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Brussels bomber was Moroccan aged 36

Jambon told VRT broadcaster that it is important to address security concerns but avoid over-reacting. " It was clear he wanted to cause much more damage than what happened ", Van der Sypt said. An AFP journalist reported that a controlled explosion was heard several hours after the attack. Pictures on social media showed what appeared to be a small ball of flames. Read More »

Pressure nothing new for All Blacks, says Read

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But the 38-year-old had no chance to impress in the Tests when the Lions last toured New Zealand in 2005, being on the receiving end of an illegal tackle by All Blacks pair Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu. Click play [below] for the latest episode of The Hard Yards rugby podcast, with Stephen Ferris, Kevin McLaughlin and Isaac Boss joining host Andy McGeady and SportsJOE's Pat McCarry . Read More »

Hillary Clinton says Republicans will be the "death party" if they pass

Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. This would likely force states to cut back on their Medicaid programs, according to an analysis by CNN . Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens. Three of them said they anxious it does not go far enough in repealing the ACA, known as Obamacare . Read More »

SOMALIA: Islamist attackers gun down 19 civilians at Mogadishu hotel

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A neighboring restaurant, Posh Treats, which is frequented by the city's elite, was damaged in the blast, security officials said. The attack on Pizza House comes after a U.S. Somalia has been a scene of deadly clashes between government forces and al-Shabab militants since 2006. A Somali man sits next to the remains of his partially destroyed fuel shop near the scene of a suicide auto bomb attack on a police station in the capital Mogadishu in 2016. Read More »

Podcast: Obama's struggles to punish Russia for election assault

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Those options included cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure, release of CIA intelligence that could embarrass Putin and sanctions that would hurt Russia's economy. and Russian Federation. "I wish that he and the administration would have acted differently here, but what's important now is we know what they did and we have a president today who sits in the Oval Office who doesn't appreciate the attack that occurred, that doesn't acknowledge it", said Rep. Read More »

UAE warns Qatar to accept demands or face 'divorce'

The demands have not been officially unveiled but Doha-based Al-Jazeera news channel said overnight Thursday they were handed to Qatar by Kuwait , which is mediating the dispute. The acting managing director of Al-Jazeera's English language service has denounced demands by Gulf Arab states involved in a major dispute with Qatar that the network be shut down as an attempt to suppress free expression . Read More »

Should the Democrats Replace Nancy Pelosi Just Because She's Extremely Unpopular?

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Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders. Representative Tim Ryan , a Democratic congressman from OH who has been an outspoken critic of his party's messaging and platform, perfectly summed up Americans' feelings towards Democrats. Read More »

American student who died after release from North Korea mourned at funeral

But at the same time we've got to maintain an open line of communication to deal with the deadly, serious issues we face. "No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. While Pyongyang accepted US demands for Warmbier's return on humanitarian grounds, Washington "totally distorted this truth and dared to clamor about "retaliation" and "pressure" on "dignified" North Korea , the spokesman told KCNA. Read More »

One number puts the Democrat loss in Georgia in stunning perspective

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Rep. Tim Ryan , who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for minority leader past year, told Business Insider he did not know how Democrats could take the House in 2018 if the GOP was successfully able to convince independents and Republicans that a vote for a Democratic candidate is essentially a vote for Pelosi's leadership. Read More »

Obamacare replacement bill to take center stage in Senate

Brian Sandoval in Las Vegas. Johnson declined an interview but in a statement with the four other senators said "it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs". Read More »

NM senators decry health care proposal

The so-called individual mandate - aimed at keeping insurance markets solvent by prompting younger, healthier people to buy policies - has always been one of the GOP's favorite targets. Former US President Barack Obama has slammed the Republican Party's new healthcare bill, which he said would transfer wealth from the poor to the rich. Read More »

Pakistan bomb blasts: Explosions in Parachinar kill 15, injure 70

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Another 21 people were wounded, according to Waseem Baig, a spokesman for Quetta's Civil Hospital. Kurram, one of Pakistan s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts, is known for sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shias, who make up roughly 20 percent of Pakistan s population of 200 million. Read More »

Dangerous Exploits: Otto Warmbier and the Risks of Travel to North Korea

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office conducted only an external examination Warmbier's body. North Korea on Thursday (June 22) called United States President Donald Trump a "psychopath" as tensions soar following the death of American student Otto Warmbier , who was evacuated in a coma from North Korean detention last week. Read More »

Ernst: "No Comment" on Senate Health Care Bill

He becomes the fifth GOP senator to say he will not back the bill as it is now written, and the first in Senate Republicans' so-called moderate wing. Already, a mixed gang of far-right and libertarian Republicans-Sens. Heller's comments came the day after four conservative senators issued a joint statement saying they can not support the bill unless it is changed. Read More »

North Korea says United States student's death a 'mystery to us as well'

North Korea accepted repeated requests from the present US administration, the spokesman said, and repatriated the student on humanitarian grounds "in consideration of his bad health". A North Korean spokesman quoted by AFP news agency accused the U.S. of mounting a "smear campaign". "He should stop a reckless and foolish words and deeds irritating the other party and have a proper attitude toward the north-south relations, to begin with", a committee spokesman was quoted by the Korean ... Read More »

Iran's Khamenei ordered missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria- Guards

In two simultaneous terrorist attacks on the administrative building of Iran's parliament and the shrine of Imam Khomeini in Tehran on June 7, 17 people were killed and 56 injured. Analyst Foad Izadi said the strike was meant to convey several messages. Israel also remains concerned about Iran's missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system over fears of potential Iranian attacks. Read More »

Funeral for US college student who died after North Korean detention

It says his family objected to an autopsy . There will be more interviews and records reviewed. Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea in 2015 and was later convicted of subversion . "I am very glad that President Trump has made the resolution of North Korea's nuclear issue the top of his priority list on his foreign affairs agenda", he said, according to the report . Read More »

Russia Claims to Have Killed ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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In a statement , the Russian army said: "Senior commanders of the military groups of the so-called IS military council, 30 mid-ranking field commanders and up to 300 militants who provided security for them were eliminated". Peskov also redirected the question on al-Baghdadi's possible death to the Defense Ministry. On the other hand, neither the Pentagon , nor the Iraqi or Syrian armies have ever confirmed the killing of IS leader. Read More »

Senate's version of health care plan is terrible

That makes him the fifth senator to say so, the other four being Texas Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug-addiction treatment efforts. Read More »

Senate overwhelmingly passes measure for tougher Russian Federation sanctions

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly for an amendment limiting the Trump administration's ability to unilaterally ease sanctions on Russian Federation. The measure also would allow new sanctions on Russian mining, metals, shipping and railway sectors. The new sanctions are meant to punish Russian Federation for its role in the fighting in Syria and for interfering in the 2016 election. Read More »

UK's May Edges Toward Deal With DUP to Keep Grip on Power

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce the DUP deal shortly. "There will be a deal, whether next week or in the autumn, so let's get on with it". "What we are insisting on achieving is a special status for Northern Ireland that allows the interaction on this island, as is now the case, to be maintained", he said. Read More »

Afghan officers killed as Taliban storm police headquarters

Last Saturday (June 10), three US soldiers were killed and another was wounded during a joint US-Afghan military operation in Afghanistan's Achin district. The Taliban did not directly claim the attack but described the soldier, who was killed, as a "patriot". One of the explosions was so strong it shattered windows up to 2 kilometers from the attack site, said Abdullah Hsrat, spokesman for the provincial governor. Read More »