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US, Japan, Australia Urge Binding Code for South China Sea

China has refused to recognize the ruling, based on a 1982 maritime treaty. But after the election of President Rodrigo Duterte a year ago, Manila has played down the verdict in favour of pursuing warmer ties with Beijing, a move that led to offers of billions of dollars in investments or aid from China. Read More »

Sen. Jeff Flake says GOP should have stopped Trump's 'birther' push

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Republicans lambasted the notion that Keynesian-style big-government spending would boost the economy. Bernie Sanders , an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, and 42 Democratic colleagues. At Tuesday's White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointedly blamed lawmakers for the president's failures to deliver. They lobbied against the border adjustment, arguing that it would cost jobs and come with a hefty price-tag for retailers. Read More »

Game of Thrones star admits Daenerys, Jon meeting was 'weird'

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones . One viewer wrote on Twitter: "OMG, what just happened?" The forces laid waste to Lannister's army, but not before Bronn was able to drive a big arrow from the Scorpion launcher into Drogon's shoulder. Read More »

Sunday sizzler, more storms next week

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Today's highs will hit the mid to upper 80s and tonight lows will dip to the low to mid 70s. That will feel so different after the last week or so of warm and humid conditions. More rain moves in early Thursday morning through possibly Saturday . As we move throughout the week, Monahan says there will be a 60 percent chance of rain through Wednesday . Read More »

UN Approves Tough New Sanctions Against North Korea

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The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that it is time for Pyongyang to realise that the US is "not playing anymore". China has also called on Washington and Seoul to help lower tensions by reining in their military activities and drills on the peninsula, and by withdrawing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system. Read More »

N Korea delivers new threat over sanctions

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It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working overseas, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures. Mean tweets and the veiled threat of a trade war put aside, China is preparing to host US President Donald Trump on a visit this year. Along with the the North Korean government, they say the missiles can reach different parts of the US. Read More »

Trump tweets support for North Korea sanctions

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Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm. As he sat down with South Korea's envoy, Tillerson said they planned to discuss next steps to ramp up pressure following the United Nations sanctions. Read More »

Should Republicans Move On To Other Legislative Issues?

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In a recent pair of tweets , Trump threatened to end "bailouts" for insurance companies and members of Congress unless legislators can pass a new health care bill. That's what good bipartisan hearings do. While the precise impact of Trump's proposal to end these reimbursements is unknown, experts have said ending the payments could drive up the cost of insurance while reducing the number of options for consumers. Read More »

Rakhi: A bond between brother and sister

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The grandeur and significance of this festival lies in its inherent strength and deeply embedded motivation to invigorate the relationships particularly the brother and sister's sacred bonding which is unprecedented and enjoys a special status notches above all other worldly relations. Read More »

China Warns North Korea Tensions Entering "Critical Phase" After New UN Sanctions

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As an aide to President Roh Moo-hyun, Moon helped craft the so-called "Sunshine Policy", which called for an increase of engagement in the political and economic spheres. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley praised the new sanctions, telling council members after the vote that it is "the single largest economic package ever levelled against the North Korean regime". Read More »

Stop missile tests, China tells North Korea

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The sanctions also apply to North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank and prohibits it from increasing the number of workers it sends overseas, whose earnings contribute the country's foreign exchange revenues. In other words, she believes, the USA could be doing more outreach to North Korea on its own instead of criticizing China. It said that was the most reasonable way to ease tensions and create conditions for new talks. Read More »

ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meet in Philippines

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But, since President Rodrigo Duterte was elected previous year, the Philippines has sought to downplay the dispute with China in return for billions of dollars in Chinese investments and aid. "The engagement is not a question", Ms. Thornton said. "The role they play is just to make sure that China just doesn't do what they want to do", Romualdez said on Thursday in Manila , referring to the USA military. Read More »

Venezuelan Authorities Crush Military Rebellion, Says Ruling Official

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Maduro called the new assembly on his own. There were news images in Valencia of a barricade set by anti-government activists in flames. Mr. Maduro vows the Assembly will strip Opposition lawmakers of their constitutional immunity from prosecution, while members of Congress say they will only be removed by force. Read More »

Kate Hudson pokes fun at Scaramucci's short lived White House role

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CNN reported that an official who has knowledge about Scaramucci's axing said Kelly wanted him removed from his role because he did not think he was disciplined. After that they were stuck with him, and he did win the White House for them, so they have been in an uncomfortable partnership ever since. Kelly and senior West Wing officials don't believe Trump will fully change. Read More »

McConnell: GOP Could Try Again On Health Care

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Flake - whose new book is " Conscience of a Conservative " - not only criticized Trump for his "seeming affection for strongmen and authoritarians" and for his denial of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, but also accused Republicans of enabling Trump. Read More »

Trump's New Jersey Vacation Draws Mixed Reactions

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In the photo below, you can see them arriving in New Jersey while Melania carried their youngest baby. "I read that and I was like, oh wow, I'm not sure if I necessarily wanted to be privy to all of that", she says. Republican Rep. Leonard Lance, who represents the district around the club, led a group of congressmen in a letter sent to the Secret Service last month asking for help "in lessening the economic and operational burden" from the flight restrictions when Trump is in town. Read More »

What Happens Next On Health Care?

Yoho said he wants to be able to explain to his voters why the tax package will help them . The energy to drive this goal is the need and joy of creating legislation for the American people. The insurance industry notes they're legally required to reduce many customers' costs. In 2006-2007 when I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Health Connector overseeing the implementation of our landmark health law, we needed to make adjustments over time, as certain ... Read More »

Democrats start to win state races in Trump districts

No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas says Mulvaney should "let us do our jobs". Alexander recently said he will work with the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Rand Paul , of Kentucky, to moderates such as Sen. The Senate was expected to stay in session through next week, but opted to recess early in the wake of Republicans hitting an impasse on repealing and replacing Obamacare . Read More »

Bipartisan drive to pay health insurers faces Senate hurdles

The Democrats are insisting that changes to tax laws not increase the tax burden on the middle class and that the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers not see their tax bills shrink. And I think they saw that there were going to be a lot of people who were going to be hurt, particular people who don't have much of a voice, who the machine in the system grinds down, and they pulled back. Read More »

ASEAN foreign ministers agree on draft COC framework

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Speaking about the development, one of the diplomats said, "The discussions were really hard". Among the issues expected to be in the meeting, will include the Asean Community, implementation of the Asean Political-Security Blueprint 2025, as well as preparations for the 31st Asean Summit and Related Summits to be held in this November. Read More »

USA governors urge Trump to make insurance payments

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called on Trump to make the cost-sharing payments in the near term, while the Senate's health committee works on an insurance market stabilization package. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. "I don't know if I want to prop it up". Private doctors, hospitals and insurance companies are the only players involved. Keep in mind that insurers are required by law to provide consumers who qualify with lower deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. Read More »

An uphill task at the White House

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He then departs for a 17-day working vacation at his Bedminister golf club in New Jersey . After just seven months in the position, Trump has chose to take a vacation, which didn't go over well on social media . In honor of Pride Month, Trump wanted to "celebrate and honor the LGBTQ community" in her tweets, but she stayed publicly silent when her father's administration rolled back protections for transgender students. Read More »