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Rajoy demands clarity from Catalan leader

Rajoy demands clarity from Catalan leader

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GOP leader says he'll rework health bill, but offers Plan B

GOP leader says he'll rework health bill, but offers Plan B

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to produce a fresh bill in about a week scuttling and replacing much of President Barack Obama's health care law. But he's also acknowledging a Plan B if that effort continues to flounder. "If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur," McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday. It was one of his most explicit concessions that a top priority for President Donald Trump and the entire GOP, erasing much of Obama's landmark 2010 statute, might fall short. He provided no details during remarks he made at a Rotary Club lunch in a deep-red, conservative rural area of southern Kentucky. Previously, other Republicans have said that if their broad drive to d...
Protests as new Hong Kong leader sworn in

Protests as new Hong Kong leader sworn in

World
Pro-democracy campaigners have accused police of abusing their power and assaulting a number of their activists at a protest to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty.They had been trying to march towards the city's convention centre, where President Xi Jinping was swearing in the territory's new leader, Carrie Lam.Protesters carried banners with the words "Democracy. Self-determination", as well as a replica coffin, meant to signify the demise of promised civil liberties.One of the movement's leaders, Joshua Wong, was taken away in handcuffs for the second time in three days, but later released.He said: "Carrie Lam ... is a nightmare for Hong Kong. Theoretically, the chief executive is a bridge between the central government and the Hong Kong people. But La...
Terror leader wanted by FBI 'goes on the run'

Terror leader wanted by FBI 'goes on the run'

World
The man said to be Islamic State's leader in southeast Asia - and one of America's most wanted terrorists - appears to have gone on the run after a five-week battle in the Philippines. The fight against Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi began with an attempt to capture Isnilon Hapilon on 23 May.That triggered a rampage by the militants - backed by some foreign fighters - and parts of the mainly Muslim city were seized.Image:Isnilon Hapilon 'should be considered armed and dangerous', the FBI saysThe president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, declared martial law in Marawi and the entire southern region of Mindanao.The resulting offensive was intended to crush what Mr Duterte said was an attempt to establish a province in the area.General Carlito Galvez said Hapilon had n...

South Korean leader says he shares 'common' goal with Trump

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June 20 (UPI) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he and U.S. President Donald Trump have something in common – a goal to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear program.In an interview with The Washington Post published Tuesday, the South Korean leader emphasized commonalities with Trump, who has called for an end to the era of "strategic patience" and a tougher approach to Pyongyang in the wake of missile provocations.The statement from Moon appeared to be addressing rising concerns in Washington the new South Korean administration could be at odds with the United States on critical issues like THAAD deployment, strategies in dealing with Kim Jong Un or even the future of the U.S.-South Korea alliance.Moon did say given the right conditions, he believes it would be a "good idea