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Trump eases Qatar critique, offers to mediate Gulf spat

Shortly after Trump's visit, Saudi and UAE media began launching verbal attacks on Qatar , including accusations that an alleged phone call from Qatari leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was an attempt to strengthen relations between the two countries. Read More »

Qatar Diplomatic Crisis Continues To Reverberate Across Middle East

Former State Department spokesperson, John Kirby, explained that the USA has "long-standing concerns" about Qatar's funding of terrorism, although he added that other countries-a likely allusion to Saudi Arabia-were also a problem. "The investigation team confirmed that the hack was carried out using innovative technological methods by exploiting an electronic gap on the website of the Qatar News Agency ", the report said. Read More »

China's trade growth rebounds in May

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Still, after a robust start to the year, the domestic economy is displaying some signs of weakening momentum. However, many analysts warn that China's growth is likely to slow gradually in coming quarters. The economy still has strong momentum, with major export destinations such as the US and Europe "operating in a steady way", said Yao Shaohua, an economist at ABCI Securities Co.in Hong Kong, who had the most accurate imports forecast. Read More »

Trump takes sides in Arab rift, suggests support for isolation of Qatar

The rupture is based on the accusation that the Qatari government finances terrorist organisations, including the Islamic State, Al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood, an accusation that Qatar has denied. "We've chose to take steps to make clear that enough is enough", Adel Al-Jubeir told journalists in Paris. Sheikh Hamad took over as Qatar's emir in 1995 and expanded his nation's presence on the global scene through negotiating hostage releases, briefly flirting with diplomatic ties to ... Read More »

Legal experts say Trump comments inappropriate, maybe worse

It's one of the most anticipated hearings in the history of the U.S. Senate: the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey . Trump called him earlier in the day to extend the invitation and Comey had assumed that other people would be present, but it was just him and the president. Read More »

Candidates face off in Ga. congressional debate

Tom Price vacated the seat when he became secretary of health and human services for the Trump administration. I doubt that is the case, unless Handel fails to clarify her remarks or compounds them. Political strategists in the Peach State say it's not surprising that Ossoff has focused on issues other than the ones plaguing Trump's young presidency, arguing that news reports offer plenty of reminders for district voters about Trump's time in office. Read More »

Police arrest east London man in connection with bridge attacks

Authorities have said the London attack was apparently unconnected to the Manchester bombing. She told the Italian authorities Zaghba was working in a Pakistani restaurant in London. Nickie Aiken, leader of Westminster Council, said she believes the Westminster Bridge barriers should be permanent installations. - Like the other two perpetrators, Zaghba lived in east London, Met Police said. Read More »

Knysna fire at an all-time high

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The ferocious storm killed eight people as it pummelled South Africa's west coast on Wednesday, forcing the closure of Cape Town harbour, triggering flash floods and causing extensive damage, authorities said. "We moved 100 firefighters and 14 strike units of Cape Nature from their areas into the Southern Cape to assist", said Diener, adding that Volunteer Wildlife Services were also lending assistance. Read More »

Qatar says state news agency first hacked in April

United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said: "We want to make clear that various countries - Saudi Arabia , UAE , Bahrain , Egypt and others - are fed up with Qatar's duplicity, which has been undermining the region". Read More »

Emirati diplomat to AP: 'Nothing to negotiate' with Qatar

Russia denied Wednesday it hacked the agency after a CNN report quoted anonymous USA officials saying they suspected Russian hackers. The prosecutor said the measure was put in place as a result of Doha's "hostile and reckless policy against the UAE and a number of brotherly GCC and Arab states". Read More »

Emirati diplomat to AP: 'Nothing to negotiate' with Qatar

Qatar's foreign minister says Kuwait is trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis in which Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties and moved to isolate his energy-rich, travel-hub nation from the outside world. Gargash said the measures being taken in response to Qatar are not meant to overthrow the current regime, rather it's about taking a stance on policy. Read More »

Comey to Congress: President Trump told him 'I need loyalty'

Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, released a statement on Wednesday saying the president felt "totally vindicated" by Comey's acknowledgement that he had told Trump on three occasions that he was not personally under investigation. "I expect loyalty." Comey says he replied that he could offer his honesty, and that when Trump said he wanted "honest loyalty", Comey paused and said, "You will get that from me". Read More »

Donald Trump criticises mayor Sadiq Khan again over London terror attacks

Trump aimed criticism towards Khan via social networking site Twitter , and later backed up his statement and accused the London mayor of coming up with a "pathetic excuse". Trump added, taking yet another swipe at his favorite punching bag, the mainstream media. Trump has used the London attacks - in which three men plowed a van into pedestrians on the iconic London Bridge and went on a stabbing spree in a nearby market - to promote and call for support for his travel ban. Read More »

Leaked NSA report highlights deep flaws in American elections

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Victor has been charged under the Espionage Act, a law Goitein said was written to outlaw passing information to enemies but has been applied far more broadly. The judge will determine whether to release her on bond. "My biggest fear in all of this is that she's not going to get a fair trial", the mother said. Read More »

Alleged leaker's parents fear Trump will be tough on case

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Future leakers will be encouraged to stay the course if victor is not punished or her punishment is insufficiently severe. "She would not jeopardize anybody's safety". Victor admitted to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Saturday to printing and releasing the top-secret information, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Read More »

1 dead in twin attacks on Iran parliament, Khomeini shrine

As reports said, several armed people tried to break their way into the Parliament building. Another group of attackers, including a second suicide bomber, struck the shrine. According to Tasnim news agency, at least eight people have been injured in the shooting attack. Police have surrounded the building, where a legislative session was underway, and heavy gunfire could be heard from outside. Read More »

Donald Trump pushes Gulf unity in call with Saudi king

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However, as Trump is trying to increase ties with Russian Federation, which is aligned with Iran, the US could face some pushback from Moscow as well. Donald Trump did not wake up one day spontaneously caring about Qatar, of course. Trump, who traveled to Saudi Arabia last month for a conference of Arab nations, had told Qatar's ruler at the time that "we've been friends now for a long time". Read More »

UK election too close to call, polls differ widely

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But the campaign has seen a series of unexpected twists, including the bloodiest militant attack in Britain since 2005 and the shrinking of May's once-commanding poll lead of more than 20 percentage points over the opposition Labour Party . Read More »

Why can't the Afghan government protect Kabul?

The US State Department said 11 American citizens working as contractors in Afghanistan were injured, but none of their injures were considered life-threatening. "It shows that the government is not very much in control of security issues and there are also concerns that infiltration within the government security structure by these terrorist organizations may be in place", he said. Read More »

Senate clears way for new sanctions on Iran

An interior ministry official said the attackers had been dressed as women and gained access through a visitors' entrance. Tehran MP Elias Hazrati has said that the assailants were armed with two Kalashnikovs and a handgun. Iran's foreign minister rejected Donald Trump's condolences for deadly attacks in Tehran , calling the USA president's words repugnant. Iran's state TV news website says four "terrorists", including a suicide bomber, have attacked the shrine of the late leader ... Read More »

Trump urges Arab unity in call to Saudi Arabia's King Salman

Instead, Qatar will host soccer's 2022 Federation Internationale de Football Association world cup, with the games moved from June or July, when they are usually held, to November or December. The political storm swirling in the region is another story. The CNN report said it was not clear whether the hackers suspected in the Qatar incident were linked to Russian organizations such as the GRU military intelligence agency, which has been accused of being behind cyberattacks aimed at ... Read More »

Polls open in UK election after campaign marred by attacks

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Britain finally votes on Thursday, and Theresa May and the Conservatives, who expected to win a landslide when the prime minister called this "snap election " six weeks ago, are expected to stumble across the finish line 5 points ahead of the Labor Party . Read More »

Trump says Qatar dispute could end terror

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The move came as Saudi Arabia , along with other Gulf states and Egypt, severed ties with Qatar. "Such a Trumpification of relations with one another is particularly unsafe in a region that is already rife with crises", he told the newspaper, in an apparent reference to what critics say is the increasingly divisive rhetoric seen since the election of U.S. Read More »

Attackers raid Iran parliament and mausoleum, up to seven dead

It sure sounds like Trump is blaming Iran , a Shia-dominant country, for the violent strikes claimed by the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group. The attack is notably ISIS's first major attack in Iran, after years of escalated threats against the country. The other said the attacks would push Iran toward "a harsher regional policy".Militant attacks are rare in Tehran and other major cities although two Sunni militant groups, Jaish al-Adl and Jundallah, have been waging a deadly ... Read More »

Twin attacks on Iran parliament, Khomeini shrine, 1 dead

The BBC cited a statement made by Tehran Governor Hossein Hashemi confirming that one attacker had detonated a suicide vest and a second had been killed by security forces. He led the revolution that overthrew the Shah in 1979 and was supreme leader for 10 years. "The fact that terrorists are not calming down is, unfortunately, being confirmed basically every day, including by today's terror attacks in Iran that the notorious Daesh took responsibility for", Russian Foreign Minister ... Read More »

James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee

Trump understood, Comey said, "but then re-emphasised the problems this was causing him". Comey said he told him they were investigating the matter as quickly as they could. The RNC is encouraging supporters to focus on Comey's acknowledgement in his prepared text that he told Trump he was not directly under investigation as part of the FBI's Russian Federation probe. Read More »