May 28th, 2017

World News

Philippines pounds militants; civilians found shot dead

By Jim Gomez, The Associated Press on May 28th, 2017

MARAWI, Philippines – Philippine forces launched fresh airstrikes Sunday to drive out militants linked to the Islamic State group after days of fighting left corpses in the streets and hundreds of civilians begging for rescue from a besieged southern city. The crisis inside Marawi, home to some 200,000 people, has grown increasingly dire as the ... Read More »

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Back home after foreign trip, Trump faces slew of challenges

By Jill Colvin And Ken Thomas, The Associated Press on May 28th, 2017

WASHINGTON – His whirlwind foreign trip complete, President Donald Trump faces a slew of political and policy challenges at home and mushrooming inquiries into allegations that Russia meddled in the U.S. election and had improper dealings with his campaign and associates. Trump returned to Washington late Saturday after a nine-day trip to the Middle East ... Read More »

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AP source: Kushner sought secret communications with Russia

By Vivian Salama, The Associated Press on May 28th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser, proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed ... Read More »

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Philippines says militants shot dead at least 16 civilians

By The Associated Press on May 27th, 2017

MARAWI, Philippines – The Philippine military says it has found the bodies of 16 civilians who were gunned down by Muslim militants in the ongoing fight for the control of southern Marawi city. Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla says the dead include a group of four men, three women and a child who were ... Read More »

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Mayor: ‘Heroes’ died protecting women from anti-Muslim rant

By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press on May 27th, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police said Saturday they’ll examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of an Oregon man accused of fatally stabbing two men who tried to intervene when the suspect yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim on a Portland light-rail train. The attack Friday happened on the ... Read More »

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Clinton by Benghazi families

By The Associated Press on May 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling the former secretary of state didn’t defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied. The lawsuit also alleged the former Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a ... Read More »

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UK police show photo of concert bomber, ask public for info

By Jill Lawless And Mstyslav Chernov, The Associated Press on May 27th, 2017

MANCHESTER, England – British police on Saturday released surveillance-camera images of the Manchester concert bomber on the night of the attack as they appealed for more information about his final days. Authorities said they had made major progress in unravelling the plot behind the concert bombing but acknowledged there were still gaps in their knowledge. ... Read More »

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AP source: Kushner back channel with Russia involved Syria

By Vivian Salama, The Associated Press on May 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat. Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed at exploring ... Read More »

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Tributes pour in for ex-national security adviser Brzezinski

By Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press on May 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Well before he won the presidency in 1977, Jimmy Carter was impressed by the views of foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski. That Carter immediately liked the Polish-born academic advising his campaign was a plus. “He was inquisitive, innovative and a natural choice as my national security adviser when I became president,” Carter said ... Read More »

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Police: Suspect in Portland stabbings ranted about Muslims

By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press on May 27th, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man who police say fatally stabbed two people who tried to stop him from yelling anti-Islamic slurs on a Portland light-rail train spent time in prison for robbery and kidnapping charges years ago, according to court records and a defence attorney. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was being held in the Multnomah ... Read More »

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UK lowers terror threat to ‘severe;’ more Manchester arrests

By Jill Lawless And Mstyslav Chernov, The Associated Press on May 27th, 2017

MANCHESTER, England – Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch, from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, as authorities said they had made major progress in unravelling the plot behind the Manchester concert bombing. But police said more arrests were expected, and security was tight across Britain as hundreds of thousands of people attended major ... Read More »

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