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Israeli PM calls for dismantling of UN Palestinian refugee agency

Following discovery of the tunnel, Israel on Friday submitted a letter of protest to the UN Security Council (UNSC). Netanyahu's remarks came two days after the UNRWA said it had uncovered an alleged Hamas-built tunnel running under two agency-managed schools in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Read More »

'Critical milestone': Pentagon hails ICBM intercept test

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Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring said in a statement . The "kill vehicle" that took down the ICBM was launched from an underground missile silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base , just north of Los Angeles. Initial indications are that the test met its primary objective, according to the MDA, "but program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test". Read More »

Still Swinging for the Fences — Trump Travel Ban

Worse, his legal team has already had a tough time with judges who'd rather look at his campaign rhetoric than the actual executive order. Critics have assailed the ban as discriminatory and that his reasoning for it is flawed. "The president isn't concerned with what you call it". The government has said the temporary travel restrictions would free up resources to put tougher screening protocols in place. Read More »

Doubts over Theresa May's grip on power as DUP talks continue

A hung parliament has always been the dream result for unionists, since it holds the prospect of transforming their MPs from isolated backbenchers into kingmakers who could have the ear of a prime minister. Numerous party members are also uncomfortable with the kind of deal that will have to be struck with the DUP, a socially conservative party that takes an opposing stance on issues such as abortion and same sex marriages. Read More »

Iran arrests 7 more persons linked to Tehran attacks

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Commuters in the Iranian capital noticed more police than usual on the streets as dawn broke. "If we do not go there, Daesh will be emboldened", he said . It was unclear when the five men returned to Iran ahead of Wednesday's attacks. Abu Aisha was killed and the network forced to flee the country, the statement said. Read More »

French premier: Macron's party wins election

In an unusual move, the foreign ministry has already released the first-round results for French voters overseas, who voted a week ago. Interior Ministry data showed 40.75 percent of registered voters had cast ballots by 1500 GMT, well below the 48.31 percent at the same time in the 2012 election. Read More »

UK Elections: Theresa May to form coalition govt with support of DUP

May will have to concede some points to ensure the DUP helps her in parliament, which has commenters anxious about what this might mean for the political direction of travel of the greater UK. "I'm afraid we ran a pretty terrible campaign", Soubry said. That could cheer opponents of a "hard Brexit " that would take Britain completely out of the single market and the customs union. Read More »

EU's Tusk warns against Brexit 'no deal' after United Kingdom vote

Among them were oil major BP, bank HSBC and beverages group Diageo, all up between 1.1 and 1.6 percent.In turn, companies that make most of their revenues in the United Kingdom were hit with Lloyds Bank down 3.4 percent and supermarket Marks and Spencer down 2.4 percent.Some investors said May's failure to get a strong hand in parliament lowered the chances of a so called "hard Brexit ", a development which could ultimately boost the pound."The outcome is a clear near-term market negative, ... Read More »

Trump blames Qatar for funding terror

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Urging all sides to avoid further escalation of the conflict, Tillerson said the elements were available to resolve it. "We do not, have not and will not support terrorist groups", Qatar's government said. Qatari planes were banned from using some of their neighbours' airspace. "We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain , and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar", Tillerson said. Read More »

Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation

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But Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah said that while Republicans are talking with the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on various ideas, "we are not there yet". Senators quoted in the Politico story seemed doubtful that the bill would pass, even if Republicans succeeded bringing it to a vote. The CBO said May 25 that Republicans' revised bill would undermine insurance markets in some states and result in 23 million more people without insurance. Read More »

Sri Lanka floods claim at least 151 lives

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The Disaster Management Centre said more than 27,000 people have been displaced by the landslides . Sri Lanka has also sought global assistance, with India rushing a second naval ship laden with supplies. The Disaster Management Centre said that "the adverse weather condition had left 112 people injured and almost 600,000 people have been forced from their homes, with thousands suffering structural damage from flood inundation and landslides". Read More »

'Travel ban' case likely hurt after president's Twitter rant

If there's new procedures put in place, put those procedures in place. After that order was struck down, the administration chose to write a second directive rather than appeal the initial ban to the Supreme Court . "He's concerned with protecting the American people". Less than a week later, Trump used the term "travel ban" on Twitter, and he has referred to it as such on multiple occasions since then. Read More »

Election dents Scottish nationalists' hopes for independence

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The SNP remain Scotland's largest party at Westminster but lost a total of 21 seats across the country last night as pro-Union parties made a resurgence. Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson, euphoric about her party's gains in Scotland, said that IndyRef2, the colloquial name for a second referendum, was dead in the water. Read More »

Scottish independence dealt a blow after nationalists suffer losses

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has conceded her plans for a second vote were "undoubtedly" a factor in the result and has said she will reflect on the results. Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said the party had its best result in 20 years. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has dismissed reports that Scots Tories might "break away" from the main United Kingdom party. Read More »

Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK vote

Now that it chose to jump ship, it seems it can't get its act together to actually leave. Prime Minister Theresa May made a decision to hold a snap election to boost her majority and strengthen her hand in European Union divorce talks. "Her wish and will was not really too much accepted by the British people", he said. A the PM sought to secure a parliamentary majority by striking a deal with Northern Ireland's DUP, a spokesman for Ms Merkel said they would refrain from commenting out of ... Read More »

UAE ruling family member: Qatar now questioning its leaders

The move comes after Saudi Arabia , Egypt, the U.A.E., Bahrain and Yemen on Monday cut ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar has vehemently denied all charges. The vessel is now headed to Saudi Arabia's Ras Tanura port. The countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar this week, alleging it funded terror groups and has developed a worryingly close relationship with Iran , a nation with which it shares its vast offshore natural gas field. Read More »

Merkel ready for Brexit talks

In a letter to the Prime Minister congratulating her on her reappointment, he said the two-year time frame set out under Article 50 of the European Union treaties left no room for delay. "I have the feeling, because otherwise they would have given her a better vote". The news comes after Ms Merkel said the negotiations should go ahead as scheduled, despite the uncertainty caused by the UK's General Election resulting in a hung Parliament. Read More »

Latest developments in North Korea

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The launch came days after USA aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan left those waters after joint exercises with the South Korean navy. In addition to conducting missile tests at "an alarming rate" over the a year ago, Syring says North Korea has also shown off technology that supports development of more capable and longer-range missiles. Read More »

President Trump: The Media Wants Me Stop Tweeting, But I Won't

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In his latest barrage of Twitter comments this week, he quoted London's Muslim mayor out of context and then assailed him for his response to the deadly attacks in the British capital. In mid-February, he rebuked it as "the enemy of the American people". The London mayor told AP that he "really couldn't be bothered about what Donald Trump tweets ". Read More »

Britain's snap election backfires on Prime Minister Theresa May

May unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, three years early, polls predicting she would massively increase the slim majority she had inherited from Cameron. Beleaguered May is appointing new members of her government after several of them lost their seats in Parliament in this week's general election that proved disastrous for her Conservative Party . Read More »

Trump in tweets, Calls Ex FBI Chief Comey a 'Leaker' After Testimony

Comey said Trump sought the loyalty pledge at a January 27 private dinner at the White House. "I didn't say that", Trump said at a press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House. "Yes", Comey testified . " The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there's not tapes ". While the president doesn't specify his target for the "false statements and lies", Trump's lawyer refuted two key parts of Comey's testimony Thursday . Read More »

AG Sessions Offered To Resign Amid Trump Anger At Recusal

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During Comey's dramatic testimony Thursday, Democrats pressed him about Sessions's involvement in the Russian Federation probe before the attorney general recused himself from it. Last month, Sessions came under fire again after the Justice Department acknowledged that he didn't disclose his contacts with Kislyak when he applied for the security clearance he would hold as the nation's top law enforcement official. Read More »