Trump v. Mueller: risks in a political showdown

Legal showdown: Russia investigation special prosecutor Robert Mueller (L) and President Donald Trump (R). Photo: AFP/Saul Loeb, Brendan SmialowskiDonald Trump has said he "would love" to be interviewed under oath in special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.But such a meeting, which could happen within weeks, is fraught with risks for the US

Trump plans to visit Britain this year

US President Donald Trump shake hands with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Carlos BarriaDonald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed finalizing the details of the first visit by the US president to Britain later this year after a meeting in Davos on Thursday,

Syrians with temporary US protection brace for Trump decision

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder Mohammad Alala from Syria plays with his US born son Amr at a playground in the back of their home in Miramar, Florida, US, January 24, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Saul MartinezTargeted by the Syrian government after providing humanitarian supplies to civilians fleeing air strikes, Mohammad Alala and his wife escaped in 2012, eventually obtaining student visas

Trump seeks $25 billion for border wall, offers 'Dreamer' citizenship

DACA recipients and supporters protest for a clean Dream Act outside Disneyland in Anaheim, California US January 22, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Lucy NicholsonPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday previewed his outline for an immigration bill that he will promote next week, saying he wants $25 billion to build a border wall and is open to granting citizenship to illegal immigrants who were

Erdogan vows no let-up in Syria campaign as US tensions rise

Turkish soldiers stationed themselves near the Syrian border at Hassa as part of the operation "Olive Branch". Photo: AFP/Ozan KosePresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday vowed Turkey's campaign against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria would press on for as long as required, after telephone talks with Donald Trump failed to douse soaring tensions with Washington.The six-day campaign against the

Yemen Houthis free detained US citizen, sends him to Oman

Photo: ReutersA US citizen held by Yemen’s Houthi group since September last year has been released and taken to Oman aboard a flight that also carried a senior leader of the Iran-aligned group, sources in Sanaa said on Thursday.Danny Lavon Burch, who works for the Yemeni Safer oil company and is married to a Yemeni citizen, was detained in Sanaa

34 killed in twin car bomb attacks in Libya's Benghazi

The aftermath of an explosion in the eastern city of Benghazi on January 24, 2018. Photo: AFPThe death toll of twin car bomb attacks in eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has risen to 34, a media source said Wednesday."The center received 9 bodies and 34 injured people," Information official of Benghazi Medical Center Khalil Gweder told Xinhua.Gweder added that the

Trump says he is willing to testify under oath in US-Russia probe

US President Donald Trump speaks at a working session with mayors at the White House in Washington, US, January 24, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Yuri GripasPresident Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be willing to be interviewed under oath by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.“I‘m looking forward to it, actually,”

US likely to send 1st aircraft carrier since war to Vietnam

A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is expected to make a port visit to Vietnam in March, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. It would be the first such visit in the postwar era.The planned visit to Danang is likely to irritate China, which is critical of U.S. moves to add to its military muscle in the region.Mattis and his

Florida family bear reserve passed to son

Young Welde from Florida, United States, continues his 91-year family legacy of looking after bears. They provide a home for those bears who need one and use it as a learning experience for visitors. Photos:

A dozen camels banned from Saudi beauty pageant for Botox use

(File photo: VCG)Humanity's desire for beauty and perfection extended to the animal realm this week when a dozen camels were disqualified from a pageant in Saudi Arabia for receiving Botox injections.In order to win millions of dollars in prize money, owners of the camel contestants use Botox for their lips, nose and even the jaw, to make the head more

The Pope has a message on 'fake news' for Trump

Pope Francis condemned the idea of "fake news" in a message Wednesday, words that appeared to be an attempt to combat President's Donald Trump's ongoing war on inconvenient facts."Spreading fake news can serve to advance specific goals, influence political decisions and serve economic interests,"wrote Pope Francis, noting that the first instance of "fake news" was committed by the serpent in

Japan's latest overtime example? Xiang Xiang the panda

Baby panda Xiang Xiang will be working nearly nine to five as Tokyo's Ueno zoo extends viewing hours for the cuddly creature (Photo: AFP)By popular demand, Tokyo's new panda cub Xiang Xiang is working extra hours from Tuesday, the latest example of overtime in a country famous for its hard-working "salarymen."Ueno zoo's first baby panda since 1988 will be on

Python owner was killed by his 8ft-long pet, coroner rules

A lover of exotic animals died of asphyxia after his 2.4-metre (8ft) pet African rock python called Tiny wrapped itself around him, a coroner has ruled.Dan Brandon was found dead by his mother, Babs, in his bedroom in Hampshire, with the python concealed close by.The coroner for north-east Hampshire, Andrew Bradley, recorded a verdict of misadventure, saying he believed the

No safe haven as shootings rock US schools

Students and community members hold hands in prayer forthe victims of the Marshall County High School shooting on Tuesday. (Photo: AP)With 11 shootings so far this year, US schools once again find themselves vulnerable to spasms of gun violence that authorities seem powerless to prevent.A 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun at the start of the school day at

Video: Paris is flooding and rats are taking cover

Parisians were likely to spot more rats than usual in coming days as the Seine continued to rise Wednesday after heavy rains, while part of the Louvre was closed as artworks were moved to higher ground.Much ofFrancehas been lashed by downpours throughout January, inundating many homes and shops with muddy water and halting trains on a busy commuter line that

N. Korean women's ice hockey players arrive in South

North Korean women's ice hockey players and an advance team of sports officials arrived in South Korea Thursday in preparation for their country's participation in next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics.An eight-member delegation led by Yun Yong-bok, a senior official at the North's sports ministry, crossed the border at 9:21 a.m. via a western land route for a three-day visit to

UN envoy says Syria talks at 'very critical moment'

France's foreign minister says peace talks in Vienna this week are the "last hope" for reaching a political solution to Syria's seven-year war. Photo: AFP/Omar Haj KadourThe UN special envoy for Syria said that peace talks due to resume in Vienna on Thursday are taking place at a crucial moment."Definitely I am optimistic because it is the only way to

Catalan parliament speaker defends Puigdemont as legitimate leader

The speaker of Catalonia's parliament defended ousted separatist president Carles Puigdemont on Wednesday as the region's legitimate leader, as question marks remain over how he will be able to take power from self-exile in Belgium."President Puigdemont has every right... to be voted in," Roger Torrent told reporters after meeting Puigdemont in Brussels despite efforts by Spain's central government to prevent

Japan seeks upgraded whaling ship as PM vows to continue hunts

Japan is considering upgrading its ageing lead whaling ship, a fisheries official said Wednesday, as the prime minister vowed to continue the country's controversial Antarctic hunts despite international protests.The Fisheries Agency has requested 100 million yen ($910,000) in the national budget for a study into the future of commercial whaling, an agency official told AFP, including the fate of the

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