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Salina firefighters are headed to help in Texas


In a Twitter message, Pete Piringer , a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, said it is the first time since September 11, 2001, that all of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue Teams have been deployed and activated at the same time. Read More »

Hurricane Harvey throws another wrinkle into Congress' wild 'budget brawl'


On Monday the president struck a less combative tone. But it isn't. The hurricane may end up providing a ideal excuse not to fund the wall . President Donald Trump promised swift emergency funding to help Texas recover from Harvey , but Republicans in Congress will have the ultimate say over how much aid is delivered-and how quickly it begins to flow. Read More »

More than 2 million pilgrims start the Hajj in Mecca


Saudi Arabia, which stakes its reputation on its guardianship of Islam's holiest sites and organising the hajj , has been hit by bombings by ISIL in the past two years. The conference at General Security forces headquarters in Mina was also attended by representatives of the Hajj and Health ministries, Saudi Red Crescent and Civil Defense laid out their plans to ensure a safe pilgrimage. Read More »

Theresa May has refused to rule out military action against North Korea


The two leaders are expected to discuss the possibility of further sanctions on North Korea , May's office said. "I think we will give businesses certainty, which is what business wants at the point at which we leave". The visit to Japan is also being used to seal a "ambitious" post-Brexit trade deal for when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in 2019. Read More »

Iran dismisses idea of mly site inspections


Iran's government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters that the demand by Ambassador Nikki Haley wasn't worth any attention. Critics of the Iran agreement say they are anxious Trump's advisers and officials at the State Department are not providing the president with a full range of options, including the possibility of either abandoning the accord or telling Congress that Tehran is not complying with the terms of the agreement. Read More »

EU's Barnier tells United Kingdom again to clarify Brexit positions


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week described the papers as "not satisfactory" and added that an "enormous amount of issues" must be resolved when talks restart this week, chiefly the size of the divorce bill. The European Council's negotiating plan says the talks must be conducted " as a single package " where "individual items can not be settled separately". Read More »

Possibility of state of emergency in Myanmar as 18000 Rohingya flee


The displaced include ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, thousands of whom have massed at the "zero line" border with Bangladesh which they are barred from crossing. It was not immediately possible to verify his account but Rohingya who have made it into Bangladesh have brought similar testimony with them. " This turn of events is deplorable ", Zeid said in a statement. Read More »

Mattis On Trump's North Korea Tweet: 'We're Never Out Of Diplomatic' Options

It's true the Trump's order signed last week includes time for "further study" on implementing the ban, but the study is unlikely to change anything because of the order's wording. The ACLU is suing the Trump administration over the ban, as are Lambda Legal and OutServe . On Friday, the White House issued a memo to the Department of Defense with formal guidance on the ban, weeks after the president tweeted about it - seemingly surprising military officials and Congress. Read More »

N Korean leader's third child born


For the first child, however, there is no public information yet about what it is and what is its name. The former Detroit Pistons player later shared in his interview that he believed the North Korean leader was "a good dad". This photo, released by the North's Korean Central Television on March 3, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju meeting students of the Red Flag Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang. Read More »

US Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target in Test Over Hawai'i

The missile landed in the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of the island of Hokkaido. "Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world", Trump said after the North's missile soared nearly 1,700 miles into the Pacific Ocean, triggering alert warnings in northern Japan and shudders throughout Northeast Asia. Read More »

Mumbai Braces for More Rain After Heaviest Downpour in 12 Years


It was second only to 346.2 mm of rainfall registered on August 23, 1997, the data showed. Shiv Sena who has been ruling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in Mumbai since two decades appreciated the work of the civic bodies saying that in spite of heavy rainfall no major casualties happened and the situation did not go out of hand. Read More »

United States coalition blocks roadway of Daesh convoy


Daesh terrorists are dressing up as Kurdish forces backed by the US-led coalition in order to capture civilians trying to flee Raqqa, The Telegraph reported Wednesday, citing local residents. Almost two dozen buses and 11 ambulances carried the militants and their families Monday from the area straddling the Syria-Lebanon border toward the Islamic State-held town of Boukamal in eastern Syria. Read More »

President Trump to talk taxes in Springfield


And in a 1999 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about then-presidential candidate Bill Bradley, who had sponsored the bill, Trump described it as "an offense against the working man". "There are a lot of potential pitfalls", said Scott Greenberg, an analyst at the Tax Foundation. "And I'm speaking against myself when I do this, I have to tell you", he said. Read More »

'Get out now;' Harvey floodwaters breach key levees, threaten neighborhoods


FLOODWATERS breached a levee south of Houston, officials said yesterday, urging residents to leave the sector immediately. Meteorologists say that sometime Tuesday or early Wednesday parts of the Houston region will break the almost 40-year-old USA record for the biggest rainfall from a tropical system - 48 inches, set by Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978 in Texas. Read More »

Sarah Palin Libel Lawsuit against New York Times dismissed


U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said that while the June editorial may have contained errors, it was not plausible those errors were made maliciously, which a public figure like Palin must prove to win a defamation lawsuit . Steve Scalise and the 2011 attack on Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords . The judge wrote that the language in the editorial could be viewed by a "reasonable reader " to be about Palin herself. Read More »

Kushner, Netanyahu Discussed Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem


The site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary is considered the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. The source reported to PNN that this decision shows the true face of the occupying power and is a restriction of Palestinians freedom of worship and freedom of movement which are basic rights in the the worldwide law. Read More »

The Mexican government has offered to help Hurricane Harvey victims


Continuing on, Trump doubled down in attacking NAFTA , saying that it was "one of the worst trade deals ever signed at any time" and that he understood why Mexico was being "difficult", as they've "had it their way". a wall or physical barrier built on United States territory along the Mexican border". Trump faced exactly that query Monday, now with the additional twist that a new funding bill could contain money to help victims of Hurricane Harvey but not have money for Trump's ... Read More »

Who will win the US Open this year?


Lajovic has split his last eight matches on hard court. And this year, ageless wonder Federer will be looking for his 20th major victory. As for Rafa , he's always a unsafe player and I think he certainly deserves to be equal favourite with Federer even allowing for his loss to Nick Kyrgios in Cincinnati. Read More »

Rauner Signs Immigration, Voter Registration Bills


Speir said the Trust Act will make undocumented immigrants without criminal histories less anxious about interacting with police. But local authorities will be able to communicate with immigration agents and hold someone for federal authorities if there's a valid criminal warrant, according to the new law. Read More »

Pets, animals rescued from Harvey floodwaters


The pets will go to Labradors and Friends Rescue, San Diego Humane Society, and the Rancho Coastal Humane Society for adoption. We have several vehicles including our disaster rig, and have five MOUs (with more on the way) with Texas cities and agencies including Texas City, Corpus Christi, Houston Humane Society and the SPCA of Texas . Read More »

Meet Syrian migrant Angela Merkel

The only thing she could say, Merkel added, is that things were now much better than a year ago "when I anxious a great deal more". Merkel, whose conservatives have a double-digit lead over the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in polls ahead of the September 24 elections, also ruled out a coalition with Germany's far-left Left party. Read More »

Houston Police officer drowns in Harvey floodwaters


Crews are working on recovering his body. Perez spent more than two hours trying to find a safe way to his station before calling his commanders and reporting that he could not get to the station, Acevedo said. Perez leaves his wife, Cheryl, a son and a daughter. We immediately began an extensive search of a potential path of travel. On Monday evening at about 10 p.m., "we narrowed the search to Hardy tollway and Beltway". Read More »

UN Chief on 3-day visit to Israel, Palestinian territories


While Netanyahu has made similar pledges before, the timing - on the heels of Kushner's visit and with the United Nations chief in town - gave it added significance and raised questions about his intentions for resolving the conflict with the Palestinians . Read More »

Monday, August 28th Forecast: Not much relief from the heat this week


The heat wave is expected to peak Monday but temps could stay above the century mark through the week. An excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service will be in force until 10 p.m. Impacts include high to very high risk for heat-related illnesses away from local beaches, long duration of elevated fire danger and an increased potential for power outages, the weather service reported. Read More »