When the Russian foreign minister jokes about former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey's firing

The Associated Press noted that photos it distributed from the meeting were government hand-outs and credited the Russian Foreign Ministry , though it did not list the photographer Alexander Shcherbak, as Getty did. While Trump and Lavrov didn't discuss matters related to the various ongoing investigations into Russian meddling - according to the White House - news of Comey's firing the evening before hung thick in the air.

Emmanuel Macron resigns as party chief

As described by Anne Lebreton, the spokesperson for Macron's La Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move) party, "With a majority you can get your laws through, so it is very important and it is also an important sign of confidence". Other hiccups included the inclusion of some candidates who later told the press they had not applied for the role. He will take over power on Sunday from Socialist President Francois Hollande at a ceremony at the Elysee Palace.

Senate Intel Leaders Defend Comey From Trump's Attacks

The White House and Vice President Mike Pence have said the president acted on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump wanted to know what his two top Justice Department officials thought of Comey and his performance. "Regardless of what happens by the Justice Department or by the FBI, the investigation that is done by the Senate Intelligence Committee will continue on its current course as aggressively as we're able to", Burr ...

Tories claim they could win 15 seats in Scotland at general election

This leaves an interesting challenge ahead, whether the "old guard" coalition of a Labour/SNP administration will prevail, or whether the Conservatives can come to a working agreement with the two Indy councillors. As a result, it could well face a particularly strong challenge from the Conservatives in such key seats as Moray, now held by Angus Robertson, and in Perth and North Perthshire, where the incumbent is Pete Wishart.

Korea's new president to White House; N. Korea calls for 'new chapter'

Moon said in his first speech as president soon after he was sworn in on Wednesday that he would immediately begin efforts to defuse security tensions on the Korean peninsula and negotiate with Washington and Beijing to ease the THAAD row. The two sides agreed on the importance of denuclearizing the peninsula. "While saying he highly evaluated India's participation in global sanctions against the North while supporting South Korea's position and opposing North Korea's nuclear development, ...

Photos Show the Trump-Comey Saga Unfold

Trump and Comey's relationship was strained early on, in part because of the president's explosive and unsubstantiated claims that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. "How about a special prosecutor?" Archibald Cox was supposed to investigate a break-in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC.