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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:47pm

Survivors of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert hall say security screening ahead of the Ariana Grande show was haphazard. Nikola Trochtova, who was leaving the venue when she heard the explosion, told Czech radio that there was almost no security screening ahead of the concert. It is still unclear how the bomber was able to enter the area undetected. The blast happened after Grande left the stage and the arena lights were turned back up.

Bus plunges into India river, 15 killed and 8 missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:36pm

A bus plunged nearly 380 feet (150 meters) into a river in mountainous northern India on Tuesday, killing at least 15 Hindu pilgrims and injuring another seven people, police said.

Clashes between US troops, al-Qaida militants in Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:36pm

U.S. helicopters airlifted soldiers to a central Yemeni province where they targeted an al-Qaida compound, clashing with suspected militants and killing at least seven of them early on Tuesday, according to the American military, Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders.

The Latest: New WHO chief: Top goal is universal health care

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:30pm

The Latest on the World Health Organization's new chief (all times local):

Puerto Rico university chief quits ahead of arrest order

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:25pm

The head of Puerto Rico's largest public university announced on Tuesday that she has resigned just hours before she faced arrest for failing to reopen an institution that has been shut down by a student strike for nearly two months.

Special aide to Brazil's Temer arrested in corruption probe

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:16pm

A special aide to embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a fraud scheme and another aide gave police a bag filled with cash that was allegedly part of a bribe approved by the leader.

Officials: Manchester bomber was local man of Libyan descent

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:16pm

The man who police say blew himself up in a packed concert arena in Manchester, killing 22 people, did not make a strong impression on his neighbors.

Likely presidential candidate in Egypt ordered detained

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:16pm

Egyptian prosecutors on Tuesday ordered the detention for one day of an opposition leader widely tipped to challenge President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in 2018 elections following a complaint that he made an obscene finger gesture on the street outside a Cairo courtroom in January, according to one of his lawyers.

Angry Venezuela protesters take aim at Chavez statues, home

Fabiola Sanchez and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:16pm

Anti-government protesters in Venezuela have settled on a new target for their frustration: Hugo Chavez.


Trump makes personal appeal to both sides for Mideast peace

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:16pm

President Donald Trump made a personal appeal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, calling on both sides to put aside the "pain and disagreements of the past," as he closed a four-day swing through the Middle East Tuesday.

US renews call for Hungary to talk with Soros-funded school

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:46pm

The Hungarian government should "engage directly" with a university founded by billionaire George Soros which may have to leave Budapest because of recent amendments to the law on higher education, the United States said Tuesday.

UK blast: Blood, horror, shock as bomber strikes young crowd

Jill Lawless, Rob Harris and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:33pm

For a crowd of mostly young British music fans, the Ariana Grande concert was supposed to be a school night out enjoying cheerful high-energy pop.

Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:13pm

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people, a Somali police officer said Tuesday.

Ethiopian wins race to be next leader of UN health agency

Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:50am

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian minister of health, was elected as the next director-general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, becoming the first non-medical doctor and the first African tapped to lead the U.N. health agency.

Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:34am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country's south under martial rule for 60 days and cut short a visit to Moscow on Tuesday after Muslim extremists allied with the Islamic State group laid siege to a southern city.

Congo opens probe into ex-minister's role in Kasai violence

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:34am

Authorities in Congo said Tuesday they have opened an investigation into whether a former government minister played a role in inciting violence in the turbulent Kasai provinces that has killed hundreds in recent months, including a team of United Nations experts.

Poland school honors 87 Jewish girls expelled under Nazis

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:30am

A school in Poland unveiled a plaque Tuesday that commemorates 87 Jewish girls who were expelled in 1939 during the Nazi occupation of the country.

Austria: Syrian war victims' names read in 48-hour session

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 10:52am

The names of thousands of Syrian war victims are being read out in Vienna, in a 48-hour session meant to commemorate all who die in armed conflict.

The Latest: Trump arrives in Rome after Mideast trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 10:40am

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