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After scare, Virgin Atlantic flight leaves Dubai for London

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:47am

A Virgin Atlantic flight from Dubai to London that was evacuated over unspecified concerns earlier Thursday in the United Arab Emirates was cleared after a security check and took off for Britain, officials said.

UK blast: Blood, horror as bomber strikes young crowd

Jill Lawless and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:46am

For the young crowd of music fans, the Ariana Grande concert was supposed to be a night of high-energy candy pop and fun on a school night. The scene quickly turned into sheer terror when a bomb went off at the end, sending terrified parents into a desperate search for their loved ones.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:46am

Manchester police say the man who set off an improvised explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England died in the attack. Police said Tuesday 22 people died in the attack Monday night. It wasn't clear if that included the suspected suicide bomber. Dozens more were injured.

New WFP leader calls South Sudan's famine 'deplorable'

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:36am

The new American director of the World Food Program called the suffering in South Sudan's famine "deplorable" as he visited the country and called on the government to allow aid groups safe access.

In Jerusalem, Trump solemnly remembers Holocaust victims

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:26am

President Donald Trump solemnly paid tribute Tuesday to the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust, calling on the world to never forget "history's darkest hour."

The Latest: Protests across Gaza as Trump visits Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:26am

The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):

WHO assembly set to choose next chief among 3 candidates

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:26am

Health ministers, diplomats and other high-level envoys are set to choose the next director-general of the World Health Organization among three finalists.

2 army rangers killed in troubled southern Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:07am

Attackers in southern Thailand fatally shot two army rangers at close range Tuesday, police said, the latest killings in a region that has been plagued by a long-running Muslim separatist insurgency.

Parched Cape Town imposes water restrictions due to drought

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:07am

South Africa's city of Cape Town is instructing people to severely restrict water use because of the area's worst drought in more than a century.

Philippine troops battle IS-linked gunmen in southern city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:50am

Philippine military officials say a group of heavily armed militants backing the Islamic State group has barged into a southern city and troops are battling the gunmen.

Britons rescued from sinking yacht after whale collision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:50am

The Portuguese Navy says three Britons have been rescued in the Atlantic after their yacht collided with a whale and started to sink.

UK police evacuate Arndale shopping center in Manchester; reports say one man arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:43am

UK police evacuate Arndale shopping center in Manchester; reports say one man arrested.

Afghan attacks kill 8 soldiers, policeman, 7 civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:34am

Militant attacks, including a Taliban assault on an Afghan military outpost, and a roadside bombing elsewhere in Afghanistan killed at least eight soldiers, seven civilians and a policeman, officials said Tuesday.

EU envoy defends grants after Philippines' aid rejection

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:34am

The European Union's ambassador to the Philippines said Tuesday that he will seek clarification about Manila's decision to reject new grants from his grouping, while he defended the foreign aid program as promoting development.

The Latest: Romania detains 14 Syrian, Iraqi migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:34am

The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):

Danish court sentences man for 218 online sex assaults

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:30am

A Danish court has sentenced a 70-year-old man to 12 years in jail for having ordered the sexual assaults of Filipino children and young people to be broadcast online.

2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

Heri Juanda, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:22am

Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world's most populous Muslim country and which rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture."

Vietnam, Indonesia vessels clash in South China Sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:22am

Indonesia says several Vietnamese fishing vessels escaped its waters following a show of force by Vietnam's coast guard in the South China Sea.

Explosions strike Syria's Damascus and Homs, 4 killed

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:22am

An explosion in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday killed at least four people and wounded more than two dozen while government forces "destroyed" a truck bomb near the Damascus airport, Syria's state media reported.