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Bahrain foreign minister says all options open on Qatar - Mecca Newspaper

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and closed their airspace to commercial flights on Monday, charging it with financing militant groups. Five year CDS for Saudi Arabia also rose 3 bps from Wednesday's close to 100 bps, the highest since end-March. France's President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Mr Erdogan and to the emir of Qatar in separate... [Full Article...]

Fired FBI director Comey 'asked not to be left alone with Trump'

If all of Washington will tune in Thursday as fired FBI Director James Comey testifies about the tense and politically fraught series of conversations he had with Donald Trump , perhaps no one will watch more closely, or with more at stake, than Trump himself. [Full Article...]

Nearly 70 dead in al-Shabaab attack on Somalia military base

Nearly 70 dead in al-Shabaab attack on Somalia military base Officials called it the region's deadliest attack in years, highlighting the twin challenges facing security forces from the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab and the growing presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group. Puntland's military chief Colonel Abdullahi Omar Anshur said the militants attacked the base and the Puntland military engaged heavy fighting. It fighters have attacked and ca... [Full Article...]

Qatar was far more complicated than Trump could have imagined

Emirati officials said they perceived Trump's tweets as a sign Qatar shouldn't count on America taking its side despite USA having some 10,000 troops based in the country's al-Udeid Air Base. President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia on May 20. Qatar has also accused Saudi Arabia of backing the militant group. The Greek Foreign Ministry has agreed to handle Egyptian affairs in Qatar. [Full Article...]

Polls open in Britain's general election

Polls open in Britain's general election As we now know, a small majority voted for " Brexit ", and that result led to the resignation of Conservative party leader David Cameron. The system makes it especially hard for smaller parties with support evenly spread nationally to increase their share of seats in parliament. [Full Article...]

Reality Winner, Alleged NSA Leaker, Will Plead Not Guilty, Lawyer Says

Reality Winner, Alleged NSA Leaker, Will Plead Not Guilty, Lawyer Says The FBI has seized a long list of documents, computer equipment and other items from the Augusta home of the federal contractor who has been charged in the National Security Agency leak case. The case against victor, who worked for NSA contractor Pluribus International Corporation in August, Georgia, appears formidable. But to her mother, Billie-Winner Davis, she's still her little girl an... [Full Article...]

United States suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis

United States suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis The biggest diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf since the 1991 US-led war against Iraq pits several nations against Qatar, which is home to some 10,000 American troops and a major United States military base. Meanwhile, the Philippines announced it will temporarily suspend the deployment of Filipino workers to Qatar. Riyadh also accused Doha of supporting Iran-backed "terrorist activities" i... [Full Article...]

White House: Iran risks 'falling victim to evil they promote'

In an outpouring of support against Iran, dozens of countries have condemned Wednesday's attack on the country's parliament and on the mausoleum of the Ayatollah Khomeini . "We condemn these heinous attacks, wish Allah's mercy upon those who lost their lives and convey our condolences to the people of Iran, particularly to the relatives of those who lost their lives, as well as the Government o... [Full Article...]

Sewage tanker bomb kills at least 80

Security forces are seen in front of the German Embassy. One other Afghan guard was reported missing. Afghan Municipality workers sweep a road in front of the German. The Taliban denied responsibility and said they condemned attacks that have no legitimate target and killed civilians. The war in Afghanistan, the longest ever involving USA troops, has shown no sign of letting up. [Full Article...]

Trump responds to Comey testimony, and it's just 3 sentences

However, Trump felt "completely and totally vindicated " by the written testimony, his private attorney said, as Comey confirmed he had told the president he was not personally under investigation. Some top staffers kept their doors closed as televisions screens looped the allegations. Vice President Mike Pence suddenly canceled a previously scheduled interview with PBS NewsHour, according to... [Full Article...]

Attack on Iran's parliament claimed by Islamic State

The semi-official ISNA news agency said all entrance and exit gates at parliament were closed and that lawmakers and reporters were ordered to remain in place inside the chamber, where a session had been in progress. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard weighed Saudi Arabia of being behind Wednesday's attacks . Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that US President Donal... [Full Article...]

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

United Kingdom general election kicks off: Here are some choicest picks While May has been touring target seats around the country, delivering slogan-heavy speeches to small groups of hand-picked activists, Corbyn has drawn large crowds to open-air rallies. May's campaigning style was criticized as stiff and lackluster, and some Conservative policy proposals got a hostile reception, including a plan to make pensioners pay for more of their care. [Full Article...]

Qatar crisis: Donald Trump calls King Salman, asks for Gulf unity

Russian Federation rejected reports it hacked into the Qatari state news agency and planted fake stories to exacerbate a rift between Middle Eastern states . The Tuesday announcement could have significant consequences for everything from the fight against terrorism to oil prices, and if you're wondering just what is going on in Qatar , it's important to first understand the complex relations ... [Full Article...]

Iran's foreign minister responds to Trump's condolences on Tehran attacks

Iran's foreign minister responds to Trump's condolences on Tehran attacks On Wednesday morning, the five terrorists launched simultaneous attacks on Iran's parliament building in downtown Tehran and on the mausoleum of late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, south of the city. Any struggle for influence between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and the revolutionary Shi'ite theocracy ought to take place "inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia", he said without elaboratin... [Full Article...]

Exxon Mobil Not Worried About Impact of Middle East Tensions on LNG

He later tweeted: "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" Kuwait's Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah was met planeside by Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani , when he arrived on Wednesday night. [Full Article...]

Shattuck: Taking a stand on ex-FBI director

Lieberman also said he believed it was unprecedented for Comey's remarks to be released the day before he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee . Sanders referred specific questions to Trump's outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz, who did not respond to inquiries Wednesday. In March, after Comey had publicly revealed the existence of a federal counterintelligence investigation into a... [Full Article...]

UAE Threatens Qatar with Economic Embargo

A State Department official told AP earlier in the day that despite the presence of 8,000 USA troops in Qatar , Washington won't try to mediate the dispute because it is better for countries in the region to resolve the conflict among themselves. [Full Article...]

Gunshots reported inside parliament, Ayatollah Khomeini shrine

Around half an hour later, an attacker opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini , injuring several members of the public, Iran's English-language Press TV said. Other Iranian media said a third attacker also took part. Tasnim news agency said unconfirmed sources on the ground were reporting that seven people including a guard had been killed. [Full Article...]

Third London attacker was Moroccan-Italian - Italy intelligence source

Third London attacker was Moroccan-Italian - Italy intelligence source A Moroccan-Italian dual national, it has emerged he had tried to join the Islamic State group in Syria past year and was notified to Britain as a suspect figure after being intercepted by Italian authorities. Security has become a key issue in the run-up to Thursday's general election. "He knew he couldn't have gone to Syria because he was under police control, from that moment he understood t... [Full Article...]

10000 evacuated, 4 dead as fires engulf South African town

10000 evacuated, 4 dead as fires engulf South African town No further storm or fire-related human fatalities have been reported since the deaths of three people in Rheenendal on Wednesday. Snow Report SA said: "By Thursday morning, falls will be starting to become light over Western and Northern Cape areas, and might extend into areas of the Eastern Cape around Graaff-Reinet, Hogsback, Molteno and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg areas, as well as South... [Full Article...]


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