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Trump pulls Shanahan from consideration for US defence secretary

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But as of Trump's tweet on Tuesday he had not been formally nominated, even though he had been expected to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee for a confirmation hearing in mid-June. In a statement, Mr. Shanahan said that continuing with the process would be devastating to his children and would force them to relive traumatic personal experiences dating back almost a decade. Read More »

Death toll rises from China natural disaster

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Eight died in Changning County and three others in Qixian County, the Yibin city government said in its Twitter-like Weibo account. Several major roads were damaged including the highway between Yibin city and Xuyong county, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Read More »

Pakistans population to reach 403 million by 2050

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In China, for example, the population is projected to decrease by 31.4 million, or around 2.2 per cent, between 2019 and 2050. However, in sub-Saharan Africa, the number of people will continue to increase until 2100 AD. In the poorest of countries, people still live seven years less than the global average. Projections indicate that by 2050 there will be more than twice as many persons above 65 as children under five. Read More »

US, China to Restart Trade Talks Ahead of G-20

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However, at present, the athletic footwear manufacturer is robustly rivaling the President's most recent warning to heaping new tariffs on China. Lardy, who has written several books on the Chinese economy, said that it would probably be "not so smart" for companies to massively move supply chains away from China, because it would be hard to find a place that could "absorb that big an increase", whether it's logistics or labor supply, or anything else. Read More »

Boeing Said Open to Changing Name of Grounded 737 Max Jet

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An Airbus A330neo aircraft performs during the inauguration the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France. Many pilots' representatives have criticized Boeing for not giving them enough information about the system before putting the planes into operation. Read More »

Buhari mourns victims of bomb blasts in Borno

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Since 2009, Boko Haram has been carrying out a violent campaign against civilians in North Eastern Nigeria through acts of nearly daily killings, bombings, abductions, and looting. In July 2018, eight people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a mosque. Boko Haram's insurgency has claimed more than 27,000 lives and forced two million to flee their homes. Read More »

British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran on new hunger strike

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Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe , who's becoming a member of her in refusing food, acknowledged she wished her unconditional unlock. It comes amid rising tensions between the United Kingdom and Iran, after Britain stated the Iranian regime became "nearly absolutely" to blame for attacks on two oil tankers within the Gulf of Oman . Read More »

Majority of Voters Would Feel 'Uncomfortable' Voting for Trump in 2020

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Within the Democratic primary, former Vice President Joe Biden leads the pack at 23%. The CBS News/YouGov poll shows Biden had support of 31 per cent of Democratic primary voters with three US senators next: Warren of MA at 17 per cent, Sanders of Vermont at 16 per cent, and Harris of California at 10 per cent. Read More »

Encephalitis toll hits 103, govt announces more ICUs for Bihar

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Dr Vardhan, who visited Muzzaffarpur hospitals on Sunday, also directed the establishment of five virological labs across different districts in the state and the setting-up of a 100-bed paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH). Read More »

Pompeo says 'there's no doubt' Iran attacked 2 tankers

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Brown also said that on June 13 , "a modified Iranian SA-7 surface-to-air missile attempted to shoot down" a U.S. MQ-9 drone over the Gulf of Oman in an effort to disrupt surveillance of the "IRGC attack" on Kokuka Courageous - one of two oil tankers attacked in the area that day. Read More »

Boris Johnson bid gets support from former rival

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Mr Masterton broke with Matt Hancock, whom he had supported before the health secretary dropped out of the race. The fifth candidate, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, said that he would press ahead with the current agreement even though it has been rejected by parliament three times this year in a process that has forced out the current Prime Minister Theresa May . Read More »

US releases new photos it says incriminate Iran in tanker attacks

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The United States also blamed Iran for attacks on four tankers roughly a month prior to the Gulf of Oman attacks. Pompeo has said that a new deployment of US troops to the Middle East is an option in response to last week's attack. Under this policy, reactions from Iran - such as the tanker attacks or increased uranium enrichment - are not only expected, but are, in essence, a self-fulfilling prophecy. Read More »

Trump ABC Interview Beat in Ratings By Celebrity Family Feud

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And they don't know how to analyze these Trump voters because they don't like talking to the media because they know the media is like 90% negative coverage of their president". "No, at some point I might", Trump continued , when asked if he would willingly turn over his tax documents. There are other gems in the rambling transcript from Stephanopoulos's interview with Trump, including his answer about how much sleep he gets a night (4 to 5 hours, Trump says) and if he's "a big breakfast ... Read More »

Boeing apologizes for Max crashes as Airbus rakes in sales

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Airbus said on Monday that the plane's additional range, which opens up routes such as India to Europe or China to Australia, would allow airlines to operate a single-aisle aircraft on intercontinental journeys that are only now possible on larger and less fuel-efficient wide-body planes. Read More »

Parkland Survivor Who Made Racist Remarks Gets Bad News

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Asked for comment, Harvard said "we do not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants". Kyle Kashuv , who became a pro-gun conservative activist after the mass shooting in March past year, tweeted on Monday that Harvard "has chose to rescind my admission over texts and comments" made before the massacre. Read More »

Trump Campaign Kicks Off 2020 Bid by Dumping Pollsters After Low Numbers

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Mr Stephanopoulos was quizzing Mr Trump about the ongoing efforts by House Democrats to subpoena his tax statements, which the president has so far refused to release to the public. Yesterday, The New York Times reported that the president's campaign, furious over the data leak, was cutting ties to three of its five pollsters. Read More »

China's President Xi to visit North Korea this week

It will be Xi's first trip to North Korea since taking power in 2012, though he visited the country as vice president in 2008. Xi and Kim will "push for new progress" in a political resolution of the Korean peninsula issue, according to CCTV, which cited an unnamed official. Read More »

Supreme Court Hands Democrats a Win in Virginia Gerrymandering Case

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The Klein petition was filed by the Texas-based law firm First Liberty in October and been pending before the Supreme Court for almost a year. "This is a victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein and for religious liberty for all Americans", said Kelly Shackelford, president of First Liberty Institute, a cause lawyering firm that represents the Klein family. Read More »

Indian magician feared drowned as Houdini-inspired stunt goes wrong

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Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-born American stuntman who became a sensation in the early 20th century with daredevil feats including escaping from a crate lowered into the East River in NY in 1912. Meanwhile, twitter users in different parts of the world are expressing shock at the incident. "He tied his legs and hands with chains and went into the river with the help of a crane", said a police official, according to the Deccan Herald . Read More »

Trump reacts to increasing of Uranium production by Iran

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But Iran has repeatedly criticised delays in setting up a European mechanism that would shield trade with Iran from US sanctions in an effort to save the nuclear deal. (Even John Bolton is willing to entertain diplomacy with Iran now, for cripes sake.) Meanwhile, Trump has reportedly all but ruled out war , recognizing that it would betray his pledge in 2016 to put America first by reducing foreign entanglements. Read More »

What Chinese Citizens Have Learned About Hong Kong’s Protests

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Wong became the face of the 2014 pro-democracy protests which called for the city to pick its own leaders. Protest organizers said nearly two million people - out of Hong Kong's population of around seven million - turned out on Sunday to demand that Lam resign , in what is becoming the most significant challenge to China's relationship with the territory since 1997. Read More »

Johnson absent from two Tory leadership race debates

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But others mistrust him for his long record of misleading and false statements, verbal blunders and erratic performance in high office. "We're choosing a prime minister and the public has the right to hear from us and judge who had the qualities to be Prime Minister", he insisted. Read More »

Pakistan provincial gov't live streams presser with 'cat filter' on

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The online stream of regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai speaking with journalists went viral after a member of his social media team accidentally activated the filter on the social network. The Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was streaming the conference from northwest Pakistan . One Twitter user joked that there are now, apparently, cats in Pakistan's cabinet. Read More »

Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi dies in court

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His body was taken to a hospital, state TV said. Morsi had been on trial for espionage and treason when he blacked out in the courtroom, reports said. He was then unseated on July 3 by a military coup council consisting of Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb, and Coptic Pope Tawadros II. Read More »

West Bengal junior doctors end strike after meeting Mamata Banerjee

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Considering everything, we expect the government to solve the issues as discussed in due time. In a show of solidarity, medical practitioners across the country chose not to work, leaving patients in the lurch. She also directed the state officials to avoid chaotic situations and ensure that more than two people doesn't enter the emergency ward at a time. "See if a third person can be involved who can absorb the information from the doctors and pass it to patient party". Read More »

Saudi Crown Prince Accuses Rival Iran of Tanker Attacks

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Japan has been seeking more concrete evidence through various channels, including Foreign Minister Taro Kono who is likely to have made the request during a call with his counterpart on Friday, the sources said . On Saturday, Associated Press journalists saw the crew members of the Norwegian-owned oil tanker MT Front Altair arrive at Dubai International Airport, after spending two days in Iran. Read More »

Pompeo Says US 'Will Guarantee' Passage through Strait of Hormuz

Oil prices rose on Monday after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington will take all actions necessary to guarantee safe navigation in the Middle East, as tensions mounted following attacks on tankers last week. "The intelligence community has lots of data, lots of evidence ", he said. The June 13 attacks followed weeks of simmering tension in the region between Iran and the U.S. Read More »

Afghan govt frees 490 Taliban prisoners across country

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There was at least one child among the fatalities, while three other minors were wounded. The Taliban has held talks with prominent Afghans, including former President Hamid Karzai and members of opposition political parties, but so far they have refused to hold direct discussions with members of the Afghan government, calling them USA puppets. Read More »

Five Democrats Best Trump In New Fox News Poll

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The NBC/WSJ poll of 1,000 adults was conducted June 8-11 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. When Trump was asked about Biden - the most promising Democrat campaigning for president - during his ABC News interview, he claimed they were "fake polls". Read More »

Pompeo blames Iran for tanker attacks

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But Larijani, speaking in the Iranian parliament, said it was "comical" that the U.S. was urging Iran to turn to diplomacy after launching a "full-scale economic war" against the country. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Friday to conduct an independent investigation to determine who is responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman . Read More »

Trump slams NYT report on U.S. cyber attacks against Russian Federation

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The times reports the incursion into Russia's power grid seems to have been done under new legal authorities in the military authorization bill Congress passed past year. In his latest clash with The New York Times , the U.S. president once again slammed the "failing" outlet as "the enemy of the people" on Twitter and insisted that it committed "an act of treason" by publishing a story on alleged United States cyber-attacks against the Russian grid. Read More »