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UK investigates 'network' of alleged Manchester attackers

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:16
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British security forces raided an apartment building Wednesday in central Manchester as they investigated a network of people allegedly behind the city's concert bombing. Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and Parliament. 2017-05-24T11:08:00-04:00 2017-05-24T15:08:30-04:00
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Sri Lanka police blamed for not stopping attacks on Muslims

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:04
Opposition lawmakers and rights activists are blaming the Sri Lankan government for failing to stop a series of attacks on business places and mosques of ethnic minority Muslims over the past five weeks.

U.S., Britain, U.N. wary of South Sudan ceasefire announcement

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:59
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States, Britain and the United Nations were skeptical on Wednesday of South Sudan President Salva Kiir's declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, noting that it coincides with the start of the rainy season that traditionally lessens fighting.

Cybercom: Pace of Cyberattacks Have Consequences for Military, Nation

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:56
Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, testified before a House panel that the intensifying pace of international conflict and cyber events has consequences for the U.S. military and for the nation at large.

Investigators explore bomber’s links to larger network

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:54
British investigators are hunting for potential conspirators linked to the bombing that killed 22 people in a search that is exploring the possibility that the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror attacks was also to blame for the Manchester Arena attack, two officials familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

Ecuador’s Moreno takes office vowing to heal divisions

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:54
Ecuador’s incoming President Lenin Moreno is following through on a promise to try and heal divisions stirred by a decade of polarizing leftist rule by naming several people from the private sector to key cabinet posts.

Putin venerates St Nicholas's relics in Cathedral of the Savior

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:53
Vladimir Putin came to Moscow's downtown Cathedral of the Savior to venerate the relics of St Nicholas the Wonderworker that arrived in Moscow from Bari, Italy

Mechanism of Russia's withdrawal from agreement with OPEC not discussed — minister

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:50
Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft asked the Energy Ministry to determine a mechanism for smooth withdrawal from the oil production cut agreement

Odebrecht offices raided in Argentina

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:46
A judge in Argentina has ordered a search of the offices of the Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht in Buenos Aires.

The Latest: Ariana Grande puts Europe concerts on hold

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:46
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead 2017-05-24T10:29:00-04:00 2017-05-24T14:29:40-04:00
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Lanterns, Korans as Jerusalem holy site meets Ramadan

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:42
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jerusalem buzzes with renewed energy in the days before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month, when the faithful abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

Two die, hundreds lose homes in fires in Russia’s Siberia

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:37
A total of 73 homes in the town of Kansk in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region have been damaged by fire, their residents total 207, including 23 children

Hamas to execute 3 alleged assassins days after found guilty

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:34
Hamas has announced it will execute three men on Thursday who were found guilty this week of assassinating a senior member of the militant Islamic group in March.

UK investigates 'network' of alleged Manchester attackers

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:34
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British security forces raided an apartment building Wednesday in central Manchester as they investigated "a network" of people allegedly behind the city's concert bombing. Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster. 2017-05-24T10:24:00-04:00 2017-05-24T14:24:56-04:00
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Putin points out Russia’s good relations with Egypt

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:30
Vladimir Putin has met with the supreme hierarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Pope of Alexandria Tawadros II.

UK criticizes US leaks about concert bombing

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:24
Britain’s home secretary criticized U.S. officials on Wednesday for leaking sensitive information about the inquiry into the extremist attack that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert arena.

The Latest: Libya force: Bomb suspect, brother had IS links

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:18
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead 2017-05-24T10:10:00-04:00 2017-05-24T14:10:33-04:00
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Gazprom Neft plans to fulfill its oil production plan despite production cut deal

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:17
The company will not change its plan for production at new fields

Brazil’s Temer loses another aide as pressure mounts

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:14
Thousands of protesters called for Brazilian President Michel Temer’s ouster on Wednesday as he lost yet another key adviser amid a deepening political crisis.

CORRECTS: A Libyan security spokesman says the father of the alleged Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli.

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:14
CORRECTS: A Libyan security spokesman says the father of the alleged Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli. (Corrects APNewsAlert that did not specify Salman Abedi is alleged to have conducted the Manchester bombing.)

Lukoil may bid for development of Erginskoye oil field

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:10
Russian Minister of Natural Resources Sergey Donskoy said that Russia’s oil major Rosneft had applied for participation in the auction for Erginskoye oil field

The Latest: Britain to hold minute of silence for victims

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:06
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead 2017-05-24T09:54:00-04:00 2017-05-24T13:54:51-04:00
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U.S., Russia military increase communication in skies over Syria

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Russia have increased communication to avoid warplane accidents in the skies over Syria as Islamic State militants lose territory and the air space becomes more crowded, a top U.S. Air Force official said on Wednesday.

Palestinians, Israel police clash at Jerusalem Old City gate

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:54
Clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces on Wednesday as Israeli demonstrators marched through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s capture of the city’s eastern half.

Egypt's Sisi rejects Bashir accusations, says not conspiring against Sudan

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:47
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi rejected on Wednesday his Sudanese counterpart's accusation that Cairo backs rebels aiming to topple the government in Khartoum, saying Egypt does not conspire against anyone.

White House denies 'egregious' budget accounting error

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:46
A former US treasury secretary says it is the "most egregious" mistake he has seen in four decades.

The Latest: Father of alleged Manchester bomber arrested

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:46
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead 2017-05-24T09:36:00-04:00 2017-05-24T13:36:48-04:00
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Ukraine names conditions for Minsk accords' political part implementation

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:44
The terms include a demand to revoke the Russian President's decrees on recognizing the personal identification documents issued by the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics

For many in the Holy Land, Trump’s visit was a success for what he didn’t say

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:44
The U.S. president spoke about achieving peace but was vague on the details.

Armed troops guard Buckingham Palace and other London landmarks after Manchester attack

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:44
Armed soldiers were seen arriving outside Downing Street, Parliament and Westminster.

A Libyan security spokesman says the father of the Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:44
A Libyan security spokesman says the father of the Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli.

Libyan security force: Brother of alleged Manchester bomber “was aware of all the details” of attack plans

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:44
Libyan security force: Brother of alleged Manchester bomber “was aware of all the details” of attack plans.

Military Airstrikes Hit ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:41
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

If Brazil president goes, here are possible replacements

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:34
Brazilian President Michel Temer faces a growing risk of not finishing his term after the emergence of an audio recording that appears to capture him endorsing hush money for a convicted former lawmaker. Many Brazilians are starting to think about who might replace him.

The Latest: Faith leaders lead vigil for bomb victims

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:34
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 2017-05-24T09:23:00-04:00 2017-05-24T13:23:16-04:00
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Victims of the bombing: Parents, children, police officer

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:34
LONDON (AP) — The names of the 22 victims killed by a bomber at a Manchester concert on Monday night have not been officially released, but here what's known about them so far: 2017-05-24T09:18:00-04:00 2017-05-24T13:18:04-04:00
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Endangered turtle set free in Florida

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:33
Antibiotics and vitamins helped the injured loggerhead sea turtle back to health in Marathon, in the Florida Keys.

Egypt puts lawyer with presidential ambitions on trial

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:31
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian human rights lawyer and would-be presidential election candidate is to stand trial next week charged with offending public decency, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Socialist Lenin Moreno sworn in as Ecuador president

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:25
QUITO (Reuters) - Lenin Moreno was sworn in as president of Ecuador on Wednesday following a tight race that the disabled former vice president won on promises of maintaining the social programs of his leftist predecessor Rafael Correa.

Parties to Donbass conflict to approve prisoner lists this week

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:22
Members of the humanitarian subgroup of the Contact Group on Ukraine should approve the final prisoner lists until the end of the week

The Latest: 2nd brother of alleged bomber detained in Libya

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:20
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 2017-05-24T09:05:00-04:00 2017-05-24T13:05:47-04:00
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Thousands protest against Temer, reforms in Brasilia

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:15
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters gathered in the Brazilian capital on Wednesday to demand early elections to replace the scandal-hit government of President Michel Temer and demand that congress not pass his unpopular austerity policies.

Libyan security spokesman says brother of alleged Manchester bomber arrested in Tripoli

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:14
Libyan security spokesman says brother of alleged Manchester bomber arrested in Tripoli.

Police officer dies in Jakarta suicide bombing

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:12
The suspected suicide attack took place near a bus station in the Kampung Melayu area, police say.

Security tight ahead of Europa League final in Stockholm

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:04
Protected by a light but visible presence of armed police officers, fans of Manchester United and Ajax were arriving for the Europa League final and facing two rings of security to get into the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Police arrest 5th suspect in bombing near Manchester, are assessing a ‘package’ suspect was carrying

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:04
Police arrest 5th suspect in bombing near Manchester, are assessing a ‘package’ suspect was carrying.

Poland critical of EU policy on taking in migrants

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:04
Poland’s prime minister is citing the attack in Manchester to reinforce her government’s opposition to a European Union plan to share migrants.

Schiaparelli: Crashed lander was ill-prepared for Mars

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:55
The crashed European spacecraft Schiaparelli was ill-prepared for its attempt at landing on the surface of Mars, a report suggests.

Father of suspected Manchester bomber says son is innocent

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:54
The father of the 22-year-old Briton who police say bombed a concert in Manchester insisted Wednesday that his son was innocent and just had been preparing to go on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Father of suspected Manchester bomber says son is innocent

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:50
CAIRO (AP) — The father of the 22-year-old Briton who police say bombed a concert in Manchester insisted Wednesday that his son was innocent and just had been preparing to go on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. 2017-05-24T08:35:00-04:00 2017-05-24T12:35:36-04:00
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Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:48
People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information in Arabic and English.

Blaze-stricken Siberian areas expecting downpours that may quash fires

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:45
Fires hit four settlements in the Krasnoyarsk region, where a total of 71 homes burned down

Suspected suicide bomb in Jakarta kills policeman, injures 4

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:44
Police say a suspected suicide bomb blast near a bus terminal in Indonesia’s capital has killed a policeman and injured four other officers.

Creator of Ukrainian anti-graft database accused of embezzlement: prosecutor

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:39
KIEV (Reuters) - The head of a Ukrainian software firm tasked with building a landmark anti-corruption computer program is suspected of stealing Western funds from the project and funneling the cash overseas, General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said on Wednesday.

Contact Group on Ukraine proposes more areas of disengagement

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:39
There is a number of very important issues left for the Contact Group on Ukraine to solve, a Russian representative says

UK investigates 'network' of alleged Manchester attackers

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:36
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British security forces raided an apartment building Wednesday in central Manchester as they investigated "a network" of people allegedly behind the city's concert bombing. Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster. 2017-05-24T08:20:00-04:00 2017-05-24T12:20:38-04:00
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Victims of the bombing: Parents, children, police officer

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:36
LONDON (AP) — The names of the 22 victims killed by a suicide bomber at a Manchester concert on Monday night have not been officially released, but here what's known about them so far: 2017-05-24T08:18:00-04:00 2017-05-24T12:18:12-04:00
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Suspected suicide bomb in Indonesia’s capital kills policeman, injures 4 others

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:34
Suspected suicide bomb in Indonesia’s capital kills policeman, injures 4 others.

Manchester police beefed up after attack but envy Fortress London

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:33
LONDON (Reuters) - Hours after the Manchester suicide bombing, British Prime Minister Theresa May stood on the steps of her official Downing Street residence and promised to give police the resources they needed to investigate the attack.

Golf star Billy Horschel's wife reveals her alcoholism

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:31
Billy Horschel's wife Brittany said her husband had been her rock during her battle with the disease.

Iraq investigates alleged abuses by Mosul troops

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:29
A Der Spiegel journalist says he documented interior ministry troops abusing and killing detainees.

Disengagement of forces in Lugansk republic scheduled for May 28

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:27
The parties to the Minsk peace process signed a framework agreement on the disengagement of forces and armaments in Donbass in September 2016

US drone strike on Afghan border kills 3 Pakistani Taliban

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:24
A Pakistani government official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has targeted a compound in Afghanistan, killing three local Taliban militants.

Statement from First Lady Melania Trump on her Visit to Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:23

“My visit to Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital today was very moving. To spend time speaking to and coloring with children who have such a positive spirit despite illness was an amazing gift," stated First Lady Melania Trump.  "The time I spent with the little ones in the Intensive Care Unit is something I will never forget, and I will pray for each of them daily. I want to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the hospital, who all do such beautiful and critical work.”
 
The First Lady added, “Upon landing in Belgium, I learned a young boy and his family who had been waiting for a heart transplant was informed that the hospital has found a donor. I read a book and held hands with this special little one just a few hours ago, and now my own heart is filled with joy over this news.”

Blast in Somali capital kills five, injures six: official

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:15
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A blast in the Somali capital killed five civilians and injured six more on Wednesday, a city spokesman said, underscoring the ability of Islamist insurgents to carry out bombings despite territorial losses.

A Palestinian’s daily commute through an Israeli checkpoint

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:12
A young father builds houses in East Jerusalem to support his family. But to get there, he must jam through a chaotic Israeli crossing.

Crash report: Confused by spin, Mars probe failed to brake

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:12
An independent report has concluded that Europe’s Schiaparelli probe crash-landed on Mars last year because its systems couldn’t cope with a brief, wild rotation during its descent.

French photographer detained in Turkey starts hunger strike

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:12
A leading advocate for press freedoms says a French photographer who was taken into custody in Turkey has started a hunger strike to protest his detention.

Macron ally Richard Ferrand under fire over property deal

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:11
Richard Ferrand faces allegations in the press as the new government prepares an anti-corruption bill.

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State: sources

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:10
BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.

The Latest: UK mosque says it never employed alleged bomber

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:06
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 2017-05-24T07:49:00-04:00 2017-05-24T11:49:21-04:00
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The Latest: Trump meets with Belgian prime minister

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:06
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 2017-05-24T07:56:00-04:00 2017-05-24T11:56:45-04:00
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Czech crisis ends with finance minister replacement

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:02
The Czech Republic’s president has fired Finance Minister Andrej Babis and appointed his replacement, a move that ends the country’s political crisis.

New Saltire emoji arrives on Twitter

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:01
It joins new flags for Wales and England created after a campaign by Emojipedia and BBC Wales.

New Wearable Technology Designed to Lighten Load for Marines

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:56
Marine Corps Systems Command's Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad team has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory to create a boot insert prototype to help improve Marines' health and performance.

Algeria’s president names new prime minister after poll win

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:54
Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named a new prime minister following the ruling coalition’s victory in parliamentary elections earlier this month in the oil-rich North African country.

Ivanka Trump asks trafficked women what US can do to help

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:54
Ivanka Trump met Wednesday met with a group of African women who were trafficked into Italian prostitution rings, a private encounter said to have moved her to tears.

Serena Williams takes on new challenge in Silicon Valley

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:52
The tennis player has been appointed to the board of SurveyMonkey and pledged to fight for diversity.

Russian Emergencies Ministry says over 70 homes burn down in Siberia

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:49
The Emergencies Ministry has sent two helicopters to help extinguish the fires

China's Xi says navy should become world class

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:47
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.

Erdogan: EU seems to want Turkey to abandon membership bid

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:44
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he believes the European Union wants Turkey to abandon its membership bid and says it’s up to the bloc to decide whether the accession talks should be terminated.

New York governor offers talks with Hungary on Soros school

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:44
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is ready for talks with Hungary’s government on the status of Central European University.

Exclusive: Wannacry hits Russian postal service, exposes wider security shortcomings

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:35
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's postal service was hit by Wannacry ransomware last week and some of its computers are still down, three employees in Moscow said, the latest sign of weaknesses that have made the country a major victim of the global extortion campaign.

Somalia car bomb kills at least 4 in capital, police say

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:34
A Somali police officer says at least four people have been killed and more than 10 injured in a car bomb blast in the capital, Mogadishu.

Putin decorates commandoes for two-day face-to-face clash with militants in Syria

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:31
On May 10, it was announced that several officers of the special operations group in Syria had been decorated for their role in the war on terrorists in Syria

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:29

President Donald J. Trump met today with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.  This was the President’s first engagement with the Holy See. In their meetings, the President focused on how the United States, the Holy See, and the international community can work together to combat terrorism.

The Pope and the President discussed how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria, Libya, and ISIS-controlled territory. The President affirmed that the United States and the Holy See share many fundamental values and seek to engage globally to promote human rights, combat human suffering, and protect religious freedom. 

The President also renewed the commitment of the United States to fighting global famine.  As he relayed at the Vatican, the United States is proud to announce more than $300 million in anti-famine spending, focused on the crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria.
 

Israel marks 50 years of 'united Jerusalem', but city struggles

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:29
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A half-century after Israel captured East Jerusalem, the holy city remains deeply divided by politics, religion and ethnicity - and struggling with grim economic realities.

Navy Engineers Build Structures, Bonds in Djibouti

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:28
Navy engineers are fabricating a medical clinic to serve the people of Djibouti's Arta region. But the Seabees are doing more than building a structure. They're building bonds.

Indonesia police says two explosions in east Jakarta near bus station

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:26
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police said on Wednesday that there had been two explosions in the eastern part of the capital Jakarta near a bus station.

Russian authorities do not see grounds for blocking messengers in Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:17
On Wednesday, the draft law on regulating activities of online messengers was submitted to the State Duma for consideration

Belgian hermit on Austrian mountain awaits visitors with schnapps

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:17
VIENNA (Reuters) - A 58-year-old former surveying technician from Belgium has taken up his new post as the official hermit of Saalfelden, living in a hut-sized chapel built into a cliff in the mountains of western Austria.

UK investigates 'network' of alleged Manchester attackers

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:16
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British security forces raided a building Wednesday in central Manchester as they investigated "a network" of people allegedly behind the city's concert bombing. Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster. 2017-05-24T07:12:00-04:00 2017-05-24T11:12:06-04:00
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Ex-officer helps exonerate US prisoner after 24 years

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:14
"You know, time heals all wounds", Shaurn Thomas says as he leaves the Pennsylvania prison.

Czech president appoints new finance minister as government spat ends

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:12
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Ivan Pilny as finance minister on Wednesday, ending a political spat that nearly brought down the government just months before an election.

Britain dispatches military as it stares down the threat of further attacks

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:04
The prime minister's announcement underscored the depths to which terrorism carried out by adherents of the Islamic State has roiled Western Europe.

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