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Assad's offensive in the southwest aims to reclaim one of two remaining rebel strongholds in Syria , the other being Idlib and adjacent areas in the northwest. The opposition's chief negotiator in wider U.N. peace talks, Nasr al-Hariri, last week accused the United States of complicity in Assad's southwest offensive, saying American silence could only be explained by "a malicious deal".
  • Trump rejects request from Annapolis mayor to lower flags for slain journalists

    Trump rejects request from Annapolis mayor to lower flags for slain journalists

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    Trump has previously ordered the flag be lowered to half-staff following the death of Barbara Bush , the shooting at a Sante Fe High School , the Parkland high school shooting , and the Las Vegas shooting . 'I'd like to address the horrific shooting that took place yesterday at [the] Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, ' Trump said at an event to mark the passage of six months since his December tax cuts became law.
  • Malaysia gov't confirms arrest of ex-PM Najib

    Malaysia gov't confirms arrest of ex-PM Najib

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    Founded by Najib in 2009, 1MDB is being investigated in at least six countries for alleged money laundering and graft. Investigators in Malaysia have questioned Najib and his wife as part of the 1MDB case, along with former Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who won polls on Saturday to lead the nation's main opposition party.
  • Prepare Your Wallets: Amazon Confirms Prime Day Begins on July 16th

    Prepare Your Wallets: Amazon Confirms Prime Day Begins on July 16th

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    Prime users in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada , Belgium, Austria, Australia, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg will be able to access one million deals during the event and those in the USA will also find deals at Whole Foods Market stores.
  • Aviation Ministry directs DGCA to probe Mumbai plane crash

    Aviation Ministry directs DGCA to probe Mumbai plane crash

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    It had taken off from Juhu airstrip on a test flight. Anil Chauhan, a top official of the UY Aviation, said the plane was on a test flight and had not been handed over to it. It crashed near Sarvodaya Nagar in Ghatkopar , next to a building under construction. BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said he spoke to Prabhu to review the guidelines for repaired aircraft test run on the densely residential zone.
  • Spreading California wildfire forces evacuations in Yolo County

    Spreading California wildfire forces evacuations in Yolo County

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    No casualties have been reported. The fire that started Saturday spread as strong winds pushed smoke south, dusting cars and homes as far south as San Francisco with a thin layer of gray ash. Curry said the blaze started Sunday and officials believe it was human-caused but are investigating. The cause of this fire is unknown. Mandatory evacuations and road closures are in effect in those areas.
  • Prince William concludes trip with tour of holy sites

    Prince William concludes trip with tour of holy sites

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    Earlier, Prince William paid his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, who is interred at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives. Princess Alice was honoured as among the "Righteous among the Nations" by Israel's Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, in 1993 for sheltering Jews in Greece from the Nazis during World War II.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shares Photo of Worn-Out Campaign Shoes

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shares Photo of Worn-Out Campaign Shoes

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    Progressive political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed a conservative TV host on Sunday after her suggested the Democratic congressional candidate for NY lied about where she came from. "We have our work cut out for us", she added. "Your attempt to strip me of my family, my story , my home, and my identity is exemplary of how scared you are of the power of all four of those things", she wrote.
  • Trump says he's met 4 Supreme Court justice candidates

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    Trump said Sunday he believes his nominee, which he has said he will announce July 9, will be confirmed quickly. Trump already got one of his nominees, Justice Neil M. "The White House Counsel's office is overseeing a team of White House and Administration personnel from offices within the EEOB". "You never know how that's going to turn out", Trump said.
  • Knifeman attacks children's birthday party in Idaho

    Knifeman attacks children's birthday party in Idaho

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    A three-year-old girl who was stabbed at her own birthday party in Idaho has died. The complex is home to some refugees and the stabbing victims were from Ethiopia, Iraq and Syria, police said. Police said he later returned to "exact vengeance". The suspect, a 30-year-old man, was being interviewed by Boise Police detectives later Saturday night, and officers were still trying to determine why he targeted the victims.
  • Girl's Norfolk beach death prompts bouncy castle ban call

    Girl's Norfolk beach death prompts bouncy castle ban call

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    The inflated trampoline threw away the little girl in a pink dress as it exploded with a loud bang. A little girl has died in a tragic accident when the bouncy castle she was playing in exploded, flinging her 20 feet into the air. She was rushed to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead. A man gave her cardiopulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance arrived. Norfolk Police have cordoned off a section of the beach while they investigate the incident.
  • Cohen: Family, country ‘first loyalty,’ not Trump

    Cohen: Family, country ‘first loyalty,’ not Trump

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    This follows Thursday's tweet in which Cohen stated: "My family & I are owed an apology". " Michael Cohen is preparing the way to flip on POTUS", said Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant U.S.
  • Thai Rescuers Push Further Into Flooded Cave in Search for Missing Boys

    Thai Rescuers Push Further Into Flooded Cave in Search for Missing Boys

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    Public anticipation for a rescue has been high since Sunday, but officials have avoided setting a timetable for the search and rescue operation. Even without food experts have said young, athletic boys could survive for several weeks if they are not injured - and don't attempt to escape through deep floods.
  • Identity thief drains bank account of 112-year-old man

    Identity thief drains bank account of 112-year-old man

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    He did not say how much was in the account, or how much was taken, but Volma said a very large amount of money was taken from Overton. Several purchases of saving bonds with Treasury Direct were made in recent months and by Thursday there was nothing left in the account.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill DeBlasio Call To Abolish ICE

    Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill DeBlasio Call To Abolish ICE

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    Blumenthal, who made a trip to the border in June, said he witnessed the current administration's treatment of migrants and that the plan to place them in tent cities amounted to imprisonment. On Saturday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen named Ronald Vitiello to serve as acting director of ICE, after the departure of interim director Thomas Homan, who announced his resignation in the spring in the face of a stalled confirmation process in the Senate.
  • North Korea Mulls Ways To 'Conceal' Nuclear Weapons From U.S

    North Korea Mulls Ways To 'Conceal' Nuclear Weapons From U.S

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    Evidence collected since the June 12 summit in Singapore points to preparations to deceive the USA about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea's arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs, according to the report.
  • Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins

    Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins

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    President Trump , needing to understand how they might vote in a Senate confirmation of the Supreme Court justice to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy this summer, met with those two privately this week. Despite campaign promises to the contrary, Trump told Fox News that the candidates' position on abortion is not critical. But Collins has in the past bucked her party and the president, notably with her opposition in 2017 to Trump's education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, and to ...
  • Jordan seeks truce for south Syria after army gains

    Jordan seeks truce for south Syria after army gains

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    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that at least eight battered rebel-held towns in Daraa returned to regime control under Russian-brokered deals. Guterres reminded parties that the area was part of a de-escalation agreement agreed between Jordan, Russia and the United States. Guterres "calls on all parties to respect their obligations under worldwide humanitarian law and human rights law, protect civilians and facilitate safe, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian ...
  • Cohen says he's putting family and country before Trump

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    Cohen is enlisting a new lawyer, former NY prosecutor Guy Petrillo , who once held a leadership post in the same office investigating Cohen. The FBI raided Cohen's office and hotel room earlier this year, collecting thousands of documents, most of which are being handed over to prosecutors.
  • Trump says he'll bring up election meddling with Putin

    Trump says he'll bring up election meddling with Putin

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    Russian Federation has denied USA intelligence agencies' assessment that Moscow sought to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election to boost Trump's prospects of becoming president. Bolton said that was different from the Russians saying there was no meddling at all. This week, he tweeted: 'Russia continues to say they have nothing to do with meddling in our election .' And the Pentagon is reportedly studying pulling troops out of Germany.
  • Notorious thief flees French jail by helicopter

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    In 2013, he blasted his way out of prison with explosives concealed in tissue packs. PARIS - A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder used a helicopter Sunday to escape from a prison south of Paris, igniting a huge manhunt around the French capital.
  • Bolton: US has plan to dismantle NK nuclear program in year

    Bolton: US has plan to dismantle NK nuclear program in year

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made a show of halting missile tests and destroying some test sites, but officials believe that secret sites remain in the country, where nuclear capabilities are still being developed. "I made a deal with him". All this, despite a historic summit between Trump and Kim just weeks before. The North Koreans may have made a public show of destroying a main nuclear weapons test site before the summit and halted nuclear and missile tests, but "there's no ...
  • Patriots coach Bill Belichick saddened by shootings at The Capital newspaper

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick saddened by shootings at The Capital newspaper

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    But we need more than prayers. He also highlighted journalism as a force to comfort the afflicted, as he sought to comfort people saddened by the killings. "He left that sort of impression on me", he said. "Despite how quaint or how historic, how uncomplicated some of our day-to-day challenges are, we are vulnerable to the worst possible scenario".
  • Spectacular helicopter jailbreak leaves notorious French gangster at large again

    Spectacular helicopter jailbreak leaves notorious French gangster at large again

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    Simultaneously, a helicopter landed in the prison courtyard, which was not covered by any nets. Dressed all in black, two commandos wearing balaclavas and police armbands entered the prison to look for Faid. The 46-year-old is believed to have fled in a auto with the armed accomplices. In 2013, he literally blasted his way out of prison using dynamite - he was eventually recaptured six weeks later.
  • 100 migrants feared dead after boat capsizes off Libyan coast

    100 migrants feared dead after boat capsizes off Libyan coast

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    Some make it to worldwide waters where they hope to be picked up by global vessels, but increasing numbers are intercepted by Libya's EU-backed coastguard and returned to Libya. While the EU leaders said the agreement on migration would bolster the bloc's external borders and improve the solidarity among member nations, European Union President Donald Tusk has said it was "too early to talk about success" in the deal on migration and warned that to make the agreement work tough work lies ...
  • The EU-28 reach a migration agreement for member states

    The EU-28 reach a migration agreement for member states

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    He listed the elements of the agreement, including the possibility of setting up migrant centres in European Union countries to decide on asylum requests, but he made it clear Italy had not yet decided on whether to have such a site on its territory.
  • Time activists behind many planned protests over Trump border policy

    Time activists behind many planned protests over Trump border policy

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    As a result of Trump's crackdown, distraught children were separated from their families and, according to widely broadcast pictures, held in chain-link enclosures, a practice that sparked domestic and global outrage. Drivers honked their horns in support. "In these United States, undocumented immigrants are being ripped apart from their families". Immigrant advocacy groups say they're thrilled - and surprised - to see the issue gaining traction among those not tied to immigration.
  • BU Grad Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unseats 10-Term Incumbent

    BU Grad Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unseats 10-Term Incumbent

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    Ocasio-Cortez says her first goal, if elected to the House (an nearly sure thing), is to introduce legislation abolishing ICE, a bridge too far for even Bernie, but a romanticized goal among the online far-left monster given life by Dr. But more likely, Ocasio-Cortez's win is an indication that Democrats are willing to tack to the left to counter Republicans who seem to be steering a course ever-farther to the right.
  • White House Taps Ronald Vitiello To Be Next Acting Director Of ICE

    White House Taps Ronald Vitiello To Be Next Acting Director Of ICE

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    Several other prominent Democrats have joined her call, including Sen. The call from ICE agents drew attention from Trump critics on social media, who said it put on clear display the fact that the president's immigration policies have centered on persecuting immigrants, contrary to his claims that ICE is focused on protecting USA national security.
  • Arvind Kejriwal Visit Delhi Home Where 11 Were Found Dead

    Arvind Kejriwal Visit Delhi Home Where 11 Were Found Dead

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    Police said the victims included four men, three women and four girls. Police were promptly alerted who rushed to the house. According to ANI , 10 bodies were found blindfolded and hanging from a railing in the house and one body was found lying on the floor.
  • Iran's Rouhani dismisses call for resignation of gov't

    Iran's Rouhani dismisses call for resignation of gov't

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    The message came as USA officials expressed support for protesters in Iran , criticizing the Middle Eastern nation for corruption and oppressing freedoms. Meanwhile, a senior State Department official said the Trump administration is pushing USA allies to completely eliminate their oil imports from Iran by November.
  • Trump will seek conservative in Supreme Court nominee search

    Trump will seek conservative in Supreme Court nominee search

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    Leonard Leo, who is taking a leave of absence as executive vice president of the Federalist Society to serve as an outside adviser in the selection process, said Trump "wants to move swiftly and I think that probably means in the next two or three weeks".
  • 'We Care': Over 600 Women Facing Arrest at Senate

    'We Care': Over 600 Women Facing Arrest at Senate

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    For the past several weeks, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on undocumented immigrants - including the now-rescinded policy of separating children from their parents when they are apprehended at the Mexican border - has sparked an global outcry.
  • Putin to meet in Helsinki on 16 July

    Putin to meet in Helsinki on 16 July

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    The two leaders will meet in Helsinki, Finland, to "discuss relations between the United States and Russian Federation and a range of national security issues". He said the two would discuss Ukraine , Syria , and " many other subjects" at their first-ever such meeting. The U.S. president is at odds with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying members are not contributing enough to the mutual defense alliance; North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members fear Trump will undercut ...
  • France to reinstitute national service for teenagers

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    The national service will involve all 16-year-old girls and boys. The government noted that the focus will be on the civic culture that "will allow young people to create new relationships and develop their role in society". The first is an obligatory one-month placement, consisting of two weeks in collective housing to promote a "social mix", and then another two weeks in smaller, more "personalised" groups, according to Jean-Michel Blanquer, the education minister.
  • Hundreds gather for candlelight vigil for Maryland newspaper employees killed in shooting

    Hundreds gather for candlelight vigil for Maryland newspaper employees killed in shooting

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    Explaining Friday to a judge why Ramos should remain in custody, Adams said Ramos worked his way through the newsroom, shooting victims along the way. He added that more than 170 people had been escorted safely from the building, which houses other businesses. "He was famous for working long days and being very precise in his language and always making sure the editorial page reflected the heart of the newspaper", Gunn said.