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May under pressure after Corbyn agrees to take part in TV debate

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Mr Corbyn said: "I will be taking part in tonight's debate because I believe we must give people the chance to hear and engage with the leaders of the main parties before they vote". UKIP's Paul Nuttall described the clash as like groundhog day, adding: "UKIP will always be the outsider". Top performersCaroline Lucas and Angus Robertson appear to have been the stand-out speakers in the eyes of Twitter users. Read More »

Death toll from Sri Lanka's floods rises to 164

At least 180 people are dead as severe flooding and landslides continue to wreak havoc in Sri Lanka. Soldiers have recovered 12 bodies, including those of two women and a child dug out on Monday. The worst flooding in 14 years was brought on by monsoon rains across southwestern portions of the country, according to Sri Lanka's Ministry of Disaster Management. Read More »

Kin rush to funeral homes to see Manila dead

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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. "We urge USA citizens in Manila to contact family members and loved ones to notify them that you are safe". But officials on the ground in the Philippines said the opposite. Read More »

AAP all set for its own EVM challenge tomorrow

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The challenge will take place between 10 am and 2 pm. However, the EC put forth terms and conditions for the parties attempting to tamper the machines. "Our machine is capable of getting tampered with and we have proved it". The participants will have to prove that these EVMs used in the Assembly polls has been manipulated before or on the poll date. Read More »

US withdraws from Paris climate accord

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The president has made America smaller and less relevant. "So, we are getting out but we will start to negotiate and we would see if we could make a deal that is fair and if we can, that's great and if we can't, that's fine". Whether that support continues is hard to predict; if not, global emissions and temperatures could rise more quickly. Like his boss, the EPA head has questioned the consensus of climate scientists that the Earth is warming and that man-made emissions are to blame. Read More »

Philippines' Duterte says Mindanao rebellion not Maute but 'purely ISIS'

While rights advocates and political opponents have rung alarm bells over Duterte's declaration of martial law, the order has won support across the wider political establishment and apparently a broad cross-section of the general public that fears the violence seen in Marawi city could spread across the country without a firm government response. Read More »

May could lose majority in June 8 election - YouGov projection

May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party . They showed Theresa May's party might lose 20 of the 330 seats it holds, with Jeremy Corbyn's Labour gaining almost 30 seats. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is on his highest ever rating of 30 percent. Read More »

Theresa May invokes post-Brexit trade with India to win votes

A failure to win the June 8 election with a large majority would weaken Prime Minister May just as formal Brexit talks are due to begin, while the loss of her majority in parliament would pitch British politics into turmoil. May, who campaigned for Remain at the European Union referendum, added: "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". Read More »

World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

He says the Paris emission reduction commitments were voluntary, which was something the New Zealand Government took advantage of by setting relatively weak targets. The UN environment chief also said being part of the climate deal also means protecting food security and building stability to avoid adding more refugees to the burgeoning global humanitarian crisis. Read More »

Congress Subpoenas Trump And Obama Officials In Russia Inquiry

Committee aides complained he had acted unilaterally, and the top Democrat on the panel, Representative Adam Schiff , said Nunes' actions amounted to a breach of his recusal decision. Cohen, who'd earlier refused a request for information saying it was "not capable of being answered", told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he would comply with subpoenas, should they be issued. Read More »

Philippine military mistakenly kills own soldiers

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An unknown number of civilians - including a Catholic priest and several churchgoers - have also been taken hostage in the city of 200,000. The clashes erupted when security forces raided a house to arrest Isnilon Hapilon , a veteran Filipino militant regarded as IS's leader in the Philippines . Read More »

Netanyahu says Western Wall, Temple Mount will always be under Israeli control

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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would move the USA embassy to Jerusalem. The announcement of Trump's initial $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia sent the stocks of weapons makers soaring . They keep coming up with new excuses for rejecting proposals even from their most solid supporters, including in Washington , or with renewed terms, often created to be rejected by the other side for being blatantly prohibitive. Read More »

Trump abandons global climate pact; allies voice dismay

Trump announced America is "getting out" of a deal he said imposed "draconian" burdens that would cost the USA millions of jobs and billions of dollars. In the US, the wind and solar industries are already creating jobs at 12 times the rate of the rest of the economy, according to a report earlier this year by the Environmental Defense Fund. Read More »

What does Trump believe about climate change?

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Does the president still believe global warming's a hoax? Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told CNN's "New Day" on Friday that while he doesn't "believe (climate change) is a hoax", he was unable to answer whether Trump agrees. "We will be environmentally friendly but we're not going to put our businesses out of work, we're not going to lose our jobs". Former President Obama said in a statement that the accord was "the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and ... Read More »

General Election: Labour continuing to close gap on Tories new poll shows

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has erased a double digit poll deficit, created in part by years of negative media coverage and party establishment power jockeying. "You can only deliver for Britain if you have the strength, the plan and the determination to see it through", she said. The choice of location was ambitious for Labour, which placed third behind the Conservatives and the U.K. Read More »

German foreign minister tries to cool off Merkel-Trump row

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President Donald Trump took to social media to blast Germany, a key USA ally that he asserted was unfairly benefiting from trade and the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO). She was merely stating what she sees as reality, with Europe taking the lead during the Ukraine conflict and the refugee crisis, the official said. Merkel, seeking to fix damage after shocking Washington on Sunday by declaring the era in which Europe could rely on its partners was somewhat over, repeatedly stressed ... Read More »

Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in besieged city

The Filipino bishops' president, Abp. Socrates Villegas, remarked , "They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled". Philippines officials said he was likely still in the city, pointing to the ferocity of ongoing resistance from the Maute fighters. The president fears that the predominantly-Muslim southern Philippines could become a haven for extremists being driven out of Iraq and Syria. Read More »

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley pushed out of job

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Guthrie added that a source told her Pelley is " thrilled " to go back to devote his full attention to 60 Minutes , but wasn't pleased with how his departure from CBS Evening News came about. He will continue to co-anchor " CBS This Morning: Saturday" with Alex Wagner. "It's not the correct way to treat the face of CBS news". The " CBS Evening News " has been a ratings trouble spot for the news division which has seen success in the mornings and on Sunday with " 60 Minutes ". Read More »

UN says Trump climate move won't derail accord

US President Donald Trump said Washington would not honour its carbon-cutting contribution, nor global climate finance commitments made under his predecessor Barack Obama . "I don't believe we can close our borders", he told CNNMoney. "There is no way". "China is one of the first countries to ratify the Paris pact, and we will stick to the commitment for sure", Li said in Berlin at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel . Read More »

South African graft accusations expose split in ANC over Zuma

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The ANC is calling on government to urgently establish veracity of allegations contained in the Gupta emails. These allegations call into question the integrity and credibility of the government and the use of state resources under the direction of or to the benefit of private interests, ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said. Read More »

Manchester United preparing blockbuster bid for Real Madrid star

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The former Chelsea boss is thought to have his eye on Manchester United academy graduate Michael Keane , now at Burnley . Ferguson was in Stockholm last week to see the Red Devils win the Europa League , but despite a third trophy for Jose Mourinho in his first season at Old Trafford, some have been critical of his conservative style. Read More »

Jared Kushner has some explaining to do on Russian Federation, if he can

US President Donald Trump , who was uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter during his nine-day trip overseas, resumed his favourite past-time Sunday with a tweet storm in which he thundered against "fake news". The FBI is reportedly looking into Kushner and the Kislyak conversation as part of its probe into Russia's hacking of the 2016 campaign and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Read More »

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to reinstate travel ban

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court Thursday to break its losing streak in lower courts and revive President Trump's travel ban on immigrants from six predominantly Muslim nations. That order was blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii hours before it went into effect, as well as another judge in Maryland. However, a district court in Maryland found the ban violated constitutional rights and temporarily blocked it. Read More »

Tickets to Ariana Grande's Manchester benefit concert sell out

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Besides Grande , One Love Manchester will see a host of other big-name stars performing, such as Justin Bieber , Coldplay , Katy Perry , Usher , Robbie Williams and Pharrell Williams . Those who were in attendance at her Manchester concert on May 22 are eligible to receive free tickets to the benefit through an online registration form. Read More »

Two killed in auto bombing in Saudi Arabia's Shia dominated area

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The blast happened when the auto was transporting ammunition and explosives to Al Awamiyah in Qatif, leaving two dead, the report said, adding that the victims are "fugitives" being sought by the kingdom's security services. This is the second such incident in Saudi Arabia in the past week. A resident contacted by telephone said he heard a blast and saw smoke rising above an area that police had blocked off. Read More »

Billionaire Bloomberg pledges $15 million to United Nations for climate change

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The Paris Agreement , which was signed in 2015, involves almost 200 countries with a goal to limit global warming well below two degree Celcius above pre-industrial levels. The dispute is the latest round of a years-long battle between scientists and politicians over how to interpret facts about the effects of burning fossil fuels on the global climate, and translate them into policy. Read More »

Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh Indian states to be affected

Additional Secretary Golam Mostafa told the media on Wednesday as many as 286,000 people in 16 coastal districts were affected by the storm. Shamsul Alam, a Rohingya community leader, told Reuters that damage in different camps was severe with nearly all the 10,000 thatched huts in the Balukhali and Kutupalong camps destroyed. Read More »

Comey To Testify That Trump Pressured Him

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Former FBI director James Comey could be set to give public testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as soon as next week. Any statements Comey makes about conversations with the president could cut to the heart of whether or not he tried to interfere with an FBI investigation, something that can be a crime if it amounts to obstruction of justice. Read More »

Key energy projects at risk as Greens back NDP in British Columbia

Today Christy Clark announced she plans to recall the legislature, and test the confidence of the house. Green Party leader Dr. Andrew Weaver has been in negotiations with the Liberals and the NDP, and says he favours a partnership that will provide long-term stability rather than one that would trigger a no-confidence vote, and the possibility of another election within months. Read More »

JBS executive says he illegally paid millions to Brazil leaders

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Rio de Janeiro (AP) - Brazilian President Michel Temer on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation, saying he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to a former lawmaker jailed for corruption. In Sao Paulo , the nation's largest city, hundreds of protesters gathered on a main avenue to demand Temer go. Temer , who has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and says he can guarantee the tapes provide no proof of guilt, took over the presidency a year ago when ... Read More »

Wenger to target title after signing new two-year deal with Arsenal

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Arsenal is coming off an FA Cup championship win over Chelsea, but a struggle of a season failed to meet the expectations of fans. Wenger has been on the hot seat in recent weeks, with many fans calling for him to be sacked after Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League and missed out on Champions League qualification. Read More »