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Hammond: Pragmatic approach needed for Brexit talks

That the British were ready to break negotiations down on the lines of priorities identified by Brussels implied, he said, a willingness to start a first phase of divorce talks before moving on next year to a second phase on the new free trade relationship May wants - a "sequencing" London has disputed. Read More »

Congressman in critical condition after being shot during baseball practice

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Speaking on the House floor, Representative Glenn Thompson issued a call to "replace the hateful rhetoric and resistance with respect". Democrats cautioned against falling into partisanship or laying blame. James Hodgkinson had been a vocal opponent of the Republican party . So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly. Read More »

30 killed, dozens missing, more feared dead in London tower block fire

Relatives and friends of the missing made increasingly desperate appeals for information, as it became increasingly clear that few are likely to have survived. According to the BBC , the cladding had a plastic core and was similar to that used by high-rise buildings in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, which had also suffered fires that spread. Read More »

Donald Trump confirms he's under investigation

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Donald Trump has blasted the "phony story" that he is being investigated for obstruction of justice, saying it is "the single greatest witch hunt in American political history". "A special counsel investigating the president of the United States must first and foremost be beyond the question of conflict", he said. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mr Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the USA election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian ... Read More »

Navy stops search for 7 missing sailors after bodies found

The skipper, who was injured in the head and airlifted to shore, was also in his room resting, Aucoin said, adding that he was lucky to have survived. Benson was flown off the crippled ship by helicopter after the accident and was being treated at the naval hospital at Yokosuka, according to Aucoin, as were two other sailors who were medevaced. Read More »

All 7 missing sailors from USS Fitzgerald found dead

Navy officials said that divers immediately began inspecting the damage and developing a plan for repairs and inspection of the impacted spaces upon the destroyer's return to Yokosuka . As per reports, US Seventh Fleet announced that the bodies of the missing sailor of the US Navy destroyer have been recovered, search for which was on for quite a long time now. Read More »

Wyoming Grad Has Extensive Loss Of Brain Tissue

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During his statement, Fred Warmbier rejected North Korea's explanation for his son's condition. His family said he arrived in a state of coma . Fred Warmbier (WORM'-bir) told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Wednesday that his son, Otto, was "terrorized and brutalized" during his 17-month detention and has been in a coma for more than a year. Read More »

Trump says he is being investigated over Comey firing

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It was not clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether he obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the Russian Federation investigation. Read More »

Who is Otto Warmbier?

The 22-year-old arrived back in the U.S. on Tuesday after being detained in the pariah state since January 2016. Unlike in a coma, patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome are technically awake and can show small signs of eye movement, such as blinking, even if they don't display conscious awareness or reaction to their surroundings like in Warmbier's case. Read More »

Congressman's shooter went to GOP baseball practice with list of names

In a statement released Thursday morning, his family said Mika was shot in the chest and arm and suffered massive trauma, the Detroit News reports . " Steve Scalise being the majority whip and having the ear of the President is in a very good position to protect Louisiana's interests". Richmond, the Democrats' star pitcher, said he and Scalise are close friends and work together on many local issues, but there's an intense rivalry on the baseball field. Read More »

Theresa May will meet with Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams today

Ms May has said the divorce talks , likely to be the most complex in Europe since World War II, will begin as planned next week and her Brexit minister, David Davis, said Britain's negotiating position was unchanged. The Sinn Féin president visited London with senior party colleagues including Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O'Neill. In Dublin, Mrs Foster brushed aside Sinn Féin assertions that DUP support for the British Government compromises the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Read More »

DUP pact is playing fast and loose with peace, Adams warns

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams has said he told Theresa May that she is in breach of the Good Friday Agreement. The power-sharing executive in NI broke down in March after Sinn Fein pulled their support following the cash for ash scandal. On Brexit, Mrs Foster said the DUP wanted to see "a sensible Brexit and one that works for everybody". Almost a fifth of the UK's food and drink exports go to the Republic of Ireland and in March industry bodies from across the British food and drink sector ... Read More »

AIIB's second annual meeting begins in S.Korea

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Minister Samaraweera held bilateral discussions with Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Indonesian Finance Minister Mrs. Sri Mulyani Indrawati on the sidelines of the Board of Governors meeting of the AIIB and discussed issues of mutual interest. Read More »

Comatose student released by North Korea arrives in Ohio, USA

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Otto Warmbier , an American student who was detained in North Korea in January 2016 and lapsed into coma in March soon after his trial, was released by the Pyongyang regime on humanitarian nrounds. He had been on a stopover tour in North Korea , en route to Hong Kong, where he was going to study. The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the sequence of events and requested anonymity, said that after Tillerson consulted with Trump, Yun was dispatched to North ... Read More »

Russian Federation investigation: Attorney General Rosenstein might recuse himself

All of which necessarily brings us back to Rod Rosenstein . Trump allies have been questioning whether Mueller can lead an unbiased probe, given that some members of his team have made campaign contributions to Democratic candidates. They are: Flynn; Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; and Roger J. Read More »

More than 20 dead from forest fires in central Portugal

Portugal was coping with a severe heatwave on Saturday, with temperatures exceeding 40C in several regions. "The number of fatalities could still rise", The Guardian quoted Costa as saying at the Civil Protection headquarters near Lisbon . Read More »

People 'Are Missing,' Presumed Dead After London Tower Blaze

The death toll is expected to rise further as rescue workers continue to search for victims - an operation that Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy described as "extremely challenging". A review is underway of tower blocks in Salford , where the council has pledged to find out from its housing partners whether "fire safety policies and procedures are in place and have been followed" for buildings of a similar age to Grenfell. Read More »

De Blasio: BiB is making big 'gains'

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Some of the other initiatives as part of the mayor's plan includes a strategy for citywide freight network, doubling the number of CUNY's computer science graduates to 2,000 per year within five years, and Apprentice NYC, a new employer-partnership model that will provide New Yorkers with good jobs in tech, healthcare, life sciences, and more. Read More »

Eritrea sides with Saudi and allies over row with Qatar

In Washington, US President Donald Trump, who has strongly backed the countries imposing sanctions on Qatar despite a more neutral stance taken by the State Department and Pentagon, said the measures were helping to stop terrorism funding. Read More »

Russian opposition leader jailed as tens of thousands protest against corruption

Demonstrations of several hundred to more than 2,000 were reported in cities across the country. About 5,000 took part in the Moscow protest and 3,500 in St Petersburg, the interior ministry said . Similar crowds turned out in March, rattling officials who had perceived the younger generation as largely apolitical. The outspoken opposition leader has announced that he would run for the presidency in the 2018 election. Read More »

Seven sailors missing in ship collision found dead

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Seven sailors were left missing and three injured after Saturday's collision, which the US Navy said nearly sank the destroyer. The sailors' bodies have been taken to the naval hospital on the Yokosuka base to be identified. The Navy statement adds: "USS Dewey (DDG 105) got underway this morning as well as several U.S. Navy aircraft, and will join Japanese Coast Guard and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopters, ships and aircraft to render whatever assistance may be required". Read More »

White House committed to anti-Russian sanctions - spokesperson

News reports the sanctions target Russian individuals who give weapons to the Assad regime, violate human rights, or are involved in the defense and intelligence industries. Space News also reported that lawmakers also voted 94-6 to clear an amendment to the Senate bill that would permit NASA and space launch service providers to continue to import and use Russian-made rocket engines for civil and commercial launches. Read More »

Britain says Brexit talks to start Monday

Davis and Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, will start formal talks in Brussels, according to a statement by Davis's office. But May's failure to win a majority in last week's election has weakened her position badly and reopened the debate around the Brexit strategy just days before the country opens its divorce talks with Brussels on Monday. Read More »

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan calls off 'peace fast' in Madhya Pradesh

Chouhan also entailed how the families of the deceased met him and asked him to discontinue the fast. The Chief Minister had appealed to farmers to discuss their problems with him. Curfew in violence-hit Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district has been relaxed from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday. "He also said anyone now buying farmers" produce below MSP at agri markets will face legal action. Read More »

6 policemen killed in militant ambush in south Kashmir

Whether a militant is killed or a civilian or a cop, it is the Kashmiri who dies. Two civilians, including a teenage boy, were killed when security forces fired at hundreds of villagers who marched to the site of the shootout to help the militants escape, he added. Read More »

Scalise upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious' condition

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A congressional women's softball team has hit the practice field in Washington amid heavier security, a day after an attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game. In his first public comments since the shooting, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it's a "good possibility" that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity. Read More »

Trump makes surprise visit to hospital treating hurt congressman

They managed to control the internal bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilized. Sava says infection remains a risk, after doctors performed several surgeries to stop bleeding and begin repairing abdominal and bone damage. Lucee Laursen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, interning in the capital for a nonprofit, said, "It's showing that we might have differences in political spheres but we come together for a good cause". Read More »

Angry Trump decries being target of Russia probe

President Donald Trump's transition team has been ordered to preserve materials related to ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, the New York Times reported on Friday, as Trump again assailed the probes. Read More »

Ariana Grande Manchester bee tattoo pays tribute to victims

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On Sunday (June 3), Usher shared links to websites where fans could tune into a live stream of the event on his Twitter page. "I love you so, so much", Ariana told the crowd. We are still rewatching and re-listening to all of the unbelievable performances from Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester benefit concert on Sunday. Read More »

Stay put? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

Theresa May has sidestepped questions over her response to the Grenfell Tower disaster after facing renewed criticism of her reaction to the tragedy. Protesters gathered to call for help for the residents of the burned building, and the BBC reports that dozens of people " stormed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall with a list of demands". Read More »

Theresa May Called 'Coward' By Angry Crowd After Pledging Fire Aid

Prime Minister Theresa May , who ordered a public inquiry into the disaster, was criticized on Thursday for visiting the scene of the fire, but talking to officials rather than victims or survivors. Hundreds of protesters marched along Whitehall in opposition to the response from the Government following the tragedy that has already claimed at least 30 lives. Read More »

Prime Minister To Hold Talks With NI's Five Main Parties

An agreement to restore devolved power-sharing government in Stormont must be reached by the 29 June deadline. Theresa May insisted the Government was "absolutely steadfast" in its commitment to the Northern Irish peace process as she faced questions on whether a DUP-Tory alliance would put fragile agreements at risk. Read More »