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Trump says no amnesty for 'Dreamers,' signals support in broader deal

Trump says no amnesty for 'Dreamers,' signals support in broader dealIn a morning Twitter storm, Trump also said he would not seek the removal of millions of illegal aliens living in the United States, while bashing House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for turning down his offer on Saturday. “No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer. It is a 3-year extension of DACA.



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Charging of Chinese hackers signals aggressive new cyber strategy here to stay

Charging of Chinese hackers signals aggressive new cyber strategy here to stayThe Justice Department indicted two Chinese nationals allegedly involved in an international hacking scheme that targeted “dozens of companies in the United States and around the world,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Thursday.



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Judge signals skepticism in Trump team's bid to block Obamacare suit

Judge signals skepticism in Trump team's bid to block Obamacare suitA U.S. judge signaled skepticism on Wednesday toward a bid by President Donald Trump’s administration to block a lawsuit by the state of Maryland seeking to preserve the Obamacare law in a case that also challenges Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. At a hearing before U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander in Baltimore, Justice Department attorney Hashim Mooppan declined to disclose whether Whitaker is involved in deciding the future of the 2010 healthcare law, formally called the Affordable Care Act, after a judge in Texas last week found it unconstitutional.



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Trump signals he won't answer Mueller's questions in person

Trump signals he won't answer Mueller's questions in personPresident Trump finished written responses to the special counsel's questions, but he says he won't be interviewed.



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Stormy Daniels defamation case against Trump set to be dismissed, judge signals

Stormy Daniels defamation case against Trump set to be dismissed, judge signalsThe judge presiding over Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump has said the president was engaging in free speech when he posted a controversial tweet about the adult film actor. US District Judge James S Otero has not yet made a decision in the case, but appeared to support Mr Trump’s attorneys during a hearing, saying the message “appears to be rhetorical hyperbole by a public official involving a public figure”. The tweet in question arrived after Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and her attorney released a composite sketch of the man they said approached her in a parking lot after she agreed to publish an interview about her alleged affair with Mr Trump.



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NASA sees its stalled Martian robot, but still no signals

NASA sees its stalled Martian robot, but still no signalsScientists can now see their probe that was lost in a Martian dust storm more than 100 days ago — but the vintage robot hasn’t shown any signs of life.



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Russia to jam signals in Syria and supply regime with more advanced anti-missile technology after plane was shot down

Russia to jam signals in Syria and supply regime with more advanced anti-missile technology after plane was shot downRussia has said it is to supply its ally Syria with more advanced anti-missile technology, and jam radar signals in the eastern Mediterranean, after a deadly incident of friendly fire. Moscow will send newer S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems to Syria within the next two weeks, Sergei Shoigu, defence minister, said in a statement on Monday. The missile system, originally developed by the Soviet military but since modernised, fires missiles from trucks and is designed to shoot down military aircraft and short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. The decision came a week after Israeli F-16 planes struck targets near Moscow’s air base in Latakia, western Syria, prompting the Syrian government to respond. Its unsophisticated air defence missiles instead hit a Russian Il-20 surveillance plane, killing all 15 servicemen onboard. Hassan Nasrallah, head of Hizbullah, threatened Israel after the Jewish state bombed a target linked to the Lebanese Shia group in Syria Credit: AFP Russian officials said Syria's outdated S-200 systems were unable to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one. “This forced us to take adequate response measures aimed at improving the security of Russian military personnel,” Mr Shoigu said. He said the supply of S-300s and so-called "friend or foe" identification technology to Syria will "calm down some hotheads" whose actions "pose a threat to our troops." The missile defence systems had been on order since 2013, Mr Shoigu revealed, but it had been delayed at the request of the Israelis who feared it would be used against them. Mr Shoigu also announced Russia would be blocking satellite navigation, airborne radar and communication systems of combat aviation in the eastern Mediterranean, which could prevent Israel from carrying out sorties off the coast of Syria.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, told Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, in a phone call that giving the S-300 to "irresponsible players" would make the whole region more dangerous. John Bolton, Donald Trump's national security advisor, warned Russia that it would be a "major mistake" to provide the Syrian regime with the S-300 system. Mr Bolton also said US troops would remain in Syria as long as Iran keeps forces in the country. The S-300 could also serve as a deterrent against UK, US, or French strikes the three countries have threatened against the Syrian regime in the event of another chemical attack. Russia's defence ministry on Sunday released a computer simulation purporting to show Israeli jets near to the Russian reconnaissance plane, shown in red, before it was accidentally shot down by Syrian forces Credit: Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP   Israel has for more than a year been bombing Iranian and Lebanese Hizbullah bases and munitions factories inside Syria that it sees as a threat to its national security. Russia agreed to turn a blind eye unless the Syrian regime itself was directly targeted. An Israel Defense Forces delegation travelled last week to Moscow in an attempt to ease the tensions caused by the incident -  the deadliest for Russians caused by friendly fire since they intervened on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015.  The delegation, headed by the commander of the air force, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, offered Russian Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Andrey Yudin their view of what transpired. However, the Kremlin has continued to blame Israel for the incident, and on Monday accused Israeli pilots of "premeditated actions", warning it will harm relations between the two countries. "According to [the] information of our military experts, the reason (behind the downing) was premeditated action by Israeli pilots which certainly cannot but harm our relations," Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesman, said. Russian president Vladimir Putin aims a rifle at the Kalashnikov shooting centre at Patriot military park Credit: Tass President Vladimir Putin had attempted to defuse tensions with its ally, saying it had been a tragic accident. Analysts said Moscow's latest move was as much about reining in Israel as it was about controlling its own partners in Syria. “Moscow’s decision to provide Syrian forces with S-300 air defense system and Russian personnel to operate them is aimed at making Israel more careful in the vicinity of Russian assets, while also controlling Syrian allies,” said Dmitri Trenin‏, director of Carnegie Moscow Centre. “Russian MoD is stepping up as a leading player in Syria.”



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All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with China

All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with ChinaWhile the $ 11 billion rail project has raised fears for some over Beijing’s encroachment on the Chinese-ruled city’s cherished freedoms, passengers at the sleek harbourfront station were full of praise for a service that reaches mainland China in less than 20 minutes. “Out of 10 points, I give it nine,” said 10-year-old Ng Kwan-lap, who was traveling with his parents on the first train leaving for Shenzhen at 7 a.m. “The train is great. It’s very smooth when it hits speeds of 200 kilometers per hour.” Mainland Chinese immigration officers are stationed in one part of the modernist station that is subject to Chinese law, an unprecedented move that some critics say further erodes the city’s autonomy.



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All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with China

All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with ChinaWhile the $ 11 billion rail project has raised fears for some over Beijing’s encroachment on the Chinese-ruled city’s cherished freedoms, passengers at the sleek harbourfront station were full of praise for a service that reaches mainland China in less than 20 minutes. “Out of 10 points, I give it nine,” said 10-year-old Ng Kwan-lap, who was traveling with his parents on the first train leaving for Shenzhen at 7 a.m. “The train is great. It’s very smooth when it hits speeds of 200 kilometers per hour.” Mainland Chinese immigration officers are stationed in one part of the modernist station that is subject to Chinese law, an unprecedented move that some critics say further erodes the city’s autonomy.



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Israel signals it could attack Iranian weaponry in Iraq

Israel signals it could attack Iranian weaponry in IraqCiting Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources, Reuters reported last week that Iran had transferred short-range ballistic missiles to Shi’ite allies in Iraq in recent months. Israel sees in Iran’s regional expansion an attempt to open up new fronts against it. Israel has repeatedly launched attacks in Syria to prevent any entrenchment of Iranian forces helping Damascus in the war.



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