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Trump Defends Pardoning Former Sheriff Arpaio Trump Defends Pardoning Former Sheriff Arpaio
- August 30, 2017

During a press conference with Finish President Sauli Niinistö , Trump said that he made a decision to announce Arpaio's pardon on Friday night because he thought the attention on Hurricane Harvey would help it get better ratings. "I wonder if you could tell us what was behind your thinking for issuing the pardon for the Sheriff", Fox News' John Roberts told the president. Criminal leaker. (more...)
Brexit Latest: UK warned over speed of negotiations Brexit Latest: UK warned over speed of negotiations
- August 30, 2017

This is necessary to make sufficient progress... must start negotiating seriously . The French Foreign Ministry on Monday called on Britain to clarify its position on sensitive issues at the center of the ongoing Brexit negotiation. Asked about Juncker's remarks on Tuesday, the prime minister's deputy official spokeswoman said: "Our desire is to discuss both at the same time: we've repeatedly said that, and that's what we're working towards". (more...)
Germany will be harsh with holiday refugees, says Angela Merkel
- August 30, 2017

She also raised the prospect of agreeing legal contingents of African migrants who want to study or work in Europe. Although she's drawn thousands to hear her stump speech, schools in Berlin are still on vacation and many if not most Germans have yet to tune in to the campaign. (more...)
Mexico Refuses To Negotiate NAFTA Over Twitter Mexico Refuses To Negotiate NAFTA Over Twitter
- August 30, 2017

Trump said Mexico and Canada are "being very difficult" in the NAFTA renegotiation process and said the U.S. The first round of NAFTA negotiations lasted five days. A US withdrawal from NAFTA or a serious restructuring of the deal would have significant business and immigration consequences, though observers cautioned that Trump's remarks might not have too much bearing on the eventual outcome of the talks. (more...)
Murray pulls out of US Open, may miss rest of season
- August 30, 2017

They have played 37 times , including 12 at the other majors - most recently the Australian Open in January, when Federer edged Nadal in five sets. Murray had been suffering from a hip injury since the French Open and it grew worse at Wimbledon . Neither of them is in this year's tournament because of season-ending injuries. (more...)
Ruling TDP leading in Nandyal Bypoll Ruling TDP leading in Nandyal Bypoll
- August 29, 2017

So, the counting process for Nandyal By Boll Elections are going on from today morning. After all the rounds of the counting process, the Nandyal Bypoll election results will be out soon. According to the Newspaper, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had aided in the development of Nandyal by sanctioning funds under AMRUT, the MLC said.TDP cadres celebrated the party victory at Nandyal at the party office here with senior leader C M A Zaheer Ahmed cutting a cake. (more...)
AAP wins Bawana; CM Manohar Parrikar wins Panaji AAP wins Bawana; CM Manohar Parrikar wins Panaji
- August 29, 2017

In Andhra Predesh's Nandyal Assembly seat, TDP candidate is leading over YSRCP candidate by more than six thousand votes. BJP's Vishwajit Rane, who had quit the Congress soon after the Assembly elections , retained his Valpoi seat, defeating his rival from Congress Roy Naik by 10,066 votes, taking BJP's tally in the 40-member House to 14. (more...)
Kenya Enforces World's Toughest Law Against Plastic Bags Kenya Enforces World's Toughest Law Against Plastic Bags
- August 29, 2017

Many bags drift into the ocean, strangling turtles, suffocating seabirds and filling the stomachs of dolphins and whales with waste until they die of starvation. "Ordinary wananchi [the common man] will not be harmed", she told Reuters . Research in Europe has shown that a paper bag must be used three times to compensate for the larger amount of carbon used in manufacturing and transporting it. (more...)
98 dead as border gunfire drives more Rohingya to flee Myanmar 98 dead as border gunfire drives more Rohingya to flee Myanmar
- August 28, 2017

Around 2,000 people have been able to cross into Bangladesh since Friday, according to estimates by Rohingya refugees living in the makeshift camps in Bangladesh. "We can't tell who among them are insurgents". The government evacuated some 4,000 non-Muslim villagers in the unrest. Six people were killed when they strayed into one area of conflict. (more...)
Northern Illinois Red Cross ready to help hurricane victims
- August 28, 2017

Now, even right here in South Central Kansas, volunteers are heading to Texas, with more arriving soon. The American Red Cross is in need of donations and seeking volunteers. "The images coming out of Texas are heartbreaking and hard to imagine", said Governor Wolf. Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. (more...)
Unrest, deaths, over rape conviction of Indian religious leader Unrest, deaths, over rape conviction of Indian religious leader
- August 28, 2017

At least 29 people were killed in Panchkula town where the court returned its verdict on Singh and more than 200 people were injured in Haryana state. Curfew was imposed on Panchkula and several other districts of Haryana and Punjab. The group, which is based in the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, claims to have 50 million members, promotes vegetarianism and campaigns against drug addiction. (more...)
Arrest Made in Beating of Charlottesville Teacher, Second Suspect Sought Arrest Made in Beating of Charlottesville Teacher, Second Suspect Sought
- August 28, 2017

In addition, police said 18-year-old Daniel Patrick Borden was arrested Friday in OH on a malicious wounding charge in connection to the garage assault. "Nor did they hear the single shot being fired because it was muffled by the loud volume of the crowd yelling and chanting, drums and music", she said. (more...)
Ex-PM of Thailand flees ahead of verdict Ex-PM of Thailand flees ahead of verdict
- August 27, 2017

Regardless of whether she is found guilty or innocent, Yingluck will not be able to run in that election because she was banned from politics for five years in 2015 by the junta's legislature for alleged graft in the rice-purchasing program. (more...)
Iraqi forces retake 3 more areas of IS-held Tal Afar Iraqi forces retake 3 more areas of IS-held Tal Afar
- August 27, 2017

During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi described the progress in Tal Afar as "excellent", calling it an "indication of the enemy's collapse". On the sixth day of the offensive, Iraqi elite units seized the northern city's neighbourhoods of Nida' and Taliaa, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said. (more...)
Sebastian Gorka Is Ousted From White House - Fires Angry Salvo At Enemies Sebastian Gorka Is Ousted From White House - Fires Angry Salvo At Enemies
- August 27, 2017

The statment released later by the White House made it clear that Gorka's exit came under more complicated circumstances, and not as a result of his own initiative. Before joining the White House , Gorka was an obscure far-right fringe character. When Trump won the election past year, Gorka told Fox News that "the alpha males are back". (more...)
Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes Off Yemen Coast, Hunt on for missing personnel Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes Off Yemen Coast, Hunt on for missing personnel
- August 27, 2017

Officials have not provided information on the identities of those on board or the unit to which the aircraft belongs, saying only that the incident occurred around 7 p.m. Special Forces troops has been on the ground in the midst of Yemen's civil war in support of an operation against the Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terror group. (more...)
Thai SC issues arrest warrant against ex-PM Thai SC issues arrest warrant against ex-PM
- August 26, 2017

The court has issued a warrant for Yingluck's arrest, despite her lawyer's claim that she was absent due to illness, and has set a new date of September 27 for its verdict, media reports said . The other day, it was to be a judgment day for former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra . TRT World spoke to Tazkira Sattar in Bangkok . Yingluck maintains her innocence, arguing that the controversial rice-pledging scheme for which she is on trial was for the benefit of farmers and the ... (more...)
Johnson Concedes: UK Will Have to Pay for Brexit Johnson Concedes: UK Will Have to Pay for Brexit
- August 26, 2017

He made the remarks in the Commons in July when grilled by MPs over demands from Brussels that Britain must pay a bill of tens of billions of pounds to cover the cost of Brexit . That creates the possibility of the matter being settled at the 11th hour with May engaging face-to-face with 27 other leaders at a drawn-out summit. (more...)
Trudeau in Montreal to discuss asylum seekers Trudeau in Montreal to discuss asylum seekers
- August 26, 2017

The popular stop near the border station at Lacolle, Quebec, Canada is quickly becoming a path to a new life for immigrants - and something of a tourist attraction, reported the Miami Herald . "If they are not in that situation if they were only in the States because there was an natural disaster and their country is poor, that is not enough to become a refugee". (more...)
Deadly Attack on Shiite Mosque in Afghanistan
- August 26, 2017

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for an attack that is underway on a Shiite mosque in Kabul . Mohammad Salim Rasouli, chief of Kabul's hospitals, said at least 50 more were wounded, many of them children. (more...)
Reports Buckingham Palace in lockdown following knife attack on police officers Reports Buckingham Palace in lockdown following knife attack on police officers
- August 26, 2017

Natalie Wood wrote: "Police still being called into Buckingham Palace". Witnesses described seeing a man with a sword attacking a police officer. Footage from the scene shows a heavy emergency response, including multiple police cars. "Officers are on scene at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace". "Clearly with what has happened in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, attention immediately turns to the possibility of this being some kind of terrorist related incident, however police are yet ... (more...)
Western Massachusetts Hospital Worker Claims Lottery Jackpot Western Massachusetts Hospital Worker Claims Lottery Jackpot
- August 25, 2017

Wednesday's jackpot was the second largest lottery prize in USA history, according to the Massachusetts Lottery. The Powerball jackpot will now drop back down to $40 million. The $50,000 prize awarded to the business that sells the winning numbers will be donated to charity, said Pride petrol station owner Bob Bolbuc. The newly crowned lottery victor said she plays often - mostly scratch offs - and bought the tickets for luck. (more...)
Dutch police arrest suspect in concert terror plot Dutch police arrest suspect in concert terror plot
- August 25, 2017

As of Thursday morning, police said the man was still detained and will be questioned when he is sober. Authorities did not have to evacuate Maassilo because the concert hadn't started, Rotterdam Police press officer Roland Ekkers said. (more...)
Federal Judge Rejects a Revised Voter ID Law in Texas Federal Judge Rejects a Revised Voter ID Law in Texas
- August 25, 2017

Claiming they were under pressure from constituents to crack down on voter fraud, the Republican-majority Texas Legislature passed SB 14 in 2011 along party lines. Concealed handgun permits made the list, but not student IDs. "SB 5 does not meaningfully expand the types of photo IDs that can qualify, even though the Court was clearly critical of Texas having the most restrictive list in the country ", Judge Gonzales Ramos wrote . (more...)
Is my Kmart going to close? Sears announces another 28 will go Is my Kmart going to close? Sears announces another 28 will go
- August 25, 2017

IL has 17 Kmart stores, including the one at 7230 Westfield Plaza in Belleville and one in Springfield. In addition, reductions in the number of pharmacies in open stores as well as the reduction in consumer electronics assortment continued to contribute to overall sales decline. (more...)
Tropical Depression Harvey heads toward Texas coast Tropical Depression Harvey heads toward Texas coast
- August 24, 2017

Maximum sustained winds now are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts and strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Hurricane Hunters scheduled to investigate the system tomorrow afternoon. The concern would be for not only flash and urban flooding, but also major river flooding. The recent forecast models show that the storm has been reached to the Texas, the storm is moving northward. (more...)
US State Dept. issues travel warning for Mexico violence US State Dept. issues travel warning for Mexico violence
- August 24, 2017

In Jalisco , which includes Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta , the State Department is asking US citizens to defer non-essential travel to areas that border the states of Michoacan and Zacatecas due to continued instability. US citizens have been the victims of violent crimes including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery, said State Department officials. Business group Coparmex, which represents more than 200 hotels, restaurants and other companies in Cancun, said the ... (more...)
Saudi crown prince holds talks with USA officials on Israel-Palestine peace Saudi crown prince holds talks with USA officials on Israel-Palestine peace
- August 24, 2017

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met with the Saudi crown prince and Qatar's emir, kicking off a regional trip to explore the possibility of re-energizing Israel-Palestinian peace efforts that stalled more than three years ago. "I don't understand their conduct toward us, as inside his country the administration is in chaos", Abbas was quoted as saying in a dig to Trump. He hit the road just days after the departure of chief White House rival, chief White House strategist Stephen ... (more...)
Powerball jackpot reaches $700 million, second-largest prize in its history Powerball jackpot reaches $700 million, second-largest prize in its history
- August 24, 2017

A new drawing of winning numbers that could make a lucky player fabulously wealthy will be tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 10:59 p.m. The deadline to buy tickets is at 9:59 p.m. The biggest Powerball jackpot was $1.6 billion on January 13, 2016. "I don't think I'd stop", Kinney said. Tom Rietz, a professor at the University of Iowa who researches probabilities, says it's hard for people to fathom what odds of one in 292.2 million mean. (more...)
Chelsea Clinton Defends Barron Trump After Conservative Site Bashes Him Chelsea Clinton Defends Barron Trump After Conservative Site Bashes Him
- August 23, 2017

The Daily Caller posted a story slamming the 11-year-old for clothes he wore Sunday while boarding Air Force One, with a headline that said, " It's High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He's in the White House ". While Melania Trump is known for her sartorial taste, another member of the first family - Barron, the youngest son of the US President Donald Trump - recently stirred news over his choice of dressing. (more...)
Majority disapproves of Trump's Charlottesville response Majority disapproves of Trump's Charlottesville response
- August 23, 2017

The Post/ABC survey found 56 percent of Americans overall disapproved of his comments, while 28 percent approved. A majority of Americans disapproved of President Donald Trump's response to the deadly clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville , Va., according to findings from a new poll . (more...)
North Korea Directs More Rhetoric Towards US About 'War Games' North Korea Directs More Rhetoric Towards US About 'War Games'
- August 23, 2017

Pyongyang's state media on Sunday called this year's drills a "reckless" move that could trigger the "uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war". Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said , "We think that South Korea and the United States holding joint drills is not beneficial to easing current tensions or efforts by all sides to promote talks". (more...)
Emergency crews rescue hundreds after historic flooding in Kansas City area Emergency crews rescue hundreds after historic flooding in Kansas City area
- August 23, 2017

Overland Park Fire Department says it also responded to at least 16 water rescue calls. Emergency crews also responded to the Aspen Creek Apartments, located at 139th Street and Holmes Road in Kansas City. Two women were taken by ambulance following a water rescue at 151st Street and Kenneth Road. Two people sat on the roof of a vehicle as they waited on rescuers. (more...)
Strong storms with tornado risk for the United States northeast Strong storms with tornado risk for the United States northeast
- August 23, 2017

There is a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for several counties on the northern edge of Pennsylvania, Eastern PA Weather Authority said. More afternoon rain and thunderstorms are expected on Wednesday. The thunderstorms are capable of producing damaging rain, wind and hail. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for Upstate New York. (more...)
Bank unions to observe nationwide strike today Bank unions to observe nationwide strike today
- August 23, 2017

Around 55,000 bank officials went on strike in Tamil Nadu. On a countrywide call, all bank branches observed the strike and remained closed for the whole day. Bank mergers would result in closure of bank branches as is happening in the SBI now after merger of Associate Banks. Among the 17-point charter of union demands, the main relates to the government's denial of adequate capital to public sector banks, thus creating conditions for privatisation, an AIBEA statement said on Tuesday. (more...)
Hurricane Gert Could Bring Britain The Most Swelteringly Toasty Day of August Hurricane Gert Could Bring Britain The Most Swelteringly Toasty Day of August
- August 22, 2017

Areas in the south and east are due to receive a blast of warm air with sunny conditions. The heavy rain is already moving across Ireland . The former category two hurricane is going to be "wrapped up in existing pressure" and weakened as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean, likely bringing humidity and balminess to the South. (more...)
BJP sweeps Mira-Bhayander civic polls, Sena suffers big jolt BJP sweeps Mira-Bhayander civic polls, Sena suffers big jolt
- August 22, 2017

The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party, however, did not win a single seat. The voting was held for 94 seats, out of 95 as one unopposed seat has already been won by the Congress candidate. While Shelar shied away from mentioning the name, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya went full throttle at the Shiv Sena. Congratulatory tweets from several BJP workers as well as the public have started to pour in: Pankaja Munde Minister for Rural Development, Women & Child Development, Guardian Minister ... (more...)
AP Top 25: Sooners and Cowboys crack Top 10 in preseason rankings AP Top 25: Sooners and Cowboys crack Top 10 in preseason rankings
- August 22, 2017

No. 1 in the Coaches Poll when it was released was the Alabama Crimson Tide and that shouldn't change with the AP voters either. The Gators are ranked No. For the third time in the past four seasons, Auburn (No. 12) is ranked in the Top 15 in the preseason poll. Five- and four-star talents line the roster and could lead to a return to the College Football Playoff after a two-year hiatus. (more...)
Iraqi forces recapture five villages in Tal Afar Iraqi forces recapture five villages in Tal Afar
- August 22, 2017

Many senior leaders al-Qaida in Iraq and IS were from Tal Afar. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are surrounding the city in the north, while Iraqi government troops and Shi'ite volunteers surround it in the south. The Coalition estimates that approximately 10,000-50,000 civilians remain in and around Tal Afar. "It's smaller and there are fewer bad guys", said Lt. (more...)
Big Ben falls silent Big Ben falls silent
- August 22, 2017

The planned silence has caused a loud commotion across the British capital. Theresa May waded into the row, demanding a rethink of the decision. The tale has a familiar ring. 'Nothing could be more symbolic really than Big Ben , which we all remember from the Second World War onwards'. That's become something of a saying this week. (more...)
Stenson seizes one-shot lead at Wyndham Championship Stenson seizes one-shot lead at Wyndham Championship
- August 22, 2017

Stenson's birdie on 17 briefly had a 2-shot lead but Schniederjans, playing one group ahead, almost holed his second shot on the par-4 18th and tapped in for birdie, leaving Stenson ahead by one. Love, a three-time champion in Greensboro , played the last 10 holes in 1 over, stalling his charge with a round of 67. Using a new Callaway Toulon putter , Schniederjans ranked sixth in sg: putting (+1.821) and was delighted. (more...)
Egypt seeks to tap new markets at Damascus fair Egypt seeks to tap new markets at Damascus fair
- August 21, 2017

Several people have reportedly been injured by rocket fire that targeted the entrance to the Damascus International Fair venue, where a high-profile business gathering is now underway. The authorities had chose to reopen the Fair who considers that the calm had returned in the area where is held the exhibition, the Ghouta east since July, one of the "areas of de-escalation" designated following an agreement of truce between the sponsors of the regime and the insurgents. (more...)
Trump's favorability rating falls in three key states he won in 2016 Trump's favorability rating falls in three key states he won in 2016
- August 21, 2017

About 55%, 54% and 56% of voters, respectively, disapproved of Trump's work in the White House. According to the NBC News/Marist polls released Sunday, the president was becoming less popular in the key states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (more...)
Comedian And Activist Dick Gregory Has Passed Away At 84 Comedian And Activist Dick Gregory Has Passed Away At 84
- August 21, 2017

The Army was where he got his start in comedy, entering and winning many Army talent shows at the urging of his commanding officer, who had taken notice of Gregory's penchant for joking. Gregory's death was confirmed on Saturday night, when his son, Christian Gregory , made the sad announcement on his father's Facebook page, adding that more details will be made available to the public in the following days. (more...)
West Bengal: Floods in control but toll rises to 55 West Bengal: Floods in control but toll rises to 55
- August 21, 2017

In neighbouring Uttarakhand, 17 people were killed and more than 30 including soldiers were missing in floods, domestic media reported. Saharsa and Khagaria were the latest districts to be affected during the day, Special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department, Anirudh Kumar, said. (more...)
No Powerball victor, jackpot jumps to $650 Million No Powerball victor, jackpot jumps to $650 Million
- August 21, 2017

The odds of winning a Powerball drawng are 1 in 292.2 million. The $ 535 million total is the eighth-largest jackpot in USA lottery history. And if there is no victor, the next drawing is Wednesday and will be even larger. Deadline to purchase tickets is 9:45 p.m. Far too often, people are tempted to use their grocery or rent money to buy additional Powerball tickets . (more...)
Iraqi Forces Advance on IS-Held Tal Afar Iraqi Forces Advance on IS-Held Tal Afar
- August 21, 2017

On Saturday, Iraqi airplanes dropped leaflets over Tal Afar, telling residents that security forces were moving toward them, and that their city would soon be rid of the "evil" of the Islamic State . Iraqi forces launched an operation to recapture the town of Tal Afar from ISIS. The Iraqi forces killed 66 Islamic State (IS) militants, including suicide bombers, near the city of Mosul in Iraq, defence officials said. (more...)
Pyongyang: US, South Korean Military Drills Pushing Peninsula 'Into Nuclear War' Pyongyang: US, South Korean Military Drills Pushing Peninsula 'Into Nuclear War'
- August 21, 2017

It described North Korea as the "strongest possessor" of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the United States mainland from anywhere, CNN reported. Many of them will be joining thousands of South Korean forces in the exercises. North Korea has long denounced the drills as a war rehearsal for a northern invasion, reports Yonhap News Agency. (more...)
McGovern joins Congressional effort to censure Trump McGovern joins Congressional effort to censure Trump
- August 20, 2017

Pelosi says Republicans must declare whether they stand with Trump, whom she said repeatedly "gives us further evidence of why such a censure is necessary". Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), along with Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington State, began to beat the drum for an official condemnation of Trump's comments earlier in the week. (more...)
Donald Trump lashes at senator
- August 20, 2017

The nuanced statements reflect the party establishment's delicate dance. Graham is one of the few Republican lawmakers to directly rebuke the president for his handling of the Charlottesville issue. The weekend violence at the Virginia college town has inflamed racial tensions nationwide and renewed concerns over hate groups after Trump blamed both anti-racism activists and white nationalists. (more...)