Merkel ready for Brexit talks, assumes UK sticking to its plan

Indeed, the prospect of a "hard" Brexit, by which the United Kingdom leaves with no deal, has shrunk with the Conservative majority, as it's a likely "red line" for the Democratic Unionist Party , the Northern Irish lawmakers May has turned to for support in Westminster.

London bridge attack: new details and photos about the criminals' plans

Police shared images of the knives found on or near the bodies of Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba after police shot them dead at the scene. "At that point, I didn't know if the shots were us or potentially the attackers ". She said: "We, in this city, have experienced terrorism for as long as I've been alive and we have always been able to step up and deal with a new threat and that's what we're going to do here".

London Bridge attackers tried to get bigger truck

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said, "We've been working round the clock to understand what these men did in the lead-up to the attack but we need to know more about these unusual knives". Butt's knife also had a leather strap attached to the handle to keep the knife secured around his wrist. They say if the terrorists had hired such a heavy vehicle the death and injury toll could have been much higher.

Turkish president Erdogan approves troops to Qatar

In a bid to rebut these accusations, Qatar is paying $2.5 million to the firm of John Ashcroft, who served as U.S. Attorney General during the September 11th attacks, to audit its efforts at stopping terrorism funding. Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies have targeted dozens of organizations and individuals with new terror-related sanctions - escalating a diplomatic crisis in the Middle East , particularly with Qatar.

Special Gulf treatment for mixed Qatari families

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said Qatar "has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level". "Qatar is confident that the review and analysis will confirm that Qatar has significant measures in place to prevent and detect efforts to launder funds and/or to use its financial systems to finance terrorist organizations", he said.

Amarillo's Zheng narrowly misses making National Spelling Bee finals

But be ready to hit pause after each word is announced so you can make your guess before continuing on to hear Naomi recite the correct spelling. During a tense day of preliminary competition on Wednesday, an 11-year-old girl wiped away tears as she departed the stage at the Washington-area resort after misspelling the word "severance".

Qatar's ties with Iran and Islamist groups

Saudi Arabia , the U.A.E., Bahrain and Egypt last week cut diplomatic relations and transport links with Qatar , saying the country must distance itself from Iran and stop funding Islamist groups, plunging the region into its biggest crisis in decades.

Iran arrests over 40 suspects in connection with terror attack on parliament

As reports said, several armed people tried to break their way into the Parliament building. The Iranian government announced Saturday that it has killed the man behind the terror attacks in Tehran this week, in which 17 people were killed, Iranian state TV reported .

Trump '100 Percent' Willing to Testify Under Oath on Comey Allegations

The issue of the Trump election campaign's relationship with Russian Federation has dogged Trump's first months in office and distracted from his policy goals such as overhauling the U.S. Detailing one-on-one talks with a sitting president - which under normal circumstances are private - Comey said he took painstaking notes for fear Trump might "lie" about the unusual encounters.

Police reveal names of London attackers

At least seven people died and close to 50 were injured when three men drove into crowds in city center before going on a stabbing spree at Borough Market. Defending the handling of the investigation, Mr Rowley said: "There was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly".

Macron blasts Russian 'fake news' campaign to Putin's face

Versailles was chosen for the Macron-Putin meeting because an exhibition dedicated to Tsar Peter the Great is opening there. As you can see in the above BBC video, Macron continued to hold his own in the handshake department at the beginning of a frosty, two-hour meeting.

Black Man's Severed Head Found Near His Burned Body in Jackson, Miss

The body was found hours later in a wooded area 1 mile away from where the severed head was found, the station reported. Later in the day, Jackson police were called to another location where investigators found a burned human torso. According to an update fro WJTV local news, police are investigating the crime scene on Green Avenue, where the burned body was found. It is not yet disclosed by the police whether the near-by home owners recognized the head.

No-one has right to 'blockade' my country, says Qatar foreign minister

They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. The riyal rebounded to trade much closer to its peg in the spot market on Thursday; some traders said the central bank was supplying dollars to banks which wanted to close out their riyal positions, in order to avoid downward pressure on the currency.

Rhode Island man facing charges after chase in NH involving stolen vehicle

The vehicle was described as a 2003 grey Nissan sedan. New Hampshire troopers and Nashua Police slowed Coffeyusingspike strips after he sped down Interstate 89, Interstate 93, and the Everett Turnpike, the statement said. Once a hearing is scheduled and held in Massachusetts, Coffey will be extradited back to State of New Hampshire to answer multiple charges from Nashua Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police.

Iran attackers fought for Islamic State in Syria, Iraq: ministry

A ministry statement issued Thursday said the men had left Iran to fight for the extremist group in Mosul, Iraq, as well as Raqqa, Syria - the group's de facto capital. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet on Thursday called the White House comments "repugnant" and accused the US of supporting terror. The attackers were armed with rifles and pistols and at least two blew themselves up with suicide vests, Iranian media reported.

Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing after attempted cockpit breach

One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane's cockpit. Tullamarine Airport officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Australia's Channel Nine News said on Twitter that other passengers had subdued the attacker and that the Airbus A330 had landed without anyone being injured.

Myanmar plane: Debris and bodies found after search

Wreckage and bodies from a Myanmar military flight that had gone missing Wednesday, June 7, 2017 afternoon have been discovered in the Andaman Sea, the military has confirmed. A military spokesman says bodies and aircraft parts have been found during the search for a transport plane that disappeared Wednesday afternoon. It said the pilot and co-pilot both had more than 3,100 hours of flying experience.

United Kingdom general election kicks off: Here are some choicest picks

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Queen Elizabeth II on Friday and seek permission to form a new government, according to a spokesman. "This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long-term prosperity".

Lopez Rivera joins Puerto Rican Day Parade

Puerto Rico's main opposition party rejected the pro-statehood result. Congress will ultimately have to approve the outcome of Sunday's referendum. "In any democracy, the expressed will of the majority that participates in the electoral processes always prevails", he said.

SNP Deputy Leader Angus Robertson loses his seat

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale told BBC Scotland that although only a few results were in, "the reality is the SNP vote is crumbling in their urban heartlands". In those seats declared, there was significant evidence the Tory vote was increasing and in some places beating Labour . Angus Robertson lost his Moray seat to Tory Douglas Ross - who overturned a majority of more than 9,000.

Feud over Qatar deepens conflicts across Arab world

Meanwhile, Qatar's Al Jazeera network said it was suffering a cyber-attack. Since the 2011 " Arab Spring " protests, which aspired to democratic reform but in several countries collapsed into warfare, Egypt and especially the United Arab Emirates emerged as main foes of an ascendant Muslim Brotherhood backed by Qatar.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's two most trusted advisers quit

Labour won 262 seats in the General Election, up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament. Mr Corbyn said: "I don't see any possibility of Sinn Fein taking their seats". Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who oversaw a strong Conservative showing north of the border, indicated she wanted to see a fresh approach to Brexit by seeking a consensus across parties.

Who are the DUP and what will they want from the Tories?

The Times of London said in an editorial that "the election appears to have been, among other things, a rejection of the vague but harshly worded prospectus for Brexit for which Mrs. The election saw a record number of openly gay, lesbian or bisexual people elected, and a record number of transgender people stand for election. Former minister Anna Soubry said Mrs May should "consider her position" after a "dreadful campaign" while backbencher Heidi Allen suggested she could be out within a ...

Qatar Hires Ex-US Attorney General Amid Accusations of Supporting Terror

Barcelona shirts which feature the Qatar Airways logo are said to be outlawed as tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to boil over. "Qatar is confident that the review and analysis will confirm that Qatar has significant measures in place to prevent and detect efforts to launder funds and/or to use its financial systems to finance terrorist organizations", he said.

Jeff Sessions to discuss James Comey evidence at Senate Russia inquiry

Comey also said Trump had defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that he took meticulous notes of their private meetings because he did not trust the Republican president to tell the truth about them. Comey declined to elaborate in an open setting. "Therefore, I am pleased to accept the invitation to appear before members of that committee on June 13th", Sessions said in a Saturday statement.

Some toast Comey testimony, others shrug at U.S. bar 'watch parties'

He said Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The president did not launch a single public retort during the hearing, although his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., sent several tweets attacking Comey.

Afghan soldier kills 3 US service members

A local Afghan official had said earlier Saturday that two U.S. soldiers were killed and two others wounded during the attack in Achin district , where U.S. soldiers had been killed in eastern Afghanistan and one wounded soldier had been evacuated for medical treatment. When heroes fall, Americans grieve.

United States urged to act upon its own human rights

She also urged the council to adopt strong resolutions on abuses in Syria, Eritrea, Belarus, Ukraine and the Democratic Republic of Congo during the session from June 6-23. Haley, a former governor of SC who often is touted as a future Republican presidential candidate, has focused heavily on what she calls the mistreatment of Israel during her six months at the United Nations.

'Nothing compels him': Why Congress would have difficulty forcing Trump to testify

He told senators he didn't feel comfortable telling Sessions that President Trump had pressured him to stop the FBI's investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn . Trump's decision to weigh in personally on Comey's testimony represented a sharp shift in strategy for the White House and could come with political risk for Trump, who has potentially undermined himself legally on other matters through his tweets , including his attempt to impose a "travel ban" on immigrants ...

Israeli PM calls for dismantling of UN Palestinian aid agency

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for the dismantling of the U.N. agency that aids millions of Palestinian refugees, accusing it of anti-Israeli incitement and saying he had conveyed his message to the USA ambassador to the United Nations.

Philippines' Duterte: I Never Asked Washington for Help in Mindanao Siege

A U.S. P-3 Orion surveillance plane was seen over the town on Friday. The day of silence and prayer for the fallen heroes of Marawi was initiated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The Philippines military spokesman said the U.S. forces are just providing technical support, not fighting the militants, who now still control part of Marawi city .

Statehood wins questioned Puerto Rico referendum

Still, Rossello says that he's grateful for his island's connection with the USA, and that he remains hopeful that connection will grow closer. Liberal Democrats are trying to fast track House Resolution 260, which would force Puerto Rico statehood on America.

Moment London attackers neutralized by police caught on CCTV

One, 27, is being held on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts while another, 33, has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs. Since the attack, 17 people have been arrested, 12 of whom have since been released without charge. 'Searches at the addresses are ongoing'. A total of 21 people have been arrested so far in the investigation into the suicide bombing.

60th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade Marches Down 5th Avenue

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, tried to smooth out the verbal clashes among those for and against Lopez Rivera. "Public opinion is divided", said Edwin Melendez, director of the Puerto Rican Studies Center at the City University of NY.

Flight to Pudong turns back to Sydney

When the disturbance was noticed, the plane was turned around, travelling over Western Sydney before returning to the airport. The Airbus 330 returned to Kingsford Smith International Airport at around 10pm Sydney time after it took off from the airport at 8:40pm.

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