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UK: UK voters gave up on Theresa May at the “snap” election on Thursday.

The Conservative Party won only 318 of the 650 seats — eight seats short of a majority.

But Theresa May managed to avoid a hung parliament and kept her seat as Prime Minister when the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland agreed to form a coalition with the Conservative Party.

A hung parliament arises when there is no majority political party in the House of Commons to take control of the government.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party celebrated victory as they scooped 30 more votes as compared with what they did in the elections in 2015. The outcome squashed predictions that the Party would be further weakened after the election.

For more we go to CBS News:


Middle East: Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, announced on Monday that they would cut ties with Qatar.

As a result, all land, air and sea traffic between these countries and Qatar will halt, and Qatari diplomats and citizens must leave the Gulf States within 14 days.

The blockade was imposed as the Arab states accused Qatar of supporting extremists, developing ties with Iran and acting as a safe harbour for key figures in Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

U.S. President Donald Trump supported the move, saying on Friday that “the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding … and its extremist ideology.”

The diplomatic crisis escalated when Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies sanctioned a dozen organizations and 59 people, a number of them Qataris or with links to Qatar, who were alleged to be having links to Islamist militancy.

But the Qatari government denied having supported terrorist groups.  It said the accusation was baseless, and the blockade was a violation of international law.

For more we go to The National:


Iran: Armed assailants, including some disguised as women, killed at least 12 people and wounded 46 during an attack at the Parliament building and the tomb of its revolutionary founder last Wednesday.

Iranian state media said on Thursday the death toll had risen to 17.

Four of the assailants were killed at the Parliament building and two at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, according to the New York Times.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks.

The Iranian authorities stated that five of the attackers had fought for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and they believe that Iranian Kurds affiliated with the Islamic State had carried out the attack.

On Friday, a further 41 suspects thought to be connected with the terrorist act were arrested.

For more we go to PBS NewsHour:


Technology: Three technology forerunners, IBM, Samsung and GlobalFoundries, have joined efforts in developing a new kind of transistor — the basic component in a computer chip, which paves way for more powerful devices to built in a smaller space.

The current state of the art computer chip contains about 20 billion transistors.  The trio’s new invention can pack some 30 billion transistors into a chip the size of a fingernail.

IBM believes the technology would contribute to the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning that would have wide applications in big data analytics, the Internet of Things and other “data-intensive” tasks.

The new invention will also hold hopes for the future of mobile devices as these manufacturers envision new generations of smartphones having two to three times more battery life than current devices.

For more we go to IBM Research:


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