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Grenfell Tower fire: Book of Condolence to open in Belfast

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Residents had many times raised the alarm that the building was not safe and was liable to be heavily affected by a fire, however, local authorities did not act on the complaints. Late Sunday, the Metropolitan Police released three photos from inside Grenfell Tower, which showed in close detail how the fire charred the 24-story building that once housed up to 600 people in 120 apartments. Read More »

EU Barnier assures of Brexit compromises

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The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier , said that a " fair deal " was positive and promised a "constructive attitude" to the talks . Stay informed: Sign up to our free weekly e-newsletter Subscribe to access all our online articles and receive our printed monthly newspaper The Connexion at your home. Read More »

Australia lifts suspension of airstrikes against IS in Syria

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USA -backed Syrian militias closed in on Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa on Wednesday, taking territory on the south bank of the Euphrates River with the aim of encircling the city, a militia spokesman told Reuters. Guard spokesman Gen. Ramazan Sharif told The Associated Press on Tuesday the force's "local sources and drone films say that all the six missiles the Guard launched hit their targets". Read More »

United States shoots down pro-regime drone in Syria

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And on Monday, a US fighter jet shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone in southeastern Syria. "In an email to NPR, Australia's Department of Defense says it will make a decision on rejoining the U.S-led air campaign in due course", NPR's Alison Meuse reports from Beirut. Read More »

Prince William turns 35: How the royal is reshaping his role

The Royal's dress was reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn's high-neck white dress in the 1964 film, My Fair Lady . Traditionally, members of the royal family celebrate their birthdays in private with no scheduled engagements, and William is expected to do the same following his recent string of public outings. Read More »

Theresa May offers personal apology to Grenfell families

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Fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, a social housing block in west London, in the early hours of June 14 and spread with terrifying speed, tearing through the building with residents trapped inside. A ministerial group was set up last week to review fire safety and buildings regulations in Scotland. Officials say every family from the tower will be re-housed in the local area, which includes some of the most expensive housing in London. Read More »

Boy killed by log in surf as tropical storm churns in Gulf

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Gulf Coast with substantial rain and potential flooding . Cindy, armed with sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, was expected to generate up to 15 inches of rain over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and parts of the Florida Panhandle through Thursday night, and a few tornadoes also were possible through Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Read More »

Cosby jurors names to be released, judge rules

News outlets will ask Judge Steven O'Neill at a hearing Tuesday afternoon to release the jurors' names . Lawyer Eli Segal and Paul Safier, who represented numerous media outlets, maintained the public has a legal right to know who served on the jury. Read More »

White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

Some Democrats saw Handel's failure to maintain the 23-point lead won by the district's previous Republican victor - current Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price - as a positive sign for the future. Taken together, the special elections suggested that going into next year's midterms, the Democrats have not only significant advantages but also an impressive ability to squander them. Read More »

Mom sends daughter party pictures at college orientation

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Twitter is having a field day with a now wildly viral text thread between a mother and her Texas State University freshman daughter. Twitter was here for this party. It was a contest for prize money toward tuition, but Avery didn't know that. But one new student has found out that her own mother is already the most popular person on campus! Parents were told if they posted a silly photo at orientation, their kid might win a $500.00 scholarship. Read More »

S.Korean President condoles death of United States student released by Pyongyang

The Trump administration is considering banning travel by USA citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, as outrage grew over the death of American student Otto Warmbier and President Donald Trump declared it a "total disgrace". South Korea on Thursday cast caution over reading too much into a North Korean envoy's remarks proposing a conditional moratorium on the North's nuclear and missile tests. Read More »

Boko Haram Ambushes Military, Police Convoy, Kills 2

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Five people have been killed in a landmine explosion and a roadside ambush in northeast Nigeria blamed on Boko Haram , the civilian militia and police said Wednesday.This handout image received courtesy of Doctors Without Border (MSF) on January 17, 2017, shows wounded people lying on the ground after an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp for those displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, in Rann, northeast Nigeria. Read More »

Library kicks off summer reading program

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The Douglas County Public Library is providing a Summer Reading Program for adults this July! Youth ages birth to 18 years are invited to participate. Programs and prizes for everyone and every interest will be offered thoroughout the summer months! The grand finale prize this year for adults and young adults will be $100 in Chamber Bucks. Read More »

White House remembers United States sailors killed

The US Navy has now confirmed that seven of the crewman on the Fitzgerald died in the incident and three injured and the bodies of the deceased crew all recovered. The U.S. Judge Advocate General, the U.S. Coast Guard and authorities in Japan and the Philippines will investigate. Tanaka said officials are planning to get ahold of a device with communications records to examine the details of the crash. Read More »

Qatar Crisis Mediators Expect Saudi, UAE Proposals Soon

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A statement to CNN from the Pentagon says the agreement will "increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar ". Ahmadian also points out that there are clear signs that Iran may soon abandon their façade of neutrality, stop advocating for talks and instead support Qatar in a war. Read More »

European Union says Brexit citizens issue not about 'generosity'

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The Prime Minister will use a European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday to brief counterparts on her plans to offer certainty to the three million EU nationals living in the United Kingdom, an issue that she has identified as her first priority for early agreement in the talks under Article 50 of the EU treaties. Read More »

Turkey respects Greece's decision not to extradite soldiers over coup, PM says

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Greece should be in a position to return to bond markets very soon, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday, predicting that yields on the country's bonds would continue to fall after it secured a credit lifeline last week. His comments came at a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim in Athens. Touching upon the difficulties in the region, including security along Turkey's southern borders and the violence in Syria and Iraq, Yıldırım said, "I believe ... Read More »

Diplomat: North Korea Open To Halting Nuclear And Ballistic Missile Tests

One of the biggest news stories to dominate the headlines over Father's Day weekend was the controversial return of American Otto Warmbier after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison. There is growing outrage over the death of Otto Warmbier . A public funeral service for the dead University of Virginia student is slated for Thursday at Wyoming High School in his hometown of Cincinnati. Read More »

Gergen: Special election victories show Trump could beat Dems in 2020

Thus did Democrats sharply cut the Republicans' 2016 margins in Kansas and Montana districts earlier this year. Democrats also lost a special election in SC on Tuesday, in a race that Republicans were widely expected to win. Especially in a constituency like Georgia , which has been in Republican hands since 1979. Dingell said Democrats had their "wake-up call" last November, not last night, and recalled that she was warning in the summer of 2015 that President Trump could win ... Read More »

USA says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

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Defense Minister Marise Payne said Australian "force protection is uppermost in our minds" in deciding when to resume missions over Syria. The threat came after a U.S. The SDF itself issued a statement recently, warning the Syrian army of further escalation, saying it will respond to any further attacks. Moscow has now suspended an incident hotline meant to prevent confrontations in Syria's crowded air space, and warned it could consider US-led coalition planes "targets". Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis condemns North Korea following Otto Warmbier's death

Trump wrote on Twitter. "And then, as a second phase, try to achieve the complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear program", he added. And in a tweet days after his meeting with President Xi Jinping in April, Trump had said , "I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the USA will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem'". Read More »

UK PM, DUP talks 'not going as expected'

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Senior DUP sources said on Tuesday that the negotiations "haven't proceeded the way we would have expected". "While our discussions continue it is important the government gets on with its business". The continuing delay raises the prospect that the Queen's Speech will go ahead on Wednesday without a deal with the DUP in place. After initial signs of progress, the Conservatives were forced to row back on a premature announcement that agreement had been reached, and talks have now ... Read More »

Spicer Addresses Rumors of New White House Role: 'I'm Right Here'

His comments were at Spicer's first on-camera session with reporters in eight days. But as the event showed, it's nearly not worth the trouble. "I mean, the president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it", said Spicer. When Bannon defenders tried to play down the answer as a joke, Clinton, true to form (she often replies to those who try to bait her on social media), doubled down. Read More »