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Almost half Trump's Twitter followers are fake - audit site

They could also be bots... or real people who all started their account on the same day and made a decision to follow him. Or if he is attempting to beat Barack Obama's 89.2 million (only 59 million to go, Trump). Users who do so may find their accounts suspended. Twitter on Tuesday sought to tamper down a theory that went viral in left-leaning circles over the weekend - that President Donald Trump had gained millions of followers - a lot of them being bots - in a matter of days. Read More »

Soldiers accused of rape, murder appear in court in South Sudan

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It is expected to last several weeks, with the next court date scheduled for June 6. "We expect the same as from any normal trial", said Michael Woodward, the British former manager of the Terrain and the only witness to testify Tuesday. IFRC said the vast majority of new arrivals are women and children fleeing violence and the looming threat of starvation in the world's youngest nation. Read More »

Trump keeps world waiting on Paris deal

After a conference in Sicily over the weekend, Trump refused to join other leaders in committing to the Paris climate change accord. Exiting the deal would fulfill a central campaign pledge from the president, but would be certain to anger allies that spent years negotiating the accord to reduce carbon emissions. Read More »

Haley on Germany: 'We have the backs of our allies'

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Merkel is scheduled to meet with China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang on May 31. Both corroding relationships have always been goals of Russian President Vladimir Putin , raising speculation about Trump's rhetoric and actions being more in line with the Kremlin than many of America's closest European allies. Read More »

As US weighs climate pullout, United Nations wants world to be more ambitious

Since taking office, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive the long-struggling US coal mines. But the White House said Friday that Trump's view on the topic is "evolving" after hearing other views during the summit. But the official says there may be "caveats in the language" that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal - and that could leave open the possibility that the decision isn't final. Read More »

Timeline of Kabul attacks since 2016

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The Taliban and IS have both been behind recent attacks, although the former has released a statement denying responsibility. Glasse said the Afghan presidential palace and the Indian Embassy are also nearby. According to the Afghan interior ministry, at least 64 people were killed and up to 320 people were injured in the blast, which struck in the Wazir Akbar Khan district of the cit. Read More »

U.S. starts providing weapons to Syrian Kurds

The operation had the dual goals of targeting IS and the Kurdish militia, particularly to prevent the YPG from controlling a contiguous strip of territory along the Syria-Turkey border. However, throughout the USA strikes on IS-held areas in Raqqa and the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, tens of civilian casualties have fallen recently, with state news agency SANA reporting the numbers nearly on a daily basis. Read More »

Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate agreement

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President Donald Trump has decided that the United States will leave the Paris Agreement on climate change , according to a new report . "And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable". Trump to stay in the climate accord, which was adopted by almost 200 nations in 2015. Trump's alleged decision, first reported by Axios and corroborated by Politico and CNN , puts the U.S.at odds with 195 other nations that joined the climate pact and risks weakening ... Read More »

United Nations warns Trump against quitting Paris Climate Deal

His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly channelled support for the deal behind the scenes at the White House, encouraging climate change activists that Trump might change his mind. They said the deal would require the US government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions , which would hurt business. "Today, the economy and social aspects are linked to the environmental aspects, but they are also linked to the security aspects, they are linked to the risks of conflict", ... Read More »

Blast in Kabul diplomatic kills at least 9

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Kawasi said the wounded were admitted to different Kabul hospitals. The BBC has confirmed the death of a BBC Afghan driver. It hit about 400 yards from the German Embassy, and was in a water delivery truck, according to journalist Jennifer Glasse. Read More »

Social media rushes to define Trump's 'covfefe' tweet

And that was it. " Covfefe " quickly began trending and prompted thousands of reactions from Twitter users, celebrities and even the president himself. "What makes me saddest is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe", Kimmel tweeted . "Someone else said: "#Covfefe ~ help us understand this alien language!" The president sent out a new tweet within half an hour in which he invited Twitter to figure out the "true meaning of 'covfefe '". Read More »

Macron holds 'frank exchange' talks with Putin

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Fresh from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels and a G7 summit in Sicily, Mr Macron promised "demanding dialogue" with Mr Putin, who was in France to celebrate 300 years of Franco-Russian diplomacy and an exhibition of Tsar Peter the Great. Read More »

Trump Reportedly Pulling USA Out Of Paris Climate Agreement

Trump said he needed more time to decide whether to back the agreement , marking a continuation from his previous sceptical stance on climate change. Under the deal's terms, any country can't send notice of its intent to withdraw until three years after the deal entered into force, which was November 4, 2016. Read More »

Donald Trump mulls White House, PR overhaul

The Washington Post reported on Friday that Kushner , a real estate mogul, met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December to talk about setting up a secret communications channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin to discuss Syria and other diplomatic issues. Read More »

Lawmakers teeter on the brink of special session

Straus said the senate can pass the transgender bathroom legislation that the house added as an amendment to a school hazard preparedness bill Sunday night. But Jones said that Patrick may have to settle for a law that falls short of his ideal instead of going for something stronger in a special session that would cost millions and could well make him look petty. Read More »

After Manchester attack, Ariana Grande cancels Dangerous Woman tour dates in Europe

The British government and Greater Manchester police had refused to confirm the identity of the suicide bomber as Salman Abedi just over two hours before his name appeared in USA media outlets. Police investigating the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert in the city in northern England have suspended sharing information with the US, according to a report by the security correspondent of the BBC . Read More »

Minimum wage is going up to $15 an hour in Ontario

Gbajabiamila said that, "provided that the minimum wage in sub-section 1 of this section shall be subject to periodic review every 5 years and the first review shall be effective from the 1st day of January, 2017 irrespective of the day the Bill comes into force". Read More »

5 things Jeremy Corbyn revealed in his cosy sofa chat

The 68-year-old Labour politician has pledged to provide 30 hours of free childcare for all children aged two to four as one of his key policies. Opinion polls show Labour have closed the gap on the Conservatives substantially during the campaign, but Corbyn's personal ratings remain low and the party has struggled to overcome longstanding doubts about its fiscal competence. Read More »

Macron puts finishing touch to new-look French cabinet

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Bruno Le Maire, 48, is the second-biggest figure from the right-wing Republicans that Macron has won over, after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. Among the non-politicians to be offered roles is well-known environmentalist Nicolas Hulot, a source in the presidency said. Read More »

Pentagon to test new anti-missile system

The ground-based interceptor system is mainly created to counter a North Korean missile threat, but a USA official said Tuesday's long-scheduled test was coincidental to North Korea's increased missile testing this year. Last week, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress, "North Korea is an increasingly grave national security threat to the United States because of its growing missile and nuclear capabilities combined with the aggressive approach of its leader Kim Jong Un". Read More »

Pentagon announces ICBM interceptor system a success

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said the test used an interceptor missile featuring an upgraded kill vehicle. It then fired a missile to intercept it from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. GMD is an integral element of the United States' layered ballistic missile defense architecture, with interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Fort Greely, Alaska. Read More »

Blast in diplomatic area of Afghan capital kills, wounds 50

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But the attack underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan , where a military beset by soaring casualties and desertions is struggling to beat back insurgents. "The Kabul Process meeting will be held by the instructions of the President Dr Ashraf Ghani to bring various processes/meetings on Afghanistan under one umbrella, "The Daily Times quoted Zardasht Shams, deputy head of the mission at the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad, as saying". Read More »

Almost half of Trump's Twitter followers are fake

Despite a savant gift for 140 character wisdom, it turns out Donald Trump's Twitter audience isn't quite as captivated as he'd like you to think, because it turns out that more than half of his 31 million followers are fake. FiveThirtyEight reported that in April 2016 Trump had just 7.6 million Twitter followers and only 8% of them were fake. Donald Trump's Twitter followers are growing . Read More »