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Schiff: Obama should have done more on Russian Federation

Mr Trump tweeted on Friday: "The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russian Federation". The BuzzFeed report about the letters came the same day as a Washington Post report that provided a look inside the Obama administration's response to and decision-making about Russian Federation. Read More »

Mechanic on Va. shooter: 'There was so much anger'

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The man responsible for shooting pro-life Congressman Steve Scalise apparently had a hit list of other pro-life members of Congress to assassinate. Scalise was one of four people shot while at a practice baseball game in Alexandria , Virginia, shortly after 7 a.m. Read More »

Iraqi forces open exit routes for civilians in Mosul Old City

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Islamic State posted a video online showing the remaining square base of the mosque's leaning minaret amid a mountain of rubble, with wrecked cars nearby. Hundreds of civilians fleeing the Old City have been killed in the past three weeks. Iraqi authorities want to declare victory in the northern Iraqi city in the Muslim Eid holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, during the next few days . Read More »

34 high-rise tower blocks across UK fail fire safety test

A fire engulfed the Grenfell social tower block in west London on June 14, killing almost 80 people. "Work has continued during Saturday night and into Sunday morning to support residents who have been evacuated from the four blocks on the Chalcots Estate". Read More »

Farmers' stir: Shivraj Singh ends his 'peace fast'

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However, farmer leaders claim eight were killed that day in police firing. "This fast is only to divert the attention", Congress leader P. C. Chacko told ANI . Communist Party of India-Marxist State Secretary Badal Saroj said: "The CM of the government that used abusive language for the killed farmers is now going on an indefinite hunger strike for peace". Read More »

Spokeswoman: Trump thinks election hacking 'probably was Russia'

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies to the House Intelligence Committee task force on Capitol Hill in Washington , Wednesday, June 21, 2017 , as part of the Russian Federation investigation. Johnson, who served under President Barack Obama , was testifying about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. Trump used the words "if Russian Federation was working so hard on the 2016 Election", implying that he still isn't convinced that ... Read More »

Sixers clear way to make Markelle Fultz the No. 1 pick

In fact, he went so far as to say that the Celtics could very well end up getting the guy at No. 3 that they would have taken at No. 1. The Sixers will, nearly assuredly, use the top pick on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz , while the Celtics are still mulling all of their options with the third pick , whether Josh Jackson , Jayson Tatum , or trading it away for veteran help. Read More »

London mosque attack suspect identified

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His mother, Christine Osborne, described him in a telephone interview with ITV News as a "complex" person but said: "That's all I can say". A suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, in May also killed 22 people, while in March, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. Read More »

Clarity expected on post-Brexit rights for European Union citizens

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LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier assured Britons on Tuesday that he expects to compromise at times over the coming months as London and Brussels try to settle terms for British withdrawal from the European Union . Uncertainty has dragged on following Britain's snap elections on June 8, in which the ruling Conservative Party of Prime Minister May not only failed to boost its parliamentary majority but actually lost it, and has had to enter talks for a coalition ... Read More »

Republicans unveil new healthcare to replace Obamacare but four Reds rebel

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a draft bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare . I applaud Sens. McConnell, R-Ky., released the bill Thursday after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far. Read More »

Senate Healthcare Bill Threatens Pre-Existing Condition Coverage

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Senate Republicans on Thursday morning released a draft of their secretive Obamacare replacement bill, called the " Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 ". The Senate bill would make major cuts in the federal-state Medicaid program for poor and disabled people. The deep cuts to Medicaid likely mean about 20 million Americans will lose their health insurance, including 4.5 million Californians. Read More »

Senate Republicans ready themselves for a massive theft from the poor

Neither he nor fellow Arizona Sen. The KFF poll notes that "proposed Medicaid changes were not initially a major point of discussion surrounding consideration of the House bill... Noting that he had spoken with Vice President Mike Pence and the Senate Republican leadership Friday morning, he said: "It's going to be hard to get me to a yes". Read More »

Not Backing 'Bihar's Daughter' a 'Historic Blunder': Lalu to Nitish

The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 24. Both Kovind and Kumar are aged 72. "I have never compromised with the ideology", he said, expressing wonder the way Nitish changed his stand. However, the Opposition's main intention behind coming together to field a candidate against BJP-led NDA's nominee seems to have run into problems. Read More »

Brexit dominates 'threadbare' Queen's Speech

The State Opening of Parliament, delayed by two days because of confusion caused by the inconclusive result of the June 8 election , took place without some of the traditional ceremony, with the Queen arriving by auto rather than carriage and wearing a blue dress and hat rather than her robes and state crown. Read More »

MATTIS: 'We are not winning in Afghanistan'

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Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Monday, Defense Secretary James Mattis told members of Congress they've caused "harm" by their lack of leadership in regard to military funding, according to the NY Post . "The Taliban had a good year last year, and they're trying to have a good one this year", he told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday . Read More »

Trump calls Modi 'true friend', striking rapport ahead of

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The lawmakers - Republican House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Ranking Member Richard Neal, and Republican Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden - said the bilateral economic relationship "severely underperforms" as a result of India's failure to enact market-based reforms. Read More »

Turkish FM, economy minister to visit Qatar amid diplomatic row

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Cavusoglu will meet with Qatar's officials and discuss the situation in the region. Saudi King Salman reportedly asked, "Are you with us or with Qatar? " during their meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Qatar , meanwhile, has indicated that it was willing to address concerns of the countries that ended diplomatic relations with it. The ministry said Qatar had been an "impartial diplomatic mediator" in the dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea, which led to armed clashes ... Read More »

US Envoy to Qatar to Quit as Crisis Intensifies

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Confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is creating unease among Syrian rebels who expect the crisis between two of their biggest state backers to deepen divisions in the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. The statement pointed out that making baseless allegation is not acceptable nor it is logical in the relations between the brotherly countries and peoples, stressing that Qatar completely rejects linking its name with false allegations on financing of terrorism or even claiming ... Read More »

Albany nightclub remembers Pulse shooting victims one year later

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It was an emotional day for many on Monday as remembering the 49 people who lost their lives in the Pulse nightclub massacre. Democratic U.S. Reps. Most of the victims were LGBT people of color . Choking back sobs, Poma said she missed everything about Pulse, whose site will become a permanent memorial. Read More »

'Build bridges not walls' - Jeremy Corbyn draws biggest crowd at Glastonbury

Mr Corbyn encouraged his audience to look at the wall that surrounds the festival. Corbyn touched on global warming and made a sly dig at US President Donald Trump , saying: "We have to protect the planet". Of Labour's surge at the General Election Corbyn said the "elites got it wrong", adding that politics "is about the lives of all of us" and that the "wonderful" thing about his party's campaign was that it "brought a lot of people back into politics because they believed there was ... Read More »

Drone footage illustrates devastation of Portugal forest fires which killed 62

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Secretary of State for the Interior Jorge Gomes said 18 of those burned to death had been trapped in their cars engulfed by flames on the road between Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera. Fifty seven people were killed and dozens more injured after hot and windy conditions fanned a massive wildfire in central Portugal . France's foreign ministry said a French citizen was among those killed. Read More »

Saudi, most Gulf countries are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr today

Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Koran was revealed to their prophet Mohammed during that month. Up to 20 million Muslims live in Russian Federation, comprising some 15 percent of the country's population. He also appealed people to remember families of martyrs, injured, orphans, and destitute on this Eid. The day is set when a new moon is spotted - but there is little agreement within the faith about whether the moon must be spotted with the naked eye or if it ... Read More »

Powerball Jackpot Up to $447M, 10th Largest in US History

The odds of winning Saturday's drawing were one in 292.2 million, Powerball said. The store where the winning ticket was sold will receive a $1 million retailer bonus for selling the ticket. If they choose to take a cash prize, they walk away with $279.1 million. Both amounts do not figure in a deduction for taxes. His store gets $1 million from the state as the lucky retailer. Read More »