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Macron security aide scandal deepens with minister under fire

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Paris prosecutor's office Sunday said Benalla and four others, who are being placed under judicial control, have gone before a judge where charges could soon be brought. Benalla was sacked Friday by the presidential palace and investigators raided his home on Saturday. Lawmakers have launched a parliamentary inquiry into the incident, the lenient initial punishment and the failure of the authorities to report Benalla promptly to the judiciary. Read More »

Russian hackers break into air-gapped USA networks

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Apparently, they did this by penetrating the networks of key vendors who had trusted relationships with the power companies. Attacks began in 2016 and continued through 2017, and DHS officials said it's likely the campaign is still ongoing. Read More »

Ivanka Trump's fashion company is shutting down

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Ms. Trump had contemplated the move in recent months as she grew frustrated by the restrictions she placed on the company, IT Collection LLC, to avoid possible conflicts of interest while serving in the White House . The line made headlines again not long after Trump's inauguration, when Nordstrom announced that it was dropping the brand from its stores, citing its performance. Read More »

Russian-backed air strikes hit Islamic State in southern Syria

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The evacuees were transported on Sunday to Jordan, from where they are expected to be resettled in Europe and Canada in the coming weeks. A defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the event with the media, said Israel had identified two surface-to-surface SS-21 rockets launched from Syria carrying a payload of hundreds of kilograms that they believed were headed for Israeli-controlled territory. Read More »

Bike-riding suspect trailed George H.W. Bush's doctor before murder

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Dr. Mark Hausknecht identified as Houston cardiologist shot to death by gunman on bikeOther photos show the suspect behind the doctor. Then the shooter turned, fired two shots at Hausknecht and rode away on his bike, Finner said . Mark Hausknecht , had his life prematurely ended". When students can not go to school without fear, and teachers need to arm themselves, what has this country come to? So many had asked what they could do to help, she said. Read More »

14 killed, 60 wounded in Kabul explosion, Vice President survives attack

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The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum at the worldwide airport as he returned from exile, according to news reports . The attack was claimed by the Islamic State terror group. Qowanch also repeated calls for the release of Nezamuddin Qaisari - a district police chief and Dostum's provincial representative in Faryab - whose arrest earlier this month ignited the protests. Read More »

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Plane With Patriot Missiles

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The IDF monitored the fighter jet, which was then intercepted by the Patriot missiles, also noted spokesman. As per the Israeli military, reported AP, Syrian Air Force had intensified their activity since morning hours. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said one pilot was killed and that the condition of the other was unknown. Israel shot down a fighter jet from Syria on Tuesday after the aircraft entered its airspace . Read More »

Polish daredevil skies down K2 mountain in world first

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Conditions proved prohibitive for a summit bid and with his team he then made his way to K2 base camp, where he quickly got to work on the Cesen route up the SE Spur. Bargiel smiles easy after his K2 ski descent. K2 is located on the Pakistani-Chinese border within the Karakoram Range - a mountain chain that spans India, Pakistan, and China, and is home to the greatest concentration of high mountains in the world. Read More »

Kuwaiti influencer defends controversial remarks on Filipino workers

Last week, the 27-year-old invoked fierce criticism after she was seen in a video, that has since been deleted, complaining about a new law created to protect the rights of Filipino domestic workers who live in Kuwait by allowing them to hold on to their own passports and have one day off a week. Read More »

Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone recording 'perhaps illegal'

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Cohen's lawyers discovered the recording as part of their review of the seized materials and shared it with Mr. Trump's lawyers, according to three people briefed on the matter", the Times reported . NY state, for example, has a "one-party consent" law, which makes it a crime to record an in-person or telephone conversation unless one party participating in the conversation consents. Read More »

Toronto suspect's family says he was ill

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The victims have been sent to trauma centres throughout the city, according to Mr Russell. Another witness told CNN partner CTV he heard about 20 shots and the sound of a weapon being reloaded repeatedly. "We saw people starting to run in our direction". A spokeswoman for the province's Special Investigations Unit, Monica Hudon, says three people are dead including the gunman in the Danforth Street attack. Read More »

Israeli Military Downs Syrian Warplane

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Tuesday they had shot down a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet over Israeli territory with two Patriot missiles. "A short while ago, two Patriot missiles were launched at a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet that infiltrated into Israeli airspace", the Israeli Defence Forces said in a statement. Read More »

United Kingdom warns of no-deal Brexit risk as talks stalled

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This will be done to "ensure that European Union law continues to apply in the UK" during the 21 months that would follow exit day, if Mrs May secures a deal with Brussels. He pointed out clause one of the act says: "The European Communities Act 1972 is repealed on exit day". Marr also quizzed Raab on whether the M26 in Kent could become "at least in part a lorry park" in the case of "no deal". Read More »

Trump warns Iran to 'never, ever threaten' US or suffer consequences

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Trump's late night tweet was responding to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani comments that "America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars ". President Rouhani warned the USA not "play with the lions tail " as tensions simmered - sparking a furious reaction from Trump. "In a single day the Trump administration has firmly steered the USA onto a path of confrontation with Iran", remarked Rainwater. Read More »

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet after alleged Golan Heights border breach

The Israel military said it shot down a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet that entered Israel's airspace. Two Patriot interceptor missiles were launched at the Sukhoi jet after it flew two kilometres "into Israel". Israel has shot down a Syrian warplane flying over its airspace over southern Golan, according to its military. The source did not say whether the warplane had been hit. Read More »

100 missing in hydropower dam collapse

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Photographs shared by BCEL OneHeart charity in Laos.Photographs shared by BCEL OneHeart charity in Laos.Photographs shared by BCEL OneHeart charity in Laos.The Laos dam collapse has left 6600 people homeless. The 410 megawatt capacity dam was due to start commercial operations by 2019, according to the project website. When contacted by phone in Laos' capital Vientiane an official told AFP: "We do not have any official reports about it yet". Read More »

Donald Trump considers revoking ex-Obama officials' security clearance

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The move, aside from causing a political backlash, could also undermine the entire security system - from a privilege based on status and character - to a weaponized political tool, security analysts said. "We're exploring what those options are and what that looks like", she said of the process for removing the officials clearances. "Legalities aside, it seems like a bad mistake to use the security clearance system as an instrument of political vendettas", said Steven Aftergood at the ... Read More »

North Korea removes key facilities at missile launching station

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It noted, however, that the main processing building and gantry tower remained intact. Wit, a former State Department negotiator with North Korea and a consistent advocate for dialogue with Pyongyang, said such a move would be just one step in the right direction, "but an important one". Read More »

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter near Golan Heights

The IDF monitored the fighter jet, which was then intercepted by the Patriot missiles, also noted spokesman. Israel's military said there had been an increase in internal fighting in Syria since the morning hours, including intensified activity by the Syrian Air Force. Read More »

Israel military says Syrian plane shot down after crossing Golan Heights line

Israeli soldiers look out towards Syria from an observation next to the Syrian border on July 23, 2018 in the Golan Hights. Iran is Israel's arch-enemy and Netanyahu has pledged to prevent it from entrenching itself militarily in Syria. The plane crashed in Syrian territory. Israeli officials defended the use of the David's Sling , even though the missiles weren't actually going to land in Israel, as an attempt to "minimize risk", saying that the missiles carry substantial explosive ... Read More »

Amber heatwave warning for Norfolk | Weather

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To keep homes cool, the Met Office has advised shading windows and shutting them during the day - which will make sure no hot air comes in. The Met Office is forecasting that the warm weather will continue in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas over the coming days, with no respite from the heatwave in sight. Read More »

Wildfire kills at least 50 near Athens, families flee to beaches

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras cut short a visit to Bosnia because of the crisis, which has stretched Greece's firefighting abilities to full capacity. The Attica region, which has a population of around 3.5 million people, is home to the capital Athens, the port of Piraeus and a number of suburban towns. Read More »

'Never threaten United States again': Donald Trump fires back 'consequences' at Iran's Rouhani

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Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Washington's outrage is rooted in the worldwide community's view on Iran and the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal - which the U.S. Trump's tweet doesn't appear to have been prompted by any notable shift in rhetoric from Iran. "But, if needed, and steps are required, this president is not afraid to take them". Read More »

Greece Wildfires: drone footage reveals havoc caused by flames

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A major fire broke in the Penteli area northeast of Athens. Smoke and fire coming from the town of Mati, east of Athens, Monday, July 23, 2018. Winds reached 80 km/h as authorities deployed the country's entire fleet of water-dropping planes and helicopters to give vacationers time to escape. Read More »

Satellite images show North Korea has begun dismantling key test site

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Trump said after the June summit that Kim had pledged to dismantle one of his missile installations, which would be North Korea's most concrete concession to emerge from the Singapore meeting. But the Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough. "However, the worldwide community has repeatedly made clear it will not accept a nuclear-armed DPRK", the spokesperson told The Japan Times, using the acronym for ... Read More »

United Kingdom may refuse paying EU Brexit divorce bill

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Former attorney general Dominic Grieve, a leading Conservative Remainer at Westminster, warned on Sunday that Britain leaving the European Union without a deal would be " absolutely catastrophic ". I mean, frankly, a second vote has democratic downsides. And the president left accomplishing I think what he wanted to accomplish'. Mr Varadkar was responding to a threat made by British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab who suggested the United Kingdom could now insist on "conditionality" to its ... Read More »

Boulder falls from Jerusalem's Western Wall, barely missing worshipper

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The main Western Wall esplanade remains open. Barkat visited the scene with Jerusalem's city engineer and safety officials, who declared the spot unsafe and closed it to the public pending further inspection. The Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque are located above the Western Wall. Monday's incident struck a less-visited part of the wall, where men and women are permitted to pray together contrary to Orthodox Jewish practise. Read More »

Another 26 casualties found from Greek wildfire: Greek Red Cross

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He cut short an official trip to Bosnia in order to help coordinate the response to the situation, which firefighters have described as "extremely difficult". But he hinted that so many fires at once needed further scrutiny. Greece's coast guard says a search-and-rescue operation is underway for 10 people, believed to be foreign tourists, who fled a massive forest fire in a boat and were missing. Read More »

Manafort judge delays start of former Trump campaign chairman's trial

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Prosecutor Greg Andres told Ellis that Manafort's position in the Trump campaign is relevant to some of the bank fraud charges because a chairman of one of the banks allowed Manafort to file inaccurate loan information in exchange for a job on the campaign and the promise of a job in the Trump administration. Read More »

Tourist falls to his death while taking selfie on cliff

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The unnamed tourist, 18, was reportedly with pals when he plunged to his death on the cliff edge at Cape Solander, south of Sydney . Sutherland Mayor Carmelo Pesce said police had seen images of the incident and the teen was "extremely close to the edge of the rock". Read More »

President George HW Bush's Former Doctor Killed While Cycling

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Police say that the suspect on a bicycle fatally shot the doctor and then fled the scene. Dr. Mark Hausknecht , a local cardiologist and specialist at Houston Methodist Hospital's DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. His name was not immediately released. Houston Methodist Hospital's CEO Marc Boom said Hausknecht had been in medical practice for around 40 years, specializing in cardiovascular disease. Read More »

At least 20 dead in blaze near Athens

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Greece has sought global assistance to cope with the fires near the capital, which have destroyed dozens of homes, burned cars and prompted tourists and Greeks to flee to beaches east of Athens, with dramatic rescues made by boats. Boats delivered people to docks still dressed in nothing but swimsuits, while port police took down names as they disembarked. "The task we face now is organising the identification of victims by members of their families". Read More »