how much?

    Posted 2017-03-19 12:13:56 by: George Alston

    CNN's Sara Ganim takes a look at the cost of protecting President Trump during his frequent visits to ...

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  • Shooting death livestreamed on Facebook, family says

    Posted 2017-03-19 04:43:05 by: George Alston

    Authorities in Tennessee are investigating the shooting death of an unarmed man by sheriff's deputies, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. Rodney Hess was streaming on Facebook Live when he was ...

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  • Department of Justice doesn't back Trump's wiretap claim

    Posted 2017-03-18 02:03:54 by: George Alston

    The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, spoke with knowledge of the classified report's contents.When asked if the DOJ's documents would confirm Trump's as of yet wholly unsubstantiated allegations, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told CNN, "I don't think so" as he walked into a room to read the report. Ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said he was "absolutely confident" the DOJ report would not back up Trump's allegation."There's really no question about this. The president's statements before, and his tweets since leading right up today, have no basis in fact," Schiff told CNN.The Justice Department declined to comment on the contents of the report, but earlier in the day a spokeswoman confirmed it had delivered the document."The Department of Justice has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election," Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Friday.The House Committee is set to hold a hearing Monday with National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and FBI Director James Comey. The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday it would hold a hearing on Russia's meddling into the US election on March 30. Nunes released a statement Friday evening confirming receipt of the report from DOJ and part of the information it requested from the NSA, which he said had committed to meet the full request by the end of next week.However, he added, "the committee still has not received information requested from the CIA and FBI in our March 15 letter that is necessary to determine whether information collected on US persons was mishandled and leaked."Prior to receiving the classified documents from the DOJ, both Nunes and Schiff had already stated flatly . But Nunes has left the door open to the potential that communications between Trump's aides and others were swept up in ...

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  • Trump's wiretap claim discredited, but he won't back down

    Posted 2017-03-18 00:05:03 by: George Alston

    Even now, as bipartisan agreement has emerged that no such thing happened, Trump has dug in, leaving Trump aides and allies fumbling for excuses and explanations - like that spying microwaves are apparently a thing, He launched a kind of trial run for the White House in 2011 by embracing birtherism, laying the groundwork for his successful 2016 bid by aligning himself with the far right, talk radio wing of the GOP. Long after most had given up speculating about Obama's birthplace - and years after Obama released his birth certificate - Trump clung to the racially charged conspiracy theory, insisting that there were still more unanswered questions.Now, it seems, Trump may have landed on a conspiracy theory that has equal staying power. In fact, the contours of his recent Obama fixation have much in common with birtherism. With his wiretapping claims, Trump once again positions himself as the great unmasker of Obama, a fraudulent figure who isn't who he says he is - or so the theory goes. For Trump's base, Obama is the ready-made villain, now recast as the embodiment of the "deep state." But with all casting doubts on his claims, Trump is a man on an island, a familiar and comfortable place. As with birtherism, it's Trump against almost everybody, a vantage point that allows him to constantly be the embattled, populist outsider, even as he sits in the White House. Key to his birtherism claims were constant promises of the big reveal. Investigators had been dispatched to Hawaii, Trump claimed. Once that approach grew thin, Trump's relationship to birtherism devolved into a constant cliffhanger, which is precisely where things stand now with the wiretapping claims. Does Trump believe Obama wiretapped or spied on him more broadly at Trump Tower or anywhere? For now, Trump seems happy to tell the country what he said for five years about Obama's origins: stay tuned. Let the countdown clock 'til the big reveal ...

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