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Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned
- June 18, 2017

May gambled that a strong election win, as forecast by some pollsters, would boost her majority in the House of Commons in time for the Brexit talks, but instead, her party surrendered 13 seats in the lower chamber. It is the only way to unite the country and strengthen our bargaining power with the European Union". Leavers within the Government are predicting ferocious resistance to Brexit from without the Cabinet as well as within, with one minister predicting "utterly bitter, trench ... (more...)
Escaped Ga. Inmates Who Killed 2 Guards Captured In Tennessee, Police Say
- June 17, 2017

At the time of the shooting, 31 other inmates were on board the bus, which was en route to a diagnostic facility when the escape took place. "When they did, they bailed out of the vehicle and fled across a wooded area in our county". That's when the trail went cold. The ensuing foot chase shut down Interstate 24, about 10 miles south of Murfreesboro. Dubose is seen left in an earlier photo, before he got his distinctive tattoos (right). (more...)
Arrest warrants out for Turkish agents, others in DC melee Arrest warrants out for Turkish agents, others in DC melee
- June 16, 2017

Men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled up on a sidewalk. "It was an affront to our values as Washingtonians and Americans", said Bowser. Washington police are leading the investigation, in cooperation with federal law enforcement and the U.S. State Department . Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will fight back politically against the arrest warrants issued by US authorities for his security personnel, broadcaster CNN Turk quoted him as ... (more...)
UAE: No military component to actions against Qatar
- June 15, 2017

At Qatar's Hamad port yesterday, workers were busy unloading containers of food and building materials, while another ship carrying livestock, including chicken and sheep from Australia had docked at the port. USA troops stationed in Qatar would also relocate to the UAE, he argued, adding the " infrastructure is in place " if such talks ever take place. The SPA, while announcing the severing of relations with Qatar, had said it had been done for "protection of national security from the ... (more...)
Exiting European climate accord is good for Texas Exiting European climate accord is good for Texas
- June 15, 2017

In the communique, the USA added a footnote saying it's taking its own steps to reduce the country's carbon footprint. Juncker pointed out that it took 20 years to strike the Paris agreement. Since the world has already warmed about 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit), the accord aims to ensure the threshold is not breached, with each nation setting goals to curb heat-trapping emissions. (more...)
S Korean president picks ex-navy man for defense
- June 14, 2017

North Korea said: "This is because its hostile policy will end in futile when the DPRK conducts the test-fire of an ICBM capable of precisely striking any place on the USA mainland". However, the Blue House said Song admitted to having falsely registered his residence information in the past, which is a criminal offense in South Korea. (more...)
Germany: number of Britons granted citizenship quadruples
- June 14, 2017

In all, 2,865 Britons were granted German citizenship in 2016 - a 361 percent increase over the previous year. A Destatis spokesperson added: "The link to Brexit seems clear". Poles were the second-biggest, with 6,632. Nationals of other European Union countries and Switzerland can keep their existing passports . Among nationals of Europe's biggest economies, only Italians - 3,597 of them - surpassed Britons in pursuing German citizenship, according to the latest statistics. (more...)
Middlesbrough appoint former Leeds boss Garry Monk Middlesbrough appoint former Leeds boss Garry Monk
- June 13, 2017

GARRY MONK today revealed Steve Gibson's vision convinced him to take charge of relegated Middlesbrough . Boro appointed Monk as head coach yesterday, but even though the former Leeds boss will try to encourage his new captain to stay, sources in the North East say it's unlikely to succeed. (more...)
Jeremy Corbyn keeps his eyes on Downing Street Jeremy Corbyn keeps his eyes on Downing Street
- June 12, 2017

In an article for the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and to notice surging support for the opposition Labour Party. "We have made good progress but the discussions continue", said DUP leader Arlene Foster. Mr Leslie said Labour missed an "open goal" as he had "never known" a more beatable prime minister than Theresa May . (more...)
Former first minister Alex Salmond loses Commons seat in stunning Tory victory Former first minister Alex Salmond loses Commons seat in stunning Tory victory
- June 12, 2017

A number of high profile British politicians have also lost their seats, with former first minister and one-time leader of the SNP , Alex Salmond, losing his seat to Tory , Colin Clark, in the Gordon constituency. In contrast, the Tory share of the vote went from 15% to 28% as the party's tally of MPs increased from just one to 13. She paid tribute to Mr Robertson, who had been MP for Moray since 2001, describing him as a "politician and parliamentarian of huge stature, who week after ... (more...)
Arab states in row with Qatar laud Trump's supportive stance
- June 11, 2017

Only an hour later, Tillerson sat in the front row in the Rose Garden as Trump enthusiastically embraced the move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others to punish Qatar. After severing ties with Qatar on Monday, Saudi Arabia said it was committed to "decisive and swift action to cut off all funding sources for terrorism" in a statement carried by state news agency SPA, attributed to "an official source". (more...)
Iran's Supreme Leader: Attacks Will Increase Hatred of US, Saudis
- June 11, 2017

One day after the raids, the Leader highlighted: "The Iranian nation is moving forward and advancing; even these firecrackers that were set off today will not impact our nation's will; everyone must know this". The Islamic Republic of Iran has suffered a disgusting terrorist attack on its soil, which killed 17 and injured many more. "Daesh is an global danger", he said. (more...)
Comey testimony watched by an estimated 19.5 million viewers
- June 11, 2017

US broadcast networks interrupted regular programming to air live coverage of Comey's more than two hours of remarks before the Senate Intelligence Committee . Chartbeat, a data analytics firm, said that more than 900,000 people read articles related to Comey across the internet at any 5-minute interval between 10 a.m. (more...)
Pentagon: 3 US soldiers killed, 1 wounded in Afghanistan
- June 11, 2017

An Afghan commando who opened fire on American troops killed three of them and wounded another, U.S. and Afghan officials said, in an insider attack that was claimed by the Taliban. The blast flattened a swath of the countryside. The Pentagon has not yet officially confirmed the deaths. Achin District is the primary base of operations for ISIS in Afghanistan and has been the site of multiple joint US-Afghan counterterrorism missions. (more...)
Two more arrests over London Bridge attack Two more arrests over London Bridge attack
- June 11, 2017

Three French, two Australians, one Canadian, a Spanish and a Briton were killed in the attack. By Saturday, there had been 20 arrests, 13 buildings searched and 282 witnesses from 19 countries had been questioned in the investigation. The three Islamists who killed eight people after driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then attacking nearby revellers had initially tried to hire a 7.5 tonne truck, the head of the United Kingdom capital's counter-terrorism unit said on Friday. (more...)
London Mayor: 'Don't Roll Out Red Carpet' For Trump
- June 10, 2017

Trump said London Mayor Sadiq Khan had offered a "pathetic excuse" and "had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement". "Rather than the mayor of London attacking, maybe he should do something about it", Trump Jr. She also pushed back against criticism that the president had mischaracterized Khan's remarks, saying that "the media wants to spin it that way". Trump's latest missive at Khan was part of several Monday morning tweeted statements from the president. (more...)
Modi meets Xi, calls for respecting each others core concerns Modi meets Xi, calls for respecting each others core concerns
- June 10, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that all the countries need to tackle terrorism and extremism in a coordinated manner. The two leaders would be in the same room on Friday too as they formally join the six-nation SCO grouping that focuses on security and trade. (more...)
Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating
- June 10, 2017

President Donald Trump has welcomed Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to the White House for talks. So for now, the score for extracting an Article 5 commitment from Trump is: Romanian journalist 1, NATO Alliance 0. "I want to recognize President Iohannis for his leadership in committing Romania this year to increase its defense spending from 1.4% of GDP to over 2%". (more...)
London Bridge attack latest: Third terrorist named as Youssef Zaghba London Bridge attack latest: Third terrorist named as Youssef Zaghba
- June 10, 2017

Dar said the attack had shattered his family. Security has become a key issue in the run-up to Thursday's general election. "But there is one thing I can do - I can make a commitment to combat this, me personally". A British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the investigation confirmed the details of the Italian report, and said the man had not been considered a "person of interest", meaning they had no reason to think he ... (more...)
Grenade attack on Indian envoy's residential compound in Kabul, all safe Grenade attack on Indian envoy's residential compound in Kabul, all safe
- June 09, 2017

Abdul Ahid Wali Zada, a police spokesperson, said the bomb was planted in a rickshaw that detonated near the large mosque dating from the 12th century. Although, the Islamic State claimed the attack, Afghan intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) blamed the Taliban-allied Haqqani network for the bombing. (more...)
New search underway near home of London Bridge attackers
- June 08, 2017

London Metropolitan Police have identified two of the three attackers involved in Saturday's violent rampage on and around London Bridge , releasing photos of Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane and asking the public for help in tracing their movements. (more...)
Leaked NSA doc highlights deep flaws in US election system
- June 08, 2017

This kind of interconnection and overlap between accounts, combined with the multiple layers of the election process, is exactly what makes determining the extent of an attempted hack so tricky, and what makes ideal security all but an impossibility. (more...)
Kellyanne Conway's husband swipes at Trump on Twitter Kellyanne Conway's husband swipes at Trump on Twitter
- June 06, 2017

Following the recent terror attack in London , which has at the moment claimed 7 lives, The President of the United States, Donald Trump , has taken to Twitter to demand that the Supreme Court give Americans back their right by ruling in favour of his infamous travel ban. (more...)
Corbyn: It's a shame PM has not joined in head-to-head debate Corbyn: It's a shame PM has not joined in head-to-head debate
- June 06, 2017

The poll showed said May's lead had fallen sharply from a lead of 12 percentage points in the previous Survation/Mail on Sunday poll published on May 21. Page said that Labour's share of the vote included many younger voters who had not voted before. The leaders will not go head-to-head at any point. (more...)
Goldman under fire for buying Venezuela Goldman under fire for buying Venezuela "hunger bonds"
- June 06, 2017

He urged "good-faith negotiations" among all Venezuelans, adding that "the main responsibility for showing good faith in any negotiations now is on President Maduro and the government of Venezuela ". A small group of protesters gathered outside Goldman's Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday holding signs referring to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that said "Goldman Sachs Supports Maduro's Dictatorship". (more...)
Vladimir Putin wonders if US hackers framed Russian Federation during presidential election
- June 05, 2017

Putin, who made headlines on Friday by conceding Russian hackers might have interfered in the election for " patriotic reasons", put his latest spin on the mystery that has obsessed Washington since Donald Trumps surprise win in November. (more...)
Sai Praneeth wins Thailand Open Sai Praneeth wins Thailand Open
- June 05, 2017

Both the players facing each other for the first time . After another couple of close points, Christie found himself 18-17 up and quickly sealed off the opening game with three points on the trot. However, the Indian narrowed the gap to 7-8 and restored parity ay nine-all. In Singapore, Christie stunned world number two Son Wan Ho in R16 before suffering a shock defeat to Lee Dong Keun. (more...)
London police report casualties in bridge incident, stabbings
- June 04, 2017

At 11:44 p.m., Metropolitan Police tweeted that officers were also responding to reports of an "incident" in the Vauxhall area, about 2.5 miles southwest of Borough Market , also on the south side of the Thames. The incident comes less than two weeks after 22 people were killed in a bomb blast following a Manchester concert. Minutes earlier three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians at 50mph on London Bridge , before "leaping out and attacking night time revellers with hunting ... (more...)
Syrian Kurdish fighters receive arms shipment, Pentagon says Syrian Kurdish fighters receive arms shipment, Pentagon says
- June 02, 2017

Last month, Erdogan criticised Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, over an agreement between the two to fight what he described as "terrorist groups" operating in Turkey. "With President Obama, we had a mutual agreement about the PKK - but Obama deceived us". He added: "We'll do the same along the Iraqi border and in appropriate places along the Iranian border". (more...)
Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in 'friendly fire'
- June 02, 2017

The bombing accident happened on Wednesday when one of two planes bombing rebel positions missed its target in the heart of Marawi City, where ground troops have been battling pro-Islamic State militants holed-up in buildings for nine days. (more...)
China vows to adhere to Paris climate deal
- June 02, 2017

Without mentioning the USA specifically, Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement. Johnson told Sky News that Britain still wants the take the lead in fighting climate change and called on individual USA states to keep making progress on that front. (more...)
Comey to testify to US Senate intelligence panel on June 8
- June 02, 2017

But the president himself confused that message, telling NBC News soon after the firing that he thought of the "made-up" story about ties between his campaign and Russian Federation when he fired Comey. Putin has denied conducting such a campaign. Mueller's investigation could include a look at the circumstances of Comey's firing, especially since Trump has said publicly that he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he made the move. (more...)
Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team
- June 01, 2017

The new turn in the conflict between the fascistic president and his cabinet of oligarchs and generals, on the one side, and state forces opposed to Trump's supposed "softness" toward Russian Federation, on the other, comes the same week that the White House released a budget proposal calling for $1.7 trillion in social cuts, including the virtual destruction of Medicaid, the government health program for the poor. (more...)
'Something fishy' is going on with Trump's twitter account, researchers say
- June 01, 2017

According to the auditing website, only 32 percent of Perry's followers are real, which means there are nearly 67 million fake Twitter accounts that purportedly track her every tweet. Now he's at 30 million followers, but only 51 percent are real, which means of 10 million followers Trump has gained since January, about 8.3 million are fake. (more...)
Trump Stands By 'Great' Jared Kushner Amid Tension Over Russia Probe
- June 01, 2017

McMaster and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly , who said they weren't concerned about Kushner's reported request to conduct the communications using Russian gear that could not be intercepted by the United States or other intelligence services. (more...)