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Congress-Led Opposition Fields Meira Kumar as Presidential Nominee

The Bhartiya Janata Party ( BJP ) had already declared Ram Nath Kovind, former Bihar Governor, as NDA's candidate for the presidential election . Soft-spoken, Meira Kumar, 72, is the first woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha, a former Union Minister and has held senior organisational responsibilities in the Congress, including as General Secretary . [Full Article...]

Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the bill , drafted in secret by a handful of lawmakers and aides, at a closed-door session with party faithful. The bill would also repeal a long list of taxes under the Affordable Care Act , including the 2.3% medical device excise tax and an annual fee imposed on manufacturers and importers of branded prescription drugs. [Full Article...]

Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Qatar has welcomed a recent US position questioning the motives of Gulf allies for their blockade on Doha . Investors already know this: Qatar is the second-worst performer among MSCI emerging market countries so far this year, based on the performance of large- and mid-cap stocks through Tuesday. [Full Article...]

Sai Praneeth to take on Srikanth in Australian Open quarter-final

The women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy defeated Australia's Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and Jennifer Tam 21-11, 21-13 to reach the second round. Srikanth will next play top seed Son Wan Ho of Korea, while Sai Praneeth will be up against Huang Yuxiang of China. After extending the lead to 20-17, he squandered three game points as Praneeth leveled at 20-20. [Full Article...]

Prime Minister May offer: European Union citizens can stay in UK

Prime Minister May offer: European Union citizens can stay in UK He insisted there was much " common ground" and that the timetable for withdrawal was "ambitious, but eminently achievable". Michel Barnier , the EU's chief negotiator, and David Davis, the UK Brexit minister, stressed after their talks in Brussels that an exit deal was achievable, but both conceded the talks were up against the clock, with Britain set to leave the European Union in March ... [Full Article...]

North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM

North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM North Korea's previous ballistic missile firing was at the end of May when the regime of Kim Jong-un has alleged that its had been a successful test of a precision-guided system as it was known to be in pursuit of developing an "aircraft carrier killer", i.e.an anti-ship ballistic missile. [Full Article...]

FBI to detail findings on Congressional baseball shooting

FBI to detail findings on Congressional baseball shooting The attack on a group of Republican lawmakers at an Alexandria , Va., baseball field was not linked to terrorism, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a briefing on Wednesday. He was able to attend the annual congressional baseball game on Thursday, albeit on crutches. Hodgkinson had been living in a van, which was found in the parking lot of the nearby YMCA he visited daily. [Full Article...]

Israel considers increasing security at Damascus Gate after deadly attack

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks , the group's Amaq news agency said. But Hamas , the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, rubbished the claim. In addition, Israeli forces closed off Deir Abu-Mash'al, the Ramallah-area village where the three Palestinians who carried out Friday's attack were from. [Full Article...]

Mourners Gather In Wyoming, Ohio, For Funeral Of Otto Warmbier

Mourners Gather In Wyoming, Ohio, For Funeral Of Otto Warmbier While much has been made of Trump's tweet , it is unclear how significant it is in terms of signaling a shift in the approach the US will take on North Korea. Tillerson urged China to help crack down on illicit revenue to North Korea that allegedly helps fund its nuclear weapons and missile programmes. United States doctors who had travelled to the North last week to evacuate him had recognise... [Full Article...]

Obamacare replacement bill runs into Republican trouble

Tim Scott of SC. Drafting the Senate bill has been a delicate dance for McConnell. "What we've got to show for this scheme is people fleeing our state in droves, businesses relocating, and crushing and often unpayable bills for those who stay behind", said Rep. [Full Article...]

Heavy Rains And Flooding As Tropical Storm Cindy Makes Landfall

The center of the storm is projected to make landfall Thursday morning over southeastern Texas or southwestern Louisiana . Jasper County received less than three inches of rain, with only minor reports of flooding in some areas, despite early models showing otherwise. [Full Article...]

Four GOP senators will not support current Obamacare replacement, push for changes

Four GOP senators will not support current Obamacare replacement, push for changes It caps Medicaid payments to the states and slows the program's growth while enabling states to reduce standards for private insurance . It would also end the tax penalties under Mr Obama's law on people who do not buy insurance - the so-called individual mandate - and on larger firms that do not offer coverage to their employees. [Full Article...]

US Shoots Down Pro-Syrian Drone

US Shoots Down Pro-Syrian Drone The U.S. -led coalition said in a statement that an F-15E Strike Eagle jet destroyed the Shaheed-129 drone around 12:30 am northeast of the Al-Tanaf garrison, which is close to the Jordanian border. As analyst Maysam Behravesh noted , the strike was also meant to send a message to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States , at a time of open Trump administration collusion with its two ma... [Full Article...]

Friend Of Former South Korea Leader Jailed For Three Years - Yonhap

Friend Of Former South Korea Leader Jailed For Three Years - Yonhap The court also sentenced Choi Kyung-hee, ex-president of the university, and Namkung Gon, the university's former head of admissions, to two years and 1 1/2 years in prison, respectively, for complying with her requests. Samsung's heir Lee Jae-Yong, who was arrested in February and is now on trial, has denied asking for policy favours when he met Park, arguing that Samsung was a victim of blackma... [Full Article...]

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many The outcome also raised questions about the reign of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi . But this is sure to spark soul-searching in a party that is shut out of power in Washington and has steadily lost influence at the state level in recent years. [Full Article...]

Qatar faced with punitive list of demands by Arab neighbors

According to the list, Qatar must refuse to naturalize citizens from the four countries and expel those now in Qatar, in what the countries describe as an effort to keep Qatar from meddling in their internal affairs. Cutting ties to Iran would prove incredibly hard. More broadly, the list demands that Qatar align itself politically, economically and otherwise with the Gulf Cooperation Council,... [Full Article...]

Supreme Court to hear Wisconsin gerrymander case

Supreme Court to hear Wisconsin gerrymander case He said on Monday that Wisconsin's "redistricting process was entirely lawful and constitutional, and the district court should be reversed". "Prior to the last decennial redistricting in 2010, voters approved an independent redistricting commission that was tasked with applying specific redistricting criteria that excluded consideration of incumbency and moreover prohibited drawing districts to... [Full Article...]

Investigators request Trump/Comey tapes - if they exist

Comey raises a legitimate point when he asks: Why did the president have everyone leave the Oval Office before he brought up the Flynn investigation and said he hoped Comey could let it go? On Friday, Trump strongly suggested Comey had lied about their encounters and accused him of being a "leaker". [Full Article...]

Police officer lynched to death in Srinagar

Police officer lynched to death in Srinagar DSP Nowhatta mob lynching: Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith was stoned to death by an irate mob near Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar , according to agency reports. "He was overpowered by the mob, undressed, and beaten to death", a resident of Nowhatta area told Firstpost . Police reinforcements have been rushed to the area. [Full Article...]

Ram Nath Kovind files nomination for Presidential election, PM Modi accompanies him

The 71-year-old said after filing his nomination papers that he had ceased to belong to any political party after he became governor of Bihar in 2015. In the third set, proposer Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will be present. Referring to national security, Kovind said, "The president is also the supreme commander of all three f... [Full Article...]


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