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Islamic State claims responsibility for Melbourne seige

The escort escaped unharmed but three police were hurt in the firefight, although their injuries were not life-threatening. "The attack in Melbourne , Australia was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State in response to the call for targeting the subjects of the coalition states", ISIS Amaq news agency said, relating to Australia's partnership in the USA counter-ISIS coalition. Read More »

London fire could delay Theresa May-DUP deal

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Mrs May needs the votes of the DUP's 10 MPs to prop up her minority administration as she hopes to steer government business - including crucial measures on Brexit - through the Commons . May had called the vote early in hopes of strengthening her majority going into talks on exiting the European Union. The draft law would empower Europe to decide if post-Brexit London has the right to host financial market "clearing houses" that deal in euros, the EU's single currency. Read More »

Talks about Brexit talks, but no date for negotiation

He told the parliament: "Yesterday, Emmanuel Macron, the new French president, spoke about an open door". But many are also concerned that a sharp switch in direction could waste time to reach a deal on an orderly exit and could still fail to meet the approval of British voters.Cancelling Brexit - an option not endorsed by Britain's main parties despite their opposition to it past year - or even stopping the clock to withdrawal in 22 months would require the unanimous approval of the 27. Read More »

Afghans mourn more than 90 dead in Kabul bomb

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The Health Ministry put the number of dead at 80. The victims of the Wednesday morning explosion at a busy intersection appeared to have mostly been Afghan civilians on their way to work or school, as well as office workers. Stanikzai only suffered minor injuries from the explosion from glass that had broken in the bank. "By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. Read More »

Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

The Post reported that the obstruction of justice investigation of the president began days after James Comey was sacked as the FBI Director on May 9. He told reporters in a steamy Rose Garden that Comey had lied under oath , saying: "Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things that he said just weren't true". Read More »

Sessions: Collusion Suggestions Are 'Appalling And Detestable'

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The announcement caps the drama that started over the weekend when Sessions canceled two appearances Tuesday, citing former Comey's blistering testimony last week. "We may have discussed that", Sessions said. During that testimony, Comey also revealed that he had leaked a memo containing his notes from a February 14 meeting with Trump. Read More »

Jeff Sessions denies secret meeting with Russians

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Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) said . "You're impeding this investigation". However, Sessions refused to say whether he ever spoke with Trump about firing Comey. Comey testified last week that he did not tell Sessions that Trump had asked him to drop a probe into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation because he suspected Sessions would soon need to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. Read More »

At Least 3 US Soldiers Killed In 'Insider Attack' In Afghanistan

In a statement, the Pentagon said the wounded soldier had been evacuated for treatment and the incident was under investigation. Several members of the Afghan security forces were killed on Friday when a United States military aircraft opened fire during an overnight operation in Helmand province . Read More »

Golden State Warriors Reclaim NBA Championship Title

We left everything on the floor and it still wasn't enough", said James . "Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organization, for these families". The Warriors may not tire of winning championships, but maybe one day it will all become so routinely boring that Riley moves on to other things. Read More »

Paper says Mueller probe looking at obstruction

Unnamed officials quoted in the story said Coats, Rogers and Ledgett volunteered to be interviewed though it's unclear whether they will be directed by the White House to invoke executive privilege . A spokesman for Trump's outside lawyer reacted angrily Wednesday, accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation of breaking the law by disclosing the information. Read More »

Four dead in Wyoming County, PA Weis Market shooting

State police said five people, including Stair, were working inside the store during the overnight shift. The victims have been identified as co-workers Victoria Todd Brong , 25, of Avery Station Road, Factoryville; Brian Hayes , 47, of Springville; and Terry Lee Sterling , 63, of Shady Lane Park , South Montrose. Read More »

Pollsters project Macron on course to dominate parliament

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France's youngest-ever president at 39 coasted to victory in Sunday's first round on the back of a strong debut. The Republicans got about 15.8 percent of the vote, and Macron's presidential rival Marine Le Pen's National Front party garnered 13.2 percent. Read More »

Gunman wounds GOP congressman, then killed by police

As House Majority Whip Steve Scalise fights for his life after being shot during practice for the congressional Republican baseball team, one of his teammates said Wednesday night he believes it was their political party that made them targets for the gunman. Read More »

How South Carolina congressmen responded to the Alexandria shooting on social media

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Cedric Richmond , D-La., whose election in 2010 upended the competitive balance of the annual event. "I told him they were Republicans, he said 'OK, thanks, ' and turned around", Duncan told reporters. The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted. A law enforcement official says the shooting in Virginia that injured Scalise and several others is being investigated as a criminal act rather than an act of terrorism. Read More »

Suspect in congressional baseball shooting has died

Late on Wednesday, he remained in critical condition after a second procedure. "And then he shot again and I started running in and I saw Scalise go down". Sanders said he was "sickened" by the attack. Later, House Republican and Democratic leaders called for unity and praised the police, while Trump in an address from the White House said that the prayers of the nation and world are with Scalise. Read More »

At Jeff Sessions's Senate Testimony, Silence and Ignorance Are Good Enough

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, fiercely maintaining he did nothing wrong in meeting twice with the Russian ambassador to the USA during President Trump's 2016 campaign and also infuriating Democrats by refusing to detail any conversations he has had with the president. Read More »

Tory and DUP deal must be opposed, says Gerry Adams

The chaos has also weighed on the pound, which has plunged nearly two percent since Thursday, and the government may have to delay the announcement of its policy plans to parliament. is a classic move to shore up authority at home", said Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester. Brexit campaigner Michael Gove , whom May surprisingly reappointed to the cabinet Sunday as environment secretary, was also present along with other notable figures from both sides of ... Read More »

Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice

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The news came the same week as Trump friend Chris Ruddy floated the possibility that Trump would fire Mueller, who was appointed to head up the investigation after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey . "I don't want to extend this out for a long period of time ". While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for his impeachment in Congress. Read More »

There's no excuse for elder abuse

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Family Works elder protection service co-ordinator Geeta Muralidharan believed elder abuse was a growing issue in South Canterbury. "Elder abuse is so complex and needs a multi-level approach; the Australian Law Commission gives the legal framework but we then need to provide the support and services on the ground to carry it out". Read More »

'Let's vote all Republicans out of Congress,' suspect wrote

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Orear said he had no idea that Hodgkinson would be involved in something like a shooting . Sen. Bernie Sanders , who led a progressive , left-wing populist effort that very almost won him the Democratic presidential nomination, condemned the shooting Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice - and acknowledged the suspect was apparently a supporter of his campaign. Read More »

Special counsel probing Trump for possible obstruction

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He denied at a Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the United States and rejected any misconduct in the ouster of FBI Director James Comey . Lawmakers grilled Sessions about his role in Comey's firing, his own involvement in the Trump campaign and his meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US. Read More »

Shares seen to consolidate after Fed hike

The US central bank lifted the benchmark lending rate by a quarter percentage point and announced it would begin cutting its huge holdings of bonds and securities this year. The initial cap for the reduction of the Fed's Treasuries holdings would be set at $6 billion per month, increasing by $6 billion increments every three months over a 12-month period until it reached $30 billion per month. Read More »

Alabama Congressman Renders First Aid In Alexandria Shooting

Brooks said he was not opposed to going ahead with the Congressional Baseball Game, scheduled to take place Thursday evening at Nationals Park, joining the chorus of defiant lawmakers who say they won't cower in fear after the shooting. "If we play tomorrow I'll play", Brooks said, "but if we decide to cancel it I hate to think that this guy, this shooter, was successful with a charitable event". Read More »

Management Says Too Early To Say Cause Of London Housing Complex Fire

More than 200 firefighters had tackled the blaze and a minimal crew remained inside the building on Wednesday afternoon, assisted by drones . A plume of smoke stretched for kilometres across the sky after dawn, revealing the blackened, flame-licked wreckage of the building, which was still burning over 12 hours later. Read More »

Baseball Turns to Terror for GOP Lawmakers

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Hodgkinson is 66.The shooter's injuries are described as serious, according to the law enforcement source. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said the gunman was carrying "a large gauge rifle". Mr Ryan identified the wounded Capitol Police officers as David Bailey and Crystal Griner. Zachary Barth, a legislative correspondent working for Texas Rep. Read More »

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions denies links to Russian Federation in Senate testimony

In refusing to detail those conversations, he acted properly. He's been hounded by speculation over the possibility of a third meeting, with Democratic senators calling for an investigation. Sessions himself largely pleaded ignorance to the entire Russian Federation inquiry. He said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had long discussed their concerns with Comey's job performance. Read More »

May starts DUP talks in bid to keep power

Sir John spoke to just before the leader of the DUP party, Arlene Foster arrived at Number 10 Downing Street. The Prime Minister held talks with Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP on Tuesday, with a view to a " confidence and supply " agreement, in which the smaller party would support the Conservatives on budgetary and confidence votes. Read More »