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Gove appointed as Defra Secretary of State

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Meanwhile, Liz Truss was effectively demoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury "attending Cabinet" from her previous role as Justice Secretary. Mr Gove noted that most votes at the election had been cast for either the Conservatives or Labour , who both support leaving the European Union and ending freedom of movement, but added: "It is important to recognise we were not returned with a majority". Read More »

Kovind to file papers today; PM, NDA CMs to witness

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The combined opposition has named former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as its candidate for the presidential poll but NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind's victory is a foregone conclusion, with 63.1% of the electoral college votes already in the bag. Read More »

Iran, Russia, Turkey to deploy personnel in Syria to monitor de-escalation zones

Russian Federation launched its military intervention in Syria in September 2015 after an official request by the Syrian government for military help against rebel and jihadist groups. But the downing did not appear to hamper Syria, which attempted a similar bombing Tuesday, according to U.S. military officials. A U.S. official told CNN that another Syrian Su-22 fighter made an approach Tuesday in what the military assessed as a possible bombing run on USA backed-Syrian Democratic Forces ... Read More »

SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday witnessed the test-firing of a home-grown ballistic missile to showcase the country's defence capability against Pyongyang. The North's missile tests present a hard challenge to Moon, a liberal who took office in May and has expressed a desire to reach out to Pyongyang. Read More »

EU's Barnier Hopes to Remove Brexit Uncertainties as Talks Begin

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The EU has said that before it will start discussing a future trade deal with the United Kingdom , it wants to resolve the biggest uncertainties arising from Brexit , including the future rights of around 3 million EU citizens in the United Kingdom and the arrangements for avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Read More »

Speculation the Queen's hat was a quiet Brexit protest

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The nine-minute speech reflected Ms. She said her government would seek "to build the widest possible consensus on the country's future outside the European Union", amid divisions within May's own cabinet over the best strategy. For instance, the Queen will arrive at Parliament in a auto, rather than a horse-drawn carriage, and she will deliver the speech in everyday dress, instead of the traditional royal robes. Read More »

Capt Safdar appears before Panamagate JIT; FIA forms team to investigate SECP

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Earlier today, Captain (r) Safdar appeared before JIT, headed by Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Additional Director-General Wajid Zia, for interrogation regarding the dependency of PM's daughter Maryam Nawaz and his assets. Following his appearance before the JIT, Senator Malik reposed his confidence in the conduct of the investigators, calling them "professional and competent". Read More »

CRPF jawan, driver injured in attack by militants in Kashmir

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The official said that they have cordoned the area. Rajesh Yadav, confirmed the casualties, while inspector general of the paramilitary force, Ravideep Sahi, told ANI, "Firing was on our vehicle". Reinforcements have been rushed to the area and a search operation was launched to track down the terrorists, officials added. Earlier, security agencies in border districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur in Punjab were on high alert on Thursday following inputs that Pakistan-backed terrorists were ... Read More »

Unpopular Among Voters, Pelosi Says She's 'Worth the Trouble'

In South Carolina, an attorney in Charleston who is a Democratic political newcomer, Joe Cunningham, announced on Wednesday that he would seek the House seat now held by Republican Mark Sanford, but said that if elected he would not back Pelosi as the Democratic leader. Read More »

An acquittal in Milwaukee

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The department alleged that Smith ran during a police stop and that he refused to drop a stolen gun on Heaggan-Brown's orders. Chisholm said the case was the rare one that he felt "very strongly" he could charge and prove, aided greatly by video from body cameras worn by Heaggan-Brown and his partner. Read More »

London tower blocks evacuated over fire fears; dozens refuse to leave

Fire had ripped through the 24-storey residential block in north Kensington in the early hours of June 13, trapping hundreds of people inside. "The cost we can deal with later", said leader of Camden council , Labour's Georgia Gould . Ms Gould said the work is expected to take three to four weeks. He said: "It was a rush, I didn't know anything". "Grenfell changes everything. I don't believe we can take any risks with our residents' safety". Read More »

Landlord says airport stabbing suspect worked as caretaker

A 49-year-old Montreal resident, suspected of stabbing a police officer at a MI airport, tried and failed to buy a gun before purchasing the knife allegedly used in the attack, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday. Ftouhi, of Canada and originally from Tunisia, is accused of stabbing airport police Lt. Neville underwent surgery shortly after the assault, officials said. Read More »

Eid ul Fitr 2017

When is moon sighting expected? A statement signed by Hall Abdel Manan Abdel Rahman, the General Secretary of COMOG, and issued to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said: "Like Ramadan , Eid ul-Fitr is a time for love, perseverance, kindness, forgiveness and tolerance". Read More »

People Dead, Including Gunman, in Shooting at UPS Facility: Cops

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But police said they were unsure whether the man, who was wearing a UPS uniform, was actually an employee. UPS spokesman Steve Gaut released a statement saying that six employees were involved in a "shooting incident" but that the company can not provide any identifications until the police investigation is complete. Read More »

Republican senator says Republican health care bill is too Republican

Can the Senate pass its version of the health care bill before July 4? I don't know if Dean Heller comes out against TrumpCare without @RepJackyRosen entering the race this week. "The Medicaid cuts are the part of the Senate bill that probably give us the most heartburn", Moller said. "It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", Heller said. Read More »

Korea denies torturing U.S. student Warmbier

Mourners turned out in droves to pay their final respects Thursday to Otto Warmbier , the U.S. student imprisoned for more than a year by North Korea and sent back home in a mysterious coma that proved fatal. US President Donald Trump called the situation a "disgrace". North Korea conducts about 90 percent of its trade through China, which maintains that it implements the United Nations sanctions properly. Read More »

Senate Republicans just lost a key vote on their healthcare bill

Erasing Obama's law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years. The bill would replace its individual insurance coverage with new subsidies and requirements and cut federal funding for Medicaid . The insurance they would buy under the bill might seem cheap at first, but it wouldn't be if they ended up paying more in deductibles. "If there's a chance you might get sick, get old or start a family, this bill will do you harm", he wrote . Read More »

Erdogan spokesman says Turkey and Russia to deploy in Syria's Idlib

Russia, Iran, and Turkey agreed on a plan to set up four "de-escalation zones" in Syria where forces of President Bashar al-Assad's government have been fighting USA -backed rebels. The secretary of Kyrygzstan's national security commitee Temir Djumakadyrov said "the question had been raised" within the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, a Russia-led security bloc, but that there were "no negotiations" at present. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron wins strong majority for reform

French President Macron won a large majority in Parliament, winning 351 out of 577 seats. Official figures with 90 seats still left to be decided showed LREM had already won its majority. REM routed the Socialists and heavily defeated the rightwing Republicans, while Le Pen's National Front (FN) had a disappointing night. The conservative Republicans came in second to Macron's party but with 135 seats, will likely not be able to mount any significant challenges to the front-runners. Read More »

Minister to challenge EC's disqualification order

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In Mishra's case, the money spent by him on paid news did not reflect in his poll expenses account filed with the Commission. After the EC's order, Narottam Mishra will no longer be able to enjoy the position of a cabinet minister in the state government. Read More »

Modi-Trump meet; top issues on radar

The Institute's Director of Asian Security Lindsey Ford said while Mr Trump and PM Modi may have challenging waters to navigate on the economic front, especially regarding trade deficits and visa issues, a "bright spot" in their conversation is likely to be the security and defence relationship. Read More »

More high rise buildings nationwide found to have failed fire safety tests

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Residents are evacuated from the Taplow residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate , in the borough of Camden , north London , Friday, June 23, 2017 . Earlier Friday, police said they were considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell disaster. They also said that an exploding fridge definitely started the blaze at the 24-storey building. Read More »

Indian women brace for England challenge in first WC match

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Where is the India Women vs England Women match going to be played? The first ODI between West Indies and India has been called off due to persistent rain. Raj was caught by Brunt at deep midwicket off the final ball of the innings for 71, giving Knight a second wicket for 41. What they need is more visibility. Read More »

Palestinians and one Israeli soldier killed in East Jerusalem

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Al-Quds said the new United States ambassador to Israel is expected to visit an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, which, if it does happen, will be the first for a U.S. Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a phone consultation with the chief of police and public security minister, and made a decision to cancel the family visits, a police statement read. Read More »

Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Testifies Before House Intel Committee

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in an open hearing in the US Capitol Visitors Center June 21, 2017 in Washington , DC. "In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the goal of influencing our election - plain and simple ", said Johnson, who warned that cyberattacks would get worse before they get better. Read More »

US military says crisis communications link with Russia 'in use'

Russian Federation also said on Monday it would treat USA -led coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft. According to the Russian MOD, the terrorists were attempting to leave Raqqa which is besieged by Kurdish militia of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US -led coalition forces and head towards Palmyra using a "southern corridor". Read More »

USA shoots down 'Iranian-made' drone in Syria

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According to the IRGC, the missiles "targeted the headquarters and meeting place and suicide auto assembly line" of "ISIS terrorists" in Syria's Deir al-Zour Province. The attackers were Iranian citizens. The attack was similar to one earlier this month in which an Iranian drone shot on USA forces in Syria . Bir Qassab fell to Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels after it was abandoned a few months ago by Islamic State (IS) militants beating an eastward retreat to reinforce their urban ... Read More »

Pentagon Chief Jim Mattis 'shocked' by low level of US military readiness

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In February, the commander of the USA -led military forces in Afghanistan , Gen. John W. Nicholson, said "a few thousand" additional troops were required to train Afghan soldiers. Mattis said the Taliban were "surging" at the moment, something he said he meant to address. "The department will work with President Trump , Congress and this committee to ensure future budget requests are both sustainable and provide the commander in chief with viable military options that support America's ... Read More »

Shut Al-Jazeera, block Iran, or it's a divorce, Doha

On 5 June, Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a severing of all links with Qatar for allegedly supporting groups, including some backed by Iran . The list includes an end to Turkey's military presence in Qatar. If Qatar agreed to the points in the list, it would also agree to be monitored annually for the next 10 years for compliance, audited once a month for the first year and the once per quarter in the second year. Read More »

Donald Trump reports at least $1.4 billion assets in financial disclosure

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US President Donald Trump has reported hundreds of millions of dollars in income in a financial disclosure form, the media reported. His Resort in Florida (Mar-a-Lago) also saw an increase in revenue during that same time period. Revenue from Trump Corporation, his real-estate management company, almost tripled to $18 million, and revenue from Mar-a-Lago grew by 25 percent, to $37.25 million. Read More »