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Huge auto bomb near embassies in Afghan capital kills or wounds dozens

U.S. President Donald Trump is due to decide soon on a recommendation to send 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to bolster the small North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training force and U.S. Although many foreign offices are located nearby, there were no reports of foreigners among the casualties. - November 21: A massive suicide blast targeting Shiites kills at least 27 people and wounds 64 at a Kabul mosque in another sectarian attack claimed by IS. Read More »

Rush-hour bombing near embassies kills 80, wounds hundreds in Kabul

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However, Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for city police, said it was not clear that the German Embassy had been the target. "Both the Taliban and Islamic State have stepped up attacks on Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan ". The troops could consist of special forces personnel and more conventional soldiers, and would be part of the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan army in its fight against militants. Read More »

Trump maps new course with allies and autocrats in first foreign trip

And in Brussels, NATO leaders chafed at Trump's lecture, which did not acknowledge member states' recent increases in military spending nor did it include a reaffirmed USA commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pledge, in light of Trump's disparaging comments about the alliance during his campaign. Read More »

Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord

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CBS News confirmed the report , saying Trump had told allies he would be pulling out of the deal. Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he'll announce his decision "over the next few days". "Guterres may calculate that Trump can not face the idea of a drop in United States influence, even if he doesn't care about carbon emissions", Gowan said. Read More »

Arsene Wenger's future 'to be decided today at Arsenal board meeting'

ARSENE WENGER , on how he would convince the club's directors to hand him a fresh contract. Wenger has always insisted that he wants to continue at the Premier League club, which he has managed for over 21 years now. Wenger criticised those fans who had called for his exit during matches in the latter part of the season, but said he does not have to hold it against them in the long run. Read More »

Mayor Walsh: Boston 'Will Not Back Down' Regarding Climate Change

US President Donald Trump wants a "fair deal" for the American people under Paris climate agreement and will soon announce his stand on the landmark deal, the White House said today. While the groups expressed outrage, they also said the expected move would serve to fortify the Trump resistance, and, as Food & Water Watch's executive director Wenonah Hauter argues , "makes real action on climate at the state and local levels even more critical". Read More »

Ernesto Valverde will take Barcelona team to 'new heights'

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The Spanish giants are on the lookout for a specialist right-back as they bid to increase new coach Ernesto Valverde's optinons at the back. Luis Enrique ended a trophy-laden reign with victory over Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday but Real Madrid prevented Barca from winning a third consecutive LaLiga title. Read More »

Team NZ show class on day two

A collision occurred between Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan in the 6th race at the America's Cup this afternoon [May 27], resulting in a penalty being given to the British team. We were better off foiling with the hull out of the water, and we tried to keep the boat on the foils right into the harbor. That first race was won by the schooner America.On Saturday, there were two lead changes. Read More »

Cleveland Officer Who Shot Dead 12-year-old Fired

Surveillance video contradicted his account, showing Loehmann shooting Rice just seconds after the patrol auto pulled up to the boy. Though the caller specified that the gun was " probably fake ", the responding officers were not made aware of this. Read More »

United Nations chief says climate deal 'absolutely essential'

And it shows Trump is unaffected by criticism from German Chancellor Angela Merkel , who said after Trump's visit last week to Europe that the continent would need to do more on its own, without America. A USA pullout would be disappointing but the European Union stands ready to take global leadership on the issue, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in Brussels. Read More »

German court denies mother access to dead daughter's FB data

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She believed logging on to her daughter's Facebook account would help her to determine if the incident was an accident or if she took her own life. Facebook said it would try to resolve the manner in a way "that helps the family and at the same time protects the privacy of third parties". Read More »

Authorities: 19 charged in New York mob take... 11:39 am Wed

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Federal authorities say 19 people have been indicted in a NY mob investigation that includes allegations of fraud in a $25 million hospital expansion and in other public building projects. Lucchese street boss Matthew Madonna and his second-in-command Steven Crea Sr. were among those busted by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. The majority are members of the Lucchese crime family, one of the original Mafia families operating in the city, according to the Department of Justice. Read More »

Manchester bombing: Ten remain in critical condition

The leak came after the name of the alleged attacker, 22-year-old Salman Abedi , was reported by United States media on Tuesday, quoting United States officials, before British police had released it publicly. A police statement didn't provide any details about why the man was arrested , but noted that the department's investigation of Monday's bombing after an Ariana Grande concert was "fast-moving". Read More »

Jared Kushner Didn't Suggest Back Channel, the Russians Did

His departure is sparking new speculation that the Trump administration could experience a larger staff shakeup, CBS2 reported . Trump had tweeted earlier on Tuesday that Germany's trade and military policies are very bad for his country and warned that something will be done about it. Read More »

President Trump Expected to Pull US from Paris Climate Agreement

Even before seeking to leave Paris, the Trump administration has already imposed steep cuts in US programs to address climate change . "This short-sighted and risky decision will be met by opposition around the world: from ordinary people, to scientists, and political leaders - making the U.S. Read More »

Kabul blast: India strongly condemns heinous, reprehensible attack

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the massive attack in Kabul earlier in the morning, just days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan . A statement from the Ministry of Interior Affairs says it "condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack" that killed so many, including women and children. Read More »

UN chief calls on world to back Paris climate deal

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But Trump , pushing a renewed commitment to fossil fuels, heavily criticized the agreement throughout the 2016 campaign. "Stepping up action will provide both sides with significant opportunities". Withdrawing from Paris would leave the USA aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies in rejecting action to combat climate change. Read More »

United States seeks joint effort to ensure Venezuela head ends violence

Doctors chant slogans in front of a line of National Guard personnel in riot gear during a demonstration against the shortage in medicines and in rejection of the government of President Nicolas Maduro , in Caracas on May, 17, 2017. The opposition rejects that plan as another attempt by the president to tighten his grip on power, and opposition leaders are calling on Venezuelans to continue to take to the streets in protest. Read More »

Witness of Portland Train Stabbing Recalls Victim's Last Words

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler urged organisers of a Trump Free Speech Rally scheduled for Sunday in a park to cancel it, saying the event was inappropriate after the stabbings and speculating that it could turn violent. She said she was surprised to hear people call Christian a racist. Injured in the attack was 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, a student at Portland State University. Read More »

UN chief urges intensified action on climate change

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Axios, which first reported on Trump's intention to rip up the deal , said the details were being ironed out by a team led by Pruitt. Musk now advises the president's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, as well as the Strategic and Policy Forum. Read More »

Exact target of Kabul attack unclear, says German foreign ministry

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The attack left a scene of mayhem and destruction and sent a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital. The German Embassy , the Foreign Ministry and the Presidential Palace are all in the area. Pakistan today strongly condemned the massive blast which tore through Kabul's diplomatic enclave killing at least 80 people and leaving hundreds, including women and children, injured. Read More »

Hyannis to mark centennial of John F. Kennedy's birth

The meeting was part of a series of talks during their summit meetin. FILE - In this June 29, 1962 file photo, U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos are showered with confetti and paper as they travel down a boulevard in Mexico City, shortly after Kennedy's arrival for a three-day visit. Read More »

May could lose majority in United Kingdom parliament: YouGov study in The Times

YouGov predicts Conservatives will lose 20 seats with Labour gaining almost 30. The opposition Labour Party could win 257 seats, up from 232 seats in 2015, YouGov said . YouGov acknowledged that its predictions were controversial and suggested big swings in the usual voting patterns for many Britons. YouGov Chief Executive Stephan Shakespeare told The Times that the model had been tested during the run-up to the European Union referendum previous year and that it had ... Read More »

Manchester terrorist 'bought most of bomb components and mainly acted alone'

The security service will examine assumptions that were made about Abedi before the attack, and has launched a "post-incident investigation" into how the bomber was overlooked, the BBC said. Every police force in the United Kingdom has assisted in some way since the terror attack in Manchester, according to the National Police Chiefs Council. Read More »

Corbyn insists he won't soften United Kingdom foreign policy

Sterling on Friday suffered its steepest fall since January after a YouGov opinion poll indicated a much tighter election than previously thought with the lead of May's Conservatives over Labour down to 5 percentage points. Mr Corbyn was challenged by an audience member who claimed the Labour leader had "openly supported the IRA in the past" by attending a commemoration for eight IRA members killed by the SAS in Loughgall. Read More »

President Trump to withdraw USA from Paris accord, report says

Even if he did not outright state that he was making an effort to sway Trump's decision, Guterres seemed to be responding to the USA president's fixation on the importance of fossil-fuel industries as creators of jobs. "All others have confirmed their total agreement on the accord". An overwhelming majority of scientists, however, say climate change is driven by human use of fossil fuels. Read More »

Trump poised to pull out of Paris climate deal: US media

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A senior European Union official said the EU and China would reaffirm their commitment to the pact regardless of what Trump did, and spell out, during talks Friday in Brussels, how they would meet their obligations. Also last week, a letter from at least 22 Republican senators urged the president to pull out of the deal. "I can get back to you", Spicer responded. Read More »

Departure of communications aide could be first in Trump shake-up

In the first business day at the White House since President Trump returned from a nine day foreign trip, Trump Administration officials rattled off a list of achievements from his stops in the Mideast and Europe, as the President once more used Twitter to take the press to task for writing more stories about ties between the 2016 Trump Campaign and Russian Federation. Read More »

Kabul bomb: Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens

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The BBC said one of its drivers, an Afghan , was killed driving journalists to work. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission have condemned the massive bombing that killed 80 people near the German Embassy in the Afghan capital. Read More »