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Federal Bureau of Investigation withholds Comey memos from House panel

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Citing current and former intelligence officials, the Post said neither Rogers nor Coats, who was appointed by Trump, complied with the request. McCain was speaking just before Coats appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which he chairs. While Trump issued stern denials, the focus of the political drama turned to Capitol Hill, where Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with the full Senate in private to brief them on his decision to appoint Robert Mueller to ... Read More »

Manchester bomber was "likely" acting with others

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Paul's Cathedral in London , another popular tourist spot. Libyan authorities said special forces had arrested the brother of Salman Abedi , the suspected Manchester attacker, on Tuesday. A suicide bomber is believed to be behind the attack. Collomb said it was "possible" that Abedi had had assistance from other people, adding: "In any case, the links with Daesh are proven". Read More »

Former CIA Director: Russians "brazenly interfered" in elections

As the New York Times also noted, it hasn't yet been confirmed whether the Russian officials were actually successful in influencing either Paul Manafort or Michael Flynn - two of their targets. Both intelligence chiefs refused to comply with the request, deeming it inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials. "Frequently, individuals who go along a treasonous path do not even realize they are on that path until it gets to be a bit too late, and that's why my radar ... Read More »

Philippines President Duterte Declares Martial Law On Mindanao Island

Troops sealed off major entry and exit points to prevent Hapilon from escaping, Ano told The Associated Press by telephone from Moscow, where he was accompanying President Rodrigo Duterte on a visit. Duterte vowed to be "harsh" in dealing with terrorism, telling Filipinos this was one of his election campaign promises past year. "What I told everyone, do not force my hand into it". Read More »

Here's what the 'glowing orb' Trump touched in Saudi Arabia actually was

The president's first speech overseas provided an opportunity to show his strength and resolve, in contrast to his struggle to contain a mushrooming scandal at home after his firing of former FBI Director James Comey almost two weeks ago. B'nai B'rith in a statement issued Sunday evening praised Trump for calling on Arab nations to join in the fight against Islamic terrorism and for "challenging the Arab world to unite in confronting Iran - the largest state sponsor of global terror". Read More »

Trump heads to Bethlehem to meet Palestinian leader

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Netanyahu and Abbas were not scheduled to meet during Trump's visit. Abbas said he was keen to "keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors". Anti-Trump demonstrators protest near the American Consulate in Jerusalem . Trump's caution showed. He did not weigh in on Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the USA would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory. Read More »

Father and brother of alleged bomber detained in Libya

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Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen born to Libyan parents who grew up around Manchester, died in the attack. Ramadan Abedi told the Associated Press that his son visited Libya about a month and a half ago, and denied he was linked to militants or responsible for the attack. Read More »

Trump, Israeli leaders pledge Middle East cooperation

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Trump also expressed an even loftier hope than an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement: "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an unbelievable accomplishment". Read More »

Ajax ready to take on Manchester United in Europa League final

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Jose Mourinho has won all of his six previous games against Ajax , all while managing Real Madrid and has only lost two finals in 11 matches in his career as a manager. "We've got a job to do tomorrow, no question about that, and that hasn't been changed, but I think what happened last night really put things into perspective", Woodward told MUTV . Read More »

Duterte considering nationwide martial law

According to a leaked transcript of a phone call that took place between President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on April 29, 2017, it has emerged that the latter prefers Trump over Obama. The military and government gave few details about the clashes nor did they say if any rebels had been killed. In a private call on April 29, Trump praised Duterte for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem" in his country, referring to Duterte's violent anti-drug ... Read More »

Manchester bomber linked to wider network, recently returned from Libya

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Abedi died in what appears to have been a suicide bombing. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating and as I've said , it continues at pace, this extensive investigation is going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak". Read More »

Trump urges Israelis and Palestinians: Make peace

Obama-era ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro suggested on Twitter that either Trump's visit was substance-free - or he "is being uncharacteristically subtle" in planting the seeds for new round of peace negotiations. Hopefully this will happen, he said, but the embassy will "be moved to west Jerusalem, a place that is not in dispute. Jerusalem is Israel's capital and will remain so undivided", he said. Read More »

Senate intel issues 2 new subpoenas related to Flynn

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has been subpoenaed by the Senate intelligence committee for documents related to Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA election. On May 9, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey , who was leading the federal investigation into Russia's meddling and connections with Trump's associates. Read More »

Ariana Grande Cancels European Concerts Through June 5

Abedi was born in Britain to a Libyan family, grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and attended the local Salford University for a time . Another brother, Ismail Abedi, 23, was arrested by counter-terror officers in the U.K. Mrs May announced late on Tuesday that the UK's terror threat level was being raised to the highest category for the first time for almost a decade. Read More »

Ariana Grande concert attack: 119 wounded, 64 people still hospitalized

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On Wednesday afternoon, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the level of activity in the probe is "intense" and continuing "at pace". The first time the threat level was raised to critical was in 2006 during a major operation to stop a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners with liquid bombs. Read More »

Salman Abedi buys rucksack in CCTV footage from days before attack

Olivia Campbell, 15 , whose disappearance after the terror attack sparked an emotional United Kingdom television plea for information, has been confirmed dead. British media said Abedi was born in Manchester and that his Libyan parents had fled the regime of dictator Moamer Kadhafi. At just eight-years-old Saffie is the youngest confirmed victim of yesterday's terror attack, and one of the youngest Brits to ever be killed in a terror attack. Read More »

DAY TWO: Trump Meets Abbas, Visits Holocaust & Israel Museum

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I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East. US President Donald Trump reiterated on Tuesday his self-proclaimed commitment to Israeli-Palestinian peace, a promise he made during his first meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the White House. Read More »

Melania slaps Trump's hand when he tries to hold hers in Israel

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The visit of US President Donald Trump to Bethlehem and his meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas were the highlight of the Wednesday issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies. "May your trip be a milestone on the path to peace", Netanyahu said. Trump declared that he would not call the attackers "monsters", a term he believes they would prefer, instead choosing "losers", a longtime favorite Trump insult and one he has directed at comedian Rosie O'Donnell, Cher and others. Read More »