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Turnbull accepts responsibility for election campaign

Turnbull said in his first public comments since Sunday that he took full responsibility for his coalition's campaign and that he was still confident of winning a majority. Mr Shorten's own leadership was assured when Anthony Albanese dropped any plan to challenge in the event Labor falls short of forming government and the leadership is automatically declared vacant. Read More »

Tony Blair is unrepentant despite a damning verdict on the Iraq war

It comes after the eagerly-awaited Chilcot Report was released yesterday, which probed why the government entered the 2003 conflict. The Labour leader called the Iraq War the "most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years", and said he owed an apology to the people of Iraq and the soldiers who had died or been injured in the conflict. Read More »

Clinton, Trump cancel political events after police deaths

The paper said Trump was responding in an interview when presented with the scenario that he may win and not serve. And a viable one is unlikely to emerge when so many delegates and voters are behind Trump . "So I consider it a privilege to attend the convention and have tried to do so most of the years I have been active in public life". Tennessee Sen. Read More »

Rocket attacks kill at least 30 in Syria's Aleppo

The ceasefire collapsed completely less than two months later amid a regime offensive against rebels in Lattakia province. Jaish al-Islam also said four of its fighters were killed trying to stop the army from cutting off Castello Road. Read More »

Brazil expects accreditation for Rio anti-doping lab by Olympics

As well as being on patrol in some of the city's most visible locations, they will also work on anti-terror operations and on security details for VIPs. The organization said it studied 64 cases and found that forensic evidence in half of them was inconsistent with officials' accounts. Autopsies in 20 cases showed the dead had been shot at close range, something not typical of shootouts. Read More »

Pentagon lifts ban on transgender service members

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Defense Department Secretary Ashton Carter announced today that the military is ending its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. The immediate lifting of the ban comes after a year-long review, and comes just months after all military roles were opened up to women. Republican congressman Mac Thornberry, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said the move could lead to troops not being ready to deploy for medical reasons. Read More »

Ted Cruz to speak at RNC following Trump meeting

He said the NY businessman lacked leadership and the conservative principles to be a true standard bearer for the GOP. He has previously blasted Trump's comments about Mexican 'rapists'. While Carter certainly wasn't as big a personality as Trump , his aides "saw themselves as pretty smart guys, who had just pulled off a political miracle and didn't need to listen to this white-haired, overweight cigar-smoking relic", Farrell said, referring to O'Neill. Read More »

17 more charged over Istanbul airport attack

The Turkish military is believed to have stopped more strikes. No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack , but Turkish officials say they believe it was the work of the Islamic State group. Three bombers opened fire to create panic outside the airport before two of them got inside and blew themselves up. Meanwhile, 13 suspects, including three foreigners, were referred to Istanbul's Bakirkoy Court House on Sunday. Read More »

Debate erupts: Is motherhood an advantage for UK's next PM?

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The energy minister, who backed a vote to leave the European Union, has received the endorsement of both Nigel Farage and Brexit campaign Leave.EU, which is led by Ukip donor Arron Banks. The Times shot right back, releasing a voice recording of the key section of the interview. The controversy came after the Home Secretary urged her rival to sign a pledge committing to a clean campaign. Read More »

Obama says America is horrified over Dallas attack

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Obama, who has ordered all flags on government buildings lowered to half-mast for five days, made it clear that violence against police had "no possible justification". He also underscored the president's frustration with the stalemate over gun policy. "They have to be responsive and move more quickly with minimal bureaucracy to deliver real economic progress in the lives of ordinary people". Read More »

A look at bloody attacks around the world this Ramadan

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A Shi'a mosque was targeted in Qatif. Of course, law enforcement can and must do its best to prevent attacks before they happen and monitor those who have ties to extremist groups . From Turkey to Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan, suicide bombers have attacked and massacred the innocent and the defenceless. The "traitor" from within is always more risky, and thus always more strictly punished. Read More »

Violence persists in Syria despite truce

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US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday welcomed the 72-hour Eid ceasefire and said he was working with Russian Federation and others to try to transform it into a lasting truce. The group also reported government and rebel shelling in the northern city of Aleppo, the heart of the five-year civil war where previous cease-fires have collapsed. Read More »

Singapore Airlines jet catches fire, but all passengers safe

The Singapore Airlines confirmed an emergency landing at the Singapore's Changi airport as the plane got erupted in flames on early Monday morning. "The blaze was quite fierce and we waited for around 2 or 3 minutes before the fire engines arrived", she told The Straits Times . Read More »

Griezmann's double gives France 2-0 win over Germany in semi

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France's win over Germany on Thursday night was no small-time affair: World Cup-holders and the host nation - probably the two most dominant teams in the competition - battling for a spot against an underwhelming Portugal in the final. "We played our best game at these European Championships, as weird as that sounds when you've lost 2-0", admitted midfielder Toni Kroos. "We don't think about this type of criticisms... Read More »

VP or not, Gingrich would play role in his administration, Trump says

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Trump has said he plans on picking his running mate "just prior" to the party's convention in Cleveland, which begins July 18. "They took the star down". On Wednesday, Trump brought it up again. "I used to study and teach history, I spent a little bit of time in politics", Gingrich told the thousands gathered at the OH rally. Read More »

UK Conservatives to choose final 2 leadership contenders

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Centrist Tory MPs will now fear that the party's activists, who have the final say on who will be the Conservative's next leader and country's next prime minister, will prefer the outspoken Leadsom to May, whose long stint at the Home Office means she is considered a safe pair of hands. Read More »

Syrian army declares temporary, nationwide truce

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A ceasefire between regime forces and non-jihadist rebel groups was announced by Russian Federation and the United States in late February but has mostly collapsed amid repeated violations. Elsewhere in Syria, insurgents launched rockets into al-Zahraa, a mainly Shiite town in the northern Aleppo province, killing two children, the Observatory said. Read More »

Sanders: No, I'm Not Ready To Endorse Clinton Yet

But the Vermont senator quickly pushed back, saying, "We're not there quite yet". "Bernie is going to endorse her", Biden reportedly told NPR's "Weekend Edition" on Thursday. Donald Trump criticised again Hillary Clinton , being underlined her real intentions - to ship American jobs overseas. Biden has also had effusive praise for Sanders, celebrating his longstanding focus on issues of inequality. Read More »

Australian government hopes to win after last votes counted

The Coalition is now confident it can get to 76 seats as the election count stretches into the weekend - and the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, has also conceded the Coalition is likely to "scrape over the line". South Australian Nick Xenophon, who will have one MP in the house and a voting bloc in the Senate in the new parliament, has yet to make any public declarations about supporting Turnbull. Read More »

Activists say airstrikes in northern Syria kill more than 20

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The state run news agency reported that rebels shelled a government neighbourhood of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing three people, while the anti-government Aleppo Media Center reported that at least two people were killed in government airstrikes and shelling on rebel-held neighbourhoods of the contested city. Read More »

Power partially restored on Taiwan as typhoon kills 2

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Packing gusts of up to 198 kilometres per hour (123 miles per hour), it landed at Taimali township in eastern Taitung county shortly before 6:00 am (2200 GMT Thursday) and was moving northwest across the island. "The streets already look like a bomb has gone off, and this is just the start of it... insane power". Powerful rains and winds brought by super Typhoon Nepartak have killed one person in Taiwan . Read More »

Legendary Pakistani social worker Edhi has died in Karachi

Edhi has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize, and appears on the list again this year - put there by Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan's teenage Nobel laureate. "My mission is to love human beings..." Edhi was well-known for berating Islamist groups such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for their attacks on civilians, criticising the government for incompetence and corruption and denouncing the elites for dodging taxes. Read More »

Brexit on his mind, Obama arrives in Poland for NATO summit

Obama's announcement will help shape his legacy. "It shows continued partnership between our nations to pursue our common interests", he said. He said he anticipated that a similar USA drive to "refit, retrain, [and] re-equip" Afghan forces could produce further benefits in the future. Read More »

Chance of storms, high of 92 in metro-east Friday

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East wind 6 to 8 miles per hour. Keep an eye on conditions with our live weather radar. Saturday night .Partly cloudy. Low near 70. Heat index values as high as 104. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. East wind around 11 miles per hour. Saturday: Still quite warm and humid with clouds and sun; a shower or thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon; any storm may be heavy and gusty. Read More »

Dallas police chief after shootings: 'This must stop'

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The fourth suspect had exchanged gunfire with police during the standoff at a downtown garage and warned of placing bombs throughout the city. "The military has over 12,000 robotic systems today - and police all over the place use robots for bomb disposal and surveillance", he said. Read More »

Wisconsin Primary Key Test for Trump, Clinton

Wisconsin awards 18 delegates to the statewide victor, and divides 24 delegates among the victor in each eight congressional districts. Ted Cruz talked jobs, freedom and national security, easily winning over a crowd of conservative state Republicans who whooped, hollered and swarmed around him for selfies and autographs. Read More »