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North Korea freed Otto Warmbier on 'humanitarian' grounds

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An economics student from the University of Virginia, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Some observers initially suspected that the Basketball Hall-of-Famer may have been involved in the release of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student detained a year ago for allegedly stealing a political propaganda poster, a crime against the state. Read More »

Qatar signs $12 bln deal to buy F-15 jets from US

Qatar , a major U.S. ally, has been in the spotlight since four major Arab powers, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt , severed their ties with the country and accused it of supporting terrorism and working secretly with Iran , the arch-foe of the Saudis. Read More »

ISIS claims responsibility for Australia attack

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Responsibility for the incident has been claimed by ISIS which justified it with Australia's membership of the US-led global coalition fighting against it in Iraq and Syria. Witness Courtney Ardern said she was inside Brighton Spinal Group on Bay St when police ordered everyone to evacuate at about 5.15pm. Channel 7 reportedly received a phone call during the siege , where a women could be heard screaming in the background. Read More »

German rock festival evacuated over 'terrorist threat'

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Investigations are now underway. The German police further said that after the Manchester attack they had boosted security for the concert, substantially raising the number of security personnel on duty to 1,200. Visitors stream out of the festival on Friday after the festival was shut down. That prompted officials to halt the festival at the Nuerburgring racing circuit in western Germany . Read More »

Singer Adele pays visit to Grenfell Tower fire site

Flames raced through the high-rise Grenfell Tower block of apartments in the north Kensington area after taking hold around 1 am and witnesses reported many residents desperately calling for help from windows of upper floors. "They were the first people with bags of water, giving to people and helping people - running and telling people", she said. " Adele is an angel, she deserves heaven, biggest heart ever, so proud of her", one more user said. Read More »

Hot and Humid with Scattered Storms Wednesday

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Winds S 5-10 miles per hour. We could continue to see showers and storms this evening, tapering off overnight. The Storm Prediction Center has much of central Kansas - including the Wichita metropolitan area - in a slight risk for severe weather. Read More »

Trump Slams 'Phony' Story On Obstruction Of Justice Probe

Rosenstein said he has. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen. Members of the Senate intelligence committee expressed confusion over why Attorney General Jeff Sessions would not disclose his conversations with the president. Read More »

Scalise remains in critical condition, more surgeries expected

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party". Steve Scalise is the third-highest ranked member of the Republican leadership in the House, and has the hard job of trying to keep order in the fractious party ranks and rounding up votes for bills. Read More »

Two Inmates Escape After Murdering Two Prison Guards

Sills described the fugitives as violent repeat offenders and extremely risky, having taken the guards' 9 mm pistols. Donnie Rowe, the older of the two escaped prisoners, has the more violent history. "This is a rock quarry-type place". Sills said its likely the fugitives have fled the county and described the search as a "very fluid, nationwide investigation". Read More »

Justice Dept. special counsel investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

However, Adam Schiff, a Democrat member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, said the House would not tolerate Trump firing Mueller . In further fumbles, the special counsel is now looking into more private meetings in which the president allegedly asked top intelligence officials-Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and NSA Director Mike Rogers-what could be done about Comey. Read More »

Trump 'under investigation' by special counsel

Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, did not respond to an email requesting comment. "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Corallo told CNN. polls and dismissed accusations that he discussed such an effort with Russian officials as an "appalling and detestable lie". However, Mr Comey has since suggested that Mr Trump attempted to get him to shut down the investigation into his sacked former National Security Adviser ... Read More »

Heinrich spars with Sessions over refusal to answer questions

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Obviously, that's great to hear but it has fuck-all to do with why the former senator from Alabama was called to testify in the first place. The exchange centered on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week that a previously undisclosed issue related to Sessions may have made his recusal from investigations concerning President Donald Trump's campaign necessary. Read More »

Gunman targets Republican lawmakers, wounds 5

The gunman, identified by police as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, fired repeatedly at the men playing on the baseball field on Wednesday morning. It is too early to tell if this is a terrorist-related attack and there is no information about the suspect at this time. "Let's work together and get things done. Read More »

Comatose student released by North Korea arrives in Ohio, USA

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He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years' imprisonment with hard labor and, according to his parents, fell into a coma shortly thereafter. (AP Photo/John Minchillo). But U.S. officials said Rodman's visit was purely coincidental. He visited Warmbier with two doctors on Monday, and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds. Read More »

Jeff Sessions does little to inspire public confidence

Democrat Martin Heinrich accused him of impeding the probe. Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department's current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign. Read More »

Tehran attacks mastermind killed - Iranian minister

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While ISIS claimed responsibility , Iranian officials have also suggested Saudi Arabia may have played a role - and Iran's foreign minister called the official USA response "repugnant", after President Trump ended his expression of condolences for the victims with the message that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote". Read More »

Washington Post says Mueller probe looking at obstruction by President Trump

Schiff says that if Trump fires Mueller, Congress might name its own independent counsel to investigate the case. That was something that Special Consul Mueller would have to examine, Comey had said. Trump had wanted Comey to disclose publicly that he wasn't personally under investigation, but the FBI director refused to do so. Anxiety about the probe - and fresh concerns about the political leanings of some of the attorneys involved - is percolating in the West Wing of the White House. Read More »

Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

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Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters after discussing the North Korean missile threat and other issues with Japanese counterparts. The 56-year-old Rodman , who won five National Basketball Association championships as a player with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, previously traveled to North Korea in January 2014. Read More »

Leo Varadkar formally elected as 1st gay Irish Prime Minister

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He added, "The government that I lead will not be one of left or right because those old divisions don't comprehend the political challenges of today". Leo Varadkar is Ireland's new taoiseach . Varadkar's elevation marks another chapter in the social change that has swept through the country of 4.6 million people that only decriminalised homosexuality in 1993 and legalised divorce two years later. Read More »