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Manchester Bomber, Salman Abedi, Is Thought to Have Traveled to Syria

Thursday 09:02 GMT

Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old man who carried out Britain’s worst terrorist attack since 2005, is believed to have traveled to Syria, the French interior minister announced on Wednesday.

The British authorities have identified Mr. Abedi as the man who set off a homemade bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena on Monday evening after a pop concert by the American singer Ariana Grande. The attack killed 22 people and wounded 59 others; the Islamic State claimed responsibility but has not described Mr. Abedi’s links to the network.

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Bloodshed, fires and chaos as thousands march in Brazil to demand president's ouster

Thursday 22:49 GMT

Tens of thousands of Brazilians descended on Brasilia, the capital, on Wednesday, setting fires, smashing windows and storming government buildings to demand the ouster of yet another Brazilian president engulfed in a corruption scandal.

The use of armed forces is a choice that could particularly anger the population in Brazil, a country that lived through a military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985.

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Amid turmoil, is Fox News losing its perch as cable news leader?

Thursday 09:59 GMT

Tuesday’s events highlighted the chaotic environment at Fox News, which 21st Century Fox Co-Chairman Rupert Murdoch has been managing since July, when he and his sons ousted the late founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes, amid a sexual harassment scandal.

O’Reilly’s departure has taken a toll on Fox News, which is showing signs that it may be losing its perch as the dominant force in cable news. Last week, Fox finished behind CNN and MSNBC among viewers ages 25 to 54, the demographic most important to advertisers who buy commercial time on the network.

66 Articles
Source: Common Domain

The Note: Election Night turns Fight Night in Montana

Thursday 22:50 GMT

Greatest task today is to consolidate free world around Western values, not just interests. @KFaulders: .@Bencjacobs on @GMA says the only thing that's factual in Gianforte's statement is his name & place of employment.

The Republican candidate in the Montana at-large U.S. House of Representatives special election allegedly assaulted a reporter Wednesday, less than 24 hours before polls were to open in the state.

34 Articles
Source: BBC

China’s debt mountain: Should we worry?

Thursday 21:53 GMT

Writing about the country's economic slowdown in 2012, he said: "China's debt fuelled expansion was never likely to be sustainable."

The problem is not the government's direct debt, which at less than 40% of GDP is modest by Western standards, or the eminently manageable 3% deficit (the rate at which that debt is rising). The issue is the debt being carried by the country's companies, or more specifically the "state-owned enterprises" (SOEs) that constitute the grumbling and sometimes out-of-date engines of the Chinese economy.

24 Articles
Source: Common Domain

As Trump wavers over Paris climate accord, European leaders give him an earful

Thursday 22:51 GMT

With President Trump balking on his vow to shred the Obama-negotiated Paris agreement on climate change, the last place the pact’s staunch opponents wanted to see the president is where he will be this weekend — meeting other world leaders unanimous in their warnings that withdrawal from the accord would seriously damage America’s economy and world stature.

The White House indecision over the climate accord — which has the support of every nation except Syria and Nicaragua — reflects a deeply divided worldview in a Trump inner circle now packed with establishment Republicans.

19 Articles
Source: Washington Post

At Trump’s urging, states try to tilt Medicaid in conservative directions

Thursday 22:50 GMT

Wisconsin is preparing to recast its Medicaid program in ways that no state has ever done, requiring low-income adults to undergo drug screening to qualify for health coverage and setting time limits on assistance unless they work or train for a job.

In March, HHS Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, administrator of the agency’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, sent a letter to the nation’s governors that declared: “We wish to empower all states to advance the next wave of innovative solutions to Medicaid’s challenges.” Hutchinson said he has discussed his state’s imminent proposal with Price and found him “very favorable and supportive of this.”

19 Articles
Source: Common Domain

15-year-old Olivia Campbell, whose mother's words brought a nation to tears, is among Manchester's dead

Thursday 21:53 GMT

Charlotte immediately took to Facebook and wrote: “RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far too soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling.” A friend watching the couple’s home in Bury, Great Manchester, said Wednesday of the couple, “They have gone to register the death.”

News of Olivia’s death was broken to her school classmates and their parents in a post from head Brian Duffy, who wrote: “It is with great sadness that we inform our school and wider community that one of our children, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, was a victim of the Manchester atrocity.

18 Articles
Source: CBS News

Lawmakers react to Montana candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged assault of Guardian reporter

Thursday 22:50 GMT

Following an altercation between Montana Republican Greg Gianforte and Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, outcry over the candidate's handling of a question by a reporter is drawing swift reaction across Washington.

Gianforte, who is running to fill Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's vacant seat, was charged with misdemeanor assault late Wednesday. He's accused of grabbing Jacobs by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office earlier Wednesday night.

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Source: NBC News

Seven men, five women will decide Bill Cosby's fate

Thursday 20:01 GMT

Twelve jurors have been chosen for the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial: seven men and five women, only two of them black, in a case where race and gender loom large.

"All things being equal, you'd have to say that a black juror is better for Bill Cosby, but things are never equal," he said.

14 Articles
Source: Common Domain

Angels' Andrelton Simmons good, not great, with glove this season

Thursday 22:51 GMT

Simmons missed more than five weeks at this time last season after he suffered a torn thumb ligament against these same Rays.

While it remains far too small of a sample to draw any definitive conclusions, Simmons notably agrees with that assessment. He’s third among MLB shortstops in Ultimate Zone Rating, instead of his typical first, and far off his own usual pace.

13 Articles
Source: Fox News

White House battles ethics watchdog over lobbyist waiver disclosures

Thursday 15:32 GMT

The White House and the nation’s top ethics watchdog are battling over the disclosure of waivers the Trump administration has granted that allow lobbyists to work in government agencies.

“Senator Grassley stands by his letter from 2009 calling for greater government transparency of ethics waivers, and is grateful to see that, eight years later, the Office of Government Ethics now explicitly agrees with his assessment of its authority,” a Grassley spokesperson told Fox News. “He’s also been exploring the matter with Democrat colleagues in the last few weeks and welcomes their newfound interest in improving transparency.”

12 Articles
Source: NBC News

Jared Kushner now under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe, say officials

Thursday 22:51 GMT

Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.

The FBI's scrutiny of Kushner places the bureau's sprawling counterintelligence and criminal investigation not only on the doorstep of the White House, but in the Trump family circle. The Washington Post first reported last week that a senior White House official close to Trump was a "person of interest," but did not name the person.

13 Articles
Source: The Guradian

Manchester bombing: more people linked to attack may be at large

Thursday 22:50 GMT

Investigators believe there may be more people at large who are part of a terror network linked to the Manchester Arena attack, and that more bomb-making materials have still to be found.

One of the men detained on Thursday was taken away after searches of an address in the Withington area of Manchester, while another was arrested in a part of Greater Manchester that was not disclosed. Police also carried out a controlled explosion to reach a terrace house in Moss Side in Manchester, although no arrests were made.

11 Articles
Source: CBS News

Trump shoves prime minister of Montenegro

Thursday 22:51 GMT

Neither Montenegro nor its prime minister are particularly well-known in America, but on June 5, the country is expected to become the 29th member of NATO, completing a process that began in 2003 when Montenegro was still part of a union with Serbia and restarted in 2006 after gaining independence.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Markovic talked about his country's own ongoing investigation of Russian interference in its elections—a failed Russian plot to stage a coup d'état to seize power, assassinate the former prime minister, and install a leader that would keep Montenegro out of NATO.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte