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The US Senate voted to toughen sanctions against Russian Federation

The bill would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempts to ease or end penalties against Moscow. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee had initially been hesitant to take it up, as the administration had expressed a hope it could improve relations with Moscow. Read More »

Horrific killing of cops in Anantnag a 'setback': Defence Experts

After the encounter, two civilians were also killed after security forces opened fire at a crowd marching towards the encounter site. As the fighting raged, thousands of people in the village and neighboring areas ignored the government security lockdown and marched to Arwani in an attempt to help the trapped rebels escape. Read More »

Syria: Russia says 180 Islamic State fighters killed in last one month

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He clarified, "So far, I have no 100 percent confirmation of the information that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed". "According to the information that is being verified through various channels, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also attended the meeting and was killed in the airstrike", the military said in a statement. Read More »

Rout by Macron's party in French parliamentary election vote

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A projection for France 2 television after the second round of the parliamentary election showed an alliance led by Macron's centrist La République En Marche (LRM) party winning 355 seats out of 577 in the National Assembly, well over the threshold for an absolute majority. Read More »

"Batman" Star Adam West Dead At 88

A rep for the actor said he died after fighting a short battle with leukemia . His family said in a joint statement , "Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives". "You know, just as he's about to put her in (jail), Batman says to Catwoman , 'You give me curious stirrings in my utility belt.' That's amusing stuff". Read More »

Labour advance in UK election inspires a Bernie Sanders supporter

On Friday, May announced that she would form a new government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party , which was founded by Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley and which in the past has shared power with Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Party, in Northern Ireland. Read More »

Trump says he's under FBI investigation

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, as part of the probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election , according to officials familiar with the matter. Read More »

Trump Urges Quick Supreme Court Ruling to Reinstate Travel Ban

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Judges and jurists also pointed to Trump's rhetoric during the presidential campaign calling several times for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States". It has now been approximately 130 days since President Trump issued the first executive order on January 27, 2017. What is that going to do for our national security if something happens here on United States soil? But Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor, said Trump was making that argument much ... Read More »

Trump says no one has any proof on Russian Federation

The Russia probe is building tension among top Justice Department officials. "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" The White House confirmed Mr Mueller was among the candidates the president interviewed to replace Mr Comey. Read More »

Queen Elizabeth marks official birthday with Trooping the Color event

Another demonstration took place outside Downing Street office, while hundreds of mourners later gathered near the tower for a candlelight vigil. Spain faces Macedonia on Saturday night in the tournament, which is being played in Poland. The aluminum composite cladding that was used on the newly renovated 24-story Grenfell Tower was cheaper and more flammable than other fire-resistant versions, the Guardian reported . Read More »

Now Trump Is Going After Rod Rosenstein For Russia 'Witch Hunt'

The president did not directly address allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense. "The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said in a statement. Read More »

Turnout in French parliamentary election estimated at 42-43 percent

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Marine le Pen is hoping the enter parliament for the first time and is well-placed to win a northern constituency, but her far-right party was almost eight percent down in the first round on its 2015 score in a comparable national poll. Key battles on Sunday include far-right leader Le Pen's attempt to win her first parliamentary seat in the northeastern former coal mining town of Henin-Beaumont. Read More »

43 killed in Portugal forest fires

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The ceremony took place before the teams' match Sunday at the Confederations Cup tournament in Kazan, Russia. The fire , which started yesterday, is still burning out of control and is already one of the deadliest in Portugal in decades. Read More »

Trump Rolls Back Some Changes To US-Cuba Relations

Trump's address in Miami announced changes in the United States' policy toward Cuba after the Obama administration made a decision to normalize relations with the island nation following a decades-long freeze of diplomatic ties. "I have trust in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to Cuba", said Jorge Saurez, 66, a retired physician in Little Havana . I am announcing today a new policy just as I promised during the campaign. Read More »

United States president confirms he is under FBI investigation

Rosenstein oversees Mueller, but the deputy attorney general is not actually conducting the investigation. Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia's meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Read More »

Pyongyang returns United States student, now in a coma

Two ambulances were parked near an airport hangar. Otto's parents, Fred and Cindy, told friends they had no idea how their son was, or if he was dead or alive. A North Korean foreign ministry official confirmed that Warmbier was released and left the country Tuesday morning. Together with Kenneth Bae, the DPRK government released Matthew Todd Miller, another USA citizen who tore his visa upon arrival at Pyongyang International Airport in an alleged attempt to seek asylum and was later ... Read More »

London tower block fire: Death toll climbs to 30

London has a chronic housing shortage even in the best of times , and those left homeless by the fire - already angry over what they see as government inequity and incompetence - fear being forced out of the British capital. Their teams were forced to leave the 24-storey building yesterday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors - where many victims are thought to have been trapped. Read More »

Trump tweets frustration with Russian Federation probe

It is not clear, however, if Trump was referring in Friday's tweet to Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommending that the president fire Comey . The probe is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller , who was appointed by Rosenstein . The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and ... Read More »

Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

This was a match either could have won, but Mexico will be more pleased with the result than Portugal will be. It has been a dream last 12 months on the field for the former Manchester United man, who was a European champion at club and global level in 2016. Read More »

62 dead in central Portugal wildfires; many killed in cars

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He was headed to the site yesterday following a visit by the president. The fire broke out in the Pedrogao Grande area, a municipality about 150 kilometers (93 miles) northeast of capital Lisbon . Many blamed poor forestry reserve planning and depopulation of remote villages that left many wooded areas untended. Gomes told reporters that among the dead, two of them are victims of a road accident, while four of the injured are in serious condition. Read More »

Forest fires kill at least 62 in central Portugal

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Almost 60 people have been injured in the fire, including several firefighters. "This is a region that has had fires because of its forests, but we can not remember a tragedy of these proportions", said the municipality's mayor, Valdemar Alves , according to The AP. Read More »