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Syria claims to down 'hostile target' during airstrike near Damascus

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Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan had warned Iran at the time that Israel was "not bluffing". Israel has sought to remain out of direct involvement in Syria's civil war, but it admits carrying out dozens of air strikes there to stop what it says are deliveries of advanced weaponry to its Lebanese enemy Hezbollah. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

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Manchin's remarks mean he did not commit to voting for or against Kavanaugh ahead of the confirmation hearing that could take place as soon as September, with the goal of replacing retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy before the next court session begins on October 1. Read More »

Judge blocks release of blueprints for 3-D-printed guns

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The order has put on hold a plan for people to be able to legally download blueprints to make 3-D printed guns. 3-D printed guns are functional weapons that are often unrecognizable by standard metal detectors because they are made out of materials other than metal (e.g., plastic) and untraceable because they contain no serial numbers. Read More »

John Kelly Allegedly To Stay In Job Through 2020

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White House chief of staff John Kelly is expected to stay on through 2020, a senior administration official confirms to CBS News . The commitment would provide stability at the top for a White House staff that has seen high turnover, unless either Trump or Kelly changes his mind. Read More »

A Year Of California Wildfires

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The largest blaze burned in the Redding area, in Shasta County north of Sacramento. More than 4,000 fire personnel are battling the flames, but triple-digit heat, shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain are working against them, officials said . Read More »

United States unveils Indo-Pacific investment plan

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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced the new funds for building "foundational areas" of the future of the region as the U.S. did in the past for "enabling the growth, development, and wealth" across the Indo-Pacific. The remarks by a senior U.S. diplomat came ahead of the announcement by the U.S. of initiatives for development and economic assistance in the entire region. Read More »

Manafort jury hears of lavish spending on luxury clothes

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Gates, who cut a plea deal with Mueller earlier this year, is expected to testify against his former mentor. Ellis made it clear that he didn't want an excess amount of time spent on going through exhibits to belabor the two basic points the government was expected to prove. Read More »

Trump says ready to meet with Iranian president without preconditions

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President Donald Trump's offer of dialogue with Tehran belies a hardening of US policy that intensifies economic and diplomatic pressure but so far stops short of using his military to more aggressively counter Iran and its proxies. "With the contemptuous statements (Trump) addressed to Iran, the idea of negotiating is inconceivable". Rouhani also held a separate meeting with Iranian ambassadors to 14 countries, including Poland, Japan, Vatican, Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Finland, ... Read More »

North Korea Returns Remains of Korean War Dead to US

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U.S. spy satellites have detected renewed activity at a North Korean nuclear missile factory, according to a senior U.S. official. "We see them going to work, just as before", the Post quoted one USA official as saying. They also discussed ways to turn the skirmish-prone West Sea by ceasing firing exercises and withdrawing artillery along the shore, according to South Korea's Defence Ministry. Read More »

North Korea 'making new missiles' despite United States pledge

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A USA defense official said Tuesday that it probably will take months if not years to fully determine individual identities from the remains. The official, who discussed previously undisclosed aspects of the remains issue on condition of anonymity, also said North Korea provided a single military dog tag along with the remains. Read More »

Trump willing to shut down government over wall

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We're the laughingstock of the world". Trump has previously floated the possibility of a government shutdown over border security and immigration , and on Sunday he made his threat explicit, saying he would do so unless Congress funds his proposed wall, which he promised Mexico would pay for, and puts in place his preferred immigration policies. Read More »

Judge blocks release of 3D-printed gun plans

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Congressional Democrats have urged President Donald Trump to reverse the decision to publish the plans. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is "looking into" the idea of a company providing plans for 3D plastic guns to the public, declaring it " doesn't seem to make much sense! ". Read More »

5North Korea developing new missiles

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Monday's report , citing intelligence gathered by USA spy agencies and unidentified officials, also said there were signs that North Korea is continuing to construct at least one, and possibly two, liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching the United States. Read More »

San Antonio Aquarium Recovers Shark Stolen in Baby Stroller

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On Saturday, the shark was grabbed from an open pool by two men and a woman, then wrapped in a wet blanket and put in the bucket with a bleach solution. Ms. Helen is part of a pool exhibit at the aquarium that allows patrons to pet the more docile sharks. The video shows a man plucking the shark from the tank and carrying it away, off camera, still dripping water. Read More »

ICE, Border Patrol testify at Senate hearing on family separations

A shutdown was avoided in March after Congress approved a United States dollars 1.3 trillion spending package that would fund the government through the end of September. This idea has landed with a resounding thud among Congressional Republicans, virtually all of whom recognize that an unpopular shutdown - triggered by the party in power, just before an election - would erect yet another hard hurdle to maintaining the GOP majorities. Read More »

Several opposition parties call for fresh elections

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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had travelled to Delhi to attend Modi's oath taking ceremony and the Indian premier had in December 2015 made a stopover in Lahore to greet his counterpart on his birthday. Mr Khan in his victory speech had also said that better relations between Pakistan and India would be "good for all of us". "We have contacted small parties and independent members, they will soon meet party leaders in Islamabad ", Chaudhry said late Friday. Read More »

Paul Manafort’s first trial begins this week: Here’s what to expect

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It's a significant milestone for the probe, which began exactly two years ago as an Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The exhibits show that Manafort, in addition to work on multiple Ukrainian elections, did political consulting and lobbying work for Yanukovych outside specific campaigns. Read More »

Zimbabwe awaits results as election officials count ballots

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At one polling station in the capital Harare , officials counted large piles of votes using gas lanterns and candles late into the night. Zimbabweans on Monday were voting peacefully in their first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot, a contest that could bring worldwide legitimacy and investment or signal more stagnation if the vote is seriously flawed. Read More »