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Global UN envoy: Liberation of Mosul 'imminent,' IS days numbered
Author: 0 UN envoy: Liberation of Mosul 'imminent,' IS days numbered

Kubis said a dual focus must be maintained on the immediate challenges of defeating IS extremists and on preparing for the liberation, stabilization and rehabilitation of Iraq. Iraqi forces are now wrapping up the final stages of an operation, launched this month, that saw them retake almost the entirety of the northwestern part of Mosul.

Global Manchester Attack: How Manchester's churches are responding
Author: 0 Manchester Attack: How Manchester's churches are responding

He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. "I want to say to the people of Manchester look each other in the eye, and say we are a great people and nothing is going to destroy us". Other prayer vigils are also being organised by churches around the city, including one in Fallowfield, near where police detonated a controlled explosion after arresting a 23-year-old man in ...

Global Senate Investigators Slap Flynn With Two Fresh Subpoenas
Author: 0 Senate Investigators Slap Flynn With Two Fresh Subpoenas

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents. "Mr. Comey wants to tell his side of the story and I'm glad he has chosen to do that with the Senate intelligence committee", Warner said. Earlier this month, the committee asked Flynn and other Trump associates for lists of meetings and notes taken during the ...

Author: 0 USA intel chief mum on possible Trump pressure on Russian Federation probe

An unnamed White House spokesperson told the Post that the Trump administration "does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals". On Tuesday, the Justice Department declined to say the regulations apply to the "matters to which Special Counsel Mueller was appointed ", but nevertheless concluded Mueller's appointment to lead the Russian Federation probe is valid.

Author: 0 Will do everything to achieve Israel-Palestinian peace deal

The true toll of ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. Shortly after the speech was broadcast, Hamas reacted by accusing Trump of "complete bias" toward the policies of the Israeli occupation by designating the movement as a terrorist organization.

Global Trump, Netanyahu all smiles in joint remarks
Author: 0 Trump, Netanyahu all smiles in joint remarks

USA first lady Melania Trump , left, and Sara Netanyahu pose with children during a visit to the Hadassa hospital in Jerusalem , Monday, May 22, 2017 . There were a few uncomfortable moments, though. "Intelligence cooperation is terrific", he said of the United States and Israel. "When the United States has a serious policy and people who are good at moving forward this policy, to some extent it can move the two sides to agree on things they didn't previously agree on", Brom said.

Author: 0 China Agrees to Open Market to US Beef, Gas

What is far less clear is whether Trump's first deal with China will do much to narrow the USA trade deficit, which stood at $347 billion past year. Beijing had already made a decision to lift the import ban on American beef in September, before Trump was elected. It remains unclear how far China will go to allow more American exports.

Global Donald Trump speaks of hopes for Middle East peace on Bethlehem visit
Author: 0 Donald Trump speaks of hopes for Middle East peace on Bethlehem visit

As part of his approach, Trump has expressed interest in forging a regional agreement that brings together Israel and the broader Arab world to help resolve the decades-long conflict. Trump hammered his tough stance on Iran as soon as he arrived in Israel on Monday after a two-day visit to the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. A Palestinian man was killed after an attempted stabbing at a checkpoint just outside Jerusalem shortly after Trump had entered the Old City, according to ...

Global Ariana Grande returns to US,tour uncertain
Author: 0 Ariana Grande returns to US,tour uncertain

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said yesterday: "I can confirm that the man suspected of carrying out [Monday] night's atrocity has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi ". singer who has a large number of young and teenage fans. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected". Meanwhile, two houses in Manchester were also being searched.

Global Trump arrives in Israel, says peace deal is crucial
Author: 0 Trump arrives in Israel, says peace deal is crucial

Herzog met with Trump, Kushner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for several minutes, after the U.S. president's speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and just before Trump departed the country. Trump: Manchester Bomber an "Evil Loser" - Trump responded to the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Tuesday, calling the attackers and other terrorists "evil losers".

Author: 0 Manchester bombing suspect was University of Salford student

A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday, according to the Greater Manchester Police Department; more details on the man's identity weren't immediately available. Home Secretary Amber Rudd decried "a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society - young people and children out at a pop concert".

Author: 0 'RIP My Darling': Parents Confirm Daughter's Death in Manchester Attack

As officials hunted for accomplices of a suicide bomber and Britain's prime minister warned another attack could be "imminent", thousands of people poured into the streets of Manchester in a defiant vigil Tuesday for victims of a blast at a pop concert - the latest apparent target of Islamic extremists seeking to rattle life in the West.

Global Senate Intel chair: Michael Flynn has not responded to subpoena
Author: 0 Senate Intel chair: Michael Flynn has not responded to subpoena

An earlier report said that Flynn's lawyers said that he planned to ignore a Senate panel's subpoena. "We'll figure out on General Flynn what the next step, if any, is". And that only could happen if the Senate voted to hold Flynn in contempt and forward the matter to the US Attorney's Office for prosecution . The top two members of the Senate intelligence committee say they will "vigorously pursue" the testimony of President Donald Trump's first national security adviser.

Author: 0 Israeli security cabinet approves economic relief measures for Palestinians

Earlier this week, a senior USA official reportedly said the Western Wall is in the West Bank - not Israel - during a heated exchange with the Israeli delegation helping to plan the president's visit. H.R. McMaster, Trumps national security adviser, said the president is hopeful for the emergence of a peaceful vision of Islam. In an interview with CNN's Becky Anderson, the 92-year-old former occupant of the Oval Office urged Trump to put "peace and human rights" at the "forefront of ...

Author: 0 No Evidence Of Donald Trump Team's Collusion With Russians, Says White House

America's former Central Intelligence Agency director was "worried" during the presidential election that Donald Trump's campaign was colluding with Russian officials to influence the outcome, he said on Tuesday. Brennan says Bortnikov told him Russian Federation wasn't meddling in US politics. Mr Brennan testified that he spoke with the head of the Russian intelligence service on 4 August 2016 and was the first United States official to call out the Russians for their activities.

Author: 0 Donald Trump says Palestinians and Israelis are 'ready for peace'

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 Students clash with forces in Baramulla; 4 youths detained

Sources said eight students were arrested during the clashes in SP Higher Secondary school while four were arrested at MP higher secondary school. At least 60 students were injured in south Kashmir town in force's action on April 15. Ever since then students protests are going on in Kashmir. The students assembled on main road and chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. "Police rushed to the scene to chase away the protesters but they came under stone pelting", the officials said, ...

Author: 0 Manchester attack: Up to 3800 troops will be deployed on streets

But Rudd told the BBC that Abedi may not have worked alone. "So the intelligence services and the police are pursuing their leads in order to make sure that they get all the information, and reduce therefore the risk, that they need to keep us all safe".

Author: 0 United Kingdom raises threat level to maximum, army deployed after attack

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins reportedly said the bombing is "the most horrific incident we have ever faced". 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.

Global President Trump Meets With Palestinian President Abbas
Author: 0 President Trump Meets With Palestinian President Abbas

US President Donald Trump said Monday during a visit to Jerusalem that Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons while also denouncing Tehran's support for "terrorists". He also underlined Christian and Muslim connections, faiths that took root in the land between 1,400 and 2,000 years ago. Security was tight, with the usually bustling Old City, where the Western Wall is located, essentially on lockdown and the plaza leading to the site cleared.

Author: 0 In Trump's private moments, it's small talk and compliments

What he did cite repeatedly was Iran , along with his vow to prevent Iran not only from "possessing" nuclear weapons, but for speech and actions that call for Israel's destruction. Now the Saudis and their allies are reportedly offering incentives - dangling the prospect of access for Israeli companies, direct communications and over-flight rights in exchange for freezing West Bank settlements and easing the blockade on the Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas.

Global South Korea fires warning shots at suspected drone from North
Author: 0 South Korea fires warning shots at suspected drone from North

Liu spoke after a closed-door Security Council meeting on North Korea's latest missile test on Sunday. The United States has urged China to use its influence over North Korea to change its behavior. "It takes political will". North Korea is on a clear path to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile capable of striking the United States, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart told a Senate hearing yesterday.

Author: 0 Trump's health care budget means deep cuts for safety net

But just 1 in 4 of those qualifying for housing assistance from the government now receives it, due to funding shortages, say affordable housing advocates. In the early review of the president's plan , critics also pointed to proposed cuts to welfare assistance and a shift toward more dollars being awarded through "block grants", which can allow new flexibility in spending but would also limit future increases in funding.

Author: 0 Qatar State News Agency Hacked

Qatar said Wednesday its official state news agency had been hacked by an "unknown entity", and subsequently carried false remarks attributed to the country's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, including a statement that his country's relations with Israel were " good ".

Author: 0 Comey tried to hide in White House curtains to avoid Trump

On Wednesday, the Justice Department picked a special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation. A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offense that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

Global Nepal's Maoist prime Pushpa Kamal Dahal minister resigns
Author: 0 Nepal's Maoist prime Pushpa Kamal Dahal minister resigns

Prachanda will now meet President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to submit his resignation. Earlier reports indicated that Prachanda may resign on Wednesday, paving the way for Nepali Congress chief Sher Bahadur Deuba to take over as per an understanding the two leaders had reached in August past year.

Global Trump 'didn't cite Israel' as source of Isis intelligence
Author: 0 Trump 'didn't cite Israel' as source of Isis intelligence

The U.S. president arrived in Israel on Monday after a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, where Trump said King Salman assured him Riyadh wants peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. "So many people I spoke to here ... said 'why should Trump be any different?'" Estrin said. "It's clear that the tone (between the USA and Israel) is going to continue to be much warmer, especially at the personal and the symbolic level that it was during Obama's eight years", he said.

Author: 0 Trump sends to Congress $4.1 trillion budget plan

As all federal departments and agencies do, the Department of Homeland Security released a corresponding budget document that asks Congress to approve almost $1.6 billion, for fiscal 2018, which begins October 1, for "32 miles of new border wall construction, 28 miles of levee wall along the Rio Grande Valley and 14 miles of new border wall system that will replace existing secondary fence in the San Diego Sector..." Andrew Natsios, who formerly headed USAID and now is a professor at the ...

Global Lowry: Arrogant Erdogan Blames US for His Thugs' Rampage
Author: 0 Lowry: Arrogant Erdogan Blames US for His Thugs' Rampage

Now, the State Department has confirmed that its Diplomatic Security Service, D.C. Police, and the Secret Service are all investigating the incident. Turkish diplomats have criticized the police for failing to quell an "unpermitted" and "provocative" demonstration.

Global Turkey summons United States ambassador over 'aggressive' acts against bodyguards during Erdogan visit
Author: 0 Turkey summons United States ambassador over 'aggressive' acts against bodyguards during Erdogan visit

The embassy's statement goes on to say, "The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President". State Department said in a statement the conduct of Turkish security personnel during the incident was "deeply disturbing". Last year, a similar scuffle erupted outside a nuclear security summit that Erdogan attended in Washington.

Global Trump says Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons
Author: 0 Trump says Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons

Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name "Israel"-I never mentioned it during that conversation". But Trump has shown little capacity for the kind of long-term, sustained attention that allows Israelis and Palestinians to abdicate their leadership.

Author: 0 Leaked transcript shows Trump praising Philippine president over drug war

And when Duterte asked what that was, Xi reportedly said: "We will go to war". "What I told everyone, do not force my hand into it". Duterte told Trump drugs were the "scourge of [his] nation", prompting Trump to criticize his predecessor, Barack Obama , whose administration withheld aid to the Philippines over concern for the country's war on drugs.

Author: 0 Duterte hopes to boost ties with Russian Federation

Tass news agency said President Vladimir Putin would see him before his departure Tuesday night, instead of on Thursday as planned. On May 2, the day after Trump told Bloomberg he would be "honoured" to meet the supreme leader of the reclusive state, the USA president sought Duterte's opinion on whether Kim was " stable or not stable " in a telephone conversation.

Global Trump holds talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials
Author: 0 Trump holds talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials

Standing alongside Trump, Abbas said he was determined to deliver an agreement for all Palestinians. A senior Palestinian official declined to comment if Abbas will meet the prime minister without preconditions. A settlement leader from the occupied West Bank said that he believed this lack of clarity regarding Trump's statements in Bethlehem could mean he has abandoned a goal of establishing an independent Palestinian state.

Author: 0 Melania Trump appears to swat the president's hand away

For a second day in a row people are talking about Melania Trump's hands - specifically, whether she's holding her husband's hand or not. This post was syndicated from Ngyab . In fact, they insisted playing it two more times. An awkward moment played out on the tarmac of an airport in Israel on Monday after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived as part of the couple's first trip overseas since the president's inauguration.

Global Moon sets out to mend ties with China
Author: 0 Moon sets out to mend ties with China

Congratulating Moon on his election as South Korean president, President Xi said that China and South Korea are close neighbours as well as important players in the region. "He then asked President Xi to personally look into ways to resolve the issue of economic restrictions and sanctions against such entities", Yoon said.

Author: 0 US top court tosses Republican-drawn districts in North Carolina

Getting to the bottom of a dispute like this one poses special challenges for a trial court, which must make "'a sensitive inquiry" "into all " "circumstantial and direct evidence of intent' "to assess whether the plaintiffs have proved that race, not politics, drove a district's lines.

Global Tillerson urges Rouhani to end ballistic missile tests
Author: 0 Tillerson urges Rouhani to end ballistic missile tests

Speaking Saturday in Saudi Arabia , Tillerson said President Hassan Rouhani now has the opportunity to end Iran's role in supporting " destabilizing forces that exist in this region". This is while Zarif advised U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss how to avoid another September 11 attack with the Saudi hosts of his first official visit overseas.

Global Coroner: Police should have moved in earlier in Sydney siege
Author: 0 Coroner: Police should have moved in earlier in Sydney siege

Some of Mr Barnes' heaviest criticism is reserved for police negotiators, who did nothing to change their tactics during the night, despite the long stalemate that developed as Monis refused to engage negotiators directly. "They had entered a familiar environment only to find it transformed into a prison run by a vicious maniac". Mr Barnes said an eminent worldwide expert told the inquest the Lindt Cafe siege "would have challenged any police force in the world".

Global Acquitted Tulsa cop receiving back pay
Author: 0 Acquitted Tulsa cop receiving back pay

About 100 people gathered in a plaza outside the courthouse after the verdict , chanting "No Justice No Peace". Former state senator Connie Johnson, who is now running for governor of Oklahoma , told demonstrators she believes there should be lessons during driver's education about how to act during a police stop.

Author: 0 Britain's threat level raised to 'critical' following Manchester attack Updated

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for what it called a revenge attack against "Crusaders". Some 59 people were taken to hospital, many with life-threatening conditions. Witnesses reported seeing bodies on the floor after the blast around 10:30pm (2130 GMT) on Monday, and some fans were trampled as panicked crowds tried to flee the venue.

Global Breakfast at Dalit home: Yeddyurappa accuses Cong for insulting community
Author: 0 Breakfast at Dalit home: Yeddyurappa accuses Cong for insulting community

Parameshwar have claimed that Mr Yeddyurappa , who belongs to the upper caste Lingayat community, insulted dalits by preferring hotel food to one cooked by dalits at their home . Yeddyurappa Monday said the Congress was anxious about the erosion of its Dalit constituency, after being accused of ordering restaurant food while visiting a Dalit's house in Tumkur last week.

Author: 0 Palestine To Make Unprecedented Peace Offer to Trump

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 fantastic accomplishment".

Global Trump pushes for peace in ME
Author: 0 Trump pushes for peace in ME

He said that if Christians, Muslims and Jews join forces, "peace in this world is possible, including peace between Israel and the Palestinians". He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of global peace efforts and US Middle-East diplomacy.

Author: 0 Terror Attack in Manchester: Ariana Grande and Musicians React

May, who is due to contest a national election on June 8, said the man named by police as the attacker, Salman Abedi , was born and brought up in Britain and investigations into whether he was working alone were ongoing. He did not live in university accommodation, had not been in any trouble at the university, was not on any radar for pastoral or social care and was not known to have participated in any university societies.

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