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Cruise Ship Loses Control In Venice, Slams Wharf And Tourist Boat

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MSC Cruises, an global cruise ship line with its headquarters in Geneva, says its ship, the MSC Opera , experienced a mechanical problem Sunday as it was docking at a passenger terminal in Venice . "What happened in the port of Venice is confirmation of what we have been saying for some time", Italy's environment minister Sergio Costa wrote on Twitter. Read More »

Boeing 737 MAX may not return to service until August - IATA head

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Between them, one 737 Max crash last October in Indonesia and another during March in Ethiopia claimed 346 lives. After reiterating Boeing's commitment to safety and promising a sufficient software update in March, Muilenburg recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Norah O'Donnell of CBS News . Read More »

Syrian Rockets Fired at Israel

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Israel attacked Syrian military positions in the country's south early on Sunday, killing three soldiers and wounding seven others, Syria's state-run media reported. "The Hezbollah terrorist organization has begun an attempt to establish and entrench a covert force in the Syrian Golan Heights that is created to act against Israel when given the order", the IDF said. Read More »

Woman Shares Details of Attack During Stay at Dominican Republic Resort

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The post has since gone viral with over 140,000 likes and 150,000 shares. "I really, just, I had a sense of shame associated with it where I blamed myself", Ruiz said. After the story was widely covered in the media yesterday, the Majestic Resorts social media pages were flooded with angry comments, many wondering why the company had not responded to Lawrence-Daley's story. Read More »

USA demands social media handles for visa applicants

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An option will be made available for individuals who do not use any social media accounts. The official noted that applicants who abstain from using social media will not be penalized for not listing any identifiers, but if the applicant is found to be lying about their social media usage they would face " serious immigration consequences ". Read More »

New Zealand unveils spending boost in 'wellbeing' budget; cuts 2019 growth forecast

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The mental health crisis in New Zealand finally has a response, with the Government accepting 38 of 40 recommendations from the He Ara Oranga inquiry and backing systemic change with $1.9 billion in new funding over the next five years, including $455m for a new frontline service in GP clinics and other health providers - staffed by an extra 1600 qualified workers by the end of the rollout - as a centrepiece of its Wellbeing Budget . Read More »

American Gangster Drug Dealer Frank Lucas Dies Aged 88

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Lucas died Thursday night on his way to hospital in NY. He later expanded from NY into Chicago, Miami, Detroit and Puerto Rico. He's often credit for the "Golden Triangle" operation in the early '70s where he smuggled kilos upon kilos of heroin from Southeast Asia to America in the coffins of USA soldiers who died in Vietnam. Read More »

Joint Statement by Canada and United Kingdom on Hong Kong's Extradition Law

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Various groups in Hong Kong, including democracy activists, have objected to the proposals, which would allow case-by-case extraditions from the city to countries without formal extradition agreements, including mainland China . The proposed legislation has stoked mass protests in the former British colony, which was promised a high degree of autonomy, including an independent judiciary, under the "one country, two systems" formula when it returned to China in 1997. Read More »

After Malaysia, Philippines sends back trash

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The ship should take about four weeks to get to the Port of Vancouver. Canada then said it would begin preparations to take the rubbish back. "Canadian embassy officials, officials from the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority observed the loading", Cruz said. Read More »

Stepfather of missing Texas girl confesses to dumping body

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A litter crew noticed the bag two days ago as they were cleaning up the interstate, but made a decision to leave it alone, Singleton said, according to the Chronicle. The Houston Police Department said a child's remains were found in the bag, but they would not confirm the child's identity. Dogs trained to find cadavers reacted to the trunk of the auto, Pat Stayton, a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, said at Vence's probable-cause court hearing. Read More »

United States seeks a networked Indo-Pacific as response to more assertive China

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Wei Fenghe, and gave him a "beautiful book" about "ship-to-ship transfers of oil", suggesting that the U.S. and China could jointly crack down on North Korea's ship-to-ship smuggling that skirted UN Security Council resolutions. "China has national policies and laws where data is required to be shared", Shanahan told a defence and security conference in Singapore . In 2014, for example, then-Secretary Chuck Hagel used the podium to slam China for cyberspying and said the US would not look ... Read More »

Huawei retaliation? China draws up list of 'unreliable' companies

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The move appears to be direct retaliation for Huawei's placement on the US Commerce Department " Entity List " that effectively bans the sale of Huawei products in the US, though the Chinese tech giant was not mentioned specifically. The objective of the list is to oppose unilateralism and trade protectionism, as well as safeguard China's national security, he said. -China tensions over trade and technology in which Huawei, the world's largest telecoms firm, has been a main target. Read More »

Did Kim Jong Un Execute His Nuclear Negotiators?

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A South Korean newspaper reported Friday that North Korea executed a senior envoy involved in nuclear negotiations with the U.S.as well as four other high-level officials. 'Executing or completely removing people like him would send a very bad signal to the United States because he was the public face of the talks and it could indicate they are negating all they have discussed, ' Hong said. Read More »

Dutch hostage held by Filipino militants killed in gunbattle

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In this military handout photo, soldiers stand beside the recovered bodies of Dutch wildlife photographer Elwold Horn-a hostage of the Abu Sayyaf Group for seven years-and others who were either killed by their captors after attempting to escape or at the height of fighting Friday in the jungles of Patikul in Sulu. Read More »

Boeing CEO admits it 'clearly fell short'

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He warned that without more training, specifically on the Max's problematic anti-stall system, Ethiopian's pilots could be overwhelmed in a crisis and "it will be a crash for sure". "We can't change what happened in these accidents but we can be absolutely resolute in what we are going to do on safety going forward". "I don't see this as an additional material event for us, but it's something that's going to require individual attention customer by customer". Read More »

Trump says record group of 1 036 migrants caught at Mexico border

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Video shows them going under a chain-link fence to the USA, where they waited for agents to come. The U.S. has increasingly been forcing migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. In response, DHS said it has constructed a 500-person holding structure at the El Paso facility and plans to construct another by July 31. The policy has been introduced in El Paso and throughout California. Read More »

Special air quality statement issued for Edmonton and surrounding area

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The town is the latest community to be put on evacuation alert, as several fires rage out-of-control in northern Alberta and blanket areas to the south in an acrid haze. "Smoke is a huge factor in this challenge for not only for health reasons but for the wildland firefighters on the ground". Projected warmer and drier conditions across the country mean an extended fire season , and more lightning, which also equals more fire, said Flannigan. Read More »

China Maybe Regrets Backtracking on Trade Provisions

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Speaking at a separate briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang took umbrage at Trump comments on Thursday that China was becoming a "very weakened nation" due to companies leaving China because of the tariffs. Since then, China has warned that the USA must show "sincerity" if negotiations are to resume and angry officials accused Washington this week of engaging in 'naked economic terrorism'. Read More »

Florida Family Finds Unwelcome 11-Foot Alligator In Their Kitchen

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The homeowner told television station WTVT in Tampa Bay that she woke up to noises in her kitchen about 3 a.m. However, the creature did cause some damage, including destroying some of her bottles of red wine. The City of Clearwater shared photos of the large animal on Twitter. An 11-foot alligator broke through a window, at left, into a Florida family's kitchen. Read More »

Russian Federation to deliver S-400 system to Turkey ahead of schedule

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Ankara has proposed to form a working group to assess the USA concerns, but has not received a response yet. A top Pentagon official has again warned Turkey about the consequences of purchasing a missile-defense system from Russian Federation, turning up the pressure despite Ankara's stated determination to go through with the deal. Read More »

Here's one thing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz agree on

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Democrat Sen. Brian Schatz and Republican Rep. Chip Roy expressed a willingness to team up with Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez. Here's something I don't say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. Read More »

Retired brigadier, civilian get death sentence for espionage, leaking info

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Brigadier Raja Rizwan (retired) was given a death sentence, as was Wasim Akram , a doctor who worked for a "sensitive" organisation which has not been named. "Reports started circulating in the media that two senior army officers were under arrest". The army did not give further details about the information that was allegedly leaked by the three men or say to whom it was disclosed. Read More »

Trump admits, briefly, that Russian Federation boosted his election

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On Thursday morning, the President for the first time admitted that Russian Federation helped put him in office. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any claims of interference in the USA political system, stressing that the allegations were made up to excuse the election loss of Trump's 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, as well as to deflect public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption. Read More »

China has stopped buying United States soybeans during ongoing trade dispute

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States was doing well in trade talks with China and that Beijing wanted to make a deal with Washington. Xi and Trump are likely to find it "difficult" to make major progress towards ending the trade war, a former top Chinese official said. Before the tariffs, China was the largest buyer of USA soybeans, purchasing $12.25 billion worth of the product in 2017. Read More »

China's U.S. tariff hike to target condoms, wine, pianos

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China on Friday (May 31) accused the United States of repeatedly lying about the effects of the trade war on its economy, as Beijing prepares to hike tariffs on American goods ranging from wine to pianos and condoms. Rare earths are a group of 17 chemical elements used in everything from smartphones and other high-tech electronics to military equipment. An editorial Wednesday in The People's Daily , the official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party, warned that China could end ... Read More »

Boy Airlifted To Hospital After 'Serious' Incident At Lightwater Valley Theme Park

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Simon Moran, a guest at the park, said: "Just saw a kid fall off the Twister rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley". It was at that moment I realised something was wrong. "After that I got out of there with my daughter". "I would've thought they would have closed it down". "Although this is a joint investigation by North Yorkshire Police and The Health and Safety Executive, the HSE now has primacy". Read More »

Australian Navy Pilots Were Hit With Lasers on the South China Sea

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Euan Graham, an Asian security expert, said that pilots told him they were repeatedly targeted by laser beams as they flew, and that helicopters had to be temporarily grounded as a precaution. "The maritime militia is, I think, not beyond argument as a tactic which is employed deliberately". The spokesperson said while the reason for vessels using the lasers is unknown it may be to draw attention to their presence in congested waterways. Read More »

South Africa’s bloated cabinet size - How it compares with top countries

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According to Susan Booysen, director of research at the Johannesburg-based Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, while Ramaphosa initially favoured Naledi Pandor or Lindiwe Sisulu to be his deputy, Mabuza may be less of a threat to Ramaphosa as deputy president than he would have been had he ended up angry or frustrated in a full-time ANC position. Read More »