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U.S. warship drill meant to defy China's claim over artificial island -officials

WASHINGTON A U.S. warship carried out a "maneuvering drill" when it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, to show Beijing it was not entitled to a territorial sea around it, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

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British police lift cordon after bomb squad called to Wigan

LONDON British police investigating the Manchester suicide bombing said they had lifted a cordon and allowed residents to return home on Thursday after bomb disposal experts were called to an address in the nearby town of Wigan.

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Trump arrives in Sicily ahead of Group of Seven summit

SIGONELLA, Italy U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Sicily from Brussels on Thursday ahead of a two-day Group of Seven summit at which other leaders are expected to pressure him to soften his stance on trade and climate change.

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UK May's Conservatives hold 8 point lead in election poll taken before attack

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party held an eight percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party in a Kantar poll taken before a suicide bombing in Manchester which killed 22 people.

5:15pm EDT

Britain's May asks G7 to back moves to tackle internet extremism

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge the world's major industrialized nations on Friday to unite to force technology companies to tackle "extremist material" and stop militants who are moving their fight "from the battlefield to the internet".

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UK's opposition leader says PM May's police cuts increased terrorism risk

LONDON The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party will criticize Prime Minister Theresa May's police cuts and Britain's foreign policy on Friday, saying they increased the threat of terrorism, ending a political truce after the Manchester suicide attack.

5:20pm EDT

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