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Xi placed the large golden medal around Putin's neck at the grandiose Great Hall of the People in Beijing in front of dignitaries from both countries. "Economic globalisation and regional economic integration are the trend of the times", Xi said. "He is my best, most intimate friend". "But he's also a very dependable man to work with".
  • Taliban raid on Afghan military base kills 17

    Taliban raid on Afghan military base kills 17

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    On Friday, senior US officials said they will intensify combat against the Islamic State affiliate in the country during the Kabul government's temporary halt to attacks on the Taliban. The Taliban, seeking to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster at the hands of USA -led troops, have launched attacks during Eid in the past.
  • Germany’s Merkel sees tough G7 talks, warns on trade issues

    Germany’s Merkel sees tough G7 talks, warns on trade issues

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    The U.S. president's decision to withdraw Washington from the Iran deal has left Germany and other European countries standing alongside Moscow in defence of the nuclear accord. Merkel was asked by lawmakers from the nationalist Alternative for Germany, or AfD, and hard-left Left Party whether it wouldn't make sense to talk more with Russian Federation.
  • Justice Dept. internal report expected to fault former FBI, DOJ officials

    Justice Dept. internal report expected to fault former FBI, DOJ officials

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    The inspector general also criticizes former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - as well as other top FBI officials - for the late discovery and handling of a laptop containing evidence linked to the Clinton investigation. Trump also has complained in the past about Horowitz , who is a nonpartisan and independent inspector general but who was appointed by former President Barack Obama.
  • After Wuhan, Modi meets Xi Jinping in Qingdao

    After Wuhan, Modi meets Xi Jinping in Qingdao

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    In the wake of Washington's strained ties with both Russia and China , and Iran, officials said the SCO summit will provide an opportunity for President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to portray a common vision for the region and present the bloc as a powerful voice to deal with pressing global issues.
  • Israeli bulldozers raze lands in southern Gaza Strip

    Israeli bulldozers raze lands in southern Gaza Strip

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    Israeli war planes threw flyers over Gaza city on Thursday afternoon, warning the people there not to join Friday's protests and rallies in eastern Gaza Strip. The Hamas-led demonstrations have been fueled by despair over a decade-old Israel-Egyptian blockade, imposed after the Islamic militant group seized control of the territory.
  • Trump Endorses Marijuana Federalism Bill - Hit & Run

    Trump Endorses Marijuana Federalism Bill - Hit & Run

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    I support Sen". Gardner", Trump said . "I know exactly what he's doing. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., that would prohibit federal banking regulators from terminating or limiting the deposit insurance to legitimate marijuana-related businesses or discouraging depository institutions from offering financial services to an account holder exclusively because of affiliation with such businesses.
  • Spain's new female-dominated Cabinet sworn in

    Spain's new female-dominated Cabinet sworn in

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    Spain's Mariano Rajoy, who is to stand down as head of the conservative Popular Party after being ousted as prime minister last week, said Wednesday he plans to quit politics altogether. In the name of maintaining "stability", Sanchez has also promised to implement the 2018 budget crafted by the previous conservative government. Among the budget's key measures are a one to three per cent rise in the lowest pensions and a salary increase for civil servants, ahead of municipal, regional and ...
  • Woman gored by bison in Yellowstone

    Woman gored by bison in Yellowstone

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    A Bay Area woman was gored by a bison during a visit to Yellowstone National Park, the fourth animal attack in the park in just over a month and the third this week. We have another yet another Yellowstone wildlife incident to pass along, as a California woman was gored by a bison after a crowd gathered around the bull at Fountain Paint Pot.
  • Taliban orders its first ceasefire in 17-year battle

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    In their statement, the Afghan Taliban said they would allow prisoners to visit with families and asked for the group's regional leaders to commute some prisoners' sentences. It would last "from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr", Ghani tweeted from an official account, indicating it could run from June 12-19.
  • Putin 'Is My Best, Most Intimate Friend,' Xi Says

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    It was the first time China has awarded the medal since it was established in 2015. Asked for his impression of the Chinese leader for life, Putin said Xi was "approachable and sincere", as well as "perhaps the only state leader who has celebrated my birthday with me".
  • Austria to close 7 mosques, expel imams

    Austria to close 7 mosques, expel imams

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    In several cases the process of expelling imams connected to the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations ( ATIB ) organisation was underway, Mr Kickl said. "It is an attempt to target Muslim communities for the sake of scoring cheap political points ", Kalin said on Twitter. The announcement comes after an Austrian magazine, published images showing young boys at a Vienna mosque - which is due to be closed - wearing camouflage uniforms, saluting, marching and waving the Turkish flag.
  • Mother, Boyfriend in Gabriel Fernandez Torture Death Case to Be Sentenced

    Mother, Boyfriend in Gabriel Fernandez Torture Death Case to Be Sentenced

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    A California mother was sentenced to life in prison and her boyfriend given the death penalty on Thursday for the " beyond animalistic " torture and killing of her 8-year-old son. "I wish I could have saved Gabriel", Fernandez said. "It is unimaginable the pain this child probably endured". The Los Angeles Times reported that the 8-year-old had suffered a cracked skull, broken ribs, burned and bruised skin, missing teeth, and has BB pellets lodged in his groin, lungs, foot, and face.
  • Judge In Brock Turner Rape Case Recalled

    Judge In Brock Turner Rape Case Recalled

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    In 2016, the case of Brock Turner gained worldwide recognition after the teen was handed a shockingly short prison sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Joshua Spivak, a scholar at Wagner College in NY, said successful judicial recalls are uncommon nationwide - the last one was in Wisconsin in 1977.
  • Doug Ford to transition to power in Ontario over next three weeks

    Doug Ford to transition to power in Ontario over next three weeks

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    The Conservatives have 76 seats, the NDP 40, the Liberals 7 and the Green party 1. If Ford follows through on a promise to cut Ontario's corporate tax rate to 10.5 percent from 11.5 percent, it could ease investor concern the province is losing competitiveness to the United States.
  • First lady had 'big operation,' can't fly for a month

    First lady had 'big operation,' can't fly for a month

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    We're very proud of her. The president said today that Melania is still recovering from the kidney procedure she had weeks ago. She's done a fantastic job as first lady.' Trump said. "Mrs. Trump has a medical team that is comfortable with her care, which is all that matters", Grisham said. Mrs Trump's absence, beginning soon after she announced her initiative to teach kindness to children, sparked several theories about where she was and what might have happened to her, including that ...
  • Who Owns Hawaii's New Kapoho Peninsula Created by Kilauea's Lava?

    Who Owns Hawaii's New Kapoho Peninsula Created by Kilauea's Lava?

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    There are homes still standing in the several subdivisions that have been inundated by lava, but many homeowners are unable to get back to those properties because the lava has surrounded their property. An estimated 2,500 people have been displaced by evacuations across the island since the eruption began five weeks ago, spouting fountains of lava and high concentrations of toxic sulphur dioxide gas through about two dozen volcanic fissures at the foot of the volcano.
  • Navy says China stole large amount of data

    Navy says China stole large amount of data

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    Much of the stolen material was linked to a secret project called Sea Dragon and included signals and sensor data, and submarine radio room information relating to cryptographic systems, according to the newspaper. The development comes amid tense trade negotiations between the US and China. The revelation of the cyberattack, which happened last winter, comes days before President Trump attends a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , who counts Beijing among his allies.
  • Critics take aim at President Trump's call for Russian Federation to rejoin G7

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    Macron has made clear if talks don't lead to compromise, the other six leaders would be willing to sign a joint communique by the end of the summit without the U.S. Trump said as he departed the White House for the summit in Quebec. The US president sparred with both leaders over trade well into Thursday night, accusing the European Union and Canada of unfair business practices, and then resumed his polemic soon after 6am US time, complaining about Canadian dairy tariffs.
  • Son who wrote a spiteful obituary about late mother breaks silence

    Son who wrote a spiteful obituary about late mother breaks silence

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    The final paragraph offers her children's final farewell: "She passed away on May 31, 2018, in Springfield and will now face judgement". "It helped us [to write this]", Dehmalo said . "But not always. There are plenty of obituaries that have been very honest and truthful about the hurt someone has caused - or the misdeeds they have committed".
  • US Special Forces attacked in Somalia by Al-Shabab

    US Special Forces attacked in Somalia by Al-Shabab

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    The U.S. military has about 500 troops in Somalia, Martin reports. A US service member has been killed and four others injured in Somalia, the USA military confirmed Friday. It was unclear whether all 800 US, Kenyan and Somali troops were present when the attack took place. Afterward, Africa Command revisited the protection that US troops in Africa on operations.
  • Real gator watches while boy uses inflatable gator

    Real gator watches while boy uses inflatable gator

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    Unbeknownst to him or his watching family though, an actual alligator was skulking nearby - but you might struggle to see it! The mother told WFTV she performed "gator checks" in her backyard every day and did not realise the alligator was near them at first.
  • Special counsel brings new charges against Paul Manafort in Russian Federation probe

    Special counsel brings new charges against Paul Manafort in Russian Federation probe

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    The court filings accuse Manafort, Gates, and Kilminik of engaging "in a multi-million dollar lobbying campaigning" at the direction of Viktor Yanukovych, the former Russia-aligned Ukrainian president from 2006 until 2014. For the moment, Mr Manafort is one of the few targets of Mueller's Russian Federation probe to push toward a criminal trial, rather than co-operate with the investigation.
  • Macron Meeting At G-7 Scrapped - At Least For Now

    Macron Meeting At G-7 Scrapped - At Least For Now

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    The White House was, in fact, burned down by British colonial forces in August 1814 in response to an US attack on York, Ontario, a year earlier. Historians note the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario, in territory that eventually became Canada, which was then a British colony.
  • Trump Wants Russia Back In The G-7

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    Not to be undone, Trump responded on Twitter saying that both Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers". But the French leader quickly added that Trump can't expect credibility on that file while he undoes all the good work done to date on pushing Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
  • Another Yellowstone Wildlife Incident, as Bison Gores Woman

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    The park report said some in the crowd came within 15 feet of the bison. Some of the visitors got even closer, agitating the bison and provoking it to cross the boardwalk and charge into Hancock. Park staff do not intend to capture nor kill the bison. This incident remains under investigation. A year ago there were five bison attacks in the park.
  • Trump wants Russian Federation to rejoin G-7

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    Before departing for Canada , Mr Trump tweeted: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create a non-monetary barriers". In a second tweet Thursday evening, Trump said Trudeau " is being so indignant , bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things".
  • 'Apprentice' contestant lawsuit will proceed as Trump seeks stay - NY judge

    'Apprentice' contestant lawsuit will proceed as Trump seeks stay - NY judge

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    Summer Zervos accused Trump of "very aggressively" kissing and groping her in a 2007 encounter at The Beverly Hills Hotel. A former contestant on Donald Trump's reality TV show " The Apprentice " may pursue her defamation lawsuit against the US president, a NY state judge ruled on Tuesday, despite Trump's effort to have an appeals court put it on hold.
  • Trump seizes upon Obama-era license aimed at helping Iran

    Trump seizes upon Obama-era license aimed at helping Iran

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    The Obama administration asked two U.S. banks to facilitate the conversion of the Iranian assets, but its effort was ultimately unsuccessful as the banks refused to take such action citing reputational damage in dealing with Iran and potential wrongdoing of violating existing USA sanctions.
  • Alligator drags woman into pond in Florida

    Alligator drags woman into pond in Florida

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    Davie police tell news outlets that officers responding to Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park found a dog on a leash but no signs of the woman. Authorities from Broward County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are on the scene, the Miami Herald reported .
  • Melania Trump contradicts Rudy Giuliani's comments about USA president's alleged affair

    Melania Trump contradicts Rudy Giuliani's comments about USA president's alleged affair

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    Melania Trump, the First Lady, let it be known that Giuliani has no idea how she feels about Stephanie Clifford, the film actress who goes by the name Stormy Daniels and says she had a sexual encounter with Donald Trump . Her smile instantly disappears the second her husband looks away. Trump tweeted before the appearance Wednesday. Jenkins points out that despite the attacks on some National Football League players' patriotism, a good number of them are actually taking concrete steps ...
  • Ex-Senate intel aide charged after DOJ seizes reporter's records

    Ex-Senate intel aide charged after DOJ seizes reporter's records

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    It's rare for the government to obtain the communications of reporters as part of a leak investigation, and the seizure of Watkins's records, the first known case under the Trump administration , signals the aggressiveness with which officials are pursuing leaks to the press.
  • Trump Attempts To Sing National Anthem But Can't Be Bothered To Finish

    Trump Attempts To Sing National Anthem But Can't Be Bothered To Finish

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    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is in the middle of a legal battle with the NFL after filing a lawsuit against the league alleging collusion by the owners to keep him off any team's roster. Meanwhile, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said during his own deposition in this case that Trump had told him to "Tell everybody [in the NFL] 'you can't win this one'".
  • Key Senate Republicans seek to challenge Trump over tariffs

    Key Senate Republicans seek to challenge Trump over tariffs

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    Sen. Bob Corker , R-Tenn., speaks to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast meeting in Washington on April 18, 2018. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that President Donald Trump should not pardon himself, noting that no one in the United States is above the law.