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Northern Ireland's unionist kingmakers may help shape PM's Brexit

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DUP leader Arlene Foster is mired in scandal in Northern Ireland, having overseen a government programme that spectacularly misused public funds . She had hoped for a more decisive majority than the 331 seats won by former prime minister David Cameron in the 2015 general election but instead she ended by sacrificing the small lead she did have in Parliament. Read More »

Qatar sanctions aim to cut support to extremism: UAE

DUBAI/TUNIS, June 9 ( Reuters ) - The ostracism of Qatar by other powerful Arab states is deepening divisions between their respective allies vying for influence in wars and political struggles from Libya to Yemen . The United Arab Emirates has blocked access to the website of Qatar Airlines amid an Arab nation campaign to isolate Qatar. Since Saudi Arabia and other nations cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, triggering the worst diplomatic crisis in the Gulf in years, ... Read More »

Professor Eats His Own Books On TV After Losing Bet On Elections

I'm saying this out loud. The Labour Party proved Goodwin wrong by bringing in 40 percent of the vote. I do not believe that Labour, under Jeremy Corbyn , will poll 38%. A book author in United Kingdom suffered an utmost humiliation after his election prediction went wrong, prompting him to eat his own book in the face of prophecy misfire. Read More »

UK PM Theresa May strikes tentative deal with Northern Ireland party

May would be forced to resign if she failed to win a majority in a subsequent vote. Much concern has been expressed that a decade of effort to transform the Conservative Party from what May herself said was seen as a "nasty party" in 2002 to a liberal right-of-centre party on issues such as gay marriage and climate change would be undone by alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has opposite views on the issues. Read More »

Two Top Aides Attached To British PM Quit

The moves buy May a temporary reprieve. That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact. "The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial. Read More »

Downing Street: May, Democratic Unionist Party Have Not Reached Deal

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A senior minister said to Sky News that May can not continue as prime minister and there will be another election in October. The shock result thrust Northern Ireland's centre-right DUP into the role of kingmaker, with its 10 seats enough to give the Conservatives a fragile but workable partnership. Read More »

Pope Francis says Egyptian Copts killed by IS group were 'martyrs'

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But while police increased security around churches across the country, no one was prepared for a strike on the desert road leading to the Saint Samuel monastery in the southern province of Minya. ISIS militants have targeted Coptic Christians several times in recent years, triggering a mass exodus of Christians from some towns. "Bishop Makarios, who has previously criticized the government for similar security failures, praised the government's response to Friday's attack". Read More »

London attacks: Three more arrested, say police

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The injured officer said he had received support from across the globe. All three men were shot dead by officers responding to the scene. They drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in Borough Market on Saturday night. Read More »

May to head minority government with DUP support

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DUP leader Arlene Foster has said in the past "no-one wants to see a "hard" Brexit, what we want to see is a workable plan to leave the European Union". That could cheer opponents of a "hard Brexit" that would take Britain completely out of the single market and the customs union. However, her government may lack the support for such an endeavour during negotiations. Read More »

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'killed in Syria air strike'

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However the reports are unconfirmed and previous claims of Bakr al-Baghdadi's death have proven unfounded, Independent reported. Five months later, Mosul in Iraq fell to the terrorists and on June 29, Daesh chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi self-proclaimed a so-called "caliphate" that covered territory in both countries. Read More »

Trump strikes back, says Comey lied

Comey delivered a scathing indictment of his former boss, accusing him of trying to block an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and saying the White House defamed him and the FBI in trying to explain his dismissal. Read More »

Iran makes more arrests in connection with deadly Tehran attacks

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The parliament held a funeral ceremony for the victims in Tehran on Friday attended by the top brass. Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard indirectly blamed Saudi Arabia for the attacks. "The attacks were a wake-up call for Iran's security apparatus", said senior Iran analyst Ali Vaez of the International Crisis Group. Their statement , according to a Financial Times translation and annotation, read: "This terrorist act took place a week after a joint meeting between the USA ... Read More »

Russian official mocks Comey testimony

Trump watched only about 45 minutes of Mr. Comey's testimony , the people close to the president said". Trump's legal team will file a complaint early next week with the Justice Department's inspector general. Asked by a reporter if he had told Mr Comey to drop the investigation into Mr Flynn , Mr Trump said, "I didn't say that". Blunt then told reporters, "We will not talk about anything like this ever again", if they mischaracterized his statements in their stories about the ... Read More »

UK premier strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party

In an article for the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and to notice surging support for the opposition Labour Party . May's authority over her party was shattered by the election result. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to claim the outcome as a stunning vindication of the party's lurch to the hard-left under his tenure. Read More »

Trump slams Qatar an hour after Tillerson's call to ease blockade

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The Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement the two held talks on how "restore the normal relations" of the Gulf. Typically, when we speak about a national security or diplomatic crisis in the Middle East, the countries under the microscope are Iraq , Syria and Yemen-three nations whose economies are struggling, where war has created an extreme humanitarian crisis for its residents, whose citizenry are so divided that it's hard to call any of them nations. Read More »

Majority Of Conservatives Want May To Resign As Prime Minister

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The role of Mr Timothy and Ms Hill as Mrs May's joint chiefs of staff had been severely criticised by disgruntled Tories in the wake of the election result. May has said she intends to stay as prime minister despite failing to win a Conservative majority in the election. "The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour ", Timothy wrote. Read More »

Germany prepared for Brexit negotiations, says Merkel

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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. She instead not only failed to build up her position but lost the majority altogether. But as journalist Ian Hislop quipped Friday on a television comedy show, "no one knows what they said". "We should clearly come to terms with the British to start as quickly as possible". Read More »

Trump Suggests Iran Shares In Blame For Tehran Attacks

Iran is one of the powers leading the fight against IS militants in neighbouring Iraq and, beyond that, Syria . The attacks, which struck two of the country's most symbolic landmarks, were carried out by five armed men, including suicide bombers who blew themselves up. Read More »

Trump says Qatar must end terrorism funding

But he also warned that the response - Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties on Monday and are trying to blockade Qatar by air and sea - could be counterproductive. Saudi Arabia has also sealed off Qatar's only land border, a crucial lifeline for food imports. Doha is a major worldwide travel hub, but flagship carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn slaps Emily Thornberry's boob in high-five gone wrong

Thornberry briefly points at Corbyn's face, while posing for a photograph. Jeremy Corbyn tried to high-five a colleague but ended up slapping her in the breast in embarrassing election night gaffe. Yep, the Brits do throw elegant shade. The two were celebrating the moment as early election results Thursday evening showed promising gains for the liberal Labour Party over Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party. Read More »

UK leader Theresa May seen fighting for survival after election failure

Rather, it was that Mrs May had called the election on the back of inflated expectations, thinking that her party's 21-point lead over Labour in opinion polls would translate into an electoral romp to 380-400 seats. There's no specific deal yet, but Ms May has said her party "will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular". Read More »

United Kingdom gov't agrees outline deal with DUP for support - PA

The prime minister has sent a team of officials, led by her chief whip, Gavin Williamson, to Belfast to negotiate the details of an alliance with the DUP . The result was a personal humiliation for Mrs May who called the election three years before she had to to bolster her position in Parliament as she embarked on the negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the EU. Read More »

N.Ireland's DUP considering support for UK PM May's Conservatives

The DUP declined to comment. After all 650 seats were declared, the Conservative Party had lost 12 seats, bringing it to a total of 318, while Labour gained 32 to reach 262. How do they feel about a hung parliament? The result leaves Britain in a less certain position regarding its Brexit negotiations. But I'm pretty sure there would be a huge public outcry if we ended up with just suspension and the continuation of salaries and assorted perks. Read More »