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Iran minister calls Trump's condolences for attacks 'repugnant'

The attackers also took four people hostage on the upper floors of the parliament building, Tasnim reported . Khamenei added that Iran, which is helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fight rebels including Islamic State fighters, had prevented worse attacks through its foreign policy. Read More »

Confidence in Qatar's state finances has been shaken by its diplomatic row

Qatar long has denied funding extremists, and its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha . "I have never seen Qatari citizens stocking up on frozen chicken and long-life milks", said Anup Manoj, an Indian man who works as a cleaner in Doha's City Center Mall, where many shops no longer stock milk packaged by Saudi Arabia's Almarai Co, the most affordable kind of milk in Qatar. Read More »

Trump Responds to Comey's Prepared Testimony Via Attorney: 'Completely and Totally Vindicated'

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In Comey's statement, he confirms numerous bombshell reports circulating in the press since Trump fired him on May 9: that Trump met with him one-on-one an unusual number of times; that Trump asked Comey for his "loyalty" in a conversation about Comey's future at the helm of the FBI; and that Trump repeatedly lamented the "cloud" the FBI's investigation of Russian Federation had put over his presidency. Read More »

The UK's 2017 snap election: What to know

Some opinion polls had her Conservative party at 44% support, nearly double that of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party which was languishing in the low 20s. The converse view is that with less room for manoeuvre domestically, she will be able to reject compromises proposed by Brussels and drive a harder bargain, knowing that European Union negotiators will not want May to execute her threat of leaving without a deal. Read More »

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about Russian Federation

Did Trump ask him to drop an investigation of Flynn, who was forced to resign after he was accused of lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Russian officials? Comey: "You will get that from me". But the ex-FBI director also will validate Trump's assertion that he was not personally a target of the federal counterintelligence investigation into possible campaign collusion with Russian Federation. Read More »

Congress, BJP exchange fire over MP farmers' killings

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his way to Mandsaur . ■ Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh today said that the five casualties during farmers' agitation in Mandsaur occurred during police firing. "What law of the land says that it is illegal to stand in solidarity with farmers who were killed simply for demanding what is their right?" Speaking to reporters, Rahul said, "Farmers have been killed, I want to go there; PM has waived off loan of 1.5 lakh for rich but can't ... Read More »

Bahrain foreign minister says all options open on Qatar

Andrei Krutskhikh, the Russian president's special envoy for cybersecurity, told the Interfax news agency that Tuesday's CNN report contains "zero evidence" that the Russian government was behind the news story. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" On Monday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates , Egypt, Bahrain, the Maldives and a number of others cut off diplomatic ties with the Doha government, saying they will suspend air, sea and land transport with Qatar. Read More »

Trump feels 'totally vindicated' by Comey testimony

Read the full text of Comey's testimony here. Members of Indivisible San Diego will get together for a viewing of the hearing in which Comey will testify that President Donald Trump sought his "loyalty" and urged him to stop investigating Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn . Read More »

Trump blasts Germany again over trade deficit, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

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Germany's outspoken top diplomat claimed that the Trump administration's controversial policies are undermining Western values and the worldwide order based on these values. "We certainly share the idea that the future of Europe has to be in our own hands - global challenges impose that", Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said after meeting his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Rome. Read More »

Trump Delves Into Arab States Rift with Qatar

However, he said, "It is the result of twenty years of broken promises and unending duplicity". Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi says Qatar's citizens are "questioning if this is going to end up in seeing a change in leadership itself". Qatar, which is rated one of the top airlines in the world for service and amenities, should be able to weather the storm "as long as it's not too prolonged", Erlbaum said. Read More »

Exxon Mobil Not Worried About Impact of Middle East Tensions on LNG

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The rift comes less than a month after Trump visited Saudi Arabia and called for Muslim nations to unite against extremism. Air traffic is disrupted in the Gulf after several large Arab airlines stop flying to and from Qatar. In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump did not take a position on the decision by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar but appeared to suggest it was understandable. Read More »

Philippine military says it regained most of Marawi from militants

The Philippines' army has called for Islamist rebels who took over the southern city of Marawi on May 22 to surrender, after a week of street clashes and aerial strikes against the group. "And if it means many people dying, so be it". Recalling information provided by their manager, Mangadang said the victims were pulled off a truck because they were unable to cite verses of the Koran, the Islamic Holy text. Read More »

Obama has private dinner with Trudeau in Montreal

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MONTREAL (AP) - The Paris climate agreement still has a chance despite the " temporary absence of American leadership", Barack Obama said Tuesday, adding that he was cheered that US states, cities, corporations and others have made a decision to carry on with the Paris commitments. Read More »

"Americans actively interfere with electoral campaigns of other countries" - Putin

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Then, when Kelly asked whether he has a file of information on President Trump , Putin was just as incredulous. "Good job. Your lives must be boring". But Putin didn't give anything by way of evidence with the speculation. As he has done numerous times before, Putin got a bit feisty when Kelly asked him about the role Russian Federation might have played in the presidential election. Read More »

Nadal through to French Open semis as Carreno Busta quits

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It's not something that comes out in the first week. We have spent seven days together. "We just got to know each other". "It looks like she hits it late a lot of the time, and you think she won't be able to do cross-court or down the line in certain moments", Wozniacki said , "and she does anyway". Read More »

Gulf crisis: Trump gloats about his Saudi visit 'paying off'

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. Recently, six Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt , the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as well as the Western-recognised governments of Yemen and Libya, abruptly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, after accusing it of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamist ... Read More »

Oil slips on worries Mideast rift could undermine OPEC cuts

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Currently, OPEC has unitedly cut production with an aim to support oil prices . "If we get another drop in USA inventory levels, we might begin to see the emergence of some confidence that 1.8 million barrel cuts will tighten inventories", said Gene McGillian, manager of market research at Tradition Energy. Read More »

The 2-second answer that will come back to haunt Donald Trump

Comey said that he considered Trump's request on Flynn "very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency" but chose to keep it "very closely held". - Comey later asks Sessions to stop any future direct communications between himself and the president, adding he didn't think it appropriate that Sessions was asked to leave the briefing. Read More »

Ex-FBI chief Comey says Trump pressured him on Russian Federation probe

Here are his full prepared remarks, annotated by NPR journalists. Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richad Burr, who has taken a firm and methodical stance leading the Russian Federation investigation, said Tuesday that his quick reading of Comey's testimony showed no wrongdoing, but that could change. Read More »

Reality Winner, Accused NSA Leaker, To Enter Not Guilty Plea

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The arrest came shortly before The Intercept published an alleged May 5 intelligence report from the National Security Agency that describes two cyberattacks carried out by Russian government hackers that attempted to infiltrate USA voting systems a week before the 2016 presidential election. Read More »

Christie deputy, ex-Goldman Sachs executive win primaries

In the May 25 Stockton poll, Guadagno led her strongest Republican rival, Assemblymen Jack Ciatterelli, 37 percent to 18 percent. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno leads a pack of five Republican candidates in Tuesday's primary election, while Phil Murphy , a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc executive who served as USA ambassador to Germany under former President Barack Obama, is the front-runner among six Democrats. Read More »

Manchester attack: Abedi bought most bomb parts himself, United Kingdom police say

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Ten men remain in custody. "We have had over one thousand officers working on this investigation to piece together what happened and to understand if others have been involved", he said in the statement late Tuesday. The attack, carried out by 22-year-old Salman Abedi, was the deadliest in Britain in more than a decade. Abedi, a Manchester resident of Libyan descent, is believed to have visited Tripoli four days before the attack, and experts say it is likely that he received training ... Read More »