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Tehran: Attackers Were Iranian and Fought With ISIS

According to a statement by Iran's Intelligence Ministry, the attackers behind the first Islamic State (IS) bombing inside Iran's borders have been identified . A voice on the video praises God and says in Arabic: "Do you think we will leave?" Other Iranian leaders sought to play down the attacks, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying: "These firecrackers that happened today will not have the slightest effect on the will of the people". Read More

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Japan enacts law for Emperor Akihito, 83, to abdicate

The government was forced to devise a one-off law to enable Akihito, 83, to abdicate after he suggested last summer that his age and health problems were affecting his ability to carry out public duties. Akihito was born in 1933 just as Japan was embarking on its militaristic sweep across Asia, and was 11 when the war ended in defeat. The Japanese monarchy is the world's oldest. Read More

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'Lies, plain and simple' - Comey on Trump admin

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, agreed that Comey's testimony revealed little new information . "I just worry it leads me deeper and deeper into talking about the investigation in an open setting", Mr Comey replied. "He also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of these memos to the press in order to 'prompt the appointment of a special counsel". Read More

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Police Announce New Arrest Linked To London Bridge Attack

Police Announce New Arrest Linked To London Bridge Attack

Zaghba was stopped at Bologna's airport trying to fly to Turkey in March a year ago over concerns he was intending to travel on to Syria, according to reports. Police have said Redouane was not known to security services. The Mayor of London , Sadiq Khan, said the police and MI5 must reveal what they had on file about Butt and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he had appeared to have "slipped through our net" despite being in plain sight. Read More

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Woman charged with top-secret leak denied bond

Woman charged with top-secret leak denied bond

Rosie O'Donnell has donated $1,000 to a "relief fund" for Reality Leigh Winner , a former federal contractor who is accused of leaking classified documents to a news outlet. While the document doesn't say the hacking changed any votes, the publication said it "raises the possibility that Russian hacking may have breached at least some elements of the voting system, with disconcertingly uncertain results". Read More

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London Police Detain 30-Year-Old Man Amid Investigation Into London Attack

London Police Detain 30-Year-Old Man Amid Investigation Into London Attack

London Metropolitan Police detained a 30-year-old man in connection with the ongoing investigation of the latest terrorist attack in London , a statement released by the police said on Wednesday. I want to say sorry to the families that lost their loved ones. He was one of the first officers on the scene of the attack and has been hailed a hero for taking on the three attackers armed with only his baton. Read More

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NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from previous year

Not after last season's quest to set the all-time National Basketball Association mark of 73 wins left the Warriors feeling hollow after blowing a 3-1 lead to Cleveland in the 2016 Finals. But it's going to take all that and the same stunning level of play they got from James and Irving on Wednesday to get there. However, Green apparently didn't share what he said to Durant in that phone call. Read More

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NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from previous year

Not after last season's quest to set the all-time National Basketball Association mark of 73 wins left the Warriors feeling hollow after blowing a 3-1 lead to Cleveland in the 2016 Finals. But it's going to take all that and the same stunning level of play they got from James and Irving on Wednesday to get there. However, Green apparently didn't share what he said to Durant in that phone call. Read More

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2 men charged with plotting terror attacks, say law officials

2 men charged with plotting terror attacks, say law officials

The Justice Department alleges that el Debek and Kourani worked as spies for IJO, both in the USA and overseas. Ali Kourani, 32, was arrested in Bronx, New York, and charged with "providing, attempting, and conspiring to provide material support" to the Hezbollah terrorist organization, as well as "receiving and conspiring to receive military-type training" from the terrorist organization, and with a related weapons charge alleged to have involved a "rocket-propelled grenade launcher and ... Read More

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Tehran attackers were Iranian IS recruits

But they could not find their way to the main hall and ended up in the offices of Members of Parliament (MP) where they took some of the MP assistants hostages. The Sunni jihadists of ISIS consider Shiite Iran to be apostates, and Tehran is deeply involved in fighting the group in both Syria and Iraq. "Repugnant WH statement & Senate sanctions as Iranians counter terror backed by United States clients". Read More

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Five Tehran attackers had fought for IS, says Iran

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday vowed revenge for twin attacks by the Islamic State group in Tehran, and said Washington and Riyadh were "involved". Over 40 people were wounded in the attack. Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed what he called the "repugnant White House statement". Sunni Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in the attacks. Read More

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Police arrest 3 more in London Bridge attack investigation

More than 40 people were injured in the attack. Earlier police, who were hunting for 45-year-old Frenchman Xavier Thomas , missing since the attack, said that they had found a body in the River Thames. Collina said she urged them to detain her son and prevent him from going. An Italian police source confirmed to the BBC that Zaghba had been placed on a watch list, which is shared with many countries, including the UK. Read More

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Hungover: Britain definitely heading for hung parliament

Sterling fell by more than two cents against the USA dollar as markets digested the prospect of extreme political uncertainty and even the risk of a second election this year. The Shadow Brexit Secretary said Britain had "rejected" May's approach to leaving the EU. Sky News predicted the Conservatives would score somewhere between 315 and 325 seats. Read More

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Trump eases Qatar critique, offers to mediate Gulf spat

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said there would be more curbs if necessary, and that Qatar needed to make ironclad commitments to change what critics say is a policy on funding Islamist militants. "I have never seen Qatari citizens stocking up on frozen chicken and long-life milks", said Anup Manoj, an Indian man who works as a cleaner in Doha's City Center Mall, where many shops no longer stock milk packaged by Saudi Arabia's Almarai Co, the most affordable kind of ... Read More

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Chad recalls ambassador from Qatar amid Gulf Arab row

The announcement came a day after Senegal recalled its envoy from Doha , citing its "active solidarity" with Saudi Arabia . Qatar denies having any ties to extremists. "The conditions have to start with that statement [by Qatar], that will be by Qatar", he said. "The request for political protection from two non-Arab countries and military protection from one of them could be a new tragic and comic chapter", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, wrote on Twitter. Read More

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United Kingdom election: Theresa May's disastrous result will have unpredictable consequences

As I write, Mrs May is holed up with her advisers inside Tory HQ, but former minister Anna Soubry has called for her to "consider her position" - political code for calling for her to resign. "He's not going to be the next Prime Minister", Mr Green earlier told ABC TV. Corbyn, speaking in London after retaining his Islington North seat with a thumping majority of more than 33,000 votes, said the British electorate had voted for hope and "turned their backs on austerity". Read More

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Justice Dept.: Sessions recused from probe due to campaign

President Donald Trump fired Comey , who was leading an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, last month - setting off a flurry of leaked documents and increasing scrutiny of the Trump administration. Discussing the meeting where Comey says Trump asked him to back off Flynn , Sen. Comey's remarks are his first since he was sacked. Comey's memos about his meetings with Trump are now in Mueller's hands. Read More

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Mauritania breaks diplomatic ties with Qatar, Gabon voices condemnation

Qatari residents in the participating countries have been given two weeks to leave, and trade transport lines through them have been closed down, though it's not clear what effect the measures will have on the headquarters for U.S. He said Qatar has given the UAE and Saudi no choice but to close off to it. Trump on Tuesday backed the regional efforts to isolate Qatar, supporting the Saudi regime and its allies and suggesting the key USA ally - home to the largest American airbase in ... Read More

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United Kingdom exit poll: Conservatives may fall short of majority

United Kingdom exit poll: Conservatives may fall short of majority

Earlier on Friday, the former chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said that if May loses her majority it would be "completely catastrophic" for her and the Conservative Party. Labour took Canterbury, a seat which had been held by Conservatives since 1918, and claimed Tory scalps in a string of seats including Bristol North West, Stroud, Warwick & Leamington, Stockton South and Vale of Clwyd. Read More

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Alexander: Sturgeon and SNP having 'disastrous' night

Alexander: Sturgeon and SNP having 'disastrous' night

She was born in the industrial town of Irvine, southwest of Glasgow , in 1970 to an electrician father and a mother who remains active in local SNP politics. Labour won seven and the Liberal Democrats four. "By backing those compromise proposals in this election , we can make sure that Scotland's voice is heard, and that jobs and investment in Scotland is protected", she said. Read More

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London attackers were chef, clerk and 'suspicious' Italian

Butt is not believed to be linked to any militant groups in Waziristan, a known hotbed for militant networks in Pakistan , according to the intelligence source. He had notably featured in a Channel 4 television documentary entitled " The Jihadis Next Door " and, according to the British media, numerous people alarmed by his views had gone to the authorities. Read More

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Trump to nominate ex-Justice Department official to lead Federal Bureau of Investigation

A top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Utah Sen. Trump, in a statement later Wednesday, called Wray "an impeccably qualified individual". Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said. Wray, a partner at the Washington law firm of King & Spalding - which counts the Trump Organization as a client - and a former top Justice Department official, was never mentioned as one of Trump's top prospects to replace former FBI Director James Comey , who Trump fired last month. Read More

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UK in political deadlock - Here's what happens next

It looks like the overall result is set to go right down to the wire - with the next Government not finalised until Friday morning at least. The exit poll team says there is a "serious risk" Mrs May will lose her overall majority - although this is "far from certain", given the exit poll has a margin of error of 20 seats. Read More

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Iran says attackers were IS members, had been to Iraq, Syria strongholds

Police increased patrols in the streets and subway stations ofTehran Thursday, a day after a pair of Islamic State attacks on parliament and the tomb of Iran's revolutionary leader. They were forced to flee after Abu Aisha was killed but returned sometime later to launch Wednesday's unprecedented assault. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader, used the attacks to defend Tehran's involvement in wars overseas. Read More

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SC's Gowdy tapped as House oversight chairman

SC's Gowdy tapped as House oversight chairman

Chaffetz is stepping down June 30 to pursue a private-sector career amid questions about willingness of the Republican Congress to conduct oversight of Trump. Gowdy led the panel for almost two years until it closed down in late 2016. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has a new chairman, and he's no stranger to controversial investigations. Read More

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