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US spy planes help Philippine troops quell Marawi siege

Arevalo, chief military information officer, said the big casualties stemmed from a major engagement that lasted for 14 hours in Barangay Liot Madaya on Friday. But Padilla said that even if the conflict in Marawi would end, it would not mean that martial law would be immediately lifted because the extremists could have a presence in other areas of Mindanao, and the security of the entire island must be ensured. Read More

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CCTV shows London terrorists being shot dead by police

CCTV shows London terrorists being shot dead by police

Italian officials said suspicions about him had been shared with British authorities. Speaking of the attack, Collina said: "It is a awful thing, something that should not happen". It was not immediately clear how the three knew each other, but Collina said one of her son's friends recognized one of the other attackers, though it wasn't clear which one that was. Read More

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US Special Forces assist Philippines against Islamic militants

US Special Forces assist Philippines against Islamic militants

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a US official said support included aerial surveillance and targeting, electronic eavesdropping, communications assistance and training. Maute's husband, Cayamora, was arrested at a police checkpoint in the southern city of Davao on Tuesday. The seizure of Marawi City on May 23 has alarmed South-East Asian nations, who fear that ISIL, facing setbacks in Syria and Iraq, is establishing a stronghold on the Philippine island of Mindanao that could threaten ... Read More

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Last chance to make peace, Ghani warns Afghan Taliban

Representatives from 25 countries and alliances, including the U.S., Russia, China, India, Pakistan, NATO and European Union are at the Kabul Initiative Peace and Security Cooperation conference that aims to find an "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" resolution of the decades-long conflict that has left tens of thousands of people dead. Read More

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Iran kills mastermind behind Tehran attacks, arrests more

ISIL claimed responsibility for both attacks. Iran's intelligence minister said the mastermind behind Wednesday's attacks in Tehran , which killed 17 people, had himself been killed on Saturday by security forces. State TV broadcast the ceremony live. People in the crowds chanted "Death to Saudi Arabia" alongside the more customary slogans against the United States and Israel. Read More

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May to form government with DUP backing

May to form government with DUP backing

She came to prominence after resigning over the "cash for ash" scandal, having overseen a government programme that misused public funds. Others noted that the party now was one of the most socially conservative in Europe, having sought to maintain some of the continent's strictest restrictions on abortion and consistently opposed gay marriage. Read More

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Macron party readies for parliamentary assault

The Ipsos Sopra Steria poll projected Macron's Republic On The Move (LREM) would win 31 percent of the vote in the first round of voting on June 11, up from 29.5 percent the last time the survey was conducted almost a week ago. While elections in the lower house of parliament's 577 constituencies can be tricky to predict, especially with a total of 7,882 candidates vying for those seats, even LREM's rivals have been saying they expect Macron to get a majority. Read More

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Saudi and Bahrain welcome Trump's scolding of Qatar

But it has fallen out with its Arab neighbors, who accuse it of sponsoring extremist groups, some of them allegedly linked to arch Saudi foe Iran , fomenting trouble across the region. "Our president has stressed the need to resolve this upsetting issue before the end of Ramadan, as it is against our religion, beliefs, and traditions, especially during the month of Ramadan", Mr Cavusoglu said. Read More

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Where Trump's 'Travel Ban' Now Stands: Trump Takes Off the Gloves

We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. Neal Katyal, the lead lawyer for Hawaii's legal challenge, wrote on Twitter. The court's order came just one day after the Trump administration asked the court to reinstate its temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim majority nations, requesting it stay two nationwide blocks of the measure that had been issued by appellate courts. Read More

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Russia's Lavrov calls for talks to ease Qatar stand-off

Turkey has maintained good relations with Qatar as well as several of its Gulf Arab neighbours. He did urge Qatar to be "responsive to the concerns of its neighbors" and to immediately crack down on extremist funding. In a call with Qatari Emir Tameem Bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday, the President offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary, according to a White House statement. Read More

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House Passes Dodd-Frank Repeal, Which Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

Ironically, one group that isn't a fan of everything in Hensarling's bill is Wall Street . Dodd-Frank is a wide-ranging law that clamps down on regulations of banks and other financial institutions . " The Financial CHOICE Act represents an alternative and effective approach to financial regulation, which will protect taxpayers, end bank bailouts, empower investors, and hold government bureaucracies accountable". Read More

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Hawaii Becomes First State to Sign Law Aligning with Paris Agreement

Keene has always been ahead of the curve and progressive when it comes to the environment, and it needs to stay that way regardless of what happens on a state or national level, he said. "We're not going to back off of this; it's too important", he said. Cooper signed an open letter supporting the Paris deal, joining more than 1,000 other public officials and business leaders, including the governors of California, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and ... Read More

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Egypt: ISIS claims attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians

Egypt: ISIS claims attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians

There were conflicting reports on whether the gunmen had been dressed up as civilians or as the military. In a press statement , the Council members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured, reportedly including children. Read More

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Three men arrested in connection with London attack

Three men arrested in connection with London attack

British police said that they had recovered a body from the Thames river believed to be that of 45-year-old Frenchman Xavier Thomas , missing since the night of the attack . People gather during an event for the victims of Saturday night's London Bridge terror attack. "The attack, the third in Britain in three months, has raised questions over the government's ability to protect Britain following cuts to police numbers in recent years". Read More

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Emmanuel Macron's party set for landslide as France goes to polls

Emmanuel Macron's party set for landslide as France goes to polls

In the four weeks since his remarkable triumph in the presidential election, Mr Macron has defied expectations that his new political party would struggle to wrest control of parliament from the traditional Right and Left. The National Front , reeling from a weaker-than-expected score for chief Marine Le Pen in the presidential election, could miss its target to get enough lawmakers to form a parliamentary group, though it is expected to do much better than the two deputies it had in the ... Read More

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Iran attacks 'reinforce hatred' for US, Saudi: leader

The men had reportedly visited the jihadis' strongholds of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq before returning to Iran in summer 2016 "to carry out terrorist operations in religious cities". The Iranian speaker also criticized the USA administration for its support to Saudi Arabia, saying that Washington has undermined democracy and human rights by an alliance with Riyadh. Read More

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Trump accuses Qatar of funding terror 'at a very high level'

But it has fallen out with its Arab neighbors, who accuse it of sponsoring extremist groups, some of them allegedly linked to arch Saudi foe Iran, fomenting trouble across the region. "But they can be addressed immediately". Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain released a joint statement listing 59 entities and individuals, including members of Qatar's royal family, as involved in "terrorist" activities. Read More

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Trump accuses ex-FBI chief Comey of lying

Trump accuses ex-FBI chief Comey of lying

In his first four months in office, President Trump has achieved the dubious distinction of being investigated by an independent prosecutor and at least five major oversight committees in the Congress run by his own party. We now know that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing - "I did not have communications with the Russians" - was flat-out false. Read More

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Merkel in Mexico: Walls Don't Fix 'Immigration' Woes

He tweeted: "Looks like we might need a time-out in the Brexit negotiations". "With a weak negotiating partner, there's the danger that the negotiations will turn out badly". Most now appear to prefer that the bloc's second-biggest economy leave smoothly and quickly. Mexico and Germany reject Trump's hostility to NAFTA and say flourishing trade has brought benefits to all. Read More

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Puerto Rico mulls political status in new referendum

Puerto Rico mulls political status in new referendum

A plebiscite is being held in Puerto Rico on Sunday to determine the future political status of the Caribbean island, which has functioned as a "commonwealth" of the USA since 1898. Groups that back the current commonwealth status, like the PPD, have called for a boycott of the plebiscite. Under the current Congress, it's unlikely Puerto Rico would gain much traction, but a vote by Puerto Ricans on Sunday in favor of statehood could set the country on a remarkable course that could end with ... Read More

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