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Protests over 'bonkers' Big Ben bong ban falls on deaf ears

Protests over 'bonkers' Big Ben bong ban falls on deaf ears I am very sceptical about the whole thing. "The only way to ensure people's safety is to temporarily stop the bell". The Palace of Westminster on the bank of the River Thames is a world heritage site and major tourist attraction, and Mr Jaggs encouraged members of the public to gather in nearby Parliament Square to hear the bell ring for the last time next Monday. [Full Article...]

The Leaving Cert Results are out!

The Leaving Cert Results are out! For example, a student at higher level who scores between 90 and 100 per cent will score a H1 under the new system, while a student who scores between 80 and 90 per cent will receive a H2. Guidance counsellor Brian Mooney said: "The most significant change is that in the past fails started at 40% on both ordinary and higher - as of now, you get no points and are deemed to have failed at higher (le... [Full Article...]

Top US general says it's Trump's decision whether to strike N. Korea

Top US general says it's Trump's decision whether to strike N. Korea The North has accused the United States of mobilising a huge number of weapons and troops for annual military drills with South Korea that begin later this month. "We are closely monitoring every move by the United States". "Both the United States and South Korea do not believe North Korea has yet completely gained re-entry technology in material engineering terms", Suh said in remarks televised... [Full Article...]

Palace wants killings in anti-drug raid in Bulacan probed

Palace wants killings in anti-drug raid in Bulacan probed If we kill another 32, maybe we can reduce what's in the country", he said in a speech he delivered at Palace's Rizal Hall. Camarat said that a total of 26 buy-bust operations were conducted with two search warrants served. Despite warning by human rights groups that Duterte may be committing crimes against humanity he remains a widely popular figure in the Philippines. [Full Article...]

North Korea leader holds off on Guam missile plan

Tensions have ramped up between the isolated nation and the U.S. in recent weeks, with United States president Donald Trump pledging to attack North Korea with " fire and fury " if necessary. Lobbing missiles toward Guam, a major USA military hub in the Pacific, would be deeply provocative from the US perspective. "We are getting this attention and we are getting a lot of enquires at our off... [Full Article...]

Manchester blast: Man charged with bank card theft at arena

Manchester blast: Man charged with bank card theft at arena Ariana was widely praised for the instrumental role she played in organising the One Love Manchester benefit gig, which featured a star-studded line-up of musical guests and was also broadcast on BBC TV in the UK. This will be a complex and sensitive process as we will need to assess the long-term impacts of the attack. Ms Healey's 14-year-old granddaughter Sorrell Leczkowski was among the 22... [Full Article...]

Rail fares to rise by up to 3.6 per cent next year

Rail fares to rise by up to 3.6 per cent next year The industry is expecting a relatively high increase this time because June's RPI was 3.5 per cent and July is expected to be about the same. Transport Focus said it would also like to see the RPI measure replaced by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), which is now running at 2.6%. [Full Article...]

China urges US, North Korea to 'hit the brakes' on threats

China urges US, North Korea to 'hit the brakes' on threats His remarks prompted joy in Guam, where officials described themselves as "almost ecstatic that Kim Jong-Un has backed off ". U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the United Sates would take out any such missile seen to be heading for American soil and declared any such North Korean attack could mean war. [Full Article...]

Wall St set to open higher as North Korea tensions fade

Wall St set to open higher as North Korea tensions fade United States gold futures for December delivery climbed 1pc to $1,291.80 per ounce. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.4 per cent. Oil prices were lifted by a sustained decline in inventories and as Saudi Arabia prepared to cut crude supplies to its prized Asian customers. [Full Article...]

China urges India to protect peace after border altercation

China urges India to protect peace after border altercation On Tuesday morning at about 7.30 am Indian and Chinese boat patrols clashed with each other at Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh near finger-6 part of the 135 km long lake. She added that Chinese border troops were always "committed to maintain peace and tranquillity" along the Sino-India border. "Just that we are encouraging both parties to sit down and have direct dialogue", Heather Nauert said when ... [Full Article...]

Pentagon Confirms Two Soldiers Killed In Iraq After Artillery 'Mishap'

Pentagon Confirms Two Soldiers Killed In Iraq After Artillery 'Mishap' The spokesman said he could provide no other details because the incident is under investigation . He then joined the 82nd Airborne and was serving his first combat deployment, according to Army records. Including Sunday's deaths, the Pentagon's Operation Inherent Resolve mission in Iraq has resulted in 43 US soldier fatalities since the mission began in 2014. [Full Article...]

Barack Obama's anti-racism tweet makes Twitter history

Barack Obama's anti-racism tweet makes Twitter history In the wake of Ms Heyer's death, many in the United States and across the world criticised a terse response from USA president Donald Trump on Twitter , followed by a press conference in which he failed to condemn white supremacist groups. [Full Article...]

Trump warns North Korea against attacking Guam

Trump warns North Korea against attacking Guam Mattis surprised reporters with an appearance after the weekly briefing on Monday. But Kim said he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" before executing any order. The European Union's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said the EU would intensify its diplomatic efforts with North Korea , the United States, South Korea, China , Russia and Japan. [Full Article...]

Trump to revoke Obama-era flood risk building standards

Trump to revoke Obama-era flood risk building standards Obama required all federal agencies apply the standard to public infrastructure projects from housing to highways. So each agency is accountable. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts , flood damage cost Americans more than $260 billion between 1980 and 2013, while federal flood insurance claims averaged almost $2 billion per year between 2006 and 2015. [Full Article...]

Trump's incredible shrinking manufacturing council, in one chart

Trump's incredible shrinking manufacturing council, in one chart Marketplace reached out to CEOs and companies on Trump's manufacturing council for comment. "With more than 100,000 employees in the United States, it is important for GE to participate in the discussion on how to drive growth and productivity in the US, therefore, Jeff Immelt will remain on the Presidential Committee on American Manufacturing while he is the Chairman of GE". [Full Article...]

North Korea 'Suspends' Plan To Fire Missiles On US Territory Of Guam

Tension in the region has risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests a year ago and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July, tests that the North often conducts to coincide with important national dates. In the opinion piece, Mattis and Tillerson said North faces a choice: "Take a new path toward peace, prosperity and worldwide acceptance, or continue further down th... [Full Article...]

Texas Governor Signs 'Rape Insurance' Bill Into Law

Texas Governor Signs 'Rape Insurance' Bill Into Law In addition, it makes no exception for fetal anomalies. But House Republicans, whose leaders are more moderate, have heeded those warnings and stalled the bill at every turn. The Texas Supreme Court past year ruled that the school finance system was deeply flawed but barely constitutional. Still, abortion clinics around the state have closed and the number of abortions performed in the country's s... [Full Article...]

UF Prepares For White Supremacist Richard Spencer, a Rally Participant in Charlottesville

UF Prepares For White Supremacist Richard Spencer, a Rally Participant in Charlottesville In a statement , UF President Kent Fuchs says the event is not affiliated with the university or any student groups on campus. The Gainesville police post acknowledged that, although the event is scheduled to take place on the UF campus, "it would be foolish to think that any protests/counter protests would not occur in our city limits". [Full Article...]

Ret. Gen. Clark: Dialogue Not Rhetoric Key to NKorea Threat

In an apparent warning to Pyongyang against military action that can be taken as a direct threat to the United States , an editorial in the Global Times called on the Chinese leadership to "make clear" that if it is Pyongyang who fires off missiles that "threaten USA soil first and the us retaliates, China will stay neutral". [Full Article...]

US Threatens North Korea Will Be Met With Fire and Fury

Having inspected his army on Monday , Kim will reportedly watch the actions of President Donald Trump's administration a while longer before making his decision on whether to follow through with a hostile missile launch, said the North's KCNA news agency. [Full Article...]


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