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Trump won’t accept FBI’s rejection of wiretapping claims

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Washington, March 7, 2017: US President Donald Trump does not accept FBI Director James Comey’s denial of his charges that his predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped the billionaire’s phones last year, a White House spokeswoman said.

Comey unsuccessfully asked the Justice Department over the weekend to publicly refute Trump’s accusations that Obama ordered his phones tapped during the 2016 electoral campaign, Efe news reported.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director said the gravity of the accusations of Trump’s communications being tapped required a public statement by the Justice Department saying that did not happen, but the latter agency has not as yet issued any statement on the matter.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked on Monday in an ABC News interview on whether Trump accepted Comey’s views on the matter.

“You know, I don’t think he does,” the spokeswoman said, adding that the government of former President Obama “was wiretapping American citizens”, a seeming reference to the massive wiretapping carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA) revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, so he “could have” done the same to Trump.

“The President wants the truth to come out to the American people through the House Intelligence Committee and that is the process we go through,” she said.

Trump’s accusation without substantiation that Obama ordered his telephone calls to be wiretapped was tweeted by Trump on which and was rejected hours later as “simply false” by the former president through a statement by his spokesman Kevin Lewis.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer asked later that Congress investigate the alleged wiretapping as part of the case about Russia’s supposed interference in last November’s US presidential election, in order to determine whether there was a potential abuse of power by the Obama administration.

Spicer noted that neither the White House nor President Trump will make any more statements about these controversial reports.

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Hafiz Saeed targets PM Modi, says Kashmir will be freed

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Lahore, June 25 : Provoking Kashmiri people to take to stone -pelting against security forces, Mumbai terror attack mastermind and founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit Hafiz Saeed has stated that this era belongs to Kashmir, and this (Indian Prime Minister) Narendra Modi cannot stop it.

Addressing his supporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Hafiz said, “A new era has begun and with God’s wishes Kashmir will be an independent state, there has been a lot of bloodshed in Kashmir, and God almighty is watching, he will deliver his verdict, because all the decisions come from the Heaven and not from Washington. The decisions of that come from the heaven get cemented on the world and Kashmir will be freed”. He openly called for the need to spread violence in the Kashmir Valley.

Working as a proxy of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Saeed takes every opportunity to praise stone-pelters and Kashmiri militants.

“I remember those who have lost their lives and those spirited individuals who use stones against the Indian Army’s bullets and `Allah’ is watching. Even when they are dying they still speak of the unity of Pakistan and Kashmir. This is the new era of Kashmir, and this (Indian Prime Minister) Modi cannot stop it. Because when it comes to the will of God, every decision and verdict will flow from the heavens above”, said Saeed in his address.

Hafiz Saeed’s son and son-in-law are among 265 candidates fielded by Jamaat-ud-Dawa for national and provincial assembly seats across Pakistan in the July 25 general election.

“We want to make Pakistan an independent state of `Allah’, and protect all our Muslim brothers, and we are preparing that, we the only Islamic Nuclear state in the world be capable of leading the entire Muslim world”, said Saeed in his public address.(ANI)

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Trump slammed for calling to Deport immigrant “Invaders”

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Washington, June 25 : United States President Donald Trump has said undocumented immigrants should be immediately deported without trial or any judicial process, drawing sharp criticism from rights groups who say such a move would be illegal and violate the constitution.

Trump has argued that people who cross the border into the country illegally were invaders and must immediately be deported without an appearance before a judge.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Trump described immigrants as invaders, called US immigration laws “a mockery” and wrote that they must be changed to take away legal rights from undocumented migrants, reports The Washington Post.

“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Trump wrote.

“When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.

“Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents.”

The President continued in a second tweet: “Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years!

“Immigration must be based on merit – we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!”

Trump also exhorted congressional Democrats to “fix the laws”, arguing that “we need strength and security at the Border! Cannot accept all of the people trying to break into our Country”.

The President had signed an executive order last week aimed at keeping some families together at the border after his administration faced calls to stop separating children from parents.

But Sunday’s remarks have led to confusion and urmoil in Congress as the House prepares to vote on a sweeping immigration bill this week.

The legislation would provide $25 billion for Trump’s long-sought border wall, limit legal immigration and give young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

Democrats and immigrant rights advocates sought to shame Trump for saying he wants to deny illegal immigrants their due-process rights, The Washington Post reported.

“America rules by law,” tweeted Virginia Democrat Gerald E. Connolly, “not by presidential diktat.”

Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said: “What President Trump has suggested here is both illegal and unconstitutional. Any official who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws should disavow it unequivocally.”

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Deadly clashes in Nigeria leave 86 dead, Prez appeals for calm

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Abuja, June 25: Curfew has been imposed in Nigeria after 86 people were killed in violent clashes between Muslim herders and Christian farmers.

President Muhammadu Buhari  has appealed for calm late following violent clashes between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers in the central state of Plateau  and described the deaths as “deeply unfortunate killings.”

President Muhammadu Buhari said that “no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice” and prevent further violence.

Some reports say fighting began on Thursday when ethnic Berom farmers attacked Fulani herders, killing five of them. A retaliatory attack on Saturday led to more deaths.

The area has a decades-long history of violence between ethnic groups competing for land.

Police Commissioner Undie Adie said a search of villages following the bloodshed revealed that 86 people had been killed, and six injured.

He said 50 houses had been burned, as well as 15 motorbikes and two vehicles.

The Plateau state government said the curfew would be in place between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Nigerian time) in the Riyom, Barikin Ladi and Jos South areas “to avert a breakdown of law and order”.

This region, where the Muslim north meets the Christian south is prone to religious tension – herders are ethnic Fulani and mostly Muslim, while the farmers are mostly Christian.

The country is already engaged in fighting two insurgences – Boko Haram in the north and militants in the oil-producing south.

 

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