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Iran says IS attackers fought in Syria and Iraq

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According to a statement by Iran's Intelligence Ministry , the attackers behind the first Islamic State (IS) bombing inside Iran's borders have been identified . It described them as "long affiliated with the Wahhabi", an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia . "The attacks were a wake-up call for Iran's security apparatus", said senior Iran analyst Ali Vaez of the International Crisis Group. Read More »

'Over Their Heads' or Just Plain Nuts? McCain Can't Follow Comey Testimony

The hearing was called to investigate allegations that President Trump tried to squash Comey's investigation into his administration's ties with Russian Federation. Asked about the episode at a hearing, Mr Comey said a "deciding factor" was Ms Lynch's unusual meeting with Mr Bill Clinton a year ago in Arizona, where she joined the former president on his jet. Read More »

Modi for joint efforts against terror

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He said concerted efforts are required to find a solution to recruitment, training and financing of terrorists. He said Pakistan was not unfamiliar with the SCO mechanism but had developed deep relations by attending its summits and worked closely at its different forums. Read More »

Lewis Hamilton takes Montreal pole with record-breaking lap

Hamilton found over 0.3s in his final run, having previously been just 0.004s faster than Vettel on their first flying laps. It was Raikkonen who was fastest on Friday but Vettel responded with the quickest lap of the weekend so far as he set a 1:12.572, leaving him almost 0.3s clear of his teammate at the end of the final practice session. Read More »

French Pres. Macron: Long Handshake With Trump 'Not Innocent'

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WASHINGTON (AP) - It seems President Donald Trump is siding with the victor of the French election, at least now that he's won. As soon as Macron turned his head in Trump's direction, the US leader was waiting with his hand out. But Macron immediately yanks back and employs his left hand to try to hold down The Donald's rising right arm as the insecure alpha tries to assert his dominance as cameras clicked. Read More »

Pound falls sharply as United Kingdom enters new period of uncertainty

A shock result in Britain's snap general election has resulted in a hung parliament in a major blow to Theresa May who wanted to boost the Conservatives majority in parliament . If a deal is struck, a coalition government is born. In countries like Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, parties usually fail to win enough seats in parliament to govern on their own. Read More »

Qatar rejects Saudi-led bloc's 'terror' list

Having said this, it should also be noted that Turkey and Saudi Arabia do also enjoy a special relationship, as was seen during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Saudi Arabia in February. Tillerson told reporters at the State Department that the crisis, which has cut transportation links and trade, had begun to hurt ordinary people in Qatar, impaired business dealings and harmed the USA battle against the Islamic State militant group. Read More »

UK election surprise adds to Japanese Brexit worries

Not only that, her authority was somewhat diminished by the fact that it took multiple recounts on Thursday night to confirm that she had retained her seat. May attempted to portray Brexit as essentially a done deal. May experienced a gradual slide during the campaign period, in which a wide gap between the Conservatives and Labour narrowed. Read More »

Macron blasts Russian 'fake news' campaign to Putin's face

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And both leaders agreed they don't want Syria - where Russian Federation is propping up the government of President Bashar Assad - to collapse into a failed state. One Russian reporter asked Macron about improving Russian media access, which the new president seemed more than a bit miffed by. "When press outlets spread defamatory untruths they are no longer journalists, they are organs of influence ". Read More »

Conservatives and DUP start talks to agree 'programme for government' within days

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As her party had secured the greatest number of seats, Mrs May said it was clear that only the Tories and the Unionist Party had "the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons". "This is a dramatic and significant event for Ireland ", political commentator Noel Whelan said of the election result . The poor performance of the Scottish Nationalists yesterday is the most obvious example: Surprise losses to the Tories in Scotland ... Read More »

Theresa May WILL form government after visiting Queen in Buckingham Palace

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In government, they would ally themselves with the hard Brexit wing of the Tory party. 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 »

As Gulf tensions flare, reports of hacking pour in

In statements, the Saudis and the others have demanded that Qatar distance itself from Iran and stop support for "terrorist groups". The Gulf crisis has sparked fears of military escalation in an already volatile region. Less than a week after celebrating - and taking credit for - the Persian Gulf states' ostracism of Qatar, the Trump administration is now scrambling to craft a coherent policy toward the region that won't imperil US counterterrorism operations or alienate longtime allies. Read More »

Ostapenko to attack Halep in Roland Garros showdown

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Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates winning her semifinal match against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in three sets, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris , France. When she drilled a final backhand victor down the line, Ostapenko dropped her racket to the clay and held her arms aloft in delight and disbelief. Many would have felt destiny was on Halep's side when she herself pulled off a massive comeback in the ... Read More »

May to form minority 'government of certainty'

HUMILIATED Theresa May has vowed her government would lead Britain for the next five years, despite a disastrous election which robbed the Tories of their majority in Parliament. Brexit Secretary David Davis said he would "fight tooth and nail" to keep Mrs May in post, and dismissed suggestions he might replace her. He had annoyed many Conservatives who want a clean break with the European Union by stressing the need for a Brexit deal that allows companies to keep on hiring the migrant ... Read More »

Two officers on bicycles struck by pickup in DC

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A passenger was identified as Dwayne Nicholas Taylor , 23, of Prince George , Va. After striking the officers, the truck proceeded through the intersection and ended up hitting a dump truck parked nearby. One #Dc Police officer is still in a critical condition in hospital but is stable, while the other two have serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Read More »

What might it cost UK's Theresa May to remain in power?

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The Scottish National Party, which lost 21 of its 56 Westminster seats, also saw its vote share in Scotland plummet dramatically-from 50 to 36.9 percent. But a deal between the DUP and the Conservatives would risk destabilising the delicate political balance in Northern Ireland and could significantly complicate talks due to start next week to restore the power-sharing agreement. Read More »

Rex Tillerson calls on Arab nations to ease blockade on Qatar

Tillerson has been tapped by Trump to help mediate the crisis. During his trip to Saudi Arabia last month , Trump said , several Arab nations spoke to him about confronting Qatar over its behavior. The US ambassador to Qatar, Dana Shell Smith, tried to appeal for calm on Twitter by drawing attention to the US's past statements of support for Qatar's work in combating terrorism financing and highlighting the "great partnership" between the US and Qatar. Read More »

Can Trump Solve The Gulf Dispute?

Two days earlier, on Monday, the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ), Egypt , Yemen, and Bahrain all joined Saudi Arabia in its condemnation of Qatar as a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood , Hamas , and Iran . Turkey will send warplanes and warships to Qatar after an initial deployment of troops to a Turkish base there, the mass-circulation Hurriyet newspaper said on its website. Read More »

Qatar denies terror links, rejects 'blockade' by Arab states

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Since then, Saudi Arabia , United Arab Emirates , Egypt , Bahrain and Egypt have severed diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar . Some 10,000 USA military personnel are stationed there. The blockade was announced Monday, as these nations were anxious about Qatar getting too cozy with Iran , who they view as a threat. Qatar's food security may also be placed in jeopardy as it only has one land border with regional power-turned-rival Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Saudi, allies enlist 59 persons, 12 entities over Qatar 'terrorist' links

Those on the list , including the former interior minister, could not be reached for comment. - UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash criticises Qatar's move to seek assistance from Turkey and Iran . The U.S. could have brought considerable assets to this effort. In fact several of the entities and individuals identified are explicitly affiliated to the Government of Qatar, the report said. Read More »

Minnesota officer says motorist had hand on gun when shot

Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile five times barely a minute after he approached the vehicle and Castile informed him he was carrying a gun. Defense attorneys have argued Castile was stoned at the time of the shooting, which happened in the seconds after he informed Yanez that he was carrying a gun. Read More »

Turkey to fast-track draft bill approving troop deployment in Qatar

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Qatar's foreign minister says that sanctions imposed upon his country violate global law, calling the moves by Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations an "unjust siege". While QNA quickly retracted the news and claimed it has fallen victim to a cyberattack by an " unknown entity ", the statements revived disagreements between Qatar and a number of key Arab countries. Read More »