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White House says Donald Trump's Charlottesville statement included condemnation of 'white supremacists and KKK'
White House says Donald Trump's Charlottesville statement included condemnation of 'white supremacists and KKK'

The White House scrambled on Sunday to deflect a growing political row over Donald Trump's equivocal condemnation of violence at a white supremacy rally, insisting his statement included "neo-Nazis and all extremist groups". However, the fresh spin will do little to counter growing criticism that the president was trying to shield white nationalists who helped propel him to power. A day earlier protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in tragedy when a car ploughed into a group of anti-racist counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal. She was among a group rallying against members of the Ku Klux Klan and other hard Right organisations who gathered in protest...

Deposed Pakistani PM calls for
Deposed Pakistani PM calls for 'revolution' in talk to crowd

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Deposed Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif called Saturday for "a change and revolution" in the country to ensure the sanctity of the vote as he addressed a large gathering of his supporters in his home town of Lahore.

What You Need To Know About Unite The Right Rally
What You Need To Know About Unite The Right Rally

Brawls erupted at the University of Virginia on Friday night, a day before the Unite to Right rally is set to take place in the Emancipation Park and McIntire Park, Charlottesville.

Thousands attend events for ousted Pakistani prime minister Sharif
Thousands attend events for ousted Pakistani prime minister Sharif

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of people attended a rally and procession in support of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday as he embarks on a show of political power following a Supreme Court decision to disqualify him from office over undeclared assets. Sharif launched the so-called "caravan" procession from Islamabad to his eastern hometown of Lahore, despite the concerns of advisers about security. After being driven 12 hours surrounded by supporters showering his vehicle with rose petals from capital Islamabad to the neighboring city of Rawalpindi, normally a 30 minute drive, Sharif addressed the crowd shortly after midnight.

Philippines
Philippines' Duterte takes swipe at US in free trade call

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday took a swipe at the Trump administration's retreat from a major free trade deal, joining Asian nations at a forum this week in criticising rising protectionism. Until recently China and the United States were both pushing sweeping free trade deals that excluded each other. During a speech celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila, Duterte gave his backing to a planned trade pact backed by China known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Philippine military needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats: Duterte
Philippine military needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats: Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked lawmakers to approve the recruiting of 20,000 more soldiers to tackle increased security threats following a bloody urban siege in the south, his spokesman said Sunday. Almost 700 people have been killed, according to the official count, in over two months of fighting in the southern city of Marawi against Islamist militants who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. The militants, waving the black IS flag, have occupied parts of Marawi since May 23, prompting Duterte to declare martial law in the entire southern region of Mindanao.

GOP Congress adjourns for summer recess with skimpy record to boast about
GOP Congress adjourns for summer recess with skimpy record to boast about

Majority leader Mitch McConnell's attempts to pass a healthcare reform measure stalled in the Senate. Seven months after Republicans were handed control of Congress and the White House, Donald Trump and the Congressional GOP left Washington this week without yet achieving a single major legislative victory. Trump boasted that he would repeal Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law "immediately" after taking office as president.

Factbox: What do the new U.S. sanctions on Russia target?

U.S. President Donald Trump reluctantly signed into law a sweeping sanctions bill against Russia, Iran and North Korea this week. As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet this weekend at a regional forum in Manila, here is a look at new Russia sanctions : * The law establishes a review process that allows Congress to block any effort by Trump to ease or lift sanctions on Russia. Lawmakers passed the bill to punish Russia over its alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and its involvement in Syria's civil war.

Sessions vows crackdown on leaks of classified information
Sessions vows crackdown on leaks of classified information

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged on Friday to rein in government leaks that he said undermine American security, taking an aggressive public stand after being called weak on the matter by President Donald Trump.

House Republicans push for contempt charges against CFPB director
House Republicans push for contempt charges against CFPB director

By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing to hold Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray in contempt of Congress for refusing to respond sufficiently to congressional subpoenas. A report released on Friday by Republican staff of the House Financial Services Committee argued there was "ample evidence" to hold Cordray in contempt because of his alleged failure to fully comply with subpoena requests. Republicans on the panel have been fiercely critical of the CFPB's regulatory work.

Exercise may reduce metabolic syndrome risk in workers who sit all day

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Regular exercise outside of work can reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome in people whose jobs have them sitting most of the time, according to a small study from Brazil. "If you have a sedentary occupation, especially in a sitting position for hours, you should move yourself out of work at least 150 minutes per week in a moderate intensity to mitigate the detrimental effects of sedentary behavior at work," Eduardo Caldas Costa from Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal told Reuters Health. Sedentary behavior has been associated with an increased risk for metabolic syndrome - a cluster of unfavorable markers including abdominal obesity,...

NASA has party tips to make this the best solar eclipse
NASA has party tips to make this the best solar eclipse

NASA is ready to party.  On Aug. 21, 2017, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire continental United States-and NASA just released a long list of things you can do to prepare for the big day.  SEE ALSO: Your most basic and burning questions about next month's solar eclipse, answered The actual eclipse won't take that long: At the point of max totality in Carbondale, Illinois, the moon will block the sun for a full 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Elsewhere, it's about 2 minutes of celestial fun. Party with the path of totality.Image: nasaTo make the most of this day party (the sun has to be out for the eclipse to happen-it starts around 9 a.m....

The Latest: Bail set at $1.5M in killing of Minnesota woman
The Latest: Bail set at $1.5M in killing of Minnesota woman

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on a Minnesota man who evaded authorities for days after he allegedly killed a woman in her office (all times local):

Top Senate Democrat urges Trump to block China deals over North Korea
Top Senate Democrat urges Trump to block China deals over North Korea

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate called on President Donald Trump on Tuesday to block some Chinese investments in the United States to pressure China "to help rein in North Korea's threatening and destabilizing behavior." In a letter to Trump, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged him to use his authority through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, to pressure Beijing by suspending approval of "all mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. by Chinese entities." Schumer's request comes amid concern about North Korea, which fired a missile Friday that experts said was capable of hitting Los Angeles. Trump has repeatedly urged China to rein in its ally...

The Atlantic  Politics & Policy Daily: Too Mooch Too Soon
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Too Mooch Too Soon

Today in 5 Lines President Trump removed Anthony Scaramucci from his role as White House communications director, just 10 days after Scaramucci was brought on staff. The move reportedly came at the behest of John Kelly, who was sworn in as chief of staff earlier in the day. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that "everybody at the White House" will report to Kelly. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster announced that the White House imposed sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. A federal judge found former Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of contempt of court for ignoring a court order to stop traffic patrols that...

In First Move as White House Chief of Staff, Kelly Fires Scaramucci
In First Move as White House Chief of Staff, Kelly Fires Scaramucci

'The Mooch' is loose.

Australia foils
Australia foils 'terror plot' to bring down airplane

Australia has foiled an Islamist-inspired terrorist plot to bring down an aircraft with an improvised explosive device, authorities said Sunday, after four people were arrested in raids across Sydney. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the plot appeared to be "elaborate" rather than planned by a lone wolf, as security was strengthened at major domestic and international airports across the nation. "I can report last night that there has been a major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane," Turnbull told reporters.

Donald Trump hovers over Melania during a speech as only Trump can
Donald Trump hovers over Melania during a speech as only Trump can

First Lady Melania Trump joined her husband at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, on Tuesday, and proceeded to be watched like she was a bad kid who might do something wrong at any moment. As Melania took the podium to praise her husband for winning the election, Donald Trump stood a little too close for comfort, practically breathing down her neck.  The USA Association, a clearly pro-Trump "Conservative GrassRoots Organization with a Cause," tweeted a video of the speech. We can practically feel Trump's hot breath enveloping Melania just by watching this video. SEE ALSO: Donald and Melania Trump's most uncomfortable moments: A journey "As president, my husband will...

Samsung Scared of iPhone 8? Looks Like It
Samsung Scared of iPhone 8? Looks Like It

Samsung appears to have some concerns about the impact Apple's new iPhone 8 might have on its bottom line. Although Samsung anticipates a heavy third quarter for smartphone purchases, the company cited unidentified competitors as potential problems for its business. "In the second half, demand for smartphones and tablets is forecast to increase as the market enters a period of strong seasonality," Samsung said in a statement obtained by BGR.

Tears in rain: North Korea marks
Tears in rain: North Korea marks 'Victory Day'

In heavy rain, North Koreans put down their umbrellas to bow before the mausoleum of founder Kim Il Sung and his son on Thursday as the country marked the end of the Korean War, which it calls Victory Day. There had been widespread speculation in US and South Korean intelligence circles that the North might choose to mark the anniversary with a fresh missile launch, following its first successful test earlier this month of an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts judged capable of reaching Alaska or Hawaii. As of late Thursday, no such launch had materialised and, in Pyongyang, the day was given over to memorialising the ruling Kim dynasty as the defenders of the nation.

Victims Identified In Utah Plane Crash
Victims Identified In Utah Plane Crash

Officials at the Federal Aviation Administration launched an investigation into the Wednesday crash.

Trump Blindsides Pentagon in Transgender Policy Shift
Trump Blindsides Pentagon in Transgender Policy Shift

Just weeks after the Pentagon chief launched a new study on the issue, POTUS announces transgender ban

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would build a military over the next two years that could fight on all fronts by recruiting 35,000-40,000 new soldiers, and buying planes and drones to tackle communist and Islamist rebels. Duterte said security threats had increased in the Philippines and the military needed more troops and more modern equipment to meet those challenges. "Today's demand necessitates an army that is strong," he told reporters. "I will build an armed forces that can fight all fronts everywhere. ...

The Note: Jared Kushner caught up in Russia probe
The Note: Jared Kushner caught up in Russia probe

President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will face the Senate Intelligence Committee today in a closed-door meeting and President Trump will deliver a statement on health care.

California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go home
California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go home

California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more local residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to contain the blaze fully. The Detwiler Fire is 40 percent contained, unchanged from Saturday, after burning 76,000 acres (30,700 hectares) and 130 structures, including 63 homes, since it broke out on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. Evacuation orders were lifted as of 12 p.m. PST for much of the historic gold rush era town of Coulterville and nearby areas as firefighters completed firelines to contain the blaze, Cal Fire said in a...

Republican strategy on healthcare bill in flux ahead of vote
Republican strategy on healthcare bill in flux ahead of vote

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senate leaders aim to hold a procedural vote as early as Tuesday to take up legislation to repeal or replace Obamacare, but it remained unclear which version of the bill senators would vote on. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a pledge to roll back former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Senator John Thune, a member of the Republican leadership, told "Fox News Sunday" the initial vote was simply a way to open debate on the bill so that senators from both parties could offer amendments.

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