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UK's Hammond calls for smooth Brexit to avoid cliff edge

A deal "that protects jobs, prosperity and living standards in Britain will require every ounce of skill and diplomacy we can muster", he said, claiming that any alternative outcome would not be "delivering on the instructions" given by the public when they voted Leave in last year's referendum. Read More »

Mood on first day of Brexit talks was incredibly positive - UK source

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If the United Kingdom elections will have weakened that country's relative negotiating position, the French elections will have strengthened that of the Europeans. But the business community and many lawmakers want to retain closer ties with Europe, and they are heaping pressure on the prime minister to change her approach. Read More »

American student detained by North Korea dies at 22

He and others freed from North Korea have said they were coached and coerced into giving confessions. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed Warmbier's release on June 12 but he had to be medically evacuated. He returned home to the Cincinnati area last week. "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm". The state department had then said that they would like to see the other three released soon, but it was not clear if a negotiation was underway. Read More »

Anti-terror probe opened in Paris vehicle attack

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Gerard Collomb , France's interior minister, addressed reporters Monday afternoon, saying that the Champs-Elysees attacker's vehicle contained weapons and explosives. Police attend the scene on Champs Elysees avenue in Paris , France, Monday, June 19, 2017 . Officers were searching a residential address in the Cardiff area, after the suspect injured 11 people in the attack on Muslims who had just left late-night prayers. Read More »

Backed forces in Syria begin offensive to capture ISIS-held Raqqa

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But as the SDF drew closer to the city, thousands were smuggled out to territory newly captured by the US-backed fighters. Photo courtesy of Raqqa Campaign. Ankara has repeatedly said it would like to be a part of the Raqqa operation if the YPG is discarded but the US has stuck with the Kurdish group in the field. Read More »

Trump gives Pentagon ability to set Afghan troops

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President Trump has given the Pentagon new authorities to decide the troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said Tuesday. "Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), the president directed the Department of Defense to set troop levels in Afghanistan". Read More »

Brexit: BCC calls for government to put economy first in negotiations

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But the business community and many lawmakers want to retain closer ties with Europe, and they are heaping pressure on the prime minister to change her approach. The bloc's budget is negotiated to cover a period of years, with the current agreement extending to 2020. European Union officials have therefore put the realistic deadline at October - and at the latest November - of 2018. Read More »

BJP decided 'unilaterally': Left, Opposition react to Ram Nath Kovind's presidential nomination

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Speaking to The Hitavada, Arang MLA Naveen Markandey confirmed that 20 MLAs and several MPs had signed on the nomination paper of Ram Nath Kovind as proposers and seconders. However, he stopped short of committing support adding that talks will happen among opposition leaders. Mayawati, for example, who is a Dalit icon, said she would not object to Mr Kovind unless the opposition fields another Dalit as its candidate. Read More »

Filipina missing in London high-rise fire presumed dead - PH embassy

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The toll of people dead, or those missing and presumed dead following a devastating blaze in a London tower block has risen to 79, amid the police warning that the figure may change. " She has now been included by the MetPolice as among those presumed to have perished in the Grenfell Tower tragedy". "That's why she totally accepted that it (the government response) hadn't been good enough". Read More »

UK To Announce Position On EU Citizens' Rights This Week

The two chief negotiators, Michel Barnier of the European Union and David Davis from Britain, immediately set off to find common ground in their working relationship, an important touchstone to see how amicable the biggest political divorce in decades will become. Read More »

Kohli philosophical after Champions final collapse

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The caption of the photo read, 'Pakistan supporters burst crackers in downtown Srinagar to celebrate Pakistan cricket team's victory over India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday'. Kohli said Pakistani players were more intense and passionate in the final which also helped them outplay the India team in every department of the game. Read More »

Senate Democrat: Any White House Tapes Due Friday

The reality for Trump is that special counsel Mueller's investigation is going ahead. "If you can prove that there was something there and the president knew about it, then the obstruction case looks far stronger", said Washington attorney Justin Dillon. Read More »

BJP Parliamentary Party Meet To Discuss Presidential Candidate Today

Each nomination paper has to be signed by at 50 proposers and an equal number of seconders who can also be MLAs. Naidu, after the meeting, told the media that the name of the Presidential candidate would be announced before June 23. The BJP, which has an edge in the electoral college, is seeking to muster maximum support for its nominee to ensure a comfortable victory. Accusing the BJP of unilaterally deciding its presidential candidate, the Left parties on Monday said there was no more ... Read More »

Nation pauses to remember Grenfell victims as death toll climbs to 79

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Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday led a solemn minute of silence in memory of the victims of a fire at a high-rise residential tower block in west London that left at least 30 people dead. Some commentators have likened her response to Grenfell to George W Bush's "Katrina moment", when the former USA president initially surveyed the hurricane-devastated land from Air Force One. Read More »

Donald Trump decries being target of Russia probe

A person familiar with Mueller's inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday Mueller was looking into whether Trump or others attempted to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation. That suggests Mueller is examining the president's own conduct, which may include whether Trump tried to obstruct justice. The NSA said in a statement that it will "fully cooperate with the special counsel" and declined to comment further. Read More »

USA to Fly 2 B-1B Bombers to S. Korea

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Col. Kim Sung-duk, a public relations officer of the South Korean Air Force, told reporters . The move comes amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States following the death of an American student who had been held by Pyongyang for 17 months. Read More »

Court condemns Russian Federation 'gay propaganda' law

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The case concerned three Russian gay rights activists who were found guilty of administrative offenses and fined for their activism, which included holding up signs that said homosexuality is normal. Russian Federation case, which concerned a complaint against Russia's legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality among underage children. The law has been condemned as a ban on any public discussions of homosexuality, while authorities say it is in the interests of children. Read More »

Israeli female police officer stabbed to death in Jerusalem attack

Untold in the headline, is the fact that the 3 dead Palestinians had carried out the stabbing and shooting attacks on Israeli officers (which killed a female Israeli officer) in the Old City in Jerusalem . They had entered Jerusalem from the West Bank. Hamas played down on Sunday the possibility that the energy crisis in the Gaza Strip would lead to renewed hostilities with Israel, after threatening violence over it last week, and said relations with Egypt were improving. Read More »

Mood on first day of Brexit talks was 'incredibly positive': United Kingdom source

United Kingdom negotiator David Davis and the EU's Barnier have one key issue over the first weeks of talks: building trust after months of haggling over leaks and figures over the final bill that Britain would have to pay for leaving. I am determined." Davis channeled Winston Churchill: "The pessimist see difficulty in every opportunity, the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. Read More »

London fire: 79 presumed dead, death toll may rise

The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to victims, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families. One video shows the gutted interior of a flat, its kitchen appliances burnt to a crisp and a bed mattress reduced to nothing more than hundreds of springs. Read More »