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British PM David Cameron To Resign This Week

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Britain is set to get a new prime minister within two days, after a tumultuous two weeks that saw the previous one toppled and several potential replacements felled by political intrigue.

Home Secretary Theresa May became the country’s leader-in-waiting after her sole remaining rival unexpectedly withdrew, saying Britain needs stability amid the uncertainty caused by its vote to leave the European Union.

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the development and said he would offer his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday after attending a final session of Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

Standing outside 10 Downing St. Cameron said: “We will have a new prime minister in that building behind me by Wednesday evening.”

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Wikileaks Publishes 1258 Clinton War Emails

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WikiLeaks has published more than 1,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as secretary of State about the Iraq War.

The website tweeted a link to 1,258 emails that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee sent and received.

WikiLeaks combed through the emails to find all the messages that reference the Iraq War.

One-Armed ISIS Commander Eyed As Mastermind Of Istanbul Massacre

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The mastermind of Tuesday’s Istanbul airport massacre appears to be a one-armed Chechen terrorist who trained Russian-speaking militants, had a long history of supporting terror and was known as “Akhmed One-Arm,” according to several government documents and regional media reports.

Akhmed Chatayev was identified by the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper as the organizer of the coordinated assault, which killed 43 and wounded more than 200 others at Turkey’s Ataturk Airport. Turkish officials did not immediately confirm he was involved in the attack, and it was unclear if Chatayev was one of the airport bombers, in custody or on the run.

Authorities said all information suggested the airport assault was the work of ISIS and, despite no claim of responsibility for the attack, Chatayev’s involvement would show an ISIS link.

Chatayev had been designated in October as a terrorist by both the U.S. Treasury Department and UN Security Council for supporting ISIS. The Treasury report identified Chatayev as a member of “a group of militants that was planning attacks against U.S. and Turkish facilities” and the UN report said Chatayev “directly commands 130 militants” and was the “organizer and mastermind of planned” terror acts against Russian interests abroad.

He’s described as appearing in numerous videos in 2014 and 2015 in which he associated with other members of ISIS and greeted extremists in Dagestan.

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ISIS Eyed As Prime Culprit In Istanbul Airport Terror Attack

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Hours after Tuesday night’s suicide bombing attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, officials began focusing on ISIS as the prime culprit in the massacre that killed at least 41 people and injured hundreds more.

The body count was expected to keep climbing in the wake of the attack at one of the world’s busiest airports after three suicide bombers opened fire with AK-47s before blowing themselves up as police engaged them.

“The findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters at the airport, using the Arabic name for ISIS. “Even though the indications suggest Daesh, our investigations are continuing.”

Several U.S. airports strengthened security measures due to the carnage in Istanbul, and, adding to the tension, a terminal at JFK Airport in New York was evacuated for a brief period Wednesday when a suspicious bag was spotted. It was later determined the unattended bag posed no threat and travelers were allowed back in the terminal.

The Turkey attack bore hallmarks similar to the March 22 coordinated terror attacks in Brussels, in which ISIS operatives killed 32 in coordinated bombings at Zaventem airport and a nearby metro station. ISIS had not taken credit for Tuesday’s attacks at Ataturk Airport, and Ankara has battled Kurdish militants as well as ISIS.

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British Political Turmoil Deepens After Brexit Vote

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The political turmoil in Britain escalated Monday as several additional high-ranking members of the opposition Labor Party resigned in protest of its leader Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to prevent his nation’s decision to leave the European Union.

More than 20 members of Corbyn’s “shadow Cabinet” — experts in specific topics like health care or the economy — stepped down after Friday’s vote. One Corbyn ally told the BBC opponents had been plotting a “coup” against the party’s leader for months.

Unlike Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservatives, leader of the failed ‘remain’ side in the British vote on EU membership, Corbyn has refused to resign. But top Labor officials said they were fearful their party could be seriously hurt if Corbyn leads them into an early election that may be called.

Angela Eagle, the party’s spokeswoman on Business Innovation and Skills, chose to step down from the senior party position in light of Britain’s vote to leave the EU. She is the most senior member of his team to resign.

Eagle says the party needs a leader “who can unite rather than divide” the party.

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Turkish President ‘Sorry’ For Shoot-Down Of Russian Military Jet

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The Kremlin reported Monday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin saying “I am sorry” for the downing of a Russian jet last November, an incident Putin had called “a stab in the back.”

Erdogan expressed his “sympathy and deep condolences” to the family of the killed pilot and “asked to be forgiven,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

The Turkish president also said an investigation was underway against a “Turkish citizen who is associated with the ‘death of Russian pilot,'” the Kremlin added.

Syrian Turkmen rebels said they shot and killed the pilot and a Russian marine who tried conducting a rescue. The Russian jet’s navigator survived.

Turkey had previously claimed two of its F-16s shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber because it violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border and failed to heed warnings to turn around. The navigator told Russian media he never received such warnings.

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Britain Votes To Leave The European Union

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Britain’s stunning vote to bolt the EU sets into motion a lengthy diplomatic divorce for which there is no blueprint, and the economic and political upheaval is likely just beginning, say experts.

The immediate effect of the vote, in which Britons voted to leave the 28-nation bloc by a 52-48 margin was Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that he will step down sometime before October.

“The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected,” Cameron said Friday morning. “I will do everything I can to steady the ship over the coming weeks, but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.”

Cameron’s successor will play a major role over the next two years or so during negotiations between the UK and the EU on how to separate economies that have become intertwined since 1973.

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, like Cameron a Conservative, was the most prominent supporter of the “leave” campaign and now becomes a leading contender to replace Cameron. Johnson said Friday he was “sad” to see Cameron resign but didn’t say whether he plans to replace him.

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Latest Launch Shows North Korea’s Missile Program Could Be Advancing

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In an about-face, the Pentagon has reassessed the performance of both North Korean missile launches Wednesday and now says there is evidence the communist regime’s missile program has made significant advancements.

“After spectacular fiery crashes previously, this last one flew 250 miles,” or roughly a third of the way between North Korea and Japan, a U.S. official with knowledge of the latest intelligence assessment told Fox News.

The first missile is now assessed to have flown about 90 miles according to the official. When asked if that Musudan test which was originally characterized as a “failed in flight” test was actually successful, the official said, “success depends on intent.”

Before the two latest launches, the communist regime was previously 0-4 in Musudan test flights. The previous missiles were believed to have exploded after takeoff.

When fully operational, officials estimate the Musudan intermediate range ballistic missile has a range of 2,000 miles, which would make it capable of hitting U.S. military forces as far away as Guam.

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Man Arrested At Brussels Shopping Center Following Security Alert

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A man claiming to have been kidnapped and outfitted with a bomb belt shut down a section of central Brussels during the Tuesday morning rush hour but a bomb squad found only salt and cookies in the belt, the Brussels prosecutor’s office said.

The man, identified only as J.B., was taken in for questioning. Prosecutors said he had a criminal record and a history of psychiatric problems.

Brussels prosecutor Rym Kechiche said authorities were investigating whether the incident around the City 2 shopping mall had links to terrorism or whether it was a hoax.

A second man, who is suspected driving J.B. to the scene, was also being questioned.

J.B. phoned police at 5:30 a.m., saying he had been abducted and fitted with an explosive device that could be detonated remotely by another person, Kechiche said.

J.B. recently informed police that he had been enlisted to join the Islamic State extremist organization in Syria, but Brussels prosecutors weren’t able to prove or disapprove his claim, Kechiche said.

A car corresponding to a detailed description the man gave police was found parked in a street in the Schaerbeek area of Brussels.

Amid the alert, Prime Minister Charles Michel changed his morning program and a meeting of the Belgian crisis center was called.

Crisis center spokesman Peter Mertens said the nation’s security alert was not changed.

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At Least 6 Killed, 100 Hurt In Mexico Clashes Between Police And Teachers

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Violent clashes between police and members of a radical teachers’ union who had blockaded roads in southern Mexico on Sunday left six people dead and more than 100 injured, officials said.

The teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, are opposed to the mandatory testing of teachers as part of Mexico’s sweeping education reform and are also protesting the arrest of union leaders on money laundering and other charges.

In Sunday’s clashes in the southern state of Oaxaca, protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails, and burned vehicles, while Associated Press journalists saw riot police firing on protesters. Clashes took place in several municipalities in Oaxaca, but the most violent were in Nochixtlan, north of the state capital also called Oaxaca.

In a late-night press conference, Oaxaca state Gov. Gabino Cue, accompanied by Federal Police chief Enrique Galindo, raised the death toll from the clashes in Nochixtlan to six. They said 53 civilians, 41 federal police agents and 14 state police agents were injured.

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