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Putin 'Convinced' Damascus Not behind April Chemical Attack

Macron , 39, who won the May 17 election in a landslide, said he and Putin had "extremely frank" talks but emphasized that Russian Federation and France could work together on issues like terrorism. Mr Putin, 64, cancelled his last planned visit in October after Mr Hollande accused Russian Federation of war crimes in Syria and refused to roll out the red carpet for him. Read More »

Former Greek PM injured in envelope explosion

Greek police scrambled Friday to determine how a letter bomb wounded former PM Lucas Papademos despite security checks being beefed up after a wave of similar attacks in March. Police and counter-terrorism units are on alert and investigating the attack. The country's current prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, was informed of the incident while attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. Read More »

Trump Praises Troops as White House Grapples With Kushner Report

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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks to US troops at the Naval Air Station Sigonella before returning to Washington D.C.at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017 . White House officials defended the concept of secret communications channels without commenting specifically on the Kushner case. Kushner reportedly suggested they use Russian diplomatic facilities for this, in what the Post described as "an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration ... Read More »

Russia probe looks at Kushner links to Putin ally

White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the " Times " that "Mr. Kushner was acting in his capacity as a transition official" and that Kushner was willing to be interviewed by congressional investigators. As previous reports suggested, he likes the presentation to be brief and filled with "killer graphics", as Pompeo put it. Vice President Pence usually attends, while other administration principals join depending on the topic of the day, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, ... Read More »

At least 80 killed, 350 injured in huge bomb blast

The neighbourhood is considered Kabul's safest area, with foreign embassies protected by dozens of 10ft blast walls and government offices, guarded by police and national security forces. Ismail Kawasi, spokesman for the public health ministry, said more than 50 wounded people are in Kabul hospitals so far. Pakistan on Wednesday confirmed that the huge blast in the Afghan capital of Kabul has inflicted minor injuries to some diplomats and staff members of the embassy, China's Xinhua ... Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn, the video game

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One poll published on Tuesday showed her lead had been cut to 6 percentage points from 9 points a week ago and 18 points two weeks ago as voters reacted badly to the Conservatives' manifesto. More than half (54 per cent) of those not voting for Labour said they would be more likely to support the party if someone other than Jeremy Corbyn was leader. Read More »

Trump rebukes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders for not paying military bills

Markovic told a journalist in Brussels that it was only "natural" that Trump should be in the front row, as the USA is NATO's biggest member by far. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said Thursday morning that the alliance was ready to join the US -led coalition against the Islamic State, although he said NATO would not have a combat role on the ground in Iraq and Syria. Read More »

EU, China to reaffirm support for climate pact

Barack Obama , Trump's predecessor, was a leading force behind the Paris agreement , which took effect last November. The White House has signalled Donald Trump's intent to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate accord. Trump said he would "cancel" the deal on the campaign trial and his campaign's energy plan included a pledge to "cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of USA tax dollars to United Nations global warming programs". Read More »

Abbas, Modi discuss Middle East peace process

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He had held substantive meetings with Prime Minister Modi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY in September 2015. On Sunday Marwan Barghouti, the high-profile Palestinian prisoner leading a hunger strike, issued a letter calling on Palestinians to carry out acts of "civil disobedience" on Nakba Day. Read More »

Trump reveals US' plans to exit Paris climate deal to 'confidants'

Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of combatting climate change. Axios reports that Trump has told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that he wants to remove the U.S. To enhance global climate actions, Guterres noted that he will work with governments and all major actors, like coal, oil and gas industries, to accelerate the global energy transition and progress on carbon pricing. Read More »

Video Emerges Of Kabul Truck Bomb That Killed, Wounded Hundreds

A powerful vehicle-borne bomb exploded on Wednesday in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul , killing almost 80 people and wounding several hundred. India is believed to be considering undertaking a thorough review of the security arrangements at its missions in Afghanistan in the wake of Wednesday's powerful explosion close to the Indian Embassy in the Afghan capital in which over 80 people were killed. Read More »

Pakistan strongly condemns Kabul terrorist attack

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack came as the resurgent Taliban are stepping up their annual "spring offensive". Glasse said the Afghan presidential palace and the Indian Embassy are also nearby. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. A statement from his office quoted Ghani as saying that "the terrorists , even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people". Read More »

USA begins shipping weapons to Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and home to a key airbase that the US-led coalition uses to hit IS. Turkey views the YPG as a "terror group" linked to Kurdish separatists waging an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people. Read More »

Donald Trump set to withdraw USA from the Paris climate deal

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For his part, Trump tweeted only that he would be announcing his decision regarding the treaty "over the next few days". The EU and China will also spell out how they plan to meet their commitments to the accord, the official said . "Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable". The Sierra Club's executive director, Michael Brune, called the expected move a "historic mistake which our grandchildren will look back on with stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so ... Read More »

Aust hoping U.S. keeps Paris deal: minister

Trump during his presidential campaign vowed to "cancel" the Paris accord. Protecting the environment and growing the economy are not mutually exclusive. Climate change had not been discussed by the "sherpas", who lead country negotiating teams and try to pre-agree all but the most controversial matters, before the meeting. Read More »

Democrats aim to keep focus on Trump's meeting with Russians

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Amid the recent speculation, reports have surfaced that Trump is looking at bringing on former confidantes, including former campaign operative Corey Lewandowski, and possibly FOX News journalists to help with communication strategy for an administration that has lurched from one crisis to the next since Inauguration Day. Read More »

Trump covfefe tweet ridiculed worldwide

Not for the first time, a Donald Trump tweet has lit up the internet. "What makes me saddest is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe ", Kimmel tweeted. Taking aim at Trump's controversial relations with Russia, one woman on Twitter quipped that she had translated #covfefe into Russian, attaching a doctored image that showed the gibberish word to be a translation of "I resign". Read More »

Macron draws 'red line' over Syria after meeting Putin

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation further reports that Putin defensively said (of the French election), "Do you think that we are ignorant of the results of the elections?" French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that France would respond immediately to any use of chemical weapons in Syria, while urging a closer partnership with Russian Federation in fighting the Islamic State in the country. Read More »

Donald Trump reportedly decides to pull out of Paris climate change agreement

And he did not specify what measures he might take to sever the United States' pledge to the 195-nation agreement should he resolve to withdraw. "Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is an important and necessary step toward reversing the harmful energy policies and unlawful overreach of the Obama era", 10 Republicans states attorneys general wrote in a letter sent to Trump in May. Read More »

Race for UN health agency chief down to 2 candidates

Ethiopia's former foreign and health minister Tedros Adhanom is also on the list, aiming to become the first African to hold the post. The victor will succeed Margaret Chan , a former Hong Kong health director who steps down after 10 years on June 30, leaving a mixed legacy after WHO's slow response to West Africa's Ebola epidemic in 2013-2016 which killed 11,300 people. Read More »

Chechnya's leader invites Macron, Merkel to visit his region

While Moscow backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, France supports rebel groups trying to overthrow him. Deumier announced the arrival of the refugee from Chechnya, where gay men have allegedly been tortured and their families told to kill them, on the same day Russian leader Vladimir Putin visited Paris to hold talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron . Read More »

At least 80 killed, 350 hurt in Afghanistan bombing

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Wednesday's explosion, which struck the heart of Kabul's highly secure diplomatic district, the Wazir Akbar Khan area. Several foreign embassies were in the vicinity of the attack, which occurred in an area filled with diplomats. The truck bomb killed 80 people and wounded hundreds more. Read More »

Trump returns to U.S. ready to make major changes amid Russian Federation crisis

Monday's ceremony at Arlington Ceremony marked Mr Trump's first public appearance since returning to Washington from a nine-day foreign trip. After he returned from Europe, the president also disparaged White House leaks and "fake news" from the media in a series of tweets , apparently in response to a number of damaging news stories last week, including the Kushner report . Read More »

Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 24

A second bomber struck near the Jisr Al Shuhada area of central Baghdad early Tuesday, killing nine people and injuring 36. Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim Mohammad al-Araji indicated that Iraqi authorities would "track (ISIS) down wherever they may be", according to CNN . Read More »

Two citizens of Kazakhstan injured in Kabul attack

Employees at the German embassy were injured in the explosion and one Afghan security guard was killed, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Twitter . They're now one of the biggest contributors to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission with around 980 soldiers on the ground to support and train Afghan security forces. Read More »

Ariana Grande announces Manchester benefit show

Britain's terror threat assessment has been hiked to "critical", the highest level, meaning an attack is considered imminent. Pop star Ariana Grande said Friday that she will hold a benefit concert in Manchester , for the victims of Monday's suicide bombing at her show in the British city. Read More »

Illinois House approves proposal for minimum wage hike to $15 per hour

The Meghalaya government on Monday announced minor hike in wages for labourers and workers in the state, the second time in five years. The bill was sponsored by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. He added, "That is why this new law is important. For instance, we cannot say we want to stamp out corruption and yet we can't give people a living wage". Read More »

May could lose majority in UK parliament -YouGov study in The Times

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Corbyn insisted that all of Labour's manifesto policies had been fully costed and will be funded mainly through raising taxes for the top 5% earners and corporations. May is trying to turn the campaign to areas such as security and Brexit where analysts say she is stronger. "If in order to address them and do the right thing by the country, it takes being a hard woman, then that's exactly what I will be". Read More »

Blast in Kabul diplomatic kills at least 9

The BBC said a driver for the British broadcaster was killed and four of its journalists were wounded. The bomb went off about 8.25am local time (3.55pm NZT) during rush hour in the diplomatic quarter. Resolute Support Command said in a statement after the attack. The district of Kabul that came under attack houses several embassies and is near the presidential palace. Read More »

France's Macron holds 1st Cabinet meeting; half are women

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That the new prime minister was a member of the Republicans, the mainstream right, "is the demonstration that (the Republicans) can not symbolize an opposition worthy of the name", Le Pen said in a statement. Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel, 45, and from the French island of Guadeloupe was named Sports Minister. Among the conservatives said to be in the running are Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Bruno Le Maire and Thierry Breton. Read More »