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North Korea ‘begins dismantling’ rocket test site | #TheCube

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The apparent dismantling of the Sohae test site comes amid rising questions over North Korea's willingness to stick to the pledges made at the 12 June summit. "As we have stated before, we are committed to building a peace mechanism with the goal of replacing the Armistice agreement when North Korea has denuclearized", the official added. Read More »

Turkey: Israel seeks to legalize occupation

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Israel's parliament has passed a controversial law characterising the country as principally a Jewish state. The law, which has near-constitutional power as part of the series of Basic Laws that inform and direct Israel's legislative and judicial branches, defines Israel as the national homeland for the Jewish people and states that "the realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to Jewish people". Read More »

Trump plans $121 billion emergency aid to farmers hit by retaliatory tariffs

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Later this week, Trump will visit Iowa and IL, two other farm-belt states, as he seeks to shore up support for Republican candidates in those regions. Lawmakers from several States have been writing to Trump administration not to enter into a trade war with countries like China because of this. The president has said trade will be central to that discussion. Read More »

Heat wave set to bake the county

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In Burnet, the mercury rose to 110 degrees, matching an all-time high set on August 28, 2011. The old daily record for July 23 was set in 2014 at 114 degrees. Still, it was so hot in Las Cruces on Monday morning that afternoon school bus service was canceled. Hot temperatures are especially risky for the young and elderly, who are susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Read More »

‘Troublemaker’ Trump pursues ‘ignorant diplomacy’ - Iran hits back at US

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Pompeo, adding that Washington wants all countries to reduce their imports of Iranian oil to "as close to zero as possible" by November 4, or face American sanctions . president "the words of a troublemaker". "Trump's statements against Iran are psychological warfare". He said Iran could well go to war to protect its oil exports , the foundation of its economy. Read More »

North Korea's provocation level has dimmed, US Commander says

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Analysts in the United States said the photographs showed the removal of a test stand used to trial liquid fuel engines at the Sohae satellite launching station . "Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy", Trump wrote earlier Monday. But the Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough. Read More »

Trump warns Iran to 'never, ever threaten' US or suffer consequences

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Iran's state-owned news agency has dismissed President Donald Trump's warning tweet, issued all in capital letters, to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani , describing it as a " passive reaction " to Rouhani's remarks. "We weren't afraid to tackle the regime at its highest level", Pompeo said in a speech to the Iranian diaspora in California, referring to sanctions levelled in January against Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran's judiciary, for human rights violations. Read More »

Donald Trump issues shocking threat to Iranian leader

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He added that the "regime in Iran has been a nightmare for the Iranian people". One high-ranking Iranian officer claimed Trump's overnight outburst was nothing but "psychological warfare", according to state TV. #Pompeo to give a speech in California to "support the Iranian people" on Sunday but is yet to answer this most basic Q: If he/Trump, care about Iranian people why did they ban them from entering US? "Regime leaders.must be made to feel painful consequences of their ... Read More »

Nine Injured in Shooting in Toronto

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Police also said a young girl is in critical condition. Chief Mark Saunders and @JohnTory providing an update on #Danforth shooting. "Conditions of victims not known yet". BREAKING: Multiple people shot on Danforth Av in Greektown. Journalist, Jeremy Cohn, posted footage from the scene, saying that "victims are spread across many blocks". Read More »

US Urges UN to Keep Tough Economic Sanctions on North Korea

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U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader met for the first time in Singapore last month and Pompeo followed up with inconclusive talks with North Korea this month. Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, said that Pompeo confirmed the U.S. "Given that the South Korean government also has an obligation to carry out what was agreed upon in the Panmunjom Declaration, it should not sit idle on the issue of declaring an end to the war", said Uriminzokkiri, the ... Read More »

Israel fires tank shell at Hamas post after suspects cross Gaza border

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The Israeli military has launched strikes into Gaza , killing four Palestinians and wounding hundreds, in retaliation for Palestinian gunmen killing an Israeli soldier on the Gaza front. An hour later, Israel Air Force pilots destroyed 25 targets in the compound of a Hamas battalion headquarters in Khan Younis. " With Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (Israel) and Palestinian factions ", said Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for the Hamas ... Read More »

White House struggles to contain fallout from Trump-Putin summit

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Trump stunned the world on Monday by shying away from criticising the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on U.S. "And I think I can speak as well for all of us to say, and I include Jim Comey in this, the only reason we've spoken out about all this is our genuine concerns about this President and this Presidency and its assaulting values and institutions and standards of this country which collectively we've spent decades defending". Read More »

Mueller seeks immunity for five witnesses in Manafort case

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All five have said they will not testify so as not to incriminate themselves, according to a Tuesday court filing , and so prosecutors are asking Judge T.S. Manafort has been charged in two jurisdictions with a host of federal crimes as part of the special counsel's inquiry into Russia's influence on the 2016 presidential campaign. Read More »

Big test for Modi govt as monsoon session begins

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a frontal attack on the BJP-led NDA government, accusing it of favouring corporates, ignoring interests of farmers, failing to create jobs and coughing up exorbitantly high price for the French Rafale fighter jets. Read More »

Trump meets Putin after denouncing 'stupidity' of USA policy on Russian Federation

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Former CIA Director John Brennan denounced Trump's performance as "treasonous", and Republican U.S. Senator John McCain called the meeting with Putin a "tragic mistake", although some other Republicans were more cautious. Coming directly from Scotland after his visit to Britain, Trump will hold talks with Putin on Monday with only translators. "There is no clear agenda. Read More »

United States senators criticize Trump's remarks in Helsinki

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The latter was accused of meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election by U.S. intelligence, but Trump openly questioned his own agencies, and seemingly accepted Putin's assertions that Russia's hands are clean. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said Trump effectively gave Putin "a public approval by the greatest nation on Earth". He further inflamed USA relations among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies by meeting with Putin, who has been isolated by much of the West following his ... Read More »

Trump backtracks on Russian meddling remark

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Today's clarification from Mr Trump comes amid an ongoing investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Until Friday. Then, the US Justice Department announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign computers and using email and other information stolen from those computers to undermine Clinton's election effort. Read More »

'Shameful': US lawmakers blast Trump over Putin summit

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump is the beginning of Russia's path back from Western isolation. President Donald Trump says he sees no reason why Russian Federation would interfere in the 2016 election. "He was a rich person, but, well, there's plenty of rich persons in the United States", Putin added. Read More »

Volcanic lava 'bomb' injures 23 people on tour boat in Hawaii

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The tour boat was one of several that take visitors to see lava pouring into the ocean from the volcano. The interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that drifts downwind and can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs. Read More »

Cher blasts Trump's behaviour with Queen

The Good Morning Britain presenter is famously close with Trump after Morgan won Celebrity Apprentice in 2008, subsequently going on to become Trump's boardroom advisor on the series. I met him a couple of times... Beverley Williams, 40, said about Trump: "He's a unsafe character and I think it's important we show we're not comfortable with the way he is - he's got some risky views". Read More »

U.S. Sen. Graham blasts Trump response on Russian Federation election meddling

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Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says Trump missed an opportunity to publicly condemn Russia's interference in USA elections. As you may be aware, Trump and Putin held their summit in Helsinki today. Some Republicans responded to Trump's remarks within moments of the press conference ending. Not surprisingly, those words delighted Russia's foreign ministry, which retweeted Trump with the comment, "We agree". Read More »

Rep. Himes: Trump Should Tell Putin 'We Know What You Did'

Trump labeled the U.S. -U.K. relationship "the highest level of special" and said May was an "incredible woman" doing a great job. May doesn't yet have a Brexit deal with the European Union so the British government has stepped up planning for a so called "no deal" Brexit that could spook financial markets and dislocate trade flows across Europe and beyond. Read More »

Thai Soccer Players Eager To Return Home After Cave Rescue

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Thailand cave diving hero Dr Richard Harris pictured with MEDSTAR Andrew Pearce, wife Fiona and West Australian diver Craig Challen after returning home on a RAAF C17. Each of the boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, are shown sitting upright in their hospital beds, appearing healthy in hospital gowns and surgical masks. Read More »

US accuses Russian spies of 2016 election hacking; summit looms

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said no Americans knew they were communicating with Russians in this indictment and he had no evidence that the outcome of the election was affected. Stone's lawyer Grant Smith said: "it is clear from the indictment issued today that our client, Roger Stone , was not in any way involved with any of the alleged hacking of the 2016 election". Read More »

Tensions High, Expectations Muted As Trump And Putin Meet In Helsinki

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Predictably, from the man who is never shy about weighing in with his opinions on global matters, U.S. President Donald Trump also offered his congratulations to France, and ... Senator Rand Paul suggested that Mr Trump not even bother to press Mr Putin on election meddling because "he's not going to admit that he did it". Read More »

Cops Toss Coin in Driver's Arrest in Georgia

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After the video surfaced, charges against Webb were dropped. Hairdresser Sarah Webb , 24, doesn't deny she was speeding, telling one of the officers from the Roswell Police Department that she was late for work. " I am sharing my daughter, Sarah Ashley Webb experience ", she wrote online. According to Webb, the prosecutor said she watched the videos, and refused to prosecute the case. Read More »

10,000 people march through capital of Scotland to protest President Trump

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Dozens of protesters have rallied outside President Donald Trump's golf resorts in Scotland to protest his visit. Before his arrival the president drew censure, even from some of his United Kingdom supporters, after he directly criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit negotiations efforts, going so far to as to say she had "wrecked Brexit", and that the current deal would "probably kill" the prospects of a special trade deal with the US. Read More »

Bennett slams Hamas 'ceasefire', predicting escalation in violence

A senior Israeli defense official said , "Only the facts on the ground will dictate our further response". The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine also accepted the agreement with Israel to end the airstrikes. Rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza , the Israeli military said, without causing any casualties. On Sunday, the Israel's military announced that the strikes on the east of Gaza were in response to mortar fire from the besieged enclave. Read More »

Trump lands in UK, says 'fine' with protests

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Trump's latest outspoken support for former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson , a hard Brexit advocate who recently resigned over May's Brexit plan, and the USA president's suggestion that Britain is "in turmoil", are not helping either. Read More »

Had Damaging Information On Donald Trump, Says FBI Agent Peter Strzok

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But Mueller removed Strzok from his team after the anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages with Page came to his attention. Democrats threw their support behind Strzok with gusto. Her apparent consideration in answering lawmakers' questions served as contrast to the raucous testimony on Thursday of embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok before the same congressional committees. Read More »

Russian officers with pressure on Trump before Putin summit

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Describing golf as "my primary form of exercise", Trump wrote on Twitter: "The weather is attractive, and this place is incredible!" The lawmakers wrote that if Trump insists on meeting with the Russian president , that he should at least do so in the company of senior staff members so as not to be at a disadvantage to Putin . Read More »

Iran says it's a 'consultant presence' in Syria, Iraq upon their request

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Speaking at a press conference in Moscow, Velayati revealed that the Iranians and Russians are going to remain in Syria and Iraq to protect both countries from terrorist groups, as well as from U.S. Moscow, however, may have enough leverage over Tehran to persuade it to diminish its footprint, stay away from the frontier with Israel and perhaps reduce the number of bases, missile factories and advisers it maintains in the country - especially if the terms are not publicized and they come ... Read More »