• Saudi King Shuffles Succession, Hawkish DM Is Now Crown Prince
Saudi King Shuffles Succession, Hawkish DM Is Now Crown Prince

Over the weekend, the king had issued a decree restructuring Saudi Arabia's system for prosecutions that stripped Mohammed bin Nayef of long-standing powers overseeing criminal investigations. Unsafe regional conflicts are also a challenge, as Saudi Arabia and Iran compete for dominance in countries like Yemen, Saudi's southern neighbor, which ...

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  • UAE says Gulf rivals not seeking Qatar regime change
UAE says Gulf rivals not seeking Qatar regime change

The measures taken against Qatar have seen dozens of flights cancelled and huge problems for Qatar Airways, which has been banned from the airspace of Saudi Arabia and other countries. "The blockade is hindering United States military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS", Tillerson warned, referring to the land and sea blockade impo...

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  • EU leaders to weigh terrorism, defense ties, migration
EU leaders to weigh terrorism, defense ties, migration

The report comes after it emerged that only one in four Britons believe the government to be properly prepared for Brexit negotiations. Also absent were key pledges the Conservatives had given in their manifesto for the recent election which analysts said had bombed with the electorate - such as reform of social care for the elderly and more...

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  • Key Issues to Look for in the Senate Health Care Bill
Key Issues to Look for in the Senate Health Care Bill

Yet it faces an uncertain fate in the Senate . Legislators from both sides of the aisle have expressed their displeasure and Democrats hoping to block the measure need at least two Republicans to defect. Democrats say GOP characterizations of Obama's law as failing are wrong, while the Republican effort would boot millions off coverage and lea...

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  • Meet Mohammed Bin Salman: The Next Ruler Of Saudi Arabia
Meet Mohammed Bin Salman: The Next Ruler Of Saudi Arabia

He was propelled into the domestic and worldwide limelight when his father Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud became Saudi Arabia's seventh king in 2015 and he was named deputy crown prince - behind his cousin whom he has now replaced - and defense minister.

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  • Russia-US deconfliction channel in Syria is working - Pentagon
Russia-US deconfliction channel in Syria is working - Pentagon

The Shahed-129 UAV was shot down by the US Strike Eagle about 12:30 am on Tuesday morning after it advanced on Coalition forces and showed intent hostile. Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said it had "dirty wings", meaning it was armed. The U.S. military said it is not at war with the Assad regime, but is taking defensive actions to p...

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  • KSA: King Salman Promotes 31-year Old Son Heir to the Throne
KSA: King Salman Promotes 31-year Old Son Heir to the Throne

Although the timing was surprising, Mohammed bin Salman's promotion to crown prince was widely expected. Even as deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman has been responsible for running Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, dictating an energy policy with global implications and spearheading plans for the kingdom to build an economic future after oil.

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  • Ex-Homeland chief feared cyberattack on election
Ex-Homeland chief feared cyberattack on election

He advised states on how to protect themselves ahead of the election on November 8. And in the House Intelligence Committee , Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stated, he was not aware of of interference. That comment, therefore, prevented the administration from going public about Russian Federation sooner, he suggested. John...

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  • Boeing Beat Airbus in the Hot Paris Airshow Order Race
Boeing Beat Airbus in the Hot Paris Airshow Order Race

With 230 seats, the 737 MAX 10 is Boeing's answer to the Airbus A321neo, which had been outselling the smaller MAX 9 at a rate of five-to-one. According to the airline, it will take delivery of its first 737 MAX in 2018. " Airbus is proud that Irelandia is once again entrusting the A320 Family with Viva Air's growth and modernization str...

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  • US Shoots Down Pro-Assad Regime Drone In Syria
US Shoots Down Pro-Assad Regime Drone In Syria

The F-15 plane downed the drone around 00:30 on Tuesday (21:30 GMT Monday) north-east of Tanf, according to a USA military statement. The downing of the regime jet led Moscow to say it would sever a vital hotline it uses to communicate with the US coalition to avoid mishaps in Syria's increasingly crowded and complicated battlespace.

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  • Russian Federation hacks: 21 states targeted in USA election cyber attacks, says US
Russian Federation hacks: 21 states targeted in USA election cyber attacks, says US

But though the government disclosed that 21 states were potentially impacted by the targeting, lawmakers were left frustrated that the public still doesn't have a full picture of what exactly the Russians did during the election and that it's not fully clear what the USA will do to protect itself going forward.

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  • North Korea threat: European Union seeking role in ending regime's nuclear program
North Korea threat: European Union seeking role in ending regime's nuclear program

The US is seeking to ramp up pressure on Beijing to help rein in its wayward neighbour at the meeting in Washington where Pyongyang's missile programme is likely to top the agenda. But it was unclear if Pyongyang was preparing for a sixth nuclear test. Almost all Americans who have gone to North Korea have left without incident.

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  • Australia lifts suspension of airstrikes against IS in Syria
Australia lifts suspension of airstrikes against IS in Syria

The drone, a Shaheed-129, was hit by an F-15E Strike Eagle after it " displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces ", the USA military said in a statement . "When the armed UAV continued to advance on the Coalition position without diverting its course it was shot down". While Russia has demanded an accounting of the weekend inciden...

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  • Senate Bill Repeals Most Obamacare Taxes, Keeps Subsidies for Low Income
Senate Bill Repeals Most Obamacare Taxes, Keeps Subsidies for Low Income

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans. The bill would provide tax credits to help people buy insurance. It faces uniform Democratic opposition. But negotiations have been plagued from the start by tensions between moderates and conservatives. Aides and lobbyists who have reviewed the dr...

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  • Vice President Hires Outside Counsel to Help Navigate Russia Investigations
Vice President Hires Outside Counsel to Help Navigate Russia Investigations

A spokesman for Pence confirmed Cullen's hiring in an emailed statement, adding that the lawyer will assist Pence "in responding to inquiries by the special counsel ". Cullen began his career as a staffer for a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee who voted to impeach Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal.

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  • North Korea calls US president a 'psychopath'
North Korea calls US president a 'psychopath'

In addition to asking China to do more to rein in North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats, the South Korean president said he also planned to ask Xi to remove China's apparent retaliatory measures against South Korean firms and products.

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  • USA military shoots down Iranian-made drone in southern Syria
USA military shoots down Iranian-made drone in southern Syria

The U.S. military has established a roughly 50-kilometer "deconfliction" ring around Tanf, warning the pro-Assad Iranian-backed forces through a Russian deconfliction channel that movement within the zone could be considered hostile. "When the armed UAV continued to advance on the Coalition position without diverting its course, it was shot down", ...

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  • Tropical Storm Cindy has made landfall
Tropical Storm Cindy has made landfall

At the beach, people have been flocking to watch the waves, fish them, and surf them. The child was vacationing with members of his extended family. Storm winds are expected to be from 45 to 60 miles per hour . The National Weather Service said early Wednesday that flash flood watches covered parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama a...

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  • Blumenthal, Murphy Awaiting Senate Health Care Bill
Blumenthal, Murphy Awaiting Senate Health Care Bill

Even if Senator McConnell manages to garner enough votes to pass the new bill, it will then move to the House where it will face tough scrutiny from a more conservative assembly. Can McConnell get the votes? Another possibility was letting states drop some coverage requirements that Obama's law imposes on insurers, they said.

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  • House debates contentious overhaul of MA pot law
House debates contentious overhaul of MA pot law

But Cusack said the thorniest point of contention between the chambers may be who has the power to ban pot shops in each city or town: voters or their elected officials. If the lawmakers succeed in legalizing recreational marijuana, Vermont will become the ninth state to do so, and the first to do it through the legislature.

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  • Ex-Madrid player Di Maria pleads guilty to Spanish tax prosecutor
Ex-Madrid player Di Maria pleads guilty to Spanish tax prosecutor

The prosecutor recommended a sentence of 16 months and a fine of almost 800,000 euros ($890,000). Under Spanish law, a tax prison sentence under two years can be served under probation, meaning Messi and his father are very unlikely to actually serve time in jail.

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  • Senate GOP Health Bill: Cut Medicaid, Redraw Obama Law
Senate GOP Health Bill: Cut Medicaid, Redraw Obama Law

It's beyond me", he said. "A plan with heart, but Obamacare is dead". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, defending the closed-door sessions, has said all Senate Republicans have had a chance to participate in meetings on the bill, and that Democrats are not interested in discussing Obamacare repeal.

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  • United Nations says 65.6 million people displaced globally
United Nations says 65.6 million people displaced globally

Displaced South Sudanese gather during a visit of UNCHR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi to a new site for displaced people outside of the United Nations protected camp, in Bentiu, South Sudan Sunday, June 18, 2017. The UN agency found 40.3 million people were forcibly displaced and living somewhere inside their own country. Almost 750,000 peop...

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  • Embattled Theresa May names new Cabinet as critics circle
Embattled Theresa May names new Cabinet as critics circle

May's majority in parliament until the snap election was only held by 17 seats, but now she is at a considerable disadvantage. To stay in power, the Conservatives are seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party . The Labour Party would then have inherited Brexit, and the Conservative Party could shout "We told you so" f...

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  • No 'Wider Plot' Suspected in Michigan Airport Stabbing
No 'Wider Plot' Suspected in Michigan Airport Stabbing

The airport, which was evacuated, later reopened. Ftouhi walked up to a uniformed police officer at 9:38 a.m. and pulled out his knife - a green-handled Amazon Jungle Survival Knife with a black serrated blade, according to a criminal complaint filed at the United States District Court in Detroit.

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  • Trump suggested top intel officials refute collusion with Russians
Trump suggested top intel officials refute collusion with Russians

The White House did not comment for this story. Two top intelligence chiefs have told investigators that President Trump asked them to publicly refute any collusion between his campaign and Russia, CNN is reporting . Pushed to clarify Trump's statements to them, they continually referred back to their vague denials, much to the frustration of se...

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  • China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours
China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

As large numbers of officers patrolled the main Dongkou, Nanqiao and Big markets, local residents explained: "By persuading vendors to sell the meat inside the market, police meant to prevent clashes between dog meat vendors and animal rights activists".

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  • Australia says to resume air strikes in Syria after Russia threat
Australia says to resume air strikes in Syria after Russia threat

F/A-18 shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22 jet. The US-led worldwide coalition later confirmed the incident in a statement , saying the armed drone was downed "after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces" that "were manning an established combat outpost to the northeast of At Tanf where they are training and advisi...

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  • Saudi King chooses his son for the throne
Saudi King chooses his son for the throne

The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman marked the culmination of several years of change within the power structure of the Saudi royal family, the New York Times reports , as some older princes have found themselves sidelined and some younger princes have steadily accrued more responsibilities.

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  • Coveney To Take Part In NI Talks To Restore Power Sharing
Coveney To Take Part In NI Talks To Restore Power Sharing

Donaldson said local media reports that his party was asking for 1 billion pounds ($1.27 billion) to be spent on health and a further billion to be allocated to infrastructure was "wild speculation and wide of the mark". "(May's government) needs to give greater focus to discussions", a DUP source told Reuters. "On reaching such an agreement we...

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  • US airport stabbing investigated as terror; Canadian charged
US airport stabbing investigated as terror; Canadian charged

The officer is in a stable condition in hospital. Ftouhi spent some time in a public, unsecured area of the airport before going to a restroom where he dropped two bags, emerged and yelled " Allahu akbar " prior to attacking the officer with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade, Gelios said.

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  • Tropical Storm Cindy 2017: What to Expect and Where
Tropical Storm Cindy 2017: What to Expect and Where

Never attempt to drive through flooded roads or cross barricades placed by emergency personnel. Some of the low-lying clouds were rotating, and gusty winds whipped across the landscape. Forecasters at the NHC have issued tropical storm warnings from San Luis Pass, TX, to the Alabama-Florida border. Some threats could be lurking in the flood wate...

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  • Trump gives up on Chinese help on reining in North Korea
Trump gives up on Chinese help on reining in North Korea

Hanging over the tweet - and Wednesday's meeting - is the death of Otto Warmbier , an American college student who died earlier this week after spending 17 months in detention in North Korea. "Generally, Congress doesn't like to do that", said Victor Cha, a Korea expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies who served as senior A...

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  • United States student freed by N. Korea has 'severe neurological injury'
United States student freed by N. Korea has 'severe neurological injury'

For Yun, a longtime Asia hand who joined the foreign service in 1985, the trip was the culmination of a series of delicate and rare conversations between the USA and North Korean officials that transpired since President Donald Trump took office.

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  • Could dangerous toothpick crossbow craze be new fidget spinner?
Could dangerous toothpick crossbow craze be new fidget spinner?

And when the toothpick is swapped for a metal needle, it becomes a unsafe weapon. The new gadget toy appears to be selling like hotcakes in China - much to the horror of concerned parents across the country. Following criticism from parents, China's leading e-commerce sites like JD.com and Taobao.com, which belongs to online retail giant Alibaba...

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