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President Trump replaces Chief of Staff Priebus with General John F. Kelly

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He's a great great American. Trump tweeted Friday that retired Marine Corps general Kelly had " done a spectacular job at Homeland Security ". But Priebus largely avoided the CNN's anchors questions about his contentious relationship with Scaramucci, telling him "I'm not going to get into the mud", adding, "I'm going to honor the president, his agenda and our country and not get into this personal stuff". Read More »

Kerala HC asks Centre to include Chitra in squad for World Championships

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had backed Chitra and said that excluding the athlete, who was the "pride not only of Kerala, but also the country, from the team for World Athletics Championship, is condemnable". Chitra clinched the 1,500m gold at the July Asian athletics meet in Bhubaneswar after clocking around 4: 17 seconds. In what could be a new twist to the controversy surrounding the selection of Indian team for World Athletics Championships, one of the three athletes dropped ... Read More »

United States imposes new ballistic missile sanctions on Iran after latest launch

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The Office of Foreign Assets Control slapped the sanctions on Friday on six Iranian companies owned or controlled by Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group، the Treasury said in a statement . Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Friday tweeted his country's position on the nuclear deal (JCPOA). France, Germany and the United Kingdom say they're raising their concerns directly with Iran. Read More »

Health care amendment defeated in Senate vote

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The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the bill, dubbed the Health Care Freedom Act , would result in 16 million fewer Americans with medical coverage by 2026. But just hours away from a vote, which ultimately ended close to 2 a.m. ET, the Republicans were still in trouble. "I'm passing this wanting to get to a conference bill", Perdue said. Read More »

Reince Priebus Replaced by General John Kelly As Chief Of Staff

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Priebus previously served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee . "He's a great, great American", Mr Trump said . "He is a Great American", he wrote. Scaramucci was particularly incensed by a Politico report about his financial-disclosure form, which he viewed as an illegal act of retaliation by Priebus ... Read More »

Sri Lanka, China sign Hambantota port deal worth ₹10000 crore

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However, the Minister said according to the ultimate agreement signed today, the Treasury will directly receive a sum of US$ 1.12 billion. "With these maritime infra-structure investments, and other diverse investments such as the proposed global maritime center, Sri Lanka will be well positioned to play a strategic role in the one-belt-one-road initiative of China", Hu said. Read More »

Anthony Scaramucci hits Reince Priebus potential White House leaker

Reince Priebus's six-month stint in the White House landed in the history books on a rainy Friday afternoon: He became the shortest-serving chief of staff. "We didnt even know it". But he clashed with Scaramucci and had been under siege by Trump advisers inside and outside of the White House who complained that he was ineffectual. Read More »

Germany to oppose new United States sanctions on Russian Federation

But as Trump faced the embarrassing possibility of being overruled by his own party, the White House announced late Friday that he "approves the bill and intends to sign it". Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow. The statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said Trump "read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it". Read More »

Putin in Finland on centenary of independence from Russian Federation

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The cooperation between China and Russian Federation brings balance to the world, and it is not directed against anyone, Xinhua news agency quoted Putin as saying. "We are simply seeing the growth of anti-Russian hysteria, most likely the use of Russo-phobic instruments in a domestic political struggle", he said. Read More »

Illinois Department of Labor responds to Ohio State Fair incident

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In an official statement, the Wisconsin State Fair said the Freak Out ride, similar to the Fire Ball, will not be a part of their SpinCity Amusement Ride and Game area. Fire Ball swings 24 riders back and forth like a pendulum 40 feet above the ground while they sit in four-seat carriages that spin at 13 revolutions a minute, according to the company's website. Read More »

Putin decries 'anti-Russian hysteria' in US

Moscow's latest move comes a day after the US Senate passed sweeping legislation slapping new sanctions on Russian Federation - over its alleged interference in last year's election, annexation of Crimea and military operations in eastern Ukraine - and limiting President Donald Trump's ability to remove them. Read More »

Three US Republicans threaten to vote no on healthcare

The House and original Senate bills would have gotten rid of it completely. "Why should I make phone calls?'" he said . Repealing key provisions of Obamacare without replacing them could cause insurers to flee and premiums to rise. "This is an epic fail for Republicans", said Tim Phillips, president of Americans For Prosperity, the political arm of the conservative Koch Brothers' network. Read More »

Mehbooba Mufti's remark an insult to Indian flag: NPP

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Why are they doing it? She said legislators from Pakistani side of Kashmir should be allowed to come here and interact with the lawmakers on the Indian side to know each other's viewpoint. However, Mufti was all praises for "the man of the moment", Prime Minister Narendra Modi , who, she believes, can be the true harbinger of peace and stability in The Valley. Read More »

Trump's chief of staff in tight spot

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In a statement, Priebus said it had been one of the great honors of his life to serve Trump and the country. It's not clear whether Gen. Kelly will tolerate this arrangement - or exactly what he will tolerate from Scaramucci, who has been going after various White House staffers. Read More »

Trump names John Kelly chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus

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The shakeup was announced shortly after Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews, returning from a speech in Long Island , NY. He's a great, great American. After news of Priebus' exit, Ryan said his friend "has left it all out on the field, for our party and our country". "He has achieved so much, and he has done it all with class". Read More »

Trump names John Kelly as White House chief of staff

A senior White House official said Trump had informed Priebus two weeks ago that he would be replacing him and that the move had no connection to Scaramucci, whose hiring a week ago prompted Sean Spicer, a Priebus ally, to abruptly resign as press secretary. Read More »

Putin Condemns US 'Impudence' as Congress Pushes New Sanctions

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Putin, on a visit to Finland, said the proposed US sanctions were "extremely cynical" and an attempt by Washington to safeguard its own geopolitical interests at the expense of its allies in Europe. Local analysts noted possible new US sanctions against Russian Federation could affect the expansion of the Baltic gas pipelines known as Nordstream 2. Read More »

Russia Retaliates For Sanctions Approval, Hitting At US Diplomatic Corps

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John McCain, R-Ariz., said the bill's passage was long overdue, a jab at Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress. McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has called Putin a murderer and a thug. The president has sought closer ties with Russian Federation but analysts say any attempt to veto the new sanctions could have fuelled suspicion that he was too supportive of the Kremlin. Read More »

Senate vote to force Trump's hand on Russian Federation sanctions

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Legislation hitting Russia, Iran and North Korea with additional financial sanctions has a hit a snag in the Senate. The president has not said whether he will sign the measure, but a veto would be an empty gesture as the bill was passed in both houses of Congress with veto-proof majorities. Read More »

Russian Federation orders U.S. to cut diplomatic staff

The ministry said the United States had until September 1 to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, the number of Russian diplomats left in the United States after Washington expelled 35 Russians in December. "The latest events confirm that certain circles in the USA are fixated on Russophobia and open confrontation with our country", according to a Foreign Ministry statement. Read More »

Valley scouts react to Trump speech at Jamboree

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That was never our intent", Michael Surbaugh , whose title is chief Scout executive, wrote in a message posted online. "The invitation for the sitting USA president to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies". Read More »

Putin Derides 'Illegal' Sanctions Bill - But Says He's Waiting On Final Version

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The sanctions measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a 419-3. Mr. Niinisto told Mr. Putin on Thursday: "I do not quite agree with you that the issue is about imposing sanctions or adhering to US laws". Trump can impose new sanctions at any time through an executive order. The bill underwent revisions to address concerns voiced by American oil and natural gas companies that sanctions specific to Russia's energy sector could backfire on them to Moscow's benefit. Read More »

Trump Ready to Sign Sanctions Bill; Moscow Retaliates

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Congress as "illegal under worldwide law" - but he said Russia's response will depend on what ultimately gets passed. The idea of Trump seeking to strengthen the sanctions drew skepticism given that the administration had spent weeks lobbying for a weaker bill. Read More »

'Feeling suffocated': Samajwadi Party leader Bukkal Nawab resigns

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After submitting his resignation, Nawab said he was "feeling suffocated" in the party for the last one year and that he was ready to meet the BJP leadership if called by it. Yashwant Singh resigned and accused former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of being "anti-national" for praising China at the Vidhan Parishad. "People are watching everything", he said. Read More »