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Afghan soldier kills 2 US soldiers

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The commando was also killed in the incident, Khogyani said. An Afghan army commando turned his weapon on US soldiers Saturday, killing two and injuring two others in eastern Afghanistan, an Afghan official said. No group has claimed responsibility yet for the incident, reports Xinhua news agency. Insider, or so-called "green-on-blue", attacks have been an ongoing threat to US military personnel in Afghanistan. Read More »

Russian jet intercepts US bombers over Baltic Sea

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The B-52, according to the ministry, was over global waters and flying near "Russia's state borders". It also intercepted two B-1B Lancers and a KC-135R Stratotanker. Col. David Faggard, a spokesman for US Forces Europe, said the B-52 was conducting a routine mission in worldwide airspace over the Baltic when it was intercepted by the Russian fighter. Read More »

Diminished May forms minority govt after poll throws up hung parliament

Formal Brexit talks were due to start on June 19, just under two years ahead of a British exit due in March 2019 . It would appear that those claiming to have their finger on the pulse of United Kingdom politics are looking in the wrong places, ignoring the significance of street rallies attended by thousands in major cities around the country in the days running up to the election . Read More »

PM Modi addresses SCO summit, says coordinated efforts needed to combat terror

For his part, Modi thanked Xi for China's support to India in joining the SCO, and said the two countries should respect each other's core interests. "President, with SCO members we share deep historical and cultural ties, as well as strong economic and strategic linkages". Along with India, Pakistan has also joined the SCO as a full member state. Read More »

British PM's top aides quit after election disaster

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Downing St. chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill , who departed Saturday, formed part of May's small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party's lackluster campaign and unpopular election platform, which alienated older voters with its plan to take away a winter fuel allowance and make them pay more for long-term care. Read More »

London Bridge attack: Emmanuel Macron confirms death of third French victim

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Nathalie Cros Brohan, sister of Mr Thomas's girlfriend Christine Delcros, posted on Facebook this morning that the family "fear the worst". Italian news reports say the London Bridge attacker who had been stopped in Italy en route to Syria past year was subsequently listed in the European-wide intelligence-sharing system and was stopped at London's Stansted airport in January but let go. Read More »

Accuser Back On The Stand At Bill Cosby Sex Assault Trial

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Allred immediately left the courtroom and was allowed back in after a break. He asked what he could do to help, and she said all she wanted was an apology. "So, at the very same time you claimed to be unconscious, you were on the phone, making multiple phone calls to Sherry Williams and Warren Chambers?" asked Agrusa. Read More »

US urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar - Tillerson

The latest spat is unlikely to ease regional tensions in a spiralling political crisis which also threatens to involve the United States , Russia , Europe and other major players such as Turkey , a close ally of Qatar, and Iran . Trump's offer of USA mediation was first voiced in a telephone call Wednesday with Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in which the president offered to hold a meeting of regional leaders at the White House . Read More »

British election shocker: PM loses majority in Parliament

It may well be able to form a minority government in the coming days and weeks, but the prime minister's ability to cling to the keys of Number 10 Downing Street is very much in doubt, and her stated goal of unifying the country behind her ahead of the upcoming Brexit negotiations with European Union leaders is utterly out of reach. Read More »

British PM Seeks Minority Government Following Election Losses

But, instead, support for her party declined dramatically, leaving her government far more precarious than before. European Union budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger, meanwhile, warned that May was now likely to be a "weak" negotiating partner, which could also be bad for Europe. Read More »

Qatar must stop funding terrorism

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In a joint press conference with Bahrain's foreign minister, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey would continue efforts to end a regional dispute that has sought to isolate Qatar. But the document contains at least two names already designated internationally as terrorist financiers, and against whom Qatar took action, according to a previous US Department of State report. Read More »

GOP Lawmakers Stick With Trump After Comey Testimony

I hope you can let this go, ' Comey wrote in a memo shortly after leaving the president. Asked if he would make that denial under oath, he said: "100 percent". Mr Trump said Arab leaders he met with in Saudi Arabia last month had urged him to confront Qatar over its behaviour. Besides his interactions with Trump, Comey also weighed in on a number of different matters including the time that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from FBI's investigation into ties between ... Read More »

Qatar vows no surrender in row with Arab states

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister is calling for Qatar to end "its support for extremist groups" and its "interference" in other countries in the region. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who has said Gulf states could resolve the dispute among themselves without outside help, travelled to Muscat on Thursday to meet his Omani counterpart. Read More »

Papers have their say on Theresa May's election blow

Having called an early election in hopes of getting an increased majority that could have strengthened her hand in Britain's exit talks with the EU, May instead saw her majority evaporate completely - leaving her fortunes hanging by a thread and dark clouds over the Brexit negotiations just 10 days before they are due to start. Read More »

'There is no trust': Gulf states give up hope on Qatar

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Addressing reporters in Doha on Thursday, Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar had been isolated "because we are successful and progressive". Qatar is on a peninsula, sharing one land border with Saudi Arabia - which is now closed - and otherwise surrounded by the Gulf. Read More »

All three London Bridge attackers named

Although Khuram B. was known to authorities, police on Monday said, "There was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly". The twin terror attacks that shook London and the United Kingdom late on the night of June 3 could have been prevented , it has emerged. Also, Italian authorities said they warned British authorities about another of the attackers, Youssef Zaghba . Read More »

SNP manifesto: What it says and what it means

SNP also support Labours call for a United Kingdom wide increase in high rate tax from 45p to 50p. "These cuts strike at the very heart of how we see ourselves as a nation and our shared ambition for the future", Sturgeon said. In 2014 a Scottish independence referendum was defeated by 55.3% to 44.7%. "Nobody is fooled any more". "Strip away the bluster and it's written down in black and white - she wants to drag Scotland back to another referendum by as early as next autumn". Read More »

Lib Dems back calls for second independence poll to be ruled out

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The scale of the losses leaves major gaps in the SNP's Westminster frontbench - and raises serious questions about Sturgeon's strategy to push for a a second independence referendum of the back of last year's Brexit vote. 'Even with all the seats that the SNP retained, they lost a lot of the voter in retaining them-I mean they retained one seat by two votes and another by 21 votes'. Read More »

Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after United Kingdom vote

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Now that it has made a decision to jump ship, it seems it can't get its act together to actually leave. But in a catastrophic setback, the bet failed and she lost her overall majority. "She missed her target of an absolute majority", he said. "I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention", quipped Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister. Read More »

Qatar debt rating downgraded by S&P as riyal hits 11-year low

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Gargash, the UAE minister, told Reuters in an interview it would be very complex to disentangle the "very diverse" business ties between Qatar and its neighbours but suggested this might be necessary. "We believe this will exacerbate Qatar's external vulnerabilities and could put pressure on economic growth and fiscal metrics", the ratings agency said. Read More »

How Twitter reacted to the Tory-DUP government?

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May said her party would continue to work with their "friends and allies" in the DUP , adding: "Our two parties have enjoyed strong relationship over many years and this gives me the confidence believe we will be able to work together in the interest of the whole United Kingdom". Read More »

Philippines violence: Marawi civilians trapped as fire breaks truce

Yesterday's ceasefire deal was initially reached following a meeting last week between President Rodrigo Duterte and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the nation's largest rebel group, which offered to broker a halt in hostilities using contacts with the fighters in Marawi, Mr Adiong told AFP . Read More »

UK General Election : Record number of women elected

It said the campaign failed to get "Theresa's positive plan for the future across" or "notice the surge in Labour support, because modern campaigning techniques require ever-narrower targeting of specific voters, and we were not talking to the people who chose to vote for Labour". Read More »

Northern Ireland's DUP surge, could help Britain's May reach majority

Theresa May has said she will put together a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists to guide the United Kingdom through crucial Brexit talks. "It's not only a free vote issue, most of this, but it's almost all devolved and that's down to the politicians in Northern Ireland to resolve". But if Mrs May is doing a deal with the DUP, that could make it harder to reach an agreement with Sinn Fein. Read More »