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US Pulls 60% of Staff From Cuba, Limits Travel

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The attacks , believed to have taken place in Havana hotels, have caused a range of symptoms including hearing loss , headaches, dizziness and balance and cognitive issues. FBI investigators and other agents searched and found no devices at the homes and hotels of USA diplomats . The Donald Trump administration has, so far, not pointedly blamed Cuba for perpetrating the attacks . Read More »

Ikea buys on-demand services site TaskRabbit

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TaskRabbit has 60 employees and a 60,000-person network of independent contractors on its platform, and will continue to be able to work on other partnerships (in the United Kingdom, it already had a partnership with IKEA for furniture assembly; it has a similar partnership with Amazon). Read More »

U.S. set to pull embassy staff out of Cuba

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington on Tuesday to discuss the case, which has been threatening the already fragile detente between the two former Cold War foes. Furthermore, the measure will leave the embassy understaffed during a crucial political period, as Raul Castro is reportedly expected to step down as president of Cuba . Read More »

Kurdish unilateral independence and a deadly impasse

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The Kurdistan Regional Government warned in a statement on Thursday that any ban on worldwide flights to Irbil and Sulaimaniya would be "completely illegal and unconstitutional" and amount to "collective punishment against the Kurds". Read More »

UKIP chooses Henry Bolton as new party leader

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Based in Folkestone, the former soldier and police officer was considered to be a front-runner in the contest and had seen the odds on him winning fall dramatically in recent weeks. Bolton won 3,874 votes, ahead of 2,755 for Waters. "The other thing is, I do not believe for a moment that we should be pushing this out and allowing the negotiations to be endless before we leave". Read More »

US Plans Major Withdrawal of Staff from Embassy in Cuba

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The State Department also issued a travel warning - telling US citizens to avoid travel to Cuba . He also accused the US of politicizing the incidents. Cuba said it was investigating the incidents. Clues about the circumstances of the incidents make any explanation scientifically implausible. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he had chose to trim staff and warn Americans in response to what he called " attacks of an unknown nature". Read More »

Republican governor signs bill allowing Medicaid coverage for abortions

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The state already covers abortions in cases of rape, incest and when there is a threat to the health and life of the mother. Emily Troscinski, executive director of Illinois Right To Life, said the state once funded unrestricted abortions through Medicaid in the late 1970s, and taxpayers paid about $1.8 million for about 12,738 unborn babies' abortion deaths at the time . Read More »

Abortion Access bill wins thanks to Rauner but causes backlash

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The governor took pains to say that he respected the religious and moral arguments against abortion, but that he personally supported abortion rights and that his efforts to broker a compromise on the bill had failed. I share the deep and profound disappointment of mothers, fathers and families across IL who stand for the sanctity of life and the principle of limited government. Read More »

McConchie dismayed by Rauner's change of heart on abortion funding measure

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Asked what the bill signing meant for his chances of a second term, Mr. Rauner said that he was doing what he thought was right and that "politics is politics". Rauner, who is up for re-election in 2018, said earlier this year that he would veto the controversial measure and try to work on a Republican-friendly compromise. Read More »

McConchie dismayed by Rauner's change of heart on abortion funding measure

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Asked what the bill signing meant for his chances of a second term, Mr. Rauner said that he was doing what he thought was right and that "politics is politics". Rauner, who is up for re-election in 2018, said earlier this year that he would veto the controversial measure and try to work on a Republican-friendly compromise. Read More »

Iraq's flight ban on Kurds goes into effect

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UAE-based Air Arabia and low-priced carrier FlyDubai said they would also suspend flights, while Doha-based Qatar Airways announced that it would comply with the civil aviation authority's ruling. The State Department said it was "deeply disappointed" the vote had gone ahead. Turkey, which has threatened to impose sanctions on the Kurds, said its border with northern Iraq remained open, although it may not remain so. Read More »

Uber boss to meet London transport chief

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Theresa May has hit out at Transport for London's decision not to renew Uber's operating licence in London . "Irrespective of whether we did everything that is being said about us in London today (and to be clear, I don't think we did), it really matters what people think of us". Read More »

Russia's Putin departs for Turkey

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Ankara on Thursday for talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on issues of bilateral ties, Syria and Iraq. They both stressed the importance of preserving the territorial integrity of both Iraq and Syria, the sources said. "As Turkey and Russian Federation, we have reconfirmed our determination to maintain our joint will and close cooperation to find a political solution for the Syrian conflict", he further said. Read More »

Cops crack killer clown cold case in death of Florida woman

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On May 26, 1990, a woman named Marlene Warren answered the front door at her home in Wellington, Fla . - Twenty-seven years ago, a person wearing a clown costume walked up to Marlene Warren's home and shot her dead. Also, witnesses at a costume shop tentatively identified Sheila Keen as buying a clown costume two days before the murder . "To the families - we won't forget about you", Bradshaw said. Read More »

Saudi Arabia Says It Will End Ban And Allow Women To Drive

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In 2011, Manal al-Sharif posted a highly scandalous video to YouTube in which she drove a vehicle herself to protest the repressive law. Women are generally not allowed to socialise with males outside their immediate families and can be thrown in prison for such an offence. Read More »

Dog rescued from Mexico natural disaster rubble six days on

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The dome of the Our Lady of Angels church featuring stained glass from Germany split in two and half collapsed Sunday afternoon. Search and rescue efforts in the Mexico City area could last for at least two more weeks. Hope is fading that more survivors can be rescued from the rubble. The latest death toll stands at 326 people - 187 of them in Mexico City . "But we must review the buildings that could be more recent in this classification", said Mancera Espinosa. Read More »

NBC insiders confused by Megyn Kelly's new show

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The superfan, Russel Turner, was naturally elated to meet the iconic foursome of Debra Messing , Will McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally, but the exchange went slightly off the rails when Kelly asked quite possibly the strangest question to start the encounter. Read More »

Iran defies United States, tests missile

Iran has said all of its missiles are created to carry conventional warheads only and has limited their range to a maximum of 2,000km, although commanders have said they have the technology to go further. The military will be strengthened to the extent that Iran considers necessary, he added. It said Iran released footage of the test-launch. That makes them only medium-range, which is still sufficient to reach Israel or United States bases in the Persian Gulf. Read More »

Anthony Weiner Is Going to Prison

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The 53-year-old sobbed as the judge handed down the sentence. He must also enroll in a sex-offender treatment program. "I knew this was as morally wrong, as it was unlawful", Weiner said at his guilty plea in May. "I have compulsively sought attention from women who contacted me on social media, and I engaged with many of them in both sexual and non-sexual conversation", Weiner said in a prepared statement in May. Read More »

Iraq's Kurdish Region Votes In Controversial Independence Referendum

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is refusing to weigh in on a Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq , saying he appreciated that other countries held their tongues during Quebec's referendums. Veteran Iraqi Kurd leader Massud Barzani, who initiated the vote, cast his ballot early in the morning, smiling and wearing a traditional outfit. Read More »

Tennessee church shooter confesses, charged with murder

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What is unclear is why he wrote something on his Facebook page just before the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch. On his social media accounts, there are mostly positive statements that mention the Bible. During this initial struggle, the suspect shot himself in the chest, giving Engle - a licensed gun owner - time to get his gun from his vehicle. Engle's grandmother said she's proud of her grandson. Read More »

Spain tries to exert control over Catalan police

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The Catalan government earlier this week accused the Spanish authorities of effectively taking over its administration after state police raided its offices and arrested officials, and the finance ministry took control of the local finance department. Read More »

China announces implementation details of North Korea oil restrictions

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A shallow 3.5-magnitude quake which hit North Korea near the country's nuclear test site Saturday was likely an aftershock from the hermit state's missile test on September 3, a nuclear test ban watchdog and other experts said. After the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un , said President Donald Trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to " totally destroy " North Korea if the US were forced to defend itself or its allies against a North Korean attack, Kim's foreign minister told reporters ... Read More »

Stars Return - How Arsenal Could Line up vs West Brom

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Barry made 365 appearances for Villa before playing 132 matches in the top flight for Manchester City . When I hit 500 you're thinking you're coming to the end of your career. The biggest selection boost for West Brom involves Jake Livermore , who should be back for the contest after being rested for the previous two games. Read More »

Polls close as New Zealand awaits result of closely fought election

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Speaking to supporters in Auckland, the Prime Minister underscored that "just short of half of all New Zealanders voted National" but said it was clear his party could not form government alone. "This has been an incredibly engaging and colourful campaign for New Zealanders and that isn't going to be over at midnight", said Bryce Edwards, an analyst at Wellington-based Critical Politics. Read More »

North Korea hints it could test hydrogen bomb in Pacific

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A day earlier, Trump announced new sanctions on North Korea that aim to cut off sources of revenue for the regime's nuclear and missile programs. The secretary of state also hinted that the current pressure campaign against North Korea is starting to bear fruit. He said there is evidence of fuel shortages in the country following the passage of recent United Nations sanctions, which targeted oil imports among other things. Read More »

Trump Speaks Frankly About Iran Nuclear Deal At UN

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In his address to the UN on Tuesday, Trump strongly hinted that his administration was ready to abandon the agreement by calling it an " embarrassment " to the United States. Mr. Trump calls the unfair election in the region and the starvation of freedom of its people "completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch, we and all other share a goal that goal is to help them regain their freedom recover their country and restore their democracy". Read More »

Erdogan's speech interrupted twice in United States by protesters

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Erdogan supporters in the crowd erupted in shouts and boos and attempted to punch the man, climbing over security to take swings, video of the mayhem shows. Erdogan appeared to watch the brawl from the embassy premises. Almost a dozen people were hurt, and 15 Turkish security officials were indicted on assault charges. Read More »

UNGA: Iran Replies Trump, 'Your Hate Speech Belongs In Medieval Times'

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The resolution also condemns Iran for ballistic missile-testing, weapons smuggling and support for terrorism, among other acts, but at the same time, lays out a plan for a complete lifting of sanctions. Rouhani, whose government still fends off criticism from Iranian hardliners opposed to the plan, cast it as a template for global peace deals. Rouhani has not made his views clear. Read More »

Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump's Actions as President

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Mueller's team sent the request to the White House spelling out 13 different areas that they want to know more about, the paper reported on its website. It is both specific to his time on the campaign - and does not, presumably, cover the transitional period between the election and inauguration - and also does not categorically deny collusion may have taken place, it just asserts he was not aware of it. Read More »

Fun squeezed out of struggling Toys 'R' Us

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CEO Dave Brandon certainly seems optimistic in the official announcement, saying, "Today marks the dawn of a new era at Toys'R'Us where we expect that the financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way". Read More »

Trump continues 'bromance' with France's Macron

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Fast-forward to Monday , when Trump met with Macron in NY, and Trump was still admiring that French military parade . The President continued while gesturing towards Mr Macron: "And, to a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue, if I have your approval. Read More »

Scout Schultz Photos: Full Story & Must-See Details

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Two police officers received minor injuries, a Georgia Tech spokesperson told the AJC . The release said Schultz was not complying with verbal commands as he approached the officers before one of them fired, striking him. Schultz was a fourth-year engineering student and president of a campus LBGTQ organization. "They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years", the group said. Read More »