Obama OKs federal aid for West Virginia; at least 24 dead

24 dead in West Virginia floods; search and rescue continuesOffering his condolences, President Barack Obama approved federal aid for the West Virginia communities devastated by floods that have killed at least 24 people and rendered many more homeless.



Despite Brexit, Kerry says, EU and U.S. must work closely together

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane after arriving at Kastrup International Airport in CopenhagenCiting the need to address the threat from Islamic State and conflicts from Libya to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the United States, European Union and Britain must cooperate closely despite Britain's decision to leave the EU. "There is a continuing criticality to this relationship, and one of the things that I want to emphasize in coming here today to Europe is how important the relationship of Europe, the EU, is to the United States and to the world," Kerry said in remarks with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.



For Trump and Brexit voters, echoes of the same frustrations

FILE - In this June 24, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candiadte Donald Trump speaks as he arrives at his revamped Trump Turnberry golf course in Turnberry Scotland. At the heart of the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union was a message of regaining independence and reasserting dominance lost in a globalized world. It’s a feeling Trump has also tapped into in the U.S. as he campaigns to put "America first" and "make America great again." (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUTMAYBOLE, Scotland (AP) — At the heart of the campaign that led Britain to vote to leave the European Union was a desire to regain independence lost amid a globalized world. It's the same kind of feeling that Donald Trump rode to become the presumptive Republican nominee in the U.S., where he campaigns to put "America first" and "make America great again."



Kerry urges Britain, EU to manage their divorce responsibly

A crow flies by EU flags in front of EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, June 24, 2016. Top European Union officials were hunkering down in Brussels Friday to try to work out what to do next after the shock decision by British voters to leave the 28-nation bloc. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Britain and the European Union to manage their divorce responsibly for the sake of global markets and citizens, a day before he was to become the first ...



Orlando massacre casts shadow over U.S. gay pride events

Men stop to look at a memorial to the victims of the Orlando shooting outside the Stonewall Inn in New YorkBy Elizabeth Barber NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pride parades in New York, San Francisco and other U.S. cities are expected to draw millions of revelers on Sunday, two weeks after a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub galvanized the LGBT community, and rekindled outrage over American gun violence. An estimated 1.6 million spectators could turn out at the annual gay pride march through Lower Manhattan, according to its organizers. Following the June 12 shooting at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub, police departments across the country have ramped up security for this year's parades, authorities said.



Islamic State militants launch new attacks in eastern Afghanistan
By Rafiq Sherzad and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and government security forces has claimed dozens of lives in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday. In recent months insurgents claiming allegiance to Islamic State had largely appeared to be bottled up in a mountainous area along the border with Pakistan under threat of U.S. air strikes. At least a dozen Afghan security forces and civilians had been killed, with another 18 wounded, Nangarhar province governor Saleem Khan Kunduzi said in a statement.

Kerry to visit Brussels, London in wake of Brexit vote
ROME (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels and British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond in London on Monday, a senior State Department official said. The trip comes as European Union and UK officials weigh the political and economic fallout from Friday's shock British referendum vote in favour of leaving the 28-nation bloc. The senior official said Kerry would stress the importance of other members not following Britain and further weakening the EU. U.S. ...

At gay pride parades, a year to weave sorrow and celebration

FILE - In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Scott Parent, left, and Tigger! Ferguson, wearing a wedding dress, parade down Fifth Avenue during the Heritage Pride March in New York where to mood was festive following the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country. The atmosphere this year couldn't be more different. Parades in New York and other major cities Sunday will feature increased security, anti-violence messages and tributes to those killed in this month's massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A year after New York City's jubilant pride parade celebrated a high point for gay Americans with the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, the atmosphere surrounding the annual march couldn't be more different.



Draft of Dems' policy positions reflects Sanders' influence

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., delivers his "Where We Go From Here" speech, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A draft of the Democratic Party's policy positions reflects the influence of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign: endorsing steps to break up large Wall Street banks, advocating a $15 hourly wage, urging an end to the death penalty.



West Virginia's worst flooding in a century kills 24

The West Virginia State Highway 4 along the Elk River shows extensive damage after flood water has dropped in the ClendeninWest Virginia's three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state's worst flooding in more than a century killed at least 24 people, officials said on Saturday. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for West Virginia and ordered federal aid to affected individuals in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties that could include grants for temporary housing, repairs and other programs. Obama spoke with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Saturday afternoon to give his condolences and make sure the governor has the federal resources he needs, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.



Business promotion and politics par for Trump's golf tour

US presidential candidate Donald Trump, second right, arrives by helicopter for a tour at the Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie, near Aberdeen, Scotland, Saturday June 25, 2016. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is on a short break away from his presidential campaign. (Andrew Milligan / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESABERDEENSHIRE, Scotland (AP) — Donald Trump moved from hole to hole on his wind-swept Scotland golf course Saturday, not a club in hand but promotion on his mind, extolling North Sea views that are among "the great sights of the world."



5 Colorado Republicans fight to take on Democrat Bennet

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 8, 2016, file photograph, Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls from left, Jon Keyser, Jack Graham, Darryl Glenn, Robert Blaha and Ryan Frazier debate as moderator Don Ward, far left, smiles at University of Colorado Colorado Springs in Colorado Springs, Colo. The five candidates will face off in Tuesday's primary election for one to earn the right to face incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet in the November general election. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDENVER (AP) — Not so long ago, Colorado's Republican Party relished the chance to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in this presidential swing state. Now it's presiding over a primary featuring five second-tier candidates who are fighting just to make themselves known to deliver Bennet an opponent.



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