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Australia police shoot hostage taker dead


After negotiations failed, the man emerged and began shooting at police, injuring three officers before he was shot dead. Victoria Police says hundreds of its officers, as well as federal police, are "making sure everything that's behind this" is going towards finding his motivation. Read More »

58 feared dead from fire in London tower block

The fire in the block in west London burned for hours, and authorities fear that the official death toll of 30 is likely to rise, with numerous dead unlikely ever to be identified. British health authorities say they are still treating 19 patients, 10 of whom remain in critical condition after the London high-rise fire. May was accosted by furious protesters earlier today as she attended the nearby Kensington Town Hall . Read More »

The Queen Is Heckled While Visiting Victims Of The Grenfell Tower Fire

And the government did announce a 5 million-pound (about $6.4 million) fund for Grenfell victims on Friday and said it aims to rehouse people within three weeks. But even those within her own party said May should have faced the locals herself earlier. Dr Tomlin said the residents had gone from living normal lives before the tragedy to bringing their frustrations to the very top of Government. Read More »

USA servicemembers wounded in 2nd Afghan insider attack in a week


Last Saturday, an Afghan commando fatally shot three USA soldiers and wounded a fourth during a joint U.S. Another suicide bomber was killed , ' he told AFP. Two assailants were killed immediately, according to Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry , while the third was still fighting. Read More »

Brexit talks to begin on schedule

And as leaders welcomed the new tone in London and talk of a " softer Brexit" that may be less disruptive than May's clean break with the single market and customs union, officials from at least some governments saw compromise on the British bill. Read More »

'No doubt' over Britain leaving EU: Brexit minister Davis

He wouldn't be drawn on whether he supported Britain's continued membership in the single market and said May's minority government will negotiate in a "pragmatic" manner, striving for a solution that works for both sides. Monday's negotiations are to open at 11:00am in Brussels (0900 GMT) with 90 minutes of talks between Barnier and Davis, followed by a working lunch between the pair and a press conference. Read More »

European Union broadens sanctions against North Korea


North Korea is believed to have figured out how to mount a miniaturized nuclear bomb on a ballistic missile, the re-entry vehicle is suspected to have survived the IRBM test , and the North's engine technology has improved. North Korea, which could have a working nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile in the next few years, may also be the most urgent foreign policy concern for the Trump administration, which has been distracted by domestic political turmoil and has insisted ... Read More »

Grenfell death toll put at 30 - but 69 people are still missing

Alongside both police and fire investigations into the blaze, she has promised to set up a public inquiry. The fire was finally labelled as under control at 1:14 a.m. Hundreds have been left homeless, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage. Later that afternoon, demonstrators stormed the offices of Kensington and Chelsea Council over its handling of the crisis amid concerns that earlier renovation work was linked to the rapid spread of the ... Read More »

France parliamentary election turnout low so far


Turnout could fall to a record low, in a sign of voter fatigue after seven months of roller-coaster campaigning and voting, and of disillusionment with politics that could complicate Macron's reform drive. Many of Macron's lawmakers will be political novices, something which will change the face of parliament at the expense of the conservative and socialist parties that have ruled France for decades. Read More »

USA using N Korea issue as pretext for THAAD deployment


North Korea condemned the simulation of interception of U.S. Intercontinental ballistic missiles and claimed that the United States is unable to intercept a massive nuclear attack. The Japanese defence minister said the threat had "entered a new stage" and urged the North to "abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs" and "cease its provocative actions". Read More »

Industry prepared for GST rollout from July 1: CII

Builders body Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India ( CREDAI ) has urged the government to consider accommodating the abatement of land value in the new goods and services tax (GST) regime to ensure that home prices don't rise. Read More »

North Korea: US leaving Paris agreement 'selfish,' 'silly'

The withdrawal will result in the US administration surrendering its economic interest on the worldwide stage with respect to climate issues and clean energy. Trump's decision to move out of the Paris Agreement was a mistake, said Humphrey School professor Robert Kudrle. She added that multiple organizations in Princeton are committed to upholding the goals of the Paris agreement. Read More »

U.S. breaks with G7 on climate, development banks - statement

In remarks during the two days of talks and at their conclusion, some leaders vowed to continue with climate action despite the USA stance. The G-7 comprises the seven most advanced and wealthy economies on the planet, with other members including Canada, France , Germany, Italy and Japan - all close USA allies who have committed to action on climate change . Read More »

3 killed in Meghalaya landslide, 30000 hit by floods in Assam


The major landslide triggered by incessant rains struck Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation at Umiam in Ri-Bhoi District, about 20 km north of Shillong , the capital city of Meghalaya . "The bodies of four were recovered from the debris while the search for two others missing is on". We've to find out if they were encroaching upon the area because the houses are close to a river. Read More »

A year after Brexit vote, more people view European Union favorably


The British government says that the talks to leave the European Union will start Monday, as planned. Conservative leader May lost her parliamentary majority in last week's election and is now desperately seeking the backing of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party ( DUP ). Read More »

Trump Acknowledges He Is Under Investigation in Russia Inquiry

After the firestorm caused by Comey's firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller , Comey's predecessor as FBI director, to take over the DOJ Russia investigation. Is Trump giving Rosenstein an earful over leaks? "You begin to wonder if it is going to be a domino effect here where it is just one person after another", said Andrew Graham, a longtime Maryland defense lawyer who worked with Rosenstein. Read More »

Afghan soldier attacks foreign soldiers, wounding 4


Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan army's 209th Corps, announced earlier that an Afghan soldier had shot and killed four United States soldiers inside the base. Araam said the soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker. Camp Shaheen is home to the Afghan army's 209th Corps and was the site of a complex Taliban attack in April that killed more than 130 Afghan soldiers. Read More »

Protesters storm govt offices as London fire toll hits 30

May failed to win an outright majority in the June snap election and is now battling to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support her government . Cundy said police will investigate the tower's refurbishment project, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze. Read More »

Former minister warns PM faces "strong, hard negotiators" as DUP talks continue

She said: "We remain fully committed to making the institutions work". The DUP is believed to be more favourable to a "soft Brexit " that would keep Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland free-flowing. Asked if it would no longer seek such a veto, Mrs Foster said she would not tie her party down in relation to that matter and discussions about the Petition of Concern system were continuing between the parties. Read More »

58 missing, presumed dead in London fire


Another, larger protest also marched through west London , where hundreds of people headed to the burned-out building tower. All high-rise buildings in the area will be checked to ensure they comply with fire orders. Firefighters were using drones and sniffer dogs to search the blackened tower, as some of the upper floors have not yet been made safe. Other experts have pointed to a 2013 coroner's report which recommended that sprinklers be fitted throughout tower blocks in order to ... Read More »

London tower cladding not graded fire-resistant

She has promised those left homeless by the blaze would be rehoused locally within weeks, and the 5 million pound fund would pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs. "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said while trying to pacify the crowd. The death toll has steadily climbed from 6 to 30. Read More »

Brian Harman leads 117th US Open after round 3

Fowler, sharing a house with Thomas this week, was being left behind until he ran off three straight birdies and shot 68. 205: Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 67 70 68, Brooks Koepka (USA) 67 70 68, Justin Thomas (USA) 73 69 63. "I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", said Day, who arrived last Friday. "So I just need to go home , relax a little bit, hang out with the family and I'll see you at the Open Championship in a month". Read More »

Steve Scalise showing 'signs of improvement,' hospital says


The AP said many of those who played wore LSU hats to honor Scalise, who graduated from the university. CBN News has confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation recovered a "hit list" with several names of Republican congressmen on the body of 66-year-old James Hodgkinson , the Alexandria shooter. Read More »