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british man who plotted to kill prime minister theresa may convicted

by: reuters | london | published: july 18, 2018 11:28:13 pm rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the gates of downing street and gain access to may’s office in the ensuing chaos and kill her. (file)related newsa british man was found guilty on wednesday of a plot to kill prime minister theresa may by first detonating an explosive device to get into her downing street office and then using a knife or a gun to attack her. naa’imur rahman, 20, of north london, was convicted at the old bailey court of preparing to commit acts of terrorism.rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the gates of downing street and gain access to may’s office in the ensuing chaos and kill her, according to police. no. 10 downing street is the official residence...





american university on lockdown after reports of ‘armed intruder’ near campus

by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: july 18, 2018 11:56:08 pm american university has been put on lockdown after police said there are reports of an armed intruder near the campus. (file)american university has been put on lockdown after police said there are reports of an armed intruder near the campus. in a tweet, the varsity advised students and staff to lock doors and stay away from windows. “reports of armed intruder near campus. lock doors & stay away from windows-if outside, leave campus immediately-police responding,” the university said.university officials said the investigation was focused on the main campus and east campus. police have zeroed in near the nebraska and new mexico region but they have not found anything till now. metropolitan police and american ...





us senate democrats warn of ‘gigantic loopholes’ in donald trump’s tax cuts

by: reuters | washington | published: july 19, 2018 12:19:23 am trump and his republican allies in congress slashed the us corporate income tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent. (file)related newsus senate democrats on wednesday lashed out at republican president donald trump’s tax overhaul of december 2017, warning that it contains “gigantic loopholes” that could encourage companies to move plants and jobs abroad. a report by democrats on the senate finance committee said new international provisions meant to encourage companies to keep jobs, plants and intellectual property at home could have the opposite effect. the panel oversees tax policy and other economic issues.analysts expect multinational corporations to make similar arguments in coming months to urge congress to co...





in battle for vladimir putin’s affections, cupid favors xi jinping over donald trump

by: ap | beijing | published: july 18, 2018 9:15:11 pm us president donald trump, left, and russian president vladimir putin arrive for a press conference after their meeting at the presidential palace in helsinki, finland. (ap photo) top newsin the race to woo vladimir putin, china’s xi jinping is beating donald trump. trump’s quest to kindle a bromance with the russian president has made some americans squirm. his gushy performance in helsinki, expressing confidence in putin instead of us intelligence agencies, ignited outrage across the political spectrum back home.should beijing worry that trump could succeed in pulling putin away from china? probably not, political analysts say.trump’s charm offensive might cause beijing a twinge of unease, given its tumultuous history wit...





“it’s not too late to save brexit,” boris johnson tells uk parliament

by: reuters | london | published: july 18, 2018 10:33:22 pm





elon musk apologises for calling thai rescue diver a ‘pedo’

by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: july 18, 2018 4:18:15 pm tesla founder elon musk. (file)tesla inc founder elon musk has apologised to vern unsworth, the diver who played a key role in thai schoolboys rescue operation, for calling him a “pedo” in a tweet earlier. an altercation had erupted between musk and unsworth after the latter rejected his proposal to send a ‘mini-submarine’ for the rescue of the 12 schoolboys and their football coach.“his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that i apologize to mr. unsworth and to the companies i represent as leader,” musk said in a tweet. “the fault is mine and mine alone.”on tuesday, unsworth had stated that he had been negotiating with lawyers and would seek legal advice to file a defama...





russia will “help with north korea”: donald trump

by: reuters | washington | published: july 18, 2018 6:01:18 pm us president donald trump has announced that russia has agreed to aid the us in north korea’s denuclearisation.  (file)us president donald trump said on wednesday that russia would help with north korea and offered an enthusiastic update on the us process of negotiating with the antagonistic asian nation over nuclear weapons.“russia has agreed to help with north korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along,” said trump on twitter. “there is no rush, the sanctions remain! big benefits and exciting future for north korea at end of process!”at the same time, the tweet was published the ria news agency reported that a summit between the leaders of russia and north korea is “on t...





‘fight on, don’t despair’: thai cave boys recount ordeal in first public appearance

by: reuters | chiang rai | updated: july 18, 2018 6:40:10 pm members of the rescued soccer team attend a press conference discussing their experience being trapped in the cave in chiang rai, northern thailand, wednesday, july 18, 2018. the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued after being trapped in a flooded cave in northern thailand are recovering well and are eager to eat their favourite comfort foods after their expected to go home soon. (ap photo/vincent thian)related newsthe 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in thailand waved, smiled and offered traditional “wai” greetings in their first public appearance on wednesday at a national broadcast in the northern province of chiang rai.doctors, relatives and friends, some in yellow traditional garb, greet...





donald trump backs down under fire, says mea culpa on russia meddling

by: ap | washington | updated: july 18, 2018 12:48:13 pm u.s. president donald trump, left, and russian president vladimir putin leave a press conference after their meeting at the presidential palace in helsinki, finland (ap)blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime u.s. enemy, president donald trump on tuesday backed away from his public undermining of american intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe russia had interfered in the 2016 u.s. election.rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, the u.s. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.“the sentence should have been, `i ...





robert mueller seeks immunity for five witnesses in manafort case

by: ap | washington | updated: july 18, 2018 1:01:24 pm special counsel robert mueller departs capitol hill following a closed door meeting in washington. (source: ap)the special counsel in the russia investigation is seeking immunity for five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of president donald trump’s former campaign chairman, paul manafort. the five individuals have indicated that they won’t testify or provide other information “on the basis of their privilege against self-incrimination,” mueller’s office told a federal judge in virginia in a court filing yesterday.as a result, prosecutors are asking a judge to compel their testimony, under a condition of immunity, at manafort’s upcoming bank and tax fraud trial. they are requesting what is known as “use immu...





one time trump critic roby wins republican runoff in alabama

by: ap | alabama | published: july 18, 2018 12:56:08 pm u.s. rep. martha roby speaks to supporters during the watch party after she defeated bobby bright in the republican primary runoff, tuesday, july 17, 2018, in montgomery, ala. (source: ap)related newsus representative martha roby won alabama’s republican runoff on tuesday, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate donald trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the gop president. the four-term incumbent will now represent the gop on the november ballot having defeated bobby bright, a former democrat who tried to cast himself as the more authentic trump ally in the low-turnout republican contest.the trump white house was on roby’s side. trump and vice president mike pence end...





thailand rescued cave boys to make first public appearance today

by: reuters | chiang rai | updated: july 18, 2018 1:21:23 pm the boys eat a meal together at a hospital in chiang rai, northern thailand. (photo via ap/file)the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in thailand are set to make their first public appearance on wednesday, at a nationally-broadcast news conference in the northern province of chiang rai. the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach have been in hospital following a successful international effort to rescue them last week after they became trapped in the flooded tham luang cave complex.the government has allotted a 45-minute slot to wednesday’s news conference on its “thailand moves forward” programme, which will also be televised live on dozens of channels around 6 pm (local time).the bo...





syria: intense government bombing in nawa kills 12

by: ap | beirut | updated: july 18, 2018 1:22:04 pm nawa, southwestern syria saw intense bombing, which killed at least 12 people and injured 150. (source: reuters photo)related newssyrian rescue workers and a war monitor say talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense bombing campaign on the densely populated town that killed a dozen people and injured over a hundred.britain-based syrian observatory for human rights said an overnight ‘frenzied’ bombing campaign continued into wednesday, with at least 350 missiles lobbed into nawa and its surrounding areas. the observatory said at least 12 were killed as rescuers struggled to get to the casualties.khaled solh, head of the local syrian civil defence known a...





catholic order reaches usd 1m settlement over sexual abuse

by: ap | boston | published: july 18, 2018 1:26:29 pm victims between 9-12 years of age were abused by revs. john gallagher and robert turnbull in the 1970s and early 1980s. (representational).a roman catholic order has agreed to pay usd 1 million to eight people who say they were sexually abused by two priests in massachusetts.the boston globe reports attorney mitchell garabedian said yesterday the settlement with his clients and the order of saint augustine was decided last month.the augustinians say they settled due to a “desire to promote healing.”garabedian says five men and three women were abused by the revs. john gallagher and robert turnbull in the 1970s and early 1980s. the victims were 9 to 12 years old at the time.garabedian says one of the victims wrote about her abu...





united nations: men with same-sex partners 28 times more likely to get hiv

by: thomson reuters foundation | london | updated: july 18, 2018 1:58:06 pm in 2014, un member states pledged to end the aids epidemic by 2030 as part of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. (file photo)men with same-sex sexual partners are 28 times more likely to contract hiv than their heterosexual counterparts despite a radical reduction in new infections among gay men in western countries, a un report said on wednesday. the overall annual number of new hiv infections dropped from a high of 3.4 million in 1996 to 1.8m last year, according to unaids, which co-ordinates the organisation’s global response to hiv/aids.yet gay men and men who have sex with men remained most at risk of contracting hiv, along with female sex workers, drug users and transgender women, the global ...





as state of emergency ends, turkey mulls new terror laws

by: ap | ankara | published: july 18, 2018 2:02:44 pm president recep tayyip erdogan has pledged not to prolong it when it expires at midnight wednesday. (reuters photo/file)as turkey’s controversial two-year-long state of emergency comes to an end, the government is set to introduce new anti-terrorism laws that the opposition insists are just as oppressive. turkey declared a state of emergency after a failed coup in 2016 and extended it seven times. president recep tayyip erdogan has pledged not to prolong it when it expires at midnight wednesday.instead, parliament is scheduled to debate government-proposed legislation that would allow authorities to press ahead with mass dismissals of civil servants and hold suspects for up to 12 days.under the state of emergency, turkey has arre...





indian girl among 3 dead after two training aircraft collide midair in us

by: pti | washington | published: july 18, 2018 2:11:52 pm nisha sejwal, the indian origin teenager killed in the collision, enrolled in flight school in september 2017. (source: facebook/ nisha sejwal)a 19-year-old indian girl was among three people killed when two small training aircraft from a flight school collided midair in the us state of florida.the two small planes likely to piloted by trainers smashed into each other yesterday over the florida everglades near miami, the federal aviation administration said, the miami herald reported.the two aircraft- piper pa-34 and cessna 172 belonged to dean international, a flight school in miami that has a history of more than two dozen incidents and accidents in the decade between 2007 and 2017, miami dade county mayor said.police confir...





elon musk apologises for calling thai rescue diver a ‘pedo’

by: express web desk | new delhi | published: july 18, 2018 2:35:26 pm tesla founder elon musk. (file)tesla inc founder elon musk has apologised to vern unsworth, the diver who played a key role in thai schoolboys rescue operation, for calling him a “pedo” in a tweet earlier. an altercation had erupted between musk and unsworth after the latter rejected his proposal to send a ‘mini-submarine’ for the rescue of the 12 schoolboys and their football coach.“his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that i apologize to mr. unsworth and to the companies i represent as leader,” musk said in a tweet. “the fault is mine and mine alone.”on tuesday, unsworth had stated that he had been negotiating with lawyers and would seek legal advice to file a defa...





donald trump backs down under fire, says mea culpa on russia meddling

by: ap | washington | updated: july 18, 2018 8:27:35 am u.s. president donald trump, left, and russian president vladimir putin leave a press conference after their meeting at the presidential palace in helsinki, finland (ap)blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime u.s. enemy, president donald trump on tuesday backed away from his public undermining of american intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe russia had interfered in the 2016 u.s. election.rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, the u.s. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.“the sentence should have been, `i d...





china cuts air china’s flight hours, launches safety review after incident

by: reuters | shanghai | published: july 18, 2018 8:30:08 am air china planes are parked on the tarmac of beijing capital international airport in beijing, china, march 28, 2016. (reuters/kim kyung-hoon/file photo)china’s aviation regulator will cut air china’s flight hours for its boeing 737 fleet by 10 percent and cancel the licences for the pilot and co-pilot involved in an emergency descent incident last week, chinese state television said.the regulators also would launch a safety crackdown on air china for three months and fine the airline 50,000 yuan ($7,460), china central television said on its wechat account.an air china boeing 737 aircraft was flying to the chinese city of dalian from hong kong on july 10 when it dropped to 10,000 feet (3,048 m), with oxygen masks deploy...