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Qatar Downplays Effects of Diplomatic Crisis

Gas has helped transform the tiny emirate into one of the world's richest countries, fuelling its rise into a major regional player and helping fund huge infrastructure projects such as the 2022 football World Cup, which Qatar will host. Earlier, a six-member Qatari delegation had reportedly visited Islamabad last week to relay a message from the Qatari emir, asking Pakistan to play a positive role in resolving the diplomatic crisis engulfing the Middle East. Read More »

Singapore offers to help bankroll China's global ambitions

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Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan is on a two-day visit to Beijing where he will call on several top officials, including Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao. The comments came after the conspicuous absence of Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, from last month's belt and road summit in Beijing. Speaking of bilateral ties, he said Singapore and China share a "close and longstanding friendship", and this partnership "also reflects the long term strength of our bilateral ties and ... Read More »

CNN fires comedian Kathy Griffin over 'disgusting'

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The First Lady called Griffin's picture "very disturbing" and "simply wrong". I've made a lot of mistakes in my career, I will continue to. Griffin has apologized , conceding that the brief video , which she originally described as an "artsy-fartsy statement" mocking the commander in chief, was "too disturbing" and wasn't amusing. Read More »

Top tech firms sign open letter pledging to support the Paris Agreement

David Ige . Governor David Ige , along with various county mayors, met for the signing of two laws yesterday that aim to reduce the state's carbon footprint and improve environmental conditions. Sen. J. Kalani English, the senate majority leader who introduced SB 559 , said the the state law will give lawmakers a "legal basis to continue adaption and mitigation strategies" for the state, "despite the Federal government's withdrawal from the treaty". Read More »

Press Secretary Spicer Pressed About White House Taping System

Comey last week during public testimony said he hopes tapes do exist. The Secret Service, which protects the president and his family, maintained a secret taping system for the White House in the eras of John F. "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said last week on the possibility of tapes. 'Oh, you're going to be disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry'. Read More »

UK PM May said wants broader consensus on Brexit plan

It is even unclear whether May will be Prime Minister by this time next week. Boris Johnson , who remains in his post as foreign secretary, moved to scotch talk of a leadership challenge. "Going overseas and being seen to be the prime minister and talking to the president of France.is a classic move to shore up authority at home", said Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester. Read More »

Leaving climate accord puts United States behind -- Ned Grossnickle

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As outlined in its climate change strategy, Bournemouth has a target to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent by 2020, helping the United Kingdom hit its target of 34 per cent Carbon dioxide reduction by that year. "We can't as a state say now we're out of the Paris agreement and so all is good for coal", he said, "I think really It's time for not only the state, but the country to double down on innovation and research to address the issue of CO2". Read More »

UK's May Uses Downing Street Back Entrance After Election Debacle

May told reporters that she had "wanted to achieve a larger majority but that was not the result". The DUP won't be involved with jointly running a shared legislative program if it helps May have a minority government, but it would support the Tories when it pushes through legislation through votes. Read More »

Sessions to testify as Republicans prod Trump on tapes

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Sessions' testimony is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. In his testimony, Comey said he had asked Sessions not to leave him alone with Trump following meetings where he said Trump had asked Comey for his loyalty. On CBS' " Face the Nation ", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , D-N.Y., said Sessions should be asked whether he interfered in the Russian Federation investigation before his recusal; what safeguards are in place now; and whether he discussed the Russian ... Read More »

Brexit minister Davis says UK could still walk away with no deal

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Lawmakers, who are by tradition not named at such meetings, told Reuters that there were no dissenting voices and that the party had no appetite for a leadership election. "What I'm feeling is that actually there is a job to be done and I think what the public want is to ensure that the government is getting on with that job", May said. Read More »

U.S. calls on Arab nations to ease blockade against Qatar

Qatar has rejected the accusations as "unjustified" and "baseless". The outreach came as U.S. officials told CNN they were observing increased Qatari military activity as the country placed its forces on the highest state of alert over fears of an military incursion. Read More »

Katy Perry Ranks John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo's Bedroom Skills

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She called the apartment her Witness Worldwide Headquarters, and has had a myriad of guests, including a dinner that included the likes of Dita Von Teese, Anna Kendrick, Sia and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. Probably good news for Mayer, who has been quite open about Perry being his "one who got away". Katy Perry , who said that therapy has helped her, cried at length as she said she struggled with depression. Read More »

Loving Day celebrations mark 50th anniversary of legal interracial marriage

In 1963 they obtained help from the American Civil Liberties Union, which unsuccessfully sought to reverse their convictions in the state courts of Virginia and then appealed to the U.S. Loving , how did you do that?' She looked up at me and said, 'I just want to get married.' That was her whole motivation. The court, noted Governor Terry McAuliffe , that initially upheld the anti-miscegenation law that triggered the Loving's convictions. Read More »

Restore devolution or face return of direct rule, Foster tells Sinn Fein

The dispute has prompted renewed calls for a chairman from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland to be appointed. Sinn Fein has expressed concern that the British government can no longer be expected to act as an honest broker, as it is required to under the Good Friday Agreement, because of its dependence on the DUP. Read More »

SKorea leader proposes Asian nations co-host 2030 World Cup

North Korea appears to have dialogue with South Korea out of its plans. The government in Seoul has approved numerous requests from private charities to offer assistance to help alleviate the rampant poverty and poor health conditions in North Korea, where 84 percent of households have "borderline or poor food consumption", one-third of children suffer from malnutrition, and the infant mortality rate is 33 percent, according to the United Nations. Read More »

Theresa May hoped to strengthen Britain's government. She did the opposite

The party's leader, Arlene Foster, slammed Corbyn and said ahead of the election, "He hasn't condemned IRA for the violence they visited upon people in everyday lives". British newspapers summed it up in a word: Mayhem. The Conservatives "have lost their majority and the prime minister has lost all authority and credibility", said Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Read More »

South Korean professor hurt by explosive device in office

Tuesday in a professor's office located at an engineering faculty building of the university. The injured staffer was the only person in the office at the time of the blast and no other faculty members or students are believed to be injured, a fire official said. Read More »

Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes

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The agency said a review of its main indices found no records related to the request. "White House aides have declined to answer questions about whether there are tapes, with press secretary Sean Spicer saying he was "not aware" and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, saying she didn't know and then quipping she would "look under the couches" to check", the Journal reported. Read More »

Stunning blow for May in United Kingdom exit poll

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Beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May is appointing new members of her government after several of them lost their seats in Parliament in this week's general election that proved disastrous for her Conservative Party . "Now, of course, if she's [May] got to be constantly making deals throughout this parliament, or indeed if she falls and there's a lot of negotiations or a lot of discussion as to whether she'll be leading this Conservative minority government ". Read More »

Russian Federation protests: Kremlin critic Navalny among hundreds detained

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From images that we're seeing, many young people were among the protesters - and many were detained. Navalny, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin and would-be candidate for the 2018 presidential election, released a video online late Sunday calling on his supporters to gather in central Moscow rather than the north-eastern location allocated by city officials. Read More »

Trump reacts to Comey testimony (on Twitter, of course)

They come after Trump bashed Comey on Twitter Friday morning, accusing him of perjury. Comey's high-profile testimony also has turned part of the spotlight on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is expected to be questioned about Russian Federation next week when he appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn is ready to win another election if one is called

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On Saturday, the government's chief whip, Gavin Williamson, flew to Belfast for talks with senior DUP figures about the details of the deal which will allow Theresa May to continue as prime minister. "From an outsider looking in, the notion that potentially the event of the century in the U.K.is going to depend on ten Northern Irish MPs is beyond ludicrousness", he said . Read More »