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North Korea resumes threats ahead of exercises

North Korea resumes threats ahead of exercises South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, said on Monday the drills are defensive in nature. But this year's exercises come just as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un actually de-escalated tensions by putting put on hold a plan to fire intermediate range ballistic missiles toward waters near the US territory of Guam . [Full Article...]

Putin names new Russian ambassador to US

Putin names new Russian ambassador to US Anotonov led the security and disarmament department of the Russian Foreign Ministry in 2004-2011. Antonov's predecessor, Sergei Kislyak, returned to Russia in July after serving as Russian envoy to the USA for nine years. The Russian envoy was also suspected of being one of Russia's top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington by the United States intelligence, according to a CNN report citing ... [Full Article...]

Netanyahu-Putin meeting to tackle Syria cease-fire deal

Netanyahu-Putin meeting to tackle Syria cease-fire deal Soon after Russian Federation sent its forces to Syria in September 2015 to bolster President Bashar Assad, Netanyahu went to Moscow and set up a deconfliction mechanism to ensure that there are not accidents between the two air forces. According to the intelligence chief, Iran is expanding through its proxies and local allies in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. Israel has opposed the deal, saying ... [Full Article...]

Palestinians say 'no clear vision' from Trump on peace talks

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shukri met in Cairo on Saturday, days before US President Donald Trump's administration plans to dispatch a high-level delegation to the Middle East, The Jerusalem Post reports. [Full Article...]

University of Texas removes four Confederate statues — BBCI

University of Texas removes four Confederate statues — BBCI Some snapped selfies, while a few climbed up the structures where the statues once stood. Classes for the fall semester begin August 30. She said the relocation is good for the University, because cities and other campuses should not have monuments honoring former generals and leaders of the Confederacy unless they want to appear as though they support racism. [Full Article...]

US Embassy In Russia Suspends Issuing Nonimmigrant Visas

US Embassy In Russia Suspends Issuing Nonimmigrant Visas The embassy said it would begin Monday to cancel visa interview appointments for Russians scheduled across the US mission's three consulates and at the Moscow embassy. "The requirement of interviews for getting visas was introduced before the decision on reducing the staff of the USA diplomatic mission". The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the U.S.is trying to whip up resentm... [Full Article...]

US Secret Service Spends Year's Overtime Pay on 'Large' Trump's Family

US Secret Service Spends Year's Overtime Pay on 'Large' Trump's Family Trump spent numerous winter months flying to Florida to spend time in his Mar-a-Lago resort and recently has spent weekends at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey . Elijah Cummings' spokesperson. "We can not expect the Secret Service to be able to recruit and keep the best of the best if they are not being paid for these increases (in overtime hours)", said Jennifer Werner , a spokesper... [Full Article...]

WEATHER: Laois could be hit by hurricane this weekend

WEATHER: Laois could be hit by hurricane this weekend A Met Office forecaster said: "From August 28 to September 3, temperatures will perhaps be rather warm at times in the South. Parts of the southeast may stay mainly dry with some sunny spells". Any organised showery rain soon clearing during the evening, leaving clear spells and occasional showers drifting in from the west for the rest of the night. [Full Article...]

Iraqi forces recapture five villages in Tal Afar

Iraqi forces recapture five villages in Tal Afar Many senior leaders of ISIL and al-Qaeda in Iraq were from Tal Afar. Tal Afar is one of the last ISIS strongholds in Iraq, after their de facto capital Mosul was seized by Iraqi forces in July. -led coalition said over the past days it had carried out dozens of air strikes on Tal Afar, targeting weapons depots and command centers, in preparation for the ground assault. [Full Article...]

$5000 Drone Used to Fly Meth Over Border Near San Ysidro

$5000 Drone Used to Fly Meth Over Border Near San Ysidro It worked for a while, but 25-year-old Jorge Edwin Rivera's alleged use of a drone to smuggle methamphetamine across the border from Mexico caught up with him and led to his arrest Friday, officials say. Alana Robinson, acting USA attorney for the Southern District of California, said drones haven't appealed to smugglers because their noise attracts attention and battery life is short. [Full Article...]

BJP sweeps Mira-Bhayander municipal polls, continuing Maharashtra victory run

BJP sweeps Mira-Bhayander municipal polls, continuing Maharashtra victory run Summary: It had won 15 seats in the previous polls.While the Congress followed Sena with 10 seats, NCP took the hardest blow with zero seats. The victory is significant for the ruling BJP in Maharashtra since it chose to contest the civic polls on its own in keeping with its strategy for municipal and zilla parishad (district councils) elections held earlier this year. [Full Article...]

President Trump and Melania Watch the Solar Eclipse from White House Balcony

President Trump and Melania Watch the Solar Eclipse from White House Balcony Monday's total solar eclipse was particularly rare because it's the first time since June 8, 1918, that the path of totality exclusively crossed the continental United States. "The way the damage occurs on a cellular basis is that the UV rays from the sun induces a photochemical reaction that damages the photo receptors of the retina, and the part of the retina that's damaged is the part that's ... [Full Article...]

State Football ranked 20th in AP top 25 preseason poll

State Football ranked 20th in AP top 25 preseason poll The top five are Alabama coming in at number one, Ohio State at number two, Florida State ranked third, USC getting back into relevance at fourth in the nation, and Clemson rounding things out in that number five spot. The reigning national champion Tigers are still in the top five despite losing key players, such as Deshaun Watson. Florida State opens the season with a top-three showdown agai... [Full Article...]

Huge Crowd Cheers As Big Ben Falls Silent Until 2021

Huge Crowd Cheers As Big Ben Falls Silent Until 2021 The Elizabeth Tower, home to the Great Clock and Big Ben , is now undergoing a complex programme of renovation work that will safeguard it for future generations. But Liberal Democrat Tom Brake, speaking on behalf of a House of Commons commission reviewing the plans for Big Ben's renovation, said it was too soon to say if the bells would ring Britain out of the EU. [Full Article...]

Henrik Stenson goes low to win Wyndham Championship

Henrik Stenson goes low to win Wyndham Championship The 31-year-old Spaniard was beaten in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open warm-up event by Milos Raonic in his first appearance this year before going on to lose the Australian Open final to Roger Federer at Melbourne Park. Henrik Stenson , left, with his caddie at the 18th hole in the third round. After making just two cuts from 27 events and earning only $US24,650, two-time tour victor ... [Full Article...]

People who fund terror fear NIA, says Rajnath Singh

People who fund terror fear NIA, says Rajnath Singh It is an autonomous body which is working without any interference. The Uttar Pradesh CM asked the agencies to meet in regular intervals during the inauguration function of NIA's regional office and residential campus in Lucknow . He also suggested that if the NIA, besides coordinating with the state agencies, also works towards its aim with modern technology and team spirit, a country like I... [Full Article...]

2 dead in small plane crash near OR eclipse viewing site

2 dead in small plane crash near OR eclipse viewing site Authorities say two people died in a small plane crash near a central OR airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor has said the plane that crashed Saturday was a single-engine, homebuilt Wheeler Express. [Full Article...]

Ten missing after USS John McCain collides with merchant ship; search underway

Ten missing after USS John McCain collides with merchant ship; search underway Assisting with the response were MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters from the USS America amphibious assault ship; and various ships and aircraft from Singapore, including tugboats, the naval ship RSS Gallant, helicopters and the coast guard vessel Basking Shark, according to 7th Fleet. [Full Article...]

Counter-Protest in Boston Aims to Inspire Millions to Fight White Supremacy

Counter-Protest in Boston Aims to Inspire Millions to Fight White Supremacy Counterprotesters from Black Lives Matter and other groups denouncing racism and anti-Semitism marched to the Common and another group planned to rally on the steps of the statehouse overlooking the sprawling park. A lot of counter-protesters will be showing up as well, and there is concern among local officials about violence breaking out . The possibility of conflict with people wearing all b... [Full Article...]

Spanish Royals, PM Attend Mass For Barcelona Attack Victims

Spanish Royals, PM Attend Mass For Barcelona Attack Victims All Spain is Barcelona . Thirteen people were killed on Thursday afternoon when a van driven by a suspected Islamist militant mounted a pedestrian walkway running down Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona , mowing down crowds strolling along the boulevard. [Full Article...]


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