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Petition: Remove Rodman from NBA Hall of Fame


As Lewis puts it, "He doesn't like his ears, or so it seems". A human rights group is asking that Dennis Rodman be thrown out of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for what it calls his "coddling" of the North Korean regime. Their own people receive the same treatment, or worse, on a daily basis. "Removing Rodman from the Hall of Fame will send a message that all Americans are united against this regime", Smith told CNN . Read More »

Sushma's blast from past video exposes Meira's bias as Speaker


Four minutes into the video, then Speaker Meira Kumar is seen repeatedly saying "alright", "thank you", "okay", "I have to proceed", hinting then Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj to conclude her speech. It is in the overall fitness of things, the ruling party and the opposition owes the nation not only a free and fair contest leading to the installation of a dignified Head of State. Read More »

Rescuers ordered to leave amid fears over second China landslide


More than 2,500 rescuers with detection devices and dogs were looking for signs of life Sunday amid the rubble of huge boulders that rained down on Xinmo village in Sichuan province early Saturday. Qiao said his parents and other relatives had not been found. He said they struggled against the flood of water until they met medical workers who took them to a hospital. Read More »

Trump forgoes Ramadan dinner


On the Eid day, which has fallen on Monday in Iran, Muslims attend prayers in congregation, listen to sermons and give Zakat al-Fitr or donations to the poor. Meanwhile, Muslim leaders admitted it may have been hard to find attendees if Trump chose to host a dinner, BuzzFeed News reported. " Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding ", the Obamas wrote in a statement roughly five times longer than Trump's Ramadan message . Read More »

Daniel Ricciardo wins F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Hamilton, who was leading after making a clean start from the 66th pole position of his career, had initially slowed to avoid the slow-moving safety auto ahead of him, an action that may have caused Vettel to drive into the rear of his Mercedes . Read More »

Confederations Cup: Mexico eliminates host Russia, 2-1

Portugal needed only a point against the Kiwis in St Petersburg and made no mistake, with Ronaldo converting from the spot, and the impressive Bernardo Silva - a recent recruit at Pep Guardiola's Manchester City - turning the ball in from close range four minutes later. Read More »

London tower fire death toll rises to 79


The update came just before a nationwide minute's silence was held at 11 memory of the victims of what is the greatest loss of life by fire in London since World War II. On Sunday Chancellor Philip Hammond said there would be an investigation to see if building rules had been violated in reference to the cladding which had swathed the building, allegedly to improve the view from nearby luxury flats, and may have accelerated the blaze. Read More »

Turkey rejects Arab terms to Qatar, US urges sides to talk


Qatar's foreign minister on Saturday rejected the demands, saying they were proof that the four countries' actions had "nothing to do with combating terrorism - as the four contend - but were created to limit Qatar's sovereignty". He added the USA supports Kuwait's efforts to mediate the conflict and the US will keep in close contact with all parties. Opposition: Qatar hands over records/data on opposition they supported and kind of support they received. Read More »

Airport attacker tried, but failed, to buy gun in US — FBI officials


A police officer who was stabbed in a possible terrorist attack at Flint's Bishop Airport is expected to be released from the hospital sometime this weekend. After Ftouhi was taken into custody and interviewed by authorities, officials said it appears the suspect "has a hatred for the United States and a variety of other things that motivated conduct this act of violence". Read More »

Anger grows in Pakistan town after three attacks in six months


Two different militant groups - a breakaway Taliban faction and the Islamic State - claimed the Quetta attack. The first blast occurred during rush hour in Turi Market, where a bus terminal is also located. The Pakistan Army launched a countrywide intelligence-led military operation against militants. "Recent terrorist incidents linked to sanctuaries across (the Pak-Afghan border)", he said. Read More »

Panels on 60 United Kingdom buildings fail fire safety tests

According to latest reports, the insulation material could prove to be even more flammable than the cladding-which was already known to be highly combustible. He told us he would be willing to move into temporary accommodation, but the council had not yet responded to his calls. Camden Council leader Georgia Gould told Sky News she was planning to knock on doors herself in a bid to persuade those remaining residents to take up the offer of alternative accommodation. Read More »

Philippine military declares humanitarian cease-fire in Marawi

Assistant Secretary for the Peace Process Dickson Hermoso said the rescuers risked their lives to pluck out trapped civilians. "We have reports there were around five people who came out from ground zero", Herrera told news channel ANC. Hundreds of gunmen flying the black flag of the Islamic State (IS) group occupied parts of Marawi on May 23, triggering bloody fighting that has claimed almost 400 lives according to an official count. Read More »

Death toll from fuel tank fire in Pakistan reaches 152

An announcement over a mosque's loudspeaker that an overturned tanker truck had sprung a leak sent scores of villagers racing to the scene to gather spilled fuel. "We tried to get them to move back but no one was listening", Ahmed said . The accident forced Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to cut short a private visit to Britain, the Journal said , adding that he was expected to return to Pakistan Sunday night. Read More »

German SPD wants gay marriage after September election


Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) rallied behind their leader on Sunday, agreeing policies on investment, social justice and Europe that they hope will reverse a slump in opinion polls and end Angela Merkel's 12-year hold on power in a September vote. Read More »

Helmut Kohl, German reunifier, dies

After the collapse of the USSR and Gorbachev's departure from the political scene, Kohl formed relations with Gorbachev's heir in the Kremlin - Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin. Elation over German reunification ebbed amid the harsh realities of its cost and the difficulties of integrating east and west, but Kohl's coalition squeaked by again in 1994. Read More »

Scalise out of intensive care


Wednesday the Federal Bureau of Investigation said what they discovered in a storage shed that the shooter, James Hodgkinson, had rented before he put his plan into action. "While the shooter was not known to have a history of diagnosed mental illness, he is known or was known to have an anger management problem ", said Timothy Slater , Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office . Read More »

US official can't confirm al-Baghdadi killing

That ISIS meeting, the Russians said, was called to explore exit routes for ISIS fighters fleeing the U.S-led coalition assault on Raqqa, which coalition military personnel and US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces have encircled in recent weeks as part of strategically and symbolically important push to liberate the jihadis' de facto capital. Read More »

Hundreds get food poisoning at camp near Mosul


The Hassan Sham camp , which houses around 5,000 families, in al-Khazer on the road linking Mosul and Erbil houses people who have fled the intense fighting between Islamic State and the Iraqi troops trying to recapture the city. According to the United Nations refugee agency, it houses 6,235 individuals. The fall of Mosul would, in effect, mark the end of the Iraqi half of the "caliphate" declared in 2014 over parts of Iraq and Syria by IS boss Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a speech from ... Read More »

Diplomatic tensions threaten Gulf unity, UAE warns sanctions could last years

On June 5, Saudi Arabia and allied states cut all ties with Qatar, pulling their ambassadors from the emirate and ordering its citizens to repatriate by June 19. "Why they didn't submit their demands yet? If it is not solved bilaterally it goes to the ministerial council for the GCC and if it is not solved there it goes to the summit to be sorted at", the minister said at a press conference in Doha. Read More »

Zarif urges Muslims to use Eid al-Fitr to promote peace

Historians believe the first iftar dinner at the White House was in 1805, when former President Thomas Jefferson hosted Tunisia's envoy to the US. Across the world , an estiminated 1.8 billion Muslims have been celebrating the end of Ramadan with huge feasts. Read More »

Saraki Preaches Peace, Tolerance As Muslims Celebrate Eid El Fitr

Since the Bill Clinton administration, the White House has each year hosted either an event to mark the Eid al-Fitr feast - which ends the fasting month of Ramadan - or a meal breaking the dawn-til-dusk fast, known as an iftar. It is the fervent hope of every Muslim that they continue in the spirit of Ramadan , holding fast onto the principles of brotherhood, unity, kindness and generosity long after the month has ended. Read More »

A weakening Cindy leaves behind tornado damage in Alabama

Stay with for updates. National Weather Service statistics show roughly 12 inches (300 millimeters) of rain had fallen in some spots along the Louisiana , Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts since Tuesday . The agency reported minor flooding at more than 30 locations in Louisiana , Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle . Those storms will then spread across the southern half of the state with the southeast region predicted to get the most rain. Read More »

Doctor says Otto Warmbier has brain damage


Doctors described 22-year-old Otto Warmbier's condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" after they examined him upon his return from North Korea . Otto Frederick Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who has been detained in North Korea since early January, attends a news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo February 29, 2016. Read More »