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IS destroys iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted early Thursday that the destruction was an admission by the militants that they are losing the fight for Iraq's second-largest city. The mosque, which was located on the southern edge of the Old City, is the last IS stronghold inside Mosul. Brett McGurk, special USA envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, stated on Twitter , "ISIS destroying mosque where Baghdadi declared his so-called caliphate as Iraq forces closed in, clearest sign yet of ... Read More »

Warmbier death 'unimaginable' for former North Korea detainee

The North Korean regime told US officials that Warmbier had botulism , a strong neurotoxin produced by bacterium, and slipped into a coma after taking a sleeping pill about a month into his sentence. The spat underscores the risk of conflict between the world's biggest economies even as the overall relationship is on more stable ground than when Trump took office in January. Read More »

Laura Ingraham Backs Away From Sean Spicer's Job

I know there was some chatter today, I know the president has been on the phone extensively with the leader [Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)] and with key Senators. The White House has increasingly tapped Cabinet officials and other White House advisers to address reporters on camera and moved to take some of the daily briefings off cable television to keep the focus on Trump, who makes a habit of watching the televised performances. Read More »

Portugal is close to containing wildfire that killed 64

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Vitor Vaz Pinto says all 13 planes hired by the agency to help fight the blazes were accounted for on Tuesday evening. A fire chief reopened the debate over Portugal's deadly forest blaze Wednesday, arguing it had a criminal origin, as hundreds of firefighters struggled to contain it. Read More »

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

The area is seeing some of the fiercest fighting for the city, once the largest under Isis control in Iraq , as fighters dig in eight months after an advance on the city was announced. strike was not the cause. ISIS had accused the United States of being responsible for the destruction from an airstrike, but Iraqi authorities blame ISIS. Read More »

Russia says NATO's drills near its borders raise concern

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Video footage of the incident showed a naval Su-27 jet position itself between Mr Shoigu's passenger plane and the F-16 and tip briefly to one side. A Russian Su-27 intercepted the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jet, according to journalists who are flying on the minister's plane. Read More »

SpiceJet signs deal to buy 40 Boeing 737 MAX 10 jets

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United Airlines has given the Boeing 737 MAX 10 a major boost with an agreement at the Paris Air Show to convert 100 of its current 737 MAX orders into the new larger models. In addition to commercial jet sales, Boeing also has announced several services deals. The Max 9 is expected to go into service next year. Boeing hopes the more fuel-efficient jet will help relieve congested airports on routes between NY and Los Angeles as well as American cities to smaller European cities. Read More »

PotCoin soars after Rodman wears logo in North Korea

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North Korean state-run media said early past year that Warmbier was arrested for what they described as "a hostile act" against the regime. In a televised trial, he was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor as he publicly confessed to trying to steal a propaganda banner. Read More »

McConnell To Release Repeal And Replace Bill Thursday

Senate Republicans have not revealed details of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act , or Obamacare, but that didn't stop a group of protesters from gathering on Wednesday at Sen. Democrats complain it's being crafted in secret . Alleged moderate Republicans might have trouble cutting Medicaid's expansion so drastically, while the more conservative members of the party would probably want to see further cuts in order to reduce the deficit, or whatever it is they always ... Read More »

Amid Soaring Tension, North Korea Calls Trump A 'Psychopath'

He was leaving North Korea on January 2, 2016, when he was detained at the airport. He died six days later surrounded by relatives in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio . That conclusion could be seen as a warning of unilateral U.S. action to follow. The coroner's office daily report Tuesday included Warmbier in its listings with cause of death termed "pending". Read More »

China needs to exert 'much greater pressure' on NKorea

North Korea hasn't conducted a nuclear test explosion as feared earlier this year - a possible effect of Chinese pressure - but it has kept up its rapid pace of missile launches, drawing another U.N. Geng said both bilateral and global issues would be taken up during the dialogue, which will be led on the US side by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis . Read More »

FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup kicks off in Russia

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National teams taking part in the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup are undergoing tough doping control by the world football governing body FIFA, Chairman of the Russia-2018 Organising Committee, Vitaly Mutko stated on Wednesday. The USSR beat New Zealand 3-0 at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. "Obviously New Zealand is very famous for it and it would be something unique and special for us, but FIFA's time limits do not allow it". Read More »

In the United States reacted harshly to mass arrests in Russian Federation

Thousands of people took part in anti-corruption protests across Russian Federation on Monday in a new show of defiance by those who oppose Vladimir Putin's government. Financial corruption by the Russian government "is costing the future of our young people", one protester told the AP. Teenager Anna Meigan was detained as she protested in Moscow . Read More »

Mattis Says US And China Agree On North Korean Threat

USA lawmakers are pressing for a tough response against Pyongyang over its treatment of the 22-year-old university student, who was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion. Read More »

Prince William Turns 35! 7 Times He Stole Our Hearts This Year

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After university, William enrolled in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and spent a year in training, before being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Blues and Royals. It was announced in January that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be moving to London later this year, settling in the capital for the long term from Autumn. Read More »

Prince Philip hospitalised with infection

Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday June 21, 2017 , Prince Philip is good spirits after being admitted to hospital . He was driven there in a vehicle, not an ambulance, from Windsor, where he was said to have been on great form when he attended the first day of the Ascot races. Read More »

Prince Philip Has Been Hospitalized

The queen plans to attend the Royal Ascot on Wednesday afternoon, the palace said. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip return to Buckingham Palace in a carriage Saturday, June 17, 2017, after attending the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London. Read More »

UK's Prince Philip admitted to hospital

The infection arose from "a pre-existing condition", the palace said. The 96-year-old was admitted to the King Edward VII hospital in central London after becoming unwell at Windsor, following his appearance at Royal Ascot. The palace described Prince Philip's hospitalization as a "precautionary measure", without giving details of the infection. Prince Philip will not attend.The Queen will be outlining the government's lawmaking agenda for the next two years during her speech at Buckingham ... Read More »

Prince Philip hospitalized: Queen Elizabeth II's husband suffers from infection

The royal patriarch, who is to retire from public duties later this year, was driven by vehicle to a private London hospital on Tuesday as a precautionary measure concerning a pre-existing condition. Despite her husband's poor health, the hard-working Queen has stuck to her busy schedule as she receives updates on Philip's state. He is the longest-serving consort in British history, and is still in good health for a man of 96. Read More »

Thousands remember victims of nightclub shooting

A music-filled, late-night service will be held at the nightclub. A private ceremony was held inside the nightclub for survivors, victims' families and a few others early Monday. June 12 has been officially been recognized by the city of Orlando as Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness, and a concert was be held in Lake Eola Park to commemorate those lost in the shooting. Read More »

Netanyahu tribute to former German leader Helmut Kohl, who dies aged 87

President Donald Trump hailed Kohl as a "friend and ally" of the United States. "The 21st century in Europe really began on his watch", Clinton said, describing Mr Kohl as "a man who was big in more than physical stature". IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says Kohl was a visionary who worked to build "a peaceful and prosperous Europe". There, as a student preparing for university studies, he met a refugee from East Germany, Hannelore Renner, whom he married in 1960, and who ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia eases austerity just as oil prices decline: Kemp

But perhaps most importantly, he is the gatekeeper to his father, King Salman, who in Saudi Arabia's absolute monarchy retains the final say in any major decision of state. KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia The retroactive reinstatement of Saudi Arabian civil servants' allowances will cost the government about 5 or 6 billion riyals ($1.3 billion to $1.6 billion), the finance ministry said on Thursday. Read More »

Qatari ambassador criticises UAE and Saudi in 9/11-focussed op-ed

Qatar will not negotiate with Arab states that have cut economic and travel ties with it unless they reverse their measures, its foreign minister said, ruling out discussions over Qatar's internal affairs including Al Jazeera TV. "It remains business as usual, and we intend to keep it that way". Gargash, who was in Paris as part of efforts to lobby European allies to put pressure on Doha, said he believed that when Qatar did back down, there would be a need to monitor its activities in the ... Read More »

Remembering the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre

The Pulse Nightclub shooting happened a year ago today , and was the deadliest mass shooting to happen on American soil in modern history. Outside the nightclub, the Associated Press reports , hundreds of people gathered in the early hours of the morning, as the names of all of the 49 victims were read aloud. Read More »