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Jun. 22, 2017

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U.S. President Donald Trump said he's proposed building a "solar wall" on the Mexican border that would pay for itself by generating electricity.

Senate Republican leaders will unveil a closely held plan to replace Obamacare on Thursday that includes a longer transition period than a House-passed bill, though there's no indication they have enough support for it to pass in a vote that could come as early as next week.

President Donald Trump said that expanded access to broadband internet service in rural areas will be part of the infrastructure plan he will submit to Congress, helping to bridge a digital divide that leaves small towns behind.

Nigeria is rolling out its first national social-welfare program modeled partly on Brazil's Bolsa Familia in a bid to boost a weak economy and curb poverty by giving cash to its poorest citizens and ensuring their children go to school.

Russia canceled talks with a top U.S. official to protest the latest sanctions punishing Russian companies and individuals over the conflict in Ukraine, in a fresh setback for President Donald Trump's bid to improve ties with President Vladimir Putin's government.

The slight gain in filings for U.S. unemployment benefits last week is still consistent with a resilient job market, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Initial jobless claims increased by 3k to 241k (forecast was 240k); 43-year-low of 227k was reached in February.

President Donald Trump and White House staffers are using email programs that automatically delete messages as soon as they're read, according to a Washington-based watchdog group's lawsuit, which seeks a court order compelling compliance with federal records retention laws.

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The "Textalyzer" device allows police to plug in and determine if a driver was using a cell phone to text while driving.

An Instagram star and well-known fitness blogger has died in a freak accident after a pressurized canister used for dispensing whipped cream exploded, hitting her in the chest, her family has said.

A former Navy Seal says his career was ended by a wound he suffered on a search mission to find Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after the soldier walked off his post in Afghanistan. Prosecutors called retired Senior Chief Petty Officer James Hatch to testify Wednesday at a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg. He said he was shot in the leg and feared bleeding to death on a search mission.

A Michigan State Police officer has been hospitalized after he was stabbed in the neck and back at Bishop International Airport in what authorities are investigating as an act of terrorism.

FBI officials confirmed Wednesday that the gunman who injured five people in last week's shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., was carrying a note with the names of six lawmakers when he opened fire.

The United States is growing older and more ethnically diverse, a trend that could put strains on government programs from Medicare to education, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. Every ethnic and racial group grew between 2015 and 2016, but the number of whites increased at the slowest rate - less than one hundredth of 1 percent or 5,000 people, the Census estimate shows. That's a fraction of the rates of growth for non-white Hispanics, Asians and people who said they are multi-racial, according to the government's annual estimates of population.

Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, an Iraqi military statement said, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site.

Pods of killer whales are reportedly stalking Alaskan fishermen and driving them out of fishing areas while robbing them of their catch.

The Philippine military said Islamist militants fled from a primary school in the south on Wednesday, leaving behind 31 hostages unharmed, including 12 children, after a day-long gun battle with troops.

BBC

At least 29 people have been killed and 60 wounded in a car bomb blast outside a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, hospital officials say.

Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya's capital.

Congo-Brazzaville is to withdraw more than 600 troops serving as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) following claims of sexual abuse, the UN says.

Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states during last year's campaign, said a US official.

Australia has said it will resume its military air operations over Syria. A temporary suspension was declared on Tuesday after Russia warned it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets.

Piles of rubbish have been mounting in cities across Greece since the start of the week in a dispute over thousands of refuse collectors' jobs. They fear up to 10,000 workers could lose their jobs as their contracts end.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is "an official declaration of defeat" by so-called Islamic State (IS).

WND

Thirty-eight percent of U.S. adults say the threat of terrorism makes them less willing to attend events where there are thousands of people. This is up from 27% in July 2011, the last time Gallup asked the question. It is also the highest level recorded since Gallup began asking the question after 9/11.

The city of Minneapolis has set up a hotline for residents to report suspected hate crimes, including "speech and actions," according to statements on the city's website.

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