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UK urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar

The blockade was in retaliation for what the states claim is Qatari support for terrorist groups and close relations with Iran . Saudi Arabia is not a signatory to the convention. However, they did not make clear what services the hotlines would provide. Meanwhile, Qatari authorities paid $2.5 million to a law firm owned by former U.S. Read More »

Restore devolution or face return of direct rule, Foster tells Sinn Fein

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With ten seats (up from eight) the DUP are to align with the Conservatives to give Theresa May's battered party a slim working majority. Since the exit poll indicated that the Tories would fall short of the 326 seats required for a majority, the DUP have been enjoying a brief spell in the sun, resolutely aware of the strength of their hand. Read More »

Professor eats his pro-Brexit book after election stunner

The Labour Party proved Goodwin wrong by bringing in 40 percent of the vote. Ms May called the snap election to win a clear mandate for her Brexit plans, so she could slash immigration. Corbyn was asked by Andrew Marr on the BBC this morning if the United Kingdom could "stay inside the Single Market and customs union" as part of a Brexit deal. Read More »

Piers Morgan calls Theresa May a 'timid loser' on Good Morning Britain

With media asking whether May could remain in Downing Street after her electoral humiliation, ministers said now was not the time for the further uncertainty that a party leadership contest would bring. Foster said one of her main aims at Tuesday's talks with May was to get "a good deal on Brexit" for Northern Ireland . The Tories and the DUP are considering a "confidence and supply" arrangement which would see the Northern Irish party back the Government to get its Budget through and on ... Read More »

Theresa May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks

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But he has responded in typically colourful fashion, tweeting: 'Mail on Sunday tripe - I am backing Theresa may . Their core, central message was strong and stable leadership. The Protestant unionist party also had links with outlawed paramilitary groups during the years of Northern Ireland's "Troubles". She's now attempting to form a government . Read More »

JK: Pak continues to violate ceasefire in Krishna Ghati sector

COAS hailed Kashmiris on both sides of the LoC for their determination against Indian brutalities and reiterated that Pakistan shall continue its support for the right to self determination of Kashmiri brethren in Indian-occupied Kashmir. In another development, Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad J.P. Singh and protested "ceasefire violations" along the LoC. Read More »

Plans for a hard Brexit have not changed, says UK

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May was due late Monday to appear before the 1922 Committee, a gathering of backbench Conservative lawmakers. But the prime minister said she had a busy schedule ahead, with a cabinet meeting on Monday and talks with French President Emmanuel Macron the following day. Read More »

Trump denies seeking Comey 'loyalty,' dodges tapes question

Comey testified that Trump asked him to quash an active investigation into one of his associates in February, weeks after the president asked his former FBI director to pledge personal loyalty. "So, I don't think a subpoena should be necessary, and I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all". It doesn't make sense. Read More »

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

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Trump also reiterated the importance of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in the wake of several key GCC members, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, cutting off diplomatic relations with Qatar . "The leaders agreed the decision came after Qatar insisted on taking a path that is harmful to Arab states and after attempts to prevent it from supporting terrorist groups", the statement said. Read More »

Iran arrests 41 ISIS takfiri terrorists — Intelligence Ministry

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According to a statement by Iran's Intelligence Ministry, a large number of documents, and devices used by terrorists, were also confiscated. On Wednesday, gunmen opened fire inside the Iranian parliament building in Tehran while a simultaneous attack took place near a shrine devoted to Ayatollah Khomeini south of the capital. Read More »

Boris Johnson denies plot to topple May after UK election

The London Evening Standard, edited by former finance minister George Osborne who May sacked, splashed with a photo of her under the headline "Queen of Denial". "We are ready to do everything we can to put our program into operation; there isn't a parliamentary majority for anybody at the present time, the party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party , the arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost". Read More »

GOP rep.: Sessions needs to reveal info on Trump-Comey meetings

Republicans are also getting exhausted of the president playing coy about whether he has recorded tapes of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. Trump had already questioned the legality of Comey's action through his lawyer Marc Kasowitz on Thursday. "I don't think we finish those whole conversations until we just know everything, so I just want more information about everything that can come out", the IL lawmaker said. Read More »

UK PM To Seek Queen's Permission To Form Govt

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British Prime Minister Theresa May , who failed to win the 326 seats required to achieve a majority in the House of Commons, has met with Queen Elizabeth. To form a functioning government, the Prime Minister is expected to rely on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party, an ideologically similar right-wing faction from Northern Ireland, which secured 10 of the 18 parliamentary seats representing that region in the British Parliament. Read More »

Brazil's Michel Temer gets big victory in electoral court ruling

Judge Herman Benjamin, the rapporteur for the case, had said earlier in the day that sufficient evidence existed to invalidate the electoral outcome, presenting e-mails, testimony, bank records and other proof linking the winning ticket to corporate interests that made secret campaign contributions. Read More »

Senior Cabinet minister offer support to United Kingdom prime minister

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May also restored former Justice Secretary Michael Gove to the Cabinet in another move created to show she was willing to listen to critics. Throughout this election campaign, Jeremy Corbyn was attacked by the government and the mass media for meeting with Irish republicans linked to the Irish Republican Army. Read More »

Sanders 'Delighted' by Corbyn's Success in UK Election

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Labour's surge caused Conservatives to lose 12 seats and their absolute majority in Parliament, forcing them into a coalition government with the far-right Democratic Unionist Party . "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations", Donald Tusk, leader of the EU's ruling council, wrote in a tweet . There was little sympathy for May from some Europeans. Read More »

Loan waivers are on you, FM tells States

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The farm loan waiver practice which began in the current phase with the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh waiving off loans for small and marginal farmers to the tune of over 36,000 crore is having a snowball effect. Earlier, the Government had announced to waive loans taken by only small landholders. Fortunately, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the Centre will not extend any further assistance for farm loan waiver which would have otherwise been hugely ... Read More »

UK Conservatives Not Adopting DUP Views on Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Phillip arrive at church in Sonning, Britain June 11, 2017. It was a surprise move - Gove was sacked as justice minister by May a year ago after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing. Read More »

No change in Theresa May's Brexit plan

Sterling steadied on Monday as British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to pick up the pieces and reunite her Conservative Party after a disastrous election that could disrupt Brexit negotiations. "Running a country is more hard and she's formidably good at that". Two of her closest aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who had been the focus of some criticism, resigned on Saturday. Read More »