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US, Asian allies condemn NKorea after diplomats meet

A joint statement by the nations' three top diplomats said the U.S. "remains steadfast" in its defense commitments to the two Asian allies, "backed by the full range of its nuclear and conventional defense capabilities."

The statement came after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Bonn, Germany, where they were attending a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 nations.

Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns

The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

The regulation was crafted as part of President Barack Obama's efforts to strengthen the federal background check system in the wake of the 2012 massacre of 20 young students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old man with a variety of impairments, including Asperger's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, shot and killed his mother at their home, then went to school where he killed the students, adults and himself.

Iran says US expanding medical clearance list 'inhumane'

The Friday report cites the director of Iran's Food and Drug Administration, Rasoul Dinarvand, as saying that extending the list is "inhumane".

Dinarvand said the equipment has diagnostic and treatment applications.

The U.S. Treasury Department recently modified on Iran, expanding a list of medical equipment that needs clearance to be sold to Iranian customers.

VIDEO: Australia PM denies Trump hung up phone on him

Malcolm Turnbull said the deal is  still in depite US President Donald Trump dubbing the agreement "dumb" and vowing to review it.

Turnbull denied during an interview with Sydney radio station 2GB that Trump had hung up on him, saying the conversation had ended "courteously."

Australian PM, Trump offer mixed messages on refugee deal

This is so even though President Donald Trump called it "dumb" and pledged a review.

The conflicting messages came as a U.S. official confirmed that the agreement became a source of friction on the first telephone call between Trump and Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull.

Trump tweets that Iran is 'on notice' for firing missile

The president tweeted Thursday, "Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile." He adds, "Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!"

Trump was repeating comments made by National Security Adviser Michael Flynn,

Trump also tweeted, "Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion."

Biden backs Perez in race to lead Democratic Party

Biden cast Perez, a Dominican-American civil rights lawyer who grew up in the Rust Belt, as a tireless champion of working Americans, immigrants and the disabled.

"He knows how to explain why our party's core beliefs matter to the immigrant family in Arizona and the coal miner in West Virginia. That matters," Biden said in a statement. "I've watched him work. I think I know his heart. That's why I endorse him as the next chairman of the DNC."

Trump, Putin to speak amid GOP concerns on sanctions

\Ahead of the call planned for Saturday, Trump was noncommittal about whether he was considering lifting the economic penalties. He told reporters: "We'll see what happens. As far as the sanctions, very early to be talking about that."

Trump made those remarks Friday alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose country — as part of the European Union — also levied sanctions on Russia following its provocations in Ukraine. Voicing the view of many in Europe, May said, "We believe the sanctions should continue."

Netanyahu: Trump understands 'danger' of Iran nuclear deal

Benjamin Netanyahu said that in a conversation with Trump a few days ago, the U.S. president spoke "about Iran's commitment to destroy Israel."

The 2015 deal between Iran and world powers imposed curbs on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions. Netanyahu has said the deal won't stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons' capability, which he views as a threat to Israel's existence

Netanyahu says Trump spoke "about the nature of this nuclear agreement, and the danger it poses."

Netanyahu's remarks came at a Holocaust ceremony Thursday.

Workers dismayed by President Trump's federal hiring freeze

That hope diminished after Trump on Monday issued an executive order implementing a hiring freeze across the federal government, with exceptions only for military, national security or public safety personnel.

So while Guthrie wasn't shocked to learn Trump had imposed the hiring freeze, he was disappointed.