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One-time Niagara Falls survivor dies after apparent repeat stunt One-time Niagara Falls survivor dies after apparent repeat stunt
- June 18, 2017

He said he wanted to commit suicide but because he'd survived the fall, it made him realize that he wanted to go on and live. Why, for example, would you choose a South African cabernet sauvignon over one made in Argentina, or Australia, or the United States, to say nothing of Italy or France? Only a few dozen people viewed the stunt from the ground on the American side of the falls, compared to the tens of thousands who gathered on the USA and Canadian sides for Nik Wallenda's televised ... (more...)
Qatar signs $17b deal for U.S. jets amid Gulf crisis
- June 18, 2017

Defense analyst Nicholas A. Heras of the Center for a New American Security said the agreement falls under the category of "long-running deals that need to be cleared after review by different elements of the U.S. In another development, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held talks in Doha with with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and Economy and Trade Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani. (more...)
White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on White House denies Trump wants Mueller out, but heat's on
- June 18, 2017

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Tuesday on ABC's " Good Morning America " that while he feels "independent counsels are very risky", he doesn't think Trump should force Mueller out. The White House wouldn't deny or confirm the report and said, "only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment". Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify today in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an ... (more...)
White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows
- June 17, 2017

Comey himself said when he testified before the Senate last week that he was "sure" that Mueller's investigation would look into a potential obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump . US President Donald Trump was reportedly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller from Russian Federation probe, even though he legally can't. (more...)
Oregon becomes first state to give non-gender option on driver's license Oregon becomes first state to give non-gender option on driver's license
- June 17, 2017

Residents can now freely change their gender on their driver's licenses without a doctor's note saying they are transgender or non-binary. "The "X" is in use internationally, and in fact it's a standard recommended by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators", said David House , a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. (more...)
Two arrested over brawl during Turkish leader's USA visit Two arrested over brawl during Turkish leader's USA visit
- June 16, 2017

Two Canadians of Turkish origin were also charged in the incident. The State Department confirmed in a statement to TheDC that arrests have been, and the Washington , D.C. The Toronto police, which often arrests people wanted in other jurisdictions, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "We will defend the First Amendment, and we will make sure our laws are being enforced", Bowser said Thursday. (more...)
Shooting victim from Mich. still in critical condition Shooting victim from Mich. still in critical condition
- June 16, 2017

A congressional aide said Scalise is undergoing surgery at George Washington University Hospital . Tyson Foods employee Matt Mika was shot in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday morning at the scene of a Congressional baseball practice and was listed in critical condition. (more...)
Saudi Arabia prime suspect behind recent terrorist attacks in Tehran: Iranian official Saudi Arabia prime suspect behind recent terrorist attacks in Tehran: Iranian official
- June 15, 2017

Though the crown prince did not elaborate on his remarks, analysts say it can not be anything other than doing terrorist activities inside Iran . The Leader hailed efforts by the Iranian negotiating team, particularly Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif , stressing that the officials who were in charge of negotiating the accord are entirely trustworthy but some of the other parties should not have been trusted. (more...)
Hawaii Signs Legislation To Implement Goals Of Paris Climate Accord Anyway
- June 14, 2017

Hawaii's new legislation includes a bill that expands the state's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to align with the Paris Agreement. He also signed HB 1578, which creates a Carbon Farming Task Force to ID agricultural and aquacultural practices in improving soil health and "the capture of long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate climate change". (more...)
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested on way to protest, wife says Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested on way to protest, wife says
- June 12, 2017

Navalny himself was arrested Monday afternoon outside his home in Moscow as he headed for an unsanctioned protest rally. Tens of thousands are rallying across Russian Federation to protest corruption and government stagnation, with many chants and signs aimed at Putin. (more...)
Partial results: Most voters in Puerto Rico back statehood
- June 12, 2017

Puerto Rico would be the poorest state in the Union, with many of its residents becoming eligible for greater federal welfare payments. An official count of votes for Puerto Rico's plebiscite on Sunday showed overwhelming support for US statehood, although adding another star to the USA flag would likely face an uphill battle in Congress . (more...)
Saudi and Bahrain welcome Trump's scolding of Qatar
- June 11, 2017

Saudi Arabia on June 10 praised Trump for his remarks about Qatar . Russian Federation is "ready to try to do everything in its power" to help resolve the crisis, he said. "This agreement does not target any country in the Gulf region", he added. Tillerson said the blockade was hindering the US-led campaign against the Islamic State group and having humanitarian consequences for ordinary people. (more...)
Backed force pierces into IS-held Raqa from west Backed force pierces into IS-held Raqa from west
- June 10, 2017

On Wednesday, an AFP correspondent saw coalition armoured vehicles parked among olive trees in the desert east of Raqa, covered with camouflage fabric. He noted that the United Nations reported on 6 June that 163 bodies of murdered Iraqi men, women and children lay on the streets of the Sheer neighbourhood in western Mosul after being shot and killed by ISIS snipers when they desperately tried to flee to safety. (more...)
"We are not ready to surrender", Qatar's foreign minister says
- June 09, 2017

Bahrain , Egypt , Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday. "Qatar's policy is a dead end and it will only lead to destruction, so essentially what we are asking is for the Qataris to give up on their foreign policy which calls up for an an alliance between a tremendous amount of wealth and extremely radical Islam". (more...)
Mother fears woman accused of leak will be made an example Mother fears woman accused of leak will be made an example
- June 09, 2017

The document that victor allegedly leaked was a report detailing attempts by hackers from Russian military intelligence to penetrate a company that sells voter registration software as well as local election officials. Authorities are looking at two laptops, a tablet and four cellphones seized from Winner's home as well as spiral-bound notebooks. The Affidavit says a visible crease mark on the document passed to a website called " The Intercept " tipped them off that the file was printed ... (more...)
This is us: Earliest fossils of our species found in Morocco This is us: Earliest fossils of our species found in Morocco
- June 08, 2017

They also applied new dating methods, which pushed back the age of all the fossils to a stunning 300,000 years. "It is not the story of it happening in a rapid way in a "Garden of Eden" somewhere in Africa", Dr. Dating was done by thermoluminescence , a pinpoint-accurate technology which measures the accumulated exposure of stone minerals to radiation generated by heat from the Sun, a volcano, or a human cooking fire. (more...)
Clinton Says Trump's 'Covfefe' Tweet Was A Message To Russia
- June 07, 2017

She said the Democratic party did not help her once she was anointed their White House candidate. The 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate said that Trump and his allies intend to sidetrack Americas' attention from the controversial topics like Russian intervention during the Presidential campaign and Republican health care bill through various social media posts. (more...)
May Targets Human Rights as Election Campaign Closes on Security
- June 07, 2017

The prime minister's intervention came after days of tough questioning from politicians and the press about how cuts to police numbers she made as Home Secretary have made it more hard to protect Britain's streets and uproot radicalisation at community-level. (more...)
Questions about Russian Federation chase Trump during first Israel visit
- June 05, 2017

Zarif also criticised Trump's arms deal and other investments with Saudi Arabia worth hundreds of billions of dollars. The Saudi visit is the first leg of an eight-day foreign tour - Trump s first as president - that will take him on Monday to Israel and then the Palestinian territories and on to Europe. (more...)
London Bridge closed amid reports of car mowing down crowd London Bridge closed amid reports of car mowing down crowd
- June 04, 2017

Police and the BBC report that two people entered a restaurant at the market, one of the oldest in the United Kingdom, and stabbed at least two people. US President Donald Trump has also tweeted condolences and support. Britain's official terror threat had recently been lowered from "critical" after a bombing killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester . (more...)
Finals of National Spelling Bee begin with 40 elite spellers
- June 03, 2017

At only 11 years-old, Hennessey still has three more years of eligibility. But Kelly won't be competing in the Bee Finals on Thursday. This portion is also worth six points for a grand total of 36 possible points. Governor Chris Christie offered his congratulation to Padhy after she was announced as one of the 40 finalists . A wrong spelling meant automatic elimination from the contest . (more...)
World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change
- June 02, 2017

Earlier in the day, Trump said only that he'd been "hearing from a lot of people, both ways". "We must reduce global warming", the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden said in a short, joint missive. Two major news outlets - Axis and CBS News - reported that the US President had made a decision to withdraw from the climate change agreement and the administration has been informing world leaders about it. (more...)
Comey Confirmed, Set to Testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee
- June 02, 2017

The timing of Comey's firing , as the Federal Bureau of Investigation probes possible collusion between Trump's presidential campaign team and Russia's attempts to influence the election, has stirred controversy, even among some members of Trump's party. (more...)
'Friendly fire' kills 11 soldiers in the Philippines 'Friendly fire' kills 11 soldiers in the Philippines
- June 02, 2017

Eleven soldiers were killed and seven others injured in what the Philippines government has described as a "friendly fire incident" in Marawi , on the southern island of Mindanao. "One of our SF-260 aircraft conducting airstrike (when) the last ordnance round it (fired) went wayward for an unknown reason and accidentally hit and caused the lives of our ground forces", Padilla said. (more...)
Trump waives law requiring US move its embassy to Jerusalem
- June 02, 2017

The Jewish state has long urged the USA and others to build embassies in Jerusalem , to reflect Israel's claim to the holy city as its capital. The Palestinians are praising President Donald Trump's decision not to move the U.S. Still, a US official said Trump remained committed to his campaign pledge and would eventually fulfill it, though no timetable had been set. But Netanyahu's office said Israel appreciated Trump's statement of "friendship". (more...)
Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands
- May 30, 2017

Some local media even dubbed it as "Schulz effect", and speculated Schulz might substitute Merkel since she lost momentum due to the migrant crisis. I've experienced that in the last few days. He added that leaders must never underestimate Trump. "This is going to be the most important negotiation that this country has embarked on for many decades". (more...)
FBI Declines to Provide Docs to House Commitee FBI Declines to Provide Docs to House Commitee
- May 29, 2017

According to CNN , Comey was not as concerned about whether the information was fake, but about whether the report was going to be released by the Russians. "It was a very powerful factor in the decision to go forward in July with the statement that there shouldn't be a prosecution", a source told the Washington Post . (more...)
Venezuela sets date for delayed regional elections
- May 29, 2017

One of the victims was a 19-year-old man who died from gunshot wounds. Fresh riots broke out on Monday evening in the capital and Barinas. After marches by various civil groups, it was the turn of the Venezuelan Medical Federation to vent its frustrations in the streets. (more...)
Trump delays decision on Paris climate accord
- May 29, 2017

In an April meeting between the two leaders at the White House , Trump and Gentiloni appeared to differ on what the US role in Libya should be. Like many other agreements signed under the administration of former US President Barack Obama, Trump has vowed that he would revise Washington's commitments under the deals to ensure US interests are protected. (more...)
House intel Dem would review Kushner's clearance
- May 29, 2017

Shortly after Trump's remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russian Federation, as "a good thing". (more...)
Trump's budget director defends plans to cut social programs
- May 29, 2017

Mulvaney said during a press briefing on Tuesday that the alleged gimmick was done "on purpose". Those very people Mulvaney is citing - men and women forced to work multiple jobs due to low wages or to work overtime to make ends meet - are the people who will be hurt the most by Trump's budget cuts. (more...)
Memorial Day an occasion of remembrance Memorial Day an occasion of remembrance
- May 28, 2017

He urged, "We should with sacred vigilance, let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations' that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic". Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May, honors service members who have died in all US wars. More Americans were killed than in any previous war. (more...)
Man arrested at Comicon carrying guns, knives Man arrested at Comicon carrying guns, knives
- May 27, 2017

Mercedes Fortune told AZ Central . This had lead to increased security checks and a ban being placed on all prop weapons for the remainder of the convention. Police say they believe the man acted alone and it's an isolated incident. The suspect - whose name hasn't been released - was carrying four guns - including a shotgun, knives and ammunition, police said. (more...)
Netanyahu says all government ministers must attend Trump's arrival Netanyahu says all government ministers must attend Trump's arrival
- May 26, 2017

Trump also plans to visit the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and the Western Wall , an important key Jewish holy site. At a joint news conference Monday with the president in Jerusalem , Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Mr. Palestinians , who viewed Trump's victory with some trepidation, are said to have been pleasantly surprised by Trump's openness during a recent meeting with Abbas in Washington. (more...)
China sidesteps Duterte claim of war threat over sea row China sidesteps Duterte claim of war threat over sea row
- May 26, 2017

Right now, all he can reveal is that the two leaders had a "very frank discussion". On the other hand, former Ambassador Jose Apolinario Lozada said: " China acted like a "bully" when it threatened the Philippines with war over the South China Sea dispute". (more...)
Taiwan court rules same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional Taiwan court rules same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional
- May 26, 2017

The court also decided that if no changes were enacted by the end of the next two years , same-sex couples would be allowed to register their relationship no matter what. Justice Jui-Ming Huang had recused himself from the case while Justice Chen-Huan Wu filed a dissenting opinion and Justice Horng-Shya Huang filed a dissenting opinion in part. (more...)
More than 100 civilians killed in Iraq bombing in March
- May 26, 2017

The densely-populated city of Mosul is particularly susceptible to civilian casualties as the Iraqi forces , backed by US-led coalition strikes, conduct a block-by-block battle against ISIS for control of the city. The conclusion, said U.S. Air Force Brig. The 500-pound bomb dropped by a U.S. aircraft on March 17 was meant to kill two IS snipers who posed a threat to Iraqi counterterrorism forces, the lead investigator, U.S. (more...)
Palestinians, Israel police clash at Jerusalem Old City gate Palestinians, Israel police clash at Jerusalem Old City gate
- May 26, 2017

Al-Ghoul said that, "today, we are sending a message that the Palestinian people refuse to give up any of our rights, and refuse to go back to US-sponsored negotiations". During the concluding speech of his visit at the Israel Museum, in front of several hundred people invited by the Prime Minister's Office and the US Embassy, Trump delivered a strongly pro-Israel speech. (more...)
China and Philippines meet on South China Sea disputes China and Philippines meet on South China Sea disputes
- May 26, 2017

They exchanged views on "the importance of appropriately handling concerns, incidents and disputes involving the South China Sea ", the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that gave few details. "We hope to continue the positive momentum of consultations and make steady progress towards a substantive CoC based on consensus as directed by our leaders", the statement read. (more...)
Security Council condemns NKorea missile test Security Council condemns NKorea missile test
- May 25, 2017

David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the missile could have a range of 4,500 kilometers (about 2,800 miles) if flown on a standard, instead of lofted, trajectory - considerably longer than North Korea's current missiles. (more...)