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Statement of the Secretary-General on wildfires in Portugal

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A man on the balcony of a house looks up at a forest fire raging on a hillside above the village of Avelar, central Portugal , before sunrise Sunday, June 18, 2017. Pope Francis, who visited Portugal last month, mentioned the victims in his weekly address: "I express my closeness to the beloved people of Portugal following the devastating fire ". Read More »

USA lawmakers back at work after shooting, congressman still hospitalised

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Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, is still in critical condition after undergoing his second surgery as a result of a gunshot wound to his hip. During the baseball practice on Wednesday, a gunman opened fire, injuring Scalise, congressional staffer Zach Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika and two members of the Capitol Police force, Crystal Griner and David Bailey. Read More »

Jay Sekulow, President Trump's lawyer, says there's 'no investigation' of the president

Special counsel Robert Mueller expanded his investigation into Russia's interference in our election to include Trump himself for potential obstruction of justice, in relation to his firing of former FBI Director James Comey . The committee sent a bipartisan letter this month to White House counsel Don McGahn seeking an answer by this Friday. Meanwhile, the Congressional committees handling the Russian Federation probe have asked the administration to show any evidence and Comey ... Read More »

Queen Elizabeth II talks of nation's sombre mood in her birthday message

Yesterday both the Queen, and Wills spoke to many. Yesterday, the Queen, and her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, went to the Westway Sports Centre, close to the location of what was left of the Grenfell Tower . But besides the drive to help survivors, the sense of anger was palpable on the streets, and not just at the town hall. She has also ordered 5 million pounds (6.4 million USA dollars) to be given to a relief fund to help victims of the fire. Read More »

Bodies Of 7 Missing Sailors Found Inside Wrecked Navy Ship

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The early Saturday morning collision with a Philippines-flagged merchant ship caused extensive damage to the USS Fitzgerald , a guided-missile destroyer, and left seven of its crew members unaccounted for. The destroyer has a crew of about 300 and most were asleep when the ship collided early Saturday with the Philippine-flagged container ship ACX Crystal that was more than three times larger. Read More »

Russia criticizes Trump for 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

A mid-June Trump visit has been rumored since Memorial Day, when word of the Cuba policy rewrite began trickling from alarmed backers of former President Barack Obama's reengagement approach toward the communist island. "The previous administration's easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people". On Sunday, the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized President Donald Trump's decision to freeze a detente with Cuba and his verbal attack on the Caribbean ... Read More »

Helmut Kohl, unifier of Germany, dies at 87

Kohl was remembered by many as a giant of epochal times that redrew Europe's political architecture, dismantled the minefields and watchtowers of the Iron Curtain, and replaced the eyeball-to-eyeball armed confrontation between East and West with an enduring, if often challenged, coexistence between former sworn foes. Read More »

Play ball! GOP, Dems battle as 1 - Team Scalise

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The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels. "I feel a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago". It emerged Hodgkinson had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. "We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country, as well as from President Trump, Vice President ... Read More »

United Kingdom govt rushes staff for rehabilitation of London fire victims

As police confirm the death toll from the blaze in the capital has reached 30, householders living in Sunderland flats are being visited by housing representatives to ease any fears they might have. Building officials have not commented since the fire. "If there is something that needs to be done to make buildings safe, it will be done". Asked if he would resign, Mr Paget-Brown insisted: "That's not a matter for now". Read More »

Conservative Leader: Special Counsel Mueller To Leave?

At a separate hearing Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein declared he'd seen no basis for dismissing Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director he appointed as special counsel after Sessions' recusal. He added later: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", which he said he would have to put in writing. Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Read More »

Portugal to mourn for three days as forest fire claims 62 lives

Secretary of State for the Interior Jorge Gomes said that most had died from smoke inhalation and burns, while two were killed in a road accident related to the fires. France has offered three firefighting planes, while Spain has already sent two water-bombing aircraft to help tackle the fires. The European Union has activated its civil protection efforts to help Portugal fight forest fires that have killed at least 43 people. Read More »

Pakistan thrash India to win Champions Trophy

Former Australia left-hander Michael Hussey feels that although India are hot favourites to retain the ICC Champions Trophy, but he believes that Pakistan can not be discounted as they have a feeling of "destiny" with them. R Ashwin to Lendl Simmons, Hardik Pandya to Tamim Iqbal and Jasprit Bumrah to Fakhar Zaman. Amir (6-2-16-3) then tormented the Indian batsmen with a devastating first spell and eventually, the defending champions were bundled out for 158 in only 30.3 overs. Read More »

Afghan soldier injures 7 United States troops in northern province

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At least one Afghan soldier was killed and another wounded, the official said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the operation in a statement. Sunday's attack came a day after an Afghan commando fired on US troops, wounding seven American soldiers. The total number of soldiers wounded is 193. Read More »

Confederations Cup: Our Play Matched Portugal, Says Mexico's Osorio

Portugal led twice but were left frustrated as they switched off at the death, Moreno heading in from a corner. "We played against a team at a high level". Moments after Memo Ochoa was forced to make a brilliant save, tipping the ball over the bar after it was headed by his own defender Carlos Salcedo , Portugal pounced. Read More »

Donald Trump tweets anger over Russian Federation probe 'witch-hunt'

Sunday, Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt". He was the least-popular president-elect in modern history back in January, and he had a dismal approval rating after his first 100 days-the lowest of any president since Dwight Eisenhower. Read More »

Trump In Heap Of Trouble

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The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein of California, said , "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". Read More »

Queen says Britain sombre but steadfast

Some 19 patients are still being treated in hospital, of whom 10 are in a critical condition, the National Health Service said Saturday. At 91, she remains intuitive, and with these words she has shown an ability to crystallise the feeling in the country after so many traumatic events in recent months. Read More »

France begins voting in second round of parliamentary election

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Official figures with 90 seats still left to be decided showed LREM had already won its majority. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe cast his vote in the port city of Le Havre, where he served as mayor before becoming prime minister. The election also spells trouble for the far-right National Front [FN], seen with only between one and six seats when earlier it had hoped to secure a "massive" presence in parliament. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico at Confederations Cup

Ronaldo had earlier teed up Ricardo Quaresma for the opener, with Javier Hernandez's equaliser leading to a tight second half before a hectic finish. The 32-year-old has reportedly made the "irreversible decision" to leave Real Madrid amid accusations of tax fraud, but it was Moreno who stole the spotlight in Kazan as he levelled in second-half stoppage time after Cedric Soares appeared to have won the game five minutes from time . Read More »

Scalise upgraded to serious condition after more surgery

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Medstar Washington Hospital Center said the congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and that he is more responsive and speaking with family.For three months, Hodgkinson lived out of a white cargo van in a gentrified neighborhood just miles from where US laws are made. Read More »

Mali attack: Gunfire reported at Le Campement resort

The EU Training Mission in Mali tweeted a statement that it was aware of the attack and was assessing the situation. Earlier this month, the US Embassy in Bamako issued a travel warning on its website, saying there was an increased security threat to Westerners. Read More »

France's Emmanuel Macron seizes big majority in parliament

Of the 577 seat, La Republique en Marche is expected to win a clear majority, leading the way for Macron to easily implement his planned reforms. The parliamentary election is also thought to have brought out a historically low number of votes, with only 35% of those eligible having voted by the late afternoon - even less than the first round. Read More »

Overwhelming Majority in US Senate Votes to Continue Russia Sanctions

At a moment when America's policy toward a geopolitical adversary seems up for grabs, this is an important reassertion of tough-mindedness toward Moscow. However, Sen. Robert Menendez was skeptical, telling Politico , "I just cannot fathom how House Republicans could ultimately, with everything that's going on with Russia's nefarious actions, try to either deep-six the bill or dramatically change it". Read More »

Israeli officers shoot dead three Palestinians after alleged stabbing

The People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine said its two attackers, Osama Ata, 19, and Baraa Ata, 18, were members of the same clan who both spent time in Israeli prisons. A road leading to Damascus Gate full of stalls opened especially for Ramadan was closed off by police, and a shopkeeper said this would normally be one of the busiest nights of the year. Read More »