Captured by the jihadists in 2014 , Raqa became synonymous with IS atrocities including beheadings and public displays of bodies, and also emerged as a hub for planning attacks overseas. By early afternoon, opposition activists said US -backed fighters were trying to break into the city from the east, triggering intense clashes. The International Rescue Committee said it was "deeply concerned for the safety of civilians in Raqa" after a drop in numbers fleeing the city in the past week.
Comey also said Trump demanded he pledge his loyalty in a White House meeting on January 27 , just days after he took office under the cloud of allegations that Russia's interference helped him win election. Comey said he paused, and said: "You will get that from me", although Comey said it was possible he and Trump "understood the phrase "honest loyalty" differently".
The tensions come as President Donald Trump hopes to align US allies in the region - including Saudi Arabia , Qatar, and Israel - in a united front to contain Iran and crush Islamist terrorists. He also added: "During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology ". The council includes Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait .
North Korea has launched several unidentified ground-based projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship cruise missiles, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff announced. An official at the South's Ministry of National Defense said North Korea appeared to try to show off its capacity to target and hit American aircraft carriers training in South Korean waters, or seize the upper hand in its relations with Seoul and Washington.
U.S. investigators believe Russian hackers breached Qatar's state news agency and planted a fake report that contributed to the crisis , according to USA officials briefed on the investigation. Gabriel, who is due to meet Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Wednesday, said he was surprised by the intensity of the tensions erupting in the Gulf region.
However, the farming community was not happy with the "gift" and they made a decision to continue with their agitation. "The state governments concerned should initiate debt relief measures which will include loan waivers", the Communist Party of India-Marxist said.
Jordan has also made a decision to revoke the license of Al Jazeera channel in the country, Minister of State for Media Affairs and the Government Spokesman Mohammad Momani said on Tuesday. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is yet to revoke licences given to Qatar Airways similar to the step taken by its Saudi counterpart.
The trio of terrorists managed to kill seven civilians and injure dozens more. Zaghba was stopped while trying to take a flight to Turkey on his way to Syria, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported Tuesday. Both lived in the Barking area of east London , only a half-hour's drive from London Bridge and Borough Market - the adjacent areas where victims were targeted Saturday night.
A direct ask on Flynn . Richard Blumenthal , D-Conn. "The more I learn, the more troubled I am and the more deeply I am convinced that the special prosecutor is going to find some fire where there is smoke". The first was January 6. On Tuesday evening a person familiar with the situation said Comey had told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he did not want to be left alone with Trump.
Garrick's affidavit said he interviewed victor at her home Saturday and she "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue" and mailing it to the news outlet. "She's a good person with no criminal history who is caught in a political whirlwind ". She has no record. Victor was held at the jail in Lincoln County, Georgia, where she had an 11-minute court appearance.
Trump also spoke on Wednesday with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. 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.
Comey , they noted, confirmed Trump's claim that he had told Trump the president was not personally under investigation . According to written testimony posted on the Senate Intelligence Committee's website yesterday, Comey said Trump told him during a one-on-one February 14 conversation that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was a "good guy" and hoped that Comey could see his "way clear" to letting go a probe into ties between Flynn and Russian Federation.
At least 16 people were killed on Wednesday in attacks claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS ) group, as suicide bombers and gunmen targeted the Iranian parliament and the mauoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini - leader of the 1979 revolution.
Afghanistan is experiencing political, social and security instability, mostly attributed to the activity of the Taliban (banned in Russia). An official from the interior ministry confirmed that the gates were still in the warehouse and said there were technical problems but installation had already been held up for months over bureaucratic wrangling.
Mauritius also joined the boycott on Monday morning. Saudi Arabia alongside seven other countries, including Egypt , UAE , Bahrain , Egypt, Yemen , Maldives, Mauritius and Mauritania, have recently severed its ties with Qatar . Trump urged more than 50 Muslim leaders at the gathering to " drive out " terrorists from their lands, which Gulf officials say helped embolden the move against Qatar this week.
Earlier, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that "the depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world". The country's powerful Revolutionary Guards vowed revenge and claimed the United States and Saudi Arabia were "involved".
During a joint press conference post the talks, Putin said the discussions were intense but Franco-Russian ties withstood "all points of friction". "We have disagreements, but at least we talked about them". Macron said that is why he banned reporters from those two media outlets from his campaign headquarters during the presidential race. "They didn't act like the media, like journalists".
It's a change in tone for a president who had seemed to welcome the crisis brewing among America's Mideast allies. The Arab Sunni nations accuse Qatar of supporting radical groups, including allowing or encouraging financial support. "The Middle East is a political and military powder keg". Corker said: "We know that our Arab friends have differences, right? We understand that, and it's been our policy generally speaking that we try to work with each of them in a way that understands the ...
He also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, and claimed to be six years younger. It wasn't clear if that man was Butt, Redouane or the yet-unnamed third attacker. Corbyn called for May to resign because of her role in cutting police staffing during her tenure as home secretary. She said she would rather not answer that question, and tears began to roll down her cheeks.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed alarm about the sudden escalation of tensions in the Gulf after Saudi Arabia and other states abruptly broke off ties with Qatar , warning of the dangers of "Trumpification" of relations in the region.
The two UAE leaders reiterated the importance of stepping up regional and worldwide coordination to combat extremism and terrorism and to block their financing sources. He added: " Doha now is completely isolated". Qatar just finished one of the stadiums for the tournament, though others have yet to be built. 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.
Comey also reports he called Acting Deputy Attorney General Data Boente to share that President Trump had asked him to help lift the "cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation. Comey and Trump had at least nine one-on-one conversations. But shortly afterward, Comey said he spoke in person to Sessions to pass along Trump's concerns about leaks.
Many mutual funds and ETFs buy JP Morgan's index on behalf of millions of Americans with 401 (k)'s and other investments. Angel Alvarado, a Venezuelan lawmaker representing the Miranda state, said Goldman Sachs is "supporting dictatorship and repression".
Even has the party has blamed CPI (M) for the attack, calling it "politically motivated", the ruling party in the state has rejected the claim saying it has nothing to do with the attack. The CPI (M) activists took out protest marches across the State and attacked several BJP offices and destroyed party flags yesterday. The BJP, he said, had "cooked up" the incident and divert public attention from the widespread protest over the "attack" on Mr.
North Korea has been test firing missiles in quick succession recently, apparently part of an avowed plan to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States. "I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the threat; I would say we are addressing the threat that we know today", Syring said. There was no immediate reaction from China to the latest test.
At Qatar Airways, our passengers remain our utmost priority and we will continue to ensure they have a seamless journey to their final destinations'. An unvarnished discussion about Qatar's role in the troubled region - which led Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen and Maldives to cut ties with Doha - is probably due.
Ms Sturgeon replied: "She said she thought Brexit changed everything and the Labour party could no longer go on opposing a second independence referendum ". The SNP remain well ahead in the polls but commentators believe it's unlikely they will be able to match their landslide success at the 2015, when Nats candidates won 56 of Scotland's 59 Westminster seats.
Murphy , a former US ambassador to Germany who became wealthy during a career at Goldman Sachs, spread political donations around the state in the run-up to the primary, spurring accusations from his rivals that he was buying the election. "My principles are Main Street principles". "If we elect Phil Murphy governor of the state of New Jersey, then the only person who will be able to afford to live in the state of New Jersey will be Phil Murphy".
The countries that have cut ties with Qatar include Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Maldives, Mauritius and Mauritania. In exchange for Iran rolling back its nuclear program, the US and other world powers agreed to suspend wide-ranging oil, trade and financial sanctions that had choked the Iranian economy.
JULIE DAVIS: They are the statements that are the most in Trump's voice of anything we get from this White House. Moments later, a question was asked whether the tweets are an official White House document. Twitter account in White House statement format. Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory argued for the majority that discriminatory statements Trump made about Muslims on the campaign trail revealed "his intent, if elected, to ban Muslims from the United States".
An Italian intelligence source told Reuters Zaghba's mother lives in the northern Italian city of Bologna and he had broken off relations with his Moroccan father. The body was recovered near Limehouse, downstream from London Bridge, at around 7.45pm on Tuesday by specialist officers from the marine police unit.
And, in the 2017 Arab League Summit in Jordan , Qatar was among the 22 member states that backed the Saudi-brokered Arab Peace Initiative, supportive of a two-state solution in return for normalisation of relations with Israel . Yemen later joined the boycott, which saw suspension of air and sea travel to and from Qatar, as well as the shutting of land crossings. A top Emirati diplomat, meanwhile, said "there's nothing to negotiate" with Qatar.
Around 8,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed at al Udeid in Qatar , which is used as a staging ground for US-led strikes on the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq. 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 ...
Late last August, the report says that these hackers sent emails that seemed to be from Google to workers at an election software company in the US, the report said. Government officials have previously admitted. Trump has dismissed the allegations as "fake news" and sought to focus attention on leaks of information to the media.
Army spokesman, Colonal Edgard Arevalo, said "surgical strikes" were taken on "known and verified enemy positions". "They wanted to show the world that there is an ISIS branch here which can inflict the kind of violence that has been seen in Syria and Iraq", he said, insisting that the raid on Hapilon's suspected hideout disrupted that plan.