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Ireland's first gay prime minister Leo Varadkar formally elected

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was sworn into office on Wednesday , becoming the first openly gay person to lead the largely Catholic country, as well as the youngest and the first of Indian descent. Varadkar himself has also downplayed his sexuality after coming out during a radio interview five months before Ireland voted "yes" on the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland. Read More »

Stabbing at US airport is an act of terror

Jeff Neville with the airport police. It was not clear if suspect Amor Ftouhi had planned on killing more people with the Flint Bishop Airport attack or if it could have been an attempt at drawing the police officer to kill him. Moments before the Federal Bureau of Investigation publicly named Ftouhi as the suspect, Montreal police swarmed a site in that city's east end. Ftouhi legally entered the United States from Lake Champlain, N.Y., on June 16 before making his way to Flint , ... Read More »

In Scaled-Down Speech, Queen Elizabeth Promises 'Humility' in Negotiating 'Brexit'

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The queen, at an occasion shorn of its usual pageantry, read out the watered-down list of proposed legislation and lawmakers will then spend the next few days debating before bringing it to a vote. John McDonnell, chief finance spokesman for the main opposition Labour Party, said May's minority government had "no right to govern". Mrs May was expected to try to thrash out a late deal last night as talks go to the wire. Read More »

Missing from the queen's speech: Trump, and Theresa May

The Queen's address on Wednesday mentioned the welcoming of King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain in July and also about many other globe leaders but there was no reference of Trump's visit. The speech is a list of laws that the British government plans to bring forward in the coming year. Even before news of Prince Philip's illness, the government had announced that the speech would be delivered with less pageantry than normal a result of the timing of the snap election. Read More »

Car bomb in Afghanistan targets security forces waiting for pay

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Vehicle bomb explodes outside bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province. The Washington Post reports a auto packed with explosives detonated outside the New Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. The victims have been taken to the emergency hospital, he added. Earlier it was said that gunmen stormed the New Kabul Bank but Zwak says that "the security guards of the bank started shooting after the incident". Read More »

China, US kick off inaugural diplomatic, security dialogue

The death of an American college student after his imprisonment in North Korea is threatening to overshadow high-level U.S. A day after President Donald Trump tweeted that "China tried" to fix the North Korean problem but "it wasn't working", a high-level meeting was held between the Chinese and American officials. Read More »

China-US security dialogue

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Also Tuesday, the USA flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula. -Chinese talks on June 21. At the meeting, held in the wake of American college student Otto Warmbier's death following his release from North Korea, Washington and Beijing agreed that their companies must not do any business with North Korean entities that are subject to United Nations sanctions. Read More »

French defence minister quits over fake jobs claims

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French President Emmanuel Macron , center, French defense minister Sylvie Goulard and Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier, right, watch demonstration flights as part of the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Monday, June 19, 2017. Read More »

IS Blows Up Mosul Mosque Where It Declared 'Caliphate — Iraqi Military

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Islamic State's Amaq news agency accused American aircraft of destroying the mosque , a claim swiftly denied by the US -led worldwide coalition fighting the hardline Sunni group. Iraq's military said ISIS fighters used explosives to blow up the more than 800-year-old mosque, the AP reports . Backed by air cover provided by a US -led coalition, the Iraqi military is now engaged in a months-long campaign to recapture Mosul, Daesh's last stronghold in northern Iraq. Read More »

Iraqi military: Islamic State blows up Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate

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The extent of the damage was not clear, the official said . The United States and Iraq are blaming ISIS for the destruction of an iconic mosque that stood over the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul for eight centuries. "We pushed deeper into the Old City and took control of new areas in the Faruq neighborhood", he said. Damon said about 100,000 terrified civilians remain in the convoluted battlefield. Read More »

Daesh Terrorists Blow Up Iconic al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul - Iraqi Army

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However, IS claimed that USA aircraft destroyed the mosque. ISIS has denied accusations that it was responsible for the explosion and placed the blame on the US-led coalition fighting in the area. Iraq has accused ISIS of blowing up the historic Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul. Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, reporting from Erbil, said Iraqis were expressing their anger and outrage over the bombing on social media. Read More »

Grassley: Transparency concerns about health care bill 'somewhat overblown'

John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks following a closed-door strategy session, at the Ca. Republican senators complained about their party's secretive health care bill Wednesday, a day before GOP leaders planned to finally release their plan for erasing much of President Barack Obama's health care law. Read More »

Greens Senator moves motion while breastfeeding

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Now, she's made history again as the first person to breastfeed their child while giving a speech to Parliament. Since then, she's accompanied her mother during numerous Senate divisions and debates, and even the Midwinter Ball, a charity event attended by politicians and journalists. Read More »

Times of Israel: Iran Missile Strike Missed Target

Iran's ballistic missile arsenal is one of the largest and most diverse in the region. Iran's missile capability have been a challenging issue between Washington and Tehran . There was no official reaction from Syria, which has been backed by Iran as it seeks to force Islamic State forces off of its territory. USA officials have not said who was operating the drone but have said it was made by Iran. Read More »

China's MSCI listing unlikely to have significant impact on Korean stocks

Global stock benchmark provider MSCI has made a long-awaited decision to add mainland China-li. China's capital market will welcome overseas investors in a more open manner, Zhang said. Before making the decision, MSCI conducted an extensive consultation that included a large number of asset owners, asset managers, brokers and other market participants. Read More »

May Promises To Listen On Brexit

As London sweltered in unseasonably hot weather, about 250 protesters gathered outside parliament after the speech , blaming the deadly fire in west London on years of Conservative cuts and demanding the fall of May's government. Theresa May's minority government has dropped key Tory manifesto pledges, including expanding grammar schools and a free vote on restoring foxhunting, as the Queen announced a pared-down legislative programme focused on delivering Brexit . Read More »

Philippines' Duterte says didn't seek U.S. support in Marawi city siege

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday that he had not expected the battle for Marawi to be as serious as it has turned out to be, while Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said a captured militant had told the military IS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had directly "incited" the gunmen to attack the city. Read More »

Brexit talks: Citizens' rights and exit bill ahead of trade

Davis brushed off a suggestion that a weakened Conservative government had dropped objections to a Brussels timetable, which would deal first with European Union priorities, including its demand Britain settle a " Brexit bill", and leave the talks on free trade that May wants until at least late this year. Read More »

Polygamist Cult Leader Arrested After Year Running From FBI

FLDS sect leader Lyle Steed Jeffs' stint on the lam came to close when he was captured Wednesday night in #South Dakota when the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested him. Officials in Utah say Lyle Jeffs likely faces a felony charge for escaping custody in addition to food stamp fraud charges. The FLDS church leader was on the FBI's most wanted list and there was a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Read More »

Queen's Speech: Corbyn attacks 'Government without majority'

Meanwhile in the House of Commons , Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the Prime Minister must ensure any deal does not damage the Good Friday Agreement. Corbyn also called for clarity on whether US President Donald Trump would visit Britain after the state visit was left out of the Queen's Speech . Read More »

Grimes: No Evidence of Cyberattacks Against Kentucky's Election Systems

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Johnson's testimony , before the House Intelligence Committee , provided a fresh insight into how the Obama administration tried to balance politically explosive information with the public's need to know. The US special services released a report on Russia's interference in the elections, and the document stated that Putin personally ordered hackers to influence the US elections in 2016, preferring Trump. Read More »

Australia's military resumes air operations over Syria

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In another sign of increasing friction between the USA -led coalition and the force backing President Bashar Assad, a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle shot down an "armed pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV" drone after it "displayed hostile intent" in southern Syria Tuesday, the Pentagon said. Read More »

Role of Holyrood in Great Repeal Bill 'being considered currently'

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The Prime Minister said there was a "possibility" that the Great Repeal Bill, overturning the 1972 Act which took Britain into the European Economic Community, would require a legislative consent motion in Holyrood. Historic legislation establishing Scotland's first social security system has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament today (21 June) promising a "fairer and more just society". Read More »

US forces shoot down Iranian drone over Syria as fighting escalates

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As a result, it said , Russia has stopped using a key "de-confliction" communication channel set up to avoid conflict between US and Russian forces in Syria. "We're not close to that, but that's the strategy". The U.S. said it acted after the Syrian plane bombed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurds and Syrian Arab groups that the U.S. Read More »

Toothpick crossbow 'toy' craze has China quivering

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The so-called toothpick crossbows were originally created to shoot out only toothpicks, as its name suggests. Just to give an idea of how unsafe the toy can be, when local reporters tested the handheld crossbow , toothpicks fired at a close range sank about 1.5 cm into an apple, according to the Post. Read More »