Another Europe trip for Melania Trump means forging new relationships

July 6, 2017

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met,” the first lady said at the end of the visit, speaking to American troops and their families in Sicily. “As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me: We are all the same.”…

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Want to become an Instagram influencer? This course can get you started.

July 6, 2017

Image: pixabay Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Youre right to ignore those spammy Instagram messages and friend requests promising to dramatically increase your follower count. In reality, the best way to build your Insta-presence is to devote time and effort to creating content and engaging your audiencebut that doesnt mean you cant get a little help from your…

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Saudi Arabia has ‘clear link’ to UK extremism, report says – BBC News

July 5, 2017

The Home Office report into the existence and influence of Jihadist organisations, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, has reportedly yet to be completed amid questions as to whether it will ever be published. Qatar crisis: After the deadline, what next? May defends UK ties with Saudi Arabia Reality Check: Why does the Prevent strategy divide opinion? Critics have suggested it could make uncomfortable reading for the…

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News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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Trump faces stiff challenge in Merkel, Putin showdowns

July 5, 2017

Washington (CNN)When President Donald Trump visited Europe six weeks ago, he and his counterparts parted ways atop a Sicilian cliff feeling agitated and bruised following a long set of disagreements. Returning to the continent Wednesday, Trump and those same European leaders will give it another go, with expectations of fostering a newly warm relationship far lower. Instead, both sides expect further clashes between the US President and leaders like German…

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UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement – BBC News

July 3, 2017

‘Historic step’ Withdrawing from the convention, which was signed in 1964 before the UK joined what became the EU, means UK vessels will also lose the right to fish in waters six to 12 nautical miles offshore of the other countries. How would Brexit affect fishing waters? Mr Gove said leaving the convention meant “for the first time in more than 50 years we will be able to decide who…

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White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Cuts threaten rural hospitals ‘hanging on by their fingernails’

July 2, 2017

(CNN)One Monday in 2013, Dr. Alluri Raju learned that the only hospital in rural Richland, Georgia, would close on Wednesday. But there were still patients in hospital beds and surgeries scheduled for Wednesday. Ultimately, the hospital closed that Friday, leaving the rural town without a hospital for miles. Raju, who had been the hospital’s chief of staff, is now the only doctor left in the town a two-hour drive south…

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Is old the new young for UK politicians? – BBC News

June 30, 2017

Two decades later and leadership has skipped a generation upwards. Sir Vince is 74, Theresa May is 60 and Jeremy Corbyn 68. Image copyright Getty Images Youngest UK party leader and prime minister: William Pitt, the Younger, a Whig who was regarded as a Tory by opponents, became prime minister in 1804 at the age of 24 Oldest UK party leader and prime minister: Liberal Party leader William Gladstone, pictured,…

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Reality Check: How long will Theresa May’s majority last? – BBC News

June 30, 2017

Image copyright NT Between 1966 and 1970 Labour’s net loss was 15 seats. That was a particularly tough Parliament for the Labour Party because 20 sitting MPs died, as those elected two decades earlier in the 1945 landslide fell to ill health and old age. In the 1960s, many Labour MPs had endured harder lives than their Conservative counterparts because they often came from manual professions such as mining or…

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Why Obamacare is here to stay, even as GOP strives for repeal

June 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)Senate Republicans continue to work to repeal and repeal Obamacare, but even if they succeed, it has become clear this week that the law has fundamentally shifted expectations surrounding health care in the country. “You can’t just erase Obamacare and go back,” said Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue. Psaki: Dems should negotiate healthcare with GOP McConnell threatens bipartisanship

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North Korea casts shadow as Trump and Moon meet for first time

June 29, 2017

(CNN)The leaders of the US and South Korea share a common goal: Get North Korea to abandon the nuclear and missile programs that have rapidly expanded under the country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un. Moon, a liberal who took office last month after his conservative predecessor was impeached on corruption charges, is a strong proponent of engagement with Pyongyang. How much damage can North Korea’s weapons do? Foreign policy of…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong as mass protests expected

June 29, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)China’s President Xi Jinping underlined his commitment to “one country, two systems” as he arrived in Hong Kong to mark two decades of Chinese rule in the former British territory. It’s Xi’s first visit to the Chinese special administrative region, and one that is expected by dogged by protests and a huge annual pro-democracy rally to mark the day when Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese rule….

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Travel ban 2.0 set to begin Thursday

June 29, 2017

(CNN)After months of winding through the courts, the so-called “watered down,” revised version of President Donald Trump’s fiercely litigated travel ban will finally go in effect at 8 p.m. Thursday. If you can’t sufficiently establish such a close relationship, you are banned for 90 days if you are from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan, and 120 days if you are a refugee from any country. The new guidelines,…

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Top Trump aide warns Syria: ‘I wouldn’t test Donald J. Trump’

June 29, 2017

(CNN)As the White House warned that Syria could possibly be preparing for another chemical weapons attack, and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could face a “heavy price” if one is carried out, a top adviser to President Donald Trump issued a stern warning Tuesday night: “I wouldn’t test Donald J. Trump.” Russia responded to the US warning by saying that any threats posed to the “legitimate leadership” of Syria were…

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Sen. Murkowski on health care bill: ‘I don’t have enough information’

June 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday that she doesn’t “have enough information” to vote for on the Senate GOP’s health care bill. Murkowski’s comments come just hours after the Congressional Budget Office released a report on the Senate bill’s impact, prompting multiple Republicans to express doubts about the legislation or reiterate that they would not vote for the bill in its current form.

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How Denise Ho went from Cantopop queen to democracy fighter

June 27, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)In 1997, as sovereignty over Hong Kong passed from the UK to China, Denise Ho didn’t care about politics. Political awakening Ho’s attitude began shifting in 2012, when she came out as gay at the fourth annual Hong Kong Pride Parade. Days later, she watched in appalled amazement as the city’s parliament struck down a motion to launch a public consultation on LGBT discrimination. “It wasn’t about gay…

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McConnell’s test: Can he do more than obstruct?

June 27, 2017

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing a major test this week. Since revealing the details of the Republican health care plan, McConnell has watched as a number of important senators in his own party announced their concerns or opposition. Some, such as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have urged him to postpone the vote based on the assumption that, at this moment, it would not pass the upper chamber where…

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Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media

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Mother of boy with rare genetic disorder tweets hospital bill

June 26, 2017

(CNN)As lawmakers push to get a health care bill through the Senate, one New Jersey mom is speaking out. On Friday, she tweeted her son’s latest hospital bill and it went viral. “It seems fitting that, with the #TrumpCare debate raging, I got this bill in the mail today from Ethan’s most recent open heart surgery,” she wrote Chandra also added up what their bill would have been without insurance:…

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Chelsea Manning participates in NYC Pride

June 26, 2017

(CNN)Chelsea Manning, the former US Army intelligence analyst who spent time in prison for sharing classified documents, participated in her first Pride event since her early release in May. The ACLU represents Manning in her lawsuit against the US government over prison conditions. She was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison for stealing 750,000 pages of documents and videos and handing them over to WikiLeaks. As one of…

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President Stephen Colbert in 2020?

June 26, 2017

(CNN)“Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the 46th President of the United States: Stephen T. Colbert.” Colbert’s remarks came Friday during an appearance on the Russian late night TV show, “Evening Urgant.” While being interviewed by the show’s host, Ivan Urgant, Colbert revealed that he had a big announcement. Then, with a straight face, Colbert declared, “I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020.”…

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Could Trump’s vague plan to expand rural broadband actually work? It’s hard to tell

June 25, 2017

A sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs on a farming tractor near a polling station in Cave Creek, Arizona. (Photo by )Image: Ralph Freso/Getty Images If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet. Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them…

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