Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader - who calls it natural

Asked about Trump not explicitly affirming USA support for Article 5, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "It goes without saying". "They agreed on the need to work together to deepen our security cooperation in fighting ISIS ( Islamic State ), combating radicalisation and responding to other common threats". [Full Article...]

Trump, G7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

Mr Trump is not expected to decide at the summit whether he will stick with the Paris deal negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama. Fellow G7 leaders are trying to convince him to stay in. "Since the lack of social and economic inclusiveness and opportunities may contribute to the rise of terrorism and violent extremism, we commit to address these issues through a comprehensive approach ... [Full Article...]

Harvard gives Zuckerberg honorary degree

He noted that Facemash was not almost as important in creating Facebook , as the movie implied (referring to the 2010 movie, The Social Network ). Harvard classmates Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg married in May 2012. It's going to happen at the local level, when enough of us feel a sense of objective and stability in our own lives that we can open up and start caring about everyone. [Full Article...]

S. Korea OKs civilian contact with North Korea over malaria

S. Korea OKs civilian contact with North Korea over malaria This is the first time South Koreans will be allowed to contact North Koreans in 16 months since Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January past year, according to the MOU. There are no restrictions on travel to the country despite recent tensions over its reported development of a new missile capable of reaching Japan and major USA military bases. [Full Article...]

Britain 'furious' over US leaks on Manchester attack

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said there is progress being made on the investigation despite the leaks. The father, Ramadan Abedi, had said another brother of the bomber, Ismail, was arrested Tuesday. Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd chaired another Cabinet Office Briefing Room A ( Cobra ) meeting today. [Full Article...]

Egypt: Germany condemns attack on Copts in Egypt

Egypt: Germany condemns attack on Copts in Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called a meeting of security officials, the state news agency said, and the cabinet said the attackers would not succeed in dividing the nation. The religious minority makes up an estimated 10 percent of the country's population and has been attacked in the past. Several of the attacks have targeted Christians and churches, as armed groups accuse them of supporting... [Full Article...]

United Kingdom says Manchester attacker recently returned from Libya

United Kingdom says Manchester attacker recently returned from Libya The father and younger brother of the man suspected of carrying out the suicide bomb attack that killed 22 people and wounded scores at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester this week have been arrested in Libya. He said he knew the man from the neighborhood and the mosque but "in the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all". Hett, reported to be 29, had appeared on the reality TV... [Full Article...]

Filipinos at Mass worry about city, martial law

But now they have subscribed to the ideology of ISIS ( Islamic State). Around 20 people have died in the fighting, including 13 terrorists and five soldiers. His admission elevates the threat of what experts says are moves by ISIL to exploit the poverty and exclusion of the majority Muslim southern Philippines to establish a base for fighters from Southeast Asia and beyond. [Full Article...]

Manchester bomber was 'likely' acting with others: minister

Rudd also said Abedi had been known to security services before the bombing . In a highly unusual public criticism today, Ms Rudd said it was "likely" the bomber was not working alone and the British authorities had wanted to keep the "element of surprise". [Full Article...]

Police make 2 more arrests over Manchester bombing

Police said three men were arrested Wednesday in south Manchester, where a day earlier a 23-year-old man was also arrested and a number of homes were searched. He was one of four siblings and grew up in the greater Manchester area. In total, eight men, including Abedi's older brother, and a woman have been arrested in a series of raids across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton. [Full Article...]

United Kingdom police make 7th arrest in Manchester terror probe

United Kingdom police make 7th arrest in Manchester terror probe France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have also traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group. "In the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all". Neighbors remembered the suspected suicide bomber as a tall, thin young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress. Congressman Adam Schiff, a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, sa... [Full Article...]

Police arrest 5th suspect in bombing near Manchester

Ramadan Abedi says he spoke to his 22-year-old son, Salman Abedi , five days ago and he was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia and sounded "normal". Britain has raised its terror alert to the maximum level and ordered troops to protect strategic sites after 22 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Manchester pop concert. [Full Article...]

Trump tweets after Middle East trip: 'Trying hard for PEACE'

Trump's vagueness on one of the region's central issues did little to dampen the enthusiasm surrounding his visit, particularly from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. With the Middle East leg of his trip complete , Trump arrived in Italy Tuesday. Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, but Palestinians insist that the city's mostly Arab eastern part be the capital of any future state. [Full Article...]

Palestinians, Israel police clash at Jerusalem Old City gate

The newspaper added, "The European countries are the main supporters of takfiris in the Middle East, and have ignited the sectarian war in the region through their military aid to these [terrorist groups], but they haven't been immune from the terrorist attacks, and hundreds of their nationals have been killed or injured". [Full Article...]

Iran accuses US of 'Iranophobia', arming 'dangerous terrorists'

One of the takeaways of the trip, he said, was that "we need to put a lot more effort into understanding one another better. understanding each other's cultures, understanding each other's beliefs, and I think talking more openly about those". [Full Article...]

Philippines using helicopters to clear militants

Philippines using helicopters to clear militants The president held a cabinet meeting on Thursday in Davao, his home city and the biggest on Mindanao. Fleeing residents were crammed inside or on top of vehicles, clutching their belongings. The Singapore Straits Times highlights a 2016 report calling Maute terrorists "the smartest, best-educated and most sophisticated members of all of the pro-ISIS groups in the Philippines". [Full Article...]

Libya arrests brother, father of Manchester bombing suspect

As the situation remained tense in Manchester , police responded to a call at a college in the Trafford area. Azzouz is reported to be an expert bomb-maker. He criticized media for publishing such material. He said the number of overall wounded was raised due to the "walking wounded" who came in hours after the attack . [Full Article...]

Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

The Trump administration has also vowed to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, where Republicans have held a 5-4 majority since the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch in April. It also suspended the US refugee resettlement program for 120 days and reduced by more than half the number of refugees allowed into the USA overall. [Full Article...]

Trump says intelligence leaks 'deeply troubling'

Six additional arrests were made in Britain on Wednesday as the sprawling investigation extended to Libya , where Abedi's father and 18-year-old brother were detained in Tripoli. "We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world", said the National Police Chiefs' Council in a statement. [Full Article...]

Brennan warned Russian against election meddling

Brennan warned Russian against election meddling The information was considered to be credible enough by intelligence officials that it was passed along to the FBI, which then opened up an ongoing counterintelligence investigation. But spokesman Ian Prior says an Federal Bureau of Investigation employee assigned to help with the form, known as an SF-86, said those encounters didn't have to be included as routine contacts as part of Sessions' S... [Full Article...]

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