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Leo Varadkar formally elected as 1st gay Irish Prime Minister

Varadkar will become taoiseach when he is appointed by President Michael D Higgins later today. He also said the new Taoiseach has "secured the most important role in our parliamentary democracy", his family and supporters have "a right to be immensely proud of him". Read More »

Foster calls on Sinn Féin 'to tango' with DUP in talks

The nationalist Sinn Fein and SDLP and the cross-community Alliance have all made clear Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire can not chair the ongoing process to restore power-sharing at Stormont due to the perceived conflict of interest. Read More »

Tower blaze brings fresh delay to Theresa May's power deal

Meanwhile, talks are continuing between the DUP and Conservatives, to secure the support of the DUP's 10 MPs in steering government business, including crucial measures on Brexit , through the Commons. The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and the UK's Brexit minister David Davis will meet on Monday (19 June) for the first round of negotiations on the United Kingdom leaving the EU, nearly a year after a majority of British voters decided in a referendum to quit the club. Read More »

Deputy AG Rosenstein Says He's Seen No Reason to Fire Mueller

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Finally, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) got right to it and asked the question on everyone's mind - if Trump ordered Rosenstein to fire Mueller, what would he do? Sessions recommended the firing last month, raising questions about whether he violated his recusal from the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

Trump confirms he's being investigated for Comey firing

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to confirm that he is under investigation - or as he likes to call it, a " witch hunt ". He also claimed that the person investigating him advised him to fire Comey , though it's unclear whom he was referring to. People were amazed Trump would make such public statements about the ongoing investigation, particularly if he was calling out Rosenstein . Read More »

Ronaldo may leave Real Madrid after tax fraud accusation

Ronaldo, 32, has denied accusations by Spanish prosecutors that he has defrauded authorities of millions of euros in taxes . Manchester United would of course be desperate to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. The four-time World Footballer of the Year has helped Real win the Champions League three times and La Liga twice. Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month after scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final, ... Read More »

Shot US lawmaker still 'critical' but improving, doctor says

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Sava said doctors have controlled Scalise's internal bleeding and his vital signs are stable but that infection remains a serious risk. On Wednesday morning, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson opened fire on participants of the Republican baseball practice, injuring US Scalise and four other individuals. Read More »

Alexandria gunman had a list of names at time of shooting

Doctors say Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital but is improving. Afterward, he wrote on Twitter that he and his wife Karen "thanked docs & staff", and he asked people to keep Scalise and "all involved & their loved ones in your prayers". Read More »

Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations Monday

Days after Mrs May lost her parliamentary majority in a failed electoral gamble, she welcomed the leader of the DUP to Downing Street in a bid to gain the support of its 10 MPs. It's understood that Mrs Foster won't be returning to Belfast tonight as planned. DUP leader Arlene Foster , who travelled to Westminster for talks with the Tories on Tuesday, said she hoped a deal could be reached "sooner rather than later". Read More »

Puerto Rico approves statehood in non-binding referendum

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The 38-year-old governor accused opposition parties of undercutting the validity of the vote, having come to power in January on the promise that he would make the island territory the 51st U.S. Also, Puerto Ricans living on the US mainland, who outnumber those on the island, tend to be more in favor of independence but could not cast ballots in the referendum. Read More »

Sanders 'sickened' by congressional shooter 'who apparently volunteered for my campaign'

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President Donald Trump announced that the gunman has died. Before the shooting , reports say that some of the Republican congressmen at the ballpark recalled a man asking some of them if they were Democrats or Republicans. Scalise and his family Wednesday, knowing firsthand what it is like to recover from this type of incident. "We've got to stop the violence". Hodgkinson was among those taken to a hospital Wednesday. Read More »

US Congressman-elect sentenced for assault of reporter

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U.S. Rep. -elect Greg Gianforte of Montana will plead guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before being elected the state's only congressman last month , a prosecutor said Friday. He held a sign that read ' Lock Him Up'. Jackie Crandall drove up from Roberts that morning to protest. Gianforte said he did. "If he wasn't rich and powerful, he would be in jail". Read More »

Champions Trophy-17 Finals: U-19 Heroes!

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Ahead of the match, Mahmood said they are out to change history and win the silverware. He said, Mohammad Amir had recovered from the back spasms that kept him out of the semifinal against England and was fit to play on Sunday. Key seamer Amir was able to bowl in the Oval nets yesterday but had treatment from the physio too. Meanwhile, Azhar said there was no hiding from the scale of a fixture which, mainly because of political pressure, rarely takes place outside of a major global ... Read More »

Expert warns of risks in Ireland in wake of London fire

The Times said the recently refurbished tower block had been fitted with cladding that wasn't fireproof, and that for less than 5,000 pounds ($6,400), a fire resistant version could have been used instead. Outside, crowds applauded members of the London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service as they lined up to be thanked for their bravery by the royal visitors. Read More »

Trump says he is under investigation for firing James Comey

The memo comes as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's office said he had hired a lawyer, known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations , to help him with the probes into the alleged Russian interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign. Read More »

United States troops killed, 2 injured by Afghan soldier

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While initial reports said that two policemen had been killed and six wounded, an investigating team sent to the area found that "the death toll is rising", Zwak said. As Jennifer Glasse reports for NPR's Newscast unit, Achin has been a major base for Islamic State militants. Saturday's attack came just hours after an errant United States air strike killed and wounded at least six Afghan policemen in southern Helmand province , in the latest "friendly fire" incident. Read More »

Tillerson waters down statement that Palestinians 'changed policy' of terror payments

At a committee hearing, he also defended President Donald Trump's plans for steep reductions in USA spending on diplomacy and foreign aid. "Senators dismissed United States President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to foreign assistance in two hearings on Tuesday, with members from both parties promising to not use the White House proposals as a guide in 2018 appropriations for aid". Read More »

Putin quips he's ready to grant asylum to ex-FBI chief Comey

In the segments, Putin portrays Russian Federation under his leadership as seeking to improve ties, but frustrated by Washington's "imperialist mentality". election. During a televised Q&A on the Kremlin-controlled TV network RT yesterday, Putin said that he had not followed Comey's testimony before Congress but was aware of it. Read More »

Dems bridle as some in GOP blame shooting on the left

Steve Scalise and three others at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. "Nothing I can really put my finger on, but he was just not a pleasant person". "Nothing I can really put my finger on, but he was just not a pleasant person". "I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it". Read More »

Russia set for World Cup stress test in Confed Cup

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The other two Group A teams include European champions Portugal spearheaded by the global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and the most decorated CONCACAF team Mexico . "He takes this tournament very seriously and is focussed". The match is going to be held in the Arena of Krestovsky Stadium ( Saint Petersburg ) from 18:00 local time (16:00 BST). Read More »

London fire: Acclaimed photographer, six-month-old baby among the missing

Saye was a photographer whose work explored themes of home, ritual, and spirituality. Nicola Green, a former mentor, told The Guardian that Ms Saye's "dreams were actually beginning to manifest". He added: "We need to live in a society where we care for the poorest and the vulnerable". At 3am on the night of the fire, Saye sent an SOS Facebook message informing her contacts that she was unable to get out of the flat as the smoke was so thick. Read More »

Brexit talks set to begin next week

Foster's Democratic Unionist Party has been in talks with May's Conservatives after the prime minister's party failed to win a majority in a national election. "People regard the peace process which was very hard earned over very many years by a lot of people, people shouldn't regard it as a given, it isn't certain, it is under stress, it is fragile". Read More »