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United Kingdom defence minister Fallon says government views on Brexit haven't changed


The DUP will agree to vote for or abstain on the Queen's speech - a ceremonial speech at the House of Lords where the Queen outlines new government's policies -, and key legislation at the lower house of the parliament. A source close to the DUP said the party was seeking more funding for the province and concessions for former British soldiers in exchange for supporting May. Read More »

Sessions says he will appear before Senate Intelligence Committee


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes his remarks to law enforcement officials during a visit in St. Louis on March 31. "Some members have publicly stated their intention to focus their questions on issues related to the investigation into Russian interference into Russian interference in the 2016 election", his letter said. Read More »

Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after United Kingdom election


European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU was ready to start Brexit talks and he hoped the United Kingdom would be able to form a government as soon as possible. May, who had campaigned against Brexit past year, delivered her terms for withdrawal on March 29 that included a clean break from the European Union single market. Read More »

Sky sources: Downing Street made statement on DUP deal in error


Analysts say May's electoral debacle could reopen what had seemed largely a closed debate - both with pro-EU members of Parliament trying to take advantage of the prime minister's weakness and Euro-skeptic government ministers threatening her if she dares water down a Brexit deal. Read More »

'Lies, plain and simple' - Comey on Trump admin

Meanwhile Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "absolutely" has confidence in Sessions. The fact that information about Sessions was classified and Comey couldn't answer "means there's something out there that he knows about that the public doesn't, and that he thinks bears on a need for Sessions to recuse himself in matters that relate to Russian Federation", said Sen. Read More »

Three US troops killed after Afghan soldier opened fire

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the deaths, saying the attack was carried out by an infiltrator. Mujahid claimed on Twitter that four USA soldiers were killed in the attack. The U.S. forces in Afghanistan have so far not commented. This type of incident, known as a "green-on-blue" attack, is not uncommon in Afghanistan. Read More »

German chancellor urges British PM to start Brexit

She added that the European Union wants the talks to progress quickly. With an eye on their scheduled June 19th start, Dr Merkel said the time had come for talks on Brexit to begin. Meanwhile, Michael Fuchs, senior economic adviser to the German chancellor, told the BBC the result meant it was time for Mrs May "to face realities" and soften her approach. Read More »

'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

The Prime Minister met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace at 12.30pm (11.30pm NZT) to get the tick of approval. If she remains prime minister - if her famously regicidal party doesn't defenestrate her immediately - her majority will be neither strong nor stable, particularly because her party is riven by divisions over Brexit , too. Read More »

Fate of Theresa May, Conservatives as polls before Brexit backfire: Key updates


Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May began finalising her cabinet of ministers and held talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to determine the contours of the party's support for her minority government. "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 »

Iranian cargo planes carrying food land in Doha


Qatari banks have around 60 billion riyals ($16 billion) in funding in the form of customer and interbank deposits from other Gulf states, Chiradeep Ghosh, banking analyst at SICO Bahrain , said. Government officials said the military would decide on the number of Turkish troops that would be deployed in Qatar and the length of their stay. Qatar says the allegations are based on lies. Read More »

Theresa bids to hang on as pressure to quit mounts

Prime Minister Theresa May's Tory party lost its parliamentary majority, and Jeremy Corbyn , the leader of the Labour party , won big. Ahead of Mrs May's shock announcement to stay on, the Labour Party had said it was ready to form a coalition government, with Mr Corbyn announcing: "We are ready to serve". Read More »

Iran arrests seven suspects for supporting ISIS-claimed attacks

Iranian authorities have also arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in attacks, a judiciary official said on Saturday. Iran has arrested nearly 50 people in connection with twin attacks on Tehran that killed 17 people last week, officials said, as security forces stepped up efforts to crack down on suspected militants. Read More »

Iran kills mastermind behind Tehran attacks, arrests others

The jihadist group claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attacks that killed 17 people. Iran also said its security forces killed the mastermind of the attacks on Saturday. Rouhani's landslide victory defeated candidates supported by the hardline clergy and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is responsible for national security. Read More »

Middle East More arrests in Iran, mastermind of Tehran twin attacks killed

Iranian authorities said on Sunday they have arrested six people involved in a twin attack on Tehran in which 17 people were killed last week. Ahmad Fazelian, a provincial judiciary official, said the eight, suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team", were detained in Fardis, about 50 km (31 miles) west of Tehran , the judiciary's online news agency Mizan reported. Read More »

British Prime Minister under fresh pressure as top aides quit


They formed part of May's small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party's lacklustre campaign and unpopular election platform, which alienated older voters with its plan to take away a winter fuel allowance and make them pay more for long-term care. Read More »

Petition against Tory-DUP deal gets 400k signatures

The support of the DUP's 10 MPs would give the Conservatives a majority on key votes. May's office has said that the most senior Cabinet members - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond , Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - will keep their jobs, but she is expected to shuffle the lower ranks of ministers. Read More »

Qatar rejects 'blockade,' denies terror allegations

A statement carried on Qatari state media said Doha would "not take any measures against residents of Qatar who hold the nationalities of countries that severed diplomatic ties . Meanwhile, Turkey's parliament approved sending troops to an existing Turkish base in Qatar as a sign of support. Saudi Arabia has been criticized in the past for exporting a militant interpretation of Islam and because 15 of the 19 hijackers in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the USA were Saudi citizens. Read More »

Angela Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK vote


On Brexit, Mr Corbyn said he wants a "jobs-first Brexit" negotiated as quickly as possible along with guaranteeing the post-Brexit rights of European Union nationals living in the UK. There isn't a parliamentary majority for anybody at the present time. Other Conservative MPs are said to be taking soundings about removing Mrs May in the autumn. Read More »

Trump on existence of Comey recordings: 'You're going to be very disappointed'

After managing to stop tweeting for an entire day (hallelujah), the president let loose on Friday, accusing Comey of making "false statements and lies" while testifying under oath . "WOW, Mr Comey is a leaker! ". Comey also said Trump told him during a one-on-one dinner on January 27 that he needed "loyalty". SEN. SUSAN COLLINS , R-Maine: I found him to be credible, candid and thorough. Read More »

Iran: Mastermind behind Tehran attacks killed

At least 12 people were killed and over 40 in Wednesday's twin attack; the Islamic State had simultaneously targeted the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In the other attack at the shrine of Imam Khomeini, one suicide bomber blew himself up while the second one was killed in an exchange of gunfire. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that Trump's statement was "repugnant". Read More »

Iran arrests 8 people suspected of supporting Tehran attacks

In a statement released by the White House, the U.S. leader noted, "We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times". The tragic events of June 7 in Tehran are likely to prove an inflection point of some variety-either marking the start of active ISIS operations in Iran itself or triggering a increase in Iran's internal security operations and regional efforts against ISIS, Saudi Arabia, ... Read More »

DUP reaches 'outline agreement' with Theresa May as talks continue

The Labour leader, whose party gained 262 seats in the General Election , up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, says he plans to oppose the Queen's Speech in an attempt to bring Theresa May down. "The prime minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalizing a confidence and supply deal when parliament returns next week", May's office said early Sunday . Read More »

New UK election only alternative to deal with DUP - senior Conservative lawmaker

In an indication of the rising pressure, May's two top aides resigned early Saturday afternoon. To hear more about all this, we called Roger Scully once again. Nigel Farage, a member of the European Parliament and the UK's best-known Brexit supporter said May's credibility is now "fatally damaged in the eyes of the European Union" and that he expects "a significant backslide" on Brexit itself. Read More »