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Australia miffed over Japan's return to commercial whaling

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As a fleet of five boats left port early on Monday, whalers, their families and local officials in two major whaling towns, Shimonoseki in southwestern Japan and Kushiro in the north, celebrated the fresh start, hoping for their safe return and a good catch . Read More »

North Korea hails 'historic' Kim-Trump summit

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Kim and Trump shook hands over the concrete slabs dividing North and South before Trump walked a few paces into Pyongyang's territory - the first USA president ever to set foot on North Korean soil. Some 28,500 USA servicemembers are stationed in South Korea , which remains technically at war with the North. The New York Times described the meeting between Trump and Kim as a masterpiece of drama. Read More »

House panel sues Treasury, IRS over Trump's tax returns

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House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal has sought the records since April, arguing that his committee needs them to see whether the Internal Revenue Service is following its practice of auditing the president annually. "It is within his jurisdiction as committee chair to request the president's tax returns to conduct oversight". "Numerous investigative reports have revealed that President Trump , through the complex arrangements of his personal and business finances, has engaged in ... Read More »

Sea-Watch 3: German migrant rescue captain appears in Italy court

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Her ship used to be carrying fifty three migrants rescued off Libya this month, in an operation organised by the German NGO Sea-Perceive. Carola Rackete , the captain of the Sea-Watch 3 rescue ship, entered the port anyway after bumping an Italian coastguard vessel parked in the way. Read More »

Kamala Harris nabs Miami’s first 2020 congressional endorsement

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Only 13 percent believed Sanders could do the job, while Harris managed to convince 12 percent of voters. "We must agree that there not only is fact that is the basis for these truths but that we should recommit ourselves to also agreeing that these things should never happen again", Harris said. Read More »

Attorneys challenge 'twisted' charge against Alabama woman who lost fetus in shooting

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Jones' legal provocation was caused by her unborn child", the team of lawyers headed by Birmingham Attorney Mark White wrote in their motion to the Jefferson County Circuit Criminal Court. The law immediately prompted a legal challenge and has not taken effect. The Yellowhammer Fund, an Alabama-based advocacy group that said it is aiding Jones in her defense, posted a statement from White's law firm on Facebook on Friday saying that Jones, who has no criminal history, lost not only her ... Read More »

VP Pence Cancels Trip at Last Minute, Summoned to White House

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When Air Force Two was about to leave Washington, D.C., the trip was suddenly canceled. "A senior administration official reiterates there should be no cause for alarm". The White House would not say what issue arose to keep Pence in place. This is a breaking news story and will be updated accordingly. He said Pence's plane had never actually left Washington. Read More »

New MEP Magid Magid 'asked to leave' European Parliament building

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The Pro-Brexit lawmakers acted in unison in the parliament chamber as " Ode to Joy " was played by a jazz band as part of the chamber's opening ceremonies. These plonkers do a proud and open nation a disservice. The newly elected European Parliament got off to a somewhat tumultuous start on Tuesday as protests from anti-EU, anti-Brexit and Catalan-separatist groups disrupted the proceedings in Strasbourg. Read More »

Kaepernick gets Nike to pull controversial flag-themed shoe

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Nike recently pulled the USA-themed "4th of July" Air Max 1 from its apps and website amid concerns about the Betsy Ross Flag stamped on the shoe's heel. The Betsy Ross flag is connected to when slavery was prominent in America. Nike was planning to construct a $185 million plant in Goodyear, Arizona that would employee over 500 people. Read More »

Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam condemns 'extreme use of violence'

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The spray-painting of slogans like " Hong Kong is not China " around the walls shattered any lingering illusions over the nature of their rebellion: This was a clear repudiation of China's sovereignty over the enclave. "Also on Monday, a large number of protesters took to the streets to march against the government's suspended extradition amendment bill". Lam is "not capable as leader anymore" and should resign, Wong said, echoing the demand of many protesters. Read More »

Wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Maktoum flees to UK

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Unconfirmed reports in Arab media say that a German diplomat helped the princess "escape" from Dubai , leading to a potential diplomatic crisis between the two countries. "We already know that Princess Latifa, Sheikh Mohammed's daughter, fled the UAE seeking asylum and alleging unspeakable abuse at the hands of her father". Read More »

Seven day local weather forecast for June 30 through July 06

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Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for showers in the morning, and a chance for some scattered storms during the afternoon. For today's weather forecast, forecasters are predicting sunny and clear skies throughout the day, with temperatures reaching a high near 77 degrees. Read More »

Dalai Lama says Trump 'lacks moral principle'

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The Buddhist non secular guru steered BBC on Thursday that "If [a] female Dalai Lama comes, then she ought to be more handsome". The Dalai Lama , praised for his compassion, made some controversial comments on a woman taking his place and changed his tune on President Trump during a wide-ranging interview. Read More »

Die Welt: EU leaders decide against Weber for Commission presidency

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German leader Angela Merkel has now called for compromise after her proposals were angrily rejected by colleagues in powerful centre-right European People's Party (EPP). The centre-right EPP and centre-left socialist group, the dominant forces in European Union politics for years, lost their combined majority in the assembly. Read More »

Tanks arrive for Trump’s July 4 celebration event

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Gotta be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks, so we have to put them in certain areas. "But we have the brand new Sherman tanks and we have the brand new Abrams tanks", Trump said. Read More »

China welcomes DPRK, US, South Korea leaders' meeting at DMZ

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The New York Times, citing unidentified sources, reported on Monday that Washington is seeking to soften its approach, floating an idea of accepting a nuclear freeze - instead of complete dismantlement - and giving tacit recognition that North Korea is a nuclear state. Read More »

14 killed in fire on Russian navy submersible

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The crew members were poisoned by fumes when the vessel caught fire while taking biometric measurements on Monday, the defence ministry said. "The causes of the incident are being investigated". The fire has been put out, the ministry said, adding an investigation was underway. The Russian navy is known for using Priz-class and Bester-class deep-water vehicles, which are usually transported to the area of their research by a carrier vessel. Read More »

Ocasio-Cortez Is Put in Her Place by Sarah Sanders

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The first daughter began popping up in the online memes after she popped up in various meetings with her father during Donald Trump 's trip to the G20 summit and his historic visit to the DMZ on the Northern and Southern Korean border. But seriously, they all understand what most of us here in this country understand and that is that Ivanka Trump has nothing to add to any conversation ever, let alone any that involve massive political geo political or economic issues. Read More »

Plane heading to St. Pete crashes and kills 10 in Texas

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Ten people died Sunday when a private plane crashed into a hangar at an airport in Addison, Texas , according to a town spokesman. An official with the medical examiner's office told The Associated Press that officials could not release any additional information Sunday evening. Read More »

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to face Brexit questions in Northern Ireland

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Scottish independence and a push for Irish reunification are "real threats" of a no-deal Brexit , International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said. Hunt also pledged what was in effect a £13 billion per year corporation tax cut in order to "fire up" the economy in response to the fears of some that a no-deal outcome could weaken the legs of British industry. Read More »

Facebook Mail Facility Evacuated After Report Of Deadly Nerve Agent

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Two individuals may have been exposed to sarin but are not now showing signs or symptoms of exposure, Reuters reported, citing a local fire department official. "We're just doing verification". The nerve agent sarin has been detected at a Facebook mailroom in California. "The facility tests all of the packages that come in and they had a positive test, so they just initiated their standard protocol", he said. Read More »

Massive wasp nests as big as a auto returning to Alabama

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Entomologists believe that due to milder winters and an abundant food supply, wasps are able to survive and "enter spring with much larger numbers", resulting in the appearance of the nests. Those with major wasp phobias may want to look away at this point, because a "super nest" is about as bad as it sounds. A single nest can produce 4,000 queens by the end of the fall, and most don't make it through the winter. Read More »

‘It won’t work’: Kamala Harris’ campaign claps back at racist birther claims

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The ever-present issue of racism and nativism has erupted again in the United States political area, this time drawing Kamala Harris , the mixed-race Senator from California whose mother is South Indian, into the controversy. Biden tops the rest of the field by a wide margin as the candidate potential Democratic voters see as having the best shot to beat President Donald Trump . Read More »

Sea rescue should not be criminalized: German gov't

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Rackete's father said that while Carola does not like being in the spotlight, he was not anxious for her now, adding: "I was anxious when she hitchhiked through China and camped on the Great Wall". With Italy restricting entry into its ports, Sea-Watch 3 was stranded in the Mediterranean during a heatwave after rescuing 53 migrants off the coast of Libya 17 days ago. Read More »

Trains rescheduled, railway tracks submerged due to heavy downpour in Mumbai

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In the last four days of continuous rains, Mumbai has recorded a whopping 777 mm of rains which is a lot for the city to take. Since June 1, Colaba has recorded 341 mm rainfall while Santacruz station has crossed 515 mm rainfall mark. Mumbai : Due to heavy overnight rains in Mumbai , local trains are running later because of water-logging on railway tracks. The traffic has been diverted to different routes to avoid more chaos. Read More »

Three bodies found after Sudan protests turn deadly

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Sudan's military overthrew President Omar al-Bashir on April 11 after months of protests against his rule. Sunday's "million man" march had been seen as a test for protest organisers after a June 3 raid on a Khartoum protest camp left dozens dead and a subsequent internet blackout curbed their ability to mobilise support. Read More »

Sudan protesters call for civil disobedience on July 14

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The U.N. chief also called for "accountability" for any loss of life by protesters or civilians, Dujarric said . Sudan has been in turmoil since army officers ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April (19), after an uprising sparked the end of his almost three decades in power. Read More »

World leaders react with worry to Iran's breach of nuclear deal

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Zarif's American counterpart Mike Pompeo accused Iran of using its nuclear program "to extort the worldwide community and threaten regional security". Iran has denied it supports insurgent activity and said its nuclear program is strictly for civilian energy purposes. Ryan Bohl, a political analyst at the U.S. Read More »