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Saudi Policies Fueling Arms Race in Mideast: Top Iranian Adviser

Last year, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani was the first foreign leader to phone Erdogan after a failed coup in Turkey . The Qatari government communications director, Sheikh Saif, said Saudi, Emirati, and Bahraini families had been "forcibly recalled" on Monday by their governments despite being invited to stay by Qatar. Read More »

Victims of Orlando nightclub shooting remembered

He was killed by police after a three-hour standoff. The Pulse Nightclub shooting happened a year ago today , and was the deadliest mass shooting to happen on American soil in modern history. "Paul, I think about every day", he says. "It's just building a stronger to make sure that we have a safe community for everyone around us". Eventually the site where the Pulse Nightclub once stood will become a memorial park, celebrating the lives of the victims. Read More »

Shiv Sena endorses Ram Nath Kovind's candidacy for President

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He further said that the grand old party would not comment on NDA's Presidential nominee as of now and would meet on June 22 to formally discuss the matter. "Don't think that you (BJP) can always win". Had they wanted my support, they would have declared one of the names till now. "I had put forth Mohan Bhagwat's name who could help in building Hindu Rashtra". Read More »

Paris: 4 family members detained after Champs-Elysees attack

A man drove a auto that contained weapons and explosives into a French gendarmerie van in the center of Paris on Monday and died in the incident, without hurting police or passers-by. France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks. He wants France's government to extend the state of emergency a few more months to November 1. Read More »

May launches plan for government, promising to listen to Brexit concerns

What is usually a ceremonial address, dominated by costumed pageantry, has become a critical test of May's ability to run the country during its most testing period in generations. They have a record of opposing Tory austerity and welfare measures in the last parliament, and it is understood that they could support opposition amendments in these areas during the six-day Queen's Speech debate. Read More »

Coroner to investigate Otto Warmbier's death

Warmbier said Trump, who was "very candid" during the telephone call, told him Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other US officials worked hard to negotiate his son's release. The Warmbier family confirmed on Monday that he had died . "And we've had I think positive movement on China over the past five months of this administration". Read More »

Egypt sends fuel for Gaza's only power plant

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Today is three days of Israel's electricity cut established by by Israel to the Strip due to a dispute over the payment of the Tel Aviv service appeared between Hamas, which ruled Gaza since 2007, and the Palestinian National Authority. The Egyptian diesel will replace fuel previously sent by the Ramallah-based Palestinian government through the Kerem Shalom crossing linking Gaza, Egypt and Israel. Read More »

White Sox recall outfielder Adam Engel from Charlotte

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Combine those figures with the inconsistent performances of Derek Holland and Jose Quintana and you have a White Sox bullpen working overtime. To do so, Chicago must snap a four-game losing streak to the Twins , who have won seven of 10 meetings in 2017. Read More »

The Senate Trumpcare Bill Is As Mean As the House Version

The Senate has not held any public hearings on their health care bill (the House did), senators involved in the talks have been tight-lipped on the substance, and the public will only have a few days to see it before it gets a vote. Some conservative House Republicans who helped defeat a proposed budget earlier this year have come around, but many Democrats remain opposed heading into Thursday's vote. Read More »

IS destroys iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul

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The minaret that leaned like Italy's Tower of Pisa stood for more than 840 years. But residents of Mosul who were incensed with the destruction of their cultural sites protected the mosque in 2014 by forming a human chain around it and creating resistance against IS. Read More »

Netanyahu Denies WSJ Report Claiming Israel Gives Aid to Syrian Rebels

The IRGC also said the missile strike killed a "large number" of terrorists and destroyed their supplies, warning it would launch similar assaults in Syria if additional Islamic State attacks occurred in Iran. Israel is also concerned about Iran's missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system. The first Iranian test of the Shahab-3 was in 1998 and the missile was declared operational in 2003. Read More »

Lavrov: Moscow Still Waiting for Explanations From US on Downed Syrian Plane

The strikes were retaliation for the ISIS-claimed suicide bomb and gun attacks in Tehran on the country's parliament and shrine of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khomenei that left 18 dead on June 7. These incidents, however, are tactical, not part of any US strategy in Syria, analysts said. He said Iran was against the presence of American forces in Iraq under any circumstance including training Iraqi forces. Read More »

Britain, EU begin formal Brexit talks

Northern Ireland's border with the Republic and the bill for Britain's previous European Union commitments will also be high on the agenda, Mr Barnier said. "We will discuss the issues together, tackle difficulties, lift obstacles", Barnier said, adding that for the European Union, it will be "citizens first". Read More »

Belgium suspect shot after 'small explosion' in main station

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel vowed Wednesday that terrorists would not intimidate Belgium , saying: "We want to defend our liberty". The Belgian Crises Center also informed that supplementary security measures would be taken and that security services would be more visible in train and metro stations. Read More »

Otto Warmbier: No autopsy for United States student held by North Korea

President Trump said in a Twitter message on Tuesday that although he appreciates "the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea , it has not worked out". The paper added that the USA has "absurd" expectations for Beijing to solve the issues on the Korean Peninsula and overestimates China's influence on Pyongyang. Read More »

How to Respond to North Korea's Treatment of Otto Warmbier

Tillerson and Mattis spent most of Wednesday in closed-door meetings with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui of the People's Liberation Army Joint Staff, with the aim of building on diplomatic momentum from the April meeting between Trump and President Xi Jinping in Mar-a-Lago. Read More »

Donald Trump's new idea - a 'solar wall' on Mexican border

Trump also said he'd soon propose a new immigration rule that anyone seeking to come to the US has to be able to financially support themselves and not use welfare resources for five years. But the president said his Republican supporters came "out of the hills " to defeat the Democrats. And, he laughed, "add some money to it!" Trump played the greatest hits from his campaign (bashing Obama , Hillary Clinton, the media), relived his surprise electoral win yet again, and touted Republicans ... Read More »

Trudeau drops name National Aboriginal Day for National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership as the foundation for transformative change. It was in his role as minister of public works that Langevin argued for a separate school system with a specific mandate to assimilate indigenous children. Read More »

Syria troops position themselves at heart of war on IS

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In another development, the USA military announced officially that coalition forces had killed the top cleric of so-called Islamic State (IS), Turki al-Binali, in an air strike in Syria last month. When asked whether he was confident USA forces would not be shot down over Syria by the Russians, Dunford responded, "I'm confident that we are still communicating between our operations center and the Russian Federation operations center". Read More »

Talks to support May's Conservatives making progress, DUP says

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He later responded: "I have considered the issues very carefully but concluded that it would not be appropriate to exclude civil partnerships registered in Northern Ireland from the Order". May's authority is badly damaged as Britain begins negotiations on leaving the European Union . "I do of course accept and appreciate and understand the formation of government in Westminster is a matter of course for the MPs elected in Westminster and not for our government", he added. Read More »

After Georgia Win, A Triumphant Trump Returns To Campaign Trail In Iowa

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Self-identified independents in Iowa voted for Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton by a 13-percentage-point margin a year ago, according to exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks. Despite his falling approval numbers, Trump appears optimistic, at least in public, and wanted to piggyback on the election victories with a re-election rally for himself. Read More »

Republicans win Georgia and SC congressional races

Democrats are calling for better messaging for what they stand for over criticism of President Donald Trump . Her victory Tuesday over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District means Republicans held all four of their seats that were up for grabs in special elections this spring. Read More »

Russian hackers targeted 21 states in election

But, Johnson added in his prepared statement: "To my current knowledge, the Russian government did not through any cyber intrusion alter ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results". Senator Angus King, an independent from ME who caucuses with the Democrats, voiced skepticism, saying only a small number of votes in key battleground states would need to be altered to tip the scales in an election. Read More »

North Korea urged to release captives after student's death

No ban is imminent, but deliberations gained new urgency after Warmbier's death, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss internal diplomatic discussions. Trump took to Twitter on June 20 to talk more about Warmbier's death. A South Korean Defense Ministry official said North Korea remained prepared to conduct a sixth nuclear test at any time but there were "no new unusual indications that can be shared". Read More »

President Macron to Reshuffle French Gov't After Parliament Win

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Interim President of Macron's Republic on the Move Party, Catherine Barbaroux, said the National Assembly will be strengthened by diversity. After Macron vigorously campaigned on a promise of renewal of the political landscape, other parties also made efforts to promote new faces. Read More »

Trump takes veiled shot at Obama for Warmbier's late release

Warmbier died Monday, June 19, 2017 , relatives said in a statement . Warmbier, 22, from OH, was detained in February 2016 during a so-called adventure trip to North Korea . A team of U.S. doctors have also disputed North Korea's version of events. Three other USA citizens are detained in North Korea . Japan says at least several dozen of its nationals are being held in the country. Read More »

Another View: Republicans didn't help Trump with Comey

The president specifically denied asking Comey for his "loyalty" early in Trump's term. In his public testimony , Comey said he was disturbed and concerned by President Trump's request to drop the investigation into Flynn, as the former FBI director outlined in his written statement to the committee. Read More »

Australia Halts Airstrikes in Syria Over Russian Threats

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The US has taken a series of actions over the past three months demonstrating its willingness to carry out strikes, mostly in self-defence, against Syrian government forces and their backers, including Iran. Asked Tuesday whether the hotline was no longer being used, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said he could not discuss the matter beyond saying the USA stands ready to use the line. Read More »

Tensions Escalate Between US and Iran in Syria

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Israel's military Chief of Staff is disputing Iranian claims of successfully launching missiles at militants in Syria. "Iran, at different levels, confronts any threat which may target the Islamic Republic, and the country's missile strikes had a message that deterred the US from even thinking of attacking Iran or isolating the country". Read More »

Ohio city makes plans for North Korea-held student's funeral

But tensions remain - particularly over China's building of artificial islands in disputed South China Sea waters. Bae had his own press conference in 2014, shortly after US basketball player Dennis Rodman - a repeat visitor to North Korea - called for his release. Read More »

Five missing after Grenfell Tower fire found 'safe and well'

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An apartment inside Grenfell Tower in north Kensington is seen after the blaze. THE CLADDING AROUND the Grenfell Tower which is being blamed for spreading the fire is already illegal in the United Kingdom, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has claimed. Read More »