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Qatar emir congratulates Saudi crown prince

The move wasn't totally unanticipated as a possibility, but has far-reaching consequences. This puts Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in direct line to succeed his father as Saudi Arabia's ruler. That the royal succession in the world's top oil exporter is closely scrutinized only makes the rapidity of MbS's rise to power, and the speed with which his better known cousins were brushed aside, more astonishing. Read More »

Qatar told to close Al Jazeera in list of demands

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In addition to diplomatic isolation , other measures taken included closing Qatar's only land border, banning its planes from using their airspace and barring Qatari nationals from transiting through their airports. With regard to Iran , Qatar is being told to deport any and all members of the country's Revolutionary Guard and limit commercial interactions to those that comply with USA mandates. Read More »

Assessing Trump's self-defense in Comey drama

Comey delivered scathing testimony a day earlier in a highly anticipated Senate hearing, saying Trump sought to derail a probe into onetime national security advisor Michael Flynn - at best, a political miscalculation, and at worst a criminal obstruction of justice. Read More »

Iran sends a message with missile strike in Syria

Iran launched at least six missiles at ISIS militants operating in Syria, a strike that Iranian military officials said was in response to an ISIS-orchestrated terror attack in side Iran last week. "Their achievement was less than what was reported in the media..." This is the first time since its 1980s war with Iraq that Iran has launched a major missile strike outside the country. Read More »

Qatar's neighbours issue demands to end crisis

In addition, Qatar must pay an unspecified sum in reparations. It described the move as "a very limited measure that could take place in any oil and gas operating company" to ensure uninterrupted energy supplies to customers. Under the 2015 nuclear deal, nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were eased but other sanctions remain in place. Isik said Turkey's presence in Qatar should be seen as a benefit for the whole Gulf. Read More »

Iran begins exporting gas to Iraq

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Iran and Iraq signed a 2013 agreement regarding Iran's export of natural gas, but the pipeline wasn't completed until June 2016 because of security issues, and then Tehran was awaiting payments from Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi traveled to Tehran on Tuesday to meet with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei , President Hassan Rouhani, and Vice President Ishaq Jahangiri. Read More »

Border Patrol agent admits attempted drug smuggling

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Noe Lopez pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and attempted distribution of cocaine. On Dec. 6 and 8, Lopez agreed to pick up backpacks at sites along the border fence while on duty, according to the complaint. The scheme was repeated December 8. The following day, the source paid Lopez $7,000 for his role in the simulated drug-trafficking run. Lopez said he agreed to transport backpacks containing six pounds of methamphetamine while on duty and deliver them to a ... Read More »

Parents of United States student to detail his time in North Korean prison

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Joseph Yun, the U.S. State Department's special envoy on North Korea, traveled to Pyongyang and demanded Warmbier's release on humanitarian grounds, capping a flurry of secret diplomatic contacts, a U.S. If North Korea is to be believed, recently returned US prisoner Otto Warmbier is in a coma because of a mix of a sleeping pill and botulism, a bacterial infection that can lead to a coma if untreated. Read More »

Madhya Pradesh CM begins 'peace' fast

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Six farmers were killed in the course of the agitation. Meanwhile, the All India Kisan Sabha - a wing of the Communist Party of India - has chose to observe June 14 as "Protest Day" across the country against the Mandsaur police firing on farmers by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government . Read More »

Meira Kumar is Oppn choice for prez candidate

It was said then that political parties in India - where caste matters more in elections over jobs, health care, education and other important issues - would find it tough to oppose a Dalit face. It is likely that they might back Kovind if the candidate is not Dalit. However, the two parties have finally chose to support Meira. Congress officials also confirmed that Kumar appeared anxious not to be seen contesting against a "Mahadalit candidate" in his telephone conversations with party ... Read More »

When is Eid Al Fitr 2017 in UAE, Saudi Arabia? Date Announced

This is because the Islamic calendar - known as the Umm al-Qura calendar - is based on the moon's cycle, whereas the Gregorian one is determined by the sun. What does Eid Mubarak mean? The Islamic community is eagerly anticipating the Eid-al-Fitr celebration commencing on Sunday, preparing to share gifts and visit family and the sick. Read More »

Ministers' email addresses and passwords up for sale

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A stash of email addresses and passwords offered for sale by a Russian hacking crew appears to contain quite a few juicy ones belonging to our power mongers, with the details of some MPs and cabinet ministers popping up in the haul. Mark James, security specialist at ESET, said that a "small amount of data could be the next piece of the jigsaw in your online profile". LinkedIn was famously hacked in 2012 and it was thought that nearly 6.5 million passwords for the social networking site ... Read More »

Asked about successor, Russia's Putin says I'm still working

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Putin then asked if there was any distinction between Comey and the American whistleblower Edward Snowden , who was granted asylum in Russian Federation in 2013 after leaking classified information from the National Security Agency. Putin said Moscow and Washington could cooperate in efforts to prevent the proliferation of mass destruction weapons, including the North Korean nuclear and missile problem. Read More »

20 dead as blast hits bank in Afghanistan

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At least 24 people were killed and 60 others injured when a auto bomb exploded outside a bank in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah city on Thursday. The statement had harsh words for the government of President Ashraf Ghani, which it dismissed as a "stooge" of America and blamed for rising ethnic and factional tensions in Kabul and elsewhere. Read More »

Trump doesn't have Comey tapes

Trump did leave the option open in his Thursday tweet that someone else recorded his conversation with Comey , saying , "I have no idea whether there are "tapes" or recordings". That claim quickly raised concerns that Trump, like some USA presidents in the past, was secretly recording all of his conversations in the White House. Read More »

Democrats give trophy to Scalise in Congressional baseball game

Democrats won in an 11-2 blowout. The wife of wounded GOP congressman Steve Scalise says she is thankful for all the prayers and warm wishes her family has received since her husband was shot at a baseball practice. But Sava said an excellent recovery is a good possibility for Scalise. Sen. Hodgkinson was eventually killed by Capitol police. Almost 25,000 tickets were sold for the game and it was on track to raise more than $1 million, roughly double what it did a year ago, organizers ... Read More »

James Hodgkinson Had No Terrorism Ties When He Shot Rep. Steve Scalise

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Hodgkinson brought with him an SKS 7.62 mm caliber rifle, a 9 mm handgun and more than 200 rounds ammunition . The man who shot U.S. Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others a week ago fired more than 60 shots - 50 of them from a modified, semi-automatic rifle - during the ambush attack and had more bullets on him before he was stopped by return fire from police. Read More »

House Democrats call for Pelosi to step down as minority leader

Pelosi was tied closely to Ossoff during the campaign leading up to the local election, and some in the party blame her directly for the loss. That's especially because she was the focus of a torrent of negative advertising casting her as a San Francisco liberal and linking her to the Democratic candidate. Read More »

USA senator met with North Koreans about student

Mr Portman told reporters that North Korea must be held accountable for what happened to the 22-year-old University of Virginia student, who died on Monday. Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton said US officials are "going to give the DPRK/North Korea issue top priority in our discussions, aiming to advance concrete cooperation with China towards a peaceful resolution of the nuclear and missile threat from North Korea". Read More »

Public funeral planned for USA student Warmbier

He handles North Korean issues for the Department of State and met with North Korean officials in Norway and NY about Warmbier's release . South Korean president Moon Jae-in is due to visit Washington next week to meet President Trump and told U.S. Read More »