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Cyclone Mora batters Bangladesh coastline

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The Met office has advised to hoist great Danger Signal No 10 at coastal areas including Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Khulna, Satkhira and the two coastal ports in Mongla and Payra. Officials say control room set up in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country were on constant touch with the local authorities where the thousands volunteets joined hands with the government officials in carrying out the evacuation and salvage campaign. Read More »

Top Haqqani commander killed in drone attack in Pak

The drone strike comes after a May 31 truck bombing in Kabul that killed more than 150 people in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the ouster of the Taliban following the US-led invasion in 2001. Afghan officials and USA terrorism authorities consider the network one the most lethal terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The conflicting statements by the officials created confusion, though it seems the actual place where the drone strike took place was in Orakzai Agency. Read More »

Sessions heatedly denies improper Russian Federation contacts

King was incredulous to learn how little Sessions says he knew about the intelligence on Russian meddling in the US election. Sessions declared: "Let me state this clearly: I have never met with or had any conversations with Russians or any foreign officials concerning any interference with any campaign or election". Read More »

Sessions, Wyden scrap over AG's 'problematic' role

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Sessions , in opening remarks before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the election to help President Donald Trump win, said he chose to remove himself from oversight of the criminal investigation of the Russian interference because of rules at the Justice Department prohibiting his involvement because he was a key campaign adviser to Trump . Read More »

MATTIS: 'We are not winning in Afghanistan'

Mattis added that there are "actions underway" to make sure the military doesn't " pay a price for the delay", without elaborating. But he said he recognizes the urgency of the matter and that McCain's criticism is fair. fire and air support, Dunford said. The reality is that the Taliban have been seizing territory from the Afghan government for months, and hold more territory now than at any time during the 16-year U.S. Read More »

Jailed US Student Released In North Korea

Rodman also did not mention Warmbier or the three other Americans now detained in North Korea when he spoke with journalists in Beijing before leaving for Pyongyang on Tuesday. Rodman has traveled to the isolated nation four times previously. "This is because it gives NK some leverage, which they use to try to extract things like senior-level U.S. Read More »

UK's Theresa May holds talks to seal government alliance

It was a surprise move - Gove was sacked as justice minister by May past year after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing. The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, is reporting that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour lawmakers. " Theresa May is a dead woman walking ". Read More »

Why Jeff Sessions says he can't talk

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, said Sessions' "silence speaks volumes". "I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling", Wyden said. Sessions signed onto a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that cited Comey's handling of the case as unprofessional, and one justification for his firing. Read More »

Key moments from Jeff Sessions' testimony

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation thought Sessions would soon recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe for a " variety of reasons " and wouldn't discuss it further in an open hearing. White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not explicitly endorse Sessions' appearance, saying in response to a question, "We're aware of it, and we'll go from there". Read More »

Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Without Good Cause

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In that interview, Ruddy said of Trump , "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". "If there were good cause, I would consider it", Rosenstein testified. There, the job would fall first to the person who appointed Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, because Sessions has recused himself from involvement in the probe. Read More »

Egypt parliament committee green lights Red Sea islands handover

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The Parliament is now discussing the maritime demarcation deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed in 2016, which stipulates the transfer of sovereignty over the Red Sea islands to Saudi authorities. The government has said the Tiran and Sanafir islands were Saudi to begin with, but were leased to Egypt in the 1950s. The announcement of the deal brought rare but angry protests to the streets of Cairo with Egyptians describing the transfer of Tiran and Sanafir as a " sell out " by Sisi. Read More »

Trump calls House healthcare bill 'mean' during closed-door meeting with senators ‒ report

There are a few issues that still divide the Republican conference, including funding the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Trump, too, is projecting urgency while avoiding any specific target date. Asked directly on Monday if a bill would be presented to senators on Tuesday, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said simply, "No". "If we don't win the seat I don't know that it qualifies as a sign of what's to come, it could be an outlier", Womack said of the Georgia race. Read More »

Telstra is cutting 1400 jobs

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Staff were briefed this morning about the layoffs with the Communications Workers Union expected to weigh in later in the week. Telstra has said it expects the NBN to have an ongoing negative impact on EBITDA of $2 to $3 billion annually once migration to the new network is complete. Read More »

Pentagon Under Fire For Delays in Drafting New Afghanistan War Strategy

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Mattis doubled down on assessments that the war is at a stalemate, telling lawmakers the United States is "not winning in Afghanistan". Three U.S. A recent Pentagon study found that China's official military budget had grown an average of 8.5% from 2007 to 2016, saying that "Chinese leaders seem committed to increases in defense spending for the foreseeable future, even as China's economic growth slows". Read More »

Sessions brands Russian Federation collusion claims a 'detestable lie'

Session: "I recused myself not because of any asserted wrongdoing on my part during the campaign, but because of a Dept. of Justice regulation, 28 CFR 45.2 required it". "I've never received any detailed briefing on how hacking occurred or how information was alleged to have influenced the campaign", Sessions said. Read More »

EU to launch action against 3 countries over refugee plan

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The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia voted against the scheme. "Poland is ready to defend its standpoint before the Court of Justice", deputy foreign minister Konrad Szymanski said. Poland and Hungary have refused to take in a single person under a plan agreed in 2015 to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, which had been overwhelmed by mass influx of people from the Middle East and Africa. Read More »

UK leader holding alliance talks with NIreland party chief

Labour MPs , who have previously been critical of the leader, now seem increasingly united behind the man who beat expectations to unexpectedly lead Labour to win 40% of the vote in last week's general elections, despite the party falling short of the seats required to form a government . Read More »

Jeff Sessions speaks about Russia before US Senate panel

In his testimony today before the Senate Intelligence Committee , Sessions - the U.S.'s chief law enforcement officer - told Sen. Ahead of the hearing there had been suggestions that Sessions might have had a third, unreported, encounter with Kislyak , at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016 , where candidate Trump was giving his first major foreign policy speech. Read More »

UK leader Theresa May seen fighting for survival after election failure

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May previous year - called her a "dead woman walking", and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time. May will also need the support of the socially conservative, pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which won 10 seats in Northern Ireland. "We put forward our policies - strong and hopeful policies - and they've gained an incredible response and traction", he said. Read More »

May's election gamble fails while SNP suffers losses

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Scottish National Party ( SNP ) leader Nicola Sturgeon's continued support for a second independence referendum appears to be backfiring. Ms Davidson has said she has received assurances from the Prime Minister over gay rights should the Tories do a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party, and has urged Mrs May to put the economy first by pursuing an "open" Brexit . Read More »

Sessions calls accusations of Russian Federation collusion an 'appalling lie'

In a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to answer questions about conversations he had with the president at least seven different times . Sessions said he agreed with a letter drafted by his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, that Comey should be replaced. Another likely line of inquiry will be on any discussions Sessions had with the president before the president made a decision to dismiss Comey. Read More »

Melania And Barron Move Into The White House

The last first son was John F. Kennedy Jr., who lived at the White House until his father's 1963 assassination just three days before his third birthday. Her predecessor, Michelle Obama , even moved to Washington early to get her daughters settled in their new school. If Barron continues on to high school at St Andrew's, the tuition jumps from $38,590 a year to $40,650 per year. Read More »

Mattis: New Afghanistan strategy coming 'mid-July'

Dunford also warned that US adversaries are developing military capabilities with the sole objective of limiting USA ability to project power overseas. Increased authorities could allow American troops to work with Afghan troops below the corps level, potentially putting them closer to fighting. The upcoming strategy would include a regional approach with more contributions from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, Mattis said. Read More »

Navalny jailed, 1500 arrested after protests across Russian Federation

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According to a statement issued by the Moscow police Monday, almost 4,500 people took part in an unauthorized protest on the central street of Tverskaya Street of the Russian capital, Moscow , gatecrashing a historical re-enactment fair taking place as part of Russia Day celebrations that pay tribute to Russia's achievements from medieval times through World War II. Read More »

Germany hit seven as Kane saves England's blushes

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But Kane stunned the crowd two minutes into injury time when he volleyed home a ideal pass from Raheem Sterling , a goal that prevented what would have been England's first World Cup qualifying loss since a defeat to Ukraine in 2009. Kane's goal was the Tottenham Hotspur striker's sixth in 18 worldwide appearances and came at the end of his first game under Southgate, after injuries had kept him out of England's six previous matches. Read More »

North Korea releases USA student, Tillerson says

It wasn't immediately clear whether his release was connected to Rodman's visit. She tells reporters, "we are grateful and thankful" for Warmbier's release, but says it is "too soon" to talk about dialogue between the USA and North Korea. Read More »

Georgia police hunt escaped inmates after two guards killed

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The correctional officers killed were identifed as Christopher Monica, 42, an eight-year veteran and Curtis Billue, 58, a 10-year veteran. Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier said, "Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of two of our officers, who are our family, and our priority is to locate these fugitives and bring them to justice for this heinous act against those working to protect the public". Read More »

Lawmakers demand new strategy for 16-year Afghan war

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President Trump has reportedly been weighing a request to send 3,000 to 5,000 more US troops to the country to break what top generals have described as a stalemate. The U.S. has about 9,800 troops there conducting counterterrorism operations against insurgents and training the Afghan army . Mattis said the Trump administration is working on a strategy; he understands the urgency; and he expects to have details by mid-July. Read More »

Korea will test-fire ICBM in not too distant future: party's official newspaper

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North Korea was successful in extending the range of Scud missiles in the 1980s by expanding the size of their fuel tanks. The launch came less than a week after the United Nations Security Council imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea , and drew condemnation from South Korean President Moon Jae In , who has hoped to engage Pyongyang in dialogue. Read More »

Trump calls for rebuilding transportation systems, blasts Democrats as obstructionist

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Early this morning, Trump announced that his new pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation director is Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official. He claims the problems "will only get worse if Congress fails to act". On Wednesday, though, Trump is not expected to talk about any of that. "Not these ones that take 18 years", Trump added, an apparent reference to the Corps of Engineers' Olmsted Locks and Dam project on the Ohio River, at $3 billion the most expensive inland ... Read More »