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UAE says 'no military component' to actions against Qatar: envoy


Qatar, the world's second largest helium producer, has closed its two helium production plants because of the economic boycott imposed on it by other Arab states, industry sources told Reuters yesterday. He denied Doha supported groups like the Muslim Brotherhood that its neighbors oppose, or had warm ties with their enemy Iran. Judging from his repeated statements, Isaias Afwerki must be agitating for a similar diplomatic step against Ethiopia, which he considers the cause of ... Read More »

Northam Wins Democratic Nomination; Says He's Ready to Get Back on Offense

GOP voters will choose between former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie , Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart and state Sen. Terry McAuliffe , who is limited to one term. Northam has tried to stoke Democrats' anger toward Trump, calling him a "narcissistic maniac" in a statewide ad. Read More »

May apologises to own MPs for election 'mess'

Instead, the election stripped May of her majority and obliterated her political authority. But to stay in government , May must strike a deal with a small eurosceptic Northern Irish party with 10 parliamentary seats, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP ). Read More »

Ways the British Election Results Will Affect Brexit

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats, short of the 326 needed for a parliamentary majority. The support obtained by Labor party members contrasted with the negative predictions of hardly two months ago, when they were 20 percentage points below the conservatives in terms of intention to vote. Read More »

Election dents Scottish nationalists' hopes for independence

The SNP focused largely on Brexit and the UK Conservative government as symbols of the limited control of Scotland's destiny held by Scottish voters. "The SNP tsunami of 2015, in which the party took 56 of Scotland's 59 constituencies, was followed yesterday by an natural disaster in which the SNP lost more than a third of their MPs", says Alex Massie in The Times . Read More »

Sessions calls allegations of collusion with Russian Federation appalling

That push-back came from top officials from the party's congressional wing, as well as from administration officials who actually have the legal authority over the special counsel and would need to be involved in any firing. Before he became attorney general, Sessions served two decades as a Republican senator from Alabama. Rosenstein said he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. Read More »

Suspected NKorea drone photographed US missile-defense site


Cho also oversaw South Korea's economic cooperation projects with the North, including a jointly run industrial complex in Kaesong, just north of the border. The commentary urged "all Koreans in the north, the south and abroad" to respect and thoroughly implement "the great programs of reunification", which it said were "common to the nation". Read More »

Jay Sekulow: Comey Committed a Federal Crime

He also admitted that he had leaked to the press memos describing his talks with Trump, saying he hoped the stories would spur the appoint of a special counsel to take over the investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation, which is what happened. Read More »

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Tillerson said the State Department secured his release at Trump's direction, and a spokeswoman was firm in saying Rodman's trip had nothing to do with Warmbier's release. Kim is reportedly a basketball fan, and in particular a fan of the Chicago Bulls championship team Rodman played on in the late 1990s. Mr Rodman has called him his " friend for life ". Read More »

Melania Trump, son Barron move into the White House

They're also looking into the investigation's spillover effect on Trump's subsequent decision-making, namely whether the president attempted to obstruct justice when he fired Comey last month. Rachel Maddow looks at the facility with which the Donald Trump White House lied about their desire to produce a military spectacle as part of the inauguration ceremony, and notes the lesson that Trump's White House is not a useful source for factual... Read More »

UK leader holding alliance talks with NIreland party chief

May's party fell eight seats short of retaining their parliamentary majority, and is now in talks with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Union Party ( DUP ), which won 10 seats, to forge an informal alliance. She added she hoped people on mainland Britain would "find out a bit more about Northern Ireland and understand it a little better" once a deal with the DUP is struck. Read More »

UK's May cracks joke about election disaster

The Conservatives are having to rely on the support of 10 DUP MPs after they fell eight seats short of winning an overall majority in the June 8 snap general election . On the sidelines, the main opposition Labour Party plans to contest the Queen's speech in the hope that leader Jeremy Corbyn will move into 10 Downing Street as the new prime minister. Read More »

At hearing, attorney general denies improper Russia contacts

In part that's because Sessions answered numerous questions he was asked with a variation of " I don't recall " or "I don't think so". And California Sen. "No", said Sessions, followed by a giggle and laughter in the audience. Russian Federation has denied repeatedly that it interfered in the United States election, and Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign with Moscow. Read More »

DUP head arrives for talks with UK leader May

May's office responded that the DUP deal "would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward". The Irish republican Sinn Fein party - which won seven seats in the election although MPs traditionally don't take up their seats in protest - is also wary of the alliance. Read More »

Sessions heatedly denies improper Russia contacts


Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., told Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement Tuesday to " stop misleading Americans ", following testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Read More »

James Mattis 'shocked' by low level of U.S. military readiness


President Trump has reportedly been weighing a request to send 3,000 to 5,000 more US troops to the country to break what top generals have described as a stalemate. US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats also warned last month that the security situation in Afghanistan would most likely deteriorate in the future even if the United States and its allies offer more military aid. Read More »

Ovation for Jeremy Corbyn as he returns to House of Commons

May faced Conservative party lawmakers at a meeting of its 1922 Committee. "I think there was at the last election, but I think Jeremy has cut through with the reality that Labour offers a very different set of priorities and choices to the public in a way the previous Labour shadow administration didn't". Read More »

Trump denies seeking Comey 'loyalty,' dodges tapes question

Susan Collins (R-Maine) told the Associated Press . He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing. Read More »

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee

Democratic process. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified Tuesday that he never told former FBI Director James Comey there were any issues with how the bureau was run before Comey was sacked. The Arizona lawmaker asked Sessions a series of hard-hitting questions about what issues Sessions brought up in his conversations with Russian officials. Read More »

California and German state actors fight Trump on climate change

The non-binding global agreement commits the signatories to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 80 percent to 95 percent, below 1990 levels. On Monday, the United States refused to sign onto a G7 pledge calling the Paris climate accord the "irreversible" global tool to address climate change. Read More »

UK urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar

He noted that Turkey has immediately provided Qatar with different kinds of food stuff and many other commodities, assuring that there are strong commercial ties between private sector of both friendly countries. "What we are having to do is get more consignments into those countries direct". Supplies of Zespri kiwifruit to Qatar have also been affected, according to regional market manager Ben Hughes. Read More »

Sessions says he was never briefed on Russian interference

Later, Sessions directly blasted Comey for his testimony in private last week, "This is a secret innuendo out there being leaked about me - and I don't appreciate it". Lawmakers wanted Sessions to verify pieces of Comey's testimony, specifically what happened between Comey and Trump on February 14 in the Oval Office after the president cleared the room of everyone but the man running the agency that was leading the Russian Federation investigation. Read More »

Kremlin says Russia will not heed US calls to free protesters

Police officers detain a man in the main street in Moscow , Russia , Sunday, April 2, 2017. The protest Monday was part of a day of demonstrations throughout Russian Federation spearheaded by Alexei Navalny , the anti-corruption campaigner who has emerged as Russia's most prominent opposition figure and who has announced he intends to run for president next year. Read More »

France honours terror victims as Macron, May attend


England boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Joe Hart will not play in the upcoming friendly against France on Tuesday night. "Scoring twice in France should be enough", said Kane, who captained the side. The Premier League golden boot victor had not played under Southgate until this get together and it is not hard to see why he is so central to England's plans. Read More »

United Kingdom election: So what is a hung parliament?

May had been expected to win comfortably. The exit polls projected no seats for UKIP, the nationalist party that led the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union . "I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility", Corbyn said, predicting that there could be another election within months. Read More »

Mattis to decide troop levels in Afghanistan


Mr Mattis was addressing lawmakers seeking additional information about President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget. Trump requested $639 billion for the Pentagon , including $65 billion for ongoing military operations. official familiar with the plan. Mattis also said he doesn't see any indication that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants a positive relationship with the United States. Read More »

Across the USA, counter-protests are planned as Anti-Sharia marches


Competing protests took place in several cities across the United States Saturday between groups saying they are protesting Sharia and groups saying they are protesting discrimination against Muslims. Protesters squared off at the main entrance of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati Saturday in a local version of similar anti-Islamic demonstrations across the nation. Read More »

Watch the new trailers for Doom and Fallout 4 in VR


It will be interesting to see how this one plays out, literally. Alternatively, Bethesda has also created an entirely new version of Doom for VR platforms. Even if you aren't into the series, the trailer was a delight to watch. The idea of paid mods has been met with resistance by Fallout and Elder Scrolls fans in the past, so this fresh attempt is interesting. Read More »

Pres. Trump, VP Pence to Meet with 13 GOP Senators Over Healthcare


Republican Senate leaders may strike an initial deal on health care legislation to dismantle Obamacare in the coming days. During a ceremony at the Rose Garden, Trump praised the bill as " an incredible healthcare plan " and "something very, very incredibly well-crafted", according to the White House . Read More »

Sessions says suggestions he worked with Russia an "appalling lie"


He said "not one thing that was improper" occurred during two meetings he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak , as he denied speaking with Mr Kislyak on a third occasion. Democratic Sen Ron Wyden of OR asked Mr Sessions about suggestions arising from Mr Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal. Read More »

Ireland's Unionists Say Talks With UK Gov't Going Well, Hope for Success

The 60-year-old is struggling to reassert her authority after losing her parliamentary majority in Thursday's snap election , just days before Brexit talks begin. His remarks came as the faltering talks process took another effective pause, only 24 hours after it resumed. Before the election, May proposed a clean break from the European Union, involving withdrawal from Europe's single market, limits on immigration and a bespoke customs deal with the EU. Read More »

Hung parliament confirmed in United Kingdom election

A second Scottish independence referendum seems unlikely after the region's separatists lost nearly half their seats in Britain's general election. His majority was slashed from 9,106 to 3,425 last night, following a swing towards Labour . Read More »

No indication Russian Federation wants positive relationship with US: Mattis

McCain said that he and the committee understand that some of this is beyond Mattis's control. "The competitive advantage the United States has enjoyed is eroding", Dunford told the House committee Monday evening. "So all I can tell you is, unless we get a strategy from you, you're going to get a strategy from us ..." Afghanistan is the center of worldwide terrorism, he said. Read More »

Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump , Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington . It began over the weekend when Trump's lawyer wouldn't rule it out; then his associate Newt Gingrich appeared to call for it, as did some conservative commentators; Trump's friend Chris Ruddy said he was actually considering it. Read More »

CT 2017: In-form England face Pakistan pace test in semis

Sarfraz Khan (capt.), Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali , Babar Azam , Faheem Ashraf , Fakhar Zaman , Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali , Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Shoaib Malik. "We have been discussing problems of middle order, players are trying very hard and I am hopeful that the middle order, which is very experienced, will score in the match against England ", he said. Read More »