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Trump will make decision on Paris climate pact after G7 summit

US officials plan to meet Tuesday in Washington to discuss whether to withdraw from the Paris deal that Trump has said he would "cancel" - or find a way to back away from emissions targets set by the Obama administration. "It is definitely the elephant in the room", a member of one national delegation told AFP on Tuesday. "We must stay in Paris, we must pass on a healthy economy and a healthy environment to our children", Lubber said. Read More

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Jones not worried by tough draw

Ireland and Scotland will meet in Pool A , which also contains hosts Japan , in possibly the easiest group of the four that contains the only all-Six Nations showdown. There were gasps from the Japanese in the audience at the draw when the hosts were paired with Scotland . Between them, the All Blacks and the Springboks have won the last three tournaments, but Italy will be buoyed by their victory over South Africa in the autumn as Conor O'Shea prepares for his first World Cupas ... Read More

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England, Argentina in same pool for 2019 Rugby World Cup

England, the 2003 champions, went on an 18-match winning run after being knocked out at the pool stage when they hosted the tournament in 2015 from a group including Australia and Wales . They're one of our rivals, along with South Africa, #Australia and France. They were divided into three "bands" based on their current world rankings, with the first band including New Zealand (top-ranked), England (second), Australia (third) and Ireland (fourth). Read More

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Flynn associates subpoenaed in Russia probe

Flynn associates subpoenaed in Russia probe

The Senate Intelligence Committee said a subpoena had been issued after Flynn rejected its request on April 28 to submit documents relevant to the investigation. In March, Kelner said in a statement that Flynn had a "story to tell", but said no reasonable person would agree to be questioned by the committee without " assurances against unfair prosecution ". Read More

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France's Macron willing to work with conservatives

The young movement, founded by Macron in April 2016 prior to announcing his presidential bid, positions itself as a progressive, grassroots movement that lies beyond the right-left category of France's established political parties. While they have no children, their family includes Trogneux's children from her first marriage and seven grandchildren who openly accepted Macron . Read More

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Texas Lawmakers Push Changes to STAAR Testing for Students

Texas Lawmakers Push Changes to STAAR Testing for Students

Sen. Charles Perry , who wrote the bill, said the legislation was meant to provide "uniform application of the law without prejudice" to everyone in Texas . Many police departments say the measure will hurt their relationships with the immigrant community. Other proposals would have created exceptions for homeless shelters and domestic violence centers, but Republicans rejected those amendments. Read More

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Air Canada to ditch Aeroplan, relaunch own frequent flyer scheme

Air Canada to ditch Aeroplan, relaunch own frequent flyer scheme

Air Canada said it would provide greater detail at its Investor Day on September 19 about the expected financial benefits and costs involved in the transition. Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) is a data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company. Air Canada announced the plan in a news release on Thursday, touting it as a way to "strengthen its customer relationships and deliver a more consistent end-to-end customer experience". Read More

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New S.Korean leader sets course in stormy diplomacy

Fissures seem to have appeared in the United States and South Korea relationship, with US President Donald Trump demanding compensation for the set-up of the advanced anti-missile THAAD system in South Korea. Later he will attend a scaled-down inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly. The nomination of Lee Nak-yon as prime minister was seen as an attempt to get more support from the southwestern liberal stronghold where Lee had served as governor and lawmaker. Read More

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Energy projects hazy as British Columbia Liberals lose majority

Energy projects hazy as British Columbia Liberals lose majority

Six were on Vancouver Island, including the province's closest race, Courtenay-Comox, which was decided by only nine votes and will be subject to a recount. Darwin, the only candidate to spend election night on the lower Sunshine Coast, where she and her supporters gathered at Buccaneers Restaurant in Sechelt, told Coast Reporter she thought the campaign took a nasty turn in the late going. Read More

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White House fumes after Kremlin releases Trump meeting photos

White House fumes after Kremlin releases Trump meeting photos

After Americans who cover the White House complained, the White House said on background that only official Russian and White House photographers were included. After Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey's was sacked, his successor faces a tough challenge to assert independence while pursuing a politically-charged investigation into links between United States President Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Read More

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Defecting French ex-PM Valls is told he must join Macron's party

Defecting French ex-PM Valls is told he must join Macron's party

Guterres will write a letter to Macron to congratulate him and propose a meeting "in the very near future", said United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric, adding: "We look forward to rapid engagement". The former investment banker's victory over Ms Le Pen has been hailed as the strongest sign that populism may be peaking in Europe after setbacks for nationalists in the Netherlands and Austria. Read More

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Pakistan all out for 376 on second day against Windies

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan also said on Thursday that the Board had plans for Younis and he would only disclose them after speaking to the former captain and getting his consent. However, West Indies bowlers came back into it in the final session as the last five Pakistan wickets fell for only 65 runs. Pakistan had gone to an early tea at 75-1 amid persistent drizzle after reaching 70-1 at lunch. Read More

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Victor Cruz will visit Jaguars, per reports

Victor Cruz will visit Jaguars, per reports

A league source told the Record that Cruz and the Baltimore Ravens also have "mutual interest". USA Today first reported the scheduled visit. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are not the only team involved with Cruz. The oft-injured Cruz is expected to land with a club in time for the start of training camp in July. However, an achilles injury kept him out for the entire 2016 season, and his numbers were down last season - only collecting 39 receptions for 586 yards and one touchdown on 72 ... Read More

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New S.Korean president vows to address N.Korea, broader tensions "urgently"

Talking to reporters, Suh endorsed Moon's call for a summit meeting with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, although saying it would be hard for such a meeting to take place soon, considering the tension over the North's nuclear program. The North conducted two nuclear weapon tests previous year alone. While Washington is pushing for stepped-up pressure on Pyongyang , an unofficial USA delegation including former senior U.S. Read More

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Trump NAFTA Renegotiations Pick Set To Take Key Post

Trump NAFTA Renegotiations Pick Set To Take Key Post

The Senate voted 81-15 to advance Robert Lighthizer's nomination. Mr. Lighthizer is the last of Mr. Trump's cabinet-level appointments to win Senate confirmation. While the USA trade deficit with Mexico has ballooned since NAFTA was enacted in 1994, US farmers have profited from exports to America's southern neighbor, while automakers have cut costs by building cross-border supply chains that benefit from lower Mexican wages. Read More

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Trump Keeps Low Profile As Comey Controversy Churns

The meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov comes just one day after the firing of FBI Director James Comey . He lacks a David Gergen-like figure who is wise to the ways of Washington and has the stature to speak up when the president says he wants to fire an FBI director who is overseeing the counterintelligence investigation into whether his associates coordinated with Moscow. Read More

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BUDGET 2017: Government to introduce levy for foreign workers

Pushing up personal income tax by lifting the Medicare levy to 2.5 per cent of personal income is at odds with Mr Morrison's previous message that there is a spending problem not a revenue problem. Mr Morrison on Wednesday urged bankers to "pony up" and not pass on the costs to customers. "For a couple earning $110,000 with two kids aged over 12, they are expected to lose $183 a year due to an indexation freeze and $783 a year due to the taper rule changes", NATSEM found . Read More

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Banks ponder ads to fight Morrison's 'fast and loose' $6.2b tax

Australian Bankers' Association chief executive Anna Bligh said the levy was introduced without consultation with the banks and could threaten the stability of the financial system. ANZ shares bucked the trend, rising 0.9 per cent. However, the banks say the levy is a "stealth tax", with customers and shareholders ultimately paying for in either reduced dividends or higher charges. Read More

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LUPICA: Trump, the jobs president, will fire you if you anger him

The president and his surrogates have adamantly insisted that his campaign had nothing to do with Russian meddling in the presidential race and efforts to find a connection are nothing more than partisan witch-hunting. The news that President Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday created a firestorm in Washington. The president had been considering letting Comey go "since the day he was elected", Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told a news briefing. Read More

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Russian Federation begins plan to 'de-escalate' Syrian war

A rebel commander confirmed that fighting had broken out after midnight, Reuters reports. The Britain-based war monitoring group said government forces shelled the nearby towns of Kafr Zita and Latamneh. But Lavrentiev seemed to sketch out a broader geographical no-fly zone for US and coalition military planes. It doesn't prevent frictions between Turkish troops and their Syrian allies from clashing or going after the USA -backed Syrian Kurds. Read More

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Xi congratulates Moon, says he values ties between their countries

Abe and Moon are likely to have discussed working together to address North Korea, which continues to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of United Nations resolutions. This could most easily be done with their common ground over THAAD, as China has complained that they don't like the idea of United States missile defense being deployed just off their coast. Read More

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Trump says he might release his tax returns once his term ends

Trump says he might release his tax returns once his term ends

It's what you have to do. "But at some point would like to get it at zero, where sometimes we can be up and sometimes they can be up", Trump said. It's a feud that shows no signs of stopping, unless Trump adopts a policy of limiting his social media usage to just those messages that are screened by staff members for potential errors, and given the weight and consideration expected of an official missive from the President of the United States, or Rupert Murdoch finally buys the ... Read More

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Hamas leader announces arrest in shooting of commander

Hamas leader announces arrest in shooting of commander

Hamas' newly elected supreme leader on Thursday announced the arrest of a suspect in the mysterious shooting death of a top militant commander in March, claiming a gunman dispatched by Israel had carried out the attack. The press conference was held in front of Faqha's house in the Gaza Strip. A day later, it hanged three people convicted of being collaborators in cases not related to Faqha's death. Read More

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South Korea's new leader discusses North Korea, defense system with China's Xi

The call to Moon took place just a day after he took office and comes amid increased regional tensions over North Korea as well as the deployment of a USA missile-defense shield in South Korea. "President Moon said he understands China's interest in the THAAD deployment and its concerns, and said he hopes the two countries can swiftly get on with communication to further improve each other's understanding", Yoon told a briefing. Read More

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