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UK Prime Minister considers Trump's visit as opportunity to strengthen partnership

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Mr Johnson is considered the favourite in the Conservative leadership contest, and Mr Trump said he was "a friend of mine" who would do a "very good job" if he was elected. The police operation for the president's visit previous year was estimated to have cost almost £18m. Over the three days, the United States president will be hosted by British royalty and politicians. Read More »

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte: I Was Gay 'But I Cured Myself'

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Antonio Trillanes IV of being gay, claiming that the way he moved proves that. "Good thing Trillanes and I are similar. But I cured myself", Duterte said. The President then noted that since his last visit here in 2017, there has been a marked increase in the Philippine-Japanese engagements "across the full spectrum of our relations" that is unprecedented and must be sustained. Read More »

Sudan's military rules say protest site threatens stability

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The country's military rulers accuse them of threatening the coherence of the state and its national security. Members of Sudan's alliance of opposition and protest groups chant slogans outside Sudan's Central Bank as tensions mounted with the country's military rulers over the transition to democracy, in Khartoum May 29, 2019. Read More »

China says trade war 'has not made America great again'

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China is willing to work with the United States to find solutions, but the latter's strategy of maximum pressure and escalation can't force concessions from China, said Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen, who led the working-level team in the negotiations. Read More »

Iran president says Islamic Republic won't be 'bullied' into USA talks

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President Donald Trump had been saying for a long time that he was willing to talk to Iran . However, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi responded by calling the offer "word-play", and asked for action instead. The United States deployed more military equipment and personnel to the region in May in reaction to Iran's new threats. Pompeo said, "We are prepared to engage in a conversation with no preconditions", adding however, that "We are ready to sit down with them, but ... Read More »

Trump tells United Kingdom to 'walk away' from EU

They have clashed in the past over his migration policies, while Britain still backs the Iranian nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, both of which Trump has abandoned. 'The far right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than 70 years. Read More »

China Says It Doesn’t Want to Replace U.S

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While the forum is purely on security, the discussions are also being held against a backdrop of Chinese-US trade tensions and high tech rivalry . "If the United States wants to talk, we will keep the door open - if the USA wants to fight, we will fight to the end ". Read More »

David's Sunday Morning Forecast - Hazy skies but warm this afternoon

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IF they become severe, the main threats would be large hail and damaging winds. Some of the storms could be strong to severe with gusty winds, heavy downpours, hail and frequent lightning. Ahead of the front, it will be humid with highs in the 80s and lower 90s. Temperatures warmed into the middle and upper 70s around the metro, and we will stay mild this evening. Read More »

United States would talk with Iran 'with no preconditions'

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We are fully aware, both parties are fully aware, of this tension. After a meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday, Pompeo said Washington will not stand in the way of a system Europeans are developing to shield companies dealing with Iran from the US sanctions, so long as it provides only humanitarian and other permitted goods. Read More »

Queen Elizabeth II, London ready for Donald Trump state visit

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In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, Trump said the next British leader should send arch-Brexiteer Nigel Farage to conduct talks with the EU. They were even more evenly split when it came to Trump's meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, with 41 percent saying she should meet him and 42 percent saying she should not. Read More »

Jews will be allowed to enter Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day

Kiswani said the visit of what he described as up to 800 Jewish "extremists" had not been coordinated with the Muslim authorities at the compound and accused riot police of attacking worshippers. It is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest for Muslims after Mecca and Medina. Jews are allowed to visit the site during set hours but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions. Read More »

Andrea Nahles: SPD leader and Merkel coalition partner to resign

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Since 2013, the SPD has governed in "grand coalitions" with the conservative bloc formed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU and the Bavarian Christian Social Union . At the same time, the Greens were shown to have overtaken the conservative CDU as Germany's most popular party for the first time. "The party is in an extremely serious situation", said Nahles' deputy Malu Dreyer, the governor of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Read More »

Iran's stocks of nuclear materials still within limits: IAEA

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A senior diplomat , asked about the nature of those discussions, declined to elaborate. A year after Washington abandoned the landmark deal, which curbed Tehran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions, European powers are trying to keep it in place. Read More »

Navy acknowledges request regarding USS John S. McCain made for Trump visit

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McCain ", but noted that "all ships remained in their normal configuration during the President's visit" when commenting on the recent report of the WSJ. Trump said on Wednesday he had not been aware of the request. He incensed Trump with his thumbs-down vote foiling the effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. Read More »

Dutch hostage in Philippines killed while trying to escape from militants

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During a military operation in December 2014, also in Patikul, Mr. Vinciguerra was rescued after he fought off his captors. "We are deeply saddened that our citizen - Mr. Philippine authorities referred to the Abu Sayyaf group as nothing more than a collection of bandits. Sahiron was one of the original Abu Sayyaf commanders who led the group in a series of abductions, including of two Americans in 2001. Read More »

Pompeo to press Germany on military spending, Huawei, Nordstream on delayed visit

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This issue will be soon discussed at different levels of the "Normandy format", the diplomat said. Pompeo also met German Chancellor Angela Merkel , who said the United States "is and remains our closest partner". Pompeo and Maas also tackled the thorny topic of Huawei . Germany sent a senior diplomat to Iran earlier this week and Switzerland has long represented USA interests there. Read More »

Nadler Says ‘American People Won’t Support’ Trump Impeachment Now

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Mueller's testimony", Nadler told WNYC , and on TV, too. Mr Trump also offered mixed messages on Russia's efforts to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign. Democrats are mulling the possibility of impeachment proceedings. "It's our constitutional obligation". On Wednesday, Mueller circumvented the presumption of innocence by nebulously alleging that Trump may have committed crimes. Read More »

Huge cruise ship plows into tourist boat, dock in Venice

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Italian media report that at least five people have been injured in the crash. The collision happened at about 8:30 a.m. on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to Saint Mark's Square. The company says it is cooperating with authorities to figure out what happened. The four, who were taken to hospital for check-ups, were on board the River Countess tourist boat. Read More »

Afghan Taliban leader pledges to keep fighting until goals met

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Peace Zalmay Khalilzad will hold new talks this month with the Taliban in Qatar , the State Department said on Saturday, as momentum builds for a deal to end America's longest war. The meeting will also discuss the security situation of the region and the USA envoy will take Pakistan's guidance on the Afghan peace process. Taliban representatives have been talking with US diplomats for months about withdrawing more than 20,000 USA and ... Read More »

Airlines group: Boeing jet won't return before August

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Sources have told Reuters that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects to approve the jet's return to service as soon as late June. But the decision by China, the European Union, and others to ground the MAX before the United States opened an unusual split in the regulatory system, worrying airlines and plane makers. Read More »

Rockets fired from Syria at Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, says Israel

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Help us grow and continue telling Israel's story to the world. The Israeli military noted that there was no reported damage or injuries from the missiles . The rockets were launched from the Damascus area were not Grad rockets. Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. Last Saturday, Syria said its air defenses shot down a number of missiles fired from Israel, a day after making a similar claim. Read More »

Mom who survived brutal Dominican Republic attack blames herself

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Tammy Lawrence-Daley of DE says she was violently attacked and left to die while vacationing at the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic in January and is sharing her story to warn future vacationers. 'The next 8 hours brought me pain and fear. She said her attacker later dragged her down concrete stairs to an underground waste water area in what she says was an attempt to hide her body and mask the sound of the attack. Read More »

Canada trash loaded onto ship, to depart Friday - SBMA

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The ship should take about four weeks to get to the Port of Vancouver. Canada has previously said it expected the garbage to be back on Canadian soil by the end of June. Aside from the garbage, the ship also has 150 shipping containers as it is taking the regular commercial route. "The curtain has been pulled back or the wool's been pulled off our eyes and we now see that "Oh my gosh this is totally not working the way that we thought it was working" and we are contributors to a big ... Read More »

US demands social media details from visa applicants

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An estimated 14 million travellers and 710,000 immigrants to the US each year will be affected by the changes, according to notes in the US Federal Register. The new rules were first proposed by the Trump administration in March previous year. The Hill .TV report further notes that applicants hesitant about the policy shouldn't lie about their social media use, as it could lead to " serious immigration consequences ". Read More »

New Zealand to Spend $1.2B on Mental Health

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The budget covers a 1.9 billion-NZ dollar (1.24 billion-U.S. dollar) package over five years, including new universal frontline mental health service aimed at helping 325,000 people by 2023-2024; 40 million NZ dollars over four years in suicide prevention services; and 1 billion NZ dollars to re-develop the rail system, including purchasing new wagons, locomotives, tracks and infrastructure. Read More »

Malaysia's Mahathir proposes common East Asia currency pegged to gold

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Dr Mahathir is on the final day of a three-day working visit to Japan during which he also delivered a keynote address to the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia or the Nikkei Conference. "If any country wants to invade Malaysia , they can walk through and we will not resist because it is a waste of time", he says. "We need to do something with the radioactive material, perhaps spread it so we don't have radioactive material concentrated in one place". Read More »

Three Britons among group missing after Himalayan avalanche

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When they didn't return to the base camp as planned, a search and rescue team was sent to try to find them. However, it is hoped that a helicopter will be able to drop rescuers in on Sunday. "We will do all we can to assist any British people who need our help". The route to the mountain peak begins from Munsiyari. However, according to local media, they were due to reach the Nanda Devi base camp on Friday 31 May, and the nearby village of Munsiyari on 1 June. Read More »

Two Missing After Blasts At Russian Military Plant, 22 Injured

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The blasts, around midday (0900 GMT) were heard all over the town of more than 230,000 residents and shock waves smashed or damaged windows in around 180 buildings, city authorities told TASS news agency. Dmitry Krasnov, deputy governor of the region that includes Dzerzhinsk , said on state TV that two people were missing. The fire at the plant, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow , was still burning in the early afternoon and firefighters did not rule out further explosions. Read More »

Defence chief calls out China on tech theft, South China Sea

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USA military officials, meanwhile, have vowed to continue enforcing a free and open Indo-Pacific. US allies at the conference expressed anxiety over rising tensions between the two powers, and as one leader pointed out, many believe that if China and the USA won't work together, they risk upending the global system. Read More »

China investigates FedEx for Huawei cargo error

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And from the sound of it, it's something that's completely retaliatory in nature. Gao said the detailed measures of China's list will be announced in the near future. "That could include a number of other elements, such as restrictions on rare earth shipments" - minerals that are crucial in many mobile devices and electric cars made by USA companies. Read More »