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Trump says talked with congressional leaders about ending debt ceiling

But Mr. Trump's sudden affinity for deals with Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi has aggravated raw divisions in the president's own party. "I am not against voting for relief programs to help hurricane victims, but I am against raising the public debt ceiling without a plan to reduce deficits in the short term and eliminate them in the long term. Read More »

Equifax Data Breach Highlights Regulatory Shortfall

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An alarming Equifax data breach has left millions of Americans personal information exposed. Equifax revealed the breach to the public on Thursday, noting hackers were able to access Social Security numbers , birth dates, addresses, credit card numbers and even driver's license numbers. Read More »

China's top diplomat says he approves further North Korea sanctions

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Decades of attempts by previous presidents to use sanctions and diplomacy to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions haven't worked, Trump said. Pressure from Washington has ratcheted up since North Korea conducted its nuclear test on Sunday. "An anti-aircraft defense battalion carried out the exercises early on Tuesday, near the Bohai Sea, the innermost gulf of the Yellow Sea that separates China from the peninsula", reports Reuters , quoting a Chinese military ... Read More »

Prisoners in Colombia unite in prayer for Pope Francis' visit

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Tens of thousands of ecstatic people in this humid area of savanna and shantytowns packed the roads as the pope, riding in the front seat of a simple auto, passed by on Friday morning after his plane arrived from the capital Bogota . The pope declared them martyrs who "shed their blood for the love of the flock to whom they were entrusted". Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve of Arauca was kidnapped and shot twice in the head by Colombian Marxist guerrillas in 1989. Read More »

Iran Can Play Key Role in Ending Massacre of Myanmar Muslims: MP

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To highlight the issue on domestic, regional and global levels, the JI is also going to hold a march on Sunday September 10. Rahimi Jahan-Abadi, who is also the head of the International Affairs Committee of the Iranian Parliament's Judicial and Legal Commission, noted that Iran is not a member of International Criminal Court, so it can not lodge a complaint. Read More »

Steve Bannon says he's "a street fighter", vows to support Trump

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Watch Bannon try to pretend the white supremacists he spent years catering to at Breitbart are suddenly persona non grata in the Trump administration and American society in general in the clip below. "Have you ever thought about fighting back?" Does it end at taking down the Washington Monument? All Trump was saying, Bannon continued, returning to his moral-equivalency theme, "is, where does it end?" Bannon said that there is "no room in American politics" for "the Neo-Nazis and ... Read More »

Spain Tries to Halt Catalan Referendum

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Catalonia on Wednesday announced a law to make formal its plans for an october 1 referendum on whether to declare independence from Spain, a vote the government says is illegal and has said it will stop. Late Thursday night, the court said it agreed unanimously to suspend the legislation while it weighs whether. "In the face of the tsunami of lawsuits there will be a tsunami of democracy ", he added. Read More »

Xi, Trump talk eases North Korea tension

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A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptor missiles , but only two launchers been operational at the site, on a former golf course. " China should realise that there are consequences of its failure to exert its influence over the North", said an official with Japan's defence ministry, who requested anonymity. Read More »

Russia: Air Strike Kills 4 Senior Islamic State Commanders in Syria

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Earlier in August the US State Department offered a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the location, arrest, and/or conviction of Gulmurod Khalimov . According to media reports , the Syrian Army's High Command views the liberation of the Deir ez-Zor border-city of Albukamal as an imperative military endeavor that can not be dictated by the US Coalition and their allies. Read More »

A slow, determined return to football in Texas after Harvey

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As a certified B-Corporation with a focus on helping people faced with hardship, YouCaring does not take a cut of each donation , but instead relies on voluntary donor tips to fund operations. Several other athletes have followed Watt's lead. "We all share a deep historical memory and many of us the actual experience of what it's like to suffer a devastating flood", said Special Projects Coordinator Jacob Roan. Read More »

Puerto Rico governor to ask USA to declare small islands disaster zones

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Radar data of the plane's flight path offered a spectacular show for aviation enthusiasts who followed in real time as Delta Flight 431 headed south right into the risky storm before noon. Here they go! DL302 now taxiing for takeoff before #Irma gets really bad. "Especially in the face of major challenges, it's important that we stand together as one country, and as with the recent disaster in Texas, Congress must move quickly to provide assistance to those who are affected". Read More »

'Myanmar leader can't be stripped of Nobel prize'

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On Friday, Tutu used his open letter to urge Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene and speak out. Suu Kyi with then Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore (right), and U2's Bono after her arrival at Dublin Airport in 2012. Nothing reveals the hollowness of the claim to Muslim world leadership by Saudi Arabia than the current crisis in Myanmar where supposedly meek and docile Buddhists are massacring unarmed, helpless Muslims. Read More »

Latest Illinois Borrowing Has Upside, Watchdog Says

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Gov. Rauner has announced he plans to use his borrowing authority to sell $6 billion in bonds in order to begin to pay down the state's $15 billion bill backlog. The borrowing is something Comptroller Mendoza called for and will allow the state to pay a lower interest rate than the current interest rate penalty of 12 percent a year on its debt. Read More »

We'll have it solved: Trump on mediation in Qatar crisis

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The White House said Mr Trump "discussed ways to continue advancing shared priorities, including enhancing security and prosperity in the Middle East", during his conversation with the Saudi King on Wednesday, the second in a week. The crisis erupted on June 5 when Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Doha over allegations of Qatar funding extremists and having warm ties with Iran too. Read More »

Central Florida rescue team returns from Harvey, gearing up for Irma

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Pennsylvania's Task Force One is among 28 federal teams around the country that deploy at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's request to assist during natural disasters. Captain Danny Scharff said, "there's a little added stress to that". Now, 11 members of the task force have been moved to St. Thomas because "things have been very active", said Chief Michael Barakey, the assistant team leader of the task force. Read More »

Chinese military conducts 'sudden attack' drills near North Korea

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The exercises came days after North Korea's sixth, and most powerful, nuclear test fueled global concern that the isolated nation plans more weapons tests, possibly of a long-range missile. One of the moves that were done in an effort to sanction North Korea is the suspension of coal imports that represents a big chunk of income for their neighbor. Read More »

Macron: France will continue to support Greece

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Addressing the representatives of French businesses active in Greece , he said: "I want those of you that have been here a long time to provide new energy, new force to the investments in Greece ". The IMF has typically stuck to a "two-line" approach regarding Greece: The organization believes there is a need to keep undertaking structural reforms to make the Greek economy competitive, while also implementing some form of debt relief for long-term sustainability. Read More »

8.4 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico, tsunami warning issued

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According to President Enrique Pena Nieto , the quake turned out to be the strongest one of the century than the one recorded in 1985, with 50 millions that felt the shake among population of 120 millions. The death toll could rise, local officials said on Friday. The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), 123 km (76 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan , not far from the Guatemalan border. Read More »

Trump says war with N Korea 'not inevitable'

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The official added that military action was definitely an option with North Korea. "President Xi would like to do something. we'll see whether or not he can do it". "There was really no bluster whatsoever", Engel said. Since then, the US has proposed a resolution at the UN that would include broad new sanctions on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong Un, according to a UN diplomat. Read More »

Israeli PM's wife to be charged with misuse of public funds

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Mandelblit informed her on Friday that he had made a decision to move forward after consulting with relevant authorities and examining evidence surrounding the allegations. Local media reported that Sara Netanyahu could face four separate charges, including falsification of documents. The facts of the indictment will likely be based, in part, on the findings of a report issued in February 2015 by the State Comptroller, which found that Netanyahu had allegedly used state funds to pay for ... Read More »

Mueller likely to question six current and former Trump advisers

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The list includes press aide Hope Hicks and White House Counsel Don McGahn, as well as Spicer and Priebus - who until recently served as White House press secretary and chief of staff, respectively. The investigation may determine whether anyone from the White House was trying to obstruct justice by intentionally issuing a misleading statement. Read More »

Indian police search headquarters of "spiritual leader" jailed for rape

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Court commissioner AKS Pawar appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court is supervising the operation and the entire scene is being video graphed. A special CBI court in Panchkula had sentenced the Dera chief to 20-year imprisonment in rape case on August 28. Security forces have also created a satellite map to aid and facilitate the search operations on the massive campus. Read More »

Saudi Arabia suspends any dialogue with Qatar

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Qatar's state news agency QNA said the phone call was based on coordination of U.S. President Donald Trump who had earlier talked with Sheikh Tamim, reports Reuters. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have released a statement regarding the severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar, and the attempts to fix ties between the countries. Read More »

Martin Shkreli seeks to overturn part of his conviction

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Shkreli drew the ire of the nation in a separate matter, when as a pharmaceutical CEO he raised the price of the drug Daraprim from $13.50 per dose to $750. Shkreli, who began mysteriously uploading statuses in which he talked about sequencing the former secretary of state's DNA, told minions in a since-deleted post that he'd pay $5,000 per strand of HRC's hair - so long as it included the genetically rich follicle. Read More »

FPL prepares for Hurricane Irma as storm nears Florida

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In fact, we have adequate power to continue serving all customers. 'Based on the current track, we would expect severe weather in Florida starting Saturday, meaning we would potentially shut down before that point, ' said FPL spokesperson Peter Robbins in a statement . Read More »

McMaster orders evacuation of several barrier islands

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The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has opened a hotline for state residents who have questions about Hurricane Irma . The order remains in effect for Jasper, Colleton and Beaufort counties , though some hospitals have asked for waivers. Read More »