MAY OUTLINES 'FAIR' OFFER ON RIGHTS OF EU CITIZENS TO STAY IN UK
British Prime Minister Theresa May promised Thursday to let EU citizens stay after Brexit as she met sceptical European leaders for the first time since her disastrous election gamble. Under pressure from all sides since losing her parliamentary majority in the June 8 vote, May held out an apparent olive branch on the uncertain fate of three million Europeans living in Britain.
GULF STATES ISSUE DEMANDS TO END QATAR BOYCOTT
Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis. They insist that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. In a 13-point list — presented to the Qataris by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis — the countries also demand an end to Turkey's military presence in Qatar.
DEADLY CAR BOMB STRIKES BANK IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN
At least 29 people were killed Thursday when a powerful car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah city as people were queueing to withdraw salaries, the latest bloody attack during the holy month of Ramadan. Sixty wounded people were rushed to hospital after the bombing at New Kabul Bank, which upturned vehicles, left the area littered with charred debris, and sent a plume of smoke into the sky.
LONDON'S GRENFELL FIRE TRAGEDY RAISES FEARS OVER OTHER BUILDINGS
Some 600 buildings in England could have been fitted with flammable external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to the fire that killed at least 79 people in a London tower block. Government facilities testing cladding have so far found three tower blocks to have combustible panels. The testing came after local authorities submitted samples following the June 14 fire at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.
SAUDI KING DEFIES ROYAL SUCCESSION TO APPOINT SON AS HEIR
Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him first-in-line to the throne and removing the country's counterterrorism czar from the royal line of succession. In a series of royal decrees carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the monarch stripped Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who had been positioned to inherit the throne, from his title as crown prince.