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Bomb scare terror as boombox man threatens to blow up jet


Passenger Scott Lodge told Australian Associated Press that the man grabbed a flight attendant by the arm and she screamed out for help. MH128 safely landed in Melbourne airport at 11:41pm. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the incident was "not now being treated as terrorism-related". A picture tweeted by one of the passengers appears to show the man face-down on the floor after being handcuffed. Read More »

Trump climate change pact threats, EU & China reinforce Paris

The president has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from both inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute. What is the Paris Agreement, anyway? "If we can't, that's fine", he said . The emissions goals are voluntary with no real consequences for countries that fail to meet them. Read More »

Paris withdrawal sets business world at odds with Trump


And if we can, that's great. "If we can, great - if we can't, that's fine". In Europe, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy joined to "note with regret" the decision and express doubts about any change in the accord. " The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created", former President Barack Obama said in a statement after Trump's announcement. Read More »

White House reporter nails Spicer for Trump's blatant hypocrisy on anonymous sources

In a statement , White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Mr Dubke tendered his resignation just before Mr Trump departed for his first official trip overseas. Controversy over the Russian Federation issue deepened after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, leading to allegations by critics that the president sought to hamper the agency's investigation of the matter. Read More »

Former FBI Director James Comey to testify in Senate June 8

Trump has maintained that he's not under investigation and that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation during the election. There were seven subpoenas related to the investigation issued today in total: four on the Russian Federation probe and three related to unmasking requests. Read More »

Philippines casino gunman dead after "robbery attempt"

The gunman's actions caused a stampede as people tried desperately to escape the shooting and the smoke. Dela Rosa told reporters at the scene that the gunman stole gambling chips, shot an LED monitor and set ablaze gambling tables by pouring gasoline on them. Read More »

Israeli official disappointed with embassy delay

But the White House suggested the embassy would eventually be relocated. " Israel's consistent position is that the American embassy, like the embassies of all countries with whom we have diplomatic relations, should be in Jerusalem, our eternal capital". Read More »

Former FBI director James Comey to testify on Russia next week

Congress and the FBI are investigating alleged Russian interference into the 2016 elections as well as supposed ties between the Trump campaign or Trump administration and the Russian government. Trump's Twitter posts and The White House are both signalling that Trump is likely to exit the global pact although top aides prefer to tread middle ground with caveats in the fine print instead of a walkout. Read More »

Trump Delays Promised U.S. Embassy Move To Jerusalem

A White House statement on Thursday said Trump remains committed to moving the embassy, but that the delay is meant to "maximize the chances" of helping the two sides reach a peace deal. Trump had been lobbied heavily by Mideast leaders, notably Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan, to sign the waiver to prevent further instability and unrest in the region. Read More »

1 dead, 2 workers missing after explosion at Wisconsin mill


As Ramirez and others waited for more information about the explosion and the workers, questions about what would happen to other Didion employees, and what the company's future in Cambria looks like, added to the uncertainty Thursday. Didion employs about 225 people, but they work at various locations. It is unknown how many were working in the plant Wednesday night. Richards confirmed that 16 workers were inside the plant when the blast took place. Read More »

Kremlin says Russia committed to Paris pact


Asked if Guterres was trying to send a message to Trump, his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, said: "It was important for the secretary general to clearly lay out his vision for moving forward on confronting climate change , an overriding global challenge that we must all confront collectively". Read More »

Saudi, UAE pledge $100 mln to Ivanka Trump womens' fund

His stance was later underlined by his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in a joint news conference with his Saudi counterpart. The photo came after Trump made a speech about quashing terrorism, which he framed as a "battle between good and evil". Read More »

Hassan Rouhani re-elected as Iranian president

He is close to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, who stopped short of endorsing anyone in the election. Iran is expected to be a major topic of Trump's talks in both countries. Iran's President has important sway over domestic affairs and serves as the face of Iran to the world. Raisi was popular among the working class and rural poor who rely on state support and benefited less from the nuclear pact. Read More »

Where do Merkel's comments leave the European Union and Canada?


That she has made the same remarks over the past few days a couple of times shows that she is convinced that with America under the leadership of Trump, the USA can no longer be counted on as a reliable partner. His administration has previously said that Germany's trade surplus is a result of the country's manipulation of the euro ( Exchange: EUR= ). The chancellor's comments obviously come short of actually severing ties with America or suggesting any concrete sanctions, but, again, they ... Read More »

House Intel issues 7 subpoenas, Comey cleared to testify again

Trump has alleged that Obama administration officials, for political reasons, asked to know the identities of Americans whose names are masked in intelligence documents. "You don't issue a subpoena unless you haver a good-faith bases to believe the documents you're asking for exist", he told Fox News host Martha MacCallum. Read More »

Foreign Policy Thinker Zbigniew Brzezinski Dies At 89

Brzezinski's daughter, Mika, who co-hosts the United States morning talk show " Morning Joe " on the MSNBC network, announced his death on Instagram . The mission never reached the hostages, and eight servicemen died when their aircraft crashed. Brzezinski also took part in negotiations toward the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in 1979, which was seen by many as the major achievement of Carter's presidency. Read More »

Fine Gael set to announce new leader

Varadkar is seen as more liberal than the other person vying to be prime minister, Housing Minister Simon Covenay, but he's not exactly far-left. The social protection minister is expected to be elected as Fine Gael leader today, ushering in a generational change of leadership in the party and the country. Read More »

Putin: 'Patriotic' Russian hackers may have targeted US election

The praise comes amid deepening scrutiny of alleged Russian meddling in America's democratic process on behalf of Trump, who's dismissed the probes as a "witch hunt". The Russian leader said the "Russo-phobic hysteria" in the mostly aimed "against the current president of the prevent him from working normally". Read More »

Elon Musk quits Trump's advisory councils after US withdraws from climate accord


The computing giant posted a message on its website "reaffirming its support" for the Paris agreement . People took to Twitter to share their depressing thoughts on Trump's latest move. "The United States must remain a key actor and leader", Katko said. "I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack". During calls with heads of state from Germany, France, Canada and the United Kingdom, the president "reassured the leaders that America remains committed to ... Read More »

Trump Officially Moves to Renegotiate NAFTA


President Donald Trump shows the Executive Order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington , DC on Monday, January 23, 2017. Good idea! And it so happens that a convenient template for most of those changes already exists in the abandoned Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the USA stupidly failed to close previous year. Read More »

Trump vows to continue efforts for peace deal b/w Palestinians, Israel

Yesterday, Mr Trump became the first sitting United States president to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites . He did not way in Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the USA would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory. Read More »

How the World Is Reacting to Trump's Paris Decision

Almost 200 countries joined the landmark deal forged under Trump's predecessor. Nicaragua balked because it found the deal's standards insufficient. President George W. Bush provoked similar anger from European allies when he decided not to implement the 1997 Kyoto climate change treaty, which was ratified by 140 nations. Read More »

Philippine police say robbery may be motive for casino attack


He said investigators would check whether the sprinklers in the hotel worked. The gunshots, he said, were not aimed at people in the room. "One of them was carrying a bottle", Dones said. Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa says authorities have reviewed CCTV footage from the scene and the lone gunman "was not hurting anyone". He said it seemed like the gunman was focused on the gambling table and stealing chips. Read More »

Trump Renews Waiver to Keep US Embassy in Tel Aviv

Ambassador Dan Shapiro wrote on Twitter, "he didn't want it forced when it could disrupt the overriding strategic goal of completing successful negotiations [with] the Palestinians". That language is standard for waivers signed by Trump's precedessors under the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 . The White House said Trump "made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians". Read More »

US Arming Syrian Rebels amid Looming Threat from Iran-Allied Militias


Earlier today, the Badr Organization affiliated to the Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces) announced in statement that 17km of Iraq's borderline with Syria has been cleaned up of ISIS terrorists in its forces' operation. This offensive aimed at connecting a land route from Iraq to Syria isn't just being seen in Syria, either, with a lot of the militia fighters who have been fighting in Mosul recent moving westward, toward the Syrian border , with an eye toward crossing ... Read More »

Critics lament Trump climate move, supporters seek new deal

Fox, who has clashed with Trump since last year's presidential campaign, said the American leader's decision "condemns this generation and those to come" and would leave "a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness". "Nobody's been able to say, 'Where is it going to?' Of course, the world's top polluters have no affirmative obligations under the Green Fund". After Trump's announcement, business leaders, politicians, and foreign heads-of-state began castigating the decision as a woeful ... Read More »

Comey to testify to US Senate intelligence panel on June 8

Reasons ranged because he was still investigating the Russian Federation ties to the Trump camp to how James Comey handled the issue with the Hillary Clinton investigation, skipping the normal chain of order to report that there was no evidence pointing to a criminal case for the former Secretary of State. Read More »

Philippines soldiers killed in 'friendly fire' air strike

Twenty-two civilians were also killed during the fighting, it added. More than 100 people have been killed, a lot of them militants, according to the military, and most of the city's residents have fled . Up to 120 terrorists, 25 soldiers, and 19 civilians were killed, according to a military report . "Mr. President, if you want me to kneel before you just to knock your heart in favour of our families who are crying out there in different places, for our relatives. Read More »

Philippine police say robbery may be motive


The resort was put on lockdown and heavily armed SWAT officers wearing bulletproof vests and body armor descended on the scene. The violence unfolded as Muslim militants aligned with the Islamic State group fended off government forces for a 10th day in the southern city of Marawi. Read More »

Suspect in casino attack near Manila found dead


While initial reports did not carry a casualty figure, latest reports say at least 34 bodies have been found at the casino of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. The suspect took 113 million pesos ($226,000) worth of gambling chips, which were found in a bag he was carrying. Gunshots and explosions rang out early Friday at a mall, casino and hotel complex near Manila's worldwide airport in the Philippine capital, sparking a security alarm amid an ongoing Muslim militant siege in the ... Read More »

Trump receiving updates explosion in Philippines


No group has formally claimed responsibility for the attack. The violence unfolded as government forces were engaged in a second week of fighting against Muslim militants aligned with IS in the southern city of Marawi. Police said the attacker committed suicide in one of the hotel guest rooms by setting himself on fire, CNN reported. Police are eyeing robbery, not terrorism , as motive behind the shooting for the suspect stole P130 million worth of casino chips. Read More »

Langley NDP, Greens thrilled with minority announcement


She said local NDP members had been waiting to see the results of negotiations, as Weaver spoke to both Liberals and the NDP about the possibility of forming coalitions. New Democrats quietly assert that the Greens are too friendly with the Liberals, while Greens believe that the NDP is so anti-Liberal that it would rather work with Conservatives. Read More »