Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media …

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China landslide: Desperate search for survivors continues

June 25, 2017

(CNN)Thousands of rescuers are searching through rubble to find 109 people missing after a landslide devastated their village in Sichuan province, southwestern China. The missing range from an 80-year-old man to a girl aged just two and a half, according to a list released by Aba Prefecture’s government, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. …

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Queen’s speech: All pomp and pageantry in British Parliament

June 21, 2017

… throne beside her. The black rod Then comes the real theater. The Queen will send a House of Lords official known as the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to the lower House of Commons. The usher carries, well, a black rod, which he bangs on the House of Commons door — only to have the door open and then slammed shut in his face. This tradition symbolizes the House of Commons’ independence from the monarchy. While the Queen is the head of state, she is not the head of …

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Judicial Watch seeking documents unlawfully removed by Comey

June 18, 2017

… Watch insists they are official records.  Earlier this month, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he gave one of his memos regarding a meeting with President Trump to a friend, Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, who then leaked the contents of the memo to the New York Times. I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporterI thought that might prompt the appointment of special counsel, Comey said in his testimony. Fitton said that …

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Pentagon Reportedly To Send Nearly 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

June 16, 2017

The news comes a day after President Donald Trump reportedly gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in the country in an effort to combat the spread of insurgent groups like the Islamic State and the Taliban. There are currently about 8,400 U.S. troops officially stationed in Afghanistan and an additional 2,000 not included in official tallies. The Pentagon refuted the AP report in a statement to Reuters late Thursday, saying no decisions have been made regarding …

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Here’s What We Know About The U.S. Open Airship Crash

June 16, 2017

… stayed in the airship as it crashed to the ground, according to Wired. If [blimps] were to develop a leak (from a tear, or possibly even a gunshot) the loss of helium or hot air would be very slow as they are inflated at practically zero pressure, Bellon said.This allows ample time to land the airship. Although there is no official tally on airships, the Van Wagner Airship Group estimates that there are 20 to 25 blimps in the worldand at least 13 active advertising blimps. A ground crew …

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How A Carpetbagging Confederacy Fan Nearly Became Virginia’s Republican Nominee For Governor

June 16, 2017

Defying polls that showed Gillespie ahead by as much as 20 percentage points, Stewart held Gillespie to a margin of victory of a mere 1.2 percentage points. The share of the Republican primary electorate from the predominantly moderate and affluent suburbs of Northern Virginia declined from 34 percent in the 2016 presidential primary to 30 percent in Tuesdays statewide contest, according to an analysis of official data by Geoffrey Skelley, an expert at the University of Virginia Center for …

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Anger in Taiwan as China poaches another diplomatic ally

June 14, 2017

… nation of Sao Tome and Principe switched recognition to Beijing. China and Taiwan — officially the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China — separated in 1949 following the Communist victory on the mainland after a civil war. The two sides have been governed separately since, though a shared cultural and linguistic heritage mostly endures — with Mandarin spoken as the official language in both places. In 1971, Taiwan — officially the Republic of …

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Gunmen Launch Deadly Attack On Iranian Parliament, Mausoleum

June 7, 2017

Lawmaker Elias Hazrati said three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided parliament, according to the state television website. In a separate incident, an armed man opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini and wounded a number of people, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The identity and the motivation of the assailant was still unclear, Tasnim said. …

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Donald Trump May Find Time To Live-Tweet James Comey’s Testimony

June 7, 2017

… Tuesday said the tweets are considered official statements by the president of the United States. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday criticized the media forthis obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little what he does as president. Sometimes, his tweets land him in legal and political trouble. His rants this week promoting his executive order banning travel and immigration from six majority-Muslim countriescould hurt him in the ongoing legal …

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London attacks: At least 6 dead, more than 40 injured after van ramming, stabbings

June 5, 2017

… just four months on the job because of “terrible events like this.” It was the third attack to hit Britain in as many months. In March, a British convert to Islam ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four, then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament. On May 22, a British suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. After that attack, Britain’s official threat level from terrorism was raised to …

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9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

… the contrary, legal experts said the U.S. could have negotiated a lower emissions target while remaining in the voluntary agreement. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters 3. China can do whatever they want for 13 years. Not us. The implication here is that China plans to continue increasing its emissions. But a last year found that Chinese emission have peaked and were forecast to fall by 1 percent in 2017. The accuracy of official Chinese data is often called into question, with good reason. But a …

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Kushner Following Trump’s Orders On Secret Russian Link, Former CIA Official Suggests

May 30, 2017

Reports that top White House adviserJared Kushner attempted to establish a secret communication link with Russiahas an ex-CIA official wondering if he was acting on his or following orders and if so, whose orders. Mudd was referring to last weeks Washington Post report that Kushner met in December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. to discuss establishing a secret communication channel to the Kremlinthat could not be monitored by U.S. intelligence using Russian facilities. The link was …

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Israeli government meeting near Jerusalem site angers Palestinians

May 30, 2017

JERUSALEM –  The Palestinians sharply condemned Israel on Sunday for holding a government meeting near a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the core of their conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet met Sunday in tunnels near the site for a special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war, an event it celebrates as the “unification” of its eternal capital. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat …

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REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

… comment on plans for a war room but said Trump will be looking to expand on momentum it believes it has built up during the presidents trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Europe. A White House official confirmed plans to hold more rallies. The president has had an incredibly successful trip overseas and the White House looks forward to continuing an aggressive messaging strategy to highlight his agenda when we return to D.C., said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. Jared Kushner, a senior …

May 28, 2017
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The Best Boyfriends Know Little Gestures Mean More Than Anything Else

… analyze your friend drama. Who call you a car so you don’t have to walk. Who will help your sister lift her bags from the car when she visits. Who tag you in memes and isproud to make your status social media official. The best boyfriends aren’t the sweet talkers who never take action.Anybody can text sweet nothings, but not everyone is going to show up for you at 3 a.m. when you’re crying about work and nobody elsewants to listen. The best boyfriends are not the ones who make …

May 25, 2017
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With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. According to a U.S. defense official, a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward al-Tanf, a military base on the Syrian-Jordanian border, on Wednesday night. Al-Tanf, which Russian warplanes bombed a year ago in two successive airstrikes, is occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces that are advising an anti-ISIS Syrian rebel group …

May 19, 2017
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Now it’s up to the special counsel

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

May 18, 2017
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