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Friend, family say Paris suspect not radical

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The Paris prosecutor's office said a search of a residence linked to the suspect in the suburb of Cergy-Pontoise uncovered a declaration of allegiance to the Islamic State group. A tenant of the apartment building housing students described him as "very quiet". His thesis adviser, Arnaud Mercier, told broadcaster BFM that the suspect spoke Swedish, Arabic and French and that his resume mentioned that he had worked as a journalist in Sweden and Algeria. Read More »

UAE threatens prison, fines for Qatar support

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Saudi Arabia , United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with the tiny Gulf state, accusing Qatar of harbouring extremists and backing Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Iran. The ministry put out a statement on social media Wednesday saying those found guilty could face three to 15 years in prison and fines starting from 500,000 dirhams ($136,000). Read More »

Ariana Grande, Fans Brought To Tears During 'One Love Manchester' Concert

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That brings the total raised by the British Red Cross' " We Love Manchester Emergency Fund " to almost $ 13 million . The singer's manager, Scooter Braun, told Billboard magazine that at first he doubted the show could even happen. Emily said: "It was scary to come back into Manchester but going to the concert was incredible and I got to see my idol for a second time ". "One Love Manchester tribute concert raised 2 (million) pounds and attended by over 50K (people). Read More »

UAE: Social media users face jail for Qatar sympathy

Saudi Arabia then cited the false item as part of its reason for instituting a diplomatic and economic blockade against Qatar, the report said. If Qatar Airways would also suspend flights to others countries, it was not immediately clear. Read More »

Comey to Congress: President Trump told him "I need loyalty"

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President Trump called James Comey "a showboat" and "a grandstander" after the firing. Comey said he told then-president-elect Trump on January 6 in a briefing in Trump Tower that Trump himself was not being investigated. United States intelligence agencies concluded in a report declassified in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign not just to undermine confidence in the USA electoral system, but to affect the election's outcome. Read More »

Saudi Arabian Government Shuts Down Qatar's Al-Jazeera Office

Jordan also revoked the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera , government spokesman Mohammad al Momani said. The biggest diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf region since the 1991 US -led war against Iraq pits several nations against Qatar , which is home to some 10,000 American troops and a major USA military base. Read More »

Donald Trump Is Not Welcome In London Says Mayor Sadiq Khan

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Donald Trump has doubled down on his criticism of Sadiq Khan in the wake of Saturday's terror attack in central London . They said of Mr Khan: "He has risen above this crisis of death and destruction, as mayors continue to do, to alleviate fear, to bring comfort to his people of London and to give support to the first responders who continue to protect, defend and provide emergency care to his people of London ". Read More »

Gulf crisis: UAE to punish Qatar sympathisers with 15 year jail term

The Gulf Cooperation Council is viewed as one of the most influential in the Middle East . Since the diplomatic row erupted, slogans against and in support of Qatar have been among the top topics discussed on Twitter in Arabic, which is a hugely popular medium of expression in the Arab world, particularly in Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Now, Rajnath denounces Trump's remark on Paris pact

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Speaking slowly and with evident regret, Delattre said Trump's decision is about more than the agreement at hand and presages a retreat from American preeminence in the post-World War II global order. Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday followed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to denounce US President Donald Trump's recent statement on withdrawing from the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change. Read More »

Hizb militant in Sabzar's funeral surrenders

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Danish had been involved in stone-pelting at Handwara in 2016 and was picked up by the police but let off after counselling. After Danish's involvement in militancy was established, security forces got in touch with his parents and impressed upon them the need to counsel their son to surrender. Read More »

ISIS claims deadly attacks on Iran parliament, shrine

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In a region plagued by sectarian violence, residents of the Iranian capital have lived in a peaceful oasis. The semi-official ISNA news agency said all entrances and exit gates at parliament were closed and that lawmakers and reporters were ordered to remain in place inside the chamber during the siege. Read More »

Trump takes sides in Arab rift, suggests support for isolation of Qatar

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While he has even held out hopes that a communal effort could pave the way for Israeli-Arab rapprochement, the Qatar crisis serves as a reminder of the region's many fault lines that challenge USA diplomacy. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says the country otherwise had no idea a crisis was about to erupt. USA intelligence officials believe Russian hackers planted a false news story that led Saudi Arabia and several allies to sever relations with Qatar, prompting ... Read More »

What you need to know about the Qatar crisis

What do the Saudis want? On Monday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was not "aware" whether the president received any word that the Gulf state nations were going to cut ties with Qatar during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and referred further questions to the State Department. Read More »

Defense chief: North Korea a 'clear and present danger'

Ambassadors of countries such as France and Italy supported the resolution but stressed that sanctions are only a means to an end, not a goal realized. The comments came after weeks of the Trump administration seeking to stop North Korea from carrying out a success of tests with ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. Read More »

China rejects 'irresponsible' US remarks on South China Sea

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Mattis told the Shangri-La regional defence summit in Singapore at the weekend: "The scope and effect of China's construction activities in the South China Sea differ from those of other countries in several key ways". "We oppose China's artificial island construction and their militarisation of those features in worldwide waters", Tillerson said. The report also touched on the July 2016 global tribunal ruling at The Hague that rejected China's claims to nearly the entire South ... Read More »

Trump Credits Himself for Saudi-Led Break With Qatar

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Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia , which joined with other key Arab powers Monday in cutting off land, sea and air routes into the country. A USA official said there is no serious consideration of pulling out of the base, though there may be concerns about transporting supplies and basic goods across borders if the current dispute drags on. Read More »

British police arrest man in London Bridge attack investigation

Counter-terror agencies were already under intense scrutiny after it was revealed Khuram Shazad Butt , 27, and Rachid Redouane , 30, were also known to security services. As well as the seven killed in the attack , 48 people were injured. A memorial was held Monday evening in the capital's Potters Field Park, as the city continues to digest its second attack in two months. Read More »

Nikki Haley in Jerusalem: We Won't Let UN Bully Israel Any More

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JERUSALEM (AP) - President Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday the US will not allow the U.N.to "bully" Israel anymore. "We see some areas for significant strengthening", Haley said at the UNHRC. "On behalf of the Israeli public I thank you for your many actions to correct the bias against Israel at the United Nations and to fight for the truth", she said. Read More »

Amid Unfolding Details of London Bridge Attack, NBC Rebukes Trump Tweets

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Trump's tweets have been heavily criticized by a number of British politicians, who are now preparing for the country's general election which is scheduled to take place on Thursday. The president let 15 more minutes go by before he tweeted again. To start with, as reports started to filter out of London, Trump retweeted a flashing siren Drudge Report alert. Read More »

Trump, Saudi King discuss terror, regional unity

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Trump on Tuesday took credit for the Middle Eastern countries breaking diplomatic relations with Qatar. Separately, the Pentagon thanked Qatar for hosting the largest USA air force base in the Middle East. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Al Jazeera that his country would not retaliate but was unhappy with regional rivals "trying to impose their will on Qatar or intervene in its internal affairs". Read More »

Tiger Woods' Failed Sobriety Tests Caught on Tape

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According to the most recent report about his arrest from CNN , Woods's vehicle was on the side of the road not far from his Jupiter home, showing what appeared to be fresh damage on the driver's side. Nike, which signed Woods in 1996, had previously backed the 14-time major victor following his 2009 sex scandal, while other sponsors such as Gatorade and AT&T dropped him. Read More »

Indian police open fire at protesting farmers, killing 6, report says

After the incident, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan , in his tweet, had blamed the opposition party for instigating violence. While talking to ANI, Collector Swantantra Singh stated that there was no order to open fire at the people. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit the area on Thursday. Senior Congress leader and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia also condemned the incident. Read More »

Kremlin denies reports that Russian Federation interfered in Qatar

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His remark had come at a time when Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah visited Riyadh to mediate on the biggest split in the GCC in decades. It's not clear whether the United States 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 »