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Author: 0 Philippines: 'Foreigners' fighting with Isis-linked militants in Marawi

Militants called in reinforcements and were able to overpower government forces. Most of Marawi's 200,000 inhabitants fled after the gunmen ran amok on Tuesday, seizing and torching buildings, freeing militants from jails and taking a priest and churchgoers hostage at the city's cathedral.

Author: 0 Turkish Passenger tries to break into cockpit of American Airlines, arrested

Although police are still trying to determine a motive for the cause, the man reportedly headed into the first class cabin with a blanket over his head in what flight crew believed was meant to be a breach of the cockpit door. Pacific Command scrambled two F-22 fighter jets to escort the airliner. "Airport police investigated and determined Uskanil had been drinking but did not meet the criteria for drunk in public", the statement said.

Author: 0 Iranian president calls United States relations "a curvy road"

Kerry cautioned lawmakers to "tread carefully" in pushing ahead with new sanctions against Iran in the wake of President Hassan Rouhani's re-election last week to another four-year term. The Gulf Arab state a year ago downgraded ties with Tehran after Saudi Arabia severed ties with Tehran after demonstrators angry at the execution of a Shi'ite Muslim cleric in the kingdom attacked Saudi missions.

Global Media United Kingdom lowers terror threat level to severe
Author: 0 United Kingdom lowers terror threat level to severe

An investigation involving about 1,000 officers has been launched in the aftermath of the attack to stop any further terror threats posed by Abedi's possible network. Murray says: "I'm staying with my positivity for Martyn, and that's what I hold on to". British media said Abedi was born in Manchester and that his Libyan parents had fled the regime of dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Global Media Rouhani Rallies Supporters in Khorramabad in Final Stretch Before Iran Elections
Author: 0 Rouhani Rallies Supporters in Khorramabad in Final Stretch Before Iran Elections

Tensions between moderate and hardline political factions have escalated in the run-up to Friday's election as top candidates have resorted to unusually caustic criticism of each other, a rarity in Iranian political discourse. Iranians will go to ballot boxes to cast their votes in favour of their favourite candidates. Rouhani, a pragmatist cleric, was elected in 2013 by 51 per cent of votes on promises to ease Iran's worldwide isolation and end the house arrest of opposition leaders.

Global Media Melania Trump praises Saudi Arabia for 'empowerment' of women
Author: 0 Melania Trump praises Saudi Arabia for 'empowerment' of women

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. More than 20 people were killed by an apparent suicide bomber. THEN: Trump declared in a March 2016 interview with CNN that, "I think Islam hates us" adding that, "there's a tremendous hatred there".

Author: 0 South Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile

US President Donald Trump has alternated in his public statements between bellicosity and flattery. North Korea has fired what appears to be a ballistic missile early Monday, South Korea's military said, according to Yonhap. The missile was believed to be a Scud-class ballistic missile and flew about 450 km (280 miles), the Joint Chiefs said in a statement. American officials tracked the missile for six minutes, when it landed in the Sea of Japan.

Global Media Severe flooding in Sri Lanka: published horrific pictures
Author: 0 Severe flooding in Sri Lanka: published horrific pictures

The combined efforts of the government and ordinary Sri Lankans who are maximizing various social media platforms are bringing stranded residents to safety and sustaining them through relief operations. Sri Lankan flood victims gather at a relief camp to seek medical help in Colombo . There were no casualties and Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena telephoned Squadron Leader Bhanuka Delgoda , the pilot of the MI-17, to congratulate him for his bravery.

Global Media Public invited to Memorial Day events of remembrance
Author: 0 Public invited to Memorial Day events of remembrance

Also on Monday, U.S. Marines and the Leatherneck Coffee Club will be retiring worn and tattered American Flags by fire in the annual ceremony held on the Whitley County Courthouse Square in Downtown Columbia City. On Memorial Day we should remember those veterans in VA hospitals and living in veterans homes. 10 a.m. Monday, a parade will begin at 10 a.m. on School Street and end at the cemetery.

Author: 0 United Kingdom election: Corbyn closes in on May

The Conservative general election manifesto includes plans for a Commission for Countering Extremism, which the party says will identify extremism, including the "non-violent" kind, and help communities stand up to it. Mr Corbyn said foreign wars are linked to terrorism at home and criticised Mrs May's government for squeezing police budgets. "The narrowing of May's lead suggests her decision to call a snap election and then focus her campaign nearly entirely on her leadership, contrasting ...

Author: 0 Sri Lanka seeks international help after deadly flooding, landslides

Sri Lanka's military also issued a statement on Saturday, saying it was doubtful any missing people would be found alive two days after the disastrous monsoon displaced some 27,000 people by the ensuing landslides and flash floods. Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said at least five landslides had been reported in Kalutara, the worst-hit district on the west coast. New Delhi sent Indian navy vessel INS Kirch with inflatable boats, medical supplies and doctors.

Global Media Merkel's CDU wins key German state election
Author: 0 Merkel's CDU wins key German state election

The Christian Democratic Union's victory in North Rhine-Westphalia, home to more than a fifth of German voters, is a resounding confirmation for Merkel, 62. Armin Laschet, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union, celebrates after the state election in the western German state of Northrhine-Westphalia in Duesseldorf, Germany, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Author: 0 Kushner ties to Russian Federation questioned as Trump blasts media lies

As the White House scrambles to deal with the fallout from the latest revelations about contact between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation, there is said to be mounting that talk that his favoured advisor, Jared Kushner , may have to take a leave of absence.

Author: 0 Rouhani wins Iran's presidential election

One of the most important elections of the past year pit a socially moderate, internationally minded reformer against a right-wing nationalist promising to restore economic opportunity to the downtrodden and traditional values to a nation in decline.

Author: 0 Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty

Mr Trump has previously pledged to abandon the Paris deal, and expressed doubts about climate change. Merkel called that "extremely problematic, not to say very unsatisfactory". US President Donald Trump stole the show at a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation heads of state yesterday (25 May) when he doubled down on his demands for other members to pay more in an opening speech.

Global Media Kushner crisis greets Trump back
Author: 0 Kushner crisis greets Trump back

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner should have his security clearance reviewed after the revelation that he allegedly spoke with a Russian ambassador, the House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat has said. The White House did not acknowledge the meeting or Kushner's attendance until March. Trump then criticized the media's use of unnamed sources saying that it was "possible that those sources don't exist".

Author: 0 Xi Threatens War if Philippines Drills South China Sea: Duterte

He said this was in light of China's intention to fast-track consultations on developing the framework of the COC with the parties involved, particularly Asean member nations. As Philippines turns soft in assert her claim on the South China Sea , the ImageSat International (ISI), a satellite operated by an Israel company, reported and interpreted some images, which shows China is establishing their anti-ship missiles in the Yulin Naval Base in the South of Hainan Island in the South ...

Global Media Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye on trial for alleged bribery
Author: 0 Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye on trial for alleged bribery

Within weeks she was arrested, and the latest stop on her journey is Seoul Central District Court, Room 417. Park answered in calm, measured tones when asked for her address and occupation. Park has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty at the trial. She emerged from a bus in handcuffs, her inmate number 503 attached to her clothing, and was escorted into the courtroom by police.

Author: 0 Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation scolding long overdue

Some Montenegrin news outlets included headlines quoting author J.K. Rowling, who tweeted the video , saying "You tiny, tiny, tiny little man" along with a retweeted video depicting Trump as a small man. IF Europeans thought a more diplomatic president would show up in this most diplomatic of settings, they obviously hadn't paid attention to Trump's first months in office, when American voters found out that at age 70, he is who he is.

Global Media South Korea willing to reopen communications with North amid missile crisis
Author: 0 South Korea willing to reopen communications with North amid missile crisis

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday which hit a target some 780 km away into the East Sea, according to its official media. It quoted North Korea's ambassador to China, Ji Jae Ryong, as telling reporters on Monday that the test firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles would continue "at any time and place, at the will of North Korea's highest leadership".

Global Media MI5 was warned about Manchester bomber Salman Abedi's support of Islamists
Author: 0 MI5 was warned about Manchester bomber Salman Abedi's support of Islamists

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. The channel said its investigation revealed how Salman grew up on the same housing estates in south Manchester as a group of young men who radicalised each other - with some fighting for the IS in Syria and Iraq.

Global Media Trump braces to defend top aide over new Russia calls
Author: 0 Trump braces to defend top aide over new Russia calls

Though Kushner has appeared "subdued", he does not plan to step aside as Trump's senior adviser or reduce his responsibilities, the New York Times reported , citing unnamed people close to him. But he said on " Fox News Sunday " that "any channel of communications back or otherwise with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing". "So generally speaking, about backchannel communications, what that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner".

Global Media Texas 'bathroom bill' fading as legislative session wraps up
Author: 0 Texas 'bathroom bill' fading as legislative session wraps up

Lawmakers were resolving last-minute issues ahead of Monday's final adjournment - but their focus was already shifting to whether Gov. Greg Abbott would order them back to work if a law, like the one that caused national uproar and costly boycotts when it was approved previous year in North Carolina , doesn't pass in Texas .

Author: 0 Palestinians mark 50th anniversary of the occupation of Jerusalem

A vision that takes care of the whole region is needed. US President Donald Trump (left) welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to the West Wing of the White House , April 3, 2017. What Trump says matters far less than what Trump does, and despite his insistence on portraying the contours of a possible deal as more open-ended than American foreign policy has previously allowed, Trump's actions on Israeli and Palestinian issues so far only point in the direction of two states.

Author: 0 More arrests in Manchester attack; United Kingdom remains on high alert

Abedi blew himself up at a concert by pop star Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena last week, killing 22 people and leaving 119 injured. The bomb killed 22 concert-goers in the worst terror attack in the U.K.in more than a decade. The developments came hours after the Home Secretary said members of Abedi's circle could still be at large, despite a wave of arrests leading to the country's terror threat level being de-escalated.

Author: 0 North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile off western Japan

A week after it launched a medium-range missile capable of reaching US bases nearby, North Korea fired an "unidentified projectile" early Monday morning, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. But many analysts say Moon won't likely push for any major rapprochement projects because North Korea has gone too far on its nuclear program. The launch was immediately reported to President Moon Jae-in, who has called a meeting of the National Security Council, reported Reuters ...

Global Media Sri Lanka races to rescue flood victims before rain resumes
Author: 0 Sri Lanka races to rescue flood victims before rain resumes

In the wake of recent floods in Sri Lanka , the Sri Lankan government has asked for flood relief assistance from India . Police said a Sri Lankan Airforce helicopter (SLAF) MI-17 carrying relief aid for flood victims crashed in the southern Galle district, the worst hit of the 14 districts by flash floods and earth slips in the on going monsoonal rains, while carrying out relief operations in the flood-stricken areas.

Author: 0 Further arrest made by police investigating Manchester atrocity

On May 26, Grande broke her silence following the May 22 attack on her concert at the Manchester Arena and released a statement on Twitter, promising to return to the English city to host and perform at a benefit concert to raise funds for the victims.

Author: 0 Trump's Saudi embrace and Iran's disdain upend Obama's vision

In Israel the overall tenor of Trump's trip - which included a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Tuesday - and the warmth exhibited between the president and Netanyahu contrasted sharply with the Israeli prime minister's tense relationship with Obama .

Author: 0 North Korea Fires Unidentified Projectile — S.Korea Military

In all, six sets of sanctions have been imposed on North Korea since it first tested an atomic device in 2006. It landed in the sea within Japan's exclusive economic zone, according to the Japanese government. U.S. President Donald Trump has alternated in his public statements between bellicosity and flattery. Despite Trump's strident warnings, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in an interview which aired Sunday before the launch that a war with North Korea would be "catastrophic".

Author: 0 Macron Explains Tense Handshake With Trump, Calls It 'Moment Of Truth'

Mr Macron told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper his approach to the encounter had been about getting respect. According to the Associated Press , "both men's jaws seemed to clench" during the gesture. A summit of the leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies has ended without a unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the U.S.is going to remain in the Paris climate deal.

Global Media Donald Trump Calls White House Kushner Leaks 'Fake News'
Author: 0 Donald Trump Calls White House Kushner Leaks 'Fake News'

Trump had avoided publishing any controversial tweets during his 9-day foreign visit. He returned to Twitter early Sunday to denounce the media. The Washington Post said Kushner's secret communications proposal was made December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S.

Author: 0 Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader, who calls it natural

The harsh tone had a toll, as Trump was left largely on his own after the speech as leaders mingled and laughed with each other, leaving the United States president to stand silently on a stage ahead of a group photo . Even if Donald Trump hasn't done a lot of public speaking during his big trip overseas, the body language of the president and those around him has spoken volumes.

Author: 0 Worry about Saudi Arabia carrying out another 9/11: Iran to Donald Trump

Also still to be seen: How the world - including Trump, the United Nations, and newly elected South Korean president - responds to North Korea , which this weekend launched a medium-range ballistic missile. Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Center for Middle East Policy, noted that Saudi Arabia is a "police state" among the "most repressive" of free speech in the Middle East.

Author: 0 Iraqi Forces Say Final Assault On Mosul Has Started

However, U.S. -led coalition forces have made major gains against the group, both in Mosul and in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the last major IS stronghold in that country. On May 23, the Hashd Shaabi units liberated al-Qairwan and many villages scattered around it from IS militants and announced that the paramilitary forces had ended the first stage of a major offensive created to secure the border areas with neighboring Syria and cut off IS supply routes between Mosul and the Syrian city of ...

Global Media United Kingdom lowers security level from 'critical' to 'severe'
Author: 0 United Kingdom lowers security level from 'critical' to 'severe'

The public should be clear about what this means. Prime Minister May said Saturday that the terror threat level had been reduced from critical - its highest level - to severe, having been raised in the wake of the attack. A week of intense police operations showed no sign of abating as counter-terror officers stormed addresses in Gorton, Rusholme and Moss Side. Authorities are now handling 500 terror-related investigations into 3,000 individuals, with another 20,000 people on the radar ...

Global Media NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology
Author: 0 NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology

The missile, reportedly a Scud-class ballistic missile, launched from the coastal town of Wonsan flew about 450 km (280 miles), South Korean officials said. "Condemning in the strongest terms North Korea's nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, we stand ready to strengthen measures aimed at achieving these objectives and strongly call on the worldwide community to redouble its efforts to ensure the sustained, comprehensive and thorough implementation of relevant UNSCRS".

Author: 0 Rio Ferdinand reacts to Per Mertesacker's display for Arsenal against Chelsea

Conte said the game swung on Sanchez's goal being allowed and the Moses red card but admitted his side had started slowly. I expect Wenger to stay with the club, as most reports have suggested is likely, and as such, there will be a new wave of vilification and criticism of the club, Wenger, the players and the board.

Global Media Hundreds still trapped in Heathrow after BA computer failure
Author: 0 Hundreds still trapped in Heathrow after BA computer failure

Another traveler, PR executive Melissa Davis, said she was held for more than an hour and a half on the tarmac at Heathrow aboard a BA flight arriving from Belfast. According to Cruz, numerous airline's IT systems were back on Sunday "and my colleagues across the airline are working very hard to build back our flight programme and get as many of our customers as possible away on their travels".

Global Media Texas passes softened voter ID law after judge finds bias
Author: 0 Texas passes softened voter ID law after judge finds bias

But Jones said that Patrick may have to settle for a law that falls short of his ideal instead of going for something stronger in a special session that would cost millions and could well make him look petty. North Carolina, the first state to pass a bathroom bill limiting LGBT protections, stood to lose $3.76 billion in lost business over a 12-year period as a result of its law, according to an Associated Press study.

Author: 0 Kurdish-led forces say will advance on Raqqa

So much is at stake: The U.S. can not afford to alienate a Turkish government that remains crucial in the ongoing battle against Islamist militancy. Erdoğan said Turkey was training Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, who, with the support of the Turkish military, pushed ISIL away from the Turkish-Syrian border in the Euphrates Shield Operation.

Global Media Pathankot on high alert after abandoned bag with army uniforms found
Author: 0 Pathankot on high alert after abandoned bag with army uniforms found

Police officials told IANS that the recovery was being investigated. The unidentified men had come in an SUV which they abandoned at Makhanpur village near Bamiyal. The terror attack had claimed the lives of seven security personnel and the four terrorists, according to the Indian Express. Earlier this month, the police had found two bags with mobile tower batteries in them just a few yards away from the military base.

Global Media US Navy Conducts First South China Sea Operation Under Trump
Author: 0 US Navy Conducts First South China Sea Operation Under Trump

U.S. Navy vessels sailed within 12 nautical miles of a China-claimed artificial island in the South China Sea , Reuters news agency reported Wednesday, citing U.S. China on Thursday voiced strong protest against a U.S. Navy warship passing close to the Meiji Reef in the South China Sea. But since meeting Xi at his Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump has praised Xi for efforts to restrain North Korea , though Pyongyang has persisted with ballistic missile tests despite global condemnation.

Global Media Iranian Foreign Minister criticizes Trump
Author: 0 Iranian Foreign Minister criticizes Trump

Trump added that Muslim leaders must do more to confront extremism. The Iranian Foreign Minister emphasised that Trump himself had earlier suggested that Saudi Arabia was behind the 9/11 attacks. White House aides have also tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump's stop, casting the visit as symbolic.

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