Tuesday, May 23, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 23, 2017

Reuters: British police raid houses after bombing decried by PM as sickening attack on young

British Prime Minister Theresa May decried a suicide bomb attack that killed 22 people in a crowded concert hall as a sickening act targeting children and young people, and police raided houses in the city of Manchester looking for accomplices.

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed the attack as revenge against "Crusaders". But Western experts were skeptical, noting it had offered two accounts of the attack partly contradicting each other and the British police version.

In a statement made outside her Downing Street offices after a meeting with security and intelligence chiefs, May said police believed they knew the identity of the bomber.

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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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'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.


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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