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Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal: Axios

Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal: Axios

The US President told leaders of the G7 countries that they would have to wait until next week for his decision on whether America would honour its undertakings under the Paris Agreement to limit global warming. "I hope they decide in the right way". She added: "Here we have a situation of six against one, meaning there is still no sign of whether the USA will remain in the Paris accord or not". Read More

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UN Condemns North Korea Missile Test, Vows Sanctions

UN Condemns North Korea Missile Test, Vows Sanctions

The U.N. Security Council on Monday decried North Korea's last two ballistic missile launches that took place in April and May as further violations of past sanctions resolutions imposed on the country. Aerospace expert John Schilling told Reuters the test "represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile". "We keep our door open for dialogue with North Korea, but we must act decisively against North Korean provocations so that it will not miscalculate", ... Read More

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Trump returns to White House after first worldwide trip

Most disturbingly for allies, Trump did not personally affirm his commitment to Article 5, NATO's mutual defense doctrine, after pre-trip signals from the White House that he would do just that. President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal. Read More

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Bainimarama awaits Trump decision on Paris deal

Bainimarama awaits Trump decision on Paris deal

According to Axios , three sources confirmed Trump's decision, although the president claimed via Twitter that he will make a "final decision" next week. He had previously threatened to pull out. It was a meeting of mixed outcome with Trump and his G7 colleagues finally agreeing on trade/protectionism but not climate change . Read More

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World leaders condemn Manchester attack

World leaders condemn Manchester attack

Malcolm Turnbull has asked Prime Minister Theresa May to convey Australia's solidarity, love and prayers to the people of Manchester after what he called a horrific terrorist attack and shocking loss. This is an attack on innocence. Grande has many younger fans, and there were many parents waiting to collect their children outside the venue. Police said the attacker detonated the explosives shortly after 10:33 p.m. Read More

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Iran's president criticizes U.S. after Trump's sharp words

Iran's president criticizes U.S. after Trump's sharp words

Iran's support of Shi'ite allies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen have sparked concerns among Sunni-majority states and Israel, all of which are keen to curb Tehran's influence. Already fragile diplomatic and trade ties between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite-dominated Iran were severed a year ago after Saudi Arabia executed a Shi'ite cleric and as a result, protesters ransacked the Saudi embassy in Iran. Read More

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Leaders of G7 nations begin summit in Italy

Leaders of G7 nations begin summit in Italy

That platitude takes on more significance in the context of the G7 summit where Trump and the other six leaders diverged over free trade , climate change and migration policy behind closed doors. Trump's economic advisor Gary Cohn said Friday that U.S. compliance with its Paris commitments would be "crippling" to economic growth, but added that the president was "interested to hear what the G7 leaders have to say about climate". Read More

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Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran , Monday, May 22, 2017. US President Donald Trump has deliberately accused Tehran of sponsoring extremist groups in the Middle East in order to stir up "Iranophobia" and boost American arms sales in the region, Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Read More

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Military presence stepped up as Britain faces raised threat

Military presence stepped up as Britain faces raised threat

Home Secretary Amber Rudd yesterday warned the U.S. that the "irritating" leaks of information must stop and said she had received assurances from American officials that they would not happen again. Several victims have been identified as those killed at the concert. Music should be a safe place of joy, love and community. The threat level was raised this high only once prior, in 2006, in an effort to foil an Al-Qaeda plot to use liquid explosives on transatlantic flights . Read More

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Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. He said Assange had convinced Swedish prosecutors during a November meeting previous year that he was not guilty of any sex offences. Friday was the deadline for prosecutors to renew or lift the warrant for Assange's arrest. He's been at the Ecuadorian embassy since June of 2012. Read More

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Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

Across Iran , young people danced in the streets to celebrate the president's victory, with the purple of the Rouhani campaign lighting up streets and some decked in the green of the reformist Green Movement. While the official result will be declared in a few days, the results are being interpreted as the Iranians' desire for change, reform and breaking away from global isolation. Read More

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Philippines using helicopters to clear militants

Philippines using helicopters to clear militants

Meanwhile, a local resident who requested anonymity said that most residents concurred with the military command, and had moved to the cities of Zamboanga, Pagadian and Cotabato, about 10 to 12 hours away from Marawi . Archbishop Socrates Villegas , president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines , also said jihadi fighters had taken a priest and at least a dozen other people hostage. Read More

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Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

He says the court's ruling blocks Trump's "efforts to strengthen this country's national security ". She noted that two non-Muslim nations, the Philippines and Venezuela, weren't included among the banned countries even though they are home to terrorist groups and fail to help verify information about people attempting to travel to the United States. Read More

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'He Is Something': Trump Visits Pope Francis At The Vatican

Details were not revealed. The pope gave Trump what he said was a medal by a Roman artist. "We can use peace", the president replied. "It's their first meeting, and I think they will both try hard to find some common ground". Exactly a half-hour later, the ringing of a bell signified the end of the private encounter. Like Trump , former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush also visited the country without wearing a headscarf. Read More

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