• Saudi, Qatar ministers spar over Arab nations' demands
Saudi, Qatar ministers spar over Arab nations' demands

The closure of the broadcaster is said to be one of 13 wide-ranging demands placed on Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as the price for lifting their nearly three-week-long " blockade " of Qatar . Included in the demands were the complete shutdown of state-funded network, Al Jazeera , a significant scaling back of Qatar's relationshi...

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  • Nine bodies recovered after landslide buries scores in China
Nine bodies recovered after landslide buries scores in China

A couple and their two-month-old baby were the only survivors reported to be found alive in the rubble hours after the massive landslide crashed down on the village of Xinmo, in the southwest province of Sichuan as dawn broke on Saturday.

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  • US Republican to withhold consent for arms sales over Gulf dispute
US Republican to withhold consent for arms sales over Gulf dispute

Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shake hands before a meeting at the US State Department on June 27, 2017 in Washington , DC. Heather Nauert, the State Department spokesperson, told reporters that "some of [the demands] will be hard for Qatar to incorporate and to try to adher...

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  • Nobel laureate should be allowed treatment outside China
Nobel laureate should be allowed treatment outside China

Branstad also told reporters in Beijing that the USA would like to see Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who has late-stage liver cancer, receive treatment elsewhere if that would help. "It's important that we work together between our two countries to address these human rights issues", Branstad said. The Trump adminis...

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  • Donald Trump praises Narendra Modi's GST initiative in White House statement
Donald Trump praises Narendra Modi's GST initiative in White House statement

White. "I'm sure some things were left on cutting room floor - eg, specific mention of H-1B, .or more explicit statements about market access. or a clearer pathway for US-India defense coop or agreements . "We held extensive discussions on opportunities in India". Additionally, Modi stated that both the USA and India have agreed to increase in...

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  • DC begins offering gender neutral
DC begins offering gender neutral "X" option on driver's licenses

According to PBS NewsHour , Washington, D.C. previously required residents to receive a signature from a doctor or care practitionerconfirming their gender identity before changing their gender marker on their district IDs. "The implementation of a gender neutral identifier is consistent with our DC values of inclusion and respect". But Washington ...

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  • European firms hit by 'massive' cyber attack
European firms hit by 'massive' cyber attack

Pieces of code used in the WannaCry virus were identical to those used in previous attacks by the Lazarus Group, such as the Sony Pictures hack, analysts said . "We are assessing the situation and are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible and we regret any inconvenience to our customers". Petya reportedly shares some of WannaCry'...

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  • Donald Trump skips White House tradition of hosting Eid celebration
Donald Trump skips White House tradition of hosting Eid celebration

This is for the first time in almost two decades when the White House did not host an iftar dinner. Reuters reported last month that secretaries of state from both major parties had overseen iftar dinners since 1999. John Quincy Adams noted in his diaries that the dinner was served late in the evening as it was "in the midst of Ramadan"...

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  • Three dead, 30 missing after boat capsizes in Columbia
Three dead, 30 missing after boat capsizes in Columbia

Rescuers including firefighters and air force pilots searched for survivors at the Guatape reservoir where El Almirante ferry sank. "The boat did not suffer a collision, it just sank". This is the terrifying moment a tourist boat packed with up to 160 passengers sunk rapidly on a reservoir in Colombia leaving dozens feared dead .

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  • North Carolina man sentenced to life in foiled terror plot
North Carolina man sentenced to life in foiled terror plot

Authorities say Sullivan admitted to having frequent contact online with a prominent Islamic State recruiter and propagandist in Syria, the now-dead Junaid Hussain . He discussed these plans on social media with an undercover FBI employee, which is what tipped federal officials off to Sullivan's intentions. Court documents say Sullivan was rad...

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  • Jewish group cancels meeting with Netanyahu in protest
Jewish group cancels meeting with Netanyahu in protest

But for the past five years, despite broad internal consensus and consistent pressure, the American Jewish establishment has been unable to persuade Israel's government to create an equitable space for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall .

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  • Congressional Budget Office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured
Congressional Budget Office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

Already five Republican senators have said they can not vote for their party's plan as it stands now, with four them saying it does not go far enough to curb provisions under the Obama law and one saying the cuts in healthcare payments for the poor go too far.

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  • Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections
Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections

VA Secretary David Shulkin has told Congress he expects many more veterans to turn to VA if the Senate legislation becomes law, in part because it would reduce projected spending on Medicaid by almost $800 billion over 10 years. "In fact, it's very interesting, Lisa, that you're sitting next to me because, in Alaska, it was 206 percent - a 20...

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  • Modi promises Indian diaspora a dream India
Modi promises Indian diaspora a dream India

Modi is set to address them later in the day. "For @ FLOTUS , PM presented a hamper containing a traditional, handcrafted Himachali silver bracelet, tea and honey from Kangra valley", it said. "We want to take our strategic partnership to new heights", Mr. Modi declared. "Some people were anxious about the outcome.in view of an unpredictable Tr...

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  • Brazilian President accused of receiving bribe
Brazilian President accused of receiving bribe

Nothing will destroy us - not me and not our ministers", he said at a ceremony to sign a new bill in the capital Brasilia. Several protesters set out on the streets of Sao Paulo city, Brazil at the time, raising slogans against the president saying, " Temer Out", the Strait Times reported .

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  • US Says It Has Evidence Syria's Assad Is Planning New Chemical Attack
US Says It Has Evidence Syria's Assad Is Planning New Chemical Attack

In this file picture taken on Tuesday April 4, 2017, Abdul-Hamid Alyousef, 29, holds his twin babies who were killed during a suspected chemical weapons attack , in Khan Sheikhoun in the northern province of Idlib, Syria . More than 70 people were killed in the attack including many children. Mr Assad's government and his allies deny th...

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  • McConnell Delays Healthcare Bill Vote Until After July 4th Recess
McConnell Delays Healthcare Bill Vote Until After July 4th Recess

Many accused leadership of moving too quickly. Local politicians would have to either reduce services or find more money to foot the bill. The Republican bill now will not be considered until after the Senate's week-long 4 July recess.

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  • Texas sailor among the dead in destroyer-container ship collision
Texas sailor among the dead in destroyer-container ship collision

It was not clear why the crew waited nearly an hour to report the collision or what prompted the turns. The navy and coastguard are conducting separate investigations, but the Japanese side will ask for USA cooperation in its inquiries, a spokesman for Japan's transport safety board told Agence France-Presse.

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  • Supreme Court will review President Trump's travel ban
Supreme Court will review President Trump's travel ban

Attorney Greg Lawson of Sound Immigration says the problem is the definition of "bona fide relationship'". People who already have visas should not be blocked from US airports. What's not bona fide? "This ban places our country in serious danger and undermines the very foundations of our democracy", Hoyer said in a statement .

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  • Three Republican senators oppose healthcare bill, enough to block it
Three Republican senators oppose healthcare bill, enough to block it

Soon after the report's release, three Republican senators threatened to oppose a procedural vote, which had been expected Wednesday, to begin debate on the bill, the Associated Press reported. Trump has called the House bill "mean" and prodded senators to produce a package with more "heart". "We're still working toward getting at least 50 pe...

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  • Confederate monument in St. Louis to be removed by Friday
Confederate monument in St. Louis to be removed by Friday

The monument is being removed as part of an agreement between the city, the Missouri Civil War Museum and other parties. Mayor Krewson says "this issue has played out far too long". "Although it is our position that the City controls the monument and would have prevailed in court, the City has entered into this agreement to avoid protracted leg...

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  • Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day to honor US WWI troops
Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day to honor US WWI troops

According to ABC News, Schwarzenegger described his one-hour climate change meeting with Macron as "wonderful". Both Schwarzenegger and Macron have a bit of a history of trolling Trump. "We're taking care of our veterans and we're taking care of them properly", said the President, as he signed the bill at a White House ceremony. After a mee...

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  • N.Korea frees student in coma after high-level U.S. visit
N.Korea frees student in coma after high-level U.S. visit

Mr Warmbier had not been seen in public since his show trial in March 2016. He noted that the North Koreans had refused to let Swedish officials - America's diplomatic intermediaries in that country - visit or contact Otto for more than a year.

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  • Venezuelan President says grenade dropped on Supreme Court a terror attack
Venezuelan President says grenade dropped on Supreme Court a terror attack

He said he had activated government security forces to investigate the attack. "It could've caused a tragedy with several dozen dead and injured", said Maduro, who sounded alternately calm and angry as he told the audience about what had happened in the airspace just beyond the presidential palace where they were gathered.

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  • 60 high-rise buildings fail safety tests so far after London fire
60 high-rise buildings fail safety tests so far after London fire

Local councils will then convene to decide on the best course of action, which may include total evacuation . Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said around 200 residents from 120 households were still refusing to leave their homes in four tower blocks evacuated in the Chalcots Estate in north London.

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  • Judge denies request to restart Shkreli jury selection
Judge denies request to restart Shkreli jury selection

Jury selection continues Tuesday in the federal securities fraud trial of ex-pharmaceutical company executive Martin Shkreli in Brooklyn. Many prospects confessed they could not be impartial . Another man told the judge, Kiyo A. Matsumoto, "This is the price gouger of drugs". Shkreli, who on social media has labeled lawmakers investigating ...

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  • Pentagon backs White House statement of possible chemical prep in Syria
Pentagon backs White House statement of possible chemical prep in Syria

Mr Assad and Russian Federation have also denied involvement in April's attack . Assad's government and his allies deny the allegation. So when we hear of the Trump Administration's warning - it makes us wonder if something will actually be done if a chemical weapons attack happens.

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  • Supreme Court rules government can't refuse disparaging trademarks
Supreme Court rules government can't refuse disparaging trademarks

While defending the First Amendment's freedom of speech protection, the justices did not remove all discretion from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As a result, Alito said they are protected under the First Amendment. The decision is likely to open the doors for several other companies wishing to use edgier names for their trademarks.

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  • European Union nationals' rights: Here's what will happen after Brexit
European Union nationals' rights: Here's what will happen after Brexit

Those who arrived less than five years before the cut-off date will be allowed to stay until they accrue the time necessary to apply for " settled status ". The 17-page policy paper stresses that Europeans are "valued members of their communities" in Britain, but makes clear any deal is contingent on Brussels agreeing reciprocal rights for ar...

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  • Major cases, retirement rumors as high court term ends
Major cases, retirement rumors as high court term ends

Not even the archconservative Alito joined their freakish opinion. Although, Kennedy has given no public indication of retiring this year, several of his former legal clerks have signaled to his considerations of stepping down in the next year or so.

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  • CNN reporters resign over retracted Russian Federation story as Trump goads network
CNN reporters resign over retracted Russian Federation story as Trump goads network

It was reported Monday that three CNN employees handed in their resignations over a retracted story linking Trump to Russian Federation. Trump , who has never moderated his tweets since taking office, at the same time slammed other reputable media like The New York Times , The Washington Post and television channels NBC, CBS and ...

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  • Harvick wins at Sonona for 1st victory of season
Harvick wins at Sonona for 1st victory of season

We're 10 races from the cutoff race at Richmond, and look at the names that haven't won a race yet: Kyle Busch , Chase Elliott , Joey Logano (whose only win was encumbered, which is NASCAR-ese for doesn't count toward the playoffs) and Matt Kenseth .

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  • Work starts to remove cladding from Hanover tower block
Work starts to remove cladding from Hanover tower block

USA firm Arconic Inc said it was stopping global sales of its Reynobond PE cladding, which was used in Grenfell Tower , for use in high-rise buildings after the fire. "That remains a 100 per cent failure rate", May?s official spokesperson told reporters at Downing Street. Glanville said: "We have been assured that the cladding is used in an enti...

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  • Ed Sheeran defends Glastonbury performance after miming accusations
Ed Sheeran defends Glastonbury performance after miming accusations

The audience took him up on the challenge; joining in wistfully as he sang the ballads Photograph and Thinking Out Loud. " Ed Sheeran has bombed #glastonbury2017 ", posted one fan. For the past five days, it has been home to a population of 200,000 but now the clean-up operation after Glastonbury Festival 2017 begins. "It's great to be back...

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  • White House skips Ramadan dinner for 1st time in 20-plus years
White House skips Ramadan dinner for 1st time in 20-plus years

He urged, "May this day, strengthen in each one of us, an unflinching faith in our unity and common destiny that has characterised our composite culture over the ages". Trump and Tillerson's brief remarks on Eid were in stark contrast to former President Obama's, who had given a lengthy statement for the holiday past year and had hosted ceremonie...

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