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North Korea denies torturing USA student Otto Warmbier

Otto Frederick Warmbier (C), a University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea since early January, is taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo March 16, 2016. "I believe we must now have the perception that North Korea is an irrational regime", Moon told CBS television's "This Morning". Officials also denied allegations that Warmbier had been tortured during his time in the prison. Read More »

US presses China to do more to rein in North Korea

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Trump's commentary "represents the American people's view of North Korea right now". "We see a young man go over there healthy, and with a minor act of mischief come home dead", Mattis said in a joint press conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after briefing on the U.S. Read More »

5th GOP Senator Publicly Opposes Health Care Bill

Andy Slavitt understands the inner workings of the USA health care system better than most. Trump said getting approval would require travelling a "very, very narrow path" but that "I think we're going to get there". He says the idea that the bill would lower health care premiums is a "lie". The ACA isn't flawless. Republicans for it, Democrats against. I deeply regret that's not where Republicans are headed. Read More »

Senate's version of health care plan is awful

During a speech on the Senate Floor Thursday, McConnell said the plan was the product of dozens of meetings. McConnell stitched it together behind closed doors, potentially moving President Donald Trump and the GOP toward achieving perhaps their fondest goal - repealing Obama's 2010 statute, his proudest domestic legacy. Read More »

Georgia House Race Wasn't That Special

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I thrive on competition, ' she added. "Well, I'm a master legislator". Kathleen Rice of NY, a frequent critic of Democrat leaders, told CNN's "New Day" that it's time for a leadership change and a winning strategy. " Time to move forward and win again". At least a decade'. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., on Friday. Tuesday night's outcome in a special House race in Georgia was a triumph for the GOP, and the most recent and devastating illustration of the Democrats' problems - from a weak ... Read More »

Philando Castile shooting: 18 arrested in protests over Minnesota officer's acquittal

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Both were in the auto when the officer shot Castile during a traffic stop on July 6 of past year. Yanez fired repeatedly at Castile, testifying later he though the man was reaching for a gun. In the end, a few dozen people were left, and police managed to push them off the freeway. Among the arrested were two journalists - Susan Du from City Pages and David Clarey from the Minnesota Daily, who were charged with unlawful assembly and being a public nuisance. Read More »

White House responds to Comey tape inquiry with Trump tweet

Trump also expressed hope that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi remains in her leadership position because it is beneficial to Republicans. The House Intelligence Committee, one of the congressional panels probing the Russian alleged collusion, had set a deadline for Friday to turn over any tapes the White House might have. Read More »

Attack on Michigan Officer Is Being Investigated as an Act of Terrorism

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He then stabbed an officer in the neck in a non-secured public area, police said. He is now in stable condition following surgery Wednesday afternoon. "We're trying to develop further information as to his timeline and where he went after he entered the United States", he added. Authorities interviewed Fthoui extensively after the attack. Read More »

Camden tower block being evacuated over fire safety fears

Ms Gould said on Thursday: "The panels that were fitted were not to the standard that we had commissioned... we will be informing the contractor that we will be taking urgent legal advice". A DCLG spokesman said: "Camden Council and the Fire and Rescue Service are rightly working together to implement their responsibilities under the Emergency Fire Safety Review that we sent them. Read More »

US Shoots Down Armed, Iranian-Made Drone Over Syria Amid Russian Protests

A senior White House official said: "The strategy for Syria is to defeat IS group and first and foremost achievement of a de-escalation of the conflict so we can work toward a political resolution". Australian Defense Force Chief Mark Binskin said operations were halted while the Australians examined what was happening in what he had described as a "complex piece of airspace" over Syria. Read More »

Congress-led opposition names Meira Kumar as presidential nominee

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With the opposition choosing former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar as their presidential nominee, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on 23 June called on those with "secular ideology" to extend their full support to her. It's more of a reactive move and unlikely to earn any dividends for the Opposition which is by no means united (read Nitish Kumar). "We took the decision (to support NDA candidate) after much deliberations and there is no question of going back". Read More »

Democrats Try To Push Nancy Pelosi Out To Win Back House Majority

In the Ossoff race, even though the 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer ended up running a more centrist and not Trump-centric campaign, Republicans were able to zero in on the more than $23 million in donations Ossoff raised, largely from liberal enclaves like California and NY, and make an easy connection to Pelosi. Read More »

French Police find weapons cache in home of Champs Elysees attacker

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The collision was a deliberate act'. Reports suggest the attacker was badly burned. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on BFM television Monday that the permit was initially issued before the attacker was flagged to authorities. A senior police officer and his girlfriend were both killed by a radicalised man at their home in the Paris suburbs a year ago. The driver's auto caught fire after he hit the police van, and he was later confirmed dead. Read More »

Trump calls Russian collusion claims a 'HOAX!'

Possible fixes could be grants to state election officials to help improve cyber-security and raising awareness about "the evils and hazards of spear-phishing", Johnson said. Trump also asked why the Obama administration "didn't stop" Russian Federation if it found the nation to be meddling in the 2016 election. "We needed to bring the horses to water-to seek our cyber-security help", Johnson said. Read More »

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

The KCNA news agency Friday said that Warmbier was treated in accordance with domestic law and said that allegations that he may have been tortured during almost 18 months in detention were "groundless". A piece of legislation meant to curb American travel into North Korea got a boost in Congress on Thursday when House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, a California Republican, agreed to move the bill through his committee. Read More »

Syrians fear new Raqqa turmoil once Islamic State is defeated

He said that Australian warplanes had also been supporting Iraqi security forces in retaking the city of Mosul. The United States has moved quickly to contain an escalation of the situation after the jet was downed on Sunday evening when regime forces targeted the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters battling IS. Read More »

Israeli troops shoot, kill Palestinian who tried to stab them - army

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He appears to have backtracked since. The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with its capital in East Jerusalem, and also claim historical and political links to the land. Jason Greenblatt , the USA special representative for global negotiations, arrived in Israel on Monday for preliminary discussions in Jerusalem and Ramallah, and will remain for follow-up talks after Kushner has left, Reuters reported . Read More »

PM Modi congratulates Ireland PM Leo Varadkar

The New York Times uses the Reuters copy and with the headline: " Leo Varadkar Elected as Ireland's First Gay Prime Minister". Former Taoiseach Kenny nominated Varadkar to succeed him at the start of today's Dail proceedings, saying that he would carry out the role with integrity and skill. Read More »

S. Korean president inspects test-firing of home-grown ballistic missile

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The US official confirmed to AFP that Pyongyang tested a rocket engine on Thursday, on condition of anonymity and without providing further details. President Donald Trump has made halting the North Korean nuclear threat his number one foreign policy priority. "China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with relevant parties including the United States to ease tensions on the peninsula", State Councillor Yang Jiechi said, according to the ministry. Read More »

Queen's speech dominated by European Union exit

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And "dementia tax" proposals for social care reform were downgraded to "options" in a public consultation. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it wasn't included in the speech because a date for the visit has not been fixed. Mr Corbyn dismissed the programme as "thin gruel" which showed the Conservatives were running out of ideas. It was the first time in 43 years British monarch has delivered the annual Queen's speech without her robes or the Imperial State Crown, instead ... Read More »

North Korea carries out another rocket engine test

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Engine tests have been a particular concern for observers of North Korea , as the engine previously employed in missiles, the Musudan, had a awful track record and several recorded failures. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from right, watches a. "The relevant resolutions, adopted by the UNSC, have specific clauses on North Korea's use of the ballistic missile technology and carrying out of the launches". Read More »