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Gunfire heard at Mali resort area popular with foreigners
- June 19, 2017

The assault on the Kangaba Le Campement resort comes after a similar strike less than two years ago on a luxury hotel in Bamako , which lies in the south of the troubled country. A security officials earlier said Malian special forces, backed up by French and United Nations soldiers, " have sealed off the area and are in the process of organising operations " against the attackers. (more...)
From regal to rustic, Trump heads to Camp David for weekend
- June 19, 2017

The president's inaugural visit to the wooded hideaway arrives almost five months into his presidency. In the below video from CNN, Barron took a second or two to use the phone to either snap a photo of Marine One, after Barron and President Trump and Melania deplaned the aircraft, or attempt to take a photo. (more...)
Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russia probe
- June 19, 2017

President Donald Trump and Russian Federation, his office said on Thursday. Former independent counsel Ken Starr called the prospect of firing Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller an "insult to the Founding Fathers" in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday night. (more...)
Rosenstein Says He Has Seen No Reason to Remove Mueller
- June 19, 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. At the same time , after Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey this month, many things once thought beyond the realm of possibility look less so now. (more...)
Trump friend: Mueller 'illegitimate as special counsel'
- June 19, 2017

But Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists he knows the risks of doing so - but people close to the president say Trump is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised. (more...)
Trump calls House health bill he backed 'mean'
- June 19, 2017

One of the so-called "improvements" that has leaked out: People will be thrown off Medicaid more slowly under McConnellcare than under Ryancare. House GOP leaders said the per capita cap for the latter group would be pegged to the medical component of the Consumer Price Index. (more...)
Protests as USA cop is acquitted of killing black motorist
- June 19, 2017

We hope they will be held and met with the same restraint that was shown on Friday in St. Paul. Mr Castile had informed Officer Yanez just seconds before he was shot that he was carrying a gun. That left a jury to decide whether they believed Yanez on the witness stand, and they opted Friday to acquit the officer. And, as in prior cases of Black men being shot and killed, the Justice Department could open an investigation into the case, as Castile's uncle has requested. (more...)
Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap
- June 19, 2017

Trump will issue a directive Wednesday meant to boost apprenticeships by expanding industry-certified programs, according to people familiar with the matter. "We want a future where every high school in America offers apprenticeship" options, Trump told participants in a vocational program at a community college in Wisconsin on Tuesday. (more...)
62 dead in central Portugal wildfires; many killed in cars 62 dead in central Portugal wildfires; many killed in cars
- June 19, 2017

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, attending the match in Russian Federation, also offered his condolences. He said authorities were anxious about strong winds that could help spread the blaze further. The European Union has also promised to provide firefighting aircraft. He referred to the "devastating fire" at the end of his Sunday prayer, delivered from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square in the Vatican. (more...)
GOP, Dem governors call for changes in House health bill
- June 19, 2017

The goal is to stabilize the market until new provisions in the Republican health overhaul take effect. "My constituents expect me to know, and if we had utilized the process that goes through a committee, I would be able to answer not only your questions but my constituents' questions". (more...)
Sheriff David Clarke reverses acceptance of Homeland Security role Sheriff David Clarke reverses acceptance of Homeland Security role
- June 19, 2017

Sheriff David Clarke announced in May that he would be joining the Department of Homeland Security , but he has changed his mind and rescinded his acceptance of that post , it was announced late Saturday. Homeland Security and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. He would have worked with such policies had he been confirmed for the Homeland Security job. (more...)
Donald Trump confirms he is under investigation for obstruction of justice
- June 19, 2017

Mueller continues to hire a team of lawyers, and with FBI investigators is gathering information that is widely expected to lead to a formal investigation into whether President Trump attempted to interfere in the investigation. A White House official said Friday's tweetstorm is a sign Trump is "taking matters into his own hands" - the latest example of how he thinks he is the best person to deliver his message. (more...)
Scalise upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious' condition Scalise upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious' condition
- June 19, 2017

This person was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity. "The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time", it added. The gunman, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was shot and killed by responding officers. Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point". (more...)
Bill Cosby criminal case: 'Mistrial' declared
- June 19, 2017

Cosby himself didn't comment, remaining stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, but his spokesman Andrew Wyatt declared the star's "power is back". Judge Steven O'Neill refused, saying there's no precedent to halt the jury's work. "I am a truth-teller". "I wanted it to stop". "She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a goal, and I think the objective is.it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court", said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani. (more...)
Representative Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting Representative Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting
- June 19, 2017

The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital says he is more responsive and speaking with family. He has required surgery several times since the shooting . Two Capitol Police officers were wounded in the attack; they were credited with averting a massacre. Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House Republican aide Zack Barth, were also injured in the shooting. (more...)
North Korea releases detained United States student: How is he doing?
- June 19, 2017

Warmbier said the family was "extremely grateful for their efforts and concern". Warmbier was released from the rogue country on Tuesday . Spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW'-ert) says the US hopes the other Americans will be able to return home soon. (more...)
Iran Launches Missiles Into Syria Iran Launches Missiles Into Syria
- June 19, 2017

The Revolutionary Guards are fighting in Syria against militant groups who oppose President Bashar al-Assad. "Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed", the statement said . (more...)
Polls open for French parliamentary election
- June 19, 2017

Macron's Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) and its allies are forecast to take 400-470 seats in the 577-member parliament, one of the biggest post-war majorities that would give the pro-EU president a free hand to implement his business-friendly programme. (more...)
Cuba rejects new United States policy, expresses readiness for further dialogue
- June 18, 2017

Otto Rodriguez Villamonte, who arrived from Cuba in 1960, said he hadn't read the details of the new plan or listened to Trump's announcement but that he thought not much was changing. In a statement, Flake says any policy change that diminishes the ability of Americans to travel freely to Cuba is "not in the best interests of the United States or the Cuban people". (more...)
GOP offers 'compromise' state budget with familiar reforms GOP offers 'compromise' state budget with familiar reforms
- June 18, 2017

IL hasn't had a budget since 2015 when Rauner first took office. Any new budget agreement for fiscal 2018 requires a three-fifths vote in a special session instead of a majority vote, National Public Radio reported . He said the Senate wants the governor to "finish the job". Described by House and Senate Republicans as "The Capitol Compromise", the lawmakers said approval of a seven-part legislative package is what it would take to break the stalemate. (more...)