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North Korea does it again, conducts another rocket engine test

The source added that the recent engine tested could be seen as the smallest stage of a three-stage ICBM engine - in other words, the final piece of the puzzle. The head of the US Defence Intelligence Agency told Congress last month that North Korea, if left unchecked, was on an "inevitable" path to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile capable of striking the US mainland. Read More »

Farmers protest: Some ministers likely to meet Pawar

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Some years back, the ministry again attempted to acquire the land for a defence airport. Locals, however, claimed that their march was peaceful and it was the police that lathi-charged them without provocation which led to the violence on the Kalyan-Haji Malang Road as well as the Thane-Badlapur highway. Read More »

Seeking Loan Waiver Has Become Fashion These Days: Venkaiah Naidu

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On Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had urged PM Modi to waive off farm loans taken from commercial and nationalised banks. This is not right. Venkaiah Naidu ji is not farmer's leader. Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimappa, terming Mr Naidu's comment asuncalled far, said that it was BJP which continued to demand loanwaiver despite their Union Minister turned down. Read More »

United States downing of Assad aircraft ups tensions with Russian Federation in Syria

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Washington has warned it will retaliate if Russian forces prepare to take down a U.S. aircraft. A US-led coalition fighter jet has shot down a Syrian military plane in Raqqa province, the USA has confirmed. The remarks came amid questions whether the strike - Iran's first in the Syrian war - had been effective. The U.S. -led coalition said the location was close to where another "pro-regime" drone, which intelligence sources had also identified as Iranian, was shot down on June 8 after ... Read More »

At Least Three GOP Senators Plan to Oppose Health Care Bill

This will be fodder for opponents to claim that Republicans are phony populists, just another generation of right-wingers who favor the wealthiest among us. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who chairs the Senate's health appropriations subcommittee. It considered more than 130 amendments and held 79 roll-call votes. Affordable Care Act underwent a month long marking up in the bipartisan HELP Committee before being brought to the floor for a vote. Read More »

US Air Force shot down Syrian combat drone in southern Syria

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Handel, 55, will become the first Republican woman to represent Georgia in the U.S. House, according to state party officials. The drone was thought to be armed and threatening US-led coalition troops on the ground, officials said . The U.S. has maintained its broadening military involvement in Syria is part of the global fight against ISIS , and has avoided engaging directly with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the larger civil war playing out in Syria. Read More »

Kushner visits family of officer murdered in Jerusalem attack

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, called the new building work a "serious escalation", in a statement published by official Palestinian news agency Wafa. The land is surrounded by a number of other small settlements and is a few kilometres from the Palestinian village of Duma, where a Palestinian family were burned alive by radical settlers in 2015. Read More »

Packers' Guion charged in Hawaii with intoxicated driving

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The nine-year National Football League veteran entering his fourth season with the Packers had another run-in with the law; this time in a Honolulu neighborhood. Guion, who recorded 30 tackles in 15 games last season, has 173 tackles with 8.5 sacks in 110 career contests with the Minnesota Vikings and Packers. Read More »

Warmbier's death looms over US-China talks on North Korea

U.S. officials said the first and main item on the agenda would be persuading China to lean on Kim Jong-Un's North Korea regime, to halt its provocative missile and nuclear plans. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to prison in North Korea in March 2016. Read More »

Intercept attempt fails in missile defense test off Hawaii

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Missile Defense Agency and the Japan Ministry of Defense. This was the second time the U.S. military failed to intercept a medium-range target missile during a test. However, the intercept "was not achieved", the MDA said, providing no further details. Block IIIA guided missile is launched from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Read More »

HWL: India lose 3-2 to Malaysia

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Malaysia thus qualify for next year's World Cup to be held in India. The early goals put India under pressure and just like the match against The Netherlands, it turned out to be a story of missed chances for India. Razie's drag flick off a penalty corner set piece beat India goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya in the 19th minute for the first goal. A minute later, Malaysia doubled their lead against the run of play as Tengku Tajuddin neatly deflected in from their fourth penalty corner. Read More »

US B-1 bombers fly near North Korea

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Kishida and Kang agreed that Japan and South Korea will continue to cooperate closely with the United States on the matter. "The bombers are expected to stay around two to three hours over the Korean peninsula", he added. Mark Sauter, a former U.S. Army and special forces officer, said an attack on the North Korean leader would be more hard than other operations such as Seal Team 6's mission that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden. Read More »

Portugal fires: Confusion over reports of airplane crash

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Civil protection officials say they expect the blazes to be under control soon, but warn that soaring temperatures are hampering efforts. Emergency services were unable to co-ordinate the fight against Portugal's deadliest forest fire in the hours after it started because a radio system created to help tackle such disasters relied on mobile phone antennae that had been destroyed by the flames. Read More »

Opposition picks Meira Kumar as presidential candidate

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RJD chief Lalu Yadav said he would talk to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to reconsider his support to Kovind . The opposition on Wednesday suffered a blow as the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) announced support for National Democratic Alliance candidate Kovind. Read More »

Road rage cited in baseball bat slaying of teen near Virginia mosque

A 17-year-old American Muslim girl was beaten and then abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia by a man who police later arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond. Police began searching for the girl around 4 a.m. Sunday after they received reports from a group of teenagers saying their friend was missing, Wright said. Read More »

Scalise is now in 'fair' condition after shooting at congressional baseball practice

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Scalise is now "beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation", the hospital said. "Congressman Steve Scalise continues to make good progress", his doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement. When he first arrived at the hospital following the shooting in Virginia, Scalise was said to be at "imminent risk of death". James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., has been identified by law enforcement as the shooter. Read More »

Connecticut native Stegmaier takes early lead at Travelers

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Before his Wednesday pro-am, his caddie, Michael Greller, told him, "This course is tailor-made for you". "We've charted it down". A Madison native, this is Stegmaier's second season on the PGA Tour . On Wednesday, he said he's only had what he would consider two "solid" putting rounds this season and he's only five weeks removed from what may well turn out to be rock bottom in this quest to regain his putting prowess. Read More »

No evidence of Islamic State link to Jerusalem attack -Israeli police

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Since late 2015, Israel has been grappling with fatal stabbing attacks by individuals on soldiers and civilians . Four other people were wounded, including a police officer , two Arabs and a woman treated for shock. Israeli security forces and a military bulldozer raid the occupied West Bank village of Deir Abu Mashal near Ramallah on Saturday after the Jerusalem attack. Read More »

Senate Republicans Reveal Long-Awaited Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated he was open to discussion and seemed determined to muscle the measure through his chamber next week. But it also reconfigures subsidies and gives states wider abilities to opt out of regulations and waive essential benefits that are mandatory in insurance plans under current law. Read More »

London tower toll rises to 79

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents. Meanwhile, the Home Office said it was making arrangements for the family of one of those who died in the fire to travel from Syria to Britain for his funeral. Read More »

I did not record Comey conversations

It was a surreal new twist to a presidency that has often already stretched the limits of credulity, and has challenged conventions on the decorum and gravity expected in the behavior of the person who holds the office itself. But an associate of Trump who spoke to the President this week, told CNN's Jeff Zeleny that "if he doesn't regret this, he should". The two officials said they were surprised at Trump's suggestion and found their interactions with him odd and uncomfortable, but they ... Read More »

Indian Presidential Election Seems to Be Decided

Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi , virtually the entire council of Union ministers, NDA chief ministers and MPs and MLAs from across the country will be among proposers and seconders of his candidature. The final decision on Kovind's nomination, however, will be taken as opposition parties are expected to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter. Voting for the next president is scheduled on July 17, while the counting will take place on July 20. Read More »

Bridgeport teacher accused of having sex with student

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Laura Ramos allegedly told police that she had a relationship with the student from December through April and that they had sex in her auto on a number of occasions. A CT teacher was sacked after she admitted to having sex with a special education student. When first approached by detectives, Ramos said she was close with the student, and denied anything sexual took place. Read More »

Trump Disputes Russian Interference In 2016 Election

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Officials from the Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) have confirmed reports that Russian attempts to swing the 2016 USA presidential election also involved cyber-attacks against election infrastructure, but not vote tallying systems. Read More »

Trump confirms that he is being investigated for firing FBI Director

According to the Post , both Comey and Daniel Coats, director of national Intelligence, have said Trump sought their help in hopes the FBI would drop the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn . He had likened the appointment of the special counsel with the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history". On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to advise him and represent his legal interests. Read More »

Former MPD officer found not guilty in shooting Sylville Smith

Heaggan-Brown's attorney Jonathan Smith , said by telephone that no officer wants to use deadly force, but his client did what he was trained to do. It was the second one, that Smith was then lying on the ground unarmed and wounded and defenseless when the officer fired the second shot. When approached by police, Smith fled. Read More »

Imagine! Lennon brings no peace, but discord at EU summit

The situation could embolden the European Union negotiators in the Brexit talks, though it is still far from certain how the talks , which are due to last two years, will play out. The issue of citizens' rights is especially sensitive in the Brexit talks. Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat (SPD) chancellor candidate who Merkel will square up against in her bid to win a fourth term in September's election, told the same conference: "The best result of the Brexit negotiations would be ... Read More »

Daesh-linked militants hole up in school in Philippines

Pigcawayan Mayor Eliseo Garcesa Jr. said residents fled after the attack started 4 a.m., but an undetermined number of them were held hostage. The military said 31 hostages were used as human shields by the BIFF. He said they would be freed in due time. Most of the more than 1,300 residents of Pigkawayan town evacuated by the military following the BIFF raid have returned to their homes, said Capt. Read More »