• North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ballistic missile, say US officials
North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ballistic missile, say US officials

Not surprisingly, the Pentagon is revving up its missile defense technology and taking North Korea's nuclear threat very seriously - despite continued questions regarding the accuracy of the country's claims about its nuclear arsenal and some of its weapons capabilities.

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  • Somalia: Al-Shabaab militants attack Mogadishu restaurant, take hostages
Somalia: Al-Shabaab militants attack Mogadishu restaurant, take hostages

Shortly after militants stormed the neighboring Pizza House restaurant and seized about 20 hostages. "The US conducted this operation in coordination with its regional partners as a direct response to al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces".

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  • Senate GOP dissenters now up to five
Senate GOP dissenters now up to five

President Donald Trump at the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House on June 22 . Their concerns are legitimate, for if the new Republican leadership in Washington wants to cut taxes and reduce costs, the state-local Medicaid program of health care for low-wage workers and numerous elderly in nursing homes could be c...

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  • Trump to meet with telecom CEOs
Trump to meet with telecom CEOs

Shortly after dismissing Flynn, the president mused privately that maybe he could bring him back - despite understanding, said a senior White House official, that Flynn faced other challenges within the administration and realistically could not rejoin the team.

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  • Saudi state TV says police foil terrorist action in Mecca
Saudi state TV says police foil terrorist action in Mecca

It said it launched raids in Jeddah as well as two areas in Makkah itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighbourhood, located near the Grand Mosque. In July 2016, four security officers were killed in a suicide attack near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran has condemned a plot to target the Grand Mosque in...

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  • Consumed by Trump hatred, Democratic Party consuming itself
Consumed by Trump hatred, Democratic Party consuming itself

He pointed out that Ossoff eventually dumped the "Make Trump Furious" motto and made fiscally conservative promises like tax cuts for businesses in a district held by Republicans for almost four decades. The Georgia contest drew attention because the district fit the narrative of the Trump era. To pull this off Handel had to keep her distance fro...

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  • Nicola Sturgeon: independence played a part in SNP losses
Nicola Sturgeon: independence played a part in SNP losses

A Scottish Tory source said this was the culmination of an effort since the referendum to differentiate Davidson's position from UK Brexit ministers and ensure she'll be directly involved in Brexit negotiations and effectively become Scotland's voice at the bargaining table.

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  • Jury deliberates into night in Cosby sexual assault trial
Jury deliberates into night in Cosby sexual assault trial

Though dozens of women have accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them, only Costand's accusations have led to criminal charges since the statue of limitations has expired on all of the others. The judge denied a defence request to call a second witness - a woman who worked with Constand at Temple University , in Pennsylvania - and the...

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  • France's Macron Will Work With Germany on EU Issues
France's Macron Will Work With Germany on EU Issues

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish officials said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written to his Turkish counterpart, reassuring him that arms provided to Syrian Kurdish fighters would be taken back once Islamic State militants are ousted from their main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa.

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  • China, US hold security talks
China, US hold security talks

President Donald Trump's administration has had mixed results in its efforts to shake up USA foreign policy, but officials feel they have made inroads with China that could prove productive. "So what you're seeing is, I think, the American people's frustration with a regime that provokes, provokes and provokes, and basically plays outside the r...

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  • North Korea releases a puzzling statement on the death of Otto Warmbier
North Korea releases a puzzling statement on the death of Otto Warmbier

Gardner said he'd already talked to the State Department about again adding North Korea to the list. Revere works as a private consultant for American families with loved ones detained in North Korea. His administration is considering a ban on Americans visiting North Korea. "I know being there had something to do with it", Volo said. Volo said...

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  • The Senate's Flawed Health-Care Bill
The Senate's Flawed Health-Care Bill

Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition. McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor.

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  • The scene during protests in Russian Federation
The scene during protests in Russian Federation

The Kremlin has dismissed Navalny's graft allegations, accusing him of irresponsibly trying to whip up unrest. Mr Navalny has announced his candidacy for the presidential election in 2018. Tens of thousands of protesters held anti-corruption rallies across Russian Federation on Monday in a new show of defiance by an opposition that the Kremlin ...

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  • White House Confident Healthcare Bill Passes Before August Recess
White House Confident Healthcare Bill Passes Before August Recess

The bill unveiled Thursday by McConnell is "simply not the answer", he said . It didn't take him long, however, to realize that the legislation was a farce. Heller's comments came the day after four conservative senators issued a joint statement saying they can not support the bill unless it is changed.

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  • Trump's son-in-law Kushner begins peace push with Middle East talks
Trump's son-in-law Kushner begins peace push with Middle East talks

Mr Trump condemned the decision at the time. It also reported that Israel had advanced plans for nearly 5,000 new settlement units so far this year - nearly twice those seen in all of 2016. Palestinians and most of the global community consider settlements built in territory captured by Israel after the 1967 war as illegal under worldwide law.

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  • Trump making calls to senators on healthcare bill
Trump making calls to senators on healthcare bill

Democrats are united in opposition. If it passes, President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress will be on the edge of a major overhaul of the American health care system - about one-sixth of the nation's economy. Fewer than one in 3 Americans supports it, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. He pulled out the Senate Republican bill. It ...

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  • Court drops charges against pro-life activists who filmed Planned Parenthood executives
Court drops charges against pro-life activists who filmed Planned Parenthood executives

Republicans are using a process known as budget reconciliation to try to pass their healthcare bill - so that they only need 51 votes instead of 60 - meaning that the legislation must be focused on reducing the federal budget deficit.

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  • Dems Fired Up To Fire Pelosi?
Dems Fired Up To Fire Pelosi?

Now the New York Times rounds up grumbling among House Democrats who think it's time for a change in leadership. Pelosi isn't in danger of losing the leadership perch she's long held, though she did fend off her toughest challenge ever last fall from Rep.

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  • China hopes India, US won't disturb South China Sea peace
China hopes India, US won't disturb South China Sea peace

But more broadly, it should also serve as a warning to the worldwide community that despite Chinese attempts to downplay the South China Sea issue, Beijing's actions could quickly help escalate tensions once again for one reason or another.

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  • North Korea denies U.S. claims that Otto Warmbier was tortured
North Korea denies U.S. claims that Otto Warmbier was tortured

While Pyongyang accepted United States demands for Mr Warmbier's return on humanitarian grounds, Washington "totally distorted this truth and dared to clamour about "retaliation" and 'pressure"' on "dignified" North Korea, the spokesman told KCNA .

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