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GOP reps mum on Trump's ban on trans service members

While Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, was strongly opposed, Republican congressmen representing Hillsborough County didn't take positions, when asked about President Donald Trump's tweets saying he intends to ban transgender people from the military. Read More »

USA officially tells United Nations it wants out of Paris climate deal


But the State Department's announcement doesn't formally start the process of the USA getting out of the voluntary agreement. Arnold Schwarzenegger , a vocal critic of President Donald Trump's anti-climate polices, helped launch a comprehensive online database today to help local and state lawmakers advance environmental legislation. Read More »

High Level Al-Shabaab Commander Killed By Airstrike


Ali Mohamed Hussein, who served as al-Shabab's shadow governor for Mogadishu and has been one of the group's most outspoken members, was killed in an airstrike. The US has carried out a handful of air strikes since Mr Trump's expansion of military efforts. Somalia's information minister, Abdurahman Omar Osman, told VOA Somali that President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed "approved an operation with global partners on 30 July near Tortoroow, killing a key al-Shabab leader behind Mogadishu ... Read More »

China hits back at Trump criticism over North Korea

Qian emphasized the mutual benefits of China's trade with the US and said that couldn't be linked to issues concerning the Pyongyang regime. China controls more than 80 percent of the imports into North Korea. North Korea last Friday launched its second ballistic missile in less than a month, about Pyongyang's abilities to strike the US mainland. Hemmer started his interview with Gorka by reading an excerpt from a Chinese newspaper that said, in regards to North Korea, that "Trump is wrong ... Read More »

Russian Federation reserving right for more retaliatory steps on US


He blamed legislators for compelling him into signing the sanction measures. The Kremlin was not particularly happy with the White House for allowing lawmakers to usurp the powers of the President to veto, which indicate disappointment in Moscow that Trump was not able to fulfill his pledge to improve ties with Russian Federation. Read More »

VA Wants its Doctors to Treat Veterans Anywhere With Telehealth


The nation's top veterans affairs official will meet with doctors at the Manchester VA Medical Center who have alleged substandard care at New Hampshire's only hospital for veterans. VA Video Connect provides a secure and web-enabled video service that makes it easy for Veterans to connect with their VA providers by video on their own mobile phones or personal computers. Read More »

NTSB Probes Gas Explosion at Minneapolis School That Killed Two


Family members earlier told local news channel KARE that John Carlson, an 81-year-old custodian, was missing and that no one had been able to reach him. Berg had worked at the school for 17 years before Wednesday morning's explosion gutted the campus's Upper School, causing a fire and partial building collapse. Read More »

Election Likely To Extend Rwandan President Kagame's Long Rule


But it was accentuated when former president Pasteur Bizimungu was jailed in 2002 for allegedly fomenting dissent after he tried to form a political party. PERALTA: Under a constitutional amendment approved two years ago by Rwandan voters, Kagame could stay in power until 2034. Eric Ndushabandi, a professor of political science at the National University of Rwanda, said many admire Kagame as a "visionary" leader who united a country scarred by the 1994 genocide, in which over 800,000 ... Read More »

U.S. aims for United Nations vote on Saturday on new North Korea sanctions


Typically, the United States and China have agreed sanctions on North Korea before formally involving other council members. Nebenzia also said Security Council sanctions should "focus on those who carry actual responsibility for the crises", Russia's state-run news agency, TASS, reported , and that "restrictions should not harm civilians or social and economic development". Read More »

FARAKHABAR: UNAMA Condemns Attack on Herat Mosque


The nationality of the dead soldier and injured was not immediately known. The Pentagon says that two USA service members were killed in an attack on a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy near Kandarhar in southern Afghanistan . Mohammad Asif Qaderyan, father of 14-year-old Fatemah Qaderyan, was wounded in Tuesday's blast in the western city of Herat and died later, said Farhad Jelani, the provincial governor's spokesman. Read More »

France, UK, Japan want speedy vote on new NKorea sanctions


China is North Korea's closest ally, but Beijing is angry with its continued nuclear and missile tests. China has dismissed the arbitration ruling, which was sought by the Philippines, as a sham. A proposed new United Nations sanctions resolution would ban North Korea from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood worth a total of about $1 billion, a major cut to its export earnings, which totaled only $3 billion previous year, a Security Council diplomat said Friday. Read More »

Columbus soldier killed in Afghanistan


Spec. Christopher M. Harris, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina, and Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter, of Columbus, Indiana, were killed this week by a vehicle bomb in Afghanistan. Mark Hunter said his son studied music at Indiana State University and wanted to become a music producer, but accepted an ROTC scholarship because he didn't want to burden his family with the cost of college. Read More »

Interest rate to slowly become reasonable, says Arun Jaitely


With the launch of this ETF, the government hopes to accelerate the divestment process. "SEBI is looking into the existing chit fund cases". Ltd and Indian Bank from the finance sector; Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Bharat Electronics Ltd, Engineers India Ltd, and NBCC India Ltd from the industrials sector; ITC Ltd from the FMCG sector; Power Grid Corp. Read More »

Child Who Drank Boiling Water From Straw Dies Months Later


Her mother's boyfriend called emergency services and rescue crews took Ki'ari to the hospital. "On July 31 2017 my 8 year old daughter Kiari Pope gained her angel wings". According to the Post at least one of the investigations provided verified proof of abuse or neglect, although it is not clear which one did. Authorities had previously investigated this incident and a number of others following allegations of neglect, reports the Palm Beach Post . Read More »

To China's Latest Warning On Border Row, India Sticks To Diplomacy


The defence ministry said India should not underestimate the resolve of China's military to protect its territory. The document says that as of the end of July, more than 40 Indian border troops remained, down from when more than 270 Indian troops with weapons and two bulldozers advanced more than 100 metres into Chinese territory on June 16. Read More »

Possible new Banksy graffiti surfaces on West Bank barrier


Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon said the visit will allow Guterres to "build a relationship" with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The money will be transferred to the Palestinian National Fund, the financial arm of the PLO, which was designated by Israel as a terror organization due to its involvement in paying terrorist salaries. Read More »

AU deploys election observers to Kenya ahead of polls


He called on the government to investigate the killing which has spread fear among Kenyans and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the country's electoral body. "The observer mission will be having briefings throughout this week", one of the group's senior officials told Kenyan newspaper, The Star yesterday. Read More »

Neymar in Paris for 'bigger challenge'


Neymar has signed a five-year deal with the fee - which corresponded to the player's buyout clause at Barcelona - more than double the previous world record transfer. "Given that much of football's financial activity occurs within Europe, where significant transfer fees are exchanged between clubs, FIFPro is asking the European Commission to launch of thorough investigation of the transfer rules it approved in 2001 and which are now in need of urgent review". Read More »

US Court Throws Out Murder Conviction of Ex-Blackwater Guard


The court has ordered a new trial for the man who prosecutors said fired the first shots in the 2007 slayings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad. The court ordered a retrial for Nicholas Slatten, saying he should not have been tried alongside three others. At Nisour Square, the four guards opened fire on the Iraqis, including women and children, with machine guns and grenade launchers. Read More »

Fifty bikers give bullied IN boy ride to school


She says it was so bad he told her he contemplated suicide. "They called me fat". She was very concerned about her son's issues with bullying. She told her son's story to Brent Warfield of KDZ Motorcycle Sales & Service , who responded in an unbelievable way. Read More »

New National Constituent Assembly Holds 1st Session in Venezuela


The assembly's members were accompanied to the palace by Maduro and thousands of supporters carrying the national flag and portraits of late president Hugo Chavez. The request, filed to a lower court in an apparent attempt to circumvent the government-stacked Supreme Court, was nearly certain to be denied. The accusations came hours after Reuters exclusively reported that only 3.7 million people had voted by 5:30pm in Sunday's (July 30) poll, according to internal elections data, compared ... Read More »

DFA Spokesperson: North Korea a 'very serious concern' for PH


It says the programs, which contravene U.N. Security Council resolutions, are necessary to counter USA aggression. The ARF is a rare multilateral meeting joined by all member states of the long-suspended six-party talks to denuclearize Pyongyang - two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russian Federation. Read More »

Pyongyang condemns United States travel ban on N

THE NORTH KOREAN regime has slammed the United States government's decision to ban its citizens from visiting the hermit state, its KCNA news agency describing the move as a " sordid " attempt to restrict exchanges between the countries' people. Read More »

Saudi Arabia To Develop Tourism On Its Red Sea Coast


He said that foreigners don't visit lands where it is an obligation for women to wear an abaya, therefore this resort would be developed on worldwide standards and governed by the law. The kingdom launched the Red Sea project July 31 as part of its Vision 2030 plan, which aims to reduce the country's dependency upon oil exports. Read More »

Incredibly well-preserved 1300kg dinosaur with camouflaged 'tank' armour discovered


The statue-like specimen is so good that researchers were able to see the dinosaur's skin colour, which likely played a role in camouflage to avoid catching the eye of the massive meat-eaters that dominated the environment. This creature is considered to be a new kind of nodosaur , coined Borealopelta markmitchelli , after the museum technician who spent more than 7,000 hours removing rocks from around the specimen , Mark Mitchell . Read More »

Pressure grows for Trump to fund Obamacare subsidies


However, most Republicans regard them as a form of corporate welfare, a bailout that bribes insurers to continue offering plans that make no actuarial sense. In exchange, the companies reduce the deductibles and co-pays for people who earn between 100 percent and 250 percent of the federal poverty line , or $12,060 to $30,150 a year for a single person. Read More »

Trump threatens to cut insurance subsidies - again

But these payments aren't created to compensate insurers for business failures. This past weekend, Trump threatened again to withhold billions of dollars in cost-sharing reductions from health insurers. Past year about 85 percent of people who bought Obamacare insurance got a credit, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For the purposes of this illustration, we have assumed that payers would price their silver plans using a weighted average of the 94 and 87 percent ... Read More »

Mostly sunny skies for your Thursday, slight chance of rain


Friday: Scattered showers and storms will be likely, especially early in the day. Along with it will bring a chance of storms but with low confidence on where and how widespread the storms will be. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Saturday: Becoming partly sunny. It will be sunny, hot and humid for yet another day. A second tropical wave, over the southeastern Caribbean is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms, along with tropical-storm-force wind gusts in ... Read More »

From Padman first look to Toilet Ek Prem Katha title track


The film deals with the necessity of sanitization in India . Akshay Kumar's upcoming movie titled " Toilet Ek Prem Katha", which was directed by Shree Narayan Singh co-produced by Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey. He says it is very important for everyone, especially women, to have basic facilities of a safe and clean toilet. Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to share the song and wrote, "Swachh Azaadi aise hi nahi milegi, uska jugaad karna hoga". Read More »