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Waterbombing plane fighting huge wildfire crashes in central Portugal

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A reporter for a Portuguese public broadcaster said he heard a loud explosion in hills about 10 kilometres from the region where firefighters are battling a fatal wildfire and a water-dropping airplane reportedly crashed. The Social Democrats have requested that a commission be created immediately to investigate the fires. But 30 water-dropping aircraft were engaged in battling the blazes, some operating under bilateral agreements with the Portuguese government and others as part of a ... Read More »

NASA Discovers 10 New Earth-Like Planets, So Maybe Aliens Do Exist

In its four years in service, the Kepler space telescope has identified 4,034 new planet candidates with more than half of those being confirmed as exoplanets. But those 10 were joined by an additional 209 more garden-variety planets that are unlikely to be hospitable to life because they are too gassy, too hot, too cold or otherwise unlike the only known planet to host life: Earth. Read More »

Kansan among those with disabilities arrested for protesting health bill

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In theory there is nothing in the Senate bill to prevent people from foregoing health insurance when they are healthy and only buying it when they get sick. There are differences between the two. They added: "There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs". Read More »

Wondering about Tropical Storm Cindy's impact on North Texas?

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The storm's only reported fatality occurred on Wednesday, when a 10-year-old boy was struck by a log dislodged by a large wave as he stood near the shore in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County coroner said. National Weather Service officials in the three states said rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimeters) were possible, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches (150 millimeters). Read More »

Trump's Faint Praise For China's Xi Jinping

The United Nations has blacklisted hundreds of North Korean entities, but many of them try to get business done though China, according to US officials. The Chinese side has not yet held a similar briefing. It also expressed the willingness to cooperate with China and develop a long-term constructive relationship between the two countries. Read More »

The official Brexit negotiations have begun

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May herself will be in Brussels on Thursday and Friday for a regular summit with fellow European Union leaders. Yet Davis stressed that Britain would deliver certainty "as soon as possible" to European Union citizens living in Britain and to British citizens in the European Union, a common ground between the two sides. Read More »

South Korea Summit Could Expose Strains in Alliance

Even as Warmbier's family prepared to mourn him at a public funeral service Thursday in OH, the circumstances behind his death remained unclear. "At the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue in Washington on Wednesday, the USA and China agreed that their companies should not do business with North Korean companies that are subject to United Nations sanctions". Read More »

Otto Warmbier's hometown prepares for his funeral

Warmbier was scheduled to graduate this year from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. This is in response to the tragic demise of Otto Warmbier , the 22-year-old student who was returned to the United States in a coma last week after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months. Read More »

Cindy may spawn more tornadoes, severe weather from Louisiana to Florida

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A tropical depression formerly known as Tropical Storm Cindy caused flooding on Thursday in several USA southeastern states, spawned a tornado that injured four people in Alabama, and cut 16 percent of Gulf of Mexico oil production. Stefkovich said after the system moves north out of Alabama, another front is expected to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms, including more heavy rain. Read More »

London mosque terror attack suspect named

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A spokesman said police investigations are "continuing to establish whether there is any link between his death and the attack " adding: "The man suspected of driving the van was detained by members of the public at the scene". Khadijeh Sherizi, who converted to Islam in 2003, said Osborne was usually polite and her children, who are Muslims, would play with his children most days. Read More »

No autopsy for U.S. student detained by North Korea

On Wednesday, China's Foreign Ministry said the country had made " unremitting efforts " to resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula. "China's efforts to resolve the peninsula nuclear issue is not due to any external pressure, but because China is a member of the region and a responsible member of the worldwide community, and because resolving the peninsula nuclear issue is in China's interests", ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing. Read More »

France election: Macron party set for big parliamentary win

Since a month now the President of the Republic has been a symbol of confidence, willpower and audacity", Philippe said, adding: "Next Sunday, the National Assembly will embody the new face of our Republic". Meanwhile, Ms Le Pen came out on top in her constituency but appeared unlikely to turn her second place in the presidential contest into anything more than a handful of seats in Parliament. Read More »

Manslaughter charges eyed in deadly Grenfell Tower blaze

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It also urged owners of Hotpoint fridge freezer models FF175BP or FF175BG to contact them "so that we can register their details and contact them with further information". McCormack told the press that all the complete bodies have now been recovered from the burnt building, describing it as a "very, very distressing scene". Read More »

Turkey: US Promised to Take Back Kurds' Arms After ISIS Is Defeated

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Ankara has pledged not to allow the Kurds to have their own autonomy in Syria, out of fears that such separatist movement could inspire the Kurds in Turkey to follow suit. Mattis, a retired four-star marine general, said the US had chose to supply the SDF with arms and equipment to take the eastern Syrian city and pointed out that 80 percent of the SDF troops that would go into Raqqah would be Arabs rather than the Kurds of the PKK/PYD. Read More »

Otto Warmbier: Family declines autopsy for USA student held by North Korea

The spokesman said it was a "mystery" as to why Mr Warmbier died days after returning home, but compared his death to the case of another American detainee, Evan Hunziker. But White House officials say they are not interested in any proposal that would require the United States to lift military or economic pressure on the North, even in return for a moratorium on tests. Read More »

Oscar Health Files to Expand Insurance Coverage to 5 New States

Anthem said it would not make its filings public, leaving it up to state regulators to decide whether to disclose its plans. Pending regulatory approval from the states, the move will include the service's return to New Jersey, where it pulled out previous year, expansions in existing markets, and brand new launches in Tennessee and OH (via the previously announced Cleveland Clinic partnership). Read More »

London police confirm deadly high rise fire began in an apartment fridge

Hotpoint issued a "product notice" on Friday for the appliance identified as the source of the June 14 blaze. One tribute, from a firefighter from a station in the Kensington and Chelsea borough read: "20th floor, we tried. "Given the deaths of so many people we are considering manslaughter as well as criminal offences and breaches of legislation and regulations", McCormack said. Read More »

United Kingdom police considering manslaughter charges over deadly London fire

Thousands of people have been urged to contact Hotpoint after police revealed the Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge-freezer manufactured by the company. As police continued to unpick the roots of the disaster, Ms McCormack said a string of criminal offences were now being considered. McCormack said Grenfell is one of the "largest and most complex" investigations the Met Police has ever undertaken. Read More »

US Jet Shoots Down Syrian Pro-Regime Drone

A U.S. military official said the drone was "on a run toward our folks to drop a munition on them", so the coalition shot the unmanned aircraft down in self defence. "The UAV did not make an attempt to divert", said Capt Jeff Davis, the Pentagon spokesman. On Wednesday, Binskin told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that, as publicly-accessible ADF reports have shown, recent Australian air strikes have been occurring in Iraq and not in Syria. Read More »

Iran calls on Riyadh to free Saudi-detained 'fishermen'

Turkey has sided with Qatar in the dispute, and its parliament has ratified legislation allowing the deployment of Turkish troops to the base. Qatar says the sanctions have also brought personal hardship for its citizens who live in neighboring countries or have relatives there. Read More »

Iran Warns of Further Missile Strikes but Should Anyone Really Be Scared?

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force in charge of the country's missile program, said it launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan. The U.S. military says it shot down an Iranian-made, armed drone in southern Syria. While Iran fights ISIS in Iraq, it rarely does so in Syria, where it has been mostly expending its resources on fighting the Syrian rebels. Read More »

Chief: Police testing for sex assault of slain Virginia teen

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Hassanen, 17, died Sunday after police said she was bludgeoned with a baseball bat by a motorist who drove up on about 15 Muslim teenagers as they walked back to ADAMS Center for pre-dawn Ramadan services. "We'll be working with law enforcement to see if there was any bias to this action, or if it was just a random act", Hooper said from Hassanen's funeral on Wednesday, where an estimated 5,000 people paid their respects. Read More »

Trump Suggests His 'Tapes' Tweet Was To Keep Comey Honest

He also said he hoped that the alleged tapes of his conversations with Trump do exist. Trump indicated that he believes Mueller should recuse himself during a Friday morning appearance on Fox & Friends. Trump accused Mueller of hiring "all Hillary Clinton supporters" to staff the investigation. "There has been leaking by Comey", Trump added. The president has complained on Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes of his campaign and longstanding ... Read More »

AFP Eastmincom: BIFF holds 5 hostages in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato

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The police official said they have received reports of residents fleeing to the town's Poblacion area due to the ongoing firefight in the village. Government troops are now engaged in fierce battle with Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters ( BIFF ) after the terrorists attacked the village of Malagakit in Pigcawayan town in North Cotabato and took civilians as hostages. Read More »

Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

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The UN agency said it found a record 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016. Of this number, 22.5 million are refugees - those forced to leave their country; 40.3 million are displaced persons or those who find temporary shelter within the same country; and 2.8 million are asylum seekers - people who have fled their country and are seeing worldwide protection as refugees . Read More »

North Korea Tests Rocket Engine

North Korea has tested a rocket engine that the U.S. believes could be part of its programme to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, United States officials said. This photo carried by North Korea's state news agency on March 19, 2017, shows the North's ground test of a new high-thrust rocket engine . It also conducted two nuclear tests past year as it pursues development of a long-range nuclear missile that could reach the USA mainland. Read More »

Scotland Yard mull manslaughter charges over Grenfell Tower blaze

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Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack says officers have seized documents in the investigation into the fire. The government said it was urgently conducting tests on some 600 high-rise buildings in England which have exterior cladding, often added to insulate them or improve the external appearance of aging blocks. Read More »

Brussels Explosion an Act of Terrorism, Authorities Say

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Broadcaster VTM quoted Interior Minister Jan Jambon as saying investigators had identified the man but were not releasing his name. The Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel thanked Belgium's soldiers, security personnel and staff of the country's railway services on Twitter "for their professionalism and their courage". Read More »

UK seeks to reassure EU citizens they can stay after Brexit

Others who arrive after an as-yet-undisclosed cut-off date will benefit from a " grace period ", expected to last two years. The British leader is insisting that the European Union needs to give the 1.5 million Britons living on the continent equal respect. Read More »

Somalia turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

The United Kingdom has urged Saudi Arabia , the UAE and Bahrain to ease their blockade on Qatar and find an immediate solution to the impasse through mediation. Leaders and representatives of 55 Arab and Muslim countries were in attendance. Yesterday, the newspaper Somalia Today quoted unnamed sources saying "there was pressure put on the Somali government by Saudi Arabia to reverse Somalia's decision to stay neutral in the siege imposed by some Arab governments on the State of ... Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn Is Now Officially More Popular Than Theresa May

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He said: "I find it incredible but I think Mr Corbyn is now a credible candidate for Number 10". For 18 to 20-year-olds the rate is £5.60 an hour, while for 21 to 24-year-olds it is £7.05. He added: "We are ready for another election at any time, to finish the job of beating the failed, clapped-out Tories and form a government that works for all". Read More »