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Speaker Johnson to push Israel aid this week, could include Ukraine, Taiwan aid

House Speaker Mike Johnson is expected to bring a spending package to the House floor this week that will provide wartime aid for Israel after it suffered a drone and missile barrage from Iran over the weekend. The spending package also includes billions for Ukraine and Taiwan. Johnson, R-La., is facing immense political pressure to […]

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Ukraine’s attacks on Russian oil refineries deepen tensions with U.S.

BRUSSELS — When Vice President Harris met privately with Volodymyr Zelensky at the Munich Security Conference in February, she told the Ukrainian leader something he didn’t want to hear: Refrain from attacking Russian oil refineries, a tactic U.S. officials believed would raise global energy prices and invite more aggressive Russian retaliation inside Ukraine. The request,

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Floods kill 58 in Tanzania with heavy rains persisting | Climate Crisis News

More than 100,000 people have been affected by the flooding, which has hit Tanzania’s coastal areas especially hard. Floods have killed 58 people in Tanzania over the last two weeks, spurring the East African country to seek an answer in major infrastructure projects. The government announced the death toll late on Sunday as heavy rains

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David Cameron claims Tories deserve to win election and says recovery for party not impossible – UK politics live | Politics

George Osborne rates David Cameron so highly that, as well as describing him as “acting like the British prime minister” on the world stage (see 9.30am), he even suggested in one recent edition of his Political Currency podcast that Keir Starmer should keep him on as foreign secretary. A move like that would be unprecedented

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US forces intercepted more than 80 attack drones and at least 6 ballistic missiles from Iran and Yemen, says Central Command

American forces downed over a quarter of the missiles and drones bound for Israel from Iran on Saturday evening, U.S. Central Command said Sunday. American and European-allied destroyers shot down 80 Iranian attack drones and at least six ballistic missiles launched from Iran and Yemen bound for Israel. It is estimated that about 350 missiles

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Trump Can’t Help but Post on Eve of His Hush-Money Trial

Donald Trump played the victim on the eve of his New York City hush-money trial, echoing comments over the weekend in which he portrayed himself as a martyr to supporters. Trump on Sunday ramped up his attacks against the “totally conflicted Judge” handling his case, and the so-called “Corrupt Prosecutor” who created “a Legal System

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Kristi Noem, South Dakota Governor and Trump VP Contender, Is Barred by Tribes

Four of South Dakota’s federally recognized Native American tribes have barred the state’s governor, Kristi Noem — a Republican whose name has been floated as a potential running mate for former President Donald J. Trump — from their reservations. The latest blocked Ms. Noem on Thursday. Three of the tribes barred Ms. Noem this month,

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House tees up 17 bills related to Iran/Israel for this week

FOX is told to expect a “robust foreign policy week” after this weekend’s events between Iran and Israel.  The House is ditching its original plan for “appliance week” and putting 17 bills on the floor “to hammer” Iran or show support for Israel. GOP GOV CLASHES WITH ABC’S STEPHANOPOULOS OVER TRUMP IN HEATED INTERVIEW Eleven

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Trump’s pugilistic defense strategy will be tested in hush money trial

The opening of Donald Trump’s first criminal trial on Monday will put to the test a defense strategy his lawyers have been honing for a year — a confrontational gambit that has angered the judge and could cost the presidential candidate dearly when it comes to a verdict. Fight for every scrap of evidence. Push

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Stocks slide on Middle East tensions as hope crisis contained stems losses | Financial Markets

Stock markets in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea fall after Iran’s attack on Israel. Stocks have tumbled in Asia after Iran ramped up Middle East tensions by launching a barrage of missiles and drones at Israel over the weekend, heightening fears of a wider conflict in the volatile region. However, while Israel

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More than 2,000 NHS buildings in England older than NHS, figures show | NHS

Millions of patients are being put at risk in crumbling hospitals that are unfit for purpose, MPs have said, as figures reveal more than 2,000 NHS buildings are older than the health service itself. Health bosses have repeatedly warned ministers of the urgent need to plough cash into replacing rundown buildings in order to protect

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Salman Rushdie reflects on near-fatal stabbing two years later in new book ‘Knife’

Renowned author Salman Rushdie gave his first interview since his near-fatal 2022 stabbing on Sunday, reflecting on the death threats that have followed him for decades in a new book, “Knife.” Rushdie, who became a targeted man after Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him for his depiction of the prophet Muhammad in “The Satanic

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Kesha Changes ‘Tik Tok’ Lyrics to Say ‘F*CK P DIDDY’ at Coachella

Kesha surprised fans on Sunday afternoon with a guest appearance during Reneé Rapp’s Coachella set, bouncing onto the stage with a bold lyric change directed towards Sean “Diddy” Combs. As the music to the singer’s 2010 smash hit, “Tik Tok,” filled the air, Kesha proclaimed in the opening lyrics: “Wake up in the morning like

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Moderna halts Kenya vaccine plant plans as Covid shot demand plunges

A nurse prepares a dose of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Oltepesi Dispensary in Kajiado, Kenya, on September 9, 2021. Patrick Meinhardt | AFP | Getty Images Moderna on Thursday said it has paused plans to build a vaccine-manufacturing site in Kenya after a steep drop in demand for its Covid vaccines. The biotech company said

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Iran attacked Israel, escalating an already volatile conflict. Here’s what to know : NPR

The United Nations Security Council holds a meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Iran’s recent attack against Israel, at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sunday. Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images The United Nations Security Council holds a meeting on the situation

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Johnson Says the House Will Vote on an Israel Bill in the Coming Days

Speaker Mike Johnson said on Sunday after Iran’s overnight attack on Israel that the House would vote in the coming days on aid for Israel, and he suggested that aid for Ukraine could be included in the legislation. “House Republicans and the Republican Party understand the necessity of standing with Israel,” Mr. Johnson said on

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US destroyed more than 80 drones, at least 6 ballistic missiles from Iran and Yemen

U.S. military forces destroyed over 80 Iranian drones and at least six ballistic missiles launched at Israel from Yemen and Iran on Saturday.  U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement that U.S. European Command destroyers supported U.S. forces while they engaged and destroyed more than 80 one-way attack uncrewed aerial vehicles (OWA UAV) and

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Biden counsels Netanyahu to ‘slow things down’ after Iranian attack

The Biden administration on Sunday congratulated Israel — along with itself and allies — on their “spectacular” success in fending off an unprecedented barrage of more than 300 Iranian missiles and armed drones, even as it made clear its desire for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government to declare victory and refrain from striking back.

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