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G7 leaders divided over Climate Change

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel , at the conclusion of a G7 summit in Sicily has revealed that a debate between leaders over climate had been "very unsatisfying", noting that the United States had been totally isolated in its refusal to commit to the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Read More »

National view: Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

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TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) - As he dashed through the Middle East and Europe, Donald Trump looked like a conventional American leader overseas. Trump and Netanyahu never talked about a two-state solution to the problem, but Abbas did. " Iran is fighting those groups, not fueling them". Trump also touted the $110 billion arms deal he inked with Saudi Arabia as enabling the kingdom to shoulder more of its security needs. Read More »

Jared Kushner allegedly asked for a secret communications line with Russia

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A Washington Post report on Friday said Kushner had discussed the idea of setting up a communications channel using equipment at the Russian embassy to thwart USA surveillance systems of the pre-inauguration conversations. The Washington Post had already reported FBI investigators were focusing on meetings Mr Kushner held past year with Mr Kislyak, as well as a banker from Moscow, Sergei Gorkov. Read More »

Iraqi forces launch operation to seize last Islamic State enclave in Mosul

The U.S. -backed offensive on Mosul , now in its eighth month, has taken longer than planned as the militants are dug in among civilians, fighting back with booby traps, suicide cars and motor-bikes, snipers and mortar fire. By November, Iraqi forces had punched into the city limits along Mosul's eastern edge. Iraqi forces launched a major operation to retake Mosul in October a year ago, fighting their way to the city and retaking its eastern side before setting their sights on its ... Read More »

More Arrests in Connection with Deadly Manchester Arena Bombing

And Hopkins confirmed Wednesday that a serving police officer was among the victims. Five adults and five children remain in critical condition following the bombing at the Manchester Arena on Monday, in which 22 people were killed. People who knew the family said Salman cared for his parents. British media reported that Abdul Wahab Hafidah died after being run over and stabbed in the neck in Manchester's Moss Side district in May past year. Read More »

IS claims responsibility for Egypt bus attack

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Dar al-Ifta, considered a major Islamic authority in Egypt, released a statement saying that "these traitors violated Islam's principles by spilling blood and terrorizing others, and broke their vows [of protection] by targeting Christian brothers, who are our partners in the homeland". Read More »

Philippines' Duterte jokes about rape amid concern over martial law abuses

Philippine forces found the bodies of what appeared to be eight executed civilians as authorities launched fresh airstrikes Sunday to drive militants linked to the Islamic State group out of a besieged southern city. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms the heinous terrorist acts and unconscionable atrocities perpetrated by the extremist Maute terrorist groups and their cohorts, which resulted in the willful killing of three government troops, one from the Philippine National Police ... Read More »

Ariana Grande Posts Heartfelt Letter to Bombing Victims, Plans Benefit Concert

The statement went on to say: "This is still an active investigation which is not slowing down", police said. This follows the initial information leak, which happened just after the attack itself, with the identity of the 22-year-old British-born bomber Salman Abedi revealed by CBS, NBC, and then Reuters, citing US officials, the Guardian reported . Read More »

Newcomer Macron makes France's mark, with Trump and globally

French official also recounted Trump Macron phone call after French election. In the video, which was initially shared by Macron himself on Twitter, the French president can be seen walking up the red carpet at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels toward a group of world leaders. Read More »

Jared Kushner 'discussed setting up secret communications with Russia'

Mr Kushner is prepared to talk to federal investigators as well as Congress about his contacts and role in Mr Trump's presidential campaign, his lawyer said. U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, talk with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they arrive for a concert in the Ancient Theatre of Taormina ( 3rd century BC) in the Sicilian citadel of Taormina, Ita. Read More »

US warship drill meant to defy China's claim over artificial island

Beijing has protested US Navy's freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the region and had sought an explanation with US officials over the incident. China contends the man-made islands are primarily for civilian purposes and to increase safety for ships. The official said that contrary to the Times report , Adm. Read More »

Manchester terror attack: Intelligence leak 'deeply troubling', says US President Donald Trump

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Police have swooped in on multiple addresses in the northwestern city since Tuesday and those arrested include bomber Salman Abedi's brother Ismail. President Trump added, "If appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It is unacceptable", the source said. A German magazine reports that Salman Abedi , the Manchester concert bomber, passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the attack. Read More »

Manchester bombing: 10 remain in critical condition

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British security services are also upset that Abedi's name was apparently leaked by United States officials while British police were withholding it - and while raids were underway in Manchester and in Libya , where the bomber's father lives. Read More »

Ariana Grande Announces Benefit Concert for Manchester Victims and Families

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Campaigning in Britain's general election, set for June 8, is resuming after being suspended because of the bombing late Monday following an Ariana Grande concert. Asked about intelligence-sharing between the United States and Israel earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had Trump by his side then, said it's never been better. Read More »

UK: Manchester attack investigation still at 'full tilt'

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd says that "the operation is still at full tilt" and "we can't be entirely sure that it's closed". Pop singer and actress Ariana Grande plans to return to Manchester, England, following the b0mbing outside the arena where she performed on Monday, which caused 22 deaths and many more injuries. Read More »

Fractures between U.S., allies visible on Trump's final stop

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President Trump exported the confrontational, nationalist rhetoric of his campaign across the Atlantic on Thursday, with an attempt to shame European leaders for not footing more of the bill for their own defenses and lecturing them to stop taking advantage of United States taxpayers. Read More »

Top rebel commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat killed in Kashmir

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Sabzar Ahmad Bhat who replaced Burhan Wani as the Hizbul Mujahideen's operational chief in Kashmir was killed by the security forces on Saturday morning in an encounter in Saimu sector of Tral. Police sources said that the third militant, a foreigner, took advantage of the tumult to escape. - Unnerved people rushed to their homes, leading to traffic snarls on certain routes. Read More »

Trump to decide next week whether to quit Paris climate agreement

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Should Trump leave the pact, the USA would be the first country to exit, which would also be the second time that America has signed onto a global climate deal under a Democratic president only to walk away from the same agreement under a Republican predecessor, as President George W. Read More »

The handshake between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump who enjoys the Net

The handshake between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump who enjoys the NetThis Thursday, on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels , Emmanuel Macron met for the first time Donald Trump . Trump appears to push aside Montenegro PM at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation photocallTrump's distinctive handshake has been the source of much mirth on the internet as he meets world leaders in the first year of his presidency. Read More »

Israeli defense minister says uneasy over US-Saudi arms deal

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In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which calls on the U.S.to move the embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel's capital. Trump's surprise announcement, in the form of a tweet on the final day of his lengthy worldwide trip, comes after Trump declined to commit to staying in a sweeping climate deal, refusing to give into intense global pressure. Read More »

North Korea leader Kim guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon

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Trump "does have high expectations", said Thornton, who is acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs. It opposes unilateral sanctions on the regime, while saying it will implement United Nations resolutions. The U.S. has provided China with a list of companies that deal with North Korea and "is waiting for Chinese actions", she said, adding that the textiles industry could be an area for future sanctions. Read More »

Israelis rally for Palestinian state, end of occupation

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During his hour-long visit to Bethlehem on Tuesday, Mr. Trump shook hands with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas but refused to mention the two-state solution, prompting Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi to note: "He's still on a learning curve, and peacemaking is not a business deal". Read More »