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Philippines' leader warns of 'contamination' by Islamic State

Padilla says 61 militants have been killed together with 11 soldiers and four police since Tuesday, when a failed raid to capture one of Asia's top militants triggered an attack on the city. "We have to finish this". Malaysian lecturer-turned-militant Dr. Mahmud Ahmad could soon be the leader of the Islamic State's (IS) offshoot in Marawi City. Read More »

United Kingdom police stop sharing info

A total of 11 people have been arrested in Britain and Libya over Monday's suicide bombing on a pop concert in the northwestern English city of Manchester by a British-born man of Libyan origin. One of the suspect's brothers, Ismail Abedi, is among the eight arrestees. Libyan Special Deterrent Force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem told AP Abedi's mother and brother in Tripoli revealed the phone call when they were questioned. Read More »

GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine plan


At the same time, the AHCA eliminates Obamacare's income-based tax subsidies, which are created to make it easier for people of modest means to afford health care premiums, and replaces them with tax credits based on age. First, he ignores the fact that lower premiums only matter to those who can actually get health insurance. All seven Indiana Republican Party House members cast votes in favor of the legislation. Read More »

Trump tweets 'money is beginning to pour in' to NATO


Only five of NATO's 28-members meet the target of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense: Britain, Estonia, Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined. That might have made sense in NATO's early days, when Europe struggled to rebuild after World War II. Indeed, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg underscored to journalists Thursday that NATO's European members have halted a long-term slide in ... Read More »

Iran slams USA arms deal with Saudi Arabia


Well, for a man who has been called an "Islamophobe" more often than perhaps any man in history, President Donald Trump looked anything but scared, as he danced with sword-wielding Muslims and addressed the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations. Read More »

Donald Trump Appears to Shove Prime Minister Dusko Markovic at NATO Meeting


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. Trump's "confrontational approach has yielded results so far, " the official said. Trump's nine-day, five-stop worldwide tour resulted in few tangible policy achievements. How do those remarks constitute any waffling on US commitments? North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg said early Thursday the alliance would formally endorse ... Read More »

Who Is Chelsea Manning, What Did She Release To WikiLeaks?

Her unprecedented 35-year sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama in January after seven long years - just three days before he left office. If the appeal is denied, she could be dishonourably discharged from the army, USA media say . The New York Times reported earlier this year that Manning was eventually permitted to wear female prison undergarments , receive speech therapy to feminize her tone and begin cross-sex hormone therapy. Read More »

Palestinian President voices commitment to two-state solution


That omission encouraged Israel's right-wing but it disappointed Palestinians. President Trump was the first US president to visit the Western Wall. Trump praised Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's trip organising skills during a meeting in Jerusalem with Rivlin. "We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people", Trump said. Read More »

Manchester attack: Trump calls attacker a 'loser'


Rather, due to claims to the city from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority , the worldwide community has largely supported calls for direct negotiations between the two parties as to the final status of the city. Trump recognized that Israeli-Palestinian peace is a key component of cooperation in the region, although he has not outlined how he hopes to achieve an agreement that has eluded many presidents before him. Read More »

In maiden trip overseas, Trump eyes Mideast reset


US President Donald Trump visited Israel's national Holocaust memorial and said that the only way to prevent another genocide of its nature was to never be silent in the face of evil. "He's a friend of mine and he means it", noted Trump. Even though its worldwide clout has shown signs of waning, the United States, which still exerts more influence in the Middle East than any other country, has a vital role to play in building peace in the region. Read More »

Manchester bomber Salman Abedi 'asked mother for forgiveness hours before attack'

Home Secretary Amber Rudd complained the leaks could cost police "the element of surprise" in their bid to prevent future attacks. The state-run National Health Service said all 27 major trauma units in England had told staff to be prepared for a possible attack, ahead of the weekend and a public holiday on Monday.Bomb-Maker? University dropout Abedi, 22, grew up in a Libyan family that reportedly fled to Manchester to escape the now-fallen regime of Libyan dictator Muamer Qadhafi. Read More »

Philippines' Duterte jokes about rape amid concern over martial law abuses

Then the foul-mouthed president went on to jokingly remark: "You can each rape three women and I will protect you". "My message mainly to the terrorists on the other side is we can still solve this through dialogue". Unverified statements claiming to be from the extremists have appeared online, declaring the city of 200,000 people the "Islamic City of Marawi ". Read More »

WRIGHT: Trump succeeding where Obama failed on Middle East

Let me say the Israelis would love to have peace. The self-proclaimed deal master calls it "the ultimate deal". The U.S. and its allies continue to see Tehran as a malign force, chiefly because it supports a series of militant groups in the region: Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen, as well as President Bashar Assad's government in Syria. Read More »

Israelis rally for Palestinian state, end of occupation


As for follow-up, "The one thing that it probably will be is quiet and discreet", the official said. Everything in his trip to Israel resonated and evinced respect, regard, and affection. Until now, American administrations have spoken of Jerusalem in a way detached from the State of Israel . "To see the joy in their eyes, being with the three of us on this momentous occasion made the moment even more special". Read More »

Trump leaves G7 undecided on gas accord


U.S. President Donald Trump will face pressure at his first summit of major industrialized nations on Friday from allies eager to promote free trade and safeguard worldwide accords on climate change . Trump's decision not to take the pledge further highlighted a stark division between the USA and its allies on the issue of climate change . "Look, as you know from the USA, there's very strong views on both sides". Read More »

Watch Trump shove the prime minister of Montenegro out of the way


And at home , one Democratic leader called the remarks "condescending" and an "embarrassment", while Republican Sen. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: This ceremony is a day for both remembrance and resolve. And he didn't really clarify the situation on Thursday. "The one and only time Article 5 has ever been invoked was on 9/11; that was in the defense of the US", Lewis added . Read More »

Trump arrives in Sicily ahead of Group of Seven summit


He will also face pressure over his skepticism on climate change that has put him at odds with other leaders. On trade , the U.S. continues to refuse to include a reference to the multilateral system that underpins the rules-based global trading order in a statement the leaders are going to sign on Saturday. Read More »

Trump appears to shove Montenegro PM at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meet


A lot of them feel that the place where President Trump delivered his criticism was the wrong place to do it, beside this memorial that effectively wasn't just to US troops, but also to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops who have lost their lives in Afghanistan fighting alongside the United States after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation invoked Article V. Read More »

Conservative drops out of Iran presidential election


The natural disaster led to a power outage and TV reports said the quake damaged several buildings in nearby villages. "It's definitely more hard for Rouhani now", said Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London . Read More »

Melania Trump slaps away Donald's hand after arriving in Israel

Donald and Melania Trump's relationship has hit the headlines over the past week for all the wrong reasons; a lack of hand holding, weird body language and the resurfacing of the "Free Melania " hashtag. The Trumps have often been caught on camera with embarrassing reactions and expressions. Israeli publication Haaretz posted a slow motion clip of the moment on Twitter with the comment: "Well this is embarrassing". Read More »

Rock legend Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies

Allman's bluesy vocals and wizardry on the Hammond B-3 organ rocketed the group to stardom. "They forget that they were the southern blues rock band that was a counterpoint to the Grateful Dead - Two drum kits and jams that went on & on, " she wrote . Read More »

Trump's trip to Israel may set new tone in Middle East


That omission encouraged Israel's right-wing but it disappointed Palestinians. On the Israeli side , leaders celebrated Trump's vagueness. He's taken a tougher than expected line on settlements, saying he doesn't believe they help the peace process, though he's stopped short of calling for a full construction freeze. Read More »

National Hockey League roundup: Senators force Game 7


They know. The players do, too. And if nothing else, they've earned the right to mock. Penguins goalie Matt Murray , who made 28 saves, admitted he was partly screened on the play by Claesson. That said, we can look back at the history of players on both sides of Thursday night's winner-take-all affair and try to determine which players have shown the gift for coming up big when everything is on the line. Read More »

Dhola-Sadiya bridge a brainchild of Congress, says Tarun Gogoi

Taking a shot at the Congress for demanding a white paper on employment, Shah said had they brought out white paper on employment in 10 years, maybe they would not have lost government. "With China getting more and more aggressive, it is time we strengthened our physical infrastructure to defend our territory", India's junior Home Minister Khiren Rijiju, a native of Arunachal Pradesh, told journalists. Read More »

G7 deadlocks on climate after USA declines to confirm Paris deal


President Donald Trump used social media on Saturday to indicate he would make his decision on the Paris deal "next week". Trump will spend Saturday at the second day of the G-7 summit in Sicily, bringing to an end a nine-day trip that started in Saudi Arabia and Israel before moving on to Europe. Read More »

OPEC agrees to extend output curbs, but falls short of experts' expectations

The US shale oil industry has seen a marked recovery since February past year due to the rebound in oil prices . Saudi Arabia's energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, who co-chaired the meeting with his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak, said: "We considered various scenarios from six to nine to 12 months and we even considered options for higher cuts". Read More »

Mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners ends

Last year, the organization reduced the number of visits it coordinated, citing a lack of funds and little family interest in the initiative. Hospitals have been forced to postpone surgeries, and desalination plants are functioning at 15 percent of capacity, providing drinking water for a few hours every two to four days, Mladenov said . Read More »

China 'strongly dissatisfied' with G7 statement on East, S. China Sea


The spokesman added that the US actions not only posed the risk of sparking an accident at sea but would "only motivate the Chinese military to enhance its capacity". The Global Times editorial notes that "several requests by the U.S. Pacific Command for such operations were rejected by the new president" previous to this incident. Read More »

Ariana Grande to Perform Benefit Concert for Manchester Victims

A 16-year-old boy and a 34-year-old woman were the two person released . A new video has emerged that appears to show Manchester bomber Salman Abedi outside his home. Anyone with information is urged to contact Greater Manchester Police. Britain's Foreign Office said Thursday that Tillerson and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will hold talks and write messages of condolence for the victims. Read More »

Islamist militants kill 19 in south Philippines: army

Lorenzana said on Tuesday night that many gunmen were hiding in buildings as snipers, making it hard for security forces to combat them. Thirteen soldiers, two policemen and 51 militants have died in the fighting, according to authorities. Read More »

Melania Trump Curves Her Husband's Hand Again, This Time in Rome


In contrast to the Obamas, the Trumps are not known for their displays of affection for each other. It's not the first time Melania Trump's reactions to her husband have come under scrutiny. But most seem to agree that it appeared Melania was declining Donald's hand-holding offer. Israeli newspaper Haaretz declared the incident "embarrassing", posting a slow motion clip of the scene on its Twitter account, which has since been re-tweeted 30,000 times, reports CNN . Read More »