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Prominent Russian journalist who criticised Kremlin shot dead in Kiev

Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko also told the media they suspected Mr Babchenko was killed due to his "professional activities". A former war correspondent, he worked in Kiev as a presenter on Ukraine's channel ATR TV. Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017, saying he was receiving threats and concerned that he might be jailed. Drafted to the army in the mid 1990s at the age 18 while he was a law student in Moscow, Babchenko came of age amid the horrors of Russia's ... Read More »

Papua New Guinea to ban Facebook for a month


The government of Papua New Guinea plans to shut down Facebook for a month to crack down on " fake users " and study the effects of the platform on the population. Basil also suggested the country look to build its own social network for citizens to use instead of Facebook . The British upstart firm Cambridge Analytica was earlier accused of misusing data of over 87 million Facebook users. Read More »

TV anchor and photojournalist killed when tree falls on SUV


WYFF televison station in Greenville, S.C., is mourning the loss of its news crew. "We thank you for your comfort as we mourn". The vehicle wrecked on U.S. McCormick joined the WYFF News 4 team in April 2007 as a reporter and went on to become a news anchor in 2014. "And we had talked a little bit about how he wanted us to stay safe and how we wanted him to stay safe". Read More »

Israeli jets & helicopters strike 25 ‘Hamas military targets’ in Gaza

It accused Gaza's dominant Hamas movement and the pro-Iran Islamic Jihad group of launching the salvoes. The military wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad announced in a rare joint statement their "responsibility for the striking of military positions and Zionist settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip", saying it was in response to Israeli attacks targeting their positions in recent days. Read More »

EU Commission proposes banning these items from Irish beaches


Currently, there are many bio alternatives such as bioplastics and wood or plant-based products but in some cases, they have had trouble competing with the low-priced mass production of plastic. "It could take three or four years for the rules to come into force", reported CNN Money on Monday. European Green Party lawmaker Monica Frassoni also welcomed the initiative and added that "the scale of the problem means that we can not rely on individual European countries to take action and must ... Read More »

Trump claims Mueller will 'meddle' in midterm elections


Trump's Tuesday morning tweetstorm about the probe escalated his rhetoric one step further, accusing Mueller's team of doing exactly what Trump's team is being investigated over: meddling in an election. Smith then turned to the president's beliefs that an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent may have infiltrated his campaign, a theory which he's calling "Spygate". Read More »

White House Moves Ahead With Tough Trade Measures on China

FILE - A motorcade leaves the U.S. Embassy after U.S. officials had trade talks with Chinese counterparts, in Beijing, China , May 4, 2018. President Donald Trump signaled his intention to impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports and curbs on investments in sensitive technology, sending a hawkish message to Beijing days before the latest round of trade talks between the world's two largest economies. Read More »

Puerto Rico hurricane death toll 70 times higher than official government estimate


The researchers arrived at a "likely to be conservative" estimate of 4,645 deaths from September 20 through December 31, 2017; other statistical adjustments by the researchers push their final estimate above 5,000. Survey-takers used criteria from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if a person's death could be blamed on the hurricane. Read More »

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich moves to Israel


Immigration officials told the BBC late Monday that he was interviewed last week at the Israeli embassy in Moscow after his United Kingdom investor visa reportedly expired some weeks ago. The British government has declined to comment on his case. He has owned the team since 2003 and has been present at almost every game, until his visa problems began. Read More »

New Zealand prepares to slaughter 15000 cows in disease cull


Officials carrying out the cull "have the legal authority to forcibly enter farms and kill animals even in cases where a farmer might resist, but they said they hope they don't have to use those powers", Bloomberg reports. Should a farmer protest the slaughter, New Zealand authorities can legally force the process. The government plans to pick up about two-thirds of the tab while farmers and the cattle industry will pay the rest. Read More »

Lava threatens more wells at Hawaii geothermal plant

According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, it was centered about 6 miles south of Volcano village at a depth of roughly 0.6 miles, and was not strong enough to generate a tsunami. Civil Defense officials were warning residents last night of the advancing flow on Nohea and Kupono Streets north of Leilani Street, with reports of lava fountains on Moku Street. Read More »

Japanese leader ‘will meet Donald Trump before US-North Korea summit’


Both sides clearly want a summit to take place. Should the reports of working-level talks be officially confirmed, Kim will be the most high-ranking North Korean official to visit the USA and hold talks with government officials since the late Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok's meeting with then-President Bill Clinton in 2000. Read More »

U.S. imposing 25% tariff of Chinese goods, apply investment restrictions in June

The announcement raises the stakes for the third round of talks between the two economies. With Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross heading to China this weekend for the next round of negotiations, there is some doubt about the administration's ultimate objective: Is it trying to change the nature of China's economic system, or does it simply want to improve the trade balance between the two countries? If the two sides fail to reach an agreement and the United States moves forward with tariffs, ... Read More »

'Once in 1K Years' Flood Hits Maryland City Again


Asked whether he's committed to building back anew he said: "We'll see". Well Mark... floodwaters ravaged through Ellicott City after it was hit with more than 20 centimeters of rain over a six-hour period on Sunday. and said a third wave of significant water was imminent. Law enforcement officials said they were still working to secure the Ellicott City area on Monday morning before allowing residents and business owners to return to their property, reclaim belongings and assess the ... Read More »

Russia: Only Syrian forces should be stationed on Israel border


Later on Monday, Israel called for Iran to be denied any military presence in Syria. "We believe that there is no place for any Iranian military presence, anywhere in Syria". Those strikes followed a barrage of rockets that Israel said was sacked toward its forces in the occupied Golan Heights by Iran from Syria. Moscow, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ally, brokered a string of de-escalation zones for insurgent enclaves a year ago, though fighting raged on in some. Read More »

Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out 'vog'


Three weeks into the volcano's eruption , scientists said the summit is still too risky to survey on foot. A fast-moving lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced more residents out of their homes and in search of shelter from other threatening forms of volcanic activity. Read More »

Four killed in Belgium hostage incident


Police said that they have neutralised the situation and that the man who shot the police officers had also been shot dead, reports The Independent . He later met with Liege city officials. Despite this, Belgium's crisis centre said it saw no reason to raise the country's terror threat alert for now. Read More »

Putin has lost faith in Trump's promise to improve US-Russia relations


Russian President Vladimir Putin , left, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attend a Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, May 9, 2014. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the pact early a year ago under his "America First" policy, raising fears of trade protectionism. Read More »

Kremlin says it is Roman Abramovich's right to take Israeli citizenship


An official at Nativ, a government department that deals with Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union, said Mr Abramovich had applied for an immigration visa at Israel's embassy in Moscow. Mr Abramovich is believed to have returned to Russian Federation after his visa expired and he did not attend Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup on May 20. Read More »

Paris balcony boy's family thank Mali 'Spiderman' Mamoudou Gassama


A government spokesperson said the country should "open the doors of our national community", and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo added the city was keen to support efforts to settle him in France. Gassama also received a gold medal from the French state for "courage and devotion" and is being offered a job as a firefighter, according to the Associated Press . Read More »

Second 1000-Year Flood in Two Years Slams into Historic Maryland City


Flooding is seen in Ellicott City, Maryland, U.S. May 27, 2018 , in this still image from video from social media. The National Weather Service warned: "This is an extremely unsafe and potentially catastrophic situation". Initial damage estimates appear to be higher than the 2016 flood, Kittleman said as he thanked the emergency workers and first responders who worked throughout the night. Read More »

Trump sees 'brilliant potential' in North Korea


A three-way summit was originally proposed by Moon and the North Korean leader when they held their first-ever meeting at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27. "It will happen!" Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon. Moon Jae-in meets with Kim Jong Un on May 26. "What's unclear for Chairman Kim, in my opinion, is not his willingness for denuclearization, but whether he can certainly trust the USA saying that it'll end hostile relations and guarantee the security of his regime after ... Read More »

Hero climbs FOUR storey building to rescue dangling child


A courageous bystander has been hailed a hero after he leapt into action and came to the rescue of a young boy hanging from a building's balcony. Footage shows Mr Gassama pulling himself up the side of the building in under 60 seconds, while a man tries to hold onto her from a neighbouring balcony. Read More »

Maryland community 'heartbroken' after second flood in two years


Kittleman said it was the worst devastation in Howard County in 50 years, but the town rallied around the slogan "Ellicott City Strong" and got to work putting their community back together. People have been taking to social media in hopes of locating Hermond. An SOS flag hangs from a building during the flooding on Main Street of Ellicott City, Maryland . Read More »

English teacher covers letter from President Trump with grammar corrections


Making some necessary correction and explaining why it was wrong, Mason identified several incorrect capitalisation of words such as " president " and " state " and " federal ". In 17 years of teaching English composition in SC public schools, Yvonne Mason had seen these blunders many times before . Despite this, however, the correspondence does have Trump's signature. Read More »

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea takes Israeli citizenship


With the confirmation of his citizenship, the Russian has become the richest man in Israel . The Russian's United Kingdom visa expired recently and sources close to the billionaire claim the renewal process is dragging out. A spokesman for Abramovich also declined to comment on the report. Several Russian diplomats were expelled following the incident. Chelsea Football Club owner's British visa expired weeks ago and reportedly took longer than usual to renew. Read More »

Lava reaches area of geothermal power station in Hawaii


Officials previously moved 50,000 gallons of potentially toxic gas offsite and capped the wells on the property to prevent releases of additional gas if lava enters the wells. The residents are concerned about the possibility of poisonous gases being emitted from the volcano. The 38-megawatt Puna power plant supplies 25% of the island's electricity. Read More »

Only Syrian army should be on country's southern border: Russian Federation

Even before that, Israel had been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that killed Iranians, though it has not acknowledged them. Citing a "well-informed" source, the Syrian opposition newspaper said that the decision was made in light of the "series of Israeli strikes in the last few weeks amid rising tensions between Iran and Israel". Read More »

White House Lawyer Joins Secret Briefings About FBI Informant


It is refreshing to hear that now, finally, he's interested in actual evidence. Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. He said those same concerns had kept the Federal Bureau of Investigation from tracking an influence campaign that included Russian-driven Facebook posts that reached more than 100 million people on that social network alone ahead of the 2016 election. Read More »

Trump tweets Russian Federation probe ‘destroyed’ lives


As Giuliani acknowledged the political nature of his public campaign against Mueller, Trump advanced that campaign on Twitter, lamenting what he said were "young and handsome lives" "devastated and destroyed" by the investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Read More »