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U.S. congressman Scalise still in critical condition: hospital

Enter the CNN Politics Twitter account to tell its fans that only the Democrats knelt in prayer, with a caption reading, "Members of the Democratic team gather on the field for a prayer before the Congressional Baseball Game". Scalise and four others were injured Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on them at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va. Hodgkinson died after being shot by police. Read More »

UK's May To Meet Northern Ireland Leaders To Smooth DUP Deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May edged closer to clinching a deal to stay in power with the support of Northern Irish kingmakers on Wednesday, but faced a battle over Brexit just days before divorce talks are due to begin. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier and the UK's Brexit minister, David Davis , will meet in Brussels on Monday (19 June), kicking off negotiations likely to take nearly two years. Read More »

Theresa May orders public inquiry into tower fire

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London Police said an investigation had been launched to determine whether the blaze involved any crimes and May announced a public inquiry , a type of probe that's used to investigate issues of major public concern. More than 20,000 residences have been left empty by their owners for more than six months, according to a 2016 report by The Guardian . "We have to get to the bottom of this", he said. Read More »

Tower Block Fire Survivors Storm London Town Hall

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Police were forced to intervene and hold back the crowd as May left the premises. That is what a prime minister should do and that is what she has done. It is going to take a period of time for our specialists, both from the police and from the London Fire Brigade , to fully search that building to make sure we locate and recover everybody that has sadly perished in that fire. Read More »

Donations hit more than £3m for Grenfell Tower victims

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Grenfell Towers was a low-income housing unit, and most of the people who died were people of color, many of them Muslim. The Independent reported that those up early for Ramadan may have saved more lives when it came to spreading word and evacuating people from the building. Read More »

US Defence Secretary James Mattis pressurises China over N.Korea

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The Trump administration "seems to stake its credibility on North Korea refraining from developing an ICBM, without sending a strong signal to deter it from doing so". The US, he said, has used the North Korean issue as a pretext to boost its military presence in South Korea, where it has already stationed troops. Read More »

Anger mounts over London fire

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The blaze broke out in the tower block in the West London district of North Kensington about an hour after midnight Tuesday. The queen met locals on her way into the Westway Sports Centre, which has been turned into a makeshift shelter after the blaze on Wednesday morning engulfed a 24-storey tower block and killed at least 30 people . Read More »

Kim Jong Un's Quest for an ICBM

This puts the USA state of Alaska within range, and Washington is concerned by what it considers the clear and realistic threat posed by North Korea . The reclusive state has ordered three ballistic missile launches, a surface-to-air missile, and now Thursday's cruise missile tests since the South Korea's President Moon Jae-in took power in early May. Read More »

Trump blasts reported obstruction probe as 'phony'

Rosenstein isn't investigating the President, but he did appoint Special Counsel Robert Mueller to look into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election , which includes investigating alleged collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Kremlin. Read More »

Congressional Baseball Game to be held 1 day after shootings

The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition following surgery to fix injuries sustained after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, hospital officials announced in a statement on Thursday evening. Read More »

Official talks on Brexit to start Monday

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her - and others said her days were numbered after last week's disastrous election. "I and other senior colleagues have made that clear to her", said defence minister Michael Fallon. "It includes money, they want to talk about that, we think it should come later, and Northern Ireland ". Read More »

Congress Steps Up on Russia

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Through an amendment, senators added the Russian Federation sanctions, to add weight to their concerns over Russia's support of the "murderous Syrian regime", military intrusion in Ukraine and "malicious" cyber activity, Ernst said . Read More »

In Tweet, Trump Turns On Rod Rosenstein Over Investigation 'Witch Hunt'

Before Trump took to Twitter on Friday, Rosenstein on Thursday issued a perplexing statement of his own, denouncing news stories based on anonymous sources. "Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked . Trump has called The Washington Post report a "phony story" and a "WITCH HUNT". Read More »

Virginia baseball field shooting

The targeted lawmakers were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game , a charity competition against a team of Democrats. "He is a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game". Read More »

Anger boils over as London fire toll reaches 30

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Police bundled the British premier into a waiting auto amid angry shouts of "coward" from protestors. The devastating fire at London's Grenfell Tower has now claimed 30 lives, according to police. The Sun said 65 people were now feared dead or missing in the fire. Housing Minister Alok Sharma said the government "stands ready to provide every assistance - we will support every family that is affected". Read More »

'Julius Caesar' Halted As Protester Storms Stage, Another Screams At 'Nazis'

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Police said the woman was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. You are inciting terrorists! Laura Loomer objected to a scene in the play where an actor who is dressed to resemble President Donald Trump is knifed to death. In a statement on twitter, the Public Theater said it expected the protest, which it said "was part of a paid strategy driven by social media ". Read More »

May offers 5-mn-pound support package for London fire victims

While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed fury at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society. According to the Guardian , local residents became frustrated after May swiftly departed after her visit St Clement's church on Friday, leading to cries of "shame on you" and "coward" from a large crowd that had assembled to hear her speak. Read More »

About $4 million raised for London fire victims

While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society. Khan wrote to May today, saying residents felt increasingly enraged and frustrated by the slow response from the authorities. A critical difference, part of a $13 million refurbishment at Grenfell Tower a year ago included extra insulation under new panels on the ... Read More »

There's been at least 1 mass shooting every month this year

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Al Green, D-Texas. He said the officers "might have put the guy down quicker if they had been able to use a long gun instead of just pistols". To be clear, the Gun Violence Archive defines "mass shooting" as any incident in which four or more people are shot , not including the shooter, regardless of whether any of them are killed . Read More »

Theresa May Warned Over Northern Ireland Unionist Deal, Power Sharing

The pound rose after the Bank of England came its closest in a decade to raising interest rates to counter higher prices after Britain's vote to leave the European Union - a move that could further squeeze Britons with big mortgages. "The prime minister will have to do a lot more, however, to convince us that the DUP tail isn't wagging the Tory dog". The opening was set to take place on Monday, but was delayed amid negotiations. Read More »

Theresa May avoids questions on personal response to Grenfell disaster

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard. Officials warn that no further survivors are likely to be found. "Mohammed undertook a risky journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom, in his own home", the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement. Read More »

Cuba denounces Trump policy changes but is open to dialogue

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In his speech, Trump was quick to single out Cuba's human rights record under the "brutal" Castro regime of "oppressive" communism. In practical terms, Trump's review of the deal was limited. Trump said his new policy would tighten rules affecting travel and sending funds to the Caribbean island nation. American citizens will still be able to take commercial flights to Cuba, but once again only for 12 specific reasons ranging from journalism to educational activities. Read More »

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations

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Trump argued the Obama administration's policy only led to more repression by the Castro regime. It's no secret that the Cuban government doesn't have the best track record of providing accurate information to the rest of the world, but Mitchell didn't seem to ask the United States government to corroborate Cuba's claims. Read More »

Trump cancels Obama's 'one-sided deal' with Cuba

Havana on Friday denounced US President Donald Trump's move to roll back what he called the Obama administration's "completely one-sided deal with Cuba". Once implemented Trump's policy is expected to curtail U.S.travel by creating a maze of rules for Americans to obey. U.S. officials will move to enforce an existing ban on tourism by eliminating individual people-to-people exchanges that had been allowed under Obama and had opened a back door to tourism. Read More »

Rosenstein takes heat for Sessions not testifying

Why would Trump's friend discuss this publicly? "When the day comes that our country can not rely on people to deliver the truth about whatever the subject is from positions of great authority and great reputations, like Mueller, and if we just dismiss those as not being able to deliver us the truth about an issue, we've got more problems than we think we have", Womack said. Read More »

Trump attacks Clinton in 'witch hunt' tweets

According to the Independent, the President' tweets could be in reference to reports from the FBI's investigation into Clinton's private email sever. Trump subsequently said that Comey had not been truthful and offered to testify to the Senate. The ousted FBI director, while offering testimony in front of congress, confirmed Trump asked him to end an investigation into former National Security adviser Mike Flynn. Read More »

Wales can cope without Bale - Allen

For Czechoslovakia's Antonin Panenka chipped his way into football folklore when he scored the shoot-out victor against West Germany in the 1976 European Championship final in Belgrade. Wales are beaten 6-1 in their heaviest defeat for 16 years, Chris Coleman ponders his future having taken the reigns only nine months previously and their dreams of qualifying for Brazil seem dead in the water just two games into the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Read More »

Queen, Prince William visit tower fire area

May has been criticised from within her own Conservative Party over her response and she pledged on Thursday to hold a public inquiry into the fire at the social housing block which was home to about 600 people. " The project met all required building regulations and handover took place when the completion notice was issued by the Department of Building Control at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ". Read More »

Congress plays baseball for charity one day after shooting

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The congressman is still in critical condition in the ICU, but his doctors are staying optimistic. Rep. Steve Scalise , one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. Doctors operated immediately, but additional surgery is required, the hospital said . Dr. Jack Sava , director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital, said Friday that House Majority Leader Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, but is expected to recover. Read More »

London fire: Prime minister Theresa May orders full public inquiry

We need to have an explanation for this. "They are simply not recognizable because of the fire", Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police's identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower. Tony Disson, 65, and a great-grandfather made a series of phone calls from his flat, saying he was trapped in his bathroom. Rashida, a local resident, told Sky News how Muslims observing Ramadan may have saved lives in the tower block, as many of them were awake. Read More »