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So Much for Trump 'Restoring America's Standing'

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In the six months since former President Barack Obama left office and Trump was sworn in, favorable views of the USA have dropped from 64 percent to 49 percent, while unfavorable views rose from 26 percent to 39 percent. Many also perceived President Trump as "arrogant" and "dangerous". The views of America's once vaunted "soft power" have slipped, according to Pew. Read More »

Supreme Court Revives Trump Travel Ban

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The ban targets countries that in theory are sending us people who are "prone" to terror. Travelers check arrival and departure information on a signboard at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Monday, June 26, 2017, in Seattle. In the initial implementation, the State Department revoked tens of thousands of visas causing some travelers to be turned away from airports and detained at airports. Read More »

London police raise Grenfell fire toll to 80

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She urged local authorities and housing associations to "get on with the fire safety checks". The PM said she expects to name a judge for the public inquiry into the disaster "soon". United Kingdom schools minister Nick Gibb said that all school buildings taller than four storeys were being checked. Councillor Mike Chambers, HBC Cabinet Member for Housing and Safer Communities, said: "The fire at Grenfell Tower was a national tragedy, which should never be repeated". Read More »

Protesters plan disruption as Hong Kong lauds 20 years under Chinese rule

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Sitting with her parents when she was 11, Chau watched the 2008 Beijing Olympics on television in awe and felt "excitement in the heart" as China's athletes swept the board with 48 gold medals, more than any other nation. How they govern shows a complete contrast of approaches where Pope Francis has something very relevant to say about how China might manage Hong Kong , with the 20th anniversary of the handover of the British colony to the PRC falling this week. Read More »

Venezuela's Maduro: Helicopter attacked Supreme Court

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Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said after Maduro's comments at Miraflores that the grenade attack was carried out by "an armed group financed by sectors of the opposition". "On this day we are carrying out an air-ground deployment with the sole objective of restoring power to the democratic people and thus complying with and enforcing the laws to reestablish constitutional order", Perez said, calling on Maduro to resign and to accept demands for new general election. Read More »

Miguel Montero blames Jake Arrieta for Nationals' seven stolen bases

Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras, right, celebrates his home run with third base coach Gary Jones (1) as he rounds third during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals , Monday, June 26, 2017, in Washing. Enny Romero and Blake Treinen each pitched an inning for the Nationals . Arrieta (7-6, 4.67 ERA) continued his season-long slump, throwing 98 pitches and allowing five earned runs in just 4⅔ innings. Read More »

President Moon highlights need for North Korea to give up nuclear ambitions

To prevent the peninsula from falling to leftist forces, the South was put under US control and consolidated as a separate republic. South Korea's dovish new President Moon Jae-In - who backs engagement with the nuclear-armed North - heads to Washington this week for talks with his hawkish United States counterpart Donald Trump , as Pyongyang defies worldwide sanctions to accelerate its missile programme. Read More »

India's PM Modi meets Trump with bear hugs

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Indian officials expressed appreciation for the US designation of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leader as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Modi will also want to learn about the administration strategy to stabilize Afghanistan, where India has committed $3 billion in aid since 2001. Read More »

Trump urges Modi to ease trade barriers

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It was old hat. After meetings with the officials and having a working lunch, PM Modi visited the Champalimaud Foundation, held an interaction with the Indian community and flew out from the Lisbon Airport for Washington DC. "Thank you very much", Trump said as he opened the meeting with Modi and an accompanying delegation. Against the backdrop of Trump's remarks against India and China regarding the Paris climate change agreement, the statement said the two leaders called for a ... Read More »

Support for Senate healthcare bill at 17 percent in NPR poll

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Repealing Obamacare was a Trump pledge mainly due to its cost. The CBO said in a study released Monday that the Senate bill would decrease the federal budget deficit by $321 billion by 2026. Senate Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate. Just as the House health bill had to be pulled, the Senate bill has now been delayed. Read More »

Corker seeks 'path' for resolving Qatar crisis

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The move has left Qatar under a de facto blockade by its neighbors. Mainly Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Saudia Arabia have always been at loggerheads over religion and political influence in the Middle East. Al-Jubeir dismissed claims that the Saudi-led group is leading a blockade that's "starving" Qatar's population. But the USA isn't rejecting the demands outright. Read More »

Brazil's president Temer charged with corruption

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The prosecutor has also claimed that Temer has allegedly fielded $12 million in bribe over the last nine months, through "middlemen". The recording was presented in JBS plea bargain negotiations, the BBC reports. But PSDB deputy Daniel Coelho said numerous PSDB's 54 deputies could vote against Temer . "I will not shirk the battles", he said. But if 342 of the 513 deputies vote to pass it on to the supreme court he is automatically suspended from office for 180 days while the court ... Read More »

Petya ransomware attack picks up where WannaCry left off

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The researchers and analysts are saying that it will spread to United Stated pretty soon and the results will be bad. PORT OF LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) -A ransomware attack that was reported across Europe and around the world shut down the Port of Los Angeles' largest terminal Tuesday. Read More »

Thousands of South Koreans protest the US' missile defense system

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MAY 10: South Korean President Moon Jae In , on his election, pledges to unite the divided nation, resolve military tension and visit Pyongyang for talks. Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said in a news briefing on Monday that a lot of working-level preparations will have to be made if the North accepts the proposal. Read More »

NSA-linked tools used in new large-scale cyber attack

What is Petya ransomware attack? Ukraine is the epicenter of the attack with many businesses and institutions such as Ukraine's central bank, telecom and metro services, and Kiev's Boryspil Airport reporting that their systems have been compromised. Read More »

Trump administration reiterates: Israeli settlements do not help the peace process

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Trump special envoy Jason Greenblatt , as well as Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and chief Israel negotiator Yitzhak Molcho, also participated. Abbas wants a two-state solution , which would give Palestine its own territory, including the settlement area in the West Bank. Meanwhile, Kushner confirmed to President Abbas the commitment of US President Donald Trump to advance a serious peace deal, the Palestinian Info and News Agency (WAFA) reported . Read More »

UK Says 95 Buildings Fail Safety Checks After London Tower Block Fire

At a meeting on Tuesday of the National Directorate for fire and emergency management, the Minister for Housing directed the group to set up a task force to lead the national review of fire safety in Ireland. The Prince of Wales yesterday visited the Westway Sports Centre, which is a relief site for those affected by the fire that killed at least 79 people earlier this month. Read More »

Massive cyberattack targets European, US companies

However, businesses in the Asia-Pacific region reported some disruptions on June 28 with the operations of several European companies hit. Cyber security experts said those behind the attack appeared to have exploited the same type of hacking tool used in the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May before a British researcher created a kill-switch. Read More »

Trump calls Modi 'a great leader', advocates cooperation to defeat terrorism

Monday's talks were preceded by a one-on-one meeting between Modi and Trump at the Oval Office. Modi pulled in Trump for a bear hug on the stage as the cameras rolled in the Rose Garden. Trump administration officials have pointed to both leaders' impact on social media - each has more than 30 million Twitter followers - as proof they are cut from the same cloth. Read More »

Another big malware attack ripples across the world

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France's biggest bank, BNP Paribas, said on Wednesday said that its real estate unit, which provides services to corporations around Europe, had been hit in the attack. Experts are quick to compare large-scale cyberattacks, looking at the scope of attacks and how quickly ransomware spreads and is contained. The spread of this new ransomware is likely to be much slower than last month's WannaCry attack, researchers predict, as code analysis showed the new attack did not attempt to spread ... Read More »

South, North Korea To Partner For The Olympics

Trump's policy of "maximum pressure and engagement" has a wide range from diplomacy to sanctions, allowing for an "overlap" with that of Moon , who has never denied the need for sanctions even while seeking dialogue, said John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University. Read More »