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Betsy DeVos was booed today as she gave a commencement address

The school's administration did not relent, however, and by Wednesday afternoon, it was clear that a good deal of attention would indeed be given to DeVos' controversial speech at the ceremony. We can't really blame them either - would you listen to someone who had dissed and dismissed the place where you spent four of the most formative years of your life? The decision to have DeVos address the some-300 students graduating this spring came immediate under scrutiny. Read More »

Uzbek president takes part in Arab Islamic American Summit

But many young people here were unsure what to make of Trump - and that may be a victory of sorts. "There's a humanitarian aspect that tends to be ignored". You can see the impact of such teachings inside Saudi Arabia - and around the world. Is that a serious foreign policy , he asked, or is the United States "simply milking" Saudi Arabia for billions of dollars? "We were not expecting to finalize things so quickly", said Basim Ibrahim, 31, who works for Global Shapers, a social media ... Read More »

Egypt denies Sudan claims of providing vehicles to rebels

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Bashir added that the armed rebels came from South Sudan and Libya in Egyptian armored vehicles, stressing that his country is facing "a big conspiracy". "We defeated them, destroying 59 military vehicles", Bashir said. "We were surprised to find Egyptian tanks and other armored vehicles in the rebels' possession". Read More »

United Kingdom raises threat level to 'critical' following Manchester attack

Speaking Tuesday night from Downing Street in a televised statement, May said that while investigations were ongoing into whether suicide bomber Salman Abedi , a 22-year-old British citizen, had acted alone, "the work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we can not ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack". Read More »

Manchester Police Arrest 3 Men In Connection To Arena Bombing

Military personnel may also be seen at other events over the coming weeks, such as concerts and football matches, working under the command of police officers, May said. Many of those still hospitalized had serious wounds that will require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery", Rouse said. Britain's terror threat was raised to its highest level on Tuesday. Read More »

Syrian Army confirms United States strike on military convoy

The U.S. -led coalition attempted to use a hotline they have established with the Russians to warn the Syrian government to remove the forces from near the coalition base. The convoy was hit on Thursday as it neared a group of US-backed rebels and a Western special forces unit in Tanf. Asked if the airstrike increases the U.S. Read More »

Manchester bombing: 3 more arrests made after Ariana Grande concert attack

Ms Rudd said the leak had been "irritating" after a number of details appeared in U.S. media, including NBC and CBS, before the police had released information. Asked if the Americans had compromised the investigation, she added: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again". Read More »

Tom Hardy Begins Fundraising Campaign for Manchester Attack Victims

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The British Red Cross in association with We Love MCR, the Lord Mayor of Manchester's' charity have also established the Manchester Emergency JustGivingFund which has also raised over £549,000 which means that over £1.5 million has already been raised in total to support the victims and their families. Read More »

Trump Receives Standing Ovations During Speech at Israel Museum

On Monday he stated, "t$3 here are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before" as he delivered a public statement alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that followed a face-to-face meeting. The hospital also dedicated a bench with both women's names in honor of their visit. He has since said the move was still being looked at. But the meeting on Tuesday comes amid low expectations for the long-held Palestinian demands of a freeze on Israeli ... Read More »

United Kingdom says Manchester attacker recently returned from Libya

Three men have been arrested in connection with the Manchester concert suicide bombing as a huge investigation into the attack gathers pace. The Times newspaper said Abedi was believed to have returned to Britain from Libya recently. He was a student at the University of Salford in Manchester. Sources said the family are from Cheshire. British officials have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups. Read More »

NHS issues advice for blood donors following Manchester terror attack

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Mike Stredder, director of blood donation at NHSBT, said: "We are responding to last night's events in Manchester". However, the service encouraged new donors to register at blood.co.uk and urged people who have an appointment to donate blood in the next few days to try to keep it, "particularly if you are blood group O negative". Read More »

Manchester attack: Who was the suspect Salman Abedi?

The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level from severe to " critical " after the bombing even as investigation continues. She said the request was part of an established plan known as Operation Temperer. The city's police chief Ian Hopkins said he wouldn't give further details about the 22-year-old because he had not been formally identified . Sadly, her mother has confirmed she's among the 22 victims killed in the attack. Read More »

Trump, Pope Francis Discuss Bilateral Relations, International Issues - Holy See

I think you'll enjoy them. The two held "cordial discussions" which enabled "an exchange of views on various themes relating to global affairs and the promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and inter-religious dialogue, with particular reference to the situation in the Middle East and the protection of Christian communities", according to a statement from the Holy See. Read More »

Terror Attack in Manchester: Ariana Grande and Musicians React

The worst terrorist attack on British soil in over a decade was carried out by a 22-year-old United Kingdom citizen of Libyan descent who lived just a short drive from the concert hall that he transformed in an instant from a scene of youthful merriment into a tableau of horror. Read More »

Trump Doesn't Rule Out Trip to Western Wall With Netanyahu

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Security was extremely tight, with Israeli police deploying some 10,000 officers. Israel captured the Old City, home to important Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious sites, along with the rest of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war. Mr Netanyahu's security cabinet approved the enlargement of a Palestinian industrial zone on the edge of the southern West Bank. A junior USA official caused an uproar among many Israeli officials during a presurvey of the site, when he said that the Western ... Read More »

President Trump and Pope Francis exchange gifts at the Vatican

Trump described his visit with Pope Francis as "fantastic" and the "honor of a lifetime". As they shook hands in farewell, Trump told the pontiff, "I won't forget what you said", adding that the pope should call on him for help. Trump is not scheduled for a press briefing while in Rome, though he is meeting both the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, and President Sergio Mattarella. Read More »

South Korea tourist numbers hammered by China boycott

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China's United Nations ambassador said Tuesday that multiple North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests, with no end in sight, show the "very strong" need for new talks with Pyongyang to reduce tensions and try to achieve denuclearization. Read More »

'Devastated' Ariana Grande 'back in US' after Manchester terror attack

Roads across the region and particularly in the city-centre will remain very busy and Wednesday morning's peak time travel is expected to be busier than normal. She also visited the police headquarters and a children's hospital in Manchester . Ariana has yet to speak publicly about the devastating attack, but did post a message on Twitter early Tuesday, writing: 'broken. Read More »

Two Chinese language teachers kidnapped in Pakistan

Anwar ul Haq Kakar, a Baluchistan government spokesman, said men pretending to be police officers kidnapped the Chinese teachers and wounded a passerby who tried to stop them. China´s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment sent after office hours. The abductions happened around midday in Quetta , the capital of the southwestern province of Balochistan , which is at the heart of the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC ) project but is ... Read More »

Trump says, "I never mentioned the word or name Israel" to Russians

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After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, the president said "we can truly achieve a more peaceful future for this region and for people of all faiths and all beliefs and frankly all over the world". Trump is going to be the first sitting US president to go there. Palestinians and most of the global community consider East Jerusalem , which contains the Old City, as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Read More »