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Pope "terrific", Saudi "spectacular": Trump waxes lyrical on foreign tour


Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump met Wednesday morning and engaged in what the Vatican described as "cordial discussions" regarding U.S. The Pope also gave him an English translation of Laudato Si , an encyclical he wrote in 2015 on the environment - a pointed gift, given that Mr Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris accord on combating climate change. Read More »

Monaco Grand Prix: Vettel on top after second practice, Hamilton eighth


Hamilton's quickest time left him over a second adrift of title rival Sebastian Vettel but feels Mercedes can bounce back from its sub-par session. Lewis was only eighth fastest, and was 1.1s off Ferrari's pace. "We didn't have the greatest day", said Hamilton. "We've got some work to do ahead of Saturday that's for sure but I'm confident the team can work it out". Read More »

Unwelcome Selfie, Melania Hand Slap: Trump Encounters Turbulence on Arrival in Israel


U.S. President Donald Trump , right, and first lady Melania Trump wave as they board Air Force One for Israel , the next stop in Trump's worldwide tour, at King Khalid global Airport, Monday, May 22, 2017 , in Riyadh . "I don't know that there's anything to apologize for", Tillerson said. This is Donald Trump's first overseas visit and his speech was the highlight of his two-day visit. Read More »

Trump blasts NATO allies for not paying fair share


A lot of them carry the Belgian flag and "We fight against Donald Trump and his billionaire's friends" banners, "Stay away from our gully" or "Mr. Trump, you are not welcome here". Trump arrived at European Union headquarters Thursday morning. But 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. Read More »

Eurozone fails to reach debt deal for Greece


France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, center, talks with Italy's Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, right, and Greece's Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos prior to a meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers at the. Poul Thomsen, director of the IMF's Europe department, said there had been progress but the euro area needed to inject "more realism" into its assumptions about Greece's long-term economic performance. Read More »

No sign Mideast deal in the making

Bush's 2002 roadmap to peace which brought the global community into the equation. A 45 minute meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas statements from both leaders after that meeting but no new revelations. So en route to Israel, Tillerson evaded questions about whether the Western Wall is part of the Jewish state. Critics, like Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, insisted that Jerusalem , not Tel Aviv, is Judaism's historical and spiritual home. Read More »

Iranian President: 'We Need Missiles' to Confront Trump Admin, Enemies


However, it shouldn't be forgotten that major worldwide investors are very interested in the Iranian market after the nuclear deal was signed in July 2015 - and major projects that will give Iranian citizens work are now being implemented. The Trump administration shares these concerns , and Iran was a major topic during his visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel. The visit was meant to rebuild ties that strained during the Obama administration. Read More »

The Elders Welcome Iran Election Result As Spur For Peace And Tolerance


At present, for Iran's practical changes and, I think, changes it ought to make in its engagement with the world-is shaped by geopolitics, but introduces a modicum of collective worldwide peace and security. Losing influence in Syria will result in the loss of logistical communication with Hezbollah in Lebanon and inevitable weakening of the latter, which in turn will greatly help Israel, since Hezbollah is the group capable of causing a serious damage to the Israeli army. Read More »

Manchester: 3 Suspects Arrested in Relation to Monday Attack

A spokesman for the area's local counter-terrorism force Rada, arrested the attacker's brother, who was born in 1997, on Tuesday, spokesman Ahmed Bin Salem told reporters. Now, the UK's top anti-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley, confirmed police had "received fresh assurances" from their foreign counterparts and were now "working closely" with them. Read More »

Lieberman Frontrunner For FBI Job


Joe Lieberman is a contender for the role. Following the firing of now-former FBI Director James Comey , it would seem President Trump would want a respected, unifying figure in the job. Republicans are lining up behind Lieberman, who left the Senate in 2013 after four terms Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) predicted he would get 100 votes, a near impossibility. Read More »

Trump accused of 'Iranophobia' as he lands in Israel


Saudi King Salman on Monday described US President Donald Trump's visit to the Muslim kingdom in the Gulf as a "turning point" in relations between the two countries. "Drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of this Earth". Trump pointed out that the overwhelming majority of victims of terrorist attacks are the "innocent people of the Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations", saying that "95 percent of the victims of terrorist attacks are themselves Muslims". Read More »

Trumps are welcomed to the Vatican by Pope Francis

Trump, seeming subdued, said "it is a great honour". One focuses on the environment, demanding an end to a "structurally perverse" economic system that has turned Earth into an "immense pile of filth". "What do you feed him?" The first lady laughed and said "Yes". After the meeting between President Trump and the Pope, the Vatican said there had been an "exchange of views" on worldwide issues. Read More »

In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Parsing What Trump Left Unsaid

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said the "momentum is not towards an agreement but [toward] interim steps, regional support, financial support and promises of political support if there is serious progress". Read More »

Filipinos at Mass worry about city, martial law


President Rodrigo Duterte , who has been heavily criticized for a brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, has cut short his trip to Russian Federation and placed all of Mindanao Island under martial law. "We call on our fellow Mindanawons to stay the course - be vigilant, but continue to be warriors of peace by spreading hope not fear", MinDA said. Thousands of people were fleeing the city Thursday, jamming their belongings into cars. Read More »

Leaders of militant groups slam plans to expand martial law to Visayas

The protesters took turns denouncing Duterte's orders, on martial law, on designating Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Maj. The CPP also urged the Filipino people to oppose placing Mindanao under military rule and demand for its immediate lifting on account of human rights abuses committed against the civilians during the nine-year military rule, from 1972 to 1981, under the term of late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos . Read More »

France's New President Gave Trump A Bone-Crushing Handshake


Macron has let it be known that he plans to challenge Trump's skepticism on climate change and the Paris accord that the president has threatened to exit. Trump never endorsed a candidate in the French presidential race, which Macron won by 32 percentage points earlier this month, but he did speak publicly in favor of Le Pen. Read More »

More than 100 civilians killed in Iraq bombing in March

The bomb dropped on a building in the city of Mosul set off explosive materials that IS militants had already been placed inside, causing the structure to collapse, the Pentagon said in describing the conclusion of a two-month investigation. Read More »

Linked militants besiege Philippine city

At least 21 people - seven soldiers, 13 rebels and a civilian - have been killed and religious leaders say militants were using Christians taken hostage during the fighting as human shields. Galvez said this threat is something that needs to be eliminated and completely destroyed because if left to thrive, it will soon poison our communities and take our freedom and our precious lives. Read More »

Trump condemns United States leaks on UK blast


Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair said the leak of images from the attack was a "grievous breach", but added that something similar had happened after the London 7/7 bombings. " It is absolutely understandable that this has caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss ". The photos published in the Times showed the container that held the Manchester bomb and how it was concealed. Read More »

Trump Journeys To 'Palestine' For Talks With Mahmoud Abbas


Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza launched a general strike Monday to protest President Trump's visit and to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners now on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Trump's visit to the wall comes after U.S. officials meeting with their Israeli counterparts to arrange Trump's visit sparked off a controversy by contending that the Western Wall was part of the West Bank - which is not U.S. Read More »

Manchester bombing: United Kingdom police make 7th arrest in connection with terror attack


But Greater Manchester Police said it could not formally name the victims until forensic post-mortems were concluded, which could take four to five days. Britain's intelligence links with the U.S. are among the closest in the world, and information is routinely shared by security and intelligence agencies as part of the special relationship between the transatlantic allies. Read More »

British police stop sharing Manchester information with United States over leaks


The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. The report said that British police informed their German counterparts that Abedi had received paramilitary training in Syria beforehand. Numerous victims were young girls, with the youngest identified so far being just 8-year-old. Prime Minister Theresa May announced late on Tuesday that the official threat level had been raised to its highest level for the first time in a decade, meaning an attack could be imminent. Read More »

Beijing, ASEAN take step toward rules for South China Sea

Romana, the Philippine ambassador to China , met deputy foreign minister Liu Zhenmin for about three hours at a luxury hotel in Guiyang in Guizhou province. ASEAN has always been divided over the issue of the South China Sea , with some of the non-claimant states in particular (with the notable exception of Indonesia and Singapore) having expressed reservations about pushing back too hard against Beijing on the issue. Read More »

British authorities stop sharing bombing intel amid leaks


With the official threat level raised to "critical", meaning a further attack could be imminent, troops have been deployed to free up police, and armed officers patrolled trains for the first time in Britain. In France, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday that British and French intelligence have information that Abedi had likely traveled to Syria. Read More »