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About 4000 more USA troops to go to Afghanistan — APNewsBreak

USA forces are training, advising and assisting Afghan forces so that they can defend their own country and "terrorists can find no haven" there. In an effort to prevent a full-out combat mission and to stress the advisory role of the US military presence, the Obama administration placed very specific limits on the number of troops sent to Iraq . Read More »

Deputy AG Rosenstein: Special counsel will have 'full independence' for Russia probe

Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey . Watch his statements in the player above. The piece in the Washington Examiner points out his years-long friendship with a key witness, whose testimony will be especially important if the probe morphs into an obstruction-of-justice investigation into the president. Read More »

Friend says Trump weighs firing special counsel Mueller


But Chris Ruddy , the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of the President who attended meetings Monday at the White House , was the one who revealed that the issue was being discussed. There's no reason to fire Mueller. Yet, much of the public, including key Republicans, want all the leads in the Russian probe followed. "I think it'd be a disaster". Read More »

Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations Monday

But EU leaders insist these must be negotiated in detail for them to have any legal value as reassurance for those people affected. The European Commission said it is prepared for the negotiations to start as soon as the United Kingdom is ready but refused to give a date. Read More »

How Trump's Cuba policy could affect your travel plans

While campaigning past year in Miami , home to a large Cuban-American population, Trump pledged to reverse Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba unless it met certain "demands", including granting Cubans religious and political freedom, and releasing political prisoners. Read More »

Justice Department Says Rod Rosenstein Isn't Recusing Himself From Russia Investigation

Rosenstein , who oversees the Russian Federation investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it, came just hours after an oddly worded statement from Mr. The Justice Department's special counsel investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and administration has broadened to include an examination of President Trump himself , and whether the president attempted to obstruct justice . Read More »

List of GOP lawmakers found in Virginia shooter's pocket


Zachary Barth, staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), and Capitol Police agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey were also wounded in the attack, but their injuries are not life-threatening. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". As the Tribune notes , a Facebook page that looks to be that of Sue Hodgkinson was still online as of Friday morning, attracting comments both supportive and vitriolic. Read More »

Rep. Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, doctor says

Press Secretary Sean Spicer told pool reporters that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump spoke with Scalise's doctors and the congressman's wife, Jennifer. The Congressional Baseball Game began shortly after it's scheduled start of 7:05 p.m. (2305 UTC) Thursday. House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital. Read More »

Corbyn: Majority of one million 'decent jobs' would go to UK workers


With less than a week to go before the national election, the poll showed the Conservatives' share of the vote had fallen to 45 per cent, down four percentage points since the previous poll published on May 18. Against the Bank of England's trade-weighted basket, which measures sterling's broader strength, the pound is now back where it was on 9 April, before May called the election. Read More »

Apple debuts 'HomePod' smart speaker

At the Wired Business Conference today in New York City, the exec behind Alexa-Amazon's SVP of Devices David Limp-explained how he thinks Apple's connected speaker fits into the landscape. Still, the HomePod costs a bit more than numerous traditional speakers with which it wants to compete. Until then, Amazon will remain the smart home market's most popular device maker. Read More »

South Africa supports mediation to resolve Gulf crisis

Qatar and Turkey also seek to engage Saudi Arabia's rival Iran despite differences with Tehran's policies in the broader region. Iran said it is planning to send 100 tons of fresh fruit and legumes everyday. Those regional countries have suspended all land, air, and sea traffic with Qatar, ejected its diplomats, and ordered most Qatari citizens to leave. Read More »

May meets with Northern Irish Party

Without a so-called confidence and supply deal with the DUP , her party risks losing the vote next week on the Queen's Speech , which lays out the agenda for the government. A Downing Street spokesman said details will be discussed and agreed by cabinet on Monday, after which more information is likely to be released. Ahead of the meeting with May, Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said that any deal between the Conservatives and the DUP in Westminster can not be allowed to ... Read More »

Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market


The activist investor firm acquired a stake in the grocery chain and had been pressuring it to find a buyer after sales growth had stalled. Packaged food companies were also damaged by the specter of healthier food that is less expensive targeting their customer base. Read More »

Congress plays baseball for charity one day after shooting

It was his 11th time suiting up for the game, but he says this game was different. Scalise had been fielding balls at second base when he was shot and then dragged himself away from the infield in a trail of blood. Mr Trump visited the hospital late on Wednesday and said Mr Scalise was "in some trouble". "When tragedy strikes we are family", said Representative Nanette Barragan, who plays on the Democratic baseball team and invited all to attend the congressional charity baseball game ... Read More »

Xbox One X the Scorpio

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 debuted in 2013. The games would be available digitally and on disc for Xbox One players. This comes on the back of several analysts saying that the Xbox One X's price point of $649 AUD is too much. Read More »

Confirmed death toll in London fire rises to 30

She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged 5 million pounds ($US6.40 million) to help the victims. In addition to those killed, the blaze injured at least 74 people. Residents have also criticised the local authority as many of those left homeless struggle to find out where they will be rehoused in the medium term. Read More »

Police launch criminal probe into Grenfell Tower fire


According to media reports , the cladding had a plastic core and was similar to that used by high-rise buildings in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, which had also suffered fires that spread. Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Prince William visited the Grenfell Tower earlier this morning. "Furthermore it will probably be some time before all victims are located due to the sheer difficulty of fire fighters working in a building which is unsafe and will require a ... Read More »

United Kingdom election: Theresa May keeps top jobs unchanged


Mrs May is to stay in office with the support of her "friends" in the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after the Conservatives failed to win a majority in the snap election she called. "It is quite possible there will be an election later this year or early next year and that might be a good thing because we can not go on with a period of great instability", Corbyn told the BBC. Read More »

Queen Elizabeth visits survivors of London tower fire

The protesters scuffled with security guards in the lobby of the building. A number of protesters managed to enter the building, demanding to speak with officials. She was pictured talking to fire officers and staring up at the blackened remains of the Grenfell Tower , but was criticised for leaving without talking to residents. Read More »

British PM May fights for survival ahead of Brexit talks

We have got a mandate to deal with issues of poverty, justice and inequality in Britain... Ms May's party far from gaining any seats was reduced to 318 below the simple majority of 326 in Parliament. May also promised that her government will "keep our nation safe and secure", after recent attacks in London and Manchester, by "cracking down on the ideology of Islamist extremism and all those who support it and giving the police and the authorities the powers they need to keep our country ... Read More »

Cuba rejects 'hostile rhetoric' of Trump

Stopping short of reversal, President Donald Trump planned to announce a revised Cuba policy aimed at halting the flow of US cash to the country's military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations. JOHN YANG: How have they talked about how their lives have changed, what difference this past two years has been to them? "I am more hopeful than ever for the return of Joanne Chesimard to the United States to complete her term of imprisonment for the 1973 murder of ... Read More »

Northam Wins Virginia Democratic Primary For Governor As GOP Race Remains Tight

Northam, who has pledged to fight Trump, said he will also work with Republican lawmakers on several issues such as tax overhaul, Business Insider reported. Northam raised almost $6.5 million in the primary compared to Perriello's $4 million haul, which helped the lieutenant governor saturate Washington-area television stations with ads over the last few weeks. Read More »

Ariana Grande and others spread the love during One Love Manchester concert

I'm not going to let go of love. After all, the performance was being live-streamed across the world so could have been addressing London. The singer, who organized the One Love Manchester concert, appeared alongside acts including Coldplay , Justin Bieber , Katy Perry , Pharrell Williams , Take That, Robbie Williams and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher , himself from Manchester. Read More »

Minnesota officer acquitted in shooting of Philando Castile


The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop a year ago in front of his girlfriend and her daughter was acquitted of all charges in a St. The police officer responsible for shooting & killing Philando Castile was found NOT guilty on Friday. "Philando Castile got victimized by the system". Read More »

London fire: Tower victims 'may never be identified'


The package includes a guarantee to rehouse people as close as possible to where they previously lived - a poor neighbourhood surrounded by extreme wealth. Scotland Yard has launched a criminal inquiry into the fire as it has emerged that the type of cladding panels used on the building have been widely prohibited on tall structures in the USA since 2012 because of its flammability. Read More »

One of escaped inmates caught just miles from hometown

The inmates took the couples' Jeep and left, but after about 15 minutes, the man freed himself and called the sheriff's office , Swing said. "They wrestled with the man and got control of him and threatened both of them's lives", he said. Read More »

Doctor says Rep. Scalise's vital signs stable

Pence had visited the hospital where Scalise is being treated earlier in the day. Griner was among the five people shooter James T. Hodgkinson wounded on Wednesday during an incident at the Republican congressional baseball practice. The gunman died after being wounded in a gunfight with police. The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson , who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media. Read More »

President Trump says he is 'canceling' Obama-era Cuba deal


And now that I am your president America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime and stand with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom. The senator, who challenged Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, was expected to accompany Trump to Miami for the announcement. Read More »

After Intense Pressure, Facebook Reveals AI Tools to Fight Terrorist Propaganda


Machine learning is being used to detect similar posts to those Facebook has already determined to be in favour of the groups' activities. Dartmouth College computer scientist Hany Farid applauded Facebook's vow to take what he believes are necessary steps to combat terrorism online - but he's not convinced the company will live up to the promise. Read More »