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Queen's Speech: Theresa May pledges to bring United Kingdom 'closer together'

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And with the speech including no fewer than eight bills regarding Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, we'd imagine the hats connotations were not lost on the Queen as she got ready this morning. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already said that his party could vote against the Queen's Speech and even offer up some amendments . At a time of unprecedented political uncertainty, May is under increasing pressure to secure a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party ... Read More »

Russia regrets new US sanctions, mulls retaliatory moves

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The president says if Otto Warmbier had been returned home to the USA earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different". "We very much admire your leadership", he told Trump . Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that "there should be no sanctions relief until Russian Federation meets its obligations under the Minsk agreements". Read More »

Trump links Democratic losses to 'obstruction'

In a conservative district vacated by Mick Mulvaney, now the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, African-Americans came out in force for a wealthy Democrat, Archie Parnell, and the Republican candidate, Ralph Norman, won by a narrower margin than Handel in Georgia . Read More »

Gulf states' Qatar blockade hinders anti-IS fight

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Trump expanded the criticism to other unnamed countries suspected of financing terror groups and being hotbeds of extremist ideologies. On Tuesday, Trump took credit for the decision to cut ties, saying his speech in Saudi Arabia calling on Muslim countries to unite against terrorism and Iran was the reason. Read More »

Flynn was told secrets despite Russian Federation blackmail concerns

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo faces questions about why he briefed Trump's national security adviser Mike Flynn despite his agency apparently believing Flynn to be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Flynn did not resign until February 13, which was 18 days after Yates informed the Trump administration of her concerns. Flynn was sacked on February 13 after media reports revealed he had made misleading statements to Pence. Read More »

JD(U) convenes its core committee meeting to discuss presidential elections

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The election of Kovind as India's 14th President is a virtual certainty with several non-NDA parties too lending their support to BJP's surprise candidature of the low-profile dalit leader and a former lawyer. "Our support or opposition is not for a particular person, but on the BJP ideologies". Though Nitish expressed happiness that the Bihar Governor would be the NDA's candidate for the President elections, he said a detailed discussion would be held on the matter within the JD (U). Read More »

Trump visit to Britain omitted in Queen Elizabeth II's speech

But as of Wednesday morning, no deal had been made. Opposition Labour party and the Liberal Democrats each plan to put forward alternative versions of the Queens speech . Downing Street said the Queens Speech did not make a reference to the visit announced earlier this year as no date has been set for it so far. She was accompanied by her eldest son, Prince Charles, after Buckingham Palace confirmed that her husband, Prince Philip, had been hospitalized with an infection. Read More »

Int'l Yoga Day marked by millions in India, where it began

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Youths are now steadily adopting yoga as a profession. While the global fame of yoga is a matter of pride, Twitterrati also saw the lighter side of the event. "In countries across the world, there is a new market being created around Yoga." and was happy to announce that the "demand for yoga teachers is increasing". Read More »

Handel to make Georgia history as its first GOP congresswoman

With a "resist" message, Democrats sought to make the recent special elections a referendum on Trump's unpopular first several months in office - but that strategy appears to have backfired. First, though, Democrats seem poised for a round of battles over which types of candidates they should run in competitive districts. Progressives made this about Trump, even if Ossoff didn't, and they lost. Read More »

Queen Elizabeth Addresses British Parliament On Brexit, Policies

Donald Trump's state visit to Britain appears to have been postponed, as it has been left out of the Queen's Speech . Scenes of angry protesters out on the streets would heap pressure on the already beleaguered Prime Minister, who is hanging on in No 10 by a thread after failing to win a majority at the election. Read More »

Trump celebrates Georgia special election win in douchiest way

Ossoff took in $8 million from individual contributions, compared to Handel's $2.1. But the NRCC still ended May with a bigger war chest - $31.3 million, about $14.4 million more than Democrats. Democrats face gerrymandered districts after the last census combined with Trump selecting lawmakers for his administration from districts the GOP should hold. Read More »

Talks between DUP & Tories "not going as expected"

The prime minister, who had campaigned with the slogan "Brexit means Brexit", softened her tone in comments released ahead of the speech. The programme set out by the Queen at Wednesday's State Opening of Parliament will feature "a number of bills" geared towards making a success of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union , the Prime Minister said. Read More »

Queen's Speech Unveils Brexit-Focused Agenda At Troubled Time

Queen Elizabeth II sure knows how to make a style statement - and today, she stepped out in two eye-catching ensembles for two important engagements. British newspaper the Guardian reported that Trump had revealed his unease about the visit during a conversation with May, citing a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. Read More »

Karen Handel Wins! OPEN THREAD

On Tuesday, Republican Karen Handel defeated Jon Ossoff , a Democrat , in the race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat. Handel thanked Trump for his support. After supporting it in the first four months of the year, President Donald Trump's fundraising operation did not make a transfer to the RNC in May. "We dodged a bullet tonight", Georgia-based Republican strategist Chip Lake told AFP. Read More »

UK PM May's Conservatives still working on deal with DUP

Asked about the DUP comments, a Conservative source said the talks were still taking place. LONDON (AP ) — Queen Elizabeth II will outline the government's legislative program Wednesday in parliament, carrying on with royal duties despite the announcement that her husband, Prince Philip , has been hospitalized. Read More »

Judge temporarily halts daily fantasy sports merger

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US antitrust enforcers will seek to block the merger of DraftKings and FanDuel , alleging that the combined firm would control more than 90 percent of the USA market for paid daily fantasy sports contests, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday. Read More »

Strong start, rough finish for Adam Hadwin at US Open

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Newly-crowned US Open champion Brooks Koepka has admitted in the wake of his first major success that he'd once considered quitting the sport. It seemed perfectly set up for Dustin Johnson to be the first repeat victor of the Open since Curtis Strange. Read More »

Yoga practitioners pause to stretch and pose for int'l event

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Yoga is a practice used to transform the mind and body. "If you want to change your outlook towards life, without any expense, Yoga is the only way - whether it is RERA, GST etc", said Jaxay Shah, president-national, CREDAI. "Salt not just makes food tasty but also adds nourishment value to it". "Yoga is about health assurance". Instructors say that practicing yoga comes with many benefits. Read More »

Queen's Speech: Pomp, ritual in delivering United Kingdom gov't program

There was no mention of US President Donald Trump's proposed state visit to the United Kingdom later this year, appearing to confirm suggestions the visit has been delayed. The speech comes after May lost her majority in a snap election earlier this month, leaving her to head a minority government with no deal so far to insure that the government can deliver on its agenda. Read More »

U.S. warplane blasts Syrian drone from sky

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On Sunday, a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet near the town Tabqa for the first time , USA -led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a statement . The incident occurred in the same vicinity as previous conflicts with pro-regime forces, near the combat outpost in At-Tanf, where a contingent of US and coalition advisers are supporting a force to fight the Islamic State , also known as ISIS. Read More »