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Merkel: EU ready for Brexit negotiations

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Mr Oettinger said the timetable to prepare for Brexit by March 29 2019 was "ambitious" and Britain had already lost a lot of time by delaying its Article 50 letter and then calling an election. Steven Blockmans of the Center for European Policy Studies said that because of the current chaos, "it is questionable whether that period of time will be sufficient in order to strike a good deal". Read More »

S.Korea finds apparent North Korean drone near border

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On Thursday, North Korea reported it had successfully tested a new "ground-to-sea cruise rocket" capable of striking enemy battleships staging an attack. The missiles were tested on Thursday. Though Syring touted the success of the U.S.'s recent missile defense test, he discouraged the subcommittee from viewing it as a final step in the program's success. Read More »

Artemis skipper takes a dive, avoids disaster

Just as I was crossing, we straightened the turn, which had me sliding down the aft beam. The Team Sweden helmsman slid off his ACC boat and ended up in the water during the third race of today's opening round of the America's Cup challenger final. Read More »

Pakistan, Russia agree to transform ties into substantive economic partnership

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Advisor to PM on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz, minister for commerce Khurram Dastgir and minister of state for petroleum Jam Kamal accompanied the prime minister. "Pakistan has fought its own fierce war in the fight against worldwide terrorism and, with the grace of God, it has been able to achieve a turnaround in the security and economic situation in our country", Sharif said. Read More »

Sturgeon asks for referendum "triple lock" but admits timing may slip

Miss Sturgeon said she has been "clear" that she wants Scotland to stay in the European Union and that she believes she has a "mandate" for another vote. Nicola Sturgeon's party has rejected raising the top rate of tax from 45p to 50p several times in the past two years amid warnings it would be detrimental to the Scottish economy. Read More »

Gulf leaders trade barbs as Qatar dispute shows no let-up

Saudi Arabia and other United States allies in the region have cited Qatar's alleged support for regional rival Iran and for extremist groups as explanation for their decision. The United Arab Emirates praised Trump's "leadership in challenging Qatar's troubling support for extremism" in a separate statement released on Friday. Read More »

Iran reveals identity of Tehran attackers

As the parliament attack unfolded, gunmen and suicide bombers also struck outside Khomeini's mausoleum on Tehran's southern outskirts. At least 12 other people died in the attacks and 46 were injured. clients". Trump's comments also brought criticism from Iranians on social media, who recalled their government's offers of support and candlelit vigils held in Iran after the attacks of September 11, 2001 in NY. Read More »

DUP set to support May as United Kingdom left with hung parliament

Mrs May is scheduled to visit Buckingham Palace at 12.30pm to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government , a spokesman from her office said. The party has repeatedly blocked marriage equality for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The DUP , an anti-LGBT party, won 10 seats. Theresa May has announced she will form a government with "friends in the DUP " - here's everything you need to know about the party. Read More »

Future Uncertain for GOP's Dodd-Frank Reform

Of particular interest to the energy industry, the legislation, which came almost two years after the collapse of banks and Wall Street investment houses, marked the first time that the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market would be regulated by the federal government. Read More »

UK premier strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party

Hundreds of people marched towards Downing Street in protest of Theresa May's "hateful" alliance with the socially hardline Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). "Gavin will have an important role to play in that". In a resignation statement on the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and missed signs of surging support for the opposition Labour Party. Read More »

Australia shootout work of terrorist, PM says

Yesterday afternoon, the Seven Network took a phone call in its Melbourne newsroom from a woman who said she was in a hostage situation before man came on the line saying: "This is for IS, this is for al-Qaeda". He had faced court over a plot to attack a Sydney army barracks in 2009, but was acquitted. Turnbull said Australia faced a growing threat from Islamist terrorism but authorities remained committed to defeating threats. Read More »

Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) renewed her call on Friday for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSenate Dems: Investigate any obstruction of justice on Comey, Russia Ex-AG: Comey, Sessions were "failing to do their job" The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE to step down from his role at the Justice Department amid reports that he may have held a third undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador. Read More »

Iran turns wrath on US, Saudi as attacks dead mourned

President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist more open to contacts with the West, attended the funeral alongside other clerics and officials. On a recent trip to Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, Trump called on all nations to "isolate" Iran. State media added one suicide bomber blew himself up inside the building. The reports said Iran's security forces neutralized one terrorist, another one committed suicide there. Read More »

May's top aides resign after UK election fiasco

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Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister. This is breaking news and will be updated . Mrs May, who was working on putting her Cabinet together, sent Chief Whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast for talks with DUP counterpart Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Read More »

States and cities stand with Paris, not Trump

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The meeting had been scheduled long before Trump's decision on the Paris Agreement , but the timing sent a clear message about who will lead the fight to address climate change in the coming years. Keene has always been ahead of the curve and progressive when it comes to the environment, and it needs to stay that way regardless of what happens on a state or national level, he said. Read More »

Chinese Leader Offers to Start Signing Trade Facilitation Deal With SCO

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The resolve was expressed during meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sideline of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Astana . Hua, however, said the incident "has no necessary connection" either with the Belt and Road Initiative or the SCO gathering and that Pakistan "pays great attention to the protection of Chinese citizens and institutions and has made great efforts in this regard". Read More »

Third London Bridge attacker an Italian national

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Former SAS commander Col Tim Collins has said intelligence "isn't good enough", adding that police needed to recruit informants from within the Muslim community and appoint Muslim officers. Butt's working life was varied, with jobs in administration at fast-food chain KFC and as a customer services assistant on the London Underground, where he worked as a trainee customer services assistant for six months until he left in October. Read More »

United Kingdom exit poll says Conservatives to win largest number of seats

She ignored the 48 percent of the country that did not vote for Brexit , calling them "citizens of nowhere". May said she was in talks with the Democratic Unionists - a socially conservative , pro-British Protestant party in Northern Ireland - on an agreement to "work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom". Read More »

Scottish secessionist dreams of swift independence vote dashed

She said: "I'm disappointed at the SNP losses but I'm pleased that we've won the election ". Nicola Sturgeon's admission that her push for a second independence referendum cost her party votes, is the main story in The Scotsman. The future of Theresa May and a second Scottish independence referendum dominate the Scottish front pages, in the wake of the dramatic election result. Read More »

Trump Meets With Romanian President

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Trump asked, though he went on to say such a request wouldn't have been inappropriate. President Donald Trump has confirmed the US' commitment to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the collective defence pact that treats an attack on one ally as an attack on all members of the alliance. Read More »

UK leader May seen fighting for survival after election failure

Business, already struggling with the uncertainties of the two-year Brexit negotiating process, urged party leaders to work together. But May soldiered on Friday, reappointing senior ministers to her Cabinet and holding talks with a small Northern Irish party about shoring up her minority government. Read More »

Iran calls Trump's reaction to terrorist attacks 'repugnant'

On Thursday, authorities said the assailants were Iranian nationals and that they had arrested six suspects, including one woman, since the attack on Wednesday in Tehran . These terrorists entered Iran in 2016 under command of Abu Ayeshe who is among Daesh top commanders. In an apparently coordinated attempt, two terrorist groups attacked mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini, southern Tehran , and the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on Wednesday morning. Read More »

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck to kill more people

Police have arrested 19 people in connection with the attack. London will not be cowed by militants who have killed 35 people in three separate attacks on the United Kingdom but police will ask for more resources to tackle the threat from marauding assailants, London police chief Cressida Dick told Reuters . Read More »

Theresa May: I wanted different result, but now I'll lead

There has been no decision as yet on whether there will be a formal coalition between the Conservatives and the DUP or if they will operate on a "confidence and supply" arrangement - whereby the unionists would support a minority government on vital matters in return for some of their policies being enacted. Read More »

After five appearances, Sharif's son hopes no more JIT appearance

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The exact nature of threats or undue pressure was omitted on the pretext that the questions and their relevance to the investigation were confidential matters. The JIT is examining the case as part of its probe into the Sharif family's business dealings overseas. The sources said the JIT may call Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Maryam Nawaz in the next phase. Read More »

Trump Seeks 'Much Tougher' Travel Ban

Trump's 140-character musings Monday may have undercut his own efforts to persuade the Supreme Court to reinstate his revised travel ban, which Trump called a "watered-down, politically correct" version of what he'd originally sought. Following Chuang's ruling the administration also brought an appeal to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers appeals from district courts in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Carolinas). Read More »

North Korea 'rejects' United Nations sanctions, vows to bolster nuclear force

A South Korean civic group said Monday that North Korea has rejected its offer to provide anti-malaria supplies to protest Seoul's support of fresh United Nations sanctions on the country. While she said the U.S. would "continue to seek a peaceful, diplomatic resolution", she made clear they were "prepared to counteract North Korean aggression through other means, if necessary". Read More »

Who was London attacker Khuram Butt?

Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper said in a speech to Australia's National Press Club: "Unfortunately, on a serious note, I am compelled to acknowledge the tragic loss of two Australian citizens in the mindless, heinous terrorist attack in London ". Read More »

Russia's Lavrov calls for talks to ease Qatar stand-off

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The combined message was that Qatar should end its links to extremist groups while also urging all parties to work toward a solution. Turkey and Qatar have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Read More »