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President Trump And His Secretary Of State, On Qatar

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Its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha as Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country. Tillerson told reporters at the State Department shortly before Trump spoke that this blockade is hindering the USA -led military campaign against ISIS, creating hardships for the people of Qatar and "impairing US and other global business activities in the region". Read More »

Youssef Zaghba named as third London attacker

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He appeared in a Channel 4 documentary entitled The Jihadis Next Door about British extremists that was broadcast a year ago, British media reported. A Canadian, a French national and a Briton were among the dead, while other French people, a Spaniard, Australians and a New Zealander were among the 48 who were injured in what Mrs May called "an attack on the free world ". Read More »

'Comey Is A Leaker': Donald Trump's Comeback After Ex-FBI Chief's Testimony

It was unclear when the attorney, Marc Kasowitz, will file the complaint with the Department of Justice's Inspector General's Office and the Senate Judiciary Committee, Fox News reported . He testified that he had written down the details of every interaction with Trump because he was concerned that the president would "lie" about the meetings and conversations. Read More »

Pakistan & India to join SCO during Astana summit

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The SCO, which includes China , Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia , Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, now has India and Pakistan as its newest members. Muslim-majority Kashmir has been divided between Pakistan and India since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Read More »

Trump denies seeking Comey 'loyalty,' dodges tapes question

After managing to stop tweeting for an entire day (hallelujah), the president let loose on Friday, accusing Comey of making "false statements and lies" while testifying under oath. The remarks will be Trump's first live, on-camera remarks since the damning testimony James Comey gave Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read More »

Erdogan Ratifies Deployment of Turkish Troops to Qatar

And in a separate statement issued on Friday, the United Arab Emirates praised Trump's "leadership in challenging Qatar's troubling support for extremism". Despite calling for an ease to the blockade, Tillerson said Qatar needs to do more to address terrorism financing. He said there had been no change to Qatar's military deployment and no troops had been moved. Read More »

James Comey testimony: Former director says Trump admin defamed him and Federal Bureau of Investigation

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In his opening monologue tonight, Sean Hannity said former FBI Director James Comey is a "partisan" and a "political hack" who is out to get revenge on President Trump for his termination. Comey did, in fact, corroborate Trump's claim . On March 22, The Washington Post reported that Trump had contacted the director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and NSA director Mike Rogers, urging them to push back against the FBI investigation by publicly denying that there was any ... Read More »

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck, police say

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Butt and his fellow extremists Rachid Redouane , 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, killed three people as their van drove through crowds on London Bridge. Borough Market, a popular gathering place, remains closed as more evidence is gathered. There were on offer at Lidl between May 4 and 10. Dick, an Oxford University graduate, was appointed London's first female police chief and Britain's top officer in February, taking charge of a force of 43,000 officers and staff with a budget of more than 3 ... Read More »

Inter appoint Spalletti as new head coach

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But I see it as a challenge, one that I will approach with plenty of energy. However, Spalletti has said that all of his players need to prove they are capable of remaining at the Italian giants, rather than the club having to work to keep them in Milan. Read More »

Theresa May's gamble fails in Britain's snap elections

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May's statement on working with the Democratic Unionist Party ( DUP ) followed a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she asked the monarch for permission to form a new government. The Conservative Party has been dependent on Irish politicians before. Corbyn, too, will name a new shadow cabinet - perhaps with more senior Labour Party figures who refused to serve under him before. Read More »

British police name third man involved in London Bridge attack

The death toll from the London Bridge terrorist attacks rose to eight on Wednesday after police found the body of a missing French national in the River Thames. "I can't answer that question now". A Facebook post by a family friend shared hundreds of times on Monday appealed for information about the 21-year-old, saying she usually rang her mother daily. Read More »

Gulf states' Qatar blockade hinders anti-IS fight

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Iran accused Saudi Arabia of the terrorist attack and vowed revenge. From the perspective of USA strategic interests, the desired outcome is eventual reconciliation among these regional partners, and the Saudi-led collective has sufficient leverage to achieve that without the US further isolating Qatar and embroiling itself in a thorny regional dispute. Read More »

UK's May Announces She Will Form Government Day After Losing Parliamentary Majority

May vowed to fight on, and fight on she did, striking a deal with DUP to reach the 326 seats needed for a majority in parliament. Labour have won 261 seats, gaining 36, losing 5, giving them an overall increase of 31. " It is very early to tell but it indicates that Jeremy Corbyn strategy- which is to mobilize his base, to inspire young people, to inspire people who haven't voted before- seems to have done the trick", Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London ... Read More »

UAE threatens jail term, fine for Qatar sympathisers

The Arab world's biggest powers, including Saudi Arabia , Egypt , and the United Arab Emirates , severed diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of support for Islamist militants and Iran . The measures, in countries where civil rights are already sharply restricted, came as Al Jazeera, the state-funded Qatari media organization, said its website and digital platforms were "under cyberattack" and facing "systematic and continual hacking attempts". Read More »

Qatari forces in Saudi-led coalition return home

In a sign of the potential risks to Qatar's economy, S&P Global Ratings cut Qatar's credit rating by one notch to AA- and put it on watch for further downgrades. The Kuwaiti leader went to the UAE and Qatar on Wednesday for talks on the crisis and is now back in Kuwait . Qatar denies the accusations. The gas-rich emirate still hosts the USA airbase of Al-Udeid, which is home to some 10,000 US troops and is a crucial hub in the fight against Islamic State group extremists in Syria and ... Read More »

'The Grand Tour' host Richard Hammond injured in car crash

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On Saturday media reported that the star, who suffered serious injuries and was left in a coma following an earlier crash in 2006, had been airlifted to Switzerland having suffered a new mishap while filming the Amazon series. A spokesperson for The Grand Tour said: "Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the auto himself before the vehicle burst into flames". Read More »

Qatar slams Saudi, allies' terrorism list as 'baseless'

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It wasn't immediately clear how Trump's sharp condemnation might affect U.S.co-operation with Qatar, which hosts some 10,000 US troops and a major USA air base that serves as a staging ground for operations in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It ssid Eritrea had "strong ties with the brother people of Qatar", and it was "impossible to cut ties". "Qatar has a history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression, from activism to violence", Tillerson said. Read More »

What is a hung Parliament?

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Despite facing calls to quit after her election gamble to win a stronger mandate backfired, May will proceed on Friday to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government. Corbyn's strong run-which culminated in an additional 31 seats for Labour and a hung parliament-was, in many ways, reminiscent of the Sanders "revolution" in the United States, which posed a stark challenge to "the billionaire class" and a political establishment flush with corporate money. Read More »

Bahrain and UAE criminalize 'sympathy' for Qatar

Bahrain , Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ) and Egypt severed relations with Doha on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-adversary Iran - charges Qatar calls baseless. One of the reasons listed was that Facebook (QNA's Instagram account had carried the Qatai Emir's controversial comments) "is very hard to hack". On May 26, the "independent" Al Jazeera carried a short piece on how the QNA hack had highlighted the problem of fake news . Read More »

Trump berates Qatar as Gulf stand-off escalates

Arab leaders, especially the oil-rich monarchs, are used to flattery since they live with it every day. "But they can be addressed immediately". Anxious residents have responded to the crisis by emptying grocery stores in the capital of Doha , and Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country across its only land border. Read More »

India becomes member of SCO: Highlights of PM Modi's Kazakhstan visit

Vasily Kashin, a senior fellow at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that the security cooperation among SCO member states is quite fruitful. Jaishankar said both Modi and Xi also deliberated on enhancing cultural cooperation between the two countries. They viewed that current state of relations between Pakistan and Russian Federation was characterized by mutual trust, commonality of interest, better understanding and convergence of views on ... Read More »

German minister sees danger in 'Trumpification' of conflict in Gulf

Senegal said on Wednesday it would recall its ambassador in Qatar and expressed its "active solidarity" with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries which have cut ties to Qatar. Gargash also said further moves against Qatar were possible and warned against allowing Shi'ite Muslim power Iran to exploit the unprecedented rift between the mainly Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab states, some of which regard Tehran as a regional arch-rival. Read More »

I'm 100% willing to testify about Comey's claims

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President Donald Trump walks into the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington to meet with U.S. Mayors and Governors for an Infrastructure Summit, Thursday, June 8, 2017 . "I was sacked in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted". "Something about the way I was conducting it, the president felt, created pressure on him that he wanted to relieve". Read More »