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This Author Was Forced to Eat His Words, Literally

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British politics Professor Matt Goodwin bet Labour wouldn't reach 38 per cent support, or he would eat his own book. He predicted they would get less than 5 per cent. "I am a man of my words". While it's somewhat satisfying to watch Goodwin humiliate himself, it's ultimately hollow satisfaction because we all know this is really just a ploy to sell his book. Read More »

British PM Theresa May seeks deal to cling to power

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Davidson was one of the few Conservative success stories in the election as the Scottish wing of the party won 13 seats. But Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative lawmakers, said a "self-indulgent" party leadership campaign would only cause more uncertainty. Read More »

Afghan Soldiers Kill Three US Soldiers, Wounds One

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry says at least three civilians have been shot and killed by gunmen inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan . Members of the Afghan security forces, including the army and police, are often undisciplined, corrupt and/or have conflicting loyalties, which leaves these institutions vulnerable to infiltration by the Taliban and other militant groups. Read More »

Trump calls Qatar a funder of terror

Saudi Arabia has banned hotels and tourist facilities in the country from airing Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera in a freakish move as part of widespread restrictions on the neighbouring country. The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called for the full lifting of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, as the week-old crisis deepened amid concerns about its humanitarian impact. Read More »

Qatar foreign minister: No one has 'right to blockade my country'

The Qatari Ministry of Defense also told the UAE , Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that any naval ships from those counties that enter Qatari waters would be fired upon. Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani told a news conference in Doha on Thursday that Qatar was facing isolation due to its success and progress, adding that his country was an environment for peace and not for terrorism. Read More »

Saudi Arabia bans Barcelona FC shirts with Qatar Airways logo

A separate report in Saudi Press Agency on Saturday acknowledged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's call for Qatar to curtail support for terrorism. Saudi Arabia also sealed Qatar's only land border, a key passageway for food imports. Qatar, a small peninsular nation of 2.5 million people, was importing 80 percent of its food requirements from bigger Gulf Arab neighbors before they cut ties with it. Read More »

Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

Comey said that after his firing he actually tried to spur the special counsel's appointment by giving a damning memo he had written about a meeting with Trump to a friend to release to the media . Comey said he had three in-person meetings with Trump. "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document", he said. Read More »

President Rips James Comey On Twitter, Calls Him A 'Leaker'

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Trump urged him, in a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office, to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn . Mr Comey had detailed this interaction in a memo, writing that the President told him: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". Read More »

Respite from heat in Delhi; expect a pleasant Monday

The minimum temperature was a notch below the normal and was recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius. The Department has predicted rains or thunder showers at isolated places in the two states over the next 24 hours. "The western disturbance which is now active over the region will start receding from Sunday and the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to go up by three degrees in the next few days". Read More »

James Comey Has His High Noon Moment

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Trump might later lie about the nature of those conversations. "I'm not hinting anything". In early May, Trump sparked a firestorm in the media when he appeared to threaten Comey with the existence of "tapes" that detailed conversations Comey and Trump had in the White House. Read More »

DUP denies it has made a deal with Theresa May

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The DUP , the largest party in the Northern Ireland assembly and which secured 10 parliamentary seats in the general election , was founded by Ian Paisley in 1971. However he acknowledged that the party would have to abandon much of the programme set out in the general election manifesto as it would no longer be able to get it through Parliament. Read More »

Two of Theresa May's closest aides quit following General Election result

Barwell was one of the Conservative lawmakers who lost his seat in Thursday's election, which saw the party lose its parliamentary majority. He also said that he assumed the responsibility for that part of the election campaign , during which he worked for the preparation of the political program , particularly, it was about proposals on the problem of increasing the cost of social services. Read More »

Arab countries place dozens on new Qatar 'terror list,' deepening dispute

The Islamic Republic, alongside Qatar's other powerful ally Turkey, has backed Doha , expressing readiness to supply food to the country that so far has depended on commodities trucked in through its only land order with Saudi Arabia . At the same time, Tillerson noted that the emir of Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorist elements from his country. Read More »

Northern Ireland's DUP says talks ongoing with PM May's Conservatives

The British pound tumbled on Friday against the USA dollar and the euro before stabilising, down 1.7 and 1.4 percent against the two currencies respectively. But after a poor campaign and an unexpectedly stiff challenge from Labour , her plan went disastrously wrong, leaving her unable to form a sustainable government without DUP support. Read More »

Qatar reaches out to Russian Federation amid diplomatic spat

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to its foreign minister and discussed the crisis, without offering specifics. He asked: "What crime did Qatar commit to deserve such a punishment that violates worldwide law?" Qatar denied the accusations and said that no retaliatory measures would be taken. Read More »

Northern Ireland's DUP agrees to May's minority government

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The resignations of Timothy and Hill, on whom May had been heavily reliant since her previous job at the interior ministry, will be a personal blow. The prime minister can not risk anyone resigning in anger. The best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they feared a leadership contest could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power. Read More »

Powerball winner sold at California retailer

The victor has one year to claim the prize. The year began terribly for the family because Alberre's father was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. The victor will not be known until at least on Monday morning, June 12. According to CNN , the chances of winning Powerball are about one in 292 million, which translates to 0.0000003 percent. The victor has one year to claim the 10th largest lottery prize in USA history, according to Powerball spokesman Randy Miller . Read More »

Jose Ortiz gets first Crown win aboard Tapwrit in Belmont

As the pair pulled well clear of the remainder, Tapwrit wore down his opponent to win the $1.5 million contest, in which he was returned second favourite at almost 11-2; he stopped the clock at 2m30.02s. Tapwrit, a 3-year-old gray colt, was purchased for $1.2 million, making him the most expensive horse in the field. "The Derby win was awesome", he said. Read More »

Qatari ambassador responds to Trump in tweetstorm

The comment come just days after the UAE , Saudi Arabia and several other MENA region countries cut all diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorist groups. Are we living really in the 21st century?" "Despite these efforts, entities and individuals within Qatar continue to serve as a source of financial support for terrorist and violent extremist groups, particularly regional Al Qaeda affiliates such as the Nusrah Front", the State Department said. Read More »

Saudi Bloc Issues Terror List of Groups, People Linked to Qatar

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. The foreign minister of Oman met fellow GCC member Kuwait's emir for talks. The crisis is a major diplomatic test for the United States, which is a close ally of countries on both sides but has given mixed signals on whether to isolate Qatar or bring it into talks with other Gulf countries. Read More »

Southwest monsoon may cover Telangana in three days

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The highest maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius was recorded at Tuni and Visakhapatnam, said the report. In the next 48 hours, the weather department in Mumbai has forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall over the Konkan belt, north and south central Maharashtra, with heavy rain in Marathwada and central Maharashtra. Read More »

May seeks help of N. Irish party to form minority government

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Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said Mrs May was responsible for the election result, which saw her party fall short of a Commons majority. "Theresa May is a dead woman walking". Explaining her decision yesterday, the PM apologised to Tories who had lost their seats due to her election fiasco and gushed that the DUP were "friends and allies". Read More »