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US Congressman shot at baseball practice


Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign previous year. Earlier on CNN, he said, "There must have been 50, 100 shots fired". "It was scary", Barton said. Lawmakers took cover in the dugout. Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV. Read More »

London high-rise apartment fire: what you need to know

In response the Northern Ireland Housing Executive confirmed it was undertaking health and safety inspections of each block. "These fires are hard in terms of the number of resources", Mr Britzman said. I tried to locate a friend of mine who lives there. "I could see it wasn't safe". A Northern Ireland Fire Service spokeswoman moved to reassure people of how rare such incidents are. Read More »

Suspect in congressional baseball shooting identified


The Alabama lawmaker said he colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood". He repeatedly praised the Capitol Police officers and first responders who quickly mobilized to the softball field where the Republican baseball team was practicing ahead of Thursday night's charity game against a Democratic team. Read More »

A morning's baseball drill becomes an assault on Republicans


The shooting took place at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, which is across the Potomac River from Washington . Hodgkinson is 66.The shooter's injuries are described as serious, according to the law enforcement source. Texas Rep. Roger Williams, who coaches the GOP team, said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot, but "is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery". Read More »

USA lawmaker, others in hospital after shooting at baseball practice


U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa said Bailey was not shot but suffered a minor injury during the shooting. Wenstrup and Flake stayed with the victim until medics arrived. Rep. Chuck Fleishmann, R-Tenn., told CNN , "It turned out to be one shooter but I had to walk right past him when I walked past third base from left field; he just decided not to shoot me, so I was very fortunate". Read More »

Congressional Baseball Game for Charity has long history


The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and once frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his IL house. Read More »

May fighting for survival after failed election

Continuous opposition from members of the House of Lords on Brexit negotiations led Theresa May to take this step. "I expect more uncertainty now". But EU budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said May was now likely to be a "weak" partner. Negotiations with European officials had been set to begin on June 19. Read More »

Atty. Gen. Sessions to testify next week in response to Comey hearing


But he wrote to Congress Saturday that he wanted to speak before the Senate Intelligence Committee instead to address questions that arose during Comey's testimony last week. One question is whether Mr. Sessions had any undisclosed meetings with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak or other Russians during the campaign or after Mr. Trump's inauguration. Read More »

Germany and France say Britain could change its mind over Brexit

Mr Macron said the objective of the "action plan" drawn up by British and French officials was "to strengthen the commitments and obligations of internet operators to delete any content promoting hatred and terrorism". After their talks, May and Macron will watch a France-England soccer match that will honor victims of the recent attacks in Manchester and London , with a moment of silence and the Oasis song "Don't Look Back in Anger" played by the French Republican Guard. Read More »

Sessions: Trump Never Showed Interest in Russian Hacking

Sessions' decision to testify in public came after he chose to cancel a public appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, and offered to testify in private before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey's firing was recommended by last month-raising questions about whether he violated his recusal from the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

London fire: Faces of the Grenfell Tower missing

A plume of smoke stretched for miles (kilometers) over the capital. Dany Cotton, London's Fire Commissioner who was present at the scene told reporters, "This is an unprecedented incident". George Clarke told Radio 5 Live that he was covered in ash even though he was 100 meters (yards) from the scene. Metropolitan Police said earlier that two people were being treated for smoke inhalation. Read More »

Gunman wounds GOP congressman, then killed by police


WATCH: Sen. Jeff Flake talks to reporters about shooting Speaker Ryan identified the wounded Capitol Police officers as David Bailey and Crystal Griner . "People know this is the Republican baseball team practising", he said. Davis, who was at bat at the time of the shooting, said he hopes Wednesday marks a turning point in how lawmakers engage in the future. Read More »

Brazil's Temer gets big victory in electoral court ruling


Mr Temer's legal problems - on top of corruption probes opened against a third of his cabinet and many of his congressional allies - come just as Brazil is struggling to exit its worst recession in history. "But for now, the trend seems to be a weak Temer administration going forward, with little chance of passing any meaningful measures", said Couto. A ruling against them would have annulled the 2014 election, forcing Temer out of office. Read More »

DUP leader returns to Northern Ireland, talks continue

He said: "I'm sure we all look forward to welcoming the Queen's Speech just as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated". She is seeking to secure a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP ), a conservative , pro-U.K. "I think the peace process is fragile", Major, a former Conservative Party leader, told the BBC . The move comes amid concerns the Government will compromise its stated impartiality in the region if it enters a confidence and supply deal with the DUP at ... Read More »

May nears deal with Northern Irish 'kingmakers'


In a reflection of her newfound humility, May managed a joke at her own expense as Britain's House of Commons got underway in the first sitting after Thursday's general election . "What we're doing in relation to the talks that we're holding ... with the Democratic Unionist Party , is ensuring that it is possible to ... give the stability to the UK Government that I think is necessary at this time ", Ms May told a news conference in Paris following a meeting with French President ... Read More »

Syrian Officials Pay Tribute to Victims of Tehran Terror Attacks


Two days later, the suicide bombings and shootings in Tehran killed 17 people. "This is a fire that [Western powers] themselves ignited and now has backfired on them", he told a gathering of senior officials in Tehran at a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989. Read More »

House Majority Whip, Several Others Shot At Virginia Baseball Field


More than a dozen GOP lawmakers were there with staff. Giffords‏ said in a statement: "This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy". Members of the protective detail for Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., are being hailed as heroes Wednesday, shining a spotlight on the little-known police force that guards the Capitol and prominent members of Congress. Read More »

12 dead in London high rise fire

She says firefighters have only suffered minor injuries. The scale of the inferno means it could be days before it is clear how many victims were claimed by the blaze. "[There were] big, big chunks of sheet metal coming down hitting the ground". There was no immediate word on the cause, but angry residents said they had repeatedly warned about a potential fire threat. Read More »