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Trump raves about 'beautiful' Queen, makes confusing United Kingdom comment


He said he had told Mrs May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, "but she didn't listen to me". She added: "What the president also said at that press conference was, 'Don't walk away". "The weather is handsome and this place is incredible". Mr Trump said he did not see any Democrat who could beat him: "I don't see anybody. I know them all and I don't see anybody". Read More »

Another hot, humid day with afternoon storms possible


Comfortable conditions are expected for Wednesday through Friday , with daytime highs expected in the low 80s. Tomorrow same scenario will exist with spotty showers/storms for most of the day but especially in the afternoon. Otherwise, it's going to be a warm and muggy night with overnight lows in the mid 70s. Fri: High: 97 Low: 75 Mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Those temperatures will be accompanied by mostly sunny skies and much lower humidity. Read More »

Man kicked out of Trump-Putin news conference

The US president said that the bilateral meetings had gotten off to a "very good start", after both leaders met for more than two hours behind closed doors, with only translators present. "We'll let them think and make their proposals and suggestions in this regard". During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump repeatedly criticized members for failing to spend more on defense and openly questioned the alliance's goal. Read More »

23 hurt as lava crashes into Hawaii tour boat


At least 23 people were injured in Hawaii on Monday after a lava explosion from the Kilauea volcano sent debris flying through the roof of their tour boat. "It's most likely part of the fissure 8 flow that's entering the ocean-and possibly a submarine tumulus that built up underwater and emerged above sea level", the observatory said. Read More »

Gerry Adams urges attackers to meet him and 'explain rationale'


The party says those of former leader Gerry Adams and ex IRA prisoner Bobby Storey were targeted in "cowardly attacks". He said: "I would appeal for calm". "Come and sit down and explain to me what this is about, give me the rationale for this..." "I'd like those who are involved in exploiting children in Derry to do the same thing, or those who are poisoning the atmosphere in east Belfast and causing havoc to do the same thing". Read More »

Brexit climbdown as Theresa May accepts rebel amendment


Theresa May is facing a serious challenge from Conservative party rebels who object to her plans for leaving the European Union . The government's acceptance of the amendments to the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, or customs bill, also did little to ease the tensions in May's party, which is at war with itself over the Brexit plans. Read More »

Donald Trump told Theresa May to 'sue the European Union'


He told a press conference at Chequers on Friday that he had given advice to Mrs May over dealing with Brussels which was "too brutal" for her. Though Trump later contradicted his comments by then promising a great USA trade deal, the president made clear his admiration for the 54-year-old Johnson, who Trump said would one day make a great British prime minister. Read More »

President Trump Sets Expectations Low for Helsinki Summit With Putin

I think we're moving into a unsafe and critical period. But Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation, said Monday's meeting "is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation, and I hope it's a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests". Read More »

China files WTO challenge to Trump´s United States tariffs threat


Trump, who has demanded Beijing cut the trade surplus, could use the latest result to further ratchet up pressure on China after both sides last week imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on $34 billion of each other's goods. Some US business groups worry this will push China to hit back with "qualitative measures" such as delaying approvals for inward investments into China, extra customs inspections for goods or boycotts of American brands. Read More »

May says Trump told her to sue the European Union over Brexit


A bemused May turned him down. "Others are saying that perhaps we can not have the bill at all". "He told me I should sue the EU", May told BBC television. May finally revealed what Trump had told her. 'We could go for no-deal - no-deal is still there, it is still possible, ' she said. He added it was up to May how to handle Brexit, as long as the U.S. Read More »

As trade war persists, Mnuchin says China talks have "broken down"

Official data shows China's monthly trade surplus with the USA was almost 29-billion-dollars. Those wouldn't take effect until at least September. The Beijing summit convened hours before Trump was slated to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki - a fraught meeting further complicated by America's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Read More »

Explosion Reported In Kabul City


There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But it was not clear whether the ministry was the target of the attack. Stanekzai added that the death toll will likely rise. Another 3,430 people were wounded in the war, down five percent from the same period a year ago, the report said. While the Taliban are Afghanistan´s largest militant group and holds or contests more territory than any other, IS has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to carry out devastating attacks in urban areas. Read More »

450 migrants stranded at sea as Italy, Malta dig heels in


The latest migrants, like thousands of others, had set sail from Libya in a single wooden vessel which was identified early on Friday. Salvini tweeted on Friday that he would not let the case of the migrant boat lie, using capital letters to say someone "has to pay" if the migrants had been violent. Read More »

Another ministerial aide quits over May's Brexit plan

To win, the prime minister has to win over half of the Tory party's 316 MPs, and if she does, another no-confidence vote could not be held for 12 months. "It is time for all of us - at this critical moment in our constitutional development - to believe in ourselves, to believe in the British people and what they can do, and in our democracy", he wrote. Read More »

"Sue the European Union" - Donald Trump's advice to Theresa May

Linking the fate of Brexit to her own survival in such an explicit way indicates just how precarious May's position remains after her government was thrust into crisis and U.S. Much was made by the American President about "advice" he gave the Prime Minister when they met at Chequers on Friday. Asked to rate US-UK relations, Mr Trump called them the "highest level of special". Read More »

Theresa May braced for showdown with Brexit rebels

Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg also called it a "bad deal for Britain". Amid an escalating crisis for the prime minister MPs are set to vote on a series of amendments, tabled by members of the European Research Group (ERG), that seek to wreck a blueprint for leaving the EU drawn up at Chequers. Read More »

Suspects detained after chemical plant blast in SW China


Xinhua cited the Jiang'a ncounty government as saying the fire was put out this morning and the injured were in stable condition. The accident is following many previous disasters at chemical plants in China. The officials have launched an investigation to trace the cause behind the deadly incident. Footage on its website on Friday afternoon showed the skeleton of the burnt-out buildings. Read More »

‘I may ask Putin to send accused officials to U.S.’


Finland has a long legacy of hosting US-Soviet and US-Russian summits because of its geographic location and perceived neutrality. The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller , the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow. Read More »

Trump Calls EU A 'Foe' On Trade

After being given the idea by his interviewer, Mr Trump said: "Certainly I'll be asking about it". President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin of Russia have met formally and informally at least three times in the almost 18 months since Trump has held office. Read More »

'My son begged, but mob was out to kill'


When locals heard about this, they assumed that the men were trying to kidnap the children and beat them, even as they tried to explain themselves, the newspaper reported. The administrator of a WhatsApp group, who circulated the "call for help" message, was among those placed in custody. Also, the auto that the group was travelling in was without a number plate, fuelling their suspicion. Read More »

May calls on citizens to back her plan, or risk no Brexit

Without the backing of her own ranks and with a working majority of just 13, the prime minister will need to rely on opposition parties, Politico reported . Mr Johnson also made his first public intervention since his resignation last week, with a column in the Daily Telegraph pledging to resist "for now" the urge to "bang on about Brexit". Read More »

UK White Paper 'a step towards a softer Brexit'

Dominic Raab, appointed Brexit minister on Monday after his predecessor quit over the government's approach, presented the white paper to parliament, saying: "Now, it is time for the European Union to respond in kind". Britain would retain regulatory flexibility for its dominant services sector, "where the potential trading opportunities outside the European Union are the largest", in return for restricted access to European Union markets. Read More »

Cop, woman shot dead by suspect who allegedly took officer's gun


Another officer who had arrived at the scene shot Lopes in the leg . Lopes then fled and fired shots into a nearby home, killing a woman inside, Morrissey said. Other responding officers opened fire on Lopes, who returned fire as he continued to flee. Authorities say Weymouth officer Michael Chesna was shot multiple times Sunday morning and later died. Read More »

Chicago Police Release Bodycam Video Of Cop Fatally Shooting Harith Augustus


Four protesters were taken into custody, but only one was going to be charged, police said. Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller told USA media that officers saw a bulge in the victim's pants that they thought was a gun. WATCH: Clashes with policeDuring a Saturday night press conference , Fred Waller , CPD chief of patrol, said the man was swinging his hands and trying to make an escape when it appeared that he reached for his gun. Read More »

Brexit: UK PM May says Trump told her to sue the EU


May said that Trump, who had been in Britain for a visit, had noted that since she's already entered negotiations, she should not walk away. If you've been away from a screen or newspaper all weekend or want a summary, here's a quick recap of the main events. Read More »

Murder suspect killed, 3 officers wounded in Kansas City gunfight

The suspect then got into a vehicle with another passenger and left the area. Officers with rifles blocked off the area around where Sunday's shooting unfolded. One additional officer was injured in the tradeoff and taken to the hospital. The investigation is ongoing. That passenger was taken into custody. Read More »

What do Putin and Trump expect from the Helsinki summit?

The brash billionaire property magnate has been President for 18 months, while the 65-year-old former KGB officer has run Russian Federation for the past 18 years. He again described Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation as a "witch hunt" that has hampered US relations with Russian Federation. Read More »

Police say 4 protesters arrested after shooting

The body cam video shows several officers attempting to question Augustus and at one point one officer grabs his arm. "The footage pauses and zooms in on the weapon". Chicago Sun-Times reporter Issa told Al Jazeera that "the tension between the community and the police [on Saturday] hasn't felt this high since the video of Laquan McDonald's shooting was released". Read More »