Australia treating armed siege as 'terrorism incident'

The gunman killed the man with a sawn-off shotgun, held a Colombian woman hostage, tampered with his Global Positioning System bracelet and shot the three officers before dying in a hail of bullets. "We are treating it as an act of terrorism ", Victoria state police Commissioner Graham Ashton said on Tuesday. Reuters detailed the suspected terrorist attack in a Tuesday report . [Full Article...]

Gulf states squeeze Qatar as US, Kuwait probe for solution to row

Qatar receives much of its food across the now-closed land border with Saudi Arabia . As we combine efforts to defeat the military, financial, and ideological support of terrorists, we expect to see progress in the Arab world toward greater political expression. [Full Article...]

Trump to reveal new Cuba policy

Trump to reveal new Cuba policy But a delay is still possible if it takes longer to make a final decision, according to two people familiar with the discussions. President Trump has faced pressure from Cuban-American legislators and lobbyists to fulfill a campaign promise undoing Obama's deal with Cuba. [Full Article...]

Egypt condemns IS-claimed Iran attacks

Gabriel was subsequently and separately visited by the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar . "Iranian people reject such USA claims of friendship". Saudi Arabia dismissed the accusation. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shrugged off the attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers as US President Donald Trump warned the nation was reaping what it sowed. [Full Article...]

A look at what a hung Parliament means for Britain

A look at what a hung Parliament means for Britain She was planning to seek Queen Elizabeth II's approval - a largely symbolic step - to form a government later Friday. European Union leaders expressed fears that May's shock loss of her majority would delay the Brexit talks, due to begin on June 19, and so raise the risk of negotiations failing. [Full Article...]

Congressional Investigators Seek Tapes, Notes On Trump-Comey Conversations

But we were very, very happy and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said . He said the president had pressured him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn , whom Mr Trump fired for misleading the White House over contacts with Moscow's ambassador. [Full Article...]

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck

London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck Lawyers for Michelle Carter said her high school boyfriend was going to kill himself regardless of whether or not their client encouraged him to, pointing to internet searches where the troubled teen sought out ways to commit suicide. As he was dying, prosecutors say he was on the phone with Carter for 46 minutes. "This is a seminal case, and one that has implications for electronic communicat... [Full Article...]

Tourists warned to keep away from Notre Dame after police officer attacked

Tourists warned to keep away from Notre Dame after police officer attacked The assailant, later found to be also armed with kitchen knives, was brought down as he threatened passersby outside one of the French capital's busiest tourist attractions on Tuesday afternoon. It read: "Locked inside #notre dame cathedral in #paris while police investigate attack outside against a policeman". It is said that hundreds of people were at the cathedral when the incident occurr... [Full Article...]

Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland may be election key

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats, short of the 326 needed for a parliamentary majority . "We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the DUP ", May said as she began to formulate her new government . [Full Article...]

Relation between President Trump, Chancellor Merkel 'fairly unbelievable': White House

Relation between President Trump, Chancellor Merkel 'fairly unbelievable': White House Trump took to Twitter early in the day in the United States to attack Germany, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel ramped up her doubts about the reliability of Washington as an ally. "That's not what she said". The final, non-sequitur tweet came off even more petulant that the first two. He also claimed that the G7 summit in Sicily was an "outstanding success". [Full Article...]

Backed Syrian militias push into IS-held Raqqa

Backed Syrian militias push into IS-held Raqqa The United States will soon start delivering weapons to Syria's Kurdish fighters, despite furious Turkish objections, a U.S. military spokesman said . The International Rescue Committee said it was "deeply concerned for the safety of civilians in Raqa" after a drop in numbers fleeing the city in the past week. [Full Article...]

Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Northern Ireland First Minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster walks past a portrait of Ian Paisley after speaking at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast , Northern Ireland , January 16, 2017. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said May "should be ashamed" and should resign "if she has an ounce of self respect". "That's not a matter for me", she said. [Full Article...]

Iraqi Kurdistan's 'Unilateral' Referendum Plan Only to Cause New Problems: Iran

Iraqi Kurdistan's 'Unilateral' Referendum Plan Only to Cause New Problems: Iran The decision by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq to hold an independence referendum later this year is a "grave mistake", the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Friday, according to Anadolu Agency. "The unity of Iraq is on the line", Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a June 8 statement. "Redrawing the lines of the state is not the right way and could exacerbate an already hard and ... [Full Article...]

Israeli gunfire kills 1 Palestinian, wounds 6 others in eastern Gaza

Saudi Arabia , along with the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain and Egypt , have cut ties with Qatar and moved to isolate the Gulf nation, accusing it of harboring extremists. Israel maintains a security blockade on Gaza, created to prevent the terror group from importing weapons. Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005. Among those is Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhoo... [Full Article...]

Sterling falls as markets react to United Kingdom election result

Sterling falls as markets react to United Kingdom election result Immediately after that was announced, Samuel Tombs, an economist at Pantheon, described it as a "thunderbolt" for financial markets. According to Neil Wilson from ETX Capital, May's decision to hang on as prime minister is worrying the City and will drive the pound lower. [Full Article...]

Angela Merkel expects Brexit talks to begin 'within days'

The EU's chief negotiator said the bloc's stance on Brexit and the timetable for the talks were clear, but the divorce negotiations should only start when Britain is ready. Merkel said Europe wanted Britain to remain a good partner, adding they wanted to get to work "speedily". The DUP made it clear Friday that it doesn't want Northern Ireland to have any special status post-Brexit within the U.... [Full Article...]

Donald Trump Rage Tweets Against Media For Taking Seriously His Tweets

Asked directly whether he was recording conversations in the Oval Office - a claim he hinted at on Twitter last month - Trump dodged. "James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said". Spicer did not stop to think for one second, what if Trump is impaired, or, say , half-asleep as he tweets. James Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and rumor has it that Trum... [Full Article...]

Alex Salmond out in bad night for the SNP

Alex Salmond out in bad night for the SNP Ms Davidson said the UK Government must "seek to deliver an open Brexit , not a closed one, which puts our country's economic growth first". Sturgeon admitted she was "disappointed" by the party's losses, which many believe were caused by the party support for another referendum vote. [Full Article...]

Snap polls fallout: Theresa May's closest advisers resign

Clearly, the general election result was a huge disappointment. He said the Conservatives' failure to win was not due to a lack of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but due to an "unexpected surge" of support for Labour. "I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of th... [Full Article...]

Paul Nuttall quits as UKIP leader

Paul Nuttall quits as UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has quit as Ukip leader with immediate effect following a awful set of General Election results. Mr Nuttall - who secured less than 8% of the vote in his Boston & Skegness constituency in yesterday's vote - was the third leader of UKIP in less than a year. [Full Article...]

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