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Sarah Sanders tweet about being kicked out of restaurant violates law, former White House ethics chief says

Sarah Sanders tweet about being kicked out of restaurant violates law, former White House ethics chief saysSarah Huckabee Sanders’ tweet about being kicked out of a restaurant broke the law, a former White House ethics chief has said. Ms Sanders, the White House press secretary, was asked to leave Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, because she works for Donald Trump. The senior Trump aide addressed the incident via her official White House Twitter account – telling her three million followers she “politely left” and the co-owner’s decision to kick her out “say far more about her than they do about me”.



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GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations liesWASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator who had expressed concerns about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mounted an outspoken defense of him Wednesday after a face-to-face meeting, calling ethics allegations against Pruitt "outrageous lies."



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Obama cyber chief confirms 'stand down' order against Russian cyberattacks in summer 2016

Obama cyber chief confirms 'stand down' order against Russian cyberattacks in summer 2016Michael Daniel, Obama White House’s chief cyber official testified that proposals he was developing to counter Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to “stand down” his efforts in the summer of 2016.



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Philippines' ousted Supreme Court chief lambastes Duterte

Philippines' ousted Supreme Court chief lambastes DuterteThe ousted Philippine Supreme Court chief justice launched a blistering attack on President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, calling him a “self-styled savior who is willing to kill”, after she lost an appeal against her removal from office. Maria Lourdes Sereno, the first woman chief justice of the Philippines who Duterte denounced as an “enemy” for her opposition to some of his proposals, was ousted by fellow-judges allied with the president last month. “Our sights have been set low by the very leaders who should lead us to pursue lofty visions for our nation and our people,” Sereno said in a speech to her supporters after the court ruling.



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Former WH Chief Strategist Bannon says Trump has never lied: 'Not to my knowledge'

Former WH Chief Strategist Bannon says Trump has never lied: 'Not to my knowledge'ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl goes one-on-one with Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist and CEO of the Trump campaign, on "This Week."



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Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief 'significant'

Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief 'significant'KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk described the killing of Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan as a "significant development in the fight against terrorism."



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US drone kills Taliban chief wanted in Malala attack: Ghani

US drone kills Taliban chief wanted in Malala attack: GhaniAfghan President Ashraf Ghani confirmed Friday that Pakistani Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah had been killed in a US drone strike. Fazlullah is believed to have ordered the failed 2012 assassination of Malala Yousafzai, who became a global symbol of the fight for girls’ rights to schooling, and who later won the Nobel Peace Prize. US forces targeted Fazlullah in a counterterrorism strike on Thursday in eastern Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, US officials said, without confirming his death.



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Taliban chief who ordered Malala assassination 'killed in airstrike'

Taliban chief who ordered Malala assassination 'killed in airstrike'The head of the Pakistan Taliban has been targeted and is believed killed in a United States drone strike in eastern Afghanistan. Afghan officials said Mullah Fazlullah, who is one of the world's most wanted militant leaders, had been killed in Kunar province. As well as terrorist outrages, he also spearheaded a campaign against a government polio vaccination programme, claiming it was a "conspiracy of Jews and Christians to make Muslims impotent and stunt the growth of Muslims”. News of the attack came as Afghanistan waited to see if a unprecedented three-day Afghan Taliban ceasefire would hold over the Eid holiday period. Photos shared on social media in the country appeared to show fighters and Afghan forces celebrating the truce together. Mullah Fazlullah became notorious for ordering a string of attacks including the 2014 massacre of scores of pupils at an army school in Peshawar and the failed assassination of schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai. His group has also been linked to terrorist plots inside America. Afghanistan's defence ministry said Fazlullah had been “killed in a joint Afghan and US operation”, while a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan would only say the US had struck “a senior leader of a designated terrorist organisation”. The militant leader has wrongly been claimed dead before and a Pakistan security source said his death was as yet “not possible to verify”. A member of the Taliban told Reuters the group was trying to get word if its leader was dead. Malala Yousafzai is now a student at Oxford Credit: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images He said: "We have been hearing since early Friday that our Emir was martyred along with four other militant commanders in Marawar area of Kunar. They were staying at a house when the drone fired missiles and martyred them.” Fazlullah, believed to be aged in his mid-forties, has led the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) since 2013 and had a $ 5m American reward for information on his head. The TTP in December 2014, carried out the deadliest terrorist attack in Pakistan's history when militants killed 151 people including more than 130 children, during an attack against the Army Public School in Peshawar. He first rose to prominence inside Pakistan's Swat valley with fiery radio tirades that earned him the nickname Mullah Radio. His broadcasts opposed America, female education and vaccination programmes while advocating a strict form of Islamic law. While in Swat When Ms Yousafzai publicly challenged the Taliban's stance in Swat, Fazlullah ordered the 14-year-old be killed, though she survived and went on to be awarded the Nobel peace prize. The US State Department says the TTP has "demonstrated a close alliance with Al-Qaeda" and had given explosives training to Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square bomber. Well, this hasn't been witnessed since the beginning of war in Afghanistan. Taliban fighters & Afghan forces had a chance to chit chat & attend Eid prayers together during the temporary three day ceasefire. Photos from Maidan Shahr pic.twitter.com/jJi4xz6gFe— Ahmad Yar (@Pashtunist) June 15, 2018 Meanwhile the Nato-led coalition in Afghanistan said the Taliban ceasefire appeared to be holding on Friday. Afghans used social media to share photographs purporting to show Taliban fighters and members of the Afghan force celebrating the truce together.   



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Scott Pruitt’s Mentor Says EPA Chief May Need To ‘Leave’ As Republican Support Ruptures

Scott Pruitt’s Mentor Says EPA Chief May Need To ‘Leave’ As Republican Support RupturesScott Pruitt's longtime mentor all but joined the chorus of voices calling on



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UN chief calls for investigation of Syria strikes

UN chief calls for investigation of Syria strikesUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for an investigation of air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets in Syria, killing dozens including children. The air attack on the night of June 7 to 8 targeted the village of Zardana in Idlib province and left 44 dead including six children, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.



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