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White House says Trump expected to pull US from Paris climate deal

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Gernot Wagner, an economist at Harvard University, said it was disappointing but not surprising that Trump wants to leave the deal. "The actions of the United States are bound to have a ripple effect in other emerging economies that are just getting serious about climate change, such as India , the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia", said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and worldwide affairs at Princeton, and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a ... Read More »

US approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks

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They can also ask for 15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history. Reuters reports that State Department officials said they will request the additional information of applicants when it's decided that extra steps are needed to "confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting", a condition that essentially gives official carte blanche to conduct the searches on whomever they please, for any reason. Read More »

Trump says US will abandon global climate accord

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Since Trump reportedly plans to adhere to that process, the USA would be able to exit on November 4, 2020, since the agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016. That means the US could stay in the accord and choose not to hit its goals or stay in the pact but adjust its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read More »

Draft UN resolution would add 15 North Koreans to blacklist

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U.S. and Chinese diplomats have negotiated new sanctions on Pyongyang for the past five weeks, and the 15-nation Security Council could hold a vote on a draft resolution as early as Friday, Reuters reported, citing unidentified diplomats. "China has agreed to this text. and the American idea is to move rather quickly", one Council diplomat told AFP. The first individual on the proposed new blacklist is Cho Il U, believed to be the overseas espionage and intelligence chief who is identified ... Read More »

Explosions, gunshots heard at resort in Philippines capital

Resorts World Manila Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly took questions from the press shortly after the incident, saying authorities have arrested one suspect. SWAT teams have been deployed. James Agustin of GMA News tweeted video of victims receiving assistance and being led to ambulances. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Islamic State there. Read More »

Donald Trump Tweets Great Response To Covfefe Tweet

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Trump, who realised the hullabaloo his tweet had stirred up on the micro-blogging site, deleted it and posted another tweet that only added to the chaos - "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe"??? ". Spicer's smug reply seems to suggest that the vast Internet populations are quite dumb as only "a small group of people know exactly what he meant". Read More »

House Intelligence Committee Issues Subpoenas for Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn

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A congressional source familiar with the committee's probe tells CNN that the House intelligence committee issued a total of seven subpoenas today. Nunes, in April, recused himself from leading the panel's investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election following a secret visit he paid to White House officials, but he retains subpoena power. Read More »

Narendra Modi meets Vladimir Putin

Modi arrived in Madrid from Germany on Tuesday. The reactors are being built by India's Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Russia's Atomstroyexport company, a subsidiary of Rosatom, the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex. Read More »

Here's what pulling out of Paris Climate agreement means

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Amid media reports that the United States was to allegedly withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, President Donald Trump tweeted yesterday that he would soon declare his intentions. -China pact is a direct response to the Trump administration, which has single-handedly dismantled the bilateral relationship that the United States and China forged throughout the Obama years. Read More »

Trump pulls the USA out of the Paris climate accord

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Two senior US officials familiar with Trump's plans said Wednesday he is expected to withdraw the United States from the accord . President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though there could be "caveats in the language" announcing a withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that his decision isn't final. Read More »

Trump says US opting out of Paris climate change accord

Trump will speak during a 3 p.m. ET event in the White House Rose Garden . Under this process, the USA wouldn't fully withdraw until November 2019 - more than two years from now. The immediate impact of Trump's move could be largely symbolic. But Cohn, Trump's chief White House economic adviser, told reporters during the trip overseas that the president's views on climate change were "evolving" following the discussions with European leaders. Read More »

Global reaction pours in as Trump nears climate deal decision

To the Senate: The New York Times reports that Trump could take a less direct route to withdrawal by sending the pact to the Senate to be ratified as a treaty. But most of Canada's provinces seem determined to use taxes as their chief weapon to fight climate change . The Paris Agreement shows that world leaders recognize the urgency and gravity of the climate crisis and are ready to work together to create solutions. Read More »

Flying objects birds, North Korea says

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The General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) said that the South fired more than 450 shots at "a flock of birds into the North Korean side, sparking another armed provocation across the border". It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies. Pyongyang weighed in on the issue Thursday, with a spokesman for its military telling the official Korean Central News Agency that the mysterious flying ... Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn WILL take part in tonight's BBC election debate

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The BBC televised debate included, from left, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn , Green co-leader Caroline Lucas, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall and Scottish National Party deputy Angus Robertson. Read More »

Russian Federation probe looms over Trump's worldwide and domestic agenda

McMaster said that generally speaking, "we have back-channel communication with a number of countries". In December, at a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Kushner reportedly discussed creating secret back channel communications between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin through a Russian diplomatic facility. Read More »

Trump tweets against Germany escalates row after tense summits

Merkel said Tuesday Germany's relations with the United States are of " outstanding importance " but it must engage with other key nations going forward. But Trump also took every opportunity to insult, demean and dismiss this nation's most trusted allies even as he cozied up to autocrats like the king of Saudi Arabia and the president of Egypt. Read More »

Call me on my cellphone

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In 2003, leaks by Edward Snowden revealed the United States was monitoring German Chancellor, Angela Merkel's cell phone and many other world leaders' phones and accounts. A president "doesn't carry with him a secure phone", Chollet told the AP. The AP also notes that Trump's practice of handing out his cell number to whoever will have it opens him up to "charges of hypocrisy", citing Trump's reaction to Hillary Clinton's emails as proof; even if this is true (it is), somehow ... Read More »

Comey to confirm Trump pressured him on Flynn investigation

Multiple media outlets, including CNN , have reported that sources have said the testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee might come just after the Senate returns from recess next week. Separately, the House Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas on Wednesday to Flynn and the president's longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen , for documents and their testimony. Read More »

Latest election poll suggests United Kingdom faces hung parliament

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Jeremy Corbyn , her opponent in the race for Number 10, has been buoyed by an opinion poll which suggested the Tory lead had been reduced to just three points. The prime minister would undoubtedly face questions over her leadership if the modelling by YouGov is proved to be accurate in just over a week, especially after she was forced into a humiliating U-turn over a proposed social care reformed dubbed the "dementia tax" by critics. Read More »

United States outraged at Erdogan guards' attack on protesters

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Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and five Republican senators, including John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida, also condemned the assault. Hours later, protests at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., would turn violent with his security team accused of brutality against protesters. Read More »

Syria's SDF warns Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi from crossing Syria-Iraqi borders

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The request does not detail which vetted Syrian groups will receive certain pieces of equipment - the USA has numerous partners in Syria assisting with the fight against ISIS , not just Kurds. Those concerns likely stem from Ankara's disapproval of US plans to equip members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units , or YPG - a group Turkey insists is the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Worker's Party, an internationally designated terrorist group. Read More »

Russian Federation ties on "different pedestal", clear understanding of "core concerns": Indian envoy

Before Russia, the Prime Minister visited Germany and Spain. "We have been together in times - good and bad", Modi wrote in an article published Wednesday in Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazetta. "Our bilateral relations are becoming more and more intense". He asked all yoga practioners to take a pledge to teach it to the maximum number of people so as to contribute to the world peace. Read More »

Brilliant Blues belt Queensland in series opener

NSW Blues prop Andrew Fifita has won the man-of-the-match award in Game I of the State of Origin after a dominant display from the Sharks behemoth. He played minor grades for the Bulldogs and later St George, where he captained reserve grade while he also represented North Coast against the touring Great Britain side at Wauchope in 1984 as a centre. Read More »

House Dems to WH: Revoke Kushner's security clearance

Associated Press reporter Nancy Benac describes the faceoff as supporters of the president saying it's laudable that Kushner was working even before the inauguration to foster better relations with Russian Federation, particularly with regard to devising a plan for Syria. Read More »

Trump Warned Against Quitting Paris Climate Deal

Trump is expected to withdraw from the landmark agreement, two senior US officials familiar with his plans told CNN . He has also had backlash against his business form anti-Trump customers because of his involvement with the White House. Read More »

Cuba warns of human trafficking risk due to frosty US ties

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However, there is strong Republican support in the Senate for continuing the Obama policies - 54 senators support lifting the USA trade embargo entirely. Cubans living in the USA send up to $4 billion back to the island of Cuba in the form of remittance payments every year. "This directly conflicts with President Trump's campaign promises of removing onerous regulations and red tape on US businesses". Read More »

House Committee subpoenas ex-NSA, Trump's lawyer

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US President Donald Trump backed the House Intelligence Committee's efforts to investigate actions by US security and other officials under previous president Barack Obama, inserting himself into a political feud over its latest subpoenas in the Russian Federation probe. Read More »

Modi meets Prez Mariano Rajoy in Spain, calls for fight against terror

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi , left and Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy walk in the gardens of the Moncloa Palace in Madrid , Spain, Wednesday May 31, 2017. Uncertainty over the nature of US-EU relations, and an underlying discomfort with an aggressive China adds to the attraction of India as a long-term partner. Read More »