Marawi: Foreign fighters ‘among militants in Philippine city’


 

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Six jihadists, including Indonesian and Malaysian citizens, were killed as the army continued its operation to drive the rebels out of the city of Marawi.

Attack helicopters and special forces have been deployed in the offensive.

It is a rare admission by the authorities that local jihadists are working with international groups.

Marawi is a mainly Muslim city in Lanao del Sur province on the southern island of Mindanao. The province is a stronghold for the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to so-called Islamic State (IS).

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40056134

 

 

Press Facing Physical Abuse


Greg Gianforte celebrates his win over Rob Quist for the open congressional seat at the Hilton Garden Inn, Thursday night, May 25, 2017, in Bozeman, Mont. The Republican multimillionaire Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground. After being declared the winner, Gianforte apologized both to Jacobs and to the Fox News crew for having to witness the attack.

Media advocates are expressing outrage at Montana’s Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte for allegedly assaulting a reporter this week, and some are blaming President Donald Trump for intensifying an anti-media environment that fosters hostility toward journalists.

 

“We have the president of the United States tweeting that reporters are the enemies of the American people,” said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “It’s one thing for, you know, journalists to be booed, to be yelled at, all of which is fair game. But when you’re starting to talk about physical violence–and body-slamming is no joke–this is a matter for law enforcement. This is not business as usual–at least it shouldn’t be.”

https://www.usnews.com/news/ken-walshs-washington/articles/2017-05-26/media-decry-attacks-on-reporters

Who are the victims of the Manchester terror attack


 

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Many of the victims among the 22 who were killed in the attack on the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester have been named.

Among them are parents who were coming to greet their children after the concert and take them safely home, as well as excited youngsters attending their first ever concert.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/23/victims-manchester-terror-attack/

Authorities find bomb-making workshop in Abedi’s home, officials say


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Authorities tell ABC News that they found a kind of bomb-making workshop in Salman Abedi’s home and he had apparently stockpiled enough chemicals to make additional bombs.

The hunt is intensifying for what British authorities suspect is a possible “network” behind the deadly suicide blast outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday, officials say.

The search stretched from the U.K. to Libya, where officials made multiple arrests in a country seen by American officials as a burgeoning new base of operations for ISIS, which has claimed Salman Abedi was a “soldier of the Caliphate.”

Counterterrorism officials fear whoever built the bomb that killed 22 people and injured more than 50 others may have built other improvised-explosive devices which could be used in further attacks.

“I think it’s very clear that this is a network that we are investigating,” Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, said in a press briefing.

According to a terrorism expert who has been briefed on the investigation, the bomb featured a sophisticated design similar to the bombs used in the attacks in Brussels in 2016.

The expert confirmed that Abedi traveled to Manchester Arena by train, likely carrying the bomb in a backpack. The device, a metal container stuffed with bolts and nails, was apparently hooked to a powerful battery and featured a remote, cell-phone detonator with built-in redundancies to ensure a blast even if a first attempt failed.

The design was sophisticated enough to bolster the theory that Abedi didn’t act alone, suggesting, according to the expert, “there’s a bomb maker on the loose.”

“It’s really suggesting that he probably did not act alone, that he probably had some help, that he certainly had some advice on how to create the bomb,” said Matt Olsen, former director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center and an ABC News contributor.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/authorities-find-bomb-making-workshop-abedis-home-officials/story?id=47623068

Manchester bombing: Theresa May to confront Trump on investigation leaks


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British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to confront President Donald Trump Thursday about leaks from the investigation into the deadly Manchester Arena attack — leaks that may have come from U.S. officials.

May said she planned to raise the issue to Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels, hoping to “make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure.” A British official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said Manchester police would stop sharing information about their bombing investigation until they received a guarantee there would be no more leaks to the news media.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/25/manchester-bombing-theresa-may-to-confront-trump-on-investigation-leaks.html

 

Manchester attack: Police not sharing information with US


 

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UK officials were outraged when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the New York Times.

It came after the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to US media just hours after the attack, which left 22 dead.

Theresa May said she would tell Donald Trump at a Nato meeting that shared intelligence “must remain secure”.

The US’s acting ambassador to the UK “unequivocally condemned” the leaks in a BBC radio interview.

“These leaks were reprehensible, deeply distressing,” Lewis Lukens said.

“We have had communications at the highest level of our government … we are determined to identify these leaks and to stop them.”

Meanwhile, the Queen has been to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital visiting some of the injured as well as members of the emergency services.

While there she paid tribute to Manchester and the “extraordinary” way the city had responded to Monday’s attack at an Ariana Grande concert, in which 116 people were also injured.

Families’ distress

In total eight men are now in custody following the bombing carried out by Manchester-born Abedi, a 22-year-old from a family of Libyan origin.

The arrests have been “significant” while searches of premises have also yielded items “important to the investigation”, Greater Manchester Police said.

It has also emerged two people who had known Abedi at college made separate calls to a hotline to warn the police about his extremist views.

A Whitehall source said Abedi was one of a “pool” of former subjects of interest whose risk remained “subject to review” by the security service and its partners.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-40040210

Roman holiday! Ivanka and Jared smile and wave at the crowds as they arrive at the Pantheon for closed-door tour – but are BOOED as their motorcade leaves


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Wearing matching blue and white ensembles, Ivanka and Jared were able to stroll through the Pantheon free from any disturbances, accompanied by a team of security guards who kept a watchful eye over them as they made their way around the popular tourist spot.

Ivanka looked radiant in a navy blouse featuring a white collar and cuffs, which she paired with a billowy white skirt that grazed her ankles.
She accessorized her look with navy pumps, sunglasses, and a white hand bag that she wore over her shoulder.

Meanwhile, Jared looked relaxed in a button-down shirt, navy trousers, and a pair of white walking sneakers.

The couple were greeted by a swarm of people when they arrived at the Pantheon by car, with videos captured by some of the many bystanders showing the couple walking past enormous crowds, who were kept far back from the normally-crowded site by police and barriers.

Clearly eager to ensure that the VIP couple had the best possible experience during their tour around the Pantheon, a team of security guards kept a watchful eye over them as they enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the tourist site.

However their presence at the site clearly cause some ire among many of the waiting people, who booed the couple as they left the site in a large SUV. Video captured at the site shows dozens of people voicing their outrage at Ivanka and Jared as their motorcade left the Pantheon.

According to a local newspaper, there was a delay in the First Daughter’s departure due to an unknown security issue with the car, which meant the motorcade remained in place outside the site for longer than intended.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4538870/Jared-Ivanka-jump-Trump-s-9-day-foreign-trip.html

 

Republican candidate charged with assault, roiling Trump’s Montana test


A Montana Republican running for the U.S. Congress has been charged with assaulting a reporter hours before polls were to open on Thursday for a special election that could test U.S. President Donald Trump’s political clout.

The incident on Wednesday threatened to roil a tightening race in the Republican-leaning state, where a Democratic political novice aimed to pull off a victory in a contest seen as a bellwether for next year’s U.S. congressional elections.

It was not clear what effect the assault charge against Republican technology executive Greg Gianforte would have on the Montana race, where 37 percent of the 699,207 registered voters had already submitted absentee ballots, according to state election officials.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after a political correspondent for the U.S. edition of the Guardian newspaper said the candidate had “body-slammed” him during a campaign event in Bozeman.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/democrats-hope-send-trump-republicans-message-montana-vote-060736234.html