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California wildfires kill 21 including elderly couple California wildfires kill 21 including elderly couple
A couple who recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary are among the 21 dead in some of California's worst-ever wildfires. Charles Rippey, 100, and his wife, Sara, 98, perished in one of 22 blazes that have destroyed 115,000 acres (26,000ha) and 3,500 buildings. The couple, originally from Wisconsin, first met in primary school, their sons told. Officials in the hard-hit Sonoma C...
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US Cuba row: Washington expels 15 Cuban diplomats US Cuba row: Washington expels 15 Cuban diplomats
The US has expelled 15 Cuban diplomats, saying Havana failed to protect US diplomats from mysterious acoustic attacks. The Cuban personnel have been given seven days to leave. The Department of State move follows last week's US withdrawal of more than half of its own diplomats from the Cuban capital. Nearly two dozen US personnel have suffered ill health after unexplained attacks in the C...
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N Korea: 'Lunatic' Trump exploiting Otto Warmbier's death N Korea: 'Lunatic' Trump exploiting Otto Warmbier's death
US President Donald Trump is an "old lunatic", exploiting the death of an American student who died after he was jailed North Korea, Pyongyang has said. North Korea accused the US of "luring and pushing" Otto Warmbier into breaking the country's laws, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The teen died in June shortly after he was released from a North Korean prison for stealing a sign l...
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White House says no change in position on Paris climate agreement White House says no change in position on Paris climate agreement
The White House said Saturday it has not changed its position on the Paris climate accord and will withdraw from the agreement that President Trump has called unfair to the United States unless it can be re-negotiated. The statement came in response to published reports by the Wall Street Journal and AFP that a top European climate official said the U.S. would “not re-negotiate the Paris Accord...
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President Trump, Mexico trade barbs over who's going to pay for the wall President Trump, Mexico trade barbs over who's going to pay for the wall
President Trump insisted Monday that Mexico would indeed pay for his proposed barrier along the U.S.-Mexican border, a day after the country said in a strong statement that it would not. "One way or another, Mexico is going to pay for the wall," the president said during a press conference. "It may be through reimbursement, but one way or another, Mexico will pay for the wall." He later adde...
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Canada military builds refugee camp for refugees from US Canada military builds refugee camp for refugees from US
The Canadian military is building a camp to house the growing number of refugees crossing the US border, officials have said. The camp would house up to 500 asylum seekers in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, near Plattsburgh, New York. The construction begins about a week after Montreal turned its Olympic Stadium into a shelter for refugees arriving from the US. More than 3,300 people cr...
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Trump welcomes 'American hero' McCain back to Washington Trump welcomes 'American hero' McCain back to Washington
President Donald Trump welcomed Sen. John McCain back to Washington with a Tuesday morning tweet calling the Arizona Republican an "American hero." "So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave - American hero! Thank you John," Trump wrote. McCain, recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, will make a dramatic return to the Senate Tuesday to cast a critical vote on...
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Supreme Court allows more exemptions to Trump travel ban Supreme Court allows more exemptions to Trump travel ban
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a federal court judge's order expanding the number of immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations who can enter the country under President Trump's temporary travel ban. The justices refused the administration's request that they clarify their June 26 decision allowing the travel ban to take effect, except for close relatives of U.S. citizens ...
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Citing America's 'destiny,' Trump revives long-dormant space council by executive order Citing America's 'destiny,' Trump revives long-dormant space council by executive order
WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order revamping the National Space Council on Friday, hoping to send "a clear signal to the world that we are restoring America’s proud legacy of leadership in space." "With the actions we are launching today, America will think big once again. Important words: Think big," Trump said. "It is America’s destiny to be at the forefront of humanity’s ...
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Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed
Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone could a...
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