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Pope says Egyptian Copts killed by IS were 'martyrs'

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Following the attack , Egyptian jets carried out airstrikes against what the authorities said "militant training camps" in neighboring Libya . "The air force has conducted several intensive day and night-time strikes". Following the attack, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deaths in Cairo. In a statement released in Washington, Trump said: "The bloodletting of Christians must end, and all who aid their killers must be punished". Read More »

Over 100 Extremist Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

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The Israeli regime has approved plans to install a controversial cable auto in the Old City of the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds in defiance of calls by the worldwide community to cease all settlement activities and other projects there. The following day, President Trump became the first sitting US president in more than a century to visit the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to mark the site of Jesus' crucifixion. Read More »

Korea's new leader orders probe on US missile launchers

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South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in has ordered an investigation into the "unauthorized" deployment of four additional THAAD missile launchers by the United States to the country's soil. A Korean-Chinese joint drama "My Goddess, My Mom" starring South Korean actress Lee Da-hae, whose broadcast had been indefinitely delayed in China, was told by its Chinese partner recently that it will soon be aired, according to JS Pictures, Lee's agent. Read More »

Conservatives in humiliating 'dementia tax' U-turn after Google ad criticism

Mr Corbyn said the announcement was "extremely welcome because I want this country to face up to its responsibilities for those that need care". "While a 9-point lead could still give Theresa May a comfortable victory on 8th June, the fact her lead has been slashed in half in just a few days may reinforce to financial markets that her victory is not a certainty", said Kathleen Brooks, a market analyst with City Index in London. Read More »

The Lib Dems want what remains of the Remain vote

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The party also promises to hold a second referendum on the negotiated Brexit deal. The Liberal Democrats' manifesto has set out a number of resource policy pledges, including on waste taxes and collection targets, making it the only main United Kingdom party so far to focus on waste and recycling ahead of the General Election . Read More »

Merkel says Europeans can't 'completely' rely on US

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Trump's firm refusal to commit to the Paris climate deal at the G7 summit in Italy on Saturday - along with his description of Germany as " very bad on trade " - may also have contributed to Merkel switching the rhetoric up a notch. Read More »

Sweden drops rape probe against Assange

The Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017 where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living for almost five years to avoid arrest. Army soldier now known as Chelsea Manning in 2010 . "Detained for 7 years without charge while my children grew up and my name was slandered". The prosecutor did, however, point out that the investigation "could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations ends in 2020". Read More »

Merkel spokesman: Germany still seeking stronger U.S. ties

Optimistic Europeans doubtless will argue that, with the United States no longer willing to toe the line on climate change and with the UK walking away from what many on the Continent regard as Europe's greatest success, it's time for Germany , France and other European leading lights not so much to "take back control" but rather to "determine their common destiny". Read More »

President Donald Trump Takes His Peace Mission To Israel

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It won't be simple, but for the first time in many years, and, Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change. He made the comments while standing beside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem during his first foreign trip since being elected president. Read More »

Blessed month of Ramadan

In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, police used a steamroller to crush thousands of bottles of alcohol, banned under Islam, and torched a huge stash of seized drugs in the run-up to Ramadan. Who can fast in Ramadan? The elderly, the sick, children and pregnant women are exempt from fasting during Ramadan. Instead, be considerate that many Islamic practices - like fasting , or praying, or the hijab - may be hard for them because of the current Islamophobic ... Read More »

Politicians give verdict on Corbyn-May TV interviews

But the pair were not set to go head-to-head after Mrs May refused to take part in a live debate with her Labour opposite number, with both instead set to be quizzed separately during the broadcast. "We will make sure there is a deal". It would probably - I don't want to be held to this - probably come down. She was then heckled by an audience member after a replying to a question on school funding, saying: "Nobody can guarantee the real terms per pupil funding increase". Read More »

Toll in Sri Lanka floods increases to 100

More than 104 people have been listed as missing across seven southern districts hit by monsoons and a tropical cyclone since Thursday. Stonemason Kirindagamage Pathmasiri, another Matara resident, said that the police had urged people to evacuate, but he and his family stayed put as they had nowhere to evacuate to. Read More »

Ariana Grande Announces Manchester Benefit Concert In Powerful Open Letter

In the note , Grande praised her fans for their response to the incident, which left 22 people dead and more than 60 injured, including young children and teens. Authorities have so far arrested eight people in a series of raids in northern and central England Wednesday including Abedi's brother. British police and security services were also upset that Abedi's name was apparently leaked by US officials and published while police in Britain were withholding his name. Read More »

Disharmony at G7 as Trump plays his own tune

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Also new to the table are French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Italian host, Premier Paolo Gentiloni. British Prime Minister Theresa May was filmed thanking peers for the support received following Monday's attack on the Manchester Arena after a concert by United States singer Ariana Grande in which 22 people died. Read More »

Missile test showed highly accurate warhead, says North Korea

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The short-range ballistic missile traveled an estimated 248 miles, splashing down within Japan's exclusive economic zone, an area of sea where commercial ships are known to operate, according to statements from both the Japanese government and the South Korean military. Read More »

Rocker Gregg Allman dies at 69

Gregg Allman contributed some classic compositions to the band's early repertoire, including, "Dreams" " Midnight Rider ", " Melissa " and " Whipping Post ". But then Duane Allman , who was a mainstay, died in a motorcycle accident in October 1971 and while Allman , who was quite affected, and the others chose to go on. Read More »

Kushner ties to Russian Federation are questioned

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The US leader visited Arlington National Cemetery to mark Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for the nation's war dead, but had to quickly pivot his attention to the Russian Federation scandal after returning to Washington late Saturday from his first worldwide trip since taking office. Read More »

Trump's intention to divide Middle East not helpful for lasting peace

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Trump is an entertainer, not a diplomat. Evidence has been presented to various US congressional committees that Qatar also has financed the Islamic State group and al Qaida. The Saudi government is a dictatorship lacking protections for free speech or a free press. The administration's comments underscore the same double standard that all previous USA administrations maintained toward Saudi Arabia. Read More »

President Trump Plans to Exit the Paris Accord on Climate Change

The U.S. hasn't decided yet. Gentiloni said climate was "not a minor point" and that he hoped the United States would decide "soon and well" because the Paris accords "need the contribution of the United States". Earlier in the trip, Trump fielded one or two shouted queries from reporters at events where no questions were supposed to be allowed - at least once with unfortunate results for the president. Read More »

City Under Siege: Death Toll in Philippines Islamist Violence Nears 100

The military said the group was still present in nine of Marawi's 96 districts. Many Muslims in the Philippines live in Mindanao, a semi-autonomous province, and Marawi is the most populated city in the self-governing region. It simply means to say that those who have true and accurate reports on which he will depend on will be the military and the PNP", he said. He said Hapilon was still hiding somewhere in the city and that authorities were working to confirm another top ... Read More »

Srinagar-Jammu highway closed over separatists' protest call

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Mughal Road, also in south Kashmir , which passes through Shopian and is an alternate fair-weather roadway connecting Jammu with the Valley, has also been closed for traffic from Bafliaz towards Srinagar , the official said. Still thousands assembled in Tral to attend the burials shouting anti-India and pro-independence slogans. In Srinagar , restrictions were imposed in seven police station areas - Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Kralkhud and Maisuma - as a ... Read More »

Ryanair reports profits of nearly €1.32bn

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Ryanair had initially expected a profit in the region of €1.37bn-€1.42bn, before slashing the forecast by 5% in October, on the back of the pound's ongoing weakness following the Brexit referendum in June a year ago. Revenue, meanwhile, edged up 1.5% to EUR6.65 billion from EUR6.55 billion, as the number of customers carried rose by 13% to 120.0 million from 106.4 million. Read More »

Secret Republican Senate Talks Shaping Health Care Legislation

Two major groups representing older Americans and doctors urged U.S. senators Monday to be careful in making big changes to Obamacare , as their Republican counterparts in the House of Representatives have called for. Numerous health problems will qualify as pre-existing conditions , which further impacts both availability and affordability. Only minutes after the legislation passed , Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander declared the Senate would ... Read More »

Merkel warns against "simple answers" after Trump meetings

The comments at an election rally Sunday in Bavaria, where Merkel stressed that "we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands ", were widely seen as acknowledgement from Europe's most powerful leader of the changing dynamic of trans-Atlantic ties. Read More »

Cloud Computing beats out Classic Empire to win Preakness Stakes

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Cloud Computing pulled a surprise win in the final strides of the 142nd run of the Preakness Stakes, shutting out any chances for a Triple Crown victor this year. Pletcher's previous Derby victor, Super Saver, also finished eighth in the Preakness and then skipped the Belmont. Castellano, who will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this summer, said the victory held great meaning for his family. Read More »

Did Donald Trump just shove aside another world leader?

Then, on Thursday, Trump's neglected hand appeared helpless in the dominating grasp of Marcon as the two world leaders posed for a photo. The long day of gruff Brussels meetings was a contrast from his friendlier Middle East encounters, where Mr Trump embraced the authoritarian Saudi monarchy and said he had been wowed by Saudi King Salman's wisdom. Read More »

Suspects in Kim Jong Nam murder appear in Malaysia court

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According to news portal Malaysiakini, Jagjit Singh, 75, was appointed by the North Koreans on March 2, shortly after Jong Nam, the half-brother of their leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered at the klia2 from what is believed to be the administration of the VX nerve agent directly to his skin. Read More »

#AskMay: Twitter grills Prime Minister ahead of Jeremy Corbyn debate

There were laughs from the audience when Mr Corbyn was asked why there was nothing in the Labour manifesto about abolishing the monarchy. Mr Corbyn replied: "We got along absolutely fine". "We have to look at the evidence that is there at the time to make that fatal decision one way or the other". She told the police officer: "What we had to do when we came into government in 2010 was to ensure that we were living within our means and that was very important because of the economic ... Read More »

Turkey Calls For Ouster Of US Envoy To Anti-IS Coalition

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A day after protests at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., turned violent, the State Department is criticizing Turkey's government. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce , a California Republican, called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "to hold individuals accountable" for the attack. Read More »

Sri Lanka deploys thousands of troops as flood toll climbs to 169

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The flooding is believed to be the worst since May 2003 when a similarly powerful monsoon from the southwest destroyed 10,000 homes and killed 250 people. Just over 5,500 houses have suffered structural damage or been completely destroyed, according to official figures. A Sri Lankan flood victim cleans his shop in Colombo . Read More »

Syria condemns U.S. airstrikes as 'flagrant aggression'

Last month, the United States of America fired 59 missiles at a government air base in central Syria as punishment for a chemical attack blamed on Assad's forces that killed nearly 90 people. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US strike was defensive in nature. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the eight fatalities were "mostly non-Syrians". Read More »