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London fire: 58 presumed dead, say police

Suspicions have grown that flammable materials were used to clad the building and accelerated the spread of the fire. They also expressed anger that the prime minister did not meet with survivors or victims of the fire when she initially visited the neighborhood following the tragedy. Read More

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Otto Warmbier, former North Korean detainee, has died

His parents condemned the way North Korea treated him. News photos showed the comatose Warmbier being carried off an airplane. When Yun finally laid eyes on the comatose Warmbier in a North Korean hospital, it was the first time the US could verify his condition in person since his sentencing more than a year earlier, the State Department said. Read More

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At least 62 killed, 54 injured in Portugal forest fires

Portugal on Sunday mourned at least 61 people killed in the deadliest wildfire in memory. In the throes of a heatwave, temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across the region. Officials said they had found 17 bodies near the road, possibly those of people who had tried to escape on foot once they realized that there was no way to continue driving. Read More

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Number of people assumed dead in London tower block blaze to rise

The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior panelling used in an extensive renovation completed previous year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules. Downing Street has also announced that every family who lost their home in the fire will receive cash payments of at least £5,500 as ministers seek to quell criticism over the response the the disaster. Read More

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London mosque attack suspect arrested on terror grounds

London mosque attack suspect arrested on terror grounds

Police arrested Osborne on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder as well as attempted murder after a auto ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque . Some bystanders told reporters that he said "Kill all Muslims" and "I did it" following the attack. "We treat this as a terrorist attack and we in the Met are as shocked as anybody in this local community or across the country at what has happened". Read More

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UK moves to ease tensions after van attack on London Muslims

UK moves to ease tensions after van attack on London Muslims

Witnesses on scene say he was blowing kisses and laughing at those standing outside of the van. "This is an appalling attack on a wonderful, happy, integrated community here in London . Basu said officers in the immediate vicinity responded to the attack while additional support arrived within 10 minutes of the call. The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with the London Bridge attack, when three men drove a van into pedestrians before embarking on a ... Read More

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79 now believed to have died in London high-rise fire

Emergency workers walk on the roof of the fire-gutted Grenfell Tower in London , Friday, June 16, 2017, after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning. "If I identify.an issue that is a risk to public safety, we will be sharing that immediately with the relevant authorities", he said. Jeremy Corbyn , the leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party , called on the government to take over empty buildings to house the hundreds of residents displaced in the fire. Read More

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Pakistan to be one of top three teams by 2019 WC: Afridi

Pakistan to be one of top three teams by 2019 WC: Afridi

Enemies on the field. For a country that has not played worldwide cricket at home against any top cricketing nation, the Champions Trophy triumph was necessary to "identify their heroes", feels Pakistan's chief coach Mickey Arthur. This is their first ICC title since winning the 2009 World Twenty20 in similarly incomprehensible manner. "Small margins can be massive but we've only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes". Read More

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Palestinians deny IS claim for deadly attack on Israeli

During the attack, the police officer was killed and others were wounded, according to IS. She was identified as Hadas Malka , 23, a staff sergeant major. Police said all of the assailants were from the Palestinian city of Ramallah. On Saturday, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon demanded the Security Council condemn the attack. Read More

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Airbus gets 100-plane deal at Paris Air Show

Chicago-based Boeing estimates of the nearly 40,000 new aircraft required over that period as demand for air travel grows and ageing aircraft are replaced, 28,000 of those will be single-aisle jets. "Adding the 737 MAX 10 gives our customers the most flexibility in the market, providing their fleets the range capability, fuel efficiency and unsurpassed reliability". Read More

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79 people presumed dead in London tower block fire

Two government ministers - Treasury chief Philip Hammond and Trade Minister Greg Hands - said Sunday the cladding used on the building's exterior seems to be banned by British regulations. Speaking outside Scotland Yard, Mr Cundy added: "I have investigated major crime for most of my service and I have seen some awful things". He said: "The investigation is a police investigation". Read More

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Banned building materials helped flames to spread quickly in London fire

Khan described the fire as a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen", adding that the "tragedy we're seeing is a outcome of the mistakes and neglect from politicians from the council and from the government". Tottenham MP David Lammy has also called on the Prime Minister and Metropolitan Police to immediately seize all relevant Grenfell Tower documents, and said fear of a potential cover-up is growing. Read More

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Saudi naval forces foil attack on offshore oil field

Saudi naval forces foil attack on offshore oil field

The three "are now being questioned by Saudi authorities", the information and culture ministry said in a statement, at a time of already-heightened tensions with Iran. Shiite Iran and Saudi Arabia, the region's main Sunni power, are on opposing sides of some of the region's major crises. "This was one of three vessels which were intercepted by Saudi forces". Read More

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Finally, Britain kicks off Brexit negotiations with EU

The UK Government said in a press release that Davis is "confident that he can get a positive outcome and secure a new deep and special partnership with the European Union". "No deal would be a very, very bad outcome for Britain", Hammond said Sunday. "Our objective is clear, we must first tackle uncertainties caused by Brexit", he told reporters. Read More

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Global crisis displace 65.6 million people

On average, 20 people were driven from their homes every minute past year, or one every three seconds - less than the time it takes to read this sentence. The conflict in Syria has produced the largest number of refugees at 5.5 million and displaced people overall at 12 million people . In addition, the figure "illustrates the need for countries and communities supporting refugees and other displaced people to be robustly resourced and supported", UNHCR said, warning that the absence can ... Read More

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Neighbours at war: Philip Hammond attacks Theresa May's election strategy

Neighbours at war: Philip Hammond attacks Theresa May's election strategy

The government is seeking to turn Britain's budget deficit, which was equivalent to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product in the last financial year, into a surplus by the mid-2020s. Days after a suggestion from French President Emmanuel Macron that Britain could still choose to remain, Davis said there would be no backtracking from Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to deliver on Brexit, for which Britons voted in a referendum nearly a year ago. Read More

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Russian Federation warns U.S. after downing of Syrian jet

Russian Federation warns U.S. after downing of Syrian jet

BEIRUT - Russia's defense ministry says it will treat USA -led coalition planes in Syria , west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the US military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday. USA warplanes carried out several low passes over the Ja'Din, halting the attack by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. In April, after the U.S. Read More

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Theresa May cancels the 2018 State Opening of Parliament

Theresa May announced her plan to lead a minority government after the election result with the support of the DUP - though the terms of any arrangement with the Northern Irish party have yet to emerge. Initially, the speech from the throne was scheduled for Monday June 19, but postponed until Wednesday. DUP leader Arlene Foster , who met Mrs May in No 10 on Tuesday, is understood to have returned to Northern Ireland leaving her deputy Nigel Dodds to represent the party at Thursday's meeting. Read More

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17th GST Council meeting

17th GST Council meeting

Besides, only hotels with room tariffs above Rs 7,500 will now face a 28% levy against Rs 5,000 earlier. GST has been dubbed as the most significant economic reform since BJP government came to power in 2014 and is expected to add as much as 2 percentage points to the GDP growth rate besides raising government revenues by widening the tax net. Read More

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Cuba Calls Trump Speech 'Grotesque Spectacle'

Cuba Calls Trump Speech 'Grotesque Spectacle'

The representative denies those claims, but remains opposed to loosening trade and travel restrictions on Cuba . He described these policies as one- sided and said that the ban on tourism would be enforced as would the embargo. According to Rodriguez, over the past few years, the Cuban government has repatriated 12 US fugitive citizens wanted in that country, "as a unilateral decision and an act of good will". Read More

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Saudi-Turkish Ties Strained Over Differing Views On Qatar

Saudi-Turkish Ties Strained Over Differing Views On Qatar

But six years later, the rebellion has been plagued by rivalries between Riyadh and Doha , as well as weakened by Russia's military intervention in support of Assad's forces. Qatar has denied supporting the groups. Roads were blocked and flights were banned, which is pretty serious for a country of 2.7 million people (only a quarter-million of them actual Arab citizens of Qatar) that produces nearly nothing except abundant natural gas. Read More

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DIY bomb in China kindergarten blast

DIY bomb in China kindergarten blast

Videos posted by the state-run People's Daily showed a chaotic scene outside the entrance to the school, with children and adults lying on the ground, some of them motionless and others struggling to get up. Eight people, including children, were killed and 65 others injured in the blast. A local shop owner told Sohu : 'At around 5pm, we heard a blast and thought it might have been a gas explosion at a nearby food vendor. Read More

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People 'Are Missing,' Presumed Dead After London Tower Blaze

People 'Are Missing,' Presumed Dead After London Tower Blaze

More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) has been raised for the victims, and the British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund. Activists and local residents held demonstrations at the borough's town hall, London's Oxford Street, the United Kingdom home office, the BBC , and the prime minister's official residence at Number 10 Downing Street to vent their frustrations. Read More

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London protests held as anger mounts over Grenfell fire

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid said inspections of similar buildings had been ordered, with particular attention to the modern cladding used to beautify and add insulation to ageing concrete and steel structures. Police bundled the British premier into a waiting vehicle amid angry shouts of "coward" from protestors. The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved ... Read More

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Mali official says at least 2 dead in attack

One of the resort guests killed by the gunmen was a French-Gabonese citizen, while the other has not yet been identified. France is pressing the UN Security Council to quickly adopt a resolution to fund and support a new African anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, comprising troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso. Read More

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Tory-DUP deal announcement 'delayed' due to London blaze

Protestors gather in Newcastle upon Tyne on June 12, 2017 to demand British Prime Minister Theresa May walk away from any alliance with the right-wing Democratic Unionist Party , or else step down. Mrs May is coming under intense pressure to change her approach to leaving the European Union , with predecessor David Cameron among those suggesting a softer stance with a greater effort to seek a consensus. Read More

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UK PM May will face leadership challenge if she softens Brexit

They also talked about the political discussions in London and Belfast, agreeing on the need to have the Northern Ireland Executive up and running as quickly as possible, and they discussed Brexit. While Sinn Féin will not be best pleased that the DUP will have such a pivotal role in facilitating the Brexit process, given that the majority of voters in Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union in last year's referendum, their influence on the British government may help ... Read More

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Erendira Wallenda plans helicopter stunt over Niagara Falls

Erendira Wallenda plans helicopter stunt over Niagara Falls

Erendira did so by dangling 300 feet above Niagara Falls by her teeth on Thursday, the Washington Post reports. In 2011, Nik had held the record after he hung by his teeth 250 feet above Silver Dollar City in Missouri. Erendira will perform the stunt at 8:30 a.m. EDT from above the waters of the Niagara Falls . Now, with the help of modern technology, Nik and Erendira rely on the help of their dentist, a close family friend who built mouth guards molded to their bites. Read More

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