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Labour Party stuns Theresa May's Conservatives in UK elections

THERESA May was spotted out shopping today as she despatched her Chief Whip to Belfast to hammer out a deal with the DUP and help form a Government. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged her to resign and allow him to form a minority administration, declaring: "We are ready to serve this country". Read More »

White House defends Trump as scathing tweets raise concern

Trump's longest break from Twitter , for example, came over the 2016 Thanksgiving Day weekend - soon after he had been elected. "They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out". Top aide Kellyanne Conway claimed the same day that the media has an "obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter , and very little of what he does as President". Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon rules out 'rash decisions' on Indyref2 after major SNP losses

The Conservatives won 13 seats in Scotland , helping to prop up the party nationally after it lost a string of seats throughout England. SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson was ousted by the Tories and hours later former first minister Alex Salmond lost his seat, in what has been described as the party's "Michael Portillo moment". Read More »

Death Toll In Tehran Attack Rises; Iranian Official Calls US Response 'Repugnant'

Zarif described the condolence message "repugnant" after the U.S. president suggested the Islamic republic bore some of the blame. Crowds who gathered behind a lorry carrying the coffins of 15 of the 17 victims shouted "Death to America", "Death to the Saud" ruling family, and "We are not afraid", after attacks on Wednesday shook the capital. Read More »

Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title


Jelena Ostapenko said she was amazed to be the first unseeded player since 1933 to capture the French Open on Saturday in a stunning and fearless 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Simona Halep . But she held, and went on a four-game surge, playing the only way she knows how: from the front foot and going for the lines. She made headlines past year because of a bust-up with British player Naomi Broady in Auckland. Read More »

Up high? Too slow! Corbyn's high-five ends in awkward thud

There was never a high-five on the table. It wasn't. Instead of meeting Thornberry's hand, the Labour leader ended up slapping her chest. And here's just some of the incredible responses on Twitter. And others just confessed how much the moment had made their day. Corbyn was posing for photos with MP Emily Thornberry and everything looked hunky dory. Read More »

Police arrest east London man in connection with bridge attacks


This was the safe house where the attack was planned, police said. London police said earlier they had recovered a body from the river in their search for Xavier Thomas , a 45-year-old missing since the weekend attack. Questions over the extent to which the terror gang were known to security services have been mounting since it was revealed another of the attackers, Khuram Shazad Butt (27) had been investigated in 2015. Read More »

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck


Police released details of their investigation Saturday as they appealed to the public for information, saying that showed Khuram Butt, believed to be the plot's ringleader , originally tried to rent a 7.5 ton truck. They had wrapped water bottles in grey tape to look like a suicide belt, strung around their upper bodies. One official at the scene said that the British officials had said that they suspected Butt had been radicalised in the United Kingdom rather than in Pakistan, but that ... Read More »

Owen Farrell kicks Lions to victory over Crusaders


Mr Price said the family had been very appreciative of the Police response. Their defence and game management were both notably better than in their two previous tour matches. "Stuart had been training well, we were trying to get the ball in his hands". Murray's execution with his kicks gave chasers time to get there and compete. Read More »

Puerto Rico to vote on statehood Sunday


For starters, the Stars and Stripes might need an upgrade soon: Citizens of Puerto Rico vote Sunday on whether the USA commonwealth should become a state. Statehood would grant Puerto Rico access to parity in federal funds for social programs like Medicaid and public housing subsidies, important programs for a place where about 45 percent of its people are living in poverty . Read More »

Trump offers to host feuding Gulf nations at White House

Finally, he said, there's "Al Jazeera and other Qatari-funded media, which is just an irritant to these governments because they see Al Jazeera as the platform through which opposition members talk to their own publics". President Donald Trump previous year. A White House readout of the call took a markedly different tone from Trump's first comments on the rift, in Twitters postings Monday congratulating Saudi Arabia for taking action against Qatar. Read More »

What a hung Parliament means for Britain


May's government could cling on with the support, from the inside or outside, of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party , which won 10 seats. Other Conservative MPs are said to be taking soundings about removing Mrs May in the autumn. Read More »

Afghan soldier kills to US soldiers

A US official says it is unclear if the deaths were due to friendly fire. The shooter in Saturday's incident was believed to be a member of the Afghan military, the USA official said . But suffice it to say, when heroes fall, Americans grieve. USA special operations forces have been fighting ISIS in the province alongside Afghan Special Security Forces. Read More »

European Union presses Britain to get its act together for Brexit talks

May, who had campaigned against Brexit past year but took over the Conservative party after David Cameron lost last June's Brexit referendum, delivered her terms for withdrawal in March. "She has to go and ask for things now and they can say "well we'll see". The other 27 governments are particularly concerned that a breakdown in negotiations could lead to Britain ceasing to be a member on March 30, 2019, as laid out in Article 50 of the European Union treaty, without negotiating the kind of ... Read More »

London attackers planned to use lorry

Police were called within two minutes and arrived eight minutes later, killing the attackers in what officers said was an "unprecedented" volley of 46 bullets. Police believe Butt was driving the van. The 29-year-old was held during a raid at a residential address in Newham, east London , in the early hours of Friday, Scotland Yard said. Read More »

'London Bridge attackers plan to hire lorry to kill more'


It also emerged that multiple petrol bombs were found in the van used in the outrage, while a copy of the Koran opened at a page "describing martyrdom" was discovered in the east London bolthole where the three men plotted the attack. Six minutes later it returned, crossing over the bridge again and making a U-turn at the northern end, the report said. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called shortly after 2:00pm on Monday, 5 June, to a man reportedly in possession ... Read More »

Saudi and Bahrain welcome Trump's scolding of Qatar

Moscow called on Saturday for dialogue between Qatar and its neighbours in the Gulf, promising help in mediating the crisis, as Russia's foreign minister met his Qatari counterpart. Shortly after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations to ease their blockade of Qatar Friday, Trump seemed to contradict his top diplomat. Read More »

Gadhafi's son released after more than 5 years of detention


The same armed group made an identical announcement in July 2016 about freeing Seif al-Islam, but this was later denied by the authorities in Zintan. Since then he has been in a legal tug-of-war between the International Criminal Court and the Libyan authorities. Read More »

May's top aides resign after UK election fiasco


What is a confidence and supply agreement? Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill has said the proposed deal between the Conservatives and the DUP "will end in tears". Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce. Davidson is an increasingly important voice in the Conservative Party. Read More »

Brexit talks can start 'when United Kingdom is ready', says European Union chief negotiator

We have completed the guidelines, the framework", Merkel said Friday in Mexico City. It is her first comment since Mrs May's Conservative party lost 13 seats. Some EU officials and members of the European Parliament took aim at British Prime Minister Theresa May - who called the UK's snap election in an attempt to strengthen her hand in the Brexit talks - and the wider Conservative Party. Read More »

Trump says US is committed to mutual support of NATO allies


Trump's omission last month of any public statement in support of NATO's common-defense provision, known as Article 5, left European diplomats dismayed ". At the same time, Trump reiterated the need for all 28 members to meet their obligation to spend at least two percent of their budget on their own self-defense. Read More »

London police arrest 6 as attack footage is released


A week on from the London Bridge attack , Londoners are being urged to go out and enjoy the city on Saturday night, with bars and restaurants donating a share of their takings to a Red Cross fund set up for the victims. An intelligence official with direct knowledge of the situation said that the relative is an influential businessman in the Jhelum district of Punjab province. Read More »

British PM Theresa May to form government after party weakened by election

David Brancaccio: Conservative leader Theresa May , the prime minister - this is not an outcome she would have preferred. Labour's crucial insight was that the Brexit vote had less to do with Europe than with the state Britain's in: jobs and dignity lost, communities unraveling, education failing, the National Health Service in tatters , nurses depending on food banks, and homelessness on the rise while the wealthy continue to flourish, oblivious and cut off. Read More »

French new president Macron seeks parliament majority

Ipsos calculates (PDF) that between 385 and 415 of them will prevail, which would give Macron the biggest parliamentary majority for a French president since Charles de Gaulle's landslide in 1968. Fillon denies the accusations. That appears unlikely, given French voters' disaffection with traditional parties. President Emmanuel Macron needs a clear majority in parliament to be able to pass laws and endorse his prime minister, Edouard Philippe . Read More »