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Donald Trump Defends 'Friend' Steve Bannon

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CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett said one well-placed source told him Bannon could be sacked on Friday. He called Bannon "a good person" and "not a racist". Bannon, the former executive chair of Breitbart News, which he once described as the "platform for the alt-right", has also become the target of criticism from Democratic lawmakers and civil rights activists in recent days after violence erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Read More »

Saudi Arabia Border Will Open for First Time in 27 Years

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq went a quarter century without diplomatic relations, which were cut following Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site on Monday and spoke with Iraqi religious pilgrims, who for the past 27 years had access to the crossing only once annually during the Hajj season, Saudi sources reported. Read More »

Abuse royal commission recommends changes to confession rules

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On Monday, the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has issued a recommendation that stress that all states should make it an offense if a member of an institution fails to report suspected or confirmed cases of child sex abuse in an institutional setting. Read More »

Celtics Open Season Against Cavs

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That's when the team begins a 27-day stretch that will see it play 12 games, 10 of them coming on the road . Leaguewide, back-to-backs were reduced from an average of 16.3 per team last season to 14.4 percent this season. The two teams meet for the first time in D.C. since John Wall's Game 6 victor on February 8. The team will head to Denver, L.A., Golden State, and Sacramento in late October , and then to Utah, Portland, Phoenix, and back to L.A.in early December . Read More »

North Korea Says It Won't Fire Missiles At Guam After All

Now, Trump's emotional response to North Korea's actions has further reinforced that assessment, and given Chinese leaders even less of a reason to get involved in the drama. The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that the army had finalized the blueprint and presented it to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he inspected his Strategic Force command the day before. Read More »

Trump again cites 'military' option against North Korea

Charfauros added that the chance of a missile getting through the "various layers of defense" between North Korea and Guam were 0.0001%. He said previous presidents had also used strong words to warn off Pyongyang, pointing out Barack Obama said a year ago that "we could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals". Read More »

Florida tops 60 million tourists for first half of 2017

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The estimations from Visit Florida include 53.2 million domestic visitors, 5.3 million overseas visitors and 2.2 million Canadian visitors. The number of visitors who traveled to the state between January and June grew by 4.1 percent over the same period a year ago, Scott's office said. Read More »

Thee Lincoln Memorial was Vandalized Tuesday

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A preservation crew is working to remove the graffiti without damaging the stone on the historic memorial, officials said. Follow Rebecca on Twitter . The most significant case in recent memory was a freaky incident in 2013, when a woman threw green paint on the Lincoln Memorial and later at the Washington National Cathedral. Read More »

Multiple deaths in Portugal from fallen tree

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The accident happened during Madeira's biggest annual Roman Catholic festival, which draws big crowds to celebrate the island's patron saint, Our Lady of the Mount. RTP television is reporting that "many people were concentrated" in the area at the time - and a further 35 people are believed to be injured, four of them seriously. Read More »

"Jigsaw" To Join Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

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The successful film franchise from Lionsgate, which has been scaring audiences since 2004, features victims that have fallen into traps that test their will to survive set up by " Saw " villain Jigsaw . Now the tauntful, chat-having, ten-steps-ahead character is headed for his own deviously twisty original maze at the 2017 Halloween Horror Nights . Read More »

Indian, Chinese Troops Exchange Sweets At Nathu La Amid Doklam Standoff

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People living at Nathu La area also got candies from the Army as part of the Independence Day celebrations. Sikkim shares worldwide borders with China, Nepal and Bhutan. The cold shouldering from the Chinese on the ceremonial BPM comes at a time when troops from the two neighbours are locked in a stand-off at Doklam in Bhutan, a strategically important area near the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction. Read More »

Trump speaks with Guam's governor in extremely candid phone call

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The letters read on center, "Guam International airport and U.S. Navy base". US President Donald Trump is due to speak with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a phone call Monday night in the US. His remarks prompted joy in Guam, where officials described themselves as "almost ecstatic that Kim Jong-Un has backed off ". That appeared to signal a path to defuse the crisis. Read More »

European Union likely to deny Britain's hopes for free trade, former commissioner warns

Its plan is also likely to run into fierce resistance in Brussels which could object to Britain trying to negotiate its own beneficial trade deals with countries around the world while effectively being part of the EU customs union. Speaking exclusively to db recently, Miles Beale, CEO of the WSTA, said an interim arrangement for Brexit would be the best option, stressingd the importance of maintaining frictionless borders to keep goods moving in and out of the UK. Read More »

Independence Day : India at 70

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Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder and first Governor-General of Pakistan , said in his first Independence Day speech: "It is with feelings of greatest happiness and emotion that I send you my greetings". East Bengal became part of Pakistan until the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, while West Bengal remained with India . Despite all the problems we have, we still feel that Indians are so friendly - the way they greet people. Read More »

Man accused of crashing into protesters denied bond

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He answered the judge's questions with a simple "Yes, sir" and "No, sir", according to The Associated Press . "Do you have any ties at all to this community?" Tommy, an organizer for the Richmond, Virginia , chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a socialist organization that claims to have seen a major surge in membership following the election of Donald Trump , was there when Fields allegedly rammed his vehicle into the crowd of people. Read More »

NSA McMaster: 'We're Not Closer to War Than a Week Ago'

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Television footage showed military vehicles carrying launchers and other equipment for the surface-to-air system entering a Japanese base in Kochi before dawn. "Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Ahead of Trump's latest comments, North Korean officials said the U.S. Read More »

Mattis: US would 'take out' any NKorean missile aimed at US

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined to say whether Germany would stand with the U.S.in case of a military conflict with North Korea . Still, the stage is set for new confrontation soon. Inflammatory rhetoric on both sides will make that more likely. Your bombers come within tens of kilometers of the Demilitarized Zone. North Korea has been increasingly sensitive to the exercises lately because they reportedly include training for "decapitation strikes" to kill Kim Jong Un and his top ... Read More »

NYC teen charged in death of mom's ex-boyfriend

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Moux was charged Monday with manslaughter. Sources tell the news outlet that as Luis struggled to pull the man away, he wrapped his arm around Washington's neck. "It's not crystal clear", a police source told the New York Daily News . A friend of Luis's said the couple fought constantly. According to the New York Daily News , Washington's criminal record included 26 arrests, two of them on domestic violence charges stemming from incidents that occurred in 2014 and 2016, and which involved ... Read More »

The scientific reason you should stop using emojis immediately

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Men were found to reply eight per cent more often. We received no negative feedback on this, so took that as a positive reception so we followed up with another crying fella, a pair of kissing lips and a thumbs up. Really no. It does not create that perception of warmth, of friendliness. American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion's vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, ... Read More »

Central Park tree falls on woman, trapping her, FDNY says

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An eyewitness at the scene said the tree came down and struck the woman. The tree fell near Central Park South and East 59th Street, officials said. "They had the stroller tipped up against her so I think that kind of saved them". The NYPD says to watch for road closures in the area. All are expected to be OK, though fire officials told NBC News the mother was in serious condition. Read More »

Both Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un are acting like adolescent boys

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The president also seemingly dared North Korea's Kim Jong-un to follow through on his threat to launch a salvo of missiles in the direction of the USA territory of Guam . But Mattis told reporters that war could break out if North Korea were to fire a missile at the United States. During his visit, he will meet with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul while in Guam, the U.S. Read More »

Rural crime costs Bucks £600k a year

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The figure - up 13 per cent from £740,000 in 2015 - was revealed in the Tiddington-based NFU Mutual's annual Rural Crime Report, which was published today, Monday. Police and crime commissioners are asked to prioritise rural crime as a strategic objective and chief constables are urged to set up dedicated rural police teams, with modern communications technology and a better developed 101 system. Read More »

Gold Surges On Producer Prices, North Korea

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U.S. job vacancies increased by 6.163 million in June instead of 5.775 million expected, exceeding the previous mark of 5.702 million and recording a multi-year high. "Obviously we are looking at the increased tensions between the USA and North Korea", said Brad Bechtel, managing director FX at Jefferies in NY. North Korea swiftly responded to Trump's comments, with reports that it was considering attacking the US Pacific territory of Guam , which is a significant US military base. Read More »

10000 gallons of bad booze seized from Mexican resorts

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Her gang was involved in drug sales, extortion of bars and restaurants in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and attacked those who refused to pay the fees demanded, according to Breitbart. A whopping 90 gallons of illicit alcohol was found at both Fat Tuesday and an unnamed Iberostar's lobby bar. The study, conducted in collaboration with the nation's Tax Administration Service, found that was an improvement from two years earlier, when 43% was illegal. Read More »

An Astronomer's Lowdown on the Solar Eclipse

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The eclipse, which will be visible for about two-and-a-half minutes, will cut a roughly 70-mile path from OR to SC. The library received 200 free solar eclipse-viewing glasses, which are created to allow patrons to observe the event without damaging their eyes. Read More »

North Korea state media says army 'on standby to launch'

US President Trump has told Guam's governor Eddie Calvo that the North Korea tensions have made him "extremely famous" and that it will result in a "tenfold" boost in tourism on the island. During Trump's phone conversation Friday with Xi, the Chinese leader also requested that the US and North Korea tone down their recent rhetoric and avoid actions that could worsen tensions between the two nations, Chinese Central Television reported. Read More »

North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears to ease rhetoric

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday afternoon in Washington that it will be "game on" with North Korea if it hits the United States , including Guam, but he left it much more ambiguous what will happen if Pyongyang decides to shoot missiles near Guam, without attempting to hit the USA island territory. Read More »

Argentinian hunter trampled to death by elephant in Namibia

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The Namibian Press Agency reported that 46-year-old Jose Monzalvez was killed on Saturday afternoon in a private wildlife area 43 miles north-west of the small town of Kalkfeld . to recruit wealthy Americans to join him on hunts. Upon Monzalvez's death, the hunter's close relatives were informed of the man's death with an inquest docket opened at the Kalkfeld Police Station . Read More »

Kenya election violence: 16 dead; Opposition supporters protest against Uhuru Kenyatta's win

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A statement issued by UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the Secretary-General had taken note of the results of the presidential election in Kenya. The two ministers also pointed out that while there is no evidence for opposition-voiced concerns about the vote count and publication of the election results, they urge the election commission, IEBC, to publish all relevant information concerning the election in respect to the voters. Read More »

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un 'briefed' about missile attack on Guam

On Wednesday , the North Korean army said in a statement that it was studying a plan to create an "enveloping fire" in areas around Guam with medium- to long-range ballistic missiles. In a visit to Seoul on Monday, the chairman of the United States joint chiefs of staff, Gen Joseph Dunford, said Washington was relying primarily on economic and diplomatic means of dealing with North Korea. Read More »

Nawaz Sharif files review petitions against Panama Paper case verdict in SC

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The court disqualified Sharif after documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm showed that his family held previously undisclosed overseas assets. In April, the Supreme Court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to remove Sharif from office - by a split 2-3 verdict - over the Panama revelations but it ordered further investigations into his family's wealth. Read More »

India's Independence Day: Kashmiris observe Black Day today

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Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Al Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement condemned imposition of curfew in Srinagar and other areas. Section 144 of the CrPC - prohibits an assembly of more than four people in an area - has been imposed. Complete internet services, including mobile and broadband, were shut down, an official said on Thursday night. Read More »