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South African President Zuma Defeats No-Confidence Motion


Zuma supporters argued that the executive committee didn't have the power to remove a sitting ANC president who's appointed by its national congress, one of the NEC members said. Zuma is scheduled to step down from the ANC helm in December. Discontent with his rule contributed to the ANC's loss of control of Johannesburg , the economic hub, and Pretoria , the capital, in an August municipal vote. Read More »

Goldman's Venezuelan Bond Crisis Reflects Danger of High-Yield Risks


Mr Borges, who is president of the country's opposition-run Congress, said Goldman had paid 31 cents on the dollar. Goldman, in a statement late Monday confirming the purchase, said its asset-management arm acquired the bonds "on the secondary market from a broker and did not interact with the Venezuelan government". Read More »

Kingmakers in DUP can shape nature of Brexit deal

Loyalists but potential rivals Amber Rudd, David Davis and Michael Fallon also stay put, meaning it is as you were for the top five Cabinet ministers. "I make no apology for saying that the DUP will always strive for the best deal for Northern Ireland and its people". Northern Ireland is the only place in the British Isles where same-sex marriage is not yet legal. Read More »

Trump won't say if tapes exist; would testify under oath about Comey


He said that when Trump told him he hoped he would terminate an investigation into Michael Flynn, the ousted national security adviser, he interpreted that as a directive. "I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape", Comey said. Read More »

Iran arrests seven suspects linked to Tehran attacks killing 17


In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses a group of students in Tehran, Iran , Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Iran has indirectly suggested that Saudi Arabia, its major regional rival and a US ally, played a role in the attack. As thousands of Iranians attended a funeral for the victims, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday's attacks would only increase hate for the USA and ... Read More »

Qatar isolated by Gulf countries; MEA says move won't affect India

Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain and Egypt this week imposed the economic and diplomatic blockade on Qatar , in a severe escalation of a long-running regional dispute. Qatar has denied it backs terrorists and accuses the Saudis of seeking to dominate their smaller neighbors. The moves taken against Doha include banning Qatar Airways from airspace and closing Qatar s only land border with Saudi Arabia . Read More »

Qatar slams Saudi, allies terrorism list as 'baseless'

On Thursday, they designated 59 individuals and 12 Qatari-linked entities as terrorist organizations. Eight Arab nations severed ties with Qatar, including air, land and sea links, over what they consider to be the state's support of terrorism, Time magazine noted . Read More »

Iran supreme leader says attacks fuel hatred toward US, Saudis

After the Tehran attack, ISIS posted an image of the attackers in its weekly online magazine Al-Naba, saying that it made Tehran "an open battlefield" as Iran had waged a "war on someone else's land", a reference to the Syrian conflict where Iranian ground troops and advisers are backing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against Sunni rebels and jihadists. Read More »

Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacks

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency says two security guards have been killed and more than 30 people wounded in attacks on the parliament building and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini . The Islamic State group claimed the attacks. They were later claimed by IS, the first the group has claimed inside Iran. A total of 14 people have sustained wounds from an acid attack in Tehran, according to reports from the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA), as the country is alarmed after ... Read More »

Qatar FM to AP: No one has 'right to blockade my country'


US President Donald Trump on Tuesday took sides in the rift, praising the actions against Qatar, but later spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and stressed the need for Gulf unity. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries severed relations with Doha on Monday, accusing it of supporting militants and their arch-foe Iran - charges Qatar says are baseless. Read More »

CCTV footage of police shootout with London Bridge attackers emerges


The officer's comments come as the last of the eight victims of the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market were identified when police searching for the missing Frenchman Xavier Thomas recovered a body from the Thames. "My officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the white van targeting individuals on London Bridge, saw the suspects attacking members of the public or saw armed police engaging the suspects", he said. Read More »

Akihito likely to step down in late 2018 or the following March


In veiled language, the 83-year-old emperor expressed his wish to abdicate last August , citing his old age and health. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , left, and Takashi Imai, second left, who presented the final report on a special law for Emperor Akihito's abdication process. Read More »

Trump Says Comey Testimony Shows No Collusion With Russia

But he left aside scathing testimony by Comey, whom he fired in early May, that Trump had tried to derail a probe into onetime national security advisor Michael Flynn - at best, a political miscalculation by a tradition-shredding president, and at worst, a criminal obstruction of justice. Read More »

Emirati diplomat says Qatar has 'fingerprints all over' terror funding


In a Wednesday phone call with the Qatari Emir, Trump extended an olive branch , offering to help the parties resolve their differences with a White House meeting if necessary, and offered the services of Tillerson as a mediator. "That hack showed the UAE's real concerns and that what we really say in our private emails is what we say publicly", Gargash said. "Again, this is Qataris speaking to global media wondering whether this is possible at all". Read More »

N.Korea Lobs Missiles into East Sea

The North in following weeks launched a solid-fuel midrange missile that can be fired on shorter notice than liquid fuel missiles, and also what it descried a new "precision-guided" missile, which experts say is designed with a maneuverable terminal stage meant to frustrate missile defense systems like the U.S. Read More »

Iran says arrests seven suspects linked to Tehran attacks

Iran's Intelligence Ministry has confirmed that five of the men involved in terror attacks in Iran had fought for the Islamic State group. ISIS claimed responsibility and threatened more attacks against Iran's majority Shi'ite population, seen by the hardline Sunni militants as heretics. Read More »

United States investigators seek Trump-Comey conversation memos


When asked if special counsel , Robert S. Mueller III, was investigating Trump for obstructing justice , Comey replied: "I'm sure". The message was the Trump's first since Wednesday - a day before Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence committee that riveted the nation. Read More »

Arab nations add names to terror list amid Qatar dispute


Decades-long tension simmering between Qatar and its Persian Gulf neighbors - Bahrain , Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates - became a major crisis in the Middle East after an alleged fake news report run by Qatar's state-run news agency May 23 supported Iran and a USA -designated terrorist organization. Read More »

Iran officials say 5 attackers fought for IS

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran's message was that "terrorism is a global problem", and he called for "regional and worldwide co-operation and unity". In the wake of twin deadly attacks on Iran claimed by ISIS, both the US and Iran have accused each other of sponsoring terrorism overseas. One of them blasted his explosive belt and the three others were shot dead by the security forces after a five-hour siege on the gunmen's hideouts inside the parliament. Read More »

UAE Chides Qatar for Seeking 'Non-Arab' Help

Just hours after six Arab nations - Saudi Arabia, Egypt , United Arab Emirates , Bahrain , Yemen, Libya and the Maldives - severed diplomatic ties from Qatar , the U.S. broadcaster said. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was also ready to support diplomatic efforts "if desired by all parties", his spokesman said. Read More »

British police name third London attacker as Youssef Zaghba


In Britain's third Islamist attack in as many months, the three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday evening before running into the bustling Borough Market area, where they slit throats and stabbed people. His mother said her son used to show her videos of Syria and wanted to go "because it was a place where you could live according to a pure Islam". Police have made a number of worldwide inquiries as they work urgently to establish how the three attackers knew ... Read More »

Gulf row: Indians in Qatar advised to remain alert


Officials said the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the United States and its allies. "In all battlefields, there are adversaries", the foreign minister said. Soccer's world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association also has said it remains in regular contact with Qatar , which will host the 2022 World Cup. Read More »

MP farmers protest: Shivraj Singh Chauhan to go on fast

When police tried to push him back, he ran into a field nearby from where he was detained. A commission will be set up to work out the cost of production of farm produce and a Rs 1,000 crore fund will be created to help farmers when prices crash, the CM reiterated. Read More »

Rajnath tells opposition not to play with farmers' interests


However, Superintendent of Police of Neemuch Manoj Kumar Singh said the Congress leader will not be allowed to enter the violence-hit district where the situation remains tense. "The 46-year-old Nehru-Gandhi scion has been taken into preventive custody even before he could enter Mandsaur from the neighboring western state of Rajastan to meet the families of the five dead farmers as curfew is imposed in the area". Read More »

Police foil new terror plot as they arrest three people planning attack

A new search was underway Tuesday in Ilford, just north of Barking. Police said three men - Khuram Shazad Butt, 27; Rachid Redouane, 30; and Youssef Zaghba , 22 - rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge last weekend before launching a stabbing spree in bars and restaurants at nearby Borough Market . Read More »

White House downplays tensions with German leader


The sharp words from German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came after Mr Trump concluded his first official tour overseas, which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit. "We live in a globalised world and a partner", she said. "The president believes that seeing Europe and other NATO countries increase its burden sharing is a very positive thing for their own countries, for NATO as a whole and for the US", Spicer said, pointing to ... Read More »

SCO Summit: Modi Talks About Terrorism In Pak, China's Presence

The Prime Minister stressed on coordinated efforts to fight the menace of terrorism , including radicalisation, recruitment, training and financing of terrorists. President Ghani said Afghanistan is on the frontline of the war against terrorism. On security issues, the Chinese president said the SCO should continue to give priority to its commitment to maintain regional security and stability. Read More »

Iran supreme leader: Attacks fuel hatred toward US, Saudis

But Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Thursday that "we still can not judge that Saudi Arabia has had a role in this terrorist incident". Iran's Intelligence Ministry said Thursday that five of the men involved in the attacks were Iranians who had joined IS. Read More »

Qatar FM speeks with US Secretary of State

Analysts say the campaign against Qatar was pre-planned and is meant to force Doha to bring its foreign policy more in line with those of heavyweight Saudi Arabia and its ally the UAE . Qatar has steadfastly denied the allegations and has largely blamed a hack of its state news organization for the crisis. On Wednesday, CNN reported that unnamed USA officials had linked Russian hackers to planting it. Read More »

Emirati diplomat: 'Nothing to negotiate' with Qatar


France has called France on Qatar to answer its Gulf neighbors' questions. The UAE, along with several other powerful Arab states, severed diplomatic ties with fellow Gulf state Qatar on Monday over its alleged support for Islamist groups and Iran. Read More »

Philippine marines killed in fighting with militants


As the fighting intensifies, the United States said on Saturday that its special forces were providing technical support to the Philippine military in Marawi City. At least 200 militants are holed up in a corner of the town. Ominta "Farhana" Maute, the mother of Abdullah and Omar, was detained with nine other people, including two wounded men, in the town of Masiu. Read More »

McCain's fuzzy questions for Comey leave observers puzzled


He said , "It's hard to reconcile: In one case you reach a complete conclusion and the other side you have not". Comey elaborated, for the third time, that the separate, unrelated probe into Clinton's use of private email servers containing classified materials is complete and has been since July of past year (though it was reopened briefly in October, just before the United States presidential election). Read More »

Theresa May Promises 'Certainty' After Queen Approves Plan To Form Government

A deal was struck between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party ( DUP ) of Northern Ireland on Friday morning, just a few hours after a hung parliament was confirmed. "When you're doing that going into Brexit negotiations - some of the most brutal, arduous negotiations this country has ever faced - you don't have a chance going up against it without really a strong majority". Read More »