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Saudi clerical council backs new crown prince

King Salman has called for a public pledging of allegiance to the new Crown Prince in Mecca on Wednesday, a tradition followed by Saudi Arabia as part of Islamic regulations. "Some people were predicting that this would lead to a division in the family and strife and some kind of revolt". Iran and Saudi Arabia's rivalry has played out in proxy wars across the region. Read More »

Britain 1st to concede as Brexit talks begin


Last week the Bank voted to keep interest rates at 0.25%, where they have been set since last summer. "We will nearly certainly need an implementation period, outside the (EU's) customs union itself, but with current customs border arrangements remaining in place, until new long-term arrangements are up and running", he said, in a speech yesterday. Read More »

PM Modi leads celebrations to mark International Yoga Day


There are now 10,800 yoga schools in China and one India-China Yoga College at Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming, with the practice gaining in popularity. President Pranab Mukherjee has urged the people to practice yoga everyday as a fit mind and fit body is the abode of God. Enthusiasts across India rose at the crack of dawn, many braving monsoon showers, to mark the third International Yoga Day. Read More »

Dems come up short in special elections, but find a silver lining

In a memo, National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Matt Gorman said Democrats have a "competence problem" and said there were no moral victories to be had. "The people are exhausted of the Trump bashers". Ossoff expressed a hopeful sentiment in the moments following his loss, while speaking to his supporters, whom he described as a "beacon of hope". Read More »

Indyref2 plans a factor in SNP election result, admits Nicola Sturgeon


A dramatic night in politics delivered a devastating blow to the Scottish National Party, threatening its plans to offer Scotland a second independence referendum. She added that she had asked the United Kingdom government to use its influence to "advance" LGBT rights in Northern Ireland, where gay marriages are still outlawed. Read More »

Bogota mall blast: French woman dead, several hurt

He later arrived at the scene and said there were "no clear indications" who was behind the explosion, but emphasized that those responsible would be captured and held accountable. Two more women died in the hospital, the BBC reported. Santos urged Colombians to continue their normal routines and enjoy the Father's Day weekend, even sharing a meal at the Andino mall with his son to reassure the public that it was safe to go there. Read More »

JD(U) Kerala Unit not to back BJP candidate Kovind

Kovind has already met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah . The outgoing Governor, who is known for his lifelong dedication and works towards the empowerment of Dalits, arrived in Delhi on Monday to plan for his formal nomination for the post on June 23. Read More »

Queen Elizabeth's Speech Includes Pledge to Fight Anti-Gay Discrimination


In a United Kingdom roiled by surprising election results , terrorist attacks and the fallout from a deadly tower blaze , the Queen's Speech offered a concrete road map of the next two years under diminished Conservative leadership. Another detail earned notice for its absence: In a speech that traditionally notes important state visits - and this time around noted an upcoming visit from the king and queen of Spain - there's no mention of President Trump . Read More »

Queen's Speech: Pomp, ritual in delivering UK gov't program


She was accompanied by her eldest son, Prince Charles, after Buckingham Palace confirmed that her husband, Prince Philip , had been hospitalized with an infection. "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack, and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweeted . "We will work hard every day to gain the trust and confidence of the British people, making their priorities our priorities". Read More »

Inmates accused of killing prison guards face murder charges


Authorities captured Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe in Tennessee last week, and they're now back in Putnam County, facing a long list of charges. BRAND NEW info about the case, live at 6 p.m. "I immediately forgave them but that doesn't excuse their behavior". Prior to the hearing the pair was led to a defense table in handcuffs and their feet shackled where they listened as Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Trammell explained the criminal charges against them in ... Read More »

Georgia Elections: Republicans outwit Democrats again

Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a special election for a Georgia house seat by a narrow margin of five percent on Tuesday. Outside groups such as the National Republican Congressional Committee and the CLF also chipped in. Republicans immediately crowed over winning a seat Democrats spent at least $30 million trying to flip. Read More »

Queen's Speech mum on Trump's United Kingdom state visit

The Queen's speech , written by the Conservative government, covers the two-year period during which Britain will negotiate with Brussels its exit from the European Union (EU), the report said. Downing Street has refused to comment, saying only that the invitation remained unchanged. Queen Elizabeth II sure knows how to make a style statement - and today, she stepped out in two eye-catching ensembles for two important engagements. Read More »

Additional flights on India-Qatar route will start shortly: Government


India will operate special flights for its citizens to return from blockade-hit Qatar . "These flights are absolutely not for an evacuation". The decision to operate additional flights was taken after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday took up the issue with Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. Read More »

May's filleted Queen's Speech is threadbare, says Labour


The crown was carried before her on a pillow. Prince Philip, the husband of the queen, didn't attend after being hospitalized for an infection. His rare absence from the State Opening of Parliament added to the solemnity of an occasion cherished by the British people and replete with tradition. Read More »

Indian sportspersons celebrate International Yoga Day


Wellness was the mantra on the third International Day of Yoga today with lakhs of people across time zones rolling out their mats as Prime Minister Narendra Modi extolled the connect that bound India to the globe. Thousands of people gathered for the event at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan despite continuous rain in the city. The streets of Connuaght Places Inner Circle, where vehicular movement was restricted, wore a festive look as old and young, dressed in colourful attire, twisted and ... Read More »

Secretary-level bureaucratic reshuffle: Rajiv Gauba next Home Secretary


Besides Gauba, the government cleared 16 other secretary level appointments. He will be appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Home Affairs from September 1. Ajay Kumar Bhalla who was working as the Director General in Foreign Trade has been shifted to Ministry of Power as the Secretary. Avinash K Srivastava was appointed as the Secretary for Ministry of Food Processing Industries. Read More »

Judicial Watch Sues for Comey Memo


Comey to testify under oath about what took place during those private White House meetings. The memos - first cited by the New York Times last month - said Trump told Comey in February to end the bureau's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Russian Federation connections. Read More »

Azarenka wins first match on return from motherhood


Victoria Azarenka won her first match back on the WTA Tour after a one-year absence following her pregnancy announcement last year. "But it was really intense because it was the end of a third set". On the resumption Azarenka broke serve but immediately dropped her own before Ozaki moved to 40-0, holding three match points. "I think mentally-wise, or confidence-wise, it's better to go through these kinds of matches and find solutions in the tough situations, and build from there". Read More »

In Georgia, Handel thanks Trump and reaches out to Democrats

The organization congratulated Handel via Twitter after the win, but noted that there was still "more work to do". Ms Handel also pointed to the district's pedigree throughout the campaign, urging Republicans not to let Democrats "steal" a seat that became a proxy for the national dynamics in Washington . Read More »

Sir Vince Cable standing to replace Tim Farron as Lib Dem leader


He is expected to face competition from Ed Davey, another returning Cabinet minister from the Coalition years, and from Norman Lamb, a former health minister. I don't feel old, I feel young and energetic and I'm very much up for a contest'. Mr Farron surprised many in his party by announcing he was quitting days after the election, saying his Christian faith had made him a "subject of suspicion". Read More »

US Offers Condolences to Victims, Families of Terror Attack at Mali Resort

Two people were killed and two others injured when unidentified militants launched attack at the Kangaba Le Campement resort on the suburb of capital Bamako . The group, also known as Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimeen in Arabic, said the attackers were from the Fula ethnic group and battled for "many hours" at the popular eco-lodge near Bamako , which it termed a site of "debauchery". Read More »

Iran turns wrath on US, Saudi over attacks


The Wednesday attacks were directed at Iran's Parliament building and the mausoleum of the late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini and left 17 dead and 52 wounded, reports Efe news. Supreme Leaer Ayatollah Khameini in a condolence message on Friday had also accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of supporting the twin suicide that rocked the capital this week. Read More »