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Welwyn Hatfield's Conservatives have clung onto control of the borough council after a roller coaster election. The Tories retained control of Wandsworth Council, last won by Labour in 1974, after winning more than half the seats, as well as Westminster City Council.
  • Dominican Republic opens diplomatic ties with China, drops Taiwan

    Dominican Republic opens diplomatic ties with China, drops Taiwan

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    In June a year ago, Panama cut ties with Taipei to open relations with Beijing. Espinal said that even without formal diplomatic relations with China, trade between the two countries "has grown year after year to the point that today China is the second biggest supplier of our imports".
  • BJP Union Minister Offers Advice to Rahul Gandhi on Poll Prediction

    BJP Union Minister Offers Advice to Rahul Gandhi on Poll Prediction

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    He is fearing defeat so changing seats, fighting two seats. He claimed that Congress workers could withstand all the pressures from money and muscle power and the use of various Central agencies in Gujarat . Raju, requested the state police chief to "ground" the aircraft at Hubballi and investigate the malfunction. "Anyhow, We will pray Kailasnath to help Bail Gandhi complete his Cambridge Analytica- scripted "Temple runs" before he gets convicted in corruption cases".
  • Here comes another sunny week — Portland weather Sunday

    Here comes another sunny week — Portland weather Sunday

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    Expect continuing winds with gusts up to 29 miles per hour during the day. TONIGHT - Partly Cloudy and Breezy. Low around 55F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 miles per hour. Rain chances return next weekend but right now the chance for widespread rain and thunderstorms looks low. Next weekend may turn out pretty nice with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 60s, which is generally seasonal.
  • Mediheal Championship: Lydia Ko wins her first tournament in two years

    Mediheal Championship: Lydia Ko wins her first tournament in two years

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    When she didn't get the desired results in 2017, going without a win on Tour for the first time since 2012, she overhauled her team once again. This was Ko's 15th tour victory and her third on the Lake Merced course since turning professional as a 14-year-old, but she had gone 44 tournaments since her last win and plummeted from her position atop the rankings as a teenager.
  • Mueller has dozens of questions for Trump in Russian Federation probe

    Mueller has dozens of questions for Trump in Russian Federation probe

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    The newspaper published a list of questions it said represents an outline of what Mueller would ask Trump during a one-on-one interview. The Times obtained a list of the questions, which range from Mr Trump's motivations for firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey a year ago to contacts Mr Trump's campaign had with Russians.
  • Durian Gas Leak Scare at Australian University Prompts Evacuation

    Durian Gas Leak Scare at Australian University Prompts Evacuation

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    An investigation was launched into the source of the smell because the building was known to store potentially risky chemicals - but it all it turned up was some durian fruit left rotting in a cupboard. "The smell had moved around the building via the air conditioning system", the statement continued. Even though the fruit originates from Southeast Asia, it is exported to countries like Australia and can be found in supermarkets.
  • Porn star Daniels sues President Trump for defamation

    Porn star Daniels sues President Trump for defamation

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    Trump's statement is false and defamatory", according to the lawsuit . The sketch depicted a man Daniels described as having threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011. In the complaint , filed in the Southern District of New York, Daniels demands $75,000 and claims Trump's tweet "falsely attacks the veracity of Ms.
  • Northern Irish DUP says EU's Barnier needs to understand unionists' views

    Northern Irish DUP says EU's Barnier needs to understand unionists' views

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    She said he pretended to understand the issues but was "not an honest broker". Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited New-Bridge Integrated College in Loughbrickland, The Jethro community centre in Lurgan and Warrenpoint Harbour, as part of a programme which he said aimed to engage ordinary Northern Ireland people on Brexit.
  • Report says WH chief of staff called Trump an 'idiot'; Kelly denies

    Report says WH chief of staff called Trump an 'idiot'; Kelly denies

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    It's a frightening way from a chief of staff to be describing the most powerful person in the world, but Acosta reports that Kelly's disparaging assessment came after Trump made comments that many in the country found jarring. In the course of the assembly, Kelly reportedly stated that Trump "does not even perceive what DACA is". White House spokespeople cited by NBC said they hadn't seen Kelly have a negative effect on the morale of women working in the White House .
  • Pompeo: Ankara could face sanctions if will buy Russian s-400

    Pompeo: Ankara could face sanctions if will buy Russian s-400

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    Cavusoglu's remarks came after Pompeo raised serious concerns about Ankara's purchase of the S-400 batteries, and after Washington's envoy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, threatened Turkey with "serious consequences" earlier in the week for the Russian deal.
  • Donald Trump to visit United Kingdom in July, Sky sources say

    Donald Trump to visit United Kingdom in July, Sky sources say

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    Mr Khan responded to Thursday's announcement of the July visit by saying that in London the President would "experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear". Meanwhile, the offer of a ceremonial state visit remains on the table, according to a Whitehall source. The visit is "very, very symbolic and very important", given the U.K.is a significant trading and investment partner for the US, the ambassador told LBC radio presenter Nick ...
  • Senate approves Pompeo as US Secretary of State

    Senate approves Pompeo as US Secretary of State

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    Trump applauded Pompeo's confirmation, hailing him as a "patriot" with "immense talent, energy and intellect" who will be an asset for the United States . But ultimately, the 54-year-old West Point graduate and former congressman beat back critics, easily winning Senate confirmation in a 57-42 vote. Yet his opponents warned that his hawkish foreign policy views and negative comments about gay marriage and Muslims made him ill-equipped to serve as a diplomat or to represent the U.S.
  • Sergey Lavrov: US is trying to divide Syria

    Sergey Lavrov: US is trying to divide Syria

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    Rouhani, Putin and Erdogan, "reaffirmed their determination to continue their active cooperation on Syria for the achievement of lasting ceasefire between the conflicting parties and advancement of the political process envisaged by UN Security Council Resolution 2254", said a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting of the three leaders in Ankara.
  • Mails Show Lawyer Veselnitskaya In Close Communication With Top Russian Officials

    Mails Show Lawyer Veselnitskaya In Close Communication With Top Russian Officials

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    The newly discovered communications between Veselnitskaya and the Russian government indicate that the lawyer held a level of influence within the Kremlin, undercutting her long-held insistence that she was merely a private attorney. In one in a series of emails, she informally addressed a senior prosecutor on Chaika's staff, Sergei A. Bochkaryov, about the Russian government's response.
  • NBC's Lack: Review of Lauer scandal near completion

    NBC's Lack: Review of Lauer scandal near completion

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    Vester, who was a war correspondent for NBC News during the 90's, came forward with her story in a video interview with Variety . Brokaw , who described the stories about him as a "drive-by shooting", said that he had called the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes on her behalf and that Vester got a job there.
  • Superior seeks 'return to normal' following refinery fire

    Superior seeks 'return to normal' following refinery fire

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    EPA official David Morrison said they were monitoring air quality on Thursday, using equipment on the crews who were right at the heart of the fire. Since the fire began, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been monitoring the air to make sure it's safe to breathe.
  • Superior Refinery Fire Extinguished

    Superior Refinery Fire Extinguished

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    Authorities say a smoky refinery fire that forced many residents of Superior, Wisconsin, to evacuate is out. An initial explosion occurred around 10:06 am (1506 GMT) at the Husky Energy oil refinery. Officials said they did not know the cause of the explosions. Another five are being treated at St. Mary's Hospital in Superior, Talarico said. Douglas County officials posted an update Thursday evening saying the fire is extinguished but asking residents in the evacuation area to stay away ...
  • Oil prices rise on concerns over supply disruptions

    Oil prices rise on concerns over supply disruptions

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    Crude oil futures were slightly higher Thursday despite an unexpected rise in USA inventories. United States now exports more crude oil than Africa's top oil producer, Nigeria , after excessively reducing its imports of crude oil from Nigeria a few years ago.
  • Celebrate National Pretzel Day With These Delicious Deals

    Celebrate National Pretzel Day With These Delicious Deals

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    The carb-filled celebration isn't about making money, but rather rewarding "loyal customers and inviting new customers" to taste the product, says Michael Haspe, owner of Totally Twisted Pretzel , which moved from the now-shuttered Schuylkill Mall to the South Mall previous year.
  • Macron says France will increase support to coalition in Syria

    Macron says France will increase support to coalition in Syria

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    Walking hand in hand, kisses from cheek to cheek, effusive praise. But before Congress , Macron suggested he wanted more than just good optics. lawmakers Wednesday before delivering - in English - a rare address to Congress, urging America to help "reinvent multilateralism". "This is a great honor and seldom allowed to be done.he will be GREAT!" Here are other highlights from Macron's speech, and what they could mean for the relationship between France and the U.S.
  • Senate fires warning shot at Trump over Mueller

    Senate fires warning shot at Trump over Mueller

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    However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still refusing to bring any such measure to a vote in the full Senate. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)-who co-sponsored the bill with Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)-expressed hope that the committee's 14-7 vote "serves as a clear sign that protecting the special counsel and America's democracy is of the utmost importance".
  • Rain will take a break into Thursday

    Rain will take a break into Thursday

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    Tonight , temperatures will be mild under cloudy conditions. Plenty of sunshine is ahead for us Thursday . This afternoon, a stray rumble of thunder or two can't be ruled out. Chances for rain remain high this afternoon, and start to wind down this evening. This will continue early in the day on Saturday . "We have a series of weather systems coming by".
  • The Supreme Court Finally Heard Arguments Over Trump's Travel Ban

    The Supreme Court Finally Heard Arguments Over Trump's Travel Ban

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    A series of lower court rulings previous year highlighted those concerns and branded the measure unconstitutional, dealing what were then stunning setbacks to the new administration. Seema Sked, 39, stood before the court's plaza with a homemade sign that read, "Proud American Muslim". The government announced that the country had cleared up questions on immigrant vetting; suggesting that the security issue, and not Muslims, is behind the ban.
  • Trump's First State Dinner Includes Billionaires And Olympians

    Trump's First State Dinner Includes Billionaires And Olympians

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    The entire evening honoring French President Emmanuel Macron was carefully planned by the first lady - right down to the 1,200 cherry blossom branches used as decorations and the china from the Clinton White House used for the meal. On Tuesday, Trump said there was "a very good chance" the two countries could reach a deal as a United States delegation prepared to head to China in a few days.
  • Policeman killed in encounter with militants in south Kashmir

    Policeman killed in encounter with militants in south Kashmir

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    Srinagar :A security force personnel was on Tuesday killed while another was injured in an encounter with militants in a forest area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said . Latif Gojri succumbed to injuries he suffered in an encounter in a forest in Tral in Awantipura police district. The security forces have cordoned off the area.
  • Alfie Evans' Dad Says He's Giving Him Mouth To Mouth Resuscitation

    Alfie Evans' Dad Says He's Giving Him Mouth To Mouth Resuscitation

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    Alfie was born on 9 May 2016. A spokeswoman for the Christian Legal Centre, which is assisting them, said an air ambulance was "waiting outside Alder Hey Hospital ready to take Alfie to hospital in Italy". Instead, Evans will remain at Alder Hey Children's Hospital , or may eventually be permitted to return home with his parents. Hayden said during Tuesday's hearing that the best scenario for Alfie's parents was to look into the possibility of transferring him from intensive care to a ...
  • Israel says 15 Hamas operatives arrested in West Bank raid

    Israel says 15 Hamas operatives arrested in West Bank raid

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    The family of slain Palestinian lecturer Dr Fadi al-Batsh will move back home to the Palestinian territory of Gaza after the academic is laid to rest there. The motorbike they were allegedly riding was found abandoned Tuesday not far from where the assassination took place. Israel has a long history of being accused of targeting wanted Palestinian militants in daring overseas operations and has been linked to other assassinations as well, though it has rarely publicly acknowledged them.
  • 2 sheriff's deputies killed in suspected ambush in Florida

    2 sheriff's deputies killed in suspected ambush in Florida

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    A man who investigators say killed two sheriff's deputies in rural north Florida was a mystery figure in the small agricultural community rocked by the shooting. "The only thing these men were guilty of is wanting to protect you and me". "They gave their lives so that we can all be safe", he said. "Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsey were the best of the best".
  • Britain sticks to plans on EU customs union

    Britain sticks to plans on EU customs union

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    It is a trading bloc made up of the EU's member states, in which goods move freely across borders without tariffs. The report focuses on one of the two possible options put forward by Mrs May last month that would involve the United Kingdom imposing the same checks as the European Union when goods arrive at its borders that are destined for the EU.
  • Armenian premier resigns amid protests

    Armenian premier resigns amid protests

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    Sargsyan made the announcement in a statement on his website, saying that "the movement of the streets is against my office", so he chose to leave office. "Russia does not interfere in the internal affairs of its allies". Jubilation filled the Republic Square in Yerevan as people cracked open bottles of champagne, dancing in the fountain, hugging and waving flags.
  • Photo captures 4 former presidents, 4 first ladies at Barbara Bush's funeral

    Photo captures 4 former presidents, 4 first ladies at Barbara Bush's funeral

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    Included in the photo are George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Laura Bush; Bill and Hillary Clinton; Barack and Michelle Obama; and Melania Trump . Bush and was one of three eulogists whom Ms Bush herself selected before her death. "I think we should study this next photograph for all that it says because it speaks a thousand words", she explained.
  • Wild Eliminated by Jets

    Wild Eliminated by Jets

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    Conversely, Winnipeg is 34-7-2-0 in home games. "Yeah, they love the Jets and they're happy, but it's nearly like we're secondary to what is going on in the city and that's a great thing". "I thought the team was great in front of me". "He's a guy that I learned a lot from when I was younger". It makes for possibly the most wild atmosphere in the playoffs, and it gave the Minnesota Wild absolute fits in a quick five-game series that Winnipeg ended on Friday night.
  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, EU Official Discuss Privacy Protection

    Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, EU Official Discuss Privacy Protection

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    As Wired noted, this raises a lot of questions about the thoroughness of the audits and whether Facebook's agreement with the FTC in 2011 is even effective. The University of Cambridge has rejected a freedom of information request from WikiTribune related to an internal dispute over the work of the academic who is a key character in the data scandal that has engulfed Facebook, though the university said it recognised there was public interest in the information.