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Jeff Sessions Talked Trump Campaign Matters With Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak

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According to the Post , U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted communications between Kislyak and his superiors. Trump went on to appoint him Attorney General, and yet in a recent interview with the New York Times , Trump said that he wouldn't have appointed Sessions to lead the Justice Department if he'd known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Read More »

Kislyak says he and Sessions discussed campaign

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CNN's Gloria Borger spoke with a source close to Trump, who said that this is something that the president would find "stunning". Mark Corallo has resigned as the spokesman for President Donald Trump's legal team amid reports of a shakeup of the team of lawyers handling the White House's defense in the investigation of Russian meddling in last year's election. Read More »

Spicer departs White House to make room for ardent Trump backer

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NY financier Anthony Scaramucci has been formally named White House communications director and Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been promoted to press secretary in the Trump White House's latest shakeup. "This is obviously a hard situation to be in", Scaramucci said. Spicer burst on to the scene in January 2017 with a rant at reporters, in which he scolded them for deliberately under-reporting the size of President Trump's Inauguration Day crowd. Read More »

Denial of $350 million aid to Pakistan reality, not policy: Jim Mattis

The funds are used to reimburse Pakistan for the cost of military operations against terrorist groups during 2016. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade, with US officials frustrated by what they term Islamabad's unwillingness to act against Islamist groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. Read More »

Kerala Congress MLA accused of raping 51-year-old woman, arrested

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While he had been booked for abetment of suicide and use of obscene language on the basis of a complaint filed by the victim's husband, it is likely that the police will invoke sections of the Indian Penal Code related to rape. The woman is now being treated at a private hospital. He said that Vincent had even threatened his wife. The Neyyatinkara judicial first-class magistrate-I also recorded the woman's statement by visiting her at the private hospital near Neyyatinkara where she was ... Read More »

Army personnel allegedly beat up policemen in Kashmir; six injured

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They also ransacked the police station and official records, the report said. Police said later that Army parties of Gund and Surbraw 24 RR camps, headed by captain Shukla along with the personnel in civvies, entered the police station in Gund and thrashed all the police personnel present inside while also damaging some official records as well. Read More »

Cebu lawmakers back extension of Mindanao-wide martial law

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Duterte's spokesman Ernesto Abella thanked Congress for its vote, saying "the nation has chosen to stand united in defending the Republic". Under the 1987 constitution, the President is allowed to place the country under martial law , but for no more than two months. Read More »

We Don't Support Any Kind Of Vigilantism, Centre Tells Supreme Court

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The government told the Supreme Court on Friday that it was against all forms of cow vigilantism , but that it was up to state governments to act against it. "You don't protect any kind of vigilantism", the bench, also comprising A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, asserted. It came weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned a spate of violence across India linked to the cow, saying killing in the name of cow worship was not acceptable. Read More »

Quake rocks Kos and Turkish holiday resorts killing tourists

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Seismologists said the shallow depth of the undersea quake was to blame for the damage. The mayor said Kos hadn't seen many tourist booking cancellations as a result of the quake. "The biggest problem at the moment are electricity cuts in certain areas", Bodrum mayor Mehmet Kocadon told Turkey's NTV television. "There is light damage and no reports that anyone has been killed" in the area. Read More »

Rodrigo Duterte says he won't visit US

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He was considered an outsider in the presidential election but he gradually gained popularity due to a radical election campaign that promised to free the Philippines from drugs and corruption. At the time, Duterte said he could not commit to such a visit because he had other overseas trips scheduled. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called the United States a "lousy" country, and vowed never to visit it, Reuters reported. Read More »

Poland won't back down in row with European Union over supreme court

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Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Warsaw and cities across Poland for candle-lit vigils to protest against the draft bill, as the Senate debated it late into the night. It rearranges the court's structure and adds a Disciplinary Chamber that would handle breaches of rules or ethics in the justice system. Duda won election as a Law and Justice member but has left the party in accord with Poland's tradition of a nonpartisan presidency. Read More »

Man broadcasts to Facebook Live while driving on beach

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She called police when she saw the video . "I'm watching people on the beach and running over stuff and I was sure they were going to shoot him and kill him". Clearwater Police are investigating an incident involving a man driving his vehicle on Clearwater Beach and broadcasting much of the drive over social media. Read More »

Navy Crew Apparently To Blame For Deadly Destroyer Collision

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The investigation is likely to result in recommendations for possible punishment, making the review "dual goal". Defense officials said it appears the crew "failed to understand and acknowledge the cargo ship approaching and failed to take necessary action" in the minutes before the crash and was possibly moving at a faster speed than expected, according to CNN . Read More »

State adds 11200 jobs in June; unemployment rate up slightly

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The state added jobs at a rate of 1.6% over the last 12 months, matching the growth rate in the nation as a whole. Job losses were experienced in Educational & Health Services (-100) and Construction (-500). South Carolina's jobless rate has fallen to its lowest level in more than 16 years. "With the rate rise in June, Humboldt County rose from 12th rank to 17th rank (from the top) among the 58 counties statewide", California Employment Development Department North Coast Labor Market ... Read More »

United States airstrikes mistakenly kill 16 Afghan policemen

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At least 16 Afghan policemen were mistakenly killed and two others injured in USA airstrikes in southern Helmand province's Gereshk district. "In the strike, 16 Afghan policemen were killed including two commanders". Data released this month by the Air Force said that as of June 30, US and coalition aircraft had dropped or expended 1,634 munitions in Afghanistan during the first six months of 2017. Read More »

Bound travellers face 'enhanced security measures' at all airports

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Government sources told the newspaper that the UK's ban is likely to be lifted imminently. The United States has ended a four-month ban on passengers carrying laptops on board USA bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing to an end one of the controversial travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration. Read More »

Filipino president says will never visit 'lousy America'

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Me, you're investigating me in the internal affairs of my country? James McGovern of MA and Rep. Jackie Speier of California took turns criticizing Duterte and his bloody anti-drug war during the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing in Washington. Read More »

U.S. seeks Syrian solution, but Assad doesn't have to go first

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McMaster. He said it's hard to imagine a stable Syria with President Bashar Assad still in power. He said it was hard to imagine a stable Syria with the president, Bashar al-Assad, still in power. "It is at the front of his mind", Pompeo said. While some people believed North Korea's leader was irrational, Pompeo said he was convinced Kim Jong-un understood his core mission - "which is to keep himself in power". Read More »

Scaramucci tells Trump 'yes,' then apologizes for past words

Outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer , who is one of Priebus' closest allies in the administration, abruptly resigned on Friday following Scaramucci's appointment as communications director , a move that some interpreted as a sign of the chief of staff's waning influence. Read More »

Palestinian tries to stab Israeli soldiers, is shot dead: Army

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The victims were believed to be two men - one in his 40's and one in his 60's, and a woman in her 40's. "When we went into the house we saw four casualties lying [on the floor] with stab wounds". The Temple Mount compound contains the Haram al Sharif area that is holy to Muslims. Egypt has further accused Israel of imposing restrictions on Palestinians over rights to practice their faith, "fueling tension among the Palestinian people and the entire Muslim nation". Read More »

Hawaii Prepares For North Korea Nuclear Attack, Tells Citizens How To Survive

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The designation had been recommended by several analysts of North Korea in the aftermath of USA college student Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea in a coma. Tourism boosters say the threat is too improbable to justify a plan that could scare away travelers, but the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency believes preparations cannot wait any longer. Read More »

Planned Parenthood May Have Just Been Saved By This Obscure Senate Rule

Conservatives and advocates have insisted on pro-life language in whatever plan emerges from Congress, yet Democrats will not help them gather the votes as they defend their signature 2010 health overhaul. Leaders could still amend the toubled measures before a vote next week. Republicans now have 52 seats in the Senate. President Trump has threatened to withhold the payments anyway, however. Read More »

Trump on Spicer Quitting: I'm Sure He'll Go On to Be Successful

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Priebus and Spicer spent years working closely together at the Republican National Committee . In June, Spicer barred television cameras from media briefings and prohibited audio broadcasts. He is close to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus , the former RNC chair, and several of the lower-ranking aides in the White House communications shop. Read More »

Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Abortion Procedure Ban

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This has been a particularly brutal year for pro-choice advocates and abortion providers in Texas. The doctor performed a nonsurgical type abortion, induced with a pill. The new Texas law uses the non-medical term "dismemberment abortion" to describe the procedure, in which forceps and other instruments are used to remove the fetus from the womb. Read More »

Tensions Spike In Jerusalem's Old City Over Metal Detectors At Muslim Shrine

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The rare ban came after Israeli ministers decided not to order the removal of metal detectors erected at entrances to the Haram Al-Sharif compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel initially closed the site after Palestinian gunmen killed two Israeli police there last week. Further protests were expected on Friday and over the weekend. Read More »