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Gulf states and Egypt cut ties with Qatar

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A statement released from Dubai's Emirates Airlines said, "As instructed by the UAE government, Emirates will suspend its flights to and from Doha , starting from the morning of 6 June 2017, until further notice ". Yemen and Libya have brought the number of Arab nations that chose to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar to six. In a statement, FIFA said: "We are in regular contact with and have spoken to the Qatar 2022 Local Organizing Committee and the Supreme Committee for ... Read More »

After PM Modi blunder, Megyn Kelly's unprofessional dress haunts her

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As she shook hands with Modi, the Indian leader quipped, "I saw your tweet with the umbrella!" - a reference to Kelly's earlier observation that it had finally stopped raining . Following are some of the reactions. Recently, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra , who met PM Modi in Berlin, faced criticism on social media as Twitter thought that the actress wasn't properly dressed to meet a national leader. Read More »

Ariana Grande critic Piers Morgan apologizes to singer

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Ariana Grande has revealed that the One Love Manchester set list was actually meant to be entirely different, but the singer chose to change the songs they had rehearsed after meeting victim 15-year-old Olivia Campbell's mother. The singer received hug cheers upon her arrival on stage, and had then entire stadium singing Break Free with her. Addressing the crowd of 50,000 gatherers, Ariana called out to everyone, " Manchester , I love you with all my heart thank you so much". Read More »

'Terrorism Has No Religion:' Muslims Across The UK Slam London Attackers

Members of the Muslim community were shocked to learn about this horrific attack in which seven people were killed and dozens seriously injured. "Basically, not in my name, not in the name of Islam". "Islam is a peaceful religion and it tells us that if you kill someone it's as if you've killed the whole of mankind. One is fulfilling the rights of God, and second is to fulfill the rights of his fellow beings". Read More »

Trump tweets criticism of his own travel ban with Comey looming

Trump added that the Justice Department should not have stopped his original plan, replacing it with a "watered down, political correct version they submitted to S.C". Trump's criticism came a day after he said he would do whatever is necessary to protect the United States from a "vile enemy" that he said has waged war on innocents for too long, . Read More »

Gov't Confirms Defense Ministry Deliberately Omitted Info About Extra THAAD Launchers

Durbin added, "I said several times that protecting USA forces in Korea is important to me". According to the U.S. and Seoul , THAAD has been deployed in the South to counter potential North Korean missile attacks. The U.S. Department of Defense, though, rejects the assertion it left Seoul out of the loop on THAAD . A Thaad battery typically consists of six launchers, 48 interceptors, a fire control and communication unit and radar. Read More »

Officers to 'step up a gear' after terror attack, says Met Chief

Eight officers fired some 50 rounds, said Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the force's head of counterterrorism. Hedge was one of two Australian victims to be " directly affected " when three men attacked bystanders apparently at random with a transit van and then with knives. Read More »

Modi meets French President

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Ties between the France and India have grown in recent years most notably in the defence sector with New Delhi ordering 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets to modernize its aging warplane fleet. The French president said he will travel to India this year for the first summit of the International Solar Alliance, a joint Indian-French initiative launched during the Paris climate talks in 2015. Read More »

Trump Aides Defend His Decision to Exit Paris Climate Accord

The agreement was hailed as a landmark when it was passed, with nearly 200 countries pledging to follow it. Trump immediately added that "we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair". He is also a UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. Trump last week announced his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement. Read More »

N.Korea rejects S.Korea group's offer for malaria help

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Australia stands "ready to assist" the Philippines as government forces battle Islamic State-linked militants in the country's south, Defence Minister Marise Payne says. might give concessions to Beijing in exchange for help on the North Korean threat. North Korea condemned on Sunday the latest United Nations sanctions against it, saying that they were aimed at hindering its efforts to strengthen its nuclear power. Read More »

Theresa May says 'enough is enough' after London attacks

She said five credible plots have been disrupted since March. May faced questions from reporters on Monday over whether she regretted cutting police numbers by around 20,000 during her time as interior minister from 2010 to 2016. In the second incident, the terrorist stabbed multiple people at Borough market before being neutralised by the police. People from around the world were caught up as hundreds cowered in pubs and restaurants, barricading themselves inside as the attackers ... Read More »

European cooperation vital, Macron tells May after attack

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In the tongue-in-cheek response from the French Foreign Ministry social media team, they repeated Macron's newly coined #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain slogan in a rather flagrant middle finger to Trump's populist slogan. The embedded video admonished the "bad deal" negotiated by former President Barack Obama while hitting on Trump's main talking points of employment and USA competitiveness in the global market as reasons for reneging on the deal. Read More »

Trump urges tougher US travel ban, expedited court review

Trump's original travel ban, barring would-be visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, prompted airport protests throughout the country and was quickly blocked by the federal courts . At 7:31 a.m., he attacked the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan: "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!"' Sebastian Gorka, a White House national security aide, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Monday in the wake of the President's ... Read More »

UAE's Etihad to suspend flights to Qatar after ties severed

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Qatari diplomats had 48 hours to leave and airspace and ports between the countries would be closed within 24 hours of Bahrain's announcement, it said . Media reports indicated that all UAE airlines, including budget flyer FlyDubai and Etihad from Abu Dhabi, will stop flying to Qatar from Tuesday. "The Qatari Government will take all necessary measures to ensure this and to thwart attempts to influence and harm the Qatari society and economy", it said. Read More »

Putin says he 'didn't really talk' to Flynn at Moscow dinner

Russian President Vladimir Putin is dismissing as "a load of nonsense" the idea that Russia has damaging information on President Donald Trump . Kelly kicked things off by reiterating that intelligence consensus is that Putin ordered a campaign to interfere with the election. Read More »

Multiple people reported dead in shooting at Orlando workplace

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Situation contained. Multiple people were killed after shots rang out at an Orlando , Florida business on Monday, authorities said. The shooting took place nearly a year after 49 people were killed on June 12, 2016, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando , the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history. Read More »

US states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

Robert Orr, one of the architects of the Paris accord and a former special advisor to the UN secretary general on climate change, told AFP that the United States had already been on track to achieve about half its Paris reductions commitment. Read More »

Trump Has Made the 2020 Election a Referendum on Climate Change

Claims that other countries are exempt and that their support for the deal stemmed from restraints imposed on the USA are also false. As well as world outcry, Trump's decision has already prompted a domestic backlash, with state governors, city mayors and powerful companies drawing up plans to meet the Paris pact's greenhouse gas emission targets. Read More »

'Disconcerting and embarrassing': SLO mayor slams Trump's Paris Agreement withdrawal

Trump indicated that wasn't a priority as he explained why he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris accord in the first place. "To make America great again, you've got to make America strong again", Kelly said. Environment chief Erik Solheim says the decision by President Donald Trump to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord "in no way brings an end to this unstoppable effort". Read More »

Iraqi forces retake key town of Baaj from Isis

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Iraqi security forces are more than seven months into a massive operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which overran the city and swathes of other territory almost three years ago. "More than 500 Hashd al-Shaabi fighters forced their way into the southern entrance of Baaj district", captain Jabbar Hassan told Anadolu Agency. UNICEF said it has received reports of civilians including children being killed in west Mosul, some of them as they sought to flee. Read More »

Trump wants to 'stay engaged' on climate: Tillerson

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He underlined the importance of the Paris climate accord , but noted that it's a framework agreement offering a broad room for maneuver for each signatory nation. In Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU is "stepping up our cooperation on climate change with China" following a summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Read More »

Trump wants to 'stay engaged' on climate: Rex Tillerson

It may be years before the country can formally exit the deal, but Trump said he'll immediately halt implementation. In the wake of President Donald Trump's Thursday announcement that the United States will withdraw from the historic 2015 Paris climate accord , much of the world reacted with shock and abject horror. Read More »

What does 'severing ties' with Qatar actually mean?

The decision to cut ties came months after Saudi Arabia severed relations with Iran . "As instructed by the UAE government, Emirates will suspend its flights to and from Doha , starting from the morning of 6 June 2017, until further notice ", it said. Read More »

Trump vows to do whatever is necessary to protect US

In a string of Twitter comments, the USA leader vowed support for Britain, criticized London's mayor and took a tough stance on fighting terrorism. A spokesman said Khan "has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet". At the time, Trump's proposed Muslim ban applied to all Muslims from all countries who were not USA citizens, but Trump said he welcomed Khan's election and would make an exception for him. Read More »

House intel panel approves subpoenas for Trump lawyer, former top aide

The House Intelligence Committee has issued seven subpoenas for information relating to the investigation into Russia's election meddling a year ago. At the time, Speaker Paul Ryan tasked Representative Mike Conaway of Texas to temporarily take over the Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election while the Ethics Committee looked into the claims against Nunes. Read More »

Gulf countries sever diplomatic ties with Qatar

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The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels also expelled Qatar from its alliance, alleging support of "al-Qaeda and Daesh [also known as ISIS], as well as dealing with the rebel militias", according to Saudi's state media agency. Read More »

Japan holds evacuation drills as N Korea missile fears grow

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Regional security expert Tim Huxley suggested last week that United States policy is now in "a period of, at best, uncertainty under President Donald Trump ". in the region. China has reclaimed thousands of acres of land on reefs in the South China Sea , adding airstrips, lighthouses and port facilities to better project influence over the waterway. Read More »

Speaker says Illinois Legislature will miss budget deadline

The bill also allows people to opt out of registering to vote. Rep. Sara Wojcicki-Jiminez is a Republican from Springfield. The Democrat-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. The governor, however, vowed to sign those measures. However, a Rauner spokeswoman says Tuesday's plan doesn't go far enough. Moody's also lowered the state's ratings . Read More »

Prime Minister Corbyn? UK polls narrowing dangerously for conservatives

After going into the campaign with a lead which some pollsters put as high as 21 points, the sprint to the finish line now sees the Conservatives just three points up on Labour . He said May had been warned by the police officer's staff association, the Police Federation, over the impact of cuts to officer numbers, and quoted her accusation in May 2015 that officers were "crying wolf", in the way they expressed concerns. Read More »

Inslee joins governors of New York, California to form US Climate Alliance

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The timing for this trip was noticeable, as Brown responded strongly a day ago to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement , vowing to "resist" and to "fight". The Under2 Clean Energy Forum expands on the Clean Energy Ministerial by gathering members of the Under2 Coalition - leaders of cities, provinces and states, businesses and NGOs around the world - to drive subnational and non-state action to decarbonize the economy and curb climate change . Read More »

Prince Harry rounds off Singapore visit with polo

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Writing in the official programme for the Sentebale Polo Cup, with his charity co-founder Prince Seeiso of Lesotho , the prince said: "In the past year we have expanded operations into Botswana , addressing the pressing needs of the country with the world's third-highest HIV prevalence". Read More »

Japanese town holds evacuation drill amid North Korea threat

Dr Ng noted that regional security is crucial for trade to flourish: "We must be mindful that security and stability are pre-conditions and mutually reinforcing steps towards greater prosperity and progress". During his address, the Malaysian minister highlighted the five challenges that he felt were most relevant at present, amongst them the proliferation of Daesh's Asia-Pacific ambitions, the escalating tension and volatility in the Korean Peninsula, and inconsistencies in the quest for ... Read More »