WASHINGTON, July 12 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday steadfastly defended her decision not to charge Hillary Clinton in her email investigation, but also refused to discuss details of the case despite Congressional Republicans' grilling.

"I accepted that (FBI) recommendation. I saw no reason not to accept it," said Lynch here at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. "The matter was handled like any other matter."

After a year-long federal investigation into whether Clinton had mishandled classified information during her stint in the U.S. State Department, FBI Director James Comey announced on July 5 his agency would not recommend any criminal charges against Clinton while blasting Clinton and her senior aides as being "extremely careless" in handling sensitive information.

One day later, Lynch announced the Justice Department's decision to end the investigation with no criminal charges after her meeting with Comey.

The announcement immediately drew criticism from Republicans and raised concerns that Clinton was treated on a double standard.

However, Lynch on Tuesday refused to discuss details on the federal investigation into Clinton's email practices despite Congressional Republicans' request for more details of her decision.

"While I understand that this investigation has generated significant public interest, as attorney general, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on the underlying facts of the investigation or the legal basis for the team's recommendation," said Lynch.

Lynch's hearing came five days after Comey underwent a marathon congressional hearing, in which the FBI director in a rare move offered detailed information on the case.

It was during that hearing Comey confirmed to U.S. lawmakers that while the FBI found no basis to conclude that Clinton had lied to the FBI, some of the former U.S. secretary of state's email defenses were false. Enditem

ISTANBUL Asics Running ShoesSale , May 11 (Xinhua) -- Turkey celebrated the birthday of the European Union with an exciting street festival calling the rhythm of Europe here on Sunday.

Performers coming from 18 EU member states displayed their art and performances in Istanbul's busiest tourist street of Istiklal. The musicians drew the attentions to the multicultural characteristic of Istanbul and agreed that the music is the universal language.

"It was very nice to play on the street and Istiklal is my favorite street in the world," said Daniel Kahn to Xinhua. Kahn is an American musician living in Germany.

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Augustinas Rakauskas who plays accordion in the Lithuanian music band "Tutto a Dio" said "The festival is very attractive and very brilliant actually as it brings together many people from different cultures in one place."

The violinist Greta Staponkute said "It is very good to see another country to listen different music with joy and energy."

The festival also featured theater and dance shows and DJ performances as well as giant dinosaurs, stilt walkers, and jugglers beloved by children.

Turkey has been celebrating the Europe Day along with all other EU member states and the candidate countries since 1999 when European Union has recognized Turkey's candidate status.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a press release published on Friday that the EU should look into Turkey's accession process from a broader perspective and consider the contributions that Turkey would make for EU.

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"It took significant political and economic reforms in parallel with regional and global developments particularly during the last decade," the minister said.

He added that Turkey's main expectation is that the accession negotiations are conducted and concluded as a technical process without being subjected to political obstacles.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul in his written statement in the occasion of May 9, Europe Day underlined Turkey's commitment to the EU principles and said that the European Union has reached its current position by opening up Asics Womens Shoes Sale , not by introversion.

Turkey has been in negotiations with EU since 1999 over its membership bid.

TIANJIN, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The Feng sisters have played bridge for two decades, but they seldom pair up. But once they paired up at the National Games here in Tianjin Asics Shoes Sale , they were awarded with a podium finish.

Elder Feng Yun and younger Feng Xia, from northwest China's Gansu Province, won a bronze medal on Saturday in women's group of bridge event at the 13th Chinese National Games.

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The sisters were attracted to the card game in 1990s, but they soon suffered a disappointing defeat when they paired up in a competition.

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Since then they have never played as partners.

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