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Scottish independence dealt a blow after nationalists suffer losses

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Of the six seats the nationalists won in the 2010 general election, four were lost, including Eilidh Whiteford's, who saw a near 15,000-strong majority in Banff and Buchan overturned by the Conservatives' David Duguid . The Telegraph reported that aides to Ruth Davidson were working on a deal to separate the Scottish party after it boosted the number of Tory MPs from one to 13. Read More »

London attack 'ringleader' tried to rent larger truck

The police and other counter-terrorism agencies have come under scrutiny after it emerged that Butt was under investigation when he carried out the attack. Inspector Cole spotted a nearby pub in Southwark Street and decided it was the safest place for people to shelter. The aim of the attackers seems to have been to replicate the attack in Nice, the officer said. Read More »

Consider Trump's Tweets 'Official Statements,' Spicer Says

On Sunday, Trump had taken one of Kahn's remarks out of context while criticizing him. And this poll indicates that the voters hope Trump can put down his phone and focus on fixing America's problems. "If it exists, it won't be here", the White House official told Reuters. So I said, do we ever go back and say how about paying the money from many, many years past? It is early in Trump's term to descend into panic over his agenda, but his allies say the clock is fast expiring for his ... Read More »

Thompson shoots 67 for 1-shot lead after 3rd round

All three had late tee times Saturday. Lee's round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-five third hole. Answered with a birdie on the fourth. A run of three straight birdies soon followed. Delacour had the lowest score at the tournament since it moved to Cambridge in 2015. Five early birdies helped Marchand to a blistering 31 on the front nine in warm, breezy conditions at Whistle Bear Golf Club. Read More »

Trump says US is committed to mutual support of NATO allies

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Trump's omission last month of any public statement in support of NATO's common-defense provision, known as Article 5, left European diplomats dismayed ". That didn't seem to bother Iohannis, who noted that Romania was the first country under Trump's administration to "step up to 2 percent of GDP for defense spending". Read More »

Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Punching back a day after his fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's damaging testimony, President Donald Trump on Friday accused James Comey of lying to Congress and said he was "100 percent" willing to testify under oath about their conversations. Read More »

Hope fading for missing after mudslides leave 100 dead in Sri Lanka

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Lankas water supply minister Rauf Hakeem said that "40 per cent of those affected did not have access to piped drinking water, and there was an urgent need to clean contaminated wells in flood-affected areas". The United Nations said it is donating water purification tablets, tents and other supplies for the displaced. In May 2003, 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful monsoon. Read More »

Trump expects Senate health care bill in summer

The Alliance for Healthcare Security- Tennessee, meanwhile, denounced Senate Republicans rushing forward with what the group charged is "a secret plan to repeal health care written only by Republicans without public hearings or expert input". Read More »

Republican officials from 16 states back Trump in travel ban fight

Since Trump signed an executive order in January that suspended entry to the USA from seven countries, the White House has defended the travel ban in interviews, press conferences and written statements. Early in the administration, White House press secretary Sean Spicer outright scolded reporters for labeling Trump's plan a travel ban. And the first version was better than the "politically correct" revised ban. Read More »

Take Scottish independence vote off table, Ruth Davidson tells Nicola Sturgeon

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But speaking after the Tories picked up six of the seats, ousting some big SNP names in the process, he said the nationalist party's victory in 2015 was always going to be a hard task to repeat. She may yet prove key to chosing a new leader to replace the party's nationwide leader, Prime Minister Theresa May , whose future is now in question. Read More »

North Korea says it tested new anti-ship missile

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The launch on Thursday - the North's fifth weapons test in a month - was overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency, and came less than a week after the United Nations tightened sanctions against the reclusive nation . Read More »

Trump defends tweeting as way to get out 'honest' message

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To which Conway said, "that's not true". The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump's deputy press secretary, Sarah Sanders, argued the same a day earlier. She later added , "I think that the President isn't concerned with what you call it". Host Craig Melvin interrupted to point out, "That's his preferred method of communication with the American people". Read More »

Al Franken: I Don't Think Trump Ordered Comey to Quash Russia Probe

Comey", she said. In a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn, the Democrats said that "any such assertion of privilege is nearly certainly baseless, particularly given that Mr. The officials say there has been no final decision and the matter remains under discussion. Comey associates told McClatchy that at one of those meetings, according to Comey's memo, Trump asked Comey for his loyalty. Read More »

Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

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Because he is constitutionally incapable of ever considering for even a millisecond that he might be to blame for anything whatsoever, Donald Trump is now starting to blame Attorney General Jeff Sessions for some of his administration's problems. Read More »

May to form 'government of certainty' with DUP backing

Such an agreement would see the Northern Irish party's 10 MPs support the Conservatives on crucial votes when Parliament returns next week. The DUP said earlier on Friday it would not comment on reports that it had agreed to back May's ruling Conservatives/ Some political analysts doubt a Conservative minority government with support from the DUP would last over the long term, and think a second election is likely. Read More »

White House: Trump's tweets are 'official statements'

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A quick follow-up question on the president's tweets . Every Trump tweet, no matter how reckless, destructive or lie-filled, is an on-the-record declaration by America's commander-in-chief. And even as I attempt to genuinely explain that I didn't vote for Trump and don't embody his ideals, I have to take ownership for a president our country has ultimately elected. Read More »

These 10 People Could Decide The Fate Of Brexit

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Since this, more prominent figures in the party have asked for the issue to be looked at again. Front and center among many questions facing May's new government is the matter of Brexit . The British political system is in total disarray. Their manifesto set out a 30-point wish list of priorities and objectives for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations; reinstating the major issues that have been forefront in the debate so far, including maintaining the Common Travel Area and ensuring a ... Read More »

Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title

June. 10 (ANI): In was unexpected yet spectacular, as unseeded Jelena Ostapenko produced a stunning fightback to crush Simona Halep and win the French Open title. She said in her Twitter post: "I congratulate Alona Ostapenko on her historical triumph at the French Open ". With 20 years, no experience in the finals, and especially in the Grand Slam finals, her result and achievement is much greater than anyone thinks. Read More »

Iran officials say 5 attackers fought for IS

Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide bombings and gun attacks in Tehran on Wednesday, that killed 17 people. Saudi Arabia has denied involvement, Reuters reports . "The Iranian nation is united and will advance with more determination on the way towards fight against terrorism, God willing", the message reads. Israel also accuses it of funding extremist groups. Read More »

Theresa May to form new government with DUP support

Combined, the Tories and the DUP would have 329 MPs in the Commons. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she has received assurances from the Prime Minister over gay rights should the Tories do a deal with Democratic Unionist Party . Read More »

The climate deal - Trump again basks in the limelight

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At a summit meeting of the G7 group of leading economies over the weekend, Trump refused to join the other six leaders in pledging to implement the Paris accord and said he would announce the USA position this week. "The Paris Agreement isn't ideal". At a meeting of the Group of Seven in Sicily this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that Trump's G7 peers lobbied him hard on the issue of climate change . Read More »

Japan enacts law allowing Emperor Akihito, 83, to abdicate

On June 2, the lower house of Palriament passed the bill proposed by the government. To people outside Japan , it may not seem like big news that an octogenarian who has battled prostate cancer and undergone heart bypass surgery wants to retire from his job. Read More »

Turkey says Iraqi Kurdish independence vote a 'terrible mistake'

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About 130 German soldiers are based in Erbil where they are providing training to the Kurdish peshmerga fighters. Germany is a major partner of the Iraqi Kurds. Sine the, the Kurds have been effectively running the region, also claimed by Turkmen and Arabs. A coalition including Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite militias, and the Iraqi military are now fighting to eradicate the Islamic State completely from its final major stronghold in the country of Mosul. Read More »

Hostage-taker in Australia had been acquitted of terror plot

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Khayre then called police to say he had a hostage in an apartment and made threats to her if police intervened. The distressed and tearful woman said she hated the man who killed her son. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Monday's incident, but Comm Ashton downplayed their statement. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it was baffling that the man was on parole. Read More »

Qatar says Saudi-led move to bar citizens breach of rights

If accurate, the allegations would indicate Russian efforts to undermine USA foreign policy, building on United States intelligence concerns that Russian hackers attempted to influence last year's presidential election, won by Trump. Qatar's isolation from powerful fellow Arab states advanced, however. Some 10,000 military personnel are stationed at the Al-Udeid airbase. A Pentagon spokesman said the crisis has had "no impact on our operations in Qatar or with regards to airspace ... Read More »

Latest Us Planned Missile Test Attracts North Korean Government's Eye Suspiciously

Air Force officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base successfully launched the ground-based interceptor missile that blasted out of the sky the incoming rocket. North Korea has dramatically ramped up missile tests over the past year in its effort to develop an ICBM that can strike the US mainland. Built by Boeing , the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) was recently featured in an article by Forbes as the only system that can successfully protect the us from an ICBM. Read More »

Restrictions paralyse life in Indian-controlled Kashmir for 3rd day

The separatists have called for a two-day shutdown to protest the killing of the two militants. Train services remained suspended on Monday for the third consecutive day. Authorities are now bracing for the "March to Tral" called by the separatists on 30 May to offer funeral prayers (Fateha) at the grave of Bhat. Kashmir had a devastating tourist season past year in the aftermath of the then Hizbul commander Burhan Wani's killing on July 8. Read More »

Fears rise for Spaniard missing after London Bridge attack

All those detained in relation to Saturday's deadly terror attack in the United Kingdom capital of London were released without charges, the city's Metropolitan Police Service said Tuesday. City officials announced Monday that some downtown buildings and attractions - like the Calgary Tower - will be lit red, blue and white tonight as a tribute to the city of London and Archibald. Read More »

No date for Putin-Trump meeting, media likely to be excluded - Izvestia

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This came on the same day the online news site The Intercept posted the report that Russian government hackers carried out a cyberattack against one USA voting software vendor last August and launched a spear-phishing attack targeting local US organizations days before the 2016 US election, according to a highly classified report within the National Security Agency. Read More »