WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

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.

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.

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