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Pompeo Makes Unscheduled Visit To Baghdad Amid Rising Tensions With Iran

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Responding to a question about whether Iraq could protect US interests from attacks by Iran and its proxy forces, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said Tuesday that Iraq takes its responsibilities seriously. "This is about ensuring that there's Iraqi energy independence", he said. "We've urged the Iraqi government for its own security to get all of those forces under Iraqi central control", Pompeo said. Read More »

Newsday, What sort of life will Trump's lawyer face in prison?

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The Otisville Federal Correctional Institution, where Cohen will begin his sentence, is located in Orange County, north of I-84 and west of Route 17, about 80 miles north of midtown Manhattan. Cohen had once claimed that would be willing to " take a bullet " for Trump, but he ended up pleading guilty previous year to campaign finance violations, tax evasion, and lying to Congress about Trump's past business dealings in Russian Federation. Read More »

Partial withdrawal: Iran pulls out of parts of 2015 nuclear deal

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Russia , one of the signatories of the deal, sees the move as regrettable but understandable, according to Konstantin Kosachev, chair of the Russian Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. Washington has also deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and several massive, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Middle East as national security adviser John Bolton warned Washington would respond with "unrelenting force" to any attack by Tehran. Read More »

Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy leaves Pakistan

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The apex court overturned her conviction past year, sparking days of violent demonstrations led by hardline Islamist parties. In a historic judgement in October past year, the Supreme Court had set aside Aasia Bibi's conviction in the blasphemy case registered against her in 2010. Read More »

Russian airplane fire kills 41, pilot blames lightning

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As declared by Elena Markovskaya, the spokeswoman of Russian Investigative Committee 41 people have been killed in the fatal accident. Six people are being treated in hospital for injuries. He was unable to open the doors there and assisted passengers towards the front where they could evacuate. After the tragedy some suggested that Russian Federation may be better off abandoning the Sukhoi Superjet altogether. Read More »

Explosion hits near major Sufi shrine in Lahore

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SP city division Syed Ghazanfar Shah said out of the 15 people injured in the blast, eight were in critical condition. So far, no group has said it carried out the attack. "Our police officers sacrificed their lives to save innocent people", he said. An attack in the city in March a year ago left nine people dead, while a major blast targeting Christians celebrating Easter in a park in 2016 killed more than 70 people. Read More »

Almost 400 prosecutors sign letter saying Trump would be charged with OBSTRUCTION

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Attorney is one of three ways Democrats can try to force Barr to comply with their subpoena and produce the full report, unredacted and with underlying evidence. Some Democrats have called on Barr to resign, accusing him of protecting Trump by effectively clearing the president of criminal obstruction of justice and excusing actions viewed by them as evidence of misconduct. Read More »

Newspaper: Trump lost more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994

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Trump was already in deep financial distress, losing tens of millions of dollars on troubled business deals, according to previously unrevealed figures from his federal income tax returns. "In reliance on the advice of the Department of Justice, I have determined that the Committee's request lacks a legitimate legislative objective, and pursuant to section 6103, the Department is therefore not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information", Mnuchin said in the letter to ... Read More »

New Cell Phone Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest Released

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The 39-second video shows Bland confronted by a white state trooper, Brian Encinia , who pulled his stun gun on her as she attempted to focus her camera. "The premise that the video was not produced as a part of the discovery process is wrong", the agency told WFAA in a brief statement. Bland was arrested for assault and brought to the Waller County jail. Read More »

USA tensions with Tehran SOAR ahead of nuclear anniversary — IRAN ALERT

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On Monday, Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported that Iran's President Hassan Rouhani may announce on Wednesday "counteractions against US' withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA )". He gave no details of underlying intelligence. One US official told The Associated Press that Iran could be targeting American troops at land and sea. Read More »

Backers 'failed to follow through' uprising: Guaido

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The attempted uprising set off two days of violent clashes between security forces and protesters that left five people dead, dozens injured and more than 233 arrested. Maduro, meanwhile, appeared at a military exercise on Saturday with Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino, who top USA officials had said was in on the attempted uprising but backed out. Read More »

Pelosi says Trump is 'goading' Democrats to impeach him

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Every single day, he's just like taunting, taunting, taunting. "[He] just wants to solidify his base". She said , "It's there in black and white in the report". Pelosi reiterated on Tuesday that she wants to continue with the process of gathering more information, saying "we have to see where the facts take us" and warning that Democrats will "be ready" for whatever may come. Read More »

Australian prime minister hit with egg in protest

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The head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, scolded Morrison for associating labour unions with the egg-thrower. The young woman was reportedly protesting the Morrison government's harsh asylum seeker policy but refused to give any comment on the incident when asked about it by reporters outside the venue. Read More »

Sheriff says 2 injured in shooting at school in suburban Denver

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The STEM School Highlands Ranch is a public charter school with more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grades. It's possible that a third suspect remains in STEM School Highlands Ranch, which is still being searched, Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said at a news conference. Read More »

Georgia's Republican governor signs early abortion ban

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Brian Kemp signed a law Tuesday that will ban most abortions on preborn babies with detectable heartbeats, defying left-wing celebrities' threats to boycott the state and welcoming an inevitable legal challenge. It also would allow for abortions when a foetus is determined not to be viable because of serious medical issues. The Republican state representative Ed Setzler, the bill's author, said in an interview after the bill passed the state House that it was a "commonsense" measure that ... Read More »

Can US, China salvage their talks and end trade war?

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The US plans a hefty increase in tariffs on Chinese products, to come into effect on Friday. His words were echoed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin , who indicated that Beijing was backtracking on the "language [of the deal] that had been previously negotiated", which could alter a future trade deal "dramatically". Read More »

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin denies House Dem's request for Trump's tax returns

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Richard Neal of MA. "As you have recognized, the committee's request is unprecedented and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers", he wrote. He is the first president since Watergate to decline to make his tax returns public, often claiming that he would release them if he was not under audit. Read More »

Florida woman pulls alligator from trousers during traffic stop

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A woman reached into her leggings and got out an alligator during a traffic stop. Turns out she did. When the deputies asked if they could search the bags in the truck, Clemons gave them permission. Both Clemons and Machan-Le Quire were cited for possession of the reptiles and bag limit. "Ariel opened the backpack that was on the passenger's floorboard that revealed 41 small turtles", police said in the incident report. Read More »

'Over the moon': Meghan and Prince Harry welcome baby boy

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Less than an hour after Buckingham Palace announced that Meghan Markle was in labour, the couple have welcomed a baby boy. May 6, 2019. 6oz. The actress is closely tracking the developments since news broke this morning that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , have given birth to a baby boy. Read More »

Recent fighting in southern Tripoli kills 187

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Forces loyal to the internationally recognised GNA have since launched a counter-offensive, leading to a stalemate on the ground on the southern outskirts of the capital. The month-old battle for Tripoli has turned into a military stalemate as rival Libyan forces dig in for the long haul and foreign powers vie for influence, experts said. Read More »

Cross-party Brexit talks to continue despite anger over customs union plan

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May negotiated a withdrawal agreement with Brussels past year but British MPs repeatedly voted it down, with large numbers of her own Conservative backbenchers joining the opposition in opposing it. "But as elected politicians, who asked the public to give us an instruction on whether to leave the European Union, we can not now shrug our shoulders and say it's all too hard", she wrote in the Mail on Sunday . Read More »

Woman tries to egg Scott Morrison

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A young woman came up behind him, raised her arm and threw an egg - but it didn't break, rolling off his head instead. If you're planning on egging the Prime Minister, consider leaving your weed at home. "But why does he deserve it?" "All I know, I saw a guy with a camera start to wobble and he knocked me and I went down", she told reporters. 'Have you seen his video to Manus Island?,' she asked. Read More »

After 500 days in Myanmar jail, 2 Reuters reporters walk free

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The chief of Insein prison, Zaw Zaw, confirmed that the two were among 6,520 prisoners given a blanket pardon by President Win Myint, according to AP. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo say they were set up by a police officer posing as a source. In a statement to Reuters , Darzi, 59, said the release of the two journalists came after " months of dialogue " with the government of Myanmar. Read More »

Boeing knew about missing alarm a year before first crash

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When the jet returns to service, it will have the AOA Disagree alert as a standard feature and an optional AOA indicator, Boeing said. The safety feature that displayed the readings from the two sensors was available for a fee. The feature is supposed to warn pilots when two angle-of-attack sensors provide conflicting information about the relation of the plane's nose to the oncoming air stream. Read More »

'Decision to rerun Istanbul elections based on law'

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Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu cheer as they wait for him during a protest against the rerun of elections in Istanbul. "There is no need to be in despair", he said in a message on social media. "If there is no rule of law. they will trigger a civil war". The ruling party candidate, Binali Yildirim, has said that he hoped the ruling would mean "beneficial and lovely results for Istanbul", as Reuters reported. Read More »

Rep. Collins: Dems Using Mueller Report for 2020

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has officially begun contempt proceedings for Attorney General Bill Barr after he refused to meet today's deadline to provide the unredacted Robert Mueller report. In an escalation of the battle between the Democrat-led House and U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, Nadler is proposing to hold Barr in contempt after the Justice Department declined to provide the unredacted report. Read More »

Michael Cohen, on way to prison, takes a last swing at Trump

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Cohen's fellow inmates include " Jersey Shore " star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino , who wraps up an eight-month tax fraud sentence in September, and Fyre Festival fraudster Billy McFarland , who's serving a six-year sentence. The Trump Organization executive goes on to say that no one in the organization trusted Cohen with any real authority, and his actions were generally seen as pathetic attempts to win favor with Trump himself. Read More »

Israel comes to a standstill in memory of the Holocaust

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Mr. Kukiz refers to the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2017, which "requires the Department of State to report to Congress assessing the national laws and enforceable policies of covered countries regarding the identification and return of, or restitution for, assets wrongfully seized or transferred during the Holocaust era". Read More »

Trump says still confident in Kim after N.Korea test launch

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In an earlier statement, it had said Pyongyang launched an unidentified short-range missile. US President Donald Trump voiced confidence Saturday that Kim Jong Un would not "break his promise", following what if confirmed would be North Korea's first short-range missile launch for more than a year. Read More »