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OBAMA CARE: Collins to vote ‘no’ on Graham-Cassidy bill, likely killing latest Obamacare repeal

Sen. Susan Collins announced Monday afternoon that she will oppose the GOP’s latest plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, bringing the total number of public “no” votes to three and likely killing the last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare this week.   In a statement, the Maine Republican said the bill does not go far enough to protect people with ...

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U.S. Judge Blocks Abortion Restrictions Enacted By VP Pence

  Advocates on Monday hailed a US judge’s ruling permanently blocking Indiana abortion limits considered among the nation’s most restrictive, while the state said it would appeal the decision. Then-governor Mike Pence approved the restrictions last year, before becoming Donald Trump’s vice president. The law prohibited abortions sought for certain reasons, such as a diagnosed disability in the fetus. Abortion ...

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Many NFL Players Protest During National Anthem After Trump Attacks

A large number of NFL players took a knee or practiced other forms of protest during the playing of the National Anthem before Sunday’s games, a clear response to President Trump’s attacks on the NFL and its players over the weekend. Among the players that remained standing while the anthem played, many locked arms in solidarity with their teammates, while those protesting ...

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Soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68

Charles Bradley, a soul singer who found fame in his later years, has died from cancer aged 68. The former James Brown impersonator, nicknamed “the screaming eagle of soul” released his first album No Time For Dreaming in 2011, aged 62. He had recently returned to live performance after receiving treatment for stomach cancer late last year. His death come ...

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US bombers stage North Korea show of force

US bombers have flown close to North Korea’s east coast to demonstrate the military options available to defeat any threat, the Pentagon has said. It said the flight was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone between the Koreas that any US fighter jet or bomber had flown in the 21st Century. Tensions have risen recently over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. ...

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We don’t see IPOB as terrorist organisation – US

The United States Government says it does not consider the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist organisation. Last week, the Federal High Court in Abuja gave a judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the group and its activities in the country. The court granted the order to proscribe the group on Wednesday. It declared that ...

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North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

US President Donald Trump has signed a new order that boosts sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the North. The president also said China’s Central Bank had instructed other Chinese banks to stop doing business with Pyongyang. It comes less than two ...

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Kenya election: Poll body delays re-run by nine days

Kenya’s new presidential election has been delayed to 26 October, after the country’s polls commission sought more time to reform voting processes. The re-run had originally been scheduled for 17 October. The move came as President Uhuru Kenyatta accused the country’s Supreme Court, which annulled the first vote, of staging a “coup” against the people. Observers fear Kenya’s political temperature ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto Join 200,000 in Climate March in Washington, D.C.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jared Leto joined marchers opposing U.S. President Donald Trump’s environmental policies at events in Washington D.C. on Saturday.A long-time fighter against climate change, DiCaprio posed for a photograph ahead of the march in the sweltering American capital with a large group of people from around the world. Source: Twitter/@LeoDiCaprio “Honored to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as ...

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