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Trump, Senate Republicans looking for healthcare bill this summer

At this point, Democrats are not expected to vote for any Senate bill that significantly modifies the ACA so Republicans must rely entirely on their own Conference. Asked if this is "crunch time", Blunt said yes. Despite years of promises to get rid of Obama's health law, Republicans have discovered that doing so is much more hard than anticipated. Read More »

UN mission official: Terror attack underway at resort area in Mali's capital


The US Travel - State Dept said on Twitter that the ongoing attack is at Hotel Kangaba, which is 30 minutes from Mali's capital, Bamako . Malian soldiers and troops from France's Bakhane counter-terrorist team have arrived at the scene. "The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent". Read More »

Navy halts search for missing sailors after bodies found


The names of the dead sailors will not be released until after their families have been identified . He said a search and rescue effort was ended. "The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this hard time", the Seventh Fleet said. Read More »

Grenfell Tower building materials may have been illegal, UK ministers say

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show he said: "I spoke to the DPP yesterday and there are prosecutors already in advising the police ". "Normally an inquest will only take place at the end of the criminal investigation, so the idea of an inquiry is important because that can, in some circumstances, happen much more quickly and I think speed is of the essence here". Read More »

Iraqi forces capture crossing on Syria border from IS: Military statement

Al-Waleed fell to ISIS group in 2015, giving the militants full control of the Iraq-Syria border, which they vowed to erase as part of their ambition to build a caliphate. As for Raqqa itself, the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the offensive to strip IS of one of its key strongholds and self-declared capital in Syria . Read More »

Brexit negotiations begin: David Davis targets 'historic' deal

The arch-federalist former Belgian PM, who this year published a book calling on EU states to forge "a more flawless Union", warned last week Britain could lose its rebate and opt-outs if it changes its mind and decides to stay. Britain's historic decision to leave the 28-nation bloc has sent shockwaves through the political and economic fabric of the nation. Pressed over his own party's stance on Brexit, Mr McDonnell said: Once you leave the European Union , formally you are outside the ... Read More »

London towering inferno toll set to rise

Downing Street says affected families can access the cash payment immediately from the council "as and when" they need it. It's thought that the deadly fire at Grenfell spread because the building was covered in hundreds of aluminum panels called Reynobond, which in its cheaper form has a flammable plastic core. Read More »

Trump Goes After Rod Rosenstein

Rosenstein on Thursday night issued an unusual and puzzling public warning about stories attributed to anonymous sources. Heck was referring to the growing number of legal teams forming as a result of the special counsel investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election. Read More »

Met police say 58 presumed dead in Grenfell tower fire

A total of 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, the officer in charge of the investigation said. What makes the London fire maddening for fire experts who believe in the "stay put" rule is that the Grenfell may have lacked numerous safety redundancies necessary to make it work. Read More »

United Kingdom government scrambles to limit fallout from London fire

Earlier, Commander Cundy said of the death toll, "I'd like to hope that it isn't going to be triple figures". Details were not disclosed, but an unidentified group spokesman said members had given May their "demands and expectations" and that a full statement would be made only "in the community, with the community". Read More »

Queen acknowledges 'sombre national mood' in birthday statement

The Queen and her grandson Prince William Friday visited the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire to meet survivors and rescuers. The group, most dressed in casual clothes, did not speak to reporters on their way in. Police have established a security cordon around the building to protect public safety and allow searchers easy access to the wrecked building. Prime minister Theresa May did not visit the wreckage until Friday (local time) and had to leave nearly immediately as angry ... Read More »

UK opposition leader slams Grenfell Tower fire response

Experts say the cladding and the insulation it contained seems to have spread the flames quickly along the exterior of the building, overwhelming safety devices like fire doors. The Government has also announced that a minute's silence will be held for the victims at 11am tomorrow. On Saturday, British Prime Minister Theresa May admitted support for families "who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough". Read More »

Banned building materials suspected in London's deadly Grenfell Tower fire: UK government


He said: "My understanding is that the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the USA, is also banned here". The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior paneling used in an extensive renovation completed previous year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules. Read More »

Banned building materials suspected in London fire


A review of similar tower blocks could lead to a huge overhaul of a housing system that dates back to the 1960s and 1970s, when the country was in a rush to build new housing to standards that would never be used nowadays, Khan wrote. "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do", he said. He said the situation has become an emergency and that "all assets" should be brought to the table. Read More »

Kashmir: Militant groups offer 'gun salutes' to their fallen comrades

He had a meteoric rise within the Lashkar group and was appointed commander for South Kashmir after he killed two policemen in broad daylight at Anantnag bus stand in June previous year. Aijaz Ahmad Malik, 26, was shot in Pinglana area, police said. Senior resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani, said that authorities instead of following realistic approach "are pursuing their haughty and devious agenda". Read More »

'I Am Being Investigated,' Tweets Trump

The deputy attorney general, who's been in law enforcement for close to three decades, is back in the news after the President tweeted Friday morning that he is being investigated for his role in firing former FBI Director James Comey and seemed to accuse Rosenstein of overseeing a " witch hunt " against him. Read More »

Trump announces changes to Obama-era Cuba policy


Scalise was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice. Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation". A risky and "mean" health care bill will continue to be pushed forward behind closed doors in the Senate , without even a whiff of bipartisan support; the Department of Justice will continue to set back civil rights; and the President will cease delivering subdued ... Read More »

DUP hoping to conclude deal with May as soon as possible

The delegation of the Democratic Unionist Party ( DUP ) included DUP leader Arlene Foster and Simon Hamilton, a key DUP figure, who served as the economy minister in the Northern Ireland Executive from 2016 until its collapse in January 2017, while Sinn Fein were represented by Michelle O'Neill, Michelle Gildernew, Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald. Read More »

Police release man held in connection with Manchester attack

Bomber Salman Abedi's father and brother are also in detention in Libya, where authorities say the two brothers were both part of the Islamic State group which claimed responsibility for the attack. Ariana Grande fans have begun arriving for the American pop singer's Manchester benefit concert, nervous but determined to show solidarity with the victims of the suicide bombing at an earlier Grande show in the city. Read More »

Australian man charged after police seizes Nazi machine gun


The weapon was developed in Nazi Germany - more than a million were produced during the war. The gun was missing its barrel but police said initial examinations suggested it was in working order. 'Initially it would have been created to be carried by troops in vehicles or paratroopers because it's quite small and has a folding stock'. The weapon will undergo a forensic examination to determine if it was linked to any shooting incidents. Read More »

United Kingdom will leave single market and customs union - Hammond

The arch-federalist former Belgian PM, who this year published a book calling on EU states to forge "a more flawless Union", warned last week Britain could lose its rebate and opt-outs if it changes its mind and decides to stay. A key reason May and others press for a hard Brexit is their desire to control and limit immigration from the EU. The center-left Social Democrat strongly criticized May's Conservatives, saying that they "played with the emotions of citizens in Britain, told fake ... Read More »

Knives coming out: Trump supporters float idea of firing investigator Mueller


Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy , a close friend of President Donald Trump , told "PBS NewsHour" on Monday that the president is considering firing the special prosecutor in the Russian Federation probe. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised. Almost a month ago in an earlier tweet, Gingrich said " Robert Mueller is a superb choice to be special counsel. Read More »