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What are the key issues in the Brexit negotiations?

Michel Barnier warned that no progress had been made on the "extraordinarily complex" talks since Theresa May invoked Article 50 in March. "I can't negotiate by myself", he added. But before Remainers get swept up in their moment, and their ambitions swell, it's worth pondering what possibly might be on the table, and what might not, given the usual caveats about the unpredictability of what might come next. Read More »

Span To Air Congressional Baseball Game For Charity On Thursday


Two officers assigned to Scalise's security detail were wounded in the shootout. In a statement from the White House, President Trump said Hodgkinson died of his injuries. Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008. The office of Republican Rep. Mike Bost, whose district includes Belleville, said it had a record of 10 contacts with Hodgkinson between June 2016 and last month. Read More »

6 killed in massive London high-rise blaze

Some bodies have been removed from the smouldering remains of the building, which contains 120 flats thought to be home to between 400 and 600 people. All 24 floors of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington were swiftly engulfed, trapping residents in their homes and reportedly forcing some to jump to escape the flames. Read More »

After London fire, desperate pleas for missing residents

Over 200 firefighters and officers attended the scene with London Fire Brigade commissioner Dany Cotton labelling the incident as "unprecedented" and confirming the cause was still unknown. Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning tower, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved. The Fire Brigade issued a similar notice for another KCTMO-managed building, Hazelwood Tower. Read More »

San Francisco appeals court rules against Trump

The 9th Circuit panel yesterday removed the last remaining impediment for a more robust vetting procedure - should the administration actually have any idea what more it wants to do. The judges pointed to a June 5 tweet by Trump saying the executive order was aimed at "dangerous countries". "They don't need to psychoanalyze the president", he said. Read More »

Congressmen send thoughts, prayers to shooting victims

He was in stable condition Wednesday afternoon. Scalise, the Republican House Majority Whip from the New Orleans suburb of Jefferson, was shot at a ballpark where he and other Congressional practiced for the annual Republican Vs. "We didn't know if they were being chased". The New York Post obtained the video from the unidentified witness. "The only kind of weapon I had was a baseball bat", he said. Read More »

West Coast Governors plan to attend next UN Climate Change Conference


Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Brown was named by Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at a ceremony in Sacramento, state capital of California, on Tuesday. During his talks with Pacific Leaders on the sidelines of the UN Oceans Conference in NY, he updated them on Fiji's preparations for the COP 23 negotiations. Read More »

Failed gambit: United Kingdom polls put paid to May's hard Brexit

The prime minister was asked if the public could be certain her new Government could last five years with her as leader. May's authority over her party was shattered by the election result . It's looking like the Conservative Party will remain in power with a semi-stable working majority of 16: the Conservatives plus Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) seats, minus Sinn Fein and the Speaker. Read More »

Crowds gather for London fire vigil


Many residents banged on doors of sleeping neighbours and guided them to safety as the fire started to take hold of Grenfell tower, filling corridors with thick smoke, eyewitness said. Fire crews continued to tackle "pockets of fire" in the building. Those concerned about family and friends have been asked to go to a special rest centre, opened at the Salvation Army Offices on Portobello Road. Read More »

Australian Kirsty Boden has died


Ms Boden, a 28-year-old originally from a small town in South Australia, worked as a staff nurse at Guy's Hospital. Australian nurse Kirsty Boden died when she "ran towards danger" to help victims of the London Bridge atrocity. Everything she's just missed". "Hearing his painful sobs on the phone while he's alone trying to deal with this tears me apart". She called Sara three times that night but never got a reply. Read More »

Fire engulfs London tower block, at least six dead, 69 injured

The building was recently upgraded at a cost of 8.6 million pounds ($11 million), with work finishing in May 2016. One resident said the fire alarm did not go off - bolstering the arguments of a community group, which only months ago had warned of a potential catastrophe at the subsidized housing block. Read More »

Sessions: Trump Never Showed Interest in Russian Hacking


But if questions coming into Tuesday's hearing were, "How would Sessions respond to fired FBI Director James Comey's intimation that there was something else - something classified - about Sessions to be concerned about?" or "What more do we know about President Trump's role in firing Comey or putting pressure on officials to drop the Russian Federation investigation?" there wasn't much light shed on them. Read More »

Witness captures video of shooting where US congressman, four others wounded

President Trump also condemned the shooting and issued a call for unity. "I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of this morning's shootings ". "I'm still standing here in my baseball clothes to be honest with you so I don't know if it's fully sunk in yet", he said . The Capitol Hill police, Wenstrup said, would not have been there had Scalise not been a member of the House leadership. Read More »

Two die in mass food poisoning at Mosul camp for displaced

It quoted camp supervisor Rizgar Obed as saying that outside organisations had previously been banned from bringing in food, but the camp authorities had been forced "under great pressure" to change the regulations. Officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain have placed the Qatari organization on a list of terrorist entities and individuals, notes AP. Read More »

Trump may block Comey testimony before Senate

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday that President Trump was considering whether to invoke executive privilege to stop Comey's appearance. "I don't think it's appropriate for Trump to claim executive privilege after he's been writing and tweeting about his conversations with Comey". Read More »

US Attorney General Ignores Trump Questions, Accused of 'Stonewalling'

Namely, they were upset with his very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, which Sessions said was a "usurpation" of Justice Department authority. Russia Times , another Kremlin-owned news agency, called the FBI's investigation into Sessions' meetings with Kislyak as "attempts to attack" the ambassador. Read More »

Children dropped from windows in London high-rise blaze

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there were "genuine questions that people across the country who live in tower blocks will have". "I would like to assure residents that we carry out regular inspections of high-rise buildings in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and that our crews train at these locations to familiarise themselves with procedures". Read More »

Lone gunman shoots U.S. congressman at baseball practice

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake added that he saw a member of Scalise's security detail return fire on the gunman for what felt like 10 minutes, even though the police officer was wounded in the leg. The news of the shooting reverberated on Capitol Hill , where security was increased and regular proceedings were canceled or postponed. Asked about the Federal Bureau of Investigation statement at a press conference Wednesday, Rep. Read More »

EU says time pressing hard to start Brexit talks

May's Conservative party is still the largest party in Parliament, but no longer has enough seats to govern alone, after key seats fell to the Labour Party . May's Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn , once written off by his opponents as a no- hoper, said May should step down. Opposition party leaders were also quick to call for her resignation, including the Liberal Demo- crats' Tim Farron, who said: "We will now have a government that is weaker and less stable at a time when we are about to ... Read More »

Congressional Democrats sue Trump over foreign payments

The Democrats involved argue Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause by profiting from business deals involving foreign governments and continuing to do so without the consent of Congress . A statement released to the press Monday says they'll announce the suit at a news conference in Washington . That did not keep Feinstein's fellow Democrat and California's junior senator, Kamala Harris, from joining the lawsuit. Read More »