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May to meet Northern Irish 'kingmakers', seeks to avoid second election


But a deadly fire at a tower block in London could delay the announcement of any deal, BBC political reporter Norman Smith said. A day after France and Germany both said Britain could reverse Brexit if it wanted, Verhofstadt said Britain's budget rebates and opt outs from European Union rules would disappear if it did so. Read More »

Blumenthal: Let Judiciary panel take crack at close-mouthed Sessions


Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) said . He declined to specify which practice he was using to refuse to answer senator's questions. "You're impeding this investigation". US intelligence agencies concluded in a report released in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to interfere in the election to help Trump in part by hacking and releasing damaging emails about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton . Read More »

Iranian boat shines laser at US aircraft in Strait of Hormuz


Navy's Fifth Fleet. Naval Forces Central Command assesses this interaction as "unsafe and unprofessional" due to the Iranian vessel shining a laser on one of the formation's helicopters. Urban says the action was considered unsafe because shining lasers at a helicopter at night can impair pilots' vision and disorient them if they're wearing night vision goggles. Read More »

May under pressure to strike deal and soften Brexit stance


May is also said to have expressed her apologies to the MPs who had lost their seats in the snap election which she had called. The Greens will continue pushing the Government, whatever form it takes, to deliver that. "This doesn't depend entirely on us", Winterstein told a daily briefing. In the wake of Friday's setback, Conservative figures have said the party needs to learn the lessons of its failure to win an overall majority and change direction in some key areas. Read More »

Dublin warns May over pact with Northern Irish party

Former British prime ministers John Major (L) and Tony Blair share a platform for the Remain campaign event at the University of Ulster in Londonderry, Northern Ireland June 9, 2016. Before travelling to the French capital, Mrs May had been leading the talks with the DUP. But May appears to be motivated by her desire to guarantee a majority in Parliament for a Queen's Speech - a key event in the parliamentary calendar in which the government lays out its policy agenda for the coming year. Read More »

British PM May fights for survival


The biggest victor was Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn . But May, facing scorn for running a lackluster campaign, was determined to hang on. May announced later that Gavin Barwell - a former housing minister who lost his seat in Thursday's election - would be her new chief of staff. Read More »

Sessions passionately denies improper Russia contacts

Sessions recused himself from the Department of Justice Russia investigation in March, but then signed a letter endorsing Comey's firing in May. It comes as political intrigue pulses through the USA capital following explosive testimony by Comey before the same panel last week , and as Trump has expressed frustrations with Sessions , one of his earliest high-profile campaign backers. Read More »

Northern Ireland's party hopeful of Conservative deal 'soon'


Ruth Davidson, leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, sought assurances that LGBT rights would be protected after any deal with the DUP , which opposes same-sex marriage. The talks with the DUP follow May's apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting Monday that signalled she would be more open to consultation, particularly with business leaders demanding answers about the details on Britain's departure from the European Union . Read More »

London fire tears through residential tower, leaving 12 dead

Witnesses present at spot saw people jumping from the upper floors. Asked how people could contact her, she said they could reach her through her Facebook account. She lost two of her children while rushing down, Michael Paramasivan, a resident of the block, told BBC radio . Witnesses reported seeing a baby thrown out a window to safety to avoid the horror inside. Read More »

HAPPENING NOW: London residents being evacuated from burning building

The Action Group expressed concern about the testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site. Thirty four patients remain in hospital including 18 who are in critical care. Many were awake at the time the fire broke out having their early morning meal before beginning the daily fast for the holy month of Ramzan. The blaze started around 1 a.m. Read More »

San Francisco UPS shooting leaves 4 dead, including gunman


A gunman reportedly dressed in a UPS uniform shot multiple people at the parcel service's building in San Francisco , California, the company has confirmed . He says another group of about 10 workers assembled on the roof and held their hands up as police began to arrive. When officers entered the building, they encountered several shooting victims, whom they immediately evacuated for medical treatment. Read More »

Sessions vehemently denies Russian Federation collusion claims


The Attorney-General, for his part, emphatically denied he had conspired with the Kremlin in its campaign to tip the election toward Mr. Trump by leaking embarrassing Democratic party e-mails. Sen. Sessions raised his voice to the Democratic senator pressing him for an answer, insisting there were no such reasons. "I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling", Wyden said. Read More »

Multiple victims from UPS center shooting in San Francisco


He says officers didn't fire at the gunman, but that he shot himself when they confronted him. Eyewitness says at least five injured before shooter was taken down. A woman named Michelle, who did not want to provide her last name, was walking to work across the street from a UPS facility when she saw several UPS employees running down the street. Read More »

Trump on Comey 'leaks': 'Totally illegal? Very cowardly!'

Trump's initial tweet following Comey's testimony also appeared to refer to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief as a liar-something that could amount to accusing Comey of perjury given the statements he was making were made while under oath. Read More »

Talks about Brexit talks, but no date for negotiation


One senior pro-EU lawmaker who attended a party meeting with May - and who herself opposed Brexit last year - said the prime minister told them she wanted to build a "consensus" on how to pull out of current arrangements with Britain's main trading partner."She recognised the different views in the party on Brexit and she also recognised the need to not just reflect the party but indeed the parliament and the country", the lawmaker said.Ruth Davidson, the influential leader of the ... Read More »

Grenfell Tower fire: Key questions about the tragic incident

Mr Cundy said that while every floor had been accessed, the whole building had not been searched, adding: "I don't anticipate that there will be further survivors ". But on Wednesday, as an enormous fire gutted the 24-story residential block, it emerged that local residents' groups had expressed concerns about safety going back several years. Read More »

Government extends interest subsidy on short-term crop loans


As a relief measure on payment of interest, Congress Government introduced "Interest Subvention" on "on-time payment of loan" by farmers, thereby reducing the actual interest to four per cent per annum (seven per cent interest minus three per cent Subvention).The BJP Government surreptitiously discontinued this " Interest Subvention Scheme " with effect from the year 2017-18. Read More »

More people may still be inside burning London tower block

Cladding was added during the recent renovations. The Telegraph reported that as many as 600 people were inside the building when it caught on fire. This scene was described to the reporters by a witness, Samira Lamrai, who was on the street looking up at the inferno before emergency services arrived. Read More »

London high-rise apartment fire: what you need to know

Firefighters continued to search the building for survivors. Police confirmed Wednesday that six people died but they expect to toll to rise after a complex recovery operation that will last days. A July 2014 newsletter for residents said the tower building was designed "according to rigorous fire safety standards" and recommended that residents stay inside their apartments in the case of a fire. Read More »

South Australian nurse feared dead in London Bridge attack

Sara Zelenak is missing after the terror attack in London . She then broke down as she described her "absolutely beautiful" niece. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed the death of a man believed to be Sebastien Belanger , a 36-year-old chef. Read More »

Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi address congressional baseball shooting

As he noted the "strong emotions" among members of the House, Ryan thanked the Capitol Police for preventing " many lives" from being lost. Both Ryan and Pelosi called for bipartisan understanding in response to the attack. To my colleagues, you will hear something you've never heard me say before: I identify myself with the remarks of the speaker. There's a lot of awfulness in Washington today as the city and its political class grapple with the shootings at a Republican baseball ... Read More »

Low turnout but big majority ahead for Macron


Mr Macron's prime minister, Edouard Philippe, confidently declared on Sunday night that the second round vote would give the assembly a "new face". Emmanuel Macron is set for further electoral success as his La République En Marche party appears to be heading towards a landslide victory in the first round of parliamentary elections in France . Read More »

Portugal prepares for Confederations Cup


The worldwide tournament is staged by every World Cup host in the year before the sport's biggest prize and was conceived as a way of helping organisers test venues and operations ahead of the big event. Reportedly, there have been repeated strikes organized by workers on several stadiums , protesting non-payment of wages and other labor abuses. "This is normal for a Confederations Cup tournament , as we do not know yet who will enter the semi-finals and final, and who will ... Read More »

Nova Launcher Integerates Google Now in new update


Apart from the Google's own devices, only very few manufacturers offer vanilla flavored Android with their smartphones. Google Now Launcher has always been one of the only ways to access your Google Now feed directly from the home screen, thanks to a rule restricting apps on the Play Store from using the service's API. Read More »

United States attorney general Sessions vehemently denies Russian Federation allegations


He explained that Trump had not invoked executive privilege, but that Sessions wanted to preserve the president's right to assert it in the future. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington , Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget. Read More »