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Children among 22 dead in suicide attack at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Twenty-two people, including children, were killed and dozens injured when a man detonated a bomb at a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande, in Britain’s deadliest terror attack in 12 years. Screaming fans, many of them teens, fled the venue in panic after the bomb blast at the end of the concert in the northern English city of Manchester on Monday evening.
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Trump meets Palestinian leader in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Donald Trump made the short trip from Jerusalem to Bethlehem Tuesday to meet Mahmud Abbas, who was hoping to convince the unpredictable US president to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state. His talks in Bethlehem with the Palestinian president came after Trump on Monday made a heavily symbolic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Militant attack on Afghan army base kills 10 soldiers

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) - At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when militants attacked their army base in the southern province of Kandahar, the defence ministry said Tuesday, in the latest attack on Western-backed forces. The assault in Shah Wali Kot district late Monday came just a day after 20 Afghan policemen were killed when Taliban fighters stormed their outposts in the neighbouring province of Zabul.
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Manchester’s Arndale shopping center evacuated, witnesses heard “big bang”

MANCHESTER (Reuters) - A shopping center in Manchester, England, was evacuated and witnesses said they heard a "big bang" on Tuesday, just hours after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59 in the same area of the city. Scores of people ran away from the center, a Reuters witness said.
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Trump slammed for ‘bowing’ to Saudi King

RIYADH () – US president Donald Trump was greatly criticized for bowing before Saudi Arabia s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The “bow” occurred when the king presented Trump with the kingdom s top civilian honor on Saturday. As Salman was going to place the medal around Trump’s neck, he leaned over, and before standing upright again, Trump seemed to hesitate and drop his body a bit. People have termed Trump a hypocrite over his action as he had slammed Barack Obama for showing the same gesture to King Abdullah during 2009 visit.
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Everest toll mounts to four as rescuers find body

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Rescuers on Everest found the body of a missing Indian climber on Monday, taking the toll from a deadly weekend on the world’s highest peak to four. Three other climbers died on Everest over the weekend, one of the deadliest episodes since an avalanche swept through base camp two years ago, killing 18. All the fatalities appear to be related to altitude sickness.
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Trump visits Jerusalem to seek paths to Israeli-Palestinian peace

JERUSALEM (AFP) - US President Donald Trump arrived in Israel on Monday to seek ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, speaking of a "rare opportunity" to bring stability to the turbulent region. Trump’s visit is part of his first trip abroad as president and follows an initial stop in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to confront extremism.
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Coup anniversary bomb wounds 21 at Thai army hospital

BANGKOK (AFP) - A small bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday and wounded 21 people -- one seriously -- three years to the day since the Thai army seized power in the politically unstable kingdom. Thailand remains starkly divided since the May 22, 2014 coup, but dissent has broadly been smothered by a military with sweeping security powers.
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Motorist who ran amok in Times Square says he tried ‘to get help’

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Navy veteran charged with killing a young women and injuring 20 others by speeding down a crowded Times Square sidewalk in his car said in published remarks on Saturday that he had sought psychiatric care beforehand, to no avail. "I was trying to get help," Richard Rojas, 26, was quoted as telling the New York Post in a tearful jailhouse interview two days after the carnage in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. "I wanted to fix my life. I wanted to get a job. Get a girlfriend." According to the Post, Rojas said he had…
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India announces policy for strategic partnerships in defense

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India on Saturday finalised a policy that would allow local private companies to work with foreign players to make high-tech defense equipment, in a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bid to cut reliance on imports. The policy, whose finer details are still to be formalized, will initially allow the entry of private companies into the manufacture of submarines, fighter aircrafts and armored vehicles through foreign partnerships, a statement issued by the Defense Ministry said. "In future, additional segments will be added," the statement said. Industry experts have said that delays in finalizing procurement policies have…
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