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Russia Criticizes US For 'Anti-Cuban' Approach, Says It Sides With Cuba

But Trump left in place many of Obama's changes, including the reopened USA embassy in Havana, even as he sought to show he was making good on a campaign promise to take a tougher line against Cuba, especially over its human rights record. In addition, the USA government is to police other trips to ensure travelers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities". Read More »

No excuse for firms not to be ready for GST: Arun Jaitley


The GST will be rolled out from midnight of June 30 in the presence of several dignitaries including President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President M Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Modi, besides other luminaries. An increase in revenues, said Jaitley, would increase the spending capacity of the central and state governments. The Customs Department has cancelled an order that would have imposed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on more than 60 food items. Read More »

South Korean fighters jets to hold exercises with US B-1B bombers

The announcement could have worldwide significance as South Korea counts as one of the top producers of nuclear power in the world and had been looking to export it's technology and expertise - most recently to the United Kingdom. South Korea is also one of the few countries that have exported its nuclear reactor technology, an area once seen by some of its construction companies as a new cash cow. Read More »

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, admitted to hospital, Buckingham Palace says


He is being treated for an infection from a pre-existing condition. The Queen, who will give her annual speech at the opening of Parliament today, will attend the Royal Ascot races later this afternoon. After recovering from a blocked coronary artery in 2011, he was struck with a bladder infection a year later and missed a huge amount of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Read More »

Donald Trump: China Effort on North Korea 'Has Not Worked Out'


South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said North Korea should swiftly return South Koreans and Americans detained in the reclusive nation and that Pyongyang had "a heavy responsibility" in the death of a US university student. His parents said he had been subjected to "awful, torturous mistreatment". Warmbier's death can also offer tougher challenges to Korea, considering that grumbles about the Moon administration are rising in the USA following Seoul's decision to delay an ... Read More »

Trevor Noah Slams NRA Hypocrisy in the Police Shooting of Philando Castile


The incident made headlines worldwide after Mr Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds , live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook. "I told him not to reach for it and (sigh) when he went down to grab, I told him not to reach for it (clears throat) and then he kept it right there, and I told him to take his hands off of it, and then he (sigh) he had his, his grip a lot wider than a wallet", Yanez said. Read More »

US Air Force shot down Syrian combat drone in southern Syria

Despite protests from the Syrian government, which requested Russia's military backing in 2015, the US has set up an operations base to train and assist anti-government groups fighting ISIS. The Syrian opposition, which once dreamed of sweeping into Damascus and toppling Assad , is now largely confined to scattered enclaves in the northwest and south of the country. Read More »

Clamping down, Trump team puts the 'brief' in press briefing


In mid-May President Donald Trump's communications director Mike Dubke quit after just three months on the job. A reporter for The Atlantic texted White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon over why the decision was made to go off-camera for more of the briefings, and he texted back, " Sean got fatter ". Read More »

Early returns show tight race in Georgia congressional poll


The most passionate Democratic activists have wanted a full-frontal assault on Trump and congressional Republicans , angrily denouncing party leaders for not aggressively supporting other, more progressive candidates. The Georgia race was held to replace former representative Tom Price , who Trump picked to head up the Department of Health and Human Services, and who was confirmed despite ethical scrutiny . Read More »

Jewish candidate Jon Ossoff loses in crucial congressional race


The final price tag on the race soared to north of $55 million. Rain is falling throughout District 6, which could have implications on voter turnout . "Let's be a party of big economic ideas for those with stagnant wages - who seek new industry, fear monopoly, & want good jobs for their kids", said Rep. Read More »

Where things stand with Special Counsel Mueller's Russian Federation probe

In a paid "Sponsored" post that Trump has published on Facebook , he is asking for help from his supporters in order to fight a so-called "Witch Hunt". Last week, Trump sent a tweet referring to being the victim of a "witch hunt". Of course, that's what the president said last week. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said. Read More »

Record-breaking congressional election headed for photo finish


In the end, though, it wasn't enough, and the longtime GOP-lean of the district was too much for Ossoff to overcome. Republicans have held the seat since the 1970s, and are fighting to keep it. Early voting turnout was already extremely heavy for a special election and was expected to surpass levels for the 2014 midterms. "Indivisible Georgia left it all on the field", Bloom said. Read More »

Israel Denies Daesh's Claim of Responsibility for Deadly Jerusalem Attack


He confirmed one of the attackers was a member of Hamas and the other two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine . But Israel's Shin Bet and Palestinian militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, said the attackers were members of Palestinian groups. Read More »

Man reportedly carrying explosives shot in Brussels


Photos posted on social media showed a small fire in the station. There were reports of a loud bang at Brussels Central Station . The Grand Place of Brussels , Central Station has been evacuated, the CNN reported. Nearby tourist attractions, including the Grand Palace, were shut down and evacuated in the precaution. "There were people crying, there were people shouting", said Elisa Roux, a spokeswoman for the Belgian rail company SNCB. Read More »

Israeli PM says work begun on new West Bank settlement

The timing of the announcement signals Netanyahu intends to take a tough stand on settlements in order to gain support from the settler movement and far-right members of his coalition government after a meeting at the White House earlier this year in which Trump told Israel to " hold back on settlements for a little bit" in order to allow room to explore peace talks. Read More »

GOP candidate wins closely watched Ga. House race


However, while Democrats had motivated their base and won over skeptical Republicans , the conservative slant of district proved too much even for the almost unprecedented resources that Democrats invested in the race, even flying in volunteers for last minute doorknocking as local television stations had been saturated by 30-second advertisements. Read More »

Proposed DUP deal would not undermine Good Friday Agreement, insists Theresa May

He said the Irish government's focus would be on the rights of British and Irish citizens to "travel, live, work, study, reside, access healthcare, pensions and housing in each others countries as though we are citizens of both". "We don't want arbitrary caps on migration that would crash the economy". Brexit will be the biggest challenge for the government over the next two years as it tries to push a mountain of related legislation through the Commons . Read More »

Ossoff's Crushing Defeat Signals Democrats' Need for Soul-Searching

But it wasn't what Democrats who pumped $23 million into Ossoff's campaign so desperately craved: A win. Democrats must defend their current districts and win 24 Republican-held seats to regain a House majority next November. In one early Tuesday tweet, Trump criticizes Democrat Jon Ossoff, saying he'll raise taxes, is weak on crime and "doesn't even live in district". This time , county officials are optimistic they will have more timely results. Read More »

Trump says China tried but failed to help on North Korea

I think we'll continue to apply that, and as I mentioned earlier, obviously, China can play - has played and can continue to play a greater role in helping to resolve this situation, and we will continue to hopefully build on the relationship and the dialogue that we've had with China. Read More »

Black bear kills teen during mountain race in Alaska

After an initial ground search, trackers found traces of blood from the bear and believe it has moved deeper into the mountains. According to mlive , witnesses said they saw the bear and then the teen laying on the ground with no motion. Read More »

Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud by Spanish authorities

Prosecutors claim that the Portuguese manager - who took over at Manchester United previous year - failed to declare income of 1.6 million euros in 2011 and 1.7 million euros in 2012. Mbappe is understood to be a fan of Real Madrid and keen to join the Spanish and European champions, and Perez says such a situation is "very satisfying" for the club. Read More »

Jerusalem Stabbing: ISIS Claims First Deadly Attack in Israel

One of the attackers reportedly was holding a gun, but it jammed. Major General Yoav Mordechai - head of COGAT, the Israeli defence ministry agency responsible for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories - said the 250,000 family visit permits were cancelled in response to "encouragement to terrorism" by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fateh movement. Read More »