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EU Leaders to Discuss Brexit at Summit


Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum past year but there is growing opposition to the government's "hard Brexit " approach of cutting immigration at the expense of trade ties. There was a blazing sun overhead as European leaders arrived in Brussels for their summer summit Thursday, and the political outlook seemed just as bright, with an array of crises in check, economic indicators on the upswing across the Continent, and spirits lifted by a series of ballot-box ... Read More »

Adele brings cake to firefighters in wake of 79-death tragedy

The complex includes a 24-hour concierge, swimming pool, spa and private cinema. Last week he said: "Kensington is a tale of two cities". Sixty-eight flats in the Kensington Row scheme are expected to be acquired to permanently house families from Grenfell Tower , which is a couple of miles away. Read More »

US F-15 Fighter Jet Shoots Down Assad Regime Drone in Syria

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the incident had yet to be made public, said that the drone was in the same area where USA aircraft had shot down the same type of unmanned aircraft - an Iranian Shahed 129 - earlier this month. Read More »

Senate GOP health bill would overhaul Obama law

Blumenthal said cuts to Medicaid would also be devastating for people in treatment for drug addiction. According to the Post , the Senate's healthcare bill "largely mirrors" the AHCA . And it would end the tax penalty Obama's statute imposes on people who don't buy insurance — in effect, ending the so-called individual mandate. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to exclude the public was politically expedient, it is the wrong way to conduct public business. Read More »

Saudi King chooses his son for the throne


Mohammed bin Salman , the architect of the war in Yemen and the newly appointed heir to the Saudi throne, has been given a vote of confidence by the country's "Allegiance Council". He is also behind several economic reforms, including an austerity drive and the planned sell-off of shares in Saudi Aramco, one of the world's largest oil producers. Read More »

Highly anticipated GOP-drafted health care bill hits floor today

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised a vote before the Senate leaves for its break over the July 4th holiday, leaving just nine days for the whole process to happen. The RSC letter outlined "four components" of the AHCA , which members feel are "crucial" to keeping support of the majority of congressional Republicans upon consideration of the Senate's plan. Read More »

Trump Asked Intel Chiefs to Say There Was No Collusion With Russia


But neither of the two intelligence chiefs expressed concerns that Trump was asking them to do something they didn't want to do, the report said. Yes, just normal stuff, all of this. During that meeting in front of the Senate panel, the two intelligence community chiefs refused to tell lawmakers if Trump asked them to refute the FBI's Russian Federation probe. Read More »

PM Nawaz felicitates Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman

King Salman called for royals to pledge allegiance to his son at the Safa Palace in Mecca after the Ramadan Taraweeh prayers. "This all changed when Trump came to power", he said. At 31, the country's new successor to the throne is 50 years younger than the current monarch. After a sudden shakeup, Saudi Arabia has a new crown prince. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo Summoned to Appear Before Spanish Judge Over Tax Issues

Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi, who has been handed a 21-month jail term. Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are represented by Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes. He faces two counts of tax fraud of €1.61m for 2011 and €1.69m for 2012. The hearing will take place at 09:00 GMT on July 31 in a court at Pozuelo de Alarcón, in the suburbs of Madrid, according to Spanish press reports. Read More »

Police Raise Death Toll From Grenfell Tower Fire

London Police Commander Stuart Cundy said his team, along with firefighters, had been working night and day to assess the devastation and attempt to recover bodies. Officials and UK Chancellor Philip Hammond have indicated that the external rain-screen cladding believed to be the cause of the rapid spread of the fire at the Grenfell Tower may have been banned under building regulations in the UK. Read More »

Arab states should give Qatar list of 'actionable' demands: Tillerson

But the biggest U.S. air base in the Middle East is in Qatar , and USA diplomats are keen to de-escalate the crisis and unite the region in the battle against the Islamic State group. Qatar has vehemently denied the allegations. The Gulf country was plunged into a crisis on June 5, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain , Egypt and some other countries severed diplomatic ties and closed off sea, air and land links to Doha, accusing it of funding terrorism, hosting ... Read More »

Paris Air Show: Airbus concedes defeat to Boeing


That included 147 new orders and commitments for the 737 MAX 10 , plus 214 conversions to the MAX 10 from other models to support the launch of the new plane. Both carriers have said they were considering aircraft acquisitions. Airbus will also showcase its new long-haul model A350-1000 and Boeing its 787-10 Dreamliner, while Ukraine's Antonov will present its 132 D. Read More »

House Intel Probe to Hear From Ex-Obama Homeland Security Chief


Johnson , who served under President Barack Obama , sat in a House intelligence hearing discussing what he knew about Russian interference in the 2016 election during his time in office. The caucus said it's open to "discussion and debate about policies", but Chairman Cedric Richmond said: "I fail to see how a social gathering would benefit the policies we advocate for". Read More »

UK Loses First Round In Brexit Negotiations

The top European Union negotiator, Michel Barnier , a former foreign minister of France, gave Davis a walking stick from his home region in the Alps. 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 »

US Offers Condolences to Victims, Families of Terror Attack at Mali Resort

Security forces in Mali rushed to the luxurious Le Campement vacation resort after they received reports of a shooting. "There were four national police vehicles and French soldiers in armoured vehicles on the scene". But Malian authorities were in no doubt that this was a terrorist operation by jihadis. By nightfall, a large number of security forces had been deployed in the area, according to witnesses. Read More »

USA and China officials meet under North Korea cloud

North Korea said last month it was its sovereign right to "ruthlessly punish" USA citizens it had detained for crimes against the state. North Korea topped the agenda at the newly established Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, which paired Tillerson and Mattis with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui , chief of joint staff of the People's Liberation Army . Read More »

USA student's death makes Trump-Kim meeting less likely

In March that year, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for committing what Pyongyang called a hostile act against the state. The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns. Another said there was no meeting earlier in the day that they feel could have spurred this comment or that that tweet foretold some sort of action against North Korea. Read More »

DUP Talks Not Going As Expected Sky Sources


She added the government would be one that "consults and listens", but would "see Brexit through, working with parliament, business, the devolved administrations and others to ensure a smooth and orderly withdrawal". Both houses debate the content of the speech and agree a response to the Queen. The State Opening is one of Parliament's set-piece occasions, when the Queen outlines the government's legislative plans. Read More »

USA fighter jet shoots down pro-Syrian-regime drone


F-15E Strike Eagle at approximately 12:30 a.m. after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces ", according to a statement issued by Operation Inherent Resolve , the us -led coalition fighting ISIS . has supported. The US believes it has the right to occupy a part of Syria and demands that a de-confliction zone around the town of Tanf in southwest Syria where there is a coalition training base for forces fighting the Islamic State not be entered by Syrian ... Read More »

Former middle school teacher accused of raping student


Jarvis allegedly sodomized the boy in May 2016, when she was a social studies teacher at the Woodford County Middle School . Previously, she had worked at Woodford County Middle School - just outside of Lexington. "There are so many dots you have to connect before you can bring charges against a person", he said. But the married woman allegedly continued to sexual relationship with the boy while in her new role which she eventually resigned from following her arrest. Read More »

How it's done in France: Three ministers targeted in possible probes resign


Minister of Justice and MoDem leader Francois Bayrou chose to step down in order to fight allegations that his group misused European Parliament money to pay party assistants based in France . But Castaner also acknowledged that "it simplifies the situation" because the government will no longer be dogged by questions and criticism of Bayrou and his party. Read More »

Australia lifts suspension of airstrikes in Syria


Consequently, the Russian military halted cooperation with its US counterparts in the framework of the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria. "Following the Russian Ministry of Defence's announcement that it would cease deconfliction efforts with coalition aircraft operating in Syria, Australia implemented a temporary operational pause for air strike operations in Syria", the ADF said in a statement. Read More »