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South Korean leader observes missile test amid North's threats

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Chang Ung , a North Korean member of the International Olympic Committee and Do Jong-hwan, the new South Korean Sports Minister both came to Muju for the opening of the taekwondo championships. South Korea's presidential Blue House said Friday that plan to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) had been revised to bring forward the date of delivery and installation in the country's southeastern region. Read More »

Virginia mosque killing: Man charged in murder of teen, police say

Police did not say whether Martinez and the girl knew each other. Darwin Martinez Torres (22) was arrested and charged with murder following the incident, which officers described as one of " road rage ". "I want to stop the hating - hating for any reason", Hassanen said. More than 40 Muslim families live together in the quiet Cedar Ridge apartment complex. Read More »

Turkey and Russian Federation to deploy in Syria's Idlib: Erdogan spokesman

But Colonel Ryan Dillon , a spokesman for the US-led coalition, told reporters in a video call that "the deconfliction line is in use". Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim, reporting for the Turkish city of Gaziantep bordering Syria, said the move was a sign that Syrians are already looking ahead to a time that ISIL is no longer in control of Raqqa. Read More »

Hillary Clinton Calls Republicans "The Death Party", Slams Senate Healthcare Bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a vote before the Fourth of July recess, just after it gets a "score" or cost and impact assessment from the Congressional Budget Office. As premium costs rise, more healthy people drop out, which causes costs to rise even further. "There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", Heller said. Read More »

Amid sweltering heat, dozens of flights canceled in Phoenix

With sweltering temperatures in Phoenix today, American Airlines has canceled 43 flights at the city's Sky Harbor International Airport - just as broiling residents are likely wanting to get the heck out of Dodge. The carrier says that, for example, Airbus aircraft have a maximum operating temperature of 127 degrees and that for Boeing, it is 126 degrees. Bianca Hernandez, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , tells NPR that Phoenix is seeing an ... Read More »

GOP leaders: Obamacare-lite

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Those senators are Ted Cruz of Texas; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; Rand Paul of Kentucky; and Mike Lee of Utah. Mike Lee are now opposing the bill , stating that they might come around to supporting the same if a few changes are made to it, since their original agenda - repealing Obamacare - is not being fulfilled by the current draft of the bill. Read More »

'We are not winning in Afghanistan': Defense Secretary Mattis

John McCain , who expressed exasperation that the administration is being so slow to outline its strategy, remarking that it's "Not a helluva lot to ask". Pointing to Obama-era budget caps known as sequestration, Mr Mattis said limits on military spending have left troops at greater risk and blocked important new programmes - even though the defence budget is already greater than that of the next seven countries combined. Read More »

Cladding samples from 27 tower blocks fail safety tests

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No announcements have yet been made about whether families living in the newly identified blocks will also be forced to leave their homes. Portsmouth and Brent were named along with Camden, Manchester, Plymouth and Hounslow as local authorities with buildings that failed tests. Read More »

Trump seizes on GOP victory in Georgia to push agenda

The apparent effectiveness of that messaging suggested to some that the 77-year-old Californian could be a liability for Democrats as they aim to regain their majority. The frustrated Democrats met in Rice's office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes. Read More »

Syria hotline for USA and Russian Federation still in use

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US officials said it remained uncertain as to who was operating the drones - Whether it was Shiite militia fighters, Syrian officers or Iranian advisers. United States central command claimed the jet had dropped bombs near the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and had been shot down "in collective self-defense". Read More »

London tower blocks evacuated over fire concerns

The estates evacuated were found to have cladding similar to Grenfell Tower, which Scotland Yard confirmed as a factor for the fire spreading rapidly through the 24-storey building after a fridge-freezer burst in one of the flats. Carl McDowell, 31, said he took one look at the inflatable beds on the gym floor and went back to his Taplow apartment to sleep there overnight. He said officials knocked on residents' doors Friday night, two hours after he had heard about the evacuation on the news. Read More »

Kazakhstan doesn't negotiate on sending troops to Syria - Foreign Minister

Representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the General Staff of Kyrgyzstan told Interfax that they are not informed about the talks with Russian Federation on sending soldiers to Syria. The largest of the planned zones includes Idlib province, which neighbours Turkey, and adjoining districts of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia provinces. Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdyrakmanov said the oil-rich Central Asian country was "not negotiating with anybody" on sending soldiers to Syria to police ... Read More »

North Korea tests new rocket engine - US media

Most alarmingly for Washington , the North has pledged to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach mainland USA. Trump said there are so many options including military, so we should be ready for dialogue and militarily. Read More »

Leo Varadkar, Ireland's First Openly Gay Prime Minister, Officially Takes Office

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He replaces Enda Kenny , who resigned last month after six years in office. He will later meet President Michael D Higgins in Aras an Uachtarain to discuss his departure. Varadkar went up against housing minister Coveney in the leadership race, who bagged two-thirds of the party membership votes but lost out to the more popular candidate in the end. Read More »

Mithali Raj breaks all-time record of consecutive half-centuries

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Mithali Raj-led Team India has performed impressively in the recent past. No matter how much a woman achieves in life, the mountains she climbs or the glass ceilings she smashes and in cricketer Mithali Raj's case - fours and sixes - she is always asked what about the man in her life? Raj , whose first target is to make the semi-finals, is coming off a record-breaking six successive half centuries, and she would look to continue in same vein. Read More »

Russian, Saudi leaders discuss Qatar row in phone call

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Sponsored Content - Download our Executive Briefing to learn how agency and industry experts are hoping to reduce insider threats through good policy, technology and human analysts. The move has reportedly increased Iranian air traffic by 17 percent. Qatar, a tiny, oil-rich Gulf nation, is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but the embargo by its neighbors and fellow Sunni states has forced it to look elsewhere for revenue streams and transport links. Read More »

Australia to resume air combat missions over Syria

In an indirect reference to Iranian-backed forces that have been gathering in the eastern desert region, a US-led coalition statement cited a recent escalation of tensions and said it would not "tolerate any hostile intent and action of pro-regime forces". Read More »

SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

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South Korea successfully test-fired on Friday a new ballistic missile with a range far enough to hit any part of North Korea , as it seeks to counter the North's growing missile threat. South Korea on Friday conducted a missile test aimed at sending warning to North Korea's repeated provocations. The North Korean regime will closely follow the meeting to gauge Seoul and Washington's future course of action concerning Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear arsenal and missile development, he ... Read More »

PM Narendra Modi holds talks with Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa

He stressed that science is going to be one of the most important areas for cooperation between the two nations in the future. "We will deliberate on means to intensify our cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other global issues of mutual interest", Modi said, adding that he was keen to interact with the Indian community in Portugal. Read More »

North Korea 'tests rocket engine for ICBM'

South Korean President Moon Jae-in gives a congratulatory speech during the opening ceremony of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Taekwondo Championships at T1 Arena in Taekwondowon in Muju, North Jeolla Province, on June 24, 2017. Read More »

Demands by Arab states not realistic

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Additionally, the nations also demanded that Qatar hand over all individuals who are wanted for terrorism and stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups. Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash made the accusation on Twitter on Friday. The demands confirm that "the crisis is profound", Gargash added. Read More »

May unveils new Cabinet, appoints Damian Green as 'deputy'

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Despite Mr Gove's claims to have been "surprised and delighted" at his appointment, friends said there had been intense negotiations with intermediaries throughout Friday and Saturday over his... The Prime Minister's decision to include Gove in her Cabinet is self-serving: drafting in a Brexiteer to defend the hard and dirty Brexit the public rejected last week. Read More »

Chaos as hundreds forced to evacuate from London tower blocks

Ten days after an inferno swept through Grenfell Tower in west London , leaving the apartment block a blackened shell and claiming the lives of at least 79 people, a shadow hangs over Britain. Asked when it will be safe for Chalcots residents to return to their homes, the council spokesperson said there is " no timescale " at the moment. I'm at a loss as to why Theresa May has not convened (emergency committee) Cobra today to get emergency arrangements led by central government to ... Read More »

IndyCar's Mikhail Aleshin finally arrives at Road America

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Wickens drove in both free practice sessions at Road America on Friday and finished both in twentieth position, with the Canadian driving a single seater competitively for the first time since 2011. "No further comments about Aleshin's immigration status will be given at this time". Due to immigration problems, he has been prevented from travelling back to the United States and will miss Friday's track activity. Read More »