Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

May 23, 2017

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return …

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Trump lands in Israel: What to watch

May 22, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump lands in Israel on Monday for the second leg of his first foreign trip as president where he will tackle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, address regional security issues and reaffirm the US’ commitment to its alliance with Israel. On Islam, Trump is consistently inconsistent The schedule: …

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Philippines’ Duterte looks to strengthen ties with trip to Moscow

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will depart on an official five-day visit to Moscow Monday, as part of an effort to realign his country’s foreign policy away from longtime ally the United States. Under Duterte, who took office in June 2016, the Philippines has made overtures toward Beijing and Moscow — seeing the countries as a source of much-needed investment — and away from the US, which, despite a mutual defense treaty, Duterte regards as unreliable and …

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Maryland campus stabbing evaluated as possible hate crime

May 22, 2017

(CNN)The FBI is helping to evaluate whether the fatal stabbing by a white student of a black student visiting the University of Maryland will be prosecuted as a hate crime, university police said Sunday. Richard Wilbur Collins III was with two friends on the university’s campus in College Park when he was approached by a man and stabbed in the chest with a knife Saturday morning, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell told reporters. The 23-year-old had been commissioned as a …

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Seth Meyers on Paul Ryan and keeping up with the news cycle

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Seth Meyers may have issued an on-air invite to House Speaker Paul Ryan, but the “Late Night” host is not holding his breath waiting for the RSVP. Being turned down by prospective Republican guests is nothing new for Meyers. Back in October, just weeks before Donald Trump would win the election, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” did four nights of shows from Washington D.C. and found it difficult to book Republican guests — despite, as Meyers put it, …

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Partisans bend to label Trump’s ‘bow’

May 21, 2017

(CNN)The action lasted mere seconds, but it has split social media and left people pondering: When is a bend a bow? During the first stop on his inaugural trip abroad, President Donald Trump, like presidents before him, was honored with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud. But no sooner had the 6-foot-2-inch President leaned in so that the much shorter Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud could place the medal around his neck than the politically …

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First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

May 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s leaders announced Friday. The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey believed the …

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Here’s who Trump has called a ‘nut job’

May 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)“Nut job” seems to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite insults for his political foes. The President — who The New York Times reported Friday bragged to two Russian officials that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him in regard to the Russia probe — has a history of slapping the label on people he disagrees with. By definition, nut job means a “mentally unbalanced person,” …

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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

May 20, 2017

(CNN)What does it mean to be pro-life? In today’s GOP, one thing: restricting access to safe abortion. Even if this doesn’t actually decrease the number of abortions, but just makes them more dangerous. Even if it means women and their children remain poor and vulnerable. Even if it means cutting off other necessary health care and aid. Even if it means women are injured. Even if it means women and babies die. It’s the “pro-life” performance that matters …

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NAACP dismisses its president in ‘systemwide refresh’

May 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)The NAACP is shaking up its leadership, voting to dismiss its president, Cornell William Brooks, in what it called a “system-wide refresh.” “The NAACP intends to aggressively and nimbly respond to the current climate of political unrest, as well as the assaults upon human and civil rights that threaten our very democracy, as only it can,” the NAACP said in a release Friday. “To do so demands that the board of the NAACP ensure that organization has …

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Source: DHS secretary hints at possibly expanding laptop ban to US

May 20, 2017

(CNN)A congressional aide who was in the room when Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly briefed lawmakers tells CNN the ban on electronics on certain US-bound flights from the Middle East and North Africa could expand not just to Europe, as is being discussed, but also to flights departing from the US to overseas. Kelly did not indicate any new threats or intelligence to warrant the expansion, but “gently planted a seed in the minds of everyone in the room that we should start …

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With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. According to a U.S. defense official, a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward al-Tanf, a military base on the Syrian-Jordanian border, on Wednesday night. Al-Tanf, which Russian warplanes bombed a year ago in two successive airstrikes, is occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces that are advising an anti-ISIS Syrian rebel group …

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Cincinnati mayor apologizes for mistakenly honoring cop’s killer

May 19, 2017

(CNN)Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley apologized after his office inadvertently issued a proclamation honoring a man who ambushed and killed a Cincinnati police officer. “I am really sorry that my office, that we mistakenly issued a proclamation on behalf of a man that killed, murdered Sonny Kim,” Cranley said Thursday night. Cranley choked back tears as he spoke at a local police union hall. His face was red as he paused several times during his brief, tear-filled statement. …

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Besieged at home, Trump sets off for ‘do-or-die’ foreign trip

May 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)Given his current political fortunes, if President Donald Trump’s crucial first foreign trip passes off without a disaster, it will be considered a success. The President embarks on a journey Friday to Saudi Arabia, Israel and global summits in Italy and Belgium, after one of the most tumultuous and damaging weeks any President has had to endure. The appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether there was any collusion between Trump aides and the Kremlin’s …

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Ferry between Russia and North Korea starts regular service

May 19, 2017

(CNN)A cargo-passenger ferry service linking Russia and North Korea completed its first trip Thursday. The Man Gyong Bong ferry left the North Korean port city of Rason Wednesday and arrived in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok at 8:00 am local time Thursday, according to Russian state news agency TASS. The trip marked the beginning of a once-weekly regular cargo-passenger service, according to TASS. …

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Brazil’s president accused of bribery

May 19, 2017

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazil’s leadership lurched into another bribery scandal Wednesday, as one of the country’s biggest newspapers accused President Michel Temer of paying a former senate colleague hush money. Temer’s office released a statement denying that he had authorized any bribes to be paid to imprisoned former house speaker Eduardo Cunha in exchange for his silence regarding a long-running corruption investigation. The prominent daily newspaper O Globo reported …

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Can South Korea and China patch things up over THAAD?

May 18, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Jeong Min-young is worried. Since the beginning of the year, relations between Beijing and Seoul have soured over the deployment of a US missile defense system — THAAD — in South Korea. On the Chinese internet, patriotic citizens posted calls for boycotts of South Korean goods and even staged performative displays of destroying make-up and other popular products, generating approving columns in Chinese state media. …

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Now it’s up to the special counsel

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

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Bobby Moynihan exiting ‘SNL’

May 18, 2017

(CNN)Bobby Moynihan is taking his final bow on “Saturday Night Live” this week. Moynihan’s exit should not come as a shock to those who followed the news coming out of broadcast Upfronts. CBS picked up a new show starring Moynihan last week and the network unveiled it as part of its fall schedule on Wednesday. …

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Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years

May 18, 2017

(CNN)They don’t call KLM “Royal Dutch Airlines” for nothing. King Willem-Alexander, reigning monarch of the Netherlands, revealed in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he’d regularly flown flights for a subsidiary of the Dutch flag carrier for over two decades. Calling the part-time role a “hobby,” the King says that he’d taken to the cockpit as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper — the airline’s short-haul carrier — …

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Inside an embattled Trump’s most consequential evening of turmoil yet

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)No one inside the West Wing had to ask how the President’s mood was on Wednesday afternoon as aides awaited his return from delivering the commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. A speech, once intended to offer encouragement and inspiration, became laced with grievances in the hours before the remarks were delivered. “No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly,” …

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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

May 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)America faces a fateful choice: Does it believe Donald Trump or James Comey? A theatrical showdown is now looming between the President with a hazy relationship with the truth and the FBI director he fired, whose finely tuned sense of his own integrity has often steered him into rocky political waters. The epic head-to-head was set up by stunning allegations that in February Trump pressured Comey to shut down the FBI’s Russia probe that was, among other avenues of inquiry, …

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Japanese Princess Mako set to marry ‘Prince of the Sea’

May 17, 2017

Tokyo (CNN)Japan’s Princess Mako is giving up her royal status — all in the name of love. The groom-to-be is a prince himself … of sorts. The Imperial Household tells CNN plans are underway for the 25-year-old princess, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, to become engaged to Kei Komuro, also 25, a law firm worker and graduate student who once starred in a tourism campaign as “Prince of the Sea.” …

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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein: ‘There is no place I would rather be’

May 16, 2017

(CNN)Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested Monday night that he’s not all that concerned about his reputation amid the scandal surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey. “When I took the oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States, there is nothing in that oath about my reputation,” he said at an awards dinner in Baltimore. Rosenstein made brief remarks as he accepted an award, presented by a local business group, for …

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Congress exasperated as White House in ‘downward spiral’

May 16, 2017

(CNN)Republicans in Congress barely had time to get their footing Monday, as another wild development, this time reports that President Donald Trump had revealed sensitive intelligence to Russia’s foreign minister and US ambassador, swept the Capitol. Senators mulled over the latest stunning news, first reported by The Washington Post, as they met inside the chamber. Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker said the wave of negative stories related to Trump and intelligence meant the White …

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