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US Mexico Near a Deal in NAFTA Talks, Canada Left Out

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USA trade czar Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo will meet again this week in Washington to discuss NAFTA, according to media reports. Lighthizer. Lighthizer told a U.S. Senate committee last week that the U.S.is in the closing stages of finishing a new NAFTA deal with Mexico next month, and said that would spark Canada to sign on to the agreement. Read More »

Thousands march against veil ban in Denmark

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Muslim women who do not wear face veils also participated in the protests. Like Sabina, Meryem plans to defy the law, keep her niqab on and protest against the ban. It said at the time that the burqa and niqab were not "compatible with the values and sense of community in Danish society". "When the mosque is one of the few places where we can (wear veils), then I think the law will mean that more people will go to the mosque". Read More »

China warns of tariffs on imported U.S. goods worth $60bn

The Trump administration tightened pressure for trade concessions from Beijing this week by proposing a higher 25 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017, in Beijing. However, speaking to reporters at the White House, Kudlow said there had been some communication on trade "at the highest level" in recent days. Read More »

Palace finds ‘nothing objectionable’ with Asean-China military drills

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Pompeo is also focusing on another major regional flashpoint at the forum - rival claims in the South China Sea and China's growing presence there. On the sidelines of the event, Zarif held separate meetings with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as well as his Philippines, Japanese and Turkish counterparts for talks on bilateral ties as well as regional and global issues, including the Iran nuclear agreement. Read More »

Summer heat sizzles Europe: Portugal and Spain could see record temperatures

July's average United Kingdom maximum temperature was 22.6C from July 1-30, hotter than 1976's 21.6C, and the second-hottest since records began 108 years ago in 1910, behind only 2006's 23.2C. Central and northern areas, including Scandinavia , will see temperatures reverting to "normal". The hot weather will move up towards Britain and Ireland later in the week. Read More »

Giuliani: Trump to make Mueller sit-down call within 10 days

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He also called it a "a disgrace to USA". Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wants to speak with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov about how the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer came together. Now, following the lead of his attorney Rudy Giuliani , Trump Tuesday added that "collusion is no crime". "If the question you had before me, Wolf, was he just fired the attorney general or deputy attorney general, it would be a very different conversation", Jackson said. Read More »

Video captures man taunting bison at Yellowstone National Park

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She then spotted a man trying to approach the animal . At one point the bison starts to charge the man, but did not appear to make contact. The man escaped a slumberous attack by the bison, but continues to taunt him once more - puffing out his chest and grunting a second time. Read More »

Parts of Lynchburg evacuate over possible dam failure

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Heavy rains have caused rising water and crews are using caution, CBS Roanoke affiliate WDBJ reports . The nearest downstream city from the dam is Lynchburg. Several roads already were flooded or closed at that time, with local fire and police departments sending out boats and squads to rescue people. The warning comes as rain has saturated parts of the East for days, with flash-flood watches in effect Friday morning for millions from Georgia to Vermont. Read More »

France bans smartphones in schools

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Our main role is to protect children and adolescents. Schoolchildren in the country will have to leave their smartphones switched off while they're at school or leave them at home altogether. In reality, the ban has already been made. The amount is set in the hope that it's high enough to scare people from behaving in this way, but not so high that they couldn't pay you straight away if they were caught (otherwise it would become even more hard to enforce). Read More »

Killed, Scores Wounded in Afghanistan Attacks

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A spokesman said the attack happened during a meeting with NGOs working on refugee issues. Several global organisations are also in the vicinity. At least one of the men blew himself up at the gate and two others entered the building, the witness said. Read More »

Ryan, McConnell come up with more excuses not to fund border wall

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The annual appropriations process is moving faster than it has in years, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's intent on making sure it doesn't get bogged down in ideological spats. "Nobody even spoke to him about it, because it was something that was unthinkable what he did", Trump said. He reiterated the threat in person on Monday, although he said he would "leave room for negotiation". Read More »

USA eyes freeze of fuel efficiency rules

California and 16 other states sued in the administration over the fuel efficiency standards in May, anticipating the new regulation. In one recent internal presentation, part of which was obtained by The Washington Post, officials at the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality warned that the proposal at that point contained "a wide range of errors, use of outdated data, and unsupported assumptions". Read More »

Trump praises Italy's Conte on immigration

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The election planks that led to Europe's only fully populist government sound familiar: Promises to crack down on migration, suspicion of collective decision-making and regulation in Europe, a desire for better relations with Russian Federation and a lessening of sanctions on Moscow. Read More »

Trump shutdown threat falls flat in Congress fixated on avoiding budget battle

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Trump, who was speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday evening, said prominent conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity thought the shutdown fight should come before the elections. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" McConnell acknowledged, however, that the border funding issue in particular was unlikely to be resolved before the balloting. Read More »

California firefighters thanked by 3 girls on horseback

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Brown said that only a month into the current budget year California has already spent $125 million, a quarter of its fire budget. Crews "still have quite a bit of work to do" to shore up containment lines, he said. Officials say 20 people who had been reporting missing in California's devastating wildfires are now accounted for. Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders because of the fire, which has killed six people, including two firefighters, and leveled almost 500 ... Read More »

'Mollie's lending me her strength': Mollie Tibbetts' family announces $172,000 reward fund

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Part of the investigation involves a reported sighting of Tibbetts at a truck stop in Missouri, about 380 kilometres away from her hometown. "She's out there. Investigators have been looking at various data, including social media and information from a Fitbit that Tibbetts is known to have used. "The timeline is very important, obviously, to us, but it's also been very important to us to get to know Mollie and understand what's normal for Mollie, what's not normal for Mollie", Kevin ... Read More »

Death penalty ‘inadmissible’ in Catholic teaching update

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The new teaching now states there are other ways to protect common good. The update also says the Church will "work with determination" for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide. "Just as children are required to obey the law of God even when it means disobedience to their parents, so Catholics are required to believe and hold the divinely revealed dogmas of the faith and definitive Catholic teaching even if it means dissenting from the authentic magisterium of the pope or bishops". Read More »

Facebook Identifies "Sophisticated Attempt" To Influence Midterms Via Fake Accounts And Pages

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It described attempts to erase election interference as an "arms race". In total, Facebook identified 8 pages, 17 profiles, and 7 Instagram accounts involved in this suspicious behavior. "We know that Russians and other bad actors are going to continue to try to abuse our platform - before the midterms, probably during the midterms, after the midterms, and around other events and elections", Gleicher told reporters on a conference call. Read More »

National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October

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Grassley had requested the documents to begin rolling production by August 1, to be completed by August 15. "And if these documents coming from the archives and from George W. All three voted to confirm Neil M. Gorsuch to the court. But according to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office, this will not be a problem because the Bush Library is already making the same documents available right away. Read More »

Poland sees higher risk of no-deal Brexit

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Hunt said a no-deal Brexit was "the last thing we want", adding that May's chosen strategy, including pursuing a UK-EU free trade area, was to push for continued close ties. Matteo Salvini, Italy's right-wing interior minister and leader of anti-immigrant Lega Nord, has claimed that Brussels is trying to "swindle" London in their Brexit negotiations, telling Theresa May to walk away without a deal. Read More »

US Welcomes Remains Of War Dead Soldiers From North Korea

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Trump also posted a note on Twitter on Thursday thanking Kim for returning the remains of USA soldiers and saying he looked forward to seeing Kim again. The U.S. military sent 200 boxes to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea in anticipation of the latest transfer, but North Korea handed over only 55 boxes, McKeague said, explaining that U.S. Read More »

Trump really champing at the bit to talk with Mueller

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It was one of his most direct calls to kill the probe into his own campaign, and Democratic leaders, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), condemned it as an "attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight". "I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said after talks with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. Read More »

White House Repeatedly Refuses To Say Journos Aren't 'Enemy Of The People'

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has refused to break with the president and say she does not think the news media is the "enemy" of the American people . "We fully support a free press, but there also comes a high level of responsibility with that". Coats also said that while Russian Federation is continuing to interfere in the United States, other countries also have "an interest in trying to influence our domestic political environment". Read More »

Police ID suspect in killing of George HW Bush's doctor

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The friend called police out of concern and when officers arrived at Pappas' home to conduct a welfare check, he was nowhere to be found. On Wednesday, police issued a warrant for the suspect's arrest. On Tuesday, someone said they recognized the suspect in surveillance video released a day before. His mother died in surgery under Hausknecht's care more than two decades ago, possibly causing Pappas to hold a 20-year grudge against the doctor. Read More »

Trump tweet on Muller probe "opinion not order": White House

The US administration has warned that Russian Federation is conducting "information warfare" ahead of its midterm elections and has assembled "vast, government-wide effort" to counteract meddling efforts, officials said on Thursday. "They ought to let them conclude their work", Thune said. Senator Orrin Hatch said he did not think Sessions had the power to end the probe and it would be unwise to do so. Read More »

Spotify Removes Multiple Episodes Of Alex Jones' Podcast From Service

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One suggestion to ban Jones' podcast from the service has received almost 2,000 votes on Spotify's Community submissions page. In one of several defamation lawsuits against Jones, the parents of six-year-old Noah Pozner say they have had to move seven times due to harassment and threats motivated by conspiracy theories put forth by Jones and others about the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Read More »

World's most prestigious maths medal stolen minutes after professor wins it

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Another of the 2018 winners, Kurdish refugee turned Cambridge University math professor Caucher Birkar, had his gold medal stolen minutes after receiving it. He now teaches at the Stanford University. It awakened a fascination for math that today has seen him become a leader in calculating variations and partial differential equations. Read More »

Ivanka Trump says she was 'vehemently' opposed to separation of families

Ivanka Trump has claimed she is "vehemently against" the separation of parents and children at the US-Mexico border but stopped short of condemning her father's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. "I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people ", she concluded. Axios' Mike Allen asked Ivanka if she believed the media was the "enemy of the people". Read More »

Trump Says Jeff Sessions Should 'Stop This Rigged Witch Hunt Right Now'

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also said the tweet was obstruction of justice "hiding in plain sight". The request could reinvigorate legislation that would protect Mueller from being fired without cause. "Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and "Public Enemy Number One", or Paul Manafort , political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement - although convicted of nothing", Trump tweeted. Read More »

In Iran, economic worries grow as sanctions loom

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That has raised concerns of an increasing risk of confrontation. He also rejected any link between the Omani foreign minister's trip to the US and Tehran-Washington row, saying, "The US or parts of the US may express wishes (about talks), but after the (US) illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA and their hostile policies and push for economic pressure on the Iranian nation, I think there is no such issue (on agenda)". Read More »

Trump urges attorney general to end Mueller probe ‘right now’

Mueller's team responded earlier this week to a proposal Trump's lawyers submitted some 11 days ago that suggested the president would only answer questions about whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation, not whether Trump obstructed justice, said Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Read More »

Syria restores control over border with Jordan

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The terrorists came as close to 200 meters to the Israel-Syria border when Israeli troops launched an attack against them, Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Ronen Manelis said. Asked whether Israel should be less wary of possible flare-ups on the Golan - much of which it seized from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognised overseas - Lieberman said: "I believe so". Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn apologises over 2010 Holocaust event

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Views were expressed at the meeting which I do not accept or condone. The Labour leader acknowledged that he had appeared alongside people "whose views I completely reject" and apologised for the "concerns and anxiety" that caused. She added: "It does beggar belief and the question has to be asked, this was said in the presence of the leader of the Labour Party, where's the action?" Owen Smith MP, a former contender for the Labour leadership, tweeted yesterday that the stories' ongoing ... Read More »

Passenger plane crashes on take off in northern Mexico

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The governor said a gust of wind hit the plane shortly after it took off, causing the jet to lose speed and hit the ground with its left wing, knocking both engines loose. All 103 people on board escaped alive before the Embraer 190 caught fire after skidding virtually intact in a field near the airport. Aeromexico says it involved an Embraer 190 plane with capacity of 100 passengers. Read More »