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Qatar crisis issue may turn to global problem: Turkish PM Binali Yildirim

Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain and others accuse Qatar of supporting extremist groups, an assertion since backed by US President Donald Trump . Trump's comments came after his top diplomat Rex Tillerson appealed to Saudi Arabia and its regional allies to ease their blockade of Qatar, saying it is hindering U.S. Read More »

UK leader May strikes tentative deal with N. Ireland party

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Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, May's joint chiefs of staff, resigned Saturday after facing heavy criticism for their role in the Conservatives' disastrous election campaign, which saw them losing their majority thanks to a groundswell of support for the Labour Party and their leader Jeremy Corbyn. Read More »

Iran flies food to Qatar amid concerns of shortages

On June 5, the countries cut diplomatic ties to Qatar and ordered all Qataris out within 14 days. Qatar has called the accusations baseless and have described the measures as a "siege" harmful to ordinary people there. On Friday Saudi Arabia , Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt tightened their squeeze on Qatar by putting dozens of figures and charities they link to the country on terrorism blacklists.UAE and Egypt tightened their squeeze on Qatar by putting dozens of figures and charities they ... Read More »

French voters return to polls to elect Parliament

National Front leader Marine Le Pen , who lost to Macron in the presidential runoff, has faced criticism from party grandees over her performance and her party will win between 3 and 10 seats. With a majority in parliament and hundreds of lawmakers who are completely new to politics, the president would hold extensive control over the levers of government. Read More »

Talks Ongoing With UK PM Theresa May's Conservatives: Democratic Unionist Party

The term "omnishambles" was coined by the TV comedy show, The Thick Of It, in a now-legendary quote from Malcolm Tucker. " You're like that coffee machine, you know: from bean to cup, you fuck up ". But the Sunday Times said Johnson had been pressed by five Cabinet colleagues to oust May. Hinting at a comeback for big names such as Yvette Cooper and Chuka Umunna he said he is "the most generous person in the world". Read More »

USA urges Saudi allies to ease Qatar blockade

But in language common to the three countries' announcements, the UAE said it drew a distinction between Qatar's government and its people. Qatar on Friday dismissed as "baseless" a terrorism blacklist published by Saudi Arabia and its allies which linked individuals and organisations in Doha to support for Islamist militant groups. Read More »

Strikes aimed at militants kill 11 Philippine soldiers

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Duterte, who took office on June 30 past year, placed Mindanao and nearby island provinces in the southern Philippines under martial law last Tuesday after some 500 militants occupied and torched some infrastructures in Marawi . The United States is the Philippines' biggest supplier of military hardware and arms. The AFP was not sold on the idea of a temporary cease-fire because it doubted the sincerity of the otehr side, and feared that the lull would allow the enemy to rest, regroup ... Read More »

Donald Trump's palpable fear of the truth

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Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz , released a statement stressing that Comey had said that the president was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference. Whether Trump's behavior and comment amount to obstruction of justice, however, depends not on how Comey understood the comment, but Trump's intent in delivering it. Read More »

Theresa May appoints new UK Cabinet as critics circle

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The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles". On Brexit, Corbyn said he wanted "tariff-free access to the European market" and to maintain membership of key European agencies, as well as European Convention on Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights but he confirmed he would press ahead with leaving the EU if he became prime minister. Read More »

Six big moments from the June 8 James Comey hearing

Florida Republican Marco Rubio said Comey's startling admission - that he leaked some notes last month - only makes his story more believable. The prepared remarks also confirmed Trump's account that Comey had said the president was not personally under investigation. Read More »

Tories and DUP: Deal or no deal on forming minority government?

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If May was right that her party's narrow majority impaired her ability to negotiate optimal terms for withdrawal from the European Union , it's hard to see how she (or another Conservative prime minister) wouldn't be at an even greater disadvantage negotiating on behalf of a minority government . Read More »

United Kingdom police warn use of fake explosive belts is 'new tactic'

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Butt, 27, had wrapped the handle of his weapon with duct tape and tied it to his wrist with a leather strap. Transport for London confirmed he worked for London Underground in customer services before leaving last October.The Metropolitan Police said Butt had been subject to an investigation in 2015, but there had been no suggestion this attack was being planned. Read More »

European Union chiefs warn there is 'no time to lose' over Brexit talks

Standing outside 10 Downing St. today, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May tried to put a courageous face on the disastrous results of Thursday's vote. "Time for action, not words". May, who had campaigned against Brexit a year ago, delivered her terms for withdrawal on March 29 that included a clean break from the European Union single market. Read More »

Iran has sent five planes of food to Qatar

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Qatar, a tiny nation of 2.5 million people, was importing 80 percent of its food requirements from bigger Gulf Arab neighbors before the diplomatic standoff. Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has repeatedly said the blockade of his country is in violation of global law. Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani speaks to reporters in Doha , Qatar June 8, 2017. Read More »

After being accused for Gulf crisis, Trump now offers to resolve it

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Home to some 10,000 troops, it is central to the US-led fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. It said that Trump, in a later call with Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, called for unity among Gulf Arabs "but never at the expense of eliminating funding for radical extremism or defeating terrorism ". Read More »

UAE hotline to help Emirati-Qatari families

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Turkey , which has a military base in Qatar , also pledged to provide food and water supplies. On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had never known Qatar to support terrorist groups and called for the blockade to be fully lifted. Read More »

Conservatives' chief whip in North for DUP talks

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The humiliating result has heaped pressure on May to resign, but she says she will stay and lead Britain during exit talks with the European Union. To govern, she will need the support of the socially conservativeDUP, which won 10 seats in Northern Ireland . Read More »

SNP pays price for Indyref 2 push and loses 21 seats

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But her unionist opponents believed there was little enthusiasm among Scots to revisit the independence issue so soon after the 55-45 vote in 2014 against leaving the United Kingdom, and Sturgeon's own timetable for it perceptibly slipped during the election campaign to a more distant and less precise date, once the process of Brexit was complete. Read More »

Iran sends five planes of food to Qatar amid Gulf crisis

The head of the industries, business and trade organization in the Fars province was also quoted by the Tasnim news agency as saying on Sunday the first planes carrying food to Qatar had flown from the southern city of Shiraz. The president's remarks given in the Rose Garden contradicted Tillerson who earlier urged Qatar's neighbors to ease their blockade and use "calm and thoughtful dialogue". Read More »

Islamic State claims responsibility for Melbourne seige

One police officer was shot in the neck and ear and two officers suffered wounds to their hands, but none of the wounds were life-threatening, Ashton said. Malcolm Turnbull, who will convene the Council of Australian Governments in Hobart, said the issue of parole was a high priority. A 36-year-old woman from Ripponlea sustained minor injuries after she was held hostage in the ground floor apartment. Read More »

Tough break for Theresa May as top aides quit

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We have finalized the guidelines, and I assume that Great Britain will respect the negotiations calendar", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said . Former Conservative party leaders have warned any immediate leadership challenge would be too disruptive, but most commentators believe May can not survive in the long term. Read More »

Theresa May fights for survival ahead of Brexit talks

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Speaking on Friday, the prime minister said her party had a "strong relationship" with the DUP and that she meant to form a government which could "provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country". The Northern Ireland party is officially opposed to same-sex marriages and abortions, both which are legal in the rest of Britain. Labour has also demanded her resignation, with its leader Jeremy Corbyn saying Mrs. Read More »