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Donald Trump says ‘everybody plays games,’ hints summit with North Korea may still happen

Today 04:16 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday warmly welcomed North Korea’s promising response to his abrupt withdrawal from the potentially historic Singapore summit and said “we’re talking to them now” about putting it back on track. “Everybody plays games,” said Trump, who often boasts about his own negotiating tactics and skill.

Donald Trump warns North Korea that U.S. is ready for military action hours after cancelling meeting with Kim Jong Un. Earlier Friday, in a tweet, he had called the North’s reaction to his letter canceling the summit “warm and productive.” That was far different from his letter Thursday to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, blaming “tremendous anger and open hostility” by Pyongyang for the U.S. withdrawal.

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NFL anthem policy: petition asks Nike, Ford to cut ties with league

Friday 19:08 GMT

An online petition is calling for several of the NFL’s top corporate sponsors to cut ties with the league after it banned players this week from kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

The petition, filed on social activism platform Care2 and backed by its advocacy team, specifically calls on Nike, Anheuser-Busch, Bose, Ford, Hyundai and Under Armour to end their work with the NFL. All six sponsors encouraged the NFL last year, at the height of the national anthem debate, to allow players to freely express their views.

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Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg met with Trump lawyer Michael Cohen days before the inauguration

Today 07:02 GMT

President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, met at Trump Tower in New York days before the 2017 inauguration with a Russian billionaire who was sanctioned this year by the U.S. government.

The meeting between Cohen and Viktor Vekselberg, who made his fortune in the energy industry, was an impromptu session arranged by Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater, a New York investment manager who was also in attendance, according to a person with knowledge of the encounter.

14 Articles
Source: Global News

Ireland votes to repeal abortion ban by landslide: exit poll

Today 07:02 GMT

The people of Ireland are set to liberalise some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws by a landslide, an exit poll showed on Friday, as voters demanded change in what two decades ago was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries.

The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI exit poll suggested that voters in the once deeply Catholic nation had backed a referendum by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent.

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Source: The Guradian

Irish pro-choice campaigners return #HomeToVote

Today 07:02 GMT

As Ireland’s voters go to the polls to decide whether to change the country’s abortion laws, the hashtag #HomeToVote has continued to trend on social media as people return from abroad to cast their votes.

Some voters who had left it to the day of the referendum to return were delayed on Friday morning when a stationary Dublin-bound Ryanair passenger plane at Stansted airport was involved in a minor collision on a taxiway.

8 Articles
Source: Global News

Hawaii helicopter evacuation readied as Kilauea lava stream hits ocean

Today 01:29 GMT

A third lava flow from Hawaii‘s erupting Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean on Thursday as U.S. Marine Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route.

READ MORE: Hawaii officials warn of danger of ‘laze’ as Kilauea volcano lava reaches Pacific Ocean. Down on the east flank of the volcano, six fissures re-erupted in lava fountains, as volcanic activity moved west towards Highway 130.. Geologists said that after three weeks of escalating activity, Kilauea volcano has entered a “steady state” of eruption. “It’s probably going to do this for a little while longer,” said U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall on the conference call, describing the stage of the eruption as the “middle” or “kind of the steady state.”

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Source: Fox News

Fleischer: FBI Would Not Have Placed Informant in Trump Campaign Without Telling Obama

Friday 19:08 GMT

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said Thursday he believes it's highly unlikely that President Obama did not know an FBI informant was in the Trump campaign.

ICE Director Homan Defends Trump, Slams Dems: 'Animals Kill to Survive, MS-13 Kills for Sport'. President Trump has insisted that the FBI placed a "spy" in his campaign, calling it the "one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history."

7 Articles
Source: Global News

Harvey Weinstein ‘didn’t invent the casting couch,’ says his lawyer

Today 07:02 GMT

Harvey Weinstein‘s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, defended his client on Friday as the disgraced Hollywood movie producer faces charges of raping and sexually assaulting two women.

Asked “What can you say?” he mildly shook his head and softly said “No.”. Gwyneth Paltrow says Brad Pitt threatened to ‘kill’ Harvey Weinstein over alleged assault. Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance had been under enormous public pressure to bring a criminal case against Weinstein.

6 Articles
Source: BBC

Harvey Weinstein released on $1m bail

Today 07:03 GMT

Former Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been released on $1m (£751,000) bail after being charged in New York with rape and sexual abuse.

Mr Weinstein, 66, agreed to wear a GPS tracker and to surrender his passport after turning himself in to police on Friday. The actress Rose McGowan, who accused Mr Weinstein of rape, told the BBC it was an "amazing day for his survivors".

5 Articles
Source: Fox News

Three things Trump should do next on North Korea

Today 07:02 GMT

There are still a number of actions President Trump can take, which I describe below, that can lower the chances for a U.S.-North Korea military conflict and make North Korea less dangerous to its neighbors.

Following President Trump’s surprise cancelation Thursday of his planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the future of U.S. efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons remains very much in doubt.

5 Articles
Source: CBS News

Trump administration reaches deal to save China's ZTE

Today 07:02 GMT

The Trump administration has told Congress that it's reached a deal allowing Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business, a source familiar with the talks told the Associated Press on Friday.

On the eve of broad trade talks last week with a Chinese trade envoy, Trump waded into the ZTE case: He tweeted that he was working with President Xi Jinping to put ZTE "back in business, fast" and save tens of thousands of Chinese jobs. He later tweeted that the ZTE talks were "part of a larger trade deal" being negotiated with China.

5 Articles
Source: CBS News

Science teacher hailed as hero after tackling gunman at Indiana middle school

Today 07:02 GMT

A science teacher is being praised as a hero after tackling a male student armed with two handguns at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning.

Indiana's Senate Democrats issued a statement in response to Friday's school shooting expressing their condolences to the victims and calling for steps to prevent such shootings, including restrictions on guns.

4 Articles
Source: Reuters

Film mogul Weinstein appears handcuffed in court to face rape charges

Today 07:02 GMT

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin.

Weinstein, the 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co, intends to plead not guilty to the charges, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse.

4 Articles
Source: Washington Post

Europe, not the US, is now the most powerful regulator of Silicon Valley

Today 07:02 GMT

These major changes underscored the extent to which the European Union has emerged as the most powerful regulator of Silicon Valley, stepping in where Washington has failed — or simply been unwilling — to limit some of America’s most lucrative and politically influential companies.

Europe implemented a sweeping overhaul of digital privacy laws on Friday that has reshaped how technology companies handle customer data, creating a de-facto global standard that gives Americans new protections and the nation’s technology companies new headaches.

4 Articles
Source: The Guradian

MH17: Australia and Netherlands accuse Russia of complicity

Today 04:16 GMT

Russia is facing international calls to accept responsibility for the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, which caused the deaths of all 298 people onboard.

On Friday the Russian defence ministry issued a fresh statement suggesting all Buk missiles with the serial numbers indicated by the JIT had been destroyed in Russia in 2011, suggesting the missile must have come from the Ukrainian armed forces.


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