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Trump speaks to Qatar Emir; offers to mediate Gulf crisis


Trump also appeared to suggest the decision to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar, home to a large US military base, was understandable. "The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding - they have to end that funding - and its extremist ideology in terms of funding", Trump said. Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon rules out 'rash decisions' on Indyref2 after major SNP losses

Indeed, within the United Kingdom the picture is unusual because the CP did well in Scotland based on the astuteness of Ruth Davidson , the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party. "But I've always said - the SNP would want to be part of a progressive alternative to a Tory government , but there's a number of seats still to be declared". Read More »

Unclear if Trump will block Comey's testimony

Former FBI Director James Comey was "disturbed" by his interactions with President Donald Trump but "he thought he had the situation under control", a source familiar with Comey's thinking tells CNN . "I never met with him". Comey testifies to the House Intelligence Committee in March. Ohlin said that if Trump invokes executive privilege and Comey testifies despite that, the administration has two avenues for recourse: an injunction before Comey's testimony, or a prosecution afterward, ... Read More »

North Korea Defies UN Sanctions, Fires Anti-Cruise Ship Missiles

It said leader Kim Jong Un observed the launches and that the missiles "accurately detected and hit" floating targets at sea after making "circular flights". Meanwhile, South Korea suspended temporarily the further deployment of the advanced United States missile defense system known as THAAD over certain bureaucratic irregularities surrounding its installation. Read More »

British PM May says will govern with "friends" for successful Brexit deal


We're joined now by reporter Ben Bland from London . Theresa May was looking for confirmation of her mandate. "She did not get that and she's a hugely diminished figure". Well, that's the big unknown at the moment. "What I think is important in the Brexit we have the certainty of a government who can take forward a plan into those Brexit negotiations". Read More »

Iran says IS-claimed attacks killed 16

The attackers were armed with rifles and pistols and at least two blew themselves up with suicide vests, Iranian media reported. "This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US President (Donald Trump-ed) and the (Saudi) backward leaders who support terrorists". Read More »

Japan's parliament clears way for Emperor Akihito's abdication


Passed in 1947, the law makes no provision for a monarch to abdicate; it also excludes all female members of the royal family from the line of succession. The last emperor to abdicate was Kokaku in 1817. The emperor's son, Prince Naruhito, will likely take the throne late next year. While Japan might slowly be coming around to the idea of imperial princesses who marry outside the family, after what it believes could be up to 2,600 years of unbroken male rule, it doesn't appear as though ... Read More »

Trump says US is committed to mutual support of NATO allies

Trump called on ABC News' Jonathan Karl after bragging to Iohannis about the number of reporters in attendance, expressing a desire to sell the spectacle's broadcasting rights, regurgitating his favorite talking point that television reporters are fake news, and longing for his days as a private citizen. Read More »

Syria army reaches Iraq border after U.S. tensions: monitor

The Syrian army and allied fighters reached the Syrian-Iraqi borders in eastern Syria on Friday as the Iraqi forces reached the Iraqi side of the borders at the same time, the military media of the Syrian army reported. By circling around them, the Russian-backed forces have apparently avoided a direct confrontation with US -backed forces based out of al-Tanf, the border post under USA and opposition control. Read More »

North Korea 'disrespected' China by missile test


The statement affirmed the American commitment to stand behind Japan and South Korea , and said the missile was never a threat to North America. China reiterated that U.N. May 14: North Korea test-fires its newly developed Hwasong-12 missile, which it says can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. The six are believed to have been on two fishing vessels, one of which was overturned, when they were rescued by the South Korean coastguard and the navy on Saturday, the coastguard said. Read More »

Qatar blames current crisis on fake news inserted by hackers

Wang said peace and stability of the region is in the shared interests of regional members and the global community, and that China holds that relevant countries need to properly resolve their differences. That was enough, it seemed, to persuade Qatar the United States wasn't abandoning its strategic partner. "The Ministry said the investigation team confirmed that the piracy process had used high techniques and innovative methods by exploiting an electronic gap on the website of the ... Read More »

Tehran attackers fought for ISIS, Iran says

He did not elaborate. It added that the group returned to Iran previous year trying to commit acts of terrorism in the holy cities of the country but they failed to do so since the security forces inflicted damage on their network while killing the ringleader named as Abu Aisha. Read More »

Who are the DUP? 5 key things you should know

Ruth Davidson said she has received assurances from Theresa May over gay rights should the Tories do a deal with the DUP . In the wake of the so-called "cash for ash" scandal, in which fundamental flaws were exposed in a renewable energy scheme she'd set up, critics called for Foster to step down as First Minister. Read More »

PM Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping, discusses bilateral relations

In a rare snub to all-weather ally Pakistan , Chinese President Xi Jinping skipped a customary meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the SCO summit in Astana after the murder of two Chinese teachers in Balochistan. "The Chinese side attaches great importance to this relationship with India, and will work together with India to complement each other's major development strategies and stay in close communication and coordinate with each other on major regional and global affairs and ... Read More »

Hawaiian pizza inventor dies


The inventor of the Hawaiian pizza has died. A statement from the family read: "Sam immigrated to Canada in 1952 and operated several successful restaurants alongside his brothers Elias & Nikitas in Elliot Lake, Wallaceburg, Chatham and London". Read More »

As Tillerson calls for calm, Trump calls out Qatar on terror


Donald Trump on Friday escalated the growing rift with Qatar, calling out the country as a sponsor of terrorism after seven Middle Eastern countries severed ties with Doha. Unlike Trump, Tillerson stressed the possibility of reconciliation and pointed to the human cost of the Saudi-led blockade, mentioning shortages of food, the way families had been separated and they way some children have been pulled out of school. Read More »

Kabul blames Pakistan, Haqqani network for bombing


No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul on Wednesday morning, causing a big number of casualties and sending a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital . Read More »

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck

The ringleader of the London Bridge terror gang tried to hire a 7.5-tonne lorry hours before the attack, police have revealed. Zaghba was stopped at Bologna Airport by Italian airport police in March 2016 as he was trying to board a plane bound for Istanbul. Read More »

Scottish National Party sees steep losses in UK vote count


As group leader at Westminster, and as a result of the SNP's newly acquired third-party status, he was handed the task of challenging the UK Government on everything from welfare reforms to Brexit and foreign affairs. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said that the prospect of a second referendum was "dead" after a "historic" night in which party recorded its best general election performance since 1983. Read More »

Afghan policemen killed in US airstrike


Officials from Helmand said that the strike took place in Nad Ali district of Helmand province. The US-Forces in Afghanistan said that an investigation is being conducted to determine the specific circumstances that led to this incident. Read More »

Foundation of Donald Trump's son under investigation


Jude Children's Research Hospital. "We are looking into issues at the foundation raised by the report", Schneiderman's office said a statement. A part of the donations, $100,000 was paid to Trump's golf course which hosted the charity golf tournament to pay for expenses, The New York Daily News reported . Read More »

Did Trump just say he'd testify under oath about Comey?

He further complained about the congressional hearing, and asked Comey to publicly state what he had told Trump in private - that, as of that time , Trump was not personally under investigation. Mr Comey told the Senate panel that he shared an unclassified memo about his February conversation with Mr Trump about Flynn because he hoped it would lead to the appointment of a special counsel. Read More »

A Gracious Israel Grants Hunger Striking Terrorists a Single Face Saving Concession


Israeli prison service spokeswoman Nicole Englander said the protest ended after Israel concluded a deal with the Palestinian Authority and the Red Cross for prisoners to receive a second family visit each per month. The strike provoked widespread demonstrations among Palestinians in solidarity with the protesters and clashes with Israeli security forces. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement the "rush" to kill the men "smacks of militia rule, not the rule of law". Read More »

Dana Milbank: Tongue-tied testimony in defense of Trump


King wanted to know why they weren't answering questions as to whether they had had conversations with the president, or whether or not they had conversations with now former FBI Director James Comey about Trump. KING: What you feel isn't relevant, Admiral. "There was no assertion of executive privilege, and thus I don't understand why these individuals did not answer all of our questions today", Collins said. Read More »

Trump is reportedly getting frustrated with Jeff Sessions

According to ABC News , US Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign due to his tensions with US President Donald Trump . CNN previously reported exclusively that congressional investigators are examining whether Sessions had an additional private meeting with Russia's ambassador during the presidential campaign, according to Republican and Democratic Hill sources and intelligence officials briefed on the investigation . Read More »

Panama's former dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83


Though the reason for the conflict was disputed by Noriega, its result was not: After roughly a fortnight, Noriega surrendered to the the Vatican Embassy in Panama City - but only after US forces loudly blasted rock music ( including Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" ) outside the building during their efforts to drive him out. Read More »

Saudi and Bahrain welcome Trump's scolding of Qatar

The US is seeking to stem a region-wide diplomatic crisis that is threatening its focus on counter-terrorism. Kuwait has taken on the mediator role in the crisis, and French President Emmanuel Macron has also reached out to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran in a bid to kick off talks. Read More »

Angela Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK vote

British voters failed to deliver a widely expected parliamentary majority for the Conservative party in Thursday's general election, dealing a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May just days ahead of hard Brexit talks with the EU. The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government, if her Conservative party has lost its overall majority as an exit poll and near-complete results indicate. Read More »