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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam makes personal apology but won't resign

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yeut-ngor apologized on Tuesday for the political unrest that has shaken Hong Kong , but the pro-Beijing leader refused to give in to demands for her resignation or to withdraw the proposed legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Read More »

U.S. House panel to question former Trump aide Hope Hicks

It's another flashpoint in an ongoing battle between Democrats seeking to investigate Trump and the White House , and Trump's advisers have made multiple legal arguments in order to stop those investigations in their tracks. The Journal has reported that Hicks called Pecker to discuss the story before giving her statement to the Journal. But they agreed to the private interview after negotiations. Read More »

Concentration camp ABCs for AOC

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Ocasio-Cortez defended her comments on June 18 as she doubled down on her use of the loaded term. But I'd like to believe that using the horrors of mass slaughter to advance an unrelated agenda is simply an example of AOC being AOC - saying the most outrageous falsehoods she can fathom to garner attention. Read More »

Deliberations To Begin In Trial Of Accused NXIVM Cult Leader

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Jurors began deliberating the case against Keith Raniere Wednesday morning and announced they had reached a verdict about four hours later. Along with racketeering and sex trafficking, Raniere was indicted on crimes included forced labor, money laundering, wire fraud, identity theft and possession of child pornography, according to the Times . Read More »

German Chancellor wracked by shakes during ceremony due to dehydration

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At a later press conference Merkel said she had drunk three glasses of water in the meantime, suggesting she was dehydrated. Ms Merkel was meeting president Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday when she looked as if she was struggling to stand up while they listened to national anthems during military honours upon his arrival to Berlin. Read More »

Trump Says Alleged Iranian Attacks on Tankers Are 'Minor'

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Iran's Rouhani said on Monday that European nations still had time to save the accord. "Iran will not wage war against any nation", Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called for "maximum restraint" as she heads to D.C. for talks today with US officials. Did attacks on oil shipping in the Gulf of Oman create a cassus belli for the United States to attack Iran? The official also said it took the Iranian ... Read More »

'Credible evidence' Saudi crown prince behind Jamal Khashoggi murder, United Nations says

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The UN report into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi reveals disturbing new details about what happened in the hours before he died, and the conversations that were taking place between Saudi officials who were involved in his killing . "There is strong, credible evidence again that the crime scene was not only investigated, but was cleaned, forensically cleaned". Saudi Arabia has said it wants to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East with help from USA companies, but it has ... Read More »

Turkey, Qatar Only Countries to React to Morsi's Death

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Al-Akhbar said Morsi's death came as a surprise, but that the circumstances over recent years - such as the former president's health problems and ill treatment - had paved the way for his death. Morsi promised a moderate Islamist agenda and a new democratic era, but his time in power proved hard, with critics accusing him of trying to amass power and impose the Muslim Brotherhood's conservative brand of politics on the country. Read More »

Sudan`s Bashir charged with corruption, in first appearance since April

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The charges relate in part to several million dollars worth of cash in U.S. dollars, Euros and Sudanese pounds found in Bashir's home a week after the military ousted him on April 11, following weeks of protests against his 30-year rule. The Council had originally agreed to a three year transitional period towards civilian rule in order to dilute old vices of al-Bashir's corrupt legacy and pave the way towards fair elections . Read More »

Acting ICE chief confirms operation targeting migrant families

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Some immigrant rights groups have said licenses would help shield undocumented immigrants from getting picked up in routine traffic stops. Schaaf responded late Monday to the president's tweet teasing the looming ICE roundups. But even after two and a half years in office, there is often no reliable formula for determining which of Trump's tweets are likely to materialize in reality. Read More »

Iraq rocket attack: two injured in Basra compound housing foreign oil companies

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Iran backs a handful of powerful militias in Iraq, where more than 5,000 USA troops are stationed as part of an ongoing mission to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group. The headquarters also has US military advisers. Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Italian Eni SpA also operate out of the site. Reports suggest some of the companies are planning to evacuate their foreign staff. Read More »

Mohammed Morsi: UN Calls For Probe Of Ex-Egyptian President's Death

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On Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Hafez slammed a United Nations call for an inquiry as a "deliberate attempt to politicise a natural death". "Concerns have been raised regarding the conditions of Mr Morsi's detention, including access to adequate medical care, as well as sufficient access to his lawyers and family, during his almost six years in custody". Read More »

There Were People 'On Both Sides' Of Central Park 5 Case

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A new Netflix miniseries about the case, When They See Us , has the country talking about the Central Park Five , and American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan asked Trump on Tuesday if he would ever apologize to the men. New York City reached a roughly $41-million United States settlement with the five without admitting wrongdoing. Trump has always been attached to the case of the " Central Park Five " because he ran a full-page ad in the New York Times less than a ... Read More »

Pete Buttigieg Says It's "Almost Certain" We've Had a Gay President

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Asked to suggest a previous president who could have been gay, based on his "reading of history", Buttigieg declined to answer, instead mocking his own gaydar. 'There was a time in my life when I would have cut the gay out of me if I knew how, ' he said, earlier this month. Mayor Pete Buttigieg told the Des Moines Register that being gay is just one part of who he is, but it gives him a unique ability to relate to others with a different experience. Read More »

Video shows flight attendant hitting plane ceiling, passenger praying during severe turbulence

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Then, a second jolt sends the flight attendant and her tray into the ceiling, and liquid pours down on everyone, including the woman, who is now joining her hands in prayer. Despite reports that seats were ripped from the plane during the 10-minute long turbulence, ALK Airlines, the Bulgarian company that owns the plane, said the plane had a "normal" landing after the incident and no seats were dislodged. Read More »

MH17 investigators will name names, Ukrainian minister said

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The Netherlands and Australia said they would hold Russian Federation legally responsible for downing the plane. The Dutch-led probe has said it will first inform families, and then hold a press conference to unveil "developments in the criminal investigation" into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Read More »

Huntsman caught feasting on pygmy possum in Tasmania

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The pictures were shared on a Facebook group devoted to Tasmanian spiders and insects by Justine, where they have appalled thousands of netizens. Latton's husband captured the photo while at a lodge in the Mount Field National Park, northwest of Hobart. Read More »

UK's Corbyn to back second Brexit referendum

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And in a sign of how existential the threat for the Tory party is if they defy the will of their members, more than half of the party members polled (54%) were happy for their party to be destroyed if it meant Brexit was achieved versus 36%. Read More »

Hong Kong protests: Bigger rallies on the horizon

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It would also threaten sanctions and travel restrictions against individuals found to be involved in disappearances in the semiautonomous region. "It will raise the standard for whether Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous in order to receive the special economic and trade benefits that are now gets", McGovern told VOA. Read More »

US authorities seize over 16 tons of cocaine worth $1bn

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Authorities made arrests of the crew and are investigating. "Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection are leading a multi-agency inspection of shipping containers aboard a merchant ship at the Port of Philadelphia", Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. Read More »

Phoenix couple who say police drew guns on them want officers fired

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The couple say they were released shortly after the arrest, and the shop manager refused to press charges. Ames said with the officers still working, it feels like a "slap in the face". You can see an officer kick Ames in the back of the leg while he is handcuffed. The notice of claim-the precursor to a lawsuit-also disputed initial statements by the police alleging that Ames wasn't complying to their order and that an officer punched Ames for no reason . Read More »

Sanders' Departure Sparks White House Debate Over Bringing Back Press Briefings

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President Donald Trump speaks about White House press secretary Sarah Sanders during an event on second chance hiring in the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 13, 2019 . Trump described Sanders as "a warrior", which was echoed by Huckabee on June 14, and he expressed appreciation for her "outstanding job". The possibility that Sanders may run for governor in her home state of Arkansas is shaking up a race that's three years away but had already been expected to be a ... Read More »

Scientists take a peek behind those sad puppy dog eyes

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The researchers found that while six deceased dogs they dissected uniformly possessed this muscle, four dissected wolves either did not have it or barely did. Combined, the two muscles allow dogs to express the big, sad eyes that melt our hearts , the team reports today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . Read More »

Protests greet Nitish Kumar at Bihar hospital; encephalitis toll at 107

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Kumar has already said that the government would bear the cost of treatment and also reimburse transport charges incurred in ferrying patients to hospitals. Outbreaks have occurred annually during summer months in the same districts since 1995, typically coinciding with the lychee season. Sometime back, Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh suffered a lot due to Japanese Encephalitis when about 60 children lost their lives. Read More »

‘Could kill millions’: $1bn worth of cocaine seized at Philadelphia port

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Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said on Twitter . The bust is the largest drug seizure in the history of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and among the largest ever in the U.S. The drug seizure is the latest in a series of large cocaine busts along the East Coast. "Mediterranean Shipping Company is aware of reports of an incident at the Port of Philadelphia in which USA authorities made a seizure of illicit cargo". Read More »

China confirms that its vessel hit Philippine boat

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The Chinese Embassy in Manila said late Friday that the Chinese vessel accidentally hit the Filipino boat as it tried to maneuver while being "besieged" by several Filipino boats. Geng said it was irresponsible for the Philippines to "politicize the incident without verification". She said Duterte had plenty to say about mundane issues, but should speak up when it came to sovereignty. Read More »