Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq's military said in a statement , as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site. "We did not conduct strikes in that area at that time", Dillon said. The effort to reclaim Mosul from IS began in October 2016 and earlier this week saw the start of a final push by the Iraqi Army and its allies against the jihadists.
The calculation comes as the Tories were reeling from the loss of their majority, which it had looked as though they would substantially increase when Theresa May called the election in April. May has turned to the DUP because the Lib Dems, Labour, and the Scottish National Party (SNP) - the three biggest parties behind the Tories - have all ruled out working with the Tories.
Others too went by his Dalit lineage. Despite wide consensus on the candidature of Kovind as next President, the Opposition, especially the Left parties, are eager to put up their own candidate against him in an "ideological battle". "It seems the Centre has promised Bihar government financial aid in return for its support", a senior leader said. The 71-year-old low profile Dalit leader, a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member, is seen as an astute choice by the saffron party, which has been ...
He did not specify, though, whether contacts between the U.S. and Russian forces are maintained through a channel established in accordance with the memorandum on preventing mid-air incidents and ensuring flights safety. Moscow also suspended the hotline established in October 2015 to prevent accidental engagement of Russian and United States warplanes over Syrian territory, but such a move was threatened after the April missile launch ordered by the USA president and was never carried ...
In 2014, twelve different animal rights groups from within China alone traveled to Yulin to oppose the consumption of dog meat, which vendors complained lowered sales. Other cooks changed their signs from "dog meat" to " tasty meat " to get around the rule, which is being enforced by police officers patrolling the market.
A billboard in Taif, Saudi Arabia, shows King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (center) flanked by his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman (right), and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef . Prince Salman's appointment is politically significant because, at the tender age of 31, he will likely rule Saudi Arabia for decades after his 81-year-old father dies.
He was discussing the role of the United States in the decline of prices with the OPEC member states, however, it would be hard for the member states to take collective action on such issues, Zanganeh said . The cuts would lower the collective production of producers by 1.8 million barrels per day. FXTM chief market strategist Hussein Sayed said: "It's evident that oil prices are becoming the primary driver of the financial markets".
Louis area was killed on an Alabama beach when he was struck by a log that washed ashore. Cindy could drop between 6 and 9 inches (15-23 cm) of rain and bring as much as 15 inches to some parts of southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and cause "life-threatening flash flooding", the NHC said.
Although a senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. had limited options to rein in North Korea without Chinese assistance. Senior diplomatic officials said the plan is to use trade as a weapon against China. The president of the United States has suggested previously that a friendly rapport he has developed with Xi Jinping , his Chinese counterpart, had resulted in Beijing doing more to lean on Pyongyang.
He was given a 15-year prison sentence for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel. But now Warmbier's medical team is answering those questions. His condition could lead to long-term damage of his nervous system, which doctors said will likely never return to full functionality. Physicians at the University of Cincinnati said Warmbier suffered "extensive loss of brain tissue" that has left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".
The toy seems to be selling like insane in China , which horrifies the anxious parents in the entire country. It said: 'The Toothpick Crossbow toy has spread across China like wildfire among the nation's primary and middle school children '.
The Republican-majority U.S. Congress is unlikely to approve statehood, since Democratic-leaning Puerto Rico would acquire two senators and several House members. "Others blame the USA for the malaise and would rather seek independence". Pro-independence supporters protest against Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state.
The Queen has taken part in the traditional Royal Ascot carriage procession - completing her dash from the State Opening of Parliament . There were speculations going on that Prince Philip had passed away after Queen Elizabeth II called for an emergency meeting at the Buckingham Palace last month.
The chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors consistently trailed in public polls of the race for the Republican nomination for Virginia governor, and former lobbyist Ed Gillespie managed to out-raise him by roughly $4 million.
They had escaped from their cells through the ceiling. The Corrections chief of the Bali Law and Human Rights Ministry, Surung Pasaribu confirmed they are checking the tunnel, but are also investigating whether the men had escaped through any jail gates or used a garbage truck.
The JD (U) yesterday declared its support to NDA nominee ex-Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind for the July 17 Presidential election. While party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav has declared support to NDA, his son and SP president Akhilesh Yadav has announced that the Opposition candidate would have his faction's backing.
Photo A new housing development in Kensington where 68 apartments will be assigned to rehouse families who lost their homes in the Grenfell Tower fire . Richard Hull, professor of chemistry and fire science at the University of Central Lancashire, told Sky News that the gas produced by the insulation when it burned may have been deadly.
On the other hand, Iran chose to point an accusing finger at Saudi Arabia in an official statement released to the Fars news agency: "The attack took place only a week after the meeting between US President Trump and the Saudi leaders who support the terrorists and the fact that ISIS claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack".
There are a lot of great things we'd like to see packed into the Republicans' AHCA , but will we? He and Collins are two of the many Republican senators who have voiced complaints about the hasty, secretive process their party is using to pass its bill.
Six U.S. service members now have been killed in Afghanistan this year. U.S. Special Operations forces had been working alongside Afghan commandos to conduct counter-Islamic State operations in the mountains of Achin . "Our hopes and prayers are with their families". The district where Friday night's airstrikes took place is located on the edge of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.
Border crossings are often closed as Afghan and Pakistani forces clash+ over the disputed border, and Afghan farmers have complained of fruit and other produce rotting without other options for shipping. An uptick in attacks by Afghan National army soldiers against foreign troops would seem a worrisome trend ahead of the deployment of another 4,000 USA troops to Afghanistan in the latest attempt by Washington to turn around the protracted war against insurgents.
There were only a few protesters that interrupted the beginning of the speech. A healthcare bill being released by U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday (June 20) is expected to roll back the Obamacare expansion of the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people buying private insurance.
Warmbier, but I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr. Warmbier's death". After meeting with President Xi Jinping in April, Trump appeared optimistic that China would help de-escalate North Korea's actions in the region, even stalling some of his aggressive actions on trade.
Marine traffic records showed that the ACX Crystal was traveling between the Japanese cities of Nagoya and Tokyo when it made a sudden U-turn about 25 minutes before the collision. 7th Fleet, told reporters alongside the ship at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan Sunday. The bodies were taken to Naval Hospital Yokosuka were they were identified and family notifications were made.
There will be a "two-phased" negotiation, with divorce terms to be set first before talks on future trade relations. Barnier said after welcoming Davis that it was important to tackle uncertainties caused by Brexit. In a sign of the progress that has been made, Mr Davis said the Prime Minister would brief fellow European Union leaders at a summit on Thursday on the UK's approach to the rights of expatriate citizens, which will be set out in detail in a paper on Monday.
It added Mattis and Attiyah had discussed current operations against Isis and the importance of de-escalating tensions in the Gulf. In November, under the administration of former President Barack Obama, the United States approved a possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion.
The 31-year old is the Saudi defense minister and therefore is leading the Kingdom's war in Yemen - which recently heated up while bin Salman and his father met with President Trump. Iran , which is predominantly Shi'ite Muslim, and Saudi Arabia , which is mostly Sunni, compete for power and influence across the region. Tillerson's spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the USA was "mystified" that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have failed to present details justifying ...
According to analysts briefed by Reuters, the move was expected, but the timing is surprising, and Mohammed bin Salman's rapid rise into power has created some discord within the royal family and has made Saudi policy more unpredictable than in previous years and decades.
Only when "sufficient, concrete progress" on the first phase has been made will Mr Barnier recommend to the European Council that the negotiations can enter the next stage, taking in the future trading relationship, with that recommendation possibly coming at October's summit of EU leaders.
Trump reached an accord with China's leader Xi Jinping regarding North Korea when the two met in Florida. "But by no means will China, nor will Chinese society permit it to, act as a "US ally" in pressuring North Korea", it said. It had long pushed for a resumption of USA negotiations with North Korea, which now appears a remote prospect. There is growing outrage over the death of Otto Warmbier .
Most people who were forced from their homes fled within their own country and were defined as internally displaced people , or IDPs. This equates to one person becoming displaced every 3 seconds. This is in contrast to the fact that children make up only about 31% of the total world population. The fastest growing refugee population was spurred by the crisis in South Sudan.
A still image taken from video shows the destroyed Grand Al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul , June 21, 2017. The mosque, which was more than 800 years old, was where in July 2014 IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi commanded allegiance in his first and only public appearance following IS' declaration days earlier of a "caliphate".
But the vote was marked by record low turnout of 49 percent, possibly reflecting fatalism among Macron's opponents in the face of his seemingly unstoppable advance, experts said. His party is projected to win well beyond an absolute majority in the 577-seat National Assembly, followed by the conservative Republicans. The results showed that the 39-year-old president , the ever youngest since the establishment of the Fifth Republic of France in 1958, has not missed his opportunities and ...
The healthcare bill will be released to the Republican Senate Conference on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and posted online, Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming and Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters on Wednesday. Thune said the bill was not yet finalized, saying: "We're trying to get definitive determinations" on a range of issues. "And these are merely the first steps we're prepared to take in order to shine a light on the shameful Trumpcare bill and reveal to the public the GOP's ...
Kovind is also known to be close to union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.Kovind's selection is also going to challenge the opposition's plans to to field a common candidate against the BJP. Nitish Kumar had dropped hints on his support to Kovind. Wednesday's decision yet again confirms Nitish Kumar's style of taking decisions on his own irrespective of his allies' position and his political opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.