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Congressmen: Our bipartisan plan for health care

(CNN)People are sick of politics and politicians. They have had it with the finger-pointing and blame games while the world is engulfed in chaos. We’re freshman members of Congress from different political parties, but we know there is more that unites us than divides us. That’s why we’re part of the Problem Solvers Caucus: a group of more than 40 lawmakers, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, committed to —…

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Firing Mueller would be a catastrophic mistake

(CNN)On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor’s office was shut down. President Trump said Thursday that he hasn’t given any thought to firing Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation that Trump has described as a “witch hunt.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook A firing of Mueller should lead…

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UK could face Islamist threat for decades, former MI5 chief warns – BBC News

But now, with the rise of the so-called Islamic State militant group, he said the threat was unlikely to end soon. Lord Evans said: “There’s no doubt that we are still facing a severe terrorist threat but I think its also important to put this in a slightly longer context because right the way back from the 1990s we have been experiencing difficulties from Islamist terrorists of one sort or…

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‘We could be gone tomorrow’: Life in North Korea’s crosshairs

Hagata, Guam (CNN)With rough, calloused hands, Guam local Marco Martinez steadily trims his fishing line. “If it does happen, OK, it happens, but I just try not to really think about it,” Martinez told CNN. Martinez was born and raised on this small island of 160,000 or so people. They’re used to living with intimidation from North Korea, including in 2013 when Pyongyang warned that the island was within its…

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In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base

Washington (CNN)The only surprise about President Donald Trump’s flare-up with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is that it took so long. Political logic? While Trump appears to be alienating one of the top Republicans he needs most in Washington by searing McConnell, there is some political logic behind his attacks. To begin with, the clash gels with the President’s political sweet spot, setting him up as the frustrated agent of…

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Labour criticises government hospital asset sales – BBC News

The NHS is asked to contribute as a major property owner. NHS property being included for sale includes hospital buildings and some ambulance stations. But Labour said hospitals were being stripped of their assets and forced into a “fire sale”. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “This government’s refusal to fund the health service has seen standards of care for patients drop and NHS building and upgrade works pushed back….

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Guam residents stoic in the face of North Korean missile threat

Hagatna, Guam (CNN)It’s the tiny island in the eye of a geopolitical storm. The country’s military leaders are finalizing a plan to present to Kim Jong Un in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan to land less than 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Guam, stated media reported Thursday. The tiny Pacific island, the largest in the Marianas group, is home to two significant US military bases….

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Trump’s ad-libbed North Korean missile crisis

(CNN)President Donald Trump effectively ad-libbed his way into a test of wills with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and an unpredictable cycle of escalation — largely due to both men’s propensity for white-hot rhetoric and a desire to project strong leadership. One day after Trump fired off a blistering and improvised warning to rain “fire and fury” over the communist state if it kept up its own threats, North…

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Medical school places to increase next year – BBC News

Diversity drive The government wants many of the new training places to go to students from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve diversity in the medical profession. Medical schools will be able to bid to run some of the extra course places. Those that can demonstrate they are targeting under-represented social groups, such as poorer students, will be favoured, as will those covering regions that struggle to attract trainee medics – rural…

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Fox family team up for Leicester garden games – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA family of foxes was spotted playing football in a Foxes fan’s garden A suburban garden has become a playground for a family of foxes, who even dabble in football. The garden of Anne Brookes from Leicester boasts a family of up to eight animals as regular visitors to their lawn. “Foxes” is the nickname of the local football and cricket teams…

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Crocodile Lemmysuchus named after Motorhead’s Lemmy – BBC News

The crocodile terrorised coastal waters around Britain more than 145 million years ago. It had a skull measuring just over a metre and large, blunt teeth perfect for crushing bones and turtle shells. The name was suggested by Natural History Museum curator and Motorhead fan Lorna Steel. She said: “Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015, we’d like to think that he would have raised a glass to…

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Premier League at 25: 2002-2007 – BBC News

The Premier League is 25 years old on 15 August 2017. To mark the anniversary, BBC Sport has produced five pieces, each covering a five-year period in the competition’s history. This is the third piece, focusing on the span from the 2002-03 season to the end of the 2006-07 campaign, when Arsenal went a season unbeaten, Jose Mourinho declared himself the ‘Special One’ and big money began flowing into the…

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Trump’s credibility crisis goes nuclear

(CNN)With his jaw set and his arms crossed, Donald Trump delivered the most incendiary public threat by an American president in many decades. From political, diplomatic, and historical perspectives, Trump’s threat, delivered from his golf club in New Jersey, was an extraordinary moment and shattered years of national security conventions in apparently threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to an adversary’s rhetoric — rather than an existential threat to…

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‘They have nothing to lose. We do’: Australia struggles with extremist threat

Sydney, Australia (CNN)For most young Australians, the violence and extremism of Syria feels a world away. But for a tiny minority, ISIS exerts a powerful allure, leading a small but significant number to head to the Middle East to take up arms. For some, the ISIS connection is real and immediate. “I know two friends, two personal friends of mine who traveled to fight for ISIS,” says a 20-year-old university…

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Canadian envoy arrives in Pyongyang, North Korean media says

(CNN)A Canadian government envoy, Daniel Jean, national security adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his party arrived in Pyongyang, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. It gave no further details about why the Canadian official was there. In letters to family, friends, and members of his church in Mississauga, Ontario, Lim has complained of stomach pain and high blood pressure. Former N.Korea bodyguard details abuse

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Ex-Northwestern professor in court for 1st time in Chicago stabbing death

(CNN)An ex-Northwestern University professor who is accused of stabbing a man to death in his Chicago apartment appeared in court for the first time since leading police on a sweeping, cross-country manhunt that ended with his arrest last week. Lathem’s attorney, Kenneth Wine, said his client was charged for “murder and fleeing” in Illinois, but he has not been formally arraigned on those charges.

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Milan kidnap case: Chloe Ayling was to be ‘sold in Middle East’ – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChloe Ayling: “I’ve been through a terrifying experience” A British model who was allegedly held captive by a gang in Italy was told she would be sold in the Middle East “for sex”, her lawyer has said. Francesco Peschi also told the BBC how Chloe Ayling, 20, had been acting under duress when she was taken shopping by her captor before she…

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UK judges need clarity after Brexit – Lord Neuberger – BBC News

UK courts will continue to interpret ECJ case law – even after Brexit. What is the European Court of Justice? Lord Neuberger, who will step down as Supreme Court president next month, told the BBC that judges need more guidance on how they should do just that. “If [the government] doesn’t express clearly what the judges should do about decisions of the ECJ after Brexit, or indeed any other topic…

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Premier League at 25: 1997-2002 – BBC News

The Premier League is 25 years old on 15 August 2017. To mark the anniversary, BBC Sport has produced five pieces, each covering a five-year period in the competition’s history. This is the second piece, focusing on the span from the 1997-98 season to the end of the 2001-02 campaign, when Paulo Di Canio went from referee-shoving villain to the epitome of sportsmanship and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal revolution promoted a…

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Trump gets a win on North Korea, but sees no easing of crisis

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration can claim a genuine foreign policy win, marked by deft diplomacy on two continents, following the passage of the most punitive UN sanctions ever imposed against North Korea. Washington and its allies will hope that the new assault on Pyongyang’s already heavily sanctioned economy will change Kim Jong Un’s calculations in the building nuclear showdown. Russia, North Korea pose challenges to US Haley: Sanctions are a…

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