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CNN used a sketch artist at Friday's off-camera White House press briefing

Hennessy didn't have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the scene. The result needs to be seen to be believed. Press secretaries for Democratic and Republican presidents have held on-camera briefings on a regular basis for the past quarter century. "There's a lot of them that want to become YouTube stars and ask some snarky question that's already been asked eight times", Spicer said of reporters. Read More »

Care bill is a test for Mr. Portman

Casey and others say the bill poses a bigger threat to Pennsylvania's health care system than many other states, partly because of Pennsylvania's relatively generous Medicaid program and partly because of its relatively older and costlier population. Read More »

In Georgia, Republicans celebrate while Dems seek upsides

You have a baseball team that keeps losing year after year. "If we take back the House in 2018 then I think she'd stay leader", said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz. President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday, tweeting, "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out". "We should stop talking about Trump all the time, and Russian Federation". Read More »

Driver crashes into Paris police vehicle, taken into custody

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The 31-year-old Parisian perpetrator, who was on a terror watchlist as an Islamist extremist, died in the attack. Philippe said draft legislation drawn up in May envisaged changes to allow officials who handle gun permits to check if individuals seeking licenses are on a watchlist. Read More »

US ends role of special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

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The official serving as acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan will leave the post on Friday. The office was created when United States officials decided that the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan are inextricably linked and ought to be dealt with together. Read More »

Colombia's ELN rebels free two kidnapped Dutch reporters

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Though the Colombian government has not confirmed the release of the captives, media outlets reported that the journalists were freed. The Dutch journalists work for Spoorloos , a program on Kro-Ncrv TV that helps Dutch people trace their biological relatives around the world. Read More »

1.5 billion logged-in monthly users use YouTube

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YouTube explains this move as there being multiple video layouts and your app should display them properly no matter how they were filmed. Also during her presentation at the annual Vidcon conference in Anaheim, Wojcicki also disclosed that YouTubers average over an hour a day watching YouTube videos on their mobile devices, THR reports. Read More »

Could America Really Stop a North Korean ICBM?

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North Korea's ambassador to India says his country may halt its nuclear and missile tests "temporarily" if the USA and South Korea cease their joint military exercises near the Korean Peninsula. The Hyunmoo-2C missile system is considered to be the centerpiece of the Kill Chain system because of its capability of hitting targets throughout the North. Read More »

YouTube now has 1.5bn monthly logged-in viewers

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VR 180 will also be available for livestreaming. Google has always been good at bells and whistles, and these new features are likely to further draw eyeballs to YouTube's mobile platform. The company has seen a growth of 90 percent year-on-year which is an impressive figure since the YouTube TV users are mostly limited to developed European countries and the US. Read More »

Imran condemns Sharif's govt to hinder JIT's investigation

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The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has expressed serious concerns over the alleged intimidation of the judiciary by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and chose to make every effort to counter the government's move to put pressure on the joint investigation team (JIT) probing money-laundering charges against the Sharif family. Read More »

US Navy confirms all 7 missing sailors from USS Fitzgerald found dead

The Navy's 7th Fleet said searchers found the bodies Sunday morning Japan time after the ship returned to its base in Japan . The Navy would not specify the number of dead, Aucoin said, until all families of the deceased had been notified, but he confirmed all search and rescue efforts had ended. Read More »

Babar Awan leaves PPP after 21 years, joins PTI

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Khan said that his ex-wife Jemimah had provided all the banking transactions to prove him innocent in the top court and on the contrary, no evidence was presented by Sharif family. He also presented before the court in many cases of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari. By the time Awan had curtailed distances from PTI and got closer to the Imran Khan becoming his counsel in several cases. Read More »

If Russia meddled in our election, why didn't Obama stop it?

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Johnson , who served under President Barack Obama , was testifying about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. He also advised people to focus on the current administration's actions around Russian interference rather than past efforts by the DNC or Obama administration. Read More »

Dem Candidate Vows Not to Support Pelosi for Leadership Post if Elected

Pelosi has led the Democratic caucus in the House since 2003, and in March said she would have retired had Hillary Clinton won the election. "I do not believe she's an out-of-touch San Francisco liberal", said Rice. Now, with Obama and Reid gone, Republicans have occasionally tried latching Democratic senators to Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, with mixed results. Read More »

Otto Warmbier's Family Hid His Jewishness To Aid Negotiations With North Korea

The North's foreign ministry spokesperson also dismissed accusations that Warmbier had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless". Otto Frederick Warmbier (C), a University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea since early January, is taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo March 16, 2016. Read More »

Prince Philip leaves hospital after treatment for infection

He spent two nights at the King Edward VII hospital in London earlier this week for an infection arising from a pre-existing condition. The queen , 91, maintained her official schedule Wednesday, giving a speech outlining the government's legislative plan in Parliament, and attending the Royal Ascot horse races in the afternoon as had always been planned. Read More »

Australia's suspension of Syrian operations a 'blow' to the US

On Sunday, a U.S. jet shot down a regime warplane in northern Syria as it "dropped bombs" on US-backed local forces. "Australia is anxious about the suspension of the de-confliction line between Russian Federation and the United States as a result of the downing of the Syrian jet", said Dr Khatib told CNN . Read More »

Israel razes lands near Nablus in preparation for a new settlement

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In his own trip to the region last month, Trump said nurturing relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia could help produce the wider Mideast pact that former U.S. Kushner is in the country along with special envoy Jason Greenblatt to try to promote Trump's plan for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More »

Ireland now officially has its first ever openly gay prime minister

Fine Gael elected Varadkar, a trained doctor, as its leader in early June. Questions centre over whether he will keep his rival for the job, Simon Coveney, in a senior and high profile ministry and whether he will demote Simon Harris, Minister for Health and one of Mr Coveney's most prominent supporters. Read More »

Queen's speech does not mention Trump's United Kingdom visit

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May could be forced to resign if she loses the vote, expected on June 29, just as the country embarks on highly sensitive negotiations for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. In terms of non-Brexit-related measures, the speech outlines a space industry bill to create new powers to license a range of commercial space flights. Read More »

North Korea tests rocket engine linked to nuclear missile programme

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The North's missile tests present a hard challenge to Moon, a liberal who took office in May and has expressed a desire to reach out to Pyongyang. "South Korea is one of the United States' most important allies in the world, with our two countries sharing a number of security, diplomatic, economic and cultural ties", said Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Read More »