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Trump eyes top policy aide for comms director role

He was responding to a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta asking if the Trump administration's new merit-based green card proposal was in keeping with United States tradition. "Reince is a f***ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac", Scaramucci was quoted as saying in an expletive-filled tirade in which he accused the chief of staff of damaging information leaks. [Full Article...]

Communications Director Scaramucci Asked to Step Down

This may not sit well with those who consider themselves so close to Mr. Trump as to be his virtual alter ego like strategist Steve Bannon , son-in-law Jared Kushner, or even oldest son and namesake Donald Trump Jr. He took over in late May when the position was left vacant by Mike Dubke, who left after three months on the job. Kelly ousted Anthony Scaramucci , who officially held the communic... [Full Article...]

UN Syria investigator Carla del Ponte quits over lack of political backing

UN Syria investigator Carla del Ponte quits over lack of political backing Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney general who'd previously prosecuted war crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, joined the UN's inquiry into the war in Syria in 2012, investigating alleged chemical gas attacks and atrocities committed by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). [Full Article...]

'Lasting implications' for small businesses affected by rail engineering works

'Lasting implications' for small businesses affected by rail engineering works The impact on commuters' journeys will vary depending on when and where you travel. South West Trains has said it expects the station to be busiest between 5pm and 6.45pm, so passengers attempting to travel home could still face difficulties. [Full Article...]

LeT behind Amarnath attack; 3 accused arrested, says IGP Kashmir

LeT behind Amarnath attack; 3 accused arrested, says IGP Kashmir Inspector general of police (Kashmir range) Muneer Khan told media in Anantnag that apart from three Pakistanis, a Kashmiri militant too was involved in the attack that left eight pilgrims dead and several others injured. "The code for CRPF vehicle was Bilal and for yatra vehicle was Showkat", he said. They have been produced before a court and are in police remand. [Full Article...]

SACP to support Zuma government in vote

SACP to support Zuma government in vote The matter went as far as the Constitutional Court when the DA, UDM and EFF applied ( and won ) to push Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete , to make a resolution on the secret ballot vote, as she is obliged to by her Parliamentary duties. [Full Article...]

Flesh-eating sea fleas send Australian teen to hospital

Flesh-eating sea fleas send Australian teen to hospital Doctors struggled to explain the teenager's mysterious injuries, so his father Jarrod chose to investigate. The father the next night went back to the beach, with a slab of meat and a fishing net, and caught hundreds of the perps. "As soon as we wiped them (his legs) down, they kept bleeding", he said. An Australian teenager emerged from a night-time dip in the ocean with blood streaming from ... [Full Article...]

China urges North Korea to stop missile tests and resume talks

China urges North Korea to stop missile tests and resume talks The foreign minister of the world's most reclusive regime, North Korea's Ri Yong-ho, arrived in Manila early Sunday morning to join the ASEAN Regional Forum where eyes will be on who he meets with and what message he has to deliver from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. [Full Article...]

South Korean FM Open to Meeting North Korean Counterpart

It would prohibit all new joint ventures with North Korean companies and ban new foreign investment in existing joint ventures. In July, South Korea's Defense Ministry proposed talks between representatives of the two countries' militaries at Tongil-gak on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, the so-called truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two rivals. [Full Article...]

Netanyahu Threatens to Kick Al Jazeera Out of Jerusalem, Channel Fights Back

Netanyahu Threatens to Kick Al Jazeera Out of Jerusalem, Channel Fights Back On July 20, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joins the Palestinian leadership in urging Israel to remove the metal detectors. Israel captured East Jerusalem , including the Old City and the holy compound, in the 1967 Middle East war. [Full Article...]

Trump claims new United Nations sanctions cost North Korea over $1 billion

Trump claims new United Nations sanctions cost North Korea over $1 billion The UN Security Council bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. The council's also making sure new business ventures can't be created with ties to North Korea and that countries aren't allowed to take in new North Korean workers. [Full Article...]

Gujarat MLAs moving to another resort

Gujarat MLAs moving to another resort Contrary to reports that they would be flown in Delhi first, the MLAs reached their home state directly amidst tight security. The Gujarat Congress had sent 44 of its MLAs here on July 29 to fend off "poaching" attempts by the BJP, ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls, in which Ahmed Patel, the political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi , is contesting. [Full Article...]

Small Fire Strikes Another Tower in the Dubai Marina

Small Fire Strikes Another Tower in the Dubai Marina A DCD official, Captain Amer Abdulwahab al-Qahtani was quoted saying the fire began on clothes left on a balcony on the tower's 53rd floor. But the blaze rattled nerves after a massive blaze broke out at the nearby 86-story Torch Tower . [Full Article...]

UN Security Council unanimously adopts tougher sanctions on North Korea

UN Security Council unanimously adopts tougher sanctions on North Korea Tillerson said this week that such talks would have to be predicated on the North giving up its nuclear weapons aspirations and that the conditions for such talks haven't yet been met by North Korea's government. A public version of this full-court press appeared in a July announcement that the U.S. would not, as had been expected, lift sanctions on Sudan. Beijing praised Tillerson for declaring t... [Full Article...]

Marc Marquez beats Valentino Rossi to pole at Brno

Marc Marquez beats Valentino Rossi to pole at Brno On his first run, Marquez slotted into second, 0.026s behind his Honda team-mate, but he managed to eclipse Pedrosa's time by more than three tenths on his second run, as he set a 1m54.981s to end up on top. I thought I would lose points but instead I gained them. Marquez, the Spanish Honda rider who won the German GP before the summer break, tops the rankings on 129 points, five ahead of fe... [Full Article...]

North Korea warned over nuclear ambitions as United Nations sanctions ramped up

North Korea warned over nuclear ambitions as United Nations sanctions ramped up The sanctions will slash North Korea's annual export revenue of $3 billion by more than a third, according to a statement from the office of Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations. "The United States has been loud about it, now the worldwide community has been loud and North Korea now has to respond", she said. The sanctions also aim to block countries from giving any addi... [Full Article...]

United Nations toughens sanctions on North Korea

United Nations toughens sanctions on North Korea News of the sanctions , which seek to ban North Korea from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood worth about a third of its total income from trade, came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived over the weekend at an annual diplomatic gathering in East Asia, where Chinese officials expressed cautious support for the development. [Full Article...]

Rosenstein, Christie temper reports of Mueller grand jury in Russian Federation probe

Rosenstein, Christie temper reports of Mueller grand jury in Russian Federation probe Christie said it was not yet clear whether Trump had known about the meeting , which took place in Trump Tower and included his son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday got into a heated debate over conflicting responses from the administration regarding President Trump's ... [Full Article...]

China's sanctions support shows recognition of gravity of North Korea threat

China's sanctions support shows recognition of gravity of North Korea threat Beijing is also furious about the deployment of a US-funded missile defence system in South Korea and wants it to be scrapped. Though Tillerson has emphasized the Trump administration's willingness to sit down with North Korea for negotiations, he's said that won't happen until the North agrees to abandon its nuclear aspirations. [Full Article...]

More scattered showers/storms & Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven

More scattered showers/storms & Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven Tropical storm warnings were issued Sunday for most of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula coast, while a tropical storm watch was issued for portions of Belize. At 8 a.m. Sunday formation chances were 60 percent through the next 48 hours, and 80 percent over the next five days. Turning our attention to the tropics we now have Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven in the Caribbean Sea. [Full Article...]


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