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Macron wins parliamentary majority

Francois Ruffin, the journalist and film-maker behind an award-winning blockbuster documentary on textile workers, tweeted that he had won a seat for France Unbowed in the northern area of the Sommes, confounding the predictions in favor of his opponent from Macron's party. Read More »

Britain's Finance Minister warns of 'cliff edge' during Brexit talks

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But our economy is 80 per cent services. British finance minister Philip Hammond said on June 20 the world's fifth-biggest economy faced tough times as it tries to avoid a damaging "cliff-edge" departure from the European Union . Hammond explains what the government must do to secure "Brexit for Britain". "For us it's not a question of generosity, it's a question of continuity and fairness", Stefaan De Rynck, a senior aide to chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier , said at a ... Read More »

Spicer expected to take less public role

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The White House has forbidden the press from recording the briefings with Spicer, banning the use of video or audio to capture the exchanges between the press and the administration. And then Spicer said little of anything. A White House official said Spicer is "sick of manning the podium ", the New York Post reported , but White House chief strategist Steve Bannon suggested another reason. Read More »

Coroner examining death of U.S. student released by North Korea

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The news of Warmbier's death reminded George Hunziker, 59, of his younger brother Evan's imprisonment in North Korea after being charged with spying in 1996. 2am BST: The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said Otto Warmbier's death shows the inhumanity of the North Korean dictatorship. Trump said he had spoken with Warmbier's parents, telling reporters in the Oval Office that it was "incredible what they've gone through". Read More »

Paul Pisasale in court, facing extortion charges

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The CCC later said the 65-year-old had been formally charged with one count of extortion and two other serious offences following an investigation. He was being processed in the Brisbane watch house overnight and could face court as early as Wednesday morning. Read More »

Pakistan shoots down Iranian drone near border

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New front opening?" The officials said the unmanned aircraft was shot down by a JF-17 in the Parom area of Panjgur district after it ventured "deep inside Pakistani airspace " on a spying mission. The tensions between Pakistan and Iran escalated after Islamabad accused Tehran of violating its territorial integrity several times in the last few years. Read More »

US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against North Korea

U.S. Pacific Command reported that the latest short-range missile flew for around 300 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan. Japan will test its missile interceptor capability on Thursday, following several North Korean missile tests that have shaken the nation, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. Read More »

WI gov confident districts will survive review

On Monday, the justices agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to a map for the Wisconsin Assembly drawn by Republicans in 2011. It said the constitution has been violated if the new districts are "intended to to place a severe impediment on the effectiveness of the votes of individual citizens on the basis of their political affiliation", "has that effect" and "cannot be justified on other, legitimate legislative grounds". Read More »

Mueller meets with House leaders amid Trump-Russia probe

If there is an investigation of the circumstances of Comey's firing, and the Deputy Attorney General (who is serving as Acting AG for the investigation due to Jeff Sessions' recusal) was instrumental in the firing, that sure looks like a conflict, Turley says. Read More »

Brian Cookson to face UCI presidency challenge from David Lappartient

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Reacting to Lappartient's move, Cookson, who is bidding for a second term as the president in September's election, suggested he had the stomach for a fight. "Cycling is more open, more transparent, more worldwide and more inclusive than ever before", he said on his website. "I have these qualities and the credentials it takes to lead UCI". Read More »

Bomber Christine Connor jailed for targeting police in Belfast attack

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Connor attempted to murder Northern Ireland police officers in bomb attacks by luring them into an area using fake 999 calls. I am very fortunate that me and my colleague did not suffer serious injuries. A police officer who was targeted by Connor spoke about her plot. "The case against her was overwhelming". "Her devices were sophisticated and primed to maim and murder, however, good forensic work by detectives spanning over weeks and months, enabled them to connect Christine to these ... Read More »

Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria

Israel is also concerned about Iran's missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system. A still image taken from a footage shot on June 18, 2017 and broadcasted on Iranian Television IRINN, purports to show missiles being fired from Iran into eastern Syria . Read More »

South Korea calls for release of prisoners from North Korea

USA college student Otto Warmbier died Monday, days after his release from North Korea. Doctors said he had suffered "severe neurological injury" before his return to the U.S. "I think they have limited capacity to do something, and I think they feel the weight of expectations beginning to burden them", said Christopher Hill, who led the USA delegation in the six-party talks with North Korea during the George W. Read More »

Trump acknowledges that he's being investigated

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr. Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue. Read More »

Moon says hopes for N.Korea talks by year's end - CBS interview

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Warmbier returned home last week in a coma, and died Monday. The coroner's office daily report Tuesday included Warmbier in its listings with cause of death termed "pending". Unresponsive wakefulness is a new medical term for persistent vegetative state. "It's unsafe", Corker said, adding that the "trumped up charges" like those Warmbier was accused of "can continue to happen". Read More »

Trump Condemns North Korea After Death of US Student Otto Warmbier

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The University of Virginia student was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion. Relatives say Otto Warmbier died Monday. He had planned to study in China during his third year at college, and booked a five-day trip across the border to North Korea in December 2015 as part of an organised tour. Read More »

France's Macron reappoints Edouard Philippe as PM after Sunday's vote

The 2017 parliamentary elections were the first in the history of the 5th Republic in which turnout was below 50 percent for both rounds, and in Sunday's second round only 43 percent of the population went to the booth; as France24 points out 'this means the 42 percent of votes won by LREM candidates account for less than 20 percent of registered voters'. Read More »

Deadly clashes erupt in Central African Republic despite ceasefire

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Under the agreement, armed groups were granted political representation in exchange for an end to attacks and blockades. However, Doctors Without Borders said fighting resumed early Tuesday in the beleaguered town of Bria. The country has been plagued by inter-religious and inter-communal conflict since 2013, when the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power, prompting reprisals from the anti-Balaka militia, many of whose fighters are nominally Christian. Read More »

7 still hospitalized after London mosque attack - KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

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They said more officers would be deployed to provide reassurance to mosques. "He's never spoken to me about terror attacks or talked about "bloody Muslims" - never in a million years and that's the truth". Osborne appears to have a Twitter account, which he has never used to send his own tweets, instead monitoring 32 other users, including Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, the leaders of the far-right party Britain First. Read More »

79 presumed dead in London tower block fire

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Police had earlier put the toll at 58 presumed dead. Fighting back tears as he spoke, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said five people had been formally identified - but warned that some victims may never be identified. Opponents said May's handling of the fire had thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively. Read More »

Trump calls death of Warmbier, detained in North Korea, a 'total disgrace'

Young Pioneer Tours, which was founded by British expatriate Gareth Johnson, said that it was denied any opportunity to meet with Warmbier after his detention, and that the way it was handled was 'appalling'. "He was home, and we believe he could sense that" Fred Warmbier said in a statement. John McCain , R-Ariz., proposed that prospective American travelers complete a form declaring they won't hold the US government responsible for what happens. Read More »

Moon says hopes for North Korea talks by year's end: CBS interview

Moon was officiating at a ceremony to decommission the Kori-1 nuclear reactor at Busan, the country's first and oldest nuclear power plant. South Korea's 25 reactors generate around a third of the nation's electricity. President Moon also plans to close at least 10 ageing coal-fired power plants before his term ends in 2022, as well as boosting renewables' share of the country's energy mix from 6.6 per cent today to 20 per cent by 2030. Read More »

McCain: Americans 'stupid' to travel to North Korea

Wambier's parents did not cite a specific cause of death, but cited "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea . North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for Warmbier's death, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Later that month, North Korea announces it is holding Mr Warmbier for a "hostile act". A team of USA doctors have also disputed North Korea's version of events. Read More »