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Trump, Saudi King discuss terror, regional unity

US President Donald Trump took sides in the deep rift in the Arab world on Tuesday, praising Middle East countries' actions against Qatar, but later spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman and stressed the need for Gulf unity. Qatar is heavily dependent on food imports and residents have been queuing at supermarkets to stockpile. Qatar may be the richest country in the world per capita, but an embargo from its neighbours has the potential to be crippling to its economy. Read More »

US Suspects Russian Hacking Led to Qatar Crisis

Trump says on Twitter that it was good to see that his visit to Saudi Arabia was "already paying off". "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" he said. Hamas was formed in the 1980s as an offshoot of the pan-Arab Brotherhood but has more recently stressed its basis as a Palestinian liberation movement, in part to defuse Egyptian enmity and draw support from wealthy Arab states. Read More »

North Korea missiles a 'direct threat' to Russia

The UN security council unanimously passed a resolution with new sanctions against North Korea Friday after the regime launched its ninth ballistic missile test of the year. The focus on terrorism coincided with a gunman who stormed and torched a Manila casino, killing 36 people, which has been claimed by Islamic State, but police say was a botched robbery. Read More »

China can't 'buy its way out' of global problems


The defense secretary stressed that the U.S. will continue to "fly, sail, and operate wherever global law allows, and demonstrate resolve through operational presence in the South China Sea and beyond". "As of late 2016, China was constructing 24 fighter-sized hangars, fixed-weapons positions, barracks, administration buildings, and communication facilities at each of the three outposts". Read More »

Trump tweets after London attacks to make point about gun control


Hillary Clinton criticized President Donald Trump's handling of recent terror attacks in London Monday, saying that "we are not living in normal times". Appearing on Channel 4 News, Mr Khan said Mr Trump was wrong about " many things" and that his state visit should not go ahead. Trump has used the policy, stalled now in U.S. Read More »

Jordan lowers diplomatic representation in Qatar


Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain and Egypt blocked access to Al Jazeera and launched an aggressive campaign accusing Qatar of supporting terrorist groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State, destabilizing the region and stabbing its allies in the back. Read More »

London Mayor Floats Canceling Trump's UK Visit


Seven people were killed and dozens more injured in the attack on Saturday, and Trump appeared to misinterpret a statement made by Khan in response to the tragic event. On Monday, a spokesman for Khan responded to the latest statement from Trump, saying, "Nothing has changed since yesterday". Trump has leapt on the London attacks as evidence of the need for hardline security measures in the United States, including a ban on travellers from some Muslim countries. Read More »

What we know about the London attackers

The final attacker was named as Youssef Zaghba , a 22-year-old Italian national of Moroccan descent and lived in east London . The friend claimed Butt became radicalized after watching extremist videos on Youtube . One of them, Khuram Shazad Butt , had appeared in a documentary, "The Jihadis Next Door," and was known to investigators. He has said cuts in the number of police officers have had an impact on the ability to prevent attacks. Read More »

Jordan downgrades diplomatic relations with Qatar


Saudi Arabia's central bank advised banks in the kingdom not to trade with Qatari banks in Qatari riyals, sources said. France has called France on Qatar to answer its Gulf neighbors' questions in order to find a solution to the current diplomatic crisis. Read More »

English Twitter Reacts to Trump's Comments on London Mayor Sadiq Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan - elected previous year and the first Muslim to head a major Western capital - had earlier said Britons should not be alarmed to see a higher police presence on the streets of London following the incident. A spokesperson for Khan Sunday called Trump's remark "ill-informed" and said it took the mayor's words out of context. "They'll come back with battlefield skills, they'll come back with hardened ideology, they'll come back angry, frustrated, and we need to be ... Read More »

Police name 2 London attackers, say 1 was known to authorities

Twelve people who were previously arrested in connection to the investigation were released without charge, police said Monday. Zaghba, 22, had been notified to British and Moroccan authorities by Italian intelligence previous year when Italian police intercepted him in March 2016 at Bologna Airport with a one way ticket for Istanbul, two officials said on condition of anonymity. Read More »

Qatar, Gulf may stabilise but Qatari banking sector still a risk

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is yet to revoke licences given to Qatar Airways similar to the step taken by its Saudi counterpart. In order to reduce the expected loss, Arief said his ministry would coordinate with the Transportation Ministry to transfer the license given to the Qatari airline to other airlines, such as Emirates and Etihad. Read More »

Breathalyzer tests found no alcohol in Tiger Woods' system, police affidavit states


He was in his 2015 Mercedes Benz when Jupiter, Florida police found him by himself with his seat belt on. However, he then voiced honest support and concern while acknowledging he does not know much about Woods latest episode. Officials said video of the arrest was captured on at least one police cruiser dash cam. The 14-time major victor will not play again this season after undergoing a fourth back surgery last month, and Nicklaus has called for support from the golfing community. Read More »

Five killed in farmers' stir in Madhya Pradesh; mobile internet suspended

At least five farmers were killed and four others were critically injured in firing on agitating farmers in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. State home minister Bhupendra Singh and district collector Swatantra Kumar Singh said that deaths and injuries happened in miscreants' firing. The CM also confirmed that a price stabilisation fund of Rs 1,000 crore would be set up to purchase farm produce at acceptable prices for the farmers. Read More »

Qatar in talks with Turkey and Iran to provide food, water


On Monday, Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain and Egypt gave Qataris 14 days to leave, breaking diplomatic relations with Doha over its alleged support for extremism. Qatar has denied the allegations. The United Arab Emirates warned on Wednesday that anyone showing sympathy with Qatar over sanctions imposed by its Gulf neighbours could face up to 15 years in prison. Read More »

London police arrest another suspect in connection with London Bridge attack

Butt and Rachid Redouane were named on Monday (June 5) as two of the men responsible, and on Tuesday (June 6) the third man was named as Youssef Zaghba , an Italian of Moroccan origin. Another neighbour, Michael Mimbo, told Reuters that Butt supported the north London football team Arsenal. One of the dead attackers has been pictured wearing an Arsenal shirt. Read More »

Twin Attacks Hit Iran's Parliament And Khomeini Mausoleum


The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks in parliament and the shrine, the Amaq propaganda agency said. Iran and ISIS are on opposing sides in the ongoing civil war in Syria as well as in Iraq where government forces aided by local Shiite militias are fighting to drive ISIS out of the country. Read More »

Qatar row: Trump calls for 'unity' in Gulf


According to Reuters , Qatar has for years presented itself as a mediator and power broker for the region's many disputes, but Egypt and the Gulf Arab states resent Qatar's support for Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood , which they see as a political foe. Read More »

Donald Trump pushes Gulf unity in call with Saudi king

The president's sharp critique of Qatar pulled the USA directly into a conflict that American diplomats had wanted the bickering parties to resolve among themselves. "We are calling on all Filipinos to stay calm", he said. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the ban took effect Tuesday, but there is no plan yet to repatriate the more than 200,000 Filipino workers in Qatar. Read More »

Kremlin 'resolutely' denies Russian Federation hacked USA vote

Reality Winner , a 25-year-old national government contractor based out of Augusta, Ga., was charged Monday with sending a classified report about Russia's interference in the 2016 election to the news media. "We need to declassify more of that information", he said, so that American citizens can understand the extent of the attacks. The Intercept approached the NSA to verify the authenticity of the documents and in doing so, unwittingly revealed its source. Read More »

Modi meets German Chancellor Merkel

Spicer said that Trump feels he and Merkel have a "fairly unbelievable" relationship. Last week, he told assembled European officials something to the effect of: "Germans are bad , really bad ". This provoked a strong reaction from the German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the weekend. To others, however, the Europe-U.S. tensions over defense spending, trade deals and climate change are real, growing and could ultimately lead to shifts in alliances if Trump does not temper his tone. Read More »

One dead, 12 injured in attacks on Iran parliament and shrine


It is unclear how the attackers breached the security checkpoints to enter the parliament building. News agencies ISNA and Fars said three people had been shot, including at least one security guard. Saudi Arabia and Iran regularly accuse each other of supporting extremists in the region. Ali Larijani , who chaired today's open session of parliament despite ongoing attacks behind closed doors, said the attack indicates that terrorists are seeking to create problems for Iran. Read More »

Third London Bridge Attacker named as Youssef Zaghba


Butt and Redouane, who also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, lived in Barking, while Zaghba is reported to have worked at a restaurant in London . Police had already named Butt and Redouane, a 30-year-old who claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. Read More »

White House Downplays Trump Tweets On Gulf Feud


White House counselor Kellyanne Conway denounced "this obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little what he does as president" on NBC's " Today " show on Monday. Trump could sign an executive order reinstating the original ban anytime he likes. To hear President Donald Trump tell it, the people most bothered by his Twitter habits work for the mainstream media. Read More »

Third London attacker named amid anger over security flaws

Two Australians were among the seven killed in a van and knife attacks on and on Saturday. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson voiced concern over apparent security failings as at least one attacker from Saturday's three-man rampage in London had previously been identified as an extremist, even appearing in a 2016 television documentary. Read More »

London mayor demands cancellation of Trump's planned visit to UK

Three jihadis drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday night before running into the bustling Borough Market area where they slit people's throats and stabbed them indiscriminately. Khan, who belongs to the opposition Labour Party, is popular in London and his response to Saturday's killings has been widely praised as dignified. Read More »

Cyclone Mora makes landfall in Bangladesh


INS Sumitra that was rushed for rescue operations to Bangladesh's Chittagong that was hit by Cyclone Mora , has rescued 18 persons so far. Police said a woman and a man had been crushed under trees felled by winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour in the coastal district of Cox's Bazar, which bore the brunt of the cyclone . Read More »

SDF announces "final assault" on Raqqa

The SDF's spokesman Talal Silo later told Reuters the operation started on Monday and the fighting would be "fierce" because Daesh will "die to defend their so-called capital". SDF forces reached the northern and eastern gates to Raqqa last week after intense clashes under the cover of US-led airstrikes. The SDF was also trying to push into Raqqa's northwestern district of Al Andalus, as fighting continued to the north, east and west of the city. Read More »

California's governor, not Trump, meets with China over climate change

Since Trump's announcement , many mayors and governors have been stepping forth to declare their continued commitment to fighting climate change . Brown signed similar agreements in the past several days with leaders in Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces, the report said. The home minister on Tuesday followed it up and said that the U.S. Read More »

CT 2017: Rain washes out Australia-Bangladesh tie

Smith was frustrated but understanding after rain ruined Australia's attempts to chase a target of less than four an over, which was set up by Mitchell Starc's four-wicket haul that saw Bangladesh dismissed for 182 in 44.3 overs. One down Imrul Kayes (6) was beaten by Pat Cummins' pace as the batsman offered a simple catch to Aaron Finch at cover point as Bangladesh were reduced to 37 for 2 in the 11th over. Read More »