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Emails reveal Cherie Blair lobbied Hillary Clinton to meet Qatari royal

Hillary Clinton

Washington DC, Jul 3 - Cherie Blair repeatedly lobbied Hillary Clinton for a meeting with an influential member of the Qatari royal family, emails of former US Secretary of State published by the State Department revealed.

As per an email sent by former British PM Tony Blair's spouse to Clinton in May 2009, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned, a wife of the former emir of Qatar and mother of the ruling emir Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al-Thani, was hoping for a "women to women" private meeting with her to improve Qatar's relationship with the US, the RT America reported.

Blair further wrote "I am sure the conversation would not be confined to these issues but would be about the U. S./Qatar relationship generally."


Hillary Clinton on course to win 2016 presidential election: Poll

Hillary Clinton on course to win 2016 presidential election: Poll

Washington: Hillary Clinton is the firm favourite to be chosen as the Democratic Party nominee for 2016 US presidential polls and go on to be elected as the first woman president of America, according to a new poll.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll taken in the days after Clinton held her first public rally earlier this month, showed the former secretary of state garnering broad support for being chosen the Democratic presidential nominee.

Three-quarters of Democratic primary voters said Clinton was their top pick to be the nominee, compared with the 15 per cent who selected Bernie Sanders.


Iran backing Taliban by sending weapon, cash

Iran backing Taliban by sending weapon, cash

Washington, June 13 : Reports have revealed that Iran is apparently sending shipments of weapons and money to the Taliban.

Citing the Afghan and the Western officials in its report, the Wall Street Journal has claimed that the Iran's motivations for stepping up support for the militants are to prevent ISIS from gaining a foothold in Afghanistan and providing a check on U.S. influence ahead of the planned withdrawal of most American troops by the end of 2016, reports Fox News.

As per Taliban fighters, the militants receive weapons from smugglers paid by Iran's government who traffic the contraband through the remote border region where Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan meet. The weapons that they receive are mortars, machine guns, rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.


Polish President Komorowski concedes defeat to Duda

Polish President Komorowski concedes defeat to Duda

New York, May 25 - Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has reportedly conceded defeat to right-wing party leader Andrzej Duda, after exit polls showed the latter leading the presidential race by a fairly decisive victory.

Though the official results will be announced on Monday, a combination of exit polls and early vote tallies showed that Law and Justice party candidate Duda had taken the run-off vote by 52 percent to 48 percent, reported The New York Times.

Conceding defeat before a gloomy gathering of supporters, Komorowski said that it didn't work out this time and congratulated Duda on the victory.


Bobby Jindal moves step closer to announcing presidential bid

Bobby Jindal

Washington : Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Monday moved a step closer to his 2016 US presidential bid by announcing that he is forming an exploratory committee in this regard.

If Jindal, 43, announces to go ahead with his plans, he would be the first ever Indian-American politician to run for a US presidential election. And in doing so, he would join already crowded Republican presidential aspirants.

Forming an exploratory committee is considered to be the first serious step toward a presidential bid. The Republican Governor, however, said he would make a final decision on a White House bid after his state's legislative session ends in mid-June.


Celebs showcase support for Hillary's presidential bid on Twitter

Celebs showcase support for Hillary's presidential bid on Twitter

Washington, April 13 : Shortly after former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her presidential bid, she has found supporters amid the A-listers on Twitter.

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls organization posted a hilarious GIF of the Saturday Night Live alum dressed up exactly like Clinton next to the laughing candidate, reported US Magazine.

Former North Carolina Congressional candidate and American Idol alum Clay Aiken also took to Twitter to lovingly tease Clinton by saying, "Hillary, I love you. But why are you the stiffest and most scripted looking person in this video?"

Actor and director Lena Dunham posted a photo of Clinton reading a text on her mobile phone with the caption: "This is Hillary reading a text from me that says "with you every step of the way, gurl."


US, Cuban Presidents meet after more than 50 years in Panama City

US, Cuban Presidents meet after more than 50 years in Panama City

Washington, April 11 : US President Barack Obama has met his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on Friday after more than 50 years in Panama City for the Summit of the Americas.

According to CNN, the two nations have barely been on speaking terms for more than 50 years.

National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan issued a statement saying that "President Obama and President Castro greeted each other and shook hands" at the summit.

Cuba and the United States had endured a half-century of hostility.

In Panama, Obama is expected to announce he's removing Cuba from the United States' list of states that sponsor terrorism. (ANI)


When political parties field more women, they score more votes

When political parties field more women, they score more votes

Washington, Apr 7 : A new study has revealed that fielding more female candidates helps political parties gain votes.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology study analyzes changes to municipal election laws in Spain, which a decade ago began requiring political parties to have women fill at least 40 percent of the slots on their electoral lists.

With other factors being equal, the research found, parties that increased their share of female candidates by 10 percentage points more than their opponents enjoyed a 4.2 percentage-point gain at the ballot box, or an outright switch of about 20 votes per 1,000 casts.


Former New York Mayor Bloomberg `considering` running London mayoral election next year

Former New York Mayor Bloomberg `considering` running London mayoral election ne

New York, April 6 : After serving as a mayor for three consecutive terms in the New York City, Michael Rubens Bloomberg, an American business magnate and politician, may now don the same hat again, but in London.

The former mayor is being sought by Conservatives across the pond to run in the London mayoral election next year, reported New York Post.

Friends of Bloomeberg said that he was considering running as the Tory candidate as the city of 8.5 million prepares to elect Boris Johnson 's successor in May 2016.

Reports said that Steve Hilton, a trusted adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, was urging Bloomberg to contest the elections in London.


Israeli PM Netanyahu accuses Iran of trying to 'conquer entire Middle East' amidst nuclear deal talks

Israeli PM Netanyahu accuses Iran of trying to 'conquer entire Middle East' amid

Washington, March 30 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of trying to "conquer the entire Middle East" amidst talks that the West is close to signing a pending nuclear deal with Iran.

According to Fox News, Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that the nuclear deal bore all their fears.

Five world powers along with the United States are working toward a March 31 deadline to reach a nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu has "deep concerns" over the nuclear deal as the nations are meeting in Lusanne and Switzerland.

Iran said that its nuclear research is focused on peaceful purposes. (ANI)


Syrian President Assad 'open' to talks with US, says coalition airstrikes not defeating IS

Syrian President Assad 'open' to talks with US, says coalition airstrikes not de

Washington, March 30 : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he is "open" to talks with the United States adding that the US-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) is not defeating the militant group.

According to Fox News, Assad said that they never attacked the population in the US or supported the terrorists in America.

He asserted that Syria has always wanted to have good relations with the US.

Assad was responding to US Secretary of State John Kerry's comments where he said that they were working to "reignite a diplomatic outcome" with interested parties as everyone agrees there is no military solution. (ANI)


Saudi ambassador to US says won't rule out building nukes to counterbalance 'nuclear-armed Iran'

Saudi ambassador to US says won't rule out building nukes to counterbalance 'nuc

Washington, March 27 : The Saudi Ambassador to the United States has gone on record to say that he would not rule out the possibility of Saudis creating their own nuclear bomb to counterbalance a nuclear- armed Iran in the Middle East region.

Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia would never negotiate over two things, namely, faith and security. He added that the kingdom will take whatever measures are necessary in order to protect its security, reported the CNN.

Al Jubeir revealed that the details disclosed by the Obama administration to the Saudis about the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran were "positive" but went on to add that the nation will make a judgment only after all the details have been revealed.


Opposition leader Isaac Herzog concedes defeat in Israeli election

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog concedes defeat in Israeli election

Washington, March 18 : Israel's Zionist Union chief Isaac Herzog has conceded defeat in the country's election as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party earned 30 out of parliament's 120 seats.

The opposition leader, who heads the left-center, called Netanyahu to congratulate him on his victory, reported ABC News.

As Netanyahu's Likud appeared set to build a coalition government with its nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies, Herzog signaled that he would be heading the opposition. While speaking to the press outside his Tel Aviv home, he said that Israel now needed "another voice, a voice that offers an alternative and a voice that tells it the truth."

The Zionist Union, who appeared set to win Israel's election just days ago, won 24 seats. (ANI)


Time not right for business as usual with Russia: US to India

Time not right for business as usual with Russia: US to IndiaWashington: The US on Friday re-emphasised that it was not the right time for "business as usual" with Russia, a day after India and Russia signed 20 bilateral agreements in key areas like oil, gas and defence during President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi.

"We've seen press reporting on India concluding business, nuclear and defence deals with Russia, but not confirmation of those agreements or specifics of what those agreements would entail. Our view remains that it's not time for business as usual with Russia," US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said.


Obama to allow more expansive role for U.S. army in Afghanistan post 2015 pullout

Barack ObamaNew York, Nov 22 : United States President Barack Obama has decided to authorize a more expansive role of the U. S. army in Afghanistan in 2015 as opposed to the original plans.

According to the New York Times, U. S. troops would have a direct role in battling in the war torn country for at least one year.

According to several administrations, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the President's decision, Obama's orders would allow the American forces to carry operations against the Taliban and other militants groups that threaten the U. S. or the Afghan government.


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