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'Dead woman walking': UK's Theresa May clings to power


Corbyn said his party would put down a "substantial amendment to the Queen's speech" based on the main policies in its general election manifesto, with an emphasis on Brexit, young people, and austerity. Corbyn described the prospect of a second general election as a "good thing" as senior Tories including ex-MP George Osborne lined up to attack Theresa May. Read More »

Qatar hires former U.S. attorney general to lobby


Kuwait's emir is working to mediate the Gulf crisis around Qatar, which is home to a major USA military base and is the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties Monday and are trying to blockade Qatar by air and sea. The top USA diplomat also called on Saudi Arabia, the UAE , Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar. Read More »

Boris Johnson stresses loyalty to UK PM May in leaked text - ITV


DUP leader Arlene Foster with MPs at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast. The TV channel said Foster had told them she would be travelling to London to meet May at her official Downing Street residence on Tuesday. This is still on. "Absolutely", Corbyn was quoted as saying. He said on ITV: "In the interests of the country we are willing to form a government - a minority government - to put forward a programme, a Queen's speech, as well as an alternative budget and an alternative programme ... Read More »

Tottering Theresa May names new UK Cabinet as critics circle


Anna Soubry is a Conservative member of Parliament. But Elmar Brok, a German conservative and the European Parliament's top Brexit expert, told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper that the talks would now be more complicated. Britain's typically right-wing press savaged May over the election outcome, questioning whether she will be able to remain in power after a result that leaves her reliant on uniting rival factions within her party to deliver Brexit. Read More »

Trump declares himself vindicated, and Comey "a leaker"

President Donald Trump on Friday broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey , declaring "total and complete vindication". In spite of calls for bipartisan recognition of the threat posed by Russian hacking, Republicans still seem to be putting loyalty to the president over the loyalty to their country. Read More »

Qatar FM speeks with US Secretary of State

With U.S. diplomats trying to mediate the crisis, Trump posted a message to Twitter a day after the blockade was imposed, accusing Qatar of funding extremism and terrorist groups. "We support contacts with most participant in these processes, the Russian president has telephone conversations with the counterparts in the region, and our conversation today will continue those efforts", he said. Read More »

Warriors' Green Says Cavs Fans, Cleveland Not the 'Sharpest'

We got to play a little nasty. But it's the one they had to have, and a series that wasn't living up to its hype and seemed headed for a quick conclusion is California bound for Game 5 on Monday night. Rather than it being Green's second technical foul - as it was listed on the stat sheet, and had been told to all of Quicken Loans Arena by the public address announcer - the officials huddled and determined that it was, in fact, his first. Read More »

United Kingdom prime minister makes Cabinet appointments

The Prime Minister explained that she is working towards a confidence and supply deal with the DUP which would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward. According to the BBC , meanwhile, the prime minister swiftly confirmed that the new Downing Street chief of staff is ex-Conservative MP and former housing minister Gavin Barwell , who lost his parliamentary seat in Thursday's election. Read More »

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


The Queen's speech is treated as a vote of confidence - if it fails the PM has to resign and Mr Corbyn would be invited to form a government. Meanwhile rumors swirled that the maverick Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was being lined up to mount a leadership bid as The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph reported that a Conservative rebellion was afoot. Read More »

Can still be next British PM: says Labour leader Corbyn


Labour's next big push will come during the Queen's Speech on June 19 which will herald the opening of a new parliament in the United Kingdom and will contain a new budget as well as the program of government. This is more than the total of Labour, Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Green Party . Such a decision, which would be in keeping with the republican party's previous stance, would reduce the number of MPs the Tories need to have a working majority. Read More »

Kuwait says Qatar "ready to understand" Gulf concerns

With Qatar hosting the major USA military base in the Middle East, on Friday, Trump, nevertheless, labeled Doha as a "funder of terrorism at a very high level". However, earlier Friday U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a different message from Washington , urging Qatar's neighbors to ease their blockade and called for "calm and thoughtful dialogue". Read More »

Donald Trump Slams 'Very Cowardly' Comey for 'Totally Illegal' Leak

James Comey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday. Didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons. On Friday, Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticized Comey as not "man enough" for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself. Read More »

Chinese President Xi tells Modi


Congratulating again on the success of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the Russian president said the Belt and Road Initiative has won extensive support in the international community. The new of the murders came out before the SCO ( Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) Astana summit and triggered deep disappointment and grief among the Chinese public. Read More »

Manchester United Release Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals, including a victor in the EFL Cup final against Southampton, before suffering a knee injury during United's Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht . It's likely that he will be tempted by big money offers from both China and the United States, but the striker proved last season that he is more than capable of still leading the line at one of Europe's top clubs. Read More »

Iran arrests dozens of IS 'agents'

Wednesday's killings in Tehran by Iranian members of Islamic State drew a shocked response similar to that in Western countries when they too have been attacked by locally-born jihadists. Scanners, body checks and heavily armed soldiers or police have been rare sights in Tehran , which has seemingly been immune in recent years to the terror attacks plaguing much of the Middle East and Europe. Read More »

Sessions to appear before panel in Russia probe


In letters to the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies - with whom Sessions was originally scheduled to appear Tuesday - he wrote of the necessity to change his schedule following Comey's hearing and an invitation to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read More »

Sessions to appear before panel in Russia probe


In letters to the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies - with whom Sessions was originally scheduled to appear Tuesday - he wrote of the necessity to change his schedule following Comey's hearing and an invitation to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read More »

Philippines urges rebels to surrender

The Philippine military said that they killed three Malaysians, an Indonesian and possibly Arab extremists in Marawi City in Mindanao during fighting when Islamic fighters planned to destroy the entire city in a plot to gain influence for the self-claimed Islamic State group. Read More »

Should we pay attention to Trump's twitter during Comey hearing?

As a journalist, how can I not be annoyed when the president says the media produces "fake news" when it's keeping Trump's lies in line? Trump's tweets have become the target of mockery for his opponents, as in the case when he recently sent out a mysterious "covfefe", and the source of concern for his allies, who fear that the politician may tarnish his self image by misspeaking. Read More »

Hundreds demonstrate against Theresa May's alliance with the DUP

In an effort to shore up her position in Number 10 the Prime Minister has sent her Chief Whip to Belfast for talks with the Democratic Unionist Party ahead of the first test of her diminished authority when Parliament returns. Mr Timothy said: "I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme". "Gavin will have an important role to play in that". Read More »

Iran's Khamenei says attacks will increase hatred toward U.S. and Saudi Arabia

The attacks have been claimed by Islamic State but Iranian hardliners believe that Saudi Arabia was behind the attacks. In the video, reported by United States jihadi monitoring service SITE Intelligence, five masked supporters of the group said that it would target Iran's Shia majority after which the Saudi government's turn "will come". Read More »

UK: May set to form govt amid opposition to DUP deal

May said that he would bring "considerable experience" to the post. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May when she became prime minister past year, told the BBC . Read More »

Boris Johnson denies plot to topple May after UK election


Simon French, chief economist at the investment bank and corporate broker Panmure Gordon, believes a "softer" Brexit will be in the works, given the election outcome. He stressed that because they would be working together it did not mean, nor require his party, to agree with the Northern Ireland party's social views. Read More »

President Trump's Lawyer Made a Mistake in Describing James Comey's Testimony

Comey revealed to the committee in his testimony on Thursday that, while he was still head of the FBI, Trump was personally not under investigation. While Comey claimed that he leaked his memos in reply to a tweet, a statement by Trump's lawyer claimed the New York Times quoted the contents of Comey's memos long before the time frame of the referenced tweet. Read More »