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Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

The Syrian government has denied it ever used banned chemicals, and it rejected Washington's latest allegation Tuesday. "The activity that we've seen at Sheyrat in the last couple of days is associated with chemical weapons handling at a known spot on that base, a known aircraft shelter that is used for chemical weapons". [Full Article...]

CNN Anchor: I'm Not Embarrassed By Botched Russia Report

In case you missed it, three journalists from CNN resigned on Monday June 26 over a Russia-related story that had to be retracted. The story's author, Thomas Frank , was among those who resigned , according to a network executive who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues. [Full Article...]

'Couple of hundred' ISIS fighters left in Mosul

A dozen coalition airstrikes on Mosul's western-most edge killed about 40 militants on Monday. It launched a wave of such attacks late on Sunday, trying to take control of a district west of the Old City, Hay al-Tanak, and the nearby Yarmuk neighborhood. [Full Article...]

Ex-NBA star goes back to N. Korea

Ex-NBA star goes back to N. Korea Tillerson said the State Department is still working to secure the release of three other US citizens detained in North Korea . Bill Richardson said Tuesday the North Koreans must "in no uncertain terms " explain the reason why an American student released from their custody is in a coma . [Full Article...]

Iran calls US travel ban 'racist' and 'unfair'

Iran calls US travel ban 'racist' and 'unfair' The court stated that the ban could be applied to visitors from Iran, Libya , Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen as long as they lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States". According to the verdict, restrictions on the entry of 6 Islamic countries' citizens do not affect the rights of Americans , and therefore can be introduced by the president... [Full Article...]

Indian PM Modi meets his Dutch counterpart for talks

The hugs - three of them - and repeated handshakes made headlines. More broadly, Trump's hostility to climate change and clean energy has deprived the U.S. He further stated that Trump administration and India were not on the same page when it came to interpretation of Islamist terrorism. In a joint communique after their bilateral meeting, they also and reiterated the need for a unified and... [Full Article...]

China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate granted medical parole

His cancer appears to be severe. U.S. politicians have also joined in these calls with the congressional commission on China urging Donald Trump to intercede on Liu's behalf so that he can be given an "immediate humanitarian transfer to the United States" for care. [Full Article...]

Senior GOP senator seeks 'path' for resolving Qatar crisis

Senior GOP senator seeks 'path' for resolving Qatar crisis Iran and Turkey have dispatched food supplies to Qatar . "When foreign policy becomes a commodity, then purchasing military equipment becomes your yardstick for measuring who is a terrorist or who isn't a terrorist", he said . The Al Udeid Air Base, just 20 miles southwest of the Qatari capital of Doha, is host to some 11,000 USA military personnel. He added that if the Qataris wish to retu... [Full Article...]

Otto Warmbier, released to U.S. from North Korea, non-responsive to speech

Otto Warmbier, released to U.S. from North Korea, non-responsive to speech He says the administration is heartened Warmbier has been reunited with his family. North Korea claims Warmbier's brain damages came from botulism , but his doctors at the University of Cincinnati say there is no evidence of that claim. [Full Article...]

Ready or not, Indian businesses brace for biggest-ever tax reform

Ready or not, Indian businesses brace for biggest-ever tax reform He said that if the business could be run at a lower cost, the benefits will eventually be passed onto its customers. The government has announced that the companies will not have to deduct the tax from day one of GST implementation. Local players, are therefore, urging the Government for a level playing field where Make in India and Digital India can co-exist (and compete) with imported world... [Full Article...]

New Zealand wins 5th straight vs Oracle in America's Cup

New Zealand wins 5th straight vs Oracle in America's Cup But Spithill's been here before. But this is one comeback too far, and Spithill's tone was of a man who knows it. Not only did Oracle make its boat faster during a five-day break in racing, but Spithill, who was a pretty fair boxer during his youth in Australia, regained his edge as a master at mind games. [Full Article...]

Iraqi forces seize two-thirds of Mosul's Old City

A US-led worldwide coalition is providing air and ground support in the eight-month-old offensive to drive the militants from their de facto capital in Iraq . A curfew was in force over western Mosul , a Reuters correspondent reported. Federal policemen watch Islamic State positions at the frontline during fighting in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq , Monday, June 26, 2017. [Full Article...]

Trial begins for 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli

He faces eight counts of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. At the start of his talk, sponsored by the Student Corporate Finance Club, Shkreli presented the proof and promised to pay the tuition of any student who could solve it. [Full Article...]

No bond for suspect in stabbing of Flint airport officer

No bond for suspect in stabbing of Flint airport officer The man charged in a suspected terrorist attack at Flint's airport will spend the Independence Day weekend behind bars. She said she discussed the detention hearing with Ftouhi that morning and they both agreed that getting out on bond would not be likely given the nature of the offense and the fact that Ftouhi, who lives in Canada, has no ties to MI. [Full Article...]

Can religious schools receive state funds? Supreme Court gives a qualified yes

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the United States bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, welcomed the Supreme Court's 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. They are less eager to have churches whose schools receive public funds pay taxes to support public functions. The Missouri Constitution outlined that no state money could be allocated to any religious orga... [Full Article...]

Iran's Khamenei ordered missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria: Guards

Iran's Khamenei ordered missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria: Guards A similar drone was shot down in the same location after it dropped munitions near coalition forces on June 8. Hostilities between US -led forces and Iranian and Russian forces supporting the Syrian regime have escalated in recent weeks in a part of Syria seen as strategically important for the Syrian government and Iran , as Tehran seeks to secure a land corridor between forces it backs ... [Full Article...]

Ram Nath Kovind To Visit Srinagar As Part Of Presidential Campaign

Ram Nath Kovind To Visit Srinagar As Part Of Presidential Campaign He is likely to meet MPs and MLAs of the BJP , its allies and also leaders of other political parties over dinner, sources said. India s prime minister wields most of the executive power, but the president can send back some parliamentary bills for reconsideration and also plays a guiding role in the process of forming governments. [Full Article...]

Chinese Navy launches its biggest destroyer

Chinese Navy launches its biggest destroyer The Chinese Navy on Wednesday launched its biggest new generation destroyer weighing 10,000 tonnes, as part of a massive expansion programme to become a global naval power, PTI reported. The warship "is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons", China's official news agency Xinhua said. China's naval build up and its increasingly assertive stance over d... [Full Article...]

Israeli settlement building soars, official data shows

Israeli settlement building soars, official data shows The visits by Greenblatt and Kushner are the first major peace push by the White House since Trump visited the region last month. While Israel has continued to expand existing settlement blocs, no new settlements have been built since the 1993 Oslo peace accords, which were meant to lay the framework for a future two-state solution. [Full Article...]

Congress hears details of Russia's election meddling

The U.S. intelligence community has accused the Kremlin of being behind the hack that led to thousands of emails being released through WikiLeaks. In Thursday morning's Twitter rant, Trump first continued his trend of viewing every testimony by intelligence officials as evidence of his vindication amid the growing probes into whether Russian Federation not only interfered in the election b... [Full Article...]


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