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Mattis says Assad took Trump's chemical warning 'seriously'

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The readout from the French president's official residence Élysée Palace, obtained by the White House press pool reporter, said Mr. Trump and Macron discussed the cooperation after the USA government after the Pentagon confirmed it had detected "potential" evidence of preparations for a chemical assault in Syria . Read More »

Deputies: Woman gives birth to child fathered by 11-year-old

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After an investigation, Mowry was arrested Tuesday on a warrant and taken to jail. The below photo from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Marissa Mowry, a woman who is now 25 years of age. She said she told the victim to "stop". The Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office's Child Protective Division is involved in the investigation. Police said she maintained a sexual relationship with the boy until he was 14 years old, according to WFTS . Read More »

Schools can't favour one religion over another - High Court rules

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Judge Willem van der Linde's orders state that rules and policies of School Governing Bodies (SGB) must comply with principles in legislation and the constitution. It's been a long road for South Africa's Hans Pietersen, who began his legal bid against public schools advocating religion nine years ago. Neither a public school nor a school governing body may lawfully hold out that it subscribes to only a single particular religion to the exclusion of others, writes Ernest Mabuza. Read More »

White House Responds to Committee on 'Tapes' By Referring to Trump's Tweets

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Instead, the president explained in the television interview, his tweets were referring to the possibility that anyone could have taped those discussions. Assertions made in Comey's memos directly led to the naming of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as any related matters, including obstruction of justice by President Trump. Read More »

S. Korea president invites N. Korea to Pyeongchang Olympics

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But Moon Jae-in faces a dramatically different domestic and global situation as president compared to the one he experienced as chief-of-staff in the Roh Moo-hyun administration. The South had also suggested letting North Korea host some of the skiing events. The report notes that the plotters considered arranging accidents, with a vehicle accident or the derailment of a train carrying Kim Jong-un on the table. Read More »

Chicharito trains separately ahead of Confed Cup semifinals

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Joachim Low's team face the Mexicans in Sochi for a place in Sunday's Confed Cup final in St Petersburg against either Portugal or Chile, who meet later on Wednesday in Kazan's other semi-final. "In the Italy match, they substituted a player just before full-time and thought he was a good scorer", Low added, in reference to Simone Zaza, who missed wildly after taking a bizarrely comedic run-up in Bordeaux. Read More »

Iran seeks stronger ties with Qatar: President Rouhani

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In a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday, Corker said he "could not have been more pleased" by President Donald Trump's recent trip to Saudi Arabia and the summit meeting with heads of other Gulf Arab states. The US Secretary of State said in a statement that the list submitted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt includes "significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to a resolution". Read More »

Modi promises Indian diaspora a dream India

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India and the United States have made a decision to review their economic ties with a view to make it mutually beneficial even as US President Donald Trump urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax trade barriers. Trump said his administration is going to enforce "Hire American" rules that are created to protect jobs and wages of workers in the US. Trump says his daughter, Ivanka Trump, has accepted an invitation to travel to India this fall for an entrepreneurship ... Read More »

AFL-CIO pushing to kill Senate bill outright

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McConnell said Trump has been "fully engaged" in the process, and will host all Senate Republicans at a special meeting at the White House at about 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) on Tuesday. The state of CT is out with new numbers about what the Republican health care plan would cost. At issue are far right conservative senators who don't think the bill cuts services enough and senators from more moderate states who fear the drastic cuts in the bill will harm them at home with the voters. Read More »

With hugs and praise, Modi and Trump strike rapport

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PM Modi became the first leader to have a White House "working dinner" with President Trump. Modi swooped in for two big bear hugs with the USA president during their joint statements in the Rose Garden , wrapping his arms around Trump's midsection and ending their first embrace with a lingering handshake that stretched the president's arm between their two lecterns. Read More »

Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

The emergence of the obstruction of justice inquiry may make it harder for Trump to have Mueller removed. Trump, in a series of morning tweets , reverted back to the tone that won him the White House, slamming the investigation a day after he called for unity in the wake of a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that injured several people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Read More »

Oil prices hit seven-month lows on global oversupply

West Texas Intermediate for August delivery was at $43.43 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down 8 cents, at 11:02 a.m.in London . With WTI slipping into a bear market, global floating oil storage at a record high for this year, and Libya getting closer to its target of 1 million barrels of oil daily, things can hardly get any worse for oil prices. Read More »

The Slants win Supreme Court case over disparaging trademarks

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Although The Slants is comprised of Asian American musicians, the United States Patent and Trademark Office repeatedly denied Tam's trademark applications on grounds that the band name was "disparaging" to Asians. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has refused to change the name of the franchise, arguing his team's mascot "represents honor, respect and pride". Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion, which was joined by the rest of the Court in its 8-0 conclusion, albeit not ... Read More »

What's next for Brazil's Temer following corruption charge?

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According to Temer , Miller "made millions in months" which would normally "take decades to accumulate in savings". But PSDB deputy Daniel Coelho said numerous PSDB's 54 deputies could vote against Temer . Over 90 people have been convicted. Analysts are warning there will be. Temer says that his former aide was acting independently and that there is nothing to link him to the approximately 500,000 reais ($150,000) in the suitcase. Read More »

Man casually walks into pub seconds after being hit by bu

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The bus swerved to avoid running him over. The paramedics who called the ambulance took him. In an interview with ITV, Purple Turtle co-owner Danny Fraifeld said Smith used to work for the pub. He added: "We are obviously shocked by the incident as well as the very graphic footage". The spokesman said Reading Buses hope that the pedestrian who was hit in the accident "is recovering from his injuries". Read More »

Abducted priest seen alive as Islamists hold out in Philippines

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Chito, sila po ay nagsabi na buhay pa si Fr. Chito", Herrera said. A video released by the military showed the rescued residents looking terrified, pale and haggard. Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said it was likely that many civilians had been killed and the death toll - already at 27 before the latest 17 were announced - was only what the authorities could confirm independently. Read More »

Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

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It's the first planned respite in the massive offensive after a month of daily street to street battles and military airstrikes that have left at least 280 militants, 69 soldiers and policemen, and 26 civilians dead. "There have been a significant number that have been seen". "I would not confirm this now but authorities there reported that Isnilon Hapilon managed to escape and we believe Mahmud is with him", said Khalid. Read More »

Ransomware Spreading Beyond Ukraine, Expert Claims

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The flaw - and the means to exploit it - had previously been disclosed in pirated documents about cyber weapons at the US National Security Agency. Interpol says it is also " closely monitoring " the suspected attack. A massive new cyberattack via a ransomware virus initially dubbed Petya paralyzed businesses across Europe on Tuesday before spreading to the United States. Read More »

Pentagon backs White House statement of possible chemical prep in Syria

A Pentagon spokesperson said USA intelligence had noticed suspect activity at the launch site of the regime's apparent chemical strike in April. instigating violence against that government. On Wednesday, though, the USA suggested that the Syrian leadership had swiftly changed its mind about planning an alleged attack. Read More »

Tillerson to meet Qatari counterpart in Washington

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Tillerson said Sunday that a number of the demands on Qatar would be "very hard to meet", and urged the United States allies to resolve their dispute. Saudi Arabia , Egypt , the UAE, Bahrain and Yemen abruptly cut diplomatic relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism . Read More »

Second North Korean soldier defects to South Korea in a month

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Moon's latest outreach to Pyongyang came as a 36-member demonstration team from the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), which included 32 North Korean nationals, touched down at Gimpo International Airport last Friday to participate in the World Taekwondo's (formerly World Taekwondo Federation) World Taekwondo Championships. Read More »

Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo's cancer beyond surgery

In 2009, he was given an 11-year prison sentence for " inciting subversion of state power" after helping write a petition in 2008 calling for political change and supporting democracy. "We call on the Chinese authorities to not only release Mr Liu but also to allow his wife Ms Liu Xia out of house arrest ", said Mary Beth Polley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Read More »

Assad may be preparing chemical attack

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Syria denied the charge. "This involved specific aircraft in a specific hangar, both of which we know to be associated with chemical weapons use", Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told Reuters news agency. Mr Assad, backed by Russian Federation, has strongly denied the allegation that his forces used chemical weapons against the town in April, describing it as a "100 per cent fabrication". Read More »

Not for separate Gorkhaland state, BJP clarifies

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People wearing the traditional Gorkha attire marched through the streets of Darjeeling today in support of Gorkhaland as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered its 10th day. "We have always been sympathetic to the concerns of the Gorkhas when it comes to the protection of their identity and culture". However, he said there was no violence or tension over the GJM demonstration in the morning. Read More »

Support for United States, Trump, collapses except in Russian Federation and Israel

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Five months into Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed USA favorability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama's eight years in the White House. However, 75 percent found him to be "arrogant", 65 percent said "intolerant", and 62 percent said "dangerous". But U.S. favorability elsewhere is bleak. Read More »

More Americans Believe Comey Over Trump

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Mr Trump has also hinted he may fire special counsel Robert Mueller, the man investigating him and his campaign over alleged Russian election meddling. We've entered a realm of reality in which we cannot trust a single word that the sitting U.S. President says or tweets. James Robenalt, a partner at Thompson Hine law firm who wrote a book about the Watergate scandal , said Trump may have complicated things for himself with this statement. Read More »

Backed Syrian coalition takes Raqqa district from Islamic State

The White House warned Assad that he would pay a "heavy price" after US intelligence suggested that preparations for another chemical weapons attack were taking place. The local ARA News reported last week that "All roads leading into Afrin are blocked", by Turkey, the Syrian rebels , the Syrian government and Al-Qaeda. Read More »

Trump's tweets: Does he get Russian Federation danger?

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In the story, one official said the administration "choked" in its response, which included weighing the possibility the White House could undermine a likely Hillary Clinton victory over Trump. Post sources familiar with the measures say that as of yet there's been no attempt by Trump to stop them. Conway was referring to a quotation in the article by a former senior Obama administration official involved in the Russian Federation discussions who said the Obama White House's ... Read More »