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ISIS claims responsibility for deadly bombing at Ariana Grande concert, Trump reportedly asked top intel officials to deny Russia links, three new lawsuits launched against FOX News, and more.

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May 23 2017, 2:28pm

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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Trump Asked Top Intel Officials to Deny Russia Links, Report Says
President Trump asked both the director of national intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency to publicly refute any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to anonymous officials. Both Daniel Coats and Admiral Michael Rogers declined Trump's requests, which came after then FBI director James Comey announced in March that the bureau was investigating possible links.—The Washington Post

Trump Pledges to Work on Middle East Peace Deal
Speaking alongside Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem Tuesday, President Trump pledged "to do everything I can" to establish a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. "President Abbas assures me he is ready to work towards that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu has promised the same," he said.—Reuters

US Forces Kill Seven in Raid on al Qaeda Compound in Yemen
US Navy SEALS have killed seven suspected militants of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula during a raid on a compound in Yemen. The US Central Command said the raid in Marib Governorate was designed to bolster intelligence, and "insight into AQAP's disposition, capabilities, and intentions."—ABC News

Three New Lawsuits Launched Against FOX News
Three new lawsuits including allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination have been levied against FOX News. Two employees in the accounts department claim they were fired after getting pregnant, and a FOX Radio employee claims she suffered from "unrelenting" sexual harassment. There are now 23 plaintiffs with claims against the network represented by one firm alone.—Poynter

International News

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Suicide Bombing in UK
A suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the UK city of Manchester has left at least 22 people dead and another 59 injured. One attacker, who police believe died in the explosion, detonated a device outside or near an exit of the Manchester Arena shortly after Grande had finished her performance. Police confirmed several children were killed, and families were still waiting for information about loved ones. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday, and a 23-year-old was reportedly arrested in connection with it.—VICE News

Former Gambian President Accused of Embezzlement
Gambia's justice minister accused former President Yahya Jammeh of stealing at least $50 million from the country's central bank before going into exile in Equatorial Guinea in January. Abubacarr Tambadou said there was evidence of "unlawful" withdrawal between 2013 and 2017. The ministry has now frozen Jammeh's remaining assets—or those it can—along with the assets of companies connected to him.—Al Jazeera

Hong Kong Police Arrest 21 Uber Drivers
Police in Hong Kong have arrested 21 Uber drivers for operating without third-party insurance or otherwise not being legit for-hire drivers following an undercover investigation. Chief Inspector Lau Tat-fai said Uber must "ensure cars for hire are equipped with a permit" and should show "respect for Hong Kong laws." In March, five Uber drivers were fined almost $1,300 each for operating illegally.—Reuters

One Killed in Bahraini Police Raid on Sit-In
At least one activist was killed and several others injured when Bahraini police stormed a sit-in protest in support of a leading Shiite cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, according to the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy. The interior ministry said the sit-in had been a "haven for wanted fugitives."—AP

Everything Else

Zack Snyder Steps Aside from 'Justice League'
Director Zack Snyder will stop work on Justice League to deal with the suicide of his 20-year-old daughter. Joss Whedon is slated to finish the Warner Bros. movie. "It's a great movie. But it's just a movie," Snyder said.—The Hollywood Reporter

Michael Jackson's Estate Not Down with TV Projects
A statement issued by Michael Jackson's estate has condemned "unauthorized" TV projects by Lifetime and Netflix, accusing them of "seeking to exploit Michael's legacy." The estate revealed it has "numerous" projects in development celebrating his life.—Billboard

First Five Jurors Selected in Bill Cosby Trial
The first jurors have been selected in Bill Cosby's forthcoming trial for sexual assault. Three white men and two white women were selected Monday, with other members of the panel expected to be chosen in the next few days.—AP

Rihanna to Make Master-Thief Movie Based on a Tweet
Netflix has reportedly agreed to make a movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o based on a tweet about a photo of the pair at Paris Fashion Week. One tweeter thought Rihanna looked like a "master thief" and Lupita a "genius computer hacker."—VICE