Russian and Iranian foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Javad Zarif , urged Qatar and Arab states to start dialogue and join efforts against terrorism on Wednesday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said after their phone conversation, TASS reports.
In meantime Qatar that is accused by Saudi Arabia of siding with Iran has condemned the attacks. Exxon said its production and export of LNG from Qatar have not been affected. The United Arab Emirates has banned people from publishing expressions of sympathy towards Qatar and will punish offenders with a jail term of up to 15 years, the UAE-based newspaper Gulf News and pan-Arab channel Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday.
United States military officials, also speaking anonymously to discuss political issues, said the Al Udeid airbase in Qatar is vital to American air support against Iranian paramilitaries and Iranian-backed forces on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war.
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Sources say, the State government has called in the Army to ensure safe passage for ministers and the toursists. The protesters shouted slogans and burnt effigies of the chief minister. She told the protestors that she didn't mind people taking out rallies, but asked them to make sure that they were not carried away by misleading propaganda.
For the tiny, oil rich nation of Qatar, Al Udeid Air Base, home to more than 10,000 USA service members, has always been something of an insurance policy. "If it drags out for a long period of time (many months), it will be more of a GCC-wide problem", he said, referring to the acronym for Gulf bloc of states.
Russia has dismissed allegations that Russian hackers helped spark the diplomatic crisis around Qatar, after CNN reported that United States officials believed they planted a false news story. The crisis will have wide-ranging consequences, not just for Qatar and its citizens but across the Middle East and for Western interests. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke on Tuesday by phone with his Qatari counterpart, a Pentagon spokesman said, without disclosing the details of their ...
When former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey arrives Thursday morning (June 9) for another round of hearings before the Senate Investigative Committee, it will mark a rare moment in Washington: one in which all eyes and ears are glued to the same event.
Puntland's military chief Colonel Abdullahi Omar Anshur said the militants attacked the base and the Puntland military engaged heavy fighting. "We have now retaken the town", Major Mohamed Abdi, a Puntland military officer, told Reuters by phone.
As a part of increased efforts to isolate Qatar, it's neighbors shut down flight operations to and from the emirate and gave its nationals two weeks to leave the countries. officials told BuzzFeed News. Al-Udeid became a key for United States operations since the 2003 invasion of Iraq , where it served as headquarters for the USA war fighting, housing 5,000 troops.
Polls suggest Labour has narrowed the Conservatives' lead. After a seven-week election campaign that veered from the boredom of staged soundbites to the trauma of two deadly attacks , Britain's political leaders asked voters Wednesday to choose: Who is best to keep the United Kingdom safe and lead it out of the European Union? "If they don't want to vote for it, they are going to have to go back and speak to their constituents and explain to them why it is that we have a Tory ...
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In a statement after the attacks, the Guards said they "will never allow the blood of innocents to be spilt without revenge". Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for both attacks, Iranian news agency FARS reported . Bob Corker of Tennessee, the committee's Republican chairman and one of the bill's sponsors, said he recently reviewed top-secret intelligence that detailed Tehran's support for terrorism and other destabilizing actions.
Saudi Arabia , Egypt , United Arab Emirates and Bahrain coordinated their move, while Yemen, Libya's eastern-based government, and the Maldives joined in later. Millions of people have already been affected, with many Arab residents in Qatar unsure of their fate. In an earlier interview with Doha-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Kuwait's ruler had asked Qatar's emir to hold off on giving a speech about the crisis late ...
A former advocate of remaining in the EU, she now promises to press forward with Brexit , taking Britain out of the bloc, reducing immigration and forging a new relationship with the U.K.'s European neighbors. The analysis by the pollsters showed a constant decline in the support of Conservative Party after it won the general elections in 2015 led by then Prime Minister David Cameron.
A look at some of the lingering issues after Wednesday's attack: LOOKING FOR ANSWERS Investigators will seek to understand how insurgents managed to get an explosives-packed tanker truck into one of the best-protected areas of Kabul . "After the deadly attack and in light of the findings of the security services and strong reaction by the Afghan nation, we cancelled all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreements with the Pakistan Cricket Board", ACB Media Director ...
The testimony, Comey's first public statements since his May 9 dismissal, is likely to bring hours of uncomfortable attention to an administration shadowed for months by an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
The two attacks, which wounded dozens of people, are likely to deepen enmity and the regional battle for power between Saudi Arabia and Iran. "The great people of Iran consider it their responsibility to strengthen peace and tranquility, as well as to intensify fight against terrorism", the embassy added.
The United Arab Emirates accused Qatar of "funding and hosting" the Muslim Brotherhood , a almost 100-year-old Islamist group, considered a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia and the UAE . Asked Monday about the developments in the Middle East , White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "The president is committed to continuing to have conversations with all of the people involved in that process, with all of those countries".
Arab countries justify their position by arguing that Qatar aids radical terrorists. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Gulf countries still saw Qatar as a "brother state". The ban against Qatar will certainly hurt the Qatari economy, which will impact the many Indians working there. Countries like Egypt , the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, in particular, whose names are often referred to along with radicalism, terrorism and coups, have begun to manipulate media to bring attention ...
Iran's emergency services said a total of 12 people were killed and 39 wounded in the two attacks. "The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stated. Iran, the predominant Shiite power, has been helping both Iraq and President Bashar Al-Assad's regime in Syria to battle ISIS . Others also drew a link to Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, which Iran accuses of funding IS.
Hours after conciliatory comments from his State Department, the president on Wednesday offered a seemingly contradictory statement, providing solace to the victims while delivering a broadside against Tehran . The attacks follow several weeks of heightened rhetorical animosity between Riyadh and Tehran . Iran's foreign minister on Thursday rejected Donald Trump's condolences for deadly attacks in Tehran , calling the USA president's words repugnant.
Tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia - a Middle East heavyweight - bubbled to the surface two weeks ago when Qatar said its state-run news agency and its Twitter account were hacked to publish a fake story claiming the emir , Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, had called Iran "a regional and Islamic power that can not be ignored".
After one conversation, he says, "I took the opportunity to implore the attorney general to prevent any future direct communication between the president and me". The intelligence officials are also expected to defend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA - the stated topic of the hearing - which will expire on December 31 unless Congress votes to reauthorize it.
An Italian prosecutor says Zaghba told authorities after being stopped previous year at Bologna's airport that he "wanted to be a terrorist", but then quickly corrected himself. Zaghba, Pakistan-born British citizen Butt and Rachid Redouane , 30, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, launched a murderous rampage around London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night.
The army, police and other emergency services were on hand to evacuate anyone stranded by the storm and to provide emergency shelter and food. Although the storms have subsided, the wildfires continue, and a number of homes have already been burned down with over 10 000 residents being evacuated.
Labour has reached 37 per cent in the polls, up two, after the publication of a manifesto which pledged to nationalise the water industry and railways as well as part of the energy market. Failure to win the June 8 election with a large majority would weaken May just as formal Brexit talks are due to begin while the loss of her majority in Parliament would pitch British politics into turmoil.
Comey also detailed multiple other meetings with the President that elucidated the Trump administration's association with investigations into links to the Kremlin. Obviously, I don't think that is. He is a good guy. Presidential scholars say that, if confirmed, Comey's version of events would represent a significant challenge to the traditional barriers meant to preserve the independence of US law enforcement institutions.
He led the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah and became Iran's first supreme leader. Gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs entered Parliament yesterday morning. Trump's first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia last month positioned the US firmly on the side of the kingdom and other Arab states in their stance against Iran.
The family's eldest son was the only survivor because he was not at home when the disaster occurred. The government deployed 2,000 military personnel in the affected areas . Sri Lanka has also sought worldwide assistance. The United Nations said it would donate water containers, water purification tablets and tarpaulin sheets while the World Health Organization will support medical teams in affected areas.
Four attackers were said to have targeted the shrine. Akbar had been heading home Wednesday and stopped at a bank to guarantee a loan for a friend when he heard the attack at parliament and rushed over to help. At least 13 people were killed by the attackers, Iranian officials have said, while at least 43 others have been injured. It was the first time that ISIS , a Sunni Muslim group fighting Iranian-backed militias in Syria, has claimed responsibility for an attack in Iran and the ...
Read the full statement here . According to Comey's prepared testimony , he will confirm news reports that Trump asked him to swear " loyalty " and to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn . The senator adds that statements about the Russian Federation probe attributed to Trump by Comey raise the question of whether the president's actions "meet the legal standard for obstruction of justice ".
The Union Pub in Washington planned to buy patrons a round of drinks every time Trump, a frequent tweeter, posts on Twitter during Comey's testimony . "Trump said: "'He is a good guy and has been through a lot... "I wish him luck", Mr Trump said of Mr Comey, as he met with Republicans. Comey confirms that Trump himself was not under investigation .
Within his evidence Mr Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, described a March 30 phone call where the President stressed "the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigations was "interfering with his ability to make deals for the country and said he hoped I could find a way to get out that he wasn't being investigated".
Al Qassemi, who previously wrote a column describing steps Qatar would need to take, said that the crisis will only escalate if Doha doesn't back down. The Gulf Cooperation Council is a regional bloc comprising Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman. Newspapers and television channels in the region have also been engaged in a war of words over Qatar's role.
The nation's top intelligence chiefs were supposed to spend Wednesday talking about foreign surveillance, but were instead grilled for more than two hours by senators angry at stonewalling over questions about President Donald Trump's influence in the Russian Federation probe.
The UAE, along with several other powerful Arab states, severed diplomatic ties with fellow Gulf state Qatar on Monday over its alleged support for Islamist groups and Iran. Trump's call to Qatari ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, a key USA ally, came as a senior Emirati official told AFP that Gulf Arab states were not seeking regime change in Doha.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is heading for a big victory in the general election. Polling stations across Britain opened for national elections amid heightened security Thursday as one senior police official said the country was living through "unprecedented times" following a series of terror attacks in recent weeks.
Comey states that he walked out of his first meeting with Trump, and moments later, wrote down what was said on an Federal Bureau of Investigation laptop. "I hope you can let this go.' I replied only that 'he is a good guy'". " Donald Trump owes the American people answers", he wrote. What Comey's statement said: "I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me".
The UAE maintains that it is committed to the security and stability of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), of which it is a member alongside Saudi Arabia , Bahrain , Kuwait and Oman. Riyadh also accused Doha of supporting Iran-backed "terrorist activities" in eastern Saudi Arabia and in Shiite-majority Bahrain. But his strong message of support to Saudi leaders, in particular, also may have encouraged Riyadh to act on a long-standing feud with Qatar.
The assailants went on a murderous spree, firing on people, holding hostages, and blowing themselves up with explosives. At least 12 were killed and dozens were injured at the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's shrine in Tehran , where terrorists blew up bombs and at least one gunman opened fire.
Bahrain , Saudi Arabia , Egypt , the United Arab Emirates and several other countries severed relations with Doha on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-foe Iran - charges Qatar says are baseless. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says it's with "great pain" his country and others took measures against Qatar and insists the "crisis" with the small Gulf nation goes back years.
The same news agency added that one attacker had committed suicide by swallowing a cyanide pill, while a female terrorist had been captured by the authorities. This was the most serious terrorist incident in Tehran since the early years of the Islamic revolution of 1979 led by Khomeini, the BBC reported.
The Conservative party, which saw former prime minister David Cameron lead the party to victory in 2015, has 638 this time around. But those two years have seen the nation's politics upended. A relaxation of membership rules saw an influx of left-wing members who easily elected Mr Corbyn as leader despite his lack of support amongst MPs.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police en route violence-hit Mandsaur on Thursday under section 151 of the CrPC (preventive arrest). In Mandsaur , Gandhi planned to meet the family of one of the five farmers, Chainram Patidar, who were shot dead by police in the Bahi Chaupati area on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia and allies including the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on Monday cut diplomatic ties with fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member Qatar over claims that Doha supports extremism. Trump spoke to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani as Qatar faces an economic and diplomatic blockade from Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates .
According to Comey's prepared testimony, he will confirm news reports that Trump asked him to swear "loyalty" and to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, angered members of the Senate intelligence committee by staunchly refusing to answer questions about conversations they had with Trump.
Washington , Berlin- US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently have been fighting a war of words as tensions escalate to unprecedented measures between the two countries. "What I said recently is due to the fact that, in the face of the present circumstances, we have additional reasons for us to realise that we have to take our fate into our hands in Europe ".
Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, says he wasn't aware of Trump remarks about Qatar and appeared surprised when reporters described what the president had tweeted. It was already having tangible effects, with dozens of flights cancelled , Qatari planes barred from regional airspace, and panic buying in Doha amid fears of food shortages.
President Donald Trump appeared to back those isolating the energy-rich nation over allegations it supports terror groups and Iran . They accused the tiny Gulf state of harboring extremist groups and suggested Qatari support for the agenda of Saudi Arabia's regional archrival Iran.