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Duterte urges IS-linked rebels to halt siege, start talks

Hapilon was the target of Tuesday's botched raid and Duterte said Islamic State in the Middle East had anointed him as its man in the Philippines , and Hapilon was revered as its leader. He said: "Duterte's pro-rape comments only confirm some of the worst fears of human rights activists that the Duterte government will not just turn a blind eye to possible military abuses in Mindanao, but may actively encourage them". Read More »

Philippines says militants shot dead at least 16 civilians

The city has been wracked by violence since Tuesday night when militants swept through the city. In what was intended as a joke, Duterte said the victim was "beautiful" and as mayor of Davao city where the riot took place, he should have been first in line. Read More »

Jared Kushner 'discussed setting up secret communications with Russia'

The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials. "We have backchannel communications with a number of countries", he told reporters . 'What they'll be focusing on most strongly is Jared Kushner's meeting back in December with the Russian ambassador. Read More »

Palestinian prisoners end mass hunger strike

The protest has continued without resolution and the health of hundreds of participating prisoners has began to "deteriorate significantly", Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said in a statement on Wednesday. Read More »

World Leaders Blamed Donald Trump for Failure to Reach Climate Change Agreement

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni also said six of the Group of Seven leaders remained split on climate change with their US counterpart this Saturday. The United States is the world's biggest carbon emitter after China. Julianne Smith, from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), said the summit showed how team Trump appeared determined to maintain a "strategic ambiguity" whatever the cost to long-established relationships. Read More »

G7 leaders fail to agree on Paris climate change Accord

Trump, posting on Twitter, said he would make a decision on whether the USA would remain in the climate change accord next week, after he returns to Washington. In a third tweet, the president said he had no doubt he'll return to the U.S. loaded with "hundreds of billions of dollars". Backing out of the climate accord had been a central plank of Trump's campaign and aides have been exploring whether they can adjust the framework of the deal even if they don't opt out entirely. Read More »

Greek govt official describes blast as attack

He sustained superficial injuries to the chest, abdomen and legs after he apparently opened his mail whilst riding in the auto. The group has also claimed responsibility for a spate of parcel bombings in 2010 targeting embassies in Athens and the offices of European leaders overseas. Read More »

Media loses mind over Trump NATO speech

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Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that joining the US -led anti-Islamic State coalition "will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism and also improve our coordination within the coalition". Read More »

Reports swirling about Kushner and Russian Federation probe — AP Report

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We learned about the meeting back in March. When reporters said other world leaders are making time to hold press briefings, Cohn said, "I don't know that that's true". But neither side followed up on it. To top it all off, our old friend (and probably Russia's too) Michael Flynn attended that meeting too, according to the intercepted Russian communications. Read More »

State Calls in Turkish Ambassador Over Violence Against Protesters

Shortly before Erdogan was due to arrive at the Turkish ambassador's residence, members of his notorious security detail pushed past United States police and assaulted the protest group. The incident poses a series of uncomfortable global relations issues for the current administration, who seem to be increasingly cozying up to Erdoğan despite (or because of) his authoritarian policies . Read More »

Donald Trump Leaves Italy's Taormina At End Of Summit

Forceful face-to-face talks this week with fellow world leaders left President Donald Trump "more knowledgeable" and with "evolving" views about the global climate accord he's threatened to abandon, a top White House official said Friday. Read More »

McMaster 'Not Concerned' By Reports On Kushner-Moscow Backchannel

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The story also appeared the same day The Washington Post reported that Kislyak told his superiors that he and Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team. The revelation, if confirmed, would raise new questions about the Trump team's relationship with the Russians, who USA intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November election in Trump's favor and thus deny Hillary Clinton the presidency. Read More »

Report claims Kushner wanted secret Russian Federation hotline

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Current and former US intelligence officials said that although Russian diplomats have secure means of communicating with Moscow, Kushner's apparent request for access to such channels was extraordinary. "We have backchannel communications with a number of countries", McMaster said. The revelation is yet another sensational element in the deluge of allegations raising questions about the Trump team's relationship with the Russians, who USA intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November ... Read More »

Almost 500000 displaced in Sri Lanka floods

The state-run disaster management center , while updating the death toll from an earlier figure of 91, said on Saturday that almost 100 people were still missing after the worst torrential downpours since 2003 drenched the tropical Indian Ocean island nation. Read More »

US withholding its endorsement of climate pact

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The fraying consensus among seven core, like-minded liberal democracies of "the West" was clearly on display at the annual meeting that ended on Saturday - even for those not in the room when Donald Trump faced off with fellow leaders in the Sicilian resort town of Taormina . Read More »

Ariana Grande Pledges to Return to Manchester for Benefit Concert

It was revealed that specialist teams have carried out a review of security for more than 1,300 events with Britain remaining at the highest threat level of critical while the investigation into the bombing continues. His father Ramadan and younger brother Hashem were detained in Libya , authorities there said. We are gathering a detailed picture of Abedi as the investigation develops and now need people to tell us if they have any information about his movements from 18 May when he ... Read More »

UK PM May's lead narrows to 10 percentage points: Opinium poll

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Jeremy Corbyn , the leader of Britain's opposition Labour party , makes a speech as his party restarts its election campaign after the cross party suspension that followed the Manchester Arena attack, in London , May 26, 2017. Obviously you will recognise that we suspended campaigning for a period following the awful attack that took place in Manchester in respect for those who sadly lost their lives and those who were injured. Read More »

Dramatic Raids, New Arrests Over Concert Bomb Attack

Music fans were targeted at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the worst terrorist attack on British soil since the July 7 bombing in London in 2005. Greater Manchester Police says officers are moving people from the area in the Moss Side neighborhood as a precaution. And late on Wednesday, The New York Times published photos of items "found on the scene in Manchester", including possible switches and power sources for the bomb. Read More »

Trump Sets Deadline For His Decision On The Paris Climate Agreement

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and US President Donald Trump speak at Ben Gurion International Airport prior to the latter's departure from Israel on May 23, 2017. Diplomats worked through the night trying to bridge the gap between the new US administration and its allies Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on a number of barbed issues, including trade, the environment and Russian Federation. Read More »

Trump Refuses to Commit to Paris Climate Agreement, Vows Decision "Next Week"

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That platitude takes on more significance in the context of the G7 summit where Trump and the other six leaders diverged over free trade, climate change and migration policy behind closed doors. The communique notes that the Americans are "not in a position to join consensus" on climate change . "The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Saturday. Read More »

Manchester police release images of bomber moments before arena blast

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To meet their friends they've made online to express themselves. "Eight men remain in custody for questioning", a police statement said. Arsenal fan Liz Johnson said she was "sad after what happened in Manchester ". In a statement Friday, she said "I'll be returning to the incredibly courageous city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families ". Read More »

North Korea leader Kim guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon

Pentagon officials said the tests, at the Vanderberg Air Force base in California, will be used in "preparation for North Korea's growing threat". The test is scheduled for next Tuesday. Pyongyang carried out two atomic tests previous year, and has accelerated its missile launch program, despite tough United Nations sanctions aimed at denying Kim the hard currency needed to fund his weapons ambitions. Read More »

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon

The Pentagon has also moved an anti-missile system to South Korea, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system. "If the discussion is successful, a visit to North Korea would be possible around June 10", Kang said. There now are 32 interceptors in silos at Fort Greely in Alaska and four at Vandenberg, north of Los Angeles. "If China's not working with us on this major regional security threat of North Korea , where it holds a lot of cards and a lot of leverage, then there are going ... Read More »

Watch the Moment of Explosion at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester

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Murray says: "I'm staying with my positivity for Martyn, and that's what I hold on to". Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May , left, walks with Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins as she arrives at the force's headquarters in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017 following a deadly terror attack at a concert at the Manchester Arena the night before. Read More »

Trump's Pushy Approach Toward NATO Shows Member Countries Who Is Boss

There was certainly any number of routine and friendly interactions between Trump and world leaders. He also made his presence felt at his first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, literally, pushing his way past Montenegro's prime minister, Dusko Markovic , whose country joins the organization next month, in footage that went viral. Read More »

The trigger for US-Saudi ties

In announcing peace between Israel and the Palestinians as a key priority for his administration, Mr. Trump gestured publicly to his senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who himself has no experience in foreign policy or governance, saying "If you can't make peace in the Middle East, no one can". Read More »

Merkel says climate talks at G7 summit 'very unsatisfactory'

World leaders had hoped to put out a statement of consensus on the Paris Agreement which is created to cut global carbon emissions but Mr Trump took to social media to say he would make up his mind next week. At the same time, several of the leaders appeared to hope this week's meeting, Trump's first, would prove a learning experience. First lady Melania Trump introduced the president to the troops, telling the crowd that it has been a "very special" trip for her and a success for her ... Read More »

Trump to Ask DOJ for Investigation Into Manchester Bombing Leaks

The nature of the photographs - one of which includes a ruler placed alongside the detonator - allowed no doubt that they were taken as part of the forensic investigation of the scene, and are not snapshots taken by members of the public. He noted that Rudd's use of the word "irritating" should be seen from the lens of the British fondness for understatement. The United States and Britain are both participants in the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing pact between English-speaking nations. Read More »