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APTOPIX Pakistan Deadly Fire

Deadly Oil Truck Explosion in Pakistan

An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan, killing 148 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said. The death toll could rise further

The White House Correspondents' Dinner

Stephen Colbert Tweets at Trump and Mulls 2020 Run

In Russia, Stephen Colbert sent a tweet to President Trump and announced he was considering a White House run. "I am considering a run for President in 2020, and I thought it would be better to cut out the middle man and just tell the Russians myself"

Senate Holds Hearing On Russian Interference In U.S. Election

Yates Condemns Sessions on Criminal Justice Reform

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has publicly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for reinstating harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences aimed at curbing violent crime throughout the U.S. in a Washington Post op-ed

Suspended Professor Fired After Fox News Appearance

A New Jersey community college has fired an adjunct professor who was suspended after appearing on Fox News. Essex County College President Anthony Munroe announced the decision three days after Lisa Durden addressed the matter during a public meeting

UK Parliament

British Parliament Investigating Cyberattack

British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country's Parliament after discovering "unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts." The incident affected lawmakers and other parliamentary staff's ability to log on


Turkey Bans Gay Pride March in Istanbul

Turkish authorities have announced they will not allow a march for gay, lesbian and trans rights to take place Sunday. The Istanbul governor's office said that the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) Pride would be banned for safety reasons

Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy

House Stalls Russia-Iran Sanctions Bill

House Republicans are stalling a hugely popular bill to slap Iran and Russia with economic sanctions over a procedural issue that they're blaming the Senate for creating. "The problem is the Senate screwed up," Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said

Saudi security forces foil suicide bomb attack in Mecca

Bomber Detonates Near Grand Mosque in Mecca

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said. The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid around Jiddah

Britain London Fire

4 London Public Housing Towers Evacuated

Britain's fire-safety crisis expanded substantially as authorities revealed that 27 high-rise apartment blocks across the country have cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers