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  • Dozens dead in US-led strikes on jihadist-run Syrian prison

    June 27, 2017 1:19 PM 3

    US-led coalition air strikes killed nearly 60 people at a Syrian prison run by the Islamic State group, a monitor said Tuesday, as Washington insisted the jihadists remain its only target. The coalition has been hitting IS in Syria and Iraq since mid-2014 but has also been involved in recent confrontations with President Bashar al-Assad's forces, raising

  • 10 more mass graves uncovered in restive central Congo

    June 27, 2017 11:46 AM 3

    KINSHASA, Congo — Authorities say 10 more mass graves have been uncovered in the restive region of central Congo where the Catholic church has estimated more than 3,300 people have died. Maj. Gen. Joseph Ponde told journalists that armed forces were alerted to the graves by Red Cross officials and villagers in the area. He said seven of the 10 new mass graves

  • U.S. travel ban ruling leaves myriad questions unanswered

    June 27, 2017 11:35 AM 3

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban has left the effort to keep some foreigners out of the United States in a murky middle ground, with unanswered questions and possibly more litigation ahead. The justices ruled Monday in an unsigned opinion they would hold a full hearing

  • Syria denies U.S. allegations of coming chemical attack

    June 27, 2017 11:27 AM 5

    BEIRUT -- The Syrian government on Tuesday dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more than 40 prisoners. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 15 militants were also killed

  • The Memo: Trump seeks to put his stamp on nation

    June 27, 2017 10:00 AM 4

    “I cannot imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!” he tweeted over the weekend. “If he can start the week with this travel ruling and finish it by [moving toward] repealing ObamaCare, that would be by far the most successful week of his presidency.” The Supreme Court decision

  • White House warns Syria's Assad against chemical attack

    June 27, 2017 9:41 AM 2

    The White House issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday night as it claimed "potential" evidence that Syria was preparing for another chemical weapons attack. In an ominous statement issued with no supporting evidence or further explanation, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. had "identified potential preparations for another

  • Queen Elizabeth II to see an increase in official funding

    June 27, 2017 9:18 AM 4

    LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II is set to receive an increase in the official funding she receives each year. Buckingham Palace said Tuesday the “sovereign grant” will be 82.2 million pounds ($104.8 million) next year — an increase of more than 6 million pounds. The increase is derived from a formula based on the financial performance of the Crown Estate

  • Queen to receive £6m pay increase from public funds

    June 27, 2017 9:18 AM 4

    The Queen is to receive an 8% increase in income from public funds, after the Crown Estate's profits rose by £24m. The Sovereign Grant, which pays for the salaries of her household, official travel and upkeep of palaces, is to increase by more than £6m in 2018/19. It comes as accounts revealed the Queen's official net expenditure last year increased

  • Queen’s income set to almost double amid increase in public funds

    June 27, 2017 9:18 AM 4

    Queen Elizabeth II's income will almost double this year, royal accounts published Tuesday showed, amid an increase in the amount of taxpayer funds directed to the British royal family to cover extensive repairs at Buckingham Palace. Official figures show the Crown Estate, which owns much of London's West End, made £328.8 million ($418.6 million) in profit

  • Stormont power-sharing talks enter final phase

    June 27, 2017 8:41 AM 3

    Northern Ireland's political parties face an intensive day of talks as efforts to restore power-sharing at Stormont continue. Round-table discussions will be begin at 14:00 BST on Tuesday. The deadline for a deal is Thursday. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said parties may have to consult supporters on a deal so talks would have to finish by Wednesday