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California wildfires: Six killed as hundreds of homes destroyed California wildfires: Six killed as hundreds of homes destroyed
- July 30, 2018

The nearby town of Keswick, with a population of about 450, was reduced to cinders, and two firefighters were killed. About 160 kilometres northeast, officials near Redding struck a hopeful tone for the first time in days as a massive fire slowed following days of explosive growth. (more...)
Donald Trump Jr. and special counsel Bob Mueller spotted together in airport Donald Trump Jr. and special counsel Bob Mueller spotted together in airport
- July 30, 2018

Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the president may be open to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller even if it involves some questions about alleged obstruction of justice in the federal investigation into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election. (more...)
Trump says he has ‘no problem’ shutting down government Trump says he has ‘no problem’ shutting down government
- July 30, 2018

Trump wrote on Twitter that border security "includes the Wall!" The American President made a reference to his administration's proposed merit-based immigration system, which would assign points to potential migrants on factors such as age, education, fluency in English, willingness to invest capital in the U.S., etc. (more...)
Vote my party out of office: Mugabe Vote my party out of office: Mugabe
- July 30, 2018

The country is expecting a high turnout of first-time voters on Monday, where the youth vote is expected to be key, with nearly half of those registered being under the age of 35. Let us all remember that no matter who we support, we are all brothers and sisters. "We will sink or swim together". With 5.6 million registered voters, the results of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections are due by August 4. (more...)
Meeting with U.S. official ended with positive signals: Taliban Meeting with U.S. official ended with positive signals: Taliban
- July 30, 2018

The Wall Street Journal reported that Alice Wells, a top USA envoy for South Asia, led the U.S. delegation in talks with members of the Taliban's political commission. President Donald Trump re-committed the USA to the war in a new strategy previous year, and stepped up air strikes against the militants to try to force them to the negotiating table. (more...)
Imran Khan expected to stick with Chinese investments in Pakistan Imran Khan expected to stick with Chinese investments in Pakistan
- July 30, 2018

At a press conference the commission said that the outgoing Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had 63 seats and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which could prove kingmaker in a coalition government, had won 43. "The US also has deep reservations over the participation of terrorist-affiliated individuals in the elections, but we commend Pakistani voters for fully rejecting these candidates at the ballot box on Wednesday", Nauert said. (more...)
Will Grace Mugabe face extradition now that immunity has been set aside? Will Grace Mugabe face extradition now that immunity has been set aside?
- July 30, 2018

The wife of former president Robert Mugabe was accused of assaulting South African model Gabriella Engels at a Johannesburg hotel‚ where Mugabe's two sons were staying. In May, the global relations department argued it did not grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity, but rather recognised it in terms of worldwide law. "She, however, has to exercise this power in a manner that is constitutional and lawful". (more...)
Cambodian opposition leader calls for protests Cambodian opposition leader calls for protests
- July 30, 2018

Official results will not be announced until mid-August but CPP spokesman Sok Eysan told Reuters at around 8.30pm local time that his party won an estimated 100 out of 125 parliamentary seats. But the shadow the CNRP's dissolution has cast over the credibility of the election was magnified even further this weekend when the government suddenly blocked the websites of more than a dozen critical news outlets. (more...)
Jeremy Hunt's Jeremy Hunt's "terrible" gaffe in China
- July 30, 2018

Britain's new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has already started his role on a sour note after calling his Chinese wife Japanese during a debut trip to China. China has signalled it is ready to open discussions on a possible free trade deal with Britain once it leaves the European Union, the foreign secretary has said. (more...)
250-Pound Bear Rescued From Storm Drain 250-Pound Bear Rescued From Storm Drain
- July 30, 2018

Officers said Colorado Parks and Wildlife as well as the school district have been notified. "[Colorado Parks and Wildlife] officers are a trying to avoid handling the bear". Within seconds, the bear fled from the storm drain. On its website, the agency explains bears are typically "destroyed," or euthanized, if they become too comfortable coming around humans and their property for food. (more...)
No new findings in investigation report, say MH370 families No new findings in investigation report, say MH370 families
- July 30, 2018

The possibility of intervention by a third party can not be excluded either. Speaking to reporters today, Kok Soo Chon, chief inspector of the MH370 investigation team, said intervention by a third party couldn't be ruled out. The investigation had been described as a "final report", but in his opening remarks Kok said, "This is not a final report". She said the scope of the safety investigation was also too limited, depended too much on information supplied to them by other parties ... (more...)
Giuliani Bombshell: Cohen Taped 183 Conversations Giuliani Bombshell: Cohen Taped 183 Conversations
- July 30, 2018

One Cohen tape that has surfaced reflects him and Trump in a 2016 discussion that appears to concern a woman who claimed to have had an affair with Trump. Mr Cohen, who once declared fierce loyalty to the president, is under federal investigation in NY for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws. (more...)
India excludes 4m people from draft citizens list in Assam state India excludes 4m people from draft citizens list in Assam state
- July 30, 2018

Interestingly, Assam MP Badruddin Ajmal's name has featured in the final draft of the NRC. As many as 3,29,91,384 people had applied for the NRC, while applications of 2,89,83,677 were accepted, said Mr. The updated list counts only those as Assam's citizens who can prove they were living in the state before March 21, 1971. Vulnerable areas have been identified by the SPs in their respective districts and the situation is being monitored closely to prevent any untoward incident, ... (more...)
Second firefighter dies battling blaze near U.S. nat’l park Yosemite Second firefighter dies battling blaze near U.S. nat’l park Yosemite
- July 30, 2018

Bledsoe's two children, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, were stranded with her grandmother, Melody Bledsoe, 70, when walls of flames swept through the family's rural property Thursday on the outskirts of Redding. Residents in neighboring Benmore Valley were also told to leave Saturday. A firefighter lights backfires during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif ., on July 27, 2018 . (more...)
Julian Assange must eventually leave London embassy, says Ecuador Julian Assange must eventually leave London embassy, says Ecuador
- July 30, 2018

Assange fears he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the embassy in Knightsbridge. On Friday, Moreno said Ecuador's government has been in talks with Great Britain, and wants a solution to guarantee Assange would not be in danger. (more...)
Judge indicates Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Avenatti, unlikely to be gagged Judge indicates Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Avenatti, unlikely to be gagged
- July 30, 2018

The judge then had a lecture for Blakely, suggesting that Cohen's lawyer really didn't appreciate the significance of what he was asking, and added that Blakely should not have chided Avenatti by saying that the lawyer for Daniels was like a "small-town carnival magician" who attempts to confuse people by "pulling the First Amendment out of his tiny bag of tricks". (more...)
Trump denies knowing of 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians Trump denies knowing of 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians
- July 30, 2018

The President also attacked Cohen, claiming he is "trying to make up stories" because of his legal trouble. In a story late Thursday that was corroborated by at least two other outlets , CNN reported that Cohen has said he is willing to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that "he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians' offer [of dirt on Clinton] by Trump Jr". (more...)
Saudi-led coalition launches air strikes on Yemen's main port city Saudi-led coalition launches air strikes on Yemen's main port city
- July 30, 2018

Though it was not immediately clear how the military alliance would seek to counter Iran , a CNN report on Friday said the U.S. is weighing military action by its regional allies such as Saudi Arabia to keep open key oil shipping routes in the Middle East amid Iranian threats against the waterways. (more...)
Trump Predicted 4% GDP Growth Is Going to Double Trump Predicted 4% GDP Growth Is Going to Double
- July 30, 2018

Well, with Friday's report of 4.1% growth in the second quarter, the US economy has now averaged 3.1% growth for the last six months and 2.8% for the last 12. Although Trump described the U.S.as undergoing an "economic turnaround of historic proportions", he thought it could get even better. During Barack Obama's presidency, there were four quarters when annualised growth exceeded the level that Trump praised today. (more...)
Donald Trump Threatens US Government Shutdown Over Immigration Donald Trump Threatens US Government Shutdown Over Immigration
- July 30, 2018

Following President Donald Trump's Sunday morning threat to shut down the government to secure funding for his southern border wall, Sen. Trump claims the wall is key to border security, in effect holding hostage governmental progress to get it built. (more...)
Polar bear killed after attacking cruise line employee on Arctic archipelago Polar bear killed after attacking cruise line employee on Arctic archipelago
- July 29, 2018

Officials said the attack had occurred when tourists on the MS Bremen landed on the most northern island in the Svalbard archipelago, an island between Norway and and the North Pole. Ms Etminan added that all cruise ships operating in the area are obliged to have polar bear guards on board. In this case, one of the guards was attacked unexpectedly by a polar bear that had not been spotted. (more...)
Zimbabwe's Mugabe addresses nation hours before election Zimbabwe's Mugabe addresses nation hours before election
- July 29, 2018

He said he would rather make a choice among the 22 presidential candidates vying for election‚ but went on to hint that those candidates‚ who had not made an impact in rallies‚ were not worth his vote. But campaigning has been relatively unrestricted and peaceful compared with previous elections, and some analysts point to pressure for the vote to be judged credible to draw a line under the global isolation of the Mugabe era. (more...)
Trump threatens to ‘shut down’ government if Dems don’t support border measures Trump threatens to ‘shut down’ government if Dems don’t support border measures
- July 29, 2018

Malkin said that she supports President Trump and his administration for wanting an immigration reform vote before the midterms elections. "But we're going to get the wall, even if we have to think about closing up the country for a while". (more...)
British Labour Party Politician Suspended For Claiming Jews Drink Blood British Labour Party Politician Suspended For Claiming Jews Drink Blood
- July 29, 2018

Dozens were kicked out over anti-Semitic statements, but the party hasn't gotten rid of Labour members whom Jewish community leaders said engaged in anti-Semitic hate speech. The joint editorial in Jewish newspapers warned: "The party that was, until recently, the natural home for our community has seen its values and integrity eroded by Corbynite contempt for Jews and Israel". (more...)
3 dead, 7 injured after gunmen in New Orleans fire on crowd 3 dead, 7 injured after gunmen in New Orleans fire on crowd
- July 29, 2018

One appeared to have a rifle and the other used a handgun to shoot into a "large crowd" in front of a daiquiri shop, he said . "This is an extremely tragic incident", he told reporters . It is understood at least 10 people have been shot in a "gang-related" attack. Lawrence Russo was buying a lottery ticket at a nearby gas station when he heard what he thought at first were firecrackers. (more...)
Be my guest, Putin tells Trump Be my guest, Putin tells Trump
- July 29, 2018

Putin and Trump met in Helsinki earlier this month, but Trump faced a storm of criticism for attending. Trump was criticized at home for failing to confront Putin publicly over Moscow's interference in the 2016 USA election, and for seeming to contradict his own intelligence agencies on the threat from Russian Federation. (more...)
White House: Nothing malicious in Trump-Putin omission White House: Nothing malicious in Trump-Putin omission
- July 29, 2018

After the much-publicized and widely criticized Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, which the American president undertook despite protestations at home, the White House unexpectedly announced that Trump wanted to build on what had been productive talks with Putin by extending the Russian president an invitation to visit Washington this fall. (more...)
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe refuses to back successor Mnangagwa in election
- July 29, 2018

The media briefings take place on the eve of historic elections in Zimbabwe . Mr Mugabe said he would not support his successor in the Zanu-PF party, Emmerson Mnangagwa , after being forced from office by the "party I founded". Chamisa's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has already cast doubt on the election process, accusing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of bias. (more...)
Former Trump lawyer: Rudy’s rambling on Cohen Former Trump lawyer: Rudy’s rambling on Cohen "damaging" Trump’s case
- July 29, 2018

Citing unnamed sources, CNN reported Thursday that Cohen said that his ex-client knew the meeting would happen - despite assertions by the president and others that they didn't know anything about it. " Donald Trump Jr . has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations", said Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Donald Trump Jr . (more...)
4 magnitude quake leaves 3 dead at popular Indonesian island of Lombok 4 magnitude quake leaves 3 dead at popular Indonesian island of Lombok
- July 29, 2018

The authorities are expecting to find more injured people buried under the rubble. The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central Indonesian island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday. It's still early morning here". The constant aftershocks sparked terrified shouts among scores of people made homeless in the eastern village of Sembalun, an AFP reporter said. (more...)

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