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Election Commission wants the power to act against those questioning its credibility

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According to reports, the Election Commission has written to the Law Ministry asking it to amend the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, giving it powers to act against person or organisation sullying its image. "He had questioned the independence of the Election Commission". "One of the election commissioners, A K Joti, was chief secretary of Gujarat under (Narendra) Modiji". Read More »

District of Colombia, Maryland officials to sue Trump

Constitution, which block the president from accepting payments from foreign governments and from state officials. News reports that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and D.C. That lawsuit was initiated by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington . It seeks an injunction to stop what the two alleged are the president's constitutional violations. Read More »

Damian Green made First Secretary of State in reshuffle

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Mrs May offered him the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) position as part of a limited Cabinet reshuffle over the weekend following the snap General Election . The Prime Minister said the new line-up brought in "talent from across the whole of the Conservative party". "This is not the time for sharks to be circling". Read More »

Senior Cabinet minister offer support to United Kingdom prime minister

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The outcome shocked the party, which had expected a big victory. Asked whether the government might seek a deal with the European Union that involved controlling immigration whilst remaining a member of the single market, he referred to the experience of Mr May's predecessor as prime minister, David Cameron. Read More »

Critics of Donald Trump are not even people, claims son

Trump Organization was then donated to the Eric Trump Foundation and then paid to Trump Organization businesses. Trump has also reportedly used his Donald J. Not satisfied with repeatedly noting the implosion of the party, Eric went on to describe Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in a very unflattering way. Read More »

Iran urges Arab nations to end Qatar crisis

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He also said "no one has the right" to pressure Qatar to silence TV network Al Jazeera , which is based in Doha . Ghasemi also says of the countries involved: "They should move toward peace and stability in the region and we invite them to negotiating and exercising restraint". Read More »

May to face Tory backbenchers following disastrous election result

The prime minister's most prominent potential rival, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson , sought to quash any suggestion that she would be ousted imminently. "I just can't see how she can continue in any long-term way". May tried to reassert her shattered authority over the weekend by announcing her new cabinet - with no moves among her top team. Read More »

Brexit talks facing slight delay, David Davis reveals

Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to rally her rank and file lawmakers behind her leadership after her Conservative Party lost its majority in the House of Commons. The 318 seats won by the Conservatives in the election on Thursday, plus the 10 DUP seats will give May the majority she needs in the House of Commons. Read More »

Theresa May tells Tory MPs: 'I'm sorry'

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The Guardian analysis assumes that the number of seats needed for a Commons majority is 326, but in practice it is slightly fewer at 320 once the Speaker, his three deputies and the seven Sinn Féin MPs who do not take their seats at Westminster are included. Read More »

General election 2017: Fallon defends DUP government 'deal'

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Earlier, Mr Corbyn had told the Sunday Mirror "I can still be prime minister" and that he expected to be able to attract some of the party's biggest names to serve on his front bench. A supply and confidence deal is a flimsy arrangement and many Tories are unhappy about working with the DUP . With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labour 261 followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party with 34. Read More »

US forces back Philippine troops in Islamist held city

The cooperation between the longtime allies is significant because Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who came to power a year ago, has taken a hostile stance towards Washington and has vowed to eject USA military trainers and advisers from his country. Read More »

North Korea a 'clear and present danger', US defence secretary warns

Some allies have also expressed concern that Washington's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific trade partnership and the Paris global climate accord signals the United States is diluting its global leadership role. The Koryo Bank was linked to a party office that managed the finances of North Korea's top officials, including leader Kim Jong-un. In a statement yesterday, the ministers called for North Korea to take all necessary steps to de-escalate the situation, and to abide by its ... Read More »

Putin critic Navalny detained by police, his wife says

The protest Monday was part of a day of demonstrations throughout Russian Federation spearheaded by Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who has emerged as Russia's most prominent opposition figure and who has announced he intends to run for president next year. Read More »

Maryland, DC attorneys general plan lawsuit against Trump

While the attorneys did not disclose the focus of the suit, the Washington Post reported that the suit would allege Trump violated constitutional anti-corruption restrictions by accepting payments from foreign governments as president. It is at least the third filed by groups and businesses anxious that Trump might be profiting personally from his presidency. "We're bringing suit because the president has not taken adequate steps to separate himself from his business interests". Read More »

US troops kill 3 civilians amid attack

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The deceased were brick kiln workers. The Achin district in eastern Nangarhar province, where the attack took place, is also thought to be a stronghold of IS. Civilian casualties have run at near record highs as fighting spreads to more areas of Afghanistan, according to the United Nations. That count found conflict-related civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose to 11,418 in 2016, including 3,498 people killed and 7,920 wounded. Read More »

Panthers hire Bob Boughner as head coach

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Remains to be seen if Boughner can lead the team back to winning and the playoffs. Boughner spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks , working under former Florida coach Peter DeBoer . "I think we have a lot of great pieces here to build something special here in South Florida", Boughner said. The Panthers announced the hiring Monday, June 12, 2017. Read More »

May stays in deal with Ulster unionist 'friends'

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Britain's news media says Theresa May has no intention of giving up the post of prime minister even though her Conservative Party lost its majority in the House of Commons in Thursday's general election. It's often said that markets hate uncertainty more than anything, and we've already seen big moves in sterling overnight. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has denied plotting to topple Prime Minister Theresa May , who has been weakened by the Conservative Party's disastrous ... Read More »

Northern Irish unionists to open talks with May about support

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The main opposition Labour Party took 262. Meanwhile, Labour, which had been written off by critics as all but unelectable, surged to 262 seats, up 29 from its tally in the 2015 election. She said that the poor showing meant that she would need to "reflect" on voters' appetite for a new referendum. "I didn't know who the DUP were, I had to Google them, as many people no doubt in this country would have had to Google them". Read More »

Bahrain central bank orders banks to freeze assets of Qatar-linked blacklist

Until the political dispute, which has cut air links and banned Qataris from visiting the three countries, Gulf societies enjoyed close travel ties and many families are intermarried. After the meeting, the prime minister said that Pakistan has deep and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia among all Gulf states, adding that Pakistan will make honest efforts to ease ongoing rift between Islamic countries. Read More »

DUP will use increased influence responsibly, Arlene Foster says

In the fallout from the snap UK Election two of Theresa May's closest advisors failed to sell her vision and lost their jobs in the process. "Our position is clearly set out, it is clearly set out in a number of places and there has been no change to that", May's spokesman said, adding that the Brexit minister David Davis had set out the same position earlier on Monday. Read More »

In low-turnout referendum, Puerto Rico opts for statehood

Now they take the issue to the U.S. Congress, which has the final say on whether U.S. territories like Puerto Rico become states. The sovereignty view is and has been a minority in Puerto Rico. Under its commonwealth status, Puerto Rico is subject to U.S. federal laws but is still exempt from some federal taxes. But the ballot's previous language prompted calls by opposition parties to boycott what they saw as a rigged vote. Read More »

Trump Wanted Loyalty, Halt to Flynn Probe — Fired FBI Director

It may prove injurious - possibly fatal - to the political fortunes of the Trump administration. There are, of course, crucial differences in these situations: James Comey was not sexually harassed or assaulted by President Trump . He noticed the exact words that the President used when he tried to goad him to "see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". Comey didn't mention the unfortunate circumstances of his firing directly - he was addressing Federal Bureau of ... Read More »