Trump urged to declare national emergency over US opioid epidemic

Trump urged to declare national emergency over US opioid epidemicCDC figures show drug overdoses now kill more people than car crashes and gun homicides combined. President Trump is being urged to declare a federal state of emergency to address the epidemic of opioid overdoses that is claiming as many American lives as the terrorist attacks on 9/11 every three weeks. The call for dramatic measures to be taken comes from the commission looking into the opioid crisis that Trump set up by executive order in March.


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Trump could withdraw troops from Afghanistan in defiance of earlier recommendations from military officials

Trump could withdraw troops from Afghanistan in defiance of earlier recommendations from military officialsDonald Trump is said to be considering withdrawing troops from Afghanistan – less than three months after senior Trump administration and military officials recommended expanding the US military's strength in the country. Although the administration was expected to have determined its strategy for Afghanistan by mid-July, officials continue to debate whether or not to deploy more troops to aid Afghan security forces and push back against a resurgent Taliban. The US military presence in Afghanistan began in 2001, in response to the 11 September terror attacks.


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Who'd want Scaramucci's job now? In Trump's White House, no one comes out alive | Lucia Graves

Who'd want Scaramucci's job now? In Trump's White House, no one comes out alive | Lucia GravesAnthony Scaramucci: it’s been a bad week. It’s been a very bad week for Anthony Scaramucci, who, after getting sacked from his marriage, got sacked from his job. Named director of communications after having been denied a White House role earlier, the New York financier and Republican fundraiser promptly threatened to fire everyone in his team over leaks.


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Harvard apologises for erroneously listing Anthony Scaramucci as dead

Harvard apologises for erroneously listing Anthony Scaramucci as deadHarvard Law School apologised on Monday after its new alumni directory erroneously listed ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci as dead. The directory included an asterisk next to Scaramucci's name indicating that he had been reported dead since the previous edition was released in 2011. "Regrettably, there is an error in the Harvard Law School alumni directory in the listing for Anthony Scaramucci," Harvard Law spokeswoman Michelle Deakin said in a statement. "We offer our sincere apologies to Mr. Scaramucci. The error will be corrected in subsequent editions." A timeline of Anthony Scaramucci's fall from grace 02:06 The directory is published every five years and is available only to alumni of the Ivy League law school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Scaramucci, who left his White House post on Monday after only 11 days on the job, is a 1989 graduate of the law school. He also served as an "expert in residence" there in 2012, according to Harvard Law's website, offering finance and investment advice to students. He founded the SkyBridge Capital investment fund in 2005 and later served as a senior official for the U.S. Export-Import Bank before being named communications director for the White House on July 21. Scaramucci shocked many last week with an expletive-laced interview that targeted then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. He later tweeted that he sometimes uses "colourful language" and pledged to refrain. But on Wednesday, the White House announced his resignation only hours after former Gen. John Kelly was sworn in as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff.


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North Korea ICBM still facing technical hurdles: US expert

North Korea ICBM still facing technical hurdles: US expertNorth Korea could field a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile able to strike America by next year, but Pyongyang must first overcome important technological hurdles, a US expert warned Monday. North Korea has alarmed the international community by the pace and progress of its missile development program, and this month leader Kim Jong-Un conducted two tests of an ICBM.


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Qatar Airways expected to access contingency routes in August: source

Qatar Airways expected to access contingency routes in August: sourceBy Allison Lampert MONTREAL (Reuters) - Qatar Airways is expected to have access to three contingency routes over international waters in early August, after a UN-led meeting on Monday discussed air corridors for Doha following a rift with its neighbors, a source familiar with the matter said. Qatar had asked the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to intervene after its national carrier was denied access to the airspace of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as part of economic sanctions. The four countries severed ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism, something Doha denies.


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