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EU and China to Reaffirm Support for Paris Climate Pact


French President Emmanuel Macron blasted President Trump Thursday for pulling the USA out of the Paris climate agreement and offered a "second homeland" to those who are disappointed by the decision. The U.S., Syria, and Nicaragua are now the only countries not signed on to the accord. Mr Brown joined governor Jay Inslee of Washington state and Andrew Cuomo of NY to form the US Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris deal, a pact involving almost 200 nations aimed at slowing the ... Read More »

Commitment to Paris climate treaty


Even before seeking to leave Paris, the Trump administration has already imposed steep cuts in US programs to address climate change . Two unnamed sources who have "direct knowledge of the decision" told Axios about Trump's decision. Responding to questions, he said: "We believe that it would be important for the U.S. not to leave the Paris agreement". And the pact has strong public support in the U.S. Read More »

Vladimir Putin Calls for Policies to Prevent Use of Chemical Weapons

Macron further said that France and Russian Federation could work together towards a settlement in Syria noting that "it is necessary to seek an inclusive political solution". They met at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles . Their first meeting since Macron took office provided another test of the Frenchman's diplomatic skills after his memorable first encounter last week with US President Donald Trump that Macron sealed with a vice-like handshake. Read More »

Eighty dead after Kabul sewage tanker blast

Pakistan and Afghanistan have often traded accusations that each side harbors militants who stage attacks in the other country. There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing, which came in the first week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Read More »

ACLU Cheers Appellate Ruling on Travel Ban: 'We Won'


It also suspended the USA refugee program for 120 days. The legality of that executive order - which began in the campaign as a proposed ban on all Muslim entry to the USA, then morphed into a narrower but still arbitrary policy - is now likely to be decided by the Supreme Court . Read More »

Trump asks Supreme Court to reinstate travel ban

In its filing, the government asked the highest court in the land to rule on the legal standing of Trump's order, appealing a ruling by the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a nationwide block of the travel ban. The court said it "remained unconvinced" that the part of the measure naming the specific countries-Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen-had "more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president's promised Muslim ban". Read More »

Disney CEO Joins Elon Musk In Ditching Trump Over Paris Withdrawal

Japan ratified the Paris accord last November, and has set a national greenhouse gas reduction goal of 26 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. "I was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris". But critics of his move pointed out that renewable energy industries, particularly solar, are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs - far more than now exist in coal. Read More »

The £100m battle to sign Van Dijk hots up

With the loyalty and success of Coutinho, this could be considered "unfair", but the current transfer market dictates that's the only way to attract top talent, and Liverpool would happily adjust the Brazilian's deal accordingly. "I can get into a little bit more of specifics once I've actually started on the job, but the clear business goal is to continue improvement". We have a thing in business called a RACI chart where it says responsibility, accountability; and I shall be at the eye ... Read More »

Korea says US withdrawal from Paris accord 'regrettable'

By treating the Paris climate accord like any other business deal, Trump's refusal to remain in the agreement carries devastating consequences for our environment. Reports said that not everything was well between German Chancellor Merkel and Trump over the issue. Suggesting renegotiating re-entry was not a major priority, he said, "If we can, great". Read More »

An unexpected problem: Trump handing out his cellphone number


The shift is a major break with protocol and, as the AP notes, "is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the US commander in chief's communications". Trump's personal cell phone use is another notable breach of protocol for a president who has shunned official channels and formalities. Presidents' phone calls with world leaders often involve considerable advance planning. Read More »

Rain possible in region today


In that time period the Lehigh Valley could receive one to one and a half inches of precipitation, with a couple periods of heavy rainfall likely. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms possible all weekend. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5 to 9 miles per hour becoming south southwest in the evening. Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Read More »

At least two killed in Philippine casino attack

Most Manila casinos and hotels have metal detectors at their entrances and they also typically check vehicles before allowing them access. About 90 minutes after the attack began, Resorts World Manila said on its Facebook page that it was on lockdown following reports of gunfire and was working to ensure the safety of guests and workers. Read More »

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


Duterte may also have to revisit his earlier threat to reject, in light of disagreement on human rights issues, grants from the European Union, which has heavily invested in the Mindanao peace process. Rep. Harry Roque of Kabayan party-list believes martial law in Mindanao is justified. The briefing, attended by 21 senators, started shortly before 4 p.m. Read More »

UK's May is dropping in the polls, may regret snap election


With polls narrowing in the run-up to June 8, Scotland's First Minister said it was "no longer inevitable" Theresa May will be returned as prime minister with an increased majority. She said: "At the moment we're polling in the mid-forties, which is higher than Tony Blair got in his 1997 landslide". United Kingdom stocks advanced Thursday, getting a boost from a weaker pound, which slid back after another election poll showed a drop in support for Theresa May's governing ... Read More »

German envoy to United States downplays Trump-Merkel tensions


This latest abuse of social media comes at the expense of America's long-time ally, Germany . On Monday, Merkel showed how seriously concerned she is about Washington's dependability under Trump by repeating the message that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent". Read More »

Trump rejects moving Israel embassy to Jerusalem - for now

Trump promised throughout the 2016 campaign that he would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, an action the Israeli government has long advocated. "It is not a permanent thing", the official added. The status of Jerusalem is one of the major stumbling blocks. Two decades later, Israel captured east Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast War and annexed it, though without worldwide recognition. Read More »

Elon Musk Announces Exit From Trump Advisory Council After Paris Accord Withdrawal

SINGAPORE has reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement and pledge on Friday, a day after the United States announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris climate accord . French President Emmanuel Macron was unambiguous in his response to Trump's decision. At home, Brown is battling to reauthorize a cap-and-trade program that expires in 2020, a key piece of his political legacy. Read More »

Mayor Landrieu criticizes Trump decision on Paris accord

Trump , tapping into the " America First" message he used when he was elected president previous year, said the Paris accord would undermine the US economy, cost U.S.jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to other countries such as China. Read More »

Australia committed to Paris deal despite Trump's withdrawal: minister

Yesterday, Musk said he worked hard to convince Trump to stick with the accord. They should have the chance to confront the US Secretary of State with the reality of Trump's decision . The United States was one of 195 nations that agreed to the accord in Paris in December 2015, a deal that former US President Barack Obama was instrumental in brokering. Read More »

Philando Castile manslaughter trial is underway

Paul, Minn. USA TODAY reports that jury selection is now underway and is expected to last for a couple of days. Philando Castile's death last July was streamed on Facebook Live by his girlfriend. His trial starts this week and as usual for a cop killing an innocent Black man, he claimed that he was in fear for his life when he killed Castile. "The job of being a police officer is very stressful", said Daly, an emeritus professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Read More »

Police launch June crackdown on drink and drug driving


Hampshire police are stepping up their response to the deadly problem that sees 140 people each year killed or seriously injured on roads in the region. For non-urgent matters, or to pass information about someone who regularly drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, go to dorset.police.uk and follow the "Do it online" function. Read More »