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Qatar foreign minister calls blockade a violation of worldwide law

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The websites and digital platforms of Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network are undergoing systematic and continual hacking attempts, the news agency reported a few hours ago on its website. Western officials long have accused Qatar's government of allowing or even encouraging the funding of some Sunni extremists, and the Qatari government has openly supported the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Read More »

Turkish president approves troops to Qatar

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Erdogan nearly immediately voiced support for Doha , saying on Tuesday that "we don't find sanctions against Qatar right", as quoted by Bloomberg . Erdogan also approved another accord between Turkey and Qatar on military training cooperation late on Thursday. Read More »

After Clinton investigation, Gowdy has a new target

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Leading House Oversight would also put Gowdy in the position of investigating President Donald Trump's controversial decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey . Gowdy said in a statement he was grateful for the opportunity to serve . Gowdy is already familiar with the questions over Trump's Russia ties due to his seat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which has conducted a probe of its own since allegations of Russian efforts to influence the presidential ... Read More »

Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

The UDA is a violent loyalist paramilitary group, which is still active today. James Orr, Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland director, said: "Under the DUP leadership Northern Ireland has become a wild west for the environment". They no longer have any credibility of being neutral brokers in the Northern Ireland peace process. Formed in 1971 by Ian Paisley , the party's top priorities, according to its manifesto, include the restoration of a working assembly and executive in ... Read More »

SBI cuts interest rates on home loans above Rs75 lakh

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LIC had placed orders for 50 per cent of the total issue size. QIP's usually involve selling shares exclusively to big institutions such as mutual funds, banks and other investment houses and are cheaper and quicker than other competing methods such as follow-on offers. Read More »

Leaders pose for group photograph at Palace of Independence

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The fundamental interests of the SCO members point to the need to deepen their cooperation in a format larger than eight countries, Nazarbayev said, adding that it was only through joint efforts that significant strides can be made in achieving the grouping's objectives. Read More »

Jury awards $6.7M to inmate raped by guard, shackled during childbirth

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Thicklen has been fired and reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, but the county is liable because he was on the job when the assaults occurred. Clarke Jr. - who is in charge of the Milwaukee County Jail, where Jane Doe was allegedly raped - seems to be on the rise. She was shackled as she went through labor later that year and later admitted to a hospital where she gave birth to a healthy baby, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . Read More »

Take Scottish independence vote off table, Ruth Davidson tells Nicola Sturgeon

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After decades in which the Tories were widely overshadowed by the toxic legacy of Margaret Thatcher in Scotland , the Conservatives won a series of high profile victories, most notably in north-east Scotland, long an SNP stronghold. Mr Rennie said: "The election result was a monumental event with the loss of colossal figures on the Scottish political scene. There's no chance of a second independence referendum". Read More »

PM Modi exhorts SCO to fight against terrorism

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The Prime Minister also spoke on the need for enhancing connectivity in the region and said it was the key for boosting trade and investment. The SCO was set up in 2001 with the goal to foster security and co-operation between the member nations. Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon stands by Kezia Dugdale independence referendum claims

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A second referendum will depend on how many of those seats the SNP hold on to this Thursday. Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she was "hugely encouraged" by the results. Ms Sturgeon insisted Labour can not win the election, and told voters that backing Jeremy Corbyn's party "simply risks letting a Tory MP in through the back door, and handing Theresa May the keys back into Downing Street ". Read More »

Saudi Arabia and allies release Qatar 'terror list'

There was not an immediate comment from Qatar about the "terror list". Qatar maintains that it already adheres to United Nations measures for eliminating terrorism and terrorism financing. The Sudanese cabinet stressed its support to the ongoing efforts to settle the current crisis between Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAW) and Bahrain against Qatar, expressing keenness to achieve sustainable safety and stability in the Gulf region, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. Read More »

May to Ask Queen's Permission to Form Government

In a defiant speech on the steps of Downing Street, the Prime Minister made clear she would now rely on support from the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up her administration and push legislation through the House of Commons. In a humiliating night for the Prime Minister, Mrs May saw Tory ranks at Westminster reduced from 330 to 318 - with one constituency left to declare - while eight ministers were culled from the Government's front benches. Read More »

North-South Korea joint event to be called off

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Two launchers of a full six-launcher THAAD battery, as well as the system's far-reaching radar, which China worries could upset the regional security balance, have already been installed on an old golf course in South Korea's southeastern city of Seongju. Read More »

Police increase patrols in Tehran after Iran attacks

However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country expressed suspicion Iran's regional rival had a hand in the attack. As president, he has maintained his criticism of Iran - during a visit to Israel last month Trump said Tehran now feels "emboldened" by the nuclear accord - but has not tampered with the agreement. Read More »

Top Takeaways: Comey's high-drama testimony distilled

To be extremely clear, I'm not saying that I have any reason to believe that Trump lied to Comey. "I can definitively say the president is not a liar", Sanders said . Comey's accusations could further mire Trump's administration in legal difficulties, as special counsel Robert Mueller , appointed by the Justice Department after Comey was sacked, and several congressional committees investigate alleged Russian efforts to influence the election. Read More »

Trump says Comey not telling truth, willing to respond under oath

It then fell to Marc Kasowitz, the president's personal lawyer, to deliver Trump's formal response: a scathing, pugnacious rebuttal declaring the president's innocence, implying that Comey lied under oath and labeling the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director a "leaker". Read More »

Trump profited from kids cancer charity, report says

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They want to, I say they want to delegitimize his presidency. It's so, so sad. "It's so so sad, morality's just gone", he continued, "Morals have flown out the window". They inflated their rates for the charities to use their properties so that they could make more money and recoup all those years that they didn't charge them for the use of the Trump golf course or Trump hotels. Read More »

EU presses Britain to get its act together for Brexit talks

Now that it has chose to jump ship, it seems it can't get its act together to actually leave. An article on the Europe edition of website Politico said Britain was waking up on Friday morning "more divided and uncertain about its future than anyone thought possible", with Mrs May "struggling to cling on to her job, unsure whether she will even be able to form a minority government". Read More »

May makes no change to top ministerial team

Others whose jobs are secure include Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon , the Defence Secretary, and David Davis, the Brexit Secretary. As a former Remain campaigner, she could be well placed to realign the party on a more EU-friendly Brexit path. Mrs May saw Tory ranks at Westminster reduced from 330 to 318 - with one constituency left to declare - while eight ministers were culled from the Government's front benches. Read More »

Melbourne siege an act of terror, ISIS claims responsibility

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Local media reports said that police carried paper bags of evidence containing a book with Arabic writing from Buckingham Serviced Apartments on Bay Street, where Khayre held a sex worker hostage before he was killed by police. The Seven Network Melbourne newsroom received a call from a woman who said she was a hostage before Khayre said, "This is for ISIS , this is for al-Qaeda". Read More »