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Merkel assumes United Kingdom will stick to original Brexit plans

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A year on from the referendum, Mogherini said in Prague "we still don't know the British position in the negotiations on Brexit". "We want to negotiate quickly, we want to stick to the time plan, and so at this point I don't think there is anything to suggest these negotiations can not start as was agreed". Read More »

Iran urges Gulf peace mechanism, says Saudi backing militants

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The meeting was held on Tuesday on the sidelines of Oslo Forum, which according to Zarif, provides an opportunity for representatives of over 100 countries to discuss important worldwide issues, particularly about security, peace-building and prevention of breakout of hostilities. Read More »

Who is in Theresa May's reshuffled cabinet?

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Michael Gove has been named the new environment secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in Theresa May's post-election reshuffle. The decision to keep her in the Government will be seen as an indication of Mrs May's weakness following the loss of her Commons majority in the General Election . Read More »

United Kingdom confirms Brexit talks will go ahead as planned

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Theresa May had called the early election out of political calculus: polling higher than even Margaret Thatcher at the time , May believed that the election would be an easy run, securing her will for successful Brexit negotiations. That could leave us staring down the barrel of another General Election in a matter of months. We cannot give up on that because of the bad election result of May."German Conservative Markus Ferber, an European Union lawmaker involved in discussions on access ... Read More »

Theresa May finalises cabinet amid minority government talks

Irish foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan said it was important that all of the parties and both governments ensure the deadline is met for restoration. The political upheaval has not only created worries in Europe, but also appears to have crossed the Atlantic. Trump recently told May in a phone call that he does not want to go forward with a state visit to Britain until the public here supports the trip, according to a report first published in the Guardian newspaper. Read More »

Support World Blood Donor Day

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Blood Centers of the Pacific, along with blood centers around the world, will celebrate World Blood Donor Day on Wednesday. "It is necessary that in times of emergencies we bring on the media to encourage people to come out and donate blood voluntarily", he added. Read More »

Theresa May to meet with backbench Tory MPs after election fallout

The DUP's social conservatism - it is opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion - has also alarmed some in May's party, particularly Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay. Mrs May needs support in Parliament because the Queen's Speech setting out the Government's programme is due on June 19, with a crucial vote on it expected after a few days' debate. Read More »

UK Labour Leader Corbyn: 'I Can Still Be Prime Minister'

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Davidson also said she had received reassurances from May that the party's deal with the DUP would not involve a rollback of gay rights. The moves buy May a temporary reprieve. It added that "the logic leading to Mrs". May's miscalculation in calling this election harks back to an earlier blunder by her immediate predecessor: former Prime Minister David Cameron and his decision to hold a referendum on " Brexit " in the first place. Read More »

Lowly Auckland Blues humble British and Irish Lions

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Steve Hansen has rejected Warren Gatland's claim there is little difference between New Zealand's Super Rugby sides and the All Blacks after naming his squad to take on the British and Irish Lions . I think it's not an area of concern. However, if they thought they were home and dry, they weren't counting on a sublime piece of brilliance from Williams and Ihaia West, which saw the latter arc his way over the line, a conversion under the posts a formality and the score 22-16 to the Blues. Read More »

What The Election And Theresa May's Deal Mean For The UK

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Gavin Barwell was named new chief of staff. With results in from all 650 House of Commons seats after Thursday's vote, May's bruised Conservatives had 318 - short of the 326 they needed for an outright majority and well down from the 330 seats they had before May's roll of the electoral dice. Read More »

EU Ready For Brexit Negotiations

Mrs Merkel added that she hoped Britain would remain a good partner. As the analyses of the historic election are coming in, it appears that a voter's youth was the biggest determinant of his or her likelihood to vote for the Labour party. Read More »

Jeff Sessions to testify before Senate

Why did you recuse yourself from the Russian Federation investigation? He will reportedly refuse in Tuesday's hearing to answer questions about his conversations with Trump, citing executive privilege. Trump's allies attempted to move the national storyline away from Russian Federation on the Sunday talk shows, arguing that Comey's testimony about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to call the Hillary Clinton email investigation a "matter" was more compelling. Read More »

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant claims Finals MVP

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LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists but it proved in vain as the home team came out on top. They may have blown a 3-1 lead last year, but the Warriors followed up their Game 4 loss with a huge victory and have now won their second title in three years. Read More »

New South Wales Blues name unchanged line-up for State of Origin II

The "pick and stick" mentality so famously bandied about by Queensland has seemingly come crashing down with Kevin Walters reportedly set to axe up to five players from the Queensland squad of game one in the wake of his side's humiliating 28-4 hammering on home soil in the first clash. Read More »

White House condemns Russia crackdown, calls for protesters'

Navalny's revelations have been dismissed by the Russian government as election propaganda since Navalny had already announced his decision to challenge Vladimir Putin for the Russian Presidency in 2018 (although Putin himself has not announced formally if he intends to seek a fourth term). Read More »

England show their 'character' as Kane snatches late draw against Scotland

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Leigh Griffiths scored two late free-kicks - his first worldwide goals - to cancel out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener and leave Scotland on the brink of a crucial win in Group F. But with a famous victory on the cards, Kane levelled in stoppage time to deflate the Tartan Army and the Celtic forward. "Obviously I was wearing the armband today but I think we've got a lot of leaders in the team". Read More »

UK PM May said wants broader consensus on Brexit plan -lawmaker

Senior figures, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who is touted as the favourite to replace May should she be forced out, have pledged loyalty and called on colleagues to rally behind her. The Assembly election campaign exposed many divisions between the two main parties on issues such as legislative protections for Irish language speakers and how to deal with the legacy of the Troubles. Read More »

Sessions to face sharp questions on Russia contacts

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he wants his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee to be open to the public. Sessions, who had agreed to testify this week before the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees about the Justice Department budget, wrote the chairmen of the committees Saturday and said he was sending his deputy to testify instead. Read More »

Jeff Sessions to Appear Before Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday

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Sessions came off particularly badly in last Thursday's testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey , leading Dan Rather to label him a " marked man ". Think Progress reported that Sessions sent letters to the chairmen of the committees saying that he will send his deputy Rod Rosenstein in his stead. Read More »

May to face fury of own MPs

Despite an election in which she and her Conservative Party lost their majority in Parliament, she and her surrogates had insisted in recent days that the country's plans to ask Europe for a clean break following almost a half-century of union would not be affected. Read More »

Maimane announces that Zille has agreed to step down

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Helen Zille , the former leader of South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance , will remain as premier of the Western Cape province after giving a public apology for tweets that appeared to defend colonialism. The alternative was to become embroiled in a protracted legal battle in the lead up to the 2019 election", said Maimane. Shortly after the briefing, Kodwa said Maimane had no power to remove Zille because "he is not in charge and the party's funders have threatened to pull out ... Read More »

Philippine soldiers killed by 'friendly fire'

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Apart from that, Padilla said the militants have also been "turning into the madrasahs as staging areas and the mosque as sniper net thereby hoping to limit the movement of our forces and their capability to neutralize them". National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto disclosed on Friday that a total of 38 Indonesian nationals had involved in the militant activities in Marawi city of the southern Philippines. Read More »

US attorney general to testify in Trump-Russia probe

Democrats - who have never been the biggest fans of Sessions - say it's time for the Attorney General to talk. Comey said that Trump pressured him to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and demanded Comey's loyalty during the one-on-one meetings he had with president. Read More »

Israel advances plans for 1500 new West Bank homes

During his recent visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, US president Donald Trump promised the "mother of all deals" to resolve the conflict without specifying how this would be achieved. Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt as part of a landmark 1979 peace agreement. Before the deal could be proclaimed, Mr Barak called an election and lost to Ariel Sharon. Read More »

US Basketball Star Dennis Rodman Visiting North Korea on Tuesday

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The flamboyant Rodman , who has called Kim "an awesome kid", said in an interview with CNN in 2014 , his travels to North Korea would help " open the door" to the isolated nation. During Rodman's first trip, he and Kim, known to be a basketball enthusiast, sat side by side at an exhibition game in Pyongyang , and chatted as they watched players from North Korea and the United States play on mixed teams. Read More »

Qatar crisis to speed the rise of Asia's spot LNG trade

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The minister for petroleum and natural resources emphatically stated that the present government was strictly abiding by the constitutional provisions in distribution of gas. Qatar produces up to 77 million tons of gas annually and is the world's largest exporter of LNG. Hamm said conflict in the Middle East "provides an opportunity" for the neutral U.S.to fill the gap Qatar's LNG customers face amid regional tensions. Read More »

Loving Day celebrations mark 50th anniversary of legal interracial marriage

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Supreme Court . Arrested in July for violating Virginia's laws against interracial marriage , the Lovings were convicted and sentenced to one year in jail, suspended on the condition that they leave Virginia. The two lovers responsible for the Supreme Court case concerning interracial marriage are long gone, but the effects they had on this country continue to be felt to this day. Read More »

Sessions to Testify Today Before Senate Committee

Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Jack Reed questioned on Sunday why Sessions was involved in Trump's May 9 dismissal of Comey after he had recused himself from investigations of whether Russian Federation tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election with possible help from Trump associates. Read More »

Sessions' testimony to Congress Tuesday will be open to public

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The matter is also being investigated by several congressional panels, including the Senate Intelligence Committee. He explained that he was withdrawing from public testimony because he believes members of the committee intend to question him on "issues related to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election". Read More »

China-built railway biggest Kenya project since independence

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Kenya Railway Corp said sending a 20 ft container between Mombasa and Nairobi would cost KSh50 000 by SGR, compared to KSh90 000 by road, and with the transit time cut from between 16 h and 24 h to a maximum of 8 h. Last year, a largely Chinese-financed and Chinese-built railway opened between landlocked Ethiopia , one of the continent's fastest-growing economies, and a major port on the Gulf of Aden in Djibouti. Read More »

Trump Welcomes Romanian President To White House

Trump: I'm not hinting anything. "I'll tell you about that, maybe sometime in the very near future", Mr Trump told reporters gathered in the White House Rose Garden before moving on to questions about Romania. Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship. Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers and other critics say Comey's clams that Trump leaned on him to somehow drop the Russian Federation investigation could amount to an obstruction of justice. Read More »

UK election: May apologises to own MPs for election 'mess'

May's main opponent, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, appeared on the Sunday talk shows, too, looking either "serene" or "smug" - depending on the commentator's measure of the man. But Labour has not signed up to that approach , raising the prospect that cross-country talks could lead to a softer form of Brexit which might anger many Leave voters. Read More »