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Merkel says ready for Brexit talks, assumes UK sticking to its plan

He told Europe 1 radio that Brexit was supported by most of the last parliament following the referendum a year ago and that the timetable for leaving in 2019 was not "optional" but fixed in treaty law. That would also make it improbable that Britain could secure the rapid free trade agreement it wants with the European Union after it leaves. Tweet Embed: https: //twitter .com/mims/statuses/873098422726701056 We don't know when Brexit talks start. Read More »

Merkel says EU is 'ready to start Brexit negotiations'


Concerns grew that Brexit negotiations could be put on hold after Britain's Conservative Party failed to secure a majority in Parliament and a clear mandate in the snap election Thursday. "We were waiting for the election in Britain, but in the next few days these talks will begin. We know when they must end", said Mr Tusk. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said he was also ready to start talks and hoped the United Kingdom general election would not have an impact. Read More »

Theresa May's best hope, DUP opposes abortion, same-sex marriage

Result: It lost a third of its seats-most of which, adding insult to injury, went to May's Conservatives. The Times newspaper's front page declared "May stares into the abyss". Daily Mirror accused May of forming a "Coalition of crackpots", and pointed out that Northern Ireland-based Democratic Unionist Party - with whom May has formed the government - opposes gay marriage and abortion. Read More »

Counter Protestors Demonstrate at Anti-Islamic Law Rally in St. Paul


The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review the ban. "The theme of today is drowning out racism ", said NY counter-protester Tony Murphy, standing next to demonstrators with colorful earplugs. Similar faceoffs took place in more than 20 cities across the nation: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; Austin, Texas; and San Bernardino, California, where in 2015 a husband and wife inspired by Islamic State killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in a shooting spree. Read More »

French President Emmanuel Macron's party to win clear parliamentary majority: Polls


France's President Emmanuel Macron arrives to welcome his Peruvian counterpart Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, prior to a meeting, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris , Thursday, June 8, 2017 . "Your commitment can inspire many others", it said, asking them to share their stories on Twitter . The key plank is to build on an overhaul of the labour market that the previous Socialist government began - measures that brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators onto the streets a year ago. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron's party poised for landslide in French parliamentary elections


Polling stations opened at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) on Sunday and will close in the largest cities at 8:00 pm (1800 GMT). Most polls have En Marche hovering north of 30 percent support for the first voting round on Sunday. The investigation comes with one of Macron's ministers, Richard Ferrand, also being probed over suspicions he favoured his wife in a property deal with a public health insurance fund when he headed the company. Read More »

Iran: Five Tehran attackers had fought for Islamic State

Islamic State claimed responsibility and threatened more attacks against Iran's majority Shi'ite population, seen by the hardline Sunni militants as heretics. While Washington and much of the world justifiably associates Tehran with sponsorship of terrorism, Iranian leaders instead see themselves and their government as perennial victims of foreign-orchestrated terrorist plots. Read More »

Iran: US, Saudis support Tehran attacks

In a condolence message read to mourners ahead of a funeral for the victims of Wednesday's attack that killed 17 and wounded scores, Khamenei blasted leaders in Washington and Riyadh. At the end of the video , he sent a message to the Saudi government. State TV broadcast the ceremony live. The information added that in the raids were also confiscated "many documents and weapons" that were in the hands of the individuals to whom the authorities linked them with "Wahhabi cells", referring to ... Read More »

INTELLIGENCE HEARINGS - Intelligence chiefs unsure what can say publicly


Marco Rubio (R-FL) grilling Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers in the above clip. Collins told CNN's "New Day" that the President may have had the impression it was normal to speak with the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief in private after Comey pulled him aside in January at Trump Tower to discuss an unsubstantiated dossier that contained salacious personal accusations against Trump . Read More »

Trump's Lawyer Rejects Comey's Allegations

Trump lying about what was said . Comey nevertheless did not make any major new revelations about alleged links between Trump or his associates and Russian Federation, an issue that has dogged the president's first months in office and distracted from his policy goals such as overhauling the USA healthcare system and making tax cuts. Read More »

UK PM Theresa May isolated after election fiasco as key aides quit

The pound hit an eight-week low against the dollar and its lowest levels in seven months versus the euro before recovering slightly after May said she would form a government backed by her "friends" in the DUP. 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 »

Emmanuel Macron's amateur politicians are poised to remake French parliament

That tactic has often been used to block candidates from Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party. But a widely acknowledged strong beginning by Mr. Former President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party could lose most of the 280 seats it held in the previous assembly. Le Pen's party meanwhile looks set to struggle to win 15 seats nationally, a score that would represent another deep disappointment after she was soundly beaten by Macron. Read More »

France's Macron faces test in parliamentary elections

All 577 seats are up for grabs, and each victor will serve a five-year term. In some races, three or four people will make it to the second round, though some may step aside to improve the chances of another contender. Half of them are women. According to the latest polls, Macron's movement appears in a position to win potentially as many as 400 seats. Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who came in a strong fourth place in the presidential vote with almost 20 per cent support, is ... Read More »

UK Police Arrest Man in Connection to Manchester Arena Attack

Seventeen arrests have so far been made in the United Kingdom and six people have since been released without charge. A MAN has been arrested and another property is being searched in connection to the Manchester terror attack. Abedi himself had returned from Libya, known to be a hotbed of IS activity, four days before carrying out the bombing. The caption was simply a heart. Read More »

Qatar crisis: India favours constructive dialogue

Cavusoglu also said no country in the Gulf region should regard the deal concerning Turkey's setting up a base in Qatar as against itself. "We have observed with concern the news of this escalation", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in opening remarks of his meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Moscow. Read More »

Corbyn says he would ensure Brexit deal


Three years on from his departure from BBC2's Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman reprised the combative style he is known for during May v Corbyn Live: the Battle for Number 10 . Mr Corbyn faced questioning on his attitude to security issues and past comments about the IRA and the Falklands War. She was pressed by Mr Paxman over her climbdowns on a proposed Budget hike in national insurance and her social care changes just days after they were unveiled in the Tories' election manifesto - and what ... Read More »

DUP agrees 'confidence' deal with Conservatives in UK

It is thought May would seek some kind of informal arrangement with the DUP that could see it "lend" its support to the Tories on a vote-by-vote basis, known as "confidence and supply", the BBC report said. The protest moved to outside the gates of Downing Street, where they were met by a wall of uniformed police officers, as bemused tourists posed for selfies nearby. Read More »

Trump says Qatar funds 'high level' terror

Saudi Arabia said its action followed the conclusions of last month's Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, where Trump delivered a speech about Islamic extremism. Qatar's neighbours have also criticised it for allegedly supporting groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Qatar does not support terrorist groups, it stressed, pointing out that "our position on countering terrorism is stronger than numerous signatories of the joint statement-a fact that has been conveniently ignored ... Read More »

Trump says '100 per cent' ready to testify under oath

Comey, a veteran career official at the FBI who was well respected by both Democrats, Republicans, and nearly every public servant he has worked with, put his name, his credibility, his honor and perhaps even his freedom on the line, when he told the committee that Trump had been lying, and that he was asked by the president to drop the Flynn investigation. Read More »

Conservatives, DUP agree to 'confidence and supply' deal on government


People demonstrate in Parliament Square against the possible Conservative and DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) coalition government following the Britain's general election result, in London, Saturday June 10, 2017 . In return, the Labour Party agreed to some modest concessions required by the Liberals, led by David Steele. She was forced, however, to dismiss a report in the Daily Telegraph that the Scottish Conservatives were considering breaking away from the main party as a result ... Read More »

Clinging on to her job, Britain's Theresa May appoints new ministers

The main opposition Labour Party took 262. Theresa May has said she will form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists (DUP ) after her snap election call spectacularly backfired . That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact. The DUP is officially opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion, while senior DUP politicians have previously said they are " repulsed " by gay people and linked homosexuality to ... Read More »

Third London attack suspect identified


The measures were announced Thursday as the summer music season gets into full swing. Security agencies on Tuesday searched the hotel in Mujahidabad area in Karachi owned by an uncle of Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, who was among the three terrorists shot dead by police after their Saturday night terror. Read More »