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US Senate eyes ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal

Republican US Senate leaders, struggling to keep a seven-year-old promise to end Obamacare, have turned their focus to passing a slimmed-down “skinny” repeal measure that would throw the issue into negotiations with the House of Representatives. The last-ditch effort came as senators voted 45-55 against a straight repeal of Obamacare, …

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Russia bristles at proposed US sanctions

Russia is edging closer to retaliation against Washington after the House of Representatives backed new US sanctions on Moscow, while the EU fears the move might affect its energy security. The lower house of the US Congress overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions on Moscow on Tuesday and to force …

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Woman spots ‘dead’ mum on Google Earth

Denise Underhill was shocked to see her late mother Beryl gardening on Google Street View. Picture: Google Earth A WOMAN has said she couldn’t believe her eyes after spotting her mum on Google Street View — 18 months after she died. Denise Underhill, who moved to Florida from Tamworth, Staffordshire, …

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Aussie teen breaks English Channel record

16-year-old Ned Wieland has become the youngest Aussie male to swim the English Channel. CREDIT: ABC News Swimmer, Ned Wieland, 15, is the youngest Australian to swim the English Channel. Picture: AAP A SYDNEY schoolboy has become the youngest Australian male to swim the famous English Channel. Ned Wieland, 16, …

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Fighting in Syria ceasefire area: monitor

Fighting has broken out between rebel and government forces east of Damascus for the first time since a ceasefire was declared at the weekend, a Syrian war monitor says, with air strikes also hitting the besieged, rebel-controlled enclave. Air strikes on three towns in East Ghouta killed a child and …

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Pakistan fuel tanker owners end strike

Owners of Pakistani fuel tankers ended their protest strike on its third day, dispelling fears of a shortage that prompted long queues at petrol stations countrywide. Pakistan has 10 to 11 days of oil stock reserves but many service stations were shuttered and carried “Petrol Finished” signs following panic buying …

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Earl ‘lied to’ over princes’ coffin walk

The brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, has claimed he was “lied to” about the desire of William and Harry to walk behind their mother’s coffin. Earl Spencer says he raised objections with royal officials before being told her sons wanted to do it, adding he later realised this was …

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Nigeria building collapse kills at least 5

A four-storey residential building has collapsed in Nigeria’s largest city and killed at least five people, emergency officials in Lagos say. Authorities say at least 15 people had been rescued from the rubble of the building that collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. Government officials did not immediately say what caused the …

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Panel drops order for Manafort to testify

US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman will not testify before the Senate judiciary committee as originally scheduled after the committee dropped its subpoena. The committee withdrew its subpoena for Paul Manafort late on Tuesday after Manafort agreed to turn over documents and to continue negotiating about setting up an …

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Britain’s economy picks up only slightly

Britain’s economy picked up only slightly in the second quarter, expanding by 0.3 per cent between April and June compared with the paltry 0.2 per cent of the first three months of the year. The Office of National Statistics said on Wednesday that flagging industrial production and construction output dragged …

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