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Trump on solar, taxes, welfare

Taking credit for the concept, Mr Trump told supporters: 'Pretty good imagination, right? US President Donald Trump: " We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy, and pays for itself ". Trump's first full-year budget, released in May, proposes a US$1.6 billion (NZ$2.2 billion) downpayment for new and replacement sections of a border wall. Read More

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US Air Force shot down Syrian combat drone in southern Syria

US Air Force shot down Syrian combat drone in southern Syria

As it tries to craft a Syria strategy, the Trump administration is divided between those who consider Islamic State the primary enemy and some officials who think the war in Syria is part of an existential struggle between the United States and its Gulf allies on the one hand and Iran on the other, said a third USA official, who has participated in government deliberations on Syria . Read More

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Vehicle ploughs through crowd near London mosque

Vehicle ploughs through crowd near London mosque

Last night, following a bad anti-Muslim attack in which Islamophobic Darren Osborne drove a van through a crowd of Muslims outside the Finsbury Park mosque following their Ramadan prayers, a vigil was held by the community. In a statement, the family said: "We are massively shocked; it's unbelievable, it still hasn't really sunk in". Osborne, who grew up in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, was an unemployed mechanic and had reportedly been living in a tent for the past three weeks ... Read More

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Israeli government rescinds pluralistic Western Wall agreement

In Orthodox Judaism, men and women are do not sit or stand together while praying, and are separated by a mechitza (a barrier), and only men can lead the prayer service or read from the Torah during regular services. Sunday's decision to cancel the new Western Wall arrangement has drawn denunciations from liberal Jews in Israel and the United States. The decision is "a serious violation of the basic interests of the State of Israel and the Jewish people". Read More

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Otto Warmbier's death 'is a mystery to us'

The University of DE is distancing itself from comments made by an adjunct professor after she said a college student who died after being held by North Korea "got exactly what he deserved". However, his father has insisted that he was "brutalized and terrorized" in the North Korea. "The smear campaign against [North Korea] staged in the USA compels us to make firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are a taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law". Read More

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China tries Crown Resorts employees on gambling charges

China tries Crown Resorts employees on gambling charges

Sign up here for free access to 7 articles per month + twice daily business email alerts. Two other Australian Crown employees received sentences of nine months in prison for similar crimes. The case was part of a wider crackdown on gambling in China. Since the detentions, Crown has scaled back its Chinese ambitions, selling down its stake in the Macau-based joint venture Melco Crown, before offloading its final stake in Melco Resorts & Entertainment for $987 million. Read More

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Here's How Muslims Worldwide Are Celebrating Ramadan's End

Some travelled hundreds of kilometres to be there. "I'm the age where I should be giving gifts", she said . After morning prayers, many of Salim's friends went to his house for a day filled with lots of food and good conversation. He said Eid demands to share its joys with the poor and oppressed people and it is our religious, moral and national obligation not to forget deprived and underprivileged people in Eid festivities. Read More

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ISRO crosses double century mark in launching foreign satellites

ISRO crosses double century mark in launching foreign satellites

The co-passenger satellites have 29 Nano satellites. these 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries like Austria, Chile, Czech, Belgium, Finland, France Germany, Italy, Japan, atvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United kingdom and United states. The 31 satellites weighed 955 kg. We will be working on the replacement satellite for IRNSS-1A. "Our efforts to increase the navigation, earth observation and communication satellites will continue". Read More

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Reebok celebrates International Yoga Day in association with Ministry of Ayush

Reebok celebrates International Yoga Day in association with Ministry of Ayush

Over 1,200 yoga enthusiasts in South Africa's Soweto township on Wednesday got their first taste of yoga when they performed various " asanas " at an event on the eve of International Day of Yoga. He said that over the next three to five years, each taluka of India will offer more than 11 lakh free yoga classes. "Yoga's popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India", he said. Read More

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Qatar given 10 days to comply neighbours' 13-points

The demands, the official said , was handed to Qatar by mediator Kuwait . Yemen and Egypt had announced earlier this month that they have joined Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar. Qatar is yet to comment on the demands, although officials have previously said that they will not negotiate until the blockade is lifted. "The leakage will further exasperate & prolong the Qatar crisis". Read More

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South Korea tests missile with warning to North

South Korea tests missile with warning to North

North Korea's test on Thursday could be for the smallest stage of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) rocket engine, said the United States official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. In addition to expanding its missile arsenal, South Korea is also strengthening its missile defense, which include Patriot-based systems and a high-tech Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery now under deployment in the southeastern county of Seongju. Read More

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GJM supporters march in processions in strike-hit Darjeeling

GJM supporters march in processions in strike-hit Darjeeling

As the GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown entered the 11th day, all hotels and shops except for pharmacies remained closed, with several rallies by GJM activists being carried out in Darjeeling. The GJM had given a similar 12-hour relaxation to boarding schools of the hills on Friday to evacuate their students. A case of murder, arson, assault on police personnel and conspiracy to incite violence was filed against Gurung and his wife Asha on June 17. Read More

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North Korea conducts another rocket engine test

North Korea conducts another rocket engine test

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday observed the test-firing of a new midrange missile being developed to counter North Korean threats, saying Seoul must be able to militarily "dominate" the North for future engagement to work. Moon's visit to the missile test site came a day after he said in an interview with Reuters that stronger global sanctions should be imposed on North Korea if it tests another nuclear weapon or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. Read More

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Korea detainee got what he 'deserved'

Korea detainee got what he 'deserved'

Critics have suggested that it is not even clear that Otto Warmbier did anything wrong while in North Korea and that there is actually no proof that he removed a propaganda banner that was hanging up, arguing that the fact he was American may have been enough to have gotten him arrested. Read More

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High-altitude air defense system protests South Korea, US troops

High-altitude air defense system protests South Korea, US troops

However Chang Ung, the sole North Korean representative for the International Olympic Committee, who is part of the visiting delegation, was quick to lower expectations. freezing or scaling back the exercises in exchange for the North freezing nuclear and missile testing. "President Moon's visit to the Agency for Defense Development today sends a stern warning about North Korea's series of recent provocations". Read More

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BJP slams Congress for 'dividing' nation on Presidential election

BJP slams Congress for 'dividing' nation on Presidential election

However, the Bihar Chief Minister completely negated the possibility of a rethink on his decision: "There is no question of changing the decision as it has been taken by the party's core committee". In the open letter to the members of the collegium, she said, they have the unique privilege to make history. In 2011, Kumar had overruled Swaraj's objections to her decision to allow Lok Sabha secretary general T K Vishwanathan an extension of one year. Read More

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Iran Missile Strike Missed Target — Times of Israel

Yaari also told The Times of Israel that his sources were "amazed" at the poor performance of the Iranian missiles. Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot said Tuesday the "operational achievement was much smaller" than what has been reported . A U.S. Super Hornet immediately responded and shot down the Syrian plane. "The Syrian regime ... needs to understand that we will keep the right of self-defense of coalition forces aligned against ISIS", he said. Read More

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Toll in Colombia mine explosion rises to 13

Toll in Colombia mine explosion rises to 13

On June 17, a hand made bomb exploded in a toilet room on the second floor of the mall. "I would like to express our condolences, our thought, our hearts are with your families", said the president at the Catam Air Base upon his arrival. Since then, they have pronounced themselves against President Juan Manuel Santos and the ideals of former President and current senator Alvaro Uribe Velez. Read More

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Putin Mockingly Offers Comey Asylum

Putin Mockingly Offers Comey Asylum

Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared sarcastically fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey's act of leaking information to media to that of a human rights activist. this week. On a more conciliatory note, Mr Putin added that Russian Federation still hopes for the normalisation of ties with the US. An American man called into the show from Arizona, asking Putin how to deal with the "racist Russophobia" he said was rampant in the US. Read More

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Renewed calls to oust Nancy Pelosi: Darcy cartoon

Renewed calls to oust Nancy Pelosi: Darcy cartoon

Democratic strategist Lachlan McIntosh tells the Times , "They can't ignore how very unpopular their leadership is with many voters". Well, I am a master legislator. "The issue I think strategically is that Trump energizes their base and Leader Pelosi energizes their base", said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was unsuccessful a year ago in trying to unseat Pelosi. Read More

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Israel Starts Work on New Settlement Regardless of US Peace Efforts

Israel Starts Work on New Settlement Regardless of US Peace Efforts

While Israel has continued to expand existing settlement blocs, no new settlements have been built since the 1993 Oslo peace accords, which were meant to lay the framework for a future two-state solution. Israel began building a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank north of Ramallah to house several hundred residents who were forced to leave the nearby outpost of Amona after it was found to have been built on Palestinian land. Read More

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Justices side with government in property rights case

Justices side with government in property rights case

Should the court consider this a fair measure of partisanship, it could lead to the Supreme Court establishing a standard of how much gerrymandering is too much. Rath said political watchers should be careful about jumping to conclusions on a potential Kennedy replacement or even regarding newly minted Justice Neil Gorsuch , because no one knows for sure how they'll decide. Read More

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Can Trump really roll back Obama's Cuba policy?

For US-based companies such as Marriott-owned Starwood Hotels, Trump's policy could be the cancellation of the license to operate in Cuba . Even family visits in Cuba from US relatives could be in jeopardy. Even with carve outs, the new policy could pose problems for some U.S. businesses, including hoteliers and airlines who have put on regular flights between the United States and the Cuban capital. Read More

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Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Detained On Day Of Large Protests

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Detained On Day Of Large Protests

Navalny and over 1,000 others were arrested during a wave of rallies in March, which looked to target Putin ally and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the country's largest demonstrations since 2012. As demonstrators were taken away, hundreds of others shouted slogans including "Putin is a thief" and "Shame!". Russia Day is dedicated to the 1990 declaration of sovereignty. Read More

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North Korea rebuttal: Otto Warmbier's death 'a mystery'

In the first official reaction to his death , a spokesman for the National Reconciliation Council earlier on Friday said that Warmbier was treated according to "international standards". President Donald Trump called the situation a "disgrace". The casket of Otto Warmbier is carried to a hearse followed by his family and friends after a funeral service at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio , on June 22. Read More

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PM Nawaz felicitates Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman

PM Nawaz felicitates Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef , 57, who was wounded in an al-Qaeda assassination attempt in 2009, put down an al Qaeda bombing campaign and kept close ties to the USA intelligence community where he had a reputation as safe and reliable. He also relieved Prince Mohammed bin Nayef , 57, from his position as the deputy prime minister and interior minister. Amid all the recent developments, I got the chance to talk to Joseph Bahout, a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment's Middle East Program who ... Read More

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The great Muslim civil war - and us

The great Muslim civil war - and us

The Russian military now has threatened to halt its hotline use and notably after Mr. Trump ordered missile launch in April. Moscow had fired missiles in the past from the Mediterranean at militants' positions in Syria. American, Iranian, Syrian, Russian, and Turkish air forces are all active in the airspace over Syria-and all are becoming less tolerant of the others. Read More

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India's opposition pitch Dalit for president

India's opposition pitch Dalit for president

Meira Kumar , named June 22 the opposition's nominee for the July 17 presidential election , is a senior Congress and Dalit leader with extensive and varied political experience, and a strong proponent of social justice and equity. With 17 opposition parties picking former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to take on NDA's Ram Nath Kovind , the stage is set for a Dalit-versus-Dalit contest for the country's top constitutional post. Read More

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