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France's Macron set for landslide majority in parliament, polls show

The low turnout rate in the first round of France's parliamentary election suggests a sharp drop-off in interest among voters after the May election of President Emmanuel Macron . Projecting seat-numbers is an imprecise science in the two-round system. The "tornado" he referred to was that of Macron's victory in the general election, in which some Socialist ministers abandoned their own party and supported instead the newfound party of the outsider candidate, himself a onetime Socialist ... Read More »

Donald Trump's son seems to confirm James Comey's account of Flynn investigation

Comey shared his memo after he was already fired, he said, adding that he hoped the leak "might prompt the appointment of a special counsel" into the investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential campaign. "Don't worry", Trump said. He also said since he delivered his strong rebuke to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, money "is starting to pour in" to NATO's coffers, presumably from members behind on their dues. Read More »

Singled out by Trump, Qatar hires former top law man to lobby

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Saudi Arabia and the UAE listed scores of organizations in a 2014 spat with Qatar. Speaking in the Rose Garden, the president said Qatar had "historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level". He credited Qatar's emir with making progress in curbing financial support and expelling terrorists, but added, "He must do more, and he must do it more quickly". Read More »

London Bridge attack: What happened?

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The body of 45-year-old Xavier Thomas was pulled from the Thames on Tuesday, downstream from the London Bridge , pushing the death toll from Saturday's terrorist attack to eight, authorities said. A road in Ilford has been cordoned off as officers from the Met Police's Counter Terrorism Command investigating the London Bridge terror attack search a property. Read More »

What the agreement between the DUP and Conservatives actually means

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This week's election left the Conservatives several seats short of a majority in Parliament, so they are seeking a deal with the Northern Ireland-based DUP, which won 10 seats. On Friday, May declared her intention to lead a government with the support of the Northern Ireland MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - describing the tie-up as a government of "certainty". Read More »

Philippines appears to reverse position on outside military help

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It's unclear how many people remain trapped in Marawi. "We are saddened with the result. we have fatalities on the government side". "They are not fighting". Also Saturday, 13 Philippine marines were killed in what Philippine officials said was the greatest single-day loss for government forces since the start of the almost three-week siege. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn was just 2227 votes short of becoming Prime Minister

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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. May said she was in talks with the Democratic Unionists - a socially conservative, pro-British Protestant party in Northern Ireland - on an agreement to "work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom". Read More »

France Casts Ballots In First Round Of Parliamentary Elections

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Here are key facts to know as French voters head to the polls. In Europe, voting is underway in France, Italy and Kosovo for parliamentary and mayoral elections. The measures follow the scandal that destroyed the presidential chances of Republicans candidate Francois Fillon who is facing criminal charges for paying his wife Penelope more than 900,000 euros (RM4.2 million) as his parliamentary assistant. Read More »

DUP will support Conservatives on 'big issues' - Michael Fallon

Questioned if he was in it for the long-term, the 68-year-old Labour leader quipped: "Look at me, I've got youth on my side". Mr Flanagan said: "I 'm conscious of the fact that this clock is ticking". Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party. "I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom, in Great Britain, and that we would use any ... Read More »

Australia launches terror probe after deadly Melbourne siege

Khayre had booked a prostitute to meet him at an address in the south of the city on Monday afternoon local time. It is alleged 29-year-old Yacqub Khayre , linked to a 2009 terror plot targeting an Australian army barracks, had first murdered a Chinese-born Australian man working as a receptionist in the foyer. Read More »

Sessions to appear before committee

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He had told politicians at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign. With Sessions already under fire for failing to disclose the two meetings with Russians, CNN reported last week that investigators were looking into a possible third Sessions meeting with Kislyak, on the sidelines of an April 27, 2016 campaign event in Washington . Read More »

Angela Merkel demands quick Brexit negotiations after United Kingdom election

Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, who is president of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament, had caustic words for Mrs May. European Union leaders expressed concern that May's loss of her majority would raise the risk of negotiations failing, resulting in a legal limbo for people and business. Read More »

Record low turnout among voters in French parliamentary election

Few MPs are expected to be elected in the first round. The radical-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party of Jean-Luc Melenchon also fell short of expectations. Macron is visiting Berlin only a day after being sworn in as president in Paris. His party's candidates represent a wide range, including students, the retired and a bullfighter. Read More »

London Mayor: 'Don't Roll Out Red Carpet' For Trump

Following the London bridge attack , in which 7 people died and more than 40 were injured, Trump called the mayor "pathetic" for his attempts to calm distraught Londoners. The point is there is a reason to be alarmed. May's criticism Monday follows her openly complaining last month about USA security agencies leaking details of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing, which British police said hurt their investigation. Read More »

The Six-Day War that changed Palestinian history

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of hindering USA and worldwide efforts to revive stalled peace talks. In a statement, the official said Israel's military presence materialized through the backing of force, often leading to violations of global humanitarian law and human rights instruments of which the occupying power is a signatory. Read More »

Qatar diplomatic crisis: Amnesty bemoans human rights cost on Gulf nation's isolation

While Tillerson and others have called for an easing of tensions, Trump on Friday said Qatar had "historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level". "They have to end that funding and its extremist ideology in terms of funding", he added. A separate SPA report on Saturday acknowledged Tillerson's call for Qatar to curtail support for terrorism, without mentioning that he had also said the crisis was hurting ordinary Qataris, impairing business and harming the US fight against ... Read More »

Turley: Comey Knew He Couldn't Publish Leaked Trump Memos

Trump's assertion came after he branded Comey as a "leaker" and claimed "total and complete vindication" after ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony before a Senate Committee. Comey delivered a scathing indictment of his former boss, accusing him of trying to block an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and saying the White House defamed him and the FBI in trying to explain his dismissal. Read More »

Theresa May: A dead woman walking?

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He said the Labour party will set out its own programme for government as an amendment to the Queen's Speech, focusing on austerity and a "jobs-first Brexit". There have also been concerns that joining forces with the hardline Protestant party threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland , which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence. Read More »

Election gamble leaves "strong and stable" British PM anything but

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labour 261 followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party on 34. "This is a serious moment for the United Kingdom economy", said Carolyn Fairbairn, the head of Britain's biggest business lobby, the CBI. SCULLY: We now have a deeply uncertain situation with regard to the British government, and it is extremely hard to see what sort of, you know, progress can be made in these talks. Read More »

British Prime Minister Theresa May's two chiefs of staff have resigned

The term "omnishambles" was coined by the TV comedy show, The Thick Of It, in a now-legendary quote from Malcolm Tucker. "It was mean-spirited in trying to take school lunches off youngsters". Although the two parties share the "Unionist" name in their parties' titles, they ultimately have had very different perspectives going in and going out of this election. Read More »

Cosby's accuser denies they were romantically involved

Returning to the phone logs, Feden pointed out that in nearly every case the calls Constand placed to Cosby came after she had checked her voicemail - a pattern that bolstered her claim she was merely returning messages from Cosby, the prosecutor said. Read More »

Bahrain foreign minister to visit Turkey amid gulf crisis

President Donald Trump and its Arab neighbours that it supports terrorism. Despite a severing of diplomatic ties with several Arab states, Qatar's gas supplies to Egypt and the UAE have reportedly not been interrupted. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, according to The New York Times . The Qatari Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment. On Monday, Saudi Arabia , Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of ... Read More »

Pak rubbishes reports of deploying troops in Qatar

Eight Gulf Arab countries have cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar since Monday over allegations that the latter is pursuing policies that are "destabilizing" the region, including support for regional terrorist groups and for Iran. Al Thani said Qatar was firmly against any intervention in its foreign policy. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are bent on avoiding a repeat of 2014 when Qatar failed to respond to the withdrawal of the Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini ambassadors from Doha by caving ... Read More »

Cabinet meeting provides first post-election test for embattled Theresa May

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I didn't feel Theresa May and the local Conservative representative for Canterbury were up to the job. "Let's get on with the job". She called an election she did not have to call, in order to get a personal mandate. "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 »