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Manchester bomber had 'proven' links to Islamic State, authorities say


A woman who was arrested in the Blackley area of Manchester on Wednesday has been released without charge. Premier League champion Chelsea has called off its victory parade because of the concert attack in Manchester. Police in Manchester said they executed two warrants on Tuesday as part of the investigation, including a raid involving a controlled detonation. Hopkins also said that an off-duty police officer was among those killed in the blast . Read More »

Alleged leaks are deeply troubling, grave security threat

United States channel ABC News reported that police had found a kind of bomb-making workshop in Abedi's home and he had apparently stockpiled enough chemicals to make additional bombs. A former Libyan security official says the father of the alleged Manchester arena bomber was allegedly member of a former al-Qaida-backed group in Libya. Read More »

French president meeting EU chief, to reveal minister picks


The youngest person selected to work in Macron's government was Mounir Mahjoubi, 33, who was named junior minister for digital economy. He dutifully threw his support behind the victor Francois Fillon until the latter became embroiled in a damaging expenses scandal. Read More »

Manchester attacker's father, younger brother arrested in Libya


The initial death tolls, the fact the attack appeared to be a suicide bombing, and the name of the attacker, were all released through USA outlets, apparently via leaky United States intelligence sources. The attack was the deadliest in Britain since 2005, when 56 people were killed in an attack on the London transport system. Police said three suspects were arrested Wednesday in south Manchester . Read More »

Saudi, UAE pledge United States dollars 100 millions to Ivanka Trump womens' fund

Trump on Monday journeyed to Israel after spending last weekend in Saudi Arabia as part of his first foreign trip as president. King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, welcoming the participants of the summit, noted that their participation is very important for enhancing the prestige of this summit, which contributes to strengthening the counteraction to extremism and terrorism, promoting tolerance, as well as strengthening security, stability and cooperation. Read More »

Manchester Police Arrest Suspect After Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert


Police say they are investigating a "network" over Monday night's attack at Manchester Arena , in which 22 people were killed . Within minutes, police in Britain's third city of Manchester knew they had a major incident on their hands after a bomber targeted the youngsters leaving the performance in one of Europe's largest indoor venues. Read More »

Soldiers launch attacks in besieged Philippine city

Local weather reports confirm roughly 90 percent cloud cover in the area around Marawi City which matches the footage taken by Usman. Philippine troops aboard helicopters and in armoured tanks battled Islamist militants inside a southern city on Thursday, as reports emerged of the gunmen murdering civilians. Read More »

Russian Federation probe: Subpoenas to get Flynn to talk

His lawyer Jamie Gorelick released a statement saying: "Mr Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings". They are also seeking memos kept by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers about Trump's alleged request that they knock down claims about Russian meddling in the election, CNN reported . Read More »

Manchester bomber in Germany days before attack

Greater Manchester Police had been sharing findings with the U.K.'s national counter-terrorism unit before they were passed to the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand under an intelligence-sharing agreement called Five Eyes. law enforcement might release a name sooner, British investigators are more likely to keep it quiet. Irrespective of any operational damage, says the Guardian , diplomatic relations will certainly suffer from this display of "lack of respect for a USA ally at an ... Read More »

Russians 'discussed how to influence Trump via his aides'

Moreover, he stated that the committee has moved forward with the probe. The Senate Intelligence Committee is issuing two new subpoenas for information from Mr Flynn's companies and challenging his lawyer's refusal to comply with an existing subpoena for documents detailing his contacts with Russian officials, committee leaders announced on Tuesday. Read More »

UK police arrest 9th man in concert bombing investigation


In a update posted to Twitter this afternoon, police said, "ten people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which a man and a woman have since been released without charge". The New York Times defended its decision to publish leaked photos from the scene of the terrorist attack . Amber Rudd, the British home secretary, on Wednesday roasted the U.S. Read More »

Manchester bomber's father says he did not expect attack

Britain raced on Thursday to track down a jihadist network suspected of orchestrating the Manchester concert attack, while a row escalated between London and Washington over leaked material from the probe. "I spoke to him about five days ago. there was nothing wrong, everything was normal", Abedi said. Words can not express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. Read More »

Trump Met Pope Francis and Changed His Twitter Banner to Prove it


Potica is a decadent traditional Slovenian cake, mostly eaten on special occasions. That encounter included an exchange of gifts. Although the Pope initially appeared stony-faced, the mood appeared to lighten after the men presented one another with the gifts, according to the traveling pool of reporters who observed part of the meeting. Read More »

Texas lawmakers finalize deal on $217B spending bill

Brown says he's uncertain what will happen to the bill in the Senate , but believes polls and protests against the Republican plan have already had an impact. The nonpartisan budget office, lawmakers' official fiscal analyst, released two reports on earlier versions of the House bill in March. "We'll probably have a slightly different glide path for expansion states for a phaseout, " Thune said. Read More »

Netanyahu: US to Boost Military Aid Amid Saudi Arms Deal

NPR's Tamara Keith is traveling with the president. Mr Trump's speech came after he met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day. During his talk at the Israel Museum , Trump placed the blame for the lack of a reached settlement between Israelis and Palestinians at the door of the Palestinians. Read More »

Els calls two-shot penalty on himself at Wentworth

While Carlsson was flying high at the top of the leaderboard, world number nine Justin Rose had to settle for a 72 and fellow Englishman Ian Poulter ballooned to a 76. He was level par going out before racking up four birdies coming home to get to within two shots of his countryman Carlsson. This year, Sergio Garcia won the Masters. Read More »

Trump's alignment with Israel and Saudi against Iran: Here's the catch

The true toll of ISIS, Al-Qai'da, Hizbullah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. But Trump, in a carefully worded speech, walked around the issue. And several were gleeful that Trump pointedly avoided referring to a two-state solution that most of the prime minister's allies oppose. White House officials said Trump avoided specifics on goal, because he had no intention of starting negotiations on Middle East peace in public. Read More »

Pope Francis Looks Mortified to be Taking Photo With Donald Trump

This week Donald Trump and his political revenue, consisting of his daughter/personal assistant, Ivanka , and his wife-who-maybe-hates-him , Melania , visited Vatican City. But something else very special happened at that hospital - the First Lady also reportedly prayed by the bedside of a little Greek boy who's been waiting on a heart transplant. Read More »

Filipinos at Mass worry about city, martial law

Filipino Catholics pray during a mass for victims of the recent attack in Marawi by Muslim militants linked to the Islamic State group and also for extrajudicial killings inside a church in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, May. "Fighting terrorism does not need the declaration of martial law, because our existing laws are more than enough to enforce it", said Aiyub. The operation was aimed at capturing Isnilon Hapilon , a leader of the Abu Sayyaf group notorious for piracy, banditry ... Read More »

Durbin rips Republican health care bill after CBO report

The legislation would decrease the federal deficit by about $119 billion, but at a steep cost . Likewise, it undershot on the number of Medicaid enrollees. "Twenty-three million Americans would lose coverage under this sorry excuse for a replacement for the Affordable Care Act ". That expansion increased enrollment by 10 million, as NPR's Alison Kodjak previously reported . Read More »

Modi congratulates Iran's Rouhani on his re-election


Analysts say he is in a strong position to seek reforms and to revive Iran's ailing economy. Ahmadi said the Interior Ministry expects to announce final results later Saturday. Many voters said they came out to block the rise of Raisi, one of four judges who sentenced thousands of political prisoners to death in the 1980s, regarded by reformers as a symbol of the security state at its most fearsome. Read More »

Was Trump the First U.S. President to Visit the Western Wall?


Thrall said Abbas could face a "credibility problem" if he returns to negotiations without seeming to have gained any concessions. President Obama , the recipient of Nobel Peace Award on his assuming power at the White House did nothing valuable to bring the Israeli leadership to agree for a final settlement so that Palestinians could establish their own state, Palestine , with dignity and full sovereignty. Read More »

Did Melania Trump swat president's hand away in Israel?


How could we not? The president then quickly places a hand on her back. It's the image that launched a thousands memes. I know you've heard it before. Cosmopolitan thought it best to consult "body language expert " Patti Wood to decode the alleged aloofness between Trump and Melania . Trump's rhetoric matches the reality on the ground: Since Israel is one of the top recipients of US military aid, negotiators won't see Washington as a neutral party even if the USA would like to assume ... Read More »

Philippine troops battle Islamist militants in city

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the southern third of the nation - home to some 22 million people - and warned he may expand it nationwide. "Since they are advocating ISIS ideology they have to show ISIS that they are a force to be reckoned with", he said, using an acronym for Islamic State. Read More »

Manchester terror attack probe widens as US leaks grate


However, the pictures of debris - which appear to show bloodstained fragments from the bomb and the backpack used to hide it - were subsequently leaked to the New York Times , prompting a furious response from within Whitehall and from United Kingdom police chiefs. Read More »

Trump to Palestinians, Israelis: Compromise for peace


One pointer to a potential difference with Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu came at the museum. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war. Abbas told the President that to achieve peace, Israel needs to recognize the State of Palestine and halt settlement construction on its territory. Yet some Israeli officials are less certain of Trump. Read More »

Trump Slams NATO Leaders for Not Spending Enough on Defense


Diplomatic sources say some member states such as France , Germany and Italy had opposed such a move for fear the alliance would be dragged into a ground war and risk relations with Arab powers. Tension over USA support for Article 5 began during Trump's campaign for president, when he repeatedly threatened to militarily support only members who meet the 2 percent spending benchmark. Read More »

Leading Montana newspapers pull endorsements of Greg Gianforte

Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was considered the favorite heading into Montana's special election Thursday night to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke , but that was before the Republican allegedly "body slammed" a reporter during his final campaign event in Bozeman Wednesday. Read More »

Montana special election results

Gianforte was charged with a misdemeanor of assault after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs attempted to interview the GOP standard bearer for the seat. In an audio recording posted by The Guardian , an agitated Gianforte brushes off Jacobs' question - right before there's a giant crashing noise and the apparent sound of the two men scuffling. Read More »

3 more arrested in Manchester; attacker's Libya ties probed

The leaks have opened a diplomatic row as the United Kingdom officials are said to be "furious" that their investigation was compromised when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the New York Times . May said eight suspects are in custody and "progress is being made". A 23-year-old man arrested yesterday in the wake of the attack on Monday night, carried out by a bomber identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi , has been confirmed as his brother Ismail Abedi. Read More »

Israel defense chief appears to confirm Trump leaked intel

US President Donald Trump , in several speeches throughout his two-day visit to Israel , notably did not endorse an independent Palestinian state. Jason Greenblatt, Trump's lead Middle East negotiator who accompanied him to Israel and the Palestinian Authority , will return to the region on Thursday, the Israeli news site Ynet reported . Read More »

Expect A Warm But Rainy Memorial Day Weekend

The first system will likely be well south of Central New York and will have limited direct impacts on our region. Tuesday: Scattered showers, mainly after 9am. Memorial Day: Partly sunny with a chance of showers, a high near 72 degrees and a low of about 55 degrees. Right now, it looks like 85-90% of the weekend is dry. Read More »

Investigators Are Exploring the Manchester Bomber's Links to a Larger Terrorism Network


Salman Abedi lived for years with family in a modest red-brick house in the Fallowfield section of Manchester, a middle- to working-class neighborhood. Investigators are also still trying to determine whether Abedi received support from family members. The attack happened at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday at the Manchester Arena , killing 22 people and injuring more than 60, the BBC reported . Read More »