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Russia, US prepared to announce joint ceasefire in Syria on Sunday

Russia, US prepared to announce joint ceasefire in Syria on Sunday

A fourth de-escalation zone in southern Syria has also been considered, but it needs the involvement of other countries, such as the U.S. and Jordan , who have influence in the region. Tillerson said the USA and Russian Federation have " unresolved differences " on various issues, but also the potential for cooperation. In the unusual statement, Tillerson also insisted America's top priority in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State terrorist network and that the future of the ... Read More

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Middle East crisis: Gulf media predict more sanctions on Qatar

Middle East crisis: Gulf media predict more sanctions on Qatar

Qatar Airways said on Thursday that passengers travelling to the USA can now carry their laptops and other large electronics on board, ending a three-month in-cabin ban on devices for the Doha-based airline. "To this end, closer cooperation between the two countries' secret services was agreed during Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel's visit to the Gulf emirate", a source in the German delegation to Qatar told the Die Zeit newspaper. Read More

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Cities respond to illegal fireworks calls

Cities respond to illegal fireworks calls

Borroto said in a written statement at 7:32 a.m. that the cause of the fire remains under investigation. A fire that damaged a home in Scarborough started with fireworks, according to fire officials. "This shows how unsafe fireworks can be", the department said in a Facebook post. Firefighters say they also found a pile of debris burning on the porch. Read More

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Kuwaiti sources reveal Qatar's response to demands by embargo countries

Shiekh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait , lobbied for relaxing the cut-off date after he received an assurance from Qatar that it would respond to the demands by Monday. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani brought a handwritten letter from Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and handed it over to Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday. Read More

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Cinema Halls Cancel Screenings In Tamil Nadu

Cinema Halls Cancel Screenings In Tamil Nadu

Effects of GST shows in Tamil Nadu where the 1000 cinema houses have canceled screenings. After a meeting with finance minister D.Jayakumar, Abirami Ramanathan, president of Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners and Distributors Association said the minister has assured to solve the issue after holding discussion with chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy. Read More

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Maryland Attorney General says voting disclosure is barred by law

Jason Kander, head of Let America Vote , has called the GOP voter fraud narrative and Trump's claim of voter fraud " the biggest lie ever told by a sitting U.S. In addition to Louisiana, states like California, Kentucky, and MS will not comply. Mississippi's Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said last week that he had not yet received the letter, but said the commission should "jump in the Gulf of Mexico". Read More

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Repeal & replace later, says Trump on Obamacare

Repeal & replace later, says Trump on Obamacare

Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon-a democrat-told us that like many senators, he plans to hold health care town halls during the 4th of July holiday recess. While critics on the left howl that the Senate bill unfairly moves away Medicaid resources while working in upper-end tax relief, some conservatives and libertarians have derided the arrangement as "Obamacare lite" - or even "Obamacare plus". Read More

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Afternoon Storms for The Holiday Weekend

Afternoon Storms for The Holiday Weekend

Monday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. "Showers and thunderstorms have highest chances Saturday night ahead of the cold front", the National Weather Service says. Tuesday, July 4: Mostly sunny, with highs in the low 80s. The Coastal Empire and Low Country will remain on the edge of Atlantic high pressure over the weekend while a surface trough persists inland. Read More

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Northern Ireland deadline looms as Westminster votes on Queen's Speech

Northern Ireland deadline looms as Westminster votes on Queen's Speech

Theresa May and the Conservative party have agreed to an extra £1 billion in funding for Northern Ireland over the next two years, as part of their "confidence and supply" agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party . "In Northern Ireland, despite the increase in the availability of superfast broadband and mobile services, challenges remain". Their social policies aren't even social on abortion and gay rights. Read More

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Gulf Crisis With Qatar Challenges The United States

But the US will be central to finding compromises that would do little damage but allow each side to claim a win, said Hussein Ibish, a scholar on Gulf affairs at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. The UAE's ambassador Omar Ghobash to Russian Federation has said on Wednesday that Qatar could face fresh sanctions if it does not comply with the demands. Read More

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Why Trump just slapped new sanctions on Chinese banks

Why Trump just slapped new sanctions on Chinese banks

The Treasury Department declared the Bank of Dandong a 'primary money-laundering concern, ' proposing to sever it entirely from the USA financial system following a 60-day review period. 'This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea's sanctions evasion in China, ' he said. A Treasury statement named the bank as the Bank of Dandong and the firm as Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co Ltd. Read More

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Grenfell Tower fire: Where has unsafe cladding been identified?

Grenfell Tower fire: Where has unsafe cladding been identified?

The council leader said she was determined to try to convince remaining residents to leave, but if some still refused, the council would have to take action to remove them. "You don't get everyone to leave this quickly". Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, said: "Whilst we are clear that our cladding design and insulation significantly differs to that at Grenfell Tower , the external cladding panels did not satisfy our independent laboratory testing or the high standards we ... Read More

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Oxford Dictionary adds new last word - 'zyzzyva'

Oxford Dictionary adds new last word - 'zyzzyva'

What was once simply a past form of "waking up" has a whole new etymology. These words are especially linked to recent events in the U.S., such as the last presidential campaign and issues around race and police shootings. Chickpeas (chana) and the split chickpea lentils ( chana dal ) join the vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases that the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary has deemed popular enough to be included in its quarterly update. Read More

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will speak to POTUS Donald Trump today

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will speak to POTUS Donald Trump today

Both leaders said they look forward to meeting in person. An Irish government spokesperson confirmed the planned call, adding that Varadkar had held phone calls with a number of other global leaders since his appointment two weeks ago - including French President Emmanuel Macron , British Prime Minister Theresa May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read More

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Israeli Air Force Attacks Syrian Army After Projectiles Fall in Golan Heights

Israeli Air Force Attacks Syrian Army After Projectiles Fall in Golan Heights

Israel said 10 projectiles from inside Syria had hit the Golan, the border area between Syria and Israel. It has responded in the past with limited strikes when fire has spilled into Israel. Aerial video footage released by the Israeli military purporting to show the strikes showed a machine gun and two tanks targeted and hit. "We have no intention of allowing the breech of our sovereignty and harming of our security to go unpassed", said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Read More

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Siddaramaiah waives farmers' loan in Karnataka, applicable only to cooperative banks

Siddaramaiah waives farmers' loan in Karnataka, applicable only to cooperative banks

Crop loans were last waived in 2013 by the BJP government headed by Jagadish Shettar. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday ruled out any farm loan waivers from the centre and said that it will adhere to its fiscal targets-a statement which opposition political parties are using to corner the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Read More

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Israel Reduces Gaza's Power Supply Further After the Palestinian Authority Cuts Payment

In April, the PA informed Israel that it would reduce the amount it pays monthly for Gaza's power from NIS 40 million ($11 million) to NIS 25 million ($7 million). In a statement, the electric company confirmed it had begun to reduce supplies on Monday and said shipments would be scaled back gradually, "so that the electricity supply will match the financial commitment". Read More

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Squad video of Castile shooting expected to be made public

Squad video of Castile shooting expected to be made public

The shooting gained widespread attention because Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook. Castile's body is thrown to the right after the first shot. His girlfriend said he was only reaching for his ID in his back pocket. "I'm so disappointed in the state of Minnesota", Castile continued. After the shooting, the video shows Yanez standing at the vehicle window, with his gun drawn for some time. Read More

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Canada contributes $86M more to assist South Sudan famine, civil war crisis

One in every 113 people around the world has been forcibly displaced and needs protection, writes Farren Collins. Third is asylum seekers , people who have fled their country and are seeking worldwide protection as refugees . The new total of 65.6 million people displaced from their homes is 300,000 higher than the 2015 number, which had been the highest since World War II. Read More

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