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Republican bills blow up the road toward universal health care

The move to repeal Obamacare has already created chaos in the insurance market; the replacement proposed by Congress would destroy the market entirely. States would have more flexibility in determining the essential health benefits that all insurance companies must provide, such as prescription drug coverage, preventive health screenings, and coverage of mental health services.

GOP senators now oppose health bill - enough to sink it

Four conservative senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, announced that they would oppose it without changes - more than enough to bring it down. Further, the Senate bill would limit Medicaid even more over time by tying the annual growth rate of those funds to standard inflation, rather than more generous index of medical inflation, starting in 2025.

Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

The ministry said in a statement that two frigates and a submarine launched six cruise missiles on IS installations in Syria's Hama province, destroying command centers and ammunition depots. But armed groups fighting in the region and USA officials say they have no evidence that Baghdadi was killed, and many regional officials have said they are skeptical about the information from Moscow .

China hopes India, US won't disturb South China Sea peace

Satellite imagery obtained by Defense News, a website specialising in defense and the military, showed China moving equipment to Hainan Island, which sits on the edge of the South China Sea . "If true, this would be a clumsy and counterproductive act by China ", he said. A comparative analysis and research into the data will provide insight into the resources, environment and changes related to the South China Sea and its affiliated islands and reefs.

North Korea denies torturing detained USA student Otto Warmbier

Its official news agency, KCNA , quoted a government source as saying: 'Our relevant agencies treat all criminals in accordance with domestic laws and worldwide standards and Warmbier was not an exception'. The bill, introduced late last month by Representatives Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, and Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, would ban tourist travel to North Korea and require a license from the Treasury Department for any other travel to North Korea.

Dozens killed in Pakistan bomb attacks

The paper, citing local officials, says at least 19 people were injured in the blast. Wasim Beg, a spokesman at a government hospital, said the death toll from the bombing had risen to 11 throughout the morning. But intelligence officials said one of the men has been identified as a wanted militant commander linked to IS. The Iranian official condemned the attacks, especially those targeting Muslims in Parachinar, saying carrying out terrorist acts on the last Friday of Ramadan, a day when ...

Spicer: Chances of Senate health care bill passing are 'very high'

You may not agree with me, but we can probably agree that what is happening now is embarrassing, shameful and will do harm to us. It is health care rationing, forcing many to pay more for less coverage and limiting Medicaid spending in ways that are even crueler than the House bill envisions.

After high-profile losses, reps seek change at top

A documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, Ossoff is the sort of candidate the ossified national party often favors in close races - lightly seasoned, studiously bland and loosely linked to the district, where he doesn't happen to live.

London tower blocks evacuated over fire concerns

The evacuation initially affected five tower blocks in the Chalcots Estate , but one tower was later deemed to be safe and residents were told they could return home. Many residents complained about a lack of information and confusion. "We know it's a scary time but we will make sure that they stay safe", said Gould."The cost we can deal with later".

Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch sector

The Indian army also killed two out of the three intruders. Pakistan resorted to unprovoked indiscriminate firing from small arms automatics and shelled mortars. The SSG forms the central part of BAT, which is responsible for carrying out attacks on Indian Army posts across the LoC. That attack too was carried out under the cover of shelling by the Pakistani troops.

27 high-rise apartment blocks in London fail fire cladding safety tests

Chalcots resident Shirley Philips told Sky News television she had been given no notice before being told she must leave her home."It's absolutely disgusting", asking why the decision had been left so late in the day. The World War II veteran, Peter Bertram, 94, said he has lived in the Chalcots Estate for the last 46 years and was "shocked" by the sudden evacuation .

Stephen Lynch: Reduce cost on health plans

Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health , said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued.

Qatar publishes demands made by Arab countries

Charter as all countries concerned are U.N. member states". "This reflects basically an attempt from these countries to suppress free media and also undermine our sovereignty", said Mr Al Thani . "The alternative is not escalation", he said. Qatar has been given 10 days to comply, reports The Guardian . "This is an ultimatum. But the severity of the blockade is much bigger, much more dramatic".

ICC backs World XI games in Lahore

Pakistan XI would be up against World XI in three T20 matches. Pakistan defeated India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 by a huge margin of 180 runs to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has outlined the process for the incorporation of a new governing body for cricket in the USA and confirmed all cricket activities should continue during the transition period following the expulsion of the USA Cricket Association from ICC ...

Trump making calls to senators on healthcare bill

The Senate health care bill has some differences from the American Health Care Act that passed the House last month on a party-line vote without any support from Democrats . Rob Portman and Shelley Moore are concerned cuts to Medicaid would hurt the fight against opioid addiction by limiting low-income people's access to addiction treatment.

Dennis Rodman Defends North Korea, Takes Credit for Otto Warmbier's Release

China's imports from North Korea dropped nearly 32 per cent in May to US$123.75 million (RM530.6 million) from a year earlier, after the world's second-largest economy stopped buying coal from the regime in February in response to Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Hundreds evacuated from London towers as fire fallout widens

Camden council representatives talk as they help residents as they are evacuated from the Burnham residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate, in the borough of Camden, north London, Friday, June 23, 2017. Theresa May announced a programme of nationwide testing to see how many buildings are covered in an Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) following the fire at Grenfell Tower killed at least 79 people .

Firefighters battle blaze at low-rise building in east London

London Fire Brigade said all residents have been accounted for. Firefighters from Croydon, Wallington and Norbury fire stations were at at scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is believed one person was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service, but their condition is not known.

North Korea tests rocket engine linked to nuclear missile programme

Moon's office did not disclose the details of the missile being tested, but South Korea has been working to develop ballistic missiles with a range of 800km, a voluntary cap under an agreement with the US. The editorial argued that an effort by Trump to divert attention from his domestic political problems by launching a preemptive strike against North Korea would follow in the footsteps of previous US presidents who, according to the editorial, had also tried to escalate tensions and ...

China investigating if slain pair was preaching in Pakistan

Following the killing of the two Chinese nationals , Pakistan's interior ministry has chose to "streamline" its visa policy for Chinese nationals, Pakistan's The Nation quoted a ministry spokesperson as saying. While firmly opposing and strongly condemning all forms of terrorism and extreme violent actions targeting civilians, China on Wednesday reiterated its support to Pakistan in its efforts to fight against terrorist forces and safeguard national security and stability.

Arizona is so hot that flights are being cancelled

According to an American Airlines statement, the maximum operating temperature for certain smaller, regional aircraft was expected to be reached during the day, leading to the cancellations. Experts say hot air affects engine output and increases the required plane speed and runway length for takeoff - and since the CRJ, a Canadian plane, has not been tested under those conditions, it hasn't been verified as safe in temperatures above 118 degrees.

Republican proposed Senate health bill; not enough votes to pass

New Mexico's two USA senators, both Democrats, strongly denounced the GOP's attempt to replace Obamacare. Sen. The GOP holds a 52-48 advantage over Democrats in the Senate, with Vice President Pence standing ready to break ties in the GOP's favor.

UK update: 27 high-rises have dangerous cladding

Camden Council's Labour leader, Georgia Gould, said the council had acted "as swiftly as we possibly can" to ensure people's safety. The council confirmed earlier this week that it will remove the cladding from the tower blocks in the Chalcots estate.

Check pic: Poonam Pandey's picture on International Yoga Day has gone viral!

The sultry actress is now a major social media influencer and has dropped another bomb on social media by posting a rather saucy picture for her fans celebrating International Yoga Day! Rakhi is seen performing some Yoga stunts in an outfit that reveals way too much.

Multinational forces to patrol Syria 'de-escalation zones'

Abdyrakmanov's comments came after Vladimir Shamanov, head of Russia's lower house of parliament's defence committee, told RIA Novosti news agency that Moscow had made "proposals to our colleagues from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan" on the subject.

Gingrich Hopes Pelosi Stays Around 'For 10 More Years'

The Democratic flub may well reinforce Washington's Republican-ruled status quo, starting with the health care deform that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is crafting under cover of darkness . If the only message of the Democratic Party centers on Donald Trump , they're hanging their hopes on a wildly unpredictable, unstable individual. "We should stop talking about Trump all the time, and Russian Federation".

PM Modi arrives in Portugal on first leg of three-nation tour

Referring to his telephonic conversations with the US President, Modi said these have touched upon the common intent to take forward productive all-round engagements for the mutual benefit of our people. The Prime Minister said that apart from his official meetings with Trump and his Cabinet colleagues, he will meet some prominent American CEOs. "We will deliberate on means to intensify our cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other worldwide issues of mutual interest", Modi said, ...

Pelosi facing party mutiny in the House

In 14 years under Pelosi's leadership Democrats have become an ever-shrinking minority that's almost extinct outside of the East and West coasts, big cities and college towns. She's picking up the slack for the incompetent center-right support system. "I'm saying this respectfully", Alexandra Pelosi, a 46-year-old Manhattan-based filmmaker, told ITK on Friday.

USA officials say North Korea tested rocket engine that could power ICBM

This undated photo distributed on Friday, June 9, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows a test of a new type of cruise missile launch at an undisclosed location in North Korea . The US has also ramped up its military presence in the region, conducting drills with Japan as well as South Korea , and is installing a controversial missile defence system in South Korea, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system ( Thaad ).

Saudis Issue Broad List of Demands to Qatar

The UAE's Foreign Minister Anwar Mohammad Gargash said there would be a "parting of ways" with Qatar if it failed to meet the demands. It was released more than two weeks after Saudi Arabia led a coordinated freeze by nine countries on diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar.

London tower blocks evacuated over fire safety concerns

Haunted by the specter of the tower in flames, authorities and businesses up and down the country have been checking the cladding on their tall buildings amid speculation that the insulation and cladding fitted to the Grenfell Tower's exterior fueled the fire's rapid spread.

Man shouts 'Allahu Akbar', stabs officer at MI airport

The Flint Journal , citing court officials, said Ftouhi is a dual citizen of Canada and Tunisia. Ftouhi legally entered the United States from Lake Champlain, New York , on June 16 before making his way to Flint, US authorities said.

Cholera Outbreak : Yemen cases could pass 300000 by September

The war-torn country acts a petri dish for cholera , with poor health care and an even worse sanitation system. The world's so-called "forgotten war" has killed more than 10,000 people, many of them civilians. Saudi Arabia said on Friday it had foiled a terrorist attack on the Grand Mosque. the state Al-Ekhbaria news channel said 11 people were injured in the collapse of a three-storey building where a suicide bomber had been locked up and detonated.

Modi arrives in Portugal on first leg of 3-nation visit

I mean, we're only six months into the administration. On his way back, Modi would visit The Netherlands for talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague, besides calling on the King of The Netherlands Willem Alexander. At the invitation of Trump , the Prime Minister would spend several hours with the US President at the White House on Monday afternoon, which would end with a dinner later that night.

USA military says crisis communications link with Russian Federation 'in use'

A defense official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the drone shot down Tuesday was a Shaheed 129 and appeared to have been operated by "pro-regime" forces. On Sunday, a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are now moving towards Raqqah, Daesh's Syrian stronghold.

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