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Maute attack in Marawi — TIMELINE

Duterte clarified on Wednesday that the martial law declaration allows for warrantless arrests, suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, and extrajudicial killing. All these groups are inspired by the Islamic State group, but so far there is no sign of significant, material ties. "Given the gravity of the situation in Marawi City, we urge the public to remain calm and not to spread unverified ... [Full Article...]

Brussels | Angry UK to confront Trump on leaks as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders meet

Brussels | Angry UK to confront Trump on leaks as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders meet Some of the allies - particularly Eastern European nations deeply anxious about Russian aggression - were hopeful that Trump would state a firm commitment to NATO's Article 5 mutual defence agreement, which underpins the entire alliance. [Full Article...]

Libya says working closely with Britain over concert attack

Libya says working closely with Britain over concert attack Other sources reported Abedi returned just a few days before the attack to the United Kingdom, where he was lived until as recently as 2016 at his family home in Fallowfield. An extraordinary row erupted between the U.S. and British authorities after a host of sensitive information was leaked to American news outlets in the wake of Monday's attack. [Full Article...]

Trump recaps trip before returning to Washington

President Donald Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will be stronger because member countries have increased payments "considerably". "I saw someone who listens and who is willing to work", Macron said. The president mentioned the terrorist attack Monday in Manchester, England. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says G-7 talks on climate change were "unsatisfactory". [Full Article...]

Philippine forces hit militants; civilians wave white flags

He defended his proclamation of martial law in Mindanao , saying it was necessary to root out the militants who attacked Marawi on Tuesday, burning buildings and taking some dozen hostages. While the government was able to reclaim some previously Maute-occupied areas and rescue trapped civilians, the Armed Forces said clearing operations are still ongoing. [Full Article...]

Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos injured in Athens vehicle bomb

Police gave no further details and didn't immediately confirm media reports that the explosion was caused by a parcel bomb that Papademos opened while inside the vehicle. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. As of early Friday, no one had claimed responsibility for the attack against Papademos. Papademos has served as vice president of the European Central Bank. [Full Article...]

Manchester attack: United Kingdom terror threat level down from critical to severe

Manchester attack: United Kingdom terror threat level down from critical to severe The resulting explosion killed 22 and injured 64 others. Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police Service, said detectives had made "immense progress" in the investigation, but warned there were still "important lines of inquiry" to pursue. [Full Article...]

United States assures Turkey of its support in fighting PKK

The Turks are fiercely opposed to the US plans, seeing the Kurdish fighters as terrorists. Though the USA decision gives the Kurds worldwide legitimacy, Syrian Kurdish officials are skeptical that it will change Turkey's position "against Rojava people and northern Syria, where it occupied parts of Syria, and is planning to occupy more territories inside Syria", Sihanouk Dibo, the PYD (politic... [Full Article...]

Donald Trump's son-in-law under Federal Bureau of Investigation radar in Russian Federation probe

The White House has been engulfed in crisis over allegations that Mr Trump asked the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to drop an inquiry into links between his ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation. [Full Article...]

Chaffetz: Government leakers should be jailed

The New York Times reported on Friday that Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak that Comey was "crazy, a real nut job". "There's been an terrible lot written and said about it, but I don't even know that the Department of Justice has them". Chaffetz was asked by ABC 's George Stephanopoulos about a person of interest in the Russ... [Full Article...]

Ex-ambassador: Russia is a 'dark cloud' for Trump's administration

Ex-ambassador: Russia is a 'dark cloud' for Trump's administration President Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner , proposed to the Russian envoy that a secret communications channel could be set up between the transition team and the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported Friday . Another potential line of inquiry could concern Kushner's failure to disclose some of his contacts with Russian government officials when he was filling out his applicati... [Full Article...]

Trump tells 'confidants' U.S. will leave Paris climate deal -Axios

Mr Cohn was referring to whether Mr Trump will execute his threat to walk away from the Paris accord on combatting climate change . McMaster called "baseless" reports that European leaders were concerned over Trump's failure to restate the US commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation charter during an alliance summit in Brussels. [Full Article...]

India's longest river bridge inaugurated in Assam. Here are the details

India's longest river bridge inaugurated in Assam. Here are the details The Prime Minister said that the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Assam government was committed to connect whole of northeast with India and whole northeast with India. The Steel Authority of India Limited has supplied around 90 per cent, or around 30,000 tonnes of steel, including TMT, structurals and plates, for the construction of the bridge. [Full Article...]

Soldier from Georgia killed when vehicle rolls over in Syria

Soldier from Georgia killed when vehicle rolls over in Syria No details were given. Murphy was in the 1st Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, a unit which is based in Savannah at Hunter Army Airfield. Register now to learn how DHS and Commerce are implementing CDM strategies. In October 2015, Murphy volunteered to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment, successfully completing airborne school and Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1. [Full Article...]

Ariana Grande releases full statement on Manchester terror attack

Ariana Grande releases full statement on Manchester terror attack The day after the bombing, Grande, 23, returned to the United States and shortly thereafter, announced that she'd suspended her tour until early next month. Grande wrote of the unifying power of music and appealed for people to come "closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before". [Full Article...]

Trump signals Abbas must end indiscriminate slaughter of Jews

In Trump's speech at the NATO summit in Brussels, he did briefly mention the "the commitments that bind us together as one", but he didn't give NATO what it wanted : an explicit endorsement of Article 5, which says that when invoked, NATO allies must aid a fellow ally under attack. [Full Article...]

Death toll in Egypt attack on Coptic Christians rises to 29

Death toll in Egypt attack on Coptic Christians rises to 29 The area is controlled by jihadists close to al Qaeda. Islamic State claimed responsibility via Twitter on Saturday (May 27) for an attack on a group of Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery in central Egypt on Friday (May 26). "While we appreciate the fast response by officials in dealing with the event, we hope that necessary procedures are undertaken to avoid such attacks, which damag... [Full Article...]

Two top Trump advisers dodge Kushner questions

A Washington Post story out Friday reported that Kushner proposed establishing a "secret and secure" backchannel with the Kremlin to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak . Meanwhile, congressional officials say a Russian oligarch who was once close to Mr Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has offered to cooperate with congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.... [Full Article...]

Philippines says its ready to hold talks with the Maute group

The military says Maute has yet to be endorsed by Islamic State , or ISIS, as one of its affiliates. They held banners while chanting "Never again to martial law". Wadi said he expected the militants to scatter after suffering casualties but then regroup, winning from the experience a "badge of honour" that could draw IS fighters fleeing the Middle East battlefields. [Full Article...]

The Trump Administration Travel Ban Is Headed To The Supreme Court

The presidential executive order issued by Trump seeks to temporarily cut off visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. A central question in the case was whether courts should consider Trump's public statements about wanting to bar Muslims from entering the country as evidence that the policy was primarily motivated by the religion. [Full Article...]


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