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States, cities pledge action on climate even without Trump

USA coal company shares slumped on Wednesday alongside renewable energy stocks. To date, 147 out of the 197 countries, including the USA, have given their consent to the accord, which was implemented last November. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Brussels late Thursday for talks with EU president Donald Tusk and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, with climate change at the top... [Full Article...]

Trump touches orb in Saudi, lights up internet

Trump was in Saudi Arabia on the first leg of his first foreign tour, which also includes stops in Israel, the Vatican, Belgium and Italy over the coming days. He did not weigh in on Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the US would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory. [Full Article...]

Donald Trump likely to withdraw from Paris climate deal

Donald Trump likely to withdraw from Paris climate deal President Donald Trump told his environmental chief that he intends to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation. News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations . Modi on Wednesday expressed India's commitment to fighting climate change and said it would be a "crime" to spoil the environm... [Full Article...]

Comey set to testify June 8 on Russia

Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and their businesses. WASHINGTON-Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, the chair and ranking member announced Thursday. "So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russian Federation, don't want him to testify", Trump tweeted yesterday morning. [Full Article...]

Iranians react to President Hassan Rouhani reelection victory

His main challenger, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi , received 38 percent. Another 478,000 voters supported former Culture Minister Seyed Mostafa Agha Mirsalim, while former Industry Minister Mostafa Hashemitaba got 215,000 votes. President Hassan Rouhani won the election by a landslide and now has another four years in power. Although considered a moderate by Iranian standards, Rouhani was non... [Full Article...]

Dispute erupts over US House panel subpoenas for CIA, FBI

Separately, the panel approved subpoenas to the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation seeking records showing which former Obama administration officials requested the " unmasking " of the names of Trump associates who were inadvertently picked up in top-secret communications intercepts, a congressional official said on condition of anonymity. [Full Article...]

Beer tents and Twitter: tensions grow between Trump and Merkel

Beer tents and Twitter: tensions grow between Trump and Merkel German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this week said the days in which Europe could rely on other nations were over. The dramatic announcement came after contentious meetings with Trump, who had used his first official trip to Europe to criticize German trade, scold world leaders about their North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending and refuse to commit to the Paris agreement on com... [Full Article...]

After Trump's climate pact announcement, a green Boston City Hall

After Trump's climate pact announcement, a green Boston City Hall Supporters of the accord condemned Trump's move as an abdication of American leadership, an global disgrace and a monumental foreign policy blunder. The governor heads to China on Friday for meetings focused on climate change. "Disappointed with today's decision on the Paris Agreement", Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, also wrote on Twitter . [Full Article...]

Subpoenas issued for Flynn, Trump lawyer

Those subpoenas seek information on requests made by Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power. The House Intelligence Committee has approved subpoenas for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and President Trump's long-time personal lawyer Michael Cohen. [Full Article...]

Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski Dies At 89

Former President Carter said in a statement Friday night, "Rosalynn and I are saddened by the death of Zbigniew Brzezinski". The Carter administration also witnessed the transition of Iran into an Islamic republic and the 1979 hostage crisis, as well as the USA arming of mujahideen in Afghanistan before the country's occupation by the Soviet Union. [Full Article...]

May, Corbyn clash over Brexit plans with United Kingdom vote 1 week away

Let's face it, we live in a time when poverty in the United Kingdom is on the up and the NHS and public services are in utter crisis having been squeezed for every penny of profit by the private sector. Instead of the 100 plus majority some thought the Conservative party could achieve, markets, in our view, are clearly pricing in something more modest - a majority of 50 seats or more. [Full Article...]

Patriotic hackers, not Russia, may have staged cyber attacks: Putin

The praise comes amid deepening scrutiny of alleged Russian meddling in America's democratic process on behalf of Trump, who's dismissed the probes as a "witch hunt". "It is theoretically possible", Putin said. Putin, who has faced criticism for Russia's alleged role in influencing the outcome of the United States election in 2016, also said some "patriotic persons" could have hacked the U.S. [Full Article...]

US 'turning its back on science' after Trump's Paris Agreement withdrawal

Trump has called climate change a hoax and on the campaign trail repeatedly vowed to pull. Noting that Trump said he had had "extensive discussions" with people on both sides of the climate debate, it said, "One can only assume that Trump has very good reasons to leave the Paris agreement, and that he knows the implications of US retreat from the landmark deal". [Full Article...]

Fine Gael set to announce new leader

He set himself a deadline of the end of June to end the practice of putting up thousands of families who need emergency accommodation in hotels and B&Bs. Varadkar, normally a fiercely private politician, came out publicly in 2015, as Ireland geared up for an historic vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. [Full Article...]

Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defence system for first time

Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defence system for first time Underscoring its uninterrupted efforts, North Korea on Monday fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japan's maritime economic zone. While North Korea has not yet demonstrated the capability to marry a nuclear device to an ICBM, they have repeatedly expressed the desire to do so, and have devoted significant resources to making this capability a reality. [Full Article...]

Trump and Merkel 'get along well' despite spat

The transatlantic diplomatic rift widened on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump responded to criticism from Chancellor Angela Merkel with a new attack on German trade tactics and defense spending. The United States has benefited immensely from the sturdy security it has brought to the world. Ms. Merkel is in the midst of an election campaign, and criticizing the perfidious anglosphere play... [Full Article...]

Out of Paris climate deal - Axios

Out of Paris climate deal - Axios There were also calls for the United Kingdom, which confirmed its commitment to climate action with the other G7 leading nations apart from the U.S. in recent days, not to do trade deals with America if it pulled out. "We are not only talking about the future of European people, we are first and foremost talking about the future of people elsewhere". Former President Barack Obama issued an exe... [Full Article...]

U.S. to export clean technologies to fight climate change

U.S. to export clean technologies to fight climate change In a memo to Apple employees Thursday afternoon, Cook expressed his disappointment with Trump's decision to pull out of the global agreement . "California will resist because his effort is misguided", Brown added in the call with reporters. [Full Article...]

Ten government soldiers killed in Philippines military air strike: minister

Padilla said the plane made three successful bombing runs before the wayward bombing happened. Amid efforts to expedite the fight, a government airstrike killed ten of its own soldiers in a disastrous "friendly fire" incident on Thursday. [Full Article...]

House Intelligence Committee Issues Subpoenas for Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn

House Intelligence Committee Issues Subpoenas for Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn Of the seven subpoenas issued, four were related to the Russian probe and three were related to "unmasking" done by Obama officials. Unmasking requests are not uncommon, said Charles Price, a former FBI agent who worked at the bureau for almost three decades. [Full Article...]


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