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General leading Philippine battle with Islamists relieved of command


The battle for Marawi City has raised concerns that the ultra-radical Islamic State is building a Southeast Asia base on the island of Mindanao at the southern end of the Philippines . "We don't have any record of them coming through the proper channel, through the airports". As a result, only some 170 trapped residents were led to safety, according to the military. Read More »

London fire: Death toll rises to 58

Sixteen bodies have now been recovered from Grenfell Tower and taken to a mortuary. In 1989, 96 Liverpool football club supporters were crushed to death at Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, as a result of police opening a main gate and directing them into two already dangerously overcrowded terraces. Read More »

Sturgeon faces pressure to drop indyref2 plans

The SNP leader will "re-brand" a second ballot as a vote on the finalised United Kingdom deal to quit Brussels, according to The Scottish Sun . The Scottish First Minister suggested a UK-wide consensus should be adopted for talks to allow the devolved governments a greater say on the terms of the country's departure from the EU. Read More »

Trump tweet confirms he's being probed by prosecutor

In response to the statement, former US Attorney Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired in March, tweeted early Friday morning that "Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director & defamation of a war hero special counsel", references to criticisms Trump has levied against Mueller and James Comey . Read More »

Calls for Victims' Legal Rights in London Tower Fire Public Inquiry

Residents are furious that numerous victims have not yet been found or identified, and believe authorities have been downplaying the number of victims. "We know that at least 30 people who have died". "People deserve answers, the inquiry will give them". One of those critical of the PM was Harriet Harman MP, who tweeted: "She should have been prepared to listen to them". Read More »

Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges


The jury filed out nearly within arm's reach of Andrea Constand , Cosby's accuser. Cosby's defense lawyers, however, argued that Constand's account could not be trusted after they pointed to numerous discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the alleged incident almost a year later. Read More »

Forget group win over Pakistan, India's Virat Kohli warns before final

The men in green came into the ICC Champions Trophy as the lowest-ranked of all eight teams and started the tournament with an error-strewn performance against India, sliding to a 124-run defeat. "We knew how hard the guys had prepared". As for the intense pressure that will surround the final, Arthur said he hoped his young players could draw on their experience of the Pakistan Super League. Read More »

United States congressman's condition improves but still critical after shooting

Donations from the game will go toward Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, The Washington Literacy Center and The Capitol Police Memorial Fund. Three other victims were wounded as well, including two Capitol Police agents and one congressional staffer, a federal law enforcement official told PEOPLE. Read More »

United Kingdom vote sparks uncertain outlook for financial sector

The Telegraph newspaper said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson , interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to seek to oust May. To stay in power, the Conservatives are seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party . But instead of achieving a stronger hold, May's Conservative Party actually lost seats, leaving Parliament without a majority party. Read More »

London highrise fire: 58 missing, presumed dead, police say

London Police have launched an investigation to determine whether any crimes contributed to the blaze. "My heart goes out to those affected", Cundy said. One of her closest allies, Damian Green, defended May on Saturday, adding that a team would go to the area to answer questions from residents. "As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events", read the statement. Read More »

UK's Davis to Open Brexit Negotiations With Barnier Monday

Hammond, speaking to reporters before a meeting of the 28 European Union finance ministers on Friday, said Britain should work closely with the bloc to prioritise jobs and prosperity when Brexit talks start next week. Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said: "The Conservatives can not go from weak and wobbly to business as usual in three days". London-based banking giant HSBC said Friday that it would keep more jobs in Britain depending on the government's approach to Brexit. Read More »

Gunman launched into Trump tirade before congressional shooting


A spokeswoman for Capitol Police did not return CNN's request for comment. Because he is part of the Republican leadership, Scalise has protection from the US Capitol Police. The bullet fractured bone and injured organs, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said. Hodgkinson's time spent volunteering on Vermont Sen. Hodgkinson, was shot by police and later died of his wounds. Read More »

Cuba Educational Policy Reversal Condemned

Trump announced his new approach at the Manuel Artime Theater in the heart of the United States' largest Cuban-American and Cuban exile community, whose support aides believe helped him win Florida in the election. The new policy will ban most USA business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a sprawling conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, but make some exceptions, including for air and sea travel, the officials said. Read More »

May seals deal for new government, but loses key aides

May's bet that she could strengthen her hand by crushing what she believed to be a weak opposition Labour Party backfired spectacularly on Thursday as voters stripped her Conservative Party of a parliamentary majority. Cameron assumed that the British voters would ratify Britain's continued membership in the European Union and thus allow him to silence so-called Euroskeptics within his own party. Read More »

Play ball! GOP, Democrats to battle as one - Team Scalise

Scalise's Chief of Staff Brett Horton also read a statement from Scalise's wife, Jennifer. "Many lives would have been lost without the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", Trump said earlier in the day, calling Scalise "a patriot" and "a fighter". Read More »

Hot, Humid & Rainy This Weekend

As showers end this evening the air will turn muggy, with temperatures holding in the 60s overnight. Expect plenty of cloud cover today with occasional bright spots and highs in the lower 80s. Showers and thunderstorms are likely on Monday and Monday night, perhaps with some damaging wind. If the front moves further offshore, Tuesday afternoon will remain dry. Read More »

Pruitt: Trump has 'indicated that climate changes'


While India dismissed claims made by Trump that they would receive "billions, billions and billions" of dollars by signing the Paris Climate Accord, Washington categorically asked New Delhi to not meddle in their domestic affairs. "We have nothing to be apologetic about as a country with respect to what we've done in reducing our Carbon dioxide footprint", he continued, adding that the USA still plans to remain engaged. Read More »

Cuba condemns Trump's 'hostile rhetoric' but still wants to talk

However, President Trump is not rowing back on all parts of Obama's deal. The previous administration's easing of restrictions of travel and trade does not help the Cuban people. As well, cruises between the United States and Cuba were protected with an exemption from the new prohibition on financial transactions with Cuban military-controlled entities. Read More »

Scalise still in critical condition but improved after second surgery

They said Scalise dragged himself from the infield as the shooting continued. Hodgkinson was fatally shot Wednesday by two Capitol Hill Police officers assigned to protect Scalise. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on. Read More »

May confident on power-saving deal, to open parliament next week

The deadline for a Stormont deal is June 29. The opening was set to take place on Monday, but was delayed amid negotiations. But, he continued: "That being said, a sovereign decision was taken by the British people and that is to come out of the European Union and I very much respect the decisions taken by the people, be it by the French people or the British people". Read More »

Doctor says Rep. Scalise remains critical, but vital signs stable

Hodgkinson died after being shot by police. Zach Barth, a staffer for Texas GOP Rep. Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that "violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an "increasing hostility on the left". Read More »

Congressional Democrats to Sue Trump over Foreign Payments to His Businesses


Although President Donald Trump has always maintained that his business has been kept separate from his administrative responsibilities, after his inauguration, almost 200 congressional Democrats claimed that the president has continually violated the Emoluments Clause that prohibits him from profiting from business dealings with foreign governments. Read More »