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South Korea investigating North Korea rocket engine test

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A South Korean official revealed that a North Korean spy drone had been caught photographing the THAAD system. The United States assessed that the test, the latest in a series of engine and missile tests this year, could be for the smallest stage of an ICBM rocket engine, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Read More »

USA states targeted by Russian hackers during 2016 election

Johnson said he was "not in a position to agree or disagree with that" because he didn't "have access anymore to intelligence over the last five months". During Senate testimony, Lankford displayed a large screenshot of a phishing email allegedly used by Russian hackers to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee. Read More »

Five London tower blocks evacuated due to fire safety concerns

On Friday, Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said the council is "absolutely determined to ensure that our residents are safe". "Together we decided that the Taplow block needs to be temporarily decanted while we undertake urgent fire safety works so that residents can be fully assured of their safety". Read More »

Extremists destroy iconic al-Nuri mosque

The U.S. -led global coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq has not carried out strikes in the area where the historic mosque of Mosul is located, its spokesman said on Wednesday. Iraqi forces, supported by the United States, for months have been trying to take back the city from ISIS. The mosque was located in the Old City area where remaining ISIS fighters are making a final stand with an estimated 100,000 civilians being used as human shields. Read More »

Will Senate GOP healthcare bill get enough votes?

Now comes his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that could be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP. Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing detained USA student Otto Warmbier

Its official news agency, KCNA, quoted a government source as saying: 'Our relevant agencies treat all criminals in accordance with domestic laws and global standards and Warmbier was not an exception'. Kenneth Bae, another American held for two years in North Korea, told CNN he thinks its possible that Otto Warmbier was tortured. The South Korean president, a strong ally of the US, said that the North is heavily responsible for Warmbier's death. Read More »

U.S. military says crisis communications link with Russian Federation 'in use'

Russian Federation launched its military intervention in Syria in September 2015 after an official request by the Syrian government for military help against rebel and jihadist groups. The White House said on Monday that coalition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria would retain the right to self-defense, and said the United States would work to keep lines of communication open with Russian Federation. Read More »

Nitish sticks to stand on Kovind, attacks Cong for fielding Meira

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Kovind, 71, filed the papers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi , BJP President Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of states ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies as well as parties backing him. With the backing of non-NDA parties, including the TRS (2 percent), AIADMK (5.39 percent), YSR Congress (1.53 percent) and BJD (2.99 percent), the NDA's support will cross the half-way mark comfortably to reach almost 63 percent, with JD-U contributing 1.91 percent. Read More »

Car Bomb Targets Afghan Bank, 29 Reported Killed

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At least 50 wounded people were rushed to hospital, government spokesman Omar Zwak told AFP, with another official warning of multiple fatalities. The bombing was followed by gunfire at the bank, said Mohammad Karim Atal, a provincial council member. Read More »

For London Tower Fire Victims

For me in my position and to not do something would be appalling. I went to the block just to chill with the kids. We will record it hopefully Sunday at the latest Monday. "I got calls from David Joseph and Max Lousada at Warners", he said. Speaking about the heartbreaking incident Simon said: "I was watching the news and then I drove up to see the building which is around the corner". Read More »

A Lesson for Democrats From Jon Ossoff's Big Loss

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As the debate about Georgia's race raged on social media Tuesday night, some observers noted that Democrats won the first seven special elections under Obama, only to lose dozens of House seats in the 2010 midterms. He said Democrats need to work to rebrand themselves and focus more on developing a clear economic message, without losing sight of the party's historic emphasis on social issues. Read More »

Paris Police Targeted Again In Suspected Terror Attack

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Police took down an armed man after a auto intentionally rammed into a police van Monday on the iconic Champs-Elysees in central Paris , authorities said. Police and security forces have been repeatedly attacked by extremists in France. "This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command", said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu. Read More »

North Korea Tests Rocket Engine, Possibly for ICBM, US Officials Say

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Engine tests have been a particular concern for observers of North Korea , as the engine previously employed in missiles, the Musudan, had a awful track record and several recorded failures. Kye, undoubtedly prepped by Pyongyang, seemed intent on driving a wedge between the USA - which prioritizes denuclearization of North Korea - and South Korea, whose new president appears to favor direct North-South dialogue. Read More »

Dubai Marina's Water Likely Changed By Construction Site

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The Municipality said in a statement that initial investigation showed that the change in the colour is due to Bentonite, which reached the water canal through the water drainage system. He explained that it's probably a substance used to strengthen weak soil. Dubai Municipality further said that it has collected water samples and analysed them to identify the reason for the contamination of the water and the change in the colour. Read More »

Finsbury Park attack victim named

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The Right Reverend Toby Howarth, who is heavily involved with interfaith relations, visited friends at the Finsbury Park Mosque and nearby Muslim Welfare House yesterday to learn about the effect the incident had had on the local community. Read More »

Nancy Pelosi is beside the point

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The CBC includes roughly 40 House Democrats , many in senior leadership and committee positions, including Pelosi allies. Pelosi also has a long history of holding her party together through hard votes - enabling former President Barack Obama to shepherd into law a series of Democratic-backed measures in 2009 and 2010 and later forcing Republicans to grapple with the politically damaging divisions within their own ranks. Read More »

Disability advocates, many in wheelchairs, arrested during protest at McConnell's office

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The protesters rely on Medicaid to help them live and she says the health bill amounts to "tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of people with disabilities", Barkoff said. - Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) June 22, 2017 " No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty". Officer wheeling her would not answer. Halvorson and 60 other people from ADAPT , a national disability rights organization, made up most of the protesters Thursday morning. Read More »

Mourners remember USA student held prisoner by North Korea

Some waved American flags while others held up signs with supportive messages as the funeral procession passed by. Blue and white ribbons, the colors of Wyoming High School, were tied to the fence there. "He was going to set the world on fire, which is why this loss is so profound", Cynthia Meis said . As a hearse carried Warmbier's coffin away, some mourners held up their fingers in the shape of a "W", for his name, according to AP. Read More »

Britain's Prince Philip released from hospital

Prince Philip has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of an infection and will not be able to attend the queen's speech, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. Prince Philip is in remarkably good health for his age, but not surprisingly he has had to visit hospital numerous times in the past. Prince Philip has spent much of his life in good health, but he was treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and the bladder infection the following year. Read More »

Manslaughter charge laid after fatal fight in Regina

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The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Jessie Brandon Moneybird. Shortly after, Sylas Moneybird allegedly assaulted and robbed a female. Sylas James Moneybird, 20, of Regina is charged with manslaughter and robbery with violence. Read More »

U.S. shoots down 'pro-Syrian' drone made by Iran

The United States targeted the plane after it dropped bombs near American-backed fighters battling Islamic State. 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 »

Eboni Williams: Democrats Are 'Delusional' If They Stick With Pelosi

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Filemon Vela, a Texas Democrat, told Politico . Karen Handel's victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff was not an endorsement of the president. But Pelosi maintained that familiar GOP strategy only proves she is an asset. "We know that the Republican Party, certainly the tax cuts that the Trump administration has promised, is going to benefit that community", she added, "so I don't think we should be so surprised that they voted in their best interest". Read More »

Israel Starts Work on New Settlement Regardless of US Peace Efforts

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Trump has asked Israel to show "restraint" in its settlement construction. This month marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Mideast war - a seminal event in which Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov made the assessment in his second quarterly report to the 15-member council on the implementation of a December 23 resolution adopted with 14 votes in favour and a USA abstention. Read More »