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Erdogan vows to stand by 'Qatari brothers' amid crisis

The Arab world's biggest powers, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt , and the United Arab Emirates , severed diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of support for militants and Iran . Despite a severing of diplomatic ties with several Arab states, Qatar's gas supplies to Egypt and the UAE have reportedly not been interrupted. The State Department had said the US learned only at the last minute about the Arab nations' plan to cut ties. Read More »

Comey testimony watched by an estimated 19.5 million viewers

CNN drew more than 1 million adults 25-54 to top all cable and broadcast networks, according to Nielsen. Nielsen did tally ABC, CBS, NBC , Telemundo, Univision, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, HLN and MSNBC . Comey said his dad would not actually be speaking to the media today, though Lee pressed him for a reaction to the aftermath of his testimony before the Senate. Read More »

GOP shrugs off Comey revelations, sticks with Trump

If that makes you think less of him, fine, but keep a few things in mind: Comey was by then a private citizen, reporting on an unclassified conversation with the president. The closest comparison, he said, was the appearance 44 years ago of President Richard Nixon's White House counsel John Dean, who, after being fired by Nixon, gave damning testimony in 1973 to the Senate Watergate Committee. Read More »

Iran arrests seven for supporting Tehran attacks

Officials said they had detained 41 suspects in the capital and the country's western Kurdish provinces in raids on suspected safe houses. The Vatican on Friday sent a message of condolence for the victims of the attack. While evidence that this week's attacks were carried out by Iranian Kurds is becoming irrefutable, Iranian authorities are typically reluctant to admit to having homegrown terrorists or to reveal their ethnic backgrounds. Read More »

Trump On Comey Hearing: "No Collusions, No Obstruction, He's A Leaker"

Later, during a White House Rose Garden press conference with visiting Romanian president Klaus Iohannis , Mr Trump said , "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction". This time , in scripted remarks just over an hour after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their blockade against Qatar, Trump called Qatar a "funder of terrorism at a very high level". Read More »

What we learned from Former FBI director James Comey's testimony

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I didn't say that. EDITOR'S NOTE - Julie Pace has covered the White House and politics for The Associated Press since 2007. Several people close to the president pointed to Kasowitz as the most obvious explanation for Trump's sudden restraint, recalling that Trump has often spoken of the attorney as a "killer" in the positive sense. Read More »

What led to the SNP electoral quake?

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As it turned out, this analysis did not quite tell the whole story. Ms Davidson, tipped by many as a future UK Tory leader, hailed a "historic" night for her party and said the result ended the prospect of another independence vote soon. Read More »

Media trying to stop me from tweeting

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I feel somewhat confident that there isn't a member of the media - fake or otherwise - who wishes that the president would stop tweeting . Popular Video This young teenage singer was shocked when Keith Urban invited her on stage at his concert. Read More »

Conservatives, DUP agree to 'confidence and supply' deal on government

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Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom which does not allow same-sex marriage: back in 2015, the regional assembly voted in favour of legalising it, but a controversial DUP veto prevented the motion from being passed. "The actions of this Government will have profound implications for the Brexit negotiations and the future of our country". The Times of London said in an editorial that "the election appears to have been, among other things, a rejection of the vague but ... Read More »

Who were the London attackers? Chef, clerk and "suspicious" Italian

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LONDON (AP) - London police early Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old man in east London in connection to the lethal attack on London Bridge and are searching his home. One police officer is seen kicking the body of one of the dead attackers. It had been set at "critical" in the days after the Manchester concert bombing on May 22 that killed 22 people - reflecting a judgment that an attack might be imminent because accomplices with similar bombs might be on the loose. Read More »

Afghan border guards killed by U.S. friendly fire

A Pentagon statement confirmed that three USA soldiers had been killed in eastern Afghanistan and one wounded soldier had been evacuated for medical treatment. "The incident occurred in surrounding areas of Nad Ali district, west of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah city at mid-night". The organisation announced the establishment of its Khorasan branch, covering Afghanistan and Pakistan, in January 2015. Read More »

Divided Puerto Ricans head to polls to vote on US statehood

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Statehood supporters blame the island's territorial status for its economic meltdown, and argue statehood is the best path out. The referendum coincides with the 100th anniversary of the United States granting USA citizenship to Puerto Ricans, who are barred from voting in presidential elections and have one congressional representative with limited voting powers. Read More »

Iran kills man behind deadly Tehran terror attacks

On Wednesday, the twin attacks were simultaneously carried out in Tehran at around 10:30 a.m. local time (0600 GMT). "The mastermind and main commander of terrorist attacks on the parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini was killed today by the security forces", intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan approves troop deployment to Qatar

Tillerson said that a resolution was possible through "calm and thoughtful dialogue" and noted the US' support for the neutral Kuwait to mediate in the crisis. Hong Kong: Talks this week on letting Iran join a Beijing-based cooperation bloc highlight the challenge China faces in trying to avoid taking sides in the Middle East's spiraling sectarian crisis. Read More »

Dodd-Frank Act overhaul necessary to help boost economy

The House voted 233-186 Thursday to pass the Financial CHOICE Act , a regulatory relief bill with several credit union-friendly provisions. House Speaker Paul Ryan disagreed and said it "is a jobs bill - one that will bring hope back to Main Street" and help thousands of small businesses that are hoping to hire and expand. Read More »

Qatar vows no surrender in Gulf crisis as US, Kuwait seek solution

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Qatar has made itself an invaluable ally for a number of countries around the world through its supply of natural gas, and also strategically allied itself with Turkey, whose government has coordinated with Doha on support for Muslim Brotherhood groups across the region and rebels in Syria. Read More »

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck, police say

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At least two of the men were known to British intelligence and law enforcement officials, raising questions about whether anything could have been done to prevent the assault. Italian authorities alerted their British counterparts after he bought a one-way ticket to Turkey. "Of the two men arrested on the street; one - aged 27 - was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts (contrary Section 5 Terrorism Act 2006)". Read More »

Anger builds up among Tories over DUP deal

Earlier, Mrs May announced that she meant to carry on in No 10 at the head of a minority government with the support of the Democratic Unionists (DUP) after falling eight seats short of an overall majority. The parties can work together through a confidence and supply agreement or a formal coalition deal. Office worker Christina Kelly, 38, described the result as "not exactly an ideal situation" but said it would likely focus more attention on Northern Ireland and particularly how Brexit ... Read More »

Trump's credibility is primary Comey target

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Donald Trump has finally broken his silence on sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's testimony to the US Senate Intelligence Committee. Clearly growing frustrated, Blunt paused for ten seconds before telling the group of reporters, "Obviously we should stop talking about this, because you all just want me to say something that I don't intend to say". Read More »

Hawaii enacts law committing to goals of Paris climate accord

Keyserling said the issue wasn't partisan and that City Council hasn't considered the petition. By withdrawing, the United States joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to participate in the agreement, although it takes four full years to officially withdraw. Read More »

London Bridge attacker tried to rent a larger truck, police say

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Commander Haydon provided unusually extensive details of last Saturday's attack, the deadliest in London since suicide bombers killed 52 people on the city's transport network in 2005. Three French, two Australians, one Canadian, a Spanish and a Briton were killed in the attack. Haydon went on to say that "it's feasible when you look at their actions, they were still fairly close to the van, there is a possibility they could have come back to the van". Read More »

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain welcome Donald Trump's scolding of Qatar

Last week, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation. Erdogan on Friday vowed to keep supporting Qatar after his rapid approval of legislation on deploying Turkish troops there, as the Gulf state faces isolation by fellow Arab states. Read More »

UAE needs Qatari gas to keep Dubai's lights on

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He also said Qatar's emir will not leave the country while it is "in blockade", so he can not attend an offered mediation by US President Donald Trump at the White House. His comments took on further strength as the UAE's Justice Ministry warned social media users that they can face three to 15 years in prison time and fines starting from 500,000 dirhams ($136,000) for offering sympathy for Qatar. Read More »

Ministry: more suspects detained after Iran terror attacks

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Iran denounced Donald Trump's reaction to deadly Islamic State group attacks in Tehran as "repugnant" on Thursday after the USA president warned the nation is reaping what it sows. "They have been angry about Iran's power in the region". Ahmad Fazelian, a provincial judiciary official, said the seven, suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team", were detained in Fardis, about 50 km (31 miles) west of Tehran , the judiciary's online news agency Mizan reported. Read More »

The US Joins The Fight Against Islamist Terrorists In The Philippines

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Speaking at a news conference in the southern city, military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera said that the new USA forces would not be fighting but instead "providing technical support". Despite missing several deadlines by which to rout the group, army spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla Jr promised that ISIS would be out of Marawi City by Monday-Philippine independence day. Read More »

Qatari crisis could spell new trouble for embattled Hamas

Within that context, it would be possible to imagine a course going forward that offers the prospect for some kind of deal between Israel and the Palestinians-a deal that puts the holy Islamic sites in Jerusalem under Arab sovereignty and creates a post-Hamas Palestinian state under the thumbs of the Gulf states and Egypt . Read More »

Fine Gael leader to be announced

Irish politicians were among the last sectors of our society to come out of the closet but now at least we've got one gay man and a lesbian, Catherine Zappone , both in the cabinet. Varadkar said that he was "honored" and "humbled" and would accept the "enormous challenge" ahead of him, the BBC reported. While the overall result including the votes of party members, local representatives and parliamentarians went in his favour, Varadkar actually lost the popular vote to Coveney by 35 ... Read More »

UK Authorities Identify Suspects in London Attack16:30

Seven people, including one Canadian , have been killed by attackers who drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed revellers in the nearby Borough Market area on Saturday night. The men were followers of Anjem Choudary, a preacher who was jailed for his support of the Islamic State and who once praised the September 11 attackers. Read More »

DUP leader announces talks with Conservatives to form new government

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In the British Parliamentary system , If a party secures 326 seats in the House of Commons , its leader automatically becomes prime minister and would form a government. "That's enough to go". However, another hinted it could cause Mrs May problems in Westminster, as it may commit her to spending on public services in Northern Ireland that she cannot hand out elsewhere. Read More »

Trump punches back, accuses Comey of lying to Congress

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President Donald Trump listens during a news conference with Romania's President Klaus Werner Iohannis in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington , Friday, June 9, 2017. Trump was publicly silent while Comey testified on Thursday , but tweeted an accusation Friday that Comey - whom Trump fired in May - lied under oath. Read More »

Netanyahu: Israel Will Keep Control Over Golan Heights

Israel launched a preemptive strike against Egypt's air force, beginning the war. Statements of the latter kind bemoan Israel's " occupation " of the Palestinians and describe it as a disaster that has to end - fast. In the aftermath of the Six-Day War, on November 22, 1967, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 (S/RES/242) was adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council. Read More »