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Russian Federation says talk of further United States sanctions 'counterproductive'

In Brussels, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said that the EU is "activating all diplomatic channels to address these concerns [about] the US measures with our USA counterparts". His refusal to do so would be likely to trigger political backlash in Washington, given the ongoing FBI and congressional investigations into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election and contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.


United States judge halts deportation of 1400 Iraqis

United States judge halts deportation of 1400 Iraqis

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled that the deportation of 1,400 Iraqis nationwide will continue to be temporarily blocked. In his decision, Goldsmith wrote that the case involved "extraordinary circumstances", noting that the Iraqis suddenly faced deportation after years of many of their cases being "dormant".


Trump gives Boy Scouts at jamboree a taste of Washington politics

Trump gives Boy Scouts at jamboree a taste of Washington politics

Trump addressed the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia and regardless of the original objective of the speech it turned into a lesson in rekindling fires of the political kind. Since 1910, every sitting president has served as the Boy Scouts of America's honorary president. Trump took credit for the "massive crowd" of scouts, attacked the "fake media", and asked, "What are the chances this crowd will be shown on the cameras?" You better get the votes.


Philippine Congress extends martial law in south amid siege

Philippine Congress extends martial law in south amid siege

Twenty one congressmen and seven senators quizzed officials from the military and the President's Cabinet on why martial law needs to stay. The vote allows Duterte to use the military to enforce law on the island of Mindanao, parts of which have been besieged by militants pledging allegiance to Isis.


Woman pleads guilty in fiance's kayaking death

Woman pleads guilty in fiance's kayaking death

Prosecutors said the missing plug from Viafore's kayak was found in the vehicle Graswald was driving. The press release states Graswald knew that the locking clip to Viaforte's kayak paddle was missing, that he was not wearing a life vest or a wet suit, and that the waters in the Hudson River where they were kayaking were dangerously cold and rough at the time.


Swiss police hunt for chainsaw attacker

Swiss police hunt for chainsaw attacker

Police put the center of Schaffhausen into lockdown and launched a manhunt for the suspect they identified as 51-year-old Franz Wrousis. Police do not believe the attack was sparked by a terror motive. "This is not a terrorism case", the statement said. The building where the attack took place is home to a bookshop and insurance and lawyers' offices.