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Biden VP pick: Kamala Harris chosen as running mate

KONFRONTASI -   Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Kamala Harris as his running mate - the first black woman and South Asian American in the role.

Once a rival for the top job, the California senator of Indian-Jamaican heritage had long been considered the front-runner for the number two slot.

The former California attorney general has been urging police reform amid nationwide anti-racism protests.

Mr Biden will face President Donald Trump in the election on 3 November.

Second night of uncertainty for 250,000 Beirut explosion homeless

KONFRONTASI-Hundreds of thousands of people in Beirut are facing a second night of uncertainty following a massive explosion that destroyed their homes and prompted authorities to declare a two-week state of emergency.

Felt far beyond the Lebanese capital, the explosion on Tuesday in port warehouses storing ammonium nitrate displaced some 250,000 people and caused up to $5bn in damage, Governor Marwan Abboud told local media after taking a tour of the wrecked city.

Beirut blast: Dozens dead and thousands injured, health minister says

KONFRONTASI -   A large blast in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 70 people and injured more than 4,000 others, the health minister says.

Videos show smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city's port.

Officials are blaming highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for six years.

President Michel Aoun tweeted it was "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored unsafely.

How to rob a bank and get away in Indonesia

KONFRONTASI-Indonesia is replete with stories of the rich and powerful evading the corrupted short arms of the law.

Take, for instance, the notorious 1996 case of fraudster Eddy Tansil who failed to come home from the office one evening after being regularly allowed out of jail to attend to business matters.

Tansil, then serving a 20-year term at Jakarta’s top-security Cipinang Prison, is living in China by most accounts, enjoying the fruits of the US$420 million he embezzled from Bank Pembangunan Indonesia (Bapindo).

Syria: Assad's Baath party wins majority in parliamentary polls

KONFRONTASI-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's party and its allies have won an expected majority of seats in the war-torn country's parliamentary election, denounced as "theatrical" by the exiled opposition.

The so-called "National Unity" list won 177 seats in the 250-member parliament, the electoral commission said on Wednesday.

Turnout on Sunday stood at 33 percent, down from 57 percent in 2016, according to commission head Samer Zamreeq.

CompTIA 220-1001 Is an Open Book If You Learn Its Details with Exam Dumps

The CompTIA 220-1001 exam is one of the qualification tests for the A+ certification. This credential is the industry standard for starting a career in the IT field. The certified professionals in this domain are regarded as the problem solvers. They have the job roles of supporting modern core technologies, covering security, Cloud, and data management, among others.

Independence Day of America: a Muslim reflection

By. Imam Shamsi Ali* 

 

Today, July 4th, is a very important and memorable day for all Americans. It is the day of Independence. I wish all Americans at the outset a very happy and blessed Independence Day! 

Since its Independence from England, the United States has been struggling to grow, mature, and become ever better. 

France sentences ex-PM Fillon, his wife to prison in fraud trial

KONFRONTASI-A Paris court has sentenced former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon to five years in prison, with three suspended, for having used public funds to pay his wife and children for work they never performed.

His wife, Penelope Fillon, was handed a three-year suspended sentence on Monday for being an accomplice in the fraud that brought the family more than one million euros ($1.13m) since 1998.

The court also fined each of them 375,000 euros ($423,100) and barred Francois from standing in any election for the next 10 years.

Civilians killed in rocket attack on Afghanistan cattle market

KONFRONTASI-At least 23 civilians were killed and dozens injured after rockets hit a cattle market in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, the Afghan government and Taliban officials said.

The warring sides blamed each other for Monday's attack on the open-air weekly cattle market in Sangin district where hundreds of villagers from neighbouring districts had gathered to trade sheep and goats.

Trump wrongly diverted billions to build wall: Appeals court

KONFRONTASI-A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the administration of United States President Donald Trump in its transfer of $2.5bn from military construction projects to build sections of the US border wall with Mexico, ruling it illegally sidestepped Congress, which gets to decide how to use the funds.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a coalition of border states and environmental groups that contended the money transfer was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats.

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