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Macron's party wins landslide majority in parliament: final results Macron's party wins landslide majority in parliament: final results
- June 28, 2017

The result, based on official figures and poll projections, fully redraws France's political landscape, sidelining the Socialists and Republicans that alternated in power for decades. Many victorious members of parliament have never held office before. Ms Le Pen's victory in the northern former coalmining town of Henin-Beaumont was a rare bright spot for her nationalist and anti-EU party that was once hoping to emerge as the principal opposition to Mr Macron. (more...)
Dozens dead in 'US-led strike' in Syria's al-Mayadeen Dozens dead in 'US-led strike' in Syria's al-Mayadeen
- June 28, 2017

Iran's foreign minister has denounced as a "dangerous escalation" the White House allegations that Syria is preparing a new chemical weapons attack. "The White House must have solid intelligence about a possible Syrian sarin attack but why they chose to send [a] message to Assad and Putin via press release isn't clear", Daryl Kimball, the head of the Arms Control Association said in a tweet . (more...)
NDP put no confidence motion forward, call on Clark to support it NDP put no confidence motion forward, call on Clark to support it
- June 28, 2017

BC Liberal house leader Mike de Jong said Monday he expects to lose the vote on last week's throne speech , which contained sweeping new promises taken from opposition election platforms. "This is a parliamentary democracy, and if at the end of the day there is to be a transition, if the two opposition parties, as they have and appear resolved to do, wish to govern and the lieutenant-governor agrees that it is in the best interest of the province, that's fine". (more...)
Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch sector Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch sector
- June 27, 2017

The Pakistani BAT members were armed with headband cameras to record the attack on the Indian Army patrol. A fire-fight commenced soon in which the two Army soldiers and the two BAT members were killed. These areas have witnessed 20 ceasefire violations, an attack by Pakistan special forces team and two infiltration bids in June, in which four people including three jawans were killed died and 10 were injured. (more...)
Proud of you, champion: Sachin Tendulkar reacts to Kidambi Srikanth's incredible feat Proud of you, champion: Sachin Tendulkar reacts to Kidambi Srikanth's incredible feat
- June 26, 2017

The former All England Badminton Championships victor says not just the win, but the manner in which Srikanth decimated the Chinese giant has given him a lot of joy. Anand Mahindra who tweeted just after Srikanth's win and named him "STEAMROLLER SRIKANTH" did not seem happy about the prize as well. Kidambi matched each step taken by Chen in the final. (more...)
Indian PM Modi visits Portugal on trip to meet with Trump
- June 25, 2017

Thanking Portugal for supporting India's United Nations Security Council bid, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that both nations have agreed to setup a four million Euros worth of science and technology fund. The nature of the relationships are different. He said the Dutch expertise in areas like water and waste management, agriculture, food processing, renewable energy, and ports and shipping, matches with India's development needs. (more...)
Activists Say the Trump Administration Is Making Yellowstone Bears Vulnerable to Hunters
- June 24, 2017

Today, the Greater Yellowstone population has rebounded from a low of under 150 individuals to around 700. During the intervening 15 months, federal officials evaluated states' grizzly management plans and responded to concerns generated by 650,000 comments from the public, including wildlife advocates and Native American tribal officials who are staunchly opposed to hunting grizzly bears . (more...)
Manslaughter charges eyed in deadly Grenfell Tower blaze
- June 24, 2017

The spokesman pointed out that safety testing was carried out on the insulation as part of a "particular rainscreen cladding system", but said: "Any changes to components of the cladding system or construction methods used need to be considered by the relevant building designer". (more...)
United Nations: Refugee displacement at seven-decade high
- June 20, 2017

It is followed by Colombia and Afghanistan , which are responsible for 7.7 million and 4.7 million displaced persons, respectively. The report tracked three types of movement: refugees , internal displacement and asylum-seekers. In 2016, the conflict in South Sudan became the fastest-growing displacement of people in the world. Canada announced an additional contribution of $86 million to assist starvation and war ravaged South Sudan. (more...)
Over 50 Injured as Deck Collapses at Montana Lodge Over 50 Injured as Deck Collapses at Montana Lodge
- June 20, 2017

A 10-foot-high section of the deck buckled after a memorial service held in the camp's lodge. Other patients went to North Valley Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, St. The Somers fire department says the area experienced another balcony collapse about a year ago during a party at a private residence with 20 people involved. (more...)
Trump Cheerleaders Turn on Special Counsel Mueller
- June 19, 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talks to an aide on Capitol Hill on Tuesday while testifying before Congress. Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. (more...)
Trump May Be Laying Groundwork to Fire Mueller — WashPost
- June 19, 2017

President Donald Trump responded angrily to reports he is under criminal investigation Thursday, deriding a "witch hunt" against him led by some "very bad" people. Friday's tweets have taken other aides across the White House by surprise. A Justice official said Rosenstein was motivated in part because of frustration that recent news stories have unfairly brought on a torrent of "leak" accusations against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team. (more...)
Was gunman ready to head home before congressman's shooting? Was gunman ready to head home before congressman's shooting?
- June 18, 2017

Jim Jordan, Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith are also on the list. A federal enforcement official who is not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY that the members' names were recovered from the the gunman. (more...)
Texas Republicans love Trump and Democrats don't, new poll shows — Surprise Texas Republicans love Trump and Democrats don't, new poll shows — Surprise
- June 18, 2017

Rassmussen Reports' poll was taken between June 13 and June 15, and it notes that is "the first time the president's overall approval rating has hit the 50% mark since late April" with the highest rating being approval being 59 percent in late January shortly after he took office, and as low of 42 percent in early April. (more...)
One-time Niagara Falls survivor dies after apparent repeat stunt One-time Niagara Falls survivor dies after apparent repeat stunt
- June 18, 2017

The Wallendas said the stunt broke a height record Nik Wallenda set in 2011 when he hung by his teeth 250ft above Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. In the interim, he said, he hoped more people would come visit the area as a result of the publicity afforded his wife's stunt. Jones, who suffered broken bones and severe bruising, lived to describe his initial harrowing plunge on national TV. (more...)
Qatar says fighter jets deal shows deep US support
- June 18, 2017

US President Donald Trump has signalled his support for the Saudi-led move but other US officials have been more cautious and called for dialogue to end the crisis. Al Udeid Air Base is home to more than 11,000 U.S. and coalition troops. Qatar which is under diplomatic troubles in the Arabian peninsula with Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain cutting their ties with the nation has signed a military pact with the U.S for USD12 Billion where it would be acquiring F-15 Fighter Jets. (more...)
OR becomes first state to allow third gender option OR becomes first state to allow third gender option
- June 17, 2017

The third option - a non-binary gender - will be reflected with an X starting July 3, 2017. The new policy represents a unanimous move Thursday by the Oregon Transportation Commission , reports Reuters , and goes into effect July 1. According to the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles, an estimated 20,000 Oregonians identify as transgender - about 0.65 percent of the state's overall population, making it the state with the seventh-highest trans population in ... (more...)
Alleged Alexandria Gunman Has Ties To Quad Cities Alleged Alexandria Gunman Has Ties To Quad Cities
- June 16, 2017

More recently, police responded to a "shots fired" call in Hodgkinson's hometown in March of this year. Before the shooting, reports say that some of the Republican congressmen at the ballpark recalled a man asking some of them if they were Democrats or Republicans. (more...)
US Marshals arrest 2 Turkish men accused of role in embassy beating US Marshals arrest 2 Turkish men accused of role in embassy beating
- June 16, 2017

Yildirim was charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor assault count. And a year ago, the police and members of Mr Erdogan's security team clashed with demonstrators outside the Brookings Institution in Washington . A Police officer pushes a man away from protesters during a violent clash outside the Turkish ambassador's residence between protesters and security personnel in Washington, DC , May 16, 2017. (more...)
Statement by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Afghanistan Troop Levels Statement by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Afghanistan Troop Levels
- June 15, 2017

The White House decision came the same day that Mr Mattis told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee "we are not winning" in Afghanistan. Mattis noted Obama's decision to declare the combat operation over at the end 2014, and then to withdrawing US combat firepower from the Afghan military came at a time when it needed it the most, the Examiner reported. (more...)
Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of promoting 'terrorism' in its border provinces Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of promoting 'terrorism' in its border provinces
- June 15, 2017

Seventeen people were killed and more than 40 injured last Wednesday when three gunmen stormed the parliament building in the centre of Tehran and two more the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founding father, ... But Saudi officials have denied any involvement while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned it without laying any blame as yet. Baluchistan province is home to a Sunni population who form a minority in majority Shia Iran. (more...)
Cambodia Says it Regrets 'Irresponsible' Trump Decision to Leave Paris Climate Accord Cambodia Says it Regrets 'Irresponsible' Trump Decision to Leave Paris Climate Accord
- June 14, 2017

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill on Tuesday requiring state officials to plan a response to climate change that aligns the state with the standards and goals of the Paris pact, according to Scott Glenn, an environmental adviser to the governor. (more...)
Israel approves largest West Bank settlements in 25 years
- June 13, 2017

One of the reasons for doing so, and an argument that is commonly used by advocates of illegal Israeli settlers is that Israelis have every right to live on Palestinian land, the same way Palestinians reside in Israel. Nowhere does he reference Israeli initiatives - at Camp David in 2000 and at Annapolis in 2008 - which could have produced a Palestinian state had Palestinian leaders not walked away. (more...)
Navalny 'detained' before Moscow protest Navalny 'detained' before Moscow protest
- June 12, 2017

Tverskaya, known in Soviet times as Gorky Street, was closed off to traffic on Monday for an extensive commemoration of the national holiday Russia Day, including people dressed in historical Russian costumes. Mr Navalny earlier called on supporters to attend anti-corruption rallies across Russian Federation. He focuses on corruption issues and has attracted a wide following through savvy use of internet video. (more...)
Puerto Rico votes overwhelmingly for statehood but turnout dismal
- June 12, 2017

Four previous plebiscites, or popular votes , have been held to decide the commonwealth's status in relation to the United States, with a majority of voters for the first time choosing statehood in 2012. Many Puerto Ricans doubt Congress can be convinced to incorporate the island, especially in the island's current economic condition, The New York Times reported. (more...)
Gulf states announce humanitarian hotline for mixed Qatari families
- June 11, 2017

Trump spoke to the press shortly after the Secretary's statement, he did not repeat the call for lifting the blockade and instead launched a lengthy criticism of Qatar. "Our president has stressed the need to resolve this upsetting issue before the end of Ramadan, as it is against our religion, beliefs, and traditions, especially during the month of Ramadan", Mr Cavusoglu said. (more...)
More than 40000 children at risk in Syria's Raqqa More than 40000 children at risk in Syria's Raqqa
- June 10, 2017

Surovikin said Friday the USA -coalition along with the allied Kurds "collude with the leaders of the IS, who surrender the areas under their control and head to provinces where Syrian government forces operate". Photo Credit: Mohamad Abazeed/AFP via Getty Images "An estimated 40,000 children remain trapped in extremely risky conditions in Raqqa". "Many are caught in the crossfire", said UNICEF regional director Geert Cappelaere. (more...)
'We are not ready to surrender,' Qatar's foreign minister says
- June 09, 2017

Qatar's foreign minister today rejected attempts to interfere in the country's foreign policy and said a "military solution" to the country's crisis with its Gulf neighbours was not an option. "Like any crisis, you can not really control the dynamics. this is one of the dangers of any crisis. There is no intention for us to seek anything but what we look at as economic spheres of activities", he said in an interview with AFP . (more...)
Woman Charged In Leaking Document Denied Bail Woman Charged In Leaking Document Denied Bail
- June 09, 2017

The 25-year-old USA government contractor has worked since February in Augusta, Georgia , for a federal agency that neither prosecutors nor her defense lawyer will name and where she had access to sensitive documents. Winner posted under a pseudonym, Sara Winners , but didn't seem concerned with concealing her identity, using a photo of herself as a profile picture and posting a selfie in February. (more...)
What is Hillary Clinton thinking?
- June 07, 2017

Moreover, Clinton said that the Russians' campaign to spread "fake news" and leak emails were potentially "guided" by Americans. "I'm not willing to let my people be thrown under the bus without a fight", Therriault tweeted out. Clinton responded by referencing Trump's famous Twitter coinage, " Covfefe ". She blamed her failure to win Wisconsin on Gov. Scott Walker. She also pointed to the length of Russian involvement in the Presidential elections the intelligence assessment that said ... (more...)