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Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

Fires erupted and plumes of dark and white smoke billowed against a blue sky as the bombs slammed into their targets, AFP journalists in Marawi said. "They are the ones facilitating the rigging of the buildings and houses with bombs", Herrera said. Foreign fighters , including those from Chechnya, Indonesia and Malaysia , are among those killed in the Marawi conflict.



PM Modi, Trump pledge to deepen defense, security cooperation

Modi, proving the social media accolade from Trump, tweeted later on Monday: "Interacted with top CEOs". Trump said India has agreed to partner with the United States in the fight against "radical Islamic terrorism" and he thanked Modi for purchasing some $2.4 billion worth of unarmed drones and military aircraft.



CBO sees peril in Senate bill for uncrowded regions

Senate Republicans are trying to rally support within their party to vote on, and pass, a new health care bill before the Senate breaks on Monday for a July Fourth holiday recess. By next year , the CBO found, 15 million more Americans would be uninsured under the Senate's bill. Like the House's version, Senate's Trumpcare vision whacks large swaths of Obamacare, including deep cuts to the Medicaid expansion , and allowing insurance companies to offer "skinny" plans to citizens that ...


India, US agree to strengthen ties to ensure peace in Afghanistan

India, US agree to strengthen ties to ensure peace in Afghanistan

Trump's assertion of his commitment to the India-US partnership and the US State Department move are being seen as key to solidifying the India-US strategic relationship against the backdrop of Trump assuming office as US President and his seeming penchant for riling almost all traditional allies and partners of the US since taking office on 20 January.


Mattis Says Congress Needs To Up Its Game On Defense Spending

Mattis Says Congress Needs To Up Its Game On Defense Spending

Another priority for the new strategy would be to reduce Afghan casualties by " more effectively assisting " Afghan ground forces through increasing U.S. Mattis, when pressed again about the plan, said getting a government-wide strategy can't be done quickly, and that there are ongoing efforts to ensure North Atlantic Treaty Organisation participation so that it's "not all on the backs of American taxpayers".


UK's May makes deal she needs to govern, but critics abound

UK's May makes deal she needs to govern, but critics abound

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron labelled the Tory-DUP arrangement as a " shoddy little deal ", adding: 'While our schools are crumbling and our NHS is in crisis , Theresa May chooses to throw cash at 10 MPs in a grubby attempt to keep her Cabinet squatting in Number 10'.