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So, let's talk Brexit


Barnier made clear on Tuesday that while there must be a first phase that excludes trade discussions, he does hope that four weeks of monthly negotiating sessions can get him to the point where he can ask European Union leaders in October to let him move on and discuss how the two sides can keep commerce open from 2019. Read More »

Philippines says Islamist militants withdraw from school, no casualties


Padilla said troops have cordoned off the school because the militants had planted improvised explosive devices around the area. "I got a report that the attackers occupied an elementary school but it's not sure whether people were trapped in the fighting or were taken hostage", said Mamon, the police chief of Pigkawayan town, where Malagakit is located. Read More »

Mourners Remember Otto Warmbier At Hometown Funeral

The China-based travel agency that organized a trip to North Korea for an American college student who died after being released in a coma from North Korean detention said it would no longer take USA citizens to the country. Sen. South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for the death of a 22-year-old USA college student it detained for almost a year and a half. Read More »

Darjeeling: All-party meet flops, Bengal govt turns heat on Gorkhaland agitators


The party has demanded a CBI probe into the deaths saying it was being targeted by the state government. "Everybody wants peace. But peace will not return if one adopts a confrontationist attitude". Reacting to the FIRs lodged against Gurung and company, senior Morcha leader Benoy Tamang said "the victims are being charged with cases and not the perpetrators of crime". Read More »

Mayor Landrieu Issues Statement on Senate GOP Health Care Bill

Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte: "I look forward to studying this bill and receiving input from Montanans on its impact". "I am very supportive of the Senate #Healthcarebill". "Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle-class and Americans deserve better than the failing status quo". Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement Thursday afternoon. Read More »

Islamic militants occupy Philippine school, take hostages


Two other BIFF groups looted houses and took farm animals left by barrio folk who fled in haste when gunshots and explosions reverberated through their villages. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of more attacks because of the IS inroads in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Philippine troops, backed by airstrikes, have been fighting street battles to wrest back control of four areas in the city's business district. Read More »

Iran Has Drone Base Near US Troops in Syria


F-15E Strike Eagle at approximately 12:30 a.m. after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces", according to the statement . "Over the last four weeks, the US has conducted three air strikes on pro-regime forces backed by Iran that have moved into a deconfliction zone around the town of Tanf in southwestern Syria, where there is a coalition training base for local forces fighting ISIS". Read More »

Senate Airs Obamacare Repeal 'Draft'

U.S. Capitol Police are arresting dozens of people who are protesting cuts to Medicaid in the Senate Republicans' health care bill. A Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found almost 60 percent of adults believed the House bill would make insurance costlier for low-income Americans and people with pre-existing conditions. Read More »

How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'

Subsidies under the bill would help middle-income consumers buy insurance that pays 58 percent of the average patient's medical costs, down from 70 percent under Obamacare; it would also remove a different type of subsidy created to lower deductibles further for Americans earning less than about $30,000 a year. Read More »

Rep. Steve Scalise upgraded to 'fair' condition after shooting


He was airlifted to the trauma center and nearly immediately underwent surgery to try to stop the bleeding. Before that, he had been in critical condition since he was brought to the hospital in shock after the shooting. The hospital reported Scalise was conscious and talking to loved ones. Scalise, the House majority whip, was one of five people injured in the altercation, and the shooter, James T. Read More »

U.S. jet shoots down Iranian drone over Syria


The threat was seen as retaliation for the US downing of a Syrian air force jet, as tensions in the region rose. The Australian Defence Force said it had been "a precautionary measure to allow the coalition to assess the operational risk". Read More »

US confirms killing of a top IS group cleric in Syria


The row prompted the Australian government to announce that it would "temporarily" halt its airstrikes in Syria. The White House responded by saying it retains the right to defend itself and coalition-allied forces fighting the so-called Islamic State in Syria. Read More »

U.S. shoots down drone on Syria-Iraq border


The U.S. has established a 55-kilometer de-confliction zone around the base , and warned that any craft entering it may be intercepted. US anti-ISIS strategy in Syria relies on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group largely composed of Kurdish fighters. Read More »

Brexit could be reversed, says European Union president Donald Tusk


Britain stunned the European Union when it voted to end its four-decade membership of the 28-nation bloc in a referendum a year ago on Friday. May set out what she said was a "fair and serious" offer on protecting the rights of an estimated three million Europeans living in Britain, whose futures have been thrown into doubt by its shock vote a year ago to leave the 28-nation bloc. Read More »

Rep. Steve Scalise's Condition Upgraded To 'Fair' After Baseball Field Shooting


Scalise was injured in a shooting last Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. "The round fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels". Hodgkinson 66, who was from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, died after being shot by police. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman, who turned out to be an unemployed home inspector with a deep animus toward President Donald Trump and other Republicans. Read More »

Trump introduces restrictions for Cuba


Dr. Geoffroy de Laforcade, a Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at Norfolk State University, is among supporters of the Obama policies. Ward said her organization has been striving to convince the Cuban government to import rice, a mainstay of the Cuban diet. It is controlled by a military-affiliated company. Read More »

Merkel says United Kingdom offer on European Union citizens 'a good start'

Red tape for permanent residency would be cut there would be a two-year grace period to avoid "cliff edge" misfortunes. BRUSSELS (AP ) — If European Union chief Donald Tusk is still "a dreamer" about Britain having second thoughts on leaving the EU, some other EU leaders at a summit Thursday tried to dash his hopes. Read More »

Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

They are also demanding that Qatar hand over all individuals who are wanted by those four countries for terrorism; stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by the US; and provide detailed information about opposition figures that Qatar has funded, ostensibly in Saudi Arabia and the other nations. Read More »

Texas Mom was on Facebook Messenger as 6-month-old daughter died


She said that she was only gone for about a minute but after examining her phone, authorities realised that she had been on Facebook, in another room, for 18 minutes while the water in the tub kept filling. Stuckey's three other children with her boyfriend - twin sisters Alex and Leigha, four, and Paul Jr, two - have all been removed from the family home and placed in foster care. Read More »

Who abandoned this dying dog in the rain outside Calgary Humane Society?


CCTV footage shows the dog was abandoned around 10 p.m. The dog, that was suffering from renal failure and had a large open mass on its hind end, was left to spend the entire night outside in the rain. "This was a truly cowardly act", said Brad Nichols, manager of animal cruelty investigation at CHS, in a press release. The society said it wants to find the owner to hold him or her responsible, and that he or she could face charges, such as allowing an animal to be in distress or ... Read More »

Long lines for Otto Warmbier farewell

The Hamilton County coroner is still trying to determine the manner and cause of his death Monday, less than a week after his return. US President Donald Trump has called North Korea a "brutal regime" after the death of the student who had been jailed there for more than 15 months. Read More »