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The gunmen were using the hostages as human shields, hiding in mosques and utilizing an underground tunnel network in the city, making it hard for troops to manoeuvre, he added. Military officials believe Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the Abu Sayyaf militants, is hiding in the town. Security officials confirmed for the first time the presence of the American forces yesterday as they told reporters that two of the militants' leaders had likely been killed.
  • UK: DUP agrees to 'confidence and supply' deal to support Conservatives

    UK: DUP agrees to 'confidence and supply' deal to support Conservatives

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    Meanwhile rumors swirled that the maverick Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was being lined up to mount a leadership bid as The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph reported that a Conservative rebellion was afoot. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign . We've already had a close relationship with the DUP.
  • Iran arrests another 7 linked to Wednesday twin terrorist attacks

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    Attackers raided Iran's parliament and opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometers south of the capital on Wednesday morning, in near simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people, media reported. US President Donald Trump's response to the terrorist attacks in Iran has been denounced by Tehran as "repugnant". "The fact ISIS claimed responsibility proves that they [Saudi Arabia] were involved in the brutal attack".
  • Conservatives are only party who can form a UK government: May

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    However, shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith has called on Theresa May to step aside to allow Labour a chance to form a minority government . Some senior Tories have made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister despite the Conservatives' losing their overall majority in Parliament.
  • Iran has sent five planes of vegetables to Qatar

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    Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar and has often acted as a mediator in regional disputes, said it wanted to resolve the dispute "within the unified Gulf house". Some 11,000 people from the three nations are believed to be in Qatar. "Following the sanctions. on Qatar, IranAir has so far transported food and vegetables to this country by five flights", Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi said, adding that deliveries would continue as long as there is demand from Qatar.
  • Maharashtra government announces farm loan waiver

    Maharashtra government announces farm loan waiver

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    While Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is sitting on an indefinite hunger strike "until peace is restored", state Agriculture Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen said on Saturday that farmers can not be given a loan waiver. Meanwhile, leader of the opposition in the Maharashtra legislative council, Dhananjay Munde, has demanded that the benefits of the loan waiver be given to all farmers.
  • GST Council revises rates for cinema tickets

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    As far as healthcare is considered, the GST Council reduced proposed tax on insulin used by diabetic patients to five per cent from the earlier 12 per cent, and on dental wax from 28 to 18 per cent. ".And you are going to start GST from July 1". The Centre on Sunday indicated that it was unwilling to lower the GST burden on hybrid cars , which face a 43% levy along with SUVs and other luxury cars, as it did not want mild hybrids to walk away with gains.
  • Saudi, Bahrain Welcome Trump's Scolding of Qatar

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    The incident triggered a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbors. Turkey's parliament has approved deploying troops to a base in Qatar and Iran has offered to send food. He has been in Russian Federation trying to shore up support against an embargo on Qatar. They have imposed what Qatar said was a blockade of shipping and air traffic and closed Qatar's only land border, causing panic buying at supermarkets and provoking confusion and anxiety across the population.
  • Downing Street: May, Democratic Unionist Party Have Not Reached Deal

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    Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after the vote on Thursday produced no clear victor. Speaking to Sky News on Sunday in her first interview since discussions begun, the DUP leader said: "We have had very good discussion yesterday with the Conservative party in relation to how we could support them in forming a national government".
  • Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj ends his fast

    Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj ends his fast

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    The matter had escalated after the police had opened fire on the crowds during a rally in Mandsaur, while the farmers were demanding a better price for their crops and waiver of loans. In the last 10 days, farmers resorted to violence during their stir for various demands, including a complete loan waiver. Instead of sitting on an "upvaas" (fast), he should go to "vanvaas" (exile).
  • UK prime minister insists she is staying put

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    Having just returned from a meeting with the Queen to discuss the formation of a new government Theresa May said 'We will continue to work with our friends and allies, in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular. "The votes aren't there now in the (House of) Commons for taking Britain out of all the economic arrangements we have with the European Union", he said.
  • Middle East More arrests in Iran, mastermind of Tehran twin attacks killed

    Middle East More arrests in Iran, mastermind of Tehran twin attacks killed

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    People attend the funeral of the victims who were killed on the June 7 attack at the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum, in Tehran, Iran June 9, 2017. Iran's Intelligence Ministry also said in a statement on Friday that following a series of sophisticated intelligence operations and with the cooperation of the families of some of the terrorists, 41 elements of Daesh were identified and arrested before conducting any acts of terror.