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U.S. questions embargo against Qatar

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The UAE has said the blockade could last for years unless Qatar meets a list of demands to be revealed shortly. Turkey and Iran have been providing food and water supplies to Qatar. Qatar hosts a vital USA military base, Al Udeid, to which more than 11,000 US and coalition forces are deployed or assigned and from which more than 100 aircraft operate. Read More »

Encounter in Kashmir, two militants holed up

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The gunbattle broke out in Pazalpora village in Sopore township of the district this morning, a police official said, adding that two terrorists are suspected to be in the house. Both sides are firing at each other, police said. Following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants, security forces had launched a cordon and search operation last night. Read More »

Tropical storm Bret could weaken to depression by Wednesday: NHC

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The tropical storm is expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela Monday night and early Tuesday. Larry Godfrey, who owns the Escatawpa (Ess-kuh-TAW'-puh) Hollow Campground in Alabama, near the state line with MS, says the Escatawpa River is already high from rainfall, and he expects his campground will flood. Read More »

6TH DISTRICT RUNOFF: Most polls now closed!

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Of course, a handful of interviews at one Panera amounts to a statistically meaningless anecdote, and Tuesday may yet prove a stirring endorsement of Fallon's point that the most vulnerable Republican House districts are in the suburban communities that swung for Hillary Clinton. Read More »

Former Obama staff: We never stopped trying to bring Otto Warmbier home

Under existing law, all it would take is a designation by Tillerson — called a "geographic travel restriction" — to make all American passports invalid for travel to North Korea. The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns. The furor in the USA over Warmbier's death recalls the raw emotions felt after a chemical weapons attack in Syria killed children, which prompted Trump to fire cruise missiles at Bashar Assad's regime. Read More »

The official Brexit negotiations have begun

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said talks with Brexit Secretary David Davis, which are starting a year after Britain's vote to leave, had started "on the right foot". The U.K. and the European Union started talks on Britain's exit from the bloc Monday morning, nearly a year after the U.K. voted to leave, with EU chief negotiator saying he hoped the two sides can start removing the uncertainties created by that decision. Read More »

Death of American detained in North Korea baffles experts

Added Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:"We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier's unjust imprisonment and demand the release of three other Americans who have been detained illegally". Join us from 12:30 p.m.to 2 p.m. today for a constructive conversation about North Korea , Otto Warmbier , the three other Americans still being held by Pyongyang , the threat of North Korea's nuclear program and USA policy toward both North and South Korea , where more than 28,000 USA ... Read More »

Suspect shot after Brussels train station explosion

Trains in and out of the transport hub were halted on Tuesday evening as police descended on the building. Nicolas Van Herrewegen, an employee at the Brussels Central Station, told Reuters that he was heading downstairs toward the underground platforms of the compact, 1930s station, which serves long-distance and suburban lines running under the city centre. Read More »

Syria troops position themselves at heart of war on IS

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A Guard statement carried on its website said the strike came from its bases in western Iran . The U.S. recently deployed a truck-mounted missile system in Syria as Iranian-backed forces cut off the advance of the U.S. The truce was meant to be extended but now appears to have collapsed. Iran will make all efforts to ensure its stability and security, and fight terrorism, Qasemi was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency as saying. Read More »

In Georgia, Republicans aim to hang onto congressional seat

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Shares on the likelihood of Ossoff winning closed above shares on Handel winning continuously since May 16 and saw spreads reaching as high as 36 cents on June 11. Handel, 55, embraces her experience as a statewide and local elected official. Handel garnered over 19 percent of the vote, beating out 10 other Republican candidates. Read More »

Funeral plans for Otto Warmbier announced

Otto Warmbier was stopped from leaving Pyongyang on January 2, 2016 for trying to steal a propaganda banner from his hotel while traveling in the country as part of a tour group. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he extends his condolences to the family of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) and offers his prayers as Warmbier's parents "enter a time of grief no parent should ever know". Read More »

Real Madrid president, Perez snubs talk of Ronaldo's exit

And among the first issues he will have to deal with is Ronaldo , who he bought in 2009 from Manchester United for a record €94m. Real Madrid , for what it's worth, appears to be doing what it can to retain Ronaldo , with manager Zinedine Zidane reportedly reaching out to calm the star's worries and pitch him on staying put. Read More »

US military shoots down Iranian-made drone in southern Syria

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On Sunday, a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet near the town Tabqa for the first time, USA -led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a statement . will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets ". A top United States general said the country would work to relaunch the "deconfliction" hotline established in 2015, after Russian Federation said Washington had failed to use the line - a vital incident-prevention tool - before targeting the plane ... Read More »

Armed Russia Jet Buzzes US Warplane amid Rising Tensions

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It is the second downing of a pro-regime drone in the area and comes amid heightened tensions in the region after the us downing of a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday. The incident comes amid rising tensions between the USA and Russian Federation after the US downed a Syrian jet on Sunday. A US warplane on Tuesday shot down an armed drone linked to Syrian regime forces, the latest in a series of clashes between USA -backed forces and the regime of Bashar Assad that risks drawing American ... Read More »

EU's Barnier assures Britons of compromises on Brexit

That financial issue is already a bone of contention, as is Brussels' refusal to discuss a new free trade deal until after it is resolved. "We will work all the time with the UK, and never against the UK", Barnier said. Talks were "very constructive", however the European Union warned "the clock is ticking". Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to Polish counterpart Beata Szydlo about the negotiations, telling her she wanted a "deep and special partnership that supports a strong and prosperous ... Read More »

Number Of Global Refugees Hits Record High

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Amnesty International charged on Monday that rich countries have failed in their obligation to help Uganda support thousands of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan . Many of them have fled "horrific violence," according to the United Nations agency's Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Pakkala. Read More »

Australia Halts Airstrikes In Syria After Russian Military Threat

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A U.S. Air Force fighter shot down an Iranian drone that was nearing friendly forces. But their presence there has led to a series of confrontations with pro-regime forces, including on June 8 when a U.S. The muscle-flexing comes amid the worsening of a long-running feud between Shiite powerhouse Iran and Saudi Arabia, with supports Syrian rebels and has led recent efforts to isolate the Gulf nation of Qatar. Read More »

Brussels train station blast being treated as terror attack

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Authorities set up a wide perimeter around the station, located near the city's famed Grand Place square. "At the moment, the police are in numbers at the station and everything is under control". Grand Place, a major tourist site which lies about 200m (656ft) away, was also evacuated. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel hailed the "courage" of security forces and said he would chair a security council meeting on Wednesday morning. Read More »

United Nations rights envoy urges North Korea to clarify USA student case

Foreign nationals have also been detained on political grounds, including two USA university professors in Pyongyang who were arrested this year for allegedly plotting anti-state acts. The reports sent by North Koreans do not shed any light on what caused the brain injury or its circumstances. President Trump called Warmbier's parents Wednesday night to tell them his administration had worked hard to secure their son's release, and to ask how he was doing. Read More »

Pakistan becomes full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

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Prime minister's advisor Sartaj Aziz, minister for commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan and minister of state for petroleum Jam Kamal are also accompanying the Prime Minister. Modi said the organization could play an important role in bringing peace in Afghanistan . Chinese state-run media highlighted Xi's meetings with Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read More »

US shoots down drone in Syria

Australia is part of the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS ) in Iraq. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, said Monday that the downing of the Syrian jet, together with Iran firing missiles into Syria over the weekend, marked "a dramatic escalation in a war the United States had not meant to fight". Read More »

US shoots down another pro-regime drone in Syria

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Australia said on Tuesday it had suspended air strikes into Syria following the US downing of a Syrian military jet and Russia's subsequent threat against USA -led coalition aircraft. In another development, the U.S. military announced officially that coalition forces had killed the top cleric of so-called Islamic State (IS), Turki al-Binali, in an air strike in Syria last month. Read More »