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Missing 3-year-old found in cornfield, dog at her side

The Missouri State Highway Patrol lauded the community's response to the child's disappearance, writing on Twitter , "This is what #Community looks like". The dog, named Fat Heath, is now being hailed a hero and a very good boy on social media. Remy is OK, though her mother says she had several mosquito bites, the Associated Press reported . Read More »

French special forces on the ground in Yemen


The U.N. special envoy to Yemen , Martin Griffiths, is due to arrive in Sanaa on Saturday. Aid groups and the United Nations cautioned the coalition from launching the assault amid fears that a drawn-out conflict could force a shutdown of Hodeida's port at a time when a halt in aid risks tipping millions into starvation. Read More »

Seoul, Washington discuss future of joint military maneuvers


U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement earlier in the week that he would suspend joint ROK-U.S. military drills came a "surprise" to Seoul, a South Korean presidential special advisor said on Friday. During the 30-minute phone conversation, Seoul's Defense Minister Song Young-moo congratulated his U.S. counterpart James Mattis on the successful North Korea-U.S. Read More »

Tory rebellion back on after MPs reject May’s compromise


The Independent newspaper in London reported Thursday that some sources in Westminster were already speculating that it could cause a constitutional crisis, precipitating the collapse of May's administration. Fellow backbencher Sarah Woolaston said there was no majority in parliament for the government's position. He said: "Once again, all five of Manchester's Labour MPs have supported the Tory Government on its mission to deliver the hardest and most disastrous Brexit - no matter the ... Read More »

Russia: Arrest Of Campaigner Peter Tatchell For Gay Rights Protest Is 'Outrageous'.


In 2007, Tatchell was beaten by rightwing demonstrators as he attended Moscow's second-ever gay pride parade, in an attack he says has left him with brain damage. Remember how several weeks ago a Russian LGBTQ activist told us that Russian police wouldn't be able to stop violence against LGBTQ people during the World Cup soccer tournament? Despite homosexuality being officially decriminalised in Russian Federation in 1993, a more recent law banning "gay propaganda" has extended the ... Read More »

Greek parliament debates no-confidence motion after Macedonia deal


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev of Macedonia agreed Tuesday to rename the latter's country North Macedonia, ending a disagreement that has prevented it from joining worldwide institutions such as NATO. In the years that followed, Macedonia began to backslide on democratic reforms, losing its hopes for European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Government sources rejected the opposition's claims that it negotiated in secret with Skopje, ignoring the will of the Greek ... Read More »

Eight injured after taxi ploughs into fans in Moscow

This report will be updated. Russian Federation is hosting the World Cup and the capital's streets have been crowded with foreign visitors. According to preliminary estimates, seven people sought medical treatment. Interfax news agency cited a source as saying that the driver was drunk at the time of the incident. The accident took place on Ilinka Street, about 200 meters (650 feet) from Red Square and Moscow's famous GUM shopping arcade. Read More »

Spains says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants


Salvini demanded a formal apology and he reminded Macron to honour a 2015 deal to accept some 10,000 migrants under the European Union quota system. 'We need to work on reform of the Dublin Agreement, ' Conte stressed ahead of his Paris visit. Amid the quarrel this week, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz proposed an "axis of the willing" to tackle the problem of illegal migration. Read More »

In Argentina chose to legalize abortion


Some members of the Chamber of Deputies said the debate was agonizing. The bill, which will now go to the Senate, would include abortion in the free public health system. The current law in Argentina prohibits abortion, except when the mother's life or health is determined to be in danger, or in cases of rape. The bill would decriminalize abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and beyond that in cases where the fetus suffers from conditions not compatible with life outside the ... Read More »

Taliban and Afghans hug and take selfies during unprecedented ceasefire


Many people across the country have urged the government and the Taliban to extend their ceasefires. Traffic jams formed where people stopped to take pictures of the fighters with their flags. According to a statement issued to media, the militant group said operations against foreign forces would continue, warning that the fighters would "strongly defend" themselves if attacked. Read More »

23-Foot-Long Python Swallows Indonesian Woman


Comr. Agung Ramos Paretongan Sinaga said the 54-year-old housewife disappeared on Thursday night, the last night of Ramadhan, after she went to inspect her corn plantation around 1 kilometer away from her house. According to Faris, the victims garden is located in a rocky area with caves and cliffs believed to contain many snakes. Resident Ayu Kartika said: "Everybody was crying, everybody was shocked". Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests Arab-Israeli who recruited for ISIS in Wisconsin


Waheba Issa Dais, a 45-year-old from Israel who is now a legal USA resident, was charged Wednesday with attempting to provide material support or resources to ISIS - which carries a maximum 20-year sentence and $250,000 fine. The FBI says Dais suggested potential targets for attacks, such as street festivals and celebrations in the summer or churches. Authorities say Dais was born in Jerusalem and was married to a USA citizen when she arrived in Chicago in 1992. Read More »

Heat wave approaches DC area as cooler weather flees region


Temperatures could hit at least 90 on Sunday , Monday and Tuesday , which would meet the criteria of a heat wave, the second of 2018. "There is some relief, " McPike said , "with cooler temperatures by early next week". The weather service says dry and pleasant weather will prevail today , with mostly sunny skies expected. Along with that heat streaming in from the Midwest will be very humid air, which could push dew points into the high 60s or low 70s. Read More »

DHS: Nearly 2,000 Children Taken Under Trump’s New Border Policy


Under a "zero tolerance" policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions , Department of Homeland Security officials are now referring all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. The moves by the government to separate families have been widely decried by medical professionals, the United Nations, and a wide swath of US religious leaders. Read More »

Ethics official asks EPA watchdog to probe more Pruitt scandal allegations


According to the New York Times , EPA aides were also deployed to set up calls with his old donors in Oklahoma and secure tickets to the Rose Bowl, in addition to many other sporting events. "At least one of Saxum's clients, Plains All American Pipeline, now has a petition before the EPA", said Cummings in the letter. "I'll respond to Rep. Read More »

Harvard Accused Of 'Racial Balancing': Lawsuit Says Asian Americans Treated Unfairly


Harvard University is being sued for allegedly discriminating against Asian-Americans. Harvard says the OIR analysis was preliminary, and that it will defend its approach to achieving a diverse school body and campus community. In 2016, Blum aided white female student, Abigail Fisher in a case against the University of Texas at Austin. For students who choose to submit their race, Harvard says it's considered as one factor among many that may "inform an applicant's life experience" and ... Read More »

2 deputies killed in Kansas City, Kansas


Around 11:30 a.m., the deputies were shot in downtown Kansas City, courthouse and sheriff's office, near a transport bay while a suspect was being moved from court back to the jail. There is surveillance video of the scene, Blair added. Evidence markers dot the pavement just outside the Wyandotte County Courthouse in Kansas City, Kan . Read More »

NY sues to dissolve Trump Foundation


The 41-page petition to New York's Supreme Court cites voluminous evidence, including photos and emails, in alleging that Trump used his foundation's charitable assets to pay legal fees, to promote his hotels and other businesses and to buy personal items. Read More »

Australia punished soldiers over Nazi flag incident in Afghanistan - PM


Malcolm Turnbull and the Department of Defence have condemned Australian soldiers who flew a Nazi flag above an Australian army vehicle in Afghanistan . Vice Admiral Griggs said the Australian public's faith in the defence force should not be undermined by recent reports of cultural problems. Illustrative: Afghan women make their way to an opening ceremony for a Trade Training School, funded by Australian forces, who are part of the International Security Assistance Forces in ... Read More »

A year later, Grenfell Tower fire victims remembered


A June 14, 2017 file handout grab taken from video issued by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, timestamped between 01.26 and 01.29, shows the fire spreading up the tower. Nicholas Burton, a former 19th floor resident whose wife, Maria del Pilar Burton, died in January, was the first of the bereaved to lay flowers. "I was thanking them for all they've done behind the scenes that no-one knows about". Read More »

Trump boasts North Korea stand-off 'largely solved'


After signing an agreement with Kim committing the North to denuclearization in exchange for unspecified security guarantees, Trump pooh-poohed Kim's iron-fisted rule. I can now call him. Here's what we get: "everything". "It's amusing when you see the fake news", he said. And Trump, who declared on Twitter that North Korea is "no longer" a nuclear threat following the summit, told reporters he has "solved that problem". Read More »

Leading Tory rebel Dominic Grieve rejects May's Brexit compromise

Theresa May and her government look set to be on another collision course this week after their Brexit plan was deemed unacceptable by some members of her party. It will then return to the Commons on Wednesday, where we might finally get some sort of reckoning. Instead, MPs will be offered a vote on an unamendable statement, which would effectively turn any vote into to a vote of confidence in the prime minister. Read More »

Pres. Trump says he won't sign 'moderate' GOP immigration bill


Both would reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of U.S. residents and citizens who are living overseas, sometimes referred to as "chain migration". The moderates used a parliamentary move called a discharge petition in an attempt to force House action, but they fell two signatures short of what they needed to succeed. Read More »

NY sues Trump and his charity over 'self-dealing'


The civil lawsuit , filed on Trump's 72nd birthday, marked a new addition to the legal woes facing the White House, ranging from lawsuits from two women claiming affairs with Trump, to the sprawling probe into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation and obstruction by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Read More »

'Upskirting' law blocked by Tory MP


Gina Martin, 26, who faced rape threats and abuse after launching a campaign against upskirting, said: "This is great news". The blocking process only needs one MP to shout "object" when the title is read out, and as the Christchurch MP halted proceedings, he was met with cries of "shame" in the Commons. Read More »

Pak Taliban Chief Believed Dead In US Strike In Afghanistan

An Afghan defense ministry official says Friday, June 15, 2018 a USA drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah. However, he noted that the cease-fire applies to the Afghan Taliban and "does not include USA counterterrorism efforts" against a local branch of the Islamic State, al-Qaeda "and other regional and worldwide terrorist groups". Read More »

Delhi Air Quality Beyond "Severe" After Dust Storm In Western India


The air quality deteriorated because of dust storms in western India, particularly Rajasthan, which increased coarser particles in the air, the Central Pollution Control Board said. As the national capital region struggles with a severe dust pollution, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday had ordered stoppage of all civil construction activities across the city till Sunday as part of the emergency measures which also include intensifying mechanical road sweeping. Read More »

Watchdog Slams Comey's Handling of Clinton Controversy


This document summarised Comey's reasoning for notifying Congress about the reactivation of the Midyear investigation into Clinton . The IG refused to discount bias in that decision: "we did not have confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russian Federation investigation over following up on the (Clinton)-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias". Read More »

Couple taking selfie on cliff plunge to their deaths


The Jornal de Noticias reported: "At first the fishermen thought the bodies, from far away, might be people sleeping on the beach". They think the couple were taking a selfie at the time of the fall because they found a smartphone at the scene. Read More »

NFU highlights positives of Senate Ag Farm Bill


The House version of the 2019-2023 Agriculture Improvement Act died on May 18, defeated by a final vote of 213-198. But the Senate bill is at 25 million acres, although Thune hasn't given up yet on increasing the acres to protect South Dakota's pheasant and wildlife hunting lands. Read More »

Trump Says He Has 'Solved' North Korea Nuclear Threat


It fired a few barrages against hardline comments by US Vice-President Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton and has stood ever critical of "capitalist values", but has kept direct references to Trump to a minimum. "When I came in, people thought we were probably going to war with North Korea", he said. Previously, even on a good day, the best he might get was "Trump". Read More »