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South Korea's Sunwoo wins Cliburn piano competition


Sunwoo said winning took physical and emotional endurance. Hsu also won two further awards - for the Best Performance of Chamber Music and the Best Performance of a New Work. The pianist played Antonin Dvorak's " Piano Quintet in A Major" and Sergei Rachmaninoff's " Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor" and received the highest score of the six finalists. Read More »

Russian opposition figure detained amid protests

The center of the Moscow protest is at Pushkin Square - and while NPR's Mary Louise Kelly says the crowd there is huge, she adds that it's also hard to ascertain how many people are there for Navalny's cause, and how many for the national holiday. Read More »

London attack: Australia confirms death of two citizens

Meanwhile, the royal family has shared their condolences saying their hearts go out to the victims, their families and friends. Spain's foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, says his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, has promised to accelerate efforts to identify victims in Saturday's attack that killed seven people and injured dozens more. Read More »

Senator grills intelligence chiefs for refusing to answer questions about Trump


Warner was referring to reports , first published last month in The Washington Post , that Trump asked Coats and Rogers to publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russian officials in the 2016 presidential election. The Post reported that Coats shared details of that March 22 conversation with associates and that he felt uncomfortable with the request. Mark Warner (D-Va.) asked whether Rogers had been pressured to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back ... Read More »

London Bridge: Missing man may have fallen into Thames


Pedestrians were mowed down by a van on London Bridge before three attackers stabbed a police officer and revellers around Borough Market. Counterterrorism police arrested a 27-year-old man Tuesday in the Barking area, but did not say how he might be connected to the attack that killed seven people and wounded at least 50 others. Read More »

London Bridge attack latest: Third terrorist named as Youssef Zaghba


Corriere wrote that Zaghba was stopped at Bologna airport in 2016 when he was trying to fly to Syria via Turkey. In a letter posted outside his gym, the Ummah Fitness Centre said staff would "help the police in any way we can". He had even appeared in a TV documentary about British jihadis. Their final moments came hours after another film showed the London Bridge terrorists carrying out their attack and being shot dead by police. Read More »

Iran kills mastermind behind Tehran attacks


Announcing the retribution against the mastermind behind the attack, Alavi used another term for ISIS to say, "Our enemy is not Daesh, but rather Daesh is a tool in the hand of our foes", according to the Islamic Republic News Agency . Pope Francis "laments this senseless and grave act of violence", and "assures the people of Iran of his prayers for peace", the message read. Iranian state TV said the Intelligence Ministry had detained 41 suspects in Tehran and the western Kurdish provinces of ... Read More »

Talks on the resumption of power sharing to recommence today

Its 2017 manifesto set out its opposition to the Conservative plan to end a "Triple-Lock" on pensions (basically a very jargony way of saying the Conservatives wanted to make sure there was no further cuts to pensions spending) - ending the "lock" was a key part of the Tory manifesto. Read More »

Irish PM Enda Kenny warns Theresa May over deal talks with DUP


In a call with the Prime Minister, Mr Kenny spoke of his concern that talks between the Conservatives and DUP over a "confidence and supply" agreement could harm the peace process. He said he had raised the issue with Britain's minister for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire , and would meet him again on Monday. "The UK government remains steadfast in its commitment to the Belfast Agreement and to governing in the interests of all parts of the community in Northern Ireland". Read More »

Democrat to grill US Attorney General Sessions on Comey firing

Lankford said Sessions' testimony Tuesday will help flesh out the truth of Comey's allegations, including Sessions' presence at the White House in February when Trump asked to speak to Comey alone. In the most eagerly anticipated United States congressional hearing in years, Comey told lawmakers the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him on May 9. Read More »

Brexit minister Davis says United Kingdom could still walk away with no deal

Damian Green , appointed on Sunday as first secretary of state - deputy prime minister in all but name - is an ardent pro-European. It was a surprise move - Gove was sacked as justice minister by May past year after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing. Read More »

Qatar Airways urges UN action against Gulf boycott


Arab states - Saudi Arabia , Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain - that have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar tightened their squeeze late Thursday by putting dozens of people linked with Qatar on terrorism blacklist, while Qatari ally Turkey came to its side with plans to send troops, warships and planes. Read More »

FM Çavuşoğlu meets Saudi, Emirati envoys to discuss Qatar row

Earlier in the day, Johnson met with the Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. Read the whole story from Reuters . Many people in Qatar flocked to local supermarkets and grocery stores to stock up on food items after waking up to news of Saudi Arabia closing the country's only land border. Read More »

Fisherman injured when shark leaps onto his boat


Selwood said he had never had such an encounter with a shark in almost 60 years of fishing. However, with nearly a hilarious amount of deadly wildlife around, I guess shark shenanigans are business as usual. A great white shark jumped four feet out of the water and into a fisherman's boat on a calm day off the southern coast of Australia over the weekend. Read More »

Israeli intelligence discovered IS plans for laptop ban


The Times said the work by Israeli cyber operators was a rare success of western intelligence against the constantly evolving, encryption-protected and social-media-driven cyber operations of the extremist group. The report cited two United States officials familiar with the operation as saying that the intelligence allowed the USA to understand the mechanisms and the process detonating them. Read More »

Sessions wants his testimony open to public


Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 a hearing that will be open to the public. Comey said last week that the bureau had information about Sessions - before he recused himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election - that would have made it "problematic" for him to be involved in the probe. Read More »

Saudi carrier seeks to poach Qatar Airways crews

Kuwait, which is now leading mediation efforts, and Oman are the only Gulf Cooperation Council members which did not take measures against Qatar in the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years. Oman is not among the Arab states that cut ties to Qatar, and has brokered secret negotiations between Western governments and Iran in the past. "Airlines offices are not political arms", said Al Baker. Read More »

John Oliver to UK: Send Lord Buckethead to Brexit Negotiations

The presenter joked: " Theresa May , if you are still Prime Minister by the time this show airs, I implore you, send the dark lord to Brussels". "Just think about what he's saying there: Trump is essentially claiming that he's been vindicated by testimony that he's claiming is false", said Oliver. Read More »

Northern Ireland party agrees to UK PM Theresa May's minority government


The Conservatives fell short of a majority in the general election , losing 13 seats, and have now been forced to try to broker a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party ( DUP ). The Conservatives failed to win 326 seats in the general election - the number needed to have an outright majority. British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, London , after addressing the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's ... Read More »

Woman loses arm in shark attack in the Bahamas


Tiffany and her husband James were on the last stop of a cruise last week in the Bahamas when they chose to go snorkeling in a shallow reef. "I just casually turned to the right to see what I bumped into and I was face to face with a shark and he had my arm in his mouth", Mrs Johnson told American news station WYFF. Read More »

USC's Cortes named freshman All-American


The 2017 NCBWA National Freshman Player of the Year and National Freshman Pitcher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday. This honor comes just one week after the freshman shortstop was named to the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I Freshmen All-American Team on June 7. Read More »

Qatar Airways CEO: UN body should call Qatar measures illegal

Read the whole story from Reuters . Conde, who is president of Guinea which has close ties to Saudi Arabia, said in a letter to King Salman he had observed with " sadness " the feud between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, which he described as " brother countries " of his Muslim-majority country. Read More »

Riz Ahmed and other British artists react to hung parliament

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn , riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign . British newspapers summed it up in a word: "Mayhem". Protagonists of the Conservative Party live and die by the sword. Voters may have also been unimpressed with her refrain that "no deal is better than a bad deal" because it raised the prospect of crashing out of the EU. Read More »

May brings back foe, aims to unite party before Brexit

The Conservatives and the DUP, "having enjoyed a strong relationship over many years", will work together, May said. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", Osborne told the BBC . Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19. The DUP, although it wants to leave the European Union , will insist on keeping the single market that allows the free flow of goods across the UK's border with Ireland. Read More »