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British PM's days numbered as top aides quit?

On Saturday, in a column for Conservative Home explaining his decision to resign , Nick Timothy, Theresa May's chief of staff, attributed a significant part of Labour's success to the support of younger people, explaining that many "feel they lack the opportunities enjoyed by their parents' generation". Read More »

EU ready to start Brexit talks, says Angela Merkel

CNBC reports that the election resulted in a "hung Parliament ", with UK Prime Minister Theresa May losing her parliamentary majority. Former Finnish premier Alexander Stubb was a rare senior commentator. That would also make it improbable that Britain could secure the rapid free trade agreement it wants with the European Union after it leaves. He added: "Who knows, perhaps British society will still decide it's worth remaining after all in a Europe of nation states". Read More »

Gulf leaders trade barbs as Qatar dispute shows no let-up

In a strong-worded opening remarks, Trump alleged that Qatar was funding terrorism at the "highest level" and asked other countries doing the same to stop with immediate effect. Kuwait - which unlike most of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members has not cut off ties with Qatar - has been leading efforts to mediate. A fine of up to £120,000 and a 15-year prison sentence has also been imposed on anyone found guilty according to Sky Italy. Read More »

Britain PM Theresa May reaches 'outline' power deal after election fiasco

Her Conservatives struck an outline deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for support on key legislation. "People have a real sense of community in Wales", she said. On Brexit, the DUP supports leaving the European Union but opposes a return to a "hard" border with Ireland - which could happen if May carries through her threat to walk away from the talks rather than accept a "bad deal". Read More »

John McCain Tries to Clarify His Odd James Comey Questions

Lynch, of course, became an integral part of this narrative after it was revealed she met privately with former USA president Bill Clinton while the investigation was underway. "You're gonna have to help me out here", McCain said. "While I missed an opportunity in today's hearing, I still believe this question is important, and I intend to submit it in writing to Mr. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn: "I can still be Prime Minister"

In a resignation statement on the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and missed signs of surging support for the opposition Labour Party. There was no mention of what concessions the DUP may have asked for, amid growing concern about the influence of a party opposed to abortion and gay marriage, and which has proved hugely controversial in the past over the homophobic and sectarian views of some of ... Read More »

London attacker tried to rent larger truck

It turns out that attacker Khuram Butt originally tried to rent a 7.5 tonne truck, similar to the one used in the Bastille Day attack in Nice that killed 86 people and injured hundreds more past year. Early on Saturday, police said they had arrested a man, 27, on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, after carrying out a raid in Ilford, east London , linked to the London attack. Read More »

Clinging to job, May appoints ministers

Her refusal to take part in a televised debate , which Mr. Corbyn joined in at the last minute, accentuated that image, while moments captured of her on the election trail suggested she wasn't fully engaged with the specific concerns of communities. Read More »

Qatar to take legal action against Gulf states

But when Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. felt a year later "that Qatar still hadn't fallen in line we saw diplomatic relations being cut off", said Salisbury. The Gulf spat is likely to further fuel inter-rebel conflicts in Syria, where rivalries between Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been showcased since the earliest days of the crisis. Read More »

U.S. special forces assist Philippine troops in fight against militants

News of the technical assistance from the United States comes at a time when the local forces suffered its biggest one-day loss on Friday, when 13 marines were killed. As the fighting intensified, the U.S. embassy in Manila said that United States forces were providing assistance to the Philippine troops, although it declined to give details for security reasons. Read More »

London police chief: Attack victims show city's diversity

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They are a diverse bunch", he said. However, Butt tried to get a lorry (semi-truck) before settling on the van. It was not clear why he could not pay, or if he lacked the necessary licence to drive such a vehicle. There they found an English-language copy of the Koran which had been left open on a page describing martyrdom, along with other items linked to their attack. Read More »

May retains top five members of Cabinet

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Hammond in particular had been rumored for an exit in the event of victory, but the election result limited May's options for maneuver. Instead she set about shoring up her grip on power, announcing plans to work with the Democratic Unionists (DUP), whose 10 MPs would give her a working majority. Read More »

United Kingdom election: Source spills on the DUP's support demands

Protestors gathered outside Downing Street on Friday evening to protest against the alliance with the DUP, while another was planned for Saturday evening. 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 »

Three more men arrested over London Bridge attack

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Thomas was walking with his girlfriend Christine Delcros across the bridge when the terrorists struck, the Evening Standard reported. The silence and waiting without knowing what happened to him is so frightful. Local media identified the victim as Sebastien Belanger, 36, a chef who had worked at a restaurant in London. Four of those killed in the attack have been named as Australian Kirsty Boden, Canadian national Chrissy Archibald, James McMullan, from Hackney, and French national ... Read More »

N.Ireland's DUP says talks ongoing with PM May's Conservatives

In a statement after returning from Buckingham Palace, where she received the Queen's permission to form a government, May shrugged off a growing backlash in the Conservative Party , and said she would provide the "certainty" the country needed, The Guardian reported . Read More »

US Is Willing to Help Settle Rift Isolating Qatar, Russia Says

Kuwait has taken on the mediator role in the crisis, and French President Emmanuel Macron has also reached out to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran in a bid to kick off talks. He says that funding has to end. "We call for calm and thoughtful dialogue with clear expectations and accountability among the parties in order to strengthen relationships", Tillerson said . Read More »

US joins battle as Philippines takes losses in besieged city

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U.S. special forces are helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to Islamic State, a USA embassy spokesperson in Manila told Reuters . The two were detained on suspicion of providing financial and other support to their children who are involved in the fighting in Marawi , officials said. Read More »

Election 2017: Why Queen's Speech is a big test for May

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Theresa May was speaking at Downing Street this afternoon following her meeting at Buckingham Palace with a view to forming a new government. He said the two were so close to the PM that critical MPs believed that, unless they made way, she would not be able to change her leadership style to adopt a more "outgoing, inclusive, responsive, empathetic approach". Read More »

Britain's May seeks deal with Northern Ireland party to cling to power

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A " confidence and supply " alliance differs from a full coalition, and comes as a number of Conservatives expressed concerns about entering into a partnership with the DUP, in light of the Unionist's views on abortion and gay marriage. Their reportedly caustic style made them enemies and the disastrous election result made them vulnerable. "I was surprised that Jeremy Corbyn got 2 percentage points more than I had expected and I did say that I would eat this book", the pundit admitted on ... Read More »

Reaching borders with Iraq "turning point" in anti-terror war: Syrian army

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The Observatory said rebels attacked government forces near the area where the Syrian , Jordanian and Iraqi borders meet. Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker has more from Gaziantep, near Turkey's border with Syria . They reached a point almost 50 kilometers north of al-Tanf, after going through the desert around the area held by US -backed rebels, it said. "Russia has been very helpful and I think that the calm we see today is largely due to their efforts", spokesman Navy Captain Jeff ... Read More »

Australian Sara Zelenak confirmed dead in London terror attack

This is an undated image made available by the London's Metropolitan Police and released Wednesday June 7, 2017, of Australian Sara Zelenak , 21, who has been named as one of the victims in Saturday's London Bridge terror attack . The terror attack on Saturday in central London killed seven people and sent 48 others to hospital after three assailants attacked an area thronged with worldwide revellers. Read More »