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Philippine troops evict Muslim rebel raiders from village

Five civilians who were used as human shields were missing, and soldiers were pursuing the assailants who had quickly retreated, military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla told reporters in Manila . He recently warned that Islamic State was determined to establish a presence in the southern Philippines and the country was at risk of "contamination". Read More »

EU citizens to register in post-Brexit UK residency scheme -Guardian


Talks on Britain leaving the European Union began Monday with both sides saying they will focus first on an orderly withdrawal: a deal for citizens living in each other's territory, border arrangements between Ireland and the United Kingdom and the amount that Britain will pay to get out of previous EU commitments. Read More »

May to unveil plans to 'protect' European Union citizens' rights after Brexit

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite joined in the pop lyrics fun by suggesting that even after Britain's "divorce", its European allies could still be counted on as friends. Reports in British newspapers this month said May would make a "big generous offer" . But the proposals are likely to meet resistance in Brussels , which has already published its own formal proposals which would guarantee the rights enjoyed under EU law to any European expat resident in the United Kingdom on the ... Read More »

GOP Medicaid cuts would hit states fighting opioid epidemic

On the downside, comprehensive health care legislation now being considered by Congress - the American Health Care Act - threatens the stability of our state's Medicaid program, which provides health insurance to about 273,000 people in ME and nationally covers three out of every 10 people who are addicted to opioids . Read More »

Qatar's Emir sends well wishes to Saudi's new crown prince

On Wednesday, more posts were granted to a younger generation of princelings who are thought to be loyal to the new crown prince. Unsafe regional conflicts are also a challenge, as Saudi Arabia and Iran compete for dominance in countries like Yemen, Saudi's southern neighbor, which has been devastated by a Saudi-led air campaign to quell an uprising that the Saudis say is backed by Iran. Read More »

Former Homeland Security chief says Russian cyberattacks didn't alter ballots


During his House appearance, Johnson expressed frustration at the DNC for failing to ask his department for help in better securing itself from cyberattacks prior to being hacked. When asked bluntly whether Trump believes Russian Federation interfered in the election at his daily press briefing Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer offered an wonderful non-answer: "I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing". Read More »

Senate Republicans to unveil health care bill today

The Senate would end the tax penalties Obama's law created for people not buying insurance and larger employers not offering coverage to workers. Facing uniform Democratic opposition, the Senate plan would fail if just three of the chamber's 52 Republicans defect. Read More »

Bahraini foreign minister to visit Ankara amid Qatar row


They have ordered Qatari citizens and diplomats out of their countries, cut all flights to Qatar and are looking for ways to bar global airlines from flying through their airspace to get to Qatar, which is slated to host to 2022 World Cup. But other officials in his administration sought to downplay that message and emphasize the need for regional cooperation. It's also the world's largest exporter of liquid natural gas. Read More »

Senators Slam Tillerson Plan for Cuts to State Department Budget


But within hours of Mr Tillerson's statement, both Israeli and Palestinian officials said he was wrong. Tillerson said he expected to have a plan for reorganizing the State Department at the end of 2017. However, he said, "I would urge.allowing the president the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the need in what is always an evolving diplomatic situation". Read More »

I did not record Comey conversations

That tweet appeared to come in response to a New York Times article that said that during a private dinner at the White House, Trump asked Comey for "loyalty". The most infamous White House recording system existed during President Richard Nixon's administration. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey declared at the hearing. Read More »

Trump on Jeh Johnson testimony


Jeh Johnson , who led the Homeland Security Department until the end of the Obama administration, told the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee his department had issued warnings about hacking into voter registration databases. Read More »

Trump says he didn't record his conversations with Comey

He said the president may have just been trying to scare Mr Comey after a New York Times report recounted the dinner between Mr Comey and Mr Trump in which the latter asked for loyalty. His instinct is: "'I'll outbluff you'". Destroying them would be a crime. Trump is expected to answer the tapes question this week. So there you have it. Read More »

Trump says he didn't tape Comey conversations


That tweet appeared to come in response to a New York Times article that said that during a private dinner at the White House, Trump asked Comey for "loyalty". A senior administration official said Thursday that it became clear Trump had to come clean on his lie about the Comey tapes before the Friday deadline set on him by Congress to hand over any recordings. Read More »

All eyes on Shiv Sena meeting over Kovind

He, however, added that they would extend their support only if the decision was taken for the development of the nation. "Hold them today if you will and Shiv Sena cadres would be fired up to fight", he said , referring to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis' statement that the BJP was ready for mid-term polls "if they were imposed". Read More »

READ HERE: Senate Republican Health Care draft bill

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who faces a competitive re-election race in 2018, says he has "serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid ". "We live in the wealthiest country on earth". The bill would bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. If he signs this bill, or the House bill, it will represent one of the biggest broken promises of his presidency. Read More »

Flammable cladding found in towers across the UK

He urged the government to make funds available immediately so councils can "carry out immediate fire safety checks and install sprinklers". The authority is seeking legal advice. He said: "These panels should have been tested before they went up, there is anger that corridors weren't cleared Wednesday last week". They are not fire fighters. Read More »

Joe Cunningham, Democratic House candidate, vows to vote against Pelosi

Other outside groups and Handel also focused on this theme. "CLF never deviated from the goal of defining Ossoff as a dishonest liberal". Joe Cunningham, an attorney challenging Rep. But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. "Karen Handel ran a relentlessly localized campaign that focused on that perspective". Read More »

New charges laid against former Ontario officer serving sentence for sex assault

In June of 2015, he was suspended with pay after the SIU laid a charge against him stemming from an incident that occurred that year. This is the second time von Seefried has faced sexual assault charges. The SIU - an arm's length agency that investigates reports of death, serious injury and sexual assault involving police - says it will make no further comment on the investigation, given that it is now before the courts. Read More »

Grenfell fire: Other tower blocks are also 'combustible', Theresa May admits

However, a spokesperson from the Department for Communities and Local Government denied involvement, saying, "The appointment of chief executives is entirely the responsibility of the local authority". Nicholas Holgate, Council chief of Kensington and Chelsea, stepped down on Wednesday after coming under fire for the borough's handling of the last week blaze. Read More »

Haryana fourth state with open defecation-free rural areas


Uttarakhand has 13 districts, 95 blocks, 7,256 gram panchayats and 15,751 villages while Haryana has 21 districts, 124 blocks, and 6,083 gram panchayats - all of which have declared themselves as ODF in formal declarations in Dehradun and Chandigarh , respectively. Read More »