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U.S. watchdog decries pricey woodland uniforms for Afghan army

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The U.S. Department of Defense blew $94 million on a fashion faux pas for Afghan cops, dressing them in forest camo in a sere country where forests cover barely 2 percent of the land. - DOD's decision to procure ANA uniforms using a proprietary camouflage pattern was not based on an evaluation of its appropriateness for the Afghan environment. Read More »

Hate and racism in Virginia's governor race

He energized many new-to-politics voters who oppose Trump and promised to support a grab-bag of progressive policies, such as raising taxes on the wealthy, using public funds for political campaigns or mandating union membership. But unfortunately for Gillespie, the commonwealth is in the shadow of Washington, D.C., and the contest for Virginia governor is going to be the nation's biggest race come November. Read More »

High-level US visit leads N.Korea to free student in coma

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North Koreans reportedly agreed to authorize the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang to pay a consular visit to all four detainees, according to the State Department -- although it is unclear if they were ever able to conduct that visit. Warmbier and his family, we have no further comment on Mr. Warmbier", he added. During his time in captivity, nothing was heard from Otto, with friends and family expressing their concern. Read More »

Here's What The Queen Laid Out In Her Speech To Parliament

In light of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London , existing laws would be revised, but no new bills were announced. According to BBC, of 27 bills, eight relate to Brexit and its impact on immigration, trade and sectors such as fisheries and farming. Read More »

Why Donald Trump's Attempt to Go After James Comey Could Backfire

He also denied that Comey's version of the events of a February 14 meeting, in which Trump said that he " hoped " that the FBI director could let go of an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Today, Mr Trump was coy when asked about the tapes , telling media at the White House press conference, "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time ", he said. Read More »

Puerto Rico votes overwhelmingly for statehood

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As soon as these results were announced , the president of the island's main opposition PPD party, Hector Ferrer , said the results were far from a big victory for statehood and - in fact - constitute a defeat for Gov. But other parties such as the Popular Democratic Party and the Puerto Rican Independence Party have supported the choice of continuing with the current territory status or of complete independence respectively. Read More »

British PM apologises for Grenfell Tower fire

In line with Prime Minister Theresa May's commitment to providing additional government resources to strengthen response efforts on the ground, five government departments dispatched staff to the Grenfell Fire Response Team working in the incident area. Read More »

Michigan Airport Officer Stabbed in Possible Terror Incident

FBI agents investigating the stabbing of a police officer in a MI airport Wednesday say it may be an act of terror, NBC News reported . An airport police officer in Flint, Michigan, was wounded in a stabbing Wednesday, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes there is no ongoing threat related to the community related to the incident. Read More »

Kremlin calls USA statement on eastern Ukraine inappropriate

Ryabkov had said on Monday that he and Shannon would meet in St Petersburg on June 23 to discuss "problems in bilateral ties". Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday his meeting with U.S. The Treasury Department said in a statement that the steps are consistent with the United States commitment to seek a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine. Read More »

UK, EU play up chance of Brexit deal

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Almost a year to the day since Britons shocked themselves and their neighbors by voting on June 23 to cut loose from their main trading partner, and nearly three months since Prime Minister Theresa May locked them into a two-year countdown to Brexit in March 2019, almost nothing about the future is clear. Read More »

Iran's Khamenei ordered missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria - Guards

Tajzadeh appeared to up the stakes in a tweet endorsing efforts to see Trump thrown out of office. The strike came a few days after the US Senate passed a bill on new sanctions against Iran. The shoot-down marks the first time a USA jet has downed a Syrian regime warplane, despite leading a massive air campaign targeting IS in Syria for almost three years. Read More »

Taoiseach to meet DUP, Sinn Féin delegations separately in Dublin

The Conservatives, who have 317 MPs, are looking to strike a deal with the DUP, who have 10. Efforts to restore power-sharing at Stormont and a strategy to deal with the impact of Brexit are expected to dominate the discussions. Then women would no longer have to travel to England for an abortion and they and their medical carers would no longer be treated as criminals. During his day in Belfast, he will meet Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire and will also hold meetings with the ... Read More »

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

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Arguments would likely be heard in the fall. That was evident past year in North Carolina, when state lawmakers were ordered by a federal court to redraw the state's racially gerrymandered congressional districts. Twelve Republican-dominated states are supporting Wisconsin in its defense of the 2011 redistricting plan. "I am pleased that the Court granted our request on this important issue". Read More »

Former homeland secretary says FBI delayed notification of cyber hack

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Witnesses on the first panel are Dr. Samuel Liles ( DHS Acting Director of Cyber Division, Office of Intelligence and Analysis); Jeanette Manfra (DHS Acting Director of Undersecretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate); and Bill Priestap ( FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Division). Read More »

United States questions embargo against Qatar

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In addition to diplomatic isolation, other measures taken included closing Qatar's only land border, banning its planes from using their airspace and barring Qatari nationals from transiting through their airports. Saudi Arabia cut transport and diplomatic ties with the country on June 5 and the Qatar has also been boycotted by Saudi allies the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Egypt . Read More »

Former Glee star comes out as trans and reveals name

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On Monday, Zyrus tweeted for the first time using his new name. Saw all your love comments and I'm so happy. "Finally. I love you, everyone and see you soon", Zyrus tweeted. 'Not exactly transitioning into a male, male, ' Jake replied. "I'm not going to go through that stage where I change everything", Zyrus told Winfrey. Read More »

Greek PM congratulates Labour's Corbyn on election result

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The results of the UK's general election are in. but there wasn't a clear victor. If May (or her successor from within the party) proves unable to navigate this dynamic, Britain could see the quick collapse of the coalition government and new elections. Read More »

Refugee population hits 65.6 million

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The UNHCR said in its report that "of the more than 65 million displaced, 17.2 million come under the responsibility of the UNHCR ". In total, about 3.3 million South Sudanese had fled their homes by the end of 2016, in what has become the fastest-growing displacement of people in the world. Read More »

Most Expensive House Race in US History Comes Down to the Wire

He followed up that tweet by responding to it with another one that gave more specific advice to the Democratic Party. And more in the SC district of Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. And it reinforces the idea that Republicans in such districts - i.e. highly affluent, suburban ones where Trump struggled - aren't necessarily doomed by Trump's unpopularity. Read More »

In Iowa, Trump ready to rally base, celebrate GOP resilience

The President's rally comes after two Republicans won special elections last night in Georgia and SC, giving President Trump a lot to talk about. But, he has also planned a trip to Kirkwood Community College , a Cedar Rapids school known for its Agriculture Department. Read More »

Tory-DUP talks continue ahead of Queen's Speech

Lawyers are believed to have found a lead claimant to fight the case, similar to the role that the investment banker Gina Miller had when she won a Supreme Court ruling ordering ministers to introduce emergency legislation to authorise Britain's departure from the European Union in January. Read More »

E Palanisamy to back NDA pick Ram Nath Kovind

The Left parties are firm that the opposition must put up its candidate against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind, though they are well aware that the numbers are loaded against them, the sources said. While announcing Kovind's name, BJP chief Amit Shah had said the party had gone through a list of names before zeroing in on him. With the effort to field a joint candidate for President the opposition was also seen to be testing ground for a larger partnership to take on the BJP in the national ... Read More »

Colton Haynes Joins 'American Horror Story' Season 7

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Return " AHS " veterans this season include Sarah Paulson , Evan Peters , Cheyenne Jackson and Adina Porter, whilst those new to the franchise are Billie Lourd , Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman . You'll see them (Clinton and Trump) on television. Little is known about the upcoming season except that it takes place in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. Read More »

Pakistan shoots down Iranian drone near border

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Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the country's Air Force shot down an unmanned Iranian drone in southwestern Baluchistan province. Iran's army chief recently warned that Tehran would strike "militant safe havens" inside Pakistan after 10 Iranian border guards were killed by militants allegedly from across the border earlier this year. Read More »

Podhoretz: GOP Dodged a Bullet in Georgia Race

Handel will succeed former Rep. Tom Price , whom Trump tapped as his secretary of health and human services earlier this year. Handel's win validates their work as much as anything else. President Trump congratulated both candidates. "I don't think that very many Republicans will take much comfort on the health care issue even if Handel does win", said veteran Democratic pollster Geoff Garin in advance of Tuesday's result. Read More »

May drops key manifesto pledges from Queen's 'Brexit' speech

The visit was not mentioned in the speech because no date has been set, it said . Even amid the gravity, frustration and uncertainty surrounding this year's speech, Skinner bore the great weight of his informal duty gladly, quipping about the queen's plans to catch a horse race later that day. Read More »

Turkey to use its authority to resolve Qatar crisis

The deployment made possible by legislation fast-tracked by Turkey following a diplomatic rift between Doha and four other Arab states. Turkey and Qatar had previously signed a joint defense agreement, and Turkish authorities have been in the process of setting up a military base in the Gulf country. Read More »

Philando Castile verdict unjust; what would Tupac say?

A Minnesota police officer was found not guilty on Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile . (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP). After the rally, police said roughly 2,000 people marched down streets in St Paul, at times blocking traffic at intersections. Read More »

Thousands Walk To Slain Muslim Teen's Funeral In Virginia

The medical examiner ruled Monday that the girl died of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. Nabra Hassanen , 17, was remembered as a shining example of kindness and openness during the services, where about 5,000 people gathered to show their solidarity. Read More »

Georgia 6th: What they are saying about Handel's win

Handel won the conservative-leaning district, which stretches from the outskirts of Marietta to north DeKalb County, by running up big margins in GOP strongholds in places such as east Cobb County and Milton where Republicans have long thrived. Read More »