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Nancy Pelosi is beside the point

WASHINGTON ― House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday defended her leadership amid growing frustration within her caucus in the wake of a stinging special election loss in Georgia. "It was probably one of the more disturbing caucus meetings that I've ever been in", added Rice. "It says: Perhaps the approach that's being taken in Congress and by the president are more acceptable to a swing district or swing-voting parts of the country than people are predicting". Read More »

Scalise moved out of intensive care

Special Agent David Bailey and Rep. Williams also sustained injuries during the incident. At no time, Watson said , did Hodgkinson's behavior appear erratic or threatening. Perhaps the most suspicious of his pre-attack activities was the attention he paid to a local storage unit he had rented in Alexandria, where investigators recovered more than 200 rounds of ammunition and additional components for the 7.62-caliber SKS rifle he wielded during the assault. Read More »

Backed Syrian forces close in on Raqqa from south

F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft at about 12:30 a.m. The U.S. F-15 shot the drone down after it was intercepted and failed to change course, according to OIR. "If we know through the deconfliction line that there are going to be strikes and our forces are not in the area, that's how we want things to be", he said. Read More »

Otto Warmbier's family snubs Dennis Rodman who says he aided with release

North Korea reportedly told a USA official that Warmbier contracted botulism and slipped intothe coma after taking a sleeping pill - they claimed to have released the student on "humanitarian grounds". "It's nearly just trying to reach out for sports and see if I can bring sports to North Korea". In Warmbier's home state of OH, the mourners - among them friends and family - attended his funeral at his former high school. Read More »

Dozens of UK High Rise Apartment Blocks Evacuated

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Brent Council leader Muhammed Butt told Sky News the high-rise block in his area that failed the Government's fire safety test has been checked by the fire service and evacuation was not deemed necessary. Thousands of residents in a sprawling northwest London housing estate were forced to leave their apartments late Friday after fire checks carried out in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze found the buildings to be unsafe . Read More »

Kashmir cop's lynching: 3 more arrested, police superintendent transferred

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On Friday in the morning, Deputy Superintendent of Police #Mohammed Ayub Pandith was #Stoned To Death by a mob near Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta, Srinagar . " Jammu and Kashmir Police is one of the finest police forces in the country". "Let the investigation be completed". Sajad Ahmad Shah, additional SP Traffic City was asked to look after the duties of SP (North Srinagar ). Read More »

UK fire safety crisis expands; Hundreds evacuated in London

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Other residents faced chaos, with temporary accommodation offered in a local leisure centre and hotels, but some refused to move. "It was farcical communication", 21-year-old Daniel Tackaberry told Reuters outside a nearby sports center where the local council had laid out air beds. Read More »

Catholics in Florida remember victims of Pulse nightclub

Jeannine Williams used to live within walking distance of Pulse and was a frequent visitor. "A nightclub for the gay community is like the church for the black community", Adam said. "It breaks my heart that your sanctuary was taken from you". A foot race was held over the weekend, and eight gay and lesbian students were awarded $4,900 toward their college studies by a local businessman. Read More »

More refugees than ever forcibly displaced in 2016

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Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees (2.9 million), with Lebanon taking in the most displaced persons relative to the size of its population (one in six), reports Thomson Reuters . IRIN's coverage of refugees and forced displacement is year-round and not dependent on how many boats arrive in Italy or Greece. Leaving aside the long-standing Palestinian refugee situation, Colombians (7.7 million) and Afghans (4.7 million) remained the second- and third-largest displaced ... Read More »

Russian troops, defence industry benefit from Syrian operations: Vladimir Putin

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Vladimir Putin has a great sense of humour, during the recent marathon phone-in session with the Russian people, the president offered Comey an asylum. It's "a good enough thing" Comey did not accuse Russian Federation of interference in the vote count during the 2016 U.S. election, Putin said. Russian armed forces and defense industry have benefited from the anti-terrorist operations in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. Read More »

More whiffs for the scrambling Democrats

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Fully one-third of Pelosi's 193 House Democrats now come from just three states, the usual liberal suspects of California, New York and MA, not the crucial Heartland. Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela told Politico , "You'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top". "What was the Democratic message?" he asked . Read More »

Israel gearing up to build in east Jerusalem

He was only expected to remain in the region for about 24 hours before flying back to the U.S. Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt's efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations could encourage Israel to "take risks for peace", if the USA shows strong support for Israel , Abraham Foxman, national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Algemeiner. Read More »

Trump Says He Hopes Dems Don't Force Pelosi Out

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The outcomes in Georgia and SC also could boost Republican efforts to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election . Read More »

Pentagon chief blasts N.Korea over US student who died

Trump has been counting on China to use its economic leverage with the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as American concern grows over the North's acceleration toward having a nuclear missile that can strike the US mainland. She said the US would be consulting with China on implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions that are meant to restrict revenue and technology for the North's nuclear and missile programs. Read More »

Republican wins Georgia poll in blow to anti-Trump effort

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I mean, a lot of people talk about Pelosi's fundraising prowess, her allies oftentimes say she's criticized because she's a strong woman. And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. Read More »

Collins: Trump should give clear answer on Comey tapes

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Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC), on Thursday, June 8, where he slammed President Donald Trump and his administration for lying about why the president fired him in May. Comey said he felt uncomfortable with the nature of his personal meetings with Trump, including a private dinner at the White House. In his testimony, Comey recalled that during a private White House dinner on January 27, the president asked him for "loyalty" and to lay off his former top aide ... Read More »

Russia Claims to Have Killed ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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Meanwhile, a spokesman for the US -led anti-Islamic State coalition said he could not confirm reports that al-Baghdadi had been killed. As a result, Iraqi officials are skeptical of Russia's claims, Reuters reported, and the USA -led military coalition in the region could not confirm Baghdadi's death. Read More »

Nancy Pelosi is hurting Democrats at ballot box, Rep. Tim Ryan says

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Kathleen Rice , a NY representative who urged Pelosi to step down previous year, agreed. When pressed to give a name of who might fill that void, Rice said, "I look to a lot of my colleagues now". When a man with the strategy sense of Donald Trump attacks someone, it's because they are effective, not because they are not good at their job. They love us. Read More »

For Democrats, 'Not Trump' is not enough

Several congressmen have gone so far as to suggest that Pelosi ought to step down and allow the party to rebrand itself moving forward. In the Ossoff race, even though the 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer ended up running a more centrist and not Trump-centric campaign, Republicans were able to zero in on the more than $23 million in donations Ossoff raised, largely from liberal enclaves like California and NY, and make an easy connection to Pelosi. Read More »

Supreme Court decision supports Redskins' argument

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board invalidated those trademark protections in 2014 , ruling that the name was "disparaging to Native Americans" and thus violated a clause in a federal trademark law. A federal appeals court in Richmond put the team's case on hold while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule in the Slants case. In short, the decision reaffirms the First Amendment's requirement of viewpoint neutrality when government attempts to regulate ... Read More »

Safety Notice - Grenfell Tower Fire

The BBC reports that anyone with a "white Hotpoint fridge-freezer model number FF175BP or graphite fridge freezer model number FF175BG " should register their appliance so that they are kept up to date with all updates. Premier Inn said Friday it had "concerns" about the material on some of its buildings, though it is different to the type used on Grenfell. Investigators have also found that materials used on Grenfell Tower's exterior failed safety tests. Read More »

Financial deal between Tories and DUP must be made public - McDonnell

The prime minister has already dropped a manifesto claim to scrap the so-called "triple lock" protecting pensioners' incomes - in line with the DUP manifesto - and the two parties agree on many key issues. The Conservative party, in an attempt to claw back after their failed bid to win a bigger majority in the United Kingdom election, has agreed to work with the homophobic DUP from Northern Ireland. Read More »

Survivors leap into water tanks to escape Portugal's deadly fires

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President Marcelo Rebelo went to the Leiria region to meet victims' families, saying he was " sharing their pain in the name of all the Portuguese people". The municipality's Mayor, Valdemar Alves , said there were areas "completely surrounded" by the blaze and not enough firefighters to battle the flames. Read More »

Car bomb in southwest Pakistan kills at least 11, wounds 20

However, Sunni militant groups have claimed responsibility for several attacks in the area in the past. The attack took place at about 5.30 p.m., when a hand-grenade was hurled into the crowd of people busy with shopping at a downtown market in Parachinar city for the coming Eid, a holiday which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Read More »

China willing to maintain coordination with U.S. on Korean Peninsular issue

China's delegation includes State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, chief of joint staff of the People's Liberation Army. USA lawmakers are pressing for a tough response against Pyongyang over its treatment of the 22-year-old university student, who was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion. Read More »

AP WAS THERE: Supreme Court legalizes interracial marriage

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Fifty years after Mildred and Richard Loving's landmark legal challenge shattered the laws against interracial marriage in the us, some couples of different races still talk of facing discrimination, disapproval and sometimes outright hostility from their fellow Americans. Read More »

Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

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Veronique Robert , was operated on in Baghdad but was later flown back to France for treatment, where she died of her wounds, according to France Télévisions. "They offer their most honest condolences", the head of the news department said in a statement. Another freelance reporter also suffered minor wounds. Read More »

French President Macron Wins Big in Parliamentary Vote

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President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling party is set to trounce France's traditional main parties in a parliamentary election, according to projections after the first round on Sunday, and secure a huge majority to push through his pro-business reforms. Read More »

Trump suggests he was trying to keep FBI director honest

Lawyers with experience in similar cases say his behavior may be important to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, which is now exploring the possibility Trump sought to obstruct justice. According to one person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Trump raised the possibility of tapes as a strategy to ensure that Comey told the truth, even though Trump now is suggesting that did so because he couldn't be sure there were no recordings made by ... Read More »

US Shoots Down Drone In Syria

Despite the recent violence, USA officials stressed they have no plans to escalate fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad . Damascus and its ally Moscow condemned the "aggression". It is a military disgrace for the United States, he said, which it is trying to wipe out. Read More »

Ghana assures public of security of ex-Guantanamo detainees

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Mr Justice William Atuguba, however, dissented from the majority decision. The two Yemenis were the first Guantanamo prisoners resettled in sub-Saharan Africa. According to state lawyers, the papers were administrative or diplomatic notes that established some form of agreement for the detainees to be brought to Ghana but not an agreement that ought to be brought before Parliament. Read More »