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Bomb blasts kill civilians in Baghdad, Islamic State suspected


According to AFP, a police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said the explosion ripped through a market in northeastern Baghdad leaving "11 dead and 26 wounded". Many nearby shops and stalls were destroyed and several civilian cars were damaged by the blast, reports said. The attack was committed a day after two auto bombs exploded in southern Baghdad, leaving five people dead and six others injured. Read More »

Oil, Gas Prices To Increase Across the Country Due To Hurricane Harvey


In 2008, Hurricane Ike's hit on the U.S. Gulf ended up translating into an average 12-cent spike at the pumps north of the border, McTeague says. Oil refineries are prominent throughout the coast of Texas; the storm has caused at least 10 refineries in Houston and Corpus Christi to shut down, including Exxon Mobil 's Baytown refinery. Read More »

Massachusetts-Based FEMA Team Prepares for Hurricane Harvey


I usually advise people to avoid reflective giving to the American Red Cross as it has contracts with all levels of government to provide disaster services and does not typically make good use of private funds as we saw after Katrina, 9/11, and the Haiti quake. Read More »

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Bucks, but Could It Backfire?


Mexico has already said it won't pay for the wall despite Mr Trump's assertion that the USA would fund it initially, and that it would be repaid by its neighbour. "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall ", Trump said. The border wall is a priority for the president. Mr Ryan said Congress would need to approve a short-term extension, or continuing resolution, of current funding levels so the Senate could have more time to pass a full spending bill. Read More »

Vehicle bombing at busy Baghdad market kills 9 people


An Agence France Presse journalist saw fierce clashes pitting Iraqi government forces and allied militia against ISIS militants in the town of Al-Ayadieh 15 kilometers north of Tal Afar. The explosives-laden vehicle went off at the wholesale Jamila market in Baghdad's district of Sadr City, a police officer said. As Iraqi forces seized Tal Afar from the extremists, district by district, they would remove ISIL's black flags and hang them upside-down before taking "victory selfies". Read More »

Coast Guard trying to rescue 3 tugboat crews


The evacuations shut-in an estimated 21.64% of Gulf oil production, and about 25.71% of natural gas production. Video shot by the Coast Guard showed rescuers pulling people in life jackets from the water near the Signet Enterprise as it took on water and appeared to be sinking. Read More »

It's Brexit, Jim, But Not As We Know It — Labour's EU Policy


Responding to Sir Keir's announcement, Labour peer and former minister Lord Adonis said on Twitter: "Chances of staying in the European Union just rose to almost 50%". She referred to a United Kingdom position paper on Northern Ireland , published 21 August , in which the United Kingdom said the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland should be "as seamless and frictionless as possible". Read More »

Wall Street declines on Trump's government shutdown warning


Trump promised repeatedly during his run for the White House that Mexico would pay for the wall , but America's neighbor to the south has rejected the idea. It can pass a short-term spending bill that funds the government through December to provide more time to come to an agreement. "I think times are changing". Read More »

For one night only: Hillary Clinton to come to Milwaukee


What you'll see will be her story - Live. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet-the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. The president held a large rally in Green Bay, after scheduling and cancelling two previous speaking arrangements. As you may know the Clintons family has been vacationing in Quebec for the last few weeks. Read More »

Kim Kardashian West gives update on Caitlyn Jenner relationship


Reality TV star Kim Kardashian says she wants to do a nude photoshoot to show off her post-baby body. To accompany the images, the Selfish author also did an interview with Janet Mock , opening up about her harrowing Paris robbery , the nature of celebrity, and (coincidentally enough given Taylor Swift's latest album announcement ) her reputation. Read More »

Five climbers killed, one injured in Austrian mountain accident


Only one survived, and was flown to hospital in Salzburg, about 80km (50 miles) away. Two other climbers were seriously injured, including a 14-year-old boy who is being treated in Trento hospital. The victims or their nationalities have not yet been identified. The two climbers had been with a group of nine mountaineers, believed to be two families, who had all been roped together. Read More »

North Korea launches more missiles, revealing new threat


Britain has been warned by North Korea it faces a "miserable end" if United Kingdom troops take part in military exercises alongside those from South Korea and the U.S. Merkley outlined a number of steps that China could take to increase the pressure on North Korea without threatening the regime's collapse, which China rejects. Read More »

German killer nurse suspected of killing 84


The death toll "is unique in the history of the German republic", said the chief police investigator in the case Arne Schmidt, adding that Hoegel killed "without a discernible pattern" and preyed especially on those in critical condition. "The findings continue to breach any imagination", said Oldenburg police chief Johann Kuhme. He worked at a clinic in Delmenhorst, an urban district in Lower Saxony, at the time, ITV reported . Read More »

ACLU Sues Trump Over 'Appalling' and 'Bigoted' Transgender Ban


Filed Monday morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the national ACLU and its Maryland chapter are representing five current members of the Armed Forces. The ban was widely seen as an appeal by Mr Trump, a Republican, to his conservative political base. That was the conclusion of a RAND Corporation study that investigated the matter for the Obama administration, according to the ACLU. Read More »

North Korea fires several missiles into East Sea


However, Japan's top government spokesman says there is no direct threat to Japan following North Korea's latest test-launch of three short-range missiles. Tillerson noted that the worldwide community sent a clear message to Pyongyang with its unanimous, 15-0 approval of a resolution imposing the most stringent sanctions ever to be imposed on North Korea . Read More »

Remains of sailor from CT recovered from USS John S. McCain


A 22-year-old soldier from New Jersey was pronounced dead three days into a search for missing sailors aboard the wrecked USS John McCain . An worldwide search-and-rescue operation involving aircraft, divers and vessels from the US, Singapore , Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia is looking for the 10 missing sailors. Read More »

United States revises assessment of N. Korea launch

The US Pacific Command detected and tracked three short-range ballistic missile launches, according to a spokesman, Commander Dave Benham . Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this week credited the North with showing restraint by not launching a missile since the late July ICBM test. Read More »

Red Cross Says Hurricane Harvey Could Rival Sandy or Katrina


The team includes 76 Phoenix Fire Urban Search and Rescue Team members, a human remains dog and handler, two civilian physicians and two structural engineers. Watt posted a video on his Twitter account requesting donations big and small to help out the state in which he now plays for the Houston Texans . "We're hoping for the best for everybody", Loesch said. Read More »

Germany's Angela Merkel: 'Refugees must be distributed fairly'

It's a chance for the chancellor to play up her role as Europe's longest-serving leader as she seeks a fourth term on Sept 24 after 12 years in office. Merkel told the German newspaper Bild last week that big bonuses to the vehicle industry were unfair and that she was angered at the manufacturers' exploitation of law loopholes. Read More »

Governor requests federal emergency declaration for southwest Louisiana parishes


Winds southeast at 7-14 miles per hour. Houston and other parts of Texas have also been devastated by the storm. In regards to what is now Tropical Storm Harvey , models are finally in some sort of agreement with Harvey's track. In a series of tweets on Saturday, the President said he is monitoring the storm from Camp David, and he is leaving nothing to chance. Additional strengthening isn't likely, but tropical storm force winds, which are already being felt today in coastal ... Read More »

Trump could lift ban on military equipment for U.S. police


The Trump Administration is prepared to lift an Obama-era ban on re-purposing military equipment from the battlefield for community policing, according to USA Today . The Justice Department declined to comment on the expected move. It was decided the prohibited equipment will not be distributed to the agencies and the controlled equipment can only be made available for a demonstrated need. Read More »

Guatemala court blocks expulsion of United Nations anti-graft chief


Morales has strenuously denied any wrongdoing, and rumors swirled last week that Morales' visit to United Nations headquarters in NY was to get rid of the commission's head, Ivan Velasquez. Nauert said that the commission should be able to work "free from interference by the Guatemalan government" and added that the US State Department would be monitoring the situation. Read More »

North Korea fires short-range missiles from East Coast

The missile launch come during a joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea . Pyongyang has recently faced a wave of worldwide sanctions over its test-firing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month that apparently brought most of the United States into range for the first time. Read More »