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Kelly Says He's Not Leaving as White House Chief of Staff

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There have been recent rumors and reports about the retired four-starMarine Corps general and the challenges of being Trump's chief of staff. Trump has hinted at a preference for military options, although a strike on North Korea could leave close USA ally South Korea vulnerable to North Korean military retaliation. Read More »

Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation deal in Cairo

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Palestinian media reported that the two sides agreed to form a committee to solve, within four months, one very local problem that has dogged previous attempts at reconciliation: what to do about Hamas bureaucrats who will be out of a job when the Palestinian Authority resumes its rule in Gaza. Read More »

United States withdraws from UNESCO, the UN's cultural organization, citing anti-Israel bias

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The decision follows a string of UNESCO decisions that have drawn criticism from the USA and Israel. Mr Netanyahu condemned the agency this year for declaring the old city of Hebron in the West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site . Trump's predecessor Barack Obama slashed USA funding to the organization in 2011 after it voted to accept Palestine as a full member-state. "At the time when conflicts continue to tear apart societies across the world, it is deeply regrettable for the ... Read More »

Trump sends signal with Corker attack - Source Thehill

Some top Republicans are already sending mixed messages in their complaints about the Trump tax plan, even though the final version of the revenue reform measure has yet to be written. Every Republican senator up for re-election in 2018, with the exception of Sen. Corker that evening spoke with New York Times reporters and said he is concerned that Trump is running his White House and the federal government like "a reality show". Read More »

Trump says 'only one thing will work' against North Korea

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The interview made headlines all across the Pacific Rim, and remains the leading story on the South Korean Yonhap News Agency website as of this writing. The Asian country for long has made a mockery of the USA diplomacy. "Stand by your phones", Yong Suk Lee, deputy assistant director of the CIA's Korea Mission Center, said he had told his staff. Read More »

Galen Rupp ends American men's drought in Chicago Marathon

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Khannouchi was born in Morocco so Rupp is the first US born victor since 1982. Kenya's Abel Kirui was second, 28 seconds behind Rupp. "It's just incredible", the delighted victor told NBC afterwards. She went out with an aggressive pace and was all alone by the 30-kilometer mark. Around 25K, Hasay began fading from the lead women - Dibaba and Brigid Kosgei - by approximately 20 seconds but was still on sub-2:19 pace, under the American women's marathon record of 2:19:36, running ... Read More »

Trump order protects 'freedom to discriminate' against LGBT people

Pedro Portal/TNS/NewscomToday, as President Donald Trump's administration is announcing that employers with religious concerns will have an easier time getting exemptions from the birth control mandate , Attorney General Jeff Sessions has released a lengthy memo describing the Justice Department's approach to religious freedom . Read More »

Trump admin to reverse birth control mandate

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Mark Rienzi is a lawyer for Becket, which argued on behalf of the Little Sisters, reacted. That's likely to be true for most of the cases in the court system right now. The guidance is on firm legal and constitutional ground. The religious exemption to the Obamacare birth control mandate is a part of the executive order President Trump previously issued on religious freedom. Read More »

May makes light of keynote speech cough with medicine-themed tweet

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At the risk of not being wholly impartial (sorry Ofcom) I feel sorry for Theresa May. May began her speech by talking about why she joined the party 40 years ago, highlighting that the things that have made her most proud have not been the positions held but "knowing that I made a difference - helped those who can not be heard". Read More »

Up to 100000 additional refugees waiting to flee Myanmar

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Lowcock said that he believed "a high level" United Nations team would be able to visit the area "in the next few days", without elaborating, repeating UN's demands for Myanmar to allow "unhindered (and) unfettered" access to the state. Mr. Lowcock said he believed a "a high-level" United Nations team would be able to visit the area "in the next few days". Hindus and ethnic Rakhine were also among the dead - allegedly killed by Rohingya militants. Read More »

Sheriff: Hard to Believe Las Vegas Gunman Planned Attack Alone

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Investigators questioned her about Paddock's weapons purchases, a $100,000 wire transfer to a Philippine bank that appeared to be intended for her, and whether she saw any changes in his behaviour before she left the United States. As for the investigation into the shooting, he said: "Yeah, they're learning a lot more". "It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone". Read More »

Turkey to Impose Further Sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan

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Fearing Kurdish separatism within their own borders, Iran and Turkey have launched joint military exercises with Iraqi troops at their borders with the region. Baghdad imposed a ban on all worldwide flights to Kurdish airports on Friday, while Tehran has ordered a halt to all trade in fuel products with Iraqi Kurdistan. Read More »

TODAY'S FORECAST: Sunny, high near 70

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Chance of precipitation is 80%. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Light and variable wind becoming south around 6 miles per hour after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Wednesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 a.m. Read More »

Hurricane Maria's Aftermath In Puerto Rico — Intersection

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency said this week that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands has received 4.4 million meal kits and 6.5 million liters of water, NBC reported . Bianca Ocasio, breaking news reporter with the Orlando Sentinel, Andrea Marcial, reporter with Telemundo in Orlando, Maria Padilla, founder of OrlandoLatino.org, and Fernando Rivera, associate professor of Sociology at the University of Central Florida joined Intersection to talk about the recovery effort in ... Read More »

Iraq Plans to Take Control of the Autonomous Kurdistan's Boundary

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Iran strongly opposes independence for the Iraqi Kurds, fearing it will provoke separatists among its own Kurdish population. The exercises will be conducted at the level of at least four crossing points iranian side of the border, " he said, after a meeting of commanders in iran. Read More »

Rock climber falls from Higher Cathedral Spire in Yosemite

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The climbing community in the Bay Area is shaken up after two risky rock falls in Yosemite Valley this week. The first slab fell from a peak at the world-class climbing destination El Capitan on Wednesday afternoon, followed by a much larger chunk of granite from the same section of the mountainside Thursday afternoon. Read More »

Russian Manipulation Of US Elections: Facebook, Twitter And Google Asked To Testify

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Warner also slammed Twitter's explanations of its actions against Russia-linked accounts and suggested the company doesn't understand the seriousness of Congress' investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election . Twitter , on the other hand, has shown to have multiple easily faked accounts and news items that allowed influencing of the public by alleged Russian operatives. Read More »

New UKIP leader is Henry Bolton from Kent

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The U.K. Independent Party on Friday elected Henry Bolton as its new leader after Paul Nuttall stepped down in June. Phil Hornby spent the day on the English Riviera, and watched the build-up to an unexpected result. His election will be met with a sigh of relief by many of Ukip's top command. "The other thing is, I do not believe for a moment that we should be pushing this out and allowing the negotiations to be endless before we leave". Read More »

Trump Waives Pro-Union Shipping Regulations To Send Aid To Puerto Rico

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced on Twitter that Trump had authorized the Jones Act waiver at Rossello's request. The law known as the Jones Act limits the number of ships that could be sent to Puerto Rico, a US territory, and thus the amount of relief supplies that have come in since the hurricane. Read More »

Trump On Firing Tom Price: 'We'll See'

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Price is facing two investigations into his use of private jets amid Republicans' failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Price, an ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan, is a past chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he was known as a frequent critic of wasteful spending. Read More »

Interpol Approves Membership for Palestine

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The United States believes the unilateral move to have worldwide bodies recognise Palestinian statehood will thwart efforts to restart the peace process. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki hailed the vote as a "victory for law enforcement" and "voice of confidence in the capacity of law enforcement in Palestine". Read More »

Catalan police ordered to crack down on disputed ballot

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The legislation underpinning the vote has already been suspended by Spain's Constitutional Court. Maza said officials have decided now isn't the right time for such an arrest, and that they're trying "not to be disproportionate". The visit comes as Catalonia's regional government attempts to hold a vote on independence from Spain, which could prove challenging for US companies who are invested in Spain and have operations in Catalonia. Read More »

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle can't keep their hands off each other

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The Invictus Games - which Harry launched in 2014 and serves as a Paralymic-style global event for wounded servicemen and women -was also the ideal place for the pair to go public, as Meier notes . Prince Harry , right, arrives with his girlfriend Meghan Markle arrive to wheelchair tennis during the Invictus Games in Toronto on Monday, September 25, 2017. Read More »

Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

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Dante Daniels was declared brain dead after the attack by his mother's former partner in Sacremento, California , and died six days later. At some point, Chaney Jr. Police said he got her auto keys and some different things and left in Salone's vehicle. Dante is pictured with his sister, Danae , who at the time was being sexually abused by Chaney Jr. Read More »

Moscow: Russian general killed in Syria because of USA policy - RIA

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The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that Asapov had been killed by Islamic State shelling near Deir al-Zor; his death was revealed around the time Moscow disclosed what it said was photographic evidence showing USA special operations located at Islamic State positions in Syria . Read More »

Dem lawmaker: Trump should help Puerto Rico instead of dividing country

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Residents line up gas cans as they wait for a gas truck to service an empty gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Loiza, Puerto Rico . "And our petition is for us to be able to use them". "But it's also the one that can have the speediest recovery, and it'll be the great surprise in the Puerto Rican economy, because we're going to come back stronger". Read More »

Hurricane Maria could cause unsafe currents along U.S. coast

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UPDATE: Hurricane Maria's winds have weakened to 115 miles per hour as it continues moving north northeast at 8 miles per hour. The Weather Channel said the hurricane may blow in close enough to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to cause coastal flooding Wednesday and Thursday, as well as affect parts of the Virginia Tidewater and even the southern Delmarva Peninsula. Read More »

Natural disaster detected near N Korea nuclear test site

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The exercises were meant to underscore "the seriousness with which we take DPRK's reckless behavior", White said, using an acronym for North Korea . Separate geological agencies had detected two artificial tremors near North Korea's previous test site before the country touted its "perfect success" in a special announcement later that day. Read More »

Erdogan says Turkey to consider sanctions over Kurdish independence vote: Anadolu

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The MGK said the plan was a "grave mistake" and "a step that directly threatens Turkey's national security" and called on Iraqi Kurdish leaders to scrap it. The council urged "dialogue and compromise" to address differences between the Iraqi government and the regional authorities. Ahmed Al-Asadi said the Shiite militias were pushing west of the ISIS-held town of Hawija on Friday, after the formal launch of the operation to retake the area - one of the last extremist strongholds in Iraq - ... Read More »