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60 high-rise buildings fail safety tests so far after London fire

60 high-rise buildings fail safety tests so far after London fire

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters , "We are looking at all health and safety and fire safety offenses, and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower ". The Camden blocks between 2006 and 2009 were refurbished by the same company that had renovated Grenfell and had the same unsafe cladding. "The fact that all samples so far have failed the tests underlines the value of the testing programme we have set up ... Read More

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Syrian Observatory: dozens killed in air strike in Islamic State-held town

The White House warned late Monday that Syrian President Bashar Assad and his military would pay a "heavy price" for another chemical weapons attack. "We are very clear the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime is absolutely abhorrent and the last time the United States took action to deal with the aircraft and airbase from which these chemical weapons were used we fully supported their strike", Fallon told the BBC . Read More

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Zyzzyva has the last word in the Oxford English Dictionary

Zyzzyva has the last word in the Oxford English Dictionary

Just in time for this year's Wimbledon tournament, the Oxford English Dictionary has included 50 new terms relating to tennis, such as "forced error", "chip and charge" and "career slam". The dictionary said "post-truth" denotes "circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping political debate or public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief". Read More

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Trump holds first talks with Ireland's new prime minister

Trump holds first talks with Ireland's new prime minister

Donald Trump and Irish premier Leo Varadkar say they are both looking forward to meeting in person next March in Washington. US President Donald Trump congratulated Varadkar on his "great victory". The Taoiseach said numerous illegal Irish in the USA had originally travelled on legitimate documentation but for a variety of reasons now needed to regularise their situation. Read More

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Nicola Sturgeon shelves second independence referendum

Nicola Sturgeon shelves second independence referendum

She insisted on Tuesday that the Scottish Government "remains committed strongly to the principle of giving Scotland a choice at the end of this process". "Now is the time for the United Kingdom to be pulling together, not being driven apart". Her Conservative counterpart Ruth Davidson accused Ms Sturgeon of being "in denial about her mistakes" and claimed she was "leaking credibility", while Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie claimed her statement had changed "absolutely nothing". Read More

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BC Liberals seek Speaker clarifications prior to Thursday's confidence vote

BC Liberals seek Speaker clarifications prior to Thursday's confidence vote

Liberal government presented its own legislation to ban corporate and union donations Monday, but it was immediately voted down by the B.C. NDP and Greens. "The premier has been clear that she wants to follow procedure and test confidence of the house", he said in a statement. The Throne Speech will be debated in the coming days, and Mr.de Jong is expected to provide a fiscal update to demonstrate that the ambitious and costly new agenda can be paid for without deficits or tax hikes. Read More

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Police blame road rage for killing of teenage Muslim girl

Police blame road rage for killing of teenage Muslim girl

Mahmood said she generally feels safe in the Friendly City, but it's always scary to have something like this happen so close to home. Nabra's father, however, believes that his daughter was assaulted because she is Muslim. The young man has been living in the country illegally after moving to Virginia from El Salvador, the Daily Caller reports . The All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling said officials there called the police after the girl's friends ran in for help. Read More

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Israel hits several targets in Syria in return for alleged fire: army

Israel hits several targets in Syria in return for alleged fire: army

It said no injuries or damage was caused but with Israelis flocking to the Golan Heights in the summer for hikes and fruit picking, the military took the precautionary step of asking civilians to avoid gathering near the border. Israel has protested to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, which maintains the 1974 cease-fire between Israel and Syria, a military spokesperson said. Read More

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Manslaughter charges eyed in deadly Grenfell Tower blaze

In a notice posted online and shared by Dublin Fire Brigade the manufacturer said they have been made aware of an incident involving a Hotpoint branded appliances, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009. Tests on the building's material as part of the police investigation were "small scale", the officer said, but added: "All I can say at the moment is they (tiles and insulation) don't pass any safety tests". Read More

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Government of Karnataka Waived Rs 8165 Crore Farmer Loans

Government of Karnataka Waived Rs 8165 Crore Farmer Loans

Farmers who have borrowed loans from the government and cooperative banks until June 20, 2017 will benefit from this scheme. Karnataka's farm loan waiver , which will give much needed relief to an estimated 22 lakh farmers, did not however win the approval of SBI Research economists who said that the past farm loan waiver had resulted in worsening of repayments on future loans. Read More

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

By population, Syria still accounts for the biggest numbers of displaced people overall, with 12 million people (almost two thirds of the population) either displaced internally or having fled overseas as refugees or asylum seekers . In 2016, 10.3 million were newly displaced, an equivalent of one person every three seconds. Displaced South Sudanese gather during a visit of UNCHR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi to a new site for displaced people outside of the United Nations ... Read More

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Cuba Defends Right to Grant Asylum to US Civil Rights Fighters

Cuba Defends Right to Grant Asylum to US Civil Rights Fighters

In a hard-edged response to the policy announced Friday, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said from Vienna that Trump's restrictions on transactions with the Cuban military would not achieve their objective of weakening the government. Rodriguez said that he believes the United States was attempting to weaken the Cuban government, and said that the nation has no intention of negotiating "under pressure or threat". Read More

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NYT, CNN sue Federal Bureau of Investigation to get notes of Comey-Trump talks

He has also started to direct some of his anger at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to the AP and the New York Times . Rosenstein's statement read: "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country-let alone the branch or agency of government-with which the alleged sources supposedly are ... Read More

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Trump confirms he's under investigation

Until Trump's Friday-morning Twitter burst, only the Washington Post's sources had indicated that Trump was being investigated for possible obstruction of justice . In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt on May 11, Trump said he was "going to fire [Comey] regardless of recommendation" from Rosenstein and Sessions. Read More

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Seoul: 2 rescued North Koreans ask to defect to South

On Thursday, the North fired several short-range anti-ship cruise missiles from its east coast in defiance of worldwide sanctions. South Korean observers said the missiles traveled about 125 miles before splashing down in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, where the USA aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan participated in joint exercises with the South Korean Navy that ended earlier this week. Read More

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Turkish FM: Qatar Wants An End to Crisis

The agreement to supply dozens of F-15 jets to the Gulf state "is the latest twist in the highly contradictory USA diplomacy over the crisis around Qatar", says The Guardian . Kuwait has led efforts to mediate the dispute. "We must lay these out in order to solve this problem", he said. Qatar is home to the largest United States military base in the Middle East and the deal "reaffirms the traditionally close ties between the two countries", says Vice News . Read More

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Donald Trump supporters turn on special counsel Robert Mueller

Donald Trump supporters turn on special counsel Robert Mueller

He also added that he does not believe a special counsel is necessary. Ruddy said he doesn't think Mueller should have taken the job due to what he considers to be conflicts of interest. They say Mr Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically motivated sham that handicaps Mr Trump's ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe. Read More

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What is Gender 'X'? OR and California Are Breaking With M/F Binary

What is Gender 'X'? OR and California Are Breaking With M/F Binary

The measure was approved Thursday by the Oregon Transportation Commission , according to the Oregonian . An X will appear instead of M or F in or driver records and on the driver license, instruction permit or ID card. Gibbons, who identifies as nonbinary, told Oregon Public Broadcasting . And then it got personal: At public hearings in Eugene and Portland in early May, 71 people spoke in favor of adding the "X". Read More

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Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK vote

The UK Government wants the talks to take place in parallel during the Brexit process. So did the decision by her predecessor, David Cameron, to call the referendum on European Union membership in the first place. "Crucially I've brought in talent from across the whole of the Conservative Party", May explained . The revitalized Labor Party did better in urban seats that were opposed to leaving the bloc. Read More

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'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

People demonstrate in Parliament Square against the possible Conservative and DUP ( Democratic Unionist Party ) coalition government following the Britain's general election result, in London, Saturday June 10, 2017. On Brexit, the DUP supports leaving the European Union but opposes a return to a "hard" border with Ireland, which could happen if May carries through her threat to walk away from the talks rather than accept a "bad deal". Read More

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Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Detained Hours Before Anticorruption Rally

Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Detained Hours Before Anticorruption Rally

In March, thousands joined protests in nearly 100 cities across Russian Federation, angered by a report Navalny published accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of corruption. Two large men stood nearby as Navalny spoke, insisting he will "say obvious banal things, but not be afraid and say them out loud". Demonstrations were being held or planned in more than 200 cities and towns to protest what Navalny says is a system of corruption and cronyism that President Vladimir Putin presides ... Read More

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Puerto Rican voters back statehood in questioned referendum

The government has spent millions of dollars on this campaign hoping that statehood wins, but even if it does, the U.S. Congress won't want to do anything about it", 54-year-old Felix Salasarar told reporters. In a similar referendum in 2012, before the island's financial troubles deepened, 61% voted for statehood. Moreover, this plebiscite was not authorized or certified by the U.S. Read More

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