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Iran says missile strike targeting ISIS was warning to US, Saudis

The attacks have showcased the depth of Iran's military presence in Syria: Iranian drones launched from areas around Damascus allowed Revolutionary Guard commanders to assess the damage done by the missiles in real-time. A long-range Iranian missile is test-fired in December 2016. The advance brought the Bir Qassab area under the control of government forces, it said, quoting a military source . Read More »

Flash flood warning for Jefferson, St. Charles parishes

Downgraded to a tropical depression, Cindy weakened as it crossed Louisiana toward Arkansas but a broad circulation around the system swept moist Gulf air over the South, fueling severe weather and pushing up coastal tides. Some other drivers, though, were pulling over and not attempting to navigate the flooded roads in the area. Cindy or its remnants are forecast to move into Arkansas early Friday, then into Tennessee. Read More »

Feds offered cybersecurity help in 2016 election, but states resisted

That led Trump to ask in two more Twitter comments, "Why did Democratic National Committee turn down the DHS offer to protect against hacks (long prior to election)". Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III also is investigating whether any of President Donald Trump's current or former associates colluded with the Russian effort. Read More »

Navalny Supporters Holding Anticorruption Protests Across Russia

Navalny , in court in Moscow , on Monday night accused the judge of helping the police write the justification for his arrest, reports CNN. Navalny, Russia's most prominent anti-Kremlin opposition leader announced his bid for the 2018 presidency back in December, and was one of the dozens of people arrested in the latest string of anti-Kremlin protests to take place in Moscow on the country's national holiday. Read More »

North Korea: US, China agree to halt NOKO's nuclear testing, Tillerson says

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Mr Jong-un's officials have denied he was tortured and on Friday, the day after his funeral, claimed North Korea was the "biggest victim" of the tragedy and was "insulted" by an global smear campaign. He says, "We must step up our efforts to curtail these sources of revenue". A senior official at the Blue House said that Kye's remarks "cannot be regarded as North Korea's official position", though it does consider it necessary to figure out the North's exact intentions. Read More »

North Korea tests new missile engine

The news of another rocket engine test by Pyongyang comes as an USA official said on Wednesday there were signs of increased activity at North Korea's lone nuclear test site. North Korea and the United States have been embroiled in a war of words in recent weeks. Tensions between the United States and North Korea spiked once again last week when American student Otto Warmbier , who was serving a hard labour sentence in Pyongyang for allegedly stealing a propaganda sign, died ... Read More »

Seven US soldiers wounded in insider attack at Afghan base

The head of the police hospital, Dr Shir Mohammad, confirmed the five fatalities. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Asked about the report , a Pentagon spokesman said, "No decisions have been made". The Taliban stormed a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday after striking it with two suicide vehicle bombs, killing several police officers, officials said. Read More »

Finding solution to Korea crisis everyone's responsibility: China

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The security talks between USA and Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs are occurring amid outrage in Washington over the death of Otto Warmbier days after the American student was released from imprisonment in North Korea in a coma. Read More »

Saudi, allies list demands to end Qatar blockade

Kuwait has handed Qatar a list of demands by the UAE, Saudi Arabia , Bahrain and Egypt , the Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera reported earlier Friday. "The base in Qatar is both a Turkish base and one that will preserve the security of Qatar and the region", Defence Minister Fikri Işık told broadcaster NTV. Read More »

Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic

When asked about a list of demands placed on Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as the price for lifting an nearly three-week "blockade" on Qatar , press secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment directly. The US Secretary of State has urged a diplomatic solution, and Washington has been pushing for a clear list of grievances that are "reasonable and actionable". Read More »

May's Brexit offer 'the minimum'

The European Union has made the rights of an estimated three million Europeans living in Britain a priority; their futures have been thrown into doubt by its shock vote previous year to leave the 28-nation bloc. While the proposal will go a long way towards meeting what European Union leaders wanted for their citizens, they are likely to object to Mrs May's insistence that questions over their rights should be adjudicated in British courts. Read More »

GOP's special-election sweep bodes well for Trump agenda

Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by around 5 percentage points in the suburban Atlanta district previously represented by Tom Price, now the Health and Human Services secretary. The response from some: It better be. Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race. Read More »

Five hurt as auto strikes pedestrians outside Newcastle sports centre

Video taken in the aftermath of the crash shows people in hi-vis jackets running towards the scene as police sirens wail in the background. The auto is said to have possibly stuck up to seven people, including children, during a gathering outside Westgate Community College for Eid to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Read More »

UAE sees 'parting of ways' if Qatar does not accept Arab demands

The country's foreign minister characterized the conditions as unreasonable and unactionable. The demands of the blockading countries confirm what Qatar has been saying from the beginning - they have nothing to do with combating terrorism, but it is about limiting Qatar's sovereignty, and outsourcing its foreign policy, a senior government official has said. Read More »

EJ Dionne Jr.: Georgia provides lessons to Democrats

Pelosi's long period at the House Democrat helm has also made her a subject of GOP attack ads aimed at galvanizing Republican voters. But in the end Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a race to replace the vacancy left by President Trump's Health and Human Services appointee Tom Price . Read More »

United Kingdom parliament under cyber-attack

To protect member and staff accounts and "secure our network", the statement added, "we have temporarily restricted remote access to the network". Users of the Westminster system have been unable to access their accounts remotely due to defensive measures put in place by parliamentary authorities to deal with the hack. Read More »

John Huerta: Democratic Party is plagued with problems

A Handel ad portrayed Ossoff - who ran on a decidedly moderate message - as a San Francisco-style liberal aligned with " Nancy Pelosi and outsiders who just don't share our priorities". Heading into Tuesday, Democrats were prepared to bask in their self-righteous glory and proclaim an outright victory in the wake of President Trump's political decline. Read More »

Otto Warmbier's Tour Group Blames Him For What Happened

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Warmbier's release coincided with former basketball star Dennis Rodman's latest visit to North Korea, though U.S. national security spokesman Michael Anton denied there was a connection between the two. "To see a young man go over there healthy and, (after) a minor act of mischief, come home dead basically. this goes beyond any kind of understanding of law and order, of humanity, of responsibility toward any human being", he said. Read More »

NKorea Denies Torturing US Student, Calls Death a Mystery

North Korea reportedly told a US official that Warmbier contracted botulism and slipped intothe coma after taking a sleeping pill - they claimed to have released the student on "humanitarian grounds". No media were allowed inside the Wyoming high school gym, but Warmbier's parents released some photos. He was traveling in North Korea with a tour group and was arrested at Pyongyang airport as he was about to leave. Read More »

Donald Trump says tapes bluff 'wasn't stupid' and kept James Comey 'honest'

If Comey was telling the truth, it's bad news for Trump. Never one for deep reflection, Donald Trump missed the signs of Comey's true character and deemed him a "showboat". Trump appeared to leave open the possibility that recordings of their conversations exist, saying only that he did not create and is not in possession of any such tapes. Read More »

Demands to Qatar: Close Al Jazeera, reduce Iran ties

The four countries have given Doha just 10 days to meet the demands, and say that the list will become void if it fails to do so. The demands also call on Qatar to stop giving citizenship to wanted nationals from the four countries and revoke it for existing nationals from those countries where it violates their laws. Read More »