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Macron's controversial immigration and asylum bill set for vote this weekend

The French parliament voted Friday on parts of a tough immigration bill that has sparked rumblings of revolt within President Emmanuel Macron’s party, with several MPs openly challenging his plans to speed up deportations of failed asylum-seekers.<p>Other aspects of the bill are scheduled for votes on …

North Africa

Iran vows 'expected and unexpected' moves if U.S. exits nuclear deal

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran's atomic agency was ready with "expected and unexpected" reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do.<p>"Our atomic energy organization is fully …

South Asia

Trump legal team brings fresh firepower to reset with Mueller

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump, stung by reports that he couldn't attract top-notch lawyers, personally pushed for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to add a dose of star power to his bare-bones legal team, according to sources familiar with the situation.<p>In bringing on Giuliani, a former US …

Donald Trump

Syria 'chemical' attack: Experts finally visit Douma site

<b>International chemical weapons experts have finally inspected the site of a suspected attack near Damascus which caused an international crisis.</b><p>The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to the town of Douma and collected samples and other items.<p>Last …

Middle East

Trump: North Korea's Suspension Of Nuclear Tests Shows 'Progress'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has announced that his country no longer needs nuclear or missile tests and that it would shut down its nuclear weapons test site.<p>"The nuclear test site has done its job," Kim said in a statement carried by North Korea's state media. The report also said the decision …

North Korea

Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence ruled unconstitutional

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A federal appeals court has ruled that an Indiana abortion law signed by Vice President Mike Pence when he served as the state's governor is unconstitutional.<p>The legislation, signed by Pence in March 2016, imposed restrictions on a woman's ability to seek an abortion, including …

Mike Pence

Southwest giving passengers $5,000 checks on accident flight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co confirmed Friday it has sent $5,000 checks to passengers aboard a flight that made an emergency landing this week after an engine failed, killing a passenger.<p>The airline confirmed news reports from passengers it had sent the checks along with $1,000 …

Airplanes

Tesla facing investigation by California officials over worker injuries

The company has been accused of underreporting employee's on-the-job illnesses and injuries to the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.<p>Tesla is a company that is used to making headlines, only lately, the headlines aren't the kind it would prefer to make. Case in point: the …

Tesla

Swaziland Gets A Name Change: Call It eSwatini Now

Africa's last absolute monarch has marked his country's 50th birthday with a rather unconventional gift: a different name. During Golden Jubilee celebrations Thursday, King Mswati III announced that from this point henceforth, the land formerly known as Swaziland is now to be known as the Kingdom …

Africa

Inspector general recommends criminal investigation of Andrew McCabe

Sources say the Justice Department has been urged to investigate whether McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director, lied to federal officials.<p>The Justice Department's inspector general has recommended a criminal investigation into whether former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lied to federal …

Corruption

North and South Korea set up hotline ahead of summit

<b>North and South Korea have set up a telephone hotline between their two leaders - the first time such a direct line of communication has been set up.</b><p>Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in are due to meet later this month for the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade.<p>Officials from both sides conducted a …

North Korea

Trump declared he's running again. Many Republicans aren't ready to back him.

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A wide array of House and Senate Republicans are not yet ready to endorse President Donald Trump's bid for a second term, a reflection of the deep uncertainty on Capitol Hill over his political standing amid growing problems at home and abroad.<p>In interviews with a cross-section …

Elections

Trump passes up chance to say if he'll fire Mueller

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As his frustration with the investigation into his campaign and business expands into threatening new fronts, President Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.<p>"As far as the two …

Donald Trump

With John McCain in hospital, Arizona lawmakers push bill to delay vote to replace him

Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that would take U.S. Sen. John McCain’s seat off the November ballot if the six-term Arizona Republican, who is battling a deadly form of brain cancer, leaves office early.<p>The legislation at the Republican-controlled state Capitol comes as the ailing McCain, …

Mccain

Germany to accept 10,000 refugees from North Africa, Middle East

The German government has committed to accepting refugees under a program to resettle people considered particularly vulnerable. Controls of …

North Africa

Pittsburgh police ordered to bring riot gear in case Trump fires Mueller

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pittsburgh police ordered its detectives to bring riot gear to work Thursday in anticipation of protests should President Donald Trump fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.<p>Police Cmdr. Victor Joseph reportedly sent an email Wednesday, instructing Major Crimes detectives to bring full …

Donald Trump

California reaches deal on National Guard border mission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has reached an agreement with the federal government that the state's National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said.<p>The announcement Wednesday came after a week …

National Guard

Syria: Kurds detain German jihadi tied to 9/11

Kurdish fighters have said they took a German-Syrian man suspected of a having a role in the September 11 attacks into custody in Syria. After being …

Extremism

GOP will tout individual mandate repeal, but it could backfire

Republicans are planning to campaign aggressively on their repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, despite the high likelihood that …

Health Care

North seeks 'complete denuclearization', says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and has not attached conditions, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but Washington remains wary and has vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.<p>South Korean …

North Korea

GOP senator won't say if he backs Trump 2020 bid

In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) got heated when asked if he would back President Trump in the 2020 election and decided not to answer, saying he is focused on supporting Trump's current agenda.

Turner Broadcasting

UK emissions are falling fast. Now the country might try for zero.

It could become the first G7 nation to formally commit to net-zero carbon.<p>When we talk about individual countries and what they’re doing about climate change, the focus tends to be on the two big emitters, the US and China, as well as some of your sexier renewable energy leaders, your Germanys and …

Fossil Fuels

FAA will order engine inspections after deadly Southwest Airlines flight

An eerily similar incident occurred in 2016 involving a Southwest flight and the same type of engine.<p>Aviation authorities will begin ordering airlines to inspect a certain type of jet engine after this week's midair explosion that forced a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to make an …

Aviation

If North Korea Talks Are Not Fruitful, ‘I Will Respectfully Leave,’ Trump Says

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump declared on Wednesday that he would scrap a planned summit meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, or even walk out of the session while it was underway, if his diplomatic overture was not heading toward success.<p>Mr. Trump continued to express optimism — …

North Korea

Republicans Push Bill To Protect Mueller, Without McConnell's Support

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., does not support a measure that would make it harder for President Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, but that isn't stopping some Republicans from forcing the debate.<p>North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis said Wednesday that he will continue …

Donald Trump

Saudi Arabia just screened ‘Black Panther,’ its first movie in 35 years — but 40 seconds of it were censored

Saudi Arabia screened Marvel blockbuster "Black Panther" on Wednesday night, marking the country's first film screening in more than three decades.<p>The screening was praised by advocates as a milestone in Saudi's modernization efforts, but attendees were reminded of the country's conservative laws …

Saudi Arabia

Delta plane makes emergency landing in Atlanta

FAA officials say the Airbus A333 returned to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport shortly after takeoff when smoke was spotted billowing from an engine.<p>A Delta Air Lines plane made an emergency landing Wednesday at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shortly after takeoff when smoke was …

Airplanes

US warns Turkey of consequences if jailed pastor isn't freed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration warned Turkey on Wednesday that it is considering punitive "consequences" if the NATO ally does not throw out the charges or acquit an American pastor accused of espionage and aiding terrorist groups.<p>Wess Mitchell, the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, said …

South Asia

Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said Wednesday that keeping at least some livers at body temperature instead may work better.<p>The livers keep functioning until they're …

FDA

Belgium Investigating 3 Companies For Selling Chemical Weapons Ingredient To Syria

The announcement of the investigation came as UN weapons inspectors explained why they have not made it to the site of the most recent suspected chemical attack.<p>Belgian prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into whether three Belgian firms provided chemicals to Syria that could have …

Middle East