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Mattis: White House Will Deliver New Afghanistan Strategy to Congress Next Month

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The United States is not winning in Afghanistan , U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Tuesday, saying he was crafting a new strategy to brief lawmakers about by mid-July. "You can't expect a stable budget if you don't give us a strategy". But the US military faces a further near-term challenge , he said. Lawmakers repeatedly asked Mr Mattis for an update on Afghanistan, and about whether Mr Trump will deploy thousands more troops to help Afghan partners reverse a ... Read More »

Pakistani PM hopes for swift solution to crisis over Qatar

While expressing solidarity with Saudi Arabia , Sharif said the Gulf kingdom has a very special place in the hearts of Pakistanis. But al Thani disputed that Monday, saying that "if the problem is Iran , why have those measures been taken against Qatar , why not taken against Iran?" "We have legal channels to object to this", he said. Read More »

North Korea says leader Kim supervised test of new anti-ship missiles

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The missile was believed to be a Scud-class ballistic missile and flew about 450 km (280 miles), South Korean officials said . Those "concerned countries" should "make joint efforts to ease tensions and work toward regional stability", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a briefing at which he did not elaborate on what measure his government was taking as the sole nation in the world with leverage over the North Korean regime. Read More »

Kremlin critic Navalny jailed, hundreds arrested at anti-Putin protests

Russian state media ignored the protests. Tochenaya, who visited Moscow in advance of the protests and met with Navalny, the opposition leader, said she wasn't anxious about another arrest. Protesters managed to circumvent the makeshift blockade, and there were reports Monday that the city had relented at the last minute and agreed to allow the protest march on the main boulevard. Read More »

Sanders congratulates UK's Corbyn on election results

May sought permission Friday from head of state Queen Elizabeth II to form a minority government , supported by Northern Ireland s Democratic Unionist Party ( DUP ). Some top Tories are also unhappy that Mrs May has turned to the Democratic Unionist Party - which opposes gay marriage - to prop up the Tories in the Commons. Read More »

Sessions denies 'false and scurrilous allegations'

Sessions denied any collusion with Russian Federation to meddle in the USA presidential election, saying the accusations are "scurrilous", "appalling", "detestable". Wyden asked Sessions what problematic issues existed. Wyden . There are none. Sessions bristled at Wyden , telling the OR senator people are suggesting through innuendo he has not been honest. Read More »

France fans sing 'God Save the Queen' following attacks in England

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The Burnley No.1 will make his first England start in the Pairs friendly before Stoke City's Jack Butland takes on the goalkeeping duties for the second half. Olivier Giroud , with six goals in four games for France prior to this match, thought he had equalized with a spectacular volley, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside. Read More »

Will Trump block Comey testimony? White House does not know yet

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Mr. Trump said in one post , shortly after The New York Times reported the request for the loyalty pledge. Mr Comey is widely expected to be asked about conversations in which the President reportedly pressured him to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, whose ties to Russian Federation are under scrutiny. Read More »

Wisconsin's Stricker happy Open is at home

In the closing round previous year at Royal Troon, Mickelson and Stenson combined for 14 birdies, an eagle and 19 pars, and Stenson won by three shots with a closing score of 20-under par. "A close friend of mine winning a tournament motivates me". And great wedge players will do well, and that's also what I've focused on a little bit this year, to lift the standard of that so I'm able to contend. Read More »

Warriors 129, Cavs 120: Player ratings

During the five-game NBA Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers , Klay Thompson showed flashes of his scoring brilliance that was akin to his electric performances back in the Warriors' championship run in 2014-15. Read More »

AAP demands Shivraj's scalp over MP farmers' deaths

After calling off his indefinite fast on Sunday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister (CM) Shivraj Singh Chouhan assured that the Mandaur incident will be investigated in-depth, culprits will be identified and would not be spared. Chouhan started his fast on Saturday in the wake of violence that marred the farmers' protest from June 1, launched to press their demand for debt waiver and better prices for farm produce. Read More »

Philippines says Islamic State controls 20% of besieged city

Speaking in Tokyo last week, Cayetano told the Nikkei Asian Review that worldwide cooperation was needed to end the siege in Marawi . Fierce fighting in the city has left a total of 58 soldiers and police and more than 20 civilians dead, according to the military which estimates that nearly 200 jihadists have been killed. Read More »

'An Appalling and Detestable Lie': Sessions Blasts Suggestions of Russian Collusion

During a highly-anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, the New Mexico Democrat confronted Sessions about his refusal to reveal non-classified conversations with the president after Sessions dodged a question about whether Trump expressed dissatisfaction over Sessions' recusal from the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Read More »

The Hyundai Kona has arrived

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Hyundai Motor on June 13 said it plans to release an electric version of the new Kona compact SUV in the first half of next year. This stylish new entry into the subcompact SUV segment shows a lot of promise. While the Hyundai Kona SUV has been specifically designed for the United States and the European markets, there is a chance that the carmaker might consider bringing the vehicle to India, given the incentives for small cars less than 4 metres in length might no longer be relevant ... Read More »

President Trump: James Comey Leak Was 'Very Cowardly'

In his first public in-person comments since the hearing, Trump summed up Comey's almost three-hour testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in seven words: "No collusion, no obstruction - he's a leaker". Here is what former FBI Director James Comey had to say to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence . "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the near future", he told the press . Read More »

Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

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That is what I am saying", Trump said . "That might mean adding additional money into it". "We are going to come out with a real bill, not Obamacare". Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, and conservatives like Sens . Some Republican senators are pushing to wind down the Medicaid expansion funding more slowly. Read More »

DUP leader slams 'hyperbole' over gay rights policy

A stream of senior lawmakers entered May's 10 Downing St. office Sunday afternoon, to learn what roles they had been given in government. Her shift on Brexit could be forgiven as recognition of the requirement of a pragmatic position in a scenario she could not change, but there is no benefit of the doubt to be given over her about-turns on holding an election, and the so-called dementia tax. Read More »

Louisiana rated 48th among states in Kids Count rankings

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A New Mexico profile is attached separately. "As parental employment improves, we begin to see improvements in other indicators of economic well-being". Alabama improved several points in each case. Arizona saw the number of children living in poverty inch up along with the number of children living in single-parent families. Read More »

UK's Theresa May holds talks to seal government alliance

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However frustrating this waiting period might be for Barnier, he should be prepared for it to last a little longer. Termed as one-issue election by May who projected herself as the only leader capable of leading Britain through the divorce from European Union , it went much beyond Brexit - healthcare (NHS), pensions, jobs, housing crisis, education and falling living standards - though concerns about a hard Brexit had an impact on the election's outcome. Read More »

Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee

You can watch the session online on the Senate Intelligence committee's website . The committee's chairman, Republican Richard Burr, told Sessions the hearing was "your opportunity to separate fact from fiction" and "set the record straight on a number of allegations reported in the press". Read More »

Queen's Speech 'could be delayed'

One of British Prime Minister Theresa May's predecessors has warned that her plan to stay in power after losing her parliamentary majority risks the "fragile" peace in Northern Ireland . "What we're doing in relation to the talks that we're holding ... with the Democratic Unionist Party, is ensuring that it is possible to ... give the stability to the UK Government that I think is necessary at this time", Ms May told a news conference in Paris following a meeting with French President ... Read More »

May to form govt with N. Ireland party's help

The BBC has reported that May will intend to try and govern on the basis that her party had won the largest number of votes and seats. A source said Mr Corbyn has also been making a number of phone calls in what is a highly unpredictable and uncertain political climate, with Mrs May sacking two key aides and sending her Chief Whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast to open talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to reach a deal to prop up a Tory minority government. Read More »

UK Labour Leader Corbyn: 'I Can Still Be Prime Minister'

A local campaign manager in northern England complained that Ms May's closest aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill "had never met a real person in their life" and had badly misread the electorate with the plan. Left-wing politician and 2016 Democratic presidential primary contender Bernie Sanders is praising the large gains Britain's Labour Party made in the United Kingdom elections under the leadership of socialist Jeremy Corbyn. Read More »

Gracious Del Potro hails Murray strategy, seeks backhand improvement

On another day, Murray might have found Del Potro had the fortitude to win the first two sets-both of which were extremely tight at times-but the top seed will only be concerned with his next meeting at Roland Garros. Khachanov converted 1 of 6 break points on Isner's serve, but that was enough. With his forehand he can hit winners from anywhere on the court. The former US Open champion failed on four occasions to close out the first set and once Murray went ahead there was no turning back. Read More »

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies to Senate about Russia probe

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Trump has denied that he said that. Gingrich told CBS' This Morning that Trump called him on Monday night to discuss Mueller but he did not think the president was considering firing him. He also has vented frustration to aides on Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, a decision that led to Rosenstein's appointment of a special counsel, Robert S. Read More »

Puerto Rico votes to become the 51st state

Puerto Rico's economy has been in recession since 2006, according to the General Accounting Office, and its levels of employment and labor force participation are relatively low, compared with those of the US states. "I think it is really rather unlikely that Puerto Rico will become the 51st state in a xenophobic administration like the one that we have in the USA at the moment". Read More »

British Labor Party Members Celebrate Progress Achieved in Elections

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According to the projections, the Conservative Party is in line to win 314 seats. "Every vote for me and my team will strengthen my hand [during] Brexit negotiations", she said last month. Corbyn called for May to resign but the BBC reported she had no intention of doing so. It is a testimony to the low expectations for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour that this result is being hailed as a victory for the party, even though it lost to the Conservatives by about the same popular vote ... Read More »