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DoD Halts Planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise, Spokesperson Says

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North Korea proposed to Seoul to disarm, on a trial basis, the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, the only site in the DMZ where both countries' soldiers stand nearly face to face, the South's presidential spokesman said on Friday. Added to that, Trump managed to insert only the phrase " complete denuclearization " into his joint statement with Kim , omitting the terms "verifiable" and "irreversible" which USA officials had long insisted upon. Read More »

Donald Trump urges Republicans to 'fix' family separation crisis

Without Trump getting his border wall with a deal he won't likely back down. It's a policy Trump announced in April that went into effect in May. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined 20 other attorneys general to call on Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to "end the cruel and illegal policy of forcibly separating all families that cross the border, including those lawfully seeking asylum in the United States". Read More »

James Comey Fires Back at Hillary Clinton: Even Now ‘She Doesn’t Understand’

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They are essentially the faces of the argument that the Clinton Email Probe and the Russia Investigation are to be discredited because the way the investigations have been handled is motivated by political bias. On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Republicans sought to use the findings to cast doubt upon the fairness of the ongoing special counsel probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and whether any of President Donald Trump's associates coordinated with the Kremlin to influence ... Read More »

Israel responds to burning kites, balloons with rocket fire in Gaza

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The strikes followed the launch of numerous kites and balloons from Gaza that were either carrying explosives or meant to start fires in southern Israel . The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when the Israeli regime forcibly drove more than 760,000 Palestinians - now estimated to number almost five million with their descendants - out of their homes. Read More »

Backlash against border policy grows, but furor could help Trump in midterms

President Donald Trump's Republican party controls both chambers of Congress. Likewise, we can not return to a "catch and release" practice along the border. President Donald Trump on Tuesday repeated his false claim that Democrats are exclusively responsible for his decision to separate migrant children from their parents when they attempt to illegally enter the United States. Read More »

Nick Ferrari Tells Sir Christopher Chope His Upskirting Objection Is Indefensible

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In Scotland , upskirting is already illegal. Because the bill was introduced by a single lawmaker, rather than by the government, the objection of one parliamentarian was enough to stop it in its tracks. "I remain positive, though". "Knicker bunting" has been strung up outside the offices of the Conservative MP who blocked a bill that would have made "upskirting" a criminal offence. Read More »

Saudi-led coalition seizes Yemen's Hodeidah airport

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The UAE state news agency WAM said large swathes of the airport compound had been taken by coalition forces. The Yemeni military rejects claims that the Hudaydah airport has been captured by the Saudi-led coalition forces. It cited a report from the United Nations Panel of Experts on Yemen to the UN Security Council, which said the Saudi-led coalition's attacks in Yemen "may amount to war crimes", and that Malaysian military personnel are working alongside France, Britain and the U.S. Read More »

Israel Strikes Hamas Targets After Heavy Rocket Fire From Gaza

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The military says the country's Iron Dome anti-missile shield intercepted seven rockets. Read the full story . However, no casualties were reported in Israel or Gaza. Hamas, the militant group which rules the Gaza Strip, has not claimed responsibility for the projectile fire. This was the second instance of rocket fire along the border in two weeks, after three rockets fired at Israel on Monday broke an implicit ceasefire that followed a sudden conflagration in late May. Read More »

Donald Trump, nervous Republicans scramble for legislative fix to family separation crisis

Still, Trump, a voracious watcher of cable news who is especially attuned to the power of images, appeared to acknowledge later Tuesday that the optics could be doing damage. Schumer said with most Americans against family separations, it's Republicans "feeling the heat on this issue, and that's why they're squirming". Instead, the children could be detained with their parents for extended periods. Read More »

One dead, 3 injured as van hits pedestrians near Dutch music festival

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In addition to the fatality there were also three people seriously injured. Following the incident, a police statement said the van drove away from the scene and was being sought. Pinkpop is held in Landgraaf, a small town near the German and Belgian borders. The three-day concert is attended by tens of thousands of music fans. Read More »

Half of Aquarius migrants will 'seek asylum in France'

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The Aquarius , run by French charity SOS Mediterranée, rescued them off Libya's coast on 9 Juneand Italy and Malta's refusal to let the ship dock led to an worldwide outcry before Spain stepped in to help. "We have to strike a balance between our sensibilities and humanity and our respect for the law", said Spain's migration minister, Magdalena Valerio. Read More »

Peace marchers arrive in Kabul as Taliban restarts anti-government offensives

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Fazlullah was linked to a number of attacks including a school massacre in Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, confirmed a vehicle bomb was responsible for the blast in the town of Ghazi Aminullah Khan, on the main Torkham-Jalalabad road, and said that dozens were wounded. Read More »

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Apologizes for Breaking Down On-Air Over 'Tender Age' Shelters

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So distressed by the news Maddow asks for the live-to-air segment to be cut before saying, "I think I'm going to have to hand this off", throwing to a reporter in the field. On a practical level, the zero tolerance policy has overwhelmed the federal agency charged with caring for the new influx of children who tend to be much younger than teens who typically have been traveling to the USA alone. Read More »

Korea holds war games to defend against Japan

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Russia and South Korea agreed in 2008 to lay gas pipelines through the North to bring Russian natural gas to the South. Trump's decision was confirmed on Monday by Dana White, a spokesman for the Defense Department. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills have taken place annually for more than 40 years. They went on for 11 days in August and involved about 17,500 U.S. Read More »

Trump Repeats False Claim on Dems, Family Separation

He said he supported the bill, I guess. Top conservatives, including key allies of the president, have also announced they are introducing bills to stop the administration's "zero-tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings. The problem with that statement is that all illegal border crossers are now considered criminals, a big change in immigration policy. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Republicans are crafting legislation now. Read More »

Visual Story | Children, the border and a familiar mix of emotions

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Although Parscale is calling for the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions , apparently as a means to end the Mueller investigation, it isn't likely that the investigation would be halted simply by getting rid of Sessions . Previous administrations, including the Obama administration, have in most cases chosen not to detain adults for illegal entry when doing so would separate them from their minor children. Read More »

'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

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Immigrants arrested near the southwestern border are taken to processing centers where officials refer some to federal court to be prosecuted under the US criminal entry statute. The president has accused Democrats of provoking the crisis by blocking legislation to combat illegal immigration. What are the immigration bills before Congress? "I don't want them to stop my dad", one little girl is heard saying between sobs. Read More »

Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome being separated from family: 'Whuh, whuh'

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When Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas discussed a story about the girl with Down syndrome who had been taken away from her mother at the border, Lewandowski interrupted saying: "Womp, womp". According to the Washington Post , the girl in question was sent to a Texas shelter even though Mexican authorities said that her father, a legal USA resident, lived an hour away down the highway. Read More »

Disgraced ex-FIFA president Sep Blatter arrives in Russian Federation for World Cup

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Soccer fans from China have snapped up 40,000 tickets for the Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation that kicked off on Thursday, even though its national team failed to qualify. The 82-year old is a special guest of Vladimir Putin despite his current suspension for corruption. No charges have yet been brought and Blatter has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Read More »

Canada votes to legalise cannabis for recreational use

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Trudeau's cabinet was set to decide an official legalization date in early or mid-September. While nine USA states and the capital Washington have legalised recreational use of the drug, Canada will be the first G7 Country to do so. Harder said their role "demonstrated once again that the Senate has come into its own as an effective, influential and, indeed, indispensable platform in Parliament for the voices of Indigenous Peoples". Read More »

China to impose additional tariffs on U.S. imports

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China reacted quickly to the USA tariff strike, promising to impose its own massive new round of tariffs on over 500 United States exports, including dozens of seafood products such as salmon and lobster. Escalating trade disputes come as farm income has tumbled with falling commodity prices: US farm income has been cut in half over the past five years, while Iowa farmers' income shrank almost 75 percent. Read More »

Trump Visits Hill Republicans, But Passage Of GOP Immigration Bills Uncertain

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Trump said Tuesday that current law gives his administration only two options for handling people who cross the border illegally: "Totally open borders or criminal prosecution". "I believe this policy is wrong, does not reflect our country's basic values and should end immediately". But Trump continues to defend his administration, instead blaming the policy of separation on House Democrats he has tried to pressure into working with their Republican counterparts to pass an immigration ... Read More »

China says will 'fight back firmly' if USA publishes additional tariffs

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Beijing has promised to respond with penalties of equal scale. Economists are anxious because neither side shows signs of backing down. China's was a retaliatory move to impose tariffs on US$ 50 billion worth of USA goods, which followed Trump's earlier announcement that another US$50 billion in goods would be subjected to a 25-percent tariff starting July 6. Read More »

United States to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council, ambassador says

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Today, President Trump is sending a signal to the world that we're too weak to lead and too cowardly to fight for our foundational values. The Human Rights Council meets three times a year to examine human rights violations worldwide. should be stepping up, not stepping back". Haley accused governments with woeful human rights records of seeking a seat on the council to avoid scrutiny and then resisting proposals for reform. Read More »

United States To Pull Out Of United Nations Human Rights Body

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson yesterday urged the council to reform its treatment of Israel, objecting to the permanent Agenda Item 7 which deals with Israeli abuses in the Palestinian territories. Item 7 on "Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories" has been part of the council's regular business nearly as long as it has existed. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Read More »

At least 5 dead as SUV chased by Border Patrol flips

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It is historic, with some countries the most unsafe places in the world. The administration's "zero tolerance" policy entails criminally charging those entering the USA illegally, including asylum seekers. "That creates the trends right here". He said the driver, whose name was not immediately released, is known to police as a human smuggler. People are supposed to move through the facility quickly. Read More »

Greece and Macedonia sign agreement on name change

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The event was also attended by Europe's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn. Specifically, by officially recognizing a Macedonian language and nationality, it is nearly certain that the country will be called Macedonia by the broader world, instead of North Macedonia, opponents of the deal argue. Read More »

US expected to disengage from UN's Human Rights Council

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Trump has maintained that the borders of Jerusalem will be finalized only through direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians. Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, who lead Middle East policy for the White House, are slated to consult with regional leaders next week about the peace plan the two have been working on since President Donald Trump took office. Read More »

Hamas has launched into Israel balloons with bombs

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These are acts of terror that endanger Israeli residents living in southern Israel. The young Palestinians, in east of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel, were fired at when they were launching balloons carrying fire bombs into Israel, and two were moderately injured by the shrapnel of a missile, said the Health Ministry in Gaza. Read More »

My dad, my superhero: Bollywood celebs share Father’s Day musings

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Flawless gift for Father's Day: justice. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. While there are number of methods of rejoicing father's day that comprise offering experiences and gifts, the easiest way to make your father feel loved is by forwarding him Facebook Status and messages for Happy Father's Day . Read More »