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UK PM makes pledge on British expats' rights

The main opposition leader, Labor's Jeremy Corbyn, said the offer was not generous and offered too little, too late. The document did not mention any cut-off date from when the new rules will apply to EU citizens, but it is likely to be "no earlier than the 29 March 2017, the date the formal Article 50 process for exiting the EU was triggered, and no later than the date of the UK's withdrawal from the EU". Read More »

Republicans delay US Senate vote on 'Obamacare' repeal

Even though the bill can pass without any support from Senate Democrats , Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin told CNN's New Day she still has hope. Lee and other conservatives have favored a fuller repeal of Obama's statute than the Senate bill would enact. Read More »

Report Finds Oklahoma's Rural Roads Among Worst In Nation

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The report also found that 5 percent of the state's rural bridges were rated as structurally deficient. A new report focusing on rural roadways finds nearly one 1 of 5 in ME in poor condition and around 1 in 6 rural bridges to be structurally deficient. Read More »

Death toll in Parachinar twin blasts reaches over 50

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Reports state that the first explosion occurred during the rush hour in Turi Market, while the second one took place as rescuers and bystanders rushed to help those who were hurt in the first blast . Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed to be behind the attack. Basir Khan Wazir, the top government official in Parachinar, later told AFP that both blasts were carried out by suicide bombers. Read More »

Senate health care state of play

It also would eliminate $700 billion worth of taxes over a decade, largely on wealthier people and medical companies - money that Obama's law used to expand coverage. The GOP bill would unwind that expansion and cap Medicaid payments for the future. The Senate Trumpcare bill would cause 22 million Americans to lose their health care over the next decade-including 15 million in the next year alone. Read More »

Pentagon says it has detected "active preparations" by Syria for chemical attack

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The charges and countercharges came as tensions between US -backed opposition forces and pro-government units have escalated in southern Syria , where the United States maintains a base to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State. Syrian activists say an airstrike targeting an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria has killed at least 42 prisoners. Russia, as well as its fellow ally Iran, have repeatedly stood by Assad's government and denied it has used chemical weapons to subdue ... Read More »

Cuba criticises Trump's policy rollback

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However, he says the USA will maintain key diplomatic and commercial links with Cuba . Remittances from people in America to Cubans are not to be cut off. This is likely to affect pending hotel projects with Cuban companies that have ties to the military. While tourism to Cuba is banned by USA law, the Obama administration had been allowing people to travel to Cuba as part of "people to people" educational trips for visitors, a popular classification that a White House official said ... Read More »

Modi jets into Netherlands, 'India's gateway to Europe'

Modi, who invited the president and his family to visit India, extolled Trump's leadership qualities. However, Trum " s daughter Ivanka Trump is headed for India later this year to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Exports to India support more than 260,000 jobs across the US, said the report, "India Matters for America/America Matters for India". India is among the nations singled out by the Trump administration for their trade surpluses with the USA, and it is also reviewing a ... Read More »

Trump travel ban partly reinstated

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The court granted the Trump administration's request for a stay in part, allowing a 90-day ban on foreign nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries and a 120-day halt on the US refugee program to go into effect, with the exception of "foreign national [s] who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States". Read More »

Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

Trump also accepted Modi's offer to visit India, the White House statement added. The Chinese daily in the article said both former Soviet Union and the USA under Kennedy presidency tried to pit India against China but the results were not "satisfactory". Read More »

Led coalition says Daesh targets hit in Syrian town

The airstrike targeted the prison in the city of Mayadeen in the countryside of Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour on Monday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "The air raid hit a building in al-Mayadin that was being used as an ISIS prison", it said. Islamic State is believed to have moved most of its leaders to al-Mayadeen in Syria's Euphrates Valley, south-east of the group's besieged capital Raqqa, two U.S. Read More »

United Kingdom police: Mosque attack suspect held on terror charges

She said: "Sadly we have suffered a number of attacks and very sad events over the last few weeks". Mr Osborne is now being held on terror charges and suspicion of attempted murder . Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu also released a statement regarding the terror attack , saying his thoughts are with all those affected. The attack comes amid fears of retaliation against Muslims following two recent, deadly attacks in the United Kingdom, at Manchester Arena and London ... Read More »

President Donald Trump Meet up Narendra Modi

But it was the same folksy, effusive greeting Modi has used with Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, and a host of foreign dignitaries and celebrities, from former French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood's Hugh Jackman. Read More »

Irish, British PMs to meet to talk Brexit, N.Ireland crisis

Negotiations are set to continue between the DUP and Conservatives in London , and in Belfast where the five main Stormont parties are trying to restore powersharing. But speaking in Dublin after a meeting with the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar , the DUP leader Arlene Foster said it was down to Sinn Fein whether an agreement is reached. Read More »

Pakistani players showered with fortunes following their Champions Trophy win

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In case you didn't know. . According to a newspaper, Afridi admitted that even he didn't have any idea that Pakistan would reach the final and win it. "They were shouting slogans in favour of Pakistan". The former skipper stated that more needs to be done to improve the state of Pakistan cricket and there should be no complacency with this win. Read More »

Meira Kumar: Former Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, Presidential Candidate

NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind has been given 'Z+' and NSG security cover by the central government. "17 paties came together on the issue of Presidential election and if some parties take a different decision..." Though many political parties are on various new bytes and are claiming it to be a political decision but none of them strongly believe in going against the candidature. Read More »

President-Macron's-party-wins-parliamentary-poll-majority @ 6/19/2017 2:13:13 PM

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The 39-year-old's centrist movement and its allies won 350 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly on Sunday. Socialist party leader Jean-Claude Cambadelis immediately declared his retirement from the party post. Ms Le Pen's victory in the northern former coalmining town of Henin-Beaumont was a rare bright spot for her nationalist and anti-EU party that was once hoping to emerge as the principal opposition to Mr Macron. Read More »

Theresa May to hear updates on Grenfell Tower recovery effort

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Four of the five towers at Chalcots Estate were evacuated following news that they had similar cladding to the material which exacerbated the Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington earlier this month, killing at least 79 people. Bob Doris, convener of the local government and communities committee , said: "There are thousands of families and individuals living in high rise accommodation across Scotland and they are understandably looking for reassurances at this deeply worrying time. Read More »

White House: Syria could be preparing another chemical weapons attack

In an ominous statement issued late Monday with no supporting evidence or further explanation, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the US had "identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children". Read More »

UK, Northern Ireland make deal to fortify May's minority

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The windfall - in exchange for the Northern Ireland party's support - includes £ 1 billion of new funding for infrastructure and health, along with enhanced flexibility on nearly £500 million of previously allocated cash. Her hope is she will finalise a deal between the DUP and the Tories. "So the agreement we have come to is a very, very good one". Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said the deal means a continuation of Conservative Party policies. Read More »

Colombia disarmament process for individual arms ends

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The United Nations say that leftist rebels in Colombia have turned over nearly all of their fighters' individual weapons as part of a historic peace deal reached with the government past year. "Guerrillas, once were members of the FARC, today are militants for hope for the people", said Londoño Echeverri. "This is the best news for Colombia in the last 50 years", said Santos to an audience of former combatants and representatives of Colombia's left-wing political parties. Read More »

Missing Boy's Father Arrested on Suspicion of Murder

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Andressian was arrested but released soon after because investigators didn't have enough evidence to hold him. "I felt very sad", Levon Asatourian, Andressian Sr.'s uncle, told NBC4 Friday night. Balsamo reported from Los Angeles . "Her son is her life", the statement read. We want the child back. While the police are searching for the missing child, they are also investigating why his father was passed out in the park. Read More »

Top dog, Brynneth Pawltro, elected mayor of Kentucky town

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Key to any politician, a sparkling smile helped Brynneth win over voters on her campaign trail. Brynneth's victory raised more than US$3,000 (S$4,200) at a rate of one dollar a vote. For such a small town this is a big fundraising effort that is essential to keeping things in working order - and clearly it's working because they've continued the tradition for almost twenty years now. Read More »

Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Filed in Flint Case

As well, Schuette said, four previously-charged defendants will each face additional charges of involuntary manslaughter . The head of the MI health department, Nick Lyon , was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct regarding Flint's lead-contaminated water . Read More »

Impose travel ban? Yes, Trump can

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But under the immigration system, most people traveling to the United States do have those ties. A senior official said plans already had been written to enforce the ban aggressively. He said in a statement that his "number one responsibility" is to keep Americans safe. "I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive", Trump added. Read More »

With hugs and praises, Modi-Trump strike rapport

When the delegation-level talks between India and United States of America in the cabinet room at the White House started, PM Modi said, "You are the world's oldest democracy, while we are the world's largest democracy". Modi arrived at the White House, the State Department announced that the leader of an anti-India militant group in the Kashmir conflict was added to the list as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Read More »

Trump Brands Pakistani Militant 'Terrorist' As Greets Indian Leader Modi

Both America and India have invested in rebuilding Afghanistan's civil society and played a role in its security, a point that will also require increased communication between the USA and India. Heaping praises on Prime Minister Modi, Trump said that he had been reading a lot about him and that he would want to congratulate him for the exemplary leadership he has shown, primarily, economically. Read More »

Parents don't buy North Korea's excuse for son's coma

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Otto Warmbier was in coma when he was released Tuesday , and he was taken to the neuroscience intensive care unit at UCMC in Ohio. The University of Virginia junior looked shell-shocked and downtrodden as he was dragged into court previous year, where he tearfully begged for mercy. Read More »

Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill may be flatlining

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House Speaker Paul Ryan has long advocated a voucher-like option for Medicare that would also restrain spending. To be clear, Mitch McConnell and company rewrote the bill in secret and are now trying to rush through a vote, hoping it passes with a simple majority. Read More »

Vandals obliterate info on Emmett Till marker

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The teenager was kidnapped, tortured and killed because of the accusation. Allan Hammons , whose company made the Bryant's Grocery sign, said that the marker cost more than $8,000 to make, and that repairs for the damaged words will be at least $500. Read More »

Russia defends Syria, says US chemical weapons attack threat unacceptable

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Following the April attack , President Trump ordered an air strike against the Assad-controlled air field where the attack was believed to have been carried out. The Kremlin is dismissing the White House's warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military "will pay a heavy price" if it goes ahead. Read More »

Jason Greenblatt visits home of slain Israeli policewoman, Western Wall

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Last December, the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution declaring all Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank illegal under global law. -Sgt-Maj. "This announcement is a message coinciding with the arrival of the USA president's envoys to the region, which indicates that Israel is not interested in U.S. Read More »

Theresa May details post-Brexit plans for EU citizens in UK

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After this date there will be a " grace period " of up to two years for those already living in the United Kingdom, after which they will be able to apply for either temporary residency or settled status . She also confirmed that she would not accept the oversight of the European Court of Justice on citizens' rights, saying it would fall to British courts to enforce the new rules - setting up another clash with the EU. Read More »

Trump Confirms He's Under Investigation, Blames Unnamed Person

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When Comey testified last week, he also gave the committee and Mueller a document that involved Comey taking notes of his communications with President Trump . The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff. The New York Times reported Thursday that Mueller has also asked the NSA to provide his investigators with any notes or documents relating to interactions between the agency and the White House in connection with the ... Read More »