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?I did not collude?: Kushner releases 3,700-word statement detailing 4 Russia contacts
In a lengthy statement to the congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump's son-in-law says that he has ?nothing to hide.?
Death toll rises to nine in suspected Texas human smuggling case
At least eight men were found dead on Sunday alongside dozens of people discovered inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, in what authorities called a case of "ruthless" human trafficking. Thirty people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were removed from the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Another person was found in a wooded area nearby and was also being treated, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said in a statement.
Snooty, world's oldest known manatee, dies in aquarium accident
(Reuters) - Snooty, the world's oldest known manatee in captivity, has died in an accident at a Florida aquarium just days after his 69th birthday, officials said on Sunday.
US student freed after week held in China over taxi dispute
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ? An American university student is free following a weeklong detention in China for allegedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother during a fare dispute, in a case that drew objections over the student's treatment from U.S. lawmakers.
Israel and Jordan in diplomatic standoff after Israeli security agent kills two at embassy in Amman
Jordan is refusing to allow an Israeli diplomatic security agent to leave the country after he killed two Jordanians while being attacked at Israel?s embassy in Amman, leading to a diplomatic standoff between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbour. The situation began on Sunday when a 17-year-old Jordanian carpenter came to a residential building inside the heavily-fortified Israeli embassy compound to replace some furniture. The carpenter then attacked the Israeli guard with a screw driver, according to the Israeli foreign ministry. The guard opened fire and killed the carpenter but also fatally wounded the landlord of the building, a Jordanian doctor. Jordanian police deployed to Israel's embassy after a shooting left two people dead Credit: REUTERS Jordanian police are now demanding that the wounded security guard submit to interrogation over the killings. But Israel has said the agent has diplomatic immunity and cannot be arrested or questioned. ?In accordance with the Vienna Convention, the security officer has immunity from investigation and imprisonment,? the Israeli foreign ministry said. Jordan's Department of Public Safety said it was investigating the incident. The scene outside Israel's embassy in Amman Credit: REUTERS Jordan is one of only two Arab countries that have diplomatic ties to Israel and the shooting in Amman adds new strain on the already sensitive Israeli-Jordanian relationship. The shooting comes amid a wave of violence sparked by tensions over the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam. Israel installed metal detectors at the mosque after Palestinians smuggled guns into the holy site and used them to kill two Israeli police officers. But the metal detectors have sparked a major backlash from Palestinians, who see them as part of Israeli effort to assert its control over the holy site, which is also sacred to to Jews and known to Israelis as the Temple Mount. The clashes took place in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank Credit: AFP PHOTO / Ahmad GHARABLIAHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images On Friday there were widespread clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli forces, which ended with the deaths of three young Palestinians. Late on Friday evening a Palestinian teenager crept in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and killed three Israelis as they sat for traditional shabbat dinner. It was not clear if the carpenter in Amman was motivated by the situation at al-Aqsa. There have been large demonstrations in Jordan in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem. Jordan plays a role in the Islamic administration of the al-Aqsa mosque and Israeli and Jordanian officials had been speaking behind the scenes all last week to try to reach a compromise to reduce tensions. No agreement was struck. Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray outside Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City Credit: / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBONGALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump?s peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt, was due to fly to the region on Monday to try to help broker a deal. The Palestinian Authority - the semi-autonomous Palestinian government in the West Bank - has cut all official contact with Israel over the situation at al-Aqsa. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is under pressure from his public to take a hard line over al-Aqsa. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is under similar pressure from the Right-wing of his own coalition government. While the Israeli military and lead security agency are said to favour removing the metal detectors at al-Aqsa to calm the situation, Mr Netanyahu?s more Right-wing cabinet ministers say removing the detectors would be giving in to Palestinian pressure. The cabinet met late on Sunday to discuss the issue but no decision was made. Jordanian security forces deployed around Israel?s fortress-like embassy in Amman on Monday to protect it. Israel?s diplomats were huddled inside the compound, effectively stuck there until the situation with the guard is resolved. ?The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and security authorities are working with the Jordanian government over various channels,? the Israeli foreign ministry said.
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow: 'Pardons are not on the table'
Trump legal team member Jay Sekulow talks about the latest in the Russia investigation on "This Week."
Teen Driver Livestreamed Crash That Killed Her Little Sister: Cops
Obdulia Sanchez was booked on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after Friday's crash killed her 14-year-old sister.
Snooty dead: World's oldest known manatee dies aged 69 in 'heartbreaking accident'
The world?s oldest manatee has died in a ?heartbreaking? accident at his Florida home a day after celebrating his 69th birthday. According to the South Florida Museum, a panel door leading out of the underwater tank which is normally bolted shut had been knocked loose.
Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor
Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima's No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. "There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtures of melted metal and fuel that fell from the vessel," a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company was planning further analysis of the images.
Trump suggests Republicans should ?protect their president?
The president tweeted on Sunday that it is ?very sad? Republicans are doing "very little to protect" him ? and admitted that the ongoing Russia probe, while ?phony,? may be ?taking hold.?
Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck
A man charged in Texas with transporting unauthorized immigrants in a stifling truck told investigators he had no idea that they were inside until he stopped and found dozens of dead and dehydrated people in the back, court papers showed on Monday. James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, was arrested on Sunday and could face the death penalty after authorities found eight men dead in the back of his tractor trailer truck parked outside a Walmart store in San Antonio. Scores of other immigrants, including children, suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, were also inside.
The Latest: USS Constitution returns to water after repairs
BOSTON (AP) ? The Latest on the USS Constitution's return to Boston Harbor (all times local):
California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go home
California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more local residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to contain the blaze fully. The Detwiler Fire is 40 percent contained, unchanged from Saturday, after burning 76,000 acres (30,700 hectares) and 130 structures, including 63 homes, since it broke out on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. Evacuation orders were lifted as of 12 p.m. PST for much of the historic gold rush era town of Coulterville and nearby areas as firefighters completed firelines to contain the blaze, Cal Fire said in a statement.
North Korea is Able to Launch a 'Limited Missile Attack,' Warns Top U.S. General
Gen. Joe Dunford said it would be best for the U.S. to tackle Pyongyang's nuclear program through diplomatic and economic means
Serbia's president urges nation to resolve Kosovo relations
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) ? Serbia must resolve its relations with its breakaway former province of Kosovo in order to move forward, Serbia's president wrote in an opinion piece Monday.
Woman Shares Touching Photo of Walmart Employee Helping Blind Man Shop
She said the heartwarming moment caught her eye.
Jihadists take control of major Syrian city
Jihadists on Sunday took Idlib in Syria after rival rebels withdrew, strengthening their grip over the northwestern city and its province, one of the last beyond regime control. At the same time a car bomb exploded in Idlib killing 11 people, nine of them jihadists, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The truce ended a week of fierce fighting between HTS and Ahrar al-Sham, which is backed by Turkey and some Gulf countries, that killed at least 92 people including 15 civilians, the Observatory said.
Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu
Somalian mural artist Muawiye Hussein Sidow, also known as ?Shik Shik?, is the man responsible for the art that features on more than 100 shops, including barbers, tea shops and supermarkets across Mogadishu. (Reuters)
Donald Trump said 'maybe Russia did interfere with US election, maybe they didn't', new communications director Anthony Scaramucci reveals
President Donald Trump has privately expressed doubts about Russian meddling in the US election, the incoming White House Communications director has revealed. Anthony Scaramucci, who recently replaced Michael Dubke as head of White House communications in a dramatic White House shakeup, told CNN?s Jake Tapper that ?someone? called him recently to express ambivalence on the possibility of Russian hacking. Pressed on who that someone was, Mr Scaramucci responded, ?The President?.
Venezuela?s symphony of protests
Musicians in Venezuela have been taking their instruments to protests this year, and a violist was killed in June. Here are some of the players in action.
Indonesian leader: Shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) ? Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says police should shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest because of a narcotics crisis facing the country.
Five killed in Mexico City shootings
Five people were killed and nearly a dozen injured in separate shootings in Mexico City on Sunday, authorities said, adding to a growing death toll in the capital which has largely been spared the criminal violence plaguing the country. Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot four people in a bar in the gritty Llano Redondo neighborhood on the city's southwestern fringe early on Sunday morning, according to the local attorney general's office. Then on Sunday afternoon, a 45-year-old woman and a man of 55 were fatally shot at a street market in the sprawling borough of Iztapalapa on the eastern edge of Mexico City, the attorney general's office said in a statement.
Ryanair firms Alitalia interest, as EasyJet boosts jobs
Ryanair has made a "non-binding offer" for loss-making Italian rival Alitalia, the Irish no-frills carrier said Monday, as rival EasyJet said it plans to employ more than 1,200 new staff. "We have made a non-binding offer for Alitalia. As the largest airline in Italy, it's important we are involved in the process," Ryanair said in a statement after Italian media said Friday that about ten such bids had been made.
Ohio set to resume executions, child killer awaits appeals
Ohio is moving toward carrying out its first execution in more than three years.
Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other Family
She claims their negligence led to the boys' deaths in the suit.
Republican strategy on healthcare bill in flux ahead of vote
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senate leaders aim to hold a procedural vote as early as Tuesday to take up legislation to repeal or replace Obamacare, but it remained unclear which version of the bill senators would vote on. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a pledge to roll back former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Senator John Thune, a member of the Republican leadership, told "Fox News Sunday" the initial vote was simply a way to open debate on the bill so that senators from both parties could offer amendments.
Alaska town's purr-fect unofficial cat mayor dies
July 23 (Reuters) - Stubbs, the cat who became the unofficial mayor and a tourist attraction for the small Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at 20, his owners said.
Donald Trump accuses Republicans of 'doing very little' to protect him during 'phony Russian witch hunt'
Having spent the day at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, he returned home to fire off a brace of tweets in his typically combative style. Mr Trump did not elaborate on which Republicans he meant but many within his own party have attacked him ever since he announced his intention to seek the party?s nomination, accusing him of being a political opportunist rather than a ?true? Republican. Members of the Republican party are playing in active role in the various investigations into the Trump campaign team?s communications with Russian representatives ahead of the 2016 election.
Three killed in northeast Nigeria suicide attacks
Three people were killed in suicide bomb attacks at a camp for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, the emergency services said on Monday. Abdulkadir Ibrahim, from the National Emergency Management Agency, said the blasts happened at about 11:20 pm (2220 GMT) on Sunday, just outside the Borno state capital of Maiduguri. "Two suicide bombers (a male and a female) detonated their improvised explosive devices at Dalori 1 IDP (internally displaced persons) camp, leading to the death of three IDPs, while 17 others were injured," he said in a statement.
San Antonio: Nine people found dead in lorry outside Walmart were victims of 'horrific human trafficking crime'
Eight suspected illegal immigrants have been found dead inside a truck parked behind a Walmart store in Texas, authorities say. Many were suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion in the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Twenty people were airlifted to seven hospitals and their conditions were "critical to very critical", Mr Hood said.
Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60,000 on her birthday, state-owned media reported Monday, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash. The Herald newspaper said Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace gave Junior Gumbochuma the money at her birthday celebrations, while the couple's children gave her $10,000. Gumbochuma, who is Grace Mugabe's elder sister, celebrated her 60th birthday on Sunday as Grace celebrated her 52nd at one of the Mugabes' farms in Shamva, northeast of Harare.
Japan almost finished with probe into US Navy ship collision
TOKYO (AP) ? Japanese authorities said Monday that they were almost finished with their investigation into last month's collision between a Philippine freighter and a U.S. naval destroyer that left seven Navy sailors dead, but still haven't been given access to data from the U.S. side.
Sisters Give Birth to Babies on the Same Day: 'It Was Not Planned'
They said the cousins will have a joint first birthday party.
Iran top judge demands U.S. release assets, jailed Iranians
Iran's top judge called on the United States on Monday to release Iranians held in U.S. jails and billions of dollars in Iranian assets, days after Washington urged Tehran to free three U.S. citizens. The statement by Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani capped a week of heightened rhetoric over the jailing and disappearance of Americans in Iran and new U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
What Happens If You Eat Too Much Tuna Fish?
Tuna fish is healthy and tasty, but too much of it can be deadly.
Rexit? Rex Tillerson 'to quit as Donald Trump's secretary of state before the end of the year'
Rex Tillerson is growing increasingly disillusioned with President Donald Trump and could leave his administration before the end of the year, according to two sources who spoke to CNN. The secretary of state has found himself undermined by the president, who openly contradicts him and appears disinterested in the work of Mr Tillerson's team of career diplomats at the state department. Friends of Mr Tillerson's had previously believed he would ride out the rollercoaster at Foggy Bottom - home of the state department. But CNN on Monday reported that the friends had noticed "a change in tone," and thought that he could well be planning on leaving Washington. Profile | Rex Tillerson "His frustration is hardly a secret and it has spilled out publicly at times," CNN reported. "But friends sense a change of late. "Two sources who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity over the weekend said they would not be surprised if there was a 'Rexit' from Foggy Bottom sooner that that." The 65-year-old Texan has made no secret of his struggle with the role. Reluctant in front of the camera, in his first interview he said he had only taken the job because his wife thought it was a good idea. Rex Tillerson at the state department on June 9 The president has made his life harder by blocking a number of people Mr Tillerson wished to appoint, including stopping the hiring of Elliott Abrams as Mr Tillerson's second in command, because Mr Abrams was critical of Mr Trump and his policy positions during the 2016 campaign. The state department is described as a hollowed-out and demoralised institution under Mr Tillerson, who has failed to convince his boss that diplomacy is something to be prized. Mr Tillerson reportedly got involved in a heated argument about staffing, in which Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, reportedly called Mr Tillerson "unprofessional". During his tirade, inside the office of chief of staff Reince Priebus, Mr Tillerson reportedly quarreled with the director of presidential personnel, Johnny DeStefano, and made clear he didn?t want the White House to ?have any role in staffing.? Mr Tillerson has also been undermined on policy. Rex Tillerson with his Saudi counterpart He advocated remaining neutral during the Gulf dispute with Qatar, saying: ?We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar. There are humanitarian consequences to this blockade." Hours later, Mr Trump went against his position and openly backed Saudi Arabia. ?The nation of Qatar, unfortunately has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,? said Mr Trump. ?And in the wake of that conference, nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behaviour." Mr Tillerson unsuccessfully argued against Mr Trump pulling the US out of the Paris climate change agreement, and when asked whether he still wishes the US was part of the deal, he replied: "My views haven't changed." In June The New York Times spoke to three ambassadors ? two in Europe, one in Asia ? who said they were so muddled by the lack of leadership from the state department that they had taken to referring their inquiries to the national security council instead. Were Mr Tillerson to resign, he would be far from the shortest-tenured secretary of state. Elihu Washburne only served 11 days under Ulysees Grant, before being made ambassador to France.
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Afghanistan's Shiites mark anniversary of deadly attack
The site west of Kabul is the last resting place for victims of a deadly suicide bombing on July 23 last year -- the first claimed by the Islamic State group in the heart of Kabul against Afghanistan's Shiite Muslim Hazara ethnic minority. The line from Turkmenistan to Kabul, capital of energy-starved Afghanistan, bypasses the province of Bamiyan, a Hazara stronghold. For Hazara leaders the route is a further sign of discrimination against their community and their province, one of the least developed in Afghanistan.
Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride
The New York Police Department was sent an email that instructed officers to clear homeless people from certain stations to make them "look nice" for Mayor Bill de Blasio's subway ride. The New York Post reported that officers were given the morning to "make sure nobody's hanging out" on the four station route the Mayor and wife Chirlane would be taking from the Park Slope neighbourhood to his re-election headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn. Mr de Blasio rarely rides the subway and prefers to take private motorcade with an NYPD security detail to work at City Hall.
O.J. Simpson had a 'conflict-free life'? Not really
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? When O.J. Simpson told a Nevada parole board last week that he's led a "conflict-free life," he seemed to overlook a few episodes that had him cycling in and out of courtrooms and jail cells for nearly 20 years before the Las Vegas hotel-room heist that sent him to prison in 2008.
WRX STI Type RA NBR achieves incredible Nurburgring lap time
There's no getting away from what a stunning piece of technology and automotive engineering the Porsche 918 Spyder was when it was revealed to the world a couple of years ago, and it was no surprise when it put in an amazing lap time at the world famous Nurburgring. It's only right then that we would have expected a genuine challenge to that lap time to come from some equally advanced hybrid hypercar, but Subaru has come extremely close to beating the 918's time without an electric motor in sight with its WRX STI Type RA NBR. To be fair to both Porsche and Subaru, the WRX STI Type RA NBR isn't exactly your run-of-the-mill car by any means.
Erdogan visits Gulf in bid to defuse Qatar row
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on Sunday, the Gulf states' official news agencies reported, as part of a diplomatic tour aimed at healing an Arab rift with Ankara's ally Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties and imposed sanctions on Qatar last month, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
Are You Autistic? Why Some People Don?t Know
70% of people with autism have either normal or superior intelligence.
Trump lawyer sounds off on the power to pardon
Following a Washington Post report, there has been speculation whether Donald Trump's team has discussed presidential pardons in connection with the Russia probe.
US technology firm to implant 50 employees with identification microchips
A US firm has begun implanting microchips the size of a grain of rice in its employees. Three Square Market, a technology firm in Wisconsin, said 50 of its employees had voluntarily signed up to have the Radio-Frequency Identification technology fitted form August. Implanted between the thumb and forefinger it will allow them to pay for snacks when they are on a break among other functions. In a statement Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said: "We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals," "It's the next thing that's inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it." He added: "Eventually, this technology will become standardised allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities." The technology is the same sis is used to pay for items using mobile phone scans. Employees will not be required to have the implants and the company will pay for the microchips which cost $300 each.
I Bought a Portable Air Conditioner. Should You?
The alternative to a window unit, explained.
Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings
An Indian court sentenced a businessman and his servant to death Monday for the murder of a woman at a mansion dubbed the "House of Horrors", where 18 other victims were found butchered. Moninder Singh Pandher and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty at the weekend of the rape and murder of 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar, whose skeleton was found along with other human remains near Pandher's house outside New Delhi in 2006. "The prosecution presented a watertight case against the accused and the judgement is appropriate," R K Gaur, a spokesman for India's federal Central Bureau of Investigation, told AFP.
Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya
Seven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say. The corpses have been shipped to Misrata, a city further to the west whose forces led the fight to defeat Islamic State in Sirte in December. Allowing the bodies to be shipped home to countries such as Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt would be sensitive for the governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.