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Investigators explore bomber's links to larger network

Paisley Dodds and Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:40pm

British investigators are hunting for potential conspirators linked to the bombing that killed 22 people in a search that is exploring the possibility that the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror attacks was also to blame for the Manchester Arena attack, two officials familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

Ecuador's Moreno takes office vowing to heal divisions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:40pm

Ecuador's incoming President Lenin Moreno is following through on a promise to try and heal divisions stirred by a decade of polarizing leftist rule by naming several people from the private sector to key cabinet posts.

Egyptian opposition leader freed, referred to trial.

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:21pm

Egyptian prosecutors on Wednesday released on bail an opposition leader widely expected to run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in next year's elections, but they referred him to trial over the highly unusual charge of offending public morals for allegedly making an obscene finger gesture.

Brazil's Temer loses another aide as pressure mounts

Eraldo Peres and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:09pm

Thousands of protesters called for Brazilian President Michel Temer's ouster on Wednesday as he lost yet another key adviser amid a deepening political crisis.

UK criticizes US leaks about concert bombing

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:09pm

Britain's home secretary criticized U.S. officials on Wednesday for leaking sensitive information about the inquiry into the extremist attack that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert arena.

Somalia car bomb kills at least 8 in capital, police say

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:09pm

A car bomb exploded in Somalia's capital, killing at least eight people and injuring 15, police said Wednesday, as the extremist group al-Shabab quickly claimed responsibility.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:00pm

Ariana Grande's management team says she has suspended her world tour through June 5 in the wake of the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England. The pop star is on a European leg of her "Dangerous Woman Tour" and canceled shows scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the 02 Arena in London. The suspended tour means she also will miss a May 28 stop in Antwerp, Belgium, two concerts in Lodz, Poland, and shows in Frankfurt, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland.

Suspected suicide bomb in Jakarta kills policeman, injures 9

Ali Kotarumalos, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:53am

A suspected suicide bombing near a bus terminal in Indonesia's capital Wednesday night killed a policeman and injured nine other people, including four officers, police said.

Rescuers say 34 migrant bodies pulled from sea off Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:53am

The bodies of at least 34 migrants, many of them young children, were recovered from the sea off Libya after some 200 migrants tumbled into rough waters when their overcrowded smugglers' boat capsized Wednesday, the Italian coast guard said.

Pope to first lady: what are you feeding Trump?

Darko Bandic, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:53am

Thanks to Pope Francis and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines.

CORRECTS: A Libyan security spokesman says the father of the alleged Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:50am

CORRECTS: A Libyan security spokesman says the father of the alleged Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli. (Corrects APNewsAlert that did not specify Salman Abedi is alleged to have conducted the Manchester bombing.)

If Brazil president goes, here are possible replacements

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:37am

Brazilian President Michel Temer faces a growing risk of not finishing his term after the emergence of an audio recording that appears to capture him endorsing hush money for a convicted former lawmaker. Many Brazilians are starting to think about who might replace him.

NATO rolls out the red carpet, buffs its image for Trump

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:37am

NATO is not only rolling out the red carpet for President Donald Trump in Brussels Thursday, the military alliance — which Trump once declared obsolete — has been busy repackaging its image and is ready to unveil a new headquarters worth more than 1 billion euros.

Palestinians, Israel police clash at Jerusalem Old City gate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:37am

Clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces on Wednesday as Israeli demonstrators marched through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the city's eastern half.

Activists: Fighting, airstrikes target southern Syrian city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:35am

Syrian government forces battling insurgents carried out a series of airstrikes on Wednesday on a city in southern Syria, an area named as a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and an independent monitor said.

Victims of the bombing: Parents, children, police officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:35am

The names of the 22 victims killed by a bomber at a Manchester concert on Monday night have not been officially released, but here what's known about them so far:

Australia says its citizen freed in Yemen with Oman's help

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:10am

Australia's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that an Australian citizen kidnapped in Yemen last year has been released following assistance by the sultanate of Oman.

Father of suspected Manchester bomber says son is innocent

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:52am

The father of the 22-year-old Briton who police say bombed a concert in Manchester insisted Wednesday that his son was innocent and just had been preparing to go on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

New York governor offers talks with Hungary on Soros school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:35am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he is ready for talks with Hungary's government on the status of Central European University, which may be forced to leave Budapest due to recent amendments to the law on higher education.