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US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote
US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote

A Republican rebellion forced the delay Tuesday of a Senate vote on the party's health care overhaul, an embarrassing setback for US President Donald Trump who was left scrambling to salvage the controversial plan. With the Senate bill delayed until after the July 4 congressional recess, the timeline of the effort -- and the overall viability of a years-long bid to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) in favor of a Republican replacement -- was thrown into question. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged he did not have the votes, after a non-partisan forecast projected the bill would swell the ranks of the uninsured by 22 million by 2026 as compared to...

Merkel backs restarting TTIP talks
Merkel backs restarting TTIP talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she wanted to resume talks between the European Union and the United States on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). "I am in favour of resuming negotiations on such a free trade accord -- and also resolving all the problems together," Merkel told an economic symposium of her ruling Christian Democratic Party. Initial talks on the TTIP, which would create a huge free trade area on both sides of the Atlantic, came to a halt when Donald Trump won the US presidency after campaigning on a protectionist programme.

Saudis Shrug Off Arms Sale Freeze, Convinced Qatar Will Bend
Saudis Shrug Off Arms Sale Freeze, Convinced Qatar Will Bend

As the diplomatic rift drags on, neither side shows much willingness to budge.

Major veterans
Major veterans' groups voice concern over Senate health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Major veterans' organizations are voicing concerns about a Senate GOP bill to repeal the nation's health care law, fearing the impact of rising insurance costs and worried the underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs won't be able to fill the coverage gap.

Man Spent 3 Months Behind Bars for Possession of Cocaine That Turned Out to Be Dry Wall
Man Spent 3 Months Behind Bars for Possession of Cocaine That Turned Out to Be Dry Wall

Karlos Cashe was released last week after spending 90 days in jail.

Basically Everyone but Russia Now Looks on the U.S. Less Favorably
Basically Everyone but Russia Now Looks on the U.S. Less Favorably

The U.S. is less popular under Trump.

Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane
Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane's engine for luck

A superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac.

HMS Queen Elizabeth Still Uses Windows XP
HMS Queen Elizabeth Still Uses Windows XP

Instead of an updated operating system, the HMS Queen Elizabeth has opted for a group of cyber specialists on board to ward off virtual attacks.

Feds looking into Bernie Sanders
Feds looking into Bernie Sanders' wife over real estate deal

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Federal investigators are looking into the finances behind a real estate deal for a now-defunct college put together by the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, and she has hired a lawyer to look after her interests, a family spokesman confirmed on Monday.

Reports of side effects with cosmetics increasing
Reports of side effects with cosmetics increasing

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Reports of adverse events associated with cosmetics and personal care products sold in the U.S. more than doubled last year, due in large part to complaints about WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on side effects reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2004 to 2016 for products like makeup, sunscreen, tattoos, hair color, perfume, shaving creams and baby care items. Overall, there were a total of 5,144 adverse events, with an average of 396 a year, researchers report in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Can Modi Turn India From a
Can Modi Turn India From a 'True Friend' to the U.S. to a Friend Forever?

The two men know deal making. Whether they understand how to forge lasting U.S-Indian relations is another matter.

'He colluded or obstructed': Trump turns Russia suspicions against Obama

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing the "VA Accountability Act" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2017. Under fire from Justice Department and congressional investigations, President Trump on Monday attempted to deflect suspicion of collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice onto his predecessor. In a string of tweets, Trump said it was former President Obama who "colluded or obstructed" for not taking more decisive action against Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

UK
UK's last governor demands China honour its word to HK

The world is watching Hong Kong as a "test case" of whether Chinese promises mean anything, Britain's last governor said ahead of the 20th anniversary of his tearful departure from the city. Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of its handover from British rule on July 1, and Chris Patten said Xi should reaffirm Beijing's respect for the city's unique brand of autonomy dubbed "one country, two systems". By and large, he said, China had respected its treaty obligations to Hong Kong and Britain in the years after the 1997 handover.

SitRep: CIA
SitRep: CIA's Secret Syria Contacts; Tillerson Bashed by Anonymous WH Officials; State Shuttering Afghan Office

Pentagon Push in Africa; Israel and Syria Spar; U.S. Arming Jets in South Korea

S. Korea
S. Korea's Moon heads to US as North threat grows

South Korea's dovish new President Moon Jae-In -- who backs engagement with the nuclear-armed North -- heads to Washington this week for talks with his hawkish US counterpart Donald Trump, as Pyongyang defies international sanctions to accelerate its missile programme. Centre-left Moon suggested on the campaign trail that as president he would be willing to go to Pyongyang before Washington, but he is making the US his first foreign destination since he was sworn in last month after a landslide election win. Washington is the South's security guarantor and has more than 28,000 troops in the country to defend it from its neighbour, which has been intensifying missile tests -- including...

Fugitive lawyer says he
Fugitive lawyer says he's fled the US using fake passport

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A fugitive Kentucky lawyer at the center of a nearly $600 million Social Security fraud case has fled the country using a fake passport and has gotten help from someone overseas with a job to help support himself.

NY town plagued by violence graduates high school seniors
NY town plagued by violence graduates high school seniors

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) - Approximately 1,200 high school students in Brentwood, Long Island graduated on Sunday capping a tumultuous year of gang violence that started with the killing of two fellow students.

Hong Kong activists stage China protest ahead of Xi visit
Hong Kong activists stage China protest ahead of Xi visit

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters on Monday draped a black flag over a statue symbolising the city's return to China by Britain, days before a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark 20 years since the handover. High-profile student campaigner Joshua Wong and a dozen demonstrators attached the black cloth to the giant golden bauhinia flower on Hong Kong's harbourfront in an early morning protest as security tried to stop them climbing on the famous tourist attraction. The sculpture of the bauhinia, which became the emblem of Hong Kong after the handover, was a present to the city from China in 1997 and stands outside the convention centre where Xi will attend anniversary events during a...

Trump wants 'heart' as Republicans seek to deliver Senate healthcare bill
Trump wants 'heart' as Republicans seek to deliver Senate healthcare bill

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill. President Trump has called for an injection of what he called "heart" into the US Senate's healthcare bill, as at least eight Republican senators continue to express doubts about the deal ahead of a critical vote this week.

Q&A: Afraid of sharks? Flu, asteroids pose far greater risk
Q&A: Afraid of sharks? Flu, asteroids pose far greater risk

BOSTON (AP) - You might want a bigger boat, but you probably don't need better odds.

Trump May Be Sleep Deprived Because Of Twitter
Trump May Be Sleep Deprived Because Of Twitter

President Donald Trump might have become dependent on Twitter to the extent where he is losing sleep over it. According to experts, it could be affecting his administrative abilities.

Britain
Britain's Davis 'pretty sure' he'll get good deal to leave EU

Britain's Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday he was "pretty sure" he could negotiate a good deal to leave the European Union, something that would require a transitional arrangement for around one or two years. Davis, who launched the Brexit talks with EU negotiator Michel Barnier last week, also threw his support behind Prime Minister Theresa May, saying he took his share of the blame for advising her to hold an early election this month in which her Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority. Telling members of the Conservative Party to stop being "self-indulgent" at a time when local media are rife with reports about who will replace May, he said: "I happen to think...

Kirchner, divisive Argentina ex-leader back in fray
Kirchner, divisive Argentina ex-leader back in fray

Cristina Kirchner, the leftist ex-president who dominated Argentine politics for years alongside her late husband, has remained a divisive figure since leaving power -- and is now seeking public office again. The 64-year-old will make a bid for a Senate seat in October's midterm elections -- despite facing corruption charges -- two top party officials in her party announced Saturday. Kirchner took office in 2007, vowing to continue the work started by her husband Nestor Kirchner, who in 2003 inherited an economy in shambles after what was then the largest sovereign debt default in history.

Car hits UK Eid crowd,
Car hits UK Eid crowd, 'not believed to be terrorism': police

British police on Sunday said they did not suspect terrorism was involved when a car ploughed into a group of Muslims leaving Eid prayers in Newcastle, northeast England. One man was killed last week when a van drove into a group of worshippers near a mosque in north London. A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said that they were contacted at 9.15am (0815 GMT) to say that a car had mounted the kerb outside Westgate Sports Centre and hit a group of worshippers who had just attended Eid prayers.

Organisers vow to hold Istanbul Gay Pride despite ban
Organisers vow to hold Istanbul Gay Pride despite ban

Organisers of the annual Gay Pride march in Istanbul insisted Saturday that it would go ahead in the city's Taksim Square despite a ban by the authorities over "safety concerns". Activists had called the parade for 5:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Sunday but the city governor's office said that Taksim was not an official rallying ground. City officials also said there had been no formal application to call a rally and that they only heard of the event through social media.

Iran arrests Islamic State-linked group planning attacks: state TV

Iranian security forces have arrested members of a group linked to Islamic State which had planned bombings and suicide attacks in religious centers, state television reported on Saturday. Intelligence Ministry agents "were able to arrest a group linked to Daesh (Islamic state) that intended to carry out terror operations in religious cities ..., and (seized) explosive and suicide attack equipment," the television said. The arrests came days after Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired missiles from western Iran into eastern Syria, aiming at bases of the Islamic State which had claimed responsibility for twin attacks that killed 18 people in Tehran on June 7.

Amnesty for militants in Syria
Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stability

By Michael Georgy AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group's low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have gained significant ground in the battle for Raqqa, the operational base for Islamic State over the past three years and a symbol of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Senior SDF figures predict Raqqa could fall within months.

North Korean Women Declare War On The US
North Korean Women Declare War On The US

With their fists held high in what was described as the traditional Communist salute, the women called for "class education" to be intensified to spread the message of the U.S. being the "principal enemy" of North Korea.

Utah evacuees watched flames draw closer, smoke get thicker
Utah evacuees watched flames draw closer, smoke get thicker

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A wildfire menacing a southern Utah ski town for nearly a week flared again, doubling in size for the second night in a row and torching more homes after residents fled the flames, officials said Friday.

US most wanted terror leader may have fled Philippine city: army
US most wanted terror leader may have fled Philippine city: army

One of America's most wanted terrorists may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist militants in a southern Philippine city, which began with a raid to capture him, the military said Saturday. Isnilon Hapilon, a veteran Filipino militant said to be the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Southeast Asia, has not been seen in the battle zone in Marawi City, said Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, head of the military's Western Mindanao Command. An attempt by government troops to arrest Hapilon in Marawi on May 23 triggered a rampage by Islamist militants flying black IS flags and backed by some foreign fighters who seized parts of the mainly Muslim city.

Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets
Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' care

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.

Forget the iPhone 8, add wireless charging to any iPhone for under $20
Forget the iPhone 8, add wireless charging to any iPhone for under $20

Wireless charging is expected to be one of the new features coming to this year's iPhone 8 that Apple will really shine a light on this coming September when it unveils the phone. In fact, rumor has it the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will get wireless charging as well. The technology has been around for what seems like ages, but it looks like Apple is finally getting around to supporting it in the company's iPhone lineup. Of course, who needs to wait for September to get an iPhone with wireless charging capabilities? The Antye Qi Wireless Charger Case adds wireless charging to the iPhone you already have, whether it's an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s, or iPhone 6/6s Plus. Best of...

Syria regime penetrates IS-held eastern province: monitor
Syria regime penetrates IS-held eastern province: monitor

Syrian regime forces on Friday broke into the eastern Deir Ezzor province for the first time since 2014, a monitor said, after seizing territory from Islamic State group jihadists. Government forces control part of Deir Ezzor city and the adjacent military airport, but IS holds the vast desert province and most of the provincial capital. "Backed by Iranian, Lebanese and Iraqi fighters, the Syrian army entered Deir Ezzor province from the southeast, near the Iraqi border," said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Turkey to stop teaching evolution theory in high schools: education board

By Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is to stop teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in high schools, deeming it controversial and difficult to understand, a senior education official said, a move likely to alarm secular Turks. Critics say President Tayyip Erdogan and the Islamist-rooted AK Party are undermining modern Turkey's secular foundations by pushing a conservative agenda, including tighter regulation of alcohol and other restrictions, since coming to power in 2002. A chapter entitled "Beginning of Life and Evolution" will be deleted from the standard biology textbooks used in schools and the material will be available only to students who go on to university studies...

EU leaders slam Britain
EU leaders slam Britain's Brexit citizens plan

EU leaders warned Friday that Britain's plans to protect the rights of European citizens post-Brexit risked leaving them worse off, after Prime Minister Theresa May made what she insisted was a "fair" offer. "My first impression is the UK offer is below our expectations and this risks worsening the situation of our citizens in the UK," EU President Donald Tusk told a news conference after the second day of a Brussels summit. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters that May's offer to EU leaders over dinner late Thursday was a "first step but this step is not sufficient".

Supreme Court could reveal action on travel ban at any time
Supreme Court could reveal action on travel ban at any time

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump's travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries.

Pakistan says Indian man admits spying, India dismisses it as farce

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian citizen sentenced to death for spying in Pakistan has admitted espionage and filed a mercy petition with the chief of army staff, the Pakistan military said on Thursday, a statement India dismissed as a farce. Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested last year in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, the site of a long-running conflict between the Pakistan military and separatist insurgents.

You
You'd Be Scared if You Were Donald Trump, Too

The president is obsessed with the investigation into his relationship with Russia. He should be.

After 2 Deaths, Millionaire Pressured to End Search for Hidden $2 Million Treasure
After 2 Deaths, Millionaire Pressured to End Search for Hidden $2 Million Treasure

Forest Fenn claims the deaths of two people who were hunting for the $2 million in gold are not his fault.

Senate healthcare bill suffers swift blow as four GOP senators voice opposition
Senate healthcare bill suffers swift blow as four GOP senators voice opposition

Rand Paul said: 'The current bill does not repeal Obamacare. Four Republican senators are preparing to announce their opposition to the new Senate healthcare bill, putting the GOP's attempt to overhaul Barack Obama's signature legislation in jeopardy.

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Here's Why That Harley/Ducati Rumor is BS

Here's Why That Harley/Ducati Rumor is BS Combination of brands could be successful but is unlikely to ever occur On Wednesday we posted a story about rumors that Harley-Davidson may be interested in purchasing Italian brand Ducati , the latter being the

Russia
Russia's Lavrov says new U.S. sanctions harm ties with Washington

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson on Thursday that new sanctions imposed by Washington on Russia would damage relations between the two countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Actions of this kind, put the entire sphere of Russian-American relations at serious risk," the ministry quoted Lavrov as saying in a phone call with Tillerson. Lavrov said Moscow was still waiting for a U.S. response to earlier proposals to improve ties, and Washington's latest actions in Syria violated the sovereignty of the Arab country.

What's Next For Michelle Carter After Guilty Verdict For Involuntary Manslaughter?
What's Next For Michelle Carter After Guilty Verdict For Involuntary Manslaughter?

Carter was convicted Friday in the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III.

IS blows up Mosul mosque, latest heritage site destroyed
IS blows up Mosul mosque, latest heritage site destroyed

BAGHDAD (AP) - The Islamic State group's destruction of a 12th century mosque and its iconic leaning minaret in the Iraqi city of Mosul is only the latest in a long list of priceless archaeological and other cultural sites that the militants have ravaged.

Israeli court stands up for woman in airline gender seat swap case
Israeli court stands up for woman in airline gender seat swap case

A court has told the Israeli airline El Al that it can no longer ask women passengers to switch seats if ultra-Orthodox Jewish men object to sitting next to them, an Israeli advocacy group said on Thursday. A case for damages from the carrier was brought by 83-year-old Renee Rabinowitz, who was asked by a flight attendant, after boarding a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv in 2015, if she would agree to move. The airline has said it tries to accommodate ultra-Orthodox men, who cite religious beliefs in seeking to avoid close proximity to women other than their wives, but never pressures female passengers to accede to a seat swap request.

Conrad Roy III's Mother Sympathizes With Michelle Carter's Family
Conrad Roy III's Mother Sympathizes With Michelle Carter's Family

Roy's girlfriend Michelle Carter was convicted Friday after she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of her boyfriend.

Oracle profit beats as cloud shift gains steam, shares at record
Oracle profit beats as cloud shift gains steam, shares at record

(Reuters) - Oracle Corp's quarterly profit blew past Wall Street estimates and the business software maker forecast an upbeat current-quarter earnings, indicating that the company's transition to cloud is starting to pay off. As part of the efforts, the company and AT&T Inc signed in May a deal under which the U.S. telecom provider agreed to move some of its large-scale databases to Oracle's cloud platform. "In the coming year, I expect more of our big customers to migrate their Oracle databases and database applications to the Oracle Cloud," Oracle founder and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison said in a statement.

Milwaukee mayor urges peaceful protest after ex-cop cleared
Milwaukee mayor urges peaceful protest after ex-cop cleared

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee jury on Wednesday acquitted a former police officer in the on-duty shooting of a black man last year that ignited riots on the city's north side.

Family of Canadian imprisoned in North Korea wants more action
Family of Canadian imprisoned in North Korea wants more action

The family of a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea is concerned for his welfare after the death of an American student after imprisonment there, and wants Canada to work harder to secure his release, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Hyeon Soo Lim, who served at one of the largest churches in Canada, was sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015 for what North Korea says was an attempt to overthrow the regime. Family spokeswoman Lisa Pak said Lim's family wants to see a more aggressive approach from the Canadian government following the death of American university student Otto Warmbier earlier this week, days after he was released from captivity in North...

Comedy host Noah
Comedy host Noah 'stopped eight-10 times' by US police

Noah, who is South African and hosts "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, made the remarks after a Minnesota police officer was acquitted of all charges over the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile last July. The Minnesota officer was acquitted last Friday over the shooting of Castile, who was in the vehicle with his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter. Castile was initially singled out for a traffic stop because the officer thought he resembled a robbery suspect.

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