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EPA chief tells U.S. lawmakers he has fund to fight ethics complaints

EPA chief tells U.S. lawmakers he has fund to fight ethics complaintsBy Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said on Wednesday that he now has a legal fund in place to help him fight off a growing list of allegations against him related to his spending and reported ethical missteps in office. “It has been set up,” Pruitt told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies about the fund. Pruitt has been under pressure from lawmakers in recent weeks over reports about his routine use of first-class travel, his 24/7 security detail, costly office renovations, and ties to industry – criticisms he called overblown on Wednesday.



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Devin Nunes, Fundraising Off FBI Attacks, Tells Potential Donors That Trump Says He's A Hero

Devin Nunes, Fundraising Off FBI Attacks, Tells Potential Donors That Trump Says He's A HeroWASHINGTON ― House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)



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US Ambassador Nikki Haley tells UN 'no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has'

US Ambassador Nikki Haley tells UN 'no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has'The US Ambassador to the UN has claimed “no country would act with greater restraint than Israel”, as the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops passed 60 and officials said 2,700 had been wounded. While the shooting of mostly unarmed Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border fence received widespread international condemnation, criticism within the US was muted. Nikki Haley repeated a claim made the day before by the White House, and said Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, was responsible for the deaths and injuries.



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Willow Smith Tells A Shocked Jada Pinkett Smith She Self-Harmed As A Preteen

Willow Smith Tells A Shocked Jada Pinkett Smith She Self-Harmed As A PreteenJada Pinkett Smith and her kin are confronting real issues on the web series



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Israel tells Assad to 'get rid of the Iranians' or risk more strikes in Syria

Israel tells Assad to 'get rid of the Iranians' or risk more strikes in SyriaIsrael warned the Syrian regime on Friday to “get rid of the Iranians” or else risk further large scale Israeli airstrikes against Iran’s forces in Syrian territory.  A day after Israel launched “Operation House of Cards” – sending warplanes to hit 70 targets across Syria in response to what it said was an Iranian rocket attack on the Golan Heights – Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a message to Damascus.  “They are not helping you, they only cause damage, and their presence will only cause problems and damages,” Mr Lieberman said during a tour of the Golan. “Get rid of the Iranians and maybe it will be possible to have a different kind of life.” Iran meanwhile denied that its forces were behind the rocket attack early on Thursday morning and said Israel had launched the airstrikes into Syria based on “fabricated and baseless excuses”. The spike in violence between Iran and Israel across the Golan came as Tehran prepares to mount a complicated diplomatic offensive to try to salvage the Iran nuclear deal in the wake of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw.  Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, will leave today (SAT) on a worldwide trip to Beijing, Moscow and Brussels to meet with the remaining members of the nuclear agreement and urge them not to give in to US pressure to halt trade with Iran.   Israel said it hit most of Iran's bases in Syria Credit: REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki  “The foreign minister has been tasked with the duty of taking the necessary measures to obtain guarantees from the remaining parties of the JCPOA as well as Iran’s other economic partners,” Iran’s government said in a statement.  The statement warned that even as Mr Zarif was on his diplomatic mission Iran was making preparations so that it could resume “industrial scale” uranium enrichment.  Such a move be a breach of the nuclear agreement and likely set Iran back on a potential course towards major conflict with Israel and the US, which have both said they will not allow Iran to develop the capacity for a nuclear weapon.  Iran is seeking assurances that European, Russian and Chinese companies will continue to do business with Iran, even in the face of threats from the US that companies which do so may face American sanctions.  In response to US persistent violations & unlawful withdrawal from the nuclear deal, as instructed by President Rouhani, I'll spearhead a diplomatic effort to examine whether remaining JCPOA participants can ensure its full benefits for Iran. Outcome will determine our response.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) May 8, 2018 An early test is likely to come this week when Airbus, a European aircraft maker, is expected to announce whether it will continue with a £15 billion deal to supply Iran with 100 commercial planes. The deal is of major importance to Iran and its national carrier, IranAir, which has been struggling for years with a fleet of aging planes. If the Airbus deal falls through it is likely to strengthen the hand of Iranian hardliners calling an end to the nuclear agreement.  Meanwhile, an aide to Vladimir Putin said that Russia was not planning to move supply the Syrian regime with sophisticated S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. Vladimir Kozhin, a Kremlin official, said the Syrian regime had “everything they needed”.  The announcement appeared to be a victory for Israel as the S-300 system in the hands of the Syrian regime would potentially threaten Israel’s freedom to carry out airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria.  The announcement also seemed to be another sign of tensions between Iran and Russia, who are fighting on the same side on behalf of the Syrian regime. By refusing to supply the S-300 system to Damascus, Russia is leaving Iranian troops exposed to future Israeli strikes.  Asharq Al-Awsat, a London-based Arab newspaper, published an unconfirmed account tensions with Iran’s government over the attack in the Golan. It claimed that Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, accused the Revolutionary Guard of launching the rocket attack as a way of sabotaging his efforts to save the nuclear agreement.  Israel’s military appeared confident that its wave strikes had deterred Iran from another attack in the near future. Israeli civilians on the Golan Heights were told they could close their bomb shelters, which had been open since Tuesday. “There is intelligence information behind that decision,” a military official said.     Israeli officials said they had significantly set back Iran’s military capabilities in Syria but would remain vigilant as Iran flew in new weapons and equipment.  Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said Iran had obtained a letter sent by Mr Trump to Arab allies demanding that they do more for the US in return for America's military presence in the Middle East. "The US wants to own humiliated slaves," the ayatollah said.  Mr Trump has publicly complained about US allies in Europe and the Middle East taking advantage of American security guarantees. "They have to step up tremendously — not a little bit, but tremendously — their financial effort,” Mr Trump said of the Gulf states.  US officials confirmed to the New York Times that Mr Trump had sent a letter to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain, but said the Iranian leader had mischaracterised its content to make it sound more divisive than it was. 



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Trump Reportedly Tells Pentagon To Consider Reducing Troops In South Korea

Trump Reportedly Tells Pentagon To Consider Reducing Troops In South KoreaPresident Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Defense to present plans



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Giuliani Tells Mueller To Back Off ‘Fine Woman’ Ivanka Trump But Calls Kushner 'Disposable'

Giuliani Tells Mueller To Back Off ‘Fine Woman’ Ivanka Trump But Calls Kushner 'Disposable'Rudy Giuliani warned special counsel Robert Mueller to steer clear of Ivanka



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Report: John McCain Tells Son-In-Law To 'Take Care Of Meghan'

Report: John McCain Tells Son-In-Law To 'Take Care Of Meghan'An emotional Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hugged son-in-law Ben Domenech and



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Zuckerberg tells GOP lawmakers Facebook isn't biased against conservatives

Zuckerberg tells GOP lawmakers Facebook isn't biased against conservativesFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the suggestion by several Republican lawmakers on Wednesday that the social media network is biased against conservative content — but admitted that he is worried about the issue of censorship on the platform in general.



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Turkey or Kurdish YPG militia? Pick a side, Turkish minister tells France

Turkey or Kurdish YPG militia? Pick a side, Turkish minister tells FranceBy John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – Turkey warned France on Thursday that it needed to choose who it wanted as an ally to fight Islamic State in Syria, and urged it to do what is necessary to ensure Kurdish militias leave the northern Manbij region. Relations between Ankara and Paris have been tense in recent weeks, with France increasingly criticizing the two-month-old Turkish military operation against the Kurdish YPG in northern Syria, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization That came to a head on March 30 after President Emmanuel Macron met a Syrian delegation including the YPG and its political arm, the PYD, and gave assurances of French support to help them stabilize northern Syria against Islamic State.



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