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Vladimir Putin expels 755 US diplomats from Russia in tit-for-tat move

Russsia expels 755 AmericansRussia has retaliated against new US sanctions by ordering 755 American diplomats to leave - a move than will create a fresh crisis in the relationship between the two countries.

Days after the both houses of the US Congress voted almost anonymously to impose fresh sanctions on Moscow, Vladimir Putin said he was responding to “unlawful” behaviour by Washington.

“The American side has made a move which, it is important to note, hasn’t been provoked by anything, to worsen Russian-US relations. [It includes] unlawful restrictions, attempts to influence other states of the world, including our allies, who are interested in developing and keeping relations with Russia,” Mr Putin told the Rossiya 1 TV channel.


Derek Harvey,Trump's top Middle East aide, ousted

Derk Harvey fired as Mid East aideDerek Harvey, the president’s top Middle East adviser, was dismissed on Thursday by national security adviser H.R. McMaster—further shrinking the ranks of White House aides hired by McMaster’s ousted predecessor, Michael Flynn.

“McMaster wants his own guy,” said a senior White House aide. The White House did not immediately announce a replacement for the job of NSC Senior Director for the Middle East.



Greece-Turkey earthquake: Two killed on island of Kos

Greece-Turkey earthquakeA strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos, officials say.  The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said.

On Kos, around 115 people were injured, including tourists - 12 of them seriously. Some buildings were damaged. Turkey's health minister said 358 were hurt in the Turkish city of Bodrum, but none seriously.


Death toll at 21 after floods, landslides hit Japan

Japan floods kill 21At least 21 people died and at least 20 are missing in flooding and landslides on Japan's Kyushu island after last week's rains, local governments reported.

A historic rainfall at the southern tip of Japan, beginning on Wednesday, prompted landslides and flooding. More than 2,000 members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces are working with firefighters, police and rescue workers in Fukuoka prefecture's Asakura area, one of the hardest-hit areas.

About 180 people, some elderly, were stranded by the flooding, and 1,700 were brought to evacuation centers.


Rachel Maddow Says Forged NSA Document Being Shopped Around To News Outlets

Rachel MaddowMSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said she had a “strange scoop” to share with audiences Thursday night after receiving what she believes is a meticulously forged document sent over her tip line with the intention to discredit her.

“I feel like I need to send this up like a flare for other news organizations in particular,” Maddow said. “That’s part of what I’m intending to do here with this story tonight.”


18 states sue U.S. Education Department and Sec. DeVos over student loan relief

DeVosMore than one-third of U.S. states on Thursday sued the U.S. Education Department and its secretary,

Betsy DeVos, over a recent decision to suspend rules intended to speedily cancel the student-loan debt of people defrauded by for-profit Corinthian Colleges Inc and other firms, according to the state of Maryland.



Trump's personal lawyer asked to testify at House panel September 5

Michael Cohen, Trump personal lawyer asked to testifyPresident Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer said he’s been summoned to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in September, as multiple investigations into possible Russian contacts by the president’s associates accelerate in Congress.

Michael Cohen said he’s been asked to testify Sept. 5 in front of the House panel, which got sidetracked in its Russia investigation after Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, was forced to recuse himself because of a controversy over his handling of classified material related to the probe.


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