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Finally, Britain kicks off Brexit negotiations with EU

May's government said it was "confident it can achieve a bold and ambitious deal that will work in the interest of the whole U.K". "I think it was a mistake that we didn't spend more time and resources taking apart Jeremy Corbyn's economic proposals and his spending plans, which are frankly incredible and would do enormous damage to this country, to our jobs, to our economy". Read More »

Macron wins strong parliamentary majority: exit polls

Disillusion towards old parties, a will to give Macron a stable majority, as well as a lack of interest due to a lacklustre campaign - just a month after a heated presidential election - could explain French voters' apathy. But Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-left candidate he defeated in May, said an all-powerful Mr Macron "is going to end up believing he walks on water". Read More »

Trump's deputy attorney general Rosenstein issues cryptic statement about anonymous sources

Mr. Trump's latest tweets drew a concerned statement from Sen. President Donald Trump has just officially admitted he is under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice. The newspaper's story was met with a furious reaction from Trump's personal lawyer and the Republican National Committee. The Post , citing unnamed sources, said the investigation into the president's own conduct began shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9. Read More »

'Alt-Right' Condemned By Southern Baptist Convention

It also animated many well-intentioned clergy and laypeople within and beyond the SBC who lament the strands of white supremacy and blindness to racial inequity that still persist in churches. McKissic's move was initially rejected by the resolutions committee, whose chair Barrett Duke told reporters afterward the panel spent a number of hours considering the proposal "before we finally said we just didn't see a way that we could speak to the multiple issues that were raised in that ... Read More »

Camille Cosby Criticizes Judge, District Attorney

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Their honest work, individually. And, please, to the supporters, stay calm. Mr Cosby has given a sealed deposition in the case. The comedian's spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, not only criticized the women accusing Cosby of assault (many of the comedian's accusers attended the trial and could be seen ... Read More »

Vice President Mike Pence Retains Outside Counsel in Russia Investigation

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Pence, who after the election served as head of Trump's White House transition team, has stood by Trump's assertion that there are no ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. Records show that former vice president Dick Cheney hired a lawyer during the Valerie Plame investigation. Pence's communications director Jarrod Agen said in a statement. Read More »

US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

Iran-backed Shiite militias, along with other pro-Syrian government forces, have steadily advanced around Tanf despite repeated warnings from the US military. Iran's focus is increasingly on the border region between Syria and Iraq. The forces, armed with tanks and small arms, have amassed a few dozen miles outside the base that U.S., British and Norwegian special operations forces use as a staging ground to train, equip and fight alongside their rebel partners. Read More »

'Trump is considering firing Mueller as special counsel'

He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called it the "height of arrogance" for Sessions not to be present. Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department to helm the investigation after Trump abruptly fired Comey - who was the one previously leading the Russian Federation probe - in early May. Read More »

Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller -White House

Gen. Jeff Sessions rightly recused himself from any investigation connected with the election. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so. "Ruddy has told friends that he went public with the Mueller story, in part, to prevent Mr. Trump from making a rash decision". Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who said he spoke with Trump on Monday night, raised questions about the fairness of the Mueller-led probe . Read More »

US Military Service Members Wounded In Insider Attack In Afghanistan

One or possibly two attackers were still alive and fighting with police, he said. Since launching their spring offensive in April, the Taliban have been attacking Afghan army and police bases, killing several dozen men in recent weeks. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, also confirmed the attack. But last week, in an equally dramatic response, hundreds of Islamic State fighters captured Tora Bora, the underground labyrinth that was once the redoubt of al-Qaida ... Read More »

Police Confirm One Dead In London Attack

But the Met said: "At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police , however the investigation continues". The witness also added that most of those who were struck down by the van were male and it happened soon after the end of prayers. One of those, Adil Rana, 24, said: "The driver jumped out and then he was pinned down to the floor and people were punching him and beating him, which was reasonable because of what he's ... Read More »

Qatar hits out at neighbours as Arab rift enters third week

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The channel posted a video on its website of a column of armoured personnel carriers moving through streets. Turkey has said it will deploy 3,000 ground troops at the base, primarily to serve as a venue for joint training exercises. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani decried the blockade last week but said his country was open to a diplomatic solution. Read More »

Trump confirms he's under investigation for firing former FBI Director James Comey

Comey testified it would be up to Mueller to decide whether Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office. CORNISH: Now, if the president is so down on Mueller, why not fire him? "I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel", said Jarrod Agen, Pence's communications ... Read More »

Police Arrest Man Amid Angry Crowds After Finsbury Park Incident

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A van driver who was arrested by police has been taken to hospital and is subject to a mental health assessment. The suspect was detained by the crowd until police came. Another eyewitness told Press Association: "People were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing". BREAKING: We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque. Read More »

US Navy: All 7 missing sailors found dead in ship collision

According to the Japan Coast Guard, the collision occurred about 100 km southwest of Yokosuka, south of Tokyo , and was first reported by the Philippine container vessel at around 2:25 a.m. The Navy identified the seven sailors who died in the accident on Sunday evening. It was inside those flooded berthing compartments that search teams found the bodies of seven sailors Sunday morning, Japan time. Read More »

Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar

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Iran and Turkey are now providing Qatar's required food supplies. Qatar's isolation by a number of Arab states in the region is directed against its sovereignty. administration. Now analysts warn Turkey's unquestioning support for Qatar might have serious repercussions. Again, the blockade is considered a serious threat to stop the operations and business of such companies due to the political stands of their country of origin. Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May has "lost all authority and credibility"

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Saturday that the Tories need to work with other parties and "look again" at how they deal with Brexit . Davidson, 38, has unapologetically stood up for the United Kingdom . Paul Masterton took the constituency - which 20 years ago had been the safest Tory seat in Scotland - from the SNP's Kirsten Oswald. Read More »

Stay put? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

The first victim has been formally identified as 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali. Queen Elizabeth II marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester . Read More »

PM May nears DUP deal

Under the deal, the party would offer support for key votes, such as backing the Queen's Speech and the Budget, and - crucially - in any votes of no confidence. "I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who will get us out of it", she said. But Ruth Davidson , the pro-EU leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, called on May to "reopen" the government's Brexit plans. Read More »

Tapwrit rallies to win Belmont Stakes

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Running in first from the start, Irish War Cry seemed to have a shot at holding onto his front-runner status through the race's finish. Jockey Mike Smith, pats Mor Spirit, in the winner's circle after winning the Metropolitan. I'll use him in my superfecta. "Today he showed up". The Belmont was a bit of payback against Irish War Cry , since that colt crashed into Tapwrit coming out of the starting gate in the Derby and compromised his chance to win. Read More »

Steve Scalise's shooter had a list with names of other congress members

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The two men never talked about politics, Euille said. On Friday's St. Louis on the Air, we went Behind the Headlines and the headlines this week reached all the way from Alexandria, Virginia, to Belleville, Illinois. The Hodgkinsons had been married nearly 30 years. WANG: She got a lot of questions from reporters. James Hodgkinson was expected home soon because he had run out of money. Read More »

Korea: US Nuke Envoy's N. Korea Visit was Purely Humanitarian

They also said they are grateful he "will finally be with people who love him". "At the moment, we're just treating this like he's been in an accident". "They were looking at ways to do that and this was one of the instruments they were looking at, and the foreign ministry thought it was advisable to formally extend an invitation", he told AFP. Read More »

Banned building materials suspected in London fire

May has committed five million pounds for clothes, food and emergency supplies as part of Grenfell Tower Residents' Discretionary Fund on Friday, which includes the aim to re- house residents within three weeks as close to where they lived before as possible, to pay for temporary housing in the meantime and to provide extra financial assistance. Read More »

British PM May tries to quell public anger after deadly London fire

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Demonstrators gathered outside, protesting about several issues including the fire. David Lammy said Sunday he is anxious that documents will be quietly deleted and disposed of as police begin a search for evidence. Many residents are still unaccounted for, and police said some remains may never be identified. "We've always been advocates of automatic fire sprinkler protection in tall tower blocks and they work - people don't die in sprinkler buildings", he said. Read More »

Trump confirms probe, calls it a 'witch hunt'

In a series of tweets on Friday morning the president confirmed that he was being investigated for firing James Comey on May 9th. In an attempt to sound upbeat and to downplay the new developments in a controversy that has now reached the Oval Office, Trump also said that "despite the phony witch Hunt going on in America , the economic & jobs numbers are great". Read More »

Banned Building Materials Suspected in London Fire: UK

Police barred their way and scuffles broke out. "All of us in there gave our all and went above and beyond what we should have, but could not reach so, so many", he said. "All I'm keen to say is there is an effective, co-ordinated relief effort on the ground and I'm sorry if people haven't seen that". British Prime Minister Theresa May , facing criticism for the government's handling of the disaster, met Saturday with 15 fire survivors invited to her official residence at 10 Downing Street. Read More »

Virginia Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primary election results

Ed Gillespie won the Republican nomination for Governor in a Tuesday primary, but his margin over 2nd-place finisher Corey Stewart was slightly more than 4300 votes. Perriello in turn had a campaign ad in which he promised to "stop Donald Trump" while an ambulance, symbolizing Obamacare, was crushed behind him. Gillespie's strength in Fairfax County seemed to be providing the edge as final returns came trickling in. Read More »

Theresa May 'distraught' over fatal London tower blaze

More than 70 people remain unaccounted for, according to media reports, and many of those protesting Friday were demanding the return of their loved ones' remains. Prime Minister Theresa May , criticised for keeping her distance from angry residents during her visit to the charred remains of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, said on Saturday the response to the disaster had been "not good enough". Read More »

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: How Should I Spend My Money?

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So watch the initial negative reaction hit the shares of a host of Australian retailers from today - Woolworths (with its troubled and Big W chain), Metcash, Super Retail, Bapcor, The Reject Shop, Harvey Norman, Jb Hi Fi, Super Retail Group and Wesfarmers (Coles, Kmart and its troubled Target chain). Read More »

Donald Trump Continues Twitter War on Russia Probe, 'Fake News' Media

The memo, dated June 15, comes more than two weeks after Trump campaign officials received a similar letter dated May 26 directing them to preserve all records related to their work for the campaign, in light of the investigations being led by the special counsel and the House and Senate intelligence committees. Read More »

Special counsel Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's finances, Washington Post reports

And a person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday morning that it's "unlikely" the President will fire Mueller, but conceded that it's often hard to predict Trump's behavior. On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Mueller was investigating if Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and the panel's ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, have been hammering out an agreement for the scope of their investigation, which is beginning ... Read More »