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Trudeau Vacation Broke Ethics Rules, Canadian Commissioner Says


The trip, which Trudeau took with his family, broke the law that says no minister or member of their family can accept gifts or advantages that might reasonably be seen to influence government decisions. Dawson's long-awaited report chides the prime minister for not coming to her office before travelling to the Aga Khan's island a year ago, and notes that Trudeau also didn't follow his own ethics rules for cabinet ministers. Read More »

Much of California's Thomas Fire contained, but winds set to return


Officials say the new winds could cause it to grow into the state's biggest fire ever. However, wind gusts from the north were expected to accelerate to 80km/h at sunset on Wednesday and continue into Thursday, creating extreme fire danger conditions for Santa Barbara County, the National Weather Service said. Read More »

Saudi Arabia announces 2018 budget


This is the first expansionary budget for Riyadh in three years after oil prices crumbled in 2014 and its economy officially fell into recession in 2017. Faced by a persistent budget shortfall, the world's largest oil exporter has embarked on an ambitious reform programme to curb expenditure and lessen its dependence on crude. Read More »

House to Move Quickly to Finish Tax Vote


However, lawmakers will have to vote again on Wednesday after the Senate parliamentarian rejected three provisions in the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insisted Americans would respond positively to the tax bill. The House on Wednesday approved the GOP tax plan - for a second time - with President Trump's desk as its next and final stop. The Reagan tax reform was a bipartisan effort drafted after dozens of public hearings and months of open debate. Read More »

US Sanctions Chechen Leader Kadyrov, Four Others Under Magnitsky Act

In the wake of the 2012 US law, Moscow banned American parents from adopting Russian children. "The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List: KADYROV, Ramzan Akhmatovich (a.k.a. "We will continue to use the Magnitsky Act to aggressively target gross violators of human rights in Russian Federation, including individuals responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, and other despicable acts", said John Smith, who oversees the sanctions program. Read More »

Bird spikes in Bristol trees to protect cars cause dismay


The spikes are similar to those often seen on commercial buildings to prevent pigeons from resting on ledges and pooing on members of the public, but their use in a residential area is a step too far for many people, who have spoken out to condemn the "war on wildlife". Read More »

Protesters attack party offices for second day in Iraqi Kurdistan


On Monday, the Asayish, the KRG's main security agency, alleged that federal troops were amassing in the region in advance of a multi-pronged attack on areas held by Peshmerga forces, which are also affiliated with the Erbil-based KRG. The channel was no longer accessible. In a related development Tuesday, the KRG issued a warrant for the arrest of Shaswar Abdelwahid Qadir, leader of the "New Generation" movement. Read More »

Turkey Wants To Stick Enes Kanter In Jail For Criticizing President

Turkish president Recept Tayyip Erdogan reacted on Wednesday by saying that "those miserable people who are delirious enough to shamelessly and tirelessly say Erdogan's ancestors stole sacred items from there and brought them to Istanbul - it was to protect them from the people that came to invade". Read More »

Pakistani Bureaucrat Indicted for Forcing Sikhs to Adopt Islam


However, this tweet came after the plea of Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and the reports of the Pakistani media who had earlier reported that Sikh Community in Pakistani Hangu district in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was allegedly forced to convert their religion from Sikhs to Islam by a government official. Read More »

The California wildfires by the numbers


His funeral procession was scheduled to wind through five Southern California counties before ending up at a funeral home in San Diego, where he was based with a CAL Fire engine strike team. "We're trying to gather information as we speak". So far, the overpowering Thomas fire has claimed two lives, caused more than 104,000 people to flee their homes and destroyed 1,313 structures. Read More »

TV show host Suhaib Ilyasi gets lifer for wife's murder


Suhaib Ilyasi has been sentenced to life in prison for the crime of murdering his wife , Anju. The court also ordered him to pay Rs. 10 Lakh as compensation to the victim's family and Rs. 17 July: Prosecutor filed application in trial court for adding murder charge. Under the Indian legal system trial court verdicts can be challenged in higher courts. Read More »

Nikki Haley: The US is 'taking names' on Jerusalem resolution


The Palestinians seek to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in the light of the UN-proposed two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders. After the USA veto, the 193-member UN General Assembly will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim countries on Jerusalem, with some Arab and regional states vowing to raise the vetoed UN draft resolution for another vote at the special session. Read More »

Maharashtra Shops to Stay Open 24x7, But Not Bars & Pubs


Shops, businesses can remain open 24×7 in the state, from now on. Maharashtra Labour Minister Sambhaji Nilangekar-Patil said that the new notification is expected to generate more employment as the shops would need people to work in three shifts to keep it running 24×7. Read More »

House forced to vote again on tax reform bill


The House passed the Republican tax plan on Tuesday. Because the House and Senate must approve the same legislation before Trump can sign it into law, the Senate's late Tuesday vote only ping-ponged the bill back to the House. The bill will also lower the tax rate for top individual earners, roll back the estate tax, and expand the child tax credit (an expansion whose effects are minimal for the poorest Americans). Read More »

Amber Alert issued for missing baby after mom found fatally stabbed


Houston police initially believed the baby was with Thomas Bernardez, the child's father. Bernardez was called a person of interest on Tuesday. He hasn't been charged with anything so far. Witnesses described Flores as a "hard-working woman" who migrated to the states from Honduras a few years ago. Police said Carolina Flores' body was discovered by a family member who also lived in the apartment. Read More »

NYPD officers set to protest de Blasio in Des Moines, Iowa


Flynn and roughly a dozen others to distribute leaflets to attendees and to question Mr.de Blasio's pro-union credentials. "Particularly if you have somebody like a Mayor de Blasio or somebody who may not be as well known nationally, those kinds of folks need to come to Iowa fairly early to try to start getting that name recognition", Hagle said. Read More »

Bodycam video shows officer dragged by vehicle


Cabrera then led other police officers on a chase that reached speeds over 100 miles per hour. Police say Cabrera also tried to pry the officer's fingers off the door with one hand as he steered the vehicle with the other. He said he and his fiance were doing heroine and cocaine in the auto before the officer woke him up, according the report. Back at Century Village, 94-year-old Anna Carabetta was furious that police set up their crime scene investigation at the south entrance where the ... Read More »

Karin Housley declares run for US Senate in Minnesota


I think it would just be a huge boost for our area, as well as her constituents in Minnesota. And go through this complete process of an extensive ethics review, and whatever the outcome is I will live with it. "As a small business owner myself, I work tirelessly writing, supporting and passing bills to help our small businesses", Housley said. "People should have a process". Read More »

UN Human Rights Investigator Barred By Myanmar

He said the Rakhine region of Myanmar was "the land of the Rohingya people" and "it is their right to go back to their country without any facing any obstacles". He said Lee's banning is another "shameful tactic" by the government. The UN confirmed Myanmar had withdrawn all cooperation for the duration of Lee's tenure. Read More »

Egyptian police raid kills 5 militants: ministry


The Egyptian Armed Forces said that the attack -according to a communique- was made during a visit of the Egyptian Ministers of Defense and Interior, to make an inspection on the security forces in the city. North Sinai has witnessed one of the worst attacks in the modern history of Egypt. The deadly shootout occurred when police launched a raid against the militants on Monday in el-Obour, just north of the capital. Read More »

Minnesota woman admits killing boyfriend in YouTube stunt gone wrong


The plea agreement calls for Perez to spend six months in jail and 10 years' supervised probation. Also, she would be barred from possessing any firearms in her life. She will be on supervised probation for five years, is prohibited from owning a firearm, and can not "make any financial compensation" from the video recording of Ruiz's death. Read More »

Azerbaijani FM holds one-on-one meetings with Zarif and Cavusoglu


Cavusoglu said he would travel to the United States via Istanbul, where he would be joined by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki. Zarif arrived in Baku on Tuesday to attend the fifth round of Iran-Azerbaijan-Turkey trilateral talks, which are now underway in the Azeri capital. Read More »

India's Congress party asks Communists for support


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for connecting directly with the voters, and Rahul may have to find his own way of opening a direct line with people. The biggest challenge is to rejuvenate the party and overhaul its organisational structure from the grassroots to make it battle-fit to take on the aggressive Modi-Shah combine in the 2019 elections. Read More »