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Alleged Russian hack reveals a deeply flawed election system

Armed FBI agents surrounded Reality Winner as she walked into her Georgia home after a trip to the grocery store. Twenty-five-year old Reality Leigh Winner is accused of leaking a document about Russian hacking of USA electoral systems. "I mean, to get a super high security clearance at the young age of 25, she had to have done well in previous jobs and her service to our country, right?" "If your goal is to disrupt an election, you don't need to pick the victor or actually tamper with ... Read More »

Hawaii enacts laws adopting Paris climate deal pledges

UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash said that the withdraw will help Trump look good among his corner of politics. More than 190 nations came together in the French capital to agree to voluntary pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Read More »

US Intelligence Claims Russian Hackers to Blame for Gulf Crisis

Libya , Yemen and the Maldives followed suit. For Qatar , the base provides security from any regional rivals and an insurance policy for U.S. support - something it has no doubt been conscious of in recent days. Yet Qatar also aids Sunni extremist groups fighting the Syrian government. Asked for specifics about what Arab nations wanted from Qatar , Gargash said expelling members of Hamas and other groups like the Muslim Brotherhood from Qatar was important. Read More »

Baghdad bomb attacks leave 31 dead

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. He added that this was packed with people who come there after breaking their fast. The nighttime attack outside the ice cream parlor in the bustling Karrada neighborhood killed 17 people and wounded 32, police and health officials said. Read More »

Russia denies reports of hacking Qatar's state news agency

The leaders of the United States and Saudi Arabia spoke Tuesday as a growing number of countries moved to sever ties with Qatar over alleged ties to terror networks. Closing all transport links with Qatar, the three Gulf states gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave, and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt banned Qatari planes from landing and forbade them from crossing their air space. Read More »

Ariana Grande becomes British heroine with Manchester concert

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Just two weeks after her Manchester Arena gig was targeted by a terrorist attack , Ariana Grande made her way back to the city in what is being hailed as the greatest unity against terrorism that we've seen. Grande actually shared an adorable video on Instagram of a baby getting emotional after watching her performance from Sunday night. The One Love Manchester benefit concert comes less than 24 hours after another awful attack in the United Kingdom - a bombing in the heart of ... Read More »

Pakistan condemns Iran terror attacks

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Many lawmakers, whom police had ordered to stay inside, stayed in their seats during the attacks. Witnesses said the attackers were shooting from the fourth floor of the parliament building down at people in the streets below. Everyone was shocked and scared. "I saw two men shooting randomly", said one journalist at the scene. Police patrol outside Iran's parliament building after an assault by several attackers that was claimed by the Islamic State group, in Tehran , Iran, Wednesday, ... Read More »

Stunning attack in heart of Iran kills 12, injures 40

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The attackers chose symbolically significant targets for their assault. The third attack was reported from a metro station in central Tehran . Mizan Online, an Iranian state-run news website, said 12 people were killed and 42 injured in the two attacks. Read More »

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter's NSC chief, dies at 89

As well as his daughter Mika, he is also survived by his wife, Emilie, and sons, Ian and Mark. Earnest and ambitious, Brzezinski (ZBIG'-nyef breh-ZHIN'-skee) helped Carter bridge wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin , leading to the Camp David accords in September 1978. Read More »

President Trump Nominates Former DOJ Official to Lead FBI

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He then moved to the federal Department of Justice as associate deputy attorney general. With a strong law enforcement background, Wray is a traditional choice for the job. The testimony will be Comey's first public comments since he was sacked. He was also a lawyer representing New Jersey Governor - and Trump ally - Chris Christie during the "Bridgegate" scandal . Read More »

NSA chief, intelligence director won't comment on Trump conversations

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At a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner asked Coats and Rogers about media reports that Trump asked them to intervene regarding the Justice Department investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and the broader inquiry surrounding Russian Federation. Read More »

Myanmar military plane with 104 aboard goes missing

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Kyaw Kyaw Htey said the weather had been "normal" with good visibility when the plane took off. A search and rescue operation by ships and aircraft is reportedly underway since the plane was determined missing. It said the plane was delivered in March a year ago and had 809 flying hours. Myanmar military plane carrying 104 people has reportedly disappeared from radars on Wednesday. Read More »

Hope conquers fear at One Love Manchester benefit concert

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In a night filled with emotional performances, and nearly endless singing from the crowd of 50,000, it was Grande's final song of the night " Somewhere Over The Rainbow " that brought most tears to the eyes. "First show back tonight". I love you I love you'. Despite the Saturday attack in London , some 50,000 fans poured in for One Love Manchester , defying the enemy and joining in tears and joy. Read More »

Police arrest man in London Bridge attack investigation

Tell them Chrissy sent you". Hedge, who moved to London previous year, had just finished her shift at Elliot's restaurant and was having a drink with her boyfriend when the attack started, Ross Hedge told The Courier Mail of Brisbane. An Italian prosecutor says one of the attackers told authorities after being stopped at Bologna's airport that he "wanted to be a terrorist", but then quickly corrected himself. Read More »

United Nations strongly condemns terror attacks in Iran

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Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iran's parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader, killing at least 12 people, wounding dozens and igniting an hours-long siege at the legislature that ended with four attackers dead. Police officers control the scene, around of shrine of late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, after an assault by several attackers in Tehran , just outside Tehran , Iran , Wednesday, June 7, 2017 . Read More »

Iran attacks: 'IS' hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum

As Iran's first Supreme Leader, Khomeini led the 1979 ouster of the shah and is revered in the country. Iranian security forces outside Parliament in Tehran . There were women and children. The attack on Khomeini's shrine is shocking. The Fars news agency said at least two people had been killed at the mausoleum, which houses tomb of Ruhollah Khomeini and his family. Read More »

Qatar crisis: Donald Trump calls Saudi's King Salman, asks for Gulf unity

Al-Masri's strongly worded criticism of regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia was unusual for Hamas . But Qatar has also always been accused by its Gulf neighbours and Egypt of supporting extremist groups. The United Arab Emirates has banned people from publishing expressions of sympathy toward Qatar and will punish offenders with a jail term of up to 15 years, the UAE-based newspaper Gulf News and pan-Arab channel Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday. Read More »

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin: Comey's statements on Trump highlight president's 'obstruction of justice'

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President Donald Trump is ignoring questions about James Comey's prepared testimony before the Senate Intelligence committee. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, Comey said , quoting the president. "We need some of this misdirection to get out of our way so we can move forward and really start doing some of the things that people sent us here to do". Read More »

Guess Which Five M'sian Universities Named The World's Top 300

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Did your campus crack the top 100? Monash University ranked at 60 and the University of Western Australia at 93. "The vast majority of Australian universities are moving upwards, with only a handful of exceptions." The highest global ranking ever attained by a Singapore university was 12th, by NUS - a position it held for the past two years. Read More »

3 militants killed along LoC in Kupwara

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The police official said that the encounter started after the security forces comprising the counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles cordoned off an area in Sardari Nad forests near the LoC on receiving information about presence of some terrorists who had infiltrated from across the LoC. Read More »

Egypt hits jihadists in Libya after ISIS attack on Christians

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On Friday, masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying almost 50 Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital. The attack is the second time Isis has targeted the beleaguered Christian minority in Egypt in recent months following twin bombings that killed at least 44 people in churches in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday last month. Read More »

Senate clears way for new sanctions on Iran

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Iran's official state broadcaster said a security guard was killed and four people wounded in the shrine attack. Officials say the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps helped security forces control the situation. The ILNA news agency said five people had been injured and that security forces were dismantling a bomb inside the mausoleum. Television footage showed police helicopters circling over the parliament building, with snipers on its rooftop. Read More »

Trump eases Qatar critique, offers to mediate Gulf spat

Trump's broadside came as Kuwait's ruler flew to Saudi Arabia in a bid to resolve the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Arab world in years. It's all over a claim Qatar supports terrorism, which has been vehemently denied by Qatari officials. Read More »