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Police closes on Manchester bombing network


MAY SAYS UK SECURITY THREAT LEVEL LOWERED  LONDON: Britain lowered its security threat level to “severe” yesterday following significant activity by police investigating the suicide bomb attack on a pop concert in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May said. Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who …

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Trump son-in-law sought secret line to Moscow: report


WASHINGTON : President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, The Washington Post reported Friday evening. Kushner, a close adviser to Trump, went so far as to suggest using Russian diplomatic facilities in …

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UK’s Rushmoor elect first female Muslim mayor


HAMPSHIRE: Pakistani-British Councillor Sophia Choudhary has become the first female Muslim Mayor of Rushmoor Borough Council of the United Kingdom. In a ceremony, the former mayor councilor Jacqui Vosper on Tuesday handed over the charge to Sophia. The ceremony was attended by Sophia’s friends and relatives besides council members. On …

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Stormy climate at G7 as Trump goes his own way


SICILY: G7 nations yesterday were deadlocked over climate change as US President Donald Trump rebuffed pressure to toe the collective line in the club of powerful democracies. Delegates from the Group of Seven leading economies said a closing summit statement to be issued later Saturday would acknowledge only that six …

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Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails end hunger strike


RAMALLAH: Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17 have ended their mass protest under a deal brokered by the Red Cross, Palestinian and Israeli sources said yesterday. Some 30 of the more than 800 hunger strikers had been hospitalised in recent days, raising fears …

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28 dead as militias clash in Libya capital


Tripoli: At least 28 people were killed and nearly 130 wounded in fierce clashes in the Libyan capital Friday between forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government and rival militiamen, the health ministry said. Tripoli has been gripped by a power struggle between dozens of militias since a NATO-backed uprising …

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No Ramadan event this year: US State dept


WASHINGTON: Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly …

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