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Ariana Grande concert: Blast a ‘terrorist incident’

Ariana Grande concert: Blast a ‘terrorist incident’

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A blast at the end of an Ariana Grande concert attended by thousands of young fans in the northern English city of Manchester has killed at least 19 people and wounded 50 others, with police calling it a "terrorist incident". If confirmed, it would be the deadliest attack on Britain since four men killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005. Police cars, bomb-disposal units and 60 ambulances raced to the scene at Manchester Arena after Monday night's explosion, which struck outside the venue as concertgoers were leaving. Police said they are still gathering information and are setting up a telephone hot-line to help people locate loved ones.  broken.from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words. — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23,
Ariana Grande concert: Blast a ‘terrorist incident’

Ariana Grande concert: Blast a ‘terrorist incident’

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A blast at the end of an Ariana Grande concert attended by thousands of young fans in the northern English city of Manchester has killed at least 19 people and wounded 50 others, with police calling it a "terrorist incident". If confirmed, it would be the deadliest attack on Britain since four men killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005. Police cars, bomb-disposal units and 60 ambulances raced to the scene at Manchester Arena after Monday night's explosion, which struck outside the venue as concertgoers were leaving. Police said they are still gathering information and are setting up a telephone hot-line to help people locate loved ones.  broken.from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words. — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23,
US raid kills ‘seven al-Qaeda fighters’ in Yemen

US raid kills ‘seven al-Qaeda fighters’ in Yemen

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US forces have killed seven suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) during a ground raid in Yemen, the Pentagon has said. The operation in the early hours of Tuesday came some four months after a botched US commando raid against the group that left more than a dozen civilians dead. US forces used "a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes" to attack a compound in the Marib governorate, with the support of Yemen's authorities, a statement by the US Central Command said on Tuesday. "Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP's disposition, capabilities and intentions, which will allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP." READ MORE: Who benefits from a weak and divided Yemen? Two US officials, speaking to the Reuters news agency on cond
New Venezuela clashes after man set ablaze

New Venezuela clashes after man set ablaze

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Doctors rallied in Venezuela in the latest street protests against President Nicolas Maduro as the death toll climbed to 49 with the deepening unrest entering its eighth week.     New clashes broke out between protesters and police on the outskirts of Caracas, where demonstrators blocked streets with barricades.     After marches by various civil groups, it was the turn of the Venezuelan Medical Federation to vent its frustrations on the streets.     More than a thousand of its sympathisers marched towards the health ministry in Caracas. Police fired tear gas to drive them back in scenes familiar after weeks of turmoil.     WATCH: Venezuela: Thousands cross into Colombia for better prospects "The country is verging on catastrophe. The health system is a disaster," said Fernando Gudayol, a
US-Israel relations

US-Israel relations

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The US has provided Israel with unequivocal support and remains Israel's largest benefactor since its inception. Most US assistance is military, in addition to large sums of economic assistance. The assistance has transfomed Israel's armed forces into one of the most sophisticated in the world, giving it a signficant edge over neighbouring countries.  Al Jazeera breaks down diplomatic ties between the two countries and US military assistance to Tel Aviv. all the US presidents who have visited Israel [Al Jazeera] The US aids Israel financially through ten-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs). The agreements are not legally binding and nor do they have to go through the senate. The terms of the 2019-2028 MOU differ from previous US-Israel aid agreements. • After 2024, Israel cannot con
US-Israel relations

US-Israel relations

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The US has provided Israel with unequivocal support and remains Israel's largest benefactor since its inception. Most US assistance is military, in addition to large sums of economic assistance. The assistance has transfomed Israel's armed forces into one of the most sophisticated in the world, giving it a signficant edge over neighbouring countries.  Al Jazeera breaks down diplomatic ties between the two countries and US military assistance to Tel Aviv. all the US presidents who have visited Israel [Al Jazeera] The US aids Israel financially through ten-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs). The agreements are not legally binding and nor do they have to go through the senate. The terms of the 2019-2028 MOU differ from previous US-Israel aid agreements. • After 2024, Israel cannot con
Turkey opens trial of suspected military coup plotters

Turkey opens trial of suspected military coup plotters

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More than 220 suspects, including over two dozen former Turkish generals, have gone on trial accused of being among the ringleaders of the attempted coup last year aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Protesters outside Turkey's largest courtroom in the Sincan district of Ankara called on Monday for the death penalty for the accused and flung rope nooses at the defendants as they were paraded into court handcuffed and held by the security forces. Erdogan: Turkey coup bid 'an act of treason' "We want the death penalty, we don't want them to be fed and housed here. We want these traitors to be buried without any flag," said protester Cengiz Ozturk. Turkey abolished the death penalty as part of its drive to join the European Union but Erdogan has on occasion indicated it cou...
Turkey opens trial of suspected military coup plotters

Turkey opens trial of suspected military coup plotters

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More than 220 suspects, including over two dozen former Turkish generals, have gone on trial accused of being among the ringleaders of the attempted coup last year aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Protesters outside Turkey's largest courtroom in the Sincan district of Ankara called on Monday for the death penalty for the accused and flung rope nooses at the defendants as they were paraded into court handcuffed and held by the security forces. Erdogan: Turkey coup bid 'an act of treason' "We want the death penalty, we don't want them to be fed and housed here. We want these traitors to be buried without any flag," said protester Cengiz Ozturk. Turkey abolished the death penalty as part of its drive to join the European Union but Erdogan has on occasion indicated it cou...
Ronaldo helps Real Madrid bag La Liga crown

Ronaldo helps Real Madrid bag La Liga crown

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Spanish league titles 33 - Real Madrid24 - Barcelona10 - Atletico Madrid8 - Athletic Bilbao6 - Valencia2 - Real Sociedad1 - Deportivo Coruna, Sevilla, Real Betis Real Madrid ended their five-year wait for the La Liga title as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored in a 2-0 win at Malaga, clinching a 33rd league triumph. Real needed just a point to wrap up the title and raced into the lead when Ronaldo scored in the second minute, ensuring the champions scored in every league game of the season. Benzema wrapped up the win early in the second half. Real finished the campaign on 93 points after a sixth straight league win since going down 3-2 to Barcelona in April. Last year's champions Barcelona finished second on 90 points after coming from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 at home. Ba...
Riyadh summit discusses ways of rooting out terrorism

Riyadh summit discusses ways of rooting out terrorism

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US President Donald Trump, leaders and representatives of 55 Arab and Muslim-dominated countries kicked off their Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh on Sunday, focusing on unity in the fight against terrorism. King Salman of Saudi Arabia was the first to address the summit, telling the gathering that Islam provided the best example for coexistence and "will always be the religion of mercy and coexistence". Trump in Riyadh: Controversy follows US president King Salman highlighted that some people seek to present distorted picture of Islam. "We all, peoples and countries, reject in every language and in every form damaging the relations of Muslim countries with friendly countries and profiling countries based on a religious or sectarian basis." In his address, Trump said that the U...
Global shortage of penicillin: Reasons and consequences

Global shortage of penicillin: Reasons and consequences

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Penicillin is an antibiotic which has long been used to treat bacterial infections, but in recent years there has been a global shortage. Countries are scrambling to make contingency plans. These are outlined in Al Jazeera’s report: Why is the world suffering from a penicillin shortage? These infographics explore the reasons behind the shortage and its effect on the treatment of two medical conditions - syphilis and rheumatic heart disease. Why is there a shortage of penicillin?  In 1928, Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident. In the following years, it revolutionised medicine by preventing minor infections from becoming fatal. Over time, and after repeated exposure to penicillin, bacteria can develop resistance to the drug. This means it stops working. New
Why is the world suffering from a penicillin shortage?

Why is the world suffering from a penicillin shortage?

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Stella Ngubenkomo was 11 years old when she found out that she suffered from a lifelong heart condition and would require monthly injections of penicillin to avoid heart failure and premature death. "My joints used to be very painful and I would get tired easily. Then my mum took me to the hospital and we learned about my disease. The doctor said I wouldn't live long," she recalls.  For the past 16 years, the resident of Cape Town, South Africa, has gone to a local clinic once a month to receive an injection of penicillin, the only drug that can prevent further damage to her heart valves and keep her alive. But, over the past two years, a shortage of the antibiotic has impacted the delivery of treatment to patients across South Africa.   "At the start of 2015 we experienced shortages
South Africans protest over violence against women

South Africans protest over violence against women

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Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Pretoria on Saturday, angered by a rise in violence against women and children in South Africa, including killings and sex attacks.Answering the call by a group calling itself "#Not In My Name" the protesters, most of them men, marched through the streets of the South African capital behind a woman symbolically dressed head to toe in white."The time to take collective responsibility for our shameful action is now," said Kholofelo Masha, on of the protest organisers, who described himself as "a loving dad, brother and uncle".South African men have remained quiet on the issue for too long, he added: "You hear a lady screaming next door, you decide to sleep when you know there is a problem next door... No man should beat a woman or rape a woman wh...
US and Saudi Arabia sign arms deals worth almost $110bn

US and Saudi Arabia sign arms deals worth almost $110bn

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The US and Saudi Arabia signed arms deals worth almost $110bn on Saturday, the first day of President Donald Trump's visit to the traditional US ally. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the arms agreements will help Saudi Arabia deal with "malign Iranian influence". "The package of defence equipment and services supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the entire Gulf region," Tillerson told reporters in Riyadh on Saturday. This is "in particular in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian-related threats which exist on Saudi Arabia's borders on all sides," Tillerson said. Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Riyadh, said that the arms deal would be seen by both signatories as a "win-win", especially as the deal involved arms that Obama was not prepared to
Libya: 141 people killed in Brak al-Shat airbase attack

Libya: 141 people killed in Brak al-Shat airbase attack

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An attack on an airbase in southern  Libya  has killed at least 141 people, mostly soldiers loyal to renegade General's Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), a spokesman for his forces said. LNA's Ahmad al-Mismari told the AFP news agency on Friday that members of a militia loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli had carried out summary executions during Thursday's assault. The victims also included civilians who worked at the Brak al-Shati airbase or were in the nearby area, Mismari said. "The soldiers were returning from a military parade. They weren't armed. Most of them were executed," he said. READ MORE: What does the Haftar-Serraj meeting mean for Libya? The GNA denied ordering the attack, which it condemned, and said it had set up
Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia in first foreign trip

Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia in first foreign trip

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US President Donald Trump has arrived in Saudi Arabia on the first leg of his first foreign trip since taking office, in a crucial test abroad as political scandals mount at home.  Trump aims to strengthen ties in Saudi Arabia visit In a red-carpet airport welcome, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud greeted Trump, his wife Melania and his entourage shortly after they landed in the capital, Riyadh, around 06:50 GMT on Saturday. Trump will hold a series of meetings with the king and other Arab and Muslim leaders on Saturday and Sunday, before jetting off to Israel, the occupied Palestinian Territories, the Vatican, Belgium and Italy in a nine-day tour across the Middle East and Europe. During the two-day visit to the kingdom, Trump is expected to sign a major weapons deal, give a
Iranians vote in presidential election

Iranians vote in presidential election

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Vote counting began in Iran on Saturday after a large turnout in an unexpectedly tight presidential election that could determine Iran's pace of social and economic reform and its re-engagement with the world. Friday's poll is expected to be a two-horse race between reformist President Hassan Rouhani and conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi. Two other candidates are also on the ballot - conservative Mostafa Mirsalim and reformist Mostafa Hashemitaba - though they are not expected to win more than a few percent of the vote. Friday's voting was extended by at least five hours to 11 pm (1830 GMT) because many people were still waiting in line, state television reported. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli said that by law voting could not continue past midnight. Final results are expec
UN envoy criticises deadly attack in Libya’s south

UN envoy criticises deadly attack in Libya’s south

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The UN ambassador to Libya has voiced "outrage" at reports of "significant" fatalities in an attack by a militia loyal to the unity government on a military base controlled by rival forces. Martin Kobler, special representative and head of the UN support mission in Libya, said in a statement on Friday that the dead included civilians, citing reports that "summary executions may have taken place". Members of the Third Force militia loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli attacked an air base used by military leader Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), according to military sources. Libya conflict: Reports of abuses by LNA forces in Benghazi Both the GNA and defence ministry condemned Thursday's attack and said they had not ordered
Iranians cast vote in presidential election

Iranians cast vote in presidential election

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Iranians have begun voting in a closely-fought presidential election that could determine Iran's pace of social and economic reform and its re-engagement with the world. Friday's poll is expected to be a two-horse race between reformist President Hassan Rouhani and conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi. Two other candidates are also on the ballot - conservative Mostafa Mirsalim and reformist Mostafa Hashemitaba - though they are not expected to win more than a few percent of the vote. State television showed long queues outside voting stations in several cities, shortly after polls opened at 03:30GMT. Some 56 million people are eligible to vote. "Everyone should vote in this important election ... vote at early hours," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said after casting his ballot in
US slaps sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court judges

US slaps sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court judges

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The United States has imposed sanctions on Venezuela's chief judge and seven other members of the country's Supreme Court as punishment for seizing powers from the opposition-led congress earlier this year. Those targeted will have their assets frozen within US jurisdiction, and US citizens will be barred from doing business with them, the US treasury department said on Thursday. The new sanctions package was aimed at stepping up pressure on supporters of President Nicolas Maduro amid growing international concern over a crackdown on mass street protests. "The Venezuelan people are suffering from a collapsing economy brought about by their government's mismanagement and corruption," Steven Mnuchin, the US treasury secretary, said in a statement. "Members of the country's Supreme Court of J...