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FBI's Comey confirms investigation of election 'interference'.

FBI director James Comey has confirmed for the first time that the FBI is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. However, Mr Comey said his agency had seen no evidence to back up President Trump's claim that his phones had been tapped by the Obama administration. He was giving evidence to the congressional intelligence committee. The Trump administration said nothing had changed and there was "no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion".

Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week.


Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving. Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and future relations could then begin as quickly as possible.

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Aircraft pound rebel-held eastern Damascus

Syrian government forces are reportedly bombarding eastern areas of the capital, Damascus, a day after rebel fighters launched a surprise offensive. Activists said opposition-held parts of Jobar had been targeted repeatedly by aircraft and artillery, amid fierce clashes along the frontlines.

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US intelligence chiefs to give evidence on Trump-Russia claims.

The heads of top US spy agencies are to testify before Congress about possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump's election campaign. They will also address Mr Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama. FBI director James Comey and the NSA's Admiral Mike Rogers will speak at a rare open hearing of the congressional intelligence committee. Russia denies trying to influence the election, while Mr Trump denounced the investigation as a "total witch hunt".

UN's Rima Khalaf quits over report accusing Israel of apartheid

A UN official has resigned after saying the UN had pressured her to withdraw a report accusing Israel of apartheid over its treatment of Palestinians. The report was published by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), led by Under Secretary General Rima Khalaf. She had said it was the first to conclude Israel was a racist state. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had distanced himself from the report, saying it reflected its authors' views.(BBC)

Senate intelligence panel rejects Trump wiretap claim.

There are "no indications" that Trump Tower was under surveillance by the US government before or after the election, a Senate committee has said. The statement from Republican Senator Richard Burr, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, dismissed Donald Trump's claim his phones were tapped. Mr Trump had accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the presidential race. But White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Mr Trump maintains his claims.

Dutch election: Wilders defeat celebrated by PM Rutte.

Dutch people rejected "the wrong kind of populism", Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said, as he celebrated victory in Wednesday's election. "The Netherlands said 'Whoa!'" he declared after his center-right VVD party's lead positioned him for a third successive term as prime minister. With nearly all votes counted, his party easily beat the anti-immigration Freedom party of Geert Wilders. Fellow eurozone countries France and Germany also face elections this year.

US judge blocks new executive order to Trump’s travel ban

A Federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Donald Trump's new travel ban, hours before it was due to begin at midnight today. The ruling by US District Judge Derrick Watson stops the executive order from going into effect. Hawaii is one of several US states trying to stop the ban.

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Turkey-Netherlands row: Erdogan slams Dutch over Srebrenica

Turkey's war of words with the Netherlands has worsened after the Turkish president accused the Dutch of carrying out a massacre of Muslim men at Srebrenica, Bosnia, in 1995.

Bosnian Serb forces were in fact behind the massacre but Dutch UN peacekeepers failed to protect the victims. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the failure, still a raw nerve in the Netherlands, revealed Dutch "morality" was "broken".

Turkey slams EU officials in row over Netherlands campaigning

The Turkish foreign ministry has rejected a call by top EU officials to show restraint in a row with the Netherlands over political campaigning. It described as "worthless" an appeal by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn.

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