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Venezuela's 'tiger' foreign minister quits

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accused by opponents of leading the OPEC member toward dictatorship by delaying elections, jailing opposition activists and pressing to overhaul the constitution. CANCUN, Mexico – The Organization of American States (OAS) closed on Wednesday its 47th General Assembly, held from Monday to Wednesday in Cancun, Mexico, without managing to adopt the final resolution on the Venezuelan crisis. Read More »

Sad: Trump's Net Worth Slips to a Measly $2.9 Billion

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Melby looked at three Trump properties, all skyscrapers that Trump meant to rent as office space and all of which are "underperforming appraisals conducted when Trump was issued loans". Mitch McConnell made as minority leader in President Barack Obama's administration. During his presidential campaign, Trump used his wealth as a selling point, arguing that his business experience would help him improve the USA economy. Read More »

Russian hackers targeted 21 systems in 2016 presidential polls

Johnson tells the panel that USA voting systems remain vulnerable to future cyberattacks. FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap testified Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russians also pushed false news reports and propaganda online, using amplifiers to spread their message. Read More »

May fails to secure DUP deal ahead of Queen's Speech

The party is urging the Government to give "greater focus" to negotiations, with a warning that it "can't be taken for granted". "Putting ourselves at the service of millions of ordinary working people for whom we will work every day in the national interest", she concluded. Read More »

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

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After losing another special election that party leaders had hoped would signal a rebuke of the Trump presidency, Democrats on Wednesday cast about for someone or something to blame: from Nancy Pelosi , the leader of the House Democrats, to ill-managed campaigns to candidates who were too liberal - or not liberal enough. Read More »

Queen's husband Prince Philip admitted to hospital

The palace said that he was admitted for an infection stemming from a pre-existing condition. TAP FOR GALLERY The Queen and Prince Philip attended Royal Ascot on Tuesday (June 20). According to the BBC , The Duke of Edinburgh's hospital stint is "not cause for serious concern" and the royal isn't bed-ridden and in good spirits. Read More »

Ireland Officially Has Its First Gay Prime Minister

Varadkar, an Irish Fine Gael politician, has now become Ireland's Taoiseach or Prime Minister. Speaking in the Dáil today, Enda Kenny , who resigned as Taoiseach yesterday, praised Varadkar's work in government, praising a "dedication" that began as a student in Young Fine Gael. Read More »

Stabbing at US airport is an act of terror

A Canadian man has been charged with stabbing an airport officer in the neck in the U.S. state of MI. The suspect was arrested and was cooperating with investigators, FBI special agent David Gelios told a news conference. and arrived at the airport Wednesday morning. Miller, the airport chief, said Neville "fought him to the end", managing to stop the stabbing and bring Ftouhi to the ground as Miller and other officers arrived to help. Read More »

Theresa May pledges 'humility and resolve' ahead of Queen's Speech programme

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The nine-minute speech reflected May's weakened position - a loss of stature that has emboldened those within her own party who want a "softer" Brexit which makes a less-sharp break with the EU. Last night DUP unnamed sources warned that the Party can not be "taken for granted", the BBC report said. LONDON , June 21 British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday her government would win a Brexit deal that commands "maximum public support", unveiling measures to try to strengthen ... Read More »

ISIS blows up historic Mosul mosque

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USA and Coalition Commander in Iraq and Syria , Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend called the news "sad". The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday sick and wounded civilians escaping through Islamic State lines were dying in "high numbers". Read More »

IS Blows Up Mosul Mosque Where It Declared 'Caliphate — Iraqi Military

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Col. Ryan Dillon, a United States military spokesman in Baghdad, said that the coalition had confirmed, through drone surveillance footage, that the mosque had been destroyed. That festival begins this year in Iraq on June 25 or 26. The battle for the Old City is becoming the deadliest in the eight-month-old offensive to capture Mosul, Islamic State's de facto capital in Iraq. Read More »

ISIS Is Said to Destroy Historic al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul

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The destruction of the mosque and minaret - which are pictured on Iraq's 10,000-dinar bank note - is another blow to the city's rich cultural heritage and its plethora of ancient sites that have been damaged or destroyed during three years of Islamic State rule. Read More »

Senators worry about rush over healthcare bill ahead of release

Senate Democrats went all out Tuesday to derail the Republican health care replacement for Obamacare, saying GOP senators are keeping it secret because they are "ashamed" of it. Like the House bill, the Senate plan would repeal or delay many of those tax boosts. - Senate leaders on Wednesday were putting the final touches on legislation that would reshape a big piece of the US health care system by dramatically rolling back Medicaid while providing a softer landing to Americans who stand ... Read More »

State Dept. 'mystified' Gulf states haven't released details on Qatar claims

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The statement seemed to contradict repeated comments by President Donald Trump who has accused Doha of funding terrorism, taking responsibility for the sanctions imposed on Qatar by its neighbours. Three successive USA administrations have tried to deal with the issue, with varying success. He said that Russian Federation was one of the first countries to fight terrorist groups, adding that it had blacklisted the terrorist "Brotherhood" 10 years ago because of the group's terrorist ... Read More »

Iran's missile strikes in Syria send 'message' to region

USA and Syrian forces largely had stayed out of each other's way before, because the United States operated mostly in eastern Syria and the government forces mostly in western Syria. Bassam Abu Abdullah, a professor of International Relations at Damascus University, said the advances by pro-Assad troops undermined US plans in the area to sever a land corridor linking the capitals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. Read More »

Stocks rally on decision

Emerging equities fell for a second day on Wednesday, dragged down by weak oil prices and losses in Asian bourses that could see investment outflows as a result of MSCI's decision to include China in a benchmark share index. MSCI said the move has "broad support" from global institutional investors and was the result of loosening of restrictions enacted by China on foreign ownership of "A" shares - yuan-denominated stock in mainland China-based companies. Read More »

Australia lifts suspension of airstrikes against ISIS in Syria

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Tuesday's suspension was taken to allow coalition forces to assess the operational risk of air strikes, defence said, as US-backed forces seek to take back the city of Raqqa. After announcing a temporary halt of all air operations in Syria earlier this week, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will resume its right to undertake airborne missions, the Department of Defence announced Thursday. Read More »

May promises to listen on Brexit as queen presents government programme

The state opening of parliament by Queen Elizabeth II came after a string of tragedies which have shaken the nation, and the election on June 8 in which May's Conservatives saw their parliamentary majority wiped out. "This is yet another humiliating climbdown for a lame-duck Prime Minister", he said . He said Labour is a;government in waiting" - a remark which prompted heckling from Tory MPs - adding they will offer "real strong and stable leadership'. Read More »

Macron adds new faces to Cabinet after losing 4 ministers

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Nicole Belloubet, an academic and member of the Constitutional Court, was named justice minister following the resignation of centrist leader Francois Bayrou on Wednesday morning. On Monday, Richard Ferrand, minister for territorial cohsion and the general secretary of Macron's fledgling political party La République en Marche (La REM - Republic on the Move) resigned after he was put under preliminary investigation for nepotism and financial impropriety. Read More »

Britain's May unveils measures to win maximum support for Brexit

The long-awaited talks began almost a year after the British people voted 52 to 48 to exit the European Union. "In the first step, we will deal with the most pressing issues". Perhaps more important, they begin just 10 days after a humbling election setback revived divisions within May's government on what kind of relationship it wants with the EU. Read More »

Tip helps nab wanted polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs

Following the charges, Jeffs escaped house arrest near Salt Lake City this time a year ago. The FBI had been looking for him since June 2016 when he escaped from house confinement in Utah after slipping off his Global Positioning System ankle monitor. Read More »

Foreign Secretary Johnson says Trump's visit to Britain will go ahead

Announced by the Queen in her speech during today's State Opening of Parliament , the bill will "allow innovation to flourish and ensure the next wave of self-driving technology is invented, designed and operated safely in the UK". Conservative sources said talks with the DUP were "ongoing" after the Northern Irish party warned its support can not be "taken for granted". Read More »

Police raid home of Brussels attack suspect

He was shot dead after he shouted " Allahu akbar " - Arabic for "God is great" - and tried to attack a soldier in the station, Van der Sypt said. The man involved in the station attack was shot by Belgian soldiers after detonating the small device and he later died. Read More »