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Pope to first lady: what are you feeding Trump?

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:04
Thanks to Pope Francis and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines.

Egypt denies Sudan claims of providing vehicles to rebels

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:04
Egypt has denied the announcement by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir that Egyptian armored vehicles were used by rebels in recent attacks in the Darfur region.

Montenegrin court deliberates indictment over October plot case

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:01
Podgorica (Reuters) - A former Serbian police commander denied involvement in an alleged Russia-backed plot to kill Montenegro's prime minister and overthrow the government in 2016 as the authorities opened deliberations on the indictment of suspected conspirators.

Sberbank forecasts Central Bank's key rate to reach 8% in 2017

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:59
The Russian Central Bank earlier reduced the key rate by 0.5 percentage points to 9.25% per annum

The Latest: President Trump arrives in Brussels

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:56
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 2017-05-24T06:13:00-04:00 2017-05-24T10:13:12-04:00
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Experts say rising military spending to push Europe to reconsider NATO’s role

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:56
"Trump has opened the Pandora box, demanding from Europe to increase military expenditures to 2% of GDP," the expert said

'Cultural bias'

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:53
Unlike other Commonwealth countries, the nation has never had a treaty with its indigenous peoples.

German police arrest suspected militants as Berlin gears up for Obama visit

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:46
BERLIN (Reuters) - Police arrested four suspected Islamists in dawn raids in Berlin on Wednesday as the German capital geared up for a long weekend of mass gatherings, capped by a joint appearance by Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. president Barack Obama.

School receptionist Jane Tweddle among the bombing victims

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:44
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: 2017-05-24T06:33:00-04:00 2017-05-24T10:33:59-04:00
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Landslide buries California's Pacific Coast Highway

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:41
A million tonnes of rock and dirt cover State Route 1, and officials do not know when it will reopen.

U.N. staff in Geneva angry over pay cut plan, call for strike

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:40
GENEVA (Reuters) - Angry United Nations staff in Geneva protested on Wednesday against a proposed 7.5 percent cut to their salaries, the equivalent of almost a month's pay, and called for strike action if it is implemented.

These Somalis fled famine, only to lose their kids to cholera

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:36
People seeking refuge from a killer drought are facing awful choices.

As European leaders sit with Trump, relief that meetings are happening at all

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:36
Brussels is a city filled with organizations Trump has condemned.

President Trump arrives in Brussels for NATO meetings, fourth stop on his overseas trip.

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:36
President Trump arrives in Brussels for NATO meetings, fourth stop on his overseas trip.

Rangers try to rescue wild elephant in India’s northeast

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:36
Indian veterinarians are treating a 10-year-old wild elephant with an injured leg to help it escape from a marshy area where it has been stuck for at least five days.

Poll shows 25% of Russians expect headway in ties with France during Macron’s presidency

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:33
Only nine percent of the respondents believe that relations could worsen

US ambassador to UN hails Turkish school for Syria refugees

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:26
ADANA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S ambassador to the United Nations is in Turkey at the ribbon-cutting for a new U.S.-funded school, and Nikki Haley says the American people are thankful the U.S. ally is taking in so many Syrian refugees. 2017-05-24T06:14:00-04:00 2017-05-24T10:14:25-04:00
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The Latest: Chief says investigation involves 'a network'

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:26
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 2017-05-24T06:18:00-04:00 2017-05-24T10:18:55-04:00
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Mugabe’s daughter named to Zimbabwe censorship board

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:24
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s daughter has been appointed to the country’s censorship board.

Manchester police chief: ‘very clear this is a network’ authorities are investigating after concert attack

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:24
Manchester police chief: ‘very clear this is a network’ authorities are investigating after concert attack.

Manchester police chief says a total of 4 people arrested so far in attack investigation

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:24
Manchester police chief says a total of 4 people arrested so far in attack investigation.

Manchester police chief says a controlled explosion used in raid in center of the city

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:24
Manchester police chief says a controlled explosion used in raid in center of the city.

Egyptian prosecutors order release of opposition leader

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:24
Prosecutors have ordered the release on bail of an opposition leader accused of publicly making an obscene finger gesture in January.

Use of air power in Afghanistan up sharply as Trump troop decision looms

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:23
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes dropped more weapons on Afghanistan in April than in any other single month since 2012, according to new statistics, as military officials press U.S. President Donald Trump to send thousands more troops to the country.

Former Finnish PM points to signs of improvement in Russia-West relations

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:20
"Snow has been slowly but surely melting but this process required compromises, " Alexander Stubb said

Russia's legendary Su-27 fighter marks 40 years since its first flight

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:19
40 years ago the prototype of Russia's legendary Su-27 fourth generation fighter aircraft, Т-10, made its first flight

The Latest: Ex-official: Bomber's dad was in al-Qaida group

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:18
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 2017-05-24T06:06:00-04:00 2017-05-24T10:06:37-04:00
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Turkey's Erdogan says NATO should do more on intelligence sharing

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:16
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday NATO allies should cooperate more closely in the fight against terrorism and that rapid information sharing was crucial.

Father of alleged Manchester bomber tells the AP from Tripoli: “We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.”

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:14
Father of alleged Manchester bomber tells the AP from Tripoli: “We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.”

Father of alleged Manchester bomber: Son was in Libya a month-and-a-half ago, was preparing to visit Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:14
Father of alleged Manchester bomber: Son was in Libya a month-and-a-half ago, was preparing to visit Saudi Arabia.

Father of alleged Manchester bomber says son is innocent, confirms UK police have arrested a another son

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:14
Father of alleged Manchester bomber says son is innocent, confirms UK police have arrested a another son.

More raids in Manchester; Soldiers protecting key UK sites

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:14
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British security forces arrested three more suspects and raided a building Wednesday in central Manchester as they investigated the deadly concert bombing. Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster. 2017-05-24T06:01:00-04:00 2017-05-24T10:01:43-04:00
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The Latest: Father of alleged bomber declares son innocent

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:14
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 2017-05-24T05:56:00-04:00 2017-05-24T09:56:14-04:00
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Trump arrives in Brussels, ahead of EU, NATO talks

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:13
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels from Rome on Wednesday ahead of meetings on Thursday with other NATO leaders and the heads of European Union institutions.

Controversies over Russia’s TV-rights for FIFA Cups to be soon settled

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:08
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15

Macron's party seen winning majority in French legislatives: poll

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:04
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win nearly a third of the vote in legislative elections next month, giving it a solid majority, an Ifop-Fiducial poll showed on Wednesday.

Finnish court releases Iraqi twins in IS-related killings

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:04
A Finnish court has thrown out charges against Iraqi twin brothers of taking part in Islamic State-related killings of at least 11 unarmed soldiers.

Macron government denies ethical misstep by minister

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:00
PARIS (Reuters) - A morality campaign by France's new government took a knock on Wednesday when media disclosed that a minister had rented business offices from his female partner, though the government defended him and said there was no cause for resignation.

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:00

President Donald J. Trump today held meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.  The leaders discussed the alliance between the United States and Italy, as well as priorities in the areas of defense cooperation, counterterrorism, and efforts to deny terrorists safe havens from Mali to Libya to Iraq to Afghanistan. President Trump thanked Italy for its contributions to global counterterrorism efforts, especially its participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS and its active role in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also complimented Italy on its important diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Libya. 

President Trump reaffirmed transatlantic unity in holding Russia accountable for its actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and noted the importance of convincing Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk Agreements.

The leaders also discussed goals for the G7 Summit, where heads of state and government from the world’s strongest economies can forge consensus on the most pressing diplomatic and economic issues of the day.

The Latest: Chelsea soccer team cancels London parade

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:58
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 2017-05-24T05:11:00-04:00 2017-05-24T09:11:21-04:00
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Teenager Nell Jones among the bombing victims

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:58
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: 2017-05-24T05:49:00-04:00 2017-05-24T09:49:05-04:00
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Kenyan flour shortage stokes anger ahead of election

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:55
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan government scheme to subsidize staple maize flour has hit problems over shortages, stoking anger over high food prices ahead of a national election in August.

Trump budget proposal would make it 'impossible' for U.N. to work

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:54
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's bid to slash funding for the United Nations would make it "impossible" for it to continue its essential work, a spokesman said on Wednesday, adding that the organization was ready to discuss reform with Washington.

Zambian democracy on trial

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:53
The BBC's Karen Allen asks whether the treason charges faced by Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema are a sign that Zambia's reputation as a bastion of democracy is under threat.

Indonesian province sets up task force targeting gays

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:52
Indonesian police in West Java have set up a task force to investigate activities by gays in the country’s most populous province.

Barricades, protests spread over Venezuela 'sham' elections

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:47
CARACAS (Reuters) - Angry Venezuelans barricaded streets in parts of Caracas and the opposition geared up for another protest on Wednesday as the announcement of two election dates failed to appease anger against President Nicolas Maduro and an economy in tailspin.

Manchester PR expert Martyn Hett among the bombing victims

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:44
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: 2017-05-24T05:27:00-04:00 2017-05-24T09:27:11-04:00
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Russia’s presidential campaign to kick off between December 7-17

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:41
The State Duma has passed under the third reading draft amendments to the electoral legislation, one of which regulates the election day taking into account holidays in March 2018

Duterte, casting himself as national savior, declares martial law in the southern Philippines 

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:38
His war on drugs and the use of extrajudicial violence was already under criticism, but an avowed targeting of terrorism could win U.S. support.

Russian IT companies under Ukrainian sanctions do not need state aid — minister

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:36
The sanctions apply to Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as Mail.ru Group, Yandex companies and their services

Arctic Challenge Exercise Aims to Increase Interoperability

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:35
Arctic Challenge 2017, a multinational training exercise designed to build relationships and increase interoperability, includes participants from the U.S., Finland, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as representatives from NATO.

Russian lawmaker comments on US decision to end military subsidies to Ukraine

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:30
The US plans to end military subsidies to Ukraine, Pakistan, Vietnam and a number of other countries

The Latest: Man U fans pre-game: 'United against terrorism'

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:28
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 2017-05-24T05:21:00-04:00 2017-05-24T09:21:13-04:00
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The Latest: Pope to first lady: what are you feeding Trump?

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:28
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 2017-05-24T05:22:00-04:00 2017-05-24T09:22:05-04:00
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Participant in March 26 protest sentenced to 18 months for attacking policeman

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:27
The court session was fast-tracked as the defendant, Aleksandr Shpakov, had agreed with the charges and pled guilty

The Latest: Security high in Berlin ahead of Obama visit

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:22
Police in Berlin have stepped up security in preparation for major events in the German capital, days after the deadly attack in Manchester.

Germany detain 9 men, 4 tied to violent extremism

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:22
Police in Berlin have raided six sites across the German capital and detained nine people, some with links to Islamic extremism.

Amnesty International press conference shut down in Cameroon

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:22
Amnesty International says authorities in Cameroon have shut down a news conference where the rights group planned to discuss the plight of three students sentenced to a decade in prison over a Boko Haram joke.

Putin hopes for democratic end to Macedonia political crisis

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:16
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow hopes for a democratic settlement of Macedonia's political situation. 2017-05-24T03:59:00-04:00 2017-05-24T07:59:49-04:00
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Romania: daughter, aide of ex-president to stand trial

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:14
Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say the daughter of former President Traian Basescu and his closest aide are among those standing trial on bribery and other corruption-related charges connected to his presidential campaign.

Pope welcomes Trump at the Vatican despite past disagreements

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:10
Two of the most powerful men in the West — with nearly opposite beliefs — appeared to get along well.

'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:08
VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe. 2017-05-24T03:02:00-04:00 2017-05-24T07:02:52-04:00
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Finnish court clears two Iraqi men of mass killing charge

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:07
HELSINKI (Reuters) - A Finnish court dismissed all charges on Wednesday against two Iraqi men who had been suspected of taking part in an Islamic State massacre of Iraqi soldiers north of Baghdad in 2014.

Women in black

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:05
Mrs Trump wore a veil to the Vatican - but what are the rules for a meeting with a pope?

Nine Russian missile regiments rearmed with advanced ICBM systems

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:01
A total of 99% of launchers in the Russian Strategic Missile Force are in a combat-ready state

German police say detain nine men over drugs, four of them Islamists

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:55
BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin's police force said it detained nine men on Wednesday on suspicion of drug dealing, four of them from what it called the "violent Islamist" scene.

France: Macron ally faces nepotism allegations, amid cleanup

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:54
French President Emmanuel Macron’s effort to clean up politics has suffered its first blow, with a newspaper report suggesting a dubious property deal by one of his ministers.

The Latest: Trump says meeting with Pope was "honor"

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:54
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 2017-05-24T04:36:00-04:00 2017-05-24T08:36:46-04:00
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UK deploys 1,000 soldiers to protect key sites after bombing

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:46
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British security forces arrested three more suspects Wednesday in connection with the Manchester concert bombing and sent hundreds of soldiers to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster. 2017-05-24T04:35:00-04:00 2017-05-24T08:35:51-04:00
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French journalist held by Turkey begins hunger strike: activist group

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:44
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A French photographer detained two weeks ago by Turkish police while on assignment in the mainly Kurdish southeast has begun a hunger strike to protest against his detention, a press activism group said on Wednesday, citing his lawyer.

Russian diplomat stresses London’s refusal to cooperate with FSB hinders anti-terror fight

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:37
The Federal Security Service is the leading agency in the fight against terror, a senior Russian diplomat Ilya Rogachev said

Pakistani police: Chinese couple abducted in the southwest

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:34
A Pakistani police spokesman says gunmen have abducted a Chinese couple who were teaching at a private language school in the country’s southwest.

Face of Defense: Sailor-Chef Excels at Culinary Competition

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:30
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Wojcik, a culinary specialist at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash., was recognized for his first-place barbecue ribs at the 69th Annual Armed Forces Festival’s Culinary Arts Competition.

The Latest: Manchester police arrest man near home of bomber

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:28
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 2017-05-24T04:09:00-04:00 2017-05-24T08:09:38-04:00
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The Latest: EU hopes Trump talks will stress continuity

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:28
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 2017-05-24T04:15:00-04:00 2017-05-24T08:15:54-04:00
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California quadriplegic student's mother gets honorary degree

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:24
"I always believed in him," said Judy O'Connor as she and her son celebrated their joint graduation.

Export of grain to Turkey runs in standard mode — Russia’s phytosanitary watchdog

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:24
Nevertheless, the service will send a request to the trade mission in Turkey to confirm or deny information about Turkey introducing quotas for grain imports from Russia

Putin hopes for democratic end to Macedonia political crisis

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:20
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow hopes for a democratic settlement of Macedonia’s political situation.

Messi's Spanish jail sentence for tax fraud to stand

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:19
A Spanish court confirms a 21-month sentence, but the Barcelona footballer is unlikely to go to prison.

The Latest: UK police: All concert dead have been identified

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:14
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester (all times local): 2017-05-24T03:59:00-04:00 2017-05-24T07:59:21-04:00
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Pakistan executes 2 Taliban over links to 2014 school attack

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:10
Pakistan’s military says prison authorities have executed two members of the Pakistani Taliban over their involvement in a 2014 school attack that killed 150 people, mostly schoolchildren.

US ambassador to UN hails Turkish school for Syria refugees

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:10
The U.S ambassador to the United Nations is in Turkey at the ribbon-cutting for a new U.S.-funded school, and Nikki Haley says the American people are thankful the U.S. ally is taking in so many Syrian refugees.

China blocks online broadcast of computer go match

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:10
Internet users outside China watched a computer defeat its national go champion, but few Chinese web surfers could see it.

Ka-52 helicopters to have advanced weapon targeting system

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:09
The new system will enhance the accuracy of the gun’s traversing system and enhance the speed and range of fire, according to the designer

Amsterdam Court may look into appeal against Scythian Gold ruling in fall

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:04
In December 2016, the Amsterdam District Court ruled that the Scythian gold treasures whose insured value is about $2 million should be returned to Ukraine

Iraq orders investigation into abuses reported in Mosul battle

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:04
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul.

UN envoy: aim for final Cyprus summit deal by week’s end

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:02
The United Nations envoy to Cyprus says he’s working to get the rival leaders of the ethnically divided island nation to agree by the end of the week on holding a final summit that’ll aim to conclude an overall reunification deal.

After assurances by Trump, Bahrain mounts deadliest raid in years on pro-opposition Shiite neighborhood

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:00
The raid occurred two days after President Trump publicly assured Bahrain’s king that their relationship would be free of “strain.”

The Latest: UK police: All concert dead have been identified

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:00
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester (all times local): 2017-05-24T03:51:00-04:00 2017-05-24T07:51:23-04:00
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UK school confirms student, 15, killed in Manchester blast

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:00
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: 2017-05-24T03:54:00-04:00 2017-05-24T07:54:31-04:00
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Russian ground forces to be fully rearmed with Iskander-M ballistic missiles by late 2020

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:58
Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems are capable of hitting both small-size and large-area targets at a distance of up to 500 km

UNICEF: Lives of 26 million children threatened by conflict

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:54
The United Nation’s children agency says regional conflicts are threatening the lives of over 24 million children, most of them in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. The agency says that from cholera in Yemen to attacks on hospitals in Syria and the tens of thousands of children trapped in Iraq’s city of Mosul, the violence is depriving children of essential health care.

Nepal’s prime minister announces resignation

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:54
Nepal’s prime minister has announced his resignation so the leader of his coalition partner party can succeed him, in line with an agreement made between the two parties.

China says no one should bring chaos to the Korean peninsula

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:44
BEIJING (Reuters) - No one has the right to bring chaos to the Korean peninsula and whoever does will bear responsibility, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday, a day after South Korea's military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea.

UK school confirms student, 15, killed in Manchester blast

AP - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:42
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: 2017-05-24T03:30:00-04:00 2017-05-24T07:30:37-04:00
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NATO chief welcomes increased US defense spending in Europe

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:40
NATO’s chief is welcoming a defense spending boost in the new U.S. budget and says it’s a sign of Washington’s support for security in Europe.

Finnish euroskeptic party should take bigger role in coalition, leadership candidate says

REUTERS - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:35
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's euroskeptic Finns party must push for stronger controls on immigration and not just play a supporting role in the ruling coalition, the frontrunner in the party's leadership race said.

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