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Trump tells 'confidants' U.S. will leave Paris climate deal - Axios

But even that has prompted discord among the summiteers as Trump, according to Italian sources, resists the hosts' desire to issue a declaration underlining the benefits as well as pitfalls of migration. can discuss things calmly and freely". "I didn't support this woman", Trump told Macron during the call. Trump was referring to a vow by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to move toward spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024. Read More »

Trump Reportedly Tells 'Confidants' US Will Leave Paris Climate Deal

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from the summit in the town of Taormina . US Defense Minister Jim Mattis told CBC News that Trump was "wide open" on the Paris Agreement during the G7 meeting. Now the president heads back to Washington , where much of his party is pushing him to do the opposite. NY and California have already pledged to combat climate change without the Trump administration's support. Read More »

Palestinian prisoners end 40-day mass hunger strike after reaching deal

Demonstrations in support of the prisoners had been held across the occupied West Bank leading to repeated bloody clashes with Israeli security forces. Palestinian medical officials say a 20-year-old man was fatally shot in the head, while AP photographer Majdi Mohammed was shot in the hand. Barghouti, who was jailed by Israel in 2002 at the height of a campaign of Palestinian suicide bombings and shooting attacks in Israeli cities, is seen by some as a potential peacemaker because of ... Read More »

Duterte makes rape joke after ordering martial law

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The militants have control of some government buildings, including a jail, which was seized on Tuesday, leading to the escape of more than 100 prisoners, including some Maute members. Orlando Quevedo, "but, at present, we simply do not have solid and sufficient facts to absolutely reject the declaration of martial law as morally reprehensible". Read More »

Trump pleased with results of 1st overseas trip

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President Donald Trump says he'll make a final decision next week on whether the US will stay in the Paris climate agreement. "I called for much greater security and cooperation on matters of both terrorism and immigration migration to protect our citizens", he said. Read More »

White House shrugs off concerns over Kushner's 'secret line' with Russian Federation

Russian Federation has long backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, often at the expense of civilians, during the long civil war. News reports said the White House, reeling from the explosive developments in the long-running Russian Federation saga, is creating a new rapid-fire communications unit to respond to the controversy, led by Kushner, senior presidential adviser Steve Bannon and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Read More »

Pope's gift to Trump -- book on environmental protection

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The two world leaders exchanged gifts during a meeting that was reportedly cordial, marking a contrast to their war of words in 2016. Analysts believe the atmosphere was better than expected since the original time-table of their meeting was set within 20 minutes. Read More »

Trump denounces Manchester attackers as 'evil losers'

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As for follow-up, "The one thing that it probably will be is quiet and discreet", the official said. Mr Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine". Read More »

President Trump condemns Manchester attack as act of 'evil losers'

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On Monday, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy from Bethlehem was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces who claimed he attempted to stab a soldier at a checkpoint in the West Bank. Tel Aviv may be one of the most dynamic, creative and delicious cities on earth, but only a fool, or the former head of a large oil company, would say, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did, that it is the " home of Judaism". Read More »

G7 summit ends without US joining consensus on climate change

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So we're working on it and I will tell you, a big difference over the a year ago, money is actually starting to pour into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from countries that would not have been doing what they're doing now had I not been elected, I can tell you that. Read More »

Trump seeks 'reset' with Islamic world amid political tumult at home

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Saudi media accounts of the speech , the summit, and Trump's visit in general were generally glowing. Trump made no mention of the disputed travel ban, signed days after he took office, that temporarily banned immigration to the US from seven majority Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Read More »

Five things to watch as China's belt and road plan unfolds

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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a key component of One Belt, One Road - passes through the disputed region of Kashmir , which both India and Pakistan claim in its entirety. Najib said Chinese President Xi Jinping had stressed that whatever implemented would be on a win-win basis, with shared benefit and prosperity. Gwadar Port in southwestern Pakistan is at the Strait of Hormuz, which is pivotal to secure an energy route for China. Read More »

Comey knew Clinton email info was fake, created by Russia

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James Comey quickly discerned that the document was a forgery composed by Russian agents. The Washington Post reported this week that the FBI had during its investigation into the email case received a Russian intelligence document that claimed the Justice Department had given Clinton an assurance that it would not be too aggressive. Read More »

Founding Allman Brothers Band Singer Gregg Allman, Dead at 69

The death of legendary southern rock musician Gregg Allman has prompted this tribute from Hawkesbury Gazette editor Matt Lawrence. His mother, who sought to become a certified public accountant, had to put him and his elder brother Duane (born 1945) in a hostel as she had to live on campus. Read More »

Ariana Grande suspends European tour after Manchester attack

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Congressman Adam Schiff, a senior member of the intelligence committee in the US House of Representatives, said: "If we gave up information that has interfered in any way with their investigation because it tipped off people in Britain - perhaps associates of this person that we identified as the bomber - then that's a real problem and they have every right to be furious". Read More »

Iraqi forces push into last IS pocket in W. Mosul

Iraq's military dropped leaflets over the Old City Friday asking civilians to flee "immediately" to "safe passages" where they will be greeted by "guides, protectors and (transportation) to reach safe places", according to a government statement. Read More »

Rouhani: Iran's ballistic missile programme will continue

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The biggest prize for Rouhani's supporters is the potential to set Iran's course for decades by influencing the choice of a successor to Khamenei, who has been in power since 1989. Iran shot back on Monday morning, as the foreign ministry accused the USA of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East and of spreading "Iranophobia" aimed at encouraging Arab states to buy weapons. Read More »

Manchester terrorist´s family members arrested; search for support network in Europe

Members of the Libyan immigrant community reported to local authorities more than a year ago that they feared Salman Abedi was turning increasingly radical, two friends of the family said. The bombing came just over two weeks before a snap general election set for June 8. The attack was the deadliest in Britain since 2005, when 56 people were killed in an attack on the London transport system. Read More »

Tory Lead Narrows in Week After Manchester Tragedy

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Meanwhile, a ComRes survey for the Sunday Mirror and Independent showed the gap between the parties narrowing from 18 to 12 points over the past fortnight. The Prime Minister's approval ratings have dropped from last week (down from +17% to +11%), while Jeremy Corbyn's have risen from net -18% to -11%. Read More »

Poll shows Conservative lead over Labour shrinking as vote approaches

The attacks came as Mr Corbyn made his strongest attempt yet to distance himself from the IRA, saying he was "appalled" by the terror gang's 1991 mortar attack on Downing Street. They followed a YouGov poll on Friday which suggested the comfortable Conservative lead of as much as 25 points at the time the snap election was called had narrowed to as little as five, putting at risk Mrs May's hopes of increasing her slender 17-seat majority. Read More »

Kushner Had Undisclosed Contacts With Russia Envoy

Kushner's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick , told CNN in response to the Reuters report: "Mr. Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period". Kushner is now the only current White House official known to the media to be considered a target of the Russian Federation probe. In addition, Reuters reported that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak previous year, including two phone calls between April and November. Read More »

Ariana Grande to perform at benefit concert in Manchester

The downgrade to "severe" means an attack still is considered highly likely. It said the photos had been gathered by British authorities at the scene of the attack . Soldiers, who have been helping police, are expected to be withdrawn from Britain's streets in the next few days. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday evening. Read More »

G7 leaders divided on climate change

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Bush ultimately reneged on the Kyoto Protocol agreed to by President Bill Clinton in 1997. He finally disembarked to join the other leaders for the final walk to the G7 summit venue in a former monastery, now the San Domenico hotel, The Times reported. Read More »

McCain: Turkish ambassador should get 'the hell out'

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Moments after passing the embassy's guards, those who stood peacefully in front of the diplomatic mission, started chanting anti-Erdogan slogans. Washington police called the violence a "brutal attack on peaceful protesters". Necmi is a supporter of Erdogan whereas Kheirabadi is a supporter of Kurdish causes. "We just celebrated our President". Ankara regards the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which is a USA ally in the fight against Islamic State, as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers ... Read More »

Militants kill 16 civilians in Philippines siege city

The army said 11 soldiers and 31 militants have been killed. They fear they will be hit by bullets, by airstrikes'. "We suspect that, but we're still validating", he said. " ISIS capturing a major city in the Philippines is a very significant blow to the security and stability of this region", he said. The fierce resistance of the Maute gunmen and the apparent executions of civilians will add to growing fears that subscribers to Islamic State's radical ideology are determined to ... Read More »

Egypt starts 2nd day of Libya strikes

US President Donald Trump has denounced as "merciless slaughter" the attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt that left at least 29 dead, urging the nations to defeat "terrorists engaged in a war against civilizations". State television cited the health minister as saying the attack, which prompted widespread worldwide condemnation, killed 28 people. In a message of condolence and compassion to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, King Mohammed VI expressed the vigorous condemnation of ... Read More »

Ariana Grande will return to Manchester for a benefit concert

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Greater Manchester Police said the man was taken into custody after a property search at an address in the Moss Side area of Manchester . Britain routinely shares intelligence with the United States bilaterally, and as part of the "Five Eyes" network which also includes Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Read More »

Macron says Trump handshake was 'moment of truth'

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Mr Macron told French media he had wanted to "show he would not make small concessions, not even symbolic ones, but also not overdo things". But Trump may disappoint on a key global issue facing him after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings: the Paris Agreement. Read More »

Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake

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A week after the Senate Intelligence Committee announced former FBI Director James Comey would testify , no date has yet been set for the hearing. Last year, the FBI obtained a document that suggested Attorney General Loretta Lynch had promised to obstruct the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server should it start to threaten her campaign. Read More »