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Putin offers political asylum to Comey

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Comey's decision to release records of his conversation with US President Donald Trump to the media is "very strange", Putin said during his annual call-in show on Thursday (Friday NZT), in response to a question from a factory executive from the southern city of Volgograd on Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read More »

Democratic Rep: Pelosi's Time Has 'Come and Gone'

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And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. In a normal political environment, the races in Georgia, Kansas, Montana and SC - to fill seats vacated by congressmen who joined Trump's cabinet - would be blowouts for Republicans , given the overwhelming, ruby-red nature of the districts, Petkanas said in a telephone interview. Read More »

Berlin rolls out red carpet as giant pandas arrive from China

Now facing an enormous challenge in the Senate on health care, President Trump and his team are opting for a hands-off approach on legislation to dismantle the Obama health program. Medicaid is jointly funded by the federal government and the states and the Republican bills would impose limits on the federal dollars for the first time . Read More »

Ohio community mourns Otto Warmbier today

In the statement , Pyongyang also claims they're the victim of a " smear campaign " created to make "heinous sanctions" more likely. Some American officials declared that North Korea " murdered " him, and proposed that the USA take action against Pyongyang, through travel restrictions and tougher economic sanctions. Read More »

153 killed in Pakistan tanker fire

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The tanker overturned after trying to make a sharp turn in the city of Bahawalpur . Numerous victims were collecting leaking fuel before it ignited, Reuters reports, citing government officials and rescue workers. "The people who were alive were in really bad shape", he said after the fire had been put out. "According to the initial reports, somebody tried to light a cigarette, and when the spilt fuel caught fire, leading to the tanker's explosion", Jam Sajjad Hussain, spokesman for ... Read More »

Pelosi's daughter: My mom is 'unfazed' by Dem critics

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President Trump's chaotic first five months in office have driven his popularity ratings down, leading some Democrats to see Americans as coming around to their way of thinking. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington , Thursday, June 22, 2017. Read More »

North Korea tests new missile engine, United States officials say

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The presidential Blue House said the South's test was meant as a warning against the North's provocative acts over the past months. The United States, meanwhile, is ramping up capabilities to defend against the threat from North Korea , staging its first-ever successful test to intercept an incoming ICBM-type missile in May. Read More »

Boy of 13 reported for celebrating Finsbury Park mosque van attack

Group of people pray near the Finsbury Park mosque. Scotland Yard confirmed on Friday that the 47-year-old was charged with "terrorism-related murder and attempted murder". Police said that at least one person was killed and 10 more were injured. He was identified as Makram Ali , 51, and originally from Sylhet and he died of multiple injuries. Read More »

Eid al-Fitr: What you need to know

Eid is celebrated during the first day of Shawaal. King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the Eid prayer at Masjid al-Haram in the presence of more than two million people. "It marks end of the holy month of Ramadan , and bears a deep moral sense, represents the joy of renewal, aspiration for self-improvement, readiness for doing the good, for helping those in need", the telegram reads. Read More »

DE professor says North Korea detainee got 'what he deserved'

He was then rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors said Warmbier was suffering from "severe neurological injury" and had slipped into what they called a state of unresponsive wakefulness. A handout for the funeral featured a photo of Warmbier posing next to his mother and included a quote from his salutatorian speech in 2013: "This is our season finale". Read More »

Adviser to South Korean president calls for flexibility on North Korea nukes

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South Korea, the United States and other regional powers said it was a cover for testing the North's ballistic missile technology, which is banned under a UN resolution. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China opposed any action that violated UN Security Council resolutions and called for restraint from all parties. Read More »

Grenfell fire: Faulty fridge freezer confirmed as cause

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Your browser doesn't recognise available video formats. Police have said that the fire was not started deliberately and that the fridge-freezer involved in the incident was never subjected to a product recall before. "We are looking at every health and safety and fire safety offence and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower". Read More »

PM Narendra Modi addresses nation in 'Mann Ki Baat'

The Trump administration has said that if the Indian side raises the contentious H-1B visa issue during President Trump's meeting with Modi, the Americans were ready to respond. President Donald Trump on Saturday took to the official twitter account of President of the United States (POTUS) and greeted PM Modi after he landed in USA for three day visit to the country. Read More »

Brexit bills presented in Queen's Speech, hat design in the spotlight

Today, at the State Opening of Parliament, the Queen did not mention the US President's visit as she set out her official plans for the year. But because of a recent snap election , Wednesday's event was more low-key. Also unveiled were Bills to extend the HS2 high-speed rail link to Crewe, permit the development of driverless cars, spaceports and commercial satellites, cut whiplash insurance claims, protect victims of domestic abuse and ban letting fees for private rented homes. Read More »

Rainbows, and politics too, at pride parade

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Organizers said they may avoid Taksim Square, where widespread anti-government protests in 2013 were crushed by security forces. Although homosexuality has been legal in Turkey since 1923, the country has one of the worst records of human rights violations against LGBTQ people in Europe, and Turkey's LGBTQ community has been increasingly vocal about violence against members of the community. Read More »

Confederations Cup : Werner brace fires Germany into semis against Mexico

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The Germans face Group A runners-up Mexico in Sochi next Thursday in their semi-final, while Chile will face Portugal on Wednesday in Kazan. Federation Internationale de Football Association officials will have been alarmed when Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan initially sent the wrong player off, Sebastien Siani , on the advice of the video assistant referee before the decision was quickly corrected. Read More »

North Korea says U.S. student's death a 'mystery to us as well'

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North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Warmbier is "a victim of the policy of strategic patience" by the Barack Obama administration in a statement posted to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA ). 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". Read More »

Senate health care bill bad for Americans

Here's what you need to know. While nearly three-fourths of Americans have a favorable view of Medicaid , only about four in 10 - 38 percent - are aware that the House-passed American Health Care Act would make major funding reductions and structural changes to the program. Read More »

Australia to resume air combat missions over Syria

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This zone is an area where #Syrian government forces are warned by the U.S.to refrain from entering for face destruction. The armed pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV was shot down by a U.S. Washington also described those strikes as self-defence. An American F-15 fighter jet shot down an Iranian-made armed drone in southern Syria early on June 20, the second such incident in two weeks. Read More »

Mamata called us terrorists, not ready for talks with WB govt: GJM

Banerjee, who chaired a high level meet at the state secretariat in Nabanna that was participated by various development boards of the hills, asserted her resolve to restore peace in the hills. "The police did not open fire". The police further said that as many as 36 security personnel were injured in the clashed, DNA reported. Darjeeling is limping as GJM has intensified the ongoing protests with the supporters indulging in widespread arson following the state government's ... Read More »

Clinton colluded with party to beat Sanders

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The first batch of emails contained excerpts from Hillary Clinton's behind-closed-doors speeches to Wall Street firms that were controversial throughout both the Democratic primary and the general election. When Donald Trump kicked off his campaign for president back in June 2015, the initial reaction from the majority of the American people and the mainstream media was that his candidacy was not to be taken seriously. Read More »

Israel Shelves Plan for Pluralistic Prayer Section at Western Wall

On Sunday, he ordered top aides to formulate a new plan but said little more. Today he just decided that the decision is null and void and any change will require a new government decision. The Israeli daily Haaretz on Sunday quoted Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, chairman of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, as saying that the original plan was approved "because the Haredi parties did not pay attention to its details", a reference to the ultra-Orthodox parties. Read More »

Mob beats cop to death in Kashmir

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Mirwaiz Umer leads the Friday prayers at the mosque and on all other holy occasions. "What state we have reached that we kill a person outside a mosque on an auspicious night without any reason?" At around 12:30 am, he was reportedly seen clicking pictures of the people coming out of the mosque. Read More »