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Concern in White House over intelligence chief’s Russian summit surprise..

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The U.S. Secret Service says that's standard for all gifts to the president. The preparations for a second Trump-Putin meeting - and in Washington no less - were the latest twist in Trump's winding road back from Helsinki . "He just said it's not Russia ", Trump said. As Americans groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday. Read More »

US, Russia: Ukraine Shaping Up to Be Hot Topic for Summit

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Merkel told a news conference Friday that the alliance's so-called Article 5 promising mutual defense is "a central element of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and I believe this Article 5 valid for all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states, not just for big ones or small ones or for some". Read More »

British Police Identify Russian Suspects In Novichok Attack

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They said investigators were "sure" the suspects were Russian . Using facial recognition technology, authorities discovered two "fresh identities" - individuals not known to have been spies or used in other attacks - the report said. Yulia was released from a Salisbury hospital in April , followed by her father about a month later . London's Metropolitan Police, which is leading the investigation into the Skripals, declined to comment. Read More »

Proposed 25 percent tariff on auto imports drives discussion in Washington

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The exercise appears to be less an impartial effort to understand the facts than it is a policy hunting for a justification, and a solution in search of a problem", he said. But the vehicle study found US auto production can't quickly increase, taking at least a year to convert an under-utilized plant and on average two years to build a new assembly facility. Read More »

Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone-taping is 'perhaps illegal'

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The recording was part of the documents and electronic records seized by authorities from the longtime Trump fixer earlier this year. " Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning ) - nearly unheard of", he tweeted . Read More »

Trump shreds economic playbook with strong USA dollar, Fed jabs

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Mr Trump said increased rates had resulted in a stronger dollar which put the United States at a disadvantage compared with places where central banks are holding interest rates steady. Trump criticized the USA central bank in comments aired Thursday, saying its course of interest rate increases counteracted his efforts at growing the economy. Read More »

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley discharged from Salisbury hospital

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Dawn, 44, died in hospital on 8 July, around a week after she was poisoned by the chemical weapon, thought to be left over from the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. A murder inquiry is now underway. Police say the source of the Novichok which killed Sturgess was a small bottle they found in Rowley's house, and more than 400 items have been recovered as part of the murder investigation. Read More »

Nine US 'duck boat' victims from the same family - governor

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Coleman says she lost "all my children" but she did not say how many. "However in doing that, when it was time to grab them, it was too late and I believe that a lot of people could have been spared", Coleman said. Authorities have not yet identified the victims . Pat Cox, owner of a marina about a half mile from where the vessel went down, sent five boats and some 20 people to the rescue, most between the ages of 18 and 20. Read More »

Russian Federation ‘helpful’ in enforcing sanctions on North Korea - Pompeo

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Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moscow and Beijing said they need additional time to investigate the U.S. allegations and put a six-month "hold" on the U.S. One diplomat said China quickly supported the "hold, " which automatically delays action on the US request for six months. The U.S. needs to "see Chairman Kim do what he promised the world he would do" and completely denuclearize, "the scope and scale of that is agreed to". Read More »

Montenegro Says it Embraces Peace and Stability

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They have very aggressive people. The Post recently reported that US military commanders are anxious that if they had to quickly move USA troops east to head off a military conflict with Moscow, "the most powerful military in the world could get stuck in a traffic jam" as "Humvees. Read More »

Modi tweets on today’s No Confidence Motion

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However, BJD's Lok Sabha leader Bhartruhari Mahatab said, "We are sitting in the Opposition and in the debate we will oppose the government". The film star turned political leader also clarified that he will not quit BJP and continue to serve the party in 2019 elections also. Read More »

Fox News Parts Ways With 'The Five' Co-Host Kimberly Guilfoyle

Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich will co-host in her place. It's unclear how the network will handle Guilfoyle's departure after she spent over a decade there. She was considered for White House press secretary previous year after Sean Spicer departed the administration. Guilfoyle recently praised Trump Jr.as "the number one up-and-coming political figure for sure, on the right". Read More »

'Say that again?': U.S. intelligence chief's shocked response to Putin invitation

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Mr Trump faced a backlash after contradicting his own intelligence chiefs at a joint post-summit news conference with Mr Putin by doubting Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Moscow signaled openness to another meeting between the two leaders, as Trump continued to face criticism over his first meeting with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki, where he seemed to accept Putin's denials of meddling in the 2016 election - despite findings by USA intelligence services. Read More »

Dollar drops further on Trump's comments on currency, rate hike

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US President Donald Trump says he is ready to impose tariffs on all $US500 billion ($673.7 billion) of imported goods from China, threatening to escalate a clash over trade policy that has unnerved financial markets. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., July 18, 2018. -China trade war and a host of other conflicts that Trump has ignited between the United States and key trading partners, including Canada and the European Union. Read More »

White House: Security focus for next Trump-Putin meeting

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Russian Federation is promising to keep Iran away from Israel's borders, but as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday there is reason to doubt whether they can deliver on that. After the summit, when Trump said in a press conference that he accepted Putin's denial that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, Coats issued an extraordinary statement rejecting that conclusion. Read More »

Man with knife attacks bus passengers in Germany, 10 hurt

Authorities had no immediate information on the assailant's motive for the afternoon attack on a city bus in Luebeck, near the Baltic coast northeast of Hamburg, but said they had no indication that he was politically radicalized or had any terrorist background. Read More »

Putin proposed eastern Ukraine vote to Trump in Helsinki

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The announcement of a second summit comes as US officials have been mum on what, if anything, the two leaders agreed to in Helsinki during their more than two-hour one-on-one meeting, in which only translators were present. " President Trump asked [U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Bolton ] to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway ", she tweeted. Read More »

Jerusalem BLASTS TARGETS in Gaza After 'Shooting Incident — ISRAEL UNLEASHED

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It also comes amid heavy pressure on the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the ongoing eruption of fires in southern Israel as a result of incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza. Following the strikes, rocket warning sirens wailed in communities around Gaza. More than 130 Palestinians have been killed during that period as Israel deployed snipers and sharpshooters against demonstrations , which it says are a cover for violent attacks. Read More »

Trump to CNBC: 'Obama Was a Patsy for Russia'

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Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, and others for alleged crimes. When MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell said the White House had tweeted the announcement, the clearly surprised Coats said: "Say that again?" CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joins CBSN to discuss the plans for a second summit and what was discussed in Helsinki. Read More »

Watch Theresa May slammed by Tory MP: ‘When did Brexit mean Remain?’

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Read my personal statement to the House of Commons this afternoon. With May's support faltering, members of her own party, including Davis, felt emboldened to ask critical questions about her way forward. Johnson said Britain had become "mired in a fog of self-doubt " and that there had been a stealthy retreat over the last 18 months from what he called the "bright certainties" of May's earlier vision of Brexit. Read More »

Putin Says Summit With President Trump Was a Success

A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told Bloomberg that "some new ideas were discussed" in Helsinki and "they will be worked on", but he refused to go into detail about what Putin had said about Ukraine at the summit. It restated the US intelligence community's assessment that Moscow did extensively interfere, and continues to interfere. She had said on Wednesday the proposal was being considered. Read More »

Several Russians reportedly identified as suspects in couple's poisoning

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Sturgess' partner, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley from Amesbury, a town several kilometres from Salisbury, is now recovering in hospital. Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning. A coroner on Thursday opened an inquest into the death of a British woman who was exposed to a military grade nerve agent, while British media reported that police may have identified suspects in an attack that poisoned a former Russian spy with the same deadly substance. Read More »

Trump on Putin meeting - it wasn't all rosy

Russia's ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said Friday that the two leaders had discussed the possibility of a referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine. After coming home, however, Trump said he had "misspoke" during the conference. Trump has faced criticism from both Democrats and Republicans about his handling of the Helsinki summit with Putin on Monday. Read More »

Hackers steal personal data of PM Lee and 1.5m patients

Of these, 160,000 had their outpatient dispensed medicines' records taken, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's. But authorities have put the brakes on these plans while they investigate the cyberattack. However, no further illegal exfiltration has been detected since 4 July 2018. "There has been no disruption of healthcare services during the period of the cyberattack, and patient care has not been compromised". Read More »

House GOP rejects more election security funds

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If the bill passes, election security funding will be lost in the midst of a national uproar over Russian interference in the 2016 election. "There are funds available", declared Rep. House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) stated that Congress had spent over $3.5 billion since 2000 and would potentially have to spend more , depending on the results of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Read More »

Flags, flowers greet first Ethiopia-Eritrea flight in 20 years

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No one covers what is happening in our community better than we do. Ethiopian Airlines conducted the first direct passenger flights between Addis Ababa and Asmara , reconnecting Eritrea and Ethiopia after a 20-year military standoff. Though a peace deal was signed two years later, Ethiopia refused to implement it, saying it wanted more talks. Since the end of the war, Isaias has used the threat of Ethiopian aggression to justify repressive policies, including an indefinite national ... Read More »

RAMPAGE IN GERMANY: Knifeman 'WOUNDS 14' in BUS ATTACK

There were conflicting reports on the number of injured people and the severity of the injuries. "There is now a major police deployment in Luebeck", the police force wrote on Twitter. The assailant let his backpack fall and then took out his weapon. She said the identity of the suspect, who was being questioned by police, has yet to be confirmed. Read More »

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to tackle misinformation

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India has grown into WhatsApp's largest market globally with 230 million users and the payments business has drawn almost 1 million people since the limited, beta test was unveiled in February. Up until now, you could forward a message to multiple chats at once. "The kind of fake news being spread through these platforms is scary and is getting out of control", Singh, now the chairman of the Police Foundation of India, told Al Jazeera. Read More »