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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will not negotiate policy with congressional Democrats while they continue to investigate him. In a hastily arranged appearance in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said it's impossible to negotiate on infrastructure or other issues while the inquiries continue. "You can't do it," Trump said. Trump complained about the investigations after he abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and others that was supposed to be about an infrastructure plan. The president blasted the Democratic leaders after Pelosi accused him of engaging in a cover-up. "I don't do cover-ups," Trump said, declaring that Democrats had toCNN
This fall, the world's first guitar-shaped hotel will open in South Florida. The $1.5 billion Hard Rock property in Hollywood, Florida, is part of a larger project -- a $2.2 billion project expanding two Florida Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos (the other is located in Tampa). Both the Hollywood and Tampa locations of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are successful Seminole-run resort casinos and contain all the glitzy, overstated fixings of a traditional Hard Rock property. With the expansion, there's about to be a whole lot more where that came from. Rock on A free show encompassing sound, light, water and choreography, "The Oculus" will be on view inside the guitar hotel. The guitar-shapedArab News
ANKARA: Turkey has until next month to cancel a multibillion dollar S-400 missile system deal with Russia, or face harsh US penalties, CNBC reported on Tuesday. If Ankara does not cancel in favor of buying the US-made Patriot missile defense system instead, it may also be removed from Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet program, costing thousands of jobs. Turkey is currently producing about 800 parts for the world's most advanced fighter. The delivery of 100 F-35s to Ankara may also be halted, and other defense and industrial cooperation projects with the US may be put at risk. In his latest visit to Turkey in early May, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said its procurement of the S-400Arab News
GENEVA: The standoff between Iran and the United States is a “clash of wills,” a senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday, suggesting any enemy “adventurism” would meet a crushing response, Fars news agency reported. Tensions have spiked between the two countries after Washington sent more military forces to the Middle East in a show of force against what US officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region. “The confrontation and face-off of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the malicious government of America is the arena for a clash of wills,” Iran's armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri said. He pointed to a battleenglish.alarabiya.net
India said the world's fastest cruise missile passed another key test Wednesday when it successfully hit a land target after being fired from a fighter jet. India is developing the supersonic BrahMos missile - which has a top speed of 3,450 kilometers per hour - with Russia, and according to media reports wants to soon start selling it abroad. The missile is one-and-a-half times faster than the old Concorde supersonic jet.Arab News
WASHINGTON: The US military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its latest transit through the sensitive waterway and a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world's two biggest economies. Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include a bitter trade war, US sanctions and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols. The voyage will be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from the Trump administration amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. The transit was carried outenglish.alarabiya.net
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Iran as early as mid-June, NHK national television said on Friday. The news comes during a tense standoff between Iran and the United States and follows a visit to Japan last week by Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif. Abe is likely to discuss the possible Iran visit with US President Donald Trump when the US president visits Japan from Saturday and a final decision may rest on the results of that, NHK said.