Leahy and Shaheen want details about Comey's request to his higher-ups at Justice on the Russian Federation probe. Trump's characterisation was at odds with that of the top Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Lavrov and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were asked during a photo-op whether Comey's firing cast a shadow over the meeting between the two diplomats. On Syria, where Russian Federation has backed President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the USA has supported anti-Assad rebels, the talks appeared to indicate a slight narrowing of differences.
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani discussed bilateral relations on the sidelines of an worldwide conference being held in London on Thursday in support of Somalia.
Labor says that a combination of the pared back levy rise and the deficit levy would deliver an extra $4.5 billion over ten years "without putting the burden onto families earning modest incomes". Former prime minister John Howard also called it a tax. "He's giving them a levy with one hand, a tax cut with the other and a free pass for bad behaviour".
Ankara considers the YPG a terror threat to Turkey and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK - a group that has waged an insurgency in southern Turkey. "I hope very much that this mistake will be reversed immediately", Erdogan said on Thursday. "Such a policy will not be beneficial; you can't be in the same sack as terrorist organizations".
Opposition from just one more Republican senator and all Democrats would be enough to block the confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as the top trade negotiator for the USA, even if Vice President Mike Pence casts a vote in his favor. The vote was 82-14 to confirm Robert Lighthizer. We look forward to learning more about the Administration's trade agenda for the financial services industry and working with him to advance the interests of USA insurers and reinsurers globally.