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The Virginia-based 4th Circuit has refused to reinstate President Trump’s revised travel ban proposed to temporarily suspend new visas from people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The court ruling claimed the proposal discriminated on the basis of religion, saying that the policy illegally targets Muslims. Trump will likely appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed that the Republican-led bill which narrowly passed congress to repeal and replace elements of the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of uninsured American by 14 million next year and 23 million by 2026. The CBO report confirms that insurance costs could soar for consumers who have pre-existing conditions while premiums could fall for the healthy.
Twenty-two people were killed in a blast at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena, Manchester. Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK threat level to its highest possible ratings and deployed 1,000 troops to key locations. The suicide bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British-born national of Libyan descent.
Greek security officials are scrutinizing courier and postal services after a letter bomb attack on Thursday that left former prime minister Lucas Papademos in hospital. Papademos, who underwent surgery after sustaining injuries to his leg, stomach and chest, opened the envelope as he was being driven home in Athens.
There is sharp disagreement between U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the Group of 7 on a range of key issues, European officials said on Friday, as the summit got underway in the picturesque clifftop town of Taormina in Sicily.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has suggested he may impose military rule nationwide to confront the threat posed by Islamist insurgents. Duterte believes it is his “constitutional duty to ensure that all Filipinos are assured to live in peace and harmony.” Duterte’s decision to impose martial law comes amid a brutal “war on drugs” campaign which has divided the country’s sentiments towards him.
A U.S. warship sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea in the first operation under President Donald Trump as the U.S. and China continue to accuse each other of “militarizing” the area. The U.S. continues to insist it can conduct operations in any international waters despite Chinese claims to almost all of the South China Sea. There are concerns of this area become a flashpoint with global consequences.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has issued a decree to to convene a constituent assembly which he believes will bring peace to Venezuela, despite opposition demands of a general election. More than 50 people have been killed in protest-related violence since April 1st as the country’s deepening economic and political crisis continues to elevate the intensity of the anti-government protests.
Brazilian President Michel Temer has revoked a decree that deployed troops to defend government buildings against protesters. Temer has been under pressure since the country's supreme court released a testimony alleging he had taken millions of dollars in bribes since 2010. Protesters continue to demand his resignation, fresh elections and the withdrawal of economic reforms.
The Pentagon has confirmed that at least 105 Iraqi civilians were killed in a U.S. airstrike carried out in Mosul this past March. Officials confirmed that there were detonated explosives that militants had placed in the building prior to the U.S. strike, which caused further injury to the surrounding civilians; officials claim the bomb to be “at least four times more powerful than the weapon itself.”
Hamas has killed three men in Gaza accused of assassinating one of its senior members, in executions that appear to have been partially streamed live on Facebook. The broadcast on the page of Gaza Now, a local news outlet, raises further questions over Facebook’s ability to moderate violent content at a time when its moderation procedures are under scrutiny following leaks of files on how the company deals with controversial and offensive material.
At least 26 people, including children, have been killed and 25 wounded in a gun attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo, the latest in a series of terrorist incidents targeting the religious minority in Egypt. Local media reported witnesses saying that between eight and 10 gunmen, dressed in military uniform, carried out the attack.
More than 30 people have drowned after about 200 people fell from an overcrowded migrant boat off the coast of Libya, the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea. The vessel was carrying between 500 and 700 people on Wednesday when the accident happened 20 nautical miles off the Libyan coast. It was not clear whether those in the water were knocked off balance by a wave or because there was a rush to one side of the boat as a rescue vessel approached.