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Proposal to split California into 3 states will be on November ballot


The California secretary of state's office on Tuesday certified that the ballot measure had received more than 402,468 valid signatures. California , admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850, has faced more than 200 attempts at boundary reconfiguration, divisions and even secession over the course of its history, the report said. Read More »

Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate


ZTE had admitted to violating sanctions on Iran and North Korea. According to the Wall Street Journal , a group of GOP Senators has added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would make it against the law for ZTE to obtain supplies from US companies. Read More »

North Korea says Trump agreed on step-by-step denuclearization process


South Korea lives under constant threat of an attack by North Korea, and the country's leadership has promoted the idea of diplomatic negotiations as a result. When the two leaders signed a bilateral agreement in the afternoon, many South Koreans praised the result, while some also expressed skepticism. Read More »

Trump Makes Last-Minute Endorsement Against Mark Sanford


President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanford at risk in primary shadowed by Trump McConnell cements his standing in GOP history Ready for somebody? This week's principal focus is on Virginia , a state trending increasingly blue where Republicans hold a number of vulnerable House seats. Read More »

May narrowly avoids Brexit bill defeat over 'meaningful vote'

As I write the full terms of the deal have yet to be revealed, but there is briefing ministers have conceded that a motion, which could be amended, would be put before MPs, in event a final divorce deal is voted down. "But where amendments have been made that seek to or inadvertently undermine the essential objective of the bill to provide a smooth and orderly exit, or undermine the referendum result, we must reject them". Read More »

Trump Kim summit: Both leaders are in place


The US President is set to address a news conference in the evening. The president is now in Singapore , just hours away from his historic meeting with Kim. Last week, Mr Trump told reporters that Rodman had not been invited to the summit, but praised him as a "nice guy" and great rebounder. The lunch, which followed a 45-minute one-on-one meeting between the leaders earlier in the morning and bilateral discussion with senior aides, was held at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's ... Read More »

Trump responds to viral G-7 photo


She also said that Europe will not let itself be "deceived" again. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's viral photo staring down President Trump last weekend is just one of many moments captured during the Group of Seven summit - many seem to show conflicting stories. Read More »

Italy prepares Spanish migrant convoy, faces French criticism


Migrants stand shoulder to shoulder aboard SOS Mediterranee's Aquarius ship in the Mediterranean Sea in an image released on Monday. But the Aquarius is heavily overcrowded, making the four-day trip to Spain particularly perilous. Hungary's radically anti-immigrant prime minister praised Salvini's move. He said at a news conference on Monday: "We want to put an end to this human trafficking". Read More »

Northern light: Macedonia makes name change deal with Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed the nation in a 5-minute televised address to announce the deal with his counterpart, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Mr Tsipras said the deal dictates "a clear distinction between Greek Macedonia and our northern neighbours". The new name will need to be approved by the Macedonian people and the Greek parliament, but by the sounds of things it's a goer. Read More »

Grandmother Put Children in Dog Kennels to Travel, Police Say

She told them to sit in the kennels, usually occupied by her two puppies, for the 25 mile journey because there was no room in the back of the vehicle. "I think she needs some help". The concerned citizen who shot the video says that he recorded the video for evidence in case police didn't show up in time. Read More »

White House takes up fight against 'back-stabbing' Trudeau


Trump said in another tweet that Trudeau was "meek and mild" during their private meeting, only to hold a news conference calling the USA tariffs " insulting ". In response to Trump's tweets, the PMO released a statement shortly after that simply read, "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President". Read More »

G-7 summit with Trump was a ‘sobering’ experience, Merkel says


She renewed her call for Europe to take a more forceful role in global affairs and said the European Union won't be "take for a ride" in its trade conflict with the U.S. tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada would always be willing to talk. The United States and Canada are facing a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers hurled insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday morning, accusing him of "stabbing the U.S. Read More »

Fight against Terrorism Remains Priority for Cooperation within SCO: Putin


During the weekend Putin is scheduled to attend the Qingdao Summit of the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). However, the Kremlin acknowledged Saturday that President Vladimir Putin discussed during a visit to Austria earlier this week the possibility of Vienna playing host to a summit with his United States counterpart Donald Trump . Read More »

Mueller unveils new charges in Russian Federation probe


Ellis demanded to view a classified "scope memo" sent to Mueller by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which outlines what the special counsel is authorized to probe. Before Kilimnik was identified by name in charges on Friday, he had made multiple appearances in Mueller's filings as an unidentified intermediary for Manafort. Read More »

Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada

Noting the USA imposition of tariffs was officially stated as a national security consideration, Freeland said: "We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States". Mr Trudeau said: "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around". She also said the European Union would "act" against the USA trade measures. Read More »

Canada spat escalates, Europeans criticize Trump's G7 move


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sharply criticised Trump's tariffs and promised Canada would answer with its own on July 1 unless the United States reversed course. "I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said. President Donald Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G-7 summit on Friday in Charlevoix, Canada. Read More »

Intelligence Committee Staffer Indicted


As part of the investigation into Wolfe, federal law enforcement officials secretly seized a New York Times reporter's phone and email records, the newspaper said . "That should be a grave concern to anyone who cares about an informed citizenry". Wolfe also did not respond to requests for comments. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that the Justice Department may change some of those rules, which some prosecutors say have hindered investigations. Read More »

Aletta weakens to Category 3 hurricane


The storm has maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and is moving toward the west-northwest at five miles per hour (seven kph). There is a tropical depression that could strengthen to a hurricane while moving northwest toward the West Coast of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said. Read More »

Trump's top economic adviser accuses Trudeau of backstabbing after G7


Mr Trump responded by tweeting en route to his next summit, in Singapore, that he had instructed USA officials "not to endorse the communique as we look at tariffs on automobiles". Trade ministers and politicians from multiple countries have voiced opposition in the media to the tariffs ahead of the G-7 summit, and have indicated they may band together to push the US president to reverse his decision. Read More »

Trump signals support for states deciding pot legality


Trump's comment "is a big deal", says Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), a pro-legalization group. Canada would become the second country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana; Uruguay did so past year. Some doubt was cast over Trump's support of the measure on Thursday when the Washington Post reported that the president had sent a letter supporting Sessions recession of the Cole ... Read More »

Hundreds Hurt in Gaza Protest, Including 80 by Israeli Fire


The protests tapered off around sunset when many demonstrators left border camps for the evening meal that breaks their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. On Thursday Israel dropped leaflets in Gaza urging Palestinians not to take part in protests or try to breach the fence on Friday, "and not to allow Hamas to use you for its narrow factional interests, which Iran is inspiring". Read More »

A one time shot, Trump says of summit with N Korea


Asked how long it would take for him to know if Kim was honest about giving up nuclear weapons Mr Trump said: "I think within the first minute I'll know". He has not shied from using flattery either - he was the first to say Mr Trump could be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize . "There is a feeling of excitement in this school - many students, parents and teachers are highly anticipating this summit", said Lee. Read More »

6 injured children in Guatemala volcano eruption get treatment in Houston


Conred, the national disaster agency, said climatic conditions and still-hot volcanic material were making it unsafe for rescuers, and it was also taking into account the fact that 72 hours had passed since Sunday's eruption. The IFRC has pledged more than 250,000 Swiss francs (£188,553) to support rescue efforts, and said those worst hit would need at least a year to recover. Read More »