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Sharif to attend SCO summit in Kazakhstan

Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status. This comes amid the organisation's move to formally introduce India and Pakistan as its newest members at the summit this week. KAZINFORM Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev has held a meeting with the Ministers of Defense of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States, Akorda press-service reports. Read More »

White House defends Trump's tweets

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had offered to resign from his post, following the increasing tension between him and President Donald Trump, according to latest reports. Trump apparently believes the ultimate responsibility for Robert Mueller's selection as special counsel belongs to Sessions and his decision to step aside. Read More »

NATO chief: Trump's 'absolutely' committed to alliance

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McMaster, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others. But after meeting with Stoltenberg in April, Trump said he'd changed his views after NATO's leaders assured him the group would turn its attention to combating terror groups such as ISIS. "President Trump just suggested a 40% increase in funding for U.S. military presence in Europe". They can not deal with domestic security - a burning necessity of many of their member states - and are now trying to asses their tools and capabilities in ... Read More »

London fortifies bridges to protect pedestrians from attack

The Metropolitan Police also urged people to avoid the London Bridge and Borough Market as the areas were cordoned off to continue with the investigation. When she addressed the same event, May said the federation's leaders were "crying wolf" and "scaremongering" at a time when statistics showed that crime prevalence was actually falling. Read More »

Death toll from Sri Lanka's landslides, floods rises to 91

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INS Shardul with medical relief kits and diving teams left from Kerala's Kochi port at 7am and is likely to reach Colombo by tonight. The Disaster Management Centre is also saying the heavy rainfall has helped end prolonged drought and filled the reservoirs used for hydroelectricity generation. Read More »

U.S. holds breath for high-stakes James Comey hearing

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He will face a barrage of questions from lawmakers about the circumstances of his firing , as well as suggestions that Trump tried to get Comey to shelve the investigation. But Mr. Sessions could not guarantee that the president would not try to talk to Mr. Comey alone again, the officials said. The revelation comes two days before Comey is due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his interactions with Trump. Read More »

Tories climb-down on social care policy

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Over the weekend her original plans for funding social care, unveiled last week as part of the Conservative party general election manifesto , had been dubbed "a dementia tax". Ten of the 140 councils had failed to strike even one social care deal - while 47 councils said they had made fewer than 10 agreements. Ministers said the upper limit would be set only after a consultation, starting with a green paper on care issues this summer. Read More »

Trump says 'Germans are bad, very bad' at meeting with EU leaders

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President Donald Trump has said Germans are "bad" for having a large trade surplus with the United States, drawing attention to a contentious issue at a summit of world leaders where trade is already a sticking point. Trump's economic advisor Gary Cohn reportedly stated that the customs tariff between the USA and Belgium was different to the tariff between the US and Germany . Read More »

White House defends Trump as scathing tweets raise concern

He posted four tweets between 6:25 a.m. and 6:44 a.m. EDT, blasting the Justice Department for ditching the "original Travel Ban ". "I think his use of social media. ABC News first reported Tuesday that Sessions offered to resign. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores, who was with Sessions in Atlanta Tuesday, declined to comment. Read More »

Trump throws ties with key ally Qatar into crisis

Intelligence gathered by U.S. security agencies showed that Russian hackers were behind a May 23 news report on Qatar News Agency that attributed false remarks to the nation's ruler, CNN reported Tuesday . Oil prices fell on concern that the rift would undermine efforts by OPEC to tighten output. A CNN report then cited Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani as saying Federal Bureau of Investigation experts had concluded that Russian hackers had a hand in the ... Read More »

British Police Name Third Attacker From Saturday's Rampage In London

Her family said she had died in her fiancé's arms after being struck by the attackers' speeding van. "Not unreasonably, these questions are being asked". A supporter of Arsenal football club, whose shirt he was wearing during the attack, Butt was known to the police and MI5, which had opened an investigation into him in 2015, according to a report in The Guardian. Read More »

Turkey to Germany: Have it your way with Incirlik troops

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BERLIN, June 7 Germany's cabinet on Wednesday backed the planned withdrawal of troops from the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, a German government source said in response to a row over access to its soldiers there. Turkey has imposed a ban on German lawmakers visiting the base. Ankara had first denied German parliamentarians the right to travel to the site for several months past year, angered by a Bundestag vote to recognise the Ottoman Empire's World War I-era massacre of Armenians ... Read More »

President Trump and First Lady Host Gold Star Families at White House

Trump himself signed that second version of the ban. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer returned to the podium Tuesday, after his Monday absence raised questions among the press corps, and he delivered a characteristically short briefing that still managed to squeeze out a few newsworthy moments. Read More »

Vladimir Putin denies having compromising information on Donald Trump

As FBI director, Comey was leading the agency's probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential election and into whether Trump campaign aides illegally colluded with Russia before Trump fired Comey last month. A White House official later confirmed to Bloomberg that the Trump administration was reviewing the matter. The White House dismissed the memo as inaccurate. Read More »

Philippines bank BPI hit by glitch which debited accounts

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BPI says, as a result, "some clients may have seen their accounts debited twice or credited twice for a past transaction". But the BPI said in an advisory that the discrepancies reported in its clients' bank account balances was due to an "internal system error". Read More »

White House won't say if Trump has confidence in AG Sessions

NBC late-night host Seth Meyers noted that night that maybe it's because Trump has accomplished so little as president to date. Trump was reportedly blindsided by Sessions' recusal, and "has lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings", according to ABC News. Read More »

It's clear Russian Federation interfered with U.S. election — Ex-CIA chief

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Others discussed levering relationships with Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine exiled in Russian Federation, who used to work closely with Mr Manafort. Trump, for his part, has dismissed talk of Russian interference in the election as "fake news", insisting that there was no contact between his campaign and Russian officials. Read More »

Woman on trial for 'encouraging' boyfriend to kill himself

The 18-year-old was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts . But as all of this went on, Flynn said Carter never told his mom that Carter had been on the phone with the teen, encouraging him to follow through with his plan to sit in his black Ford F-250 as the truck filled with carbon monoxide. Read More »

US challenges China to be leader on climate change

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said on Monday the United States was committed to the environment despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a 2015 global agreement to fight climate change. Perry, in Tokyo en route to a meeting of energy ministers in Beijing, said, "I hope China will step in and attempt to take the mantle away". "It would be a good challenge for them". Read More »

Russian hackers used false stories to trigger Qatar crisis says Federal Bureau of Investigation

Qatar long has denied funding extremists, and its foreign minister struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital, Doha . It's not yet clear whether the U.S. has tracked the hackers in the Qatar incident to Russian criminal organizations or to the Russian security services blamed for the USA election hacks. Read More »