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This is how Britain's election result impacts Indian foreign affairs

This week's election left the Conservatives several seats short of a majority in Parliament, so they are seeking a deal with the Northern Ireland-based DUP, which won 10 seats. and former minister Anna Soubry said May "is in a very hard place... she now has to obviously consider her position". In a final humiliation , the Conservatives lost the safe west London seat of Kensington, Britain's wealthiest constituency, to Labour by a mere 20 votes after a campaign that targeted the ... Read More »

Trump calls Comey a 'leaker,' feels 'vindication' after Comey hearing

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Tom Cotton, Comey also said that much of a February 14 story in the Times about Trump campaign aides repeatedly being in contact with Russian intelligence agents was incorrect. Comey said that after his firing he actually tried to spur the special counsel's appointment by giving a damning memo he had written about a meeting with Trump to a friend to release to the media. Read More »

Sri Lanka shelves vehicle purchases as monsoon toll nudges 200

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It has almost 200 personnel on board, including specialized rescue, diving and medical teams, as well as a large amount of relief material and Gemini inflatable boats. Some towns were under 18 feet of water, the newspaper said. Reuters also reported their correspondents witnessed some people stuck on the upper floors of their houses and several houses were also flooded up to the roof. Read More »

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Top 2 Aides Quit

But Johnson said he backed May. It comes after a stunning series of gains for Mr Corbyn's party as the Conservatives lost their majority in a snap election that spectacularly backfired. At the time of writing there is a third recount being held in the seat of Kensington, one of Europe's wealthiest districts, as Labour looks to be on course to take a seat that was once known as "true blue Kensington", and had been held by the Tories since its inception. Read More »

Macron's Agenda Awaits Parliamentary Elections

The second stage of the vote will be held on June 18. Candidates who secure 50 percent of the constituency vote on a minimum turnout of 25 percent will win in the first round. More than half of the candidates come from civil society and have never run for office, half of the candidates are women and only 5 percent are incumbent members of the Parliament. Read More »

Top Tories plot revolt, party tells May her days are numbered

The prime minister was asked if the public could be certain her new Government could last five years with her as leader. Trump offered his warm support to May over the just- concluded parliamentary election, it said. While Sanders didn't win the 2016 Democratic nomination, narrowly losing to rival Hillary Clinton who had the support of her party's state committees, the outsider senator did win the vote in key states such as Indiana, New Hampshire and MI during primaries. Read More »

Donald Trump Woke Up and Had Some Name Calling for Breakfast

One was that he thinks of President Donald Trump as a liar , and anxious about his propensity to lie. "No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker", Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference. "For the first time , under oath and penalty of perjury, the former FBI director testified that the president repeatedly pressed him for a pledge of loyalty, and asked him to drop the investigation into illegal activity of a White House staffer at the center of the Russian Federation ... Read More »

Jeff Sessions set for grilling on Russia, Comey

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The move is a prominent switch from his previous plans to testify publicly on the Justice Department's budget and puts him more directly in the firing line over questions about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States and a federal investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. Read More »

Trump aides tell him to keep Sessions as US attorney general

In written testimony Comey said he told Sessions it was "inappropriate" for him to leave the Federal Bureau of Investigation director alone with the president, and that Sessions "did not reply". Sessions said the Senate Intelligence Committee is most appropriate because it "has access to relevant, classified information". Sessions has acknowledged that he met with Kislyak briefly along with other ambassadors at the Republican National Convention in July and in a longer private meeting in ... Read More »

Britain's May still in talks with DUP on power deal

A Number 10 spokesman said: "We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond". After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers, including finance minister Philip Hammond, would keep their jobs, May must name the rest of her team, who will take on one of the most demanding jobs in recent British history. Read More »

DOJ responds to Comey's testimony about Sessions

Trump will most likely be questioned about Thursday's testimony by former FBI Director James Comey . Former New York City U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was also fired by Trump, echoed Comey's statement, writing, 'We can all agree with Jim Comey that, Lordy, we hope there are tapes'. Read More »

Trump to Comey: 'Good luck,' I'll be too busy to watch

Trump's "honest and unfiltered" message is going to get his policies blocked and his ass impeached . However, apart from praises and accusations there was nearly nothing of effect that the president tweeted about. The Romanian president said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union do not have to compete against each other, rather they need to work in synergy to make the alliance stronger. Read More »

Imam Khamenei condoles families of terrorist attacks victims

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Twin attacks on the Iranian Parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in the capital, Tehran , have killed at least 12 people and injured many more. As reports said, several armed people tried to break their way into the Parliament building. Iran has indirectly suggested that Saudi Arabia, its major regional rival and a USA ally, played a role in the attack. Read More »

Trump offers to help resolve Qatar crisis

The influential Saudi-led OPEC bloc largely believes that Qatar has been backing militant groups, including the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda through funding, intelligence and logistics support. Qatar received no notice from the other Arab countries before ties were cut, he said, calling it "a surprise and a shock to us, this act of aggression". Read More »

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko stuns Simona Halep to win French Open

Nadal has a 15-3 record against Wawrinka, but the third-seeded Swiss player won the only time they met in a Grand Slam final, at the 2014 Australian Open . The last player to win their debut title at Roland Garros was Gustavo Kuerten , who lifted the title on June 8, 1997-the day Ostapenko was born. Read More »

Merkel: EU ready for Brexit negotiations

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After calling a snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in the talks, Prime Minister Theresa May now faces heading to Brussels with a weaker mandate and with her own position under threat. Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, indicated on Twitter that the European Union was prepared to show some patience, making it clear that talks should not begin until the political situation had settled in the UK. Read More »

UAE says Gulf rivals not seeking Qatar regime change

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More than a third of the world's liquefied natural gas trade comes from Qatar, making it the world's largest producer and exporter of LNG. The measures taken against Qatar have seen dozens of flights cancelled and huge problems for Qatar Airways, which has been banned from the airspace of Saudi Arabia and other countries. Read More »

Merkel ready for Brexit talks after United Kingdom election

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker also said he hoped there would be no further delay to the negotiations "we are desperately waiting for". May spoke at length about Brexit during the election campaign and previously, but given the ambiguity of what exactly it means, how it will happen and the implications for UK's future, few are convinced, clamouring for more detail than has been forthcoming from her. Read More »

Qatar, accused of supporting terrorism, hires ex-US attorney general

Qatar will pay the Ashcroft Law Firm $2.5 million for 90 days of work as the country seeks to confirm its efforts to fight global terrorism and comply with financial regulations including U.S. Qatar's hiring of Ashcroft aims to curb that perception. To fight that image, Ashcroft said he would enlist former government leaders who held senior positions in the Treasury and Homeland Security departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation the intelligence community. Read More »

First death sentence over social media 'blasphemy'

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Bahawalpur's ATC Judge Shabir Ahmed announced the death sentence for the 30-year-old accused, who belongs to the Shia community, according to a report appearing in the Dawn. Under Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting God, Islam or other religious personalities can be sentenced to death. Earlier this year, a student in Mardan was attacked and killed by a stick-wielding mob who accused him of blasphemy. Read More »

Donald Tusk warns Theresa May there is 'no time to lose'

S&P Global said this won't immediately affect the country's credit ratings but warned it could create further uncertainty by potentially delaying Brexit negotiations. In a letter to the PM congratulating her on her reappointment, he said the two-year time frame set out under Article 50 of the European Union treaties left no room for delay. Read More »

Moscow 'ready' to help resolve Gulf crisis

The US is seeking to stem a region-wide diplomatic crisis that is threatening its focus on counter-terrorism. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations blockade air, sea, and land traffic into Qatar. "It is just another example of failed coordination between the various departments responsible for USA foreign and security policy", said Andreas Krieg, a professor at King's College London, who has provided military education to the Qatari armed forces. Read More »