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Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of promoting 'terrorism' in its border provinces Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of promoting 'terrorism' in its border provinces
- June 15, 2017

Seventeen people were killed last week in a terror attack claimed by IS in Tehran . "The American government is against an independent Iran ". The Leader hailed efforts by the Iranian negotiating team, particularly Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, stressing that the officials who were in charge of negotiating the accord are entirely trustworthy but some of the other parties should not have been trusted. (more...)
Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee
- June 15, 2017

In sworn testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee , Sessions said any suggestion that he was involved in colluding with Russian officials is " an appalling, detestable lie ". In a snappy exchange with Sen. Ron Wyden of OR had a heated exchange during Sessions' Tuesday hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee after Wyden said Sessions was " stonewalling " in his answers. (more...)
Tillerson warns against steps that cut off talks with Russia
- June 15, 2017

North Korea is believed to be making progress toward developing a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US. Tillerson was replying to a question from Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) regarding the salaries for murderers, and said that the issue "was discussed directly with President Abbas when he made his visit to Washington " in early May. (more...)
The entire Coalition debate on energy costs is rubbish The entire Coalition debate on energy costs is rubbish
- June 14, 2017

Chief complaints were that the CET modelled by Dr Finkel did not classify so-called clean coal as a low emissions source and there was widespread scepticism at his forecast that his CET would deliver lower power prices than doing nothing. "We are looking at it, giving it very favorable consideration", he told reporters. Mr Joyce agreed the business as usual was no longer an option and Australia must meet its worldwide obligations to reduce emissions. (more...)
And so it begins… Dem impeachment effort proposed
- June 14, 2017

Comey accused Trump of trying to block an investigation against former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn . Green was the first Democrat to announce he was drafting articles of impeachment against Trump . According to CNN , Capuano said that Sherman's efforts could be seen as a selfish ploy that would hurt the Democratic Party. A motion to table would be the likely outcome of that, but it would constitute the first impeachment-related vote. (more...)
Hong Kong Braces for First Storm This Year as Merbok Nears Hong Kong Braces for First Storm This Year as Merbok Nears
- June 13, 2017

Transport services across Hong Kong have been returning to normal, as Typhoon Merbok moves away from the city . The Home Affairs Department of the HKSAR government said it has opened 21 temporary shelters in various districts and 98 people have sought refuge at the shelters. (more...)
Ex-NBA's Dennis Rodman Heading Back to North Korea, CNN Reports Ex-NBA's Dennis Rodman Heading Back to North Korea, CNN Reports
- June 13, 2017

Looking back, Rodman admitted at the talk that he first went to the country "blind, green behind the ears and all that". Dennis Rodman is now in Beijing and will take Tuesday's 13.00 Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang, a source confirmed to NK News , though no details about the objective of his trip have yet been revealed. (more...)
Qatar begins shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf rift Qatar begins shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf rift
- June 13, 2017

Thousands of shipping containers destined for Qatar are still stuck at Dubai's Jebel Ali port, according to Qatari importers. U.S. President Donald Trump initially offered to host Qatar and its adversaries - all U.S. Last week, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar. The Qatari stock index index has dropped 8.7 percent since four Arab states cut links a week ago, and the initial shock of the sanctions against Qatar may now ease. (more...)
UN condemns Hamas for tunnel under schools in Gaza UN condemns Hamas for tunnel under schools in Gaza
- June 13, 2017

Hamas spokesman Abdulatif Al-Qanou told Xinhua that the Israeli decision "is a further restriction of the Israeli siege on Gaza Strip and a new pressure that will lead to negative results". "Water desalination stations can not operate; 100 million liters of mostly untreated sewage are being pumped into the Mediterranean Sea daily; water for household use is only available intermittently; sewage can not be pumped away from residential areas; and generators, which are supposed to provide an ... (more...)
New Zealand's provided North Korea with about $215000 over eight years
- June 13, 2017

In its latest launches, Pyongyang has employed a series of short-range missiles to test four new systems. The regime's rapid succession of missile tests has prompted heightened tensions with the US and have put allies in the region on high alert, particularly South Korea and Japan. (more...)
'Critical milestone': Pentagon hails ICBM intercept test 'Critical milestone': Pentagon hails ICBM intercept test
- June 12, 2017

In fact, according to the Rodong Sinmun newspaper , Kim said that he would "turn the ( United States ) into ashes", in a threat that came in response to Tuesday's historic test of a ground-based interceptor system created to shoot down incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles - including nuclear-armed missiles headed toward the US mainland or other USA territory from North Korea . (more...)
Victory For Farmers As Maharashtra Govt Waives Off Loans Victory For Farmers As Maharashtra Govt Waives Off Loans
- June 12, 2017

However, there will be restrictions in the case of such farmers who pay income tax and who are not dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on 10 June 2017 announced the formation of a six-member high powered committee. (more...)
'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground 'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground
- June 12, 2017

TUESDAY, JUNE 13 - May to meet with DUP leader Arlene Foster Discussions were held between May's Conservatives and the DUP over the weekend with a view to the Northern Irish party supporting May's minority government on key votes in parliament. (more...)
Tough break for Theresa May as top aides quit Tough break for Theresa May as top aides quit
- June 12, 2017

Amid reports senior Tories were sounding out potential replacements for Mrs May, prominent Conservative MP Heidi Allen said the Prime Minister had six months at most left in Downing Street. The Queen's Speech setting out the Government's programme is due on June 19 , with a highly significant vote on its content expected after a few days' debate. (more...)
British PM Now Says DUP Talks Ongoing, No Support Deal Yet
- June 12, 2017

With no clear victor emerging from Thursday's election, a wounded May has signalled she would fight on. "Theresa May has lost credibility and leverage in her party, her country and across Europe". Theresa May's bid to do a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to save her premiership has been plunged into uncertainty. She put on a courageous face, refusing to show any contrition for the election gamble that spectacularly backfired, but observers say she has been deeply wounded. (more...)
United Nations agency blasts Hamas after tunnel found under schools
- June 12, 2017

A United Nations aid agency that helps Palestinians in Gaza condemned the territory's Hamas rulers on Friday after discovering a tunnel running under two of its schools for boys. UNRWA said it had protested to Hamas that rules the enclave and which had used a network of cross-border tunnels to launch attacks inside Israel in a 2014 war. (more...)
London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck
- June 11, 2017

British police have arrested two more suspects over the London Bridge attack, and revealed that the carnage could have been worse had the attackers succeeded in their goal of renting a larger truck, rather than a van, to mow down pedestrians. (more...)
Qatar says no expulsions of nationals from countries that cut ties
- June 11, 2017

Qatari officials have repeatedly denied supporting terrorist groups and said the emirate works closely with Western security agencies to crack down on terrorist financing. On Friday, the U.S. president and secretary of state took contrasting approaches to Washington's mediation efforts. After meetings with Mr Trump and his top national security officials, Rex Tillerson called for de-escalation and dialogue, and said the crisis was "hindering USA military action in the region, and the ... (more...)
Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland may be election key
- June 11, 2017

The moves buy May a temporary reprieve. Prime Minister Theresa May's failed election gamble has cast a party in Northern Ireland in the role of kingmaker, giving the province an unexpected chance to have a big say in Britain's divorce from the European Union. (more...)
UAE citizens showing sympathy toward Qatar to receive jail time
- June 11, 2017

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has warned its citizens against publicly expressing anything in favour of Qatar after several Arab nations chose to sever ties with Doha . Erdogan also said that Turkey "will continue and develop" ties with Qatar. "I ask Doha to commit strongly to not funding armed groups", he said on Wednesday. (more...)
Arab states in row with Qatar laud Trump's supportive stance
- June 11, 2017

Turkey has also pledged to provide food and water supplies to Qatar. Saudi Arabia on June 10 praised Trump for his remarks about Qatar. On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had never known Qatar to support terrorist groups and called for the blockade to be fully lifted. (more...)
Iran: US, Saudis supported attacks
- June 11, 2017

People in the crowd chanted "Death to Saudi Arabia" alongside the more customary "Death to America" and slogans against Israel, as they reached out to touch coffins wrapped in flags and covered in flowers. The rebuke of the U.S. and Iran's regional rival, Saudi Arabia, came as thousands of mourners chanted "Down with the US" and "Death to Al-Saud" while carrying the coffins of the victims through the streets of Tehran following Friday prayers. (more...)
Comey testimony watched by an estimated 19.5 million viewers
- June 11, 2017

USA broadcast networks interrupted regular programming to air live coverage of Mr Comey's more than two hours of remarks before the Senate Intelligence Committee . Football's Super Bowl, traditionally the year's most-watched USA television broadcast, attracted 111 million viewers in February. The television ratings do not include the crowds that watched the highly anticipated congressional hearing at bars and restaurants around the country or online through services like Twitter and ... (more...)
Taliban claims responsibility for Afghan soldier killing 2 USA soldiers
- June 11, 2017

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top US military commander in Afghanistan , wants 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to help train Afghanistan's military and police forces as they battle Taliban insurgents, Islamic State militants and other militias, USA officials say. (more...)
London attackers planned to use lorry London attackers planned to use lorry
- June 11, 2017

They include donating to the trader support fund , visiting other markets across the capital where some traders also have stalls, buying goods from their websites and supporting the Red Cross Saturday Night for London campaign . Police have made a number of global inquiries as they work urgently to establish how the three attackers knew each other, as well as investigating whether they were helped through funding or any other means. (more...)
Republican Steering Committee Chooses Trey Gowdy to Lead House Oversight Republican Steering Committee Chooses Trey Gowdy to Lead House Oversight
- June 10, 2017

Later this month, Gowdy, 52, is set to become chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he will lead official scrutiny of the Trump administration, including a budding investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign. (more...)
Tulsa police fatally shoot mentally-ill man armed with knives Tulsa police fatally shoot mentally-ill man armed with knives
- June 10, 2017

On June 1, deputies left Barre's home after reporting that he was "armed with a hammer and yelled threats" at them. Police officer Leland Ashley says sheriff's deputies were attempting to serve a pickup order Friday when the man walked away and to a nearby convenience store. (more...)
After confusion, Cabinet member claims Trump does believe 'the climate is changing' After confusion, Cabinet member claims Trump does believe 'the climate is changing'
- June 10, 2017

Critics say that by pulling out of the deal, the US compromises its role as an global leader on climate and risks jeopardizing worldwide relations. The fund aims to help developing countries implement strategies to tackle the effects of climate change. (more...)
Israel pushes ahead with plans for 3000 settlement homes
- June 09, 2017

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) highlighted the Washington side of the event while Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu topped the speakers list on the Jerusalem side that was spearheaded by Speaker Yuli Edelstein. "This is Jerusalem. Reunified fifty years ago today, never to be re-divided". "We do not recognize ourselves without it". "Otherwise, the victory in the Six-Day War will dismantle us from within", Michaeli warned. (more...)
Former FBI chief says Trump administration told 'lies' Former FBI chief says Trump administration told 'lies'
- June 09, 2017

He painted a picture of an overbearing president who he did not trust and who pressured him to stop the FBI Flynn probe. The following day, Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI's investigation into Flynn's dealings with Russian Federation, according to a memo written by Comey and leaked after his own firing in May . (more...)
Ariana Grande critic Piers Morgan apologizes to singer Ariana Grande critic Piers Morgan apologizes to singer
- June 08, 2017

The album's proceeds will purportedly go to a charity benefiting the victims of last month's attack, which killed at least 22 people and wounded nearly 60 more . In a night filled with emotional performances, and nearly endless singing from the crowd of 50,000, it was Grande's final song of the night " Somewhere Over The Rainbow " that brought most tears to the eyes. (more...)
London police arrest another attack suspect
- June 08, 2017

Zaghba , a 22-year-old with dual Moroccan-Italian nationality, was briefly detained after being stopped at the airport in Bologna , central Italy in March 2016. "And after I thought that these images of a garden were similar to the images of paradise". The Islamic gym where Butt worked out said Tuesday they had seen nothing of concern during his time there. (more...)
Former US official says Russian claims worse than Watergate Former US official says Russian claims worse than Watergate
- June 08, 2017

James Clapper compared the U.S. President unfavourably with another Republican, Richard Nixon , who in August 1974 became the first and, to date, only commander-in-chief to resign in disgrace. John McCain, a continual critic of the Trump administration, told CBS News in May , "The only thing I can say is I think we've seen this movie before, I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale and a couple other scandals you and I have seen". (more...)
Video emerges of Notre Dame 'terrorist' hammer attack Video emerges of Notre Dame 'terrorist' hammer attack
- June 08, 2017

Isis did not claim responsibility for Ikken's attack, which followed atrocities that have killed around 240 people in France since the start of 2015. Florian once headed France's DST regional intelligence service that was disbanded under former president Nicolas Sarkozy. It will include some 20 people representing the various security services and operate 24/7. (more...)
Presidential election on July 17 Presidential election on July 17
- June 08, 2017

The election commission will issue a notification regarding the polls on June 14. The counting of votes will take place on July 20. The President is elected through a system of proportional representation, which comprises MPs and members of state Assemblies. (more...)
German cabinet backs troop pullout from Turkey base after row German cabinet backs troop pullout from Turkey base after row
- June 08, 2017

BERLIN, Germany (A.W.)-Germany will pull all of its troops and aircraft from Turkey's Incirlik airbase, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on June 7. Relations between Turkey and Germany have grown increasingly tense over the last few months and worsened during Turkey's referendum campaign on expanding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. (more...)
Third French death confirmed after London Bridge attack
- June 08, 2017

They drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in Borough Market on Saturday. Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames. (more...)
Ranking US diplomat in China resigns Ranking US diplomat in China resigns
- June 08, 2017

America's top diplomat in China has resigned over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from a landmark climate change treaty , two sources told NBC News Monday. Feldman said the State Department was "losing incredibly gifted officers at a moment when the US needed them more than any other time in recent history". (more...)
Trump's Travel Ban Case Appears to Be Undercut by His Own Tweets
- June 07, 2017

After Trump's travel ban was blocked by lower courts, the Justice Department appealed last week to the Supreme Court to review the legality of the order. "I do not think the injunction included not being able to plan for vetting", said Leon Fresco, an immigration lawyer at Holland & Knight. George Conway , the husband of Kellyanne Conway , a counselor to the president, and an attorney who turned down a top Justice Department position last week, reacted on Twitter, a medium he rarely uses. (more...)
Iraq not taking sides in dispute between Saudi, Gulf states and Qatar
- June 07, 2017

Trump visited Saudi Arabia last month on his first presidential trip overseas since taking office in January. While President Trump personally has a great relationship with Egypt's military ruler, who ousted the democratically elected government, accepting the notion that Qatar's support for democracy amounts to adding to the "horror of terrorism" is a troubling position for a USA president to take. (more...)