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USA tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty

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INF Treaty-range missiles is militarily unnecessary", said Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat-reduction policy at the Arms Control Association, a think tank in Washington. The Trump Administration previous year announced its plans to pull out of the treaty, citing Russia's long disregard for it and development of an intermediate range cruise missile that violates its parameters. Read More »

US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein's death

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Wright. Ben Sasse said in a statement that the personnel moves were not enough. "This is a good start, but it's not the end", Sen. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. Bulger's killing was the third at the facility within six months. "As director of the bureau, Hurwitz was responsible for overseeing 122 facilities, 37,000 staff member and about 184,000 inmates". Read More »

Prince Andrew 'appalled' by Jeffrey Epstein's sex abuse claims

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Prince Andrew has rejected any suggestion he participated in the alleged sex crimes that US financier Jeffrey Epstein is accused of, says Buckingham Palace. Leaked video from 2010 appears to show Prince Andrew at Epstein's Manhattan mansion. Virginia Roberts alleged in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the state. Read More »

Further Hong Kong disruption could hit territory's reputation as a transport hub

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The move comes as the US and China spar in a protracted trade war and American lawmakers criticize the Hong Kong police's tactics against demonstrators who have protested for more than two months. intelligence reports of Chinese troops moving to the territory's border. "They have already constituted serious violent crimes and have begun to show signs of terrorism", said Yang Guang , a spokesman for Beijing's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. Read More »

NYPD fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo in chokehold death of Eric Garner

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A grand jury in NY declined to indict the officer in 2014, and the city of NY settled with Garner's estate for $5.9 million in 2015. Pantaleo was suspended from duty following that recommendation . The footage showed Garner, who was 43 at the time, crying out, "I can't breathe", at least 11 times before he fell unconscious. Judge Maldonado also said Pantaleo was "untruthful", and "self-serving" during the course of the investigation. Read More »

Turkey fuming after Syrian airstrike on convoy in Islamist-held Idlib province

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Syria has condemned a Turkish convoy bound for a town in the rebel-held northern province of Idlib. An official at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA that the Turkish convoy was on its way "to help the defeated terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra which is on the lists of the Security Council as a terrorist organization, which affirms again the continued unlimited support provided by the Turkish regime to the terrorist groups". Read More »

Afghan wedding massacre followed by independence day bombings

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The bridegroom whose wedding was targeted by a suicide bomber in the Afghan capital Kabul says he has "lost hope" after the deadly attack . But many Afghans fear that terror attacks inside the country will continue, and their pleas for peace - and for details on the talks - have increased in recent days. Read More »

Militaries and opposition sign transition agreement in Sudan

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Although many point to the signing of the agreement as proof of the success of their revolution, some opposition supporters are unhappy that military leaders who carried out violent attacks on protesters, killing more than 200 this year, will be named to the Sovereign Council. Read More »

Fire in Bangladesh leaves 10,000 homeless

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In March, a massive fire inside the 22-story FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani area left a number of people dead. The flame broke out Friday evening at the Chalantika slum in Dhaka's Mirpur locale on the northern edges of the city. The flames destroyed about 80 percent of the district. Rahman noted that the government will provide 500 tons of rice and 1.3 million taka ($15,476) to every person affected by the fire. Read More »

Yemen rebel attack sparks fire in Saudi gas plant

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He further expressed his appreciation to Iran and Hezbollah for their support for Yemen . The attack on the Shaybah oil field was carried out "most probably" by three drones, the source said, adding that it had caused no casualties and that the fire had been extinguished. Read More »

Unsafe heat on the way as temperatures and humidity continue to rise!

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DANGEROUS HEAT SETTING UP: We're well past the peak heating of summer, but temperatures are going to continue to rise over the next couple of days! None of these storms met severe criteria, but they brought torrential downpours, some small hail, and strong wind gusts! The hottest day is looking like Monday with the best chance for the longest stretch of dry time. Read More »

French waiter shot dead because he was 'too slow with sandwich'

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Colleagues called the police, but attempts to revive the 28-year-old failed and he died at the scene. He shot the man and fled the scene. Police at Noisy-le-Grand told Reuters an investigation was underway. "It just opened a few months ago". 'He was killed for a sandwich?' one asked incredulously. Some noted, however, the neighborhood has a high crime history, including drug-dealing and public drunkenness. Read More »

Three Palestinians killed in Israeli firing

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Earlier that night, Israeli sources report that three rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel but two were intercepted by the "Iron Dome" defense system, and no damage was reported. The Israel Air Force later attacked two Hamas underground terrorist infrastructures in northern and central Gaza. A day before that, Israel's army said its troops shot dead four "heavily armed" Palestinians on the border, claiming that one had managed to cross and "throw a grenade at soldiers". Read More »

White House says no recession in sight, pushes China trade talks

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The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump has expressed interest in purchasing Greenland. "Of course, Greenland is not for sale". Although Greenland politically belongs to Denmark, it is an autonomous territory that since 2009 has governed itself in all aspects but foreign, defense and monetary policy. Read More »

White supremacist charged with threatening to shoot up Jewish community center

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James Patrick Reardon was booked in OH after weeks of worry over his plans. Reardon was arrested in his hometown of New Middletown late on Friday after investigators became aware of a post on Instagram that appeared to threaten the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, according to a statement from the Youngstown Area Jewish Foundation. Read More »

Trump talked of buying Greenland for US

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Trump's attempt would not be the first American effort to buy Greenland . Though 80% of the island is covered in ice, it is rich in natural resources including oil, uranium, diamonds, gold and rare earth elements. Historically, countries have acquired territory not only through military conquest but also financial deals. There is precedence set to land transfer as Alaska was also purchased from Russian Federation back in 1867 for $7.2 million. Read More »

Trump says buying Greenland 'a large real estate deal'

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The Danish Prime Minister called Donald Trump's interest in buying Greenland "absurd" the same day the President confirmed he had discussed the possibility of the USA purchasing the country - albeit, Trump said, it wasn't a high priority for America. Read More »

Washington advances sale of F-16 fighters to Taiwan - US senator

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Hua demanded that Washington stop the sale of arms and all military exchanges with Taiwan, and handle the affair with extreme caution if it does not want to see a worsening of bilateral relations. Beijing regards Taiwan as part of China awaiting reunification but the island is self-ruled and is a close ally of the United States. Despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties, US law requires Washington to ensure Taiwan has the means to defend itself. Read More »

Boris Johnson To Meet EU Leaders Seeking News Brexit Agreement

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Trucks could be dealt 2 1/2-day delays at ports, with significant disruption lasting up to three months, which would affect fuel supplies in London and the southeast of England, according the document. Mr Gove also claimed some MPs were "frustrating" the government's chances of securing a new deal with the EU. Mr Johnson is due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read More »

US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib refuses Israel's offer to visit on 'humanitarian grounds'

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Congress, who have largely been strong supporters of Israel , raising concerns about straining the two nations' relationship as Netanyahu aligns himself ever more closely with Trump. He mockingly said in a subsequent tweet , "The only real victor here is Tlaib's grandmother". "That this could happen to her, to keep her from her grandmother as a citizen is reprehensible". Read More »

Jihadi Jack's parents brand Sajid Javid a 'coward' over revoked citizenship

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Challenging the decision in the courts would require them to be in regular communication with their son, she added. However, Andrew Mitchell, the former Foreign Aid minister, complainted to The Times that, "As a member of the United Nations security council, Britain sets a bad example to other countries if we do not take responsibility for such risky, evil people, as a result of rescinding their citizenship". Read More »

Leaked Docs: UK Faces Vast Shortages in No-Deal Brexit

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The government of Gibraltar also claimed that predictions of queues of up to four hours at the border with Spain were "out of date" and based on "planning for worst-case scenarios". According to the poll, carried out by BMG Research, 20% of people back a Final Say referendum, with 22% in favour of revoking Article 50 to scrap Brexit. Read More »

Jordanian Foreign Ministry Summons Israeli Ambassador over Temple Mount 'Violations'

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He added that Zeid Louzi, the ministry's secretary general, met with the Israeli ambassador and handed a letter demanding the Israeli government to stop its violations and attempts to alter the historic status quo in the mosque. Responding to the Jordanian statement, Foreign Minister Israel Katz defended Erdan and said Israel was the sovereign over the holy site, though he noted Jordan's role as the Islamic custodian there. Read More »

More migrants evacuated from Spanish rescue ship ‘Open Arms’

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In an interview with Malta TV, Oga said the dinghy was carrying 15 people in all, including a pregnant woman, and that he had paid 700 euros to smugglers in the Libyan capital Tripoli for passage to Italy. The standoff over the Open Arms came as another humanitarian rescue boat, the Ocean Viking, maintained its course off Italy with 356 migrants aboard and no port to disembark. Read More »

Severe storms eye the Stateline early Sunday

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We will have showers and storms on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the mid to low 80s. And with a substantial heat index value today and tomorrow , the National Weather Service at State College warns the risk of heat stress and heat-related illnesses is on the rise. Read More »

Court calls for Open Arms ship to enter Italy

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Thursday that six European Union countries had agreed to take in some 150 migrants who have been blocked from docking in Italy, resolving the latest standoff over immigration to Europe across the Mediterranean . Read More »

British authorities arrest 10 after officer killed

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He died after being hit and then dragged along the road in front of a shocked colleague. Ten males aged between 13 and 30 have been arrested on suspicion of murder. A police investigator at the scene of an incident where a police officer was killed , near Sulhamstead, England, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. "Our thoughts also extend to all of Andrew's colleagues within Thames Valley Police". Read More »

U.S. 'piracy' attempt failed, Iran says after court orders tanker release

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The initial impounding of the Grace 1 kicked off a sequence of events that saw Tehran seize a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf two weeks later, heightening tension on a vital worldwide oil shipping route. It clarified that the inability to seek the orders sought by the United States is based on the application of the European Union (EU) law and the differences in the sanctions regimes applicable to Iran in the EU and the US. Read More »

India's Kashmir clampdown slightly eases, but many remain concerned

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The foreign minister said in the meeting of the Special Kashmir Committee, representation was given to the opposition parties who participated and gave their valuable input. Even so, the UN Security Council met behind closed doors at the request of China and Pakistan to discuss the issue. This result is completely in line with Security Council inaction on a host of global hotspots in recent years, due to divisions among the the big powers that sit on it. Read More »