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London Fire: Prime Minister Orders Full Public Inquiry

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Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people. That figure is expected to rise, as fire chiefs do not expect to find any more survivors in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in north Kensington. The PM said people “deserve answers” as to why the fire spread so rapidly. ... Read More »

Trump Being Probed For Possible Obstruction Of Justice

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The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the US election is also looking at whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, media reports say, citing unnamed officials. In what appears to be a pivotal shift in the investigation that has riveted Americans like no other in decades, the Washington Post said senior intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by ... Read More »

US Moves To Reassure Qatar With Arms Sale, Joint Exercise

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The United States agreed a major warplane sale to Qatar and began manoeuvres with the emirate’s navy Thursday, underscoring its commitment to their military alliance despite Doha’s rift with other Gulf allies. Washington has sent conflicting signals to its longtime ally about its position on the diplomatic crisis which has seen Saudi Arabia and its allies impose sweeping sanctions on the emirate. Last week, US ... Read More »

London Fire: Twelve Dead In Grenfell Tower Blaze

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Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths is expected to rise, police have said. Firefighters rescued 65 people from Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, after they were called at 00:54 BST. Eyewitnesses said people were trapped in tower block, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved. Policing and fire minister Nick Hurd ... Read More »

Gulf Nations Welcome Trump’s Remarks Over Qatar Dispute

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Gulf countries, locked in an escalating diplomatic row with Qatar, on Saturday welcomed US President Donald Trump’s call for Doha to renounce alleged funding for terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, which severed all links with Qatar this week, expressed backing for Trump’s call in separate official statements “The kingdom welcomes statements of U.S. President Donald Trump, who stressed the necessity ... Read More »

British PM Fights For Survival Ahead Of Brexit Talks

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British Prime Minister Theresa May fought for survival on Saturday after a failed election gamble undermined her authority and plunged the country into a major political crisis, days before commencement of talks on quitting the EU. May’s bet that she could strengthen her hand by crushing what she believed to be a weak opposition Labour Party, backfired spectacularly on Thursday as voters stripped her Conservative ... Read More »

British PM’s Top Aides Quit After Election Disaster

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British Prime Minister Theresa May’s two closest aides announced their resignations Saturday after a crushing electoral setback that left her authority in tatters. Senior members of the ruling Conservative party had reportedly made the departure of Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill a condition of allowing May to stay on after losing her parliamentary majority in Thursday’s vote. But it will be another blow to the ... Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani Wins Re-Election

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won a resounding re-election victory on Saturday as voters backed his efforts to rebuild foreign ties and kickstart the struggling economy. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli confirmed the result on state television, saying Rouhani had won 23.5 million votes — 57 percent — compared to 15.8 million — 38.3 percent — for hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi. It followed a huge 73 ... Read More »

IS-Claimed Suicide Bombings Kill 35 In Iraq

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Suicide bombings at checkpoints in Baghdad and south Iraq claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens more, officials said on Saturday. The bombings, which hit Iraq the previous night, came as Iraqi forces battle IS in Mosul in a massive operation launched more than seven months ago to retake the country’s second city from the jihadists. In Baghdad, ... Read More »

Fired FBI Chief Comey To Testify Publicly In Congress

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James Comey, the former FBI chief fired by President Donald Trump, has agreed to publicly testify about Russian interference in the US elections, as fresh allegations increased pressure on the American leader. In an Oval Office meeting with senior Russian officials last week, Trump called Comey a “nut job” and said firing the intelligence chief had relieved “great pressure” on him, The New York Times ... Read More »

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