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Trump, Macron and election: what prompted Merkel's blunt Munich speech

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In Brussels, Donald Trump said that Germany was "very bad" because of its trade surplus (Germany is Europe top exporter) and the fact that "ome German vehicle companies manufacture in Mexico for importing into the United States , even though many of them produce cars in American factories with American workers", as reported in The New York Times . Read More »

TPP trade deal members seek to move ahead without US

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It is the biggest trade meeting since Trump took office and brings together ministers from Australia, the United States, China, Japan and other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries that account for more than 40 per cent of world trade. Read More »

Conservatives send out robotic tweets during May and Corbyn TV interviews

The Labour leader came off the better of the two, giving a more assured performance during the audience question and answer section and looking confident in an awkward interview exchange with veteran broadcaster Jeremy Paxman . At one point a heckler yelled, "You've clearly failed". Mr Corbyn was quizzed about his foreign policy views, past campaigning in Northern Ireland and tax-raising plans. Read More »

France's Macron holding 'tough' talks with Putin near Paris

Speaking at a joint press conference after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Versailles on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macon emphasized that none of the pressing issues that the world faces today can be resolved without dialogue with Russia. Read More »

Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber 'warnings'

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Asked to comment on reports that the security services missed opportunities to monitor Abedi, Rudd said: "I wouldn't rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have missed". The attack, which has been claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, targeted concertgoers at the end of a show by USA teen pop idol Ariana Grande. Read More »

Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies

Noriega, 83, died late Monday in a Panama City hospital as he was recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor. The Panamanian President said in a tweet that "the death of Manuel A. Despite his rule, Noriega was never elected president. Two years after Torrijos was killed in a plane crash, Noriega took control of the Panamanian government. Read More »

Taiwan court rules in favour of same-sex marriage, first in Asia

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If the justices rule in favour of same-sex marriage, Taiwan would be the first Asian country to legalise it. The current Taiwan's civil code defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims sovereignty over, is known for its liberal values and holds the biggest annual gay pride event in the region . Read More »

US Administration Policies 'Stand Against' EU Interests - German FM

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the West had become weaker as Washington increasingly put US interests first. Germany and other European Union nations were left fuming with Trump after he criticized their alliance payments at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, and then refused to support the Paris climate accord at the G7 meeting in Sicily the next day. Read More »

Andrew Scheer gets warm welcome in Parliament Hill

Scheer has also repeatedly said he would repeal the Liberals' carbon tax. "We will take ours from the minivans, the soccer fields, the Legion halls and the grocery stores". But his social conservative values will likely be a problem, given that 49 per cent of Conservative party members supported Bernier, a libertarian, and the most progressive candidate in the race, Michael Chong, finished in fifth place overall. Read More »

Climate protection is part of India's ethos: PM Modi

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Ms Merkel said the traditional western alliance was threatened by the new USA presidency and Brexit , and "the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days". then I say that the West has become smaller - it has at least become weaker". Seibert added that Merkel is "a convinced trans-Atlanticist" but her recent remarks about the U.S. Read More »

Police trying to trace suitcase carried by bomber

The home secretary said ISIS was trying to "weaponise" young Britons and defended the work of the United Kingdom s security services following claims that warnings about Abedi were not followed up. Fourteen men are now detained on United Kingdom soil in the investigation, while Abedi's father and brother have been held in Libya, where officials said the two brothers were ISIS jihadists. Read More »

French Pres. Macron: Long Handshake With Trump 'Not Innocent'

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To the contrary, Macron told the French press that it was a necessary show of strength, a symbol that France "won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, while not overhyping things either", according to Politico . "It's not the be-all-and-end-all... but a moment of truth ", Macron said. Consistently inconsistent, you just never know when it comes to Trump. Trump hasn't done a lot of public speaking during his big trip overseas. Read More »

Iranian president calls relations with US 'a curvy road'

He was less flattering in his assessment of the Trump administration so far. When asked how he forsaw his country's relations with the US, Rouhani said he hoped the Trump administration would "settle down" and try to understand his nation better. Read More »

In Riyadh speech, Trump says India has 'suffered repeated barbaric attacks'

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The contrast between the two scenes was noted by Iran's newly re-elected president, Hassan Rouhani, who has sought to reach out to the West while batting back hardliners at home. But elsewhere, notably Iraq, U.S. forces are fighting on the same side as Shi'ites close to Iran. The accusations echoed those by King Salman of Saudi Arabia, who earlier dubbed the country "the spearhead of terrorism". Read More »

Philippine military says foreign fighters killed

The army insists the drawn-out fight is not a true sign of the group's strength, and the military has held back to spare civilians' lives. "Hence, it is now increasingly becoming necessary to use more surgical airstrikes to clear the city and to bring this rebellion to a quicker end". Read More »

DOUBLE REGISTRATION: Melaye, APC want Gov Bello to resign or be impeached

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, says Senator Dino Melaye and others asking him to resign are jokers. They wouldn't have voted for themselves from detention."In a related development, the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson, Bode Ogunmola, saw the development as a vindication of the party's earlier stance on Bello's voter's registration status". Read More »

Sri Lanka floods: Battle to rescue stranded as death toll tops 160

Sri Lankan men push their vehicles across a road against the inundated water caused by floods at Kaduwela, 20kms away from capital city Colombo , Sri Lanka. With more than 100 people still missing and 80 reported injured, these have been Sri Lanka's worst rains since 2003, when rain lead to the deaths of 250 people. Read More »

Trump Seemingly Downplays Allegations Against Kushner About Russia

Schiff said he disagreed with White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's suggestion that such back-channel communications might be typical and not concerning. "It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", he said on ABC's "This Week" programme. Trump's 8:45 a.m. tweet pings off one he wrote a few months earlier, when he listed the New York Times and most major news networks as "the enemy of the American People". Read More »

€50 million-rated Monaco star set to finalise Manchester City transfer

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Silva was a crucial piece in Monaco's Ligue 1 title victory and Champions League semifinal run. Silva will take the No.20 shirt and he is the first major piece of incoming business made by City. Silva, who started his career at hometown giants Benfica, has won 12 caps for Portugal , although he missed their Euro 2016 victory through injury. Read More »

South Indian court orders 4 week stay on cow slaughter rules

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The new rules also prohibit establishment of an animal market in a place which is situated within 25 km from any state border and within 50 km from any global border. Various bodies and political parties have reacted sharply to the government's decision, saying it is an "ill-advised" move which will widen the "terrorism" by cow vigilantes. Read More »

Judges Will Again Decide Fate Of Travel Ban

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But on Monday, acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall , arguing on behalf of the Trump administration , urged the judges not to delve into a "wide ranging inquiry into subjective motivation" in considering Trump's past comments on Muslims , because "the (executive) order on its face doesn't have anything to do with religion and in operation doesn't distinguish on the basis of religion". Read More »

New French government unveiled, Le Drian foreign minister

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Jean-Yves Le Drian, 69, who led France's military operations overseas as former President Francois Hollande's defence minister, will stay on in Macron's government as foreign minister. Accoyer announced that the conservatives who joined the government were struck off the party. Specifically, the appointments of rising center-right figures Bruno Le Maire as economy minister and Gerald Darmanin as budget minister are an attempt to split the Republicans (LR) in two. Read More »

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

In the meantime, Rouhani said Iran will continue to support the Syrian and Iraqi governments in their fight against terrorism . Over the weekend, President Trump and Saudi King Salman signed an arms deal worth about $450 billion over the next ten years. Read More »

Ivanka Trump criticized over brand's champagne ice pop tweet

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Ms Trump, one of her father's political advisers, copped a backlash on social media for appearing to make light of what is widely regarded as a day for reverence and commemoration, not revelry and celebration. "For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue". Trump is facing online criticism after the Twitter account for her lifestyle brand tweeted on May 28, 2017, about making champagne popsicles for Memorial Day. Read More »

Iran accuses USA of 'Iranophobia', arming 'dangerous terrorists'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Wednesday that Iran is "heedless" of what the "enemy" says and will continue its missile programme and become more powerful. "They should have polling stations in place for the people and let the rulers not be on a hereditary basis". The elections remain tightly controlled, however, and many candidates are excluded during a pre-election vetting process. Read More »

City siege was start of extremist plan — Philippine military

President, to show us what you've been saying, that you have a Maranao blood, and that ... you are honest to correct the historical injustices committed against the Moros", the statement said . "They want to leave". Witnesses said the victims were asked to recite Muslim prayers, according to CNN Philippines. "The others were not so lucky", a visibly shocked Ms. Read More »

Significant dates in life of ex-Panamanian dictator Noriega

The late Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega , who rose to power while working for the Central Intelligence Agency, ruled ruthlessly 1983-1989 and was ousted by a United States military invasion. As Torrijos' intelligence chief, Noriega monitored political opponents and developed close ties with US intelligence agencies guarding against possible threats to the Panama Canal. Read More »

Kaspersky Lab finds WannaCry creators in North Korea

Experts said that the code used as well as the way that the hackers took computers hostage were similar to the way that North Korea has worked in the past. "The group's chief executive Itai Tevet said in a tweet: "@IntezerLabs confirms attribution to North Korea for #WannaCry, not only because of the function from Lazarus. Read More »

U.S. will tighten screws on North Korea, says Haley

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But he has said the North must change its attitude of insisting on pressing ahead with its arms development before dialogue is possible. "It is considered an IRBM (intermediate range ballistic missile) of enhanced caliber", he said, referring to a class of missile created to travel up to 3,000 to 4,000 km (1,860 to 2,485 miles). Read More »