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Saudi Arabia, allies give Qatar two more days to accept demands

Four Arab states which accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism agreed to extend until late on Tuesday a deadline for Doha to comply with a list of demands, as U.S. President Donald Trump voiced concern to both sides about the dispute. Qatar has called the accusations baseless and says the demands – which include closing Qatar-based […]

North Korea is nearing its goal: a nuclear bomb that can hit the U.S.

North Korea has spent decades developing nuclear devices and the missiles to launch them while threatening to flatten cities in the US, Australia, and Asia. Though experts in the past could credibly dismiss those threats as fantasy, North Korea has recently made swift progress toward that end. “I wouldn’t be incredibly surprised if it happened […]

Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

A record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe, the UN refugee agency said. The estimated figure for the end of 2016 is an increase of 300,000 on 2015, according to its annual report. It is a smaller increase than 2014-15, when the figure rose by five million. […]

Sekulow: ‘The President Is Not and Has Not Been Under Investigation’

Making the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, tried to set the record straight: “The president is not and has not been under investigation,” Sekulow told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He said the same thing on several other Sunday shows. Sekulow, the chief counsel for the […]

Lawmaker Steve Scalise is critically injured in GOP baseball shooting; gunman James T. Hodgkinson is killed by police

A man angry with President Trump unleashed a barrage of gunfire Wednesday morning at Republican members of Congress as they held a baseball practice at a park in Alexandria, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others in a frenzied scene that included a long gun battle with police. The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, […]

Fox host links shooting to ‘hateful’ Dem rhetoric

Fox News anchor Eric Bolling drew a connection on Wednesday between the “hateful” rhetoric of Democratic “politicians and celebrities” and the baseball field shooting in a Washington, D.C. suburb that left a congressman and four others wounded. “Crazy people act on the crazy things they hear from politicians and celebrities,” Bolling said on “The Fox News Specialists.” […]

Qatar hires Bush AG John Ashcroft for ‘crisis response’

Qatar has hired John Ashcroft, the former attorney general under President George W. Bush who oversaw the war on terror’s legal proceedings. The decision to hire Ashcroft, who also previously served as a Missouri senator, comes after the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and several other Middle Eastern states accused Qatar of supporting terrorist efforts […]

Qatar: Gulf row threatens whole region, diplomacy only option

A dispute between Qatar and some Arab states is threatening the stability of the entire region, Qatar’s foreign minister said on Thursday, adding diplomacy was still Doha’s preferred option and there would never be a military solution to the problem. Sheik Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters that Qatar had never experienced this type of […]

Venezuela’s Bonds Selling at Massive Discounts for Fear of Default

When it was learned that Goldman Sachs had purchased $2.8 billion of Venezuela’s bonds for just $865 million — a 69-percent discount — the firm received criticism from opponents of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro (shown). The critics claimed that by buying them, even at such a fire sale price, Goldman allowed Maduro to pay some […]

Banco Popular fails and is bought by Santander

EVEN a bank failure can be presented as a triumph. This week Banco Popular, a big Spanish lender, endured a run. Depositors were said to be withdrawing €2bn ($2.2bn) a day. The bank lost half its stockmarket value in four days, as a self-imposed deadline to find a saviour loomed. On June 6th, it was […]