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‘As suspected and as was the case in virtually all recent terror attacks carried out in Europe – including both in France and Belgium – the suspect involved in the recent Manchester blast which killed 22 and injured scores more was previously known to British security and intelligence agencies.

The Telegraph in its article, “Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber – what we know about him,” would report:

Salman Abedi, 22, who was reportedly known to the security services, is thought to have returned from Libya as recently as this week.

While initial reports attempted to craft a narrative focused on a a “lone wolf” attacker who organized and executed the blast himself, the nature of the improvised explosive device used and the details of the attack revealed what was certainly an operation carried out by someone who either acquired militant experience through direct contact with a terrorist organization, or was directed by a terrorist organization with extensive experience.’

Read more: UK Government Harbored Terrorists Linked to Manchester Blast for Decades

‘Here’s what the media and politicians don’t want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the 22 year old who killed nearly two dozen concert-goers in Manchester, UK, was the product of the US and UK overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and “regime change” policy in Syria. He was a radicalized Libyan whose family fled Gaddafi’s secular Libya, and later he trained to be an armed “rebel” in Syria, fighting for the US and UK “regime change” policy toward the secular Assad government.

The suicide attacker was the direct product of US and UK interventions in the greater Middle East.

According to the London Telegraph, Abedi, a son of Libyan immigrants living in a radicalized Muslim neighborhood in Manchester had returned to Libya several times after the overthrow of Muamar Gaddafi, most recently just weeks ago. After the US/UK and allied “liberation” of Libya, all manner of previously outlawed and fiercely suppressed radical jihadist groups suddenly found they had free rein to operate in Libya. This is the Libya that Abedi returned to and where he likely prepared for his suicide attack on pop concert attendees. Before the US-led attack on Libya in 2011, there was no al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other related terrorist organization operating (at least with impunity) on Libyan soil.’

Read more: Manchester Bomber Was Product of West’s Libya/Syria Intervention

‘Fatalities and multiple injuries have been reported following what Indonesian police say are two apparent suicide blasts at Kampung Melayu bus station in eastern Jakarta.

Police say that two people have been confirmed dead, including the suicide bomber, Reuters reports.

A senior official said that the attacker specifically targeted a police checkpoint located outside the station terminal, which mostly serves as a hub for vans and small buses.’

Read more: Two dead after suicide bombings at Jakarta bus station 

‘A police chief has been beheaded and 21 people killed when more than 100 ISIS-linked militants stormed a city in the Philippines.

Members of the Maute Islamist group overran Marawi on Mindanao island leading to hours of pitched gun battles in the streets.

‘The chief of police in Malabang on his way home, going back he was stopped by a checkpoint manned by terrorists and I think they decapitated them right then and there,’ Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said.

Terrorists also attacked the Cathedral of Our Lady Help and abducted church staff including Father Chito Suganob and worshipers.

‘They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled,’ Filipino Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement.

National military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo said 13 government soldiers were killed along with 13 militants.’

Read more: ISIS militants storm Philippines city and kill 21 in murderous rampage – beheading police chief, taking a Catholic priest hostage and raising extremist black flag above the mosque

‘The US media has been paying increasing attention to the unfolding crisis in the South American nation of Venezuela. As the US media has done elsewhere, it is attempting to portray the unfolding crisis as a result of a corrupt dictatorship fighting against a “pro-democracy” opposition.

In reality, it is simply a repeat of US-driven regime change aimed at toppling Venezuela’s independent state institutions and replacing them with institutions created by and for US special interests.

The “opposition” is comprised of US-backed political parties and US-funded fronts posing as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) many of which are listed on the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) website.’

Read more: ‘Regime Change’: US Policymakers Openly Plot Against Venezuela

‘Members of the EU-backed Libyan coastguard have allegedly opened fire while forcing refugees back to the war-torn country in the latest clash with international rescue ships.

It came as more than 30 migrants, including several toddlers and children, drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in the deadliest period ever recorded.

The Luventa, a vessel operated by German charity Jugend Rettet, was among the vessels deployed by maritime commanders in Rome to help around a dozen refugee ships carrying more than 1,800 people on Tuesday.

Crew members said they were on the scene when the Libyan coastguard arrived in several speedboats, despite the refugee vessels having reached international waters.

“The personnel of the Libyan boats were armed and first fired in the direction of a fishing boat,” a spokesperson said.

“Afterwards they directed shots to the [refugee] boats in distress.”’

Read more: Libyan coastguard ‘opens fire’ during refugee rescue as deaths in Mediterranean Sea pass record 1,500

‘The Chinese navy “warned” a US warship to leave waters near a reef in the South China Sea, Beijing said, after the US carried out its first ‘freedom of navigation’ patrol in the disputed region under Donald Trump’s administration.

The USS Dewey sailed close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, one of a string of islets, shoals and reefs that China claims in the resource rich and strategically important waters, US officials said.

The patrol provoked an angry response from China, which observers say is developing its military capabilities in the region by fortifying and building infrastructure on the tiny land formations.

China’s Defense Ministry said it had made representations with US officials over the matter.

Meanwhile, a foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said the patrol “undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests”.’

Read more: China ‘warned’ US warship after it sailed near South China Sea reef claimed by Beijing

‘Amid massive protests demanding the ouster of Brazilian President Michel Temer, local riot police used tear gas and concussion grenades against groups of violent protesters in the Brazilian capital, where according to GloboNews protesters set fire to several ministry buildings on Wednesday afternoon, as tens of thousands gathered outside Congress.

Protesters chanting “Out with Temer!” marched to the presidential palace to demand an end to austerity reforms, AFP reports adding that police stopped their advance by using tear gas, while the protesters retaliated by throwing stones at the officers.

“It’s the end of this putchist government. That’s why the people have taken to the streets,” said Francisca Gomes, 59, who came from Sao Paulo for the protest and carried a funeral ribbon carrying the image of the president and the words: “RIP Temer.”‘

Read more: Brazil Deploys Troops To Protect Government Buildings As Protesters Set Ministries On Fire

‘Even for a country numbed by injustice and inequality, Brazil has been shocked by revelations that a poor mother who stole an Easter egg for her children was condemned to a harsher jail sentence than corporate executives and politicians who cheated the public of millions of dollars.

The woman – who is referred to only by her first name, Maria – was sentenced to three years, two months and three days in prison for shoplifting a chocolate egg and a chicken breast from a supermarket in Matão, São Paulo in 2015, according to local media.

She was kept in detention for five months before her trial, then found guilty of a first-degree crime. Although she was briefly remanded during her appeal, a second judge sent her to prison pregnant in November 2016. She has since given birth – to her fourth child – behind bars, and is now nursing her baby son in a overcrowded cell. Once the child is six months, it will be taken from her care.’

Read more: Brazil woman got longer jail term for Easter egg theft than corruption culprits

‘Thousands of Japanese protesters flooded the streets of Tokyo to condemn Japan’s lower house’s approval of a so-called “anti-conspiracy” bill designed to crack down on organized crime and punish those planning to commit “serious crimes” against the state.

On Tuesday, Japan’s House of Representatives, approved the so-called “conspiracy bill,” which lists 277 new types of offenses which lawmakers say threaten Japanese national security.

Tokyo argues the legislation needs to be adopted ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 to fight terrorism and organized crime. The Japanese government also says that the bill is necessary to ratify United Nations’ Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.’

Read more: Thousands protest Japan’s controversial ‘anti-conspiracy bill’