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US president calls out NATO countries for not meeting spending pledges

Explicitly endorsing it "would be redundant", the official said. "Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations", Trump said . The leaders also endorsed the appointment of an anti-terror coordinator to oversee their efforts, and made a decision to increase the number of flight hours of a surveillance plane watching the skies over northern Iraq and Syria.

Apparently Officials Were Warned About The Manchester Bomber Five Years Ago

Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen born to Libyan parents who grew up around Manchester , died in the attack. Hopkins said there has been increased police presence on the streets of Manchester , with support from the military. Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya , which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

Rights Group Warns Duterte Over Martial Law as Fighting Escalates in Philippines

Thousands of people have fled the city, said Mary Jo Henry, an emergency response official. The fighting erupted on Tuesday after security forces raided a house where they believed Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom gang and Philippine head of IS, was hiding.

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye in court for bribery trial

Park is accused of colluding with her close aide Choi Soon-sil and persuading major companies, including Samsung Group to provide financial assistance to two of the latter's foundations. Prosecutors told the court that Park and Choi colluded in receiving seven billion won ($6 million) from Shin a year ago. During the hearing, Park denied all the corruption-related charges, however, if convicted, she could face a prison term of 10 years to life.

United Kingdom says Manchester bomber was known to intelligence services

Police stand guard at the scene of a suspected suicide bombing in which at least 22 people were killed during a concert by United States pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester , England, on May 23, 2017. "Suddenly, organisations like ISIS could stream their poisonous ideology into a child's bedroom, and still I think a lot of people believe that won't have any impact".

Former CIA head worried over Russia contacts

Warner said that Flynn's businesses are being subpoenaed because it is believed that "a business does not have the right to take the Fifth if it's a corporation". in 2016. Brennan, who departed as Central Intelligence Agency chief when Trump took office in January, said he believed he was the first US official to raise the matter of election interference with the Russians, citing an August 4, 2016 phone call he had with the head of Russia's FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov.

Trump in the Middle East

Trump understands that the tectonic plates have shifted in this region following eight years of the Obama administration's failed Mideast policies, especially the USA -led nuclear deal with Iran. He said the issue would be discussed during Trump's trip. Spokesmen for Hamas and other organizations designated "terrorist" accused Trump of being an advocate for Israel and admonished that "resistance is not terror".

Police make more arrests in Manchester bomb but leaks feared

Eight men have now been detained in Britain connection with Monday's attack. "Clearly, this was a pretty sophisticated and powerful bomb", a high-ranking Western government official told NPR, explaining that officers believe Abedi received help with the attack.

President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia sets new tone for worldwide relations

The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the private meetings. "We should not rush to sell them advanced arms and promote an arms race in the Middle East", Paul said in August past year, when the deal was first authorized. "Without that, any amount of money or investment won't go very far". And he praised the Middle East's potential even as he underlined his own vision of a United States with tighter borders, saying "this region should not be a place from which refuges flee but ...

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief hints members may agree on fairer share of defense spending

Stoltenberg admitted that members varied in many aspects and difference emerges including "political perspectives", urging allied members to "rise above those differences" and "unite around their common objective". "President Trump, during the campaign, had not shown a full commitment to that". The alliance is now set to formally join the coalition after France , Germany and Italy dropped their opposition, diplomatic sources said.

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, a 'focus' in Russian Federation probe

At the time of the December meetings, Trump already had won the election. To make matters murkier, last month, the New York Times reported that Kushner omitted those meetings from his top-secret security clearance forms, which require individuals to disclose all meetings with foreign officials over a seven-year period.

S.Korean stocks, won close with biggest weekly gains in 2 months

According to Korea Exchange, foreign investor trading accounted for approximately 32.4 percent of Kospi's total transactions this month. The figure represents the highest record since May 31 a year ago at 4.6 trillion won. with 461.2 billion won and Hyundai Motor Co. with 421 billion won. South Korean shares closed at a record high on Friday, ending the week with biggest gains since mid-March, as investment sentiment was by the central bank's upbeat outlook for the economy and Wall ...

Trump Demands The Spotlight ... Even If It Means Shoving A NATO Leader

Trump also called out NATO's member nations for not paying their fair share when it comes to defense spending and being late on their dues. During the meeting, Trump did not restate commitment to NATO Article 5 - a provision of membership that says an attack on one member state is an attack on all member states.

Trump's Israel trip sparks 'revival of encouragement'

But Trump visited alone - without Netanyahu - careful not to prejudge one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict. Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Donald Trump condemned those behind the deadly bombing in Manchester, England, the night before as "evil losers".

US Justice Dept will appeal travel ban

He's offered no timetable. On Thursday, a federal appeals court refused to reinstate the Trump administration's travel ban , setting the stage for a Supreme Court showdown. "It can not go unchecked when, as here, the president wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation", the majority opinion said.

Gunmen attack Coptic Christians in Egypt, killing at least 23

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for previous attacks against Egypt's Christians, which comprise about 10 percent of the population. Both places have several pilgrimage sites. Coptic Christians were targeted by two deadly attacks in northern Egypt last month, in suicide bombings that killed at least 44 people.

Jared Kushner 'under Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny in Russian Federation probe'

Now multiple USA officials and NBC News confirm that Kushner is indeed the "person of interest" in the center of the investigation. The interest in Kushner does not mean investigators suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him, the officials told NBC News .

North Korea telephone line may be reopened, Seoul says

FILE PHOTO: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency ( KCNA ) made available on April 26, 2017.

Jared Kushner a 'focus' in Russia probe

The FBI and the oversight committee - as well as several other congressional panels - are looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign. The committee also is seeking materials dating back almost four years to the Obama administration. Last week, ABC News confirmed that the FBI's inquiry had extended to at least one current White House staffer.

US Rules Out Netanyahu Accompanying Trump to Western Wall

Since taking office, Trump has backed away from his campaign pledge to move the embassy in a gesture to Israel, instead saying he's still studying the issue. Israeli nationalists say a Palestinian "terror" state already exists in the Gaza Strip, from where Israel evacuated all soldiers and settlers in a unilateral withdrawal in 2005.

Concert bomber asked mom to forgive him hours before attack

An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere. Wednesday, to free up police, Parliament was closed to the public and the ceremonial changing of the guards was cancelled at Buckingham Palace. Al-Libi's wife told the AP that she went to college in Tripoli with the elder Abedi's wife and that the two women also lived together in the United Kingdom before they returned t Libya.

Marawi fighting: Troops battle militants in Philippine city

Here is a look at what is happening and who is involved. Abao, a young Maranao professional from Marawi city who requested anonymity due to security concerns, said people in the area were living in fear ever since they heard sporadic gunfire and saw heavily-armed soldiers with tanks and armored vehicles near their homes .

United Kingdom sends 1000 soldiers to protect key sites after Manchester bombing

May said Britain's terror threat level had been raised to critical - meaning another attack may be imminent. British media reports suggested nearly 1,000 troops were being deployed to sensitive sites across the country. The BBC said Manchester Police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but was now furious. He was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan birth and raised in Britain.

United Kingdom police arrest fifth person in connection with Manchester attack

He also confirmed that a serving officer had been killed. Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the publication of leaked intelligence by the New York Times had " caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".

China urges North Korea talks, skirts questions on USA sanctions push

Liu spoke to reporters after emergency Security Council consultations behind closed doors on the North's latest missile test . According to Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop, if North Korea was recognised as a nuclear weapons state, "then Japan and [South] Korea would have little option than to develop their own nuclear weapons capability".

Trump Blamed for 'Body Slam': The Desperate, Hysterical Left Strikes Again

U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte and his campaign have been silent on this special election day. The election result is a major blow to Democrats - the race had been seen as something of a litmus-test for how badly the scandals of the Trump Administration were affecting Republican chances statewide.

Media watchers blame hostility toward reporters on Trump

The incident yesterday roiled a tightening race in the Republican-leaning state, where a Democratic political novice aims to pull off a victory in a contest seen as a bellwether for next year's U.S. House seat, which was vacated March 1 by Republican Ryan Zinke when he became U.S. Interior secretary. Montana is an unorthodox state. Because Republicans hold such a heavy advantage in Montana, Quist will likely need a low turnout with angry Republican voters simply staying home.

British police stop sharing Manchester attack info with the U.S. after leaks

She also chatted and shook hands with hospital staff, and told the father of another injured teenager at the hospital: "It's not something you expect at all". She did not reveal details of whom he may have worked with. "Islam is a religion of peace. Carry on", she said. But they also caution a full intelligence analysis is underway, including trying to determine Abedi's communications.

A look at the G-7 leaders meeting with Trump in Sicily

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sit at a table eating mock pasta during an initiative by Oxfam, an worldwide confederation of NGOS aimed at fighting poverty, ahead of the G7 summit scheduled for May 26 and 27 in Taormina, Italy , Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Trump brands killer 'a loser' as he stands in solidarity with UK

Expressing optimism that a peace deal could finally be brokered to end the almost 70-year-old conflict and suggested a resolution may not be hard to obtain it. "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life", Trump said while on his first foreign trip as president .

Russians 'boasted spies had links to Trump aides' during election campaign

Mark Warner , D-Va., told reporters on Tuesday that committee members sent the subpoenas to Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel, Inc. with a specific list of documents they seek, though the senators did not disclose to what those documents related.

Trump ridiculed for shoving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leader

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders also agreed to do more to ensure fairer burden sharing across the alliance. "Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying for their defence", Mr Trump said , standing by a piece of the wreckage of the Twin Towers.

Manchester bomber a 'mule'? 3 more arrested

The woman, whose identity was not immediately known, was released without charges a few hours after her arrest in connection with the explosion, the deadliest terror attack in Britain since the 2005 London bombings. Critical is the highest possible threat level, and indicates that another attack is imminent. British officials have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

Manchester Bomber Seen Buying Rucksack In City On Friday: Foreign Media

The increased security threat rating comes in the aftermath of the suicide bombing of an Ariana Grande concert this week in Manchester . "This evening we have been carrying out searches at an address in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and arrested a man", the Greater Manchester Police force said in a statement.

Libya says working closely with Britain over concert attack

Asked if officers are looking for the person who made the bomb, he said: "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating and as I've said, it continues at pace, this extensive investigation is going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak".

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