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Duterte says he may widen martial law from Mindanao to include all of the Philippines

MANILA — Casting himself as his nation’s savior, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he was prepared to extend martial law to all the Philippines if necessary. “I will not allow the country to go to the dogs,” he said.<p>Since winning the presidency a year ago, the words “martial law” have …

Philippines

Ranking House intel Dem: Subpoenas coming after Flynn denies request

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has denied a request for documents from House Russia investigators and the House intelligence committee is preparing to issue subpoenas against Flynn, the ranking Democrat on that committee said Wednesday.<p>Rep. Adam Schiff, a California …

Adam Schiff

Trump Expected to Endorse NATO Mutual Aid Pledge, Ending Silence

ROME — President Trump is expected to publicly endorse NATO’s mutual defense commitment at a ceremony Thursday at the alliance’s headquarters, an administration official said, breaking months of silence about whether the United States would automatically come to the defense of an ally under …

World Leaders

'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet

VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.<p>Trump, midway through a grueling nine-day, …

Christianity

Manchester attack: three arrested in south of city as more victims named

Further arrests in connection with concert attack as troops deployed on UK streets after terror threat level raised<p>Manchester bombing: latest updates What we know so far<p>Three more people have been arrested in connection with the Manchester concert attack as troops were deployed on to the streets of …

Terrorism

Manchester attack: Three more arrests in bomber investigation

<b>The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said.</b><p>The move came after investigators were unable to rule out whether Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone, the prime minister said.<p>Military …

Terrorism

Pope welcomes Trump at the Vatican despite past disagreements

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis welcomed President Trump to the cradle of Roman Catholicism on Wednesday, delivering a message of peace even as the pontiff emphasized his standing as the world’s moral counterpoint to the president’s nationalist agenda.<p>The two men met in the pope’s private study for …

Donald Trump

Ariana Grande returns to US after deadly concert blast

Grande, 23, flew to Florida with her mother, Joan, after the Manchester Arena blast as the future of her "Dangerous Woman" world tour remains unclear.

Ariana Grande

Manchester concert terror attack survivors describe chaos, helping others

Parents are still searching for missing children after a deadly suicide bombing killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in England.

Terrorism

Tour the flight deck of a US Navy assault ship

ABC News' Rachel Scott reports from aboard the USS Kearsarge as it makes its way into New York Harbor for Fleet Week.

Military

House Intelligence Committee to subpoena Flynn

The House Intelligence Committee will issue subpoenas to Michael Flynn, Rep. Adam Schiff said.<p>Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he hoped the subpoenas to President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser would go out this week. The Senate Intelligence …

World Leaders

The Latest: President Trump arrives in Brussels

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):<p>4:12 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels Wednesday afternoon ahead of meetings with NATO leaders.<p>Trump was harshly critical of NATO as a candidate, declaring the military alliance "obsolete." …

Donald Trump

The Latest: Mulvaney defends plans to cut social programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's budget (all times local):<p>10:18 a.m.<p>Donald Trump's budget chief is defending the president's plans to cut social programs as a means to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put "taxpayers first."<p>Budget director Mick Mulvaney told the …

Donald Trump

Video appears to show Texas officer striking teenage girl

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Police Department is reviewing body camera footage after a bystander posted video online that appears to show an officer punching an eighth-grade girl three or four times outside of a birthday party last weekend.<p>Mayor Ivy Taylor issued a statement saying the video …

Policing

German police arrest suspected militants as Berlin gears up for Obama visit

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police arrested four suspected Islamists in dawn raids in Berlin on Wednesday as the German capital geared up for a long weekend of mass gatherings, capped by a joint appearance by Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. president Barack Obama.<p>Police said the raids targeted a …

Germany

Unidentified North Korean objects turn out to be propaganda balloons

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> Unidentified objects which flew across the border from the North were probably propaganda balloons, South Korea's military said Wednesday.<p>South Korean forces fired warning shots at the unidentified objects Tuesday after they were spotted flying from North Korea across the …

North Korea

Convicted spy Pollard loses bid to relax U.S. parole conditions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid by Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence officer who served 30 years in prison after being convicted of spying for Israel, to relax his parole conditions.<p>The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said …

U.S. Navy

U.S. failed to keep proper track of more than $1 billion in weapons and equipment in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq — The U.S. Army failed to properly keep tracks of hundreds of humvees, tens of thousands of rifles and other pieces of military equipment that was sent to Iraq, according to a government audit from 2016 that was obtained by Amnesty International and released Wednesday.<p>The price of the …

War

'They are going to kill me': Inmate fights to halt execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tommy Arthur has had his execution postponed seven times since 2001, so many delays that victims' rights advocates derisively call him the "Houdini" of death row. He says he is innocent and is fighting for an eighth reprieve, but he is losing optimism: "They are going to …

Crime

Koreans Are Suing China For Polluting the Air Over Seoul

China's appalling air quality isn't just sending the Chinese into despair. It's also badly affecting people in neighboring countries. That, at least, …

Pollution

China says no one should bring chaos to the Korean peninsula

BEIJING (Reuters) - No one has the right to bring chaos to the Korean peninsula and whoever does will bear responsibility, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday, a day after South Korea's military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea.<p>China hopes to work to bring …

North Korea

Putin hopes for democratic end to Macedonia political crisis

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow hopes for a democratic settlement of Macedonia's political situation.<p>Putin made the statement Wednesday at the start of his talks with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, voicing hope that Ivanov's experience would help "Macedonia's …

Russia

Australian kidnapped in Yemen 'safe and well' after negotiators secure release

Hostage may be Craig McAllister, who was abducted in the rebel-held Yemeni capital of Sanaa last year<p>Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, says an Australian kidnapped in Yemen in October last year has been released and is “safe and well”.<p>The Omani government said it had evacuated an …

Middle East

Man with knife arrested outside Buckingham Palace moments before Queen drives past

A man with a knife has been arrested near Buckingham Palace, as Britain remains on critical terror alert amid fears Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi did not act alone.<p>The man was detained by police on The Mall just moments before the Queen passed by in a car on her way to an engagement with …

Royal Family

US ambassador to UN hails Turkish school for Syria refugees

ADANA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S ambassador to the United Nations is in Turkey at the ribbon-cutting for a new U.S.-funded school, and Nikki Haley says the American people are thankful the U.S. ally is taking in so many Syrian refugees.<p>The school in the southern Turkish city of Adana is serving …

Turkey

Nato leaders risk clash with Trump over support for anti-Isil coalition

Nato leaders are risking a diplomatic showdown with the US president Donald Trump after France and Germany resisted US demands for the alliance to take a formal role in the war against the Islamic State group, it has emerged.<p>The dispute over whether Nato should join the US-led coalition against …

Donald Trump

New WHO chief: Planned US funding cuts not a 'closed issue'

GENEVA (AP) — The new head of the World Health Organization doesn't believe the Trump administration's calls to slash funding for international aid and U.N. agencies like his is a "closed issue."<p>Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian ex-health minister, said he was looking forward to further …

Disease

Kenya: Police officers killed in al-Shabab bomb attack

The police officers were on patrol when their vehicle was hit a by a landmine laid by armed group al-Shabab.<p>At least three Kenyan police officers have been killed when their vehicle hit a landmine near the country's eastern border with Somalia, according to a senior official.<p>The officers were part …

Terrorism

Parliament closed to the public following decision to increase terror threat level to critical

Tours of the Houses of Parliament have been cancelled and nobody without a pass will be allowed onto the estate today following the decision to increase the terror threat level to critical last night.<p>Security has been stepped up in Westminster after the terror attack earlier this year which claimed …

Terrorism

1 dead and 9 hospitalized with botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce

<b>(CNN) —</b> One person is dead and nine others were hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating contaminated nacho cheese sauce at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, state and local officials said.<p>The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a statement Monday …

Public Health

Italy coast guard says at least 20 dead in migrant capsizing

ROME (AP) — The Italian coast guard says at least 20 migrants have died after their vessel capsized off Libya's coast.<p>The coast guard says the ship was carrying about 500 people. At a certain point, either a wave hit or the migrants shifted to one side and about 200 of them ended up in the …

Refugees

Cuomo Takes Responsibility for Fixing New York’s Transit Problems

Following a torrent of criticism for failing to address New York City’s deteriorating transit system, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday acknowledged the region’s mounting infrastructure problems and took responsibility for fixing them.<p>Mr. Cuomo, at a speech in Manhattan, said the looming track …

Long Island

The Latest: Police make 3 more arrests in Manchester

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester (all times local):<p>10:35 a.m.<p>Police in Manchester say they have arrested three more men in connection with the suicide bombing at a pop concert that killed 22 people.<p>They said Wednesday the arrests had been made in the …

Terrorism

The US Supreme Court reached an unexpected alliance in a landmark decision against racial gerrymandering

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision holding that two congressional districts in North Carolina were racially gerrymandered in violation of the Constitution.<p>The broad ruling will likely have ripple effects on litigation across the country, helping plaintiffs establish that state …

Judiciary

Special Counsel in Russia Probe Gets Separate Funding Path

Cost of Mueller’s work not a part of the regular appropriations process<p>Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller started as special counsel to oversee …

Pence’s Battleground Stops, PAC Raise Eyebrows Amid Trump Scandals

VP’s office calls talk ‘ludicrous’ — but others see ‘too many coincidences’<p>Vice President Mike Pence has quietly spent his weekends visiting key …

Republican Senator Seeks to Save Obamacare Before Dismantling It

Lamar Alexander advocating for two-step approach to repealing law<p>Sen. Lamar Alexander has found himself in an uncommon position for most Republicans …

Venezuela is sliding into anarchy

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s crisis has taken a dark turn in the past few days.<p>Rioting and looting have exploded in the rural state of Barinas, leaving eight dead and dozens injured. In one of Caracas's main plazas on Saturday, a lynch mob doused a young man with gasoline and set him ablaze. …

Venezuela

Mount Everest: Bodies of four climbers found in tent

<b>Four climbers have been found dead inside a tent on Mount Everest, taking the death toll this season to 10.</b><p>The bodies were discovered by a rescue team that was retrieving the body of a Slovak climber who died on the mountain on Sunday.<p>All the fatalities have occurred above the so-called "death …

Outdoors

The Latest: Trump meets with Italian president

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):<p>11:26 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump is meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.<p>Trump was greeted by Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on Wednesday morning. The meeting follows a private …

Donald Trump

Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom is first African to lead World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) appointed the first African to lead the institution on Tuesday.<p>Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, from Ethiopia where he has been health and finance minister, won in a three-ballot contest.<p>Tedros as he is widely known has vowed to make universal health care his priority.<p>…

Africa

GOP turns to familiar foil amid Trump woes: Pelosi

House Republicans plan to mobilize the conservative base by tying the liberal leader to Democratic challengers.<p>House Republicans are turning to a reliable villain to rev up their listless base: Nancy Pelosi.<p>Afraid of the ripple effect of President Donald Trump’s early scandals, the GOP is looking …

Elections

Republicans: Montana special election 'closer than it should be'

It's the latest example of a tight race in a traditional GOP stronghold.<p>GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Republican Greg Gianforte’s closing motivational speech to voters ahead of Thursday’s special House election in Montana is the same thing GOP strategists are whispering in private: “This race is closer than …

Elections