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US calls on Arab states to ease Qatar blockade as crisis deepens

US calls on Arab states to ease Qatar blockade as crisis deepens

The administration is also demanding Qatar drop all support for Syria's Salafist groups; those which adhere to the ideology of al Qaeda , the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS ), and their subsidiaries. "Let them list them first before they ask me to expel them". While Tillerson did call attention to Qatar's "history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression, from activism to violence ", he also highlighted the timing of the blockade. Read More

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Twin blasts in Iraq kill 21, wound dozens

Twin blasts in Iraq kill 21, wound dozens

The group is also on the backfoot in neighboring Syria, retreating in the face of a US -backed Kurdish-led coalition attacking its capital there, Raqqa, . A few hours later, 20 people were killed in the second suicide attack on a market in the city of Musayyib, also located south of the capital, the Interior Ministry said. Read More

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UK Election Could Delay Brexit Negotiations; Impact on Travel Unclear

UK Election Could Delay Brexit Negotiations; Impact on Travel Unclear

CNBC reports that the election resulted in a "hung Parliament ", with UK Prime Minister Theresa May losing her parliamentary majority. She instead not only failed to build up her position but lost the majority altogether. "Broadly May was a Remainer, but as Prime Minister was there to carry through Brexit". Mr Barnier had previously set a timetable of talks starting in the week beginning June 19, with agreement on initial issues by autumn of this year and a provisional Brexit deal in ... Read More

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Trump's attacks on Germany show he misunderstands a basic fact about Europe

Trump's attacks on Germany show he misunderstands a basic fact about Europe

Not that the relationship between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel got off to a rousing success in the first place. Merkel caused a media stir when she described last week's summit of G7 leaders as "unsatisfactory", adding based on what she had experienced during the two-day discussion with other world powers, "Europeans would have to fight for their own future". Read More

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Trump '100%' willing to testify on Comey

President Trump wouldn't give a direct answer about whether there are tapes of his conversations with James Comey , only saying that's something he'll maybe answer in the very near future. Mr Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz , seized on Mr Comey's admission that he had told Mr Trump on multiple occasions that he was not personally under investigation. Read More

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As Gulf tensions flare, reports of hacking pour in

Qatar hosts the Al-Udeid military base, the largest U.S. airbase in the Middle East. They issued the list hours after Qatar said it would not "surrender" and rejected any interference in its foreign policy. "The Qatar Foundation...has already encountered significant economic difficulties that have caused several years of pretty hefty budget cuts", he said. Read More

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Guterres calls for two-state solution for Israel, Palestine

The Six-Day War was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel on the one side and of Egypt , Jordan and Syria on the other. As a result, most of the public still believes the narrative that paints Israel as the victim, making the debate concerning Palestinian independence hard as most mainstream news outlets fail to question the very reasoning behind the conquest of the annexed territories. Read More

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Turkish parliament approves bill to deploy troops in Qatar

Qatar's foreign minister says that sanctions imposed upon his country violate global law, calling the moves by Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations an "unjust siege". Meanwhile, Turkish exporters start sending food items and bottled water supplies to Qatar to deal with possible shortages of food items. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed his country's solidarity with Qatar amid the current crisis with some Gulf states. Read More

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Qatar says it won't 'surrender' in Gulf row

S&P cut its long-term rating of Qatar by one notch to AA- from AA and put the rating on CreditWatch with negative implications, meaning there was a significant chance of a further downgrade . The leader of Qatar reportedly has no plans to accept President Trump's invitation for a meeting at the White House until the country moves past an effort by several Persian Gulf neighbors to isolate the nation. Read More

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Iran says Tehran attackers had been to IS bastions Mosul, Raqa

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that Trump's statement was " repugnant ". Trump tweeted that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote ". It said the men had left Iran to fight for the extremist group in Mosul , Iraq, as well as Raqqa, Syria - the group's de facto capital. A 24-second video released by the Islamic State group's Aamaq news agency purports to show the siege of Iran's parliament. Read More

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Rahul detained in MP amid high drama

Rahul detained in MP amid high drama

But he (PM Modi) hasn't uttered one word on the death of six farmers", Mr Singh said, adding, "As far as I know, the debt of farmers in Maharashtra is Rs 30,500 crore. "They also demanded that if the soldiers fighting for the country get status of martyrs on sacrificing their lives, their departed sons should get the martyrs status as they have been shot dead by police sans any provocation or caution", said Natrajan. Read More

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House Democrats launch longshot bid to impeach Trump

House Democrats launch longshot bid to impeach Trump

The question really is whether the President can obstruct justice with impunity. "I was chuckling", he added, "when Mr. Comey said, 'Lordy, I hope there are tapes'". 45 was even inaugurated, but until now, it's been fairly low key among politicians. The process works at two levels, the House of Representatives impeaches the President, but then it has to be confirmed by the Senate which convicts the person impeached, and this process resembles that of a court proceeding with both sides ... Read More

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Trump Offers to Mediate Qatar's Diplomatic Crisis

The United Arab Emirates tightened the squeeze on fellow Gulf state Qatar on Wednesday, threatening anyone publishing expressions of sympathy towards Doha with up to 15 years in prison and barring entry to Qataris. The UAE's state-owned Etihad Airways, meanwhile, said all travellers holding Qatari passports were now prohibited from travelling to or transiting through the emirates on government instructions. Read More

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Theresa May left red-faced by General Election gamble

On the current numbers the Conservative Party is likely to form Government - they are still easily the largest group in Westminster. The exit poll, which must be treated with caution given the poor reliability of forecasts in recent United Kingdom elections , suggested the Conservatives would win 314, Labour 266, the Scottish Nationalists 34 and the Liberal Democrats 14. Read More

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Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant Goes Low to Soar High

Durant led the Warriors to a comeback victory during Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit, and there's little reason to believe the Cavs could crawl out of the hole against this Warriors team. I would see Stephen Curry drop on Kevin. His Game 3 performance - 39 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists in 45 minutes - was just the latest in a string of superhuman efforts. Read More

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IRAN: Death toll in Tehran attacks rises to 17

But Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said "we still can not judge that Saudi Arabia has had a role in this terrorist incident". An armed man stands in a window of the parliament building in Tehran, Iran on Jun 7, 2017. One terrorist committed suicide by blowing himself up. The Islamic State group claimed the attacks. Iran blamed the Wednesday attacks on Saudi Arabia, though no link has been established. Read More

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UK Police Release All Detained Over London Terror Act Without Charges

UK Police Release All Detained Over London Terror Act Without Charges

One of the men, aged 27, was held on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts, while a 33-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs. A video shows the moment police shot at the London Bridge and Borough Market attackers during a stabbing spree. The Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the IS group, said the attacks were carried out by "a detachment of fighters from Islamic State ". Read More

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Brazilian president faces illegal funding probe

Brazilian president faces illegal funding probe

Left-wing groups opposed to Temer and his austerity reforms said they plan protests near the court in Brasilia to demand the president's resignation. Temer has refused to resign since the Supreme Court late last month authorised an investigation against him for alleged corruption, racketeering and obstruction of justice. Read More

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Paul Nuttall quits as leader of Ukip

The MEP only took over as leader seven months ago, and his brief tenure in charge was marked by controversies about his past and the increasing electoral irrelevance of Ukip. Earlier, Mr Farage said he did not blame Mr Nuttall for UKIP's poor performance and refused to be drawn on whether he would make a comeback as the party's leader. Read More

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London police confirm eighth victim in deadly terrorist attack

NHS England, the British health authority, said Wednesday that of the dozens of victims hospitalized after the attack, 10 people remain in critical condition. The three were taken into custody at a south London police station under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. One attacker runs up from the side and swings a knife at him, then the other two join in as he tries to run. Read More

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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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