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USA slaps new sanctions on Iran

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The move aims to choke off financing to the country's largest and most profitable petrochemical group and extends to its 39 subsidiaries and "foreign-based sales agents", the Treasury Department said in a statement. Senior Trump administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, described the sanctions as the latest examples of a broad economic clampdown on Iran's economy that would help dry up funds for the IRGC, a key part of its military. Read More »

FDNY: Helicopter crash reported in midtown Manhattan

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The Fire Department says the helicopter crash landed on the top of the tower, which isn't far from Rockefeller Center and Times Square. The fire department believes the fire is under control. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Emergency services first responders arrive at 787 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan where a helicopter was reported to have crashed in New York City . Read More »

Tree symbolizing Trump-Macron friendship has died

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The small European oak tree that French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump planted on the White House lawn past year has withered and died. "It is a quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported into the US", Gerard Araud, who was then the French ambassador to the US, wrote on Twitter, adding that it would be replanted later. Read More »

Opposition Labour narrowly denies Brexit Party its first seat in parliament

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Hustings for all nominees will be held in Parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday. Andrea Leadsom promised "decisive and compassionate" leadership in her first campaign video and insisted she had the eight MP backers necessary to enter the race.
Allies of Dominic Raab turned on Mr Johnson, pointing to a YouGov poll that suggested 53 per cent of people believed the former foreign secretary would make a bad prime minister - although 26 per cent said he would make a good premier. Read More »

DOJ Agrees to Turn Over Mueller Evidence to House

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The House moved to hold Barr in contempt after he refused to turn over Mueller's full unredacted report due to constraints imposed on him by federal law. In response to the agreement, Nadler said the panel will not hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt, for now. 'Today's good faith provision from the administration further debunks claims that the White House is stonewalling Congress, which Chairman Schiff's successful negotiations with the Justice Department already showed, ' he ... Read More »

Trump Threatens China Tariffs if Xi Jinping Refuses to Meet

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The president said the same strategy will work in the U.S. trade talks with China . "Tariffs are a attractive thing when you are the piggy bank", Trump said. When asked if a fresh round of US tariffs would go into effect if the Chinese leader was not at the meeting, Trump said, "Yes". With the Mexico standoff temporarily resolved, much of the focus will now shift back to Trump's approach with China. Read More »

Motorcyclist dies after being struck by lightening while riding on I-95

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The motorcycle rider died after crashing on Interstate 95 in Volusia County , the Highway Patrol said. A motorcyclist was killed Sunday when he was hit by a bolt of lightning. The man died as severe storms moved through the area Sunday. In 2018, there were a total of 20 lightning strike fatalities, nearly all of which occurred during the summer months of May to September. Read More »

Support for Joe Biden slips in key state

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Mr Sanders, a United States senator, is the first choice for 16 percent of respondents, while Ms Warren, also a United States senator, and Mr Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, are at 15 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Just a few months ago, Sanders and Biden's combined support from Democratic voters equalled over 50 per cent, but this poll has them with only 32 per cent. Read More »

Kazakhstan elects Tokayev as Nazarbayev successor as hundreds protest

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Despite large protests in previous years over wages in the oil sector and encroaching Chinese influence, Helene Thibault, an assistant professor at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, told Al Jazeera that Sunday's protests were "unprecedented" in challenging "elections and the fundamentals of the Kazakhstani political system". Read More »

Police detail man's threat behind panic at D.C. LGBTQ parade

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According to the NBC Washington , numerous people told News4 that they heard gunshots, but police said there was no evidence of a shooting. Both police and D.C. It happened Saturday near Dupont Circle, where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate. WJLA reporter Victoria Sanchez said on Twitter that one man who initially thought there were gunshots later said he thinks it was the sound of gates falling over. Read More »

Passengers offloaded as exit door on PIA flight opened

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The woman mistakenly opened the emergency exit door thinking it was the toilet. And there was further chaos when several of those passengers, who travelled on a later flight, arrived in Islamabad to find their luggage was still in Manchester . Read More »

Asif Ali Zardari: Former Pakistan president Zardari arrested

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Zardari, now a lawmaker in the lower house of Parliament, and his sister, also a politician, have been accused of having dozens of bogus bank accounts. The anti-graft body has been taken the former president to the NAB office in Melody. However, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi opposed the move and urged the speaker to take action only after he was duly informed about the arrest. Read More »

China's rare earths exports fall in May; shipments usually volatile

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China's trade surplus last month totaled $41.65 billion, marking almost a 200 percent monthly growth against $13.84 billion fixed in April, according to the latest data released by China's General Administration of Customs. A visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in May to a rare earths plant fueled the speculation that China would use its dominant position in rare earths as leverage in the trade war. Read More »

Detroit police identify person of interest in potential serial killer case

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A man has been taken into custody by Detroit Police in connection with a possible serial killer case. Despite that, Craig said he felt strong enough in his belief that one person is responsible for all three deaths . "This case is getting notoriety because police pieced it together, it could very well be a serial killer", he says. As of Thursday, police have not identified or released photos of the victims. Read More »

Mexico contradicts Trump's tweet of reaching a farm deal

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The accord calls for Mexico to better patrol its southern border with Guatemala and to hold asylum-seeking migrants while their cases are heard in the United States. The new deal was unveiled with much fanfare on Friday evening. The decision was a relief for Trump aides- almost all of whom were united in opposition to the tariffs, disagreeing on principle and in practice. Read More »

EU Failed to Rescue the 2015 Nuclear Deal - Iranian FM Spokesman

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Mr Zarif, speaking at a high school in Tehran on Sunday, welcomed Mr Abe's visit but said Mr Trump had engaged in an "economic war" against Iran through the sanctions. This is probably to protect the ship as it is already within range of air strikes on Iran, and to not provoke a response from Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which routinely harasses USA naval ships. Read More »

Biden retains lead in Iowa poll, but Warren and Buttigieg gain

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On the heels of a major Iowa poll which showed a big slip in his big lead over the Democratic field, Joe Biden was conspicuous by his absence from the guest list of a big party event in the state on Sunday. It prompted a rebuke from several fellow candidates, especially Massachusetts Sen. Sen. Kamala Harris of California was at 7% support in both surveys. Read More »

Fire breaks out at London flats as 100 firefighters deal with emergency

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A short time ago, the brigade said on Twitter that the fire was under control. It was not clear whether the wooden balconies had contributed to the blaze. Speaking to LBC this morning, Mr Boff said it was "unforgivable" that fire alarms did not work in the building. "There are no reports of any injuries at the moment". Read More »

Flood WARNING issued as 50mm of rain to smash Britain

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Storms will increase in coverage and intensity and a few could be strong to severe with large hail and damaging winds. Overnight lows dropping into the 40s and low 50s, which are near record lows for June. It will be coolest on north and east facing coasts, in mostly moderate north to northeast winds, winds fresh in some coastal areas. Northwest wind 6 to 9 miles per hour. Read More »

President Xi returns to Beijing after state visit to Russian Federation

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The company had recently been linked with a Russian carrier, MTS which had eventually led to a deal to build the 5G infrastructure over the next year in Russia . Xi said the US and China had "strong trade and investment connections". Mr Xi struck a more conciliatory tone, calling for world powers to protect the global multilateral trade system. Read More »

Crane Collapses in Dallas, 1 Dead and 6 Injured

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Building management have chose to evacuate the building and move the residents to hotels. According to videos doing the round on social media, the crane was dangerously swaying due to the strong winds with debris falling at different places before it eventually fell. Read More »

Crews Battle Sand Fire in Yolo County

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The outage is expected to last at least through Saturday afternoon, the company said. Electricity was turned off around 6 a.m.to 1,600 customers in parts Napa, Solano and Yolo counties. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) discusses how PG&E filed for bankruptcy following the California wildfires and how California lawmakers traveled to Hawaii with utility executives past year, while the wildfires destroyed parts of The Golden State. Read More »

Britain's Prime Minister Hopeful Javid Offers to Pay for Brexit Border Solution

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One of Johnson's main rivals for the post, Environment Secretary Michael Gove, continued to be sidetracked Sunday by questions about his acknowledged cocaine use when he was a youthful journalist. But the experience of Greece, when it threatened to default on some €250b of loans to the bloc's crisis-fighting fund in an attempt to extract concessions from its European peers, shows the EU might not be that easily lubricated. Read More »

Trump To Decide Next China Tariffs After G20 Summit

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Yesterday, while Mr Trump said talks between both sides were continuing, he also threatened to impose fresh tariffs on at least another US$300 billion of Chinese imports. "But I think China wants to make a deal and I think Mexico wants to make a deal badly", said Trump before boarding Air Force One at the Irish airport of Shannon on his way to France for D-Day commemorations. Read More »

Several American embassies defy orders from Trump administration to honor 'Pride Month'

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Embassies in Latvia, Brazil , Israel, Germany , and other nations sought permission to fly the pride flag in June-LGBTQ Pride Month-and were denied by the State Department, diplomats say. Presumably before he learned of the flag ban, Grenell praised the President's tweet and said that it gave him "even more pride to once again march in the Berlin Pride parade, hang a huge banner on the side of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host multiple events at the Embassy and the residence, and fly ... Read More »

Moldova Faces Turmoil as Court Outlaws New Govt

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Moldova's newly appointed acting president Pavel Filip on Sunday dissolved parliament and called snap elections, as a political crisis rocks the ex-Soviet country. The Democratic Party has said they will ask the Supreme Court to rule on the matter. The tiny ex-Soviet republic is squeezed between Ukraine and European Union member Romania. Read More »

US Warship Nearly Collided with Russian Vessel Near China

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The U.S. Navy released footage Friday of a U.S. ship's near collision with a Russian destroyer . The Navy subsequently released video and a satellite image showing the two vessels sailing perilously close to one another. The Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet said the Russians violated the "rules of the road" for the sea. Suddenly, the United States cruiser changed direction and cut across the course of the Russian destroyer, forcing the Russian ship to make an emergency maneuver to avoid a ... Read More »

'Mayor Pete' Surging In Iowa According To Latest CNN Poll

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Beto O'Rourke of Texas, both at 2%, were the only other candidates above 1% in the new poll . The fact that more than 10 Democrats made the Pride festival a key stop in their 2020 weekend trips through the first-in-the-nation caucus state is the latest example of how the Democratic Party - just seven years since President Barack Obama first publicly supported marriage equality - has embraced the LGBTQ community and sees it as central to their success at the ballot box. Read More »

PM Modi to offer prayers at Tirupati

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Maldives on Saturday conferred its highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries - Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen - on Prime Minister Narendra Modi . "Mr. @FaisalNasym, the Vice President of the Republic of Maldives held discussions with PM @ narendramodi ". BJP national president Amit Shah holds meetings with party leaders of Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand to discuss the election strategy, ahead of assembly elections in these states. Read More »