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Qatar foreign minister: No one has 'right to blockade my country'

HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Thursday held via telephone conversations with Foreign Minister of Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan and Foreign Minister of Italy Angelino Alfano. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres encouraged Gulf countries to solve their issues through diplomatic means and offered his support in this regard, UNSG spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Thursday. Read More »

Calls for Trump state visit to be cancelled after London attack tweets

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Appearing on Channel 4 News on Monday evening, Khan said Trump was wrong about " many things" and that his state visit should not go ahead. When Trump was criticised for taking the Mayor's words out of context, he sent a second tweet saying Khan had come up with a " pathetic excuse" which "mainstream media" was "working hard to sell". Read More »

London Bridge attack: New search underway near home of assailants in Barking

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He was allegedly on his way to Syria and was carrying only a backpack. Italian officials said suspicions about him had been shared with British authorities. "The deceased's family have been informed", Metropolitan Police said in a statement , per United International Press . Police said that after three deadly attacks in three months they could hardly keep tabs on 3,000 people on the terror watchlist and 20,000 who have been on the intelligence radar in the past. Read More »

Brexit Meltdown as Europe Reacts to UK Election Amid 'Casino' Criticism

Speculation now turns to who will form a government, and how. With almost two-thirds of the seats counted, the results appeared to be generally bearing out an exit poll that predicted the Conservatives would get 314 of the 650 seats in Parliament, down from 330, while the Labour Party was projected to win 266, up from 229. Read More »

Police arrest man in London Bridge attack investigation

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Butt, 27, who was reported to police twice before the London Bridge attack , was named as one of the perpetrators on Monday, along with Rachid Redouane . London police have said 12 other people from the Barking neighbourhood held since the attack have been freed. Many of us in the British Muslim community have been demanding action against these extremists to no avail. Read More »

9 killed, thousands displaced in South African storms

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The winds came after a powerful storm caused flooding and enormous waves in Cape Town on Tuesday night. However, strong winds and billowing smoke made it hard for emergency responders to use helicopters, the African News Agency reported . Read More »

Why history says Theresa May should go

Theresa May is in the fight of her life to survive as Britain's prime minister after losing her majority in parliament in a disastrous election. In the House of Commons, a party must win 326 of the 650 available seats to secure an "absolute majority ". Read More »

Eiffel Tower lights out for Iran attacks

Police officers run to take position around Iran's parliament building after an assault of several attackers, in Tehran , Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attacks. Iran's Revolutionary Guards [IRGC] accused Saudi Arabia of masterminding the attacks, saying that the assaults "happened only a week after the meeting between the United States president [Donald Trump] and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists". Read More »

Iran arrests two suspects linked to attacks in Tehran

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After being recruited by ISIS, they left Iran to join the group and carry out crimes in Mosul and Raqqa. The Parliament assault began when four armed assailants, dressed as women, burst into the building complex and attacked the parliament buildings in the morning, reports Tasnim news. Read More »

It is a historic day today, says PM as Pakistan joins SCO

Expressing gratitude to the member countries for supporting Pakistan's permanent membership to the organization, he said it is a historic day for Pakistan to become the full member of the organization. Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the discussions a short while ago as India is now an Observer state. The highlight for India is expected to be the Modi-Xi meeting, the first this year. Read More »

PM Modi attacks Pakistan on terrorism, advises China on OBOR

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Sharing the round table with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif amidst the ongoing India-Pakistan chill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for coordinated and strong efforts to fight terror and radicalisation, particularly on recruitment, training and financing - in a veiled message to Islamabad. Read More »

Muslim Brotherhood rejects Saudi terror accusations

Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt cut ties with Qatar accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years. In an apparent act of support for Qatar , Turkish MPs approved a bill allowing more troops to be deployed to the country and to take part in joint training exercises. Read More »

Arab powers name Qatar linked terror list

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is ready to support any diplomatic efforts to resolve tensions between Qatar and other Gulf Arab states "if desired by all parties", his spokesman said on June 8. Meanwhile, Sudan, Algeria and Iraq all expressed concerns about the diplomatic crisis around Qatar, urging all Arab countries concerned to avoid escalation and solve the problem through dialogue. Read More »

Japan passes historic law to allow beloved Emperor to abdicate

The abdication must take place within three years of the new law taking effect or it expires, and it only applies to Akihito . The imperial family has had an unbroken succession of male heirs since the last 1,500 years at least. The legislation approved Friday states that the public's "understanding" and "sympathy" for the aging emperor's "deep concern" about becoming unable to fulfill his duties as a reason to realize his abdication, in a bid to clarify that he is not forced to retire. Read More »

Woman Detonates Explosive in Crowded Market, Kills at Least 30

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A security officer said the assailant was a woman who hid the bomb under the customary full-body veil. The blast came hours after a bomb exploded in Karbala , near Mussayyib, wounding five people. Iraqi forces, backed by a coalition of foreign states, is battling the extremist group in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, while Kurdish forces in recent days began an assault on the group's so-called capital of Raqqa in Syria. Read More »

How Apple Could Challenge Amazon's $10 Billion in New Revenue

The focus of Apple HomePod is Apple Music, so to that end it is largely for entertainment. As for its hardware, the HomePod sports an array of six microphones; a set-up that is expected to let Siri hear the user's instructions or messages even when the music is playing loudly or the person is situated at a distance from the home speaker. Read More »

Qatar rejects as baseless terrorism designations by four Arab states

The decision plunged Qatar into chaos and ignited the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Gulf since the 1991 war against Iraq. In an exclusive Tuesday, CNN reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had determined that Russian hackers had breached Qatar's state news agency and planted fake stories. Read More »

Emmy-nominated actress Glenne Headly dies at 63

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Headly was nominated for an Emmy for 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove and again for 1996's Bastard Out of Carolina . "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this awful news", the streaming service said. Production on the series is expected to continue as scheduled while the show's writers rework upcoming episodes in light of Headly's death. " Glenne Headly & I share a birthday". Read More »

United Kingdom heads to hung parliament as Conservatives lose majority in general elections

Failing to offer any clues to her future, she said if her party won the most seats "it will be incumbent on us to ensure that we have that period of stability and that is exactly what we will do". British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Queen Elizabeth II on Friday and seek permission to form a new government, a spokesman said. The BBC's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, says Mrs May's decision may prove to have been one of the biggest political mistakes of modern times. Read More »

Death toll from Lanka floods rises to 151

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Indian Navy troops offload emergency supplies from an Indian ship at Colombo harbour. Five members of the same family who were buried in a mudslide - a husband and wife and their three teenage daughters - were buried in a common grave on Saturday afternoon. Read More »

Trump nominates Christopher Wray as new FBI Director

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Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he had selected the former federal prosecutor Christopher Wray to be his new F.B.I. director. Trump called Wray "a man of impeccable credentials" and offered no more information about the selection, except to end the tweet with "Details to follow ". Read More »

Trump administration lied to justify my sacking: Comey

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Comey's accusations could further mire Trump's administration in legal difficulties, as special counsel Robert Mueller, appointed by the Justice Department after Comey was sacked, and several congressional committees investigate alleged Russian efforts to influence the election. Read More »

United States will lose world leadership with Trump move on Paris

Gov. David Ige signed two bills Tuesday that reflect climate goals in the Paris accord. President Trump announces his decision on the Paris climate accord on Friday. The United States now aligns itself with Nicaragua and Syria, the only two nations that didn't sign the deal. The United States, the world's biggest carbon emitter after China, signed the agreement past year under the previous administration, but Trump has argued that the deal would harm the U.S. Read More »

New Twitter Bot Translates Donald Trump's Tweets Into 'Official' White House Statements

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But while Spicer may have just solved a lingering debate between the media and some of its critics, by legitimizing Trump's tweets, he also just created some new problems for the White House and Republicans in Congress. Local residents have bragged about popping popcorn and canceling lunches to watch what many in the city see as the event of the year. "He works against his own interests, shoots from the hip and goes rogue from his own legal counsel", said Margaret Russell, a law professor at ... Read More »

In defeat for Theresa May, Conservatives lose majority in UK Parliament

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Without such a majority, the government can not be assured of passing legislation and often has to rely on the support of other parties . "I will now form a government", May said in front of No. President Donald Trump on issues like his decision to leave the Paris Agreement, or his attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the immediate aftermath of a terror attack. Read More »

Trump to Take Questions at News Conference One Day After Comey Testimony

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President Trump has already called James Comey a liar and leaker on Twitter, but besides that he has yet to make any personal statements regarding the hearing or Comey's testimony. Trump has also slammed Comey as a "leaker" since the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director explained how he used a proxy in order to inform the press about the memos he took about his meetings with Trump. Read More »

Crusaders' Mo'unga compared to Carter ahead of Lions clash

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Warren Gatland yesterday named his Lions side to face Super Rugby outfit Crusaders on Saturday , as the group will look to respond from a disappointing loss to the Blues on Wednesday morning. They had a line-out close to the Blues' try line but Rory Best's throwing was awry and the hosts stole the ball to seal the victory. "I watched the [America's Cup] sailing this morning and they just seem to have ice cold blood in their veins under huge pressure, and that's Richie ". Read More »

Mars recall Galaxy, Minstrels and Maltesers Teasers products over salmonella fear

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Galaxy milk chocolate bars, Maltesers Teasers and some Minstrels products are included according to The Independent . All of the affected products have a best before date in May 2018. Mars also said it had received no complaints regarding the affected products and that it was working closely with relevant food safety authorities regarding the recall. Read More »

Indyref2 plans a factor in SNP election result, admits Nicola Sturgeon

The Conservatives ended up with 13 MPs from north of the border, giving the party its best result in Scotland since 1983. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted there should be such a ballot when the terms of the UK's exit deal from the European Union are clear and has suggested a vote could be held between autumn next year and spring 2019. Read More »

British shock: PM May's election gamble appears to backfire

May called the snap election in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the European Union with a " strong and stable government". Casualties include the party's deputy leader Angus Robertson, and former SNP leader and party heavyweight Alex Salmond. Her plan is to govern with the support of Northern Ireland's Unionists and she would have a one-seat majority. Read More »