North Korea tests rocket engine linked to nuclear missile programme
- June 24, 2017

This photo carried by North Korea's state news agency on March 19, 2017, shows the North's ground test of a new high-thrust rocket engine. One of the tests, which took place at the Sohae satellite launch facility, was hailed as a "great leap forward" by North Korea state media. (more...)
So far, Trump effect has led only to GOP victories
- June 23, 2017

The two Republican victories last night come as the latest set of close but no cigar losses for Democrats in special elections this year. "This is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff said in his concession speech. Ossoff ended up losing to Republican Karen Handel by a four-point margin - 51.9 to 48.1 percent. Indeed, when Trump's White House tapped four Republican congressman for prominent posts in the GOP administration, the immediate assumption was ... (more...)
Diverse crowd at vigil for slain Muslim teen
- June 22, 2017

Torres exited his auto and chased the group with a baseball bat . Darwin Martinez Torres , a 22-year-old from El Salvador thought to be in the USA illegally, was jailed without bail on a murder charge after the girl's body was pulled from a pond near his apartment. (more...)
Won't support BJP's Presidential candidate if it is for votebank: Uddhav Thackeray
- June 22, 2017

The BJP on Monday named Dalit leader and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's presidential candidate. Bharatiya Janta Party President Amit Shah on Saturday said India can not stop playing Pakistan at global cricket tournaments, but made it clear that the two countries will not play each other in either India or Pakistan, reported Financial Express . (more...)
ICC could axe Champions Trophy for more T20 World Cups
- June 21, 2017

Hopefully, this win, everyone will remember not [just] today or tomorrow, but for a very long time.When we arrived here, we were ranked 8th, and now, we are the champions. "I wasn't feeling well yesterday, I was thinking I wouldn't be able to play, but the physio said I would be fine in the morning". Waqar said the victory will help serve the cause of cricket at home where worldwide cricket is not being played for many years. (more...)
Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map
- June 21, 2017

The court is now considering this case, Gill v. Whitford , on appeal. The high court case could affect pending legal disputes over Republican-drawn maps in North Carolina and Pennsylvania and a Democratic-drawn map in Maryland. It said the constitution has been violated if the new districts are "intended to to place a severe impediment on the effectiveness of the votes of individual citizens on the basis of their political affiliation", "has that effect" and "cannot be justified on other, ... (more...)
3300 dead since central Congo conflict began 3300 dead since central Congo conflict began
- June 21, 2017

Congo's human rights minister dismissed that statement. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council Tuesday hundreds of villagers had been "shot dead, hacked or burned to death, and mutilated" over the past two months. "At least two pregnant women were sliced open and their fetuses mutilated". The army's spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment. Two UN experts investigating the violence, American Michael Sharp and Zeida Catalan from Sweden , were killed in ... (more...)
Germany: no punishment for UK, but EU exit good for no one Germany: no punishment for UK, but EU exit good for no one
- June 21, 2017

May has clung on to power since the election but has so far failed to strike an agreement with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party that would allow her to govern. He said he views the talks with "informed optimism". Britain and the European Union are already at odds over the order of the talks, with London insisting future trade ties should be discussed at the same time as the divorce despite opposition from Brussels . (more...)
Qatar Will Not Negotiate Unless Blockade Is Lifted First
- June 21, 2017

Qatar's financial hub is looking beyond the Middle East and North Africa as the Saudi-led campaign to isolate the gas-rich Arab state threatens to dent regional business. "We are starting to see risky spillovers already both in the broader region but also in Africa and in Asia, there are worrying signals", she said in Luxembourg. (more...)
US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria
- June 21, 2017

The incident happened a day after the United States military brought down a Syrian military jet near Raqqa for bombing near US-allied forces on the ground, the first time Washington had carried out such an action in the multi-pronged civil war. (more...)
South Sudan's displaced see little chance of peace
- June 20, 2017

It found an average of 20 people were driven out from their homes every minute a year ago, the refugee agency said. United Nations high Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said that the data on internally displaced persons testify to the discouraging failure of global diplomacy. (more...)
Boxer who was in critical condition after fight is dead, family says Boxer who was in critical condition after fight is dead, family says
- June 19, 2017

From early in the first round it was clear that Braidwood had the upper hand and Hague was rocked and sent to the canvas several times before he was finally knocked out cold in the second round. Ricky Hatton is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2012. Hague, who is from Edmonton, was known as "The Thrashing Machine", according to his UFC profile, which lists him as a former fighter. (more...)
DC police to charge 12 Turkish security agents DC police to charge 12 Turkish security agents
- June 16, 2017

The charges come nearly a month after Erdogan's guards made global headlines when cell phones and video cameras caught the men kicking, choking, and shoving protesters on Washington's Sheridan Circle. They were among 18 charged over the May 16 incident. They are among the most likely to face actual consequences. Sources tell The New York Times that the guards will face several felony and misdemeanor counts. (more...)
Manchester bomber's brother released without charge
- June 15, 2017

Police said they believed the vehicle was a significant piece of evidence in the investigation into the May 22 attack when Salman Abedi walked into the foyer of Manchester Arena and detonated an improvised explosive device as fans left an Ariana Grande concert, reports Efe. (more...)
Iranian General Says Daesh Militants Staging Attacks Under US, Saudi Guidance Iranian General Says Daesh Militants Staging Attacks Under US, Saudi Guidance
- June 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism networks in the region. The assailants attacked the parliament buildins in the morning. He made the remarks in the 15th Annual International Retreat of Mediators and Peace Process Actors in Oslo Forum, Norway , Iranian News Agency reported. (more...)
SDF launch major offensive to capture ISIL-held Raqqa
- June 13, 2017

Former U.S. defense secretary Ashton Carter had urged that IS be attacked simultaneously in Raqa and Mosul, Iraq, the group's other key stronghold. The US-led coalition said on Tuesday the fight for Raqqa would be "long and difficult" but would deliver a " decisive blow to the idea of Daesh as a physical caliphate". (more...)
Clinging on to Her Job, Britain's May Appoints New Ministers
- June 12, 2017

The Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats in Thursday's election, eight short of an outright majority. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn went on the offensive in an interview with the Daily Mirror on Saturday, vowing to oust Prime Minister Theresa May of the Conservatives "within a matter of days". (more...)
Qatar says Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis Qatar says Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis
- June 12, 2017

State media reported late Saturday Doha would "not take any measures against residents of Qatar who hold the nationalities of countries that severed diplomatic ties. The political dispute has led to air links being cut and Qataris banned from visiting the three countries. Additionally, Qatar Airways is now using longer routes to its European and North American destinations, including direct flights to the world's busiest worldwide airport in Atlanta, after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt ... (more...)
Woman on trial for 'encouraging' boyfriend to kill himself Woman on trial for 'encouraging' boyfriend to kill himself
- June 12, 2017

Carter's trial is expected to raise the question of whether a person can be charged with someone else's death if they weren't there. But Ellikan says the toughest task facing the defense is to change the perception of Michelle Carter . Opening statements begin on Tuesday morning. "I have all these flashback thoughts of when I was talking to him on the phone when he killed himself and I just think about hearing his cries and I just panic and have like panic attack from it, every time I see ... (more...)
Unseeded Ostapenko wins French Open for 1st title
- June 11, 2017

Halep , who was in the final for the second time after losing to Sharapova in 2014, would have become world No 1 with victory and she seemed on course when she led by a set and 3-0, soaking up the Ostapenko pressure and making her hit one more ball every time. (more...)
Trump suggests Iran shares some blame for terror attacks Trump suggests Iran shares some blame for terror attacks
- June 11, 2017

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the attacks would have "no effect" on the country. Strongly condemning the terrorist attacks, the embassy said that since its establishment, Iran has witnessed many painful events, APA reported. (more...)
DUP to support minority Tory government after 'confidence and supply' deal reached
- June 11, 2017

The party won 10 of the country's 18 seats. "As I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what I need to do in the future to take the party forward". Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. Founded in 1971 by firebrand Protestant preacher Ian Paisley, the DUP has always been pro-British and socially conservative . (more...)
Church bus crashes in Atlanta area; several injured
- June 09, 2017

Smith did not clarify the extent of their injuries. Firetrucks and ambulances swarmed the area as traffic came to a standstill on the busy bypass. Accident leaves at least one dead in the Atlanta area on Thu., June 8, 2017. The church posted on its Facebook page that there are "several serious injuries" but did not provide further details. The bus overturned onto at least one of them. (more...)
British Police Name Third Attacker From Saturday's Rampage In London
- June 08, 2017

When he was stopped and questioned, he reportedly told police officers: "I'm going to be a terrorist". "From his face, from his look, I could see there was a radicalization, as you say". Zaghba visited her at her home near Bologna several times and in March 2016, after being stopped at Bologna airport, he was investigated for possible global terrorist activity but released, according to the newspaper. (more...)
Oliver Stone: Megyn Kelly didn't know her stuff with Putin Oliver Stone: Megyn Kelly didn't know her stuff with Putin
- June 08, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin says in a documentary set to air on USA television that "nobody would survive" a war between the nuclear-armed countries. He says in the interview that Russian Federation would be forced to bolster its military preparedness in response to what he called North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "threats". (more...)
Body of Frenchman recovered from Thames, UK attack death toll
- June 08, 2017

Last night around 7:45pm, the body of another man was recovered from the river, near Limehouse, by specialist officers from the Marine Police Unit. London's Metropolitan Police confirmed on the Wednesday that the death toll from the London Bridge terrorist attack has risen to eight people. (more...)
USA diplomat in China quits over Trump's Paris treaty pull-out
- June 08, 2017

Only the United States, Syria and Nicaragua (which didn't think the agreement went far enough, environmentally) did not. On NBC's Today , co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed to viewers: "There is some more fallout this morning over President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement". (more...)
Trump wants to rebuild ties with Moscow: Tillerson Trump wants to rebuild ties with Moscow: Tillerson
- June 07, 2017

The Trump administration has been stepping up efforts to rally worldwide support for driving up pressure on the North. Two Congressional intelligence committees and the FBI are investigating into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. (more...)
Ex-Minister Babatunde Osotimehin is dead Ex-Minister Babatunde Osotimehin is dead
- June 07, 2017

He became executive director of UNFPA in January 2011 and served until the time of his death. Babatunde Osotimehin was born in Nigeria's Ogun State on February 6, 1949. Sarah Costa , executive director of the Women's Refugee Commission , said Osotimehin was instrumental in promoting "the sexual health and rights of refugee women" and "will be sorely missed". (more...)
UK Conservatives Set to Lose Seats in General Election UK Conservatives Set to Lose Seats in General Election
- June 06, 2017

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised her refusal to debate with him directly. Dr Lelliott said it was only a few weeks ago that some key allies of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were saying Labour would be lucky to get 200 seats. Corbyn replied: "There has to be no first use and there has to be a process of nuclear disarmament", he said. "If we did use it, millions are going to die". (more...)
Venezuela: Goldman Sachs protest Venezuela: Goldman Sachs protest
- June 06, 2017

And dictatorships run this badly need a lot of tear gas. The Trump administration announced earlier this month sanctions against eight Venezuelan government officials on the nation's Supreme Court to support the Venezuelan people "in their efforts to protect and advance democratic governance". (more...)
Megyn Kelly Asks Putin About His Relationship to Michael Flynn
- June 05, 2017

Army general who is the subject of several investigations at home.U.S. President Donald Trump fired Flynn in February for failing to disclose the content of his talks with Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. (more...)
Trump says 'ultimate deal' possible for peace in Middle East
- June 05, 2017

They're losers. And we'll have more of them. The report quotes a Palestinian official who said that Trump has not abandoned the two-state peace plan, but he does seek to explore other possible venues, including a broad Middle East peace plan and another interim agreement negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians. (more...)
US President accused of asking FBI Chief to drop Flynn inquiry US President accused of asking FBI Chief to drop Flynn inquiry
- June 04, 2017

Coats told a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee that he would not comment on the Washington Post report late yesterday that Trump pressed both him and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers to publicly deny any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential election. (more...)
Marlins' Edinson Volquez tosses first no-hitter of Major League Baseball season Marlins' Edinson Volquez tosses first no-hitter of Major League Baseball season
- June 04, 2017

His only win was tagged in a 2012 start, when he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs, striking out six and walked three. Henderson Alvarez was the last Marlins pitcher to throw a no-hitter, when Miami defeated the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on September 29, 2013. (more...)

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