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Trump Flies To Storm-Battered Texas, Louisiana Amid Difficult Recovery

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President Donald Trump headed to Texas and Louisiana on Saturday to meet rescuers and survivors of Hurricane Harvey, one week after the powerful storm blasted the region and unleashed historic flooding. The trip comes after the White House asked Congress for $7.85 billion for Harvey-related “response and initial recovery efforts,” calling it a “down payment” on the long-term cost of recovering from the catastrophic flooding. ... Read More »

Kenya Faces Praise, Uncertainty After Election Overturned

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Praise poured in Saturday for Kenya’s judiciary after a historic ruling annulling presidential poll results, as attention turned to how discredited officials will organise a new vote in only two months. Kenya’s press and diplomats hailed the Supreme Court decision to annul last month’s presidential poll as a hard-fought victory for the rule of law, and sign of a maturing democracy. Pointing to widespread irregularities ... Read More »

Rescuers Scour Storm-Hit Texas For Victims Left In Harvey’s Wake

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One week after monster storm Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast, rescue workers on Friday were scouring storm-ravaged southeast Texas for victims trapped in their flooded homes, even as some towns finally found slight relief as waters receded. Emergency workers were staging dramatic rescues by air and water in Texas towns that were until now cut off by raging floodwaters unleashed by Harvey, which finally ... Read More »

South Korean Fined For Calling Moon Northern On Wikipedia

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A South Korean software developer was fined Friday for editing then leading presidential candidate Moon Jae-In’s Wikipedia entry to say that he was North Korean. The 53-year-old man, surnamed Yang, was fined four million won (around $3,500) by the Seoul Central District Court for altering the online encyclopedia’s Korean edition in February to say that Moon, who was vying for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination ... Read More »

Under Pressure, Trump Turns Attention Back To Clinton

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Two chants emerged as hallmarks of Donald Trump’s campaign rallies as he made his improbable run for the White House. One was “Build the wall!” and the other was “Lock her up!” The plan for a wall on the border with Mexico has been slow getting off the ground, but Trump as president has revived the rallying cry for the prosecution of Hillary Clinton. The ... Read More »

Netanyahu Wants To Expel Al-Jazeera For ‘Inciting Violence’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Wednesday he wants to expel Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera from Israel amid tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. “The Al-Jazeera channel continues to incite violence around the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu wrote in a Facebook post, referring to the Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount. “I have appealed to law enforcement agencies several ... Read More »

White House Aide Backpedals After Appearing To Call For Colleague’s Prosecution

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Feuding within Donald Trump’s inner circle appeared to burst out on Twitter late Wednesday, when one White House aide tagged another in a tweet calling on the FBI to investigate the leak of his financial information. After details of his financial holdings were made public, White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci appeared to point the finger of blame at White House chief of staff Reince ... Read More »

May Sets Out Brexit Proposals For EU Nationals

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British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash Monday after setting out proposals for the rights of EU nationals after Brexit that include new residency permit requirements and family reunion rules. May promised to end the “anxiety” of 3.2 million European nationals but is on a collision course with Brussels after vowing that the European Court of Justice would not be allowed to protect their ... Read More »

U.S Supreme Court Revives Trump’s Travel Ban

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The U.S Supreme Court on ruled on Monday to allow President Donald Trump temporary bans on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries until it reviews the matter later this year. The court also allowed ban on all refugees to go into effect for people with no connection to the U.S while agreeing to hear his appeals in the closely watched legal fight. Reuters reported that it ... Read More »

London Fire: Prime Minister Orders Full Public Inquiry

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Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people. That figure is expected to rise, as fire chiefs do not expect to find any more survivors in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in north Kensington. The PM said people “deserve answers” as to why the fire spread so rapidly. ... Read More »

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