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British police name suicide bomber, threat level raised to critical

MANCHESTER, England British police on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, in an attack on a crowded concert hall in Manchester, and said they were trying to establish whether he had acted alone or with help from others. | Video

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Shanghai stocks, Aussie dollar down after Moody's downgrades China

TOKYO China's main stock index fell one percent and the Australian dollar slipped on Wednesday after Moody's cut its sovereign credit rating on China.

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Trump set to exchange views with Pope Francis at Vatican

ROME U.S. President Donald Trump visits the Vatican on Wednesday for talks with one of his most high-profile critics, Pope Francis, after the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential campaign last year.

Politics, Election 2016, Pope May 23 2017

Australian police did not act fast enough to deadly siege: coroner

SYDNEY Australian police failed to respond quickly enough to the threat posed by a gunman responsible for a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe in 2014 in which three people including the hostage-taker were killed, a coroner said in a report on Wednesday.

World, Australia May 23 2017

Venezuela to push ahead with assembly in July despite unrest

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with a new "constituent assembly" to rewrite the constitution, despite dissent within his own ranks and major protests in the OPEC nation convulsed by nearly two months of unrest. | Video

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U.S. government sues Fiat Chrysler over excess emissions

WASHINGTON The U.S. government filed a civil lawsuit on Tuesday accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 diesel vehicles sold since 2014.

Environment, Italy May 23 2017
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Trump budget cuts may stir backlash in rural America

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller federal government but target many of the very people who voted for him last November.

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North Korea, if left unchecked, on 'inevitable' path to nuclear ICBM: U.S.

WASHINGTON North Korea, if left unchecked, is on an "inevitable" path to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile capable of striking the United States, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.