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Qatar Suspends all Flights to Saudi Arabia

The biggest diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf since the 1991 USA -led war against Iraq pits several nations against Qatar, which is home to some 10,000 American troops and a major US military base . President Donald Trump past year. Al-Jubeir said that "the issue goes back many years". On the morning of June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt all withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar, giving them 48 hours to leave and giving Qatari citizens 14 days to return home. Read More »

Voters pick party nominees in state legislative races

Murphy , a former USA ambassador to Germany who spent two decades at Goldman Sachs, won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night. Guadagno won two terms as lieutenant governor, but distanced herself from the term-limited Christie Tuesday night and highlighted Murphy's career at Goldman Sachs. Read More »

Trump reverses course in Qatar call


Egypt shut down Al Jazeera in 2013 and seized equipment out of its Cairo office. He offered no documents to support his claim, but Western officials long have accused Qatar's government of allowing or even encouraging funding of Sunni extremists. Read More »

Aides wanted Trump to focus on infrastructure. Then he tweeted

Sebastian Gorka , a senior White House national security official, sought to downplay the importance of Trump's Twitter comments. But Monday morning's series of messages shows Trump will rarely, if ever, break his Twitter habit. "I think we've made it clear with respect to that that the courts should follow the law", he said. And in a White House where you don't often have news conferences or opportunities to talk with the president either one-on-one or in a group setting, the tweets are ... Read More »

Offensive to drive ISIS from Raqqa 'capital' in Syria begins

Raqqa was among the first cities to fall to Islamic State in 2014 and was later declared the de-facto headquarters of its evil caliphate. The Russian propaganda outlet Sputnik has already begun accusing the coalition of civilian deaths, downplaying the civilian chemical weapons massacres committed by the forces of Russian ally Assad. Read More »

Jordan downgrades ties with Qatar amid escalating split in Arab world

Moscow on Wednesday dismissed allegations that Russian hackers helped spark the diplomatic crisis around Qatar, after CNN reported that United States officials believed they planted a false news story. Federal Bureau of Investigation experts visited Qatar in late May to analyse an alleged cyber breach that saw the hackers place the fake story with Qatar's state news agency, the U.S. Read More »

Trump nominates new FBI Director

Former justice department official is "a man of impeccable credentials", Trump announces on Twitter . Senators who will be responsible for confirming President Donald Trump's newly-named FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray said Wednesday they were not informed of the decision in advance, something that has been a common practice in the past. Read More »

British police name third London Bridge attacker as Youssef Zaghba

Butt, a father-of-two who appeared on Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door , was also reported to the anti-terror hotline in 2015 for showing signs of "extremism or radicalisation". The probe continued but was moved into "the lower echelons of investigations". On Saturday night he and fellow jihadists, Khuram Butt , 27, and Rachid Redouane , 30, went on the rampage at London Bridge killing seven and injuring nearly 50 others in eight minutes of mayhem. Read More »

Backed Fighters Begin Offensive To Push ISIS From Its 'Capital'


Raqqa was among the first cities captured by IS, in January 2014, and has been the home of some of the group's most prominent leaders, including those who planned the November 2015 Paris attacks and other global assaults. The SDF says it will "attack from the north, east and west" of Raqqa, as NPR's Alison Meuse reports from Beirut. State news agency SANA reported on Tuesday that the airstrikes by the USA -led coalition killed 12, including women and children. Read More »

Israeli fire kills Palestinian near Gaza border - hospital, residents

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir lays down several steps for restoration of ties with Arab allies. "Qatar is only hosting Hamas and standing by it and its positions", said Modallal. Jordan also announced that it will downgrade its diplomatic representation in Qatar, and asked the Qatari ambassador to leave. The question is whether it can work, and whether Hamas can afford to cold-shoulder Qatar. Read More »

Donald Trump nominates Christopher Wray as FBI director

Wray served under former president George W Bush as an assistant attorney general from 2003-2005. Christopher Wray , a former US assistant attorney general who represented Gov. Reaction to Wray was slow on Capitol Hill as lawmakers weren't given advance notice and few in Congress know him. Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9. Read More »

Congress introduces bill to prevent hot auto deaths


Stories of children, as well as pets, who die while left unattended in hot cars tend to horrify Americans each summer. The majority of the times, a parent accidently forgets the child and a new proposed technology would work to solve that problem. Read More »

North Korea 'disrespected' China by missile test

The launch is clearly violating the United Nations resolution. " North Korea's continued provocative acts will only quicken its isolation and face strong retaliation by our military, the South Korea-U.S. "The situation on the Korean peninsula is complex and sensitive, and we hope all relevant sides maintain calm and exercise restraint, ease the tense situation as soon as possible and put the issue back onto the correct track of peaceful dialogue", China's foreign ministry said in a ... Read More »

South Korea: North Korea launches multiple missiles

North Korea launched multiple missiles towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea) from near the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Thursday morning. Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, told CNN that this type of missile could, "if they got really lucky" immobilize a US aircraft carrier. Read More »

Media likely excluded from Trump-Putin meeting


CBS News confirmed the authenticity of the report Monday after the 5-page document was published by The Intercept . Russian officials have protested strongly against comments by U.S. This NSA summary judgment is sharply at odds with Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial last week that Russia had interfered in foreign elections: "We never engaged in that on a state level, and have no intention of doing so". Read More »

Explosive device detonates in grounds of US embassy in Kiev


Upon examination, it turned out that an unknown person threw an unidentified explosive device on the territory of the diplomatic mission. In a subsequent statement , the embassy confirmed the incident involving a "small incendiary device", and added that it does not consider it a terrorist act. Read More »

UAE bans expressions of sympathy toward Qatar

Moscow on Wednesday, June 7 dismissed allegations that Russian hackers helped spark the diplomatic crisis around Qatar , after CNN reported that USA officials believed they planted a false news story, Reuters says . Meanwhile, Turkey's main exporters group said it was ready to meet food and water needs in Qatar , while a Qatari official said Doha was in talks with Iran and Turkey to ensure trade disruptions do not create shortages of food. Read More »

How Trump's gullibility provoked an global crisis

Qatar must "change their policies" and stop supporting "extremist groups", the Saudi foreign minister said Tuesday in Paris, a day after his nation and its allies cut off ties with the Gulf state. Saudi Arabia has also ordered Qatari troops be pulled from the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Of those 11,000, almost 1,000 work in a combined air operations centre that helps oversee missions for campaigns in Iraq , Syria and Afghanistan, the military says. Read More »

London Bridge Attack: The Toll of Terror

A second source said Italian authorities had flagged him up to British authorities after he moved to England a year ago. But with Britons due to vote in a national election on Thursday, her decision to reduce the number of police officers in England and Wales by nearly 20,000 during her six years as interior minister from 2010 to 2016 shot to the top of the political agenda. Read More »

London Bridge attack and its aftermath


Questions over the extent to which the terror gang were known to security services have been mounting since it was revealed Butt had been investigated in 2015. He was one of about 3,000 suspects who were known to British authorities but not part of 500 active investigations. Nuradilah said she did not go out much after the attack, except to buy groceries at a Muslim neighbourhood. Read More »

May's lead widens to 7 points - YouGov poll on eve of election

That kind of lead would give May a majority of 96 seats in parliament , up sharply from the working majority of 17 that the Conservatives had in the previous parliament. " Markets appear to be pricing in a Conservative Party majority victory", said Jasslyn Yeo, market strategist for J.P.Morgan Asset Management. The Conservative Party manifesto , her party's platform, contains controversial planks like the lift on the Fox hunting ban, further welfare cuts, a refusal to ban fracking etc. Read More »

U.S. intelligence chiefs decline to comment on Trump inquiry


Comey said Trump told him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" during their first dinner in January. In seven pages of written testimony made public Wednesday, Comey outlined how Trump sought his loyalty and an end to the investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser. Read More »

Activist investigating Chinese factory making Ivanka Trump shoes arrested


The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Hua Haifeng, an investigator for China Labor Watch , had been arrested on a charge of illegal surveillance while his two colleagues are missing. As he tells it, the worst his investigators ever faced was a short time in police detention or being removed from the factory they were investigating. Read More »