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Saudi foreign minister says Gulf states alone can solve Qatar row

The comments came after Qatar's state-run news agency published a story May 23 about Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani questioning Donald Trump's presidency, insulting Saudi Arabia and supporting Iran . "I consider them a host to our very important base at al-Udeid", he said. Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates explained Qatar's motives at a Washington conference last month, in which he described its multiple, conflicting alliances. Read More »

Russian hackers 'planted false story' behind Qatar crisis

The rift has affected oil prices, hit travel and shipping, and left supermarkets in Qatar short of goods. Qatar Airways said on its official website it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia . As Qatar faces diplomatic and trade turmoil, Turkish parliament has approved legislation that will send Turkish troops to one of the country's military bases in Qatar, according to Al Jazeera . Read More »

The ISIS attack in Tehran has left many Iranians shocked


Attackers have mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on Iran's parliament building and the tomb of the republic's revolutionary founder in Tehran . He did not explicitly blame any country but the tweet appeared to refer to comments made by Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, in May, saying that Riyadh would bring "the battle" for regional influence to Iran. Read More »

Iran attackers fought for Islamic State in Syria, Iraq - ministry

Authorities have raised the death toll in a pair of Islamic State group attacks on Iran's parliament and the tomb of its revolutionary leader to 17 people killed. "We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times", Trump said. Read More »

Four dead in shooting in closed supermarket


Police say Stair fired random shots inside the store before shooting himself in the head. A witness was unharmed, troopers said . Four people are dead in what state police are calling a murder-suicide that reportedly happened inside of a grocery store in Wyoming County . Read More »

Trump Calls For Arab Unity After Seeming To Back Split With Qatar

Abu-Dhabi's The National newspaper reported that Qatar's natural gas supplies were flowing as normal to the UAE , despite the severing of ties. "They want to have a relationship with everybody so that they can maneuver and, I think, play this role on the world stage that contrasts dramatically with the size of their country", Gates said. Read More »

Comey's testimony on Trump meetings

Comey's not sure who else is invited, but assumes other people are coming. "I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn's departure and the controversy around his account of his phone calls", Comey said. Read More »

Third London attacker was Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba, British police say

Collina converted from Catholicism to Islam 26 years ago when she married Zaghba's father, a Moroccan national. "The problem occurs when we know someone is moving in extremist circles but we don't have evidence to indicate that they are plotting an attack", said the British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Read More »

Fires engulf scenic town in South Africa; 10000 evacuated


Reuters reports that thousands of people in shanty towns, who endured the region's worst drought in a century, are hardest hit by the blaze, as floods and heavy rain washed away homes built of planks and zinc sheets. and Auto & General Insurance Ltd. may struggle, Adrian Cloete, analyst at PSG Wealth, said by phone from Cape Town . He said the rebuild programme would commence on Friday when the weather was expected to clear up. Read More »

Labour closing gap in opinion polls after 'wobbly week' for Tories


Could Jeremy Corbyn really become the next British prime minister? "One is tempted to attribute Bernie's post-election ascendancy to a sense of what might have been among the United States population, which has now internalised the mantra of "$10 an hour, single payer, free college" etc, even while seeing Trump seeking to legislate in exactly the opposite direction. Read More »

Extremists kill more than 60 at Somalia base


Sheekh C/casiis Abuu Muscab oo ah Afhayeenka Ururka Al Shabaab u qaabilsan dhanka Dagaalka ayaa waxa uu sidoo kale sheegay in ay si buuxda ay ula wareegeen Deegaanka Af-urur oo xarun militari u aheyd Ciidanka Daraawiishta Puntland. The extremists, including suicide bombers, reportedly attacked the base from three directions, forcing soldiers to retreat. He estimated that at least 100 fighters were involved in the attack. Read More »

Legal experts say Trump comments inappropriate, maybe worse


It is Comey's job to warn Trump that a dossier containing salacious and unverified allegations about the president-elect is floating around. And just a week before he was sacked - Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he made a decision to publicly announce his findings in the Clinton email investigation after watching Bill Clinton board a plane with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Read More »

Sri Lanka steps up relief efforts as death toll exceeds 150


The government sought help to purify wells contaminated by the floods, the worst in 14 years after record rainfall in the island's southwest. The military has arranged a dozen aircraft for the evacuation work and to transport food and other necessities to affected regions. Read More »

Gunshots reported inside parliament, Iman Khomeini shrine


Officials also announced that the death toll had increased to 17. "We hope that the many injured will fully recover soon". Security forces then laid siege to the parliament for several hours. The violence began in midmorning when assailants with Kalashnikov rifles and explosives stormed the parliament complex where a legislative session had been in progress. Read More »

RNC says Trump knew firing Comey was risky

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel highlighted those passages, tweeting Wednesday, " Comey's testimony reconfirmed what @POTUS has been saying all along: The President was never under investigation". "You will always get honesty from me", Comey replied, according to his statement. The White House's stated reasons for firing Comey were contradicted by the president himself, raising questions about whether Trump had fired Comey to derail the Russian Federation ... Read More »

Trump feels 'totally vindicated' by Comey's planned testimony

The ex-FBI director wrote that Trump pushed him in the same phone call for a public acknowledgment that he was not the subject of the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation. Coats said they could continue the conversation in secret. The last: April 11. Sacked FBI Director James Comey . The loyalty pledge happened . Read More »

Gulf rivals not seeking Qatar 'regime change'

USA military officials, also speaking anonymously to discuss political issues, said the Al Udeid airbase in Qatar is vital to American air support against Iranian paramilitaries and Iranian-backed forces on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war. Read More »

Trump announces pick for FBI Director


The Washington Post reported Trump's top lawyers and advisers are reportedly encouraging the president to refrain from posting on social media during Comey's testimony on Thursday, out of concern for political and legal repercussions. Or Comey seated in a meeting in the Oval Office - then Trump asking everyone else to leave the room for a private request: "I hope you can let this go". Read More »

Qataris banned from Qantas flights to Dubai - airline executive

Reports say Iran and Turkey are also planning to airlift food and water into the country as supplies run low. Americans believe that sowing discord among Islamic and regional countries can provide ample opportunities for America and the Zionist regime to penetrate the region. Read More »

Saharanpur violence: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar arrested in Himachal Pradesh


Chandrashekhar's arrest comes a day after two members of the Bhim Army were nabbed in Saharanpur for their alleged involvement in caste violence in the district's Ramnagar area on May 9 . "Instead of arresting the real culprits of the Saharanpur violence, the police "have arrested innocent people and put them behind bars". The police has accused the 30-year-old lawyer of being behind the clashes in Saharanpur, a town in western UP, last month. Read More »

Former FBI Director Comey testimony on conversations with Trump

Online, NPR journalists covering national security and politics are annotating Comey's opening remarks, which the Senate Intelligence Committee released in advance on Wednesday. Even among Democrats , whose leaders have decried Comey's firing, about 4 in 10 say they trust the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director "just some" or "not at all". Read More »

UAE yet to withdraw Qatar Airways licences


On Monday, Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain and Egypt gave Qataris 14 days to leave, breaking diplomatic relations with Doha over its alleged support for extremism. The biggest diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf since the 1991 United States-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 »