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Appointed Judge Upholds Mueller's Authority

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Trump, along with his lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, have claimed that Mueller's investigation violated the Constitution. Judge Dabney L. Friedrich rejected those claims, and also brushed aside claims Mr. It argued that because Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , rather than the president or Congress, tapped him to spearhead the Russian Federation probe, he lacked the authority to bring the case forward. Read More »

Littoral states agree on Caspian Sea status

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Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from Moscow. The convention emphasizes that the Caspian Sea belongs to all littoral states , prohibiting establishment and handing over of any kind of military bases to foreign countries. Sunday's agreement potentially opens the sea for underwater oil and natural gas pipelines, which Russian Federation had opposed, ostensibly on environmental grounds, though it has built such pipes in the Black and Baltic seas. Read More »

Paul Manafort’s defense rests without calling a single witness

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They will have to disclose that information Tuesday as the case reaches its final stages. Brennan was the 27th prosecution witness to testify against Manafort in the first major test in court for special counsel Robert Mueller , who is now leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Read More »

Man arrested after vehicle crashes into barriers outside Houses of Parliament

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Footage shot outside Parliament showed cyclists helping at least one rider lying on the ground as ambulance crews and armed police arrived on the scene. London's ambulance service said it treated two people at the scene that they were taken to an area hospital for further evaluation, but their injuries were not believed to be serious. Read More »

Dhaka 2nd least liveable city on earth

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Hong Kong's ranking fell dramatically in 2015 due to heightened fears of unrest as part of the so-called Umbrella Revolution , but has largely recovered now, the Economist Intelligence Unit wrote. Two other Australian cities, Sydney (5th) and Adelaide (10th), were in the top 10. Canadian cities also fared well, with Calgary taking out number four, Vancouver in sixth, and Toronto seventh. Read More »

New Mexico family believed dead boy's spirit would lead attacks: prosecutors

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Siraj Ibn Wahhaj , 39 and the son a prominent New York-based Muslim cleric, was also charged in the alleged abduction of his son Abdul Ghani from his mother's Atlanta home last December. They also said that the remains found at the site belonged to Abdul-Ghani and that the other children said the boy had died during a "religious ritual. Read More »

'Dozens' reported dead after viaduct collapses in Italy

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According to the Ansa news agency, the bridge collapsed from a height of about 328 feet. Italy transport minister said the Genoa motorway bridge collapse seems like an "immense tragedy" . Video captured the sound of a man screaming: "Oh god, oh, god". There was no immediate word on any casualties. A fire service spokesperson told AFP that the bridge had mostly fallen on rail tracks 100 metres (yards) below and that "cars and trucks" had fallen with the rubble. Read More »

Italy refuses safe harbor to migrant ship, Spain also reluctant

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A European Commission spokesperson said all diplomatic channels were being employed to find a country willing to take the migrants, . The Aquarius , run by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF), picked up the people in two separate operations on Friday and is now in global waters between Italy and Malta. Read More »

Parliament car crash: Man arrested as pedestrians injured

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Members of the public and press have been moved further back from the area as police put up a Terrorism Act cordon, officers at the scene said. A number of pedestrians have been injured. They also confirmed a number of pedestrains had been injured, and the male driver had been detained at the scene. In a statement, Scotland Yard said: "At 7.37am today, a vehicle was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament". Read More »

Concourt expected to decide Shaun Abrahams’ fate today

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The apex court heard in February an application seeking to confirm two declaratory orders of constitutional invalidity and an application seeking leave to appeal a High Court ruling that found that Abrahams's appointment was illegal. The court found that former Zuma did everything in his power to have Nxasana removed from office. "For years there has been instability in the office of the NDPP". Read More »

One Year After Charlottesville, Protests Shift to Washington

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Her father was slammed last year for saying that there was "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" in the wake of the riots, which left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted. An attempt to reignite white nationalist forces has fallen flat, however, with only around 20 to 40 people attending this year's Washington D.C rally. Read More »

Key Afghan city turned into ‘ghost town’ by deadly battles

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But people escaping the city have described widespread destruction and bloodshed and Afghanistan's largest television station, Tolo News, broadcast shaky phone footage showing fires apparently raging across the blacked-out center. He didn't offer a breakdown of the casualties but Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak said almost 70 policemen were among those killed. In regards to the casualties of the militants, Bahrami said at least 194 militants have been killed so far, including 12 of ... Read More »

US House Races Have No Democrat on Ballot

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Even if Mr Balderson is eventually declared the victor in Ohio's 12th district, the fact that Democrats were competitive in the solidly red region was the latest example of amped up grassroots energy in the opposition camp. Incumbency doesn't matter in special elections, but it will loom large in the fall. "It is clear the energy and intensity is on the Democratic side" nationally, said moderate former Republican congressman Charlie Dent. Read More »

Trump Signs $717 Billion Defense Bill Including 2.6 Percent Troop Pay Raise

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More recently, McCain issued a statement critical of Trump's Helsinki summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I don't want to get any messages saying, 'I am holding my position.' We are not holding a damned thing ... "We are going to strengthen our military like never ever before and that's what we did". Trump has lifted an earlier ban on US companies selling to ZTE, allowing China's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker to resume business and putting him at ... Read More »

15,000 Canadians Living in ‘Safe Society’ in Saudi Arabia

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It was disappointing to see former Harper government minister John Baird criticize the government's stance against human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia on Sunday froze new trade with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation to Ottawa's meddling in its internal affairs. Read More »

Taliban travel from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan for talks

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Some analysts see this series of attacks in Ghazni especially as an attempt by the Taliban to strengthen their position before any talks. A reporter for news agency AFP in Ghazni said the Taliban were not hiding at all, but roaming across the city , where they are in control of several police checkpoints and have been setting fire to government offices. Read More »

Two Koreas plan third summit of Kim, Moon next month

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A fresh round of talks was held on Monday at the DMZ to discuss the third summit, led by the South's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's reunification committee. The delegations Monday are made up of senior officials handling inter-Korean issues for both countries. Cho addressed the possibility of Pyongyang raising the issue of sanctions to the South, and said: "We will explain our position to the North". Read More »

Gunman Charged in 'Stand Your Ground' Florida Shooting

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The State Attorney conducted a review of the shooting and made a decision to charge 47-year-old Michael Drejka, the gunman, with manslaughter, deputies said . She said Drejka got out, walked to the back of Jacobs' vehicle, looked at the license plate, and then went to the front, apparently looking for a handicapped sticker there. Read More »

Tourist dies and another injured in hippo attack on Kenyan lake

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The Chinese national was pronounced dead on arrival at the Naivasha District Hospital, while another tourist Wu Peng, 62, survived the attack, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service . He said the victim was "bleeding profusely". Hippos, which are aggressive, have sharp teeth and weigh up to 2,750kg (three tons), kill an estimated 500 people every year in Africa. Read More »

Iran's Khamenei rejects Trump offer of talks, chides govet over economy

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Iran is believed to have long-range missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles), which are capable of reaching US bases in the region and Israel. Fearing further economic hardship, thousands of Iranians in recent weeks have protested against the slump in the rial, sharp rises in the prices of some food items and state corruption. Read More »

New Plan to Rescue Turkey's Deteriorating Economy

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The Trump administration gave Turkey until last Wednesday to release American pastor Andrew Brunson from custody, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reported revealed. Overnight, U.S. Treasury 10-year yields also dipped to the lowest in just over three weeks at 2.85 percent. The Nasdaq composite broke an eight-day rising trend and sank 0.7 percent to 7,839.11. Read More »

US ambassador urges Britain to ditch support for Iran nuclear deal

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The sanctions are meant to hinder Tehran's acquisition of US currency; its precious metals trade; bank transactions denominated in the Iranian rial; activities related to Iran's sovereign debt; and the country's automotive sector. A week ago Britain signed on to a joint statement with other EU countries that pledged to press on with a strategy to lessen the impact of the US sanctions on European businesses. Read More »

Khamenei Acknowledges Iran's Problems 'Internal,' Not Purely U.S. Sanctions

Trump has suggested he would be willing to hold talks with Iranian leaders, but that would be impossible without permission from Khamenei, who has the final say on all major policies. "Beside sanctions, they are talking about war and negotiations", he said via his official Twitter account in English. European countries, which still back the 2015 deal, fear Trump's moves will undermine Rouhani and strengthen the hand of his hardline rivals in the clerical establishment. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation fires Strzok over anti-Trump texts

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Strzok, who led the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the election, was ordered dismissed by FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, Goelman told CNBC . A Justice Department inspector general's report released in June was harshly critical of Strzok, asserting he and Page "cast a cloud" over the FBI's actions. Read More »

Mexico NAFTA talks drag on as autos sticking points emerge

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Some observers are concerned that Canada will end up being forced to accept a deal set up with just the two parties, essentially leaving Canada to either accept the agreement or back away. Ultimately it is in Canada's best interest to align with the U, they will. U.S. and Mexican officials will continue to work on bilateral issues before their Canadian counterparts rejoin the discussions on modernizing the 24-year-old trade deal, Guajardo said Friday. Read More »

After Stormy Daniels, it's TV-star Manigault Newman vs Donald Trump

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The Situation Room is the inner sanctum of the White House . The alleged revelation came as Newman released audio she secretly recorded when she was booted from the White House in December. The famous room, which is located behind a locked door in the basement of the West Wing of the White House , is known to be the most secure and technologically advanced places in the US government so for Omarosa's firing to be done in the room indicates those involved wanted it to be under wraps. Read More »

Dozen children among 42 killed in Syria weapons depot blast

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An AFP correspondent at the site in Sarmada in Idlib province near the Turkish border said the explosion of unknown origin caused the collapse of two buildings. While some attacks have been claimed by IS, most are the result of infighting since previous year between other groups. The government is now fighting rebels in Idlib, the opposition's last major stronghold in the country. Read More »

3000 clawing for job running cat rescue on Greek island

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THE job advertisement on Facebook sounded nearly too good to be true. The salary is not specified, but the posting points to a link that says the average monthly salary in Greece fluctuated around €1050 euro per month (that's equal to about $1,200) between March 2017 and February 2018. Read More »

Turkey to say 'bye bye' to ally opting for terrorists

It also pledged to provide "all the liquidity banks need". Albayrak's comments came as his father-in-law, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan , said he was in no mood to offer concessions to the United States in one of the worst spats between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in years. Read More »

V.S. Naipaul, Nobel-winning novelist, dies at 85

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Naipaul won the Nobel Prize in 2001, and the Booker Prize in 1971. His nonfiction often provoked much anger, and many were offended by his views about Islam and India. very large, with too many people". His novel The Mystic Masseur was made into a 2001 TV movie. He married Patricia Hale, whom he met at Oxford in 1955. Read More »

Turkish lira plunges as Erdogan blames crash on 'political plot' against Ankara

With the currency diving, Trump authorized higher tariffs on Turkish imports on aluminum and steel of 20% and 50% respectively. He indicated Turkey's relationship with Washington was imperiled. U.S. stocks were also rattled. The Turkish lira TRYTOM=D3 has always been falling on worries about Erdogan's influence over monetary policy and worsening relations with the United States. Read More »

Erdogan to Trump: Shame on You, Shame on You

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Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have sunk to their lowest point in decades over a string of issues including the detention of USA pastor Andrew Brunson on terror-related charges, prompting the lira to hit record lows against the dollar. Read More »

Trudeau says Canada standing firm on Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses

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Freeland called for the release of women's rights activist Samar Badawi (pictured), sister of jailed dissident writer Raif Badawi, each of whom have been given 10-year jail sentences, with 1,000 lashes, for "insulting Islam". Saudi Arabia's central bank and pension funds have already begun selling Canadian assets, according to people familiar with the matter. The EU has been seeking clarifications from Saudi authorities on the circumstances around the arrests of women human rights defenders ... Read More »

Romania police defend role in protest where hundreds hurt

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With Kovesi at the helm, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (DNA) had led a crackdown on corruption among local and national elected officials, earning the enmity of many in Romania's political class and prompting critics to accuse it of abuse of power. Read More »

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to begin September 4

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Senate Republicans decided Friday to push ahead with a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite a dispute with Democrats over documents from his years working at the White House. "He'll get confirmed", he told the radio station WKDZ. The Judiciary Committee will hold up to four days of review, with Kavanaugh to begin facing questions on Day 2, September 5, said committee chairman Sen. Read More »

Associate of former Trump campaign adviser held in contempt in Russian Federation probe

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Miller attorney Paul Kamenar told reporters after the judge's ruling that he actually wanted to be held in contempt of court so that they could appeal the decision in front of a different judge at the court of appeals. He said she has no knowledge of collusion with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign. Miller had tried to get Mueller's subpoena invalidated last month, but a judge ruled that Mueller's request was valid and that Miller would have to testify. Read More »

Erdogan vows to defy USA 'threats' after currency crash

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President Erdogan urged his people in a counter-tweet: "Change the euros, the dollars and the gold that you are keeping beneath your pillows into lira at our banks". "Relations with countries who behave like this have reached a point beyond salvaging", said Erdogan, who warned of "economic war". It came as a Turkish delegation returned from the United States, reporting no progress on negotiations involving a USA pastor imprisoned in Turkey. Read More »

Tourist on bike struck and killed by vehicle in Manhattan

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Eyewitnesses have said that Madison Lyden was riding in a bike lane shortly before the tragedy unfolded, and was forced to swerve suddenly when an Uber vehicle pulled out in front of her. 'It's just disgusting what happened here, a 23-year-old, in the bike lane, and of course there has to be a full investigation, ' he said. Abc7ny reported upon Madison Lyden swerving into merged traffic, only to be struck by the private sanitation truck and suffering 'severe head trauma '. Read More »

Mr Bean, an imam and a rabbi walk into Boris burqa furore

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The Independent understands that following the complaints, party chiefs must now decide whether the allegation is serious enough to establish an investigatory panel to ascertain whether Mr Johnson has broken the party's code of conduct. The women also stressed that "contrary to what you may have been told by sections of the media and columnists who profess to know what is best for us", Muslim women are not forced to wear the niqab or burqa, nor are they oppressed. Read More »

Imran Khan to be sworn in as PM Aug 18

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I really hope and appeal that we have a really handsome relationship henceforth". Earlier, India's high commissioner in Pakistan Ajay Bisaria called on Khan and congratulated him on his victory. Holding reins of the country after swearing in as prime minister of Pakistan would not prove a bed of roses for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, a renowned astrologer predicted as the oath-taking date draws closer. Read More »

Erdogan says Turkey has become 'target of economic war'

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He said: "It is wrong to dare bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor". Turkey has arrested an American pastor and put him on trial for espionage and terrorism-related charges linked to a failed coup attempt in the country two years ago. Read More »