Jun. 14, 2017

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the third-highest ranked U.S. House Republican, and at least four others were injured Wednesday morning in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice field in an Alexandria, Virginia.

A deadly overnight fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 74 others, police said. Witnesses reported seeing residents throw babies and small children from high windows to people on the sidewalk in a desperate effort to save them from the flames.

A group of almost 200 Democratic lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit challenging profits that President Donald Trump's global businesses have taken in from foreign entities.

After more than 70 days of protests against President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's bitter political standoff has burned down to a fiery core. Anti-government demonstrations once drew turnouts of over a million, but weeks of tear gas and water-cannon blasts have dissuaded casual protesters. Those who remain are more strident, more disruptive and more willing to confront security forces, who intensify their response in turn. The result is that the mounting pressure has created a sense of bedlam on Venezuela's streets as opposition leaders vow protests will drag on.

Qatar said it is under an "illegal siege" by the Saudi-led alliance, which raised the stakes in the diplomatic crisis by encouraging the U.S. to move a key military base from the tiny Gulf state.

Senate Republican leaders drafting a measure to revamp U.S. health-care policy appear to be following the same path as their House counterparts -- writing a bill behind closed doors before springing it on other lawmakers and the public close to a vote.

A greater-than-expected deceleration in U.S. consumer-price inflation in May could give some pause to Federal Reserve officials as they consider further interest-rate increases.

U.S. retail sales fell in May by the most since the start of 2016, reflecting broad declines in categories including motor vehicles and electronics, Commerce Department figures showed.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea is the most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security in the world. Mattis tells a congressional panel that Pyongyang's "continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them has increased in pace and scope." He calls the country's programs to build weapons of mass destruction "a clear and present danger to all."

Islamic State group jihadists waged fierce battles Tuesday, June 13 in their Syrian stronghold Raqqa in a bid to repel US-backed fighters advancing towards the walls of the Old City.

Women wearing long red cloaks and white bonnets have become an increasingly common sight in government buildings around the country in recent months. Women filed into the statehouse on Tuesday to protest Senate Bill 145, a proposed ban on the most common method for second-trimester abortions.

Senior ministers in Britain's Conservative government and members of the main opposition Labour Party have held secret talks to ensure a soft Brexit.

A lottery computer programmer will tell Wisconsin investigators how he was able to use his position to rig state jackpots for years and he and his brother will repay $3 million in prizes they improperly claimed, under a plea agreement released Monday.

US troops are on the ground helping local soldiers battle Islamist militants in a Philippine city, a Filipino military spokesman said Wednesday, giving the most detailed account of their role.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed off her best moves Saturday at Boston's Pride Parade. The LGBTQ community had the chance to party with the Massachusetts senator at the event, where she took selfies and delivered hugs

Missouri lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens called for a special session aimed at imposing more abortion restrictions and undoing a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination over abortion and pregnancies.

BBC

Leo Varadkar has been elected as the Republic of Ireland's new taoiseach (prime minister). A parliamentary vote confirmed the 38-year-old as the country's youngest, and first gay, leader, by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions.

Troops in northern Niger have rescued 92 migrants who were on the brink of death in the Sahara Desert, an army statement has said. Traffickers abandoned the group, which included women and children, without water and food, it added.

Colombia's Farc rebels have handed over a further 30% of its weapons to United Nations inspectors as part of last year's historic peace accord.The Farc have now decommissioned 60% of the weapons they had registered with the UN.

Venezuela's interior ministry has taken control of the police force in the opposition-controlled state of Miranda. The ministry accused Miranda's police of human rights violations and involvement in criminal networks.

The parents of Otto Warmbier, the US student who is in a coma after being freed this week by North Korea, say he was "brutalized" by a "pariah regime". The 22-year-old is now being treated in hospital after the flight carrying him landed in Ohio on Tuesday.

The US is considering sanctions on countries that do illegal business with North Korea, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned.

The mayor of Rome, who is from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, has asked Italy's government not to send more migrants to the city.

WND

France - A woman in her seventies has been raped by an intruder who broke into her home, Friday morning, in the Mare Rouge neighborhood of Atlantic coastal city Le Havre, local media are reporting. After stealing a small amount of cash, the perpetrator proceeded to rape his elderly victim, reportedly stating that he was acting in the name of Islam before fleeing the scene.

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