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Qatari riyal under pressure as Saudi, UAE banks delay Qatar deals


With backing from US President Donald Trump, they accuse Qatar of supporting their regional arch-rival Iran as well as Islamist militants. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Qatar must do more to crack down on support for terrorism but that the crisis must not disrupt action against the Islamic State group. Lire la suite »

Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

It halts federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year , and stipulates that any health plan that covers abortions wouldn't qualify for federal subsidies . Warren insisted that Senate Republicans, in drafting the bill, had been "dreaming up even meaner ways to kick dirt in the face of the American people". Lire la suite »

Obama Slams The New Health Care Bill & The Republicans Who Wrote It

Obama was apparently echoing a concern from President Trump, who reportedly called the House version of the bill " mean ". Rubio also wants to hear from health care providers, insurers and patient advocates, his office said . Medicaid , the health insurance program for low-income families and elderly or disabled Americans , as well as many children with special needs, covers one in five in the USA, or more than 70 million people. Lire la suite »

Gunman Acted Alone in Shooting Congressman Scalise


On the morning of the shooting , Hodgkinson approached a witness near the baseball field , asking, "Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?" "On the shooter, we found a paper that contained the names of six members of Congress", Slater told reporters, though he did not characterize it as a hit list. Lire la suite »

BIFF owns up to attack, denies holding hostages


Pigcawayan Police Chief Inspector Realan Mamon told GMA News that more than 100 Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) entered the school at 5.45 a.m. "We are in the process of determining how many were trapped and their identities". Rebel spokesman Abu Misry Mamah acknowledged in a radio interview that his group staged the attack, but said they only took hold of some villagers to protect them during the gunbattle. Lire la suite »

Sylville Smith shooting: Milwaukee officer acquitted


Smith was fleeing and had a gun. Heaggan-Brown fired the first shot nearly simultaneously with Smith throwing away his gun when he got up. Heaggan-Brown was sacked in October when he was charged with two counts of assault in a separate investigation. Lire la suite »

Philippine keeps policy rate steady, as expected

The Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas held the overnight reverse repurchase facility at 3.0 percent, in line with economists' expectations. ANZ, which has predicted two hikes before year-end, said it will be "revisiting" that in view of lower oil prices and May's softer-than-expected inflation. Lire la suite »

Monday, June 26 declared public holiday


The month of Ramadan is a season of fasting and prayers which takes place across Muslim communities' world over. Extending its greetings on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr in a statement, the weather office said northwesterly windy conditions were expected to continue on Friday and Saturday, causing blowing dust and low visibility of below 3km at times over some areas. Lire la suite »

Reagan: The White House needs office help

While many of Trump's Republican allies have found Comey's testimony credible, the president has called the man he fired a liar and a "leaker". In his aggressive defense of President Trump, Kasowitz has in substance accused the former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of leaking "privileged communications" and of possibly committing perjury in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Lire la suite »

Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'

As with the House, the Senate also proposes giving states either a per capita cap on Medicaid spending or a block grant of funds. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures. "The president said the House bill was mean". Many Republicans have long fought that organization because it provides abortions. Larry Levitt, a health policy expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation, summed up his thoughts on the bill on Twitter on Thursday: "In broad ... Lire la suite »

Italian transfer guru confirms Liverpool set to sign £35m star

The Reds have been trying to find common ground with Roma ever since seeing their initial offer for Salah knocked back earlier this month. Salah would follow Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke in joining the Reds ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, and become the second player signed for over £30 million since Jurgen Klopp's arrival in 2015. Lire la suite »

Steve Scalise upgraded to 'fair' condition, starts rehab from shooting


The condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been upgraded to fair, a week after he was shot while participating in a practice with members of the Republican congressional baseball team. When he first arrived at the hospital following the shooting in Virginia, Scalise was said to be at "imminent risk of death". Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., opened fire with a rifle on a group of Republicans practicing for an annual congressional baseball game. Lire la suite »

Australian spy planes to help the Philippines in fight against IS


Payne said the Philippine authorities have accepted two AP-3C Orion planes offered by Australia to perform reconnaissance missions over the country's southern region, reports Efe news. Payne said she had spoken with her counterpart, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, about how Australia can assist the Philippines in its fight against extremists. Lire la suite »

IL legislators meet for 2nd day of budget session


There's been little movement on any compromise so far with little indication things will change on Thursday. Both chambers were in special session for mere minutes, with the House adjourning 10 minutes and 41 seconds after convening and the Senate adjourning after 11 minutes and 54 seconds. Lire la suite »

Southeast Arkansas Sees Heavy Rain As Cindy Passes Through


Gulf Coast states. As much as 8 inches (200mm) of rain fell from the Florida Panhandle into southern MS causing flash flooding. Heavy rain for much of the eastern half of the US this week. Forecasters warn the possibility of tornadoes and flooding rains will continue as the storm moves through the Southeast. Some parts of MS have reported up to eight and a half inches of rain since Cindy's arrival, and Texas Gov. Lire la suite »

2 civilians slain, 1370 displaced in BIFF attack on North Cotabato


The incident happened after a "failed attempt" to attack a Pigcawayan barangay outpost at dawn, the military and police said. Encinas said their reports indicated that the gunmen were holding five residents. The major rebel organizations have signed, or are pursuing, peace deals with the government, but small hardline groups such as the BIFF have vowed to continue fighting. Lire la suite »

Trump Confirms Reports He is Under Investigation In Twitter Rant

He had written a memorandum to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions , criticising Mr Comey about the way in which he handled the Russian Federation investigation. It wasn't clear whether he was basing his tweet on direct knowledge or on media reports. Aside for Mueller, Feinstein also noted how Trump previously received a memo from Rosenstein , containing the Deputy Attorney General's recommendation ahead of the Comey firing. Lire la suite »

Ram Nath Kovind to file nomination on June 23

While announcing the decision in Patna , JD (U) leader Ratnesh Sada had stated that Kovind was being supported because he was "Bihar's first governor who has been nominated for this post" and because Kumar had told the meeting that he was "a good man". Lire la suite »

Senate GOP Health Bill Slashes Medicaid, Reshapes Obama Law

The GOP holds 52 seats in the Senate, so Democrats can sink the bill by voting against it with at least three Republicans. HARI SREENIVASAN: Lisa will be back to help us analyze the political prospects for the Senate Republican health care bill after the news summary. Lire la suite »

North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM

North Korean missiles can already reach South Korea or Japan, both countries have a U.S. military presence. Rodman has traveled to North Korea on five different occasions. "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out". "Nuclear weapon is a deterrent force, but it should be dismantled across the world", he said. Lire la suite »

The Next Step on North Korea

Geng said China has played a "positive constructive" role regarding North Korea because it is a responsible member of the global community, and "not because of any pressure from other countries". Stressing the gravity of security problems posed by the North, he noted that Pyongyang's military action was "the most acute threat in the region" and said the United States "called for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Lire la suite »