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Manchester City face competition from Chelsea and Liverpool for £50m defender

Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp can offer a number of things these other clubs cannot, but when it comes down to money, the Reds will always come out second-best when Cheslea and Manchester City are involved. However, Van Dijk is exactly the kind of addition Liverpool need to make if they are to thrive next season and the fact he is reportedly attracted by the prospect of working under Klopp could give the Merseyside outfit an edge over their rivals. Read More »

Trump will not move USA embassy to Jerusalem for now

Trump and his advisers "seem not to want to deviate from established U.S. Israel policy", said Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, an advocacy group in Washington . He said leaving foreign embassies in Tel Aviv is "a surrender to unfair Arab and Muslim pressure". Hours before he was to reveal his decision on the climate pact, Trump chose to temporarily leave the embassy in Tel Aviv. Read More »

Trump's tweets: The endearing political innocence of @realDonaldTrump

Jason Greenblatt, the White House adviser on global negotiations, told the Times that Kushner has helped shape policy options on the topic of the Middle East. The White House official who confirmed the departure had not responded to an inquiry about whether a search is already underway for a new communications director . Read More »

Comey to testify before Congress as Trump-Russia investigation continues

The open hearing is scheduled to being at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a closed session at 1 p.m., according to an advisory from the committee. Comey's associates have said Comey told them that Trump asked him at a January dinner to pledge his loyalty to the president and, at an Oval Office meeting weeks later, asked Comey to consider ending an FBI investigation into Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn . Read More »

Climate accord rejection deals blow to U.S. leadership

ACCCE boss Paul Bailey said: "The previous administration volunteered to meet one of the most stringent goals of any country in the world, while many other countries do far less to reduce their emissions". His decision prompted Italy, France and Germany to immediately issue a joint statement stressing that the current deal - a "cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries" - can not be renegotiated. Read More »

You can call me on my cellphone

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As per protocol, phone calls between world leaders are carefully orchestrated affairs, planned weeks in advance; they're arranged it this way so that world leaders can speak about important and private matters on a secure line. The report comes just days after Trump wrapped up the first foreign trip of his presidency, which included stops at the Vatican, Israel, Saudi Arabia and attendance at the G-7 conference in Sicily with world leaders. Read More »

Mayors, governors unite to fight climate change, with or without Trump

Jerry Brown and Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, would establish the new group to exchange ideas and strategies for preventing and mitigating the tempestuous weather and swelling seas scientists attribute to man-made climate change. NYC Businessman Donnie Deutsch, who has counted Trump as a personal friend, said on MSNBC that he felt "rage and sadness" watching Trump's announcement. Read More »

Rain chances moving into Oklahoma City Thursday afternoon

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Wednesday and Thursday will see a return to partly sunny conditions with highs in the 70s. South wind 5 to 7 miles per hour becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%. MONDAY: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Thursday and Friday should feature the weather most of us have been dreaming of all week, as we'll see proof that the skies are indeed blue and sunshine does have a warming influence on our temperatures. Read More »

Filipino bishops cautious about martial law in Mindanao

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They will never understand. PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte dispelled Thursday the public's doubts on the 60-day martial rule in Mindanao, saying he will be the first person to make loud demands on the lifting of his proclamation. The resolution said "it finds no reason to revoke Proclamation No. 216 entitled "Declaring a state of martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao". Read More »

Trump declines to move US Embassy to Jerusalem, for now

Barring a last-minute surprise, Trump is expected to renew the waiver. "We are ready to start the consultation process with the USA administration". Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem has never been the highest issue on any Israeli government's agenda, observers say. Israel's far-right government has been pushing hard for Trump to move the embassy, seeing it as the ticket to worldwide recognition of their annexations across the Green Line in Jerusalem. Read More »

House Intelligence Committee issues subpoenas for Flynn, Cohen

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A person close to Mr Flynn said he would turn over documents related to the two businesses, as well as some personal documents the committee sought in the narrower request. At a Tuesday press briefing, reporters asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if or when Trump knew Kushner was trying to set up back channels with Russian Federation before he became president. Read More »

Manchester authorities refuse to bury the body of ISIS bomber Salman Abedi

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Police have been working round-the-clock since Abedi killed 22 people, seven of them children, and injured more than 100 in the worst terrorist atrocity since the 7 July bombings in 2005. He said they have no reason to believe the case and its contents contain anything unsafe, but would ask people to be cautious. According to a Guardian report, the North West Counter Terrorism Unit is investigating 300 items and 3,000 inquires. Read More »

Japan says US withdrawal from global climate pact 'regrettable'

It added that Singapore will continue contributing to the global effort to address climate change . The EU and China will also "call on all parties to uphold the Paris agreement " and "to strengthen efforts over time, in accordance with the goal and provisions of the agreement". Read More »

Fact-checking President Trump's claims on the Paris climate change deal

And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement , we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks. U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J. "There are millions of us still committed to #ActOnClimate ", Rep. As former Secretary of State John Kerry pointed out, America is first when it leads. Read More »

Paris climate pact can't be renegotiated: UNFCCC

But the United States would not be in a position to reverse worldwide efforts to fight global warming, Altmaier told ARD public broadcaster, adding that reopening negotiations on a new climate deal would be wrong. "If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up", added Brown. The Sierra Club, an environmental advocacy group, said Thursday that Trump's decision amounts to the president "turning his back ... Read More »

Paris agreement irreversible, can not be renegotiated

And cheekily adapting the nationalist slogan used by Trump on his election campaign trail, Macron urged defenders of the climate to "make our planet great again". "The United States can't remain an energy leader if we aren't even at the negotiating table", said Sen. Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change , told the press that the White House "has no idea how a treaty works". Read More »

Minnesota officer charged in Castile shooting goes on trial

Castile provided Yanez with his insurance permit and disclosed to the officer that he was carrying a firearm. The entire encounter lasted barely more than a minute. "The typical case is a white cop killing an unarmed, usually black suspect", said Richard Frase, a professor of criminal law at the University of Minnesota and co-director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Read More »

Drivers warned as summer drink driving campaign launches in Shropshire

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All drivers involved in collisions are being breath tested and motor patrols officers are carrying out additional routine breath tests alongside their normal observations of motorists. "We also ask that you refrain from offering an alcoholic drink or drugs to someone you know is planning to drive". "If you are drinking then plan your journeys; use a taxi, public transport or nominate a designated driver". Read More »

Jason Dufner, David Lingmerth share Memorial lead

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World number nine Jon Rahm of Spain had a one-over 73 that included a double bogey at the par-four sixth. The 40-year-old former US PGA champion, Dufner, who hit six birdies and an eagle, looked set to hold an outright first-round lead but his first bogey at the 18th left him tied with Lingmerth at Muirfield Village. Read More »

Strong religious reaction to Trump climate accord decision

Therefore it can not be renegotiated based on the request of a single Party", UNFCCC said. "We believe that robust clean energy and climate policies can support American competitiveness, innovation, and job growth". Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, told the media at the UN Headquarters in NY, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his country's withdrawal from the Agreement. Read More »

EU should find ways other than docking funds to ensure solidarity: Juncker

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In reality, it would take several years for the U.S.to extricate itself from the obligations that flow from having signed the agreement, the head of the European Union's executive arm added. "The EU and China consider the Paris Agreement as an historic achievement further accelerating the irreversible global low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development", the statement said. Read More »

Trump tweets against Germany

President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Germany in recent weeks, taking to Twitter on Tuesday in the latest attack - targeting Germany's military spending and trade practices. "We want the European Union to become stronger and India will play a positive role towards that through the medium of Germany", he told reporters at a joint briefing with Merkel, who hosts Chinese Premier Li Keqiang tomorrow. Read More »

Poll shows 'wheels coming off Tory wagon'

Many of those who didn't turn up to vote are now kicking themselves at the thought of Britain leaving the European Union but they only have themselves to blame. The claims have been made by Castle Point Labour candidate Joe Cooke, which come as a seat projection by pollster YouGov suggested that the United Kingdom could be heading for a hung parliament, with Labour making gains and Theresa May's Tories suffering losses. Read More »

United Kingdom general election just a 'brief sideshow' ahead of Brexit: Jupiter

Worse, she insists on cutting net migration by almost two-thirds. "I invite her to go to Cambridge and debate her policies, debate their record, debate their plans, debate their proposals and let the public make up their mind", he said. "And what we know in this election is that the only other person that can be prime minister in seven days' time is simply not up to the job". At the 2015 general election just 43% of 18-24 year-olds were estimated to have voted, compared with 78% of people ... Read More »

36 people suffocate after gunman sets fire to casino in Philippines

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Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa told reporters that police searching for the gunman found him dead of apparent suicide in a hotel room in the complex. Image copyright Philippine Police Image caption The man was seen on CCTV in a stairwell within the casino complex How did so many people die? "He lay down on the bed, covered himself in a thick blanket and apparently doused himself in gasoline."One security guard at the complex died after accidentally ... Read More »

Corey Lewandowski says he's open to White House communications job

Dubke's job was to work behind-the-scenes managing the White House communications strategy and responses to crises, such as the firing of FBI director James B. Informal diplomacy has been used by many, if not all, presidents. There's no good explanation if Jared Kushner did ask Russia's ambassador to set up a secret way to communicate with the Kremlin , away from the watchful eyes of USA intelligence. Read More »

Comey will publicly confirm a bombshell story about his dealings with Trump

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No date has been set for Comey to appear on Capitol Hill, but the Senate Intelligence Committee is said to be shooting for next week. Trump has said the Russian Federation case was on his mind when he fired Comey, who wrote in a memo that Trump had asked him to shut down its look into a key figure in the investigation - former national security adviser Michael Flynn . Read More »

German Ambassador: 'No, No, No' Feud Between Trump, Merkel

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Merkel stressed that diplomacy is not a zero-sum game and that while Berlin was building strong ties with the rising Asian powers, transatlantic ties remained "of paramount importance". "Transatlantic ties are of paramount importance to us... but the current situation gives more reasons for... us to take our destiny in our own hands", she said , stressing that " Europe must become a player active in worldwide affairs". Read More »

Not even Elon Musk could sway Trump on the Paris Agreement

Trump will announce his decision in the White House Rose Garden at 3 p.m. Thursday, he tweeted . While a shift of focus back onto fossil fuels will undoubtedly provide jobs growth in the short-term, whether the president believes in climate change or not, the future of energy is in renewables. Read More »

At least 25 bodies found in Manila casino

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Most of the dead appear to have suffocated from thick smoke after the man set fire to casino tables, sources told local media. Officials said at least 54 people were hurt, some seriously, as they rushed to escape what at first had been feared as a militant attack. Read More »