Poll shows Tories in commanding lead despite slip for Theresa May

The Scottish National Party, which is seeking another referendum on seceding from the United Kingdom on the back of Brexit, won 31 seats to end up with 431. The party's vote was squeezed in Brexit-supporting parts of the country, limiting gains. The Sun reports that the leader's allies have blamed the colossal defeat of UKIP for the poor results, in addition to the attempts of some of Corbyn's own MP's to tarnish his reputation.

Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?'

Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?'

Ever a glutton for controversy, Trump also met unannounced with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, who accompanied Lavrov to the Oval Office. The meeting was the highest-level encounter between the USA administration and Moscow since Trump's inauguration. None were apparently reached Wednesday.

China, US reach agreement on beef, poultry and natural gas

China, US reach agreement on beef, poultry and natural gas

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The initial slate of commitments from the two countries marked the first sign of progress on the 100-day action plan that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping called for during their meeting at Trump's Florida estate last month.

On social media, Trump wonders "what changed" for Democrats regarding Comey

That admission could expose the president to allegations of interfering with ongoing investigations in possible collusion between his aides and the Russian government during the 2016 election. Mr Trump's decision to oust Mr Comey sparked comparisons to Nixon, who fired the special prosecutor running the Watergate investigation, and the action left the fate of the Russian Federation probe uncertain.

Labour holds manifesto meeting as leak reveals radical plans

Jeremy Corbyn will say he is "not a pacifist" and accepts that military action is needed "as a last resort" at a speech in London on Friday. Ian Lavery, Labour's national campaign chair, said voters in northeast England "won't be fooled by this farcical attempt by Theresa May to mask the damage her Tories have done".

New Hamas chief latest step toward worldwide acceptance

Hamas' Gaza spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the leadership transition would be smooth. He was named a prime minister following the group's electoral win, but was later sacked by President Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas seized control of Gaza after bloody infighting with rival group Fatah.