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Aussie climber rescued after a week on freezing New Zealand mountain


RCCNZ Search and Rescue Officer Geoff Lunt said an attempt was made last night to reach the last known position of the climber. The signal from the private tracking device was picked up by a supplier in Texas. "The pilots did an incredible job to fly in and out, despite the low cloud tonight". An Aussie man has been criticised for going on a solo trek in treacherous conditions as rescue teams plan to bring him down a New Zealand mountain after spending almost a week battling sub-zero ... Read More »

Jewish Leaders Condemn Corbyn's 'Meaningless' Response to Labour Party's 'Institutional' Anti-Semitism


But he acknowledged there was a "real problem that Labour is working to overcome" and stressed that if he became prime minister he would "take whatever measures necessary" to guarantee the security of the Jewish community. Other Jewish leaders condemned the timing of the release of the article (Friday night) which is the beginning of Jewish Sabbath. The fact that two paragraphs appeared to have been copy and pasted (with minor edits) from an Evening Standard article in April was also ... Read More »

Yemeni officials say Saudi-led airstrikes kill 28 in Hodeida


The Red Cross says that they are rushing equipment to al-Thawra Hospital, where 50 people are in critical condition following the attack , which hit the main gate of the fishing port. "These consultations will provide the opportunity for the parties, among other things, to discuss the framework for negotiations, relevant confidence-building measures and specific plans for moving the process forward", said Mr. Read More »

Accountant Testifies About Problems With Manafort's Taxes


In her separate involvement in a 2015 loan application for Manafort, she told the court that she forwarded information to Citizens Bank supporting the classification of one of Manafort's NY homes as a "second residence", knowing that it had been used a rental property. Read More »

First Woman Charged In Denmark For Refusing To Remove Niqab


Danish police have fined a woman for wearing a niqab in a shopping complex, local media reported. Violating the regulation results in a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156). The new burka law means that all forms of clothing that cover the face are now banned in public spaces, unless they serve a creditable objective. It does not mention burkas and niqabs by name, but warns that anyone who wears a garment that hides their face in public will be fined. Read More »

Worker at child immigration facility molested teen


This detention center is one of the many where migrant children are being kept, still separate from their parents and families. Negrete entered the teen's bedroom and kissed her on the lips, but the girl was able to get away, the victim told police. Read More »

Suspect in George HW Bush's doctor's death killed himself


They aren't sure if Pappas intentionally - or accidentally - dropped his wallet. Responding officers arrived in the area shortly after and were able to pinpoint Pappas' location, closing in on him around 9:30 a.m. According to documents, "a large piece of metal, positioned in a way that it appears it was meant to be used to buttress the front door against any attempt to force entry". Read More »

No kidding: Dozens of goats chow down in Boise neighborhood


And by 9:00 a.m., the party was over. The "professional" goats arrived to the Idaho capital city of Boise at about 7.30am local time and proceeded to consume many flower beds, shrubs, and potted plants. No it isn't, but some runaway goats-for-rent (this is a thing) did flood a neighborhood in Boise, Idaho . The company rents goats to remove noxious weeds from fields, acreage, pastures and various other open spaces, their website says. Read More »

Trump calls rightwing billionaires Koch brothers a 'total joke'


Officials with the Koch network, which was founded by billionaires Charles and David Koch and has pumped millions of dollars into elections helping Republicans, warned last weekend the group would be willing to support Democrats because of concerns that Trump's escalating trade war with other countries could cause a recession. Read More »

Eighteen killed after two helicopters collide in Siberia


The transport ministry said the Mi-8 helicopter, reportedly taking workers to an oilfield, went down when it collided with machinery carried by another helicopter soon after take-off. Russian airline Utair has sent specialists to the scene, which is in an oil field managed by the energy company Rosneft some 1,600 miles northeast of Moscow . Read More »

Trump Rips 'Fake News' as He Backs Ivanka on Media Support


White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday addressed the incident, saying the Trump administration supports a free press. "That was a low point for me", she said . "In any administration, a staffer can not publicly disagree with the president, so the constant calls for this or that staffer to speak out against the president isn't based in reality", said Doug Heye, a former communications director for the Republican National Committee. Read More »

Death toll rises to 52 in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen's Hodeidah


Reuters sites local medical sources as saying that 26 people were killed and 35 others injured on Thursday in coalition attacks on Hudaydah port and the fishing market. "There is a pond of blood outside the hospital's building", he said. Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The Houthis have accused Saudi Arabia of stealing more than half of the country's oil production in collaboration with French Total-a company that has been present in Yemen since before the war. Read More »

Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado


The fire near Covelo prompted evacuation orders for about 60 homes in the farming and ranching area on the edge of the Mendocino National Forest. They also report that no civilians or firefighters are injured, although 38 structures have been destroyed, with another 15 damaged across Mendocino and Lake counties. Read More »

N.Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile program : confidential U.N

The Wall Street Journal reviewed Russian interior ministry records showing that more than 10,000 new North Korean workers had registered in Russia since the ban last year, and at least 700 new work permits issued this year. "(North Korea) has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and continued to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018", the report ... Read More »

US threatens raising tariffs to 25% on $200bn of Chinese goods


Bloomberg News reported, citing three unidentified sources, the Trump administration would propose imposing 25 percent tariffs on a $200 billion list of Chinese goods, up from the planned 10 percent. Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on virtually all of China's exports to the United States. It will be September at the earliest before the USA decides whether to impose those tariffs. Read More »

Canada 'not fazed' at being left out of NAFTA talks


But again, the election of AMLO may make a trilateral agreement more hard to reach, particularly if tensions over illegal immigration and the detention of people trying to cross from Mexico into the USA continue. "Mexico is, intellectually, the more complicated of the two; so if we can solve that, we should be able to fill in with Canada", Ross said during an appearance at the U.S. Read More »

Danes protest ban on wearing face veils in public


Demonstrations were held in the capital city of Copenhagen and second largest city of Aarhus against the ban, which was approved on May 31. "I refuse to become a victim and I refuse to take my niqab off, and I believe that it's very important that we still stick to who we are and our beliefs and we try to stand in the face of this oppression which is forced upon us". Read More »

Çavuşoğlu, Pompeo agree to resolve issues in Singapore meeting


He gave no details about the text, claiming there is also "room to negotiation", but noted that it contains "very good input". The draft document, seen by reporters, outlines different countries' bargaining positions as they work toward an agreement, with analysts saying that it represented some initial progress. Read More »

Mueller offers Trump team new proposal for interview


Trump has been more frustrated since headlines about his former attorney Michael Cohen emerged last week. Giuliani also said Monday that "the odds are against" a Trump interview with Mueller, but that he "wouldn't be shocked" if the President went through with it because he "wants to do it so badly". Read More »

Yellowstone National Park responds to video of a man teasing a bison


At one point the bison starts to charge the man, but did not appear to make contact. The bison went after him a couple times and then carried on with what he was doing before he was bothered. A year ago there were five bison attacks in the park. As it turns out, the man was able to evade the bison's second charge, and shortly thereafter, the large animal can be seen walking away. Read More »

Lynchburg floods: Flooding dam sparks evacuations in USA city


The National Weather Service said up to six inches (15 centimetres) of rain fell within hours, filling College Lake near Lynchburg beyond capacity. Flooding over College Lake Dam in Lynchburg led to the evacuation of almost 120 structures downstream due to fear of possible dam failure. Read More »

Roadside bomb kills 11 in western province


Khogyani said the Islamic State was probably responsible for the attack, which he said began as refugee officials met with donors' representatives, although no foreigners were present. The Taliban also have a strong presence in Farah, where they often plant roadside bombs to target government officials or security forces. Gunmen stormed a government building after multiple explosions in an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on Tuesday. Read More »

In Italy's Conte, Trump sees a like-minded European


Along those lines, Trump remarked that the Italian government "has taken a very firm stance on the border", something that he said other countries should do, commenting that "some have taken that stance a long time ago, and they're doing a lot better". Read More »

Trump indicates pre-election shutdown unlikely


The interior secretary argued that the United States has to see gun possession as a border security issue rather than through the prism of the Second Amendment to the U.S. We have immigration laws, we have border security, we have all sorts of things going on that are - it's disgraceful. "I would certainly be willing to close it [the government] down to get it done". Read More »

Kurdish-Iranian Refugee Wins Fields Prize For Mathematics


He recieved the prize for his work in the field of algebraic geometry. He said he hoped "this news will put a smile on the faces of those 40 million people". Akshay Venkatesh, who was born in New Delhi and moved with parents to Australia when he was two-years-old, has won the Fields Medal, which is often called the Nobel Prize of Mathematics. Read More »

Reward for Mollie Tibbetts' safe return raises to $172000


Investigators are still trying to determine why she disappeared. More than $170,000 has been raised as a reward to solicit information that assists in the safe return of Mollie Tibbetts , who has been missing for more than two weeks. Police in Brooklyn, Iowa, joined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their efforts to find Tibbetts, have been scouring the area as well as studying data from Mollie's fitbit. Read More »

Pope Francis Amends Catechism, Declares Capital Punishment ‘Inadmissible’


The Vatican said Francis had approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church - the compilation of official Catholic teaching - to say that capital punishment constitutes an "attack" on the dignity of human beings. However, the new text says there is "an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes". Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court


A delay in the confirmation process would give Democrats more time to hammer Kavanaugh , a conservative jurist they fear could swing the high court to the right for decades and imperil landmark cases like Roe v. National Archives General Counsel Gary Stern said in a letter to Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold confirmation hearings, that although some records could be produced earlier, a complete review would be completed "by the ... Read More »

Approach to NRC is weak, says Cong. MP


West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee described it as a "conspiracy to throw out Bengalis and Biharis" from Assam . "The BJP's approach to NRC has been weak, casual and ineffective", he said. When inquired about his view on references to Bangladesh vis-à-vis illegal migrants despite enjoying good ties with India, he said, "No". "What has been published is only a draft NRC.this being a draft NRC it can not be the basis of any action by any authority", a bench of Justices Ranjan ... Read More »

China says it's ready to retaliate on latest U.S. tariff threat

China also left the door open for a resumption of negotiations. "We hope that the trade policymakers in the USA will be cool-headed and listen to the voice of USA consumers. The United States is far and away the most popular place for such investment, given the size and liquidity of markets for USA government debt and policies that are very friendly to foreign investors other financial assets and real estate. Read More »

France votes to ban cell phones from most schools


A law was made that mobile phone and tablets will be banned in all French schools in the immediate next academic year, as soon as the new law won the Parliaments greatest votes. Although the two motions on Tuesday had virtually no chance of succeeding, the votes capped a tumultuous two weeks in French politics after a video showing the bodyguard beating protesters triggered the most serious crisis of Mr Macron's tenure. Read More »

More than 1000 homes destroyed as Carr Fire rages on in California


A plane battling the Ferguson Fire passes the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County California, near Yosemite National Park, on July 15. "Fire is a way of life in California". The River Fire is 35,278 acres and 50 percent contained. Firefighters all across the Bay Area continue to help out with the wildfires burning in California, with many being sent out to the front lines of the Carr and the Mendocino Complex fires. Read More »

ANC not seeking to nationalise land


White people are likely to be most affected by this measure , as they continue to own most of South Africa's land, even 24 years after the end of the racist apartheid regime. like in Venezuela and Zimbabwe". "We are in a pre-election phase and the ANC announcement is part of that". The first is the implementation of the ANC's resolution on land reform. Read More »

Malaysia's aviation chief quits over MH370 report


Malaysia's civil aviation authority chief resigned Tuesday after an independent global investigation on missing airline flight MH370 revealed lapses by the air traffic control center in the capital Kuala Lumpur . The dossier concludes that the investigation team was unable to determine the real cause of the plane's disappearance, although the possibility of it being controlled remotely has been ruled out, China's state-run broadcaster CCTV announced on its Sina Weibo account. Read More »

Trump stresses a fall shutdown may be needed


Schumer said . Those leaders have said they remain on track to pass many of their spending bills before the September 30 fiscal year deadline, brushing aside Mr. "Partisan games and shutdown threats are no way to run our government, and I hope House Republicans will be willing to stand up to President Trump and work in good faith to produce appropriations bills with bipartisan support", said Nita Lowey of NY, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, in a statement. Read More »

Trump Receives Letter from North Korea's Kim


John Byrd, a forensic anthropologist. That process will also determine if each box contains the remains of more than one individual. The site hosted a famous battle fought from November to December of 1950 during the Korean War. Trump has continually touted his June Singapore summit as a success and praised Kim. Vice President Mike Pence (R) receives a flag from Navy Rear Adm. Read More »

Trump calls on Sessions to end Mueller’s Russian Federation probe

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders played down Trump's tweet later Wednesday. The U.S. intelligence community remains concerned about election security, and Russian Federation is still trying to interfere in American elections, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Thursday. Read More »

Trump pushes Jeff Sessions to end Mueller's Russian Federation investigation 'right now'


This prompted further questions from Mason about why Trump chose not to bring this up when he and Putin held their joint press event, and whether Trump is really taking the advice he's getting. President Trump appeared Tuesday at a Tampa rally to support two Florida Republicans running for office, and to tout his agenda, from tariffs to voter IDs to the USA embassy in Jerusalem. Read More »

CNN’s Jim Acosta Spars With Sarah Sanders Over Trump’s Media Attacks


During the briefing, Sanders listed multiple instances in which she felt the press had personally wronged her, citing comedian Michelle Wolf's comments made about her during the White House Correspondent's Dinner in May. "She asked you whether or not the press is the enemy of the people". Sanders then said that it's "ironic" that Acosta and other media members attack President Trump's rhetoric when they in fact "lower the level of conversation" in the country. Read More »

Police ID suspect in killing of George HW Bush's doctor


The suspect is considered to be armed and unsafe, and police advise the public not to try to deal with him directly. One tip seems to support the police department's theory that Hausknecht was targeted: Pappas's mother was once Hausknecht's patient and died during surgery more than 20 years ago. Read More »

Russia Announces Iran Pullback in Syria, Israel Rejects Plan


On Wednesday, Russia's envoy to Syria said that Iranian forces have withdrawn their heavy weapons to a distance of 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the Golan Heights frontier between Israel and Syria. Russian Federation announced Thursday that it would deploy military police and place monitoring posts on the Golan Heights to prevent further confrontations. Read More »

Special counsel Mueller wants to ask Trump about obstruction of justice

They have been prepared to tell Mr. Mueller's office there will be no interview, risking a court fight over a subpoena that could drag into November's midterm elections, but Mr. She alleged that the entire investigation was based on "a dirty, discredited dossier" that was paid for by an opposing campaign and had a great deal of corruption within the entity which was overseeing it, investigators like Strzok, Comey and McCabe. Read More »

Spotify takes down Alex Jones podcasts citing 'hate content'


Spotify Technology SA removed some podcasts of "The Alex Jones Show" from its service because they violated the streaming company's hate-speech policies and subscribers complained about the content. Facebook recently put Jones's personal page on a 30-day time out after determining that he violated terms of service regarding hate speech and bullying. Read More »

Facebook eliminates 32 accounts accused of US election interference


More than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the identified pages, though some had no followers at all. Among the deleted pages was one called " Resisters ", which had created a Facebook Event - "No Unite the Right 2-DC" - a counterdemonstration to Unite the Right 2-DC, which had been called by the ultraright for August 12 in Washington . Read More »

Ivanka Trump Says Family Separation at the Border Was a 'Low Point'

At an Axios News Shapers event in Washington , D.C., on Thursday, Trump was asked for her thoughts on the separations that occurred as a result of her father's immigration policies. "That's where my head is and that's where my heart is and that's why I'm here", she added. "Her remarks came just days after President Trump tweeted about the "vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media" and used the phrase " 'Enemy of the People '". Read More »

Trump marks Kelly's one-year mark as departure rumors swirl


But President Donald Trump , who asked Kelly to stay on, has also expanded his shortlist for potential Kelly replacements, sources say. If Kelly does indeed stay through 2020, and Trump loses his reelection, you could nearly imagine the chief of staff alternatively laughing and crying at having ridden this wild tiger to the very end. Read More »

CNN Legal Analyst: Trump’s Sessions Tweet Itself Isn’t Obstruction of Justice

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that President Trump has "every right" to be "deeply" frustrated that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation probe. Bharara has asked how Trump can call Jeff Sessions to stop the Russian probe that he terms a total hoax even if Sessions has recused himself from the ongoing probe. Read More »

Iran's currency plunges as U.S. sanctions loom


That has raised concerns of an increasing risk of confrontation. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned on July 22 that hostile US policies could lead to "the mother of all wars". Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly supported Trump's actions, and Israel's energy minister has said he believes the sanctions could bring Iran to a decision point within months. Read More »