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Akala says the Grenfell Tower residents 'died because they were poor'

The toll is expected to rise.May met victims privately at a central London hospital on Friday and had expressed her sorrow on television on Thursday after meeting emergency services personnel. "The very nature of this intense fire that has occurred within Grenfell Tower - and I do believe that the number will increase", he said, as angry residents called for the process to be sped up. Read More »

Palestinians deny IS claim for deadly attack on Israeli


Three assailants have been killed . "Let the Jews expect the demise of their entity at the hands of the Caliphate soldiers", it said , calling the attack " revenge for God's religion and for the violated sanctities of Muslims". The Palestinian Health Ministry, for its part, confirmed that Baraa Saleh, 18, Adel Ankoush, 18, and Amer Badwi, 31 - all from Deir Abu Mashal village, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank. Read More »

Seconds podcast: The jury deliberates

Yanez, who is Latino, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and with two lesser counts of endangering the safety of Reynolds and her daughter for firing his gun into the vehicle near them. Defense attorneys highlighted inconsistencies in Reynolds' statements to investigators to try to raise doubts about her honesty. He also took aim at Reynolds' reliability, telling jurors that she lied under oath about the $40 she received from a BCA agent after ... Read More »

Macron's alliance on track for huge parliamentary majority - Odoxa poll

The survey projected centrist Macron's Republic on the Move party and its MoDem ally would win between 430 and 460 seats in the 577-seat lower house. "If he wins it all there will be no debate". Macron's Republic on the Move party, known as En Marche! The election is set to send shockwaves through the older parties, with their unity, and even survival, at stake. Read More »

Six convicted, one acquitted in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case

He allegedly ordered destruction of arms, ammunitions after the blasts. During the trial, Feroz had claimed that he was actually a man named Hamza Khan and that his arrest was a case of mistaken identity. Back home, he was already facing various murder, extortion and other cases, for which he was awarded life imprisonment in 2015. In the blasts case, it is alleged that he went to Bharuch, Gujarat to pick up another arms package. Read More »

Governors in both parties reject health care bill passed by House

What's the Senate bill going to look like? Some moderate GOP senators are trying to extend the phase-out over seven years and ease some of the Medicaid cuts the House bill would make. "Americans won't forget that @HouseGOP passed a "mean" bill to rip healthcare from millions then celebrated @ the WH", said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Read More »

A year after Brexit vote, more people view European Union favorably


Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has warned London not to waste time, as Brussels waits for embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May to name a date for talks. In a hint at a softer approach, Mr Davis said on Monday "we will start down this process" by focusing on the divorce proceedings from the European Union before moving on to trade. Read More »

Russian Federation says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

Trump aides say Obama's efforts amounted to "appeasement" and have done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba , while benefiting the Cuban government financially. The Cuban government also called the Trump's executive order a "backward step", saying the administration was resorting to "coercive methods from the past" in taking steps to strengthen the embargo. Read More »

FORECAST: Hot, muggy Father's Day leads to storms next week

Showers are likely and thunderstorms are possible throughout much of the day on Monday as that cold front makes its way across the commonwealth, but our severe weather threat diminishes. The warm weather continues today with temperatures climbing into the mid to upper 80s under increasing cloud cover. The sun's most direct rays will be the farthest north all year at 23½ degrees north along the Tropic of Cancer. Read More »

DAG Rosenstein Considering Recusal from Russia Investigation


His morning missive apparently referred to Rod Rosenstein , the deputy attorney general whose role leading the federal investigation has become increasingly complicated. In another tweet, Mr Trump said: "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof". Read More »

Cuba rejects new U.S. policy, calls it 'archaic'


Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said Trump's policy was "misguided" and will hurt the U.S. economically. Trump asserted that the U.S. will take concrete steps to ensure that investments flow directly to the people so they can open private businesses and begin to build their country's "great, great future, a country of great potential". Read More »

57 dead in central Portugal wildfires; many killed in cars


FIFA President Gianni Infantino, attending the match in Russian Federation, also offered his condolences. A forest fire is seen near Bouca, in central Portugal, June 18, 2017. France and Spain have sent planes to help mitigate the blaze, the European Commission said. He says "we want to send a big hug to everyone in Portugal for what they are going through, which is absolutely awful". Read More »

43 dead in central Portugal forest fires

The fires broke out later Saturday in Pedrogao Grande, located some 150 km northeast of Lison, and quickly spread to the towns of Figueird dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera in the district of Leiria where some 600 firefighters with more than 470 vehicles are trying to put out the fires . Read More »

Escaped Georgia Inmates Captured

He served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for eight years. 'They wrestled with the man and took control of him, ' said Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing. The inmates were found in Christiana, Tennessee, some 300 miles away from Putnam County Georgia , where they escaped . Police officials stopped a auto they believed to be Rowe and DuBose on Interstate 24 near the Epps Mill Road exit. Read More »

Tory-DUP deal put on hold due to London fire

May's botched election gamble, which saw her lose her parliamentary majority, left her so weakened that supporters of closer ties with the European Union publicly demanded she take a more consensual and business-friendly approach to Brexit . Read More »

Hodgkinson had hit list with names of 3 congressmen

Dr. Jack Sava at MedStar Washington Hospital Center says Scalise's vital signs have stabilized after several operations. Scalise is sedated, but the husband and father of two has been able to respond to his doctors and family. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident. The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family. Read More »

Trump signs EO to expand apprenticeship programme

Federally funded apprenticeship programs now have to receive certification from the Labor Department and the executive order allows companies to essentially monitor themselves. The executive order is more of a directive and less a dramatic change in administrative policy. Last week was branded "infrastructure week" with a series of events dealing with fixing the nation's decrepit roads and bridges, another plank in Trump's jobs platform. Read More »

In Britain : 'Sombre' country prepares for historic Brexit talks

Fighting for her political survival, May has been trying to strike a deal with a small Northern Irish Protestant party to avoid a second election that could delay Brexit talks and damage the $2.5 trillion economy. Chancellor Philip Hammond said the Government's priority in the negotiations should be to protect jobs, economic growth and prosperity. "As we set out in the Article 50 letter, our view is that withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside ... Read More »

US lawmaker Scalise status remains critical after baseball field shooting


Rep. Steve Scalise is still in critical condition, but his health is improving, the Congressman's surgeon said two days after Scalise was shot at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game . He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited Scalise at the hospital Friday, an aide said. Read More »

In 98-2 vote, Senate passes tougher sanctions on Iran, Russia


On Wednesday, the US Senate voted in favor of new sanctions against Russian Federation over its alleged interference in the US presidential election in 2016, the allegation which Moscow strongly denies. Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, told Politico . MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that new US sanctions on Russia will damage ties between the two countries. Read More »

Afghan soldier attacks foreign soldiers, wounding 4


Two months ago the same base came under attack by Taliban insurgents. "A soldier opened fire on foreign troops inside Camp Shaheen". Both Afghan and US officials have said the incident is under investigation. There was no earlier indication of his intent. The shooter was also killed. Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since late April when the Taliban launched their annual rebel offensive and intensified attacks across the country. Read More »

France begins second round of parliamentary election

Turnout could fall to a record low, in a sign of voter fatigue after seven months of roller-coaster campaigning and voting, and of disillusionment with politics that could complicate Macron's reform drive. "To put it in one word: Entrepreneur is the new France", Macron insisted, speaking at the VivaTechnology conference in Paris on Thursday. They have called on voters to allow a strong opposition to take root in the parliament. Read More »

Viewpoint James Comey has his high noon moment before Senate

After almost five months of living apart, President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, announced Sunday that she and the couple's young son have finally moved into the executive mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. Trump wrote at 6:10 a.m. Read More »