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Helmut Kohl: Leaders pay tribute to German reunifier in Strasbourg Helmut Kohl: Leaders pay tribute to German reunifier in Strasbourg
- July 02, 2017

At least 40 dignitaries - from across Europe but also from the United States - will come to the European Parliament building in France ahead of Kohl's funeral in Germany. A decade later, she broke with him over a party financing scandal and soon took over his former post as CDU leader. Kohl's friendship with French President Francois Mitterrand helped pave the way for the European Union, its expansion to the east and the birth of the euro. (more...)
Rain chances diminish; Fourth of July should be sunny, warm Rain chances diminish; Fourth of July should be sunny, warm
- July 02, 2017

Showers will continue to be likely into Saturday night , along with a possible thunderstorm. Of course, that could change. Be sure to check out the Times Leader's weather page for up-to-date forecast information and radar! Some storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain, and up to a half an inch of rain is possible. (more...)
Chicago Gay Pride Parade Bans 'Jewish Pride' Flag Over 'Safety Concerns' Chicago Gay Pride Parade Bans 'Jewish Pride' Flag Over 'Safety Concerns'
- June 27, 2017

According to Chicago's LGBT paper Windy City Times , the women were told by the organizers of the 21st annual Chicago Dyke March that their flags " made people feel unsafe ". "I expressed my views on Israel when I was asked and not a moment before", she said. "Dyke march has absolutely no obligation to be open to an ideology that was born out of and sustains itself on the oppression of Palestinian people", she added. (more...)
Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact
- June 27, 2017

Mr Sisi has said the islands always belonged to Saudi Arabia and that the Saudis asked Egypt to station troops there in 1950 to protect them. After last year's administrative court ruling, Saudi Arabia temporarily halted fuel shipments to Egypt, part of its aid deal. (more...)
Liberal factional row on gay marriage Liberal factional row on gay marriage
- June 27, 2017

They were reignited by cabinet colleague Christopher Pyne telling an after-party event following the Federal Liberal council gala-dinner on Friday the issue could be resolved sooner than everyone thinks. "You've got to be fair dinkum with the Australian people and it looks like that's not been true of Christopher". "The minister said that while marriage equality had failed to materialise over the last two years it would become a reality eventually". (more...)
Raiders reward QB Derek Carr with record $125 million deal Raiders reward QB Derek Carr with record $125 million deal
- June 27, 2017

What they have to say really, really matters to me. If we win every game, that's all I care about. "In a one-off situation, I think that they do". That's weird.' (laughter) But then as I began to see it and how we could place it in certain areas and begin to see what kind of impact that could really make, that's when it hit me. (more...)
White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph
- June 26, 2017

In the weeks and months ahead, the must find what is and fix it. She has held her party together in the House through many hard fights - ask veterans of the Obama administration - but she also has become a prime target for GOP ad makers as a symbol of the Democrats' liberal and bicoastal leanings. (more...)
Qatar says Saudi-led demands not 'reasonable'
- June 26, 2017

Doha has also been told to shut a Turkish military base in the emirate. Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia and its allies want to resolve their standoff with Qatar through diplomacy and don't seek a regime change, UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said at a press conference in Dubai. (more...)
Seven killed in Kashmir cable car accident
- June 26, 2017

The people killed in the accident were from a family coming from Delhi . Initial reports confirmed the death of 5 people, 4 tourists including two children, and a local guide. The three Kashmiris killed - Mukhtar Ahmad , a resident of Chonti Patri Babareshi , and Jahangir Ahmad and Farooq Ahmad Chopan , both residents of Tangmarg - are believed to be tourist guides. (more...)
Annual US Congress baseball game brings unity after shooting Annual US Congress baseball game brings unity after shooting
- June 26, 2017

Democrats gave the trophy to the Republicans , so it could be placedin Rep. Scalise's office as he recovers in the hospital. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she favors more money for the U.S. It raised over $1 million for charity. "The members of Congress, the staff and the volunteers who were out at practice this morning care deeply about the causes they play to benefit", game organizers said in a statement released Wednesday. (more...)
UK high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests
- June 26, 2017

Officials at Camden Council in north London have evacuated hundreds of apartments in four tower blocks as a precaution after fire inspectors concluded that they were unsafe . It said in a statement: "Where cladding fails the test, this will not necessarily mean moving residents from tower blocks". In New Zealand, similarly combustible cladding has been found on two buildings in Auckland, while tests are just starting to get under way in other main centres. (more...)
North Korea Defends Otto Warmbier's Treatment
- June 25, 2017

North Korea claimed Friday that it doesn't know why American college student Otto Warmbier's health was so poor that after months of imprisonment he ended up dying - and said it even revived him after his "heart was almost stopped". Warmbier's release coincided with former basketball star Dennis Rodman's latest visit to North Korea, though United States national security spokesman Michael Anton denied there was a connection between the two. (more...)
Baseball faces TCU in elimination game of College World Series Baseball faces TCU in elimination game of College World Series
- June 25, 2017

He and mound mate Brady Singer had staked the Gators to a 2-0 start in Omaha while TCU has had to scrap its way back through the losers bracket with wins over Texas A&M (4-1), No. "It got away from us". "I'm excited for this opportunity". The victor of this game on Saturday night, will end up facing the victor of Oregon State and LSU. (more...)
North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier
- June 25, 2017

But it emerged he was in a coma after North Korean officials claimed he had caught botulism, and died on Monday . They're also calling charges the 22-year-old was beaten into a coma "groundless". President Trump has said he is determined to "prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency". (more...)
Draft is next up during NBA's dizzying days of deals
- June 24, 2017

Keith Williams met Markelle Fultz when he was seven years old, as described in Kent Babb's piece for the Washington Post . As we discussed last week, Fleury makes sense in the right context, and in no way does that context involve giving up the No. (more...)
London police ponder manslaughter in tower fire
- June 24, 2017

Council leader Georgia Gould said that, following checks, external cladding on the blocks "was not up to the standard that we wanted and was not fire retardant". "We are looking at every criminal offense from manslaughter onwards", Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters. One of those buildings, Durham House - which is made up of one and two bedroom flats - has been found to have similar cladding to that on Grenfell Tower. (more...)
Iran holds annual anti-Israel rallies, displays missiles
- June 24, 2017

Demonstrators attending an anti-Israeli protest for Quds Day in Iran , June 23, 2017. "The displacement of millions of Muslims by the Zionist regime is unprecedented in the history of all terrorist groups", he said . Videos posted on social media showed a small group of hardline protesters chanting hostile slogans at Rouhani , including "down with liar" and "down with the American cleric". (more...)
Ronaldo header gives Portugal 1-0 win over hosts Russia Ronaldo header gives Portugal 1-0 win over hosts Russia
- June 24, 2017

Portugal showed their offensive prowess in the eighth minute when Ronaldo headed a precise cross by Raphael Guerreiro over Akinfeev's gloves. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball, during a training session in St. The match between Mexico and New Zealand will be held June 21 and will start at 21:00 GMT. "If I was a big team in world football and we were taken right to the edge by a smaller team like New Zealand there's a certain amount of discomfort there and big ... (more...)
Pelosi tries to reassure Dems after Georgia loss
- 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. "We do see shifts, fairly large shifts, in some areas, from Republican to Democrat, within the 6th District and that's going to mean a lot with specific House races coming up in '18", he said . (more...)
Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many
- June 23, 2017

If anti-Trump sentiment is going to work in Democrats' favor, they should have seen a better result in Georgia . A day after the election, Democrats are left with the bitter hope of another tighter-than-usual margin, still searching for a contest where anti-Trump energy and flush campaign coffers actually add up to victory. (more...)
Trump says China has failed over North Korea
- June 23, 2017

He could not speak or move voluntarily, and his doctors said he suffered extensive brain damage. On Tuesday, a USA official said U.S. spy satellites had detected movements recently at North Korea's nuclear test site near a tunnel entrance, but it was unclear if Pyongyang was preparing for a new nuclear test, perhaps to coincide with Wednesday's high-level talks. (more...)
Pak attackers cross LoC, kill 2 Indian soldiers, lose one Pak attackers cross LoC, kill 2 Indian soldiers, lose one
- June 23, 2017

In retaliatory action undertaken by the Indian security forces, two BAT militants were also killed. Two Indian soldiers died during the initial exchange of fire. On May 26, the Army had claimed killing two members of Pakistan's BAT in Baramulla's Uri sector of the LoC whereas six militants were gunned down in the same sector a day later. (more...)
Seattle Shooting Raises Questions About Officers' De-Escalation Efforts
- June 23, 2017

A few moments later, officers are heard shouting for Lyles to "Get back!" He would not say whether any children witnessed the shooting - but said there were three children in the apartment at the time of the shooting. Lyles was shot and killed by police on Sunday after police say she came at them armed with a knife. James Bible, an attorney representing relatives of Lyles , said Tuesday that "the officers knew she was vulnerable" when they went to her apartment. (more...)
Cladding used in London's Grenfell Tower is 'banned in Britain' Cladding used in London's Grenfell Tower is 'banned in Britain'
- June 22, 2017

The Guardian and the BBC have reported in recent days that panels with a PE core were used in a refurbishment of the 24-storey tower bock that was completed a year ago. Police said they are using the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Standards to identify the deceased. While failing to answer, she said the focus was now on providing support to the victims. (more...)
Man Charged With Killing Muslim Teenager Entered United States Illegally, Authorities Say
- June 22, 2017

The vigil will be held at 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Virginia 20190. Locals had gathered at the United States capital's Dupont Circle on Tuesday night (local time ) to mourn the young woman. "We have only each other", the imam said as he stood in front of Hassanen's coffin, covered by a black shroud decorated with quotes from the Quran. Muslim advocacy groups have said that authorities should continue to look into the possibility of bias. (more...)
BJP to declare presidential candidate on Tuesday
- June 22, 2017

BJP's Maharashtra unit chief Raosaheb Dhanve was not part of the deliberations though he accompanied Shah to Matoshree, Thackeray's residence. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was present during the meeting. Till July, the Sena would continue to play truant and embarrass the BJP on several fronts. It is a numbers game and we need the Sena. "We wish them all the best". (more...)
Venezuela calls countries Venezuela calls countries "lap dogs" at OAS Mexico meeting
- June 21, 2017

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Morales, the acting chair of the meeting, said ministers would resume discussions at a later, unspecified date. The United States and Venezuela exchanged harsh words at the Organization of American States general assembly Tuesday, after the US representative said the OAS must pass some kind of resolution on the troubled South American country to remain true to its principles. (more...)
Russian jet 'flies 5ft from' USA spy plane over Baltic Sea
- June 21, 2017

The pilot of the American aircraft determined that the Russian aircraft's actions were " unsafe " because of its "high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft ". "This is an exception, not the norm, but we were again operating in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke", Davis said. The incident happened not long after Russian Federation said it would track U.S. (more...)
Ronaldo summoned to answer judge's questions on tax fraud
- June 21, 2017

The 32-year-old Real Madrid player has denied evading tax of £13m between 2011 and 2014, and the club subsequently issued a statement claiming it has "full confidence" in Ronaldo . Manchester United have so far made no comment on reports they are interested in buying back the player for an estimated 200 million euros, on top of the release fee. (more...)
3 women found dead at Ohio home
- June 20, 2017

Authorities used a Taser to take Brinkman into custody , Brunswick police Lt. Robert Safran told local TV station WJW . OH police say a suspect in the deaths of a mother and her two daughters may also have been involved in a separate double homicide nearby. (more...)
Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate
- June 20, 2017

Conservative Analyst Ann Coulter said that Attorney General Sessions "never should've recused himself" from the Russian Federation investigation. He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly. (more...)
Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition
- June 19, 2017

That's according to a statement from Medstar Washington Hospital Center. U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise speaks to the media after a meeting at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016, in New York City. "I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Dr Sava said. Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. (more...)
Trump confirms he's under investigation, fires angry tweets
- June 19, 2017

The president tweeted Friday, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof". The memos direct former staffers to prevent the automatic deletion of any records and former Trump transition officials are asked to send in materials to the Trump transition team. (more...)
Trump acknowledges for first time he's under investigation
- June 19, 2017

Is there an investigation? The White House has used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but that Trump action may now be part of the probe. According to a new poll from the Associated Press and the University of Chicago's NORC Center for Public Affairs Research , 61 percent of Americans surveyed believe Trump has tried to impede or obstruct the FBI's investigation into his campaign, while just 37 percent said they believe Trump hasn't tried to ... (more...)
No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe
- June 19, 2017

The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations. U.S. President Donald Trump has "no intention" of firing special counsel Robert Mueller , the White House has said of the former FBI director who was hired by the Department of Justice last month to lead an independent investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 election. (more...)
Vowing to return, Rodman wraps up low-key Pyongyang visit
- June 19, 2017

The last such visit is believed to have been in November 2014, when former National Intelligence Director James Clapper brought home two other jailed Americans. North Korea , a one-party state that maintains prison camps and has a dire record on human rights, has for decades pursued a nuclear weapons program, despite global condemnation and successive rounds of United Nations sanctions. (more...)
Gunfire heard at Mali resort area popular with foreigners Gunfire heard at Mali resort area popular with foreigners
- June 19, 2017

Suspected jihadists are behind an attack Sunday on a tourist resort popular with Westerners on the edge of the Malian capital Bamako , a security ministry official told AFP. Mali has been gripped by violence since ethnic Tuareg rebels began an insurgency in the north of the country and joined forces with Islamist militants in 2012. (more...)
Ex-UFC fighter Tim Hague reportedly brain dead after knockout Ex-UFC fighter Tim Hague reportedly brain dead after knockout
- June 19, 2017

The 34-year-old Hague fought in MMA for 10 years before turning to boxing. Checkout the complete fight right here . A video on YouTube that purports to be the fight shows Hague lying still on his back on the canvas after taking a punch to his head from Braidwood. (more...)
Woman Who Texted Boyfriend To Kill Himself Found Guilty
- June 18, 2017

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells you what you need to know before you go. "When are you doing it?" she asked repeatedly in text messages . The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in MA argued that the conviction violates Michelle Carter's free speech protections. (more...)
Leo Varadkar Officially Becomes Taoiseach Of Ireland Leo Varadkar Officially Becomes Taoiseach Of Ireland
- June 18, 2017

He will face immediate challenges due to Britain's exit from the European Union, a political crisis in Northern Ireland and a housing crisis at home. In a coming-out speech he gave in a radio interview , he had said, "It's not something that defines me". Varadkar isn't new to Ireland's political scene, despite now being the youngest prime minister. (more...)
Taylor Swift brings her albums back to Spotify, Pandora, Google Play
- June 18, 2017

However, her reversal comes reportedly as a thank-you to her fans after her most recent album 1989 passed the 10 million sales mark. In 2014, the Shake It Off singer pulled her music from Spotify , where she was one of the service's most popular artists, after bemoaning that artists receive a tiny royalty per song play. (more...)
DUP head arrives for talks with UK leader May
- June 18, 2017

Barnier has said he wants to wrap up a Brexit deal by October 2018 so it has time to get through national parliaments and the European Parliament in time for Britain's departure from the bloc at the end of March 2019. The Irish Government were signatories to the Belfast Agreement as well. "I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements", she said in a statement . (more...)
Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned
- June 17, 2017

The newspaper said Britain wanted these rights to be available only to those European Union nationals who were living in the country before March 29 this year, when the government triggered the start of the two-year process of leaving the EU. (more...)
DUP head: Talks with UK Conservatives going well
- June 17, 2017

Critics, including the former Prime Minister John Major, have expressed concerns that by striking a deal with a pro-U.K. party in Ireland, the British government can no longer serve as a neutral broker between republicans (who want to leave the U.K.) and unionists in the region-a vital role, given negotiations to restart Northern Ireland's collapsed Parliament are ongoing. (more...)
Russia Claims to Have Killed ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
- June 17, 2017

Baghdadi's whereabouts have been unknown for some time, although he was believed to be in Mosul in Iraq before a US-led coalition began an effort to reclaim the city in October 2016. According to media reports, al-Baghdadi was brought up in a religious family. Shoigu said the strike "eliminated over 100 terrorists, including members of IS leadership, and, presumably, al-Baghdadi", spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies. (more...)
Amazon to purchase Whole Foods for $13.7 billion Amazon to purchase Whole Foods for $13.7 billion
- June 17, 2017

Talk about genius. Let's hope that Amazon also figures out a way, like they do with everything else, to make Whole Foods groceries a little cheaper. If it can adapt its business to compete with Amazon , it will be fine long-term, making today's discount a great buying opportunity. After all, the US #Grocery Market is valued at $800 billion and there is a lot of money to be made for the right companies. (more...)
GOP Shooter Had List of House Republicans' Names GOP Shooter Had List of House Republicans' Names
- June 17, 2017

Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey , wounded as he and another officer engaged in a shootout with the gunman, hobbled onto the field on crutches to throw out the first pitch . Charges in that case were dismissed. "I think that the president contributed to this significantly", said Rep. James Clyburn of SC, the No. 3 House Democrat. (more...)
White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller
- June 16, 2017

Sessions showed flashes of anger rarely seen from the 70-year-old Alabamian, calling any suggestion that he colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the USA presidential election a " detestable lie ". Other attorneys general, of course, have evaded congressional questions. In general, as with most of the Russia-related hearings conducted by Congress, it was a tale of two parties. (more...)
Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice
- June 16, 2017

King mentioned an October 9 memorandum from the intelligence community that he said detailed what the Russians were up to. The former Alabama senator also defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing when he said he hadn't met with Russian officials during the campaign. (more...)
Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction
- June 16, 2017

Kushner's attorney said any scrutiny on his financial dealings would be a standard part of the investigation. But Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon. On Monday, a Trump friend said the president was considering dismissing Mueller though the White House later said he had no plans to do so. "Nice", the President tweeted . (more...)

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