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6 takeaways from the UK's general election

Certainly her position on Brexit talks seems to have been compromised, and this could be sound the death knell for her Prime Ministership. The pharma sector, led by the ABPI , had been expecting to work with a strengthened Conservative party to forge a new post-Brexit industrial strategy, but this looks likely to be further de-prioritised by a weakened government. Read More »

India, Pakistan become full members of SCO

Noting that India is about to become a full member of the SCO at the Astana summit, Xi offered congratulations to the Indian side, adding that China is willing to cooperate with India within the SCO framework and contribute to the healthy and sustained development of the organization. Read More »

What exactly does it mean now we've got a hung parliament?

A foreign ministry spokesman said that May had campaigned for "a strong majority for a hard Brexit " and that this "was not the outcome of the election", in which the British PM lost her majority. Liberal Democrats gained four seats to amass 12 MPs but lost its former leader and ex-deputy prime minister Nick Clegg , perhaps the highest-profile casualty in a night of stunning results . Read More »

Russian hackers may have framed Qatar

Riyadh has also closed its land border. Officials quoted by Reuters said talks were taking place with Iran , Turkey and others to secure supplies of food and water. "We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender the independence of our foreign policy", he said. White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a regular press briefing on Tuesday that the U.S. Read More »

British Prime Minister Vows to Carry on Despite Election Losses

May, unlike Baldwin, is not well liked amongst backbenchers, and she does not have a unifying vision for her party moving forward. The Prime Minister's situation appeared precarious as Conservative former minister Anna Soubry said she should "consider her position" and take personal responsibility for a "dreadful" campaign and a "deeply flawed" manifesto after choosing to go to the country three years early in the hope of extending her majority. Read More »

Calls for Trump state visit to be cancelled after London attack tweets


If London's mayor has anything to say about it, President Donald Trump won't be visiting the city anytime soon. Mr. Khan made the comments on Channel 4 News , saying the president's policies - his proposed temporary travel ban on immigration from six Middle Eastern nations on grounds of securing the safety of American citizens - "go [es] against everything we stand for". Read More »

International efforts to resolve Gulf dispute gather pace

While the UAE had previously blocked access to Qatar-based media network Al Jazeera , access to the Doha News website was also blocked on Thursday. US President Donald Trump , who had initially backed the measures against Doha in a tweet, called Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Wednesday with an offer "to help the parties resolve their differences". Read More »

Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home

And how does it stack up to similar products such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home? On the Amazon Echo, conversations with Alexa are also encrypted in transit and at rest from your device to Amazon's cloud servers and "securely stored", a spokeswoman said in an email. Read More »

Bodies found in search for missing Myanmar plane


The Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane vanished on June 7 after taking off from the coastal town of Myeik on a weekly flight to Myanmar's largest city, Yangon . Should everyone on board have died in the crash, the death toll would make it among the country's worst aviation disasters, says the BBC's Myanmar correspondent Jonah Fisher. Read More »

Defining obstruction of justice after James Comey's testimony

Comey was alternately searingly blunt and tepidly cautious. While Mr Comey confirmed that the U.S. president was not personally under investigation as part of the inquiry in to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, he claimed that Mr Trump had sought to influence the investigation by asking him to "let go" the FBI inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn at a meeting on February 14th. Read More »

Trump Breaks Silence On Comey: 'WOW, Comey Is A Leaker!'


Former FBI Director James Comey accused President Donald Trump on Thursday of firing him to try to undermine the agency's investigation of possible collusion by Trump's campaign with Russia's alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Read More »

Labour wins Newcastle in United Kingdom vote


Steve Kyte, representing the Conservatives, received 9,134 of the votes, whereas Steve Kyte of the Liberal Democrats came third with 9,134 of the votes. That was despite Houghton & Sunderland South being the speediest for the past few elections. But tonight, Newcastle City Council declared the first victor, with Labour candidate Chi Onwurah winning the seat of Newcastle Central at 11pm. Read More »

UK Conservatives Lose Majority After Stunning Loss for Theresa May

The Conservative leader had called Thursday's snap election in a bid to extend her majority and strengthen her hand in the European Union divorce negotiations, but her gamble backfired spectacularly. "Hubris", UKIP leader Paul Nuttall told the BBC . The electorate was voting to elect 650 MPs for the House of Commons, with about 45.8 million people entitled to vote. Read More »

Qatar rejects as baseless terrorism blacklist by four Arab states

They have imposed what Qatar says is a blockade of shipping and air traffic and closed Qatar's only land border, causing panic buying at supermarkets and provoking confusion and anxiety across the population. In a call with Qatari Emir Tameem Bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday, the President offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary, according to a White House statement. Read More »

Die, many injured in IS attacks on Iran

That was condemned by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif , who tweeted: "Repugnant WH ( White House ) statement... as Iranians counter terror backed by United States clients". Iran's Intelligence Ministry has confirmed that five of the men involved in terror attacks in Iran had fought for the Islamic State group. Also joining the ceremony were government ministers, and Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi-Golpayegani, the head of the office of Leader of the Islamic Revolution ... Read More »

Trump legal team to file complaint over Comey memos, source says

Norm Eisen, former White House Ethics czar for President Barack Obama, told CNN that Comey "did nothing improper in disclosing the details of the meeting in which Trump ordered him to drop the investigation against Flynn". He strongly suggested that federal authorities investigate Comey's leaks, although the memo that Comey gave to a friend was not classified and was turned over after he was sacked. Read More »

UK election hangs in balance on disastrous night for Theresa May

Conservatives were still hopeful that later results could push the party past the winning line but, even in that best case scenario, Mrs May might still need some kind of deal with Unionists from Northern Ireland to shore up her position. "Even if she remains PM, it is unlikely to be for long". For the Lib Dems, heavyweight Sir Vince Cable and former minister Sir Ed Davey won seats back from the Tories in Twickenham and Kingston & Surbiton respectively. Read More »

Woman accused of leak indicted, faces detention hearing

Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday she fears prosecutors will try to make an example of her daughter to show that they're not "going to tolerate leakers". What we do know is clear: victor is accused of serving as a journalistic source for a leading American news outlet about a matter of critical public importance. Read More »

Death toll in Sri Lanka landslide at 151


INS Jalsahwa is an even larger LPD landing platform dockclass of ship, which can carry large amounts of relief material and is ideally suited to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. Rescue workers on Sunday made use of a brief respite in the rains to clear debris and improve access to some of the affected areas.This photo shows army soldiers carrying food and water for landslide affected people. Read More »

N. Korea's varied provocations a response to USA naval threat


A screen shows a news program reporting about North Korea's missile firing from Wonsan, center, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Tokyo. On Friday, the council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution imposing new targeted sanctions on a handful of North Korean officials and entities, a move Pyongyang said was "mean". Read More »

Iran Ready to Meet Food Demands of Qatar

The United Arab Emirates warned on Wednesday that anyone showing sympathy with Qatar over sanctions imposed by its Gulf neighbours could face up to 15 years in prison. - Kuwait's emir left Saudi Arabia after what state news agency KUNA described as a "brotherly visit" but there was no word on the outcome of the talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the rift. Read More »

BREAKING Trump nominates former Justice Department official as FBI head


President Trump announced Wednesday that he would nominate Christopher A. Wray - a white collar criminal defense attorney who led the Justice Department's Criminal Division during the George W. He faced sharp questioning at a Senate judiciary committee hearing but maintained at the time that Ashcroft had been given all the "details needed for him to understand meaningfully what's going on in the investigation". Read More »