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Australia to resume airstrikes against Islamic State targets soon

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He told reporters in the Australian capital Canberra: " It won't be long before you start to see the operations again ". The official did not elaborate on the exact date. Russian Federation condemned the US action and in retaliation suspended a hotline meant to prevent such incidents. The statement came after a USA fighter jet shot down a Syrian Su-22 some 40km from IS' self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa, on Sunday. Read More »

EU President Says Not 'Impossible' for UK to Stay in Bloc

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Speaking ahead of an European Union summit in Brussels where Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa May was due to brief leaders on her Brexit plans, Tusk suggested the process could still be reversed. The organisation pointed out that the offer fails to list the "indivisible rights" of EU citizens, such as "rights to continue to work", "right to move between and work freely across all EU countries without loss or change of any existing EU rights", or the "right to family reunification". Read More »

Suspect in Va. Muslim teen murder detained by ICE

Police said the circumstances surrounding Hassanen's death were not being investigated as a hate crime , but instead, as an incident of road rage . Later, at about 15:00, police found the remains in a pond some three miles (five kilometres) from the scene of the incident, police said in a statement . Read More »

Rep. Steve Scalise is now in 'fair' condition after shooting

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The officers were part of a security detail assigned to Scalise because he is majority whip and the third-ranking GOP House member. Signs acknowledging wounded Representative Steve Scalise are seen prior to the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington , D.C., on June 15. Read More »

'Unifier of Germany' Helmut Kohl passes away at 87

The former German chancellor died Friday at 87. Kohl, who also played a central role in the Treaty of Maastricht, had repeatedly stressed that Germany and Europe are "two faces of the same coin", the cardinal said. He says Kohl "hated war, but he detested totalitarianism even more" and so devoted his life to strengthening democracy in West Germany. He served as the sixth Chancellor from 1982 to 1998, being the longest serving German chancellor since Otto von Bismarck. Read More »

Prime Minister May offer: European Union citizens can stay in UK

At the summit May is due to unveil a "generous offer" to resolve EU concerns about the rights of three million European expats living in Britain after Brexit. Mrs May left the meeting shortly after delivering her statement, in order to allow the EU27 to receive a briefing from Mr Barnier on progress in the first round of negotiations which took place on Monday. Read More »

Text of Senate GOP health care bill released

Democrats need the support of only three Republicans to quash the measure in the Republican-led chamber. The Senate plan would make tax credits available for anyone earning up to 350 percent of the poverty level - about $86,000 a year for a family of four. Read More »

Trump Tweets That He Didn't Tape Conversations With Ex-FBI Director Comey

But they largely confirmed the suspicions of outsiders that Trump had been leveling a baseless threat at Comey on May 12, when he wrote , " James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" It's important to note that while Trump said he did not personally record the conversations and that he does not have them in his personal possession, the president didn't rule out that there might be recordings elsewhere. Read More »

Chuck Todd: Pelosi Is a 'Pretty Big Drag' on Democrats' Electoral Chances

Those Republicans chose their comfort level with their party and a candidate in Karen Handel , who is a known quantity, over someone with little experience who didn't even live in the district in Jon Ossoff . "We as Democrats have to come to terms with the fact that we lost again", said Rep. Seth Moulton , D-Mass. "There are local reasons [why Ossoff lost]". Read More »

Trump Says He Didn't Tape Conversations With Comey

Two top USA intelligence officials have told investigators President Donald Trump suggested they publicly deny any collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, but they did not feel he had ordered them to do so, CNN reported on Thursday, citing multiple sources. Read More »

Big explosion in Somali capital, clouds of smoke seen

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Al-Shabaab terrorists have claimed responsibility for the attack. A Reuters witness saw bodies lying on the ground at the Waberi police station, near Maka al Mukarama road, the busiest street in Mogadishu . Al-Shabab past year became the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa, with more than 4,200 people killed in 2016, according to the Washington-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Read More »

GOP, Paul opposition imperil Senate health care bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-KY, has said he hopes to have the bill up for a floor vote before the Senate's July 4 recess. This is a bill created to solve a political problem Republicans have: They need to do something they can call "repeal and replace" of Obamacare . Read More »

Germany spied on White House

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Military institutions such as the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps and space agency NASA are other targets on the list, according to Spiegel . "The question of who the BND is permitted to surveil, and who it can not, will not only be the subject of a stricter approval process in the future, but also more ambitious controls", Kahl was quoted as saying. Read More »

Centre accords Z+ NSG security cover to Ram Nath Kovind

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Reports say both Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were not too thrilled by the NDA's choice of Kovind for the post of India's President. A final call on the anti-Kovind candidate will be taken at a meeting of the opposition front on June 22, Raja said. "Its a proud moment for Bihar that the governor of the state has been picked up as NDA's President choice" Said Nitish. Read More »

President Trump Heads to Iowa Following GOP Congressional Wins

Democrats need to pick up 24 House seats to retake the majority. If the race was indeed a referendum on Trump, then the president won - and his gleeful reaction, as well as the Democratic meltdown, is surely a sign of that. Tim Ryan , D-Ohio, who argued the party needed someone who better understood the rural, working-class voters that were critical to President Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton a year ago. Read More »

President Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

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Michael Hass, the Wisconsin elections commissioner, said DHS could have been more timely — and provided more detail — on election security and threats to elections systems at the local level. Johnson said the reaction of state officials ranged from "neutral to negative" because they feared a federal takeover. One last shot at me. "The DNC has and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement on Russia's interference in our election". Read More »

GOP opposition puts Senate health care bill in jeopardy

A small group of Republican senators has written the bill in secret in recent weeks, with many Americans and even some fellow Republicans eagerly awaiting details about what's in the bill. The Senate measure would phase out the extra money Obama provided to expand the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor and disabled to millions of additional low earners. Read More »

Afghan soldier kills two United States service members

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So-called "green-on-blue" attacks-when Afghan soldiers or police turn their guns on worldwide troops-have been a major problem during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) long years fighting alongside Afghan forces. The Afghan government in Kabul has come under growing pressure from the Taliban and other armed insurgents. American troops have partnered with Afghan soldiers in raids against ISIS Khorasan, claiming the local offshoot of the militant group is steadily losing ... Read More »

Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election

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While Johnson testified on the House side, the Senate Intelligence Committee held its own hearing focused on state election systems. Here are the key takeaways from the hearings. Top Democrat on the panel Sen. In a previous story about Parscale, CNN quoted Democratic Senator Mark Waner suggesting that the Russian fake news operation must have had help from someone with knowledge of the American political system . Read More »

Trump's transition team told to protect records

In a Friday morning tweet , President Donald Trump confirmed a recent Washington Post report that he is now under investigation, misdescribed what that investigation is about, blasted the investigation as a " witch hunt ", and appeared to attack his own deputy attorney general. Read More »

President Trump tweets he did not record conversations with James Comey

Trump's tweets on Thursday came shortly after Bloomberg , citing "a person familiar with the matter", reported that Trump "doesn't have recordings of his conversations" with Comey. And he said, 'Well then, why did you say this to Mr. O'Brien?' And he essentially said, 'I wanted to intimidate him, ' " O'Brien recounted. He added, "The president surely knows whether he taped me, and if he did, my feelings aren't hurt". Read More »

President Trump Says There are No Comey Tapes

When Mr Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Mr Comey told him, "You will have that", the associates said . The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director created memos of all his interactions with Trump because he thought there was a possibility the president would lie about them. Read More »