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Latest: Campaigning in U.K. election suspended after Manchester blast

LONDON -- The Latest on an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that authorities say killed several people. (all times local): 4:00 a.m. Campaigning has been suspended in Britain's national election after a deadly explosion at Manchester Arena.

Sudan Expresses Regret and Dismay at U.S. Travel Ban

3 months ago. SMC- The Sudanese government has expressed its dissatisfaction at the latest travel ban issued by President of the United States Donald Trump, calling for a reversal of what it described as a ‘harsh decision.’ “Sudanese citizens have never been linked to any crime or terrorist act....

Vietnam's former tourism ambassador speaks up about Cannes billboard scandal

Ly Nha Ky, the only Vietnamese benefactor at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, said she felt offended by accusations that she capitalized on a self-funded campaign to promote Vietnam and put her own image on one of the billboards. Social media users had made such claims after Ky, an actress and....

Cambodia Hosts 5th National Project Managers Meeting of PISA for Development

. AKP Siem Reap, May 23, 2017 – Cambodia’s Minister of Education, Youth and Sports H.E. Hang Chuon Naron (pic. 1) chairs the 5th National Project Managers Meeting of Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for Development, held in Siem Reap provincial city on May 22.

Superior pulls $2M street rehabilitation contract amid bidding concerns

Superior officials pulled a roughly $2 million contract on Monday night aimed at repairing shoddy spots along the town's section of McCaslin Boulevard and creating a new trail for the long-slated Town Center amid concerns that staff had not conducted a thorough-enough bidding process.

The Latest: Legislature needs overtime to finish budget

The Latest on the last day of the Minnesota Legislature's regional session for 2017 (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Minnesota legislative leaders say they'll call a special session to finish the state budget after they miss Monday's midnight deadline to finalize a new spending package.

The Latest: Australian leader condemns Manchester blast

LONDON (AP) - The Latest on an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that authorities say killed several people. (all times local): 5:45 a.m. Australia's prime minister has told the Australian Parliament that the deadly explosion at Manchester Arena appeared to be a "brutal attack on young people everywhere.

WTO Chief Defends Free Trade during Tokyo Visit

TOKYO – Free trade creates jobs and boosts the economy, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevedo, said on Monday in Tokyo. “Protectionism is not a solution and maintaining open market is essential to promote economic development and job creation,” Azevedo said in a....

Former Thai Prime Minister Urges Military Junta to Fulfill Promises

BANGKOK – Former Thailand prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra called on Monday on the military junta to fulfill its promises of reform. The comments came on the third anniversary of the military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government led by Yingluck.

Berlin, Paris Create Bilateral Working Group to Improve Euro Zone Integration

BERLIN – The German and French finance ministers announced on Monday the creation of a working group aimed at improving interaction within member states of the European Union that use the euro as their official currency. Germany’s Wolfgang Schauble and his recently appointed French counterpart,....

UN Experts Condemn Ex-Jakarta Governor’s Conviction for Blasphemy

GENEVA – A group of human rights experts from the United Nations has condemned the conviction of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama over charges of blasphemy. The experts said his imprisonment undermines freedom of religion and speech in Indonesia.

China Detained Six Japanese Citizens for Illegal Activities

BEIJING – The Chinese government confirmed on Monday the detention of six Japanese citizens for illegal activities, but did not clarify if they were accused of espionage, according to Japanese media. Foreign ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying said that it needed to check with the competent Chinese....

BANGKOK, 23 May 2017 (NNT) - Deputy Director-General of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning Somchai Matvattarakul agreed with the idea that funding for the removal of water hyacinth should be given to only one ...

BANGKOK, 23 May 2017 (NNT) - Deputy Director-General of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning Somchai Matvattarakul agreed with the idea that funding for the removal of water hyacinth should be given to only one organization. In response to the Office of the Auditor General of....

NSW governor David Hurley calls for 'new direction' for scandal-plagued RSL

In what can be read as a direct challenge to the embattled RSL NSW council, the highly respected former chief of the Defence Force, who is patron of the state league, raised the spectre of the military's own "Skype affair" sex scandal to underscore the damage the financial abuse allegations have caused the veterans' group.

Teens could get new ID card under new law

People as young as 15 would be able to apply for a proof-of-age card under a new bill due to be introduced to Queensland Parliament on Tuesday. Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad is due to introduce the Transport and Other Legislation Amendment Bill on Tuesday afternoon.

Will the government line up for another bank tax?

This raises the spectre that the government could move to increase the tax down the track. "The banks' disclosures seem to confirm our view that a levy of 6 basis points would not raise enough to meet the government revenue-raising objective of at least $1.5 billion per annum.

Improved Security Helps Aid Access in Southwest Somalia

When famine struck Somalia in 2011, the southwestern town of Baidoa was under al-Shabab control. Humanitarian agencies could not access people in need. Today, the town is under government control, and the improved security situation has meant better access to aid for tens of thousands of people. In Baidoa for VOA, Mohammed Yusuf reports.

Ericsson trials Verizon 5G and VR at Indianapolis 500

(Image: Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) Ericsson has announced a trial of 5G network technology and virtual reality (VR) during the lead-up to the Indianapolis 500 motor race in partnership with Intel and telecommunications carrier Verizon. The companies made use of 5G technologies such as....

Krugman: The American worker isn't so 'free' anymore

Let's talk first about those noncompete agreements, which were recently the subject of a stunning article in The New York Times (the latest in a series), plus a report from the Obama administration pushing for limits to the practice. Noncompete agreements were originally supposed to be about....

Tuesday letters: Texting, Washington politics, revenue cap

Texting scare. Regarding "State moves toward ban on texting while driving" (Page A1, Saturday), if the proposal on banning texting while driving only applies to using your thumbs to create text messages while the car is in motion, it may be better than nothing but does not address the distracted-driving problem.

Blast at Ariana Grande concert in England kills 19 people

Grande, who was not injured, tweeted hours later: "Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words." Manchester Arena said on its website that the blast struck outside the venue as concertgoers were leaving. Some eyewitnesses said it happened in the foyer of the arena just after the concert ended.

"I am sorry," says singer Ariana after concert blast kills...

The blast took place at the American singer's concert in Manchester. American singer Ariana Grande says she is "broken" following a suspected terror attack at her concert in a stadium here. At least 19 persons were killed and 59 injured in the blast, media reports said. "Broken from the bottom of my heart.

Delta Dental refuses to pay for ABQ dentist’s insurance claims

Jen French May 22, 2017 10:20 PM. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Delta Dental of New Mexico is refusing to allow Albuquerque dentist William Gardner back into their provider network after state investigators probed Gardner over allegedly altering x-rays and causing patients pain.

Justice Jamadar explains

APPELLATE Court judge Peter Jamadar has put on record how he and his two court colleagues were selected to sit on the appeal hearing of Justice Frank Seepersad’s order which temporarily halts implementation of the property tax. As he presented a timeline of events as it relates to the assignment of....

Submit valuation forms...if you wish

FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert yesterday said property owners can continue to submit their valuation forms, if they want to, despite court challenges by the Opposition to the property tax, which the State has appealed. “For the record, we respect the court process and await the outcome of the appeal....

Chinese culture in spotlight on Silk Road cruiseliner

by Stefania Fumo. ROME, May 22 (Xinhua) -- A cultural program called Silk Road Stories made its debut on board the Majestic Princess, a new cruise ship that is making its maiden global voyage from Rome to east China's Xiamen City. The opening ceremony for the program, which introduces Western....

Spider farms founded in south China to alleviate poverty

Villager Huang Julian seperates spiderlings in Nansheng Town of Wuzhishan City of south China's Hainan Province, May 22, 2017. To alleviate poverty and promote development, local government in Wuzhishan invested 17 million yuan (2.47 million U.S. dollars) to help more than 400 poor families found a spider farm.

At least 19 dead, 59 injured after explosion rocks Manche...

LONDON, May 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 19 people had been confirmed killed and 59 injured in a possible terrorist attack at a pop concert in the Northern England city of Manchester, police confirmed early Tuesday. The victims were leaving the 21,000 capacity Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande.

Thailand reassures foreigners following Bangkok hospital attack

Thailand's foreign ministry on Tuesday reassured the international community that the country would increase security at sensitive locations a day after a bomb exploded at a hospital in the capital Bangkok wounding 24 people. Thailand has been ruled by a junta since a May 2014 coup.

Hong Kong police arrest 21 Uber drivers

Hong Kong police on Tuesday arrested 21 Uber drivers for illegal car-hiring as part of an ongoing clamp down against Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] operations in the Asian financial city. The arrests marked the latest upset for the San Francisco-based technology company, which in March said it....

How one family in rural Pa. is fighting Sunoco pipeline construction

The Gerhart family lives on 27 acres in the rural town of Huntingdon in central Pennsylvania. When they were told Sunoco Logistics was constructing a pipeline on their land and they had no choice in the matter, they responded with a tree sit as three acres of 80-year-old forest was razed in March of 2016.
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