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GST not merely tax, promotes honesty, social reform: PM Modi


He said the GST is not just a tax reform but a new economic order which will strengthen a new culture of honesty. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with the players and officials of the Indian women's cricket team that recently participated in the ICC Women's World Cup and brought laurels to the country. Read More »

England take huge lead on rain-marred day


His innings was the cornerstone of the Proteas' 175 all out. South Africa started the day with the goal of avoiding the follow on and they needed thirty runs to do so. He had just one minor scare on 40, when Ben Stokes nearly pulled off the most brilliant of catches at gully, flinging himself to his left to intercept a skewed drive off Stuart Broad - with the total on 148. Read More »

Seven Turkish journalists released from prison after trial


Seven staff from the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet walked free on Saturday after nine months in jail, expressing hope that four colleagues still behind bars would be released soon. Unfortunately, four of our friends are still incarcerated in Silivri Prison. A total of 19 people are on trial, including Cumhuriyet's editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, investigative journalist Ahmet Sik, commentator Kadri Gursel and cartoonist Musa Kart. Read More »

Trump's Chief of Staff resigns


Not only is this wrong, it's offensive on multiple levels. Replaced by current Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly after the shortest tenure as White House Chief of Staff in modern times , he was on the Hannity-hosted show just last week. Read More »

New White House chief of staff is battle-toughened leader


Donald Trump is sweeping the political and party professionals out of his White House after seven months of legislative failure that has infuriated the president and frustrated his supporters. The turning point was the president's eagerness to publicly bully his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, despite their exhortations that he stop. The thread stays open for 24 hours after publication. Read More »

Nitish Kumar wins Bihar floor test 131 to 108


Never in the political history of independent India have the central government's top investigative agencies been instrumentalised in such a ruthless and effective manner, radically altering power equations in a large state. In the face of his increasingly strained relationship with a hard coalition partner, the RJD, which failed to mend its corrupt, nepotistic ways, Nitish found himself in the throes of a dilemma. Read More »

Election Commission Seeks Report From Gujarat Govt Over Alleged Horse-Trading Of MLAs


I would request media owners, channels and newspapers to save democracy. "We have been brought and kept here against our will". We are like a family and thereis cordial atmosphere here, " he said. Jolted by the exit of six of its lawmakers since Thursday, the party made a decision to shift 44 of its remaining 51 MLAs in the 182-set Gujarat Assembly to the city and prevent further defection to the BJP, the ruling party in the western state. Read More »

Another deadly Boko Haram attack kills 5, injures 15 in Borno


Volunteers said at least two dozen other people were wounded and had to wait until Saturday morning to be evacuated because of safety concerns and the lack of phone service. The casualty from that attack also include staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC , soldiers and members of the civilian joint task force. Read More »

Germany nightclub shooting: Two dead in attack on Constance venue


One police officer was also injured in the exchange of fire with the suspect. Witnesses described seeing victims covered in blood as they were taken to hospital where three people remain seriously injured. "Guests were able to save themselves by fleeing outside or hiding", the police said in a statement, according to Deutsche Welle. It follows a similarly deadly incident in Hamburg on Friday, where a failed asylum seeker killed one person and injured six others. Read More »

Migrant Kills Man in Hamburg Supermarket Stabbing, Six Hurt


Police said the suspect grabbed a kitchen knife with a 20-centimeter (nearly 8-inch) blade from a supermarket shelf on Friday afternoon and stabbed three men, one of them fatally. Police said they arrested a suspect after he fled from the store. Grote said none of the wounded was being treated for life-threatening injuries Saturday, although some were seriously hurt. Read More »

1-year-old boy found dead in hot vehicle in south Phoenix


When Phoenix fire and police officials arrived, the child was pronounced dead. No charges have been filed. Phoenix Police will conduct an investigation, but initial indications are that this was accidental. It was unclear how long the boy was inside the vehicle, but the temperature in Phoenix on Friday was over 100 degrees. According to the safety organization Kids and Cars, an average of 37 children die each year in hot cars. Read More »

PML-N to nominate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim PM


The 68-year-old leader has been at the helm of Pakistan's turbulent politics for more than three decades. The governing political party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, must now choose an interim prime minister to replace Sharif until the next general election, which is scheduled for mid-2018. Read More »

Two militants killed in Tahab


One SLR and one INSAS rifle have been recovered, according to ANI. On July 23 security forces had killed a militant along the Line of Control in Machil sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district. The two slain terrorists have been identified as Irfan Sheikh and Abid. A police officer said that the cordon was laid on basis of the specific inputs about militant presence. Read More »

Hassan calls for Democrats, Republicans to fix health care


The vote was always going to be close, with Senate Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski telegraphing that they would oppose the measure. Prior to the vote, Senate Republicans , including McConnell and Pence, were seen trying to convince McCain to support the amendment, but the famed Senate "maverick" stuck to his "no" vote. Read More »

Obama's health care law still needs some patchwork


Insurers want assurances the federal government will continue to pay cost-sharing reduction subsidies that lower the cost of co-pays and deductibles for lower-income Americans who purchase policies on state exchanges like Connecticut's Access Health CT. Read More »

Do Russians have dirt on Trump?

According to the Washington Post , Trump was especially angry about reports that Mueller was seeking his tax returns, documents the president has guarded fiercely even when it was politically risky to do so. ( Trump has been highly critical of this action by Sessions in recent days.) Because of that recusal by Sessions, any dismissal of the special counsel would be left up to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein . Read More »

Why the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem matters so much


The al-Aqsa compound is known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount . Palestinians had gathered at al-Aqsa on Thursday after officials from the Islamic Waqf authority, which administers al-Aqsa Mosque compound, gave the go-ahead to return to performing prayers there. Read More »

McCain Votes No, Dealing Potential Death Blow To Republican Health Care Efforts


The pivotal figure in the Trump-GOP debacle was veteran, six-term Republican Senator John McCain , who came out of a hospital bed after surgery to tackle a cancerous brain tumor to kill the repeal effort. Before casting his vote early Friday, McCain seemed to be enjoying, at least a bit, that his vote would upend his party's plans. "We told our constituents we would vote that way". Read More »

Round NFL draft prospect Da'Shawn Hand charged with DUI


The 6-foot-4, 288-pounder from Woodbridge, Va., was arrested by university police, according to the Tuscaloosa Sheriff Department's online records, and bond was set at $1,000. The Tide begin preseason practice on Thursday, and will open their regular season on September 2 against Florida State in Atlanta. Nick Saban opens his 11th season on September 2 when his Crimson Tide clash with the Florida State Seminoles at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic. Read More »

Lavrov says Moscow had to react to U.S. sanctions


Asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin had authorized the move, Peskov said such measures are "impossible without the President's permission". Putin also argued that "Russian-US relations are being sacrificed to resolve questions of domestic politics", specifying that "in this case, it is the battle between President (Donald) Trump and his political opponents". Read More »

McCain gives bill thumbs down after Trump's last-ditch appeal

The setback leaves him without a major legislative win after more than six months in power, despite Republicans controlling the White House, Senate and House. Schumer said it isn't fair to blame McConnell for the failure of repeal. But in that signal in the early hours of Friday, the 80-year-old McCain also delivered a political gut-punch to US President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican and a man he has clashed with repeatedly over the past two years. Read More »

US Senate rejects partial Obamacare repeal


As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. One would have erased Obama's statute and replaced it with a more constricted government health care role, and the other would have annulled the law and given Congress two years to replace it. Read More »

Let's talk: Should Australia become a republic?


A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "As Her Majesty's representative, His Royal Highness will open the Games and read out The Queen's customary message, calling on athletes to come together in the spirit of friendly competition". "The first, clear question we ask the people should be whether we want an Australian head of state", Shorten said in his speech. He was referring to PM Malcolm Turnbull's description of himself as a "very strong Elizabethan", before meeting the Queen this ... Read More »

Trump blasts Senate rules, repeats threat against health insurance subsidies


He called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to scrap the filibuster. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted: "If McCain had just voted yes they would have had those 60 votes required under reconciliation! While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare's most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens", he said. Read More »

Nikita Parris 'absorbing everything' at Euro 2017 ahead of France showdown


We are more than equal opponents and they know it well" while Sampson responded that "The game isn't played in the press conference room, lucky for them. They have a terrible historical record against France, one which is being widely publicised, but as bettors we can only look at the evidence that we have in front of us at any given time. Read More »

Russia's response to US sanctions to hinge on final bill text -Putin

If Trump chooses to veto it, the bill is expected to garner enough support in both chambers to override his veto and pass it into law. The U.S. "And it would take new steps to tighten those sanctions ", Mr. McCain said on the Senate floor. Under the legislation, he would be forced to consult Congress first. Read More »

Russia sanctions bill gets heavy support, heads to Trump


The legislation bars Trump from easing or waiving the penalties on Russian Federation unless Congress agrees. Russia's foreign ministry also warned the United States that it would respond in kind if Washington made a decision to expel any Russian diplomats. Read More »