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Philippine troops evict Muslim rebel raiders from village


Brigadier Padilla said the attack was possibly meant to disrupt an ongoing military offensive against a separate group of militants aligned with the Islamic State group, adding the attack was an attempt to divert the military's focus away from the militants. Read More »

Sex assault investigated in Muslim teen slaying


Roessler said police have "absolutely no evidence" that her killing was motivated by hate, but says "that's the myth, isn't it?" On Wednesday, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said investigators are working to determine whether Hassanen may also have been sexually assaulted and are waiting on the results of forensic tests. Read More »

IS inspired gunmen storm Philippine village, take hostages


Mindanao has been under martial law since May 23, when fighting broke out in Marawi City between government forces and extremist gunmen from the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups, who have been joined by a number of foreign terrorists. He said a "dedicated unit" is dealing with the Maute threat. "That's a desperate move on their part", he said. He said that in 2015, the Maute and the BIFF's Bongos faction both pledged allegiance to Jihadist group Islamic State or Iraq and Syria. Read More »

Midnight Function At Parliament for GST Activation


At a meeting chaired by cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha on Tuesday, secretaries of 30 Union ministries reviewed the readiness of about 167 state-owned enterprises for the tax reform, an official statement said. Asked about GST's impact on inflation, he said when tax rates come down it also has an impact on inflation, but it would also depend on monsoon and oil prices. Read More »

Nancy Pelosi is hurting Democrats at ballot box, Rep. Tim Ryan says


Ryan last November challenged Pelosi for her leadership position and despite being handily defeated is still considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. "I don't think it proves anything about next year", he said. Even if many rank-and-file Republicans harbor a distaste for Trump, it isn't yet driving them to support a Democrat down ballot, particularly if they associate that candidate with Nancy Pelosi . Read More »

Donald Trump: Robert Mueller impartiality questionable; other investigators 'Hillary supporters'


Comey told a congressional panel that it was Trump's tweet suggesting the president made recordings of their conversations that spurred him to orchestrate leaks about his memos that documented the encounters. Comey was sacked by Trump three days before the tweet and had not yet gone public with any account of his firing. Investigators will also weigh the credibility of Mr Comey against a president who has shown a wobbly commitment to accuracy. Read More »

A rainy Yoga Day for PM Modi in Lucknow


Yoga has same importance as "salt" has in life, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today and maintained that yoga can act as a great unifying factor and has lately given a boost to India's global reach too. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a mass yoga demonstration at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. "On the occasion of Yoga Day, Prime Minister Modi addressed a gathering in Lucknow ". Read More »

Kushner Meets With Netanyahu, Abbas to Seek Path to Solution


Kushner finished his day with a meeting with Abbas in Ramallah. "The American delegation accepted Israel's position with regard to paying salaries to prisoners", a Palestinian source told Ynet , "and described it as a means of inciting terror, demanding it be stopped". Read More »

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many


Democratic candidates have gone 0-4 in congressional special elections, including in Montana where the Republican candidate won despite being arrested in the assault of a journalist in the final days of the campaign. The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up. Pelosi has been facing questions about her leadership since Democrats lost the hard-fought race. Read More »

GOP's challenge: finding votes for Senate health care bill

John Hickenlooper said the bill would hurt a wide range of Colorado residents in a variety of ways, forcing Colorado to end Medicaid coverage for potentially thousands of residents, many of them rural. White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday said the White House will work with the House and Senate to negotiate the path forward for health care. Read More »

China Stocks hit 17-month high after MSCI inclusion


The bulk of the shares will be financial and industrial companies, many state-owned. Therefore, the fund house regional portfolio holdings are more than 30 percent exposed to China via H-shares and American Depository Receipts (ADRs). Australia now has a weight in this index of 18.9% and all other things equal, this should fall to 18.8% after A-shares' inclusion, so there will be very little initial impact on demand for Aussie equities. Read More »

Appeals court overturns conviction of 'Making a Murderer' inmate


After 99.9% of the world's population watched Making A Murderer , most viewers came to the conclusion that either (A) Brendan Dassey was innocent, or (B) Brendan Dassey was guilty, but there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of the murder of Teresa Halbach , and it looks like the federal judges in the US came to the same conclusion. Read More »

Trump, new Saudi crown prince discuss Qatar rift

Malley, who has met MbS, said his attitude toward Iran "stems from his strongly felt conviction that for too long the kingdom has been a punching bag, a passive witness to Iranian action, true or assumed, in Iraq, Syria, Yemen , Bahrain and Saudi Arabia's own eastern province". Read More »

Trump wants Jets owner, former Dodgers co-owner as US envoys


The 70-year-old philanthropist and heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical empire has known Mr Trump for years, but originally supported his rival Jeb Bush in the Republican primaries. Johnson will be in charge of representing the the government of Prime Minister Theresa May (left) and Queen Elizabeth II. . President Trump formally nominated Robert "Woody" Johnson , a billionaire sports team owner, as U.S. Read More »

Obama put cyber weapons in Russian infrastructure that Trump can activate


A new report reveals that officials under former President Obama feel that the administration "choked" on handling Russian Federation because of overconfidence in a Hillary Clinton election victory. Obama reportedly told Putin the U.S. A month before the letter arrived, the FBI began investigating any ties between Russian Federation and people associated with Trump. Read More »

Yellowstone Grizzlies to Lose Federal Protection


Lifting the bears' protected status will open them to trophy hunting outside the boundaries of Yellowstone park as grizzly oversight is turned over to state wildlife managers in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho . But conservationists say the states have signaled their intent to allow grizzly hunting. " Grizzly bears are the slowest reproducing mammal on the planet, and a population decline can take decades to reverse", Derek Goldman of the Endangered Species Coalition says in a ... Read More »

US shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border: statement

The Australian Defense Force is fighting IS in both Syria and Iraq under the name 'Operation OKRA .' The force includes about 780 personnel, including 300 service members working in its air group. The shooting down of a Syrian warplane near the central Syrian city of Raqqa, where US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces are deployed to help capture the city from Daesh gangs, threatens to escalate tensions over Syria between Moscow and Washington . Read More »

Death toll rises to 29 in Afghanistan bombing


At least 34 people had been killed and around 60 wounded in the attack, Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the provincial governor said. No group claimed the attack but Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied the insurgents were behind the shooting. Read More »

Trump tweets 'We will BUILD THE WALL!'

Pretty good imagination, right? According to ABC News , Trump stated: " We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall so it creates energy and pays for itself ". Picture taken from the Mexico side of the US-Mexico border. While Trump was declaring an unlikely attachment to large scale solar power, he was also dissing wind energy, telling a crowd in Iowa that the lights might go out in a state that sources 33 per cent of its power from wind energy. Read More »

Americans are more likely to believe James Comey over Trump


Earlier this month, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he was sacked by the president "because of the Russian investigation". Trump told Fox News Channel . "What a self-inflicted wound", Zeke Miller, the White House correspondent for Time Magazine, tweeted. Some of Trump's allies have suggested that Mueller be removed from the probe or step aside, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director the "tip of a deep ... Read More »

Spicer Won't Comment on His White House Future


He added, "You can keep taking your selfies", an apparent reference to a tweet from two reporters in the room. "It's no secret we have had a couple vacancies, including our communications director who has been gone for a while". It came after his colleague, White House advisor Stephen Bannon, told a reporter the reason Spicer had stopped on-camera briefings was that "Sean has gotten fatter". Read More »

Oscar Health files to expand insurance coverage in several states

Days after announcing it was collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic to offer a co-branded exchange product in five counties in Ohio, Oscar has announced it is expanding its health plan footprint in five other states. They are unsure if the government will continue to pay subsidies for the ACA at a time when insurers must submit their plans and rate for 2018. Oscar, which lost $102 million in just its NY and New Jersey markets in 2016, has backed up the claim of other insurers, saying ... Read More »

Food aid dwindling in world's fastest-growing refugee crisis


Food for the refugees will run out in July without more help, Beasley said. While refugee children in Uganda enjoy the full existing legal, physical and social protection system as the host population and use the same social services as them, UNICEF said more must be done to fully operationalize this agenda for action across the region, especially keeping families together, helping all uprooted children stay in school and stay healthy, and acting on the causes that force children to flee in ... Read More »

North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier

They said Warmbier remained in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" until he died Monday. The spokesman also blamed the Obama administration for failing to act sooner to help Warmbier, saying the 22-year-old University of Virginia undergrad was " a victim of the policy of strategic patience ". Read More »

Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'

Governors in states that expanded Medicaid are wary of a bill revealed Thursday, . The federal share drops to 90 percent after 2020. The lack of Medicaid expansion will worsen the opioid epidemic in OH and the rest of the nation. Many are women who rely on Planned Parenthood as their health provider. But it then allows states to opt out of that requirement. Senate GOP bill: Also provides a pathway for states to seek benefit waivers. Read More »

'Thousands of Americans will die': Bernie Sanders destroys 'barbaric' Trumpcare bill

Sanders acknowledged that premiums, deductibles and copays are now "too high" under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. "Nobody denies that premiums are too high, that the deductibles and co-payments are too high". But I won't go out shooting Republicans. But they add that the measure fails to accomplish what they have promised to their constituents, "to repeal Obamacare and lower their ... Read More »

London police ponder manslaughter in tower fire

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, said: 'Camden Council is absolutely determined to ensure that our residents are safe and we have promised them that we will work with them, continue to act swiftly and be open and transparent. Read More »

Iranians chant "Death to Israel", burn Islamic State's flag at rallies

This year's commemoration comes amid an intensifying battle for influence in the region between Shiite Iran and its Sunni arch rival Saudi Arabia who have had no diplomatic relations since January last year. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani was set to address the crowds before midday prayers. In addition to Zolfaqar, capable of reaching the targets at 700 km distance, the IRGC's Qadr missiles were also erected on trucks in the streets. Read More »

Ronaldo header gives Portugal 1-0 win over hosts Russia


Portugal claimed their first victory at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 after defeating Russian Federation 1-0 in front of a crowd of 42,759 in Moscow on Wednesday evening. Russian goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev was tasked with facing a forward line led by the world's best player Ronaldo in his 100th global appearance for "Sbornaya". Read More »