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May 12, 2017 8:30 PM Pope, at Fatima shrine, urges end to wars tearing world apart

FATIMA, Portugal (Reuters) - Pope Francis, visiting one of Catholicism's most famous sanctuaries, on Friday prayed for an end to wars he said were lacerating the world and urged the faithful to "tear down all walls" to spread justice and peace. At the start of a trip that will see him on Portuguese soil for less than 24 hours, Francis arrived at the Shrine 10

May 12, 2017 1:14 PM Trump to Comey: Better hope there are no 'tapes'

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump, in an apparent warning to his fired FBI director, said Friday that James Comey had better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations. Trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn't under FBI investigation. "I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under 13

May 12, 2017 7:04 AM As U.S. retreats in Asia Pacific, China fills the void with an ambitious global plan

BEIJING — When President Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in January, critics said he was leaving a vacuum at the heart of the Asia Pacific, ceding the United States’ role as regional economic leader. At a major set-piece event in Beijing, President Xi Jinping will project himself as the leader of a new economic order and extol 18

May 12, 2017 5:02 AM The firing of James Comey, as told by the White House (VIDEO)

FBI director James Comey at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington June 18, 2015. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, May 12 — Since President Donald Trump’s shock dismissal of FBI director James Comey, the official account of how and why he was sacked has shifted, with Trump appearing yesterday to contradict the initial version of events. Here is a timeline 10

May 12, 2017 3:42 AM Trump attacks on fired FBI chief meet resistance; Russia probe proceeds

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday ran into resistance for calling ousted FBI chief James Comey a "showboat," an attack that was swiftly contradicted by top U.S. senators and the acting FBI leader, who pledged that an investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia would proceed with vigour. In his first interview since firing Comey 14

May 12, 2017 12:36 AM Trump asked FBI director three times if he was target of investigations

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump said Thursday he asked his now-fired FBI director on three occasions whether he was the target of ongoing investigations, stoking allegations of presidential interference. Trump acknowledged asking James Comey if he was the subject of counter-intelligence probes into Russian influence in the 2016 election, twice in conversations 16

May 11, 2017 10:54 PM Xi’s US$500b push to reshape the world in China’s image

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 17, 2017. — Reuters picBEIJING, May 12 — China is one of the few countries in the world today with money to spend, and Xi Jinping is ready to write some checks. China’s president will host some 28 world leaders in Beijing on Sunday at the first 23

May 11, 2017 9:15 PM China's Spending $500 Billion to Reshape the World in Its Image

China is one of the few countries in the world today with money to spend, and Xi Jinping is ready to write some checks. China’s president will host some 28 world leaders in Beijing on Sunday at the first Belt and Road Forum, the centerpiece of a soft-power push backed by hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure projects. More than 100 countries 19

May 11, 2017 7:56 PM Acting F.B.I. Chief Vows to Resist Efforts to Hobble Russia Inquiry

That Mr. McCabe felt compelled to make those assertions was itself remarkable, a product of the unusually public effort by Mr. Trump and his aides to take public focus off the Justice Department investigation and two congressional inquiries into Russia’s election meddling. The White House has offered several explanations for why Mr. Comey was dismissed 11

May 11, 2017 7:17 PM Veteran U.S. negotiator sees growing China pressure on North Korea over nukes

TOKYO — A former U.S. special envoy to the failed nuclear talks with North Korea says he is now “guardedly optimistic” that China will dramatically increase pressure on North Korea in a bid to force its isolated ally back to the negotiating table. Joseph R. DeTrani offered the assessment on a visit to Japan this week, just days after President Trump 20