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Sessions vows to stop leaks about Manchester attack

Earlier today , two men were arrested in connection with the suicide attack at the concert by American actress-singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena on Monday night. Images obtained by The New York Times newspaper showed a detonator Abedi was said to have carried in his left hand, shrapnel including nuts and screws and the shredded remains of a blue backpack. Read More »

Ramadan begins for world's Muslims, violently for some

The holiday marks the first revelation of the Qu'ran to the prophet Mohammed, with Muslims here in the city and around the world marking the event for the next 30 days with fasting during the daylight hours. But this past week in Saudi Arabia, the President tried to make clear the United States does not stand against Islam, drawing a distinction between the religion as a whole and its violent, extremist adherents. Read More »

IS claims responsibility for Egypt bus attack

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Gunmen opened fire on buses that were carrying dozens of children and adults as they were heading on a trip to the Monastery. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in a televised address, said Egyptian forces had hit a jihadist training camp in retaliation. Read More »

44-year-old man arrested in Manchester bombing inquiry

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Three days after 22 people died during United States pop singer Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Stadium in England, the "Break Free" singer took to Twitter to offer her condolences to the victims. Seven arrests have so far been made in the United Kingdom in connection with the attack. "As it stands, six men and one woman have been arrested in conjunction with the investigation and remain in custody for questioning", a British police statement said. Read More »

Ariana Grande returning to 'incredibly brave city of Manchester' for benefit show

A spokesman for Britain's anti-terror police said in a statement that British investigators relied on trust with security partners around the world. Explosives were found at one site, the Independent reported , citing security service sources. The leak came after the name of the alleged attacker, 22-year-old Salman Abedi , was reported by USA media on Tuesday, quoting USA officials, before British police had released it publicly. Read More »

Trump's son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russia

Kushner, a senior White House aide, has not commented. Current and former USA 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. Read More »

Trump's New Middle East Strategy May Be Based on Shaky Assumptions

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Meanwhile, Kabul and Baghdad blame Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, respectively, for supporting terrorism in their countries. The prime minister, who had a frosty relationship with Trump's predecessor, heaped praise on the president throughout the two-day visit, declaring: "We understand each other". Read More »

China protests US warship entering South China Sea

The so-called "freedom of navigation operation", which is sure to anger China , comes as Trump is seeking Beijing's cooperation to rein in ally North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. Kraska said the Dewey's rescue drill demonstrated "high seas freedoms near Mischief Reef". However, the Philippines has made a decision to shelve its campaign to protect its perceived maritime interests in the South China Sea . Read More »

Manchester bomber Salman Abedi 'wanted revenge' for Middle East military strikes

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters Thursday eight men had been arrested at addresses in Manchester , Wigan and Nuneaton. when The New York Times published secret photographs of remnants of the Manchester bomber's explosive device. However, the poll also suggested that 41 percent of respondents believe the Conservatives would handle defense and security best, compared to 18 percent who said the same of Labour. Read More »

United Kingdom lowers threat level as Manchester probe advances

The terrorism threat level remains at critical and armed officers have been seen patrolling public transport and beaches in some parts of the country. Police and a bomb disposal unit at the junction between Boscombe Street and Yew Tree Road, after an evacuation took place in the Moss Side area of Manchester, England, May 27, 2017. Read More »

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader, who calls it natural

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders have agreed to step up NATO's role in the fight against terrorism and fairer burden sharing under pressure from U.S. However, in his public comments, Trump did not offer specific assurances on Article 5. "Some issues remain open, like climate and trade". On Russia, Stoltenberg said, "Our relationship with Russia was also discussed and we stressed the importance of meaningful dialogue". Read More »

Top Hibul terrorist Sabzar Bhat killed, encounter on in J&K's Pulwama

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Indian army claimed that Sabzar Ahmed along with his two associates was killed during an encounter with the troops at Saimoh in Tral area of Pulwama district. Last year, similar massive protests followed by clashes roiled Kashmir following the killing of charismatic rebel leader Burhan Wani. Public transport went off the roads throughout the Valley as people rushed home in their private vehicles while others walked long distances. Read More »

Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal: Axios

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President Donald Trump privately told several confidants that he will be pulling out of the Paris climate deal, three sources with direct knowledge told Axios . The Paris accord, created in 2015 after lengthy negotiations, calls on 196 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "His basis for decision is ultimately going to be what's best for the United States". Read More »

Macron was warned about Trump's ridiculous handshake

His meetings include the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron , who much like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , looked well briefed in how to deal with the impending handshake from Trump. At one point, the president tried to pull his hand away, but Mr. Macron grabbed his hand even harder and kept pressing it. Just days before the first round of the French presidential election, Trump frequently championed Le Pen as the "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on ... Read More »

WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from prison

She will now assist with a documentary about her life. In a statement to ABC , Manning said, " I appreciate the wonderful support that I have received from so many people across the world over these past years ". "I hope to take the lessons that I have learned, the love that I have been given, and the hope that I have to work toward making life better for others ". Read More »

Israelis mark 50 years since capture of Jerusalem's Old City

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Thousands of Israelis marched through east Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday to commemorate 50 years since the Jewish state seized control of it in the Six-Day War. Details of exactly how this "outside in" approach would work are TBD but if it succeeds it would be a real foreign policy triumph for Trump. On the substance of this issue, Trump is on solid ground . Read More »

Islamic State claims responsibility for the Egypt attack on Twitter

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Meanwhile, Egypt on Saturday morning said its military is continuing to carry out air strikes against militant training camps in Derna in eastern Libya , state television reported . "There was enough information and evidence of the terrorist elements involved in the (attack) having trained in these camps", said a statement released by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. Read More »

Pentagon test to stop long-range missiles

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Experts will launch a ground-based interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at a mock-up of an ICBM fired from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the Missile Defence Agency said. The test will involve the firing of a missile aimed for the U.S. mainland as the rogue state continues to improve its nuclear weapons capabilities and missile technology. Read More »

Israelis rally for Palestinian state, end of occupation

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President Donald Trump is " putting a lot of pressure " on Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. "The president was very forceful in his encouragement to both of them to be serious about approaching these discussions in the future and recognize you have to compromise", Tillerson said in Rome, where he was accompanying Trump on his first overseas trip as president. Read More »

CHINA: There is 'no reason' not to talk with N. Korea

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But the North is claiming that the object was "a flock of birds flying in the sky" and denied sending anything south. He added that South Korea, the United States and Japan called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council scheduled for Tuesday to discuss a response to the North's ballistic missile test . Read More »

Taiwan court could rule in favour of same-sex marriage this week

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Wednesday's ruling from the court called Legislative Yuan gives parliament two years to amend current laws or pass new ones to legalize same-sex marriage. But supporters have a potential cheerleader in President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female leader, who is on record supporting same-sex marriage. Read More »

S. Korea OKs civilian contact with North Korea over malaria

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President Trump also invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the the United States-Philippines alliance, which is now heading in a very positive direction. "The "North Korea Travel Control Act" proposed by Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff and Republican Joe Wilson would block all US tourist visits to the country and force other visitors to obtain permission via a US Treasury licensing system". Read More »

White House refuses to comment on Kushner's Russian Federation ties

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, declined to say whether he would be concerned if a private citizen attempted to set up backchannel communications with a foreign government to influence United States foreign policy and said he would not be concerned if a White House official attempted to do so. Read More »

Trumps' Hand-Holding Miss Is Dissected on Internet

People said that the President appeared to be avoiding holding the first lady's hand. The two then proceeded to walk down the aircraft's stairs without touching one another. Before the Trumps' tour of the Sistine Chapel, television cameras caught two awkward moments between the president and his wife during the first leg of their trip. Read More »

President Trump Touched an Orb and Illuminated the Internet

To get to Bethlehem, Trump's motorcade passed through an opening in Israel's towering separation barrier, a visual reminder of the complexities of the conflict in the region. Awad said CAIR was still waiting for Trump "to acknowledge and repudiate the growing Islamophobia in America for which he and his supporters must assume a large degree of responsibility". Read More »

Trump promises climate decision next week after G7 stalemate

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The US leader, concluding his first overseas trip in office, was due to fly home later Saturday without giving the customary close-of-summit press conference. Other delegates concurred that it was "six against one" at the gathering of leading democracies spanning North America, Europe and Japan. "His basis for decision ultimately will be what's best for the United States". Read More »

'America First': Trump pushes Montenegro PM aside, rebukes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members

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U.S President Donald Trump also attended the Heads of State meeting, which was his first visit to NATO's headquarters. Trump's speech likely disappointed leaders who had hoped for a public commitment from the U.S. Mr Trump's comments may disappoint some officials in Europe who had hoped that the U.S. president would offer a public endorsement of Nato's mutual-defense doctrine at the ceremony that honored Article 5 , as the provision is known. Read More »

Duterte warns of 'contamination' risk by Islamic State

Leaders of the two insurgent groups battling the army, Abu Sayyaf and the Maute, have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State and Filipino officials said Friday that fighters from Indonesia and Malaysia are on the ground. "Martial law is not a free pass for abuse". Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte , giving a pep talk to his troops in the country's restive south, exhorted the soldiers to go all out in fighting Islamic militants, but he said he's willing to sit down with his enemies ... Read More »

Jihadists behind Egypt convoy attack 'trained in Libya'

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The attack came after church bombings in December and April claimed by the Daesh group that killed dozens of Egypt's Coptic Christians. The Minya province has the highest Coptic Christian population in the country and has been the scene of a number of attacks on the Christian minority. Read More »