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Monday, May 22, 2017
British police are confirming a number of fatalities after a massive explosion at a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, England Monday night. At least 19 have been killed. Incident is treated as a terrorist attack until police know otherwise. Ambulances were seen rushing to the Manchester Arena venue, and police added in a statement that people should avoid the area. Earlier, several media outlets reported that there were two explosions from within the... (Full Story)
Monday, May 22, 2017
The United Nations Security Council has called another emergency session to address North Korea's latest ballistic missile test. Uruguay's mission to the world body said the meeting, the second in as many weeks, is set for Tuesday and was requested by the United States, South Korea and Japan. South Korean analysts said the latest missile was fired Sunday afternoon from South Pyeongan province and traveled about 500 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan. A South... (Full Story)
Monday, May 22, 2017
Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye is due in court Tuesday to face trial over the massive corruption scandal that led to her stunning downfall. She faces charges of bribery, extortion, abuse of power and other high-profile corruption charges that could potentially send her to jail for life.   Park was impeached in December by parliament and in March fired by the country's top court following revelations of her involvement in a massive corruption scandal centered on... (Full Story)
Monday, May 22, 2017
New sexual harassment and racial discrimination lawsuits are rocking the already scandal riddled Fox News Channel. Three new lawsuits were filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Two allege racial harassment at Fox News, while a third alleges sexual harassment at Fox News Radio. The cases increase to 23 the number of past or present Fox employees represented by attorney Doug Wigdor, the majority having cases alleging racial hostility by a since-fired... (Full Story)
Monday, May 22, 2017
British police say at least 19 people were killed and 50 wounded in a massive explosion Monday night outside a concert arena in Manchester, England. The explosion occurred just moments after a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. Authorities say they are treating the blast as a terrorist incident. British Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts are with the victims of what she called an "appalling terrorist attack." Video from the concert showed thousands... (Full Story)
Monday, May 22, 2017
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next ambassador to China. The confirmation came by a bipartisan vote of 82 to 13 Monday, with all 13 of the votes against the Republican president's nominee coming from Democrats. Washington has been trying to persuade China to agree to new sanctions on Pyongyang, which has conducted dozens of missile firings and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of 2016. President Donald Trump has warned that a... (Full Story)
Monday, May 22, 2017
Ariana Grande is an American pop singer, dancer and actress. Grande was born in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1993 and began performing onstage when she was a child. A role in a Broadway play at age 15, followed by some small TV roles, helped her land a role on TV's "Victorious," which was set in a performing arts high school. Grande was cast as a goofy aspiring singer-actress named Cat Valentine. Her pop music career was set off by "Victorious," and she was signed to... (Full Story)
Monday, May 22, 2017
President Donald Trump is proposing to balance the federal budget within 10 years by slashing many social programs, including some that help the poor pay for food and medical care, called food stamps and Medicaid. Officials have outlined some new details of the president's first spending plan. A president's budget has to be approved by Congress, so the final form is often quite different from what the chief executive proposes. Democrats oppose many of Trump's plans, and the... (Full Story)
Monday, May 22, 2017
Bombing at Manchester Concert Kills 19 (Full Story)
Monday, May 22, 2017
As Islamic State (IS) continues losing ground to the U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in Mosul, IS militants are trying to regroup in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, where they still control scattered towns and villages. VOA’s Dilshad Anwar reports. (Full Story)
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