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Tehran attackers IS recruits from Iran

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. While the attack maybe - and probably is - the sole effort of IS which is battling against Iran backed groups in Iraq and Syria , in light of recent events it is likely that narratives of a Saudi-US conspiracy against will find traction in Iran, especially among its zealous political parties. Read More »

UAE social media users 'showing sympathy' for Qatar could face jail time

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Qatar vehemently denies any such backing. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, which on Monday severed diplomatic relations with Doha, on Friday designated dozens of people with alleged links to Qatar as terrorists. His comments took on further strength as the UAE's Justice Ministry warned social media users that they can face three to 15 years in prison time and fines starting from 500,000 dirhams ($136,000) for offering sympathy for Qatar. Read More »

London Bridge attack: New search underway near home of assailants in Barking

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He had notably featured in a Channel 4 TV documentary entitled " The Jihadis Next Door " and, according to the British media, numerous people alarmed by his views had gone to the authorities. As details about the jihadists have emerged, Prime Minister Theresa May has faced questions about her record of overseeing cuts to police numbers when she was interior minister. Read More »

What the United Kingdom election quake means for the world

British Prime Minister Theresa May will form a government supported by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election debacle days before talks on Britain's European Union departure are due to begin. Read More »

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Might Leave White House

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Kushner made his secret communications proposal on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY, according to intercepts of Russian communications reviewed by USA officials, the Post reported late Friday. Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn , who resigned in February over undisclosed meetings with Russian officials, was present at the meeting. Read More »

Cancel Donald Trump's state visit, says Sadiq Khan

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, made a similar call on Monday, saying Trump was insulting Britain's values "at a time of introspection and mourning". The point is there is a reason to be alarmed. "The invitation has been issued and accepted but I see no reason to change that", he said. "I don't know how (White House staffers) get up every morning and say, 'I have one of the most responsible jobs I will ever hold, and the President just tweeted something I would ground my ... Read More »

Northern Irish unionists to open talks with UK's May about support

In her first speech since her disastrous showing last night, Theresa May emphasised the DUP's historic role as "friends and allies" of the Conservative and Unionist Party. End.30/1/2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May , at a joint press conference with Taoiseach Enda Kenny after their meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin, to discuss Brexit and its implications for Ireland. Read More »

More than 700000 expected to vote in Northern Ireland Westminster election

The Democratic Union Party's website has crashed as people woke this morning to google the group that may play kingmaker after the Tories fell short of a majority in the United Kingdom general election . Told of Ms Davidson's concerns about the potential reversal of gay rights, Mr Paterson said: "No, I don't see that at all". Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP. Read More »

Arab diplomatic crisis deepens with new terror-related sanctions

On Monday, Saudi Arabia , Bahrain , the UAE and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the latter of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East. We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar. "Qatar has a history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression, from activism to violence", Tillerson said. Read More »

Tory-DUP deal 'would be bad news for women'

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May's Conservatives failed to secure a parliamentary majority in a national election on Thursday and the DUP has said it is willing to talk to the Conservatives to help bring "stability to our nation". Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom in which same-sex marriage is illegal. "I didn't know who the DUP were, I had to Google them, as many people no doubt in this country would have had to Google them". Read More »

Comey testimony raises questions over Trump acts amid Russia probe

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Comey testified he kept notes after meeting with Trump because "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document". But he left aside scathing testimony by Comey , who was sacked in early May, that Trump had tried to derail a probe into his onetime national security advisor - at best, a political miscalculation by a tradition-shredding president, and at worst, a criminal obstruction of justice . Read More »

Police Identify Two London Attackers

Police said they now had 10 people in custody after releasing two of the 12 people arrested on Sunday. The Metropolitan Police said the package was not terror-related. He had said he wanted to go to Syria to start a family, according to his mother. He claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. Much of the area around London Bridge remained cordoned off as commuters struggled to work in the driving rain. Read More »

White House Finally Reveals Whether Donald Trump Has Confidence In Jeff Sessions

Sessions has come under fire from the president over his recusal from an investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, an inquiry that's now exploring whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow. Sessions' offer to resign was first reported by ABC News . A senior administration official said that at one point, Sessions expressed he would be willing to resign if Trump no longer wanted him there. Read More »

Police find body in Thames; likely 8th victim

BRITISH police yesterday named the third of the jihadis who killed seven in a knife and van attack in London . Police said Butt had been investigated by police and Britain's domestic spy agency MI5 earlier, but he was not deemed enough of a threat to warrant tight monitoring. Read More »

President Trump to take questions day after Comey testimony

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Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, said he did so in hopes that the memos, which documented what the former director felt was inappropriate contact by the president amid the ongoing investigation, would prompt the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the probe. Read More »

Iran Claims Saudis Behind Twin Terrorist Attacks Despite Islamic State Claiming Credit

In a statement on Thursday, Cairo called on the worldwide community to increase efforts to fight terrorism and weaken its sources of support. The Islamic State claimed responsibility of the two attacks - a suicide bomb and gun assault - on the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic.The ISIS media wing, Amaq, claimed "fighters with the Islamic State" carried out the assault. Read More »

Hanging in There - Theresa May Stays UK PM, For Now

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Speaking from the steps of Number 10 Downing Street , the Prime Minister said: "What the country needs more than ever is certainty, and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election , it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons ". Read More »

Police release image of knife used in London Bridge attack

Three men rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge on the night of June 3 before going on a stabbing spree at bars and restaurants at the nearby Borough Market. It's been a terrible week since the London Bridge attack, but Dick takes some pleasure in the way the city's buzzy street life has returned full force. Read More »

Bahraini minister to visit Turkey amid Gulf crisis

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 . Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the entire Middle East, housing 11,000 American troops. The president did not limit his call for greater action against terrorism to Qatar alone but instead urged "Qatar and other nations in the region to do more to combat terrorism and ... Read More »

Iran arrests 41 suspects over Tehran attacks - ministry

Akbar had been heading home Wednesday and stopped at a bank to guarantee a loan for a friend when he heard the attack at parliament and rushed over to help. The claim was carried by the IS-run Aamaq news agency and circulated among the group's followers over social media. "Sunni extremism is spreading in Iran like many other countries". Read More »

Qatar seeks diplomatic solution to Middle East row

Chad has recalled its ambassador from Qatar for consultations, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, joining other African states in showing support for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations amid a worsening regional rift. The UAE's national postal group suspended services to Qatar and the UAE aviation authority said it had closed air space for traffic to and from Doha. Read More »

Juncker makes case for EU defense integration

EU nations must step up their military co-operation as they can not simply rely on the USA to defend them, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says. "The times in which we could rely fully on others-they are somewhat over", she said. "That shows that we need to invest more, and invest in a more efficient way". Read More »

Comey Tapes or Not? Trump Promises to Tell in 'Very Near Future'

During the hearing, Comey said he felt as if Trump telling him that he " hoped " the FBI could end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was a direction from the president. Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony in Washington yesterday ranged from weird to surreal. Those conversations are reflected in memos Mr Comey wrote, and now are in the possession of Robert Mueller , the special counsel in the Russian Federation probe named after Comey's ... Read More »

'I will provide certainty': May's United Kingdom election gamble not paying off

What is a hung parliament? But May vowed to "fulfil the promise of Brexit ", in a statement outside her Downing Street office after seeking permission from the head of state Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government. Currently, investors seem to worry that a weakened Conservative prime minister would not have the power to resist calls from some within the party who want a clean divorce from the European Union, even if that means losing privileged access to the European Union single ... Read More »