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Thousands of people trapped in conflict zone in Philippine city

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MARAWI CITY, Philippines -- More than 2,200 people are trapped in the conflict zone in a besieged southern Philippine city, fearing for their lives from threats of Islamist militants and military airstrikes, a local official confirmed Sunday.

Residents have been sending appeals for help via text message, but rescue teams have not been able to ...Read more

Assess: Trump trip drives home 'America first' foreign policy

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TAORMINA, Italy -- Donald Trump made no secret during the presidential campaign of his disdain for America's trading partners, his skepticism of longtime alliances and his eagerness to refocus U.S. foreign policy on the single-minded pursuit of American security.

That was the largely the president the world got as Trump made his way through the...Read more

Violent protests erupt in Kashmir after Indian forces kill 8 suspected militants

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MUMBAI, India -- Stone-throwing protesters clashed with security forces across the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir on Saturday after Indian soldiers killed eight suspected militants as part of a months-long crackdown in the disputed Himalayan territory.

At least one civilian was killed as police forces tried to subdue the protesters, and ...Read more

Palestinian prisoners end six-week hunger strike after reaching deal

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TEL AVIV--Hundreds of Palestinians jailed in Israeli prisons ended a 6-week-old hunger strike Saturday that raised tensions with Israel while marking the re-emergence of a popular Palestinian politician serving multiple life terms for murder.

Led by Marwan Barghouti, a militant from the ruling Fatah party and a political rival to Palestinian ...Read more

UK lowers terrorism threat level, citing arrests

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LONDON ––Prime Minister Theresa May said the United Kingdom's terrorism threat level has been lowered to "severe" from "critical" after arrests related to the May 22 attack in Manchester.

May led a meeting of the government's emergency committee Saturday, during which she received an update from police and security services on the ...Read more

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

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MINYA, Egypt -- Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a bus loaded with Coptic Christians the day before near the southern city of Minya, which officials said killed 29 people.

"A security team of caliphate soldiers set up an ambush for dozens of Christians as they headed to the church of St. Samuel," the militant group said ...Read more

Many in Saudi Arabia say Trump's anti-Islam talk was just a gimmick

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Donald Trump described Muslims as sick people who have hatred on their minds and he proposed banning them from entering the United States.

Yet many people in Saudi Arabia, a nation considered the birthplace of Islam where citizens are required to be Muslim, don't hold his words against him.

In more than a dozen ...Read more

US weather agency predicts above-normal hurricane season

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season, with five to nine hurricanes -- two to four of them Category 3 (winds at least 111 mph) or stronger. The forecast calls for 11 to 17 tropical systems (winds a least 39 mph).

The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and runs until...Read more

Trump to decide next week whether to quit Paris climate agreement

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NEW YORK –– Donald Trump continued to distance himself from fellow leaders over climate change at the Group of Seven summit, and said he'll determine next week whether to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

"I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week," the president said in a Twitter post Saturday.

Trump, who...Read more

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