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North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

The U.S. pushed China Wednesday to rein in companies that deal with North Korea after President Donald Trump tweeted ahead of the high-level talks that Beijing's efforts to sway its wayward ally weren't working. "Otto Warmbier was murdered by the North Korean regime", Marion Smith, director of the human rights group, told CNN . The spokesman also said that "groundless" speculation of torture and beatings could be refuted by American doctors who came to the North to examine Warmbier before ... Read More

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Stephen Colbert heads to Russian Federation on mystery assignment

Trump, who attempted to intimidate FBI Director James Comey after sacking him , with a tweeted threat he might have recorded their conversations, Thursday morning tweeted "kidding" - or words to that effect . It's a formula that's proven to be an unexpected success story and has other late-night hosts scrambling to get more political. The host of CBS' " The Late Show " is on assignment there for a future broadcast, the network said Thursday. Read More

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US tries to use better China ties to press North Korea

Noting that up to now, Chinese have taken a fairly limited profile in counter-terrorism efforts undertaken by the global community, Thorntonsaid, adding that the USA would like to see them step up and take more responsibility. He says the student, Otto Warmbier, had gone there a healthy man and ended up dead after "a minor act of mischief". Also Tuesday, the US flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula. Read More

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Policy ponder: central banks head for the Portuguese hills

Policy ponder: central banks head for the Portuguese hills

A spokeswoman for London Stock Exchange Group, majority owner of the world's largest clearinghouse, LCH, said she couldn't immediately comment on the ECB's statement. European Central Bank executive board member Benoît Coeuré had hailed the EU Commission's proposal on the issue as a step in the right direction. "Ultimately, however, it will be up to the Commission and the European Union legislators to decide on the specific conditions for triggering such a requirement". Read More

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Pacers take UCLA's TJ Leaf with 18th overall pick

Pacers take UCLA's TJ Leaf with 18th overall pick

T.J. Leaf poses for photos with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Indiana Pacers as the 18th pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017 , in NY. Leaf moved at a young age to California, where he's lived most of his life. At Foothills Christian High School in San Diego, T.J. Leaf was an all-American in his senior season. Read More

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North Korea tests rocket engine

It is the first rocket engine test since the North conducted three in March. Reuters cited unnamed USA officials as saying Pyongyang may have been testing the smallest stage of an ICBM rocket engine. "When the world says that it hopes China can do even more, I don't know what "do even more" refers to", Geng told a daily news briefing in Beijing on Friday. Read More

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Merkel to gather European G-20 participants next week

Merkel to gather European G-20 participants next week

Gamescom is the largest gaming event in the world and has opened its doors to fans and trade alike, with business being the biggest draw. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both voiced support on Friday for a more robust European approach to trade, saying the bloc must respond if other countries block access to their markets. Read More

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Taliban claims deadly Helmand explosion

A border policeman who was at the scene of the deafening explosion said many people were missing in the ensuing chaos as bystanders, survivors, and ambulances struggled to get the most seriously wounded to the hospital. Tabidar said civilians and policemen were among the fatalities, warning that the toll could rise further. President Donald Trump recently authorized his defense secretary, Jim Mattis, to add several thousand more USA troops to the 8,400 now deployed to Afghanistan , ... Read More

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Somalia : Car bomb at police station kills four in Mogadishu

Somalia : Car bomb at police station kills four in Mogadishu

Minister for Youth and Sports of Somalia's Jubbaland regional state Sheikh Mohamed Yusuf Aw-Libah has succumbed to critical injuries he sustained from today's auto bomb blast that hit Waberi Police Station in Mogadishu . It has promised to step up attacks in response to an expanded government offensive. Somali soldiers attend the scene of a suicide vehicle bomb attack on a police station in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, June 22, 2017. Read More

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Pelosi tries to reassure Dems after Georgia loss

The response from some: It better be. Trump tweeted Thursday morning as some Democrats call for their House minority leader's ouster after Tuesday's special election loss in Georgia. She dismissed the members who have said it is time for a change as "blatantly self-serving" and "having fun on TV". Nancy Pelosi is sending a defiant message to House Democrats who are grumbling about her leadership: Come at me. Read More

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Qatar told to close Al Jazeera in list of demands

Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash made the accusation on Twitter on Friday. The document was signed in Ankara on November 10, 2016. Turkey, which voiced support of Doha amid the antagonism, has tripled its exports to Qatar since the transport blockade was announced , Turkey's Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci said Thursday. Read More

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Defiant Nancy Pelosi says she's not going anywhere

Defiant Nancy Pelosi says she's not going anywhere

Pelosi brushed off the tweet , contending that Trump hadn't actually written it himself because "it's a classic Republican line". Plus, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told Fox on Thursday that he also hopes that the Democrats keep Pelosi because the Republicans already know how to win elections against a Pelosi-run party. Read More

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Former Botswana president Masire dies at 91

Former Botswana president Masire dies at 91

Mr Masire was Botswana's second president and was in office from 1980 to 1998. In a condolence letter to President Ian Khama, which was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, Obasanjo described the late Sir Masire as a true African that would be sadly missed for his notable leadership and contribution to the building of the Republic of Botswana. Read More

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Bitterness between Lalu and Nitish at Iftaar party

RJD chief Lalu Prasad again appealed to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar not to make a "historic blunder" by extending support to the NDA nominee for the presidential poll. And as far as JD (U) is concerned, it has always taken independent decisions, even when we were a part of NDA. Kovind had worked for Bihar without any bias, Kumar said . Read More

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Rebels say Syrian army, Iranian-backed militias launch offensive in eastern desert

ISIL, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and is also known as ISIS , claimed responsibility for the June 7 attacks on Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini that left 17 people dead. " Iran is trying to play at being a great power", explained Channel 2 Middle East analyst Ehud Ya'ari. It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details. Read More

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No party affiliations, will uphold dignity of office: Kovind

Naidu said Kovind deserved to become the next President. The fact that Kovind is a Dalit and the current Bihar governor are being seen as chief reasons behind Nitish's decision. Sources said Nitish Kumar had suggested at the gathering of opposition parties in Chennai for the birthday celebrations of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on June 3 that Gopal Krishna Gandhi be fielded as the joint opposition candidate for the post of president. Read More

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Srinagar, Jammu get smart city status, funds

Srinagar, Jammu get smart city status, funds

The total budget of the Smart City project has now rose to nearly Rs two lakh crore for 90 cities. In the new list, the Kerala capital is followed by Chhattisgarh's new capital Naya Raipur . Denying that the Smart City Mission is elitist, the Minister said it is based on a shared vision of citizens and respective city governments and not imposed by the Centre. Read More

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Partnerships with others - including tech companies, civil society, researchers and governments - are also a crucial piece of the puzzle. The launch of the initiative in the United Kingdom also comes a week after Facebook announced new measures to counter terrorism , which included a combination of human expertise and artificial intelligence techniques to root out fake accounts, problematic language, propaganda and terrorist clusters. Read More

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Flights From LA to Phoenix Canceled Due to Skyrocketing Temperatures

Flights From LA to Phoenix Canceled Due to Skyrocketing Temperatures

The temperature in Phoenix , Arizona also touched almost 50 degrees Celsius, . or just 120 degrees Fahrenheit, one of the highest temperatures ever recorded in the city. Last year, about 2,000 Arizonians visited emergency rooms for heat exhaustion and 130 died in heat-related fatalities. A couple of weeks ago, parts of interior ME had a heat wave and heat advisories were issued. Read More

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Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping 'to open the door'

Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping 'to open the door'

Warmbier's condition out of respect to him and the family". Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested for removing a political banner from a wall at a North Korean hotel. " North Korea is persecuting their savior, a person who came to help them. Let me reiterate this: We strongly, strongly suggest that Americans do not go to North Korea ". Read More

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Presidential Polls: Meira Kumar is the Opposition's candidate, announces Sonia Gandhi

Presidential Polls: Meira Kumar is the Opposition's candidate, announces Sonia Gandhi

The Opposition - Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI), and other parties - chose to meet on Thursday to discuss the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) decision on Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind. In 2012, Mr Kumar broke with the national alliance led by the BJP that he was then a part of to support Mr Mukherjee, who was the government's candidate, rather than the opposition's contender, PA Sangma. Read More

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Prosecutors seek to uphold 'Making a Murderer' confession

Prosecutors seek to uphold 'Making a Murderer' confession

But the 27-year-old, one of two men serving life sentences featured in the Netflix series, could face a re-trial after a panel of three judges on Thursday ruled against the U.S. Avery trial attorney Jerry Buting tweeted, "Hurrah!" In an analysis of hundreds of cases going back to 1989, false confessions were found to be a leading cause of wrongful convictions , according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal clinic dedicated to exonerating people who have been wrongfully convicted. Read More

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