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Leo Varadkar officially takes charge as Ireland's prime minister

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A parliamentary vote today confirmed Varadkar's position as Ireland's new taoiseach (prime minister) with 57 votes in favour, 50 votes against, and 47 abstentions, according to BBC News . Global reaction to the election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach has largely focused on his sexuality. Varadkar was born in Dublin in 1979, the son of an Irish Catholic nurse from County Waterford and a Hindu doctor from Mumbai , India . Read More »

'Will not be silenced': Sen. Kamala Harris interrupted by male colleagues again

But the moments were notable as the second time in a week that Harris , who is of Indian and Jamaican descent and is the only minority woman on the committee, was interrupted by two male colleagues during a hearing. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, who was censured during Sessions's confirmation hearing earlier this year and inspired the rallying cry, "Nevertheless, she persisted". Read More »

I'm willing to testify under oath about Comey claims

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The president also denied having asked for a pledge of loyalty, as Comey asserted during Thursday's much-anticipated testimony. Comey said he did not know whether the circumstances of his firing, and Trump's overall behavior toward him, would be considered obstruction of justice. Read More »

Suspect Dead After Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice In Virginia

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Ralph Abraham, R-La. Police confirmed the shooter was in custody. During his first post-domestic tragedy remarks, the president also praised the officers whom GOP lawmakers present at the scene credited for saving many lives. Only the congressional leaders have security details. Definitely not all 535 members of Congress. Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008, was in stable condition and undergoing surgery. Read More »

UK's Theresa May struggles with post-election political headache

The Leader of the Opposition was greeted with cheers and a 45-second ovation as he arrived at the first meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party since the election which saw Mrs May's Tories lose their Commons majority. The talks revolve around support from the DUP on a vote-by-vote basis in parliament, rather than a formal coalition government. Former Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, was also left with a majority of 353 in Chipping Barnet. Read More »

Police Officer David Bailey, injured in Alexandria shooting, is an NCCU grad

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According to the school, David J. Bailey is a Central alum and a member of the Capitol police. "Without these two heroes, Agent Bailey and Agent Griner, many lives would have been lost", Ryan said, addressing the House. James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill., opened fire on Republican members of the congressional baseball team at a practice field in Alexandria, a suburb outside Washington. Read More »

Pentagon agrees to USD 12 billion jet deal with Qatar

Al-Attiyah called the deal "yet another step in advancing our strategic and cooperative defense relationship with the United States". The US has agreed to sell $12 billion worth of American F-15 fighters to Qatar amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis between Doha and the neighbouring Gulf countries, the media reported. Read More »

North says Kim supervised test of new anti-ship missile

They traveled about 200 kilometers to the east and landed in the sea. South Korea's navy and coast guard rescued four people from two vessels on Friday and Saturday, and the four were then questioned by South Korean authorities, who offered to send them home, South Korea's Unification Ministry said. Read More »

Special Counsel Investigating Donald Trump For Possible Obstruction Of Justice

A spokesperson for Trump responded to the obstruction of justice investigation by condemning FBI leakers who spoke about the investigation, but stopped short of denying that the investigation is taking place. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning", Comey told the committee. Read More »

Quake of 6.3 magnitude strikes near coast of Western Turkey

An quake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck near the coast of Western Turkey on Monday, shaking buildings in the Aegean province of Izmir and rattling areas close to some Greeks islands. Experts in both countries said more aftershocks are to be expected. The area struck on Lesbos lies a certain distance from the island's refugee camps to the east and north. Read More »

Merkel says European Union is ready to begin Brexit talks

The German chancellor said the European Union wants talks to progress "quickly" and warned it will defend the interests of its members during the looming divorce proceedings. Brussels' chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Brexit talks could wait until the new government was ready. Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis. Read More »

At least 12 dead in west London tower block fire

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A woman can be heard screaming for help in shocking footage she broadcast while trapped on one of Grenfell Tower's top floors. The chief said high-rise building fires are the most challenging for fire departments worldwide because they require different logistics, more firefighters and a plan. Read More »

Special counsel investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports

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Even before Sessions testified , attention in Washington swiveled to whether Trump might seek to fire Robert Mueller , named last month by the Justice Department to head a federal probe into the Russian Federation issue. Sessions, despite repeatedly being pushed by the Democratic Senators refused to give details of his communications with the President. There are none, Senator Wyden. Read More »

MP queries safety of Australian buildings after London fire

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London Ambulance Service is called to reports of the fire, sending 20 ambulance crews and a hazardous response team. Catholic leaders in London offered prayers for victims of a fire in a 24-story apartment building. "The flames, I have never seen anything like it, it just reminded me of 9/11", said Muna Ali, 45. "Unless you can see smoke or flames it is a good idea to stay in your unit". Read More »

Toll rises to 125 in Bangladesh landslides

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The government, meanwhile, turned its focus to providing food and other aid to some 4,500 people whose homes were swamped by mud and debris unleashed by the landslides Tuesday. Authorities in Mizoram retrieved nine bodies, but about seven people were still missing after landslides caused several homes to cave in, the state's urban development minister said. Read More »

London firefighters search for more building inferno victims

Scotland Yard said the recovery of charred remains would be "long and complex". The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring. Read More »

Joy Reid: 'Ridiculous people' think Trump murder art swayed GOP shooter Hodgkinson

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Brooks described Scalise dragging his body across the field to get away from the shooter while the firing continued. The officers were part of the team that protects high-ranking members of Congress. Speaking at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Slater declined to speculate on a possible motive behind the shooting. "I've never seen this level of anger before - it's just all new", he said. Read More »

Staunchly conservative US lawmaker Scalise among wounded in shooting

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An initial police report lists the gunman's weapon as an M-4 assault rifle , CBS News has learned. Sen. Asked about the Federal Bureau of Investigation statement at a press conference Wednesday, Rep. Ryan Costello, of Chester County, and Pat Meehan, of Delaware County, who are on the congressional baseball team, did not attend the practice on Wednesday. Read More »