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British Airways cancels flights amid global computer outage

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British Airways cancels flights amid global computer outage

British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports Saturday as a global IT failure causes severe disruption for travelers. The airline said it was suffering a "major IT systems failure" around the world. It didn't say what was causing the problem but said there is no evidence of a cyberattack.

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Trump son-in-law sought secret line to Moscow

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President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, The Washington Post reported Friday evening.

 

Kushner, a close adviser to Trump, went so far as to suggest using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from being monitored, the Post said, quoting US officials briefed on intelligence reports.

 

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Sri Lanka steps up monsoon relief as toll hits 113

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Nearly 500,000 people were forced from their homes and most of them had moved into temporary shelters Sri Lanka stepped up its military-led relief operations Saturday as nearly half a million people were displaced after a monsoon deluge killed at least 113 people.

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Kushner 'discussed secret line to Moscow'

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Donald Trump's son-in-law explored the possibility of setting up a secret line of communication with Moscow, according to US media reports. Jared Kushner is said to have discussed creating the channel during a meeting in December, reports in the Washington Post and New York Times said. - See more at: http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=75835#sthash.mUuGyJOx.dpuf

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At least 28 dead as militias clash in Libya capital

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Tripoli: At least 28 people were killed and nearly 130 wounded in fierce clashes in the Libyan capital Friday between forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government and rival militiamen, the health ministry said. Tripoli has been gripped by a power struggle between dozens of militias since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. - See more at: http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=75829#sthash.Egdct261.dpuf

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UK bomber said to have pleaded ‘Forgive me’ before blast

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UK bomber said to have pleaded ‘Forgive me’ before blast

The suspect in the deadly Manchester concert bombing was driven by what he saw as unjust treatment of Arabs in Britain, a relative said Thursday, confirming he made a final phone call in which he pleaded: “Forgive me.” Salman Abedi was particularly upset by the killing last year of a Muslim friend whose death he believed went unnoticed by “infidels” in the UK, said the relative, speaking on condition of anonymity over concerns for her own security. “Why was there no outrage for the killing of an Arab and a Muslim in such a cruel way?” she asked. “Rage was the main reason,” for the blast that killed 22 at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday, she said, speaking by telephone from Libya.

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Pentagon admits Mosul strike kills 105 civilians in March

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A US-led air raid in March against a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul killed at least 105 civilians, the Pentagon admitted on Thursday after concluding an investigation into the attack, reports Aljazeera. According to the Pentagon's summary of the investigation, the March 17 strike on Mosul's al-Jadidah district targeted two snipers of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in the building who had engaged with Iraqi counterterrorism forces.

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Ramadan begins in Saudi Arabia, other ME countries Saturday

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The holy month of Ramadan will begin in Saudi Arabia and other Middle-East countries on Saturday. The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia made the announcement on Thursday, reports the Arab News. “The moon will be out/disappear on the entire Islamic world, Thursday and, based on this, there is no crescent,” astronomer Khalid Al-Zaaq, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences said in a series of tweets. - See more at: http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=75658#sthash.xiALBVFb.dpuf

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Philippine military seeks to secure troubled city as fighting eases

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Troops began clearing out a southern Philippine city besieged by Islamist militants, with hostilities easing on Thursday after thousands fled as the rebels seized large parts of the city and torched buildings in a battle with government forces. Hundreds of civilians, including children, were sheltering in a military camp in Marawi City, where militants linked to the Islamic State group had also taken Christians hostage and set free more than 100 prisoners from two jails.

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New Zealand test rocket makes it to space but not to orbit

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California-based company Rocket Lab said Thursday it had launched a test rocket into space from its New Zealand launch pad, although the rocket didn't reach orbit as hoped. The company said its Electron rocket lifted off at 4:20 p.m. Thursday and reached space three minutes later.

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Manchester terror attack probe widens as US leaks grate

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United Kingdom: Britain raced Thursday to track down a jihadist network suspected of orchestrating the Manchester concert attack, as a row escalated between London and Washington over leaked material from the probe. As more children were named among the 22 victims of Monday's massacre, the suicide bomber's father and brother were arrested in Libya and British police arrested a seventh person in connection with the investigation.

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Manchester suicide bomber likely did not act alone, Britain says

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The suicide bomber who killed 22 people including children in Manchester likely did not act alone, Britain's interior minister said on Wednesday as soldiers were being deployed to key sites to help prevent further attacks. The official threat level was raised late on Tuesday to its highest level, "critical", meaning an attack is expected imminently.

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Priest among 14 hostages taken in siege of Philippines city

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Priest among 14 hostages taken in siege of Philippines city

Muslim extremists abducted a Catholic priest and more than a dozen churchgoers while laying siege to a southern Philippine city overnight, burning buildings, ambushing soldiers and hoisting flags of the Islamic State group, officials said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern third of the nation and warned he would enforce it harshly.

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BNP slates Hasina for attending Arab summit alongside Trump

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It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is attending the Arab Islamic American Summit alongside US President Donald Trump, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said. “It is our misfortune that our prime minister is attending a seminar where Trump is taking a lead,” he said. Hasina is currently in Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries are attending the summit with an aim to unite against militancy.

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Trump in Israel

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Donald Trump yesterday became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall in the disputed city of Jerusalem, placing his hand on one of the most sacred sites in Judaism. The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray. Trump, wearing a black skullcap, paused in front of it, then placed what appeared to be a written prayer or note between its stones, as is custom.

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Trump tells Middle East to 'drive out' Islamist extremists

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US President Donald Trump, flanked by Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, delivers remarks to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. Reuters

US President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their fair share to "drive out" terrorism from their countries on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups. Trump, who generated controversy with his push to ban many Muslims from entering the United States, described the fight against terrorism as a battle between good and evil rather than a clash of civilizations.

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N Korea fires missile into waters off east coast

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday, South Korea and Japan said, a week after it tested an intermediate-range missile which experts saw as an advancement in the reclusive state's weapons program. The missile was launched at 0759 GMT from a location near Pukchang, 60 km (36 miles) northeast of the capital Pyongyang, an area where North Korea attempted to test-launch another missile last month but failed, South Korea's Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

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