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‘Challenging’ talks expected as Trump and other G7 leaders meet

TAORMINA, Italy, May 26 (Reuters) – Talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world’s rich nations at the G7 summit on Friday were expected to be “robust” and “challenging” after he had lambasted NATO allies and condemned German trade policies a day earlier.

Trump’s confrontational remarks in Brussels, on the eve of the two-day summit in the Mediterranean resort town of Taormina, cast a pall over a meeting at which America’s partners had hoped to coax him into softening his stances on trade and climate change.

The summit kicked off with a ceremony at an ancient Greek theater perched on a cliff overlooking the sea where war ships patrolled the sparkling blue waters.

Later, the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States will hold talks on terrorism, Syria, North Korea and the global economy.

“No doubt, this will be the most challenging G7 summit in years,” Donald Tusk, the former Polish prime minister who chairs summits of European Union leaders, said before the meeting got underway.

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn predicted “robust” discussions on trade and climate.

Trump, who dismissed human-made global warming as a “hoax” during his election campaign, is threatening to pull the United States out of a 2015 climate deal clinched in Paris in 2015.

Fellow G7 leaders are trying to convince him to stay in. Cohn and other administration officials have said Trump will wait until after the summit to decide.

“This is the first real opportunity that the international community has to force the American administration to begin to show its hand, particularly on environment policy,” said Tristen Naylor, a lecturer on development at the University of Oxford and deputy director of the G20 Research Group.

‘VERY BAD’

The summit, being held near Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, is the final leg of a nine-day tour for Trump which started in the Middle East.

On Thursday in Brussels, with NATO leaders standing alongside him, he accused members of the military alliance of owing “massive amounts of money” to the United States and NATO — even though allied contributions are voluntary.

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The remarks went down badly with European leaders, who had hoped Trump would use the opportunity to confirm his commitment to Article 5, the core NATO principle that an attack on one member is viewed as an attack on all.

“When an American president cannot commit clearly to Article 5 at a time when everyone is expecting him to do this then there is the risk that Moscow interprets this as meaning it is no longer valid,” said Jan Techau of the American Academy in Berlin.

According to German media reports, Trump also condemned Germany for “very bad” trade policies in a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, signaling he might take steps to limit sales of German cars in the United States.

Juncker called the reports in Spiegel Online and Sueddeutsche Zeitung exaggerated, saying that while Trump had talked about Germany’s trade surplus as a problem, he had not done so aggressively.

Trump, asked by reporters in Taormina whether he had accused Germany of being “very bad” on trade, did not respond.

Trump is attending his first major international summit but it not the only G7 newcomer. French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and British Prime Minister Theresa May will also be attending the elite club for the first time.

May is expected to leave a day early, following Monday’s suicide bombing at a concert in northern England that killed 22 people carried out by a suspected Islamist militant of Libyan descent who grew up in Britain.

G7 leaders were expected to issue a separate statement on terrorism on Friday, before issuing their formal communique on Saturday. Italian officials have suggested the final communique will be shorter than 10 pages. At the last G7 summit in Japan it totalled 32 pages.

RUSSIA CLOUD

Italy chose to stage the summit in Sicily to draw attention to Africa, which is 140 miles (225 km) from the island at its closest point across the Mediterranean.

More than half a million migrants, most from sub-Saharan Africa, have reached Italy by boat since 2014, taking advantage of the chaos in Libya to launch their perilous crossings.

Italy is eager for rich nations to do much more to help develop Africa’s economy and make it more appealing for youngsters to stay in their home countries.

The leaders of Tunisia, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria and Kenya will join the discussions on Saturday to say what should be done to encourage investment and innovation on their continent.

One country that will not be present is Russia. It was expelled from the group in 2014 following its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Trump called for improved ties with Moscow during his election campaign.

But accusations from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the U.S. election to help Trump, and investigations into his campaign’s contacts with Russian officials, have hung over his four-month-old presidency and prevented him from getting too close to Moscow.

On Thursday, the Washington Post and NBC News reported that Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner was under scrutiny by the FBI because of his meetings with Russian officials before Trump took office.

Kushner and his wife, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, have returned to Washington after accompanying the president for the first part of his first foreign tour. (Additional reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Hawaii begins new initiative to defend against possible North Korean missile strike

The Hawaiian government is reportedly developing a comprehensive action plan to defend the state against a possible missile strike from North Korea.

Motherboard’s Sarah Emerson recently posted the documents she received from the Hawaii Department of Defense about its new Ballistic Missile Defense Initiative. Emerson got the documents after submitting a Freedom of Information Act request for Hawaii’s plans in case of a nuclear attack.

They show that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has come up with several talking points which emphasize the lack of an imminent threat but also outline ongoing efforts like monitoring the situation with North Korea, updating emergency plans, and re-assessing an old list of fall-out shelters.

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One of the documents also acknowledges that Hawaii could be a target because of its “very high concentration of U.S. military commands.”

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It also states, “It has been theorized that an intercontinental ballistic missile could travel from North Korea to Hawaii in 20 minutes.”

There has been increased scrutiny on the Asian country as it continues to conduct missile tests despite international warnings; the eighth one this year occurred on Sunday.

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In 2013, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Samuel Locklear, told lawmakers that the U.S. has the capabilities to intercept a North Korean missile launched at Hawaii—in addition to the mainland and Guam—if the situation called for it, notes CBS News.

However, Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard told Fox News earlier this month that the interceptors protecting the state are located in Alaska and California and has instead advocated for Hawaii to have its own system.

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A dubious Russian document may have swayed former FBI Director Comey’s treatment of the Clinton email probe

The FBI obtained a document supposedly hacked by the Russians last summer that purported to show that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had been privately reassuring Hillary Clinton’s campaign that the Department of Justice would not be pursuing the investigation into her private email server too aggressively.

The document, first disclosed by The New York Times in late April and described in more detail by the Washington Post on Wednesday, reportedly influenced former FBI Director James Comey’s decision to be more public about the bureau’s probe into Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state.

The FBI determined by August that the document was likely a Russian plant consisting of bad intelligence. It described an email that was allegedly sent by Debbie Wasserman Schultz — then the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee — to an official at billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. The document didn’t include the email, which supposedly described how Lynch had privately assured a Clinton campaign staffer during the election that the DOJ wouldn’t take the email probe too far.

Matt Rojansky, a Russia expert and director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, told the Post that the fact that the Russians would cook up a story linking the Clinton campaign to a conspiracy involving her email server, an Obama administration appointee, and George Soros — frequently villainized by the right as a meddlesome “globalist” — is “not surprising.”

“That is part of the Kremlin worldview,” he said.

The discovery of the document, which the FBI has now determined to be largely if not entirely fraudulent, reportedly factored into Comey’s decision to bypass the DOJ last summer and announce the findings of the FBI’s email server probe in a press conference on July 5. (Another factor was Lynch’s private meeting the week prior with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac in Phoenix.)

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DES MOINES, IA – OCTOBER 28: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters following a campaign rally at Roosevelt High School on October 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. With less than two weeks to go until election day, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Iowa.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds an unscheduled news conference to talk about FBI inquiries into her emails after a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. October 28, 2016.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leaves after an unscheduled news conference on FBI inquiries about her emails after a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. October 28, 2016.

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Current and former officials familiar with Comey’s thinking told the Times and the Post that Comey was worried that if Lynch closed the case and Russia leaked the document, it would cast doubt on probe’s credibility and independence.

Others have said that is a disingenuous attempt to defend Comey’s decision to bypass the DOJ. Some officials told the Times that Comey wanted to “put himself in the spotlight.” Another told the Post that the letter “didn’t mean anything to the investigation until after [senior FBI officials] had to defend themselves.”

“Then they decided it was important,” the unnamed official said. “But it’s junk, and they already knew that.”

The revelation that a doctored memo planted by the Russians may have impacted Comey’s treatment of the investigation will likely rile those who disagreed with his decision to revisit the email probe 11 days before the election. Comey felt compelled to tell Congress that the bureau had discovered new emails that were possibly relevant to the investigation because he had already gone public with the details of the case — and given congressional testimony about it — three months earlier.

FBI officials briefed Lynch on the existence of the document one month after Comey announced the end of the email investigation. She said that she had “never communicated” with the Clinton campaign staffer in question, and offered to be formally interviewed by the FBI about the matter, according to the Post. The bureau did not take her up on it, but did warn her that some of the intelligence contained in the document was dubious.

Amanda Renteria, the Clinton staffer whom Lynch supposedly communicated with, also told the Post that she had never spoken to Lynch. And Wasserman-Schultz said she had never heard of the Open Society Foundations official, Leonard Benardo, whom she allegedly emailed to discuss Lynch’s communications with Renteria.

Sen. Chuck Grassley asked Comey, whom President Donald Trump fired earlier this month, about the document during a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

He replied that the subject was “classified.”

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Trump’s budget would hit these states the hardest

The Trump administration unveiled a budget for 2018 on Tuesday that seeks to overhaul many of the country’s safety-net programs for low-income and struggling Americans. Though these cuts are popular among Republican lawmakers, they affect programs that are actually more commonly used in Republican-leaning states than in Democratic ones, and that in many cases benefit white voters without college degrees — a demographic group that strongly supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

The programs experiencing the deepest cuts provide assistance for health care services to children, the poor and disabled, and that supplement food and housing for those with low incomes. Most of the programs were created decades ago by Democratic presidents.

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The president’s budget reduces funding to the current welfare system and would impose more stringent work requirements as a condition of receiving benefits. The work requirement is popular among conservative think-tanks and has been frequently promoted by House Speaker Paul Ryan. The budget remains a wish list, however; many of its more draconian provisions are not widely popular in Congress and are considered likely to be rejected or changed.

NBC News examined the states with populations that benefit the most from the programs and would experience cuts under the proposed budget. The maps below are colored to show where those populations live.

Food Stamps

New Mexico

Percent of state enrolled in food stamps: 25%

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New York

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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West Virginia

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Rhode Island

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Delaware

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Kentucky

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Tennessee

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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North Carolina

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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South Carolina

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Atlanta

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Mississippi

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Alabama

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Louisiana

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Florida

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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Oregon

Percent enrolled in food stamps: 15-20%

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The president’s budget cuts $193 billion from food stamps, a program (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) that provides extra money for food and groceries. Over the next 10 years, that amounts to a cut of 29 percent. More than 40 million Americans receive food stamp benefits.

In order to achieve cost savings, the proposed changes add a work requirement for receiving benefits. “If you are on food stamps and you are able-bodied, we need you to go to work,” said budget director Mick Mulvaney during a White House briefing on Monday.

The budget is not specific on how the work requirements will be implemented, but past examples cited by conservative think tanks provide a guide. All states in fact already have a work requirement for food stamps, though some have been granted waivers. Reforms to work requirements have focused on making requirements more strict, similar to Maine’s recent policy changes, or nullifying waivers given to areas with higher unemployment.

Participation in the food stamp program is higher in the Rust Belt and the South. Areas that are more rural, with higher unemployment and periods of prolonged unemployment, are more likely to use food stamps and be hard-hit by a work requirement.

Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP)

Kentucky

Change in enrollment from before the Affordable Care Act to March, 2017: 100-125%

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Colorado

Change in enrollment from before the Affordable Care Act to March, 2017: 75-100%

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Nevada

Change in enrollment from before the Affordable Care Act to March, 2017: 75-100%

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As NBC News has reported, Medicaid, which pays for health care for children and the disabled, is one of the hardest programs to cut. The expansion of the program under President Obama’s health care program are popular and have been a critical sticking point during the House’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump’s budget makes $616 billion in cuts to Medicaid over 10 years. It is not clear how much these add or conflict with the $839 billion in cuts already in the House’s health care bill, though they appear appears to add to them. The savings are achieved by changing the program’s funding formula and rolling back the expansions provided by Obamacare.

Combined, this amounts to a more than 25 percent cut to Medicaid and CHIP. The Congressional Budget Office estimated at least 10 million people would lose health insurance in an earlier scoring of the House’s health care bill.

The changes in the bill will have profound effects in states that expanded Medicaid, which tend to vote Democratic. Many Republican states elected not to expand Medicaid following a successful Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare, but those states will also experience cuts. All states that did not expand Medicaid will see cuts to the program because of substantial changes to the funding formula.

Other programs
Social Security and Disability Insurance (SSDI)

California

Percent of state enrolled in social security disability: 3-3.5%

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New Mexico

Percent of state enrolled in social security disability: 3-3.5%

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New York

Percent of state enrolled in social security disability: 3-3.5%

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West Virginia

Percent of state enrolled in social security disability: 3.5-4%

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Kentucky

Percent of state enrolled in social security disability: 3.5-4%

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Arkansas

Percent of state enrolled in social security disability: 3.5-4%

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Louisiana

Percent of state enrolled in social security disability: 3.5-4%

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Mississippi

Percent of state enrolled in social security disability: 3.5-4%

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Alabama

Percent of state enrolled in social security disability: 3.5-4%

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On the campaign trail, the president promised that Social Security would not be touched. But the component of Social Security that helps those with disabilities is cut back in his budget. Almost 10 million people rely upon Social Security Disability Insurance. Trump’s budget cuts the program by 2 percent over 10 years.

The map of these beneficiaries is similar to the food stamps map. Residents of battleground states won by Trump, including West Virginia, Florida, Ohio and Michigan, are more likely to be recipients. SSDI also tends to be critical to areas that experience high rates of injury during manual labor, like the Rust Belt, or in rural areas with more agricultural production, according to Jacob Leibenluft, senior adviser at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The TANF program, which mostly provides low-income assistance for food, utilities, housing, childcare and job-related expenses, is cut by $21 billion over 10 years in the president’s budget. Trump’s budget cuts TANF by 13 percent over that time span.

States in the South and Midwest tend to have a higher percentage of their populations taking advantage of the program. The program is utilized less in the Rust Belt than other entitlement programs. TANF has an existing work requirement, which is being used a model for cutting other entitlement programs.

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3 men arrested in Manchester bomb investigation, UK police say

LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – Three men have been arrested in Manchester on Wednesday in an investigation into the suicide bomb attack which killed 22 people at a music concert in the northern English city on Monday night, police in the city said.

“Three police warrants were executed in south Manchester in connection to the ongoing investigation,” a spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said. (Reporting by Kate Holton, writing by Alistair Smout, editing by David Milliken)

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Jared Kushner reportedly asked Chris Christie about hiring lawyers for Trump

President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly asked New Jersey Governor and former U.S. attorney Chris Christie for legal advice concerning the president.

Vanity Fair is reporting, based on two inside sources, that Christie has told others about his conversation with Kushner which is said to have involved talk about potentially hiring a lawyer for Trump in the wake of a special counsel investigation.

The media outlet goes on to state that “in private, according to one person who said Christie recounted his conversation with Kushner, Christie is said to have cautioned that the president ‘better lawyer up and keep his mouth shut’…”

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However, officials on both sides have reportedly denied that the two men talked about legal representation for the president during a call which they admit happened, notes Vanity Fair.

Nevertheless, it appears that Trump may already be in the process of hiring an outside legal team, with the Washington Post reporting Monday that several high-profile lawyers have been approached to help the president navigate the multiple probes into his associates’ alleged ties with Russia.

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In fact, unnamed sources are also said to have told the publication that Trump himself has been a part of the selection process.

Aside from the content of their conversation, the call between Kushner and Christie may be notable because it has been widely reported that the president’s son-in-law had the governor pushed out of Trump’s transition team because Christie helped prosecute a case against Kushner’s father more than a decade ago.

However, the two appear to have since made amends, with Christie placed in charge of an opioid task force which “falls under the authority of Jared Kushner,” notes Salon.

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Suicide bomber kills at least 22, including children, at Ariana Grande concert in Britain

At least 22 people, including some children, were killed and 59 were wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday.

Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency meeting with intelligence chiefs on the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in July 2005.

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Witnesses related the horror of the blast which prompted a stampede just as the concert ended at Europe’s largest indoor arena.

“We ran and people were screaming around us and pushing on the stairs to go outside and people were falling down, girls were crying, and we saw these women being treated by paramedics having open wounds on their legs … it was just chaos,” said Sebastian Diaz, 19.

“It was literally just a minute after it ended, the lights came on and the bomb went off,” Diaz said.

U.S. President Donald Trump described the attack as the work of “evil losers”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it “will only strengthen our resolve to…work together with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds.”

Police said the attacker detonated the explosives shortly after 10:33 pm at Manchester Arena, which has the capacity to hold 21,000 people. Children were among the dead, police said.

“We believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man,” Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters. “The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

He declined to answer questions on the bomber’s identity.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said more police had been ordered onto the streets of the British capital. London’s Victoria coach station was briefly closed after discovery of a suspect package.

A source with knowledge of the situation said the bomber’s explosives were packed with metal and bolts. At least 19 of those wounded were in a critical condition, the source said.

A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, screaming and running from the venue. Dozens of parents frantically searched for their children, posting photos and pleading for information on social media.

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“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” concert-goer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters.

“It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest.”

Ariana Grande, 23, whose concerts attract a very large proportion of young women and girls, said on Twitter: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” May, who faces an election in two-and-a-half weeks, said her thoughts were with the victims and their families. She and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, agreed to suspend campaigning ahead of the June 8 election.

“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” May said in a statement.

SUICIDE BOMBER?

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but U.S. officials drew parallels to the coordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives.

High profile attacks, including in Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London, have shocked Europeans who are already anxious over security challenges from mass immigration, open borders and pockets of Islamist radicalism.

“It clearly bears the hallmark of Daesh (Islamic State),” said former French intelligence agent Claude Moniquet, now a Brussels-based security consultant, “because Ariana Grande is a young singer who attracts a very young audience, teenagers.

“So very clearly the aim was to do as much harm as possible, to shock British society as much as possible.”

Islamic State supporters took to social media to celebrate the blast and some encouraged similar attacks elsewhere. [L8N1IP096]

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe”, meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

British counter-terrorism police have said they are making on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism.

In March, a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing to death a police officer who was on the grounds of parliament. The man was shot dead at the scene.

In 2015, Pakistani student Abid Naseer was convicted in a U.S. court of conspiring with al Qaeda to blow up the Arndale shopping center in the center of Manchester in April 2009.

PARENTS’ ANGUISH

Desperate parents and friends used social media to search for loved ones who attended Monday’s concert while the wounded were being treated at six hospitals across Manchester.

“Everyone pls share this, my little sister Emma was at the Ari concert tonight in #Manchester and she isn’t answering her phone, pls help me,” said one message posted alongside a picture of a blonde girl with flowers in her hair.

Paula Robinson, 48, from West Dalton about 40 miles east of Manchester, said she was at the train station next to the arena with her husband when she felt the explosion and saw dozens of teenage girls screaming and running away from arena.

“We ran out,” Robinson told Reuters. “It was literally seconds after the explosion. I got the teens to run with me.”

Robinson took dozens of teenage girls to the nearby Holiday Inn Express hotel and tweeted out her phone number to worried parents, telling them to meet her there. She said her phone had not stopped ringing since her tweet.

“Parents were frantic running about trying to get to their children,” she said. “There were lots of lots children at Holiday Inn.”

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(Additional Reporting by Alistair Smout, Kate Holton, David Milliken, Elizabeth Piper, Paul Sandle and Costas Pitas in LONDON, Mark Hosenball in LOS ANGELES, John Walcott in WASHINGTON, D.C., Leela de Kretser in NEW YORK, Mostafa Hashem in CAIRO, and Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick Tattersall; Editing by Ralph Boulton)

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President Trump visits Israel in search of revived peace process

RIYADH, May 22 (Reuters) – After an exhausting two days in Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump travels to Israel on Monday, attempting to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process with visits to Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Over two days, Trump is to meet separately with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and visit holy sites. On Monday in Jerusalem, he will pray at the Western Wall and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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On his maiden foreign tour since taking office in January, Trump is already showing signs of fatigue from a packed schedule. He is on a nine-day trip through the Middle East and Europe that ends on Saturday after visits to the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.

During a speech in Riyadh on Sunday in which he urged Arab and Islamic leaders to do their share to defeat Islamist militants, Trump referred to “Islamic extremism,” although advance excerpts had him saying “Islamist extremism.”

A White House official blamed Trump’s fatigue for the switch. “Just an exhausted guy,” she told reporters.

On Sunday night in Riyadh after a long day of events, many of them delayed, he skipped a “tweeps” forum for young people that was to be his last activity of the day, sending daughter Ivanka in his place.

Over the weekend, Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders, who focused on his desire to crack down on Iran’s influence in the region, a commitment they found wanting in the Republican president’s Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

The reception marked a contrast from his difficulties at home where he is struggling to contain a mushrooming scandal after his firing of former FBI Director James Comey nearly two weeks ago.

LONG-STALLED PEACE TALKS

Trump has vowed to do whatever is necessary to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but has given little sign of how he could revive long-stalled negotiations.

When he met Abbas earlier this month in Washington, he stopped shortly of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a long-standing foundation of U.S. policy. Some Palestinians said they were disappointed by the omission.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, right, speaks while Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli’s prime minister, smiles during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel’s top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the White House after a meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli’s prime minister, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel’s top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

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U.S. President Donald Trump (2ndR) and first lady Melania Trump meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (L) in the Oval Office of White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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Chief strategist to US President Donald Trump arrives for a joint press conference by Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L) and his wife Ivanka Trump talk with Sara Netanyahu (front L) as she arrives for a joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli’s prime minister, speaks during a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel’s top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves following meetings with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump smiles outside the West Wing of the White House as Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, not pictured, departs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel’s top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

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White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway (2nd L) listens during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer waits for the beginning of a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, right, speaks with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel’s top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

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Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, waves while leaving the West Wing of the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel’s top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Directort Lonnie Bunch(2ndR), talks with first Lady Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as they tour the Museum along with Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, left, on February 15, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu stand together during a visit to the African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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Trump has also opted against an immediate move of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a longtime demand of Israel.

A senior administration official told Reuters last week that Trump remained committed to his campaign pledge to ultimately relocate the embassy but did not plan to announce such a move while on his trip.

“We’re having very good discussions with all parties and as long as we see that happening, then we don’t intend to do anything that we think could upset those discussions,” the official said.

On Sunday, Israel authorized some economic concessions to the Palestinians that a Cabinet statement said “will ease daily civilian life in the Palestinian Authority after (Trump) who arrives tomorrow, asked to see some confidence building steps.”

Trump used his visit to Riyadh to bolster U.S. ties with Arab and Islamic nations, announce $110 billion in U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and send Iran a tough message.

In his speech attended by dozens of Arab and Islamic leaders, he toned down the harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric he had employed during the presidential campaign last year in favor of trying to gain cooperation against Islamist militants.

“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. Drive them out,” Trump said.

Trump will have visited significant homes of three major religions by his trip’s end, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, a point that his senior aides say is important in bolstering his argument that the Islamist militancy is a battle between “good and evil.”

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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North Korea says missile test confirms warhead guidance


SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said it has successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead, indicating further advances in the ability to hit U.S. targets.

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The North’s KCNA news agency said leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test which also verified the functioning of the solid-fuel engine for the Pukguksong-2 missile fired from a mobile launcher.

(Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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10 cooking gadgets that will make the best Sunday morning breakfast

Everybody loves a great Sunday morning breakfast. Whether you prefer waffles over pancakes or rather indulge in a classic breakfast sandwhich, these 10 cooking gadgets are pretty life-changing….

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3-in-1 Family Size Breakfast StationDual Breakfast Sandwich MakerWest Bend Egg and Muffin ToasterDuraCeramic Flip Waffle MakerSMEG Two-Slice Wide-Slot ToasterPancake Batter DispenserHamilton Beach Durathon Ceramic GriddleEgg Cooker with Built-In Timer3-in-1 Multifunction Breakfast Center4-Piece Belgian Waffle Maker, $22.85

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Bear Paws by Bear Paw Products

These are perfect for pulling pork,shredding chicken, lifting turkey, tossing salads and more. Also BPA free and heat resistant so you don’t have to worry them melting!



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Silicone Garlic Peeler by Joseph Joseph

Hate peeling garlic? This handy garlic peeling roll is the solution, the simple, silicone design peels garlic with quickly and easily by simply rolling the cloves inside.



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Fred Funny Side Up Owl Egg Mold

Start your day, sunny side up with this adorable owl egg mold. All you have to do is crack two eggs into the rings and let your breakfast transform.



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Self-Tapping Sieve

Perfect for multi-tasking bakers, the unique design of the sieve makes sifting quick and easy. Best of all, you only need one hand to use it!



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Dreamfarm Levoons

Levoons look like regular measuring spoons until you squeeze their handles to make a scraper swipe across to push off the excess giving you an accurate level measure.



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Kitchen IQ Grate Ginger Tool

This tool can peel, grate, slice and extract juice. It easily cuts through the root while also creating thin slices. This tool is a great gadget to have and has the added plus of easy clean up!
 



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Casabella Guac-Lock

Made from shatterproof, odor proof and stain-resistant plastic this gadget locks in freshness to prevent browning and keeps your guacamole fresh! 



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Urban Trend halo Pizza Well

Cutting through any pizza you’ve got, this pizza wheel is designed to be palm-held for single-handed cutting. The ring serves both a blade guard and storage ability! 



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Urban Trend Reverso Plus Measuring Cups and Spoons

This two-cup measuring cup features easy-to-read design to see measured amounts from almost any angle! The parts are easy to detach and snap into place for easy storage as well.



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Urban Trend Orbit Herb Chopper

The herb chopper cuts all fresh herbs with ease. It can be held with one hand or two handed for leveraged cutting. It is also easy to clean and folds flat for storage. 



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Urban Trend Mashed Potato Ricer

Makes ricing and mashing potatoes over twice as easy than other products. The ricer is dishwasher safe and has a removable perforated stainless steel basket for easy cleaning.



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Fred Funny Side Up Skull Egg Mold

Upgrade your eggs with this skull egg mold. Just place the mold in your frying pan, crack two eggs into the mold and make your breakfast into art!



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Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

This cutting board is the perfect tool for all the OCD chefs out there. With exact measurements and detail, this board is the best way to get your exact amount of ingredients. 



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Dreamfarm Levups

Levups are measuring cups perfect for both dry and liquid ingredients . Each measuring cup is marked with cup, ounce and millilitre lines for liquids. The set is made up of four cups that can easily be snapped apart for easy access. 



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