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Philippines: 'Foreigners' fighting with Isis-linked militants in Marawi

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Philippine troops backed by armored vehicles and rocket-firing helicopters are fighting to re-take control of Marawi . Philippine security forces on Saturday intensified a bombing campaign on homes and other buildings in a southern city where they have been battling Islamist militants for five days, and warned there may be collateral damage. Read More »

Trump May Appoint Former Senator Joe Lieberman New FBI Director

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. All Democratic senators interviewed said Lieberman lacks the kind of experience needed for the post. "I am going to vote for Hillary Clinton because I have known her forever, and her husband, back when they were at Yale Law School", he said. Read More »

Embattled president deploys troops to streets

In the nearby chamber of the Supreme Court, just a few hundred meters from the demonstration, Justice Marco Aurelio Mello said he was "a little worried" about Temer's decree that would allow the army to patrol the streets of the capital. Though the STF was going to debate whether to accept Temer's request to suspend the investigation, his lawyers said they want the inquiry to move forward to have Temer's name cleared from wrongdoing. Read More »

Philippine military: City siege was start of extremist plan

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His comments dovetailed with those of Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who said the country is tightening security at its borders following the recent spate of militant attacks in neighbouring countries. A signed note attached to one of the men indicated that the victims had " betrayed their faith ", police officer Jamail Mangadang told the Philippine Star . Read More »

Manchester bomber Abedi told mom 'forgive me' before attack

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Explosives were found at one site, the Independent reported , citing security service sources. "It is privately owned by a couple who live locally", Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said. Authorities have said the 22-year-old bomber, British-born Salman Abedi , was part of a network and had recently returned from Libya, where his parents were born. Read More »

Europe can no longer rely on the US or Britain, says Merkel

The omission was especially striking as he unveiled a memorial to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the USA, the only time the mutual defence clause has been triggered. "Never before has there been so much uncertainty about the political course, and so many contradictions in the president's statements, four months after the inauguration of a new US president", Hardt told Reuters. Read More »

Delhi: IAS officer drowns to death while saving woman's life

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Ashish Dahiya , the deceased IAS officer, was at the institute to attend a pool-side party with friends from the Indian foreign and revenue services when the incident happened. The family of the deceased have been informed of the unfortunate death and they have reached Delhi. According to eyewitnesses, a lady official accidentally fell into the pool and the officers, including Ashish, jumped in to rescue her, police said. Read More »

British Airways returns to normal schedule after IT crash

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In a statement on their website, British Airways said: "Our IT systems are now back up and running and we will be operating a full flight schedule at Heathrow and Gatwick on Tuesday 30 May". BA could face a compensation bill in the tens of millions of pounds up to around £100m, according to various calculations, when including putting customers up in hotels and resultant lost business. Read More »

Mike Dubke resigns as White House communications director

Dubke's last day as White House communications director has not been set, Axios reported . Dubke has been working closely with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. "He has expressed his desire to leave the White House", she said. The reshuffle follows reports of disarray in the White House communications team. Read More »

Putin spurns allegations that Russia meddled in foreign elections

Pascal Boniface, the head of the Institute for global and Strategic Relations, says the exhibit at Versailles offered the new French president a chance to reengage with the longtime Russian leader. Russia Today and Sputnik were organs of influence during this campaign, which, on several occasions produced untruths about me and my campaign", Mr Macron said. Read More »

Big business wants Trump to stick with Paris climate accord

Many suspect President Trump-who previously called global warming a hoax, is trying to use the climate change issue as leverage in other debates but his decision left a sour taste with leaders and diplomats who are having to revisit an issue they hoped they had sorted. Read More »

Macron says France, Russia agree on need for Ukraine peace talks soon

During the campaign, which climaxed with Macron's election on May 7, Macron's camp irritated the Kremlin by saying its campaign's networks, databases and sites had come under attack from locations inside Russian Federation. On Monday, he defended that gesture as simple good manners, saying it would have been odd to rebuff Le Pen's Russia-friendly overtures. He said the meeting with Le Pen didn't represent an attempt to sway the race. Read More »

Tiger Woods arrested on drink-driving charge

Woods said an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medicine - not alcohol - was the reason for his arrest. "I understand the severity of what I did and take full responsibility for my actions", he said. Jupiter police spokesperson Kristin Rightler did not immediately offer further detail about the arrest. Woods has vowed to do "everything in my power to ensure this never happens again". Read More »

WH communications director Michael Dubke resigns

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Dubke's departure comes as speculation has swirled about a possible Trump staff shakeup. Sean Spicer will remain press secretary, but do fewer on-camera briefings, and Trump himself with play a larger role in communicating the White House message to the press. Read More »

John Kelly Hints At Universal Laptop Ban On Flights, Again

The Donald Trump administration is considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all worldwide flights to and from the US, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said. That ban prohibited electronics larger than cellphones from carry-on luggage on nonstop flights originating from ten airports in eight countries including Casablanca, Morocco. Read More »

Trump has 'total confidence' in son-in-law Kushner

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The new report follows allegations last week that Mr Kushner and the Russian ambassador to America, Sergey Kislyak , discussed setting up a secure, private line of communication with Moscow using Russian facilities that bypassed the United States government. Read More »

Melania Trump: her first official tour was incredible

The questions have been intensified in the wake of disclosures on Friday that a senior adviser, Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, had contacts with the Russians in December about opening a secret back channel of communications with Moscow. Read More »

Brazil's federal police anxious about new justice minister

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Mr. Temer, who became president after his predecessor and former ally, Dilma Rousseff, was ousted in impeachment proceedings past year, has vowed to make changes to the country's insolvent pension system and to modernize Brazil's costly and complicated labor regulations. Read More »

South African ruling party backs scandal-tainted president

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Zuma is also said to have slammed the Gauteng ANC for blaming him for the party's electoral decline, reminding the province that it had refused to distribute T-shirts bearing his name for the 2016 local government electoral campaign. "A number of members. were of the view that the ANC should listen to this call". South African President Jacob Zuma reasserted his control over the ruling African National Congress as a renewed revolt by some of the party's most senior leaders fizzled out. Read More »

Did Donald Trump just shove aside another world leader?

President Donald Trump has pushed back against earlier group statements opposing protectionism and has argued trade must be balanced and fair as well as free. European officials with knowledge of the relationship said the US intelligence community's ability to follow terrorist money links is one of its most attractive assets. Read More »

World Health Organization to be headed by an African for the first time

Ghebreyesus served as Ethiopia's minister of health from 2005-2012 and also as the minister of foreign affairs from 2012-2016. Indian Health Minister J.P. Previous WHO chiefs were selected by the agency's executive board, and the assembly's approval was essentially a rubber stamp. He is the first African appointed to head the global health agency. Read More »