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Democrats now say hacking attempt was test from within

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A Democratic Party official said the identities of those who attempted the hack were unclear, adding that the target of the effort was the party's voter file, known as Votebuilder . "These types of attacks are incredibly simple and often the most simple techniques are the most widespread techniques", he said. The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee is mocking her Democratic counterparts after it turned out that a reported hack was in fact just a test. Read More »

Trump Administration Cuts $200 Million in Funding to Palestinians

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A State Department official said the decision was made after a review "to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with USA national interests". The funding would "now address high-priority projects elsewhere" , it added. As a result, the Palestinians said the United States was unable to continue its mediation role in the peace process and suspended contact. Israeli soldiers injured 50 Palestinians with live bullets on the 22nd Friday of anti-occupation rallies that have been ongoing ... Read More »

Trump’s bad week: President’s men turn against the president

Under a reorganization plan announced before Trump's January 2017 inauguration, the business was placed into a trust now controlled by Weisselberg and the president's two adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. Separately, the NY state attorney general has filed a civil lawsuit against the Trump foundation, Trump's purported charity. A spokeswoman for the attorney general declined to comment. Read More »

Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull defiant over fresh leadership challenge

Turnbull survived one attempt to knife him on Tuesday, winning a party room vote 48-35, but since then ministers had been defecting. Politics expert Rob Manwaring of Flinders University said Morrison was likely to continue Turnbull's economic agenda, of which he was one of the main architects as treasurer. Read More »

Yemen: Air raids kill dozens of children

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Earlier this month, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country's north killed dozens of people. The attack drew broad global condemnation and the coalition said it would investigate. The Houthis had blamed Thursday's attack in Hodeida on the coalition. The war has also led to food shortages and the spread of disease. Yemeni military sources also confirmed the killing of a number of Houthi field leaders on several fronts, including al-Durahmi district, which is a key strategic point ... Read More »

Pope issues telegrams to heads of State during flight to Ireland

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Pope Francis arrives in St. Peters Square to attend a meeting with Italian young people and to deliver his Angelus Prayer at The Vatican , Aug. 12, 2018 in Vatican City, Vatican. In 2009, Ireland was rocked by a report commissioned by the Irish government that found high-ranking church leaders covered up clerical child abuse spanning decades. Read More »

Drug Tunnel To Mexico Found Under Abandoned Arizona KFC

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In 2016, a 2,600ft-long tunnel was found by authorities in San Diego, California, also being used to transport illegal narcotics. That tip lead police to conduct a search warrant at the location, which revealed a tunnel entrance approximately 8 inches in diameter. Read More »

Furious reaction to no-deal Brexit preparation papers

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The first 25 papers cover everything from financial services to nuclear materials. In many cases the papers show that United Kingdom businesses would face an immediate barrage of new regulations and red tape because the United Kingdom would be outside the EU's customs union and single market, which allows for the free movement of goods, services and people among member states. Read More »

North Korea halts dismantling of main rocket test site

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USA officials have been trying to persuade North Korea to declare the extent of its weapons programs, something Pyongyang had always refused to do in past failed rounds of talks. Brooks said "North Korea doesn't have the sufficient degree of trust or confidence right now that it can take those steps (toward denuclearization) and still be safe". Read More »

Pak Asks US To "Immediately Correct" Statement On Imran Khan-Pompeo Call

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Qureshi, while addressing media in his home city of Multan, had said yesterday that Pakistan has "solid evidence" against Jadhav and was hopeful of winning the case against him at the ICJ. "Not only that he felicitated the prime minister, but expressed his desire to seek a constructive engagement with the new (Pakistani) government". He said Chinese foreign minister was expected to visit Pakistan on 9th of next month. Read More »

No end in sight for US China trade war

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However, Trump on Monday told Reuters in an interview that he did not "anticipate much" from the talks led by U.S. Treasury Under Secretary David Malpass and Chinese Commerce Vice Minister Wang Shouwen. President Trump has always been critical of China, and ordered an investigation into Chinese trade policies in August 2017. Allowing China Mobile access to USA telecommunications networks would carry a "substantial and unacceptable risk" to national security and law enforcement, the U.S. Read More »

ADL skewers Trump for tweet on white South African conspiracy theory

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From lies about immigrants in Sweden to farmers in South Africa , when Trump uses white supremacist talking points he is getting the ideas from Tucker Carlson . How have South Africans reacted to Trump's tweet? An analysis by the South African police indicated that roughly 60 percent of those attacked were white, while 33 percent were black. Read More »

Autopsy finds Iowa student killed by 'sharp force injuries'

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When he came to, he realized he had put a bleeding Tibbetts in his trunk, and then he carried her into a cornfield and left her there, the affidavit states. "This is a scary situation", he said. "I look at Chuck Schumer and, in my view, for pure politics, the blood of her and Kate Steinle - and the thousands across America in the last decade or more who have been killed by criminal aliens, many of them here illegally - The blood is on Chuck Schumer's hands, and every Democrat", Patrick ... Read More »

Australia’s political dysfunction a sign of the times

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Julie Bishop is weighing her political future despite an offer to return to the front bench of Prime Minister Scott Morrison , after being abandoned by her WA colleagues in the leadership vote. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will take on the post of deputy prime minister. He is widely seen as one of instigators in this week's latest sorry chapter in Australian politics. Read More »

British-Iranian woman temporarily released from Tehran prison

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Mr Ratcliffe said said: 'The Free Nazanin campaign is very pleased to confirm that Nazanin was released from Evin prison on furlough this morning. The Free Nazanin campaign, which is run by Ratcliffe, tweeted a series of pictures of Zaghari-Ratcliffe embracing her four-year-old daughter, Gabriella. Read More »

AG looks to open Cohen tax law probe

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Nearly simultaneously, Michael Cohen , Trump's fixer for decades, pleaded guilty to election fraud and in a shock move pointed to Trump as a co-conspirator. Although Cohen did not name the women, they were believed to be porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. Justice Department policy, reportedly accepted by the special counsel, is that a sitting president can not be indicted. Read More »

Trump Asks Pompeo to Cancel North Korea Travel Plans

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I look forward to seeing him soon!" The president's directive came after Pompeo's announcement Thursday that he would travel to the country next week. 'Using diplomacy to resolve the North Korean security threat once and for all remains one of President Trump's greatest priorities, ' Pompeo said. They planned to go "to make further diplomatic progress toward our objective" of complete denuclearization, he said, as well as 'laying the groundwork to hold North Korea accountable to the ... Read More »

Hardline Border Security Advocate Scott Morrison Australia's New PM

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Malcolm Turnbull took over in 2008 for his first iteration as Liberal leader. Mr Morrison defeated the key challenger Peter Dutton , a former Cabinet minister, by a vote of 45-40. "You've heard it straight from the horse's mouth - by tomorrow at lunchtime, Julie Bishop will definitely be Prime Minister", he said. Morrison rose to public prominence when the conservative coalition government was first elected under Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2013 as the minister who stopped asylum ... Read More »

Kerala floods: Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers assistance

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State Dept on today's phone call", a spokesman for the foreign ministry said. The Pakistani media this week reported that Pompeo is likely to visit Islamabad in the first week of September to hold talks with newly-elected Prime Minister Khan. Read More »

Trump says market would 'crash' if he were impeached

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Or Trump could have just paid those bills himself. "What kind of a man is this?" "I give myself an A+". "He took the job and then he said I'm going to recuse myself". He said it would be really hard to confirm a successor "if he is fired because he is executing his job rather that choosing to act as a partisan hack". Read More »

Typhoon forces Britain and Japan to cancel historic beach landing drill

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The Meteorological Agency warned of gusts, high waves and landslides as Typhoon Cimaron looked to turn into an extratropical cyclone Friday night as the storm was predicted to hit Hokkaido. "Please be on high alert and take every necessary measure", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told cabinet members and officials at a meeting on storm preparedness. Read More »

President Trump Calls Reality Winner Sentence 'Unfair'

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A year after her arrest , victor pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act , telling a Georgia court, "All of my actions I did willfully, meaning I did so of my own free will". Victor spent a year in jail before reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. The intelligence community did not get into hacking attempts on American voting systems but we've gradually seen more information trickle out. Read More »

US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions fires back at Trump

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But Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing a probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow. He later said it was outrageous that Trump had "decided to condemn the entire practice of flipping nationwide, which is essential to law enforcement operations". Read More »

Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court declares Mnangagwa as duly elected president

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According to Zimbabwe's laws, Mnangagwa will have to be sworn in as the new president by Sunday. However, lawyers for Mnangagwa insisted that there was insufficient evidence. A credible election is key to lifting worldwide sanctions on the once-prosperous southern African nation after Mugabe's rule was marked by harassment of the opposition and rigged votes. Read More »

Giuliani: Trump asked about pardoning Manafort during trial

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Trump's campaign manager spent years in the employ of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, helping pro-Russian candidates win elections in Ukraine and elsewhere. Cohen, who served as Trump's personal attorney and worked in his Trump Organization, pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight counts that included tax fraud and campaign finance violations. Read More »

El Salvador drops Taiwan for China

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With El Salvador's switch, 16 small countries plus the Vatican now recognize Taiwan. China's offer of military weapons, support for port construction cost and coverage of El Salvadoran election expenses worked in favor of the decision to cancel diplomatic relations with Taiwan, according to the report. Read More »

USA exposes Iran's 'lie' about indigenous fighter jet 'Kowsar'

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They know if they harm this country and this state in the slightest way, the United States and its main ally in the region, the Zionist regime (Israel), would be targeted", Khatami said. Iran has sent weapons and thousands of soldiers to Syria to help prop up President Bashar al-Assad's forces, but had to rely on Russian Federation for aerial support due to its own lack of a powerful air force. Read More »