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Author: 0 Sturgeon insists Scots must be offered independence as Brexit opt-out

Nicola Sturgeon has quietly dropped her previous commitment to hold another vote on Scottish independence by the spring of 2019, the SNP's manifesto for the 2017 general election has revealed. However, Scottish MPs would also urge the United Kingdom government to provide incentives for oil and gas companies diversifying into renewables. "Our future must be decided by us, not for us".

Author: 0 Trump tells 'confidants' US will quit Paris climate deal

Trump has said he would give world leaders the chance to make their case for the accord. He had previously threatened to pull out. In its final communique, G7 leaders said USA officials are "in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics".

Global Box Hill Hospital employee in critical condition after serious assault
Author: 0 Box Hill Hospital employee in critical condition after serious assault

Police said they were yet to apprehend the man responsible for the assault. Victoria Police said the second man hit the victim in the head, knocking him to the ground before fleeing the scene. He was wearing all black clothing and a black cap at the time of the incident. The man wanted for questioning about that incident left the area and is yet to be found.

Global Medicare plans to replace Social Security numbers on cards
Author: 0 Medicare plans to replace Social Security numbers on cards

Medicare beneficiaries will be getting new identification cards that are more secure beginning next year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said. The Government Accountability Office has called for the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare cards since 2004, saying the switch could help reduce billions in overpayments.

Author: 0 Jared Kushner: Trump's embattled son-in-law

The senior advisor's portfolio is so far-reaching he has been described as the "Secretary of Everything". Critics of Trump who may be experiencing Schadenfreude as a result of his son-in-law's tribulations are also anxious that it could hobble Kushner , who along with his wife, Ivanka Trump, are portrayed as moderating influences on the president.

Author: 0 Trade ministers agree to bring Trans-Pacific Partnership into force

President Donald Trump's switch to an "America First" agenda. TPP members are expected to make an announcement Sunday on the sidelines of a meeting of trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) bloc, which will also be attended by newly appointed United States trade chief Robert Lighthizer .

Author: 0 ISIS Booby Traps Killed Mosul Civilians After Airstrike

The probe found that the US bomb triggered secondary explosions from devices clandestinely planted in the lower floors of the concrete building, Isler said . Thousands of Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen, assisted by USA -led coalition warplanes and military advisers, are involved in the offensive, which was launched in October 2016.

Author: 0 Scotland must have a choice, says Sturgeon

Sturgeon promised to keep Scotland in the single market to protect the 80,000 jobs that could be at risk if there is a hard Brexit , she said, affecting sectors such as fisheries, agriculture and academia. The party has already set out a number of pledges, including a promise to retain the triple lock on pensions and an "anti-austerity plan" for additional investment in public services.

Author: 0 Merkel, minister stress U.S. ties after critical Trump tweet

In it the praised President Trump's trip as a show of strength. Following Trump's tweet, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel acknowledged that the alliance between the USA and Germany was strained. Just days after her meeting with President Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said traditional alliances were no longer as steadfast as they once were, and Europe should quote really take its fate into its own hands.

Author: 0 Trump pulling US out of Paris climate deal: Axios report

US President Donald Trump is "wide open" on whether to continue US support for the Paris climate accord, Defence Secretary James Mattis says. "Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat", he warned, announcing that he would host a United Nations climate summit in 2019 to promote worldwide support for the Paris Agreement.

Author: 0 Comedian Kathy Griffin apologises for Trump 'severed head' photo

I went way too far. So yes, liberals who condemned the copious images of President Barack Obama being lynched or of he and his wife and children being depicted as monkeys should condemn this one, too. We are evaluating New Year's Eve and have made no decisions at this point". On Tuesday, Shields, who is known for his provocative images, released photos he did with Griffin that immediately came under fire from people on Twitter .

Author: 0 May in major U-turn on social care funding

As Theresa May launched her manifesto for Wales, support for the Conservatives waned significantly - pushing them down to second place in the first time since the snap General Election was called. "And you will never have to go below 100,000 pounds of your savings, so you will always have something to pass on to your family". The sound of screeching rubber has accompanied Theresa May's U-turn on her policy on social care costs fatally dubbed the "dementia tax".

Author: 0 White House pushes back on Russian Federation allegations

Spicer's at-times combative relationship with reporters has become one of his defining characteristics, in part because it fuels Melissa McCarthy's famed impersonation of him on NBC's "Saturday Night Live". "I think he's very pleased with the work of his staff", Spicer said. Spicer argued that Dubke's exit does not reflect any dissatisfaction President Donald Trump has with his team and that the president's frustration comes from the "patently false" stories coming out in the press.

Author: 0 Election 2017: Labour 'clear' on independence referendum opposition

She said the government had to ensure Britain was "living within our means" given "the economic situation we had inherited". Betfair spokeswoman Katie Baylis said: "There's no doubt Labour are closing the gap in the polls , which is a sentiment that's also being reflected in the odds and it seems Corbyn gave his Labour party a slight advantage after last night's "debate" with the party's odds shortening into 11/1 from 13/1 yesterday on the Most Seats market".

Author: 0 The Daiwa Securities Group Inc. Buys 21261 Shares of McKesson Co. (MCK)

It has underperformed by 32.15% the S&P500. Sumitomo Life Insurance Company decreased Mckesson Corp ( MCK ) stake by 46.3% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Ibm Retirement Fund reported 21,111 shares. Columbia Asset Management has 0.41% invested in McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK). Chevy Chase Tru Holdings invested in 0.14% or 190,996 shares.

Author: 0 U.S. successfully shoots down mock warhead over Pacific

AP's commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. USA officials are calling Tuesday's successful test of the country's missile-defense system " an incredible accomplishment ", the Los Angeles Times reports. Davis said the US also has other means of shooting down an intercontinental ballistic missile headed towards the U.S. "Such a test seems like a logical move for the United States".

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Author: 0 Trump Defends Kushner With Story Citing Unnamed Sources

Donald Trump's shock White House win transformed his soft-spoken 36-year-old son-in-law into one of the world's most powerful men, but Jared Kushner's eyebrow-raising Kremlin contacts have put that status under threat. The White House has said the Trump administration's national security team is putting together a "holistic solution" to defeat ISIS. Removing the sanctions would have greatly expanded the bank's ability to do business in the United States.

Global Game of Thrones Season 7: Premiere to Be Longest Ever Episode
Author: 0 Game of Thrones Season 7: Premiere to Be Longest Ever Episode

Game of Thrones season 7 is right around the corner, and fans have a lot of questions about the remaining episodes as the series begins to head toward the finale in season 8. While the show's creators have previously spoken about the increased per-episode budget of the upcoming season, co-showrunner D.B. Weiss had a more practical explanation as to why the cast may feel like they are working harder and longer.

Author: 0 USA successfully tests ICBM defense system amid rising North Korea tensions

The intercept rocket released a 5-foot-long "kill vehicle" that collided with the mock warhead over the Pacific and destroyed it through the sheer force of the impact, an endeavor likened to shooting a bullet with a bullet. Pentagon officials like to say that it's like hitting a bullet with a bullet. For instance, North Korea regularly practices firing salvos of missiles because the American system is created to intercept only one or two incoming warheads at a time.

Author: 0 UK's May: Threat level to remain at 'critical'

Classified police photos from the scene of the Manchester terror attack leaked to the New York Times . Grande canceled seven upcoming dates on the European leg of her tour following the Manchester terror attack. It said several roads were closed and officers were "currently assessing the situation". And while not technically a leak, the (leaked) news that Mr Trump himself revealed sensitive information to a Russian delegation in the Oval Office reportedly given to the United ...

Author: 0 Senior US diplomat pushes back Sen. McCain's calls to expel Turkish ambassador

Mevlit Cavusoglu ..." The Turkish Foreign Ministry protested to John Bass on Monday to object to the way the situation was handled by USA officials. "We hope that, in the future, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that similar provocative actions causing harm and violence do not occur". Two senior lawmakers wrote a letter to Erdogan last week calling on the White House to remove the Turkish ambassador to the US for allowing the guards to interfere with the First Amendment ...

Author: 0 Trump returns to White House after first international trip

He focused heavily on leaks - both those coming out of the White House and an intelligence leak blamed on Americans about this week's deadly bombing at a concert in England. Now that he has returned to the White House, Trump will have to deal with the growing concern over possible links between his inner circle, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner , and Russian Federation, which has generated scores of headlines in the country while he was overseas.

Author: 0 The Guardian view on the SNP manifesto: a step back for Sturgeon

As the nation's first minister she has the power to do so under devolution, but said she did not want to do so because her government did not have the power to tackle tax avoidance. She claimed an SNP victory would reinforce a double mandate she said had been created by the SNP emerging as the largest party in last year's Holyrood election , and a recent Scottish Parliament vote for another referendum.

Author: 0 Swedish prosecutors drop Julian Assange rape investigation

The Ecuadorian government is to step up efforts to allow Mr Assange to continue his asylum in its country after Sweden's Director of Public Prosecutions Marianne Ny said she had made a decision to "discontinue" her investigation. But British police said Friday he still faces arrest in the United Kingdom for failing to surrender to the court in 2012. Assange had skipped bail in London to avoid being returned to Sweden, saying that American officials made up the rape case in an attempt ...

Author: 0 America successfully tests ICBM defense system in the Pacific

The test was once scheduled for a year ago, but pushed back as the Missile Defense Agency made engineering changes to the interceptor, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office released Tuesday. Tuesday's test comes as the USA has ramped up other missile defense efforts, including the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea which is created to counter short, medium and intermediate range missile threats.

Global Turkey wants USA envoy to leave
Author: 0 Turkey wants USA envoy to leave

Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. Witnesses, backed by social media video, say that Erdogan's security forces broke through DC police lines and attacked protesters outside the embassy carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party.

Author: 0 Two vehicle bombs kill at least 27 in Baghdad

Hours later a second auto bomb exploded near one of Baghdad's main bridges, killing 11 people and wounding at least 41. The Sunni extremists are increasingly turning to insurgency-style terror attacks to distract from their losses. The blast was the result of a Daesh suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device at a popular central Baghdad ice-cream shop. An IS truck bomb which ripped through a packed market in the same district during last year's Ramadan killed 300 people, making it ...

Author: 0 U.S. tests ICBM interceptor system first time in three years

Riki Ellison, founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, described the test as "vital" prior to launch. The U.S. interceptor has an uneven track record, having succeeded nine times out of 17 attempts against missiles in test since 1999, although the most recent test in June 2014 was a success.

Author: 0 Pentagon Conducts First Test to Shoot Down Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Riki Ellison, the founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance based near Washington which advocates for the development and deployment of missile defense systems to defend the United States, described the test as "vital". "This is part of a continuous learning curve", said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, ahead of Tuesday's test. The latest test was of a short-range ballistic missile, which landed in the Sea of Japan on Monday.

Author: 0 Defense Department Makes Successful Missile-Intercept in Test

North Korea has dramatically ramped up the pace of its missile tests over the past year, with a goal of developing an ICBM that can strike the US mainland. According to the plan, a 5-foot-long "kill vehicle" released from atop the interceptor zeroed in on the ICBM-like target's mock warhead outside Earth's atmosphere and obliterated it by sheer force of impact, the Pentagon said.

Global Russians discussed how to influence Trump via his aides — NY Times
Author: 0 Russians discussed how to influence Trump via his aides — NY Times

Russian Federation has denied involvement, and Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. The intelligence was among the clues - which also included information about direct communications between Mr. Schiff made the committee's subpoena plans known after the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday ordered Flynn to hand over documents from two of his businesses due to their possible links with Russian Federation.

Global Assembly endorses prime minister nominee
Author: 0 Assembly endorses prime minister nominee

President Moon Jae-in is allowed to appoint his cabinet members with recommendations from the prime minister. After the report is issued, Lee's case is expected to be sent to a parliamentary plenary session for a vote Wednesday. An agreement was reached in a meeting of the lawmakers in charge of the hearing, although the main opposition Korea Liberty Party was not present. The LKP with 107 seats has yet to decide whether to join the vote, while the minor Bareun Party with 20 seats said it ...

Author: 0 Donald Trump fails to spell again on Twitter

According to Twitter Audit Report, a website that analyzes how many of an account's followers are real people, just under half of those aren't real: 15.9 million are authentic, and 15 million aren't, for a 51% reality rate. He poked fun at the typo himself, tweeting around 6am: "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe"???" Dozens of definitions have been submitted the Urban Dictionary website, which crowdsources meanings for slang terms.

Global What is 'covfefe'? President Trump can explain
Author: 0 What is 'covfefe'? President Trump can explain

President Trump tweeted just after midnight Eastern time on Wednesday: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe ". And that was it. Other internet users took the opportunity to hit out at the United States leader with many asking: "You OK, Donald?" The president sent out a new tweet within half an hour in which he invited Twitter to figure out the "true meaning of 'covfefe '".

Author: 0 Jeremy Corbyn struggles to put cost on Labour plan for free childcare

Another member of the audience said he could not vote Labour due to Mr Corbyn's "ruthless, short-sighted" policies, which include raising corporation tax to 26%, a £10 an hour minimum wage and imposing VAT on private school fees. To laughter from supporters, she said: "I know that's an image that doesn't bear thinking about, but actually this is very serious". She added that many people "felt let down and left behind for too long" adding that she was committed to fighting "for all ...

Author: 0 Philippine military chief says at least 4 foreign extremists killed

A Philippine Air Force UH-1 helicopter hovers above a field as smoke billows from buildings in Marawi City's central district following aerial attacks from government forces on Sunday. "It was taken in Marawi and it was him, and the emotions that came out I think were really authentic", he said. "It gives us a lot of hope that these people are worth saving, because they are still alive", he said.

Global Suspect confessed to stabbing on MAX train, court documents say
Author: 0 Suspect confessed to stabbing on MAX train, court documents say

The mayor of Portland is calling for a " Trump Free Speech Rally " to be cancelled after an alleged white supremacist and self-described nihilist stabbed two people to death on a commuter train last week. Destinee Mangum , 16, was aboard the Metropolitan Area Express train with a friend in Portland, Ore ., Friday, May 26 when Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, began spewing hate speech at the girls.

Author: 0 Ariana Grande Plans Charity Concert In Manchester For Bombing Victims

Us President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "deeply troubling" leaks to US media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police stopped sharing information with US agencies. Among those taken into custody in Libya were the suspected bomber's father and his younger brother, the latter of whom confessed to knowing "all the details" of the attack plot, Libyan anti-terror authorities said.

Global White House rallies to Kushner defense
Author: 0 White House rallies to Kushner defense

He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programmes that will save our country billions of dollars. Kushner , who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, had contacts with Moscow in December about opening a secret back channel of communications, according to news reports published while Trump was away on his trip.

Global Trump lashes out at Germany over trade and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, promises 'change'
Author: 0 Trump lashes out at Germany over trade and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, promises 'change'

Spicer went on to say that the two heads of state "get along very well" and that Trump "has a lot of respect" for Merkel . Merkel also emphasized the continued need for friendly relations with the US and others. "We do not have the right to despoil the environment for future generations", Modi, who is in Berlin visit kicking off a four-nation Europe tour, said in Hindi, at a joint press conference with Merkel.

Global United Kingdom resumes intelligence-sharing after USA leak row
Author: 0 United Kingdom resumes intelligence-sharing after USA leak row

Investigative efforts and photos of key evidence have popped up in U.S. media outlets after having been shared with American intelligence to gain cooperation on counter-intelligence operations. He's been complaining about that for months, albeit in the context of how those impact him, but nonetheless May will be singing to the choir. But Trump critics, including some US intelligence officials, call his complaint ironic after he gave highly sensitive information about a foreign country's ...

Global Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet ships put at highest alert
Author: 0 Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet ships put at highest alert

The cyclone was expected to weaken in Bangladesh by late Tuesday morning as it moved inland towards India , where authorities have warned of heavy rain in the northeastern states of Tripura , Mizoram , Manipur , Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh .

Global Manchester Police Resume Intel Sharing With US
Author: 0 Manchester Police Resume Intel Sharing With US

As police raced to uncover the network that may have helped Abedi attack an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night, furious British officials blamed US authorities Thursday for leaking details of the investigation to the media. Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to raise the issue of the leaks with President Donald Trump in Brussels later. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi had "likely" been to Syria after the trip to Libya, citing information provided by British ...

Author: 0 Top Trump aide exits as wider White House overhaul expected

In this photo taken April 20, 2017, White House Communications Director Mike Dubke arrives in the East Room of the White House in Washington . "The president believes that seeing Europe and other NATO countries increase its burden sharing is a very positive thing for their own countries, for NATO as a whole and for the US", Spicer said, pointing to conversations at NATO and the G7 summits.

Global Spicer: Trump Has 'Fairly Unbelievable' Relationship With Merkel
Author: 0 Spicer: Trump Has 'Fairly Unbelievable' Relationship With Merkel

It is the "calling of our times to stand up to this man with everything that we represent", Social Democrat Martin Schulz , Merkel's main election challenger, said on Monday. His latest rant is likely to only fan the flames of anti-Trump feeling in Germany and its neighbors in the EU. On Merkel's apparent criticism of Trump, Haley said: "I think there's obviously some differences of opinion between the two of them, but at the same time I know what we believe in North Atlantic Treaty ...

Author: 0 Bryce Harper Charges Mound, Fails Miserably On Helmet Throw

Despite their history, Harper said he didn't step into Monday's at-bat thinking Strickland would hit him. Both players were ejected from the game and the Major League Baseball is reviewing the incident as is protocol. He and Strickland, and perhaps other players, will get a short suspension, and everything will return to normal. Despite respecting Strickland for where he threw, Harper said he isn't sure why the Giants reliever is holding a grudge.

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