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Manchester bomber had 'proven' links to Islamic State: French minister

MANCHESTER, England The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children had recently returned from Libya, a British minister said, and her French counterpart said he had links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria too. | Video

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Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff's message. | Video

Politics, Election 2016, Pope, 7:46am EDT

Defiant Duterte threatens harsh measures as thousands flee Philippines unrest

PANTAR, Philippines Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops sought to contain Islamic State-linked militants who took over large parts of a city, set building ablaze and captured a Catholic priest and other Christians.

7:52am EDT

Taiwan court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, first in Asia

TAIPEI Taiwan's constitutional court declared on Wednesday that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, sparking celebration by activists who have been campaigning for the right for years.

6:55am EDT

Iraq orders investigation into abuses reported in Mosul battle

BAGHDAD Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul.

Iraq 8:04am EDT

New police taskforce to target Indonesian gays

JAKARTA Police in Indonesia's most populous province plan to deploy a taskforce to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activity, a move likely to fuel concerns of a widening crackdown on the community in the Muslim-majority country.

Indonesia 5:42am EDT

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