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Trump in Middle East: Symbols but little substance

After the first leg of his trip in Saudi Arabia, President Trump seems to hope that Sunni Arab countries might be part of any solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas had sought to convince the unpredictable USA president to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state. Escorted by Israeli police and helicopters, Trump and his delegation sped down the Hebron Road and found themselves, just minutes from their Jerusalem hotel, at the gates of Bethlehem in the ... Read More »

Bystander leads 50 teens to safety in aftermath of Manchester Arena bombing

The Queen asked Millie, who suffered injuries to her legs, if she had enjoyed the concert before the attack - prompting the teenager to reveal she had won two VIP passes and met the global superstar backstage. This morning, a JustGiving page has been set up by Manchester Evening News to raise £500,000 to help and support the affected families. "A couple of our hotels in the wider area did offer a place to stay". Read More »

Facebook's Zuckerberg to give Harvard graduation speech

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This afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg , the most famous Harvard dropout since some guy named Bill Gates defined personal computing, returned to campus to receive his honorary degree. He also reportedly teared up at one point recounting an interaction in a class he taught with a high school student that was in the country illegally. Read More »

ISIS Booby Traps Killed Mosul Civilians After Airstrike

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The probe found that the US bomb triggered secondary explosions from devices clandestinely planted there by Daesh. USA personnel "could not have predicted" that dozens of Mosul residents would be in a building where ISIS snipers were firing when they authorized a strike on it in March, the Pentagon says in a newly released report. Read More »

Appeals court upholds injunction against Trump's travel ban

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UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Thursday evening that the Justice Department "will seek review of this case in the United States Supreme Court". They decided the arguments against the executive order were strong indeed. But the appeals court rejected that view, saying they provide a window into the motivations for Trump's action in government. Read More »

Ex-Playmate Dani Mathers Pleads No Contest to Body-Shaming Old Lady

Mathers uploaded the picture to Snapchat with the caption "If I can't unsee this then you can't either", as well as a selfie of herself looking horrified and covering her mouth. "I think she wanted to be done with this and accept responsibility for what occurred", her attorney, Dana Cole, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. Read More »

Thousands of Gazans protest Trump visit to occupied territories

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It's also the first time a sitting USA president has entered the Old City of Jerusalem and been observant at the Western Wall, the holiest spot in all of Judaism. Abbas is an unpopular leader, according to polls, and the Palestinian political landscape is split between his Fatah party and Hamas, the Islamist movement that is in control in the Gaza Strip and opposes negotiations with Israel. Read More »

Iran votes for progress

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Two dropped out to back Raisi and Rouhani, respectively, while the remaining candidates - reformist Mostafa Hashemitaba and conservative Mostafa Mirsalim - were headed for only a marginal percentage of the votes. During the final week of the campaign, Rouhani vowed, "We will break all the sanctions against Iran". "His sarcastic comments against the Supreme Leader and the security forces show he wants to pick a fight". Read More »

Ariana Grande Suspends Tour Dates After Manchester Attack

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A Libyan counter-terrorism force on Tuesday evening arrested Abedi's younger brother, Hashem Abedi, in the Libyan capital Tripoli on suspicion of links with Islamic State , a force spokesman told Reuters in Libya . Ahmed bin Salem, the spokesman of a Libyan anti-terror force, says the father of Salman Abedi , Hashim, was detained yesterday. Suicide bomber Abedi was born in Britain to a Libyan family, grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and attended local Salford University for a ... Read More »

Senate GOP Wants Even Deeper Medicaid Cuts

It will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, at the Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St. We don't have the heart to deny people the coverage they need to keep themselves and their families healthy, even if they are making a minimum of $174,000 annually. Read More »

Sanchez future completely Arsenal's decision - Wenger

They ended up with 75 points, dooming them to the 2017-18 Europa League. Most of the Chelsea players, as though warming up for the FA Cup final next Saturday, had a pop at the beleaguered Sunderland goal during the game. At that stage, with Liverpool being held at home by Middlesbrough , it looked as though Arsenal could yet squeeze into the top four but as news filtered through that Liverpool had gone ahead, those hopes faded. Read More »

Police arrest 3 more suspects in connection with Manchester terror attack

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said British Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement of raising the threat level to its highest at "critical" will provide the force with additional resources to conduct their investigations. Rudd also expressed frustration with the USA government, as news of Abedi's identity was first revealed in the United States. The bomber's name was allegedly released by USA officials just as raids were underway both in Manchester and in Libya where the ... Read More »

Iran's president criticizes US after Donald Trump's sharp words

Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria , eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. Iran had had dealings with Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda for decades, Khedery said , adding: "Iran has also maintained ties with the Taliban, and has facilitated various terrorist activities in Afghanistan that have resulted in the killing and wounding of our soldiers and Afghan civilians". Read More »

North Korea border object was balloon, says South

The United States has urged China to use its influence over North Korea to change its behavior. North Korea is also building nuclear-tipped missiles and has greeted new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who wants to reach out to the North , with two missile test-launches, part of a flurry of tests since leader Kim Jong Un took over in late 2011. Read More »

Melania Trump Appears to Dodge President's Hand Again, This Time in Rome

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US President Donald Trump ended his tour of the Middle East with another call for peace between Israel and Palestine, but as it is with the current US president the entire affair was about optics. Trump initially sparked deep concern among Palestinians when he backed away from the long-established U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict. Read More »

Trump's speech to Israeli parliament scrapped amid concerns

While U.S. President Trump's first foreign tour appears to have gone off without a hitch, his visit to Palestine does not seem to have impressed numerous Palestinians who live and work there. In a joint news conference, Abbas stressed that the Palestinian people's attainment of freedom and independence was the key to peace and stability in the world, "so that the children of Palestine and Israel enjoy a safe, stable, and prosperous future". Read More »

North Korea on trajectory to nuclear-armed ICBM - US intel official

China urged the DPRK not to violate UN Security Council resolutions with its nuclear and missile programmes. The United States has also called on all states to sever or downgrade diplomatic and commercial relations with North Korea . Unidentified objects which flew across the border from the North were probably propaganda balloons, South Korea's military said Wednesday. The North has conducted dozens of missile tests in recent years, and global security experts have tracked the nation's ... Read More »

Flynn declines US Senate subpoena in Russian Federation probe

Earlier this week, Flynn's lawyer said the former national security adviser would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in not complying with subpoenas from Senate investigators. Any deal involving immunity would require discussion with Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed last week to oversee the criminal investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's USA presidential election. Read More »