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North Korean state media has confirmed that the leaders of North Korea and the USA will focus on ensuring permanent peace and a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula in Singapore . Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year. One analyst told Al Jazeera Trump will seek to promote his image as a deal-maker.
  • Rouhani to SCO summit: U.S. unilateralism 'growing danger'

    Rouhani to SCO summit: U.S. unilateralism 'growing danger'

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    Russian Federation was booted out of the then-G8 when it annexed Ukraine's Crimea four years ago and has done little since to win favour with the elite group of wealthy nations. Now in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the pact, "SCO members may use granting full membership to Iran as a way to demonstrate support for (Tehran) and the nuclear agreement", said Dawn Murphy, professor of worldwide security studies at the U.S.
  • White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back' - International

    White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back' - International

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    Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back", White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, calling on the Canadian to apologize. In an interview with CNN , Mr Bornstein said the 2015 letter suggesting that Trump would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" was not his professional assessment.
  • China Trade Deficit Continues To Grow In May

    China Trade Deficit Continues To Grow In May

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    The growth rate of the value of USA exports to China dropped from 17.9% to -4.6%, while the growth rate of Chinese exports to the US declined from 11.0% to 2.0%. China' trade surplus narrowed to $24.92 billion in May from $28.38 billion in April, and came in well below analysts forecasts for a $31.9 billion surplus.
  • Tropical Storm Bud grows off Mexico's Pacific coast

    Tropical Storm Bud grows off Mexico's Pacific coast

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    Aletta strengthened into a Category 4 Hurricane Friday Morning, but has since weakened back to a Category 2. It was about 555 miles (895 kilometers) south of the Baja California Peninsula. A tropical depression is expected to form over the weekend as it moves westward off the coast of southern Mexico. It's happened seven other times since 1970, according to NOAA's historical hurricanes database.
  • Trump calls for Russian Federation reinstatement as G7 summit enters final day

    Trump calls for Russian Federation reinstatement as G7 summit enters final day

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    While at the Summit in Quebec, Canada , Trump blasted the foreign leaders who were there with him as they jointly were supposed to come up with new solutions and possibilities for trade. Mr Trump denied that the summit had been contentious, a remark that contradicted what one G7 official described as a bitter harangue on Friday between the US President and his counterparts over tariffs.
  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth, 92, had eye surgery last month

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth, 92, had eye surgery last month

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    Queen Elizabeth II donned sunglasses at Epsom Downs racecourse in Surrey on June 2, 2018, after cataract surgery . The Queen did not cancel or postpone any engagements as a result of the operation. In 2013, the Queen had her first hospital stay in 10 years when she suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis and missed an engagement in Swansea, according to local media.
  • UK Supreme Court expresses disapproval over Northern Ireland abortion law

    UK Supreme Court expresses disapproval over Northern Ireland abortion law

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    The court was therefore unable to make a declaration, despite the fact that a majority of judges held that current laws are incompatible with human rights legislation in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality. And nearly two-thirds, or 64%, of these had travelled from the Republic, while 19% were from Northern Ireland . In many instances they enrich and bring joy to their families and those who come into contact with them.
  • Muhammad Ali's family turn down Donald Trump's offer of a pardon

    Muhammad Ali's family turn down Donald Trump's offer of a pardon

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    Trump described Ali as "not very popular" at the time of his refusal to serve in the military during the Vietnam War. He continued, "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali . Last month Sylvester Stallone came to the White House to be in on Trump's pardoning of boxing great Jack Johnson , the country's first black heavyweight boxing champion, who had been convicted in 1913, under the Mann Act, of transporting a white woman across state lines.
  • Israeli army says didn't deliberately kill Palestinian nurse in Gaza

    Israeli army says didn't deliberately kill Palestinian nurse in Gaza

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    Najjar, a volunteer paramedic, had been treating a wounded protester shortly before she was shot and was wearing a white medical vest that identified her as a health worker. Israel's high-tech army has not been able to figure out a way stop the primitive kites. During a tour of the border area, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called on the army to treat kite launchers "just like any other terrorist" and called for "targeted killings" against them.
  • Trump Won't Endorse G7 Statement, Slams Trudeau As 'Weak'

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    US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.
  • U.S. is a 'piggybank everyone is robbing', says Trump at G7

    U.S. is a 'piggybank everyone is robbing', says Trump at G7

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    Under Trump , the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7 of pressing for freer global trade . Trump, who left the summit in La Malbaie early ahead of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesaday, told reporters the United States needed protectionist tariffs because "we are like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing".
  • Trump defends Giuliani: 'Rudy is Rudy'

    Trump defends Giuliani: 'Rudy is Rudy'

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    Now caught in the leg hold trap of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump, his White House bid and possible cover-ups in the first year of his Presidency, Cohen was the one who made sure Clifford got the cash. In his separate claim against Cohen, Davidson reportedly says that Cohen recorded their communication without asking Davidson in violation of California law, which requires that all parties in a recorded telephone conversation give their consent.
  • Trump ramps up Twitter criticism of Canada ahead of G7 getting underway

    Trump ramps up Twitter criticism of Canada ahead of G7 getting underway

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    Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Saturday that Putin and Trump discussed the prospects for a meeting in a March phone call and named Vienna as a possible location. "The (prime minister) has always said we should engage with Russian Federation but beware", the source told Reuters. The SCO was first announced in 2001 by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • Putnam: Background checks were done; my office didn't check them

    Putnam: Background checks were done; my office didn't check them

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    According to the inspector general's report, NICS checks are considered "extremely important" and the lack of such checks for over a year may have resulted in concealed weapons permits being "issued to potentially ineligible individuals". While the Office of Inspector General's investigation was ongoing, the department adopted safeguards into the application review process to ensure this never happens again.
  • Democrats, McCain criticize Trump for G7 comments

    Democrats, McCain criticize Trump for G7 comments

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    In his press conference, Trudeau had spoken of retaliatory measures that Canada would take next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Trump was late for the summit, but still visited the G7 session on gender equality. Mr. Trump said he stood up his G7 allies who were angry over USA steel and aluminum tariffs imposed against Canada, Europe and Mexico.
  • Taliban announces first cease-fire against Afghan forces for Eid al-Fitr

    Taliban announces first cease-fire against Afghan forces for Eid al-Fitr

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    However, the Taliban said the ceasefire did not include cessation of hostilities against foreign troops, Tolo News reported. At least twenty four security personnel belonging to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and the Public Uprising Forces lost their lives in an attack by the Taliban militants in northern Kunduz province.
  • Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader’s arrival

    Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader’s arrival

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    Institute of Peace. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un impersonator Howard X (L) and Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan (R) make an appearance at the Merlion park in Singapore on June 8, 2018. Trump has said he believes Kim would agree to denuclearization - and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he had received Kim's personal assurances to that effect - but the two countries have offered differing visions of what that would entail.
  • Trump says North Korea summit is ‘one-time shot’ for Kim

    Trump says North Korea summit is ‘one-time shot’ for Kim

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    One reporter asked Trump what outcome he expects from the initial summit, slated for Singapore on Tuesday. "I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside", Trump said. Kim, the 39-year-old founder of People for Successful Corean Reunification (PSCORE ), escaped North Korea when he was 19 years old. Chen Ziyang, 28, who was queueing for a picture, said the impersonators had "almost 99 percent resemblance to the real Kim and Trump".
  • Elections Ontario warns Ottawa voters to double-check polling place

    Elections Ontario warns Ottawa voters to double-check polling place

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    The campaign became aware of the mistake early Wednesday morning after supporters noticed that the information distributed was incorrect, and the campaign subsequently alerted Elections Ontario to their mistake. The State Board of Elections on Tuesday certified vote totals from the May 22 Primary Election and issued certificates of nomination to candidates who received the highest number of votes in the election, said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's chief elections ...
  • Guatemala victims arrive at Galveston's pediatric burn center

    Guatemala victims arrive at Galveston's pediatric burn center

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    Later, they will take genetic material from the bones - the only option available - and compare it to blood drawn from people with missing relatives. The new evacuation order set off a panic even in areas that were not under it. "They say they are going to leave them buried there, and we are not going to know if it's really them", the 39-year-old farmer said. The family holed up in a house that heated up "like a boiler" inside, he said, then made their way onto the roof and then to the ...
  • Donald Trump disrupts G7 women's empowerment session by showing up late

    Donald Trump disrupts G7 women's empowerment session by showing up late

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    FYI: G7 or Group of Seven is a group consisting of Canada , France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. European Council President Donald Tusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel , President Trump , French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk during the G-7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017.
  • Merkel doesn't see readmission of Russia to G-7

    Merkel doesn't see readmission of Russia to G-7

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    The Trump administration also slapped steel and aluminium tariffs on its traditional partners. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday Germany must be ready to compromise with France on euro zone reform, signaling her readiness to negotiate three weeks before a European Union summit at which the bloc's future will be on the agenda.
  • Report on FBI's Clinton email probe coming next week: Inspector General

    Report on FBI's Clinton email probe coming next week: Inspector General

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    Before Comey he did so, at least one senior Justice Department official informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation that publicizing the decision so close to the election would violate longstanding department policy. The report also is expected to address whether active and retired FBI agents in NY leaked information about investigations of the Clinton Foundation charitable organization and the discovery of a trove of Clinton-related emails shortly before the November 2016 election.
  • Trump delivers warning on trade as he leaves G-7 summit

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    President Donald Trump has stirred tension with Canada by making misleading claims about the country's economy. That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major global security concern.
  • Who Owns Hawaii's New Kapoho Peninsula Created by Kilauea's Lava?

    Who Owns Hawaii's New Kapoho Peninsula Created by Kilauea's Lava?

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    Helens in Washington state that reduced hundreds of square miles to wasteland, according to geologist Scott Rowland, a volcano specialist from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Around three dozen private homes and vacation rentals in Kapoho were destroyed by the lava after relentless lava engulfed the town. Lava from a fissure near the volcano spewed into Kapoho Bay forcing billowing clouds of steam into the atmosphere.
  • Five reasons why the SCO summit is important

    Five reasons why the SCO summit is important

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday after he reached Qingdao in China to attend the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO summit. "The disputes between the two countries should not play a negative role in the organisation". At the same time, Modi acknowledged the many differences in ties-albeit subtly- and reading between the lines, his speech was far from being entirely optimistic on relations with China.
  • Trump 'Madness' Would Win Better Brexit Deal

    Trump 'Madness' Would Win Better Brexit Deal

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    The Treasury was "basically the heart of Remain", he said , adding: "What they don't want is friction at the borders". It comes after Boris Johnson said the UK's Brexit strategy lacks "guts". Mrs May told Channel 4 News: 'These are complex negotiations. In the private speech to the Conservative Way Forward group, Johnson is heard dismissing the cautious approach of Philip Hammond's Treasury, which he said had focused on "mumbo jumbo" predictions about short-term disruption, ...
  • Israeli army kills Palestinian youth in occupied West Bank

    Israeli army kills Palestinian youth in occupied West Bank

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    Over 115 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during near-weekly demonstrations that began March 30. The mass protests have been aimed at a border blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007, after the Islamic militant group Hamas overran the territory.
  • Donald Trump "probably" on board with bipartisan pot bill

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    Medical marijuana is legal in more than two dozen states and recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington , D.C. Both senators hail from states that have legalized marijuana . Meanwhile, the commission, along with advocates and critics alike, are watching neighboring states as they have legalized recreational marijuana. The Marijuana Policy Project had similar sentiments on the situation to NORML and hoped the administration would help fast-track the bill.
  • King Felipe VI was sworn in, the government of Sanchez

    King Felipe VI was sworn in, the government of Sanchez

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    Spain has sworn in a new government which for the first time in the country's history includes more women than men. But appointing Borrell, who is strongly opposed to Catalan independence, sends the opposite message. As Brexit gathers pace, and with Italy now doted with a Eurosceptic, populist government, Spain's new executive is distinctly pro-EU. The Chairman of the Ministry of foreign Affairs and cooperation with the European Union, the Spanish government was the former leader of the ...
  • Afghan Taliban calls for ceasefire during Eid

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    They say foreign forces are excluded from the cease-fire and Taliban operations would continue against them. The Taliban's favorable response comes after President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a ceasefire with the Taliban. It wound down its combat mission in 2014 but its Resolute Support mission comprises nearly 16,000 troops from around 40 countries. The Trump administration has sent additional troops to try to change the course of America's longest war.
  • Trump believes 'progress made' in G7 trade talks

    Trump believes 'progress made' in G7 trade talks

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    These summits are usually seen as a cheerful and informal demonstration of shared goal and responsibility among the world's richest economies. On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron had tweeted "the American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be".
  • Another Yellowstone Wildlife Incident, as Bison Gores Woman

    Another Yellowstone Wildlife Incident, as Bison Gores Woman

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    Park officials said that, at one point, people in the group were closer than 15ft from the bison. When the animal crossed the boardwalk, the bison became agitated and charged the crowd, goring Hancock. Watch your step at Yellowstone National Park. "Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be", officials wrote.
  • Explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City kills at least 18

    Explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City kills at least 18

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    The Sairoon coalition was followed by a Hashd al-Shaabi-linked coalition (47 seats) and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's Victory bloc (42 seats). A manual recount of votes in some areas has been called for, a request that has been rejected by the Iraqi election commission as illegal.
  • Putin heads to Beijing for state visit with birthday buddy Xi Jinping

    Putin heads to Beijing for state visit with birthday buddy Xi Jinping

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    China and Russian Federation pledged to support each other on key global issues during a summit in Beijing on Friday, as the two sides hailed an "all-time high" in bilateral ties amid strained relations with the US. Xi also presented Putin with China's first "friendship medal", calling him a "good and old friend of the Chinese people" during a live broadcast on state television.
  • Trump on Marijuana: 'I Probably Will' Support End to Federal Ban

    Trump on Marijuana: 'I Probably Will' Support End to Federal Ban

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    The bill now goes back to the House of Commons. New Hampshire has a commission charged with studying marijuana legalization, regulation, and taxation. Elizabeth Warren , D-Mass., and Cory Gardner , R-Colo., and Reps. Could legal marijuana solve America's opioid crisis? "But I probably will end up supporting that".
  • Navy says China stole large amount of data

    Navy says China stole large amount of data

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    Chinese government hackers compromised the computers of a U.S. Navy contractor and stole a large amount of highly sensitive data on undersea warfare, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. It did not provide any specifics on the project, saying it was asked by the Navy to withhold the details from the report, so as not to damage USA security further.