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And U.S. intelligence officials say the president's strategy has halted Taliban gains but not reversed their momentum, according to people familiar with the latest assessments. It wasn't clear when the next meeting would be held or with whom, but the Taleban official who spoke to The AP was certain one would be held. The State Department said only that Ms Wells had been in Doha, had met with the ruling family and "the United States is exploring all avenues to advance a peace process in close ...
  • Mattis Denies Report US Is Readying Strike On Iran

    Mattis Denies Report US Is Readying Strike On Iran

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    Earlier this week, Mattis said that there are no plans for US forces to work with Russian troops in Syria, despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement that cooperation in Syria was one of the topics Trump and Putin spoke about in Helsinki.
  • Carr Fire Burning Near Redding Destroys Structures, One Dead

    Carr Fire Burning Near Redding Destroys Structures, One Dead

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    The sun sets over hills burned by the Carr Fire west of Redding, Calif ., on July 28, 2018. "My sympathy goes out to the family", Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said. President Donald Trump signed a declaration of emergency for California yesterday, authorizing federal emergency aid for response efforts in areas affected by wildfires.
  • Giuliani: 'I want you to hear' Cohen tapes

    Giuliani: 'I want you to hear' Cohen tapes

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    Giuliani said he doesn't know the contents of the other recordings but said federal prosecutors would have turned them over to him if they related to Mr. "It's just flat-out untrue", Mr Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, said on "Fox News Sunday" about the claims. He said he does think Trump could have known about the meeting after the fact.
  • 'Assange's days in Ecuadorian Embassy in London are numbered' - Correa

    'Assange's days in Ecuadorian Embassy in London are numbered' - Correa

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    Ecuador granted him asylum inside the Embassy, shielding him from extradition to the United States or Sweden, and from arrest in the UK. The whistleblower is feared to be facing extradition to the U.S. A source with detailed knowledge of the case said yesterday: "I expect (Assange) to lose his asylum status imminently". US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last April that the Department of Justice was preparing charges against Assange, and that his arrest was a "priority".
  • Lawyer says represents 3 more women who paid Trump hush money

    Lawyer says represents 3 more women who paid Trump hush money

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    We would be remiss if we did not mention that Avenatti said he would "absolutely" run for president and "defeat" Trump if the Democratic Party does not find the "right street fighter and the right person". A U.S. District Judge has decided that he won't be muzzling Michael Avenatti , Stormy Daniels' lawyer, despite former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's request, as it would be going against the First Amendment.
  • Saudi Arabia Halts Oil Shipments Through Bab el-Mandeb

    Saudi Arabia Halts Oil Shipments Through Bab el-Mandeb

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    WTI bulls are using the opportunity to draw United States crude prices back over the 70.00 level. Brent crude futures rose 59 cents to $74.52 a barrel by 1008 GMT, falling from a 10-day high in earlier trading. In April, Houthi armed militias conducted a missile attack on the tanker Abqaiq , resulting slight damage to her bow. The report said the idea was first brought up by Saudi Arabia ahead of Trump's visit to Riyadh past year but stalled soon after.
  • Trump claims victory as GDP grows at fastest pace since 2014

    Trump claims victory as GDP grows at fastest pace since 2014

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    That's the fastest pace since 2014, driven by consumers who began spending their tax cuts and exporters who rushed to get their products delivered ahead of retaliatory tariffs. tariffs on steel and aluminium. Unlike in 2015, growth has accelerated this year, in part, because of the stimulus from Trump's deficit-funded tax cuts.
  • President Trump willing to shut down government over wall

    President Trump willing to shut down government over wall

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    House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said lawmakers were considering an appropriations measure seeking an additional $5 billion for the wall. A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. The Republican president has used the threat of a government shutdown several times since taking office in 2017 in a bid to get his priorities in congressional spending bills, especially funding for a wall along the southern USA border.
  • Polar bear attacks man on island off northern Norway

    Polar bear attacks man on island off northern Norway

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    A polar bear was shot and killed after attacking a cruise ship employee who was leading tourists off a ship on an Arctic archipelago on Saturday, officials said. She said all cruise ships traveling in the northern region are obliged to have polar bear guards aboard. Three years ago, a Czech man who travelled to Svalbard to watch a solar eclipse suffered face and arm injuries after being attacked in his tent.
  • Zimbabwe rivals promise victory in pitch for votes at final election rallies

    Zimbabwe rivals promise victory in pitch for votes at final election rallies

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    Against a backdrop of a small lake on the grounds of his home‚ Mugabe denounced Zanu-PF‚ a party of which he is regarded as one of the founding fathers. Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe confidante, has tried to recast himself as a voice for reform, inviting back Western dozens of election observers and pledging a free and fair vote.
  • Democratic Sen. McCaskill confirms Russian hacking attempt

    Democratic Sen. McCaskill confirms Russian hacking attempt

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    Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has said that the "warning lights are blinking red again" about future Russian cyberattacks and that "the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack". The Daily Beast reported Thursday evening that the e-mail address for McCaskill's aide was uncovered as part of its investigation into congressional candidates targeted by hacking attempts.
  • Three Dead, Seven Wounded After Two Suspects Open Fire in New Orleans

    Three Dead, Seven Wounded After Two Suspects Open Fire in New Orleans

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    The New Orleans police department responded to the incident on Saturday evening about three miles from the French Quarter. Seven other victims - five men and two women - were injured, at least one of them critically . So whoever did this, you should know that the law enforcement community takes it personal, so we're coming for you. "Sounds of shouts and crying were heard throughout the chaotic scene late Saturday and into Sunday", the paper said.
  • White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter

    White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter

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    The agency quoted Mr Putin as saying: "He has, by the way, such an invitation, and I told him about it". "We are ready for such meetings, we are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow. Trump added that he looked forward to a second meeting with the Russian leader. Mr Trump has been widely criticised for failing to strongly denounce Russia's election interference and appearing to accept Mr Putin's denials during their joint press conference in Helsinki.
  • Cambodia Puts on Armed Forces Display Ahead of Election

    Cambodia Puts on Armed Forces Display Ahead of Election

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    To outsiders accustomed to politicians relentlessly attacking one another, such a demand is absurd. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen and leader of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) waves to supporters. Twenty parties in all are on Sunday's ballot, but apart from Hun Sen's CPP, most are small, under-resourced or nearly completely unknown. Because of its influence the party can draw support from well-known Cambodian singers, actors and musicians, all of whom attended campaign ...
  • Trump rejects Cohen claim that he knew about 2016 Trump Tower meeting

    Trump rejects Cohen claim that he knew about 2016 Trump Tower meeting

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    Cohen claims he was in the room when Trump was told about that offer by Trump Jr., CNN said . "He threatened to inform the other client of the error unless the law firm agreed to a 50% discount on legal bills, according to a letter filed in a NY state court written by attorney David Piedra at the law firm, Morrison Cohen, who said the move "smacks of extortion".
  • Powerful quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok

    Powerful quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok

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    Around 40 people were injured and many fled into open fields away from collapsed buildings. The authorities are expecting to find more injured people buried under the rubble. "They were hiking from Segara Anak Lake to Plawangan and rocks were falling on them during the quake", said Karyadi, the owner of a guesthouse near Rinjani where the pair were staying.
  • Ethiopia: Head engineer of $4.8B dam project found dead

    Ethiopia: Head engineer of $4.8B dam project found dead

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    Semegnew Bekele was shot in the head from behind, police chief Zeynu Jemal said. Semegnew's body was found inside a Toyota Land Cruiser parked near a busy road at Meskel Square, Addis Ababa's main public square that is frequented by thousands of people every day.
  • Palestinian teenager jailed for slapping soldiers leaves prison: Spokesperson

    Palestinian teenager jailed for slapping soldiers leaves prison: Spokesperson

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    On the eve of Ahed Tamimi's release from prison, the father of the Palestinian protest icon said Saturday that he expects her to take a lead in the struggle against Israeli rule but that the 17-year-old is also weighing college options. Easily recognisable by her unruly mop of curly red hair, she has become for many a symbol of resistance to Israel's half-century-old military occupation.
  • Bus falls into gorge in western India; more than 30 feared dead

    Bus falls into gorge in western India; more than 30 feared dead

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    Anupam Srivastava, the Commandant with the Battalion of the NDRF said, "Till 12 noon am, a total of 28 bodies have been taken out". There were 34 passengers on the bus, one person who jumped out survived. NDRF teams are now at the accident site and carrying out the relief and rescue work. The state government will also bear the medical expenses of those injured.
  • Powerful quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, 10 killed, houses damaged

    Powerful quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, 10 killed, houses damaged

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    A magnitude 6.4-earthquake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage. The United States Geological Survey said the epicentre of the shallow quake was located 50km northeast of Lombok's main city Mataram, far from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island.
  • Pope accepts McCarrick resignation as cardinal amid sexual abuse allegations

    Pope accepts McCarrick resignation as cardinal amid sexual abuse allegations

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    The cardinal had been removed from public ministry on June 20, after an investigation deemed accusations that he had sexually abused a teenager 47 years ago while serving as a priest in NY to be credible. Cardinal O'Brien died in March of this year. McCarrick is the highest ranking U.S. Catholic clergy member to ever be removed from ministry due to sexual abuse allegations.
  • Trump 'open' to Moscow visit after Putin extends invite

    Trump 'open' to Moscow visit after Putin extends invite

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    The White House statement came after National Security Adviser John Bolton said earlier this week that a meeting with Putin in the US would be pushed off until next year - after the conclusion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • Rare 'Supermoon' Eclipse Glows Blood Red Above the Canary Islands

    Rare 'Supermoon' Eclipse Glows Blood Red Above the Canary Islands

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    The longest lunar eclipse of this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Friday . Here are some of the most googled questions about the lunar eclipse answered. - AFP People watch the blood moon rising at Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During the course of the eclipse , Mars will sit at one of its closest points to Earth in its orbit.
  • MDC Alliance won’t boycott.New govt next week: Chamisa dares ED

    MDC Alliance won’t boycott.New govt next week: Chamisa dares ED

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    Mr Mnangagwa has repeatedly promised that the elections will be free and fair. Monday's vote is the first without Mr Mugabe on the ballot since independence from white minority rule in 1980. Mnangagwa's critics say that he relies on the support of the military and that the same corrupt elite from Mugabe's era still have their grip on power.
  • Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police clash at Temple Mount

    Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police clash at Temple Mount

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    Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Gaza city on July 27, 2018. According to al-Dibs, the Israeli authorities have sealed the compound's Al-Qibali Mosque with iron chains and prevented Palestinian worshippers from entering it.
  • Texas Inmate Climbs Atop Deputy’s Moving Car In Escape Attempt

    Texas Inmate Climbs Atop Deputy’s Moving Car In Escape Attempt

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    Video of the Wednesday incident was recorded by people driving behind the patrol vehicle that was transporting 31-year-old Martin Gregory Estrada. Martin Gregory Estrada, 31. When the deputy and prisoner were on Highway 277 crossing into Archer County, enroute to Abilene, the prisoner was able to free one wrist from his handcuffs and use it to shatter the rear passenger-side window of the patrol auto.
  • Unionists have nothing to fear, says Coveney

    Unionists have nothing to fear, says Coveney

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    It came as talks continued in Brussels, with a meeting between European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Mr Raab scheduled for Thursday. Coveney blamed the delay on the United Kingdom government "negotiating with itself" for the last six months, but suggested now "at least we have a white paper" that progress might be made.
  • Colombian cartel puts $90K bounty on star sniffer dog's head

    Colombian cartel puts $90K bounty on star sniffer dog's head

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    The Urabeños, considered the country's most powerful criminal organisation, offered the bounty after the German shepherd found nearly 10 tonnes of the cartel's cocaine . The threat prompted officials to relocate Sombra - whose name in Spanish means Shadow - from a busy port on Colombia's Caribbean coast to the capital city, where she now uses her extraordinary talent to sniff through suspicious cargo at Bogota's El Dorado International Airport.
  • Mueller eyeing Trump's social media attacks as part of probe

    Mueller eyeing Trump's social media attacks as part of probe

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    An awkward encounter took place at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Friday with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Donald Trump Jr., the US president's eldest son, waiting at the same gate. Canning the top G-man, he told the Russians, took pressure off of him in the Russia investigation . The Times , citing three people briefed on the matter, said Mueller was also combing through negative statements from Trump toward Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former FBI Director ...
  • Parts of Yosemite National Park Closed Due to 36,000-Acre Ferguson Fire

    Parts of Yosemite National Park Closed Due to 36,000-Acre Ferguson Fire

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    Yosemite remains open, but one of its scenic routes, Glacier Point Road, was closed to the public so firefighters could get through. He called the highway "main artery" into the park, certainly from Southern California. All park hotels, campgrounds and visitor services in Yosemite Valley and Wawona will be closed, said Scott Gediman, a park spokesman. It is the first time that the park has been closed due to fire in 28 years, since the A-Rock fire burned 17,700 acres, including several ...
  • Trump and Putin raise possibilities of another meeting

    Trump and Putin raise possibilities of another meeting

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    Putin appeared to dominate Trump during the summit in Helsinki , and the U.S. president faced a storm of criticism at home for his handling of the meeting. Trump has denied the allegations. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who was on CNN when the news was announced , said, "This kind of, really, violation of a reporter's rights is an offense against the First Amendment interests of all of us".
  • Japan executes Aum Shinrikyo cult members behind Sarin attack

    Japan executes Aum Shinrikyo cult members behind Sarin attack

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    Others keeled over, foaming at the mouth, with blood streaming from their noses. Those executions left six remaining Aum members on death row. All 13 members of the group implicated in the attack have now been executed after Chizuo Matsumoto, the cult's former leader who went by the name Shoko Asahara , and six other members of the group were hanged on July 6.
  • Taliban bomber kills 4 Afghan intel officers in Kabul

    Taliban bomber kills 4 Afghan intel officers in Kabul

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    At least five people were killed, including four members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), while five NDS personnel and a civilian were wounded. According to Mujahid, the intelligence group was responsible for coordinating night raids against the Taliban in the neighbouring provinces of Maidan Wardak and Logar.
  • Trump touts strong economy; facts are more nuanced

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    They may be right - but if the economy does grow more than 3 percent for the entire year, it will be something of a milestone, in that it will be the first time since 2005 that we've seen that growth rate. But on CNN Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, pointed out that the economic bump is temporary-and fueled by President Donald Trump's trade war, which may cause long-term damage.
  • Putin wants Trump to come to Moscow

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    Putin was speaking to reporters at a summit of Brics countries - Brazil, Russia , India, China and South Africa - in Johannesburg. "Be my guest. He has such an invitation , I told him that". Trump will convene his national security advisers on Friday for a meeting on election security because his advisers have warned him Russian Federation continues efforts to interfere, less than four months before Americans vote to determine whether or not Republicans maintain control of Congress.
  • Greece wildfires: Search intensifies for missing as death toll climbs

    Greece wildfires: Search intensifies for missing as death toll climbs

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    The strong smell of charred buildings and trees lingered in the air in parts of Mati on Tuesday, where white smoke rose from smouldering fires. Others were overtaken by the flames in their homes, on foot or in their cars. Residents were urged to abandon their homes as the ferocious fire closed one of Greece's busiest motorways, shut train services and sent plumes of smoke over the capital.