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Architect of bin Laden raid issues stunning rebuke of Trump

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Legal experts said the dispute may add to the evidence being reviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller. Brennan, who served under President Barack Obama , was one of the intelligence chiefs who signed off on the intelligence community's January 2017 assessment that Russian Federation interfered with the intent to help Trump and to hurt Hillary Clinton. Read More »

Colorado Man Confesses to Killing Pregnant Wife and Two Daughters

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Frederick police Sgt. Ian Albert said Shanann Watts and her daughters were reported missing on Monday by a friend who was concerned that she hadn't heard from the woman. Chris Watts spoke previously with The Denver Channel and pleaded for his family's safe return. "If your wife could see this ... if she's watching this, what would you like to tell your wife and kids?" Chris said his wife informed him she was planning to go with their girls' to a friend's house. Read More »

Saudi Arabia Clarifies: Cryptocurrency Trading IS Illegal

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This was traced to an issue with its banking partner in the country. State officials in Saudi Arabia have reminded citizens that trading in cryptocurrency is illegal in the country. The reasons, it claimed, were due to " their negative consequences and high risk on traders " since they are beyond the purview of governmental supervision. Read More »

Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

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The Taliban had besieged the base, which housed about 140 Afghan troops, for three days before the attack late Monday, said the local provincial council chief, Mohammad Tahir Rahmani. Afghan-based political analyst Haroun Mir said generals in the field have also been hobbled by Kabul , citing Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's reputation for micromanagement as a hindrance. Read More »

U.S. newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

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President Trump on Twitter has attacked the press for these editorials about him attacking the press. The editorial effort was in response to a request from the The Boston Globe . "Praise them when you think they've done a good job and criticise them when you think they could do better". The Wall Street Journal: The prominent publication chose to refrain from participating because it said it goes against the independence that editorial boards seek. Read More »

Trump opts to revoke former Central Intelligence Agency director Brennan's security clearance

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The president's statement accuses Brennan of "erratic conduct and behavior" that "has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him". He also criticized Trump on MSNBC Tuesday evening, calling him "dangerous to our nation". Trump said. "So I think something had to be done". Former high-ranking government employees can in some cases ask for and receive a security briefing on a certain subject. Read More »

Malaysian court to rule on women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam

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Indonesia's ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana, who was present in court, said his government respected the court's decision against Siti Aisyah. Indonesia's Siti Aisyah and Vietnam's Doan Thi Huong are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's face in an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on February 13, 2017. Read More »

Defence in Manafort's fraud trial rests case

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Defence attorneys have called Gates a liar, philanderer and embezzler as they've sought to undermine his testimony. Before prosecutors rested for the day, they sparred with defense lawyers about a technical issue that may become key in closing arguments. Read More »

Trump revokes security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan

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On Wednesday the President returned the favor when the White House announced that Mr. Brennan's security clearance was being revoked. "Historically, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insights and as a professional courtesy", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee ... Read More »

Putin has not yet ordered retaliatory sanctions against United States

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President Vladimir Putin has not yet ordered instructions on preparing retaliatory measures against the United States over Washington's possible sanctions, Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov attributed the ruble depreciation partly to the new USA sanctions. The United States also seeks to contain Moscow's energy sector, which the Russian economy heavily depends on. Read More »

Mueller appointment ruled constitutional

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U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich denied the request by a Russian firm, accused of funding the Russian social media troll effort, to throw out Mueller's case against it. Most in the poll say the President should testify for Mueller's investigation if asked (70% say so), and the views of that group have shifted as the public wrangling over the terms of an interview has gone on. Read More »

Donald Trump Signs $716 Billion Defence Policy Bill

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While President Donald Trump sang praises over the defense spending bill he signed called the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, he conveniently left out the bill's namesake in his congratulatory speech. Read More »

Sterling stuck below $1.28 after below-forecast United Kingdom wage growth

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Investors have been hesitant to keep buying the Pound versus the New Zealand Dollar due to concerns that Britain could be headed for a "no deal" Brexit . Otherwise, the ongoing financial crisis in Turkey may continue to drive demand for Dollars, as may the trade war between the United States and China, while GBP will be affected domestically by any major Brexit news. Read More »

New Zealand bans foreigners from buying homes

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Determined to combat New Zealand's lofty housing prices, the country's lawmakers have trained their aim at a distant target: the buyers beyond their borders. "Personally, I think it's the latter". The Government's legislation passed its final hurdle to become law on Wednesday night with the support of Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens. Read More »

Iran said to cancel visit by Iraq's prime minister

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Abadi will still go ahead with a planned visit to Turkey on August 14, but has scrapped the Iran leg of the trip "because of his busy schedule", his office said. Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the main factions of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), issued a statement, saying it "regrets the Prime Minister's position on United States sanctions against Iran". Read More »

Trump revokes security clearance for ex-CIA director Brennan

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Warner, whose committee is probing whether Trump colluded with Russians to steal the 2016 election, said the president is trying to distract from internal White House troubles - including Congress' investigation. "Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin". He said he was "honored" to deliver Trump's message, which he said "emphasized the importance of further engagement". Read More »

Heavy monsoon rains kill 44 people in southern India, close airport

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As per a PTI report, an airport spokesperson said, "Operations suspended to/from Cochin International Airport till 1400 hrs.due to flood level in and around Airport". The chief secretary was asked to contact neighbouring states for emergency assistance. The tourist town of Munnar is virtually inundated after shutters of the Idukki, Mullaperiyar and Mattuppetty dams were opened. Read More »

Fired White House aide: 'I will not be silenced'

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Still, the former reality TV star-turned-political aide declined to answer several questions about her experiences during her year as the highest-ranking African-American aide in Trump's White House , citing the arbitration action. The source says Ivanka and Kushner called Manigault-Newman to console her a day after chief of staff John Kelly kicked her to the curb . Omarosa Manigault Newman secretly recorded private conversations with President Donald Trump and in the last week, ... Read More »

Trump Gives $717 Billion Defense Bill a Green Light

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China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new USA defense act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of a US panel that reviews foreign investment proposals. Mr. Trump, who has feuded with Mr. McCain for most of his presidency, didn't mention him during his remarks. Among the changes, the bill creates new legal protections for students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and requires the ... Read More »

Walmart shooter: Police respond to reports of ‘multiple victims’

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Police have not said what charges either the suspected gunman or the woman he was with will face, but said he gun allegedly tossed from his vehicle was recovered. 'I can tell you that the 30-year-old male appeared to be very high on either narcotics, alcohol or a combination of both, ' Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Read More »

Afghan army makes significant gains against Taliban in Ghazni

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Officials later said all indications were that there was only one bomber. The attack occurred as the government was facing heavy pressure over a Taliban attack on the central city of Ghazni that led to five days of intense fighting during which hundreds of civilians and members of the security forces were killed. Read More »

Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley

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Smoke from British Columbia and fires in the Cascades continues to build in the Puget Sound region Monday. And it's bad if not worse in north Washington due to smoke moving south from Canada. While conditions should clear up in the Lewis County area soon, the ongoing blazes mean the smoke might not be gone for good . "Last week, the jet stream was carrying wildfire smoke all the way form California up into Canada". Read More »

Nebraska to carry out its first execution in two decades

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Moore was sentenced to death for the 1979 killings of Omaha taxi drivers Maynard Helgeland and Reuel Van Ness Jr. He had seven other execution dates before this one. The company quickly appealed, and on Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit agreed with the lower court's ruling, paving the way for the execution to go forward. Read More »

Australian party leader fans outrage over 'final solution' speech

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One of the most controversial comments of Mr Anning's speech was his call for a " final solution " to immigration. His choice of the phrase " final solution " - used by Nazi high command during the Holocaust as a euphemism for the mass extermination of Jews - provoked instant and widespread condemnation, reports The Sydney Morning Herald . Read More »

Modi says 'sleeping elephant' India has woken up

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Modi used the spotlight to laud his government s achievements and announce that a massive health insurance scheme would be launched in September and India would send a manned mission into space by 2022. There is now no role for middlemen or traditional power brokers in the capital in influencing Governmental decisions, he said. One Rank One Pension (OROP) policy was also put into practice when our jawans were struggling. Read More »

Manafort's Defense Rests Without Bringing Evidence

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Manafort's lawyers asked the judge to toss out all the charges against him, but they focused in particular on four bank-fraud charges. Gates acknowledged that he "possibly" covered personal expenses with Trump inauguration funds at the trial of his former boss Paul Manafort last week. Read More »

Pennsylvania priests 'abused thousands of children'

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However, at least two instances uncovered by the jury's investigation led to charges against priests. Its findings echoed many earlier church investigations around the country, describing widespread sexual abuse and church officials' concealment of it. Read More »

Search for survivors after Italian motorway collapse kills 26

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Video showed eyewitnesses screaming just after a section of the bridge gave way. At least 30 cars and three heavy vehicles were on the portion of the bridge when it crumbled, Civil Protection authorities said. Built between 1963 and 1967, the bridge had a maximum span of 718 feet, a total length of 0.7 miles, and concrete piers - vertical structures buttressing the arches of a bridge - that reach 295 feet in height. Read More »

Jim Mattis defends his reversal on Space Force

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In a speech at the Pentagon Thursday (Aug. 9), Vice President Mike Pence revealed a detailed plan to create the Space Force , which Trump proposed earlier this yearn. "I was not against setting up a Space Force ". But Trump's tweet was relatively sparse given just how much he has been advocating for the creation of a Space Force . Read More »

Evidence of child abuse at New Mexico compound under review

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Defence lawyers claimed prosecutors were trying to criminalise their clients for being African-Americans and Muslim. Clark said his client had permits to carry his weapons and no criminal record - accusing prosecutors of holding adults at the compound to an unusual standard due to their race and Muslim faith. Read More »