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Merkel's CDU wins key German state election

Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) clinched 34.3 per cent of the vote in North Rhine-Westphalia, first results showed, snatching control of the sprawling industrial region which has been a Social Democratic Party (SPD) stronghold for decades. Read More »

East Jerusalem Should Be Palestinian Capital, Abbas Insists

President Donald Trump , who is now on his first foreign trip since assuming the office, condemned the deadly suicide attack in Manchester , United Kingdom, which claimed at least 22 lives while injuring over 55 people. "I can tell you that [Netanyahu] is also reaching for peace". The address followed a visit to Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial, where Trump and his wife Melania laid a wreath and the president spoke about the horrors of Nazi Germany's annihilation of six ... Read More »

Manchester attacker 'likely' traveled to Syria: French minister

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On Tuesday, the United Kingdom raised its threat level to "critical" and British Prime Minister Theresa May warned a "further attack may be imminent". At Manchester's Didsbury Mosque, where the Abedi family worshipped, the bombing was condemned and reports that the suspected bomber had worked there were denied . Read More »

Cannes film fest mourns Manchester attack with a minute of

In a statement , the festival expressed its "horror, anger and huge sadness" over the attack. Cannes organizers also canceled a planned fireworks display in honor of the festival's 70th anniversary, while Disney representatives canceled a promotional event for Cars 3 . Read More »

Trump Asked Intel Chiefs to Disavow Russian Collusion With His Campaign

Trump made separate appeals in March to Daniel Coats, the national intelligence director, and to Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, according to US news accounts citing current and former USA officials. He asked the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and the Director of the National Security Agency, Michael Rogers, separately to deny publicly that any collusion took place. Read More »

Ariana Grande suspends world tour, cancels some Euro stops

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Greater Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins told reporters it was "very clear" that the investigation was looking into a network connected to the bomber, Salman Abedi . The statement continued, "We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence". Read More »

Trump Meets Pope Francis At The Vatican

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. Mr Trump held a private 30-minute meeting at the Vatican with the pontiff that was laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol. Read More »

Manchester Arena blast: Police were tipped off about bomber

Concert promoter Live Nation said in a statement that ticket holders will get refunds. A police officer stands on duty outside a residential property on Aston Avenue in Fallowfield, Manchester, on May 24, 2017, as they continue investigations into the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena . Read More »

Trump budget chief defends plan in face of opposition

Congress controls the federal government's budget and the polarised reactions to Mr Trump's proposals shows a gulf between moderate and conservative Republicans - much as happened over plans for health care and tax reform. She said that's "cruel", "heartless" and "inhumane". To drive 3 percent growth, Sanford said, capital formation would have to rise to levels not seen in the United States since the mid-1970s, while baby-boomer retirements stand to exert a huge drag on savings. Read More »

Trump arrives in Israel, feels 'peace throughout Middle East'

Still, Mitchell stressed that the challenges in Israel and the Palestinian territories remain just as stiff as ever as Trump joins the long list of USA presidents who have tried to broker Middle East peace. "As the leader Marwan Barghouthi, who is heading this hunger strike, has said: The last day of the occupation will be the first day of peace". According to White House officials, the signed deals are estimated at $110 billion, while a total volume of U.S. Read More »

Manchester bomber's father arrested mid-interview in Libya

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In an interview with the AP before his arrest, Ramadan said his 23-year-old son, Ismail, had been arrested Tuesday, as well. "Last time I spoke to him, he sounded normal". leaks. He denied having ties to any of Libya's militant groups, including the Libya Islamic Fighting Group , which was linked to al-Qaida. They said one thread of the inquiry involved pursuing whether Abedi could have been part of a larger terror cell that included Mohamed Abrini, otherwise known as "the man in the ... Read More »

Russian Federation probe: Subpoenas to get Flynn to talk

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Prior says the form was filled out in late November. ABC News, which first reported on Page's planned testimony, said he would testify before the House panel on June 6. The intelligence panels want Flynn to provide information on whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 US election and whether there was collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. Read More »

Two Of Michael Flynn's Businesses Slapped With Subpoenas

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A person close to Mr. Flynn said his legal team has received two business-record subpoenas and is reviewing them. Tuesday's letter narrowed the scope of the documents the panel is seeking. Page is one of several people associated with Trump's campaign who are under investigation over their ties to Russian Federation. "While we disagree with General Flynn's lawyer's interpretation of taking the Fifth , it is even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the Fifth if ... Read More »

Pope Meets With Trump, Urges Peace

Tell us in the comments! Well, it looks like Pope Francis has stolen a page right out of Leo's playbook. Mr Trump's audience with the 80-year-old Pontiff, a keenly anticipated highlight of his first overseas tour, lasted just under half an hour and concluded with both men beaming, for the cameras at least. Read More »

Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn's documents

On CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer", Schiff said the House committee would mirror its Senate counterpart by issuing more specific subpoenas that Flynn would have a harder time avoiding with the protection of the Fifth Amendment. Read More »

Trump arrives in Bethlehem to meet Palestinian president Abbas

Senior Hamas official Mushir Al Masri said Trump was "aligning himself with the policies of the [Israeli] occupier". After he completes his visit to Israel and the Palestine area, Trump will visit the Vatican before heading to Belgium and Italy for worldwide summits, notes The Guardian. Read More »

High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool

In recent cases involving congressional maps in states including Alabama and Virginia , the court ruled that packing Black voters into a few small districts essentially dilutes their voting power - and is thus unconstitutional. MARC ELIAS: I think that today is a warning siren to Republican legislatures that they are not going to be able to engage in the kind of cynical racial gerrymandering that they've engaged in the past without being held accountable in court. Read More »

Libya arrests brother, father of Manchester bombing suspect

The Palace of Westminster has been closed to the public till further notice and Changing of the Guard, a military ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace popular with tourists, was cancelled on wednesday. "In the beginning one of the girls went online and she saw the news that Salman was accused of the bombing in Manchester ", he said. She also complained about USA officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the press. Read More »

Iran will never get nuclear arms

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Mr Netanyahu said he hoped an Israeli prime minister could soon make the same flight. But he never was accused of naming Israel , just of revealing enough details that could lead others to that realization. Trump has pitched himself as a "mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator" to help both sides to reach a lasting peace settlement and has resisted laying out specific conditions for a peace deal. Read More »

Trump calls Manchester attack perpetrators 'losers'

President Donald Trump talked up the prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians yesterday, saying he believed both sides were committed to a historic deal. Back in Israel , the President visited the Yad Vashem Memorial and laid a wreath at a site where ashes from Holocaust victims are buried. "The Palestinian people I have no quarrel with". Read More »

Chilling photos show explosive used in Manchester bombing

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His family has come under scrutiny, as well: Libya's RADA counterterrorism force issued a statement on Facebook saying it has arrested and interrogated Abedi's younger brother, Hashim. Her French counterpart, Gerard Collomb said that he did have links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria as well. "In the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all". Read More »