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Donald and Melania Just Held the Hell Out of Each Other's Hands

Speaking before Trump, Abbas said that the Palestinians' "fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognise the state of Palestine as we recognise it". This language is a departure from what Mr. Trump and Francis had to say about each other during the presidential campaign a year ago. He has spent the last two days in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Read More »

US president meets Pope Francis at Vatican

He appeared to greet the USA president cautiously on Wednesday, but warmed as the meeting continued and joked about what Trump ate. "We had a fantastic meeting". That prompted a fierce response from Trump, who fired back by calling Francis' judgmental comment "disgraceful". There was never an apology in either direction. Read More »

Temperate note: Trump's speech in Riyadh nails terrorism, but fumbles on Iran

Rouhani made a point to stress that Trump's visit came amid Iran's presidential election, saying that such elections "are not in their (Saudis') dictionary". "The Iranian nation has chose to be powerful". Trump repeatedly has criticized Iran in speeches on his first foreign trip. Rouhani also pointed out that in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon he has faced terrorism and the Iranian people supported and back those countries by sending diplomats and military advisers. Read More »

TPP Countries to Keep Trade Deal Alive, Despite US Rejection

But some of the remaining members of the pact are desperate to keep the deal alive, believing it will lock in free trade as well as boost labor rights and environmental protections. That's because Australia already has access to the U.S. under its existing bilateral free trade agreement while a number of other TPP member countries will not have preferential access to the USA market. Read More »

Armed police at Aberdeen train station as security stepped up across UK

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We have a variety of tactics available to us on a 24/7 basis - we have teams of local neighbourhood officers, response officers, specialist firearms officers and traffic officers on duty around the clock. "We are going through such a tough time right now". As we saw last night, terrorists wait for those moments when we're not looking - that's why vigilance and awareness of everyone is key to combatting terrorism. Read More »

Josh Harrop scorers fine goal on Manchester United debut

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The Portuguese chose to heavily rotate the team ahead of Wednesday night's big showdown with Ajax in the UEFA Europa League final and it paid off as they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Crystal Palace . "First of all it's a European trophy", he told ESPN FC . There's one thing that's certain, United's strength and conditioning team will be working overtime this summer. Read More »

Seoul says NKorean object that drew fire was likely balloon

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The Security Council adopted two sanctions resolutions a year ago to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang and deny leader Kim Jong-Un the hard currency needed to fund his military programs. North Korea , also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the program is necessary to counter US aggression. Read More »

BC Hydro makes progress restoring power after southern BC wind storm

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The high winds started to subside by about 4 a.m. Wednesday. By late morning Wednesday, however, power had been restored to all who lost it because of wind. With the ground already saturated, there is a heightened risk for downed trees. The largest outage is on South Vancouver Island where almost 7,000 residents are without power, including 4,000 due to high winds in the Oak Bay/Saanich area of Greater Victoria. Read More »

Why President Trump touched a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia

NPR's Mara Liasson told the show that "most of this speech could have been given by George W. Bush or Barack Obama in terms of the way he described the Muslim world". "Without that, any amount of money or investment won't go very far". After hosting Mr Abbas at the White House in March, Mr Trump boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years". Read More »

Trump tells Pope Francis: 'I won't forget what you said'

The gesture has political undertones, as the Pope urged action to be taken to combat climate change effects in the encyclical , while Trump has stated climate change is a hoax. Later, as he met with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Trump said of the pope: "He is something". In Brussels , team Trump will meet European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials before returning to Italy for the G7 summit in Sicily on Friday and Saturday. Read More »

Manchester terror attack arrests made in south Manchester

All of this is raising questions about Abedi's travel route and how aware British authorities were of him and his movements in recent weeks. Mr Collomb said: "Today we only know what British investigators have told us - someone of British nationality, of Libyan origin, who suddenly after a trip to Libya , then probably to Syria, becomes radicalised and decides to carry out this attack". Read More »

Worries grew of Trump campaign contacts to Russia — Ex-CIA chief

During his first public remarks since he left his post in January, Mr Brennan told legislators he was so concerned about Moscow's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election and recruit Americans that he convened a group of officials from the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency in late July to focus on the issue. Read More »

Trump makes personal appeal for Mideast peace

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President Trump wraps Mideast trip after Bethlehem, Jerusalem meetingsU.S. President Donald Trump wrapped up his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Tuesday after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and delivering a keynote address in Jerusalem. Read More »

Philippine president declares martial law in Mindanao: spokesman

A group of heavily-armed militants from a group linked to Isis have reportedly stormed a city in the Philippines and engaged in firefights with the national army. He said the militants in the southern city of Marawi beheaded a local police chief, justifying the imposition of martial law. There was no update on the toll of three members of the security forces authorities reported killed and 12 people wounded. Read More »

Moors murderer Ian Brady dies at 79

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The sadistic crimes of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley shocked the nation to its core. Opening an inquest at Southport Town Hall into the 79-year-old killer's death, senior coroner for Sefton Christopher Sumner said he also wants assurances a funeral director and crematorium willing to take Brady's body have been found. Read More »

Obama did not understand PH drug problem, Trump tells Duterte

AFP | President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a " madman with nuclear weapons" during a telephone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a transcript of the conversation released by U.S. He later clarified martial law applied to all of the Mindanao region. Security analysts say Hapilon has been trying to unite Filipino militant groups that have professed allegiance to IS. Read More »

Manchester Terror Attack Spawns Fear, Bravery

British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday chaired a meeting of her emergency security cabinet group known as Cobra to deal with the intelligence reports about Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support. singer Ariana Grande had ended. Abedi was born in Manchester on New Year's Eve 1994 to a family believed to be of Libyan origin. He is believed to have traveled by train from London before the attack, they said. Read More »

House speaker rejects Trump's branding of Comey as 'nut job'

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The New York Times reported last week that President Trump told Russian diplomats that firing "nut job" Comey had relieved "great pressure" on him. "I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said, according to a report based on a summary of the meeting obtained by The Times. Read More »

Donald Trump meets Pope Francis

Pope Francis poses with U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd R) his wife Melania (C), Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump (2nd L) during a private audience at the Vatican , May 24, 2017. Mr Trump received the medal, commenting: "We can use peace". Trump gave the pope an edition of the works of USA civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., including "Why We Can't Wait" and "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?" The two men had never met before Wednesday morning but they have ... Read More »

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spotted heading to Pippa's reception

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Mark's Church on the Englefield Estate in the English county of Berkshire, then attended a champagne reception at the estate before retiring for the night. Prince George of Cambridge, page boy, and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, bridesmaid, attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. Read More »

President Trump Meets Pope Francis: 'I Won't Forget What You Said'

The two leaders sat down for a half-hour face-to-face meeting, with the Pope leaning out over the table with his arms extended toward the President. In a 2015 interview with Mexican TV Televisa, joking about the drawbacks of being pope, he said: "The only thing that I would like is being able to go out one day, without anyone noticing me, and go to a pizzeria to have a pizza". Read More »

Trump Told Duterte US Has Two Nuclear Subs Near Korean Peninsula

Martial law allows Duterte to use the armed forces to carry out arrests, searches and detentions more rapidly. Abella said Duterte would cut short his trip to Moscow and return to the Philippines . ISIS' media wing, Amaq Agency, put out a statement announcing that "fighters of the Islamic State launch a wide-scale offensive on positions of Philippine troops in the city of Marawi". Read More »