• Swedish hostage captured by terrorists in Mali released after six years
  • Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug
  • BMA chief: NHS is ‘running on fumes’ – BBC News
  • Church leaders in power-sharing plea to NI politicians – BBC News
  • UN: Half of world’s population growth is likely to occur in Africa

Swedish hostage captured by terrorists in Mali released after six years

(CNN)Swedish national Johan Gustafsson, who had been held hostage by a branch of Al Qaeda in Mali for six years, finally returned to Sweden Monday after being released by his captors, according to the Swedish government. The Swedish newspaper said Gustafsson’s mother was overjoyed to hear of the news of his release, describing her reaction as “grateful and happy.” Prior to his release, Gustafsson’s last known contact with the outside…

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Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

(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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BMA chief: NHS is ‘running on fumes’ – BBC News

NHS staff shortages: Why so persistent? You’ll wait longer for ops, says NHS boss He said: “We have a government trying to keep the health service running on nothing but fumes. A health service at breaking point. “Run by ministers who wilfully ignore the pleas of the profession and the impact on patients. “It doesn’t have to be this way. It is the result of an explicit political choice.”

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Church leaders in power-sharing plea to NI politicians – BBC News

The appeal is made in a letter signed by Church of Ireland Primate Richard Clarke, the Catholic Primate of All-Ireland Eamon Martin, Laurence Graham, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Bishop John McDowell, President of the Irish Council of Churches and Noble McNeely, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The letter was sent to DUP leader Arlene Foster, Sinn Fin’s leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill, Alliance Party…

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UN: Half of world’s population growth is likely to occur in Africa

(CNN)Nigeria will overtake the United States to become the third-most populous country in the world by 2050, according to a United Nations report. The report predicted that the world population will hit a staggering 9.8 billion by 2050, and forecasted that over half of the expected growth between 2017 and 2050 is likely to occur in Africa. Current population: 187 million (2016) Population by 2050: over 300 million Largest city:…

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Mother of boy with rare genetic disorder tweets hospital bill

(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 With lawmakers pushing a new health care bill to the Senate floor,…

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Chelsea Manning participates in NYC Pride

(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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New skyscraper will have London’s first ‘climbing window’

(CNN)Details of new London workplace concept Twentytwo have been revealed — and it’s wooing thrill-seeking entrepreneurs with the city’s first ever “climbing window.” Lipton adds: “Twentytwo will be a truly ‘social’ workplace with different spaces for people to socialize, focus and energize. It represents how we will all be working in the future.” Designed by PLP Architecture, 22 Bishopsgate will contain workspace for 12,000 people, as well as a fresh…

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President Stephen Colbert in 2020?

(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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The teenagers growing up with cancer – BBC News

For Natasha, and for all patients undergoing chemotherapy, going bald changes the way they see themselves and how other people view them. She says: “It is so confusing because I miss the old self. “Before I thought I’m never going to walk out bald, I’ll always have my wigs on every time I walk out of the house. “But now I don’t care if people are looking at me because…

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Five ways politicians can win over young voters – BBC News

And what’s more, this section of the electorate is now “anyone’s to play for”, Caroline Macfarland, director of think tank Common Vision, says. Breaking down the boundaries to politicians Image copyright Reuters “These are people who aren’t concerned with immigration, but are worried about the environment,” says Dr Sloam. “The environment wasn’t even an issue in this election. Here, young people can have more influence in the debate.” Dr Avril…

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Man Cited For Driving Motorcycle Through Crowd Of Trumpcare Protestors

Around 20 protestors, including seniors and people with disabilities, were staging a die-in by lying on the street outside of the San Francisco Federal Building on Wednesday afternoon, CBS San Francisco reported. The man rode his motorcycle down the wrong way on Seventh Street, through the crowd, then turned and drove through the crowd again, activist Emily Lee told KRON4. San Francisco police surrounded Dillon with their guns drawn, according…

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Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover

Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to Chinese sovereignty, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. During his time in the city, Xi will inspect People’s Liberation Army troops at their garrison, visit a Chinese-Hong Kong construction project, and swear in Carrie Lam as the next Hong Kong Chief Executive. “The Chinese regime is trying to squeeze out…

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Nebraska Democrat fired for saying he was ‘glad’ Rep. Scalise was shot

Washington (CNN)A member of the Nebraska Democratic Party was fired Thursday morning after an audio recording of him surfaced on YouTube saying he was “glad” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball game practice and wished the Louisiana Republican was dead. “This motherf***er, like, his whole job is like to get people [to] convince Republicans to f***ing kick people off f***ing health care,” Montag can be…

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Victim of a hate crime? Now there’s an app for that

(CNN)If you are the victim of a hate crime, what would you do? Who would you call? What are the laws in your city or state that could protect you? The Council on American-Islamic Relations launched a new civil rights app this week called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone.” It allows users to quickly report bias incidents they experience, “an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting…

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Breaking with tradition, Trump White House forgoes Ramadan dinner

(CNN)For the first time in nearly two decades, the White House did not host an iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. “Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,” they said. “Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbors and…

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China landslide buries more than 40 houses, state media says

Beijing (CNN)A landslide in southwest China’s Sichuan province buried more than 40 houses, the Chinese state-run broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported Saturday. CCTV originally reported that more than 100 people had been buried. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsAmz Authority Zone Premium Membership The largest Amazon Training academy online including 17 Amazon courses a 24/7 coaching forum, tons of Amazon PLR in fact everything you need to…

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Is Mexico the world’s second most dangerous country, as Trump says? That depends

(CNN)President Donald Trump rankled Mexico again, this time calling it the second deadliest country in the world. If you go with raw numbers, Trump is right Trump is believed to be citing a report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies; he previously retweeted a link to a CNN story on the report published in May. The British think tank, which produces an annual armed conflict survey, said that in…

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White House responds to Comey tape inquiry with Trump tweet

Washington (CNN)The White House is letting President Donald Trump’s tweet Thursday — asserting that he had not taped former FBI Director James Comey — stand as the President’s official statement. “In response to the Committee’s inquiry, we refer you to President Trump’s June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter: “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there…

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State Department plans to eliminate special envoy on Afghanistan, Pakistan

Washington (CNN)The State Department is planning to eliminate the position of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, senior US officials confirmed to CNN Friday. But the decision to eliminate this particular post comes at a time when President Donald Trump’s administration is re-evaluating US military strategy in Afghanistan, potentially paving the way towards sending several thousand more troops to the country. That timing raises questions about where civilian leadership fits…

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Trump: ‘Bothersome’ that Mueller is ‘very good friends’ with Comey

(CNN)President Donald Trump said “we’re going to have to see” when asked about the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is reportedly investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice. Trump fired Comey over dissatisfaction with how the FBI head was handling the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein later appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel to oversee the investigation,…

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Amid partisanship, lawmakers unite for White House picnic

Washington (CNN)Lawmakers took a rare break from bitter partisan politics and went to the White House Thursday evening for a good old-fashioned picnic. “We’ve gotten to know many of you over the last weeks and months, and developed many friendships with politicians,” Trump said in brief remarks to lawmakers. “Can you believe it? Some really great people, I have to say, mostly. Mostly. A couple of bad ones, but that’s…

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Grenfell Tower fire families to be rehoused in luxury complex

London (CNN)Families made homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire are to be rehoused in new, affordable apartments right next door to luxury private homes in one of the most exclusive — and expensive — parts of London. The government has been heavily criticized for its response to the fire — and has pledged to house the Grenfell Tower fire survivors speedily. A 24-year-old student, who would only give his first…

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