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The United States has said its recent actions against Syrian government forces and allied militia have been self-defensive in nature, aimed at stopping attacks on USA -led coalition forces or their local allies. "This is what they have to show for 30 years of missile development?" The ministry says it views the incident as Washington's "deliberate failure to make good on its commitments" under the de-confliction deal.
  • Saudi King appoints son as Crown Prince

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    The new Crown Prince has taken over from his uncle Prince Mohammed bin Nayef who has been stripped off his title of Crown Prince and powerful position of Interior minister. The two countries are bitter regional rivals, and severed diplomatic ties previous year. Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah sent a cable of congratulations Wednesday to King Salman over his elevation of his son, 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman .
  • After Georgia House race, Republicans celebrating, Dems searching

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    But most of Handel's individual donations came from Georgians, while Ossoff received more donations from California and NY than from his home state. All of those districts were GOP districts. In Ossoff, Democrats hoped they had found a potential new path to defeating Republicans with a message of peace and civility.
  • The sex of Beyoncé and Jay Z's twins has been revealed

    The sex of Beyoncé and Jay Z's twins has been revealed

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    It was reported that singer Beyonce delivered twins on June 18, 2017 at UCLA medical center in Los Angeles . TMZ reported the news after previously reporting the twins remained in the hospital as the result of a " minor issue ". The message of Mathew simply reads "They're here!" with sorts of hashtags including Beyonce and Jay Z's names , #Twins, and happy birthday. She still made a number of red carpet appearances while carrying the twins and documented her pregnancy via ...
  • Tropical Storm Cindy: sustained winds at 50 miles per hour, headed to Texas coast

    Tropical Storm Cindy: sustained winds at 50 miles per hour, headed to Texas coast

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    The eye of this storm is expected to go west, with tropical storm warnings in effect all the way to Galveston, Texas. In New Orleans , officials braced for flooding as waters in Lake Pontchartrain rose. The National Weather Services does not expect winds to intensify much and says it should not exceed 45 miles per hour. McNoldy says that beyond Cindy , there are no other areas of disturbed weather primed for tropical development in the foreseeable future.
  • Galaxy Note8 Set for August Launch

    Galaxy Note8 Set for August Launch

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    TrustedReviews agrees, saying the OnePlus 5 "seems a much better deal than the S8", particularly if buyers are looking to get the phone without a pay-monthly contract. Samsung a year ago had to pull the Note 7 from stores after repeated incidents of the phone bursting into flame. I legit stopped what I was doing and yelled at my iPhone as the finger print scanner on the OnePlus 5 loaded the phone screen nearly instantaneously after pressing my thumb to the fingerprint scanner.
  • United States fighter jet shoots down pro-Syrian-regime drone

    United States fighter jet shoots down pro-Syrian-regime drone

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    United States forces in southern Syria have shot down an Iranian-made armed drone in the second such incident in 12 days, in a further sign that Washington and Tehran's agendas are colliding along the Syrian-Iraqi desert frontier. Military experts shuddered at the thought that Russian Federation and the U.S. were operating within mere miles of each other with no mechanism to deconflict possible incidents, but Russian Federation reestablished the deconfliction lines just days later .
  • In Georgia, Handel reaches out to Democrats and thanks Trump

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    Georgia's outcome follows similar results in Montana , Kansas and SC, where Republicans won special House races by much narrower margins than they managed as recently as November. That race received little national attention or money compared with the one in Georgia or other special elections. Mitt Romney carried the district by more than 23 points when he faced former President Barack Obama in 2012.
  • Adele meets firefighters after fatal fire at Grenfell Tower in London

    Adele meets firefighters after fatal fire at Grenfell Tower in London

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    Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said Wednesday that the 68 apartments are "all newly built social housing" located in the Kensington Row development in the Kensington and Chelsea borough where the fire occurred. Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested empty homes in wealthy neighborhoods be "requisitioned". The deal is thought to have cost tens of millions of pounds as apartments in the development are now for sale from £1,575,000 to £8.5 million.
  • Saudi King Sacks Nephew, Appoints Son As Heir

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    The kingdom accuses Iran of trying to destabilize Bahrain, a Saudi ally, and of supplying arms to Shiite rebels in neighboring Yemen . Saudi Arabia's net foreign exchange reserves peaked at almost $750 billion in 2014 before oil prices crashed.
  • Handel wins Georgia House election

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    In a district that has seen decades of Republican representatives, hopes were high among Democrats that Ossoff , a former congressional aide, could pull off an upset. Trump also tweeted that Ossoff would raise taxes, was weak on crime and "doesn't even live in [the] district". " Jon Ossoff stands with the majority of American voters on the issue of gun violence", said the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence in their endorsement last month.
  • Modi does 'asanas' amid showers, says yoga connecting world

    Modi does 'asanas' amid showers, says yoga connecting world

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    Inspector General Kuldip Singh Sheoran, the Regional Commander said "Yoga is a must in today's stressful life andwe must all find time to practice yoga daily". "India believes that Yoga belongs to everyone and should be shared with the world in an open, transparent as well as inclusive manner", Akbaruddin said.
  • Election billed as referendum on Trump goes for the Republican

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    In a conservative district vacated by Mick Mulvaney , now the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, African-Americans came out in force for a wealthy Democrat , Archie Parnell , and the Republican candidate, Ralph Norman , won by a narrower margin than Handel in Georgia.
  • U.S. jet shoots down 'Iranian drone' in Syria

    U.S. jet shoots down 'Iranian drone' in Syria

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    That took place near the Syrian city of Taqba, which has been the focus of fighting as US -sponsored ground forces advance Raqqa. Meanwhile, in northern Syria, the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa is now under siege by coalition-backed Kurdish forces, who, like most of the militias supported by the US -led coalition as part of Operation Inherent Resolve , are considered an enemy of the regime.
  • Trump lawyer denies president is a probe target

    Trump lawyer denies president is a probe target

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    Almost a quarter of Republicans say they trust James Comey more than Trump, while 40 percent believe it is at least "somewhat likely" that the president's associates had improper contact with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign.
  • GOP preparing for Senate health care vote, amid differences

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    Democrats have even suggested a scenario in which Senate debate begins on a preliminary version of the GOP measure and McConnell offers the final package as a late amendment, giving Democrats little or no time to criticize it. Chris Murphy, Democrat of CT, begged for more transparency, saying the integrity of the Senate itself is at stake. "It is the Parliamentarian's office that determines whether or not a reconciliation bill is in compliance with the rules of the Senate".
  • Maroons beat Blues on bell again

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    Despite the end of an era for Thurston, coach Kevin Walters this week said the match wouldn't only be about him. The Blues monstered their opponents in the 20 minutes before halftime but looked frantic and nervous in their scoreless second 40 as they could feel the breath on their necks of their long-time tormenters coming for them.
  • Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria, targets ISIS

    Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria, targets ISIS

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    A growing number of USA attacks targeting the Syrian government and militias aligned with the Syrian government are a sign that the U.S. involvement in the Syrian Civil War is widening, and nothing was so indicative of this than yesterday's United States downing of a Syrian Su-22 bomber.
  • Special election losses leave Democrats divided, searching

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    Trump rose Wednesday morning and called on Democrats to learn from their latest losses by reaching across the aisle to work with him and Republicans . Joe Crowley of NY, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that there are 71 districts that will be more favourable for Democrats to contest than the one in Georgia.
  • EU, Britain possible to strike 'fair Brexit deal', says Michel Barnier

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    The first negotiating session came three months after British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered a two-year countdown to Britain's withdrawal from the European Union on March 29. Top negotiators Barnier and Davis have declared the talks have gotten off to a "promising start". "The risk of the exit negotiations with Britain is that we do not take adequate care of our own future".
  • Trump links Democratic losses to 'obstruction'

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    Polls consistently suggested Handel was going to lose, with Democrats breathlessly claiming the special election would be a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency. Democrats will need to pick up 24 House seats to take back the majority. Until the Democrats can learn to mask their hatred of the hoi polloi , ordinary people will hate them more than they hate Trump and the Republicans.
  • Int'l Yoga Day marked by millions in India, where it began

    Int'l Yoga Day marked by millions in India, where it began

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    The draft of the proposal for an International Yoga Day was presented by India's Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji in UNGA in December 2014 and received the maximum support that had ever been witnessed in its history. June 21st 2017 , is being celebrated as International Yoga Day for the third time since its inception in 2015. Participants hailed the event as a milestone in bilateral ties.
  • Supreme Court took on gerrymandering case, could dramatically change future elections

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    Kennedy, writing in a 2004 case , indicated he may be open to the idea that racial gerrymanders could violate the Constitution. Justices plan to hear arguments from attorneys on July 18. How Texans are reacting: The state's top Republican leadership - Gov. Democratic state legislative leaders say they have faith that the Supreme Court will uphold lower court rulings that found the maps unconstitutionally favored Republicans.
  • Taliban storm Afghan police compound; 1 police dead

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    Analysts say such attacks are expected to increase this year as USA troops engage with the Afghan military to double the size of its special forces, considered to be effective in the fight against insurgents. Officials from the government hospital have also confirmed that over 20 civilians have also been wounded in the attack. It was the second such insider attack by an Afghan soldier in the past week.
  • Crowd Bursts Into 'Trump' Chant When Handel Thanks POTUS in Victory Speech

    Crowd Bursts Into 'Trump' Chant When Handel Thanks POTUS in Victory Speech

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    If that performance holds up in the midterm elections , it would be enough to make Democrats solid favorites to win a House majority. But before the 2018 midterms, Democrats must grapple with the party's need to drive its base to the polls while also convincing some independents and moderate Republicans to reject Trump.
  • Tropical Storm Cindy strengthens in Gulf; warning area grows

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    As of Tuesday afternoon, tropical storm warnings were issued from San Luis Pass to Pearl River, which includes Chambers, Galveston, Harris and Liberty Counties along with Galveston Bay and adjacent coastal waters. The center of Cindy will likely intersect land in Texas, but due to environmental wind shear, the system is lopsided. "Coastal areas will see 8-14" with locally much higher amounts (potentially isolated 14-24" near the Louisiana and MS coasts).
  • US warplane blasts Syrian drone from sky

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    But if America has made a decision to use its air power to shoot down Syrian planes attacking rebels we support, this could lead to a confrontation with Russian Federation and a broader, more risky, and deadly war for the United States. Jeff Davis said in a briefing on Tuesday. But there was a much more ominous threat from Moscow. The U.N. children's agency says the European Union has donated 90 million euros ($100.3 million) that will help provide critical services and support to Syrian ...
  • Uganda, UN seek $8 billion for South Sudanese refugees

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    As a result of this, the number of refugees and displaced people increases year by year. They said the "disastrous breakdown of peace efforts" last summer significantly worsened the situation since the report was compiled. The report found that new displacement in particular remains very high. Major countries that produce refugees and IDPs are Syria , South Sudan , Iraq and Colombia due to wars and violence.
  • Public funeral planned for U.S. student freed from North Korea

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    Warmbier's death have been drawn at this time as there are additional medical records and imaging to review and people to interview", Sammarco said in a written statement Tuesday. Asked whether Trump would still consider meeting with Kim Jong Un given the right conditions, Spicer said: "Clearly we're moving further away, not closer, to those conditions being met".
  • Bill Cosby's sexual assault case ends in mistrial

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    In July 2015, a judge unsealed Cosby's deposition in the 2006 civil lawsuit. Celebrities are reacting to the news of Bill Cosby's sexual assault mistrial. Prosecutors have vowed to return to court after Bill Cosby's sexual molestation case was declared a mistrial in Pennsylvania on Saturday (17Jun17).
  • Iran claims its missiles hit IS targets in Syria

    Iran claims its missiles hit IS targets in Syria

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    With myriad competing forces quickly converging in Syria, and new powers delegated to Trump's commanders, the risk of additional confrontation is real. Syria's government is not involved in the operation and is instead looking further east to the largely IS-held oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor. Iran's Revolutionary Guard described the strike as revenge for Islamic State attacks on Tehran earlier this month that killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50.
  • Where things stand with Special Counsel Mueller's Russia probe

    Where things stand with Special Counsel Mueller's Russia probe

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    Chuck Cooper is representing Sessions on issues related to the investigation into Russian meddling in the USA presidential race, NBC News reported Tuesday. "If you can prove that there was something there and the president knew about it, then the obstruction case looks far stronger", Washington attorney Justin Dillon said.
  • Republican Karen Handel avoids upset in key congressional election in Georgia

    Republican Karen Handel avoids upset in key congressional election in Georgia

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    Karen Handel delivered a victory speech after defeating Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff in the Georgia special Congressional election. Republican Karen Handel has won Georgia's record-breaking special congressional election, dashing hopes by Democrats to pull off an upset in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections .
  • Road rage led to bat attack, Muslim teen's death

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    Mohmoud Hassanen, Nabra Hassanen's father said members of the community should always express love for each other regardless of religion or race, a sentiment community members said his daughter was known to express. Sunday and chaos erupted. Police had announced earlier on Monday that they were "not investigating [Hassanen's] murder as a hate crime", provoking deep scepticism among many within the Muslim community.
  • U.S. fighter jet shoots down 2nd Iranian-made drone over Syria

    U.S. fighter jet shoots down 2nd Iranian-made drone over Syria

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    In response to the downing of the Syrian plane, Russian Federation warned that it would target any American and coalition planes that flew west of the Euphrates River. Central Command said. Two events over the weekend - the shooting down by a United States plane of a Syrian Su-22 and the use of ballistic missiles by Iran against ISIS targets - are evidence of a scramble in eastern Syria that's been gathering pace since the beginning of the year.
  • Adele Surprises Grenfell Tower Firefighters With Cake And Cuddles

    Adele Surprises Grenfell Tower Firefighters With Cake And Cuddles

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    No matter what the cause, the devastation was obvious. The GRT is made up of personnel from the emergency services, Red Cross workers and local and national government . Kent County Council is to carry out precautionary checks on more than 400 buildings it has responsibility for in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy .
  • Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro Specs, Features

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    Microsoft rival Sony already offers a console with 4K capabilities, the PS4 Pro , which was released in November past year, but the PS4 Pro's specifications fall short of the One X. Microsoft has announced 22 titles which will be playable on the Xbox One X . Speaking to Giant Bomb , he said: "It won't be as big as Xbox 360, I'll tell people that".
  • Israel Starts Work on New Settlement Regardless of US Peace Efforts

    Israel Starts Work on New Settlement Regardless of US Peace Efforts

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    Netanyahu had vowed to build a new settlement toreplace Amona, which was destroyed in February after Israel's top court ruled it was illegally built on private Palestinian land. Kushner visited the mourning family of Border Police officer Staff Sgt-Maj. But Israel has not built a fully fledged new settlement since the 1990s.