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Kovind's pick draws mixed reactions, Mayawati frowns over RSS affiliation

The candidature of 71-year-old Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit , was made after Prime Minister Modi met today morning with BJP Chief Amit Shah and other senior party leaders. The two warring factions of the AIADMK control 5 percent votes in the presidential election. Shah said Kovind, who came from Dalit community, had struggled in life to reach this position. Read More »

BJP President Shah Amit Shah arrives in Maharashtra; to meet Uddhav Thackeray

The BJP has called a meetings of its parliamentary board, the party's highest decision-making body to deliberate on a nominee for the upcoming presidential elections . The Uddhav Thackeray-led party, which drew a blank in the Goa Legislative Assembly polls, has made a decision to expand its base in the coastal state having a sizeable population of Christians. Read More »

Health care plan endangers poor

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The most coveted benefit, of course, is health coverage. He followed with another photo , from CNN.com, where he counted 24 headlines. One way is protecting preventive care coverage and passing a state law saying in Wisconsin we value health care. Read More »

House Dems question Flynn disclosures of Middle East travel

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The letter from Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, and Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House foreign affairs committee, is the latest to call attention to potential problems with what Flynn reported to the USA government about his foreign travel, contacts and business after he left the Defense Intelligence Agency in August 2014. Read More »

Paris Champs-Élysées Attack: Threat Level Still "Extremely High", Says French Minister

Paris suspect was on terror watchlist French minister says the "attempted attack" justifies the state of emergency , which he will now seek to extend until November. "The vehicle contained weapons, explosives, enough to allow him to blow up this auto". "This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command", said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu. Read More »

GST launch on June 30 midnight from Parliament's Central Hall: Jaitley

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A special midnight session of Parliament on June 30 has been proposed by the government to mark the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax ( GST ). Besides, Cabinet ministers and members of the GST Council have been invited. "All GST Council decisions have been taken through consensus". But, with 6.5 million firms already registered for GST and more expected to sign up, there was no excuse for firms not to be ready for what has been billed as the biggest tax reform in India's ... Read More »

Trump lashes out at 'bad' Russia investigators

To summarise - 150 days in, President Trump is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his campaign's possible collusion with Russia's meddling in the 2016 election to damage his democratic opponent. Read More »

Presumed death toll in London tower blaze rises to 79

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Mr Cundy said on Sunday that the death toll of 58 was based on reports from the public - including 30 deaths that already have been confirmed, and reports of people who are missing and presumed to have been killed. "There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said. It said: "We are devastated by this tragedy". Nisha Parti, a film producer who has been organising help for victims, said volunteers have been unable to access the money, and said "no one is telling us where it is". Read More »

Was the United Kingdom election a rejection of Brexit?

Postponed from last week due to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the speech had originally been billed as an attempt by the Chancellor to reassure business leaders that they would still have access to funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) after Brexit . Read More »

Woman gangraped in moving auto, thrown out of vehicle

The men then drove around in a Maruti Suzuki Swift and repeatedly raped the woman, as reported by India Today . She was later thrown out from the vehicle in Greater Noida , near Delhi. After raping the girl, the offenders made a decision to throw the victim at mildly populated Kiul Junction in Lakhisarai station under Danapur division of East Central Railway in an attempt to avoid arrest and suspicion. Read More »

Bihar Board 10th result 2017 date and time

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About 17 lakh students have taken the BSEB Class 10 board examinations this year. The state conducted it in the month of March 2017. Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has made a decision to give grace marks to students who have failed in one or two subjects in the matriculation examination this year thereby giving rise to speculations that the matric results for 2017 may be delayed further. Read More »

Coveney calls for North deal to 'involve all five parties'

Simon Coveney has said that the Irish government will "spare no effort" in the process to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland. Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, with special responsibility for Brexit, Simon Coveney said he welcomed the negotiations, which are not only important for the European Union and Britain but "are one of the most important set of negotiations in the recent history of our country". Read More »

UK official looking for 'positive' Brexit talks

The Conservatives" "hard Brexit' policy, which would involve leaving the single market and slamming to door on free movement, has been softened in days, as a result of losing their parliamentary majority in the June 8 election. Johnson also urged Europeans to look further down the road. The Brexit Secretary David Davis will lead a British team to Brussels later this morning to begin historic negotiations to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union. Read More »

London mosque attack 'sickening': UK PM

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It is believed that the man, who is said to live in Wales, was originally from Somerset, namely Weston-super-Mare. Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the attack as "cowardly". "Our community is in shock", he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant. NPR's Frank Langfitt spoke in London to local artist Ferhat Laichour, who says he arrived ten minutes after the attack and heard the van's driver saying, "Let me kill, let me kill". Read More »

White House remembers U.S. sailors killed

Three others were injured in the attack, including the captain, Commander Bryce Benson, who was airlifted to the naval hospital at Yokosuka . Most of the crew on the Fitzgerald was asleep when the collision occurred and big container ships like the Crystal are often lightly crewed and use an autopilot. Read More »

Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy win will bring worldwide cricket to Pak

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They outplayed us. This is their first ICC title since winning the 2009 World Twenty20 in similarly incomprehensible manner. They entered the tournament as the lowest ranked team . All the boys were confident and they contributed for the superb victory, he said and added that each one of them played for the team not for themselves individually. Read More »

London attack: Australia confirms death of two citizens

The family said her fearless actions Saturday "demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life". While Delcros remains seriously injured, the fate of her partner is unknown, the Metropolitan Police said. The dead include a Canadian charity worker, an Australian nurse and a French bistro worker , while the injured came from a variety of countries including Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Spain and New Zealand. Read More »

Defence spending increase won't boost deficit, Finance Department says

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Sajjan described the plan as being focused on necessary outputs and capabilities in order to ensure Canada is strong at home, secure within North America and able to meet its global responsibilities. However, Sajjan was non-committal when pressed about whether the spending spike would result in a higher federal deficit or dramatic spending cuts down the road. Read More »

PM: Details of agreement with DUP will be made public

The anticipated arrangement has forced the UK Government to reject suggestions its commitment to act with impartiality in Northern Ireland - as set out in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement - will be fatally undermined by any pact with the DUP . Read More »

Iran fires missiles into Syria targeting ISIS in revenge for Tehran attacks

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Iran revealed footage of the missile strikes, which were caught on camera by Iranian drones flying in Syria , according to a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander. Six assailants killed at least 16 people in the twin attacks, which ISIS claimed. Conservative writer Mehdi Mohammadi posted on Telegram that the strikes were more than "just a response" to the IS attack in Tehran . Read More »

Iran fires rockets in 'revenge' at Islamic State in Syria

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The Guard said, in a statement published on its Sepahnews website, that the missiles were "in retaliation" for the June 7 attacks on Tehran claimed by IS. Iran's last foreign missile strike is believed to have been carried out in April 2001, targeting an exiled Iranian group in Iraq. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country have expressed suspicion that Iran's regional rival had a hand in the assault. Read More »

Presidential polls: Shiv Sena refuses blanket support to NDA

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve and Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar welcomed Shah after he landed at the Mumbai airport. The source said, "Shah said the name of the candidate would be announced by Narendra Modi". Mumbai: Adopting a hawkish stance, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Saturday categorically ruled out resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan. Read More »

Raging forest fires kill 62 in Portugal

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Firefighters work to stop the fire from reaching the village of Figueiro dos Vinhos. Fire experts are hoping adopting Australian-style warning systems may prevent future catastrophes after the most devastating blaze in decades left 62 people dead in Portugal . Read More »

With Kovind For President, Amit Shah Checkmate Opposition

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Insiders said, the BJP leaders were wary of an Opposition mahagatbandhan - comprising Mayawati , Akhilesh and the Congress - happening in UP in 2019. "Ramnathji has always spoken for the deprived sections, and has had a long career in speaking out for Dalits and oppressed sections", said Mr. Shah, while making the announcement. Read More »

London fire: Police release images of devastating tower inferno

They're showing a community coming together to grieve. Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said: "What is important to myself, and all of us, is to find everyone who is inside the building and return them to their loved ones". The images, captured by a specialist police recovery team working alongside colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade, show homes completely destroyed, with deep layers of ash and charred rubble covering the floors. Read More »

'No reason' to cancel Trump's United Kingdom visit

Mrs May had faced calls to distance herself Mr Trump for his incendiary remarks but for two days failed to directly address them. Yet, Khan's supporters pushed back at Trump's assertion, noting that Khan was simply telling Londoners not to be afraid of the increased police presence as the city took necessary precautions. Read More »

Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of Pakistan HWL clash

Kohli only had praise for the 23-year-old who stood up against the fierce Pakistani bowlers and clobbered them all around the park - something none of the top order batsmen could do. Reigning champions India went into Sunday's showpiece as strong favourites after thrashing Pakistan in the group stage, but found themselves on the receiving end of a crushing 180-run defeat at The Oval. Read More »

Opposition up in arms against Centre over Presidential nominee Kovind

The BJP on Sunday had stepped up its efforts to gather support for its unnamed Presidential nominee, with its top leaders talking to allies Shiv Sena and LJP as well as the Trinamool Congress and BJD, even as it disclosed that the NDA candidate will file the nomination before June 24 after the Opposition is conveyed its choice. Read More »

Decision on supporting Kovind on Tuesday: Uddhav Thackeray

Refraining to comment much on the subject, senior Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the nominee should have been selected after discussion with the Opposition parties. "The BJP hopes that a person born in a poor family of low-caste Dalit community will be a consensus candidate for the president's post". In his first reaction, the NDA presidential nominee said: "It's a duty, let's take it as such". Read More »

Russia warns US after downing of Syrian warplane

The latest development from the more than six-year-long civil war in Syria is sure to escalate global tensions even more, just as the Islamic State has begun losing ground in the so-called caliphate. Over the last four weeks, the US has conducted three airstrikes on pro-regime forces backed by Iran that have moved into a de-confliction zone around the town of Tanf in southwestern Syria, where there is a coalition training base for local forces fighting ISIS . Read More »

Shiv Sena attacks BJP over J&K, Bengal situation

But the talk on Sunday was a "friendly and cordial" according to the Indian Express sources. He was received at the Mumbai airport by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet members, BJP state President Raosaheb Danve, BJP city chief Ashish Shelar, party MPs and MLAs, and a massive crowd of enthusiastic party activists. Read More »

Georgia governor praises Handel in US House race

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Ossoff is seeking support from moderate voters with ads focused on the economy and national spending, while Handel is focusing on her experience as Georgia secretary of state. Nathan Deal and his 2010 primary rival Karen Handel . But Republicans in Georgia are seeking to exploit the shooting to gain an advantage in this week's special Congressional election. Read More »

After London fire, desperate pleas for missing residents

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Someone asked, "Did you try going down low with towels?' She said "Yes, it's in my room". He said: "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". There's a fire in my council block. That was the last anyone heard from Khadija, a 24-year-old artist revelling in a career breakthrough after winning rave reviews for... Read More »