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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:54am

The spokesman for a Libyan anti-terror force says the father of the alleged Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli. Special Deterrent force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem told the Associated Press that Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, was detained in Tripoli on Wednesday. Before his arrest, the father told the AP that his son was innocent and had been planning a trip to Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage.

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.

Suspected suicide bomb in Jakarta kills policeman, injures 9

Ali Kotarumalos, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:35am

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.

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:

The Latest: Faith leaders lead vigil for bomb victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:30am

The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local):

Somalia car bomb kills at least 4 in capital, police say

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:10am

A car bomb exploded in Somalia's capital, killing at least four people and injuring more 10, police said Wednesday, as the extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

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.

Pope to first lady: what are you feeding Trump?

Darko Bandic, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:13am

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

Egypt denies Sudan claims of providing vehicles to rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:13am

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi denied allegations Wednesday by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir that Egyptian armored vehicles were used by rebels in recent attacks in the Darfur region.

US drone strike on Afghan border kills 3 Pakistani Taliban

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

A Pakistani government official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has targeted a compound in Afghanistan, killing three local Taliban militants.

US official urges vigilance over Russia's role in Balkans

Jovana Gec, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:41am

A U.S. official on Wednesday urged vigilance over Russia's policies in the troubled Balkans, where Moscow has sought to increase its influence and undermine that of the West.

Czech crisis ends with finance minister replacement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:41am

The Czech Republic's president has fired Finance Minister Andrej Babis and appointed his replacement, a move that ends the country's political crisis.

Algeria's president names new prime minister after poll win

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:40am

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named a new prime minister following the ruling coalition's victory in parliamentary elections earlier this month in the oil-rich North African country.

Rangers try to rescue wild elephant in India's northeast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:30am

Indian veterinarians are treating a 10-year-old wild elephant with an injured leg to help it escape from a marshy area where it has been stuck for at least five days.

German parliament group scraps Turkey trip at last minute

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:54am

A delegation of German lawmakers scrapped plans to visit Turkey after being told at the last minute that it couldn't hold talks with officials or visit the Turkish parliament building, a deputy parliament speaker said Wednesday.