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by | June 09, 2017 | 00:28

As the Qatar crisis continues to spiral, Turkey has offered to mediate and is now trying to fast-track legislation to send more of its troops to a Turkish base in the Gulf state. Not this time. And that means Qatar will most likely give in. "We believe this will exacerbate Qatar's external vulnerabilities and could put pressure on its economic growth and fiscal metrics", S&P said.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:46

His posts came as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and cut diplomatic ties with the Gulf state, which hosts a major USA military base. But despite his defiance, the foreign minister was adamant the crisis would not evolve into a military conflict. Qatar is the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:34

In an interview published by Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said conditions posed by the four countries for a resolution of the crisis were "crystal clear". The UAE is threatening up to 15 years in jail and a fine of more than $130,000 for anyone who expresses sympathy for Qatar on social media , the AP reports.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:16

But no proof or specifics were offered. Two Sunni militant groups, Jaish al-Adl and Jundallah, have been also waging an insurgency in Iran, mostly in remote areas, for nearly a decade. "The five known terrorists... after joining the Daesh (IS) terrorist group, left the country and participated in crimes carried out by this terrorist group in Mosul and Raqa", the ministry said in a statement.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:18

Comey , who was sacked May 9, told the senators that Trump had consistently praised his performance, but he felt the need to document his interactions with the president in detail. During the investigation, Mr Comey insisted he had no doubts that the Russians interfered in the USA election. Wall Street, like most of America, buzzed in anticipation of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:18

The alleged fake news item, which had Sheikh Tamim making controversial comments on Iran and Israel, was immediately picked up by Saudi and Emirati media , laying the groundwork for the crisis that began Monday. "We have now reached a cul-de-sac in terms of trying to convince Qatar to change course", he explained, drawing a parallel to a similar diplomatic crisis in 2014.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:14

A few kilometers away from the border at Nimbaheda, Gandhi got down from his Bolero and got onto a motorcycle, taking a different route to dodge checkposts put up by police at the district border. The Centre had already sent six battalions to the area. The Congress accused the BJP of "acting as a curse of death for Indian farmers". The Chouhan government had sought to cool the tempers by announcing certain measures, including a loan settlement scheme for those cultivators who had ...

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:02

But he changed, she said, when he went to Britain about a year ago and was seduced by radical views propagated on the internet. Butt, 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan who was known to security services, while Italian authorities said they warned the United Kingdom that 22-year-old Zaghba was a "possible suspect".

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:11

And Comey told senators why he had decided he must document every meeting he had with Trump, with a written record. He told the intelligence committee that he started documenting the conversations because he was concerned that Trump "might lie" about the nature of their meetings.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:15

However, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Comey's testimony "confirms a host of troubling allegations concerning the President's conduct". It was unclear from the conversation who else would be at the dinner, although I assumed there would be others. "That is a very big deal, not just because it's me.but because of the crucial independent nature of FBI investigations".

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:39

And one of the most tantalizing hints Comey dropped during his Thursday testimony certainly raises some questions about Sessions's involvement. "I was talking about matters that touch on the FBI's core responsibility and that relate to the president-elect personally", Comey said.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:18

As a part of those settlements, the banks were required to make donations to third-party groups, such as NeighborWorks America, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing and facilitates community development. While the policy affects future deals, it would have impacted cases like the Environmental Protection Agency's diesel emissions settlement with Volkswagen AG that required the German automaker to invest $2 billion in zero-emission vehicle efforts over 10 years.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:45

Italian intelligence operatives notified British and Moroccan authorities after Italian cops stopped Zaghba in March 2016 at Bologna Airport bound for Istanbul, Italian security officials told Politico Europe . Within minutes, the attackers are shot dead and another police auto arrives as people are seen running for their lives. Police said Zaghba was not a "subject of interest" to police or the intelligence services.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:33

S&P Global Ratings has lowered Qatar's long-term rating by one level and put it on negative watch on concern the country's row with other Arab nations will weaken its finances. "We don't see that he's pointing fingers at Qatar", Al Thani said. Iran's Shi'ite-led government and Saudi Arabia's Sunni rulers compete for influence in the region and Jean-Marc Rickli, a Geneva-based risk analyst, called that a "diplomatic mistake (which) Saudi Arabia and the UAE jumped on".

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:55

Among these outputs is Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), of which the iMac Pro has four ports. And Apple Pencil works even better with them, as there's only a 20-millisecond latency. The updated iMac features Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:44

The avenues include mandatory binding arbitration, which is hoped to reduce double taxation and increase tax certainty. Signatories representing 68 jurisdictions signed the Convention which will have the effect of amending most of the bilateral tax treaties of the signatory jurisdictions in respect of treaty related measures under the BEPS package for preventing artificial tax avoidance, prevention of treaty abuse, and improve dispute resolution.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:32

Worst, they will have succeeded with the help of a US president who seems not to comprehend American interests, nor how he is damaging them. Qatar supplies the UAE with natural gas through a pipeline, and despite the tensions between the two countries there is little chance the UAE will reject Qatari gas, which is needed to meet electricity demand during the summer months.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:31

I was so stunned ... Comey noted that he wanted to create interest in a special counsel. The Republican National Committee and other White House allies worked feverishly to lessen any damage from the hearing, trying to undermine Comey's credibility by issuing press releases and even ads pointing to a past instance where the FBI had had to clean up the director's testimony to Congress.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:31

Bahrain , Saudi Arabia , Egypt , the UAE and several other countries cut their ties with Doha on Monday, accusing it of supporting armed groups and their arch-foe Iran - charges Qatar says are baseless. US President Donald Trump , whose tweets on the crisis have caused controversy, spoke to Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, by phone on Wednesday and offered a possible White House meeting to help resolve the crisis, officials said.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:01

Polls will close at 10 p.m. local time on Thursday, with the results coming in the hours that follow. Voters will be able to cast their votes at around 50,000 poll stations across the country. Atrocities near Parliament, in Manchester and at London Bridge have left Britain on high alert. Another London-based Benelux diplomat also cautioned about such an outcome, saying the smaller the majority for May, " the more likely it is that the government will run into difficulty with MPs, ...

by | June 08, 2017 | 23:57

Michelle Obama revealed that her husband and former US President Barack wore the same tux for 8 years. "He's like, "Mmm, I'm ready". I'm ready. I'm ready in 10 minutes. Mrs. Obama is calling out the fact that women in the public eye can't so much as wear the same shirt a few times, yet men are allowed (and even expected) to wear the same thing again and again.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:24

A Survation poll had the two parties nearly neck and neck as voters prepared to cast their ballots, while ICM gave the Tories a comfortable 12-point lead. "However, we still see much uncertainty surrounding the United Kingdom election, where a higher turnout vote of young people could potentially turn the tables on investors", she added.

by | June 08, 2017 | 23:41

How the latest terror attacks unfolded in London . While Italian officials said they had passed on their concerns about him to British intelligence officials previous year, London policed added that he had not been considered to be a "subject of interest" to either police or the intelligence services.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:42

The legal challenge was likely written before Spicer's statement, but his classification of the tweets as "official statements" can only make it more hard for the Trump administration to argue that his account is not a public forum. What if Trump's Twitter account is hacked or compromised. At least four major law firms backed away from talks with the White House to help defend President Trump in the escalating federal Russian Federation probe, citing worries that the headstrong ...

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:39

Police on Monday identified two of the three London attackers as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane, after Britain's third terror assault in less than three months, as Prime Minister Theresa May came under mounting pressure over security just days ahead of elections.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:00

His remarks are his first public statements since his firing on May 9 , which came as he was leading an FBI investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. After Comey's firing, Mueller was named to a special counsel role in which he will investigate the possible connection between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:39

The announcement comes one day before ousted FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election. "I don't think you can give a better recommendation than that", Christie told reporters after Wray was nominated. Christie said at a news conference last week that he worked together with Wray "a lot".

by | June 08, 2017 | 23:32

The FBI director offers honesty. After the meeting, Comey wrote up details of the meeting in a memorandum - standard procedure for a person in the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's position, experts have noted. All these high-ranking officials had clearance to hear anything that Trump might want to say to the director, so the fact that the President wanted them out of earshot would seem to indicate that he knew that what he was telling Comey was wrong-that it was, indeed, an ...

by | June 08, 2017 | 23:29

According to the statement , the bank expects that interest rates will be held at present levels for an extended period and well past the horizon of net asset purchases. Draghi made the statement as the central bank lowered its forecasts for inflation this year to 1.5 per cent from 1.7 per cent, and for next year to 1.3 per cent from 1.6 per cent.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:36

In the opposition red corner is the Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn , a 68-year-old socialist who was elected leader by party members two years ago — to the chagrin of many Labour lawmakers, who wanted a more centrist chief. Corbyn, meanwhile, accused Conservatives of undermining Britain's security by cutting the number of police on the streets. May called the election to add to that majority.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:14

According to a White House tech source, the president has about 108-110 million social media followers. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer returned to the podium Tuesday, after his Monday absence raised questions among the press corps, and he delivered a characteristically short briefing that still managed to squeeze out a few newsworthy moments.

by | June 08, 2017 | 23:35

In addition to his youth and his openly gay profile, Varadkar also would be the first Irish prime minister from an ethnic-minority background. Ireland's governing Fine Gael party choose Leo Varadkar as its new leader on Friday. "If my election today shows anything, it is that prejudice has no hold in this Republic", Varadkar said to huge applause in a speech at Dublin's Mansion House, where Ireland's parliament first sat nearly a century ago.

by | June 09, 2017 | 00:20

Isabel Infantes/PA Wire Skye the dog waits outside a polling station in St James' Church, Edinburgh as voters head to the polls across the United Kingdom to vote in the General Election. "I think we lack quality in terms of who we can choose, it is very limited". "I want another five years of stability, and a stronger hand in Brexit negotiations", said Dave, 29, in the London neighbourhood of Hackney.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:19

But in some of the strongest comments related to those efforts by a senior Gulf Arab official, Bahrain's Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa reportedly told the newspaper that it doubted whether Qatar would change its behavior. USA and European officials said that while United States government agencies and experts were convinced that the news agency and the Qatari government's Twitter feed were hacked, they have not yet determined who did the hacking.

by | June 09, 2017 | 01:05

Meanwhile, President Trump's statement on the attack has prompted criticism in Iran . The attacks also come after an intensification of the level of rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf region. But it pointedly did not express solidarity with Iran's government or offer assistance. Even as Washington expressed its condolences on Wednesday, the US Senate advanced legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran, partly for what the bill described as the Iranian ...