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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 »

Merkel's government frays as migrant row festers in Germany


Merkel opened the country's borders to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, some of whom had become stranded in Eastern Europe . On Wednesday in Berlin after meeting with Mr Seehofer, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz voiced support for his ideas, saying it made sense for Rome, Vienna and Berlin to work together on the migration issue. Read More »

Spanish court upholds prison sentence for princess' husband


Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's conviction of the husband of Princess Cristina for fraud and tax evasion, though it acquitted him of forgery and reduced his prison sentence by five months. She was made to testify in the case and was ultimately fined for benefiting from her husband's scheme. The 50 year old had been found guilty last year of embezzling millions of euros (dollars) between 2004 and 2006 from a non-profit foundation he headed on the island of. Read More »

N.Korea Wants to Separate Denuclearization and Verification


Dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme - if that is what they agree to - and verifying it is likely to be a large and complex task. "It empowers China and South Korea not only to stop enforcing sanctions but also to return to resuming the generous subvention schemes of the past, when almost US$1 billion (S$1.3 billion) a year would flow from Seoul to Pyongyang's coffers, and considerably more from Beijing ". Read More »

Theresa May fails to appease Tory rebels on EU Withdrawal Bill

British Prime Minister Theresa May failed on Thursday to win around pro-EU lawmakers in her party over parliament's role in the Brexit process, raising the risk of defeat in lower house votes next week. Fellow backbencher Sarah Woolaston said there was no majority in parliament for the government's position. The rebels were finally assuaged , believing May had accepted most of the demands on a meaningful vote sought by a key member of their group, Dominic Grieve. Read More »

Six Bible verses Jeff Sessions should read as he separates migrant families


Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible on Thursday in his defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of immigrant children being separated from their parents after they enter the US illegally. While to most people this would be indefensible, Sessions found a Bible verse he apparently feels justifies such a traumatic, inhumane policy and process. Read More »

Trump sounds off on North Korea, Cohen, Pruitt, Father's Day and more

As Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, told NBC , "I would have told him, 'They're going to salute you, but don't return the salute, just move smartly down the line'". "I did a great job this weekend". The North Korean people have limited access to other news sources so the state media's portrayal of Trump and the summit is incredibly important. Read More »