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Several killed in downtown Johannesburg fire

Johannesburg fireAt least seven people have died after a fire broke out in a building in downtown Johannesburg, South African authorities said.  

The city's emergency services department said a crane was used to rescue more than 50 people from the roof of the building that caught fire on Wednesday. Five people were rushed to hospital.

One of the victims died when he jumped from the building, local media reported.


Free-press groups warn of violence against media

Free-press groups warn against media violenceLong accustomed to chronicling threats against the media in other countries, free press organizations are turning their attention to extreme rhetoric and threatened violence against reporters at home as President Donald Trump and his allies ramp up their attacks on the mainstream media.

For more than a year many of these organizations — including the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — have issued statements raising the alarm over Trump’s rhetoric and his administration's attempts to restrict media access.


GOP’s latest worry: White House turmoil dividing Trump, Pence staffs

Trump and Pence staffs dividedRepublicans are growing concerned that the staffs of Donald Trump and Mike Pence are starting to feud, the latest trouble to hit a White House that has spent months battling crisis after crisis.

They worry that any rift could be delaying decisions, distracting aides from their already stalled legislative agenda and could lead to more infighting and leaks, problems that have plagued the White House since Inauguration Day.


France’s U.S. Ambassador Says Donald Trump Is Harming Global Stability

As President Donald Trump prepares for this week’s G-20 summit, his European partners aren’t hiding theGirard Araudir disillusionment with how his “America First” approach to foreign policy has damaged the liberal world order.

“This world order, the traditional liberal world order, is more or less undermined, really, or looks injured,” Gérard Araud, France’s ambassador to the United States, told Politico’s “Off Message” podcast in an episode that aired Monday. “Where [is] the United States? I think it’s impossible to move on without America, and I think also that the United States really can’t let the world move on.


George Will: Trump disabled by inability to think, speak clearly

George Will on Trumps disabilityPolitical commentator George Will in his latest column blasts President Trump as someone who is not able to "think and speak clearly."

"It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either," Will wrote in The Washington Post.

"This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence."

In the column, Will pointed to the president's comments about Frederick Douglass and his recent remarks about Andrew Jackson.


Forty-one states have refused Kobach's request for voter information

Kris KobachForty-one states have refused the Trump administration's request for certain voter information, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states.

State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter with varying degrees of cooperation -- from altogether rejecting the request to expressing eagerness to supply information that is public.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which President Donald Trump created by executive order in May, sent a letter to all 50 states last Wednesday requesting a bevy of voter data, which he notes will eventually be made available to the public.

TVNL Comment:  The Idiot in the WH, who has no clue how government works, thinks he can give an order and everyone will jump to comply.  No, Donald, there are limits to your power.  Read the US Constitution.  Oh, never mind.



North Korea launches unidentified missile on July 4

N Korea launches new missile on July 4thNorth Korea launched a ballistic missile early Tuesday, local time, into the waters along the eastern coast of the peninsula.

Seoul's joint chiefs of staff stated the missile launched from Panghyon, North Pyongan Province at around 9:40 a.m., could not be identified.

"The president [Moon Jae-in] has been immediately notified," the joint chiefs said.


US denies visa to Gambian school robotics team

Gambian teens denied visa to showcase robot creationFive teenage pupils from The Gambia who built a robot for a prestigious international competition in the United States will not be able to accompany their invention to the event after being denied a visa.

The Gambian pupils become the second team of students refused entry to the US to attend the FIRST Global robotics event in Washington, DC, on July 16-18. On Saturday, it was reported that an all-girls team from Afghanistan were also denied a visa to travel to the US to showcase their creation at the same competition.


Canada 'to apologize, payformer Gitmo prisoner, Omar Khadr'

Omar KadrThe Canadian government is reportedly going to apologise and give compensation to Omar Khadr, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.

Khadr, 30, pleaded guilty in 2010 to killing a US soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, but Canada's Supreme Court later ruled that officials had interrogated him under "oppressive circumstances" such as sleep deprivation.


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