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by | June 12, 2017 | 17:29

In a clear disapproval of the ongoing standoff between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia and others in the region, global agency Standard and Poors has downgraded Qatar's credit rating and put the country on credit watch with "negative implications".

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:55

An Australian questioner asked, in light of Trump's abandonment of an worldwide trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and his withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, "why should we not fret that we are present at the destruction of" a global rules-based order? Mattis paraphrased former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill , after a participant asked whether or not the world was witnessing the "destruction" of a rules-based order founded by the U.S.

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:44

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell, whose government got the Good Friday agreement signed in 1998, said Ms May was threatening the peace process by securing an alliance with one of the parties the Government is supposed to be mediating between.

by | June 12, 2017 | 18:48

He had been scheduled to answer questions before the House and Senate spending committees Tuesday, but instead wants to show up to the intelligence committee instead. The Senate panel is investigating allegations of Russian meddling in last year's White House race. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump told his 32 million Twitter followers on Sunday.

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:12

Donald's friendship with Salma's boyfriend was short-lived, as she revealed that he "never talked to [her] boyfriend again". "He's inviting me out, and I'm like, "What about my boyfriend? You know I have a boyfriend,"' she went on". "Mr Trump, I recommend to you to read this book. You have to go out with me", Trump responded. The Mexican native moved to the U.S.in 1991 to begin her acting career and has been an outspoken advocate against Donald Trump and in particular, his plan to build ...

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:23

Downing Street initially said on Saturday that an arrangement had been reached but it later emerged that talks were ongoing. His comments came as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sounded a warning over the "price" Theresa May would have to pay to keep the DUP on board.

by | June 12, 2017 | 18:32

He said that during his meeting with the United State Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in Jerusalem last Wednesday, he told her that "it's time to dismantle UNRWA". GAZA/JERUSALEM Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after the Palestinian Authority limited how much it pays for power to the enclave run by Hamas, Israeli officials said on Monday.

by | June 12, 2017 | 18:44

Iran has urged Qatar and neighbouring Gulf countries to engage in dialogue to resolve their dispute. "I think this is not about counter-terrorism, it's not about terror financing", he said. Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi said five planes carrying around 90 tonnes of vegetables each had been sent to Qatar in recent days. Qatar's official overseer of charities denied on Sunday that philanthropic groups in the country backed terrorism, saying it deplored the accusation.

by | June 12, 2017 | 18:19

In the US The Mummy came 2nd place behind Warner Bros.', a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) hit Wonder Woman , which took $57.2-M at the NA box office from 4,165 theaters, passing the $200-M mark domestically Sunday, its 10th day in release.

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:14

May's Conservative Party won 318 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons compared to 330 seats in 2015. The future of the proposed alliance had already been thrown into confusion late on Saturday after Mrs May's office announced that an outline agreement had been struck, only to backtrack and say that talks were still ongoing.

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:32

Michael Gove has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. May shrugged off suggestions her days in Downing St. were numbered. May, who assumed office in July 2016 following David Camerons resignation, is set to form the new government with the votes from Northern Irelands Democratic Unionist Party .

by | June 12, 2017 | 18:14

Speaking in Mexico City alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Merkel said that history showed only when empires have gotten on well with their neighbours have migration pressures been resolved in a way that ensured stability. "Maybe, this is a chance that we can come up to a more reasonable Brexit negotiations because in the last time (recently) I really had the feeling that everything was just being very tough and it doesn't make sense to be tough".

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:24

He said he didn't return a third call Trump placed after taking office. Comey said Thursday that he began documenting his conversations with the president because he had a "gut feeling" Trump might lie about the nature of those meetings.

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:45

Hamilton's victory has cut Vettel's advantage to 12 points and he was delighted with the way his team had responded after a hard weekend in Monaco in the last Grand Prix when the 32-year-old endured endless issues with his W08. Vettel was then stuck behind both Force India drivers and Daniel Ricciardo in front of them, with third place-and the taste of podium champagne-tantalizingly close, but he doubted he would be able to make a pass work on his worn tires.

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:40

The attacks were the first in Iran claimed by the Islamic State , which has repeatedly threatened Shias, the second largest branch of Islam, a majority in Iran. US President Donald Trump's statement of condolence , which included the line "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote ", only served to deepen the regional fault lines.

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:32

The comments sparked anger from Iranians on social media, who recalled the vigils in Tehran that followed the September 11 attacks. On Friday Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the attacks would only increase Tehran's hatred against the U.S.

by | June 12, 2017 | 18:13

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attacks. Trump's comments also brought criticism from Iranians on social media, who recalled their government's offers of support and the candlelight vigils held in Iran after the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States.

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:21

At a press conference streamed live online, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Oscar Albayalde said Carlos was considered a high roller among gambling circles, whose minimum bet was usually PHP40,000 (US$810). Security experts and patrons at the casino on Friday expressed alarm at the apparent ease with which a lone gunman was able to enter the building, open fire and start a blaze, smoke from which killed more than 30 people.

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:54

It "probably changed history by making Comey more skeptical about her and the Clintons' role", he said . That was potato, this is potahto. Following the Senate hearing for former FBI Director James Comey Thursday, Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit shared some of his reactions.

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:40

Comey alleges Trump repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the probe into his campaign's Russian Federation ties. Judging by recent events, and the earlier confusing Congressional testimony in which Comey described why there would be no prosecution of Hillary Clinton , it now appears that Comey's actions are political in nature, and his actions are more ...

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:47

A look at some key questions about the accord and Trump's decision. Before President Trump signed executive actions to examine policies to move away from the Obama era Clean Power Plan, state Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) joined other coal producing states in a lawsuit against the EPA over its protocol for coal-fired power plants to be replaced.

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:09

Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao and nearby island provinces after the Maute group attacked Marawi on May 23. Shortly after the violence erupted, President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern region of Mindanao, home to 20 million people, to quell what he said was an IS bid to establish a base in the Philippines.

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:02

With media asking whether May could remain in Downing Street after her electoral humiliation, ministers said now was not the time for the further uncertainty that a party leadership contest would bring. A Number 10 spokesman said: "We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond".

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:25

The German chancellor said she believed Britain would stick to the timetable, adding the European Union was "ready". Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, indicated on Twitter that the European Union was prepared to show some patience, making it clear that talks should not begin until the political situation had settled in the UK.

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:58

Tuesday's Kabul peace conference also comes amid an acute foreign relations crisis, as the majority of Afghans accuse Pakistan of continuing to host the Taliban leadership and its most murderous wing, the Haqqani group. The attack added to growing concerns about whether Afghan forces can defeat the Taliban or an increasingly destructive Islamic State affiliate without further aid from US and global forces, which formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, switching to a ...

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:11

Trump took to Twitter early Friday to declare victory , denouncing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired as a liar and a " leaker " based on Comey's damaging testimony about their interactions. "That's an incredibly serious thing if people think that the president of the United States can tell heads of law enforcement agencies, based on his own whim or his own personal preferences or friendships, that they should or should not pursue particular criminal cases against ...

by | June 12, 2017 | 17:01

Pakistan-born Khuram Shazad Butt , Moroccan-origin Rachid Redouane and Moroccon-Italian Yousef Zaghba claimed eight lives when they mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and then went on a stabbing spree before being shot dead by police on June 3.

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:23

An estimated 500 to 1,000 civilians are trapped in Marawi. At least 20 civilians and around 138 terrorists have also died. However Abella stressed on Sunday US involvement in the fight for Marawi was very limited. "But the president knew at the start of his term that, as the allies become more successful in Syria and Iraq, they ( ISIS ) will be looking for a land base, and Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines will be a potential target to them".

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:29

The Prime Minister announced she was leaving the most senior members of her Cabinet team - including Philip Hammond and Boris Johnson - in place as she began forming a new administration. One could easily make a simple and humble observation that security is Theresa May's strong suit. Paterson, who was secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs from 2012 until 2014, was also asked about the DUP's position on gay rights.

by | June 12, 2017 | 15:54

A source said Mr Corbyn has also been making a number of phone calls in what is a highly unpredictable and uncertain political climate, with Mrs May sacking two key aides and sending her Chief Whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast to open talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to reach a deal to prop up a Tory minority government.

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:07

Sheffield was leaving home on June 8 for Transgender Lobby Day at Capitol Hill. It was a moment Atlanta native James Parker Sheffield said he will never forget: former President Jimmy Carter shaking his hand. "Who expects a president to be on their commercial flight, let alone making an effort to greet every passenger?", he said. Sheffield tells us he thinks we all need some political warm and fuzzies right now and that the moment is a nice reprieve from party politics.

by | June 12, 2017 | 15:26

May called the general election three years earlier than required by law, with the aim of sweeping an even greater majority for her party before Brexit talks in just eight days to take the country out of the EU. "But I would like to make clear that the freaky media reports about my own role in the policy's inclusion are wrong: it had been the subject of many months of work within Whitehall, and it was not my personal pet project".

by | June 12, 2017 | 15:39

Duterte cut short a state visit to Russian Federation and declared 60 days of martial law over the island of Mindanao when fighting broke out in May. Duterte was there to visit soldiers wounded during clashes in Marawi City . Military officials believe Hapilon is still in the town. However Abella stressed on Sunday US involvement in the fight for Marawi was very limited.

by | June 12, 2017 | 15:24

It is time for a fresh approach. The policy, which has been long-talked about, comes amid a background of record high net migration - 71,900 in the year to April 2017 - and an intense debate over what to do about it. "Immigration should be a stop-gap to meet skills shortages, not a permanent crutch". Improved regionalisation of skills shortage lists and better enforcement of the Labour Market Test will make it easier for regions with genuine skills shortages to get the migrant workers they ...

by | June 12, 2017 | 16:28

The biggest shock of the night came in Londonderry where Sinn Fein captured the SDLP citadel of Foyle, the seat of former leader John Hume. The DUP replaced the SDLP in South Belfast, wrested back South Antrim from the UUP and saw off the challenge of the Alliance Party and Sinn Fein in East and North Belfast respectively.