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President Trump's Close to Decision on Paris Climate Agreement

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Steyer strenuously warned against such an outcome, writing, "Generations of Americans will suffer the destructive effects of Trump's greedy, selfish, and immoral decision". It takes at least a year and possibly up to 3½ years for a nation to withdraw from the pact. The world's most celebrated advocate of alternative energy, Musk heads electric auto company Tesla , which also makes solar panels and battery-based electric power storage units. Read More »

Back-channel communications are nothing new for White House

Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, has told The Associated Press that Dubke handed in his resignation before President Donald Trump left for his global trip earlier this month. "And I think that is troubling", he said before ending the briefing. But it could be as early as Tuesday, when he was expected to meet with his staff at the White House , said a senior administration official, who required anonymity to discuss a personnel move that has not yet been formally announced. Read More »

Portland victim's mother appeals to Trump to condemn acts of hate

Fletcher offers a simple explanation for why he stepped in. Fletcher told the local NBC station on Tuesday that he was trying to come to terms with the tragedy. Mangum and her friend moved to the back of the train. Macy said she only did what had to be done. Namkai-Meche, 23, was one of three men who stood up and put himself in harm's way. Read More »

Labour leader challenges under-pressure UK PM to TV debate

However, May has turned down Corbyn's latest invitation and said it is " more important " for her to remain on with the campaign trail and " take questions from members of the public who are going to be voting on 8 June ". And although there was no clear victor among the bickering, Ms Rudd's combative performance will have boosted her chances of becoming the next Tory Chancellor and a future leader of the party. Read More »

Cyclone Mora: Indian Navy ship rescues 27 in Bangladesh

The cyclone made landfall between Cox's Bazar and Chittagong between 6 am and 7 am, reported Dhaka Tribune . The Disaster Ministry ordered authorities to evacuate people from the coast, the ministry's additional secretary, Golam Mostafa , told reporters in Dhaka . Read More »

Looming US climate accord exit raises alarm

Earlier in the day, Trump said only that he'd been "hearing from a lot of people, both ways". Four of the Congress members who signed the resolution spoke against Trump's reported decision on Wednesday. "In what appeared to be a last-ditch appeal, Tusk tweeted: "@realDonaldTrump please don't change the (political) climate for the worse". "This current departure from reality in Washington will be very short-lived, that I promise you", Brown told POLITICO in an interview. Read More »

Woman Found Dead After Nearly Two Weeks Of Searching

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The small group was demanding answers from Eskom , after the body of the 29-year-old was discovered in a locked office on Monday after 4pm, when employees got a whiff of a strong smell emanating from the corridors of the substation where she worked. Read More »

Venezuelan opposition threatens country won't pay Goldman Sachs' $2.8 billion bond deal

Two Venezuelans died from gunshot wounds during protests against Maduro, witnesses and local media said on Saturday, pushing the death toll from nearly two months of anti-government protests to 33. The South American nation's legislature vowed to launch an investigation into whether the investment by Goldman Sachs's asset-management arm broke any laws, or whether paying back the debt is in the best interest of Venezuelans. Read More »

Theresa May's election battle intensifies as polls narrow

That would have uncertain consquences for Britain's $2.5 trillion economy, and future government policy on everything from government spending and corporate taxation to bond issuance. Using new constituency-by-constituency modelling, the projection by pollsters YouGov said the Conservatives would lose 20 seats to 310, with Labour up 28 to 257. Read More »

Donlad Trump to announce decision on Paris deal tomorrow

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Reports indicate that he intends to withdraw from the agreement. "I'm hearing from a lot of people, both ways", he said. If the United States backs out of the Paris Agreement, what would that look like? Sweden's United Nations ambassador says a USA withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement would be "a disappointment to the rest of the world" and would hurt American interests. Read More »

Beyer Blasts Trump on Paris Agreement Withdrawal

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Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other GOP Senators sent the president a letter last week urging him to ditch the agreement. He even praised Mr Trump's appointment of former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State because Mr Tillerson said he believed climate change is real and he also supported a carbon tax on companies to discourage high emissions. Read More »

PM defends TV debate no-show as Corbyn decides on last-minute appearance

The Labour leader will join the leaders of the Liberal Democrats, Ukip, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru, and the SNP's leader at Westminster, in the BBC Election Debate. At a press conference in Westminster, Mr Corbyn suggested that he planned to be celebrating a victory rather than engaging in negotiations with other parties after the election. Read More »

Trump Administration Crumbling: White House Communications Director Resigns

In Trump's White House , "it's just not working". The investigation into Russia's influence in last year's presidential election has now spread to include Donald Trump's personal attorney. He also lashed out at Germany after an increasingly sour back-and-fourth with Chancellor Angela Merkel, who suggested over the weekend that her meetings with Trump in Europe had proceeded so poorly that she questioned the durability of US-Germany ties. Read More »

Macedonia's Zaev wins confidence vote to form new government

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Five lawmakers abstained and nine were absent. "I can state that the new government has been elected", the parliament speaker, Talat Xhaferi , said after the vote. Zaev tapped Nikola Dimitrov , a former negotiator with Greece, as foreign minister. The new prime minister also pledged to improve the economy, clamp down on corruption and heal simmering ethnic tensions. Read More »

Deadline For Budget Action Looms Over Illinois Legislature

A recent poll taken by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University backs up my coffee-drinking friends. State lawmakers have already approved the proposal. Home care workers have seemingly been caught in the crosshairs. The Senate adjourned less than an hour before the deadline, failing to pass a budget during the legislative session for the third consecutive year. Read More »

U.S. officials criticize Turkey after attack on DC protesters

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a statement to reporters alongside U.S President Donald Trump after their meeting at the White House in Washington , U.S. "We intend to assure that there is accountability for anyone involved in this assault", he said, adding that the police were working closely with the State Department and the Secret Service. Read More »

Goldman Sachs caught up in anti-Maduro protests

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According to the Journal , Goldman paid just $865m for bonds valued at $2.8bn issued by the state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) - paying about 31 cents on the dollar for the bonds. Protesters carried signs that read " Goldman Sachs supports Maduro's dictatorship". Venezuela's government has mismanaged the country's economy, leading to severe food shortages and staggering inflation, but despite those hardships it has continued to make debt payments . Read More »

Global ranking shows SA is punching below its weight

The higher ranking is due to the strong economic performance and improved efficiency of the Dutch government, IMD economist José Caballero said at the presentation of the 2017 report on Wednesday evening. 'The readiness of people and companies to embrace digital transformation and the willingness to change reflect a country's adaptive attitudes and business agility, ' said Bris. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn leaves door open for potential deal with SNP

Brand, who has previously urged fans not to vote at all, famously interviewed Miliband two years ago ahead of the General Election . "I have the plan for the Brexit negotiations but I've also got a plan to build a stronger and more prosperous Britain and I'm confident we can do that". Read More »

Two HM militants killed in Sopore encounter

Meanwhile in Kashmir, shops, offices, fuel stations and other business establishments reopened on Wednesday morning, while public transport resumed after three days of restrictions following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat in an encounter with security forces. Read More »

Trump complains about Germany's trade, military spending policies on Twitter

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But after Trump's performance at this month's G7 Summit - characterizations of which ranged from "drunk tourist" to "disaster" - Merkel apparently had had enough. "That's what the president called for, he called for additional burden-sharing", Spicer said . Merkel is scheduled to meet with China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Wednesday. Read More »

Coal stocks fall; USA exit from climate deal may hurt, not help

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James Inhofe, have called for Trump to remove the USA from the agreement. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey were uncompromising in their condemnation of the reported decision, which has not been announced. The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement. "It is downright un-American for a President to abdicate United States leadership to the great challenges facing our planet", Markey said in a statement. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn WILL take part in the BBC Election Debate

The prime-time debate is also making headlines in the papers, with the Guardian calling it "fractious", adding it was a "gamble" for Jeremy Corbyn to turn up given a poor performance on Woman's Hour on Tuesday. What do YouGov's figures show? I think he ought to be paying a little more attention to thinking about Brexit negotiations. Caroline Lucas, leader of the Greens, welcomed Corbyn's news by saying: 'Great news, Jeremy Corbyn . Read More »

Iran elections: Pro-Rouhani reformists in Tehran power sweep

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Iran's incumbent moderate President Hassan Rouhani won the presidential election by garnering 57 percent of the votes through the Friday balloting. Modi said India remained committed to strengthening our special relationship with Iran. In his first televised message after the victory, President Rouhani praised Iranians who, in his words, had said No to returning to the past. Read More »

Trump may quit Paris climate agreement

Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he'll announce his decision "over the next few days". Exiting the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been championed by conservatives who want to make sure a future president can't simply rejoin the Paris agreement , which 147 countries signed onto in 2016. Read More »

What would the USA leaving the Paris climate deal look like?

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While President Donald Trump mulls his rumored plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, others are apparently considering their own exit ― from Trump. "If he does withdraw, that would be a definitive statement by the President that he believes climate change is a hoax". Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of combatting climate change. Read More »

Trump expected to pull the US out of Paris climate agreement

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The president can not hope to maintain any semblance of that reputation unless he endorses the landmark Paris climate accord. Cohn, the Trump economic adviser, also said last week that the president's views were "evolving". Word of President Trump's expected decision came a day after the president met with Pruitt. But according to multiple reports , U.S. President Donald Trump is poised to follow through on his campaign promise to leave the landmark deal. Read More »