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UK urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar

In Paris, Sheikh Mohammed, who is on a European tour to drum up support for Qatar , said his country had no idea what had provoked the move against it. Qatar Airways on Monday called on the UN's aviation body to declare a Gulf boycott against the carrier "illegal" and a violation of a 1944 convention on worldwide air transport. Read More »

British election - Democratic Unionist Party play the kingmakers

Downing Street said Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson , Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon would remain in post. This morning we woke to the news that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour have defied all expectations and successfully prevented May and her right-wing allies from getting an overall majority. Read More »

US finalizes talks to resume beef exports to China after ban

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The provisions of the agreement include specific mention to hormones, trace residue, and overall herd health; and a mandate on origin information for any product entering the market. "The ‎reopening of China's market to American beef is an example of the results-oriented approach this Administration has taken in our engagement with China", says Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. Read More »

More Apprehended Over Tehran Terror Attacks

Iran said its security forces on Saturday (June 10) killed the mastermind of a twin attack on Teheran that left 17 people dead this week, as security was tightened around the country to prevent other possible plots. People in the crowds chanted "Death to Saudi Arabia " alongside the more customary slogans against the United States and Israel. The attacks were the first claimed by Islamic State inside tightly controlled Shi'ite Iran, one of the powers leading the fight against the Sunni ... Read More »

Bill Cosby 'drugged friend then sexually assaulted her'

Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown , Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Constand says she'd always return Cosby's calls to her Temple University-issued cellphone because he was a powerful trustee there and she was director of women's basketball operations. Read More »

Riderless 'ghost' bike sparks confusion

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They looked on in disbelief as the bike whizzed past in a straight line without a rider. However the mystery has now been solved. French news website Le Parisien, where the video was originally uploaded, said that the motorcycle was involved in a collision just seconds before. Read More »

Theresa May's two closest advisers quit after poor showing in UK elections

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According to reports, May had been given an ultimatum by her own Conservative party colleagues that the pair had to go if she wanted to avert a leadership challenge on Monday. He tweeted: "Top Theresa May adviser resigns". Critics have also accused them of "arrogance and rudeness" towards MPs and officials, and said that Mrs May made errors because she gave priority to their opinions over those of her Cabinet. Read More »

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in public hearing

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He did not explicitly endorse Sessions' appearance, saying in response to a question, "We're aware of it, and we'll go from there". Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the president. Read More »

United States hold their own at Azteca Stadium in 1-1 draw

Many more will be basking in the glory of four crucial World Cup Qualifying points in a four day span, capped off by a 1-1 draw with their bitter rivals at Estadio Azteca. up early, but that kind of advantageous goal certainly had its place in what Arena wanted to do. But I feel very good about where we are. The best Mexico chance came in the 71st minute, when Hector Herrera smashed a venomous free-kick onto the bar. Read More »

Canada denies it wants G20 to drop mention of Paris climate pact

She said Canada remains "deeply disappointed" in the USA move to abandon the accord, and that it was "very sad" to see the Americans reduced "to a footnote on climate actions". "We confirmed it is the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change". "I also asked the United States to clarify its position that it wanted to renegotiate the Paris agreement", McKenna said. Read More »

Trump Lawyer to File Complaint Against James Comey for Leaking

The axed Federal Bureau of Investigation director on several occasions also accused Trump of lying , and disputed an article written by The New York Times about contacts between Russian officials and Trump's advisors. "What struck me is that it is completely unacceptable for the president to ask the FBI director to be personally loyal to him and to ask the FBI director to drop it with regards to an ongoing investigation into his former national security adviser", said Sen. Read More »

Qatar backs Kuwait mediation efforts over rift with Arab states

Italy and Qatar have agreed to continue their close economic and financial cooperation, despite last week's decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries to cut diplomatic, travel and trade ties with Qatar. Jason Tuvey, Middle East economist at London-based Capital Economics, said that as long as the other Gulf countries did not interfere with Qatar's gas exports, the tiny state would probably be able to carry on without a serious recession. Read More »

Canada's Trudeau denies he wants G20 to drop Paris pact mention

Cameron Ahmad, a spokesperson in Trudeau's office, called the report "incorrect" and referred to a summary of the phone call with Merkel that the PMO released last week. He has said the USA could try to re-enter the deal under more favorable terms, but the European Union - and in particular Italy, France and Germany - have said the Paris accord cannot be renegotiated. Read More »

Oman welcomes Gulf step on intermarried families in Qatar crisis

Qatar has denied the accusations. The statements carried by their official news agencies did not specify what services the hotline would provide. "Qatar is ready to sit down and negotiate [with the Gulf countries] about the security of the Gulf, but no one has the right to discuss our foreign policy", he said. Read More »

The Day After Corbyn's Surprise Surge, NPR Would Rather Talk About Buckethead

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Many pundits here are saying May will probably face a leadership challenge pretty soon. Mrs May insisted only the Tories and the DUP have the legitimacy to form a government and hailed their "strong relationship". Instead, she has left Britain's government ranks in disarray, days before the divorce negotiations are due to start on June 19. As of Friday afternoon, with one constituency yet to declare, the Conservatives remain the largest party with 318 seats, having lost 12 seats, and ... Read More »

Dear Evan Hansen Wins Best Musical at Tony Awards

After leaving Radio City Music Hall, where the ceremony was held Sunday evening, many found themselves taking over the Carlyle for Rick Miramontez and DKC/O&M's private after after-party, which has become something of an institution on the postshow event circuit. Read More »

Mexico draw with US, maintain lead at top of qualifying group

Everyone inside Estadio Azteca seemed shocked, but Bradley said it was all part of the calculation. The top three advance to next year's World Cup in Russian Federation, and the fourth-place team faces Asia's No. Arena said even members of his own coaching staff were uncertain of that strategy. In a dream start to proceedings, Bradley chipped Ochoa from distance for a sixth-minute lead, much to the delight of the travelling fans - the first US player to score at the Azteca since ... Read More »

Senior Cabinet members stand by embattled May

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With the Conservatives unable to govern on their own, the party is looking to secure support from Northern Ireland's right-wing Democratic Unionist Party in order to govern. Sparring between the two sides is in full force ahead of the scheduled start of complex negotiations with Brussels next week, with a tight timetable that would see Britain leave the European Union in March 2019. Read More »

Clergy should speak out on US Paris snub

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Now that it's actually happened, what should those of us working in AD and the low-carbon sector more broadly make of it? In the UK, RIBA President Jane Duncan said: "Backing out of the Paris agreement represents one of the most regressive decisions of our time. Read More »

Liverpool to protest Conservatives' DUP coalition plans

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Negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union are due to start next Monday. The 60-year-old leader said she had tapped experience across the "whole of the Conservative Party " when she appointed Michael Gove , a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister. Read More »

Theresa May to visit Buckingham Palace for permission to form UK government

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If those results hold up, it will be a remarkable turnaround for the Conservatives who had a 20-point lead in the opinion polls when Ms. "The PM called this election because she wanted a mandate". Speaking after being re-elected to his London seat, Corbyn said May should "go. and make way for a government that is truly representative of all the people of this country". Read More »

Trump's Comey claims contradicted by president's own son

Senators have expressed hope that Mr Sessions' testimony on Tuesday will help flesh out the truth of Mr Comey's allegations, including Mr Sessions' presence at the White House in February when Mr Trump asked to speak to Mr Comey alone. But Trump's denunciations of Comey have only fueled demands that the president - who has denied asking for loyalty or urging that the investigation be shelved - give his account under oath. Read More »

May's closest aides quit after election debacle

He added: 'I take responsibility for my part in this Election campaign.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. Instead, the Thursday election saw the Conservatives lose seats and fall short of an outright majority, forcing May to seek an alliance (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/uk-election-so-what-is-a-hung-parliament-2017-06-08) with a small Northern Ireland party to ... Read More »