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Trump Says His Comey Tapes Bluff 'Wasn't Very Stupid'

Trump defended his bluff about having tapes of conversations between him and former FBI Director James Comey, saying his strategy "wasn't very stupid." "When [Comey] found out that there may be tapes out there…I think his story may have changed" he said

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North Korea Denies Torturing Otto Warmbier

North Korea denied it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma. The comments were North Korea's first reaction to Otto Warmbier's death

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Yellowstone's Grizzly Bears No Longer Threatened

Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted. But the move will allow some hunting outside the park's boundaries

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Narendra Modi to Meet Donald Trump at the White House

The future of ties between the world’s most powerful democracy and its biggest one is once again a matter of debate, with the first face to face meeting between Modi and Donald Trump on June 26. Here's what to expect

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Theresa May Offers Hope For E.U. Citizens After Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May promised that E.U. citizens will not be immediately kicked out when the U.K. leaves the union, and says their fate will be a top priority in Brexit negotiations — prompting guarded praise from other European leaders

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Pakistan Car Bomb Kills 11, Wounds 20

A powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan killed 11 people and wounded 20. Some remain in critical condition, and TV footage showed several badly damaged cars and a road littered with broken glass

Protests Erupt After Minnesota Officer Acquitted In Killing Of Philando Castile

Video Shows a Daughter's Plea After Castile Shooting

New police footage reveals more of the immediate aftermath of the fatal 2016 police shooting of Philando Castile in a Minnesota suburb, depicting the heartwrenching moment shared in the back of a police car between Castile's girlfriend and her daughter

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Qatar: Gulf Neighbors Issue List of Demands to End Crisis

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close a Turkish military base in Qatar

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Judge Halts Deportation of Iraqi Christians

A judge has temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq. Most of them are Chaldean Christians, but some are Shiite Muslims and converts to Christianity

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'Pizzagate' Shooter Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail

A North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle inside a District of Columbia restaurant during his investigation of a conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" has been sentenced to four years in prison

Balenciaga Just Released a $1,100 Shopping Bag

After Balenciaga launched a $2,145 version of an Ikea shopping bag, the high-end designer label has done it again with a shopping bag-like tote that retails for $1,100. The difference between the paper bag and the accessory might be the materials