Tuesday, May 23, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 23, 2017 (Evening Edition)

BBC: Manchester attack: UK threat level raised to highest

The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said.

The move came after investigators were unable to rule out whether Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone, the prime minister said.

Military personnel will now be deployed to protect key sites.

Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured when a suicide bomber attacked concert-goers at Manchester Arena.

The prime minister also confirmed the government had triggered "Operation Temperer", a long-standing emergency plan to put soldiers into key public locations to support armed police in protecting the public.

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Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': U.S. general.

Trump 'to do everything' for Middle East peace. Trump envisions Israeli-Palestinian peace after talks with Abbas, Netanyahu. Trump promotes his goal of Middle East peace, offers no details.

Donald Trump arrives in Bethlehem for talks with Abbas.

UN envoy: Liberation of Mosul from ISIL is 'imminent'.

New bridge reunites Mosul as Iraqi forces gear up for final assault.

Anti-IS coalition trains policemen in Syria's Raqa.

Deadliest month for Syria civilians in US-led strikes: monitor.

In Syria’s devastated twin towns, tears mix with rubble.

Bahrain security forces raid home of Shi'ite spiritual leader.


Duterte declares martial law in southern Philippines. Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines. Philippines President Duterte declares martial law on Mindanao island.

North Korea, if left unchecked, on 'inevitable' path to nuclear ICBM: U.S..

China sees 'no reason' not to talk with N. Korea.

India 'bombs Pakistan army posts' in Kashmir. India hits positions across line of control with Pakistan.

Pro-Islamic State group, army clash in Marawi City, Philippines.

Ten Afghan soldiers killed in Kandahar army base attack. Taliban attack on Afghan army base kills 10 soldiers.

UN Security Council vows new sanctions on North Korea.

More evidence for WannaCry 'link' to North Korean hackers.

South Korea fires 90 warning shots after object flies across border.

Myanmar army rejects UN Rohingya abuse claims.

Park Geun-hye: S Korea trial of impeached president begins. Park Geun-hye: Former South Korean president denies wrongdoing as corruption trial begins.


Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint.

UN questions DR Congo probe of experts' murder.

Two UN peacekeepers killed in Mali: UN.

Sudan accuses Egypt of backing rebels ahead of foreign minister's trip.

Somalia: "Otherwise we'll have to go to war" - Somaliland demands recognition 26 years on.

South Sudanese rebels have rejected President Salva Kiir’s offer for dialogue.

Tunisians mourn protestor as tensions mount.

UN urges Libyan government to shut ‘inhumane’ refugee centres.

DR Congo has world's highest population fleeing conflict.


UK raises threat level to 'critical'. British police name suicide bomber, threat level raised to critical.

Police race to establish if Manchester suicide bomber acted alone.

Dramatic moment armed police swoop on home of bomber Salman Abedi’s brother and arrest man, 23, over ISIS arena massacre as addresses across Manchester are raided.

Manchester police conduct raids after concert bombing. British police raid houses after bombing decried by PM as sickening attack on young.

Manchester bomber identified: Latest in terror investigation.

Trump arrives in Italy to meet Pope Francis, Italian leaders.

Exclusive: Russia refusing to send some rail freight to Latvia - sources.

Greece fails to secure fresh bailout funds. No deal reached over Greece's latest bailout.

NATO's feel-good meeting aims to impress Trump.

Hackers hit Russian bank customers, planned international cyber raids.

War crimes suspect Mladic appeals for release on medical grounds.

Roger Moore, star of 7 James Bond films, dies at 89.


Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget.

CIA director alerted FBI to pattern of contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates.

Manchester attack: Trump calls attacker a 'loser'.

Trump's $3.6 trillion budget cuts hit his supporters hard.

US intel chief mum on possible Trump pressure on Russia probe.

Pope Francis, Donald Trump to seek common ground at Vatican.

Brazil president retreats from attempts to suspend investigation.

Brazil police arrest presidential aide in World Cup probe.

Venezuela prosecutor decries Maduro plan, unrest worsens.

Hugo Chavez's childhood home burned in Venezuelan violence.


Islamic State claims responsibility for Manchester bombing.

Madrid to Manchester: A chronology of terror in Europe.

US military conducts ground raid in Yemen on AQAP compound. Clashes between US troops, al-Qaida militants in Yemen.


Wall Street rises on investor relief after Trump budget.

Oil producers to extend output curbs at OPEC meeting.

Apple and Nokia to 'co-operate' after settling patent row.

German police search Daimler facilities in dieselgate probe.

World's best Go player flummoxed by Google’s ‘godlike’ AlphaGo AI.

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