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Macron snubs Trump for Merkel & another arm wrestle follows

The moment has since gone viral. "Congratulations. Great job." Both leaders exchanged a firm handshake that left President Trump's knuckles white. - Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) May 25, 2017Macron plays the Trump handshake game well. Macron will meet his USA counterpart Donald Trump for the first time at an informal lunch later that will immediately test his diplomatic skills, given the unpredictable nature of the US leader. Read More

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Duterte tells troops 'you can arrest any person'

Military helicopters flew above the Marawi rooftops as armored tanks rolled through its neighborhoods amid sporadic gunfire and explosions. Troops load ammunition and supplies as a convoy of APCs head to the site three days after Muslim militants lay siege in Marawi city in southern Philippines Thursday. Read More

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Trump slip up in Saudi Arabia speech blamed on exhaustion

Trump on Sunday - in a stark departure from his rhetoric as both candidate and president - dispensed with his use of " radical Islamic terrorism ", a term critics argue demonizes Muslims. Rouhani also told the news conference that he would continue Iran's ballistic missile programme. "The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise US officials are misleading them". Read More

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Donald Trump admits no easy peace for Middle East

Donald Trump admits no easy peace for Middle East

While it was Israel that Trump lavished with praise, in the end neither side got all it wanted. Trump departed from Israel on Air Force One on Tuesday afternoon, following a landmark visit where he met with both the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority President Abbas in the West Bank City of Bethlehem . Read More

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North Korea developing nuclear warheads faster than expected

North Korea developing nuclear warheads faster than expected

China is North Korea's biggest economic partner and source of diplomatic support and has come under heavy pressure to use its influence to rein in the North's missile and nuclear activities. "The unification ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet". "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea ". Read More

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Residents flee militant siege in Philippines

His capture and that of his companions violates every norm of civilised conflict'. Militants called in reinforcements and were able to overpower government forces, leading to Hapilon's escape. "We will conduct house-to-house clearing and do everything to remove the threat there". "We have not heard anything about them", Dela Pena said, adding more people might have been kidnapped. Read More

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Libya says working closely with Britain over concert attack

Libya says working closely with Britain over concert attack

Investigators were also assessing whether Salman Abedi , the suspected bomber in the attack Monday on a pop concert in Manchester , may have been connected to known militants in the northern English city. A soldier joins police officers in Westminster, London , after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following the Manchester bombing. Read More

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Manchester terror attack: Police investigating 'network' over concert bombing

Abedi rang his mother and brother at their home in Tripoli just before detonating a bomb as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to ISIS or other extremist groups. Hashem Abedi had been in touch with attacker Salman Abedi, Bin Salem said, and had travelled from Libya to Britain last month. Read More

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Morning Joe: 'Thuggish Trump' Responsible For Reporter Assault

Morning Joe: 'Thuggish Trump' Responsible For Reporter Assault

Tina Olechowski says Quist was making the rounds across the state to thank volunteers and was on his way to Missoula on Wednesday when the altercation involving Republican Greg Gianforte happened. Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both fell to the ground, Scanlon said. Despite the last-minute push, more than half of the ballots expected to be cast in the race had already been returned before the alleged assault occurred. Read More

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Former Greek PM injured in envelope explosion

Former prime minister Costas Simitis and George Papandreou also visited the hospital along government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos and the Governor of the central Bank of Greece Yannis Stournaras. The rigged package to the International Monetary Fund exploded, injuring an employee, while the one sent to Germany was detected by scanners. Authorities cordoned off the area, and forensics experts were investigating the scene for evidence. Read More

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Korea calls S. Korea's border firing reckless provocation

Korea calls S. Korea's border firing reckless provocation

Seoul's military broadcasted a warning in response to the incursion into South Korean airspace as falling rain obstructed a better view of the object, local news service MoneyToday reported Tuesday. The Security Council is due to meet behind closed doors later on Tuesday. When the object did not retreat the military ordered the warning shots. "It is important to lower North Korea's foreign currency earnings and prevent nuclear missile related shipment and technological transfer in order ... Read More

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Israel marks 50 years of 'united Jerusalem', but city struggles

During his trip, Trump pitched the idea of a coalition of Sunni Arab states against Iran and "Islamic extremism" and said Israel could find a communality of interest with such a grouping. Speaking to Netanyahu on Monday, Trump sought to dispel suggestions that he had passed on sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian diplomats at a recent meeting , saying he had not mentioned the word " Israel " at the meeting. Read More

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Gianforte Triumphs in Special Election

The 56-year-old has 49 per cent of the vote, a five point lead over Democratic candidate Rob Quist . "I don't advocate violence, but when you're told to back off, you need to back off". "Now he needs to resolve his legal issue so that he can start off on the right foot serving his constituents", Stivers said. "I think he whaled on me once or twice". Read More

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Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military

Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military

While he also accused low-spending members of the alliance of owing "massive amounts of money" to NATO , Trump said he and allies would drive out militants and urged all nations to do the same. Mr Trump added in his address to leaders: "I never asked once how much this new headquarters cost". Allies who had hoped to hear Trump publicly declare his commitment to NATO's Article 5 collective defence guarantee were left disappointed as he made no mention of it and instead castigated them on ... Read More

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Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Donald Trump and Melania Trump wave as they arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 20. His Holiness opened proceedings with a little bit of second-hand body-shaming, when he asked Melania , "What do you feed him?" Mrs. But that theory was pooh-poohed by the White House. "I signed it personally for you", responded the Pope. Francis gave Trump a large medallion that depicted an olive branch, a symbol of peace, to which the president replied: "We can use peace". Read More

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Unlikely Figures Praising President Trump's Israel, Middle East Trip

In a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , Trump acknowledged what has always been known: that Israel and Saudi Arabia have formed a tacit alliance whose main target is Iran. If Mr. Trump wants to be peacemaker and make West Asia a more secure place, he has to reach out to both sides and appeal to them to dial down the tensions that have already spilled into Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq. Read More

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Libya arrests brother, father of Manchester bombing suspect

British police have resumed intelligence-sharing ties with U.S. law enforcement after they were temporarily stopped in a row over leaks about the Manchester bombing investigation. ambassador and been assured they would stop. In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he shared the president's concern and had already been in contact with British Home Secretary Amber Rudd Wednesday. Read More

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Israeli joy at Trump visit, but substance lacking

The President had never been accused of explicitly mentioning Israel , just inappropriately divulging information it had provided. Any links are diplomatically delicate, with the Arab world strong supporters of the Palestinian cause. Trump provided few specifics about how a deal might be achieved in a peace process that has been stalled for years. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud appeared especially eager to "see peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians", Trump said. Read More

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Trump seeks to establish 'common principles' for Mideast peace push

Trump seeks to establish 'common principles' for Mideast peace push

Trump also does not expect to convene a joint meeting with Abbas and Netanyahu on this trip although he hopes that will happen after another round of solo meetings with each of the leaders, the senior White House official said . The Trump administration rejected a request from the Palestinians to push for an Israeli settlement freeze, but promised to sort out the issue during peace negotiations, according to the official. Read More

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U.S. promises crackdown after Manchester investigation leaks

Greater Manchester Police said late Wednesday that six men and one woman had been arrested in a series of counterterror raids across Manchester's sprawling suburbs. "May said Tuesday that the "callous and the cowardly" Monday attack that killed 22 people and injured another 59, many critically, justified rolling out the security measures included in a plan the government calls Operation Temperer". Read More

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