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Republican wins costly congressional race in Georgia

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Many analysts had seen the race as a referendum on President Donald Trump's policies, and Democrats had hoped for a momentum boost by winning the longtime Republican district in the Atlanta suburbs. Handel disavowed the ad, which blames the "violent left" for the shooting and suggests such acts would continue if Ossoff wins. Mechanically, Handel kept Ossoff's in-person early voting lead small and then enjoyed her expected advantage in election day voting (helped, perhaps, by bad weather ... Read More »

U.S. student freed by North Korea in a coma dies at 22

There was no immediate word from the family about why relatives opted not to perform an autopsy, which may have shed more light on the cause of the neurological injuries Warmbier suffered in North Korea . Trump has often cited China, North Korea's longtime ally, as a key player in USA efforts to rein in North Korea's quest to develop long-range nuclear missiles. Read More »

DUP warns Government confidence and supply deal is 'certainly not imminent'

One of course is the political sensitivities which everybody understands. "While there will be a political border between our two countries, there should not be an economic one and any border that does exist should be invisible", Varadkar, the first openly gay prime minister of Ireland, said following his talks with May. Read More »

Seattle officer in fatal shooting: 'I don't have a taser'

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In a previous study, 70 percent of African Americans reported feeling incidents of police misconduct are handled poorly in the USA, compared to just 27 percent of whites. A Washington Post report adds that the children were not injured during the skirmirsh and that both officers involved have since been placed on administrative leave. Read More »

Richardson saddened by death of freed student

Wambier's parents did not cite a specific cause of death, but cited "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea . Twenty-two-year-old Otto Warmbier died on Monday. The Trump administration has urged China to put pressure on North Korea , specifically to help solve the issue of Pyongyang 's nuclear ambitions. Read More »

Tory-DUP talks continue ahead of Queen's Speech

The Prime Minister will face a key test of her authority tomorrow as she sets out her government's legislative agenda in a Queen's Speech that will cover the next two years. Tory backbencher Heidi Allen told The Sunday Times the country wanted a "leader and a party that will carry us through this most turbulent of periods but care about the little man". Read More »

Macron to reshuffle French government after huge win

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The party, which won an overwhelming majority in the election on Sunday, had the highest proportion of women elected, at 47 percent. Relations between Le Pen senior and his daughter have soured since she kicked him out of the party in 2015 for comments minimising the Holocaust, and their very public rows have in the past harmed the party's image. Read More »

US Shoots Down Armed Drone Over Southern Syria

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The force will continue normal operations in Iraq, reports Australia's News.com . Russian Federation backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Iran also supports, while the USA -led coalition is aligned with groups that oppose the Assad regime and ISIS. Read More »

Iran fires rockets in 'revenge' at Islamic State in Syria

On June 7, gunmen mounted nearly simultaneous assaults on Iran's Parliament and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini. He spoke as part of a TV package about the missile launches, showing them shoot off into the night from the western province of Kermanshah. The argument - that firing the missiles greatly enhanced the threat Iran presents to Israel - would say its use of such powerful long-range weapons makes it more likely that it would use them again. Read More »

The Person Who Attacked A Paris Police Van With Explosives Has Died

A suspected attacker is dead after driving into a police vehicle on the Champs-Elysees, officials in Paris have said. The current state of emergency is due to expire on July 15 but the government is seeking to extend it until November 1 - presumably after the new anti-terrorism law takes effect. Read More »

BJP, opposition hold parleys on Indian Presidential election

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Sources said party chief Uddhav Thackeray has turned down BJP president Amit Shah's proposal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be given the sole authority to pick the candidate. On Wednesday, the opposition parties met to try to arrive at a consensus on a candidate. "Amma always voted against Congress, so we will follow her footsteps and support the BJP candidate for the President". Read More »

Iran calls missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning

According to the IRGC, the missiles "targeted the headquarters and meeting place and suicide auto assembly line" of " ISIS terrorists" in Syria's Deir al-Zour Province. Iran has been boasting about the missile launches all day and released a number of videos. Iran's last foreign missile strike is believed to have been carried out in April 2001, targeting an exiled Iranian group in Iraq. Read More »

Australia Suspends Air Operations in Syria After Russia's Warning

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Australia said it would temporarily halt air operations over Syria after the plane was downed. The jihadists are under major pressure in Syria and neighbouring Iraq . Still, the Pentagon said it had not seen hostile action by Moscow. It could lead to open conflict between Russian Federation and the United States. Read More »

Working with China on North Korea 'has not worked out'

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Two months later he showed up on North Korean television confessing to his supposed offense: trying to pilfer a propaganda poster from his hotel to bring home as a souvenir. The North Korean government said the student had contracted botulism and slipped into a coma . Medical tests carried out last week in the USA offered no conclusive evidence as to the cause of his neurological injuries, and no evidence of a prior botulism infection. Read More »

Russian fighter jet flies five feet from USA spy plane

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On Monday, Russia warned that U.S. aircraft operating in specific regions in Syria would be considered "air targets" for its forces after a U.S. Navy jet shot down a pro-regime fighter jet. Russian Federation backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Iran also supports, while the US -led coalition is aligned with groups that oppose the Assad regime and ISIS. Read More »

Macron to reshuffle govt after election win

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A 39-year-old president with the parliamentary support of his one-year-old party has turned out to be the French electorate's final choice. That was less than some had expected after its crushing victory in last week's first-round vote. She warned that despite Macron's safe parliamentary win, his ideas "are not the majority". The FN had been seeking to reach the 15-seat threshold to form a parliamentary group that would give it more speaking time and access to top roles within the assembly. Read More »

Wealthy California Liberals Fail To Buy An Election In Georgia

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And frankly, if you look at the vote totals in Georgia, and another special election on Tuesday in SC, it's now four straight special elections where Democrats have done dramatically better than back in November. The only reason Democrats have even an inkling it could be competitive is that Trump collapsed here, besting Hillary Clinton by just 1.5 points last fall. Read More »

Syria troops position themselves at heart of war on IS

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The latest events are unfolding in Syria's remote east, far from the main battles of the civil war, which is still raging despite a largely ignored "de-escalation" plan brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey. The legislation says they have to knowingly contribute, but the U.S. Treasury Department expects them to know. It was not known what was hit and Iran provided no details. Read More »

Potential bomber 'neutralized' at Brussels train station

A man wearing an explosive belt was neutralized following reports of large explosions at Brussels Central Station. Van Wymersch said authorities were on the scene quickly and a person was shot. Soldiers and police officials guide members of the public on a street outside Gare Centrale in Brussels on June 20, 2017, after an explosion in the Belgian capital. Read More »