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Australian PM Brushes Off Hubbub on Leaked Transcripts

Malcolm Turnbull says he and President Trump have 'warm' relationship

(Newser) - Australia's prime minister insisted on Friday that his relationship with President Trump is "warm," despite transcripts of a heated conversation in which the leaders sparred over a refugee deal, per the AP . The January phone call between Trump and Malcolm Turnbull was widely reported at the time,... More »

Transcripts of Trump's Calls to Leaders Leak

The conversations weren't exactly friendly

(Newser) - If only Anthony Scaramucci were still around to lash out at this leak: The Washington Post has obtained classified transcripts of President Trump's initial phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, produced by White House staff in January. (See them in full here .) Among the highlights:... More »

You Can Make Dying Army Vet's Wish Come True

Iraq veteran Lee Hernandez is taking phone calls from strangers

(Newser) - The wife of a military veteran suffering from a terminal illness is soliciting calls from strangers to brighten her husband's last days. Lee Hernandez, an 18-year Army veteran who served in Iraq, is dying of an undiagnosed medical condition in hospice care at his home in New Braunfels, Texas,... More »

'AK-47 Bandit' May Have Finally Been Caught, Thanks to Call With Mom

Richard Gathercole was arrested on other charges, then linked to string of heists

(Newser) - Richard Gathercole was arrested June 20 after he allegedly tried to shoot a Kansas state trooper who was attempting to pull him over due to an obscured vehicle registration. But thanks to a phone call with his mother from jail, authorities now believe Gathercole is also responsible for more—much... More »

Trump Talks to Xi, Grants 'One China' Request

President pledges to keep long-standing policy

(Newser) - A day after offering belated Chinese New Year greetings , President Trump gave Beijing something more substantial: his assurances that he respects America's long-standing "one China" policy and plans to adhere to it. Trump had his first conversation with China's President Xi Jinping late Thursday and the White... More »

Trump Had Furious Talk With Aussie Leader

He slams 'dumb deal' on refugees

(Newser) - Disputes with Iran and Mexico in the early days of the Trump administration may have been predictable—but not many people predicted a clash with Australia. The disagreement became public Wednesday when the Washington Post reported that President Trump's phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday... More »

Town Flooded With Calls Meant for Sex Line

Thanks, Babestation

(Newser) - Late night calls meant for a phone sex line instead awoke residents of a western Irish town who, uh, weren't exactly turned on by the disruption. It seems the phone numbers shared by UK adult channel Babestation on Sky TV were meant for UK callers only. To reach "... More »

After Trump's 'Roadblocks' Tweet, Obama Picks Up Phone

President-elect says transition once more going 'very, very smoothly' after president's call

(Newser) - President Obama chose to communicate in a relatively old-fashioned way this week after Donald Trump used Twitter to indicate relations between the two men had gone south. "Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition... More »

Trump Steps Up Criticism of China

Insiders say Taiwan call was part of the plan

(Newser) - The Donald Trump phone conversation that led to an official complaint from Beijing was a calculated move, not an innocent congratulatory call or a blunder made by a man with no knowledge of foreign policy, insiders tell the Washington Post . Instead, the provocative conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was... More »

Diplomats Jarred by Trump's 'Cavalier' Phone Calls

White House wants him to tap State Dept. expertise before the calls

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't exactly known for following protocol, but his penchant for picking up the horn to talk with world leaders is causing special concern among US and world diplomats, the New York Times reports. The president-elect has been speaking with heads of state— some say with no preparation... More »

Trump Apparently Had 'Reckless and Bizarre' Call With Pakistan PM

Protocol was apparently breached on both sides

(Newser) - A phone call between Donald Trump and Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif took place on Monday, and Pakistan's press office took a most unusual step afterward: It released on Wednesday what appears to be a transcript of what Trump said, the Washington Post reports. "Appears" comes into play because... More »

Putin, Trump Have First Phone Conversation

Both sides say they want to improve ties

(Newser) - Bromance isn't dead: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had their first phone conversation Monday, and both sides agreed that it went very well and that US-Russia relations are about to improve. According to a statement, Putin and Trump agreed "on the absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations" and... More »

Leaked Taylor Swift Call Was a Calculated Move

TMZ finds secret recording didn't break the law

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian didn't just reignite the feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift when she leaked a phone conversation between the pair on Sunday. As Vulture reports, she was also dangerously close to breaking recording laws—though TMZ reports Kardashian is actually in the clear. While plenty of states... More »

TV Producer: Orlando Gunman Called Me

'I will never forget the words he said to me'

(Newser) - Orlando shooter Omar Mateen not only called police during the massacre at Pulse nightclub but also, apparently, a TV station. News 13 producer Matthew Gentili says he was handling the phones just 2 miles from the club around 2:45am Sunday as viewers called in to ask about the shooting... More »

This Company Will Break Up With Your Partner for $10

The Breakup Shop thinks 'everyone deserves to be single'

(Newser) - There is now a service for everything—and yes, that extends to the very personal act of breaking up with your significant other. Founded by two brothers in Canada who love their idea enough to market it but not enough to give their full names, The Breakup Shop will send... More »

FCC Votes to Stop Phone Providers From Gouging Inmates

'The most egregious case of market failure I have ever seen'

(Newser) - Phone calls can cost inmates and their families up to $14 a minute, NBC News reports. But that changed Thursday when the FCC voted 3-2 to cap the rates and fees phone providers can charge for service in US prisons and jails, according to the Huffington Post . "Voting to... More »

Woman Turns Tables on Bizarro Telemarketer

Things take crazy turn when Jessica Gottlieb tells 'Mark' she's recording call

(Newser) - If you ever get a call from a telemarketer named Mark from Chatsworth, you should a) probably not tell him you're recording your conversation, and b) maybe just hang up altogether. Unless you want pure YouTube gold, which is what happened when Los Angeles blogger Jessica Gottlieb reveals to... More »

US Tracked Billions of Calls Long Before 9/11

USA Today: DEA, Justice Department collected data for 20 years

(Newser) - Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA and its surveillance tactics may have riled people up, but the agency apparently took its cue from two other government departments: the DEA and the DoJ. For almost 10 years before 9/11 took place, the agencies secretly kept records of billions of international... More »

Here's How to Make Being on Hold Less Infuriating

Companies should play pop tunes, not elevator music: study

(Newser) - No one likes being on hold, and the elevator music that typically plays while you cool your heels doesn't enhance the experience. Fortunately, a new study is suggesting a solution, Time reports: Just change the music. We're already conditioned to find elevator music annoying, researcher Karen Niven says.... More »

'I'm Afraid,' Says American Jailed in Yemen

Sharif Mobley, once suspected of al-Qaeda ties, makes rare call home in plea

(Newser) - The confusing story of Sharif Mobley just took a desperate-sounding turn. The 31-year-old father of three, held prisoner in Yemen since 2010, placed a "rare call" to his lawyers this week from what he said was a Sanaa military base, and things don't sound good, the Intercept reports.... More »

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