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Saudi Arabia says Qatar airspace closure to protect citizens from threats

The Arab world and, in particular, the Gulf region has remained the only place where the countries are ruled by absolute monarchies, thanks to the Western interests as a result of vast oil and natural gas reserves. TRT World's Nicole Johnston has more from Doha. Trump recently returned from his frist trip overseas, during which he visited Saudi Arabia where he sealed economic and military deals for the United States worth Dollars 350 billion. Read More »

One dead after 6.3 natural disaster hits Greece island of Lesbos and Turkey

The mayor of the Greek island of Lesbos says one woman has been found dead after her house collapsed following a strong quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2. "We are very used to earthquakes as people of Izmir but this one was different". I'm scared to go inside now'. Tremors were also felt in densely-populated Istanbul and in the western Turkish provinces of Izmir . Read More »

Afghan officials ready for so-called Kabul Process


He called for peace talks with the group. Ghani offered the Taliban the opportunity to open a representative office, adding that he was flexible about the location of future talks. Previous worldwide efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table have failed, but diplomats in Kabul hailed Tuesday's conference as a stepping stone to peace. Read More »

Qatar Airways CEO: US 'fueling' the fire of Gulf crisis

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed hopes for a swift resolution of the crisis engulfing the energy-rich nation of Qatar. Baker said 18 destinations were now out of bounds for the airline. Trump focused on Qatar's funding of terrorism last week, calling it a "hard but necessary action" that culminated in a statement in the Rose Garden during his press conference. Read More »

Sydney Uber driver sentenced to 9 years in prison for rape


Muhammad Naveed sexually assaulted the female victim while she was alone, couldn't stay awake from intoxication and didn't have access to public transport. "She tried to say "No, go away, get off", Judge Deborah Payne said but she didn't have the strength to get the words out. "He clearly took advantage, in the most awful way, of a very vulnerable young lady", Payne said. Read More »

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in public hearing

His testimony before the committee Tuesday is expected to be light on detail, but is expected to address reports of a third possible meeting with Russia's Ambas. Trump, anxious by the President's phone calls and questions. Some Democrats said Trump's actions could amount to an obstruction of justice. Mr. Sessions removed himself from the inquiry after it emerged that he had met at least twice with the Russian ambassador in 2016, though he had testified at his confirmation hearing that he ... Read More »

Hopes rise for softer Brexit after poll shock

May apologised to Conservative MPs on Monday, accepting personal responsibility for failing to win an outright victory and sacrificing the parliamentary majority she inherited from her predecessor David Cameron when she came to power past year following the UK's vote to exit the European Union (EU). Read More »

Oman welcomes Gulf's step on intermarried families in Qatar crisis

Previously, Doha imported food and other goods from places as far as Brazil and Australia so the government will continue that, he said. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson , who is now in the Gulf for a series of meetings, on Monday "urged all sides (to) refrain from any further escalation and to engage in mediation efforts". Read More »

'He could be Labour's salvation': Corbyn supporters on the election result

Labour will certainly need seasoned parliamentarians on its front bench in the years ahead now that, thanks to the election, the fate of Brexit is back in the hands of the House of Commons. The vicar's daughter presented herself as a "strong and stable leader" but is now facing calls to resign after throwing away her party's 17-seat majority. Read More »

Qatar Airways CEO: UN body should call Qatar measures illegal

Sharif is expected to hold talks with Saudi leadership centered on deteriorating relations between Gulf nations after Saudi Arabia , Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. They added that Qatar ignored repeated calls to abide by the Riyadh Agreement of 2013, its executive mechanism, and the supplementary agreement in 2014. Read More »

DUP meet May in London as concern grows about implications for Stormont


That means the Democratic Unionist Party would back the government on confidence motions and budget votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact. "This doesn't depend entirely on us". It is thought Mrs Foster, despite being a Brexit supporter, could seek assurances from Mrs May that she will pursue a softer exit from the European Union, given Northern Ireland's 56% Remain vote and the DUP's desire not to see a return to a hard border with Ireland. Read More »

Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dead at 83


In March 2017, he suffered a brain hemorrhage during surgery, making his condition worse and placing him in the ICU. But for the most part Noriega stayed mum about elite military and civilian associates who thrived on the corruption that he helped instill. Read More »

Theresa May apologises to party MPs for election 'mess'


Even if May manages to cling on to power, there could be significant delay to Brexit and many other areas of government policy, such as the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy. Corbyn believes that without an outright majority s May's position is vulnerable and he intends to oppose the Queen's Speech in an attempt to bring down her administration. Read More »

Are You Happy With The Outcome Of The UK Election

Goodwin had predicted that the party would gain 38% votes. Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative Party 's representation in Parliament fell to 318 MPs - eight seats shy of keeping an outright majority in the Parliament - while Corbyn's Labour Party brought their representation to 262 MPs. Read More »

DUP and Sinn Féin enjoy big wins in Northern Ireland


The DUP's share could help close the gap for the Conservatives - suggesting that Arlene Foster's party could serve as "kingmaker" as Theresa May scrambles to form a coalition and hold onto power. He added: "Northern Ireland's political leaders now have this chance to take control and restore effective power sharing government under the current assembly mandate". Read More »

US Forces Assist Philippines in Marawi Battle

Maj Gen Ganip Warsito, the regional military chief overseeing the closest areas to neighbouring Philippines said Indonesia army, navy and air force have deployed extra troops to boost security in the region. The death toll for civilians was 20 and more than 100 people had been killed since the fighting began. Nearly all of the 200,000 residents fled from the lakeside town on the Philippines' southernmost island of Mindanao, but between 500 and 1,000 civilians remained trapped. Read More »

Attorney General to talk publicly at US Senate panel

Secondly, Sessions is likely to be asked why, after recusing himself from oversight of claims of Russian election meddling because he was on Trump's campaign team, he played a key role in the decision to recommend the President fire Comey last month . Read More »

200+ mayors, 10 governors counter Trump's exit from Paris Agreement

Almost 200 countries are part of the accord and have agreed to fight global warming by reducing carbon emissions . "We're not going to stop doing that", she added. More than half of people polled also did not agree with Trump's decisions to back out of the agreement. With the Paris deal, the 195 signatory countries (now 194) hoped to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial averages. Read More »

DA briefing to announce Zille deal?


Zille's tweets about the legacy of colonialism were criticized as offensive to black people on social media and by the ruling African National Congress and some members of her own party. The DA's federal executive committee will meet on Tuesday to ratify the agreement between Zille and the party. He said her communication will focus on issues of the Western Cape government only not DA related matters. Read More »

Pakistani PM hopes for swift solution to crisis over Qatar

He also said "no one has the right" to pressure Qatar to silence TV network Al Jazeera, which is based in Doha. Later this week, the Foreign Secretary will hold talks with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia , Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, and urge them to ease tensions and enter mediation. Read More »