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PM May Sticks by Top Ministers After Election Saps Authority


With the new government set to present its legislative program to parliament on June 19, the clock is ticking on efforts to bolster the Conservatives' position after they won just 318 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons. Her only chance of an overall working majority is with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a fringe political party in Northern Ireland, which is demanding a package of measures on finance in return for support in Parliament. Read More »

Prosecutors: Reality Winner wrote "I want to burn the White House down"


A young woman accused of leaking US government secrets to a reporter was indicted by a federal grand jury as she awaited a court hearing Thursday to determine whether she must remain jailed pending a trial. Victor is accused of "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet", according to a federal complaint. Read More »

Puerto Ricans - But Not A Lot Of Them - Vote For Statehood


Additionally, the Department of Justice pointed out the earlier version of the ballot was "potentially misleading" because it implied statehood was the "only option" for Puerto Ricans to gain American citizenship (in fact, Puerto Ricans are United States citizens by birth). Read More »

General Election 2017: Shock as exit poll predicts hung parliament

Then, after midnight, Downing Street responded, saying: "The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week". And Mrs. May is very likely to face leadership challenges within her own party. "In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care", he added. Read More »

India, Pakistan trade fire in Kashmir killing 2

As the armies of India and Pakistan continued trading fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch on Monday, Pakistan claimed that two two civilian teenagers were killed and another was injured by Indian shelling. With the killing of six militants in Uri sector yesterday and one in Gurez today, the Army has foiled eight infiltration attempts in less than a fortnight in north Kashmir. Read More »

50 years today since the start of the 1967 Middle East War

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for ending of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967 and urged the worldwide community for negotiating a two-state solution to resolve the conflict between the two Middle Eastern neighbours. Read More »

Exit polls show big win for Macron's party in legislative election

Prime Minister Philippe urged French voters to improve on Sunday's turnout, stressing the importance of going out to vote. Two parties, Le Pen's National Front and the small centrist MoDem party, an REM ally, are meanwhile under investigation over alleged expenses fraud at the European Parliament. Read More »

Brexit plan not changed by United Kingdom election result, Theresa May's spokesman says

According to final results of the June 8 snap election, the House of Commons' 650 seats were won as follows: Conservative Party 318, Labour Party 262, Scottish National Party 35, Liberal Democrats 12, DUP 10, and others 13. Tory MP Sarah Wollaston said the election result would "inevitably have consequences for our negotiating position given the need for Parliamentary agreement to the final deal on Brexit". Read More »

Iran has sent five planes of vegetables to Qatar

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have signaled they may allow some Qataris to stay in their countries amid a diplomatic rift with the Gulf nation. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his backing for Qatar in its dispute with other Gulf nations, saying Turkey would never leave the tiny gas-rich country isolated. Read More »

Tony Awards: List of winners

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics): " Dear Evan Hansen ". Two-time Tony Award victor James Earl Jones , who was part of the cast earlier this year in the ART's production of Tennessee Williams's "The Night of the Iguana, " received a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater. Read More »

Plans for a hard Brexit have not changed, says UK

On the other hand, Labour that did much better than expected under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn claim to be the real winners and were ready to lead a minority government, had May stepped down. The election result forced May to search for a deal with a small party of Northern Irish politicians, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to prop up her government and vote through vital legislation. Read More »

Trump's Continued Search For New FBI Chief Is A Huge Mess

The former FBI director had been invited by the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify and was slated to appear next week;, an event expected to touch on alleged conversations with Donald Trump in which the president tried to get Comey to back off the investigations. Read More »

Northern Irish unionists to open talks with UK's Theresa May about support


She was appointed Home Secretary a year ago - the role Ms May held before becoming Prime Minister - and stood in for the PM in a televised leaders' debate during the election campaign. "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as a result of 'no negotiations, '" he advised. Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce. Read More »

Theresa May Announces Plan To Form Government After Queen's Approval


He said: "This is ideal territory for the DUP because obviously if the Conservatives are just short of an overall majority it puts us in a very strong negotiating position and certainly that is one we would take up with relish". "In truth, no-one expected the outcome of the snap general election to be a hung Parliament, and for the DUP to be in such an influential position", she said. Read More »

Trump Jr.: There's 'no ambiguity' in my father's orders

Asked by a reporter if he had told Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Flynn, Trump said, "I didn't say that". But "obstruction of justice" trouble. "I'll tell you something about that maybe in the very near future", Trump said when asked if there are any recordings of his conversations with Comey . Read More »

Qatar says backs Kuwait mediation efforts over rift with Arab states

Qatari state media said Doha would "not take any measures against residents of Qatar who hold the nationalities of countries that severed diplomatic ties.on the back of hostile and tendentious campaigns against the country". Washington has sent mixed signals on the crisis, despite Qatar's position as a key ally and host to the region's largest United States airbase. Saudi Arabia and its allies loudly cheered President Trump's latest public statement Friday accusing Qatar of supporting ... Read More »

Supreme Court invalidates gender inequality in citizenship law


Congress can not legislate based on "once habitual, but now untenable" stereotypes about male domination, wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in Sessions v. He claimed he was a U.S. citizen because of his father's citizenship. And because the court couldn't give Morales-Santana the relief he was looking for, Thomas continued (in a separate opinion that Alito joined), it did not need to decide any other questions, such as whether the residency requirement is constitutional. Read More »

Gorsuch has unanimous first opinion for Supreme Court


The case was brought against the Banco Santander ( SAN ) subsidiary by four Maryland residents who defaulted on vehicle loans. Justice Neil Gorsuch issued his first Supreme Court opinion on Monday, exhibiting his famed flair for writing in a unanimous decision that sided with a company in a debt collection case. Read More »

Puerto Rico votes for statehood

But observers of Puerto Rico's long and tortured relationship with its vastly more wealthy and powerful overlord scoffed at the idea that the plebiscite would have any impact. "They lost 300,000 votes in four years", Ferrer said. As that crisis continues to worsen, with cuts to pensions and a high cost of living, Suarez said to expect more Puerto Ricans to move to Florida with the hope of a brighter future. Read More »

United States successfully tests ballistic missile interceptor


The defence agency said that the ground-based interceptor missile which was sacked from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California smashed into a target launched from the Marshall Islands, and destroyed it. "I'm even more confident today after seeing the intercept test yesterday". Still, he noted it was only the second success in the last five intercept attempts since 2010. Read More »

Gulf Nations, Qatar Ease Diplomatic Rift Slightly


In one case, the rights group said a Qatari man, who has lived in the UAE with his family for more than 10 years, was refused entry and sent back to Qatar as he tried to return home to Dubai. Officials in Qatar, home to a major USA military base, and Ashcroft's firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 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 ... Read More »

Italy 5 Liechtenstein 0: Insigne and Belotti shine in easy win


Turning his attention to the September trip to face Spain at the Bernabeu in Madrid, the Napoli striker said: "It will be hard, we're playing on their turf, but with the right attitude and by playing as a team like we did tonight we will put on a good show and get a good result ". Read More »