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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:43pm

As investigators hunted for accomplices of a suicide bomber and Britain's prime minister warned another attack could be "imminent," thousands of people poured into the streets of Manchester in a defiant vigil Tuesday for victims of the blast that killed 22 people and wounded 59. Authorities identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi and arrested another suspect. The terror threat level was raised to critical, meaning armed soldiers could be deployed at public events.

Venezuela regional election date set amid opposition rebuke

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:24pm

Venezuela's electoral council is announcing plans to hold regional elections in December, though the apparent olive branch may never come to fruition as a special assembly to rewrite the nation's constitution is slated to take place first.

In Trump's private moments, it is small talk and compliments

Josef Federman and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:46pm

What do world leaders talk about when they are alone? Not much it seems.

UN: chemical experts found sarin exposure in Syria attack

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:32pm

A team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an April 4 attack in northern Syria that killed over 90 people and now wants to visit the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday.

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

Jill Lawless, Rob Harris and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:29pm

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.

The Latest: Another awkward moment between Trumps in Rome

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

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

Puerto Rico university chief quits ahead of arrest order

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:08pm

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.

Ethiopia's Tedros to be next leader of UN health agency

Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:08pm

Africa, where viruses such as HIV, Ebola and Zika emerged, has its first chief of the U.N. health agency.

The Latest: Ethiopia's PM hails Tedros election as WHO chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:08pm

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

Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 3:20pm

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.

British PM May: Police have asked secretary of defense to deploy military to help fight terror threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:55pm

British PM May: Police have asked secretary of defense to deploy military to help fight terror threats.

Brazil president on defense as aide falls, cash recovered

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:36pm

Embattled President Michel Temer's attempt to win back confidence and stay in power was undermined Tuesday as one aide was arrested in a fraud scheme, another aide turned over to police a bag full of cash and shouts of "down with Temer" led a Senate commission to suspend work on a package of the president's labor reforms.

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.

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.