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Senate steers toward showdown vote next week on health bill

Rand Paul (R-KY) labeled the House bill as "Ryancare" and "Obamacare-Lite". While the Senate is crafting its own legislation, the House-passed American Health Care Act is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans - 55 percent - compared with 31 percent who viewed it favorably, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in May . Read More »

Seattle police shoot, kill woman who reported burglary


Charleena Lyles' aunt Laurie Davis and oldest sister Monika Williams (r.) hold each other at a vigil. They have not been identified. Lyles' case should be forwarded to a mental health court, the report said . According to the transcript Lyles also said "Get ready (expletive)". A Department of Justice investigation in 2012 found that the Seattle Police department regularly used excessive force. Read More »

Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria, targets ISIS


Walla news corroborated Yaari's report, quoting unnamed "diplomatic sources" as saying that only one or two of the seven Iranian missiles hit their target. "I don't think the Americans are testing the red lines". Iran has a large and diverse ballistic missile arsenal with weapons that comparatively more developed than the Zolfaqar. Read More »

US Congressional bypoll being seen as test for Trump


Republicans may see holding the seat as one sign that Trump's agenda and lack of popularity may not be as damaging for the party as Democrats hope. The almost-$60 million race has raised the stakes for Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel . Read More »

The Buzz | Merkel seeks 'good agreement' with UK on Brexit

Whatever happens with interest rates and in the Brexit talks, credit ratings agency DBRS says uncertainty "is likely to adversely impact the economy and the fiscal accounts". "There is a long way to go, but we are off to a promising start". "We are citizens first". "Now, we have a shared responsibility to deliver quick and substantive progress". Read More »

Kushner heading to Mideast for peace talks


It is the first new settlement in the West Bank in some 25 years. During that period, however, the population of existing settlements and unauthorized so-called "wildcat outposts" has nearly trebled. Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader involved in peace talks both with Israelis and internally, said Palestinians were skeptical of Kushner and Trump's team generally, as they saw the duo was close only to the Israeli side. Read More »

Ram Nath Kovind meets Murli Manohar Joshi


Rumours are abound that Congress is looking at Mahatma Gandhi 's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their candidate for President of India. A senior Left leader told ET that discussions were on with Congress to decide on a credible face to contest the BJP nominee. Read More »

"Probably not that many tourists" to stop from visiting North Korea

He said that he has spoken with Warmbier's family and called them "incredible" considering "what they've gone through". I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr Warmbier's death . American student Otto Warmbier speaks as he is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. If North Korea conducts a sixth nuclear test, it would mean that the pressure now imposed by China is not effective, US officials said. Read More »

US warplane blasts Syrian drone from sky

A close look at the map shows that pro-Assad troops have placed themselves in key locations in the anti-IS battle, while staying close to the USA -backed Kurdish forces who lead the ground offensive. Russian Federation says it is waiting for the explain its decision to shoot down a Syrian warplane. Capt Hernandez, a US European Command spokesman, said the close encounter was unprovoked by the US aircraft. Read More »

US coroner investigating death of student freed from N Korea

He says Warmbier's fate deepens his determination to prevent other "such tragedies". Ojea-Quintana said that " time is running out" for many elderly Koreans keen to see relatives separated since the 1950-53 war and backed Seoul's proposal to resume them in August. Read More »

Family declines autopsy for former North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier

The family declined an autopsy. The statement says the office has reviewed medical records and talked extensively with his treating physicians. Trump announced Monday that Warmier has died. Justin Weber said that a press conference is expected later to provide details. The government of China, North Korea's main ally, said Warmbier's death was a tragedy. Read More »

Polls Close In Georgia's Closely Watched, Expensive Special Election


Handel led Ossoff by 4.8 percentage points with more than three-fourths of the 6th District's precincts having reported their results at 10 p.m. ET, in the most expensive House race in United States history. "No one should feel their life threatened over their political beliefs and positions". Democrats fell short in special House elections earlier this year in Kansas and Montana, in districts that Trump won by double-digits. Read More »

GOP holds on to seat in Georgia


With a historic commitment of money and people, Democrats and progressive groups drew a lower level of support for Ossoff on Tuesday night than he attracted in the April primary. Protestations aside, Handel often embraced the national tenor of the race, joining a GOP chorus that lambasted Ossoff as a "dangerous liberal" who was " hand-picked " by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California. Read More »

Early returns show tight race in Georgia congressional poll

Spending on the race reached at least $57 million, almost twice the previous record, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a watchdog group. But I believe he has the country's best interests at heart", said Jessica Podalsky, who voted for Handel on Tuesday morning. But without much question, in this district (unlike some demographically different areas where he might actually be of help to his party) the president represented a millstone Handel managed to overcome by doing ... Read More »

Republican Karen Handel Beats Democrat Jon Ossoff In The Georgia Special Election


It has elected Republicans for decades, but Trump carried it by only 1 percentage point in 2016. A win for Handel could give Republicans a confidence boost in the public's acceptance of their agenda. Meanwhile, Republican Ralph Norman won a special legislative election in SC against Democrat Archie Parnell. They saw opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat in a Republican leaning district, but fell short. Read More »

Taoiseach Holds Meeting With DUP Leader

Senior Cabinet figures have refused to say how long they expect the Prime Minister to remain in No 10 amid claims that successors are being lined up in readiness for a swift leadership campaign. He repeated that the DUP wanted a "sensible" Brexit . Theresa May with Leo Varadkar . Previously Davis said the issue would become the "row of the summer" but the chief European Union negotiator, Michel Barnier , said Britain was in no position to dictate the timing of the negotiations. Read More »

Mourinho Accused Of €3.3m Tax Fraud

Portugal coach Santos, who guided the team to Euro 2016 glory a year ago, was asked whether Ronaldo's future had become an issue and if he believed he would still be a Real player next season. "I have not talked with Cristiano. but they tell me has been treated badly in this country". A two-time La Liga victor, his 285 goals in 265 league appearances mean he is second only to Barcelona's Lionel Messi in that competition. Read More »

Republican Karen Handel avoids upset in key congressional election in Georgia


The margin allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what is being recognised as the most expensive House of Representatives race in USA history, with a price tag that may exceed 50 million dollars (£40 million). Democrats need to flip at least 24 GOP-held seats to reclaim a House majority and dent the GOP's monopoly control in the nation's capital. "The fight goes on". Read More »

Shiv Sena endorses Kovind's candidacy for President

She said that someone of the stature of President Pranab Mukherjee , or even Sushma Swaraj or Advani ji may have been made the candidate. "If that is so, we are not interested in backing him". Kovind also used to lead a BJP unit that represents Dalits, a community at the bottom of the traditional caste hierarchy of Hinduism. "They are bringing in rules based on regions". Read More »

Iran claims its missiles hit IS targets in Syria


NPR's Peter Kenyon has been following all of this from his post in Istanbul. Iran's homemade missiles, which can hit targets up to 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) away, are a major point of tension with Washington and Israel . Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? The United States targets ISIS. Trump has also referred to the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers under the Obama administration as " disastrous " and the " ... Read More »

Is Donald Trump Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice?

Yet, Sekulow said the president was referring to a news report about an investigation, not an actual probe. Attention is focused on the question of obstruction simply because so much of Trumps campaign to deep-six the investigation has been conducted openly, at full volume. Read More »

Republican Karen Handel gets narrow win in Georgia congressional election


Handel, 55, won in a suburban Atlanta district held by the GOP since 1979 despite raising far less money than Democrat Jon Ossoff , 30, in the most expensive House race in us history. Republicans have held the seat since 1979. Democrats need to flip 24 GOP seats to win a majority in the House next year. As the two parties duked it out, Trump loomed large over Georgia. Read More »

London tower block fire death toll reaches 79

The GRT said 50 families, who wished to work with the authorities, have been given a key worker today. The investigation into the fire will span a "wide range of areas", Cundy said, from its original construction, to the refurbishment and how it has been managed and maintained. Read More »

OnePlus 5 launched, to make its India debut on June 22

Anyway, here's everything you need to know about the newly launched OnePlus 5. It also looks similar to the Oppo R11 and Oppo R11 Plus which were announced last week. We're less than 24 hours from the most anticipated smartphone reveal of the summer, but the OnePlus 5 leaks continue to flood in. The rumours surrounding OnePlus 5 also speak of two storage and RAM variants. Read More »

Iran launches missile attack on 'terrorists' in Syrian city


USA intelligence analysts quickly concluded that Iran fired the missiles mostly in retaliation for a pair of Islamic State attacks earlier this month on Iran's parliament building and the tomb of the Islamic Republic's founder. "The Guards" missile strike sends multiple messages, said Amir Handjani, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council . It's also created to signal to the USA that Iran is fighting the Islamic State on its own terms, he added . Read More »

U.S. congress gets power to restrain Trump on Russian Federation sanctions


The two dissenting votes were Sen. The libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only other "no" vote against the bill. However, Sen. Robert Menendez was skeptical, telling Politico , "I just cannot fathom how House Republicans could ultimately, with everything that's going on with Russia's nefarious actions, try to either deep-six the bill or dramatically change it". Read More »

Trump's son-in-law may get new legal counsel

However, contrary to the commander-in-chief's believe, his top legal team member, Jay Sekulow , insisted that the president was not under investigation and appeared on several morning shows on Sunday denying Trump's message. "There's a lot of information yet to go", King said Sunday. The Post's story came soon after it reported that the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, spearheaded by special counsel Robert Mueller , had expanded to include a senior White House official as a ... Read More »

Group protesting Sharia Law met with counter protesters


Oceanside resident Duane Siegmann, one of the marchers against Sharia law, said he joined the beachside gathering to spread word about what he saw as a growing menace. On the other side of the protest, Marjorie Stamberg, a New York City teacher, held up a sign saying "drive fascists out of NYC". By 4 p.m., many people from both groups had left the area and only a few remained. Read More »

Republican Karen Handel beats Jon Ossoff in runoff — Georgia special election


In addition to the Georgia race , the party failed to pick up seats vacated by Republican House members who joined the Trump cabinet in Kansas , Montana and SC, although they ran far ahead of their usual numbers. As the two parties duked it out, Trump loomed large over Georgia. Earlier in the day, Handel appeared at her polling place to mock Ossoff for the fact that he doesn't even live in the district, and can not vote for himself. Read More »

Trump boasts over victory of GOP candidate in Georgia

But running a good race and coming closer than any other Democrat has come before in a conservative district won't cut it if the Democratic Party aims to flip enough red counties to win back the House. But that hasn't stopped Trump from weighing in on the race. Republicans believe the run-off will favour them in an affluent seat they have held since 1979. Read More »