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by | May 26, 2017 | 17:03

The militants called for reinforcements from an allied group, the Maute, and some 50 gunmen managed to enter the city of Marawi . Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte [BBC profile] declared martial law on the island of Mindanao on Tuesday when heavily armed militants linked to the Islamic State [BBC profile] took over large parts of Marawi City , a provincial capital in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:21

CNN notes that, "under the NATO treaty, members of the alliance must commit 2% of their GDP to defense spending, a benchmark that only five of the alliance's 28 members now meet". President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, Thursday, May 25, 2017 , in Brussels .

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:17

Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings", Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's attorney, told CNN . Kushner has also drawn increased scrutiny in recent months, as reports have showed that he met with a representative of a Russian bank under USA sanctions prior to Trump's inauguration and failed to disclose the meeting.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:22

Daesh is losing ground in both Syria and Iraq under an assault from various rival forces in both countries. Air strikes by the US-led coalition on an eastern Syrian town held by Islamic State are reported to have killed at least 35 people.

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:01

Today, however, Mr. Trump's approval rating in the same polling average stands at 40.4 percent, and his disapproval rating stands at 54.0 percent - a net disapproval of almost 14 percent. Despite the division on how the plan would affect their support for elected representatives, the majority of people surveyed (57%) said they believe fewer Americans will be covered under the new GOP health care plan .

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:50

Reinforcements were setting up in barracks, manning checkpoints and preparing to resume an effort to reclaim Marawi City from ISIS-linked militants, who have occupied the area since a raid went awry Tuesday. According to security services, the leader of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group, Isnilon Hapilon, is among those blocked in the apartment. Hapilon is on Washington's list of most-wanted terrorists and has a $5 million bounty on his head.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:20

A woman was arrested late Wednesday but was later released without charge. 1 NEWS Europe Correspondent Emma Keeling with the latest from the United Kingdom after the suicide bombing outside the Manchester Arena . Now, he is the administrative manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli . Earlier, Sky News claimed that they have found evidence linking Salman Abedi to an IS cell operating in Manchester .

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:48

On the UK's exit from the EU, Brexit, the United States expressed its concern about the possible job-easing in its territory, even though Donald Trump was previously in favor of the UK exit from Brussels. He also says he agrees with Trump that the worldwide community should be "tough, even brutal" on terrorism and the Islamic State group. "I don't want to be part of this new political culture of leaks".

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:34

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has confirmed that evil Abedi was on their radar for his suspicious activity prior to Monday's attack . Officers also raided a property in the city's Moss Side neighborhood early Thursday and carried out a controlled explosion.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:28

But it suggested that voters may be returning to Tories after the bombing, with a nine-point improvement in the Prime Minister's personal favourability rating and a six-point boost for her party compared with a poll carried out immediately before the atrocity.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:48

The death toll from floods and landslides caused by the torrential rains has exceeded more than 55 by noon today, "Daily Mirror" reported. "People of Bulathkohupitiya, Deraniyagala, Yatiyantota, Dehiowita, Baddegama, Yakkalamulla, Neluwa, Thawalama, Bulathsinhala, Agalawatta, walallawita, Baduraliya, Kotapola, Pasgoda, Pitabeddara, Mulatiyana, Walasmulla and Katuwana areas are advised to evacuate", it said.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:50

Mr Rowley said: "We greatly value the crucial relationship with our trusted partners around the world so we can collaborate and share sensitive information to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and overseas". Mayor: Investigation leaks are "arrogant" Police: Leaks could "undermine our investigations" United Kingdom terror threat remains at highest level Prime Minister chairs cabinet-level security meeting Fifteen victims have so far been identified Eight men in custody; one woman ...

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:54

Gianforte accountable", Quist said Thursday night. For that I'm sorry. "I should not have treated that reporter that way". The Montana Secretary of State reported Gianforte drawing 181,137 votes, or 50 percent, as of 11:22 p.m. But Republicans rapidly mounted a wilting attack on the airwaves over Quist's financial troubles, including a history of unpaid taxes and liens. In his victory speech, Gianforte also echoed numerous themes of Trump's campaign.

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:32

Brennan's testimony to the House intelligence committee was the clearest public description yet of the significance these contacts play in counterintelligence investigations that continue to hang over the White House. "We'd like to hear his story because he publicly said he has a story to tell". Last week, United States media outlets revealed intelligence information indicating that the Russians privately were hoping to be able to influence the Trump administration through Flynn.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:01

President George W Bush sponsored a peace conference in Annapolis in 2007, which for a while was hailed, in vain, as a major step towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel . On Monday, he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem . "He loves peace, he loves people, he especially loves the Israeli people", said Trump.

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:25

That comes after Flynn claimed his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination to try to fend off subpoenas from the Senate Intelligence Committee, leading that committee to issue a new pair of subpoenas this time aimed at Flynn's companies, which as corporations can't plead the Fifth , and warned they may move to hold him in contempt of Congress.

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:24

Trump's bilateral deals could shift the military balance of the entire Middle East. But he did not mention what has always been the goal of USA diplomacy in the region - a two-state solution to the conflict: Israel and a Palestinian state. and Israel, a risky nuclear deal with Iran, and a set of policies that allowed terrorist groups to grow and thrive across the region. Obama-era ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro suggested on Twitter that either Trump's visit was substance-free - or he "is ...

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:04

Assange faces arrest by British police on charges of skipping bail and also fears extradition to the United States over WikiLeaks' publication of top secret United States military and diplomatic documents. So, Sweden - whose officials questioned Assange in 2016 at the Ecuadorian embassy - has simply made a decision to stop investing resources in Assange, although Ny believes there's still probable cause in the rape case.

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:17

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Gianforte was a "wannabe Trump", citing the president's occasionally harsh language and behavior. "I guess that's really not for me to talk about", Quist said. Gianforte was expected to address supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman Thursday night, possibly after the race was called in his favor. Just as questions continue to arise over why Gianforte wasn't brought into the Sheriff's office for questioning and what will happen to the ...

by | May 26, 2017 | 14:58

But British ministers and security chiefs have been dismayed by leaks in the USA media which made public details about the British investigation. According to the Guardian , Prime Minister Theresa May will confront US President Donald Trump over the stream of leaks of crucial intelligence when the pair meet Thursday at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit meeting in Brussels .

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:04

The row comes as British police stepped up their investigation into a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British-born man with Libyan parents who blew himself up on Monday night at Manchester Arena after a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande .

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:31

Following last night's horrific terrorist attack that has left 22 people dead and 119 injured, Ariana Grande has suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour. The official Twitter account of the Manchester Evening News tweeted to say that online fashion retailer Boohoo.com - which has its head office close to the site of the attack - has donated £100,000 to the campaign.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:03

NATO's chief affirmed Thursday that the alliance will join the worldwide coalition fighting the Islamic State group but will not wage direct war against the extremists - an announcement timed for U.S. Merkel, who stood emotionless during the speech, earlier issued her own challenge to the USA president, saying that member states including Germany had already pledged to work towards the 2 percent target by 2024 and that outlays on security more generally also count toward the goal.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:24

Their dressing raises questions as to why they refused to cover their hair in Saudi Arabia but they did so in Vatican . In February previous year, Pope Francis responded without naming Trump saying "a person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian".

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:30

As for Flynn's previous offer to spill his secrets in exchange for legal immunity, Schiff was deeply skeptical the House Intelligence Committee would entertain it. Flynn also received $US45,000 to appear in 2015 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner for RT, a Kremlin-controlled media organisation. A number of former Trump aides have been summoned to testify by Congress and a grand jury.

by | May 26, 2017 | 14:55

In a statement to reporters, Acting Assistant Secretary for North Eastern Affairs, Stuart Jones , stated that "Credible sources have believed that numerous bodies have been disposed in mass graves". The State Department released newly declassified commercial satellite photos of what it said is a building at the prison used as the crematorium .

by | May 26, 2017 | 14:47

Comey also reportedly filed a memo after a February 14 White House meeting in which he claimed that Trump asked him to end the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "Moreover, the White House has not ruled out the possibility of using the rule to challenge Mueller's findings in court, should the investigation lead to prosecution".

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:08

The intelligence panel also is seeking Comey's memos. Trump says Comey was sacked because he no longer had confidence in him to lead the agency, a claim that only 36% of Americans say they believe. If these reports are true, he said, Trump would have violated two intelligence protocols - the need to share such information through established intelligence channels, and the need to warn the country which provided it, so as not to jeopardize sources or methods.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:48

Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya and Syria as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere.

by | May 26, 2017 | 14:54

At Nato's gleaming new headquarters, Trump returned to his longstanding call for member nations to pay their fair share, lecturing leaders about contributing more as they stood listening in awkward silence. But Nato's current spending target of 2% of GDP on defence is not due to be met until 2024. Trump, who said there is "no relationship we cherish more" than the one with the United Kingdom, declared the leaks "deeply troubling" and said he was asking the Justice Department to lead an ...

by | May 26, 2017 | 14:58

Besides addressing NATO's free-rider problem, Trump's speech - written by senior White House aide Stephen Miller - focused heavily on the threat posed by terrorism, a key talking point he has used in the past to suggest that the Cold War-era alliance is outdated and "obsolete".

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:28

Federal investigators are looking into meetings Kushner held in December with Russia's ambassador and a banker from Moscow. The banker, Sergei Gorkov, is chairman of VneshEconomBank, a state bank under USA sanctions since July 2014. The FBI responded to Chaffetz in a letter Thursday citing Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel in the bureau's investigation of Russian Federation as justification to delay fulfilling the committee's request.

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:13

Cameras flashed as she emerged, her inmate number 503 attached to her dark-coloured jacket, and walked into the court where she sat before a three-judge panel. Asked if she had any additional statement, Park said, "I will in the future". Park has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty at the trial.

by | May 26, 2017 | 15:31

Former CIA Director John Brennan testified Tuesday in a U.S. House hearing that Russian Federation "brazenly interfered" in the 2016 presidential election and publicly acknowledged for the first time his concern about their influence.

by | May 26, 2017 | 16:14

Committee Chairman Richard Burr says senators will wait for Flynn's response to Tuesday's requests before they decide the next course of action, including the possibility of a contempt of Congress citation. While the group says it is pleased with the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the allegations against Trump , it said it would also like to see a select congressional committee involved in the investigation.