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China landslide decimates village

A woman told The Associated Press that she had no information on her family members in Xinmo. CCTV cited a rescuer as saying five bodies had been found. In 1933, 6,800 people died in landslides triggered by an natural disaster and 2,500 more were killed when one of the landslides caused a dam to fail. Read More »

60 high-rises fail safety tests done after London fire

Britain's government now says cladding samples from 34 high-rise apartment towers across the country have failed fire safety tests. Not all buildings failing the test are expected to be evacuated as people from Chalcots Estate in Swiss Cottage in north London spent a second night away from their homes after being moved out on Friday night as the estate was found to be vulnerable. Read More »

Iran Calls Missile Attack on ISIS Targets in Syria a Wider Warning

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According to the IRGC, the missiles "targeted the headquarters and meeting place and suicide auto assembly line" of "ISIS terrorists" in Syria's Deir al-Zour Province. It comes amid the worsening of a long-running feud between Shiite powerhouse Iran and Saudi Arabia, which supports Syrian rebels and has led recent efforts to isolate the Gulf nation of Qatar. Read More »

79 presumed dead in London Building fire

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The 24-story tower that once housed up to 600 people in 120 apartments is now a charred ruin. "The bad reality is, as I've said before, is that due to the intensity of the fire and the devastation within Grenfell Tower that we may not be able to identify everybody that died", he said. Read More »

High-level US visit leads North Korea to free student in coma

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Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told that he has been in that condition since March of 2016. "My goal is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea ", he said. Sen. Rob Portman confirmed the release but did not comment on Warmbier's health. He noted that the North Koreans had refused to let Swedish officials - America's diplomatic intermediaries in that country - visit or contact Otto for more than a year. Read More »

Gulf crisis: Turkey's Erdogan backs Qatar, says calls to shut base 'disrespectful'

Qatar confirmed Friday it had received the list and was studying the demands. "A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together and continue this conversation", Tillerson said in a statement . Staff members of Al Jazeera International work at the news studio in Doha, Qatar. Kuwait handed the list of collective demands to Doha on Thursday, according to the official Qatari news agency QNA. Read More »

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr killed, Claims Russia

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United States officials and Syrian activists say many commanders have fled Mosul and Raqqa in recent months for Mayadeen, a remote town in the heart of Syria's Isil-controlled Euphrates River valley near the Iraqi border. During the time of US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, he was reportedly a cleric in a mosque in Samarra. # On June 11, 2017, Syrian state TV has claimed al-Baghdadi has been killed in a US-backed airstrike. Read More »

When will PM Modi meet Donald Trump?

Then Trump accused India of seeking to profit from the Paris climate accord as he announced he was pulling out of the deal this month - drawing sharp denials from New Delhi . Although the countries have not signed any military treaties, defence partnership is of key importance to both nations, one of the reasons being that "India has signed over $15 billion in defence contracts with the United States", according to the White House statement . Read More »

PM Modi greets nation on Eid, says 'diversity is India's strength'

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A senior USA official said this will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration. But, she hinted at a favorable outcome, emphasizing that the defense relationship with India "is extremely important" and that "the USA is interested in moving forward in providing the high technology it provides to its closest allies and partners". Read More »

Aus flies out of Syria amid US-Russia tensions

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In Tuesday s incident, the US-led coalition said an F-15E Strike Eagle jet destroyed an armed Shahed-129 drone in the early hours of the morning as it neared the Al-Tanaf base along Syria s eastern border. "I can tell you it was an Iranian-made drone", Davis said, declining to speculate on who specifically was operating it. Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, the spokesman for the USA -led air war command at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, said the hotline had not been interrupted. Read More »

Dozens arrested protesting GOP health care bill

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Disability advocates staged what they called a "die in" outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office Thursday to protest the GOP health care plan and proposed cuts to Medicaid. But McConnell was not in his office; he was on the Senate floor, introducing the legislation. Senators Rand Paul , Mike Lee , Ron Johnson and Ted Cruz have said that they are "not ready to vote for this bill" as it does not "repeal Obamacare ", one of President Trump's key election promises. Read More »

South Korea Tests-fires Its Own Midrange Missile

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News of the test came one day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China , Pyongyang's sole ally, to put more pressure on the North to rein in its atomic weapons and ballistic missile programs. The continental United States is around 5,600 miles (9,000 km) from North Korea. ICBMs have a minimum range of about 5,500km, but some are created to travel 10,000km or farther. Read More »

Himanta vouches NEDA support for Kovind

Responding to JD-U's decision to support Kovind, Kharge was quoted as saying, " Nitish Kumar's party JD-U's announcement to support Kovind is his decision". Chief Minister E Palanisamy had on Wednesday announced the faction's support to Kovind, who has since resigned as Governor of Bihar. Though Uttar Pradesh's two main non- NDA political parties- Bahujan Samajwadi Party and Samajwadi Party- have not extended support to the NDA's candidate but also didn't show strong opposition as Kovind ... Read More »

Turkey rejects Arab demand to close military base in Qatar

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Iran and Turkey have backed Qatar in the crisis, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling the demands an attack on the gas-rich nation's sovereignty and against worldwide law. Qatar's National Human Rights Committee said some of the demands violate worldwide human rights conventions, according to a Qatar News Agency story tweeted Friday by the foreign ministry. Read More »

Ron Johnson on GOP health care bill: 'Not a 'yes' yet'

That means that Republican supporters of the legislation can only lose two Republican votes, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote if the Senate splits 50-50. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has pushed for a vote before the July 4th Independence Day holiday recess that begins at the end of this week. Read More »

LGBT activists prevented from assembling in Istanbul

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Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at LGBT rights activists as they attempted to hold a banned Istanbul Gay Pride rally on Sunday. The protesters gathered in small groups in the busy Istiklal shopping street in a bid to evade the police. Read More »

Israeli sources: Iran missile strike a 'flop,' with most missing target

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While Iran has other ballistic missiles it says can reach longer distances, Sunday night's launch appears to mark the longest strike it has launched overseas. Both the administration of former President Barack Obama and Trump's have focused exclusively on defeating Islamic State, but with the militants' self-proclaimed caliphate shrinking, US -backed and Syrian-backed forces appear to be competing for territory. Read More »

Democrats Talk Openly About Challenging Nancy Pelosi's Leadership

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Just hours before the news conference, moderate Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY reiterated her call that it was time for Pelosi to step aside. "But this is something we certainly have to discuss, because it's clear that I think across the board in the Democratic Party , we need new leadership". Read More »

Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance _ and face some

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Police established checkpoints in the area on Sunday, preventing groups from entering Istiklal Avenue and turning back people who they deemed were associated with the march. Istanbul has traditionally been seen as a relative safe haven by members of the gay community from elsewhere in the Middle East, including refugees from Syria and Iraq.But although homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, unlike many other Muslim countries, homophobia remains widespread. Read More »

Heller Opposes Senate Health Care Bill

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John McCain has said how he will vote . Senate Republicans need 50 of their 52 members to pass the bill - along with tie-breaker from Vice President Pence. The House of Representatives has passed a measure similar to the Senate plan . How would it work under this Senate bill? Steve Daines to oppose this Senate bill that was written in secret without public input. Read More »