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US patrol through South China sea draws protest from Beijing

Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang criticized the warship's " freedom of navigation operation", saying the "wrong action" of the United States is detrimental to the situation in the South China Sea that has been stabilising by Beijing's joint efforts with Southeast Asian countries. Read More »

US policy against IS now 'annihilation': Mattis

An attack by Islamic State militants? "Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa". "There is no relaxation of our attention to protect the innocent", he said. Asked about the potential for greater civilian casualties from the stepped-up attacks, Mattis said such losses "are a fact of life". Read More »

Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake

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The Washington Post reported this week that Comey's controversial decision to detail the FBI's findings in the Clinton email case last July was influenced by a dubious Russian document now considered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be bad intelligence. Read More »

Chelsea Manning, still on active duty, is freed from Fort Leavenworth

As such, she may be entitled to military benefits, including healthcare. Manning was known as Bradley Manning when she was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013. The Army initially refused to provide her with hormone therapy, but agreed to provide the treatment past year as a result of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. Read More »

G7 leaders agree to fight protectionism, but US hedges on Paris Agreement

US President Donald Trump arrives for a working session with outreach countries and global organisations at the G7 Summit, in Taormina, Italy May 27, 2017 . James Comey, the former FBI director leading the Russian probe until Trump abruptly fired him, is still expected to testify before Congress about memos he kept on conversations with the president that involved the investigation. Read More »

Thousands flee Philippine city after rebel rampage claimed by Islamic State

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte , the authoritarian leader accused of overseeing death squads that have killed thousands, joked about government soldiers committing rape during martial law, Reuters reported. "I hope that the bombs will not land nearby and harm us". Maute fighters have torched buildings throughout the city including a jail, a cathedral and a local school, Dansalan College. Read More »

House intel Dem would review Kushner's clearance

Mr. Kushner is now reportedly a focus of the ongoing investigation into Russian collusion in Mr. Trump's election campaign over the meetings he had with Mr. The newspaper cited anonymous USA officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications. At a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, a reporter asked the Israeli prime minister if he still trusted U.S. Read More »

Three policemen killed in Jakarta twin blasts

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Ten people, including five police officers and five civilians, were also wounded in the blasts. Preliminary investigations indicated that the duo's target was a group of police officers who were in the area to escort a parade ushering in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts tomorrow. Read More »

Turkey summons USA envoy over security officials' Washington brawl

It said that lapses of security experienced during Erdogan's stay in Washington were caused "by the inability of USA authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official programme, ' adding that incidents would not overshadow what was otherwise a 'very successful" visit. Read More »

Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike after 40 days

He said the agreement was reached at 4 a.m. coinciding with start of the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month where the devout pray intensely, observe dawn-to-dusk fasting and enjoy nightly feasts. Almost 1,600 prisoners began the strike on April 17, which is known as Palestinian Prisoners' Day. What's behind Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike? Gaza's ruling Hamas movement executed three Palestinians on Thursday convicted of killing a commander in the Islamist group's ... Read More »

Donald Trump, Saudi King inaugurate global centre against extremism

As Trump put it during his press conference with Netanyahu, "I think our new concept.is something that allows [the Israelis] to show more flexibility than they have in the past because you have a lot bigger canvas to play with". "We believe Israel is willing". While Israeli officials cheered Trump's election, some are now wary of the tougher line he has taken on settlements: urging restraint but not calling for a full halt to construction. Read More »

Ariana Grande to return to Manchester for charity show

With Britain's terrorism threat level at "critical", meaning a new attack may be imminent, police are working around the clock to try to deter another atrocity. British Prime Minister Theresa May warned U.S. President Donald Trump during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday that the special relationship between the countries could be harmed by the repeated leaking of confidential details . Read More »

KISS concert in Manchester cancelled after terrorist attacks

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May says it now stands at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely. The straps of a knapsack are visible on his shoulders. British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday announced that the terror threat level in the country had been reduced from its top level "critical" to "severe". Read More »

United Kingdom police arrest 2 more bomb suspects, raising total to 11

A third of those killed in Monday's bombing were children, and another 116 people were injured. This is a handout photo taken from CCTV and issued on Saturday, May 27, 2017 by Greater Manchester Police who have altered the surrounding area of Salman Abedi, in an unknown location on the night of the attack on Manchester Arena. Read More »

Trump Orders Investigation of Leaks

A vivid blue flash of the rucksack's inner lining matches crime scene pictures published by the New York Times . "To have information put in the public domain before it was put there by people here is just wrong", said Burnham. Frustration has been expressed at every level of British government. Mr Trump said: " The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling". Read More »

Despite Tensions in Their Past, Trump and Pope Francis Finally Meet

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When the meeting as over Trump told the pope: "Thank you, I won't forget what you said". The reason: As President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Spicer - a devout Catholic - was noticeably absent from the entourage. "I am giving you this because I hope you may be this olive tree to make peace", the pope is said to have told Trump in Spanish. "We can use peace", the President said, concurring with the symbolism.The president and the pontiff exchanged gifts expressing ... Read More »

Trump reportedly tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal

After starting his first presidential trip overseas wreathed in smiles, Mr Trump is ending it with rebukes, upbraiding America's European partners over military spending, trade and global warming. Besides reaching a decision on the climate agreement once back in Washington, Trump will also face a new crush of Russia-related controversies. He came here to get smart. Read More »

Kushner sought secret communications with Russian Federation

Flynn remains under federal investigation in Virginia over his foreign business ties. The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP and other news outlets confirmed. Read More »

House intel Democrat wants review of Kushner's clearance

Current and former American officials said Kushner's activities, like those of many others around Trump, are under scrutiny as part of the investigation. "If candidate Trump, a private citizen, had a backchannel that would be very serious", Bill Smullen, a former top State Department staffer under President George W. Read More »

President Donald Trump Takes His Peace Mission To Israel

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The US president also pledged his support for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. While Trump heaped praise on Israel during the 28-hour visit , he only spent one hour in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas . Read More »