Wednesday, May 24, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 24, 2017 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Arrests in Manchester, Tripoli as police hunt suicide bomber's network

Police made arrests in Manchester and Tripoli on Wednesday as the investigation into a suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children focused on tracking down a network of accomplices who authorities fear could strike again.

Manchester police made four new arrests and searched an address in the city center. A source said British investigators were hunting for anyone who may have helped build the suicide bomb and who could be ready to kill again.

"I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters.

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U.S., Russia military increase communication in skies over Syria.

Mosul now 90 percent liberated, Pentagon says.

Iraq orders investigation into abuses reported in Mosul battle.

Activists: Fighting, airstrikes target southern Syrian city.

16 civilians dead in coalition strikes near Raqa: monitor.

Syrian army says senior Islamic State militant killed.

Bahrain unrest: Death toll from raid on cleric's home rises to five. Bahrain warns protesters after deadly crackdown.

Israeli defence minister says uneasy over US-Saudi arms deal.

Israelis mark 50 years since capture of Jerusalem's Old City.


Suspected suicide bombs in Jakarta kills 3 policemen. Suspected suicide bombers kill 3 police officers, wound 10 in Jakarta.

Philippines president returns to tackle attacks, declares military law in south. Defiant Duterte threatens harsh measures as thousands flee Philippines unrest.

Duterte mulls putting entire Philippines under military rule. Duterte considers martial law for entire Philippines.

Afghan forces continue to suffer battlefield casualties.

China’s imports from North Korea fall as sanctions start to bite.

China and Japan differ on tactics to halt North Korea’s nuclear programme.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi opens fresh round of peace talks.

Balochistan govt claims arrest of 'mastermind' behind high-profile terrorist incidents.

China to expand its presence in Antarctica.


U.S., Britain, U.N. wary of South Sudan ceasefire announcement.

Al Shabaab bombing in Somali capital kills five, injures six.

Tunisia declares 'war on graft' after social unrest.

‘In turmoil again’: Central African Republic unrest spreads.

Egypt denies Sudan claims of providing vehicles to rebels.

Algeria president replaces PM in wake of polls.

Refugees, 'mostly toddlers,' drown off Libyan coast.

Kenya: Police officers killed in al-Shabab bomb attack. Eight police killed in two Kenya roadside bombings.

Ethiopian court convicts journalist for incitement of violence.

400,000 DR Congo children at risk in violence-hit Kasai: UNICEF.

Trump commits $300 million to fight Africa famine.


Raids, arrests as on-edge UK seeks ‘network’ of attackers.

Was bomber's family in global terror network? Killer returned to UK from Libya days before attack 'is linked to Man in the Hat Brussels bomber', his father 'was part of Al-Qaeda-linked group' and brother 'knew of atrocity and was planning own massacre'.

British police say military to guard key London sites.

Manchester attack: Police hunt 'network' behind bomber.

Manchester attack: US leaks about bomber irritating - Rudd.

Pope Francis and President Trump meet despite deep divide.

Macron seeks to extend state of emergency to November.

UN envoy: aim for final Cyprus summit deal by week’s end.

Germany spent 20 billion euros on refugees in 2016.

Stalin's grandson who rejected dictator's name dies at 75.


President Trump meets Pope Francis in Rome.

US Senate majority leader McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul.

Trump budget cut bid would make it 'impossible' for U.N.: spokesman.

Breaking down Trump's budget [Infographic].

Thousands protest against Temer, reforms in Brasilia.

Brazilian president drops bid to suspend own corruption probe.

As Venezuela unrest spreads, Maduro presses on with plans to rewrite charter.

Barricades, protests spread over Venezuela 'sham' elections.

Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage.

Woman arrested for smuggling US space technology to China.


NATO to join anti-IS coalition: diplomatic sources.

US drone strike on Afghan border kills 3 Pakistani Taliban.

Islamic State-loyal forces battle Filipino troops inside provincial capital.

IS claims first suicide attack in Somalia.

Trump budget proposal kills Obama's counterterrorism partnerships fund.


US stocks extend gains to a 5th day as tech companies rise.

Moody's China downgrade rattles Asian markets.

OPEC meeting puts oil at the crossroads with another production cut the likely direction. OPEC nearing deal to extend oil output cut to March 2018.

Bitcoin soars above $2,400 to all-time high.

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